The puny Braves suffer a most sobering loss to L.A.

One picture, one hundred thousand words. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

One picture, one hundred thousand words. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

One picture, one hundred thousand words. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

One picture, one hundred thousand words. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

I admit it. For a minute or two Monday, my thoughts, such as they are, got ahead of my brain, such as it is. News arrived that the Dodgers had bumped Zack Greinke back a day — meaning the Atlanta Braves would face neither of L.A.’s two great pitchers in this four-game series — collided with the belief that the Braves would have much the better of the pitching matchup in Monday’s Game 1. Which spawned this scenario:

Braves win Monday behind the All-Star Julio Teheran. Braves beat the beatable Dan Haren on Tuesday and the eminently beatable Roberto Hernandez on Thursday to take the series, and maybe they even get lucky against Hyun-Jin Ryu on Wednesday and sweep the darned thing. Who’s with me?

After further review, I offer two words: Never mind.

The Braves went with their best pitcher against Kevin Correia, who’d just been acquired from Minnesota and who was 5-13 with an ERA of 4.94. They managed one run in six innings against him. The Dodgers mustered five in 7 1/3 off Teheran, who wasn’t hit hard — only the last of their 10 hits was for extra bases — but that was way too many on a night when the guys behind him weren’t helping. (Though Teheran can blame no one but himself for Correia’s two singles, the second of which fueled the winning rally.)

The improbable double-play tandem of Ramiro Pena and Emilio Bonifacio messed up two double plays, which goes to show that the tiniest flutter can have outsize consequences. Second baseman Tommy La Stella pulled up chasing Carl Crawford’s grounder in the second. At first it appeared he’d pulled a hamstring. Turned out he had a cramp, but Fredi Gonzalez chose to err on the side of caution. The manager moved Bonifacio, starting at shortstop because Andrelton Simmons is mending, to second and inserted Pena at short.

Surely Simmons and La Stella would have turned one if not both of those unmade double plays. Moot point now. The sixth inning, in which the Dodgers needed five hits to score three runs, was bad. The eighth, in which the Dodgers scored three runs on two hits, was among the season’s messiest. It included a Pena error, two Juan Jaime wild pitches and an Evan Gattis passed ball. It also marked the second failure in three games by James Russell, the left-hander imported at the trade deadline to get out lefties.

Except that the Braves appear to have hired the one lefty who can’t get out lefties. They’re hitting .314 against him. (Righties are hitting .113. Is it possible he’s throwing with the wrong arm?) On Saturday night/Sunday morning, Russell was summoned to face Bryce Harper, whom he walked to load the bases in the fateful 11th inning. On Monday, he was dispatched to face Carl Crawford, who nudged an RBI single into center.

What makes this untenable is that Russell is their only lefty reliever. Luis Avilan is with Gwinnett. Johnny Venters might not pitch a real inning this season. Eric O’Flaherty works for the Oakland A’s. Good grief.

If anything was made evident Monday night, it was how thin the Braves’ roster has become. Losing three starting pitchers to arm surgery didn’t help, and neither — duh — did the abject failure of Dan Uggla or the ongoing thrill-ride that is B.J. Upton. The difference between teams was brought into sharp relief in the eighth inning, when Andre Ethier was called to pinch-hit against poor imprecise Jaime. (Ethier walked. Jaime needed 32 pitches to work two-thirds of an inning.)

The Dodgers, see, are so gifted that Ethier, who was twice an All-Star and who drove in 89 runs in 2012, has become a fourth outfielder. The Braves don’t even have three. (The aforementioned thrill-ride doesn’t qualify, seeing as how his WAR rating is minus-0.9.) Against a team like the Dodgers — even the Dodgers without Hanley Ramirez — the Braves look puny. It’s no wonder they’re 0-4 versus L.A.

I learned a while back not to make too much of any one baseball game, for the simple reason that there are so many of them. On a night like Monday, I had to keep reminding myself of that little snippet of received wisdom. It was an awful showing for the local nine, who can’t afford to lose many more to the Dodgers or to anybody. It was only one game, but it was a mighty ominous one.

From myajc.com: Next on the Braves’ agenda – what to do with B.J. Upton.

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58Supersports
58Supersports

Nothing will change till Wren and Fredi are gone....Fans have no faith in Wren's failed follies. Fredi, well  he is a joke, now we know why Fish fired him. Time for management to step up and walk the walk and stop the cheap talk. Fan are feed-up! If they care?

sea8491
sea8491

What will the years ahead bring for the Braves?  (Not much) A new Stadium?


We have Frankie Wren signed long term, Fredi signed (and we do not fire managers) and we have B J Upton for three more years.


Liberty Media owns the team, could care less and we do not have much money to spend.


We are and will become a version of the Chicago Cubs of the South


gobige
gobige

Uncle. Can't we just forfeit the rest? The team clearly doesn't care.

The season we care about is finally here anyway (thank goodness).

Wilbo
Wilbo

Oh, my goodness! What a monster surprise: Mr. BJ Upton has done struck out to end a game. How in the Sam Hill could that happen? Are the Braves like maybe 6 down in the loss column now? Could be grim from here on out, my fellas.


I, for one, am durn sure hoping it's grim enough to clear out this useless bunch of clodhoppers that run the Atlanta Braves.


It won't be, but we can hope, anyway, can't we?

Wilbo
Wilbo

Who in the Sam Hill is the guy writing these columns?! Is it somehow possible our home town homer bloggerizers are nudging toward a realistic view of our hapless Atlanta Braves? Is that possible? Can it be?


Sic 'em, dude, sic 'em!!!!!!!

DrPhill
DrPhill

Columbus, by all rights, Wren should have been fired last year or even after the Lowe and Kawakimi disaster. I just don't think it's going to happen in the near future. I don't know if Pendleton would be a good manager, but I don't think he's a Billy Martin. Johnson was out of control and could have injured Laird when he smashed the bat earlier in the year. I didn't see Pendleton confront him, but I think it stopped the tantrums. Wren doesn't want a Pendleton, though. He wants a simpleton he can control.

Boeingdawg
Boeingdawg

I love Gattis' story and his approach, but he's a big trade piece to an AL team, you'd think (as a DH) and Bethancourt is a superior defender and has shown he can get on base enough. If it takes Gattis and a prospect to package together to get help, then so be it. If we can get rid of the anchor in centerfield, so much the better. I'd say there are not too many untouchables on this bunch.

Columbus68
Columbus68

Barring a trade the only way to make this terrible hitting team any better, is to call up Bethancourt, put Heyward in CF, Justin in RF, Gattis in LF and BJ in the minors.  And still have to trade for LH reliever cuz Russell is GREAT at getting out righties but SUCKS at getting out the lefties!  Nice job there Wren, Russell has not gotten lefites out ALL year and you expect him to start now?!  This aint last year or 2-3 years ago when Russell did....but Wren traded for him anyway!  Maybe you shoud go sign Uggla, he used to hit 2-3 years ago!


Wren has taken far too many HUGE risks with the payroll that blew up.  I know the bullpen and starting staff has had a lot of injuries or we would have the bullpen we have had the last few years but trading for a LH reliever to get out LH hitters, but he cannot do that and you get him anyway?!  Unless you figured to use him against RH hitters if he continued to SUCK against lefties, you should be FIRED TODAY! And we STILL need a LH reliever!  


 I hope after Wren is canned and we get a new regime running things, that the new guys FIRST move is to PAY Chipper Jones to be hitting coach!

Pat_Pending
Pat_Pending

It is encouraging to see the AJC's timidity may be weakening. In any tabloid-tough real newspaper town, Frank and Fredi would be pilloried. Your editorial cartoonist would be lampooning your centerfielder not the governor.


In these days of declining newspaper advertisements - both in print and on-line, can the Braves afford to piss off Liberty Media?


Speak truth to power, Mark Bradley.

DrPhill
DrPhill

I tend to agree about the doping comment on Uggla. A friend of mine, who was a minor-league player turned HS principal, raised that discussion when Uggla was tearing up the Braves at Miami. I don't know that BJ was ever that good, but his behavior at Tampa was not unlike symptoms of steroid use, i.e. headstrong, irritable, irrational at times. If these suspicions are true, you would think that Wren would have the knowledge and resources to figure that out. Even without the possibility of doping, there were red flags a plenty that would cause a GM to think twice about adding him to a team. The five year, 75 million dollar contract is mind boggling as is putting BJ on a team with his younger brother in the "all-black outfield." Justin has some talent but lacks discipline in more ways than one. I expect Fredi will be fired at the end of the season, but I don't expect Wren will be going anywhere. I think that Pendleton would make a decent manager, but anyone accepting the job would have to deal with Wren's incompetence and micromanagement and the BJ problem for three more years.

mdet
mdet

Its quite fitting that the Braves have Zombie night coming up b/c they are Dead!


Fredi could've done a much better job this season particularly early in the year.


BJ is gonna be even worse next year and the Braves are gonna wait forever to put their best team on the field.

BooBooBear
BooBooBear

I loved the shot of Mark McGwire leaning against the dugout rail.  He's the hitting instructor for the Dodgers.  It seems like many moons ago that he, Sammy Sosa, and Barry Bonds were slapping homeruns faster than you could say, "What Hank Aaron record?"


Then I saw 60 Minutes last Sunday, where the guy who supplied A Rod with his miracle juice (only since 2008) said, "I thought it was fair, since everyone else is using."


Sadly, Uggla and BJ Upton are two who are no longer on the cream, gummies, or injections, so their eyesight dims and the bat speed slows.  It is like Cinderella at 12:00 AM, because Major League Baseball has the Feds on their back, looking into how fair it is that so many players & teams & sports clinics are making millions of dollars from illegal drugs. 


It is like Prohibition all over again, with mobsters like A Rod and Aaron Hernandez against the G-men.  The Braves are like the speak easy that closed and started renting the building to an evangelist church, led by old women who use rolling pins to keep their husbands in line.

Joemac48
Joemac48

Braves need to tear this team apart, and start over. Freeman, LaStella, Simmons, Heyward, Kimbrel, and Teheran should be the only untouchables. (Medlen and Beachy are in no man's land since no one knows when or if they will be factors again in their rotation). Of course before this happens, the architect of this train wreck of a team, Frank Wren, has got to go, and Fredi needs to go, because he has consistently shown that he is not a good manager, regardless of the lack of talent he has to work with.

Next, Heyward should move to center, where his fielding can be better utilized, and then Bethencourt has got to be the catcher, while Gattis is traded to the American league to be a part time starter and DH. I know all you guys just love Gattis as he has been spoon fed to Braves fans all season, but he is one of the lowest rated catchers in the NL, and is a boat anchor behind the plate, hurting the pitchers more than his bat is helping the team.

Lastly, according to the MLB channel a few minutes ago, Braves have a non-winning record against every NL team EXCEPT the Nationals. You cannot be a division winner or playoff quality team when you cannot beat the teams, both good and bad in your league. Are we looking at a return to the 80's here or what

TEB1
TEB1

Fire Frank Wren! 

When is Bradley finally going to get around to writing about the obvious? I guess if his name was Hewitt and not Wren, he would have already written several articles about the mistakes made in the construction of this Brave lineup?

This is Wren's team. He constructed a lineup full of what he thought were power hitters who strikeout a lot..Oh, they strikeout plenty, but they also don't hit for power or hit with runners in scoring position..It should have been obvious at the end of last year what the major problem with this team was...No lead off hitter, and a lineup that didn't produce in the clutch..

What has been the result? Uggla, Lowe, Kawikami, Upton, Johnson....And the hits just keep on coming....The new Cubbies...What a joke. Why didn't he resign Hudson? Why is our minor leagues depleted? Where are all these great young pitchers he has been unwilling to trade for so many years?


Come on Bradley...We can't wait to hear your defense of Wren...Schultz is the only one who has this one pegged right...

GeorgeJetsen
GeorgeJetsen

Years like this would be easier to take had the Braves won more than 1 WS title during their run of 14 consecutive playoff appearances and 5 WS appearances.  Instead one of the worst playoff managers of all time -Bobby Cox- was left in charge to remove any chance we had of winning another (unless maybe we got Cleveland again).  Many forget that regular season Bobby closed out his WS career on an 0-8 run (1996 & 1999).  It pains me to think how many we could have won with a decent skipper in there to manage those talented teams.  To all the Bobby apologists who say we wouldn't have gotten to the playoffs as often without him, I say nobody would have cared if it was 9, 10, or 14 division titles if we had 3  WS rings to show for it.  Fast forwarding to today, Freddi is basically a Bobby clone managing far less talented teams. I don't think there would be much difference in the win/loss column even if Bobby himself were still in charge.

BooBooBear
BooBooBear

At the end of the 2013 season EVERYONE knew the Braves needed hitting help: Dan Uggla was not hitting homeruns or singles; and BJ Upton was hitting like an extra in It Happens Every Spring, where cowhide wrapped around twine had been soaked in magic solution that made a baseball avoid contact with wood.


The Braves got no one new, instead signing what they had to lifetime contracts.  The AJC proclaimed joy in Mudville.


At the end of spring training 2014, it was hard for the players to not trip and stub their toes on the pitching arms that fell off.  EVERYONE knew they needed pitching help. 


The Braves decided not to sign anyone of quality, but to put some putty in the cracks of the ship and sail on.


The putty has held up.  The ship has fallen apart.


To see the Braves lead their division until late July is the magic trick.  They are a pretender, and they have been that for some time now, regardless of how their record has been in the past.  The Braves so not care about winning, preferring to put on an act that is akin to the Washington Generals (fake basketball team) and some masked wrassler who everyone hates but who never beats the good wrassler.


This is show biz, not sports.  Drop a nickle in the slot and imagine.

Zihuatanejo
Zihuatanejo

It's hard to be successful when you cut the worst player in the league and still have the worst player in the league. And when you've got about 25% of your payroll tied up with those two. They needed Heyward and Freeman to have monster years and it hasn't happened.

seminoleking
seminoleking

its like this. like has been mentioned, the braves are not gonna spend money with the yankees, dodgers, reds, etc. that means they CANT miss on the lower  or mid tier free agents........but they do. outside of ervin santana and j upton, the braves have missed. second problem is the braves farm either aint as gifted as we t think, or they bringing up the wrong players. pena is terrible. seems like the LESS playing time he gets, the better he looks, but the more playing time he gets, the worst he gets. la stella is who he is, all bat and zero glove. ryan doumit?? lol it is what it is, the braves are just not a good team. bobby cox couldnt do nothing with this bunch.


oh, trade gattis while you CAN. see if you can take that 4th outfielder off the dodger's hands.......

MikeS777
MikeS777

This Braves team will never measure up to the big spenders.  The Dodgers are at the $200 million mark paying for that depth.  That's over double what the Braves are spending.  Face it, fans.  The Braves are part of the have-nots in baseball.  Why are they spending money on guys like BJ Upton and Uggla?  Its because they can't afford to compete with the Red Sox, Dodgers, Yankees, and other big spenders for the top bats on the market anymore.  It's the same reason why they let O'Flaherty, Hudson, and McCann go.  They cant afford them, so they have to turn to young guys from AAA.  There is no veteran leadership on this team anymore.

Add to that, the hitting coaching is some of the worst in baseball.  This lineup should not be as bad as it is.  The Braves immediately regressed under this coaching staff.  It wasnt a gradual thing.  Year one under Gonzalez the bats struggled.  So couple the poor hitting coaching that has caused this lineup to underachieve with the low available funds, and no this Braves team is not going to compete with the big spenders like the Dodgers.

Pocaroba
Pocaroba

I'm not calling for firings as the team has achieved as of late. You get into the playoffs and hope you get hot. Which the Braves never seem to do at the right time, save for 95. But, BJ has to be benched this season and replaced by next season. We are not going to win with this guy. He is beyond awful. Cut bait and build for the future. I don't think this team is going to be in the playoff stretch much longer. Learn from the mistakes and move on. Always the Braves!

sh11
sh11

I have hope that we re on the verge of winning.  We have a good, young starting pitching staff.  We have some young players that we can build around (Freeman, LaStella, Heyward, J Upton, Simmons, & Christian Bethancourt).  We need to add some pieces.  We need more speed and contact hitters. And we need to fill in the gaps in the bullpen.  I think the Braves have a shot at running off another string of division titles, not 14 of them, but a few.  The key is whether or not Frank Wren does or does not make anymore boneheaded, high priced signings.  Also, he needs to do the right thing and sign JHey to a long term deal.  I still think JHey may end up being out best player in the long term.


And sorry to Gattis fans, but he is not our solution behind the plate.  I like him too, but he is 28 years old and a mediocre catcher.  We need to go ahead and give the job to Bethancourt. 

slc10
slc10

Bt-O-R-I-N-G!!!! My description of those who opine on this vent. Tired of watching the team? Watch somebody else. The bandwagon you are escaping will have sme room finally.

If you think Wren and Fredi (which won't happen) then write Terry McGuirk in care of the Atlanta Braves,755 Hank Aaron Drive, Atlanta, GA or wite John Malone (chairman) or Gregory Maffai at Liberty Media, 12300 Liberty Blvd., Englewood, Colorado 80112.

If you feel so strongly about this team then instead of writing Mark Bradley or Jeff Schultz on their blogs (sorry Mark and Jeff but you don't run the team). I doubt anyof you will.

Most of us on here are fans and are frustrated but the same thingis said over and over and over and over. It is old.

dmcco01
dmcco01

Braves just don't have the horses this year. That's how it goes sometimes. Can't win every year.

Mr. Negative
Mr. Negative

BACK TO THE 80s, BABY!! Maybe they can book Huey Lewis and Madonna for an 80's night. Bring back Chuck Tanner.  Wheels are coming off the Boobwagon. Wait till Sunday rolls around....they will be a carcass waiting for the vultures to finish them off next week. Maybe Wren and Fredo can be tied to a bunch of those rarely used victory rockets and shot off into space. I'll be grilling steaks in celebration.

Savdon
Savdon

"Can anybody here play this game?" (The pitchers are actually holding up their end of the deal.  5th in NL era.  Hitters, not so much.  13th in runs scored.)


The dadgum METS are only 3 1/2 back of ATL.



drumminduck
drumminduck

And for pete's sake, would somebody tell Gaddis that he doesn't have to swing at every first pitch?

DrPhill
DrPhill

Miami will shut the door by the end of August.

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

We all want the Braves the make the playoffs and go on a run this year, and they still could, but this is a VERY young lineup that is still learning how to play and perform consistently. They have endured significant injuries and erosion and overuse of their pitching staff and played without a viable leadoff hitter all while constrained by $25 million dollars worth of epic failure. We are witnessing reality - they are perhaps too young, too beat up, and too flawed a roster to win the Division and compete for the World Series this year. The Braves should NOT overreact and rip apart the core of their team and future, but they may have to sacrifice some parts to get rid of the dead wood and patiently wait for the kids to mature.

slc10
slc10

@DrPhill TP would be a good choice but he and Fredi are tight so I don't see him getting the job. My theory is the Wren/Fredi combo will get one more year and then a decision will be made. I say that because a lot comes of the books for 2015 and in 2016 it will be important the Braves make a splash befoe moving to Cobb. The Hawks should have done that in 99 but failed and broke up the team when Philips opened. End result was bad teams for seven year.

Now if you get to where only one is gone it will probably be Wren. He is the one who signs the guys of course but fredi has managed to get wins despite the mistakes.

TomGaff
TomGaff

@Boeingdawg I too love Gattis' story but either trade him to an AL team or send him to winter ball to learn how to play LF. You would want him to be decent out there, not a Gold Glover! Bethancourt needs to be the C now and yesterday. Give Constanza a legit shot in the OF and let's see what we have at the ML level? Not once every two weeks and PH & PR, like you did to Schafer,but play about 1-2 months straight. I'm thinking with his speed and slapping the ball in the ground he can do a lot of good things for us?

TomGaff
TomGaff

@Columbus68 I wish we could but unless BJ agrees, he can not be sent to minors! AAA would be too tough for him, A ball in Rome might be a fit? Or maybe not?

Boeingdawg
Boeingdawg

I thought Pendleton would be a good mgr as well, until I saw him blow up at Johnson and jack him up when Johnson's thrown helmet bounced against TPs leg. Not that I don't like a little fire, but I don't think a version of Billy Martin will work with today's ball players.

Columbus68
Columbus68

@DrPhill I beg to differ. I believe fredi will not be going anywhere.  But Wren will and should  Injuries and crappy GM will should save Fredi.  I do not blame Uggla on Wren but do blame him for the rest.  No one seen this huge collapse from Uggla as a possibility and he Braves needed Rh power.  Wren gets a pass on Uggla if we are all being fair and reasonable.  But picking up on what Bradley said about Russell.  We DESPERATELY need a lefty in the bullpen to get out left-handed hittiers and Wren gets a lefty who cannot get out a left-handed bat?!!  Oh he did 2 and 3 years ago though...yeah and 2-3 years ago Uggla had a 31 game hitting streak and bashed 35 homers!  What good is Russel THIS year?  About as good as Uggla!  Russell can ONLY be used to get out righties from the pen so we STILL need a lefty reliever.  Trade deadline is AUg 31st...Braves need a lefty reliever NOW!  Better make a trade QUICK to a team who needs a RH reliever and give them Russell and we better pick up a lefty ASAP!  We would be better off with our best 2 lefties in the minors or our best RH reliever who does decent against lefties pitch than let Russell pitch against another LH hitter!  


Wren has got to go.  Upton was too much.  You do NOT give contracts like that to players HOPING they will fill the role!  If you are going to HOPE they will fill the role you give the job to a ROOKIE or journeyman or part-time player.  Do not HOPE when paying 75 million!  How many more years are we going to go without a CF who can hit? Unless Wren pulls of a miracle trade and gives up pitching along WITH BJ, we are screwed for a few more years!  Even if we release him, still have to PAY HIM so we cannot afford his replacement!  Yeah Wren has got to go after the season if he does not right the ship.  Our scouts are the ONLY thing that have saved us.  Wren took risks that backfired.  HUGE risks that backfired and blew up in all our faces in front of the world...Is Schuerholz going to let him stick around to do it again moving into a new stadium?!!!!  FIRE WREN....HE BLEW OUR MONEY, OUR PRESENT AND OUR FUTURE AND IT COULD GET WORSE!    

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Joemac48

A return to the 80s?

More like maintenance of the status quo; i.e., 47 of 48 years without a championship.

58Supersports
58Supersports

@MikeS777  Sir, the Braves have had 4 Hitting Coaches in 5 years... Its not the  damn hitting coaches!!!!!

Wren  could have be smarter  with the spending instead of wasting 100 million of sorry  players. Wren needs to go...If "you have not " then stop screwing up.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Pocaroba

The "team has achieved as of late"?

Is the RECENT eight-game losing string considered "of late"?

MikeS777
MikeS777

@Pocaroba and who are you going to replace him with?  Notice there has been no magical turn around since Uggla was released.  He hadn't been starting for two months anyway.  The guys from AAA are too green.  The other bench players aren't hitting any better than BJ.  This is a team full of inexperience being coached by a staff that hasn't even been able to pull near the best out of veterans.  A very bad mix for the future.

DawgnIT
DawgnIT

@slc10 Blame the victim.  Typical in today's society.


How is it the fault of loyal fans that the Braves performance has been the same year after year?  You get sick of hearing people state that the sky is blue too?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@dmcco01

Can't win EVERY year???

LOL

How about twice in 48 years? Is that asking too much?

dmcco01
dmcco01

@drumminduck I don't think you're allowed to criticize him if you can't spell his name.

Savdon
Savdon

@drumminduck Especially when everyone in the ballpark knows a crappy pitch is coming.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@DawgDadII

"Patiently wait"???!!! Say what?!

What the hell do you think has happened for 47 of the past 48 years? Hello?

Perhaps you're jest joshin' around--or simply delirious from a dangerously high fever.

DawgnIT
DawgnIT

@DawgDadII How can we emphasize "VERY young" when the core lineup is 1 year older than last season's playoff team?  The only place we got significantly younger is 2B and I doubt LaStella's relative youth compared to Uggla is holding this team back.

GeorgeJetsen
GeorgeJetsen

Team is young but not so much that they shouldn't be able to string a few hits together to produce some runs. Bottom line is Gonzalez is not coaching them to succeed. He coddles them and blames our losses on the opposing pitchers greatness. Braves players need a heavy dose of reality to start feeling the pressure to perform. Until then they'll always underperform when the stage is the biggest. No different than Cox who had the same approach and delivered years of playoff chokes with the exception of 1995. Biggest difference between them is Cox was given much greater talent to work with than Fredi was which explains why Cox won many more division titles but stunk in the playoffs.

forexbomb
forexbomb

@MikeS777 @Pocaroba Everybody is batting better than BJ... Well, with the exception of our pitchers...  What baseball team have you been watching...?  Good Grief. 

DawgNole
DawgNole

@dmcco01 @drumminduck

Surely you've noticed that knowing how to spell correctly is NOT a prerequisite for posting on AJC blogs?!

slc10
slc10

@DawgNole @DawgnIT Calling me a hypocritical jerk isn't going to make things better for the Braves DawgNole. It is just your way o disagreeing with a point I was attempting to make.  DawgnIT, I never blamed the problems on the fans. To do that means you have to get credit for wins. My point is that a lot of fans have said the same thing a lot and while they are right on some of the stuff, it gets a little mundane. I thought for the heck of it just to challenge a member of the Wren/Fredi Detraction Society to do more than vent with Mr. Bradley. Also, I was being sarcastic but if you feel inclined han go for it.

As for the sky I want to know what shade of blue.

Oh by the way, this hypocritical jerk has been a fan of this team for over 40 years.