May 2, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (22) leans on the dugout bench during the game against the San Francisco Giants at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Braves Giants Live Thread: Stop The Bleeding!


Stop The Bleeding!

The Atlanta Braves seem like they have some sort of rare virus.  They’re bleeding out of every orifice (bad visual), and the bleeding needs to stop, sooner rather than later! They’ve lost four in a row, including a sweep by the Miami Marlins, and a close 2-1 loss last night in game 1 of the current series with the San Francisco Giants.  The bleeding has been flowing from starting pitching lately (a first), but more importantly the offense is literally hemorrhaging!

In another tight 2-1 loss last night, Mike Minor made his 2014 debut, and took the mound with high hopes accompanying him from his teammates and fans.

Some of you may have been disappointed with his performance, but Mike actually did very well for his first major league start after such a long hiatus from seeing professional hitters.  Sure, Minor only went six innings, giving up 7 hits and 2 runs, but he struck out 4 batters and walked ZERO batters!  That last stat is a good sign for Minor, and a good sign for fans anxious about recent hiccups from the starting rotation.  I expect Mike Minor to get back into the groove soon, and improve with each outing.

What I’m not certain about is this downward trend in the Atlanta bats!  On any given day, no major league team has all cylinders firing in a lineup, but the inconsistencies we’re seeing in the Braves’ lineup is disconcerting.  It’s never quite as bad as it seems of course, because you fans know that there ALWAYS seems to be inconsistencies, (even last season where the Braves ended up with 96 wins and an NL East Title), but the Braves always manage to find a way to win eventually.  I don’t think the amazing  pitching and timely hitting we’ve seen this year have been a fluke, but the actual talent this team has!  They just need to get motivated to show that kind of prowess more consistently.

Let’s all hope that the Braves’ bats will come alive again, throughout the lineup, as they face Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants again tonight for game 2.  Vogelsong has struggled mightily this year, but was very good in his last outing, so the Braves would be foolish to ease back on a feeling of urgency in this game.

 

Game 2 Details

Where: Fox SportSouth

When: 7:10 PM EST, Saturday, May 3rd

Probables:  Ryan Vogelsong (0-1, 5.40 ERA) vs Julio Teheran (2-1, 1.47 ERA)

 

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

    I smell a big ole steamy pile of Atlanta crap right now, stuck to my shoe, and ruining the carpet.

    • fireboss

      I am shocked, Who expected Morse to hit a home run… where’s the whiskey

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

        LOL. You see Michael’s hair.. looks like he’d been drinking it

        • fireboss

          Speaking of drinking I tried Killien’s Irish Red. First bottle was okay but second one left an after taste all night. Never had it take 2 boittles to taste bad before

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

            Oh how I hate thee, let me count the ways, then give me an abacus! I hate Killien’s

          • fireboss

            I do now. And Snapshot as well. White Wing isn’t awful but off my list.

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

            Well there’s more beer around now than you can shake a stick at. The craft brew industry is growing in LEAPS and bounds, and will, eventually, force large breweries to brew mightily outside their tried and boring comfort zones.

          • fireboss

            I see Sam Adams is marketing a bunch of new beers, even a couple of wheat. Never cared for SA so I haven’t tried them

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

            Sam Adams pioneered the small brewery, but they are stuck in their comfort zone too now, and need to branch out. They are flowing in money, and have gotten lackadaisical. I like their Boston Ale ok, and some of their seasonals, but they are getting lazy.

          • fireboss

            I saw two wheat beers at the market alonmg with their seasonal stuff. Now I’m thirsty, time for a Bear Beer

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

            Keep thy wheat!

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

    Odd, I just replied to something down below, and it lay there and kinda died.

    • fireboss

      Disqus has been doing that to me too but the comment appears to post. I clicked edit then cancel and might turned bright again . I read the weather comment was that it?

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

    you lost me fred.. did he ante up? remember I’m old and infirmed

    • fireboss

      Depression sat in.. in a poker game in you sit in you have top ante up ..it was a long shot sown a dark alley.. I’m struggling tonight too

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

        hehe now I’m having to refesh this page to see replies. Just saw this. Now I get it. Played mucho poker in my time.

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

          It actually a line from Bill Murray in Stripes though, at the start of the movie, when his girlfriend left him… he said, “…. and then, depression sat in”

          • fireboss

            Ah didn;t recall that

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

            struck me quite funny first time i saw the movie, and never forgot it. time capsule

          • fireboss

            Lines that stick with me are one no one remembers. So I don;t try anymore

  • fireboss

    Yep Pence is awful all he does is hit .285/..339/.474 with 25 homers 33 doubles and 95 RGI a year. I love that kind of awful

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

      I didn’t hear, did Joe say that? he rags on Hunter all the time.

      • fireboss

        He and Chump do that a lot. it’s pathetic

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

          I prayed we’d get Pence last year.

          • fireboss

            I wanted him and Bourn when they were available. Philies got him and it worked

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

            Yeah doh it wasn’t last year when Pence’ name was being bandied about. I tell ya, the years just grow together

          • fireboss

            I know the feeling

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

    Weiters was my 2nd guess. Oh well

    • fireboss

      He actually has 303 now

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

        The guy can hit

        • fireboss

          And will make a lot of money next year somewhere not named Baltimore

  • fireboss

    Hale’s last appearance in ATL?

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

      I have volume down, so I’m not hearing any commentary from the peanut gallery

      • fireboss

        They didn;t say anything I’m just thinking out loud

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

          Elaborate.. you think he’s going to be gone next year?

          • fireboss

            No I think they’ll send him dowm when floyd comes up or if they send Thomas down Hale goes when they find a lefty reliever

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

            Jury’s out for me… never been impressed by Gavin Floyd, so we’ll see.

          • fireboss

            They’re paying him $4m wherever he plays so he plays in ATL

  • fireboss

    Somebody trip Dan and strain his somethign or other so we can DL him and call up LaStella

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

    Fred, I’m out bro. Wrap for me this close to the game’s end. Thanks for coming.

    • fireboss

      Okey dokey smokey take care

  • fireboss

    Simmonms dives needlessly into first base as crawford guns him down to end the game Giants win 3-1 and we continue to hit like AA players

  • fireboss

    Thanks for coming we’ll be back hope so see more of you chatting next time