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03 Aug

Kyle Farnsworth

He returns! Of course, it’s a little different now than in 2005, when he joined as the closer for a Braves team desperately in need of anyone who wasn’t Dan Kolb or Chris Reitsman to fill the role. Farnsworth was born in Wichita but raised in Fulton County. He was drafted in the 47th round out of a Tifton college by the Cubs in 1994, signed as a draft-and-follow in 1995. He didn’t always pitch well in the minors, but rose quickly anyway, making it up to the majors, as a starting pitcher, in 1999. The results were not very good, and the Cubs moved him to the bullpen. He had a high strikeout rate from the beginning, but a tendency towards control meltdowns and gopheritis held him back at first. In 2001, he blossomed into one of the best relievers in the game, throwing 82 innings and striking out 107, posting a 2.74 ERA as one of Tom Gordon’s setup men. (Sharing the duty… Todd Van Poppel.) However, in 2002, he was terrible, posting a 7.73 ERA. A good year followed in 2003, then a bad year in 2004. In 2005, he was traded to the Tigers, where he moved into the closer role on those occasions when a 91-loss team needed a closer. They shipped him to Atlanta on Deadline Day, for Roman Colon and Zach Miner.

Farnsworth did a great job in the Braves bullpen in the regular season, saving ten games in ten attempts and posting a 1.98 ERA. It came crashing down in the Division Series, however. He was brought into the eighth inning, in relief of Tim Hudson, with two men on and none out, but a 6-1 lead. He got an out, then loaded the bases on a walk, followed by a grand slam to Lance Berkman. In the ninth, still with a one-run lead, he gave up a two-out homer to Brad Ausmus, blowing the game and after a long time delay (nine innings) ending the Braves season. He then wasted little time getting out of Atlanta, signing a contract with the Yankees to set up even though the Braves wanted to bring him back to close.

It didn’t go well for him in the Bronx, as he put up consecutive years of ERAs over four, fell into a mopup role, and became one of the less popular Yankees of recent years. He recovered a bit in 2008, and the Yankees shipped him back to the Tigers, right before the deadline, for what was left of Pudge Rodriguez. He didn’t pitch well for the Tigers, but the Royals, being the Royals, signed him to a three-year contract anyway. He had another bad year, but wasn’t going anywhere. This year, he has posted career-low home run and walk rates, allowing him to put up a 2.42 ERA despite a decline in strikeouts.

Farnsworth has a temper; he’s been involved in several incidents on the field and in the clubhouse. There are those who think he’s a headhunter, but with the poor pitching control he’s shown over the years that might not be true. Middle name is “Lynn”.

Kyle Farnsworth Statistics and History – Baseball-Reference.com.

294 Responses to “Kyle Farnsworth”

  1. 1
    Kevin Lee Says:

    Oh God I hate summer reruns!

  2. 2
    ububba Says:

    If there’s anything to like about re-acquiring Farnsworth, it’s that we don’t have the same sketchy endgame situation as we did in ’05 (or after).

    So, Farnsworth just becomes another of several options, all of whom can strike you out.

  3. 3
    Bethany Says:

    The middle name explains everything!

  4. 4
    csg Says:

    Dunn has been placed on waivers….Im still holding out hope

  5. 5
    Brian J. Says:

    Farnsworth may be a better 11th pitcher than Chavez, but that’s about all the credit I can give him with his track record.

    Kevin, at least there’s Wipeout. Not much plot, but watching contestants go splat is very cathartic.

  6. 6
    csg Says:

    he’s still a hell of an upgrade over Jesse Chavez

  7. 7
    Nick Says:

    As long as we don’t expect too much out of him (and given that we didn’t pitch him last night, I think we have the right idea), I think this is a very good pickup. It might not have been 100 percent necessary, but it’ll help nevertheless.

  8. 8
    Bethany Says:

    GO GET HIM FRANK!

    Ugh, I want Dunn in the lineup so bad I can’t stand it.

    What are the changes that Glaus did get hurt on the bad throw Yunel made several months ago, and he’s hiding it? I know it’s much more likely to be the knees and all that, but the injury and the decline seem to correlate a bit.

  9. 9
    Smitty Says:

    I think the Phillies will claim him to keep us from getting him.

  10. 10
    Nick Says:

    They don’t have to. They know we’ll never take on the extra payroll necessary to get him.

  11. 11
    Bethany Says:

    You all are ruining my day, stop being so practical.

  12. 12
    Nick Says:

    Well, if you want to get more optimistic, I still for the life of me don’t understand why everyone on here is so negative about a team that is in first place by three games at the start of August…to the point of talking wistfully about next season. This is a potential playoff team and all anybody can do is talk about what’s wrong with it. It’s starting to piss me off a little bit, to be honest.

  13. 13
    ryan c Says:

    on waiver claims…
    because i learn by example, let’s throw this out there:

    kenshin kawakami is placed on waivers and the reds claim him. the braves then have an option to:

    1. work out a trade
    2. pull him back
    3. send him to the reds without paying him another dime

    is this correct?

  14. 14
    Brent Says:

    I really can’t believe we brought back Farnsworth. We should bring back Kenny Lofton and Gary Sheffield as well and reunite the Holy Trinity of Braves D-Bags.

  15. 15
    cliff Says:

    Ryan c.,

    You have got it. Waiver rules in 3 easy steps.

    EXCEPT I would amplify that the Reds would have a binding obligtion to pay KK.

    Also add, if a trade or acquistion is not complete before 8/30, then acquired player may not compete in the postseason for the new team that year.

  16. 16
    Nick Says:

    I believe that is correct, yes. Also, after the trade deadline, if he clears waivers, we can then involve him in a trade at any time.

  17. 17
    ryan c Says:

    man…seriously, if the braves can trade kk and chipper retires, the sky is the limit for offseason signings/acquisitions.

  18. 18
    spike Says:

    @14, isn’t there an injury waiver for that rule? I am pretty sure it has been abused on more than one occasion.

  19. 19
    Frank Says:

    @13–there’s no reason to think the Reds would want KK–they already have a good rotation and I think they’re expected to get Harang back

    I was hoping–admittedly unrealistically–that Freeman might get the call instead of Diory. Under ideal circumstances Freeman would get more time in the minors, but Glaus’s current performance is far from ideal circumstances. And if Freeman struggled then he’d go back down when Prado comes back.

  20. 20
    sdp Says:

    Jordan Schafer is on Mississippi’s 7-day DL with inflammation in his left hand. Why doesn’t MLB have a 7-day DL?

  21. 21
    Nick Says:

    1. Infante 2B, 2. Heyward RF, 3. Jones 3B, 4. McCann C, 5. Hinske 1B, 6. Gonzalez SS, 7.Ankiel CF, 8. Cabrera LF, 9. Lowe P

    Glaus resting and Cabrera playing, after trashing Dickey last month

  22. 22
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Because it would be too easy for major league teams to abuse. You have a day off, your fifth starter goes on the DL with “tendinitis” or something else you can’t verify (and all pitchers are pretty much hurting all the time) and you effectively have a 26-man roster. Same reason for the 10-day rule on minor league assignments.

  23. 23
    justhank Says:

    Hey, congrats to UGA!

    It isn’t every week that a school receives the dual honor of being named the Number 1 party school AND taking the lead in the Fulmer Cup.

  24. 24
    Marc Schneider Says:

    BTW, Josh Willingham is 9-50 since the All-Star break. Not saying he is not a good player, but he has a history of slumping post ASG. He would have helped but I don’t he would be worth one of the top prospects.

    What a match up tonight. A terrible offense (Mets) against a lousy pitcher (Lowe).

  25. 25
    Johnny Says:

    #14 that’s the most important part and why KK will clear waivers.

    #19 – the 7 day DL would be abused by MLB GMs. Maybe the union has something to say about it too? Just guessing there.

  26. 26
    sdp Says:

    Makes sense.

  27. 27
    DWonder Says:

    continuing the Waiver Wire education…
    if more than 1 team places a claim on a player, does the team with worst record get first dibs on him? or does more than 1 claim automatically send the player back to the original team?

    thats the part that always confuses me

  28. 28
    ububba Says:

    #22
    Our AD led the way, I’m afraid, on both counts.

  29. 29
    spike Says:

    Worst record in same league goes first.

  30. 30
    Dix Says:

    Why do Evans’ crimes count toward the football program’s Fulmer Cup standings?

  31. 31
    ryan c Says:

    @18
    frank, read the post…i wasnt saying they’d be interested.

  32. 32
    ryan c Says:

    thus far, i enjoy seeing ankiel in the lineup on a daily basis. he’s hit the ball hard since coming to atlanta.

  33. 33
    Michael Says:

    @31 – Agreed on Ankiel, although just about anything would have been better than McLouth out there.

  34. 34
    csg Says:

    so how does the waiver claiming process work. I know that a player is on waivers for 48 hrs. Do all teams place their bid throughout that time frame and the worst place team then gets to try and trade with the team? Or does it go team by team until the Braves have a chance to put a claim on him?

  35. 35
    ububba Says:

    #29
    He led by example?

  36. 36
    P. W. Hjort Says:

    33,
    There used to be an excellent article on this subject written by a former MLB exec, but he took down the site, presumably because he got another job in baseball.

    I think everyone places their claims, and after 48 hours it’s awarded to the team with the worst record in the players’ league that claimed him, or the team with the worst record in the other league that claimed him if no teams in the players’ league claimed him.

  37. 37
    csg Says:

    #35 – thats what I figured

  38. 38
    ryan c Says:

    one of the bloggers on the phillies main site wrote this:
    “If I had more time, I would look into the Braves’ home record success this year. Last night, Chipper was asked why the Braves were so good at home this year and he said he didn’t know because they weren’t very good at home over the last few years. That got me to thinking that maybe Selig was having the umps give the Braves some kind of special treatment at home for Cox’s last year.”

  39. 39
    Coz Says:

    Re: the Phillies blogger…

    Yeah…that’s exactly why we are in first place over the Phils. That explains it.

  40. 40
    csg Says:

    wonder how the blogger feels about Selig taking away their binoculars?

  41. 41
    NickC Says:

    He’s hit the nail on the head there. If they were going to fix the games, they’d just do the ones at Turner Field. It’s too tricky to do any on the road.

  42. 42
    csg Says:

    anyone see that strike 3 call on Johnny Damon?

  43. 43
    Trace Says:

    Ryan Howard’s going to the DL.

  44. 44
    Bethany Says:

    The only help the Braves are getting is from the Phillies players injuring themselves.

  45. 45
    ububba Says:

    Re: PHA DL
    Give a team an excuse to fold and, most often, it will.

    Even though I have a ton of respect for this group of Phils, I hope they got that memo.

  46. 46
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Bud Selig let the Braves sneak into Howard’s house and whack him on the ankle with a crowbar.

  47. 47
    ububba Says:

    And it must’ve been a Phillie who put Heyward & Prado on the DL.

  48. 48
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Sorry I haven’t been online recently, I’ve been traveling. Spent a few very enjoyable hours drinking with Ububba and his girlfriend in New York, and right now I’m in vacation. Life’s pretty good, all things considered.

    One great thing about the Corey Hart contract is I don’t have to worry about us acquiring him.

  49. 49
    ububba Says:

    Well, we ate, too.

  50. 50
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Atlanta Braves 2010 Top 20 Prospects in Review – Minor League Ball.

  51. 51
    Robert Says:

    Ernie and Smoltzie tonight. God bless you Peachtree TV.

  52. 52
    DowneasterJC Says:

    @12

    We’re in first place because we played extremely well for a couple of months while the Phils struggled. I don’t know if you’ve been watching any games lately, but the team looks awful right now and the Phils are heating back up and our lead is slowly evaporating.

  53. 53
    Robert Says:

    The bottom half of tonight’s Philly line up is Francisco, Ruiz, Ransom, Valdez. We need to open the gap up a little bit before they get Utley and Howard back.

  54. 54
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Saw the shot of Farnsworth in the bullpen. Immediate thought: “Good, the Braves already have someone up in the pen in case Lowe gets in trouble.”

  55. 55
    td Says:

    @51 – We’re also in first place because we have the best home record in baseball. If we can keep it up with a home-heavy schedule in August we should be in good shape.

  56. 56
    oldtimer? Says:

    Dickey’s delivery and pitches are so slow why is Heyward not on 2nd already?

  57. 57
    Rob Cope Says:

    You gotta be kidding me. They pause the Braves game on MLB Network to turn on A-Rod. Yawn.

  58. 58
    ububba Says:

    Backing Halladay, the Phils get back-to-back HRs from Ruiz & Francisco. They only need a little bit when that guy’s pitching.

  59. 59
    Robert Says:

    Ankiel fully exploiting the fact that Castillo can’t really move anymore.

  60. 60
    Robert Says:

    Gotta love Bobby screaming ‘Hurry! Hurry!’. He’s the best.

  61. 61
    Tomas Says:

    I guess we just have to be happy when the dud only makes one out.

  62. 62
    ububba Says:

    Only Luis Castillo would try to bunt for a single on a 3 & 1 count.

  63. 63
    Tomas Says:

    Dud looks slower than Hinske in left…

  64. 64
    Bethany Says:

    Maybe I should run and the rain will come and Lowe will have to leave the game.

  65. 65
    ububba Says:

    Nice comeback, Mr. Lowe.

  66. 66
    Brian J. Says:

    Thank you, Mr. Hirschbeck.

    Bethany, don’t run yet; we’re going to need you more later.

  67. 67
    braves14 Says:

    Looks like the rain has started.

  68. 68
    Mac Thomason Says:

    As Smoltz is saying, if you’re a knuckleballer pitching in the rain must be murder.

  69. 69
    sdp Says:

    Dickey is the heart and soul of this 2010 Mets squad. In a way, that’s pretty pathetic. It says a lot about the Mets.

  70. 70
    Spike Says:

    Ugh. Shades of last night

  71. 71
    Robert Says:

    The first name that pops into my mind is Roy Halladay.

  72. 72
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Did John really say that Francoeur has been “chasing some tail”?

  73. 73
    braves14 Says:

    Jeffy sucks. Thanks again, Stem!

  74. 74
    braves14 Says:

    Phillies lead 4-1 in the 5th.

  75. 75
    John Gaines Says:

    He said that he has been chasing his own tail. Not really sure what he meant by that…

    Probably just another way to say that he sucks.

  76. 76
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Smoltz is awesome, tbqh. I don’t care what anyone says about being too hyper or talkative. I love him in the booth.

  77. 77
    Bethany Says:

    Blarg, would have been nice if that was fair.

  78. 78
    Robert Says:

    New Guy now 1 for his last 23. Only that flyball home run in Cincinnati.

  79. 79
    braves14 Says:

    I see our offense is back in Hibernation Mode.

  80. 80
    braves14 Says:

    Thanks for not scoring on that, Zombie Luis!

    Even Lowe looks good against the Mets offense.

  81. 81
    Dan Says:

    New Guy now 1 for his last 23.

    This will go down as Wren’s worst trade before it is all said and done.

  82. 82
    Robert Says:

    Apparently there is a bit of an advantage to having a firstbaseman who can bend over and move around a little bit.

  83. 83
    Jeremy Says:

    Leave it to the Mets to make Derek Lowe look like a competent starting pitcher.

  84. 84
    DowneasterJC Says:

    No, Bobby. We WANT Lowe to get injured.

    Worst manager ever.

  85. 85
    Robert Says:

    Gotta get this guy home…

  86. 86
    Jeremy Says:

    ajcbraves:

    “Combined w/ their 3-for-24 in the last two games at Cincy, the #Braves are 6-for-43 with RISP over 4 gms including tonight”

    Make that 6 for 44.

  87. 87
    DowneasterJC Says:

    I’ll take a bases loaded walk for the go-ahead, but if we have to rely on that to score just our second run against Dickey..

    Pathetic.

    Ditto what Hinske said.

  88. 88
    braves14 Says:

    6 for 45.

  89. 89
    Bethany Says:

    Still don’t like Hinske.

  90. 90
    Brian J. Says:

    And now 6-45.

  91. 91
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Sixth inning against Lowe. Time to duck.

  92. 92
    ryan c Says:

    new nickname for eric hinske:
    eric f*ckske…it’s his favorite word.

  93. 93
    Jeremy Says:

    What an awful AB by Hinske. Swinging at the first two pitches when Dickey can’t find the zone. Go beat up a water cooler, jackass.

  94. 94
    mraver Says:

    Sure is a good thing we don’t have to deal with any of Escobar’s antics anymore.

  95. 95
    Robert Says:

    God I hate that guy. What a f’ing horrible trade.

  96. 96
    Dan Says:

    Sure is a good thing we don’t have to deal with any of Escobar’s antics anymore.

    Hey, it only matters that Alex Gonzalez is a “good clubhouse guy” who laughs at the others’ jokes and is part of the cool crowd there. This is the way to run a ball team.

    Performance does not matter, only “chemistry” does.

  97. 97
    jjschiller Says:

    I hate Alex gonzalez for getting traded for Yunel escobar

  98. 98
    DJ Says:

    Gonzalez airmails a routine grounder. Really?!?!?

  99. 99
    DJ Says:

    That pitch looked good to me.

  100. 100
    Jeremy Says:

    Nice job, Lowe.

  101. 101
    Adam M Says:

    Great job there by Lowe to pitch around “the guy we got to help win the pennant.”

    I may start calling Gonzalez The Chemist.

  102. 102
    Smitty Says:

    This is our inning.

  103. 103
    Tony Says:

    We gave up the “clubhouse cancer” for this? Just ridiculous…..

  104. 104
    braves14 Says:

    100 — lol The Chemist!

  105. 105
    Brian J. Says:

    The Chemist just singled. Wow, Yunel could never do that!

  106. 106
    jjschiller Says:

    Yunel escobar would NEVER struggle at the plate, and he ALWAYS makes good throws!

  107. 107
    Grst Says:

    @104 For most of the year, he really couldn’t

  108. 108
    Smitty Says:

    Damn, that is the most Castillo has moved in three years

  109. 109
    Tomas Says:

    PSA: The constant bitching about the trade every single AAG at-bat is exactly as annoying as the ragging on Yunel was.

  110. 110
    Adam M Says:

    Francoeur!!!

  111. 111
    ububba Says:

    And looka that…

  112. 112
    Andrew B Says:

    jeffy omg wow

  113. 113
    braves14 Says:

    Jeffy!

  114. 114
    Jeremy Says:

    rofl @ Francoeur.

  115. 115
    Robert Says:

    Melky! Great angle on that one Frenchy!

  116. 116
    Smitty Says:

    FRENCHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    He finally came through for us!

  117. 117
    ugalaw06 Says:

    Nice angle, Jeff.

  118. 118
    Dan Says:

    JEFFY!

  119. 119
    csg Says:

    so much for the Frenchy range….Im telling you, best trade ever – Planting Frenchy on the Mets team

  120. 120
    Grst Says:

    Stenchy does a lot more to help the Braves win now that he’s on the Mets.

  121. 121
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Yes, Bobby pulls Lowe for a pinch-hitter!

  122. 122
    Brian J. Says:

    Is our manager learning? He’s pulling Lowe BEFORE he falls apart. What a concept!

  123. 123
    Smitty Says:

    Not sure about the pitch out there

  124. 124
    JC Says:

    Melky versus Jeffy. When a yielding force meets movable object.

  125. 125
    Smitty Says:

    So close…

  126. 126
    Spike Says:

    Damn. Just can’t cash in those runs from 3rd these days

  127. 127
    Robert Says:

    Who’s up in the pen? Farns?

  128. 128
    csg Says:

    #126 yep

  129. 129
    braves14 Says:

    126 — yep.

  130. 130
    Bethany Says:

    I want to see him hit somebody. Is that wrong?

  131. 131
    jjschiller Says:

    I hate this team. Yunel escobar would make me feel better.

  132. 132
    Brian J. Says:

    129- With a pitch or with his fist?

  133. 133
    urlhix Says:

    He should plunk Frenchy right here.

  134. 134
    Bethany Says:

    131 Both.

  135. 135
    Jeremy Says:

    Farnsworth is scary looking.

  136. 136
    Smitty Says:

    Ah, Farns, back to where he left off…

  137. 137
    oldtimer? Says:

    Freaking joke walking that loser.

  138. 138
    ububba Says:

    Walking Francoeur on 4 pitches is quite a feat.

  139. 139
    Robert Says:

    Awesome.

  140. 140
    Bethany Says:

    Ok, I’ve already had enough of Farns.

    Hitting him would have been so much more satisfying.

  141. 141
    Brian J. Says:

    Oh, this is going to end well.

  142. 142
    braves14 Says:

    Walking Jeffy on 4 pitches? How?

  143. 143
    ugalaw06 Says:

    I wonder how many four pitch walks Francoeur has in his career. Can that be checked on baseball reference?

  144. 144
    jjschiller Says:

    I miss Jesse chavez. Jesse chavez never walked anybody…

  145. 145
    braves14 Says:

    Get him out of there Bobby.

  146. 146
    ububba Says:

    Welcome back to the doghouse, Farns…

  147. 147
    Robert Says:

    That was quick.

  148. 148
    Jeremy Says:

    Dammit.

  149. 149
    Spike Says:

    Farnsy. Oh boy.

  150. 150
    oldtimer? Says:

    So glad we got him back to blow leads once again.

  151. 151
    Bethany Says:

    Ok, running. And screw you, Kyle Farnsworth.

  152. 152
    Grst Says:

    An inauspicious start to the return of Farns.

  153. 153
    Smitty Says:

    Wonder if the Mets are going to send Brad Asumus in to hit here…

    ugh

  154. 154
    P. W. Hjort Says:

    damnit farnz

  155. 155
    putter Says:

    Nice beginning by Farnsworth. I am not going to tell him that though

  156. 156
    braves14 Says:

    How long are we going to have to wait before Bobby yanks him?

  157. 157
    Brian J. Says:

    Three 3-0 counts in four hitters. Yeah, this was worth Collins, Blanco, Chavez, or a bubble gum wrapper.

  158. 158
    Andrew B Says:

    well farns gets lowe off the hook

  159. 159
    ugalaw06 Says:

    That could have been much, much worse.

  160. 160
    Andrew B Says:

    so farnsworth picks up right where he left off against the astros 5 years ago

  161. 161
    braves14 Says:

    Thanks for the outs, Manuel. Farnsworth wasn’t really getting them.

  162. 162
    Brian J. Says:

    Actually, Carter got Farns off the hook. Now let’s vulture a win for this schmuck.

  163. 163
    csg Says:

    lowe has forgotten how to win

  164. 164
    urlhix Says:

    I’m sure Farnz was nervous. But if he keeps peeing on the carpet he’s going in the doghouse.

  165. 165
    braves14 Says:

    A sacrifice bunt and trying to steal probably isn’t a great idea when the pitcher can’t throw a strike. Thanks, Jerry!

  166. 166
    ububba Says:

    This game has been quite an exercise in futility. Might as well win it.

    Bunt, Troy, bunt!

  167. 167
    csg Says:

    now would be a nice time Troy

  168. 168
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Jeffy, coming into the game, had in 69 PA with a 3-0 count drawn 66 walks, 30 of them intentional and probably a lot of the others semi-intentional.

  169. 169
    Adam M Says:

    Yeah really. No GIDP.

  170. 170
    braves14 Says:

    LOL Atrosta?

  171. 171
    Robert Says:

    Gotta get something in the air Troy. Anything on the ground is two.

  172. 172
    ryan c Says:

    now we’re going to score some runs.

  173. 173
    Robert Says:

    I am specifically not marking my calender for Georgia vs Louisiana-Lafayette.

  174. 174
    Robert Says:

    We all knew that was coming.

  175. 175
    Adam M Says:

    What team is Bobby Cox rooting for?

  176. 176
    braves14 Says:

    DL Glaus.

  177. 177
    Tony Says:

    Almost would rather have Troy…..dammit could not even get it out.

  178. 178
    Brian J. Says:

    Of course.

  179. 179
    Alex R. Says:

    God I freaking hate Troy Glaus.

  180. 180
    Spike Says:

    Well that sucked

  181. 181
    P. W. Hjort Says:

    Are you f’n kidding me?

  182. 182
    oldtimer? Says:

    Great call PHing with Glaus.
    Why force them to take out a struggling pitcher for one who is red hot?

  183. 183
    Tony Says:

    It’s sad that almost every poster on here knew what was coming lol….

  184. 184
    Adam M Says:

    The Braves have somehow morphed back into the 2008 and 1st-half 2009 Braves.

  185. 185
    Hanan Says:

    Can’t hit Atrosta = DONE

  186. 186
    Frank Says:

    Ugh

  187. 187
    braves14 Says:

    Well, Hinske can’t hit lefties and Diaz had already been used.

  188. 188
    putter Says:

    Glaus is the new Norton as far as rally killing

  189. 189
    JC Says:

    Which is worse: walking Jeffy on four pitches or GIDPing off Acosta?

  190. 190
    Spike Says:

    Wow. He’s trying to kill that kid

  191. 191
    Tony Says:

    The Phillies acore 6 runs tonite with no Utley or Howard….

  192. 192
    oldtimer? Says:

    But Glaus hits nobody right now and Feliciano has been horrible.

  193. 193
    P. W. Hjort Says:

    Why did Bobby use Diaz to hit off of a knuckle baller in the first place?

  194. 194
    braves14 Says:

    Feliciano is much better than Acosta. I don’t blame Bobby for that one. Glaus has to wake up for us to succeed.

  195. 195
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Glaus wake up? You think Bobby or TP are Jesus? You can’t wake the dead.

  196. 196
    braves14 Says:

    193 — To pinch-hit for Lowe.

  197. 197
    Jeremy Says:

    Glaus needs to be DL’d. He can barely walk.

  198. 198
    Tony Says:

    The Braves game plan was to go the other way or up the middle with Dickey….I guess Bc felt Diaz could do it.

  199. 199
    braves14 Says:

    195 — Then he should be on the DL.

  200. 200
    Dan Says:

    Wish Dunn was this team’s first baseman now after the deadline.

  201. 201
    Jeremy Says:

    Watch us get beat by Hessman.

  202. 202
    csg Says:

    Mac here’s your fav. Hessman

  203. 203
    csg Says:

    that was easy…

  204. 204
    Jeremy Says:

    Whew!

  205. 205
    Tony Says:

    I know Glaus is pissed…..probably thought he had the night off. I just hope Venters arm does not fall off at the same time Glaus whole body gives out.

  206. 206
    Brian J. Says:

    Hessman pinch-hitting in this spot? Did Cox and Manuel place money on each other’s teams tongiht?

  207. 207
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Thank you, Nazi!

  208. 208
    Spike Says:

    Hessman sure gets a lot of ph opportunities

  209. 209
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Benchclearing brawl between the Sox and Indians. Sore feelings from last night?

  210. 210
    P. W. Hjort Says:

    196,
    I know that, I’m curious why he chose to use a guy who swings at everything to hit against a kunckleballer when he had a full bench.

  211. 211
    Tony Says:

    Where do u see that Mac?

  212. 212
    Robert Says:

    Nice at bat from the New Guy. That’s what we are looking for.

  213. 213
    braves14 Says:

    Our bench is weakened though with Infante starting. The other options were Glaus or .300 OBP Conrad, since Bobby won’t use the backup catcher and Diory sucks.

    I probably would have used Conrad against Dickey, though.

  214. 214
    csg Says:

    Conrad shouldve pinch hit against Dickey, Matt shouldve been in there where Glaus was….either way, Diaz shouldve got that runner home

  215. 215
    oldtimer? Says:

    @196
    Trying to figure out why Bobby does what he does with personnel is an eternal mystery.

  216. 216
    csg Says:

    please walk Melky

  217. 217
    mraver Says:

    WHY?!

  218. 218
    csg Says:

    what the hell was that? hey Melky that was a hit and run, swing the bat

  219. 219
    braves14 Says:

    WTF was that? Surely Bobby has to be exasperated with Melky at this point.

  220. 220
    Jeremy Says:

    Moronic.

  221. 221
    Dan Says:

    So stupid. I hate stolen base attempts.

  222. 222
    Tony Says:

    Lol…..can someone explain to me what that was?

  223. 223
    csg Says:

    that was an awful call by Bobby

  224. 224
    Frank Says:

    Pissed away an out there

  225. 225
    Jeremy Says:

    Acosta is wild as shit. You don’t hit and run off him ahead in the count 2-0.

  226. 226
    Robert Says:

    either way, Diaz shouldve got that runner home

    That’s the key point. Bobby does whatever but the players have to execute at some point.

  227. 227
    Jeremy Says:

    Offense is so lousy we make Manny Acosta look good.

  228. 228
    Spike Says:

    So diory and Ross left, and we aren’t even thru 9. Ducky.

  229. 229
    Adam M Says:

    Acosta is actually having a good season, but let’s be honest–even if he wasn’t the Braves wouldn’t hit him. It’s after the 2nd inning, after all.

  230. 230
    Mike N. Says:

    omg you shitting me?

  231. 231
    braves14 Says:

    I don’t believe this shit.

  232. 232
    Adam M Says:

    That was almost predictable. And Acosta will get the win.

  233. 233
    csg Says:

    gotta be f’in kidding me

  234. 234
    sdp Says:

    UNMOTHERFUCKINGBELIEVABLE.

  235. 235
    Frank Says:

    Sheesh

  236. 236
    Alex R. Says:

    God I freaking hate Jeff Francouer.

  237. 237
    Brian J. Says:

    Ack!

  238. 238
    urlhix Says:

    Should’ve hit ‘em earlier.

  239. 239
    Bethany Says:

    Season is over.

  240. 240
    MikeM Says:

    Nice shiteating grin on Jeff’s face jogging around.

  241. 241
    c. shorter Says:

    well there’s a low point

  242. 242
    Jeremy Says:

    Someone shoot me.

  243. 243
    Spike Says:

    God it woud seem, has a sense of humor.

  244. 244
    Mike N. Says:

    That congratulatory replay of Francoeur makes me want to cry

  245. 245
    Dan Says:

    Let’s see if Francoeur still has that sh**-eating grin on his face when he’s declined arbitration after the season.

  246. 246
    Bethany Says:

    This team’s fairy tale is over. I’m tired of this bullcrap. They aren’t good enough. When you lose a game to the single worst ballplayer to wear a uniform, you aren’t going to make the playoffs.

  247. 247
    Adam M Says:

    And Wagner, it would seem, is not the pitcher he was during the 1st half.

  248. 248
    ryan c Says:

    well, at least we will see k-rod.

  249. 249
    sdp Says:

    SEE IF JEFF STILL HAS THAT GRIN WHEN HE’S BLOWING JERRY MANUEL BACK AT THE HOTEL.

  250. 250
    braves14 Says:

    Phucking Phillies won.

  251. 251
    Rob Cope Says:

    Diaz has better hitting and on-base ability than Conrad, but Bobby should have pinch-hit Conrad. Moral of the story: if the crapshoot doesn’t work to our favor, Bobby is wrong. With that in mind, WHY DID BOBBY BRING IN WAGNER TO PITCH TO FRANCOEUR?! GET JESSE CHAVEZ BACK!

    How about the players have to get it done, and it’s not Bobby’s fault we can’t hit for a lick?

  252. 252
    Tony Says:

    Well….Buster Posey and the red hot Giants on deck.

  253. 253
    putter Says:

    Francoeur still stinks, and nobody can take that away from him

  254. 254
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Ugh.

  255. 255
    braves14 Says:

    Top of the order coming up. Better make something happen or this will be a miserable night.

  256. 256
    Rob Cope Says:

    We simply aren’t playing well right now. When Francoeur hits an opposite field bomb on you, you know things aren’t going your way.

  257. 257
    Tony Says:

    Nice play by Chipper…..too bad he will miss the next few games bc of it. TP…..it’s been a nice run.

  258. 258
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    So I’m not watching but I’m assuming Suckcouer hit a game winning homerun? If so, how typical.

  259. 259
    Brian J. Says:

    Our 1-4 hitters have reached base eight times… and neither scored nor driven in a run.

  260. 260
    ugalaw06 Says:

    In his career, Jeff Francoeur now has 4 homeruns to right field

  261. 261
    Dan Says:

    Nice swinging at ball four.

  262. 262
    braves14 Says:

    Dammit Omar, that was ball 4.

  263. 263
    Bethany Says:

    You knew Omar wasn’t going to take the walk.

  264. 264
    Rob Cope Says:

    C’mon, gotta get it going against K-Rod.

    Not a good start.

  265. 265
    RobBroad4th Says:

    That was ball four.

  266. 266
    Jeremy Says:

    Why you swinging at that?

  267. 267
    ryan c Says:

    omar, you just dont swing there. geez…

  268. 268
    Rob Cope Says:

    If Heyward homers, I’ll run naked through the street.

  269. 269
    Jeremy Says:

    We’re doomed.

  270. 270
    Brian J. Says:

    Sadly, Rob’s neighbors are safe.

  271. 271
    mraver Says:

    Wow, they had a pretty heavy shift on there for Heyward. Never seen that before for him.

  272. 272
    ryan c Says:

    sick. just frickin’ sick.

  273. 273
    braves14 Says:

    Horrible loss.

  274. 274
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Thanks Wags.

  275. 275
    MikeM Says:

    Cruel and unusual loss.

  276. 276
    Rob Cope Says:

    … man, this kinda sucks.

  277. 277
    Jeremy Says:

    Worst loss of the year. Unbelievable.

  278. 278
    Bethany Says:

    I freaking hate this team. This must be what it felt like to be a Mets fan when they lost the 7 game lead in September. Except we aren’t good enough to get to September with the lead.

  279. 279
    Brian J. Says:

    Bad managing, bad hitting, bad pitching. A trifecta of shame.

  280. 280
    Dan Says:

    Two game lead.

    I kind of would rather see them lose the division lead quickly rather than cling to it for two more weeks before it inevitably happens.

  281. 281
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    BUT WE HAVE OUR PROS(SUS)PECTS!!!!!!!

  282. 282
    Marc Schneider Says:

    Wagner’s good only when he has a three run lead. Otherwise he sucks. How many close games has he blown? Wagner is not the Guy you want in a big game. It’s horrible. And the offense naturally sucks.

  283. 283
    braves14 Says:

    Losing to Francoeur and Acosta…there are no words.

  284. 284
    putter Says:

    What a joke…make K Rod look like frickin Rivera. Blanco sets up in the right handed batters box and they just flail away. The lack of clutch hitting is what is going to cost this team. They lost on Sunday because of missed opportunities and lost again tonight for the same reason. Not a good vibe right now

  285. 285
    ryan c Says:

    old brave that’s a renewed brave gives up the go-ahead run, then old brave homers to give another old brave the win against the braves. just f’n stupid.

  286. 286
    Rob Cope Says:

    Where did Bobby mismanage? Pinch-hitting with our best pinch-hitter? Pinch-hitting with Glaus? If Glaus is simply slumping, you have to stick with him. You can’t just bury him on the bench and play Hinske. That’s not the answer.

    Who did you want to throw in the ninth? If you bring in someone other than Wagner, you criticize Bobby for saving the “Closer(TM)”.

    Sometimes the players just don’t get the job done, and the knee-jerk reaction may be to blame the manager, but Bobby didn’t groove a fastball to Francoeur.

  287. 287
    Alex R. Says:

    This loss is just cruel. Just unseemly to only manage 2 runs off a piece of crap like RA Dickey and then allow a bigger, more evil piece of crap like Frenchy to beat us. God I hate Baseball right now. And yeah, now the Giants and Buster Posey. The schedule is cruel. Phillies in first by Sunday.

  288. 288
    Trace Says:

    Bethany, what team would you like? Last year’s team. 2008? This team came back from 8-0 to beat the Reds. This team has been in first place since the end of May. This loss sucks, I get it. We have flaws. I wish we were the ’27 Yankees but we’re not. Just roll with the punches and let’s get ‘em tomorrow.

  289. 289
    Rob Cope Says:

    It sucks that we’re playing so bad, but we’re not too far removed from Mac saying “this team is so resilient” for their ability to come from behind. The resiliency that got us to this point has somehow left, and I hope we can get it back.

    Remember also when Wagner was our nasty stud closer and we couldn’t care less what we got for Soriano? We’re about two weeks removed from being the best team in the NL. The problem is that I don’t know what team we are. Are we the April/late July team or the team that has played the rest of the season?

    It’s just frustrating, but there’s really not much you can do.

  290. 290
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Recapped.

  291. 291
    RobBroad4th Says:

    @288, Well said. 2 out of 3 would be nice and I like my chances with Medlen on the mound.

  292. 292
    spike Says:

    Chuck Dowdle is going on about how nice it was for Frenchy. Pleck.

  293. 293
    Marc Schneider Says:

    RA Dickey is not a piece of crap. Have you been paying attention? He has been pitching great ball. The Braves offense is horrid now but it’s ridiculous to say Dickey I bad.

    The Braves now have a worse record than the wild card leader. It’s still early but this could end up being a disaster of a year. I just don’t see where the offense is going to come from the rest of the year

  294. 294
    nick manning Says:

    nolan ryan’s first name is lynn, right?

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