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August 7, 2010

Game Recap – 8/7/2010

by @ 11:05 pm.   Filed under braves, braves games, braves players
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Giants (63-48)000000000030
Braves (63-47)00030000X360
W: Tim Hudson (13-5) L: Matt Cain (9-9) S: Billy Wagner (27)

Boxscore

It was a strange night at Turner Field.

Not to take anything away from the masterpiece that Tim Hudson pitched, but Wagner was just amazing tonight. His first pitch was a ball, the next 10 were strikes, only one of which was hit (foul). Even though I don’t think you can blame last night’s blown save on him, he has been a little off lately. Not tonight though.


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August 4, 2010

Much ado about Medlen

by @ 10:36 pm.   Filed under braves, braves news, braves players

Kris Medlen was forced to leave tonight’s game due to “an injury to the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow,” according to the Braves. He’ll undergo and MRI on Thursday. If you aren’t sure what the UCL is, it might help to know that the medical term for Tommy John Surgery is ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction.

Depending on the severity of the issue, the Braves could face losing him for a few starts, the rest of the season, or even the rest of next season. I guess its possible that he could end up not missing any time at all, but everything I’ve read seems to indicate that he’ll definitely be making a trip to the DL, regardless of the outcome of the MRI.

Speculation has already begun on what the Braves will do in response. Obviously if its a situation where he won’t miss a start, nothing will happen. If he does miss any time, there is a lot of debate on whether the Braves will call up Mike Minor (henceforth known as MM), or if they will move KK back into the rotation.

If we do find out that we are going to be without Medlen for at least the rest of the season, I think we have to call up MM. To begin with, KK has hardly pitched since being moved to the bullpen. Chances that he’s even up to starting are pretty slim. That being said, we are in a tight pennant race, and now is not the time for MM to mature in the majors. KK has to begin getting ready because if MM shows any signs of not being able to handle the pressures of a pennant race, or merely falters for any other reasons, KK will need to step in. If we had a runaway lead or if we were out of the race, then you could afford to let MM go through some bad starts in order to further refine him. We don’t have that luxury now.

What I’m wondering is what we do if Medlen ends up needing to just miss one or two starts? Would we call up MM just to make a few spot starts and send him back down? Are there other options in on the farm that could be better utilized in such a situation? Do we have anyone in the bullpen that could be moved into such a role? I know that Venters started most of his career in the minors, but is he prepared to make a few spot starts? Even if he is, can we afford to lose him out of the pen? Could JJ go on short rest if needed? Don’t forget that he didn’t pitch for two months or so while on the DL and is much more rested than other starters.

My feeling is that in such a situation we wouldn’t call up MM. I don’t think he’s coming up this year unless its with plans for him to stay up here as part of the rotation. Instead I think we’d call up another starter from AAA or AA with the intention of him making a single start and getting sent back down.



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July 31, 2010

Today’s Trade

by @ 11:36 pm.   Filed under baseball, baseball news, baseball players, braves, braves news, braves players

If you haven’t heard about the trade made today, I assume it’s because you have horrible internet service and can only access my page. If that’s the case, I apologize, because I’m not going to provide any deep analysis of what happened. There are tons of tweets and retweets about the trades in the twitter feed that pertain to the trade, many of which contain links to articles containing such analysis.

I will, however, give you a brief overview of what happened and a few of my thoughts.

From Braves/To RoyalsFrom Royals/To Braves
Gregor Blanco
Jesse Chavez
Tim Collins
Kyle Farnsworth
Rick Ankiel
Cash

Gregor Blanco: I’ve always liked Blanco, but he was never going to be a starter in Atlanta. He didn’t have much power, and that pretty much was going to never allow him to rise above the level of a 4th or 5th outfielder, mainly being used as a pinch runner or late inning defensive replacement.

Jesse  Chavez: I’ve never been candid with my dislike of Chavez. I feel that the good outings he’s had this season were flukes. I’m was only partially joking earlier today when I asked whether we could have got more out of the deal if we hadn’t included Chavez.

Tim Collins: A drink made of 2 parts gin, 1 part lemon juice, sugar, and soda water. No, wait, that’s a Tom Collins. He’s one of the main characters in Rent, first played by Jesse L. Martin. No, wait, that’s also Tom Collins. Tim Collins is a left handed minor league pitcher that was aquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the Yunel Escobar trade. Reports were that he was a pretty solid pithcer, but as always, the Braves have a bevy of pitching prospects and giving up one like Collins isn’t a big loss at all.

Kyle Farnsworth: A hard throwing right handed reliever that pitched in Atlanta back in 2005. Farnsworth is a solid reliever that will help avoid the need to overwork Moylan and Venters down the stretch. He’ll fit in nice as a 6th or 7th inning guy, and has the experience necessary that he could taken on 8th or 9th inning responsibilities if needed. His numbers this season are pretty good, and they were excellent during his last tour in Atlanta. I saw where one scout had that this year he was “throwing the crap out of the ball,” which is good, because if there is one thing I can’t stand, its balls with crap in them.

Rick Ankiel: A solid outfielder with some power, Ankiel had been on the DL for close ~2.5 months before being recently activated. Since then he has been playing well and will definitely not be a downgrade for the Braves in center field. The Braves also play into his career history, and I’ll be blogging about that later (I was actually including it in this post, but it was getting long enough to where it deserved it’s own post.)

Cash: bread, cabbage, currency, dead presidents, dough, funds, green stuff, money, etc.

While this trade wont go down in history as a blockbuster, I think it was a solid move. We added depth to an already solid bullpen as well as power to out lineup. Ankiel might not be the bat some were hoping for, but he is an upgrade to to the mediocre performance we’ve been getting out of center field for most of the season. Personally I’d like to see Ankiel playing everyday in center field for the Braves while Diaz gets the majority of the playing time in left field. This allows us to give Hinske some starts at first so that Glaus can get badly needed rest. Such a scheme also allows for what I consider to be a very important key to winning the pennant: minimizing the amount of time Melky Cabrera is actually on the field.



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Game Recap – 7/30/2010

by @ 12:38 am.   Filed under braves, braves games, braves news, braves players
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Braves (59-43)00102100026120
Reds (57-47)00300001004110
W: Jesse Chavez (3-2) L: Francisco Cordero (3-4) S: Billy Wagner (24)

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One of the most intense games I’ve seen this season. As of this posting, x-rays on Prado’s finger were inconclusive and he will be re-evaluated by a doctor tomorrow.

I’m sure most of you also know that tomorrow is the trade deadline. I won’t be near a computer to post any updates or breaking news here, but I’ll be keeping an eye on the twitter feeds and retweeting anything that I think y’all might find interesting. If you aren’t following @thebravesblog yet, now’s a good time to start!

Speaking of the twitter feed, you should check it out for links to a good number of articles about things such as the results of Venters’ appeal of his suspension, Gonzalez’s health woes, and much more!


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July 19, 2010

Game Recap – 7/18/2010

by @ 9:45 pm.   Filed under braves, braves games, braves news, braves players
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Brewers (42-51)1000020126140
Braves (54-38)02501300X11131
W: Derek Lowe (10-8) L: Manny Parra (3-7)

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Just a reminder that you should follow our twitter feed. I re-tweet a good number of articles throughout the day. All you need to do is click the big follow button at the top of the page!

A few quick thoughts on the suspensions for Venters and Cox: The entire warning system is stupid. There used to be a time when players were allowed to police themselves. If that was still in place today, they issue would have been cleared up on the field and then it would have been over. No suspensions, no ejections, no fines.

Finally, on a non sports related note, I want to wish my parents a happy 39th anniversary!


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