Live Thread and Preview: Braves Marlins (Game 1)

Live Thread and Preview – Braves @ Marlins – Game 1

When you have the best record in the National League (2nd best in baseball), lead your division by 12 games, and have a magic number of just 9, a four game losing streak tends to make fans a touch antsy.  No doubt the Atlanta Braves fans (85-57) feel that way after the team’s recent losses.  They’ll hope to turn that around as Kris Medlen (12-12, 3.48 ERA) takes the mound in Miami for game 1 in a four game series against the the NL East’s last place Miami Marlins (53-88).

The Braves and the Marlins are probably getting tired of each other, having faced off in several series this year, the last one at the tail end of August.  The Braves took that series, and will hope to turn their recent slump around this time.  Medlen has pitched well lately, and will need to do the same tonight as the Marlins will put Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 3.95 ERA) on the bump with six days rest.

Alvarez (3-3, 3.95) has performed well on extra rest this year with a 2.25 ERA in two starts when resting for six days.  Alvarez gave up a bunch of singles in his last outing against the Chicago Cubs, and the Braves will hope not only to turn around their recent slide, but hope Alvarez is prone again to giving up hits.  Of course the Braves will need to turn their offense up a notch., having scored just 10 runs and batting just .156 over their four game skid.

I won’t go so far as to believe that Fredi Gonzalez reads our articles here on Tomahawk Take, but tonight’s lineup for the Braves is a breath of fresh air, and we’ve written numerous articles trying to piece together what baffling reasons Fredi has had for recent lineups.  In Sunday’s game alone, the Braves first four hitters went a combined 0 for 15 in their loss the the Phillies, who swept the Braves.  Tonight, Fredi Gonzalez will sit both B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla, and put Elliot Johnson back at 2B and Jordan Schafer back at the leadoff spot.  Those changes alone might make all the  difference.  It’s also quite refreshing to see Evan Gattis‘ hot and heavy bat in the lineup again.

Game 1 Lineup

1. Jordan Schafer (L) CF
2. Justin Upton (R) RF
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Evan Gattis (R) LF
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Chris Johnson (R) 3B
8. Elliot Johnson (S) 2B
9. Kris Medlen (S) P

 

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  • cheadrick

    Ahh we have a potent lineup tonight, finally, again. Never any guarantees, but sitting Dan and B.J. is a step in the right direction. In my opinion, they’ve been given enough of a chance for turnarounds, and should sit the rest of the season unless absolutely needed. Not saying that will happen, but I believe it should.

    Join us tonight for Game 1 of the series, and our Live Game Thread!

  • fireboss

    Did you bring the beer? can’t have a fish fry without it

    • cheadrick

      I have a cooler full of local Good People India Pale Ale. Will that do?

    • cheadrick

      Oh I’m clearly tired. “Fish Fry”. I gotcha now hehe

  • cheadrick

    Will it be the Fred and Chris show yet again? lol

    • fireboss

      Likely so I invite the twtter critters but they never arrive

      • cheadrick

        Yeah I started this on encouragement from Patrick at Fansided. The idea is keep doing it, and when people see you’re serious, they’ll come, but I dunno. We have several new, and fairly regular commenters now, so maybe they’ll start showing up. Would help if some of our staff would show to prime the pump.

        • cheadrick

          Guess it’s more fun in some ways to discuss it on Twitter, but then you cant weed out the high top wearing, city dwellin’ yahoos

          • fireboss

            Well I think your site has to have commentors before you can live chat but that’s just what i think

          • cheadrick

            Well I think we’re going to give it the ole’ college try, and see what happens. If it pans out, great, if not, no harm done. Patrick used examples of Call to the Pen where they used to not have any, but they kept at it and eventually built an audience.

  • cheadrick

    Here’s to hoping Jordan gets right back on track.

  • cheadrick

    K Justin, start heating up bro

  • cheadrick

    I’m amazed at how many “braves family” are talking football so much on twitter. Near as I’ve heard, baseball is still in season.

    • fireboss

      football fans who watch baseball are not baseball fans ,,, said the official baseball snob LOL

      • cheadrick

        Well I’m a football fan, who simply knows that as much as I enjoy football, nothing compares to baseball.

        • fireboss

          I was using the logic that says if you say something less than favorable you aren’t a fan

          • cheadrick

            haha I’ve heard there are those who use such logic.

          • Jeff Schafer

            It will wear off….it’s the first week of football, once October gets here they will know where to be

          • cheadrick

            Guess Im not an Uggla fan by that logic.

  • fireboss

    Mlb Tv can’t decide what’s a commercial and what’s a game

  • cheadrick

    See Cole talking about Gattis’ strength? When CH gives a compliment, well you’ve done something.

    • fireboss

      You didn’t see the story?

      “I felt like I was throwing a golf ball out there and he had a driver,”
      Hamels said. “He’s probably going to be in that strongest man
      competition at the end of the year. Definitely going to vote on him
      because he’ll win. It was impressive.”

      Hamels dropped his head in the fifth, like he thought Gattis had
      taken him deep again, but center fielder Cesar Hernandez tracked that
      one down on the warning track.

      “I guess if the 50 mph winds
      blowing in didn’t keep it in play, it definitely would have been off the
      wall,” Hamels said. “Or through it.”

      • cheadrick

        Yeah I saw it, was asking if you did. LOL

        • fireboss

          oops I was listening to chump err chip sorry

  • Guest

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    • Jeff Schafer

      Lol nice Chris…you need a vacation

      • cheadrick

        Yeah my ascii didn’t align right lol. I just got back from vacation, so I have no excuse.

  • cheadrick

    Benches empty in @Yankees-@Orioles game as Joe Girardi and Buck Showalter engage in shouting match between innings.

    • fireboss

      signs being stolen is the twitter word

      • cheadrick

        Sounds like a JG and Yankee thing if I had to guess.

        • fireboss

          I dunno but I think it’s funny. Buck’s in Girardi’s head

  • cheadrick

    Could’ve done without that male ab shot

    • fireboss

      Laird’s abs are like mine… missing

      • cheadrick

        Yeah used to have a washboard, now I have a still flat, but slightly oval-ish rock down by the “crick”

  • cheadrick

    Beer run to the frig. brb.

    • fireboss

      Me too

  • cheadrick

    Wouldn’t bother me one bit if the Fish would go ahead and shut down Fernandez. I guess they figure they might as well try to put a hiccup in the Braves’ magic number. hehe

    • fireboss

      I think they ought to rest polanco to he beats us like a rug

      • cheadrick

        haha yeah

  • cheadrick

    Crowd goes Wild? Is this really a sports show? OMG

    • fireboss

      well Regis is hosting so i dunno

      • cheadrick

        He’s a moron

        • fireboss

          He make me feel young

          • cheadrick

            His ego makes me feel old ;) hehe. Wait I am old.

          • fireboss

            he’s over 70 so I am young to him

  • fireboss
    • cheadrick

      That good news. What’s the word on Downs? All I heard was a blurb about his hand wound wouldn’t slow him down. Haven’t checked reports.

      • fireboss

        He’s theoretically available wearing a splint

  • cheadrick

    What the hell is that noise? Dying bird?

    • fireboss

      pardon

      • cheadrick

        You didn’t hear that annoying noise coming from the crowd?

        • fireboss

          Nah MLB TV cuts off really quickly between innings

  • fireboss

    JUP Double at last

  • fireboss

    Gattis mauling Alverez

    • cheadrick

      My gut’s still good. Just had this feeling about Gattis needing to be playing every day.

      • fireboss

        Fredi G is glad to see it too,he needs offense

        • cheadrick

          Well he’s got two gaping holes removed from the lineup. That helps too.

          • fireboss

            Really want EJ to hit tonight

          • cheadrick

            Yeah, but even if he don’t, his glove is reason enough to play him to me.

          • fireboss

            I know but i want him to hit or make a couple of really nice plays to give Fredi reason to play him.,. and as I type it EJ does it

          • cheadrick

            Prophetic bro

  • cheadrick

    Alvarez isn’t pitching that badly. I tell you man, it makes a difference who you have in your lineup, just from a morale perspective.

    • fireboss

      If you hit the ball where it’s pitched instead of looking for a homer every time it helps a lot with a guy like Alvarez and his sinker

      • cheadrick

        Agreed. The Braves occasionally wake up and look like a different team.

  • fireboss

    Now if Jordan can just come through here we’ll be in great shape with teh Marlin Bullpen buffet to fry

  • fireboss

    Suddenly the Bad new Marlins are playing

    • cheadrick

      Awful fishy

      • fireboss

        Ya know white bears eat a lot of fish.. that calls for a picture

        • cheadrick

          Good idea. I’ll tweet one on my timeline as well.

  • cheadrick

    Medlen sure looking like he’s “guiding” his pitches.

    • fireboss

      first batter looked hurried he looks better now

  • cheadrick

    Jeff is around, sort of. Replied to a few things below. Jeff ef ef ef e e e (echo)?

  • fireboss

    Tim Hart sure has a rough job Huh?

    • cheadrick

      haha yeah. Much rather look at Elizabeth Moreau, but at least we had the Miami eye candy to help block out Tom.

      • cheadrick

        EM’s doing a lot of football games for the SEC now.

        • fireboss

          If I wasn’t so old I’d love to announce baseball or follow it around like Hart

          • cheadrick

            Oh that’d be a dream job. I think I’d rather get paid to write about it, like I do now, but not gettin’ paid, LOL. Don’t think I’d want Hart’s job. I’m not a social butterfly, but love to sit in the reporters booth, laptop in hand, write some, interview some, and travel to every braves game. Have to have a bit of luck to get those jobs, plus probably a journalism degree.

  • cheadrick

    I need to break for some dinner. Bout to eat my mousepad

    • fireboss

      Have fun

  • fireboss

    Damn Ej make a great stop then air mailed the throw

  • fireboss
    • cheadrick

      Julie Andrews is angry about that? ;-) hehe

  • cheadrick

    Who? Avilan?

    • fireboss

      Who who?

  • fireboss

    Downs has yet to find a splint that stays on when he takes his finger out of the glove and can’t catch the ball without pain

    • cheadrick

      Long as you can pitch, man up Scott!

      • cheadrick

        Rub some dirt on it!

  • cheadrick

    Nice pitch there.

  • cheadrick

    Nice bump there for Avilan.

  • fireboss

    They took the bands off Heyward’s jaw today and everyone is excited that he’ll be back just like before he left

    • cheadrick

      Yeah, and SuperTramp once had a hit called “Dreamer”

  • fireboss

    Your man Dan is Baaaaack

    • cheadrick

      I was eating. Why is Uggla back in there? Double switch on Ayala?

      • fireboss

        Yep EJ to left

  • cheadrick

    lol 18,503 attendance. How they ever going to pay for that park? Must be taxing Miami citizens for it. I cannot recall the particulars, but seems like I did read something about how they plan to pay it off.

    • fireboss

      I plan to have the house painted this week. That won;t happen either

      • cheadrick

        Just the thought gives me “shivers”

        • fireboss

          I hurt my oblique again today texturing a wall so I get an hour a day or so then I’m done

  • fireboss

    Pirates lead Rangers 1-0 in the 7th in Arlington

    • cheadrick

      They’re on a 4 game slide as well. Need that win.

      • fireboss

        so do the Rangers — Just cued up Welcome to the Jungle for Kimbrel since the Fish won;t do that

        • cheadrick

          Cool. Fun and Games

  • cheadrick

    Damn, Wren saying Jhey takes BP Friday? He may not be effective, but his injury must not have been that bad if he’s BP’n already. I hope he comes back and proves both of us wrong.

    • fireboss

      They’re sending him to the instructional league for a couple of games then bringing him back

      • cheadrick

        Well, I’m not a doctor, but that break was not nearly as bad as some other jaw breaks we’ve seen. That much is clear.

        • fireboss

          Francoeur had a similar break in 2003 or 4 and came back and 6 weeks in the minimum time but still. I’m not sure it will be what everyone thinks

          • cheadrick

            I remain skeptical too

  • cheadrick

    Well done Braves. Needed that. Like to see a sweep and get the MN down to 5 or possibly 2 if the Nats can falter 3 games. Nite Fred.

  • fireboss

    see ya tomorrow for another Braves win

  • cheadrick

    That’s a wrap of our Live Thread. Join us tomorrow night, same Bat Time, same Bat Channel.