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05 May

Happy Cinco de Mayo Game Thread, May 5

Just a quick game thread to get you in the mood for today’s game with one of the best mariachi-punk songs I know, “El Clavo y La Cruz.”

The Braves are 17-12 and by Pythag they should be 18-11, even though they’re 5-10 in their last 15 games and 2-7 in their last nine. This is a feast-or-famine team with a pretty good rotation, a killer bullpen, and a decent offense.

There are going to be a lot more frustrations. But hey, these are the Mets. Eventually the Braves will remember that.

102 Responses to “Happy Cinco de Mayo Game Thread, May 5”

  1. 1
    timo Says:

    Huddy’s pitches are dancin’ tonight.

  2. 2
    Kevin Lee Says:

    AAR

    Your musical choices are amazing!

    Go Braves!

  3. 3
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Thanks, man!

  4. 4
    Bethany Says:

    Uggla put a great swing on that pitch. Wow.

  5. 5
    Grst Says:

    I think that’s the first breaking ball he’s hit this year.

  6. 6
    RJ in KS Says:

    First hit on a breaking pitch this year? Better late than never Dan.

  7. 7
    Bethany Says:

    And BJ is immediately down two strikes.

    Jesus BJ, you suck. You just suck.

  8. 8
    MaverickJB Says:

    BJ Blows!!

  9. 9
    timo Says:

    Darn.

  10. 10
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Good job stranding a runner at third base, guys.

  11. 11
    RJ in KS Says:

    Why was BJ barking after he K’d? I didn’t see anything which was deserving of a chirp, much less a bark.

  12. 12
    Dan Says:

    Would love to be watching, but I have Dish Network.

  13. 13
    Adam M Says:

    At the game, BJ is as bad as advertised.

  14. 14
    Grst Says:

    @11 I thought he was cheering on the next batter…

  15. 15
    Bethany Says:

    @11 I’m not sure, because I think he swung at every pitch he saw that AB.

  16. 16
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Johnson just has no range.

  17. 17
    Stephen in the UAE Says:

    BJ is in danger of making me wish we could find Reggie Sanders….

  18. 18
    RJ in KS Says:

    @12, I’m watching the game on TBS

  19. 19
    Bethany Says:

    There we go, Simmons!

  20. 20
    John R. Says:

    @17: Reggie Sanders was only on a one-year contract.

  21. 21
    RJ in KS Says:

    RISP..with one out? Let’s do this.

  22. 22
    John R. Says:

    I want to see a lineup with Success and C. Johnson 1-2 in the order. They look like brothers. Chris, the older, less douchey-looking brother.

    Okay, Justin. Two runners on, brother. Let’s do this thing!

  23. 23
    Dan Says:

    @12, I’m watching the game on TBS

    Do you live within Metro Atlanta? All I get, for both TBS and Fox Sports, is: “this program is not available for viewing in your area…”

  24. 24
    Bethany Says:

    JUSTIN!!!!!!!

  25. 25
    RJ in KS Says:

    This is what happens when you get runners on base!! Nicely done Justin.

  26. 26
    John R. Says:

    Damn! I thought that was a lineout! Woo hoo!

  27. 27
    Bethany Says:

    @26 The 2b faked me out on that one too.

  28. 28
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Thank God for Justin Upton.

  29. 29
    John R. Says:

    LOLMets in LF! Woo hoo!!!

  30. 30
    RJ in KS Says:

    Freddie!

  31. 31
    Bethany Says:

    FREDDIIIIIIIIIIIE

  32. 32
    'Rissa Says:

    FREDDIE!!!

  33. 33
    timo Says:

    Freddie!

  34. 34
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Well, now you see why everyone hates Lucas Duda’s defense.

  35. 35
    John R. Says:

    FREDDIE SPEEDMAN!!!

  36. 36
    Bethany Says:

    Woooo passed ball!

  37. 37
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    I really, really wish B.J. wouldn’t have swung at the first pitch, but the Mets’ sparkling defense bailed him out.

  38. 38
    RJ in KS Says:

    Five runs..without a bomb? Who are these guys?

  39. 39
    MaverickJB Says:

    Pour it on!!! Reed.

  40. 40
    timo Says:

    This is fun!

  41. 41
    'Rissa Says:

    This is so much fun!

  42. 42
    timo Says:

    Come on, Andrelton, finish Niese up.

  43. 43
    John R. Says:

    I worry about Andrelton’s batting eye when he’s swinging at pitches like that.

  44. 44
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    The good news is, he isn’t swinging and missing, he’s making contact.

  45. 45
    RobBroad4th Says:

    This may be spin but I thought it was interesting.

    “If Heyward returns too soon before his abdominal muscles have healed, he runs the risk of straining an oblique muscle or sustaining a hernia.

    Braves hitting coach Greg Walker held the same role with the White Sox in 2011, when Adam Dunn returned from an appendectomy in less than a week in early April. Dunn then proceeded to have the worst season of his career.”

  46. 46
    timo Says:

    That blows.

  47. 47
    Bethany Says:

    Great.

  48. 48
    Adam M Says:

    Suddenly Hudson can’t find the strike zone.

  49. 49
    timo Says:

    THey made this inning easy for Niese.

  50. 50
    Bethany Says:

    Evan Gattis: Speedster.

  51. 51
    timo Says:

    Good day for Danny so far.

  52. 52
    Smitty Says:

    Can Gattis play second?

  53. 53
    oldtimer? Says:

    Bupton is putrid to watch
    right now.

  54. 54
    Smitty Says:

    BJ should bunt here.

  55. 55
    Bethany Says:

    Best AB BJ has had all year.

  56. 56
    oldtimer? Says:

    Sure is.

  57. 57
    Stephen in the UAE Says:

    BJ did luck out….

  58. 58
    Brian J. Says:

    Fine work there, Mr. Johnson.

  59. 59
    Game, Blauser Says:

    So, it seems as though the Braves have concentrated all of the non-HR-driven offense they had been missing thus far in 2013 into today’s game. I’m not complaining per se, but… where were these hits when we really needed them, guys?

  60. 60
    Smitty Says:

    Hudson should have been swinging first and third, no outs.

  61. 61
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Damn it, Andrelton. Damn it all.

  62. 62
    Smitty Says:

    Good thing we gave up that out

  63. 63
    'Rissa Says:

    Hudson’s bunt reminded me of this quote (from the AJC) from his home run last week:

    Hudson had to sign a bat and several other items to get the home run ball back from the fan in right field who caught it. He’ll have fun showing it to his 8-year-old son, Kade, who went to bed after watching the game on TV in Auburn, Ala., on Tuesday night, but was a happy kid seeing his father Wednesday morning.

    “He’s fired up about me hitting,” Hudson said. “He doesn’t think I can hit. I still don’t know if he thinks I can hit. We’ll be out in the backyard playing ball, and he’ll go ‘I’m going to hit like you, Dad.’ He’ll act like he’s going to hit and then he’ll just bunt. He said ‘All you ever do is bunt.’ I was like wait a minute. You’ve got to look at my scrapbook, kid.”

    Poor Hudson—he’s so proud of his hitting and his own son thinks all he does is bunt!

  64. 64
    timo Says:

    Fredi’s fault.

  65. 65
    Smitty Says:

    Up five with no outs, first and third, I think you let him swing.

    I know it is tic-tac, but we bunt waaaaaaay too much

  66. 66
    Rob Cope Says:

    @65 Small ball and leading the league in HRs? Sounds like the best of both worlds.

    Huddy may not be a HoFer, but it’s a lot of fun watching him pitch.

  67. 67
    Bethany Says:

    FREEMAN

  68. 68
    Brian J. Says:

    Freddie!! More games like this please.

  69. 69
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Boy, I like Freddie’s opposite-field power.

  70. 70
    F Says:

    Halladay is just awful this year. 9 ER versus the Marlins today.

  71. 71
    Rob Cope Says:

    I wonder who hits more opposite field home runs than Freddie.

  72. 72
    Rob Cope Says:

    I didn’t know it was physically possible for the Marlins to score 9 runs, let alone off Halladay.

  73. 73
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    My goodness, Evan Gattis hit that ball hard.

  74. 74
    Bethany Says:

    EO OSO BLANCO!!!!! So cool to see him bouncing back after the slump.

  75. 75
    timo Says:

    Gattis can run.

  76. 76
    timo Says:

    @72 Hechavarria with 7 RBIs in two at-bats.

  77. 77
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Wow. B.J. wasn’t having much luck with the “swing” strategy, so he switched to the “don’t swing” strategy and watched a called strike three. He’s just mentally lost right now. I hope the Braves have a good sports psychologist, because he needs to find a way to regain his confidence at the plate.

  78. 78
    braves14 Says:

    Tomorrow if McCann comes off the DL you may see Gattis in LF and Jupton in RF.

  79. 79
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Braves14, are you speculating, or have you read that somewhere?

  80. 80
    F Says:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/9244174/brian-mccann-atlanta-braves-set-come-dl-monday

  81. 81
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Jim Powell, after noting that clouds have come back over the stadium: “I would get fired as a cloud. I’d refuse to carry water.”

  82. 82
    Rob Cope Says:

    If they threw Gattis at first without much experience, why wouldn’t they do the same in left?

  83. 83
    braves14 Says:

    Speculating but I do remember reading that the Braves were going to move him around to get him ABs.

  84. 84
    Brian J. Says:

    82- Gattis did play several dozen games in left last year in A and AA, many more than at first.

  85. 85
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Gattis can frame a pitch! We needed that K.

  86. 86
    Adam M Says:

    Avilan continues to be meh.

  87. 87
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Sigh…

  88. 88
    Bethany Says:

    Ugh.

  89. 89
    'Rissa Says:

    What happened to our stellar bullpen? Must everyone struggle at once?

  90. 90
    RobBroad4th Says:

    The crowd woke up. That’s always nice to hear.

  91. 91
    RobBroad4th Says:

    HUGE. Whew.

  92. 92
    Bethany Says:

    Holy hell he just got under that.

  93. 93
    RobBroad4th Says:

    Wow, Chip didn’t overreact to that pop fly. That’s a first.

  94. 94
    Bethany Says:

    Wooo! Now I don’t have to go on the radio with my tail tucked.

  95. 95
    F Says:

    Varvaro now has the lowest ERA on the team, as well as the most IP out of the bullpen.

  96. 96
    Bethany Says:

    Do you guys think Avilan is a pumpkin, or is he just going through a rough patch?

  97. 97
    spike Says:

    Just back from the game – can’t figure out why Hudson came out in the 8th.

  98. 98
    'Rissa Says:

    @97—It was especially odd since he had hit the inning before. He was only at 94 pitches.

  99. 99
    Alex Remington (Another Alex R.) Says:

    Hudson gave up a big double, and he’s shown in the past that you need to have a quick hook for him once he gets to the 8th inning. Avilan and Varvaro were both hitting 95 — Varvaro actually touched 97. I’m not too worried about Luis long-term, but he’s not a setup man just yet. Still needs to hit the plate more consistently. But he’s nasty.

  100. 100
    sansho1 Says:

    I agree that after a point you have to be ready to pull Hudson at a moment’s notice.

  101. 101
    RobBroad4th Says:

    @96, Ha, “pumpkin patch.”

  102. 102
    Smitty Says:

    New post

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