Tagged: Andruw Jones

This Just in…Tex is a Brave!

Ph_407893So what do you think about this Braves fans? A big pickup (though it comes at great cost in losing Salty to the Rangers). We also got a much needed pickup in the lefty Mahay who is coming in as part of the deal.

While it is indeed sad to see Salty depart, it’s official, we have picked up a major impact player to uplift our lineup by adding star first baseman Mark Teixeira to the Atlanta Braves. Looks like the Scott Thorman era is over and so is the Saltalamacchia era incidentally.

It looked like all but a certainty today as the rumors flew and the deadline neared but now we have some answers to our woes at first base. A big bolster and a move that shows our GM is still serious about getting the pennant back in Atlanta.

While the addition of Mahay (whom at the moment I know little about) is good news, I still feel our greatest long term need is another rotation man.

So here are the questions. Do you now move AJ to seventh as so many of you out there have suggested? Are we now more prepared to say goodbye to Andruw as a result of bringing in Tex? Keep in mind Tex is here for sure until October at the latest and  has the Dred Pirate Boras as his agent…so can we sign him for less than what AJ might want? W
e could be set at CF if we could keep a heavy bat in the lineup. I don’t see many scenarios where we keep both but we’ve got for now so hopefully we can make the best of it.

Braves Bloggers, chime in! What do you think of the biggest trade since Sheffield came over?

Keep choppin’ !

LA Here I Come!

This Wednesday  my wife and I will be on the west coast and Thursday I will be in attendance at Dodger Stadium for the first time to see my Braves play there. This will be the fourth stadium we’ve visited and third one where we’ve seen the Braves. Needless to say, we’re very excited.

With that said, Andruw just struck out (again) to end the first and  waste Chipper’s base hit.

So our little four game win streak was ended with Wickman blowing another save in Miami. This one hurts bad because we had rallied in the ninth and blew it. Still, I’m glad to see another series win and maybe it’s enough to get back on track.

Braves Talk: Let’s get your comments and feedback on the Braves two All Star selections. Anyone else feel that Edgar and Chipper or even Willie got slighted??? Also feel free to send in/post your vents and frustrations about the Braves or anything baseball.

Features and Feedback

I’m including a new feature on this blog where I respond to some of the many Braves emails I’ve received. I’m also planning on bringing back the Braves Hero of the Day but I would like to get some suggestions on that feature. Who are some of your favorite Braves heroes from all time???

Without further ado here’s the debut of

Tomahawk Town Mailbag:

DMoore9335 writes:

Can
you get this message to the Braves Officials…..Because the Braves team of
broadcasters Sunday agreed with Miami writer which stated getting 3000 hits is
more monumental than getting 500 hundred homeruns….The fact of the matter is
there are less 500 homerun hitters in major league history than there are 3000
hit hitters…That alone disputes there analysis……..Bring back the
Broadcasters of the past!


JB writes: Thanks DMoore, I will make sure next time I see any Braves broadcasters to bring up your concerns. I agree that 500 is a more exclusive club. In any case, wasn’t it great to see two new members of both clubs? Frank Thomas and Craig Biggio are both class acts. Congrats, guys!

Elise writes:
From your blog, you appear to be a huge braves fan. I
was wondering if you knew the name of the song that
they play at turner field when Escobar comes up to bat?
Silly question I know but it is driving me and several
relatives crazy trying to figure it out.


JB writes: Elise, I’ve been to three games since your email and cannot place the song. However, I was fortunate enough to see Yunel play in Rome two years ago at Single A and it’s been exciting watching him play since his call up. Perhaps someone in the blogosphere can answer your question now that it’s posted.

And to close, here’s one from a Mets fan after our last series with NY

Phurrballe writes:

Your site is great. Thanks. I will keep posting….Braves played very well
this series. As always, the Braves are our nemisis but you guys have awesome
pitching. Hudson was unreal!!!
 
I will miss Shea when the new park opens in 2009. I have been going to Shea
for over 20 years now and it will seem very awkward when it closes. Hope you and
your wife do get there though before that happens.
 

Of course I am now watching the Yankee/Sox game. Any true blue Met fan is
not worth his/her salt if they did not despise the Yankees too.. Actually, I
rather like the Yankees themselves, it is Yankee fans that I despise.

JB writes: Well at least we can agree on one thing, Phurballe…we both hate the Yankees. In fact, it’s a guilty pleasure of mine to see the Mets beat them even though Mets losses help the Braves. I guess I love it because I know how much it burns Yankee Nation to loose to the boys from Flushing. Keep in touch Mets fans!

There you have it. Let’s get back to some late night baseball from the Pacific side of things. Stay tuned for pics from our trip to Chavez Ravine. See ya!

In Game Blog

Well last night was a good start to the series and nice way to bounce back after being bounced around by the Nationals and Red Sox. An 8-1 win over the visiting Mets sets the stage nicely for the second set tonight. The story of last night would be Kyle Davies and his eight inning one run performance…oh and by the way the guy hit a three run homer to dead center! Maybe Kyle is coming around a little, put him in the four spot he’s only 5 homers behind Andruw now.
This in game blog comes to you as the Braves wrap up the bottom of the second inning. Andruw gets plunked on the toe and then runs a little unaggressively to second base for an easy double play.

Tonight’s shakeup’s. Prado in at second, Salty behind the plate, Woodward at first base.

James on the hill against Perez who’s looked good against us this year. Here’s hoping we can bust open on him tonight and James can get win number 5.

Reyes on first, let’s se if he tests Salty’s arm.

A Quickie

Here’s a quick post. It’s been a busy week and even though I did follow the weekend set with Boston and lamented our 3 losses to the Nationals (of all teams!), I haven’t been as out of touch as this blog may convey.
So here’s the Quickie:

Andruw: You’re killing me! 51 k’s in 44 games? 5 against Boston? 7 LOB?!?!?! That’s what really smarts!!

Lerew, Redman et al: Our 3/5 of our rotation is not impressive by any stretch. I liked the comment I got about the Braves trading for some starting pitching. Maybe Salty would be good trade bait? Or Andruw I hate to say.

Hudson: Not worried, I still think he’s going to have his best Atlanta season and maybe best in a long time.

Mets in town: I love it, maybe we can gain some ground!

Stay in touch, Braves fans!

Hoping to Split With the Nats

98ylvrbcWell we have to catch up little since last night.
Edgar’s two dingers helped big time and Hudson is pitching like he’s back on the west coast. Monday’s game could’ve been worse but not by much. Tonight’s game ticks me off because Kyle couldn’t keep any of the leads the Braves gave him throughout the night. Starting in the first inning, the offense kept runs on the board and Davies ended up allowing six before the bullpen came in to quiet things.

We can’t pull out miracle wins every night, especially with AJ striking out with RISP’s, so the pitching needs to step up and Davies needs to go down. I don’t know what happened but he doesn’t look anything like the promising prospect of ’05. More like an expendable Horacio Ramirez but still not as bad as Albie Lopez Part II (aka Mark Redman).

It was good to see Smoltz pitching today. A matchup with Daiske in Boston would be a treat on Saturday. If we don’t get tomorrow’s game from the Nationals, Boston is not gonna be a pretty place to play. It’ll be a tough series no matter what but I’m hoping the Braves will be up to the challenge by then.

The Good: Chipper returns; hits a double, scores. Yay, Chipper…now hit some more homers to get back in the lead!

Willie .404 and got another RBI tonight. He probably won’t be hitting .400 anything in September but it makes me happy to see Langerhans wearing a Nationals uniform these days.

Wickman’s back. Scoreless inning is a good show to work back in.

The Bad: Gonzalez on the DL because of “lack of velocity”. Just a breather for him really. It just stinks to sit a guy who had just come off 14 scoreless innings in a row. But I’d rather bench him if it means keeping him fueled later.

The Ugly: Davies IP 4.2 H 5 R 6 ER 2 BB 2 K’s 3 HR 1 5.17
Two ER’s isn’t that bad but what makes this ugly is that Kyle has had only one real memorable start this year. He’s failed to impress again.

Andruw. The two RBI’s were nice but the 2 K’s, 2 LOB’s, and .231 is not pretty. Not cleanup numbers at all.

Finally the Braves’ sale to Liberty Media became final today. I’m not sure how I feel about this. I know our front office won’t shake up but TBS will not broadcast any more games after ’07. I guess since I grew up with Ted “running” the Braves and TBS it’s just a little sad to see the last remnants of what Turner put together gone. I miss the days of having one eccentric, passionate, owner rather than a faceless corporation at the helm. I mean who didn’t love watching the guy tomahawk chop with Jane Fonda in the owner’s seats?

So here’s to a new era and hopes that our new ownership will invest in this team with some vigor and strive for excellence.

Deja Vu

O23juxmnThe self proclaimed pull hitter came through for the second night in a row landing the go ahead RBI single into right field. No, I’m not posting on Tuesday night’s game again and yes you heard right; Andruw Jones not only got a hit when it counted…he went the other way.

Smoltz vs. Maddux was not a letdown on any level.

Smoltz (W, 5-1)

IP 7.0 H 7 R 2 ER2 BB 0 SO7 HR 2
Maddux
IP 5.1 H4 R1 ER1 BB2 SO4 HR0

Not bad, considering that not only were the two in the throes of a memorable pitcher’s duel but the 40k+ that showed up got to see two future HOFer’s go at it.

Today’s matchup is not one to overlook either. Hudson and Wells is a nice way to end the series and send the Pad’s packin’.

I’ll be there today. Which is nice because I’ll get a day off at the ballgame…and a free Chipper Jones shirt.

We’re Talking Baseball

Anothy Lerew comes in for the “injured” Mark Redman and pitches quite well. 7 k’s, 6IP, 2 H’s and 2R’s. The best thing about Lerew’s first MLB start that we haven’t seen from Davies and Redman…very few walks.
Andruw Jones hit an RBI single…wait a minute…did I really just write that? I just pinched myself and checked the stats and yes indeed Andruw Jones came up with a game winning RBI base hit when we needed it. You don’t need to go for the fences every at bat, AJ.

BASEBALL TOPIC OF THE DAY: Clemens rejoins the Yanks. Considering his delayed entries over the last two years and his opt out’s from Astro road trips does any team need a “team player” like Clemens coming in to save the day for the “rebuilding” New York Yankees? Please leave your thoughts.