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07 Oct

What I want

I want to go to the World Series. Against the Yankees. Not just because I want to go to the World Series, but because I’d want to see game three, when all the Yankee fans gasp in horror at what they see when Melky waddles out onto the field.

Game thread.

579 Responses to “What I want”

  1. 1
    Andrew B Says:

    let’s go boys. let’s go get a win

  2. 2
    spike Says:

    Mac, it’s your baby, and I know you don’t control the ad stream, but those ads for Trade Tang counterfeit guitars are pretty grim.

    /oh and if we could scratch out a W tonight it would be huuuuuge. Go Braves.

  3. 3
    Ethan Says:

    Mac,

    Could he then hit a game tying home run off of the one (hanging) breaking ball that Rivera’s ever thrown?

  4. 4
    csg Says:

    Melky hitting a routine grounder that Tex boots for a world series win would be incredible

  5. 5
    Stu Says:

    From the last thread…

    Not as absurd as Melky hitting fifth.

    Melky vs. righties: 2010, .266/.320/.365; career, .273/.330/.389

    AGony vs. righties: 2010, .260/.302/.456; career, .250/.295/.404

    It’s pretty close, man. Neither has any business that high in the order. Even this order.

  6. 6
    Marc Schneider Says:

    Headline: “Melky wins World Series MVP; signs long-term deal with Braves.”

  7. 7
    csg Says:

    Marc, now you’ve gone too far

  8. 8
    Dix Says:

    How about a broken bat grounder to Jeter with a runner on third and one out where Tex cant field the throw from short because the butt end of the bat shattered his cup and he’s lying on the ground in pain in front of the bag because he was playing shallow in case of a play at the plate and then Melky stomps on his sack on the way to the bag where he is safe and it doesn’t even matter that he is safe because the run scores and the Braves win the World Series and Melky goes and sulks with who he thinks are his teammates?

  9. 9
    Mike N. Says:

    Woooooo first playoff game thread in 5 years. I am pretty pumped up right now.

  10. 10
    brule™ Says:

    Interesting, Mac. The same what I want but no comments about Melky. Actually I do like the yanks. Just don’t want to see Jeter at yanks. Even I don’t understand the ladies have been crazy about him. Whatever!

  11. 11
    Adam M Says:

    6–

    That would mean the Braves win the world series. But it would also mean Melky is here to stay. So. Much. To Process…

  12. 12
    Dix Says:

    Jeter is rich. That explains why any girl has ever let him near. Except for Mariah. She is bat-shiat crazy. That explains why she let him near her.

    It’s either that, or they simply feel safe around him and like to get his advice on things like fashion and boys.

  13. 13
    Dan Says:

    “Melky is fat” is the new “Francoeur sucks.”

  14. 14
    Dix Says:

    combine them and its “Francoeur sucks Melky’s Fat” which would explain so much.

  15. 15
    brule™ Says:

    There are lots of rich guys in the world. Hahaha, you Dix, make me funny. I don’t mind he is rich or not. Definately he is not to my taste. Sorry to Jeter however there is someone who is not addicted to him and his money in the world. HA!

  16. 16
    Mark Graybill Says:

    @14

    That made Coca-Cola shoot out of my nose. Just awesome.

  17. 17
    sdp Says:

    Buck Martinez is crediting Jeff Francoeur for the relaxed mood amongst the Rangers.

  18. 18
    Mac Thomason Says:

    I’m starting to think that Jeffy gives away free pot and that’s why everyone likes him.

  19. 19
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Stu, I’m going to ignore the statistics you cited and instead point and laugh at you, because I insulted Melky Cabrera and you defended him. That makes you a stupidhead.

  20. 20
    Rob Cope Says:

    Dix, brilliant.

  21. 21
    Tom O. Says:

    anyone going to the game tonight? i’m in the left field bleachers. go braves!

  22. 22
    CourtneyC Says:

    I was going to go but I haven’t landed a job where I fly wherever I want in a corprate jet yet. Maybe tomorrow.

  23. 23
    Tom O. Says:

    that jet would be a nice alternative to only getting to see the braves out here once a year

  24. 24
    ububba Says:

    It’s weird. Unlike any other year we’ve been to the post-season, I have no expectation of this team advancing at all. It’s oddly freeing.

  25. 25
    billy-jay Says:

    Go Braves. At least I can watch at work.

  26. 26
    Robert Says:

    #24 – Yeah my expectations are at rock bottom too…but I would still be pretty disappointed if the team choked away this series like Tampa is right now.

    I sort of expect the worst but it would be great if the team at least showed up.

  27. 27
    Smitty Says:

    I see Bobby isn’t taking game one serious enough to start Melk-tober. I guess he feels we got this one

  28. 28
    brule™ Says:

    Tex leads series 2-0. My friend smiles from ear to ear.

    OMG, No one tells me Francoeur is a rangers. #$%%^&**(. HEHEHE.
    Today, I’ve heard too much bad words, which the teenagers who were sitting next with me said mother ##$^&*(^@. Im scared of them. #$%&()_&^%@.

    Go Braves. AJA AJA!!!

  29. 29
    JoeyT Says:

    @27, Just wait until the playoff home opener. Melktober starts Sunday.

  30. 30
    sdp Says:

    Who’s fatter? Melky or Chino Cadahia?

  31. 31
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Melky isn’t starting tonight because Delta was going to make him buy two tickets, but LM didn’t want to spring for the extra seat.

  32. 32
    Bethany Says:

    @31 Hee, I like the double diss.

  33. 33
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Guys I just had a terrible thought..

    What if there’s a Rangers-Phillies World Series? Phillies on one side, Jeff Francoeur on the other.. Can such a thing as horrible as that truly exist in this world, or will the universe itself prevent such a thing from occurring?

  34. 34
    Dix Says:

    More turrible:

    A Braves vs Rangers world series and we lose when Neftali Feliz induces Alex Gonzalez to ground out to Elvis Andrus at short to close out the bottom of the 9th at home in game 6.

    That would be worse than a Phillies vs Francoeur matchup.

  35. 35
    Mac Thomason Says:

    What if the reason the Rangers are winning is a go-ahead homer by Francoeur?

  36. 36
    DowneasterJC Says:

    And then during the Rangers celebration on the field, Francoeur tries to run and jump on the pile at home plate (because he was obvs in the dugout on the bench), but being Francoeur he misses and lands on McCann who is walking from second back to the Braves dugout, destroying McCann’s knee and ending his career.

  37. 37
    TheFlyingBernard Says:

    Does anybody know what channel the Braves will start on if the Yankees game runs long on TBS?

  38. 38
    csg Says:

    this umpire behind the plate is hoping that he can get escorted to his car tonight. That missed strike 3 on Berkman is huge now

  39. 39
    ryan c Says:

    a good pregame read.
    http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2010/10/7/1732972/bobby-cox-braves-tribute-mlb-playoffs

  40. 40
    Smitty Says:

    I agree csg

  41. 41
    c. shorter Says:

    I don’t have cable and so I’m losing count of how many Octobers there are. Does Dane Cook count Melktobers too?

  42. 42
    Smitty Says:

    I just hope I can get Melk-tober into the BJ almanac or on TBS.

  43. 43
    Smitty Says:

    Wow, the Twins can’t buy a break. Not letting Jeter’s slow roller go foul have led to a stolen base and another run. Oh and Rivera is warming up.

  44. 44
    csg Says:

    just me or does Delmon Young look 10 years older this year than he did last year?

  45. 45
    CourtneyC Says:

    33-37: None of these would be worse than a Yankee sweep of the braves and having to listen to whoever-the-announcer-is vocally masturbate while calling the final at-bat in game 4 when pinch-hitter Mekly faces Sabathia as he finishes out a perfect game.

  46. 46
    DowneasterJC Says:

    I’d rather the Yankees sweep the Braves than the Phils or Rangers. In fact, I’d rather baseball be canceled forever than for the Phils to win the WS.

  47. 47
    Smitty Says:

    Well…here we go!

  48. 48
    Dan Says:

    In terms of which team to see winning the 2010 World Series:

    Braves > Reds > Twins > Rays > Giants > Yankees > Phillies > Rangers

    I really do not want to see Failcoeur getting a ring before McCann.

  49. 49
    NickC Says:

    Wow. Matt Diaz makes the lineup against a RHP. Maybe Bobby’s noticed Melky stinking it out.

  50. 50
    ryan c Says:

    anyone else think that cal ripken jr looks like a helmetless darth vader?
    http://tinyurl.com/37vuv92

  51. 51
    D.N. Nation Says:

    “when all the Yankee fans gasp in horror at what they see when Melky waddles out onto the field.”

    My guess it’ll be kinda like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rI6-JzxV-_M

  52. 52
    Stu Says:

    I’m fired up, you guys!

  53. 53
    Brian J. Says:

    Actually, I think http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36WEn-9zs1U&feature=related is more appropriate.

    “He chose… poorly.”

  54. 54
    Stu Says:

    Dick Stockton’s may be the worst dye-job I’ve ever seen. On a male, anyway.

  55. 55
    Adam M Says:

    Why is Diaz starting?

    .269/.327/.382 (.312 wOBA) against righties in his career. I would rather have seen Hinske or McLouth, frankly.

  56. 56
    Mac Thomason Says:

    I am allowed to say this: Dick Stockton has chemo head.

  57. 57
    Robert Says:

    Ok, I’m ready. Old school tonight. David Justice jersey I bought in ’93 over my t-shirt celebrating the ’95 WS. That’s my best effort.

  58. 58
    csg Says:

    I hope the August Lincecum shows up

  59. 59
    Brian J. Says:

    55- I think Diaz’ defense makes up the difference by, unusually for this team, not being completely awful.

    Edit: And now that I’ve had Robin Williams inflicted on me, victory is not negotiable.

  60. 60
    csg Says:

    Robin Williams is a tool

  61. 61
    Smitty Says:

    I got my Smoltz jersey on! I hope we don’t get blown out quick.

    Robin Williams is a tool

  62. 62
    Stu Says:

    Robin Williams is Canadian. WTF? Are we going to have Elton John firing up the crowd on Sunday?

  63. 63
    Jeremy Says:

    Gotta love TBS using their basketball announcers to do baseball, though Brenly is somewhat tolerable.

  64. 64
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Canada sucks, and so does Robin Williams, and so do the Giants.

  65. 65
    csg Says:

    Prado
    Heyward
    Chipper
    Lee
    BMac
    Infante
    Diaz
    Ankiel

    would be nice

  66. 66
    Adam M Says:

    He’s been going to Giants games for decades, I think, as he’s lived in SF a long time. I remember meeting his kid at a party once… he was weird.

  67. 67
    Catz Says:

    Let’s do this.

  68. 68
    csg Says:

    Smitty, you owe me a coke my friend

  69. 69
    Stu Says:

    I wish Infante were as willing to take a pitch on a 3-1 count as he is on the first pitch of every. single. PA.

    EDIT: OK, I’m glad he swung at that one.

  70. 70
    Brian J. Says:

    Nice start, Omar!

  71. 71
    D.N. Nation Says:

    Omaaaaaaaa!

  72. 72
    braves14 Says:

    That’s a nice start.

  73. 73
    csg Says:

    nice job Omar

  74. 74
    Jeremy Says:

    ALL STAR!

  75. 75
    Smitty Says:

    ha ha ha.

    Good AB Infante

  76. 76
    stupup74 Says:

    Make Lindsey throw some pitches. Work the count, then rake a double.

    That was an effective AB by Omar

  77. 77
    urlhix Says:

    Nice start, Omar.

  78. 78
    ryan c Says:

    OMAH!

  79. 79
    Robert Says:

    Hits are ok too.

  80. 80
    Grst Says:

    All-Star

  81. 81
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Watching on GameDay. Lincecum looks a little wild so far. Only like 6 pitches in, but still..

  82. 82
    D.N. Nation Says:

    Downeaster- the 3 balls to Omar were overthrown and not close.

  83. 83
    Dan Says:

    Stranding that runner on second would be way too reminiscent of the regular season…

  84. 84
    Smitty Says:

    Would have been nice to get him to third

  85. 85
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Mystery Science Theater’s Mike Nelson is actually riffing on the Twins on Twitter.

  86. 86
    Grst Says:

    We need to capitalize before Lincecum settles down.

  87. 87
    Randy Says:

    We’ve already done better than Cincy.

  88. 88
    Adam M Says:

    And… he swings at ball four.

  89. 89
    MikeM Says:

    ball four

  90. 90
    Stu Says:

    That was a nasty pitch, though.

  91. 91
    Smitty Says:

    Damn, what is McCann waiting on?

  92. 92
    CapTang Says:

    @45: That will never happen. Melky will start game 4 and will be batting higher than 9th.

  93. 93
    Grst Says:

    McCann, on the other hand, takes the first two right down the middle.

  94. 94
    Adam M Says:

    McCann is waiting for a ball to chase. Omar doomed us!

  95. 95
    stupup74 Says:

    The braves cannot waste leadoff doubles in this series.

    Of course they do it all the time, why would now be any different.

  96. 96
    Adam M Says:

    Yep. Swung at ball four as well.

  97. 97
    Smitty Says:

    Terrible ab McCann

  98. 98
    Stu Says:

    Ugh, McCann. Unlike Lee’s ball-four, that one never looked like a strike.

  99. 99
    Grst Says:

    Ugh.

  100. 100
    csg Says:

    its fine to take a base

  101. 101
    braves14 Says:

    That was ugly, but typical.

  102. 102
    Brian J. Says:

    Two straight swings at ball four to strand a runner at second. This rings bells I’d hoped that we had deadened.

  103. 103
    CourtneyC Says:

    that slider should be outlawed.

  104. 104
    MikeM Says:

    Ouch. That hurts.

  105. 105
    stupup74 Says:

    Exactly what could NOT happen for the braves just happened.

    Not a good start at all.

  106. 106
    c. shorter Says:

    ugh

  107. 107
    Dan Says:

    Good Lord. Both Lee and McCann fall behind 0-2, watch three balls in the dirt go by and then decide to swing at the small ball in the dirt when it would have been ball four.

  108. 108
    Robert Says:

    No patience. I miss the first half Braves.

  109. 109
    Smitty Says:

    What pisses me off was taking two gofer balls.

  110. 110
    DowneasterJC Says:

    @ 100

    If you walk too much you get traded to Toronto.

  111. 111
    Adam M Says:

    Why did he take the previous three pitches that were also in the dirt? Ballplayers think too much.

  112. 112
    Robert Says:

    and of course next inning the really impatient guys bat.

  113. 113
    csg Says:

    good point…

  114. 114
    Stu Says:

    20 pitches, though. That’s good.

  115. 115
    Adam M Says:

    Don’t worry, he’ll throw seven to get the next three guys out.

  116. 116
    Stu Says:

    Niiiice.

  117. 117
    Robert Says:

    That will work.

  118. 118
    Brian J. Says:

    Wow! A double play ball that we actually turned into a double play!

  119. 119
    csg Says:

    nice turn Brooks-AAG

  120. 120
    MikeM Says:

    Nice start Brooks!

  121. 121
    braves14 Says:

    Stockton can’t say the word “error.”

  122. 122
    James Says:

    Hopefully we’ll see a lot of those this series

  123. 123
    Mac Thomason Says:

    That’s because when Stockton started out, the concept of the “error” had not yet been invented.

  124. 124
    stupup74 Says:

    122

    I think we will…..from both teams

  125. 125
    csg Says:

    that didnt look high to me

  126. 126
    Marc Schneider Says:

    The braves having a runner on second with no outs is like other teams having two outs and no one on.

  127. 127
    MikeM Says:

    That was strike three.

    Love that human element.

  128. 128
    krugerindustrialsmoothing Says:

    I cannot believe you guys are complaining about the play by play guys. It was like 4 days ago when we were all forced to listen to chip.

  129. 129
    csg Says:

    good work Dlowe

    dang, throw that ball to 1st

  130. 130
    Robert Says:

    Every ground ball is an adventure with this group.

  131. 131
    Shawn Says:

    Anybody else terrified now when whoever’s on third goes to second with 2 out?

  132. 132
    Adam M Says:

    Seriously, why don’t they throw to first with two outs? I’m sincerely asking.

  133. 133
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Apparently Hanson was hit in the eye by a ricocheting foul ball during BP..

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/playoffs/2010/news/story?id=5660518

  134. 134
    MikeM Says:

    My guess is that it is because it is the shorter throw.

    Plus I guess the RF is in a good position to back up an errant throw.

  135. 135
    James Says:

    @131

    especially nervous with throws like that. You really hope they would learn to throw to first.

  136. 136
    James Says:

    wow, a pitch even AAG wouldn’t swing at.

  137. 137
    csg Says:

    AAG just swung at a pitch way above the zone

    Lincecum isnt close right now

  138. 138
    Brian J. Says:

    That was pathetic, not that I expected better.

  139. 139
    MikeM Says:

    So why Diaz and not Hinske?

  140. 140
    NickC Says:

    That might be the worst at bat I’ve ever seen.

  141. 141
    Adam M Says:

    He is so damn bad.

  142. 142
    RobBroad4th Says:

    AGon is not perceptive.

  143. 143
    Adam M Says:

    Against this lineup Lincecum will strike out 20.

  144. 144
    Stu Says:

    Hack, hack, hack, hack, hack.

  145. 145
    Grst Says:

    Control problems or not, that is a nasty slider.

  146. 146
    csg Says:

    we take good pitches and swing at this crap, unreal

  147. 147
    James Says:

    It really shouldn’t be this difficult to not swing at pitches a foot off the plate.

  148. 148
    Adam M Says:

    To be fair, the bottom half of the lineup swings at everything.

  149. 149
    CourtneyC Says:

    Eff you, Tim Lincecum.

  150. 150
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Ridicule me all you want, but Diory needs to be starting at SS. At the very least maybe he’ll just be so terrified that he won’t swing at anything and might accidentally draw a walk.

  151. 151
    Dan Says:

    Stop swinging at that pitch already.

  152. 152
    c. shorter Says:

    Timmy’s going to set a record tonight.

  153. 153
    Brian J. Says:

    Did Bobby tell the hitters, “Just go out there and swing at everything like you’re shooing flies”? If so, to what possible end?

  154. 154
    Stu Says:

    How many outs would Lincecum have gotten if we’d just taken every pitch, so far?

  155. 155
    MikeM Says:

    Melky is the Chalupa Closer for the Braves, of course.

  156. 156
    Adam M Says:

    I remember thinking yesterday that I was relieved somebody other than the Braves got embarrassed, and that all anyone would remember would be the no-hitter. But now I’m not so sure. I’m legitimately nervous that Lincecum will strike out a number in the high teens.

  157. 157
    csg Says:

    Stu, we’d still be in the 1st inning

  158. 158
    Jeremy Says:

    Agony and Diaz have no chance.

    You’d think Lincecum was a left hander with this lineup.

  159. 159
    Stu Says:

    Lee is so good at first.

  160. 160
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Juan Uribe looks even fatter than Melky in his Gameday picture.

  161. 161
    csg Says:

    cant say that Lee trade hasnt helped

  162. 162
    Dan Says:

    Every Infante throw causes a skipped heartbeat.

  163. 163
    Brian J. Says:

    Obviously, the Giants know Infante sucks at third; I’ve seen offensive strategies that were less likely to work. Like the Braves’ tonight, for instance.

  164. 164
    csg Says:

    is Pablo fatter than Melky?

  165. 165
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Yes, for now.

  166. 166
    jj3bagger Says:

    DLee looks like the best defensive first baseman ever compared to Glaus’ first base exploits.

  167. 167
    CourtneyC Says:

    That was a Jeffy at-bat by the Panda.

  168. 168
    CourtneyC Says:

    of course, we’ve had 5 jeffy at-bats in a row.

  169. 169
    jj3bagger Says:

    Courtney C, was just going to say that. The Panda’s plate discipline is very Francoeurian.

  170. 170
    braves14 Says:

    Could Glaus possibly be worse throwing the ball at third?

  171. 171
    Tony Says:

    Lincy velocity is way down….

    Bob Brenly is right. The Braves hitters just aren’t that good.

  172. 172
    CourtneyC Says:

    now he finds the strike zone. when we stop swinging.

  173. 173
    DowneasterJC Says:

    I think the real question is could Glaus be so bad at third that replacing Gonzalez in the lineup with him and moving Infante to SS is a bad idea?

  174. 174
    James Says:

    He has no range so odds are he wouldn’t even get to the ball.

  175. 175
    Dan Says:

    Runs please.

  176. 176
    Adam M Says:

    What was that, seven pitches?

  177. 177
    Adam M Says:

    I would rather have Glaus in the field/lineup than Conrad, and probably Gonzalez as well.

  178. 178
    DowneasterJC Says:

    Nice 7 pitch inning.

    Just forfeit you bunch of literal hacks.

  179. 179
    CourtneyC Says:

    in what universe is Glaus a better hitter than Gonzalez right now? Besides, that defense would have more holes in it than Glenn Beck’s logic.

  180. 180
    Adam M Says:

    Glaus .331 wOBA
    Gonzalez .319 wOBA

    Also, the key to this game is getting Lincecum out of the game. He needs to throw more pitches. Gonzalez is a walking two-pitch out.

  181. 181
    Adam M Says:

    Anyone else concerned by this inning?

  182. 182
    Tony Says:

    Gonzalez in the fifth spot is a disgrace.

  183. 183
    CourtneyC Says:

    i am not a sabernerd. what does wOBA mean?

  184. 184
    Dix Says:

    fastball to the jaw would get Timmy out of here…

  185. 185
    DowneasterJC Says:

    @179

    In the May/June and “maybe two months off did him some good” universe.

  186. 186
    Tony Says:

    I can’t take this…every time Infante fields a ball, my heart skips a beat.

  187. 187
    Brian J. Says:

    Anyone who didn’t see that coming, raise your hand.

  188. 188
    James Says:

    ugly

  189. 189
    Adam M Says:

    Weighted On Base Average. Its like OPS but with slightly more weight to the on-base side of things, as that is the more important of the two.

    In any event, my problem is with Conrad more than with Gonzalez. Gonzalez is at least an above-average defender. Even with his hacktastic ways, his defense and power make him useful.

    And… there’s Conrad.

  190. 190
    braves14 Says:

    Fail.

  191. 191
    Stu Says:

    Starting to hate Folk Hero.

  192. 192
    Bethany Says:

    Go die, Conrad.

  193. 193
    CourtneyC Says:

    That was not Folk Heroish.

  194. 194
    Jeremy Says:

    You can’t put him in the lineup.

  195. 195
    Catz Says:

    For God’s sake, Conrad…..

  196. 196
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Like clockwork.

  197. 197
    Dan Says:

    Conrad can’t even handle routine dribblers any longer?

  198. 198
    Tony Says:

    I’m sorry…but we ALL saw that coming. Goodness.

  199. 199
    Brian J. Says:

    How did we fail to screw up that rundown? And as it was, we let their runners go all the way to second and third.

  200. 200
    Mac Thomason Says:

    The DiMaggio of Errors.

  201. 201
    James Says:

    That was a lot of work for no real change in circumstances.

  202. 202
    CourtneyC Says:

    there was no reason for McCann to throw to third there with the runner advancing. We have already been burned by that mistake once this year.

  203. 203
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    Go Braves! You can do it

  204. 204
    braves14 Says:

    BMac, you have to chase that guy back to 3rd so the other runners don’t advance. Not the first time he’s done that.

  205. 205
    reaganman Says:

    So Conrad is in there over Glaus because of… defense?

  206. 206
    Dix Says:

    do that pitch every time please

  207. 207
    ububba Says:

    Nice job, DLowe.

  208. 208
    c. shorter Says:

    well done, Lowe.

  209. 209
    Brian J. Says:

    Lowe gets us out of it, but he’s got to pitch as if the infielders behind him all put money on the Giants.

  210. 210
    CourtneyC Says:

    My fingernails are gone and this is just the 1st game.

  211. 211
    Dan Says:

    Confidence in Lowe.

  212. 212
    Stu Says:

    Nice work, Lowe. Starting to (gulp) love him.

  213. 213
    Grst Says:

    Why does the announcer keep talking about major divisions of geological time? What is this Conrad Era he speaks of, and was it before or after the dinosaurs?

  214. 214
    RobBroad4th Says:

    At least Lowe showed up.

  215. 215
    csg Says:

    great job Lowe

  216. 216
    ububba Says:

    There’s a reason Conrad’s a 30-year-old rookie…

  217. 217
    Tony Says:

    You said it Ububba…

    By the way Dick Stockton, Matt Diaz is 32, not 35.

  218. 218
    Adam R Says:

    Glaus cannot move, let alone play third. Please stop clamoring for him, it’s ridiculous.

  219. 219
    Adam M Says:

    I’ll see your ridicule and raise you to absurdity: Conrad can’t hit or field, and he moves… not that well.

  220. 220
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Conrad had a higher isolated power this year than Jayson Werth, Mark Reynolds, or Ryan Howard.

  221. 221
    csg Says:

    you almost have to start Diory somewhere. Our INF defense is worse than anything Ive ever seen, esp with Lowe and Huddy on the mound

  222. 222
    csg Says:

    I wouldve like to have seen Timmons at 3B down the stretch

  223. 223
    jj3bagger Says:

    Send Jason ?

  224. 224
    braves14 Says:

    Maybe Heyward showed them how to take some pitches.

  225. 225
    csg Says:

    222 – yes at least a hit and run, something

  226. 226
    Tony Says:

    I agree CSG…

  227. 227
    Adam M Says:

    ISO fluctuates highly until 500 PAs or so. He’s been effective in limited at bats, but he’s being exposed. Dude also has a .294 career OBP.

  228. 228
    Brian J. Says:

    225- Me too.

  229. 229
    Grst Says:

    Send him with the lefty up now.

  230. 230
    Adam R Says:

    There is no way Conrad belongs in this game as a starter. And yet, Conrad would be markedly better than Glaus in every facet of the game.

  231. 231
    csg Says:

    Bmac clears AAG at least

  232. 232
    Adam M Says:

    Crap. Maybe AAG will hear the criticism and respond!

  233. 233
    Mac Thomason Says:

    A few years ago I got so fed up with Edgar Renteria’s defense that I said that the Braves should start Tony Pena Jr. I was overreacting, and so are you guys.

  234. 234
    Adam M Says:

    Nope. Nevermind. At least he didn’t strike out, I guess.

  235. 235
    Brian J. Says:

    Mac, Diory has hit at AAA at least once and doesn’t cause palpitations when he fields a ball at second or third. At some point, the two-error-a-day act from Conrad and Infante has to be stopped.

  236. 236
    CourtneyC Says:

    All this complaining about Conrad makes A LOT of sense when our other two options are Glaus at 3rd and Hernandez, who hits like a pitcher.

  237. 237
    Jeremy Says:

    Why would you hit that guy fifth. FIFTH.

  238. 238
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Because your outfielders other than Heyward are incompetent.

  239. 239
    Tony Says:

    I wonder what Melky is doing right now?

  240. 240
    Adam M Says:

    I’d hit… McLouth 5th? yeah I don’t know. Playoffs!

  241. 241
    Jeremy Says:

    I’d rather hit Hinske fifth.

  242. 242
    Dan Says:

    …who hits like a pitcher.

    Like nearly the whole team right now it feels like.

  243. 243
    stupup74 Says:

    I think my giddiness of the wild card played tricks with my mind. I forgot how hopeless our offense is.

  244. 244
    Stu Says:

    240—Me, too.

    238—Snacking.

  245. 245
    braves14 Says:

    240 — Me three.

  246. 246
    csg Says:

    how bad is Hinske at 3B?

  247. 247
    Tony Says:

    I think the outfield is too big to play Hinske in left…

  248. 248
    Dix Says:

    every SF baserunner makes me think it represents the game winning run

  249. 249
    Stu Says:

    With Lowe on the mound, that’s not as important, Tony.

  250. 250
    CourtneyC Says:

    241- Well, Bobby is a crafty manager, but he can’t pull George Brett out of his ass. The lineup out there now is the best possible linup (except mabye Hinske for Diaz).

  251. 251
    csg Says:

    how was Posey safe?

    nevermind, he wasnt

  252. 252
    Brian J. Says:

    Bad call, ump.

  253. 253
    Adam M Says:

    Uh, he was out.

  254. 254
    Dix Says:

    looked out

  255. 255
    braves14 Says:

    Posey was out.

  256. 256
    Dan Says:

    He was out.

  257. 257
    ermoore Says:

    Oh, snap. Posey was out at second.

  258. 258
    ububba Says:

    He was out.

    Tagged him high, but he was out.

  259. 259
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    Posey was OUT!

  260. 260
    stupup74 Says:

    Posey was out at 2nd

  261. 261
    Adam R Says:

    Posey was out. Oh well.

  262. 262
    Grst Says:

    Not a single announcer notices over the course of those 5 replays that he was out?

  263. 263
    Tony Says:

    Yep…he was out.

  264. 264
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Posey looked out to me.

  265. 265
    JoeyT Says:

    That was a little scary.

  266. 266
    Stu Says:

    Well, Bobby is a crafty manager, but he can’t pull George Brett out of his ass.

    That explains so much.

  267. 267
    stupup74 Says:

    Juan Uribe is giving me chest pains everytime he swings

  268. 268
    James Says:

    Uribe’s hitting it hard both at bats.

  269. 269
    csg Says:

    this game gets tough when you have to get 4 outs every inning, keep it up Lowe

  270. 270
    James Says:

    Yay for overmanaging.

  271. 271
    JoeyT Says:

    God, I hate IBBs. Walk Sandoval to get to Ross? Ick.

  272. 272
    Stu Says:

    We are giving Commando Cody more runners on base???

  273. 273
    Tony Says:

    Intentional walk already?

  274. 274
    csg Says:

    walk Pablo for braves killer Ross? im not a fan of that

  275. 275
    braves14 Says:

    No, Bobby.

  276. 276
    Stu Says:

    I would go ahead and walk Ross, too.

  277. 277
    Dix Says:

    bobby knows 1 run ends the game. playing the 4th inning like the 9th

  278. 278
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    I hate to say it but as my dad used to say, this one isn’t a matter of who, but how much.

  279. 279
    csg Says:

    I think thats what Brian just told him.

  280. 280
    jj3bagger Says:

    Intentionally walk a guy you struck out the first time on what, three pitches ?

  281. 281
    Brian J. Says:

    Ballgame. Why did Cox issue that IBB?

  282. 282
    Bethany Says:

    Worst defense ever.

  283. 283
    Stu Says:

    Bad umpiring, bad managing, bad defense. Tough for Lowe to overcome all of that.

  284. 284
    Dan Says:

    Umps screwed them.

  285. 285
    csg Says:

    my god…get ur glove down

  286. 286
    Tony Says:

    Well we ALL saw that coming…Lord HELP us!!

  287. 287
    Catz Says:

    I miss Chipper.

  288. 288
    James Says:

    Well that’s the game

  289. 289
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    As I was saying. Ugh. Infante, come on.

  290. 290
    jj3bagger Says:

    Bobby apparently hasn’t been paying attention the 174 times the Braves have played the Marlins the last couple of years.

  291. 291
    csg Says:

    thats on Omar

  292. 292
    CourtneyC Says:

    Bobby’s logic: “Well, Cody Ross has killed us all year. He is due for an out.”

  293. 293
    Alex R. Says:

    Yep, walk the free swinger to pitch to the patient guy, works every time.

  294. 294
    stupup74 Says:

    When did we sign Roger Dorn to play 3rd base.

    Gotta knock that one down.

  295. 295
    ryan c Says:

    the defense is embarassing.

  296. 296
    Jeremy Says:

    In fairness to Bobby, it should have been an out.

  297. 297
    csg Says:

    Buster Posey was out at 2nd, we shouldve pitched to Pablo, and Omar cant field a grounder

    sorry Lowe, thats too much for you

  298. 298
    Tom Says:

    Bad umpiring, bad managing, bad defense. Tough for Lowe to overcome all of that.

    True, oh so true.

  299. 299
    Adam R Says:

    I take it back. Even Glaus could’ve fielded that.

  300. 300
    braves14 Says:

    There’s the 6th out of the inning.

  301. 301
    Tony Says:

    Oh Bobby….

    Man I feel bad for Lowe.

  302. 302
    jj3bagger Says:

    Always good to have a ground ball pitcher on the mound when half the infield can’t field a ground ball.

  303. 303
    ububba Says:

    Strange how in 4 different playoff contests a bad call immediately impacts the game.

  304. 304
    Grst Says:

    I figured he walked him so there would be a force out at every base. With our defense, the fewer/shorter throws needed, the better. Of course, you gotta catch the ball first…

  305. 305
    Dan Says:

    Derek Lowe is starting. Where is his usual five runs?

  306. 306
    Rob Cope Says:

    One run truly does seem insurmountable with our offense and Lincecum pitching.

  307. 307
    csg Says:

    really, I havent seen Hinske at 3B, is he that bad too?

  308. 308
    Tony Says:

    Lincecum velocity is down and he is wild. I don’t see a shutout.

  309. 309
    Stephen in the UAE Says:

    A very uninspiring inning…yeah, one run looks like a huge challenge….

  310. 310
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    The ball doesn’t carry there at ALL. It’s crazy how dead the balls are there.

  311. 311
    CourtneyC Says:

    come on, Brooks… Folk Hero the hell out of that ball.

  312. 312
    Brian J. Says:

    304- Why not? Our hitters have decided which pitches to swing at well before Tim throws them.

  313. 313
    Alex R. Says:

    So true at #302, so true.

  314. 314
    Dix Says:

    the longer timmy goes the better he’s gonna get tonight. I smell a CG.

  315. 315
    stupup74 Says:

    I don’t see how we can score

  316. 316
    csg Says:

    at least we got our hit early

  317. 317
    ryan c Says:

    we’re swinging like we’re holding one of those big orangish-pink bats that kids use when they play wiffle ball.

  318. 318
    Adam M Says:

    Yep. He’s settling in.

  319. 319
    Tony Says:

    You have a point 307.

  320. 320
    braves14 Says:

    I can’t say this is unexpected.

  321. 321
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Nah, you could make contact with those.

  322. 322
    csg Says:

    this really is the worst “pitch selection” team (2nd half) that Ive ever seen. This is worse than the Frenchy, Schafer, KJ bottom of the order last year. Far, Far worse

  323. 323
    DougM66 Says:

    Two quick impressions after four and one-half innings: Home plate umpire is doing a great job; Bob Brenly is by far the best color commentator of any of the playoff announcers.

    One more: We are a truly weak playoff team.

  324. 324
    Stephen in the UAE Says:

    The Braves’ at bats are going by very quickly….

  325. 325
    FUWren Says:

    I would like to wish the Giants luck against the Phillies.

  326. 326
    Stephen in the UAE Says:

    #318–I am just glad that I don’t have to hear Chip….

  327. 327
    Tony Says:

    It will be up to Omar, Heyward, Lee and McCann…so basically we have only two chances to score.

  328. 328
    SoonerHeath Says:

    We are still in this game

  329. 329
    NickC Says:

    #317, don’t forget Casey Kotchman!

  330. 330
    SoonerHeath Says:

    Go get that foul ball Heyward

  331. 331
    csg Says:

    ah, Yes…still worse

  332. 332
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    A red thong, OMG. LOL.

  333. 333
    SoonerHeath Says:

    Quick inning for D Lowe. Go get some runs

  334. 334
    Dix Says:

    the problem is now we have to score at least twice

  335. 335
    Tony Says:

    Damn already 11am, the way the Braves offense is going…I still may make it to bed by 12am

  336. 336
    IthacaBraves Says:

    Could we be the first team in postseason history to be held scoreless for a series?

  337. 337
    csg Says:

    possibly, however, the Rays have only scored 1 time

  338. 338
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Lincecum is throwing garbage. What’s the problem, guys?

  339. 339
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    IMO, he doesn’t look good at all, its just that we are BAAAD.

  340. 340
    Brian J. Says:

    The Rangers hold the record with single runs against the Yankees in 1998 and 1999.

  341. 341
    csg Says:

    straight fastball at 92mph

  342. 342
    Smitty Says:

    Linececum is good. To say other wise is stupid

  343. 343
    Bethany Says:

    This is one of the hardest kinds of games to watch. Rob is right, Lincecum is all over the place.

  344. 344
    stupup74 Says:

    Heyward is going to have to learn to handle that pitch above the belt if he is going to be the hitter we need him to be.

  345. 345
    Tony Says:

    Lincecum is good, but he has been better than tonight. The Braves are just not a good hitting ballclub. Let’s be honest, they are lucky Cole Hamels was lifted on Sunday.

  346. 346
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    He has no control and his ball is NOT electric. But our hitters don’t seem to notice, LOL.

  347. 347
    NickC Says:

    Lincecum at 77 pitches, so we won’t get him out before he goes 8.

  348. 348
    Brian J. Says:

    Exactly. Our hitters relaxed when Omar got his hit. They are more worried about being embarrassed than actually winning.

  349. 349
    Smitty Says:

    Ball game

  350. 350
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    That ball is a HR in every other park in MLB.

  351. 351
    Stu Says:

    A decent center-fielder catches that ball. And, yes, I know Ankiel is the best we have to offer.

  352. 352
    James Says:

    wow even our outfield defense is pathetic.

  353. 353
    CourtneyC Says:

    oh, how i’ve missed playoff baseball.

  354. 354
    Tom Says:

    Unbelievable.

  355. 355
    Smitty Says:

    It is Melk-tober time

  356. 356
    braves14 Says:

    Ankiel should have had it.

  357. 357
    Jeremy Says:

    Ankiel whiffing on the pickup led to the triple.

    What putrid defense.

  358. 358
    Chief Nocahoma Says:

    That dugout is foul. Wow that thing is grungy.

  359. 359
    jdpeace Says:

    Has anyone organized guys in 70s hair, tight jeans, and paddles to greet Lincecum at a vistor’s ballpark. It seems like a missed opportunity if not.

  360. 360
    csg Says:

    dont u walk Uribe to set up the DP with Pablo?

  361. 361
    Smitty Says:

    Id walk Uribe

  362. 362
    ryan c Says:

    tim lincecum was in dazed and confused.

  363. 363
    JJ Says:

    Posey>Heyward. Man, he looks good, and he’s a catcher that can throw. I had forgotten what that looks like.

    Do the Braves score…this series?

  364. 364
    Tony Says:

    Can you imagine if Lincecum pitched in Philly looking like that? Neither can I….

  365. 365
    Stu Says:

    They’re waiting to get Uribe out so that they can IBB Sandoval to get to Ross again.

    EDIT: Or, they’re going with Venters. I’d rather leave Lowe in there to get the DP, but oh well.

  366. 366
    csg Says:

    Venters coming in

  367. 367
    Brian J. Says:

    364- Agreed. There’d be pieces of him in seven states.

  368. 368
    Jeremy Says:

    Lowe pitched a fine game. Got no help from his defense or manager.

  369. 369
    Bethany Says:

    Oh lord, here comes Venters.

    That’s it for me, I have to be up at 5. GO Braves!

  370. 370
    Stu Says:

    368—Agreed. Or second-base umpire.

  371. 371
    krugerindustrialsmoothing Says:

    how can you have any faith in our if turning a double play (note I didn’t say getting a dp ground ball)

  372. 372
    Jeremy Says:

    I miss Gregor Blanco.

  373. 373
    Dix Says:

    I hate to say it but I predicted to Stu earlier today that we’d score zero runs in a 3 game sweep. I suck.

  374. 374
    Tony Says:

    I’m really not too confident in Venters right now….

    Ok good job Venters. Wow emotions shown by Lee.

  375. 375
    Stu Says:

    373—No, you predicted zero hits in a 3-game sweep.

    Attaboy, Jonny!

  376. 376
    csg Says:

    Lowe looks pretty pissed

  377. 377
    Brian J. Says:

    I don’t believe this- we got a DP!!

  378. 378
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Everyday Jonny!

  379. 379
    csg Says:

    how about that….something actually worked

  380. 380
    c. shorter Says:

    Well, that works.

  381. 381
    jj3bagger Says:

    I have faith when it’s hit right at ‘em. Just like Bobby drew it up.

  382. 382
    krugerindustrialsmoothing Says:

    The reverse kiss of death! yes!

  383. 383
    FUWren Says:

    Photo evidence of the Braves getting Joyced

    http://desmond.yfrog.com/Himg821/scaled.php?tn=0&server=821&filename=mrnz.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=640

  384. 384
    Smitty Says:

    Huge DP

  385. 385
    Tony Says:

    Lowe did all he could do…can’t fault him at all.

    At least Blanco could bunt, take a walk and even get a hit. And he had speed. This team is a one base at a time machine…with no power.

  386. 386
    CourtneyC Says:

    ok braves: those wooden things Bobby makes you carry to the plate, those are called “bats”. Their puropse is to make contact with that fast moving white thing that grunge rocker is trowing at you. You can do it!

  387. 387
    csg Says:

    #383 – yeah, I didnt really think replay was needed for that call. However, the announcers after watching it in slow mo didnt even mention that he was out

  388. 388
    stupup74 Says:

    D. Lowe gave us all you can really expect. He looked like he was rushing tonight, but he pitched very bravely.

  389. 389
    jj3bagger Says:

    Yeah, can’t expect much more out of Lowe than that. Pitched well enough that a decent hitting team would have a chance.

  390. 390
    IthacaBraves Says:

    I’m not even upset about this. I saw it coming before we even made the postseason. And once we didn’t get to Tiny Tim in the first when he was completely wild I knew we were done. With a completely clear head I can say that this is the worst postseason team that I’ve ever seen, I’m not talking about their body of work but the actual 25 man roster that is in this series is the worst I’ve ever seen. As far as our non pitcher roster, I would say that the only teams in baseball we have an edge on are the Mariners, Royals, Indians and MAYBE the Pirates and A’s.

  391. 391
    Brian J. Says:

    Also keep in mind that Bobby pulled him so that he might be ready for Game 4, if our batters can be bothered to score a run or two.

  392. 392
    csg Says:

    Lincecum hit 89 with his latest fastball

  393. 393
    csg Says:

    slider in the dirt, here it comes

  394. 394
    Brian J. Says:

    And another swing at ball four. Do these guys not understand the concept of a walk?

    Edit: If Lee did, we’d have runners at second and third with no outs now, and an almost 10% chance of a run.

  395. 395
    Tony Says:

    Ball 4…

  396. 396
    Stephen in the UAE Says:

    That was one ugly at bat….

  397. 397
    James Says:

    That’s 3 walks we struck out of.

  398. 398
    Smitty Says:

    Good cut B-Mac

  399. 399
    ububba Says:

    There you go, B-Mac

  400. 400
    Dix Says:

    surprised mccann didnt get waived over to third. good thing we have such a stud hitter behind him.

  401. 401
    Catz Says:

    Let’s not strand him this time. Oh, who am I kidding.

  402. 402
    csg Says:

    atta boy Bmac….AAG, do something

  403. 403
    Dix Says:

    pinch run for him…

  404. 404
    JoeyT Says:

    “Fastball up in his eyes, and he missed it.” Nice call. Sigh.

  405. 405
    Smitty Says:

    He just missed that one

  406. 406
    Jeremy Says:

    “He just missed that one”

    Haha.

  407. 407
    Smitty Says:

    Well, runner to third, not terrible

  408. 408
    Dan Says:

    Wild pitch please.

  409. 409
    ububba Says:

    Wild pitch?

    Passed ball?

    Balk?

  410. 410
    Dix Says:

    venters threw too many pitches I guess…

  411. 411
    jj3bagger Says:

    Now you gotta hope for contact and an error by Sandoval or Uribe.

  412. 412
    Brian J. Says:

    Well, AAG got him to third. By this team’s standards, that’s progress!

  413. 413
    Tony Says:

    Well at least Bobby should know how to set the lineup in Game 2.

  414. 414
    JoeyT Says:

    That’s what Buster Olney calls a “productive out.”

    It’s what JoeyT calls an “out.”

  415. 415
    csg Says:

    I still say my hate for Alex Gonzalez is rational

  416. 416
    Alex R. Says:

    Yes! First pitching swinging, Diaz. Awesome!

  417. 417
    James Says:

    Venters only threw one pitch. Surely he can go out for another.

  418. 418
    Stu Says:

    Just inevitable.

    What in the world was Bobby thinking with this line-up?

  419. 419
    Stu Says:

    Just inevitable.

    What in the world was Bobby thinking with this line-up?

  420. 420
    jj3bagger Says:

    That, I’m afraid, was the best chance to score. One thing’s for sure, gotta hold them to one.

  421. 421
    Adam M Says:

    413–He’s gonna start Melky. Mark it down.

  422. 422
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Braves line is 0 2 2. A low-caliber offense.

  423. 423
    Jeremy Says:

    Diaz can’t hit RHP. Everyone in the world but Bobby knows this.

  424. 424
    Adam M Says:

    Actually, Bobby always did know this. He has generally used Diaz well… until he freaked out this week, I guess.

  425. 425
    Tony Says:

    I know when Lincecum and Posey saw this line-up after McCann, they had to at least chuckle, if not bust out laughing.

  426. 426
    Alex R. Says:

    The Braves offense will next plan to score a run…on Sunday.

  427. 427
    sdp Says:

    lol, Braves.

  428. 428
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Giggle, in Lincecum’s case.

  429. 429
    jj3bagger Says:

    I’m not sure how much damage Hinske could do defensively in left. Pat Burrell manages to piece it together for seven or so innings a night.

  430. 430
    Smitty Says:

    Diaz is our best option, unless we trot Hudson to left, which I am not against.

  431. 431
    Stu Says:

    Bobby deserves to lose, after filling out a line-up card like this.

    Unfortunately, we Braves fans do not deserve this crap.

  432. 432
    csg Says:

    well if Lee walks on that ball 4, he scores on Bmac’s double

  433. 433
    JoeyT Says:

    When a ball is hit at Derrek Lee, I have this weird feeling of expecting he won’t screw up the play. It is the only position that elicits that feeling.

  434. 434
    Jeremy Says:

    430,

    Matt Diaz vs Tim Lincecum is not our best option. Gimme a break.

  435. 435
    Brian J. Says:

    No, Frank Wren deserves to lose, for leaving Cox unable to put together a better lineup card.

  436. 436
    Stu Says:

    430—That’s just not true, when you’re facing a right-handed pitcher and have an extreme ground-ball pitcher going for you.

    435—Cox was able to fill out a better line-up card. Easily.

  437. 437
    Brian J. Says:

    This is the original Venters, the good Venters.

  438. 438
    jj3bagger Says:

    Is anybody else annoyed by the way Dick Stockton pronounces ‘error’?

    Smitty- Hudson in left wasn’t something I had considered previously. I am willing to consider it now.

  439. 439
    James Says:

    Just filthy.

  440. 440
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Jonny Venters has disgusting stuff.

  441. 441
    braves14 Says:

    438 — Yep.

  442. 442
    CourtneyC Says:

    hey, we get to see a pinch hitter this inning. As long as it’s not Mekly, I’m excited.

  443. 443
    Tony Says:

    Has Gonzalez batted 5th at all this season? What was Bobby thinking?

    Nice work Venters.

    Quick observation, unless this 1st games is nerves, the Phillies should starting printing up World Series tickets.

  444. 444
    ryan c Says:

    according to dick stockton, the giants are leading 1 to 1.

  445. 445
    Stu Says:

    440—Agreed, if by, “stuff,” you mean, “teammates.”

  446. 446
    braves14 Says:

    Folk Hero then 2 PHs I’m guessing.

  447. 447
    FUWren Says:

    @434, I’m pretty sure Hinske retired.

  448. 448
    Smitty Says:

    So you ugly want Melk-tober or his whipping boy buddy McOut. Bobby isn’t’ trotting Hinske out there for some reason, so those are your picks

  449. 449
    Jeremy Says:

    Diaz has never hit RHP. What in the hell makes you think that’s our best option vs one of the best righties in the game?

  450. 450
    Mac Thomason Says:

    HAVE YOU SEEN ME?

  451. 451
    Adam M Says:

    The Braves seemed to survive just fine for a couple months with Hinske playing left field.

  452. 452
    brule™ Says:

    Just wake up. Oh, Jonny nice.

  453. 453
    Mac Thomason Says:

    What’s annoying is that if Hinske does hit, it will be with two out and nobody on base.

  454. 454
    Tony Says:

    Well we know Wilson is pitching the 9th, unless Lincy has a 5 pitch inning, which is possible.

  455. 455
    Jeremy Says:

    Yes, I’d rather have Melky or McLouth in LF over Diaz vs Tim Lincecum. Shoot me.

  456. 456
    Stu Says:

    448—No, I want Hinske. That should be pretty obvious, based on my comments.

  457. 457
    CourtneyC Says:

    383- sorry it’s little late, but thanks. That pic in on my facebook page.

  458. 458
    Adam M Says:

    Conrad looks like he’s swinging at 97 mph.

  459. 459
    Smitty Says:

    Folk Hero just had two placed on a tee for him and missed

  460. 460
    James Says:

    @435

    I’m not going to blame Wren or Cox for being unable to deal with 2 season-ending injuries to their best infielders.

    I will blame Wren for not being willing to give 3 million dollars to KJ.

  461. 461
    braves14 Says:

    Our guys are making it look like Lincecum is throwing in the high 90s.

  462. 462
    Grst Says:

    Several innings later, the announcers finally noticed Posey was out.

  463. 463
    braves14 Says:

    Why is Ankiel hitting here?

  464. 464
    csg Says:

    hey, announcers actually calling out Posey now….thanks. we all knew that 2 hrs ago

  465. 465
    Dan Says:

    So are the Braves going to lose 1-0 on a run the Giants got because of a non-out call at second?

  466. 466
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Brooks has really turned back into a pumpkin.

  467. 467
    Smitty Says:

    I think the umpire had a great look at it, he just sucks

  468. 468
    Tony Says:

    Wow Ankiel is a disaster….

  469. 469
    James Says:

    How on earth is not seeing the play a valid excuse for fucking up a call?

  470. 470
    NickC Says:

    Wow. Ankiel made contact with a pitch. Good job, Rick, someday you’ll get a hit.

  471. 471
    Brian J. Says:

    Honestly, are these guys even looking at Lincecum’s pitches? Are they paying any attention to the game actually being played?

  472. 472
    CourtneyC Says:

    I blame Bonds.

  473. 473
    brule™ Says:

    Uhhhhhhhhhhhh, stupid offence

  474. 474
    Tony Says:

    Oh my. So why didn’t Hinske start again?

  475. 475
    Adam M Says:

    It is a shame, when you consider how much damage the Braves do to themselves, that in the end the umpire does them in. At least the umpiring has been great in the other series this year.

  476. 476
    stupup74 Says:

    There are no answers. It is a major miracle that the braves are even playing tonight.

    Edit: Eric Hinske is not the answer.

    Edit: Positioning is part of being a good umpire. The 2nd base umpire was lazy in his positioing on the Posey play. Piss poor.

  477. 477
    Alex R. Says:

    No, I blame Wren for not acquiring, say, a Cody Ross, some time out of legitimate outfielder who could actually hit.

  478. 478
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Or, say, Pat Burrell, who was basically free to the Giants.

  479. 479
    NickC Says:

    Well, he couldn’t acquire Cody Ross specifically.

  480. 480
    Smitty Says:

    Really, we just need to win one of the first two.

  481. 481
    Dan Says:

    No, I blame Wren for not acquiring, say, a Cody Ross, some time out of legitimate outfielder who could actually hit.

    Who needs Adam Dunn or Pat Burrell when you got Melky Cabrera and Rick Ankiel?

  482. 482
    CourtneyC Says:

    This is an awful feeling. We are down one run and this game seems unwinable.

  483. 483
    csg Says:

    or not acquiring Alex Gonzalez is where Id start

  484. 484
    Grst Says:

    You know, there is a reason Lincecum has led the league in strikeouts three years in a row. Give him a little credit.

  485. 485
    Adam R Says:

    I was going to complain about having to rehash why we didn’t get Ross, Dunn, etc. But Burrell is a good point.

  486. 486
    Stu Says:

    Well…watching Brian Wilson blow a save would be nice.

  487. 487
    sdp Says:

    A dominant Lincecum on the mound tonight isn’t helping matters, though our offense is pretty punchless.

  488. 488
    stupup74 Says:

    There were several upgrades to the OF that could have been had, but Wren is too lazy or stupid, or hamstrung by those ridiculous contracts to make a move to help the the move obvious weakness of any team in baseball.

  489. 489
    Brian J. Says:

    He’s throwing 90 mph fastballs out of the strike zone. If the first-half Braves were here, he’d have been pulled in the fifth inning, down 5-1.

  490. 490
    Jeremy Says:

    Forget Burrell, the Padres basically got Ludwick for a couple of C+ prospects.

  491. 491
    NickC Says:

    #482, it’s okay, we only have 4 hits in 37 at bats against Brian Wilson. We must be due.

  492. 492
    Smitty Says:

    I think if they send him back out, we are going to get him.

  493. 493
    NickC Says:

    If we’d gotten Ludwick and he’d hit .211/.301/.311, would that have been Wren’s fault too?

  494. 494
    CourtneyC Says:

    If the 1st-half braves were here, we would have teed off on Edison Volquez at home last night.

  495. 495
    csg Says:

    #489 – thats what happens when you lose Prado, Chipper, Yunel, and Hinske from the lineup. Even McOut would work the counts.

    Our replacements Brooks, AAG, Diaz/Melky, and Ankiel are in a battle with the pitching staff to see who can post the lowest OBP

  496. 496
    csg Says:

    #489 – thats what happens when you lose Prado, Chipper, Yunel, and Hinske from the lineup. Even McOut would work the counts.

    Our replacements Brooks, AAG, Diaz/Melky, and Ankiel are in a battle with the pitching staff to see who can post the lowest OBP

  497. 497
    Tony Says:

    Lincecum was not dominant tonight guys, c’mon now. We know this offense is sad. And now that Omar and Heyward have cooled off…we might not score this series.

  498. 498
    FUWren Says:

    If you are a position player in the Braves’ minor league system then you need to quit baseball right now and learn a trade.

  499. 499
    ryan c Says:

    @488
    look at trades that were made. across the league, none of the offensive trades really worked very well.

  500. 500
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Anyone else think that TJ surgery is around the corner for Lincecum?

  501. 501
    ryan c Says:

    mike dunn has a very mike hampton-like build.

  502. 502
    Brian J. Says:

    Generous hit call there.

  503. 503
    csg Says:

    calling the same pitch 5 times to Aubrey Huff is not going to end with a good result. Dunn can hit 97-98, dont throw all sliders

  504. 504
    reaganman Says:

    I’ll give Conrad credit for knocking that down.

  505. 505
    Mac Thomason Says:

    http://yfrog.com/n665mtj

  506. 506
    Jeremy Says:

    “If we’d gotten Ludwick and he’d hit .211/.301/.311, would that have been Wren’s fault too?”

    Well, no because Ludwick has a track record of being a good hitter, as opposed to all the scrubs Wren acquired. Are you really surprised Ankiel and Agony suck?

  507. 507
    Tony Says:

    @500 Yep. He did not hit above 93 at all tonight, not that he needed to…but I can see it happening.

  508. 508
    Brian J. Says:

    505- 120 strikeouts. Yeah, that sounds about right.

  509. 509
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Hey, Jeremy, that’s not fair. A lot of those guys have a track record of being good hitters. In 2005.

  510. 510
    csg Says:

    #505 – 120K’s in 8IP = gotta be a record

  511. 511
    stupup74 Says:

    Wouldnt it have been easier just to have Kimbrel start the inning?

  512. 512
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    That was a hit. It was a hard play for Conrad to make.

    Tony, Gonzalez batted 5th on August 2 and September 29. So this is the third time all year.

  513. 513
    Alex R. Says:

    #506, true, Jeremy, but there isn’t a hitter Terry Pendleton couldn’t get his hands on a ruin. Terry Pendleton, the Mike Bobo of Baseball coaches.

  514. 514
    CourtneyC Says:

    Bethany, don’t you need to get on your treadmill and burn off some calories?

  515. 515
    csg Says:

    hey, a correct call!

  516. 516
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    FINALLY, the right call.

  517. 517
    Smitty Says:

    Better throw by McCann

  518. 518
    Brian J. Says:

    McCann is now 2-2 throwing out runners. OK, he should be.

  519. 519
    Mac Thomason Says:

    http://twitter.com/taylornewheart/status/26716056980

  520. 520
    jj3bagger Says:

    One thing you can usually say about Bobby, he’s not scared to use the rookies.

  521. 521
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    BOOM. Well, Bobby called on three different guys, but… I guess it worked.

  522. 522
    Smitty Says:

    Time for another last AB win

  523. 523
    ububba Says:

    A run, please.

    Pretty please?

    Shock me, boys.

  524. 524
    sdp Says:

    Lincecum is redefining baseball!

  525. 525
    DJ Says:

    cmon bravos

  526. 526
    brule™ Says:

    nice done kimbrel.

  527. 527
    braves14 Says:

    A run? What is that? Some foreign term.

  528. 528
    ububba Says:

    If anyone’s got a lucky hat, put it on.

    If anyone’s got a lucky drink, down it.

    If anybody’s got a HR swing, break it out.

    Me, I’m standing in the far corner of my living room. That’s my lucky spot.

  529. 529
    Stu Says:

    Maybe this is the inning where all our rotten luck (dating back to ’91) starts to even out?

  530. 530
    Brian J. Says:

    Now this is just an insult.

  531. 531
    Catz Says:

    my lucky thing is not watching the game… maybe i’ll try it

  532. 532
    sdp Says:

    HEYWARD WILL SAVE US!

    Scratch that.

  533. 533
    csg Says:

    that wasnt a strike

  534. 534
    Stu Says:

    It’s amazing just how painful something completely unsurprising can be.

  535. 535
    Brian J. Says:

    Even Heyward’s been infected by the “swing at everything” virus. Maybe we really won’t score this series.

  536. 536
    csg Says:

    good grief Jason, that hit the plate

  537. 537
    Dan Says:

    God, do they just decide to swing before the ball is thrown?

  538. 538
    Adam M Says:

    What a frustrating night.

  539. 539
    CourtneyC Says:

    were any of those pitches in the strike zone?

  540. 540
    James Says:

    I see the swinging at ball 4 virus has infected Heyward as well.

  541. 541
    Stu Says:

    Watching us swing at ball-four over and over is kind of infuriating, isn’t it?

  542. 542
    Alex R. Says:

    Stu, does it make you feel better that if it was 0-0 right now, we could go another 9 innings without scoring a run? Oh wait, that’s tomorrow night.

  543. 543
    csg Says:

    hanging slider and Lee watches it…

  544. 544
    CourtneyC Says:

    shut these fans up, Derek.

  545. 545
    Brian J. Says:

    It would’ve been nice if these guys had even tried… oh well, see you tomorrow.

  546. 546
    Tony Says:

    TP really needs to be gone…

  547. 547
    Jeremy Says:

    Disgusting.

  548. 548
    Dix Says:

    Halladay would have K’d us 27 times

  549. 549
    Adam M Says:

    Lee watches strikes while Heyward swings at a ball in the dirt. Ugh.

  550. 550
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Okay, that sucked. Let’s try to not do that tomorrow.

  551. 551
    csg Says:

    ok, give Lincecum some credit, but I expect more from Heyward and Lee in this series. Heyward swung at ball 4 twice, Lee did also, and took strike 3 to end the game

  552. 552
    Tony Says:

    548…exactly.

    Well 12:04, so I was off by 4 minutes.

  553. 553
    Smitty Says:

    Well we really only have four big league hitters on the team

  554. 554
    Stu Says:

    Lee was terrible…but so was everyone else, really. McCann was pretty good, I guess.

  555. 555
    ryan c Says:

    sickening.

  556. 556
    csg Says:

    #553 – two of those were awful tonight…

  557. 557
    ububba Says:

    OK, done.

    Let’s steal one tomorrow.

  558. 558
    csg Says:

    Lincecum just said he knew where everything was going tonight and that he knew that 1 run would be enough

  559. 559
    Adam M Says:

    Cain tomorrow? yeah, that should go much better.

  560. 560
    Tom Says:

    It’s nice for Bobby to have made it to the playoffs one last time, but this team does not belong there. Period.

  561. 561
    ryan c Says:

    another night, another cap tip. we do that often in braves country.

  562. 562
    sdp Says:

    Sometimes you’ve got to credit the pitcher. Do the Reds suck because they got no-hit? No.

    Get ‘em tomorrow.

  563. 563
    csg Says:

    I really hope ATL sells out for Sunday, Bobby’s last game

  564. 564
    Stu Says:

    559—Well, it ought to go better than the Sanchez start will.

  565. 565
    Tom Says:

    Lincecum just said he knew where everything was going tonight and that he knew that 1 run would be enough

    We knew that too.

  566. 566
    RobBroad4th Says:

    I expected to lose this one, but the optimist in me thought i’d watch more than one baseball team take the field tonight. That Heyward strikeout was one of the worst Ks I’ve seen this year. Trade him to the Royals for the guy who replaced Ankiel in center.

  567. 567
    Tiger224 Says:

    Terrible. But the one run tonight was a terrible call at 2B on a non-stolen base.

    I’d rather lose 6-0 to an incredible performance by Timmy L.

  568. 568
    Jeremy Says:

    I wonder if Bobby will start Diaz and hit Agony fifth tomorrow.

  569. 569
    nick manning Says:

    HE WAS CAUGHT STEALING AT 2ND!!!!!

  570. 570
    IthacaBraves Says:

    Are the Atlanta Braves entirely responsible for the statistical anomale known as the year of the pitcher?

  571. 571
    Adam M Says:

    564–They’ve actually hit Sanchez in the past. But I don’t recognize this team from the May-August incarnation, so who knows?

  572. 572
    CourtneyC Says:

    sombody must have been chopping with the wrong arm or something.

  573. 573
    Adam M Says:

    I’d like to see McLouth in LF tomorrow night instead of Diaz. Seriously.

  574. 574
    Stu Says:

    AGony hitting fifth remains infuriatingly nonsensical.

    I mean, what the hell, Bobby?

  575. 575
    Tony Says:

    I just thought this team was tired…but wow. At least McCann showed up tonight. Ankiel and Diaz cannot be in the line-up tomorrow.

  576. 576
    Mac Thomason Says:

    Recapped.

  577. 577
    Marc Schneider Says:

    Why did anyone expect anything different? With this lineup? Linecum would have beaten a lot better teams than the Braves. It’s easy to say layoff those pitches but not so easy to do against someone like this.

  578. 578
    CourtneyC Says:

    574- he should have told Chipper or Prado to quit being pussies and get out there!

  579. 579
    c. shorter Says:

    Can Moylan hit 5th tomorrow?

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