Braves attempting to cure no-hitter hangover

After Ubaldo Jimenez completed his masterpiece at Turner Field last night, Chipper Jones walked through the Braves clubhouse and said, “No batting practice, 13 hits, batting practice and we get no hits.”

Jones was playfully referencing the fact that the Braves opted not to take batting practice on the field on Friday and then erupted for 13 hits in the series opener against the Rockies.  Then after going back to their regular pregame routine on Saturday they were saddled with the frustration of Jimenez’s no-hitter. 

As was mentioned in today’s game story, Jones and a handful of other players and coaches have said “a loss is a loss.”   While I think they’re trying to soothe the mood following Jimenez’s gem, Saturday’s loss certainly didn’t prove to be as frustrating as the one the Braves suffered on April 9, when they blew a two-run lead with one out in the ninth. 

Talked to Derek Lowe about the no-hitter that he threw for the Red Sox back in 2002.  He had gone seven years without watching footage of that game before the Braves video coordinator gave him a DVD copy to view on Saturday.

“What are the odds,” Lowe said. 

Well the odds are pretty good that the Braves will tally at least one hit against Greg Smith today.  Here is the lineup that Bobby Cox has assembled for this afternoon’s series finale.

Matt Diaz 7
Martin Prado 4
Chipper Jones 5
Brian McCann 2
Troy Glaus 3
Yunel Escobar 6
Jason Heyward 9
Melky Cabrera 8
Jair Jurrjens 1
 

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I’m pulling for Diaz to go yard this game…

You and me both papilgee. Matty deserves it more than most in my opinion. Maybe if he hits for the cycle he’ll finally start getting some of the recognition that he deserves.

This is starting to smell a lot like 1991. Improbable outcomes and great results. Way to claw and fight for the win, guys. Are there gonna be enough superlatives for Heyward on Baseball Tonight? I am really starting to love this team.

This is starting to smell a lot like 1991. Improbable outcomes and great results. Way to claw and fight for the win, guys. Are there gonna be enough superlatives for Heyward on Baseball Tonight? I am really starting to love this team.

The run support for Jurjjens and Kawakami is really starting to seem like some kind of sick joke.

You know, there is an article out there talking about Derek Lowe wins. It’s where you basically allow a bunch of runs and hurt your chances of winning, but still win. Pretty funny formula..

But I want to send the author a suggestion: A new stat, the “Jair Jurrjens loss or no decision.” This is where you pitch better than anyone could hope for, generally allowing less than 2 runs in 6 innings or 3 runs in 7 or 8, and still get the loss or no decision. Maybe the no decision formula would be when you go 7 or 8 innings and allow 1 or no runs.

Anyway, thats my submission. We have Derek Lowe Wins – we need Jair Jurrjens losses as an official stat. I’d say he’d had 10 or 11 in the past 3 years…

Here comes the biggest AB of the new kid’s young career…

JASON HEYWARD!!!!!!!!!!

… and he delivers. Great finish, team, great finish.
Poor Jurrjens though… when will he get a win?

What a freaking inning. Jason Heyward… I mean. I don’t even need to say anything.

What a situation. Takes four pitches… and then just drives em in. I’m like a school girl I’m so giddy right now. I was so stressed on the 2-2 pitch…

I will, add, however, that this was a very unselfish game in a lot of aspects. People taking walks, especially Escobar… it was a four pitch walk, but still, he could have swung and tried to be the hero, but instead he set Heyward up for the winner. There were a lot of situations like that. It was a good game, overall. It would have been a lot less if Heyward hadn’t lined that ball out, but it was still a good game.

Anyone still have doubts on Jurrjens?

By the way, I heard MLB the Show didn’t have Heyward in it. Something about not being able to have a player with no ML AB’s in the game…

But I think it was really because they were afraid he would break the game.

Is Matt Diaz the leadoff hitter for the Atlanta Braves? Geez for Chrissakes what does the guy have to do? He has a .255 avg against RH pitchers last year. His average against lefties, .412. He hits in the clutch, he started the magic today, He hustles. I want this guy in my lineup EVERY DAY. Bobby needs to WTFU. Platoon Milky and Mcslouch and let Matty play every day. The more AB he gets the better he hits. He won the full time job and then lost it when we kept signing average OFer’s(GA, Church, McLouth and Melky). None of those guys were what Matt embodies.

Four Quick Points

Did anybody else think Chippers shot in the 9th was gone?? Must have been off the end of the bat.

How long is Heyward going to be hitting 7th? If Bobby likes splitting up the lefties, he should hit Esky 5th, Heyward 6th and Glaus 7th.

Player of the game to Glaus for beating out that double play (or at least getting the call).

What an inconsistent game the umpire called behind the plate (for both teams). Wait, am I going to get fined for writing that?

I would hope this would be the case but you never know. . . . Seems as though McLouth/Cabrera have earned a 8th hitter platoon in CF. I don’t really have a problem with that because if Matty gets on one of his hot streaks . . . .watch out.

Well if we keep up this pace of 2 out of 3 at home and .500 on the road, we’ll end up at 94-58.

You know it wasn’t fun watching our team lose by 15, but we rebounded and won the series. It wasn’t fun watching our team on the wrong side of a no hiter, but we rebounded and won the series. To me that’s what it’s all about, putting it together and winning after things didn’t go your way. Go Braves!

Here are a couple of things that need to happen RIGHT NOW. 1) Move Troy Glaus to 7th in the order. The middle of the order should look like this: Chipper, Macc, Escobar, Heyward, and Glaus. Troy is coming up too many times with runners on. He either strikes out, or hits into a double play. Yunel is great with runners on, and J-Hey is in the top 5 in rbi’s in the national league. Let them drive in the runs!!! Glaus is VERY lucky he wasn’t called out at first yesterday. That call could have literally gone the other way. Let him find his stroke down in the order. 2) Matty needs to play full-time and needs to bat lead off. He is the streakiest hitter I’ve ever seen and I think he is on fire.
Great win yesterday! Like some of you have mentioned, this team is different. They’re special. The last 3 years, any sign of adversity and the Braves would have crumbled and folded like lawn chairs. We get killed by double digits, and we respond. We get no-hit, and we respond. We are down in the 9th inning, and we respond. We haven’t seen the Braves handle adversity this well in 4 years. I feel very good about this season. We have had the toughest schedule so far… and we have won 2 out of 3 games (for the most part).

Oh man.. our center fielders have 1 extra base hit between the 2 of them, and that was a double. I know they’ll turn it around to some degree, but has Schafer started playing yet down in Gwinnett? I think Andruw Jones left some sort of curse in center at Turner Field.

No kidding about the Andruw curse. Once we call someone up who has the potential for fill in for a decade (Schafer), the kid gets hurt and is out for a year. Well, I must say Kotsay (he did hit for the cycle) did a decent job in center, but overall the play has been poor since Andruw left. Overall, this season, I don’t have a problem with the defense in CF, but the hitting has definately been sub par. Too bad we are not the Pirates in that position, it seems like they trade away at least one talented OF a year, only to replace him with another talented player.

can we clone martin prado?!?

So Soriano is 4 for 4 in save opportunities and Casey Kotchman has 3 monster HR’s in Seattle.
I was on Martin Prado’s BR site tonite. I was astounded by the sponsor on his page. Capitol Avenue Club, owned by Peter Hjort (PWHjort here). Peter, who spent the better part of last season arguing the merits of Kelly Johnson over Martin Prado, is now trading on Martin’s success. I laughed and laughed, he must have a short term memory problem. Either that or some big league cajones, I highly suspect the former. Guess it’s better to have money than sense.

So Soriano is 4 for 4 in save opportunities and Casey Kotchman has 3 monster HR’s in Seattle.
I was on Martin Prado’s BR site tonite. I was astounded by the sponsor on his page. Capitol Avenue Club, owned by Peter Hjort (PWHjort here). Peter, who spent the better part of last season arguing the merits of Kelly Johnson over Martin Prado, is now trading on Martin’s success. I laughed and laughed, he must have a short term memory problem. Either that or some big league cajones, I highly suspect the former. Guess it’s better to have money than sense.
Next thing you know, he’ll probably claim he knew Francoeur was a great hitter all along.

So Soriano is 4 for 4 in save opportunities and Casey Kotchman has 3 monster HR’s in Seattle.
I was on Martin Prado’s BR site tonite. I was astounded by the sponsor on his page. Capitol Avenue Club, owned by Peter Hjort (PWHjort here). Peter, who spent the better part of last season arguing the merits of Kelly Johnson over Martin Prado, is now trading on Martin’s success. I laughed and laughed, he must have a short term memory problem. Either that or some big league cajones, I highly suspect the former. Guess it’s better to have money than sense.
Next thing you know, he’ll probably claim he knew Francoeur was a great hitter all along.

So Soriano is 4 for 4 in save opportunities and Casey Kotchman has 3 monster HR’s in Seattle.
I was on Martin Prado’s BR site tonite. I was astounded by the sponsor on his page. Capitol Avenue Club, owned by Peter Hjort (PWHjort here). Peter, who spent the better part of last season arguing the merits of Kelly Johnson over Martin Prado, is now trading on Martin’s success. I laughed and laughed, he must have a short term memory problem. Either that or some big league cajones, I highly suspect the former. Guess it’s better to have money than sense.
Next thing you know, he’ll probably claim he knew Francoeur was a great hitter all along.

Man, this site is screwed up sometimes

Who cares what Kotchman is doing. He definitely didn’t do much of anything his entire time in Atlanta.

billreef – is there a link to Prado’s site? Not showing up on google.

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pradoma01.shtml
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Viva, the point wasn’t what Kotchman was doing elsewhere, it’s the contrast that I was pointing out.

Yeah, glad Krotchman decided to already hit half the amount of HRs he hit in a Braves uniform last year. I never liked him all that much (except for his defense). Worst case scenario with 1B is that we’ll end up with a platoon of Glaus and Hinske. Not the end of the world. When (hopefully not if) Chipper heats back up, I think they’ll all start coming around. CF right now is pretty pathetic, though a good way to look at it is that Melky and McLouth can only get better from here. I think McLouth is a fine player, but I’ve also been a huge proponent of getting Schafer back in the outfield.
Rafael Soriano I could care less about. I never liked him and I’m pretty sure he wasn’t exactly Mr Popular in the Braves’ clubhouse, and so far his 4 saves are against the bottom 2 teams in the AL East (combined record 6-21). Results are what really matter, but I’ll take Wags and his 2 Ks per inning, who would have an ERA of 0.00 if he didn’t throw that one bad pitch to Edgar any day.

I know we are only looking at week 2. But with the patience and clutch hitting he has exhibited, could we consider this lineup?

1. Diaz
2. Prado
3. Chipper
4. McCann
5. Heyward
6. Escobar
7. Glaus
8. McLouth/Cabrera

I would honestly leave Heyward where he is at the moment, unless Bobby wanted to move Glaus down for a bit. Heyward is 2nd in the NL in RBIs in the spot he’s in. Maybe it’s best to not mess with that.

I agree to a certain extent, but when you have a guy who is 2nd in the NL in RBI’s from the 7 hole, that means that the meat of your order isn’t necessarily clearing the bases.

While I finish today’s blog entry, I’m going to give you tonight’s lineup vs. Phils RHP Kyle Kendrick:

Diaz 7
Prado 4
Chipper 5
McCann 2
Glaus 3
Heyward 9
Escobar 6
McLouth 8
Hanson 1

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