Apr 16, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown left, first baseman Ryan Howard and right fielder Marlon Byrd wearing number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson during the national anthem against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Braves Vs. Phillies: Day Baseball Live Thread!


The Philadelphia Phillies have felt during the current series like more competition than the Washington Nationals have been this season, so far at least.  I love it when the Atlanta Braves beat any team and every team, but I just feel a touch more like the world is right when the Phillies play like our arch division rival, even if they’re not.  The current series has certainly seemed that way though, with good hitting from both teams, and minus a few hiccups from starters by the Phillies, and the pen for both teams, this has been one exciting four game (minus one rain-out) series!

The final game of the series gives us Day Baseball, which I always capitalize inappropriately, but with no reservations, because I cannot think of a better day than when I have the day off from work (which I do!), and I also get to watch baseball being played in the afternoon.  Perhaps a great many of you are rich and don’t have to work, or you’ve decided to play hooky from work (which I cannot publicly condone), or you’ve come up with any number of other creative excuses to free yourself up to watch Braves’ baseball.  Whatever your personal covert missions, I hope they’ll be successful and you’ll get to watch Atlanta and Philadelphia play this final game of the series today.

 

Game Details

As you know, Tuesday’s game was rained out and thus postponed until sometime in June.  So, if the Braves win today’s game, it will be another sweep (and two in a row) for the Atlanta Braves!  You can never rule out any pitching opponent, but A.J. Burnett will take the mound, surprisingly, for the Phillies today.  This is somewhat surprising because Burnett has suffered from an inguinal hernia, but has elected for now to pitch through that pain and postpone surgery.  We’ll have to wait and see if Burnett can duplicate the good pitching he started the season with.  Since that early outing though, Burnett has clearly struggled.

Alex Wood has pitched well, but his pitch counts have been high.  He will look to continue to pitch well today going for the sweep, and improve on his command and pitch selection to try and lower those high counts, go as long as he can, and continue this amazing trend that’s making Atlanta pitching arguably the best rotation in baseball!

 

Join Our Live Thread!

Join us for our Live Thread for Day Baseball!  We love to have your visit us, and share whatever thoughts you have.  On a day game when Twitter might not be quite as busy as usual, why not join us here and talk about the team you love, or hate!  Yes, even haters are welcome to share.  Grrrr.  Go Braves!

 

 

 

Tags: Atlanta Braves Live Thread

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    So… last 14 innings with these teams: 1 run total.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    1 pitch – Heyward – and out. Come on, Jason!

    • fireboss

      he needs to sit and relax, give Schafer a start

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        Certainly no model leadoff, regardless of last year’s anomaly.

        • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

          Couple of games… that should do it.

          • fireboss

            Fly Chipper up for a chat?

            Chippers chat with BJ wasn’t why he started hitting.

          • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

            He didn’t really start hitting, and yes you’re right about chipper :)

          • fireboss

            yes and yes

          • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

            I have an opinion on Chipper as a hitting coach: I expect he’d be too involved… a tweaker. Might have too many guys spooked after a while.

          • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

            Not many great players make great coaches, and yeah I think the same – chipper would micro-manage.

          • fireboss

            agreed

  • fireboss

    FAR TOO QUICKLY BRAVOS

  • fireboss

    Siddown Jayson your at bat was Nixed #Braves

  • fireboss

    So we’ve had AJ pitching to BJ and CJ. Can we get OJ as a sponsor?

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Have to ask the Big J, … Shuerholtz ;)

      • fireboss

        We should sign JJ to play second

        • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

          We got rid of va-JJ. Good riddance.

          • fireboss

            Hardy

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Just got a phone call from a scammer.
    Claims he’s from Microsoft Technical Support and that my computer is sending them a bunch of errors. (661) 748-0241 phone number.

    • fireboss
      • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

        bingo. Reported to company’s phishing monitor as well.

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      cannot escape them completely, even on your cell. I have Mr. Blocker though. They’re only gonna hit me once off the same number, and I report those numbers promptly.

      • fireboss

        If it’s a weird number I just answer “Yes?” After they identify (theoretically) themselves I ask them for their company name, address (physical) then ask them to please stay there as the Local FBI field office will want to know how they got a private line to a field officer. Reactions vary but it can be fun.

        • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

          Yeah, and the old standard.. I’m kinda busy right now, can you give me your home number and I’ll call you later tonight and we can discuss! Reply inevitably being, “sir I cannot give you my home number”, upon which my reply is, then why do you think its appropriate for you to have mine! Old, but still works.

        • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

          Or maybe pretend you’re having a side conversation:

          “Hey! It’s him again! Yeah – turn it on!”
          ….
          “Did you get it yet?”
          “Get his location?… uh, okay…”

          • fireboss

            Sometimes I add “Hey Jerry run a trace on this call in case he hangs up” really funny

          • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

            I gotta get a script worked up to post on my monitor. This could be fun.

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      hehe you promptly say, my settings are such that I don’t elect to send reporting to microsnot, so you must think I’m a fool you fool! (dial tone, block)

      • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

        Part of my thought was perhaps to string him along for a while to keep them from getting more calls in to others more gullible.

        But there’s a game on.

  • fireboss

    That hot dog tee shirt gum looks extremely rude… I love it

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Chip’s need for better glasses continues

  • fireboss

    Simba finally Ks

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      *sigh* – gets past Lee, but not Burnett. Figures. We seem to have that knack of turning marginal pitchers into Cy Young (c.f. Colon).

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        I guess we just love standard fastballs

  • fireboss

    AJ is done so the bullpen buffet is open

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Bastardo is first on the menu.

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        That’s like someone getting their head under the glass and sneezing.

  • fireboss

    Ah Tony the Bastard is to be the first out

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Duck (a Byrd) is on the pond.

    • fireboss

      and Mayberry did a Swan dive over F5F’s foot

      • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

        well played!

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Triple with a speedster perhaps

    • fireboss

      Wheels Laird now needs Oxygen

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        haha yeah I noticed that.

      • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

        Liked Gattis’ answer to the question last night: “did you know it was out?”
        “No. I don’t know if you could tell, but I was running really, really fast.”

        • fireboss

          I noticed how he runs last night. Crouched over and legs moving like hell like a daschund . My dad would have said he runs as fast as anyone it just takes him longer to get there

          • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

            Nice.

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    Chipper should jsut work with Wood on bunting. sheesh

    • fireboss

      Glavine. Chipper hasn’t bunted since 1985

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        haha. He ought to already know how actually. He’s a pitcher, and it’s not really rocket science.

        • fireboss

          The DH Plague means pitchers don’t learn how to bat anymore

          • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

            Lets come up with our own TT staff advanced metric.. the NL bunted ball profile.

          • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

            NL Pitchers’ bunted ball profile

          • fireboss

            too small a sample size

  • fireboss

    Jason squared that up but right at Byrdman

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Had another idea on the scam calls: utter a few ‘key phrases’ to make sure that the NSA flags the phone call…. ‘course that might get ME in more trouble than the scam guys. :

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      You have to have a little thespian blood in you, but I can do a really good fake, foreign accent. I often will just wax on with authentic sounding gibberish until they hang up.

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        Don’t have to be good even.. just do Latka on Taxi.

    • fireboss

      Of course they’s stopped monitoring us ya know Wink Wink Nudge Nudge

      • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

        Yeah. And I’m Frank Wren.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Carp is up.

    • fireboss

      and poopalong

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    7th hit to lead off bottom of 8th.

  • fireboss

    Rangers pitching is a vanishing memory

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Ryan Howard on deck.

    • fireboss

      oddly I like that idea. Woody can handle him

      • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

        I would think so. Now we’ll see after Nix gets fitted for a sombrero.

        • fireboss

          His is nicely decorated lots of colors

          • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

            Was hoping he’d take Jason’s from last night.

  • fireboss

    go after this man WoodY

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Braves have Upton/Freeman/Upton coming in the 9th.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Full count… now don’t (a) give in, or (b) give him something to dump to LF.

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      I’m okay with a BB.

      • fireboss

        yep but up under his hands in is a strikeout. He was leaning so far out there he almost fell over

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Pitch count 96 now.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Dang.

  • fireboss

    Damn breaking ball. against Revere who can;’t turn anyone’s fastball

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Sounds like BJ was too deep.

    • fireboss

      eh maybe so .. wrong pitch ..fastballs against revere

    • fireboss

      That hit was no more than 30 feet into the grass. had he been shallow he could have thrown him out

      • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

        The phillie radio guys were marveling on the depth of the outfield even before that hit – and your point was underlined after the fact.

        • fireboss

          If however he throws Revere the heater he used against Rollins Revere is out

          • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

            Or the inside fastball to Howard… yeah: lots of chances missed.

  • fireboss

    a story of sacrifices now as pointed out by their announcers. Woody couldn’t Nieves did

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Well, got ‘em where we want ‘em: Papelbon has a lead.

    • fireboss

      Yessir. Poopalong Pappy on to blow the save

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    “4 straight scoreless outings since the blown save at Texas”

  • fireboss

    Catcher tapped the ground on the previous pitch and he threw it head high

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    F8, one down.

  • fireboss

    Time for JUP to show up

  • fireboss

    Jaime Moyer in the Booth. He’s pretty good up there

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Ball or strike? Radio thinks ball. Gamecast doesn’t.

    • fireboss

      ball off the plate

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Now gamecast will go nuts…

  • fireboss

    well he’s missing his spots effectively

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    *sigh*

  • fireboss

    Blew that right by him

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      93

      • fireboss

        yea but he was really late

        • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

          Better velocity than he’d been doing.

  • fireboss

    Missed his spot again but a strike

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    That’s not supposed to happen.

  • fireboss

    CJ was REALLY late on that

  • fireboss

    Okay gang I have to work so bye for now

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Well, all I’ve asked is winning 2 out of every 3. Still on that pace.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Cheers!

  • mf

    Heyward and BJ need to sit down. For good!