Jun 20, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez (33) watches a game against the New York Mets in the sixth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Shhhh, You'll Wake Up The Braves Bats!


At least the 2013 Atlanta Braves keeps fans on their toes…we never know which Braves team will show up on any given night.  Day in and night out, they always seem to surprise us.  And last night, they didn’t disappoint….well maybe

Two hits, 18 left on base, seven strikeouts….can’t say much more…

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Even B.J. Upton agreed with me “It’s frustrating, but there’s not really much you can do about it.  You can’t really put a finger on it.  He threw a lot of sliders, a lot more than we expected him to.  From watching the video, he was a lot more in the zone than we thought he would be.”

Julio Teheran pitched well on Friday, pitching into the 7th inning giving up only two runs off eight hits.  Two runs should be easily accessible for this lineup, Julio, in our hitters honer I apologize.

He pitched out of a jam/scary/dangerous situations for most of the night…in the 1st inning he allowed the first three hitters of the game to reach base and was able to only allow one run.  And then again in the 3rd inning, as he walked the bases loaded but was able to get a ground ball to Dan Uggla to end the inning.

Fredi Gonzalez commented on Teheran “The first inning, he minimized the damage there.  He had bases loaded, there was the sac fly, and he was able to get the next couple guys out.  There was another inning similar.  That’s good to see a young pitcher do that and not panic.”

And once again we run into the situation of getting runners across the plate instead of leaving them on base.  Earlier we couldn’t get a guy on base, now we can’t get them in!  Hopefully in October we get this straightened out!

After the game Uggla said this about the run support “We didn’t put up any runs.  We had a couple opportunities here and there, so we need to start taking advantage of those.  But we didn’t tonight.”

Tim Hudson takes the hill today for the afternoon game, first pitch is scheduled for 4:10pm ET.



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  • fireboss

    BJ is wrong, I can put a finger on it. We have a team composed largely of free swinging mistake hitters, BJ, Dan, CJ, Simba is becoming that, Jason is in long streaks, JUp is following along and BMac is currently in that group. Smoltz said it on TV last week. Pitchers love that because they can get behind and still not have to throw you a strike to get you out. If a pitcher got behind Tony Gwynn, George Brett or Chipper in his prime the pitcher was in trouble. Freddie’s that way currently, BMac used to be and JUp started the year that way but has since dropped off though I still have hope he’ll recover. If you ask you get spin and new age insight – a strikeout is just an out – no, it isn’t. Strikeouts do not drive in runs or advance runners, they don’t force the fielders to handle the ball under stress and invite errors, they are just wasted at bats period. When the hitting coach says “we can’t ask them to choke and poke” it shows he doesn’t understand. No one wants them to choke and poke like Jose Constanza on every pitch but with two strikes change your approach from “I want my home run to be at the top of the ESPN home run tracker” to Lets see if I can fight off pitches and get one to drive into a gap or to the opposite field. Ted Williams could hit into the shift and still have great numbers. None of these guys is in that class. If you want to beat the shift start driving the ball the other way and it will vanish.

    When batters made Peralta throw strikes he walked them or ended up giving them a pitch to hit. When they started swinging as they left the dugout he had a 1-2-3 inning. The Braves should beat pitchers who give up a run every 1 1/3 inning not be shut out by them. Team like this can get to the post season but they don’t hand around long.

    • Jeff Schafer

      Well said, you hit the hammer right on the nail

      • cheadrick

        I hope I’m wrong… dead wrong, but my friends can attest that I said back in early May, looking at this team, that they are a good team, but not a great team. I prophesied back in early May that they are likely to make the playoffs, but they don’t have the juice to make it into October. I love my Braves, but I still believe that, and excuses like BJ made are part of the mindset that will have 2013 end much like 2012, if that well.