1:05 pm February 25, 2009, by David O'Brien
February 25th, 20093:28 pm
I just remember Liebrandt more than Lonnie… image in my mind of his head hung walking off the carpet in MN.
Juan Perez on to Pitch
yes, but were talking about single game horrors… that’s my #1 or 2….
February 25th, 20093:29 pm
thanks Robert, Minnesota are you watching the game?
0-4 Frenchy………you are DA MAN!!!!!!!!!!
He is DHing Jerald
February 25th, 20093:30 pm
McCann Sac Fly RBI
Freeman 2 RBI single
Jurrjens gave up 2 runs
Jo Jo gave up a run
O’Flaherty gave up a run
Deep fly to CF, nice running catch by Schafer
Schafer needs to be on this team from day one
Schafer makes gr8 play againnnnnnnnnnn
February 25th, 20093:31 pm
Frenchy is the DH today
Cole Iorg is up, future SS for the Tigers
Walk on 3-1 pitch
February 25th, 20093:32 pm
Thanks everyone for the updates. Not being very productive today…but oh well. Its baseball season. Just a little tidbit, one of my clients was a NL major league umpire through the 80’s to mid-90’s and apparently is the only umpire to have never thrown out Bobby!! I didnt know one existed…….
And DOB, it is so early and obviously today doesnt mean a whole lot, but based on what you saw was JJ just a little rusty and do you anticipate a “sophomore slump?”
Man no encouraging signs for Frenchy, has he at least look to have better balance at the plate? Has he chased a lot of bad pitches?
February 25th, 20093:33 pm
Sounds like Schafer is the man today. I think the HGH thing will all be forgotten by the time the season starts. I’v been wanting this kid to make the 2009 roster for two years now.
Ryan Raburn up
Perez can’t find the plate
I want to know too Tomas, Did Josh Anderson play at all today?
2 on 1 out
February 25th, 20093:35 pm
I’m not worried about anybody, Frenchy, O’Flaherty, Jurrjens, or anyone else for that matter. Talk to me in three months if they still aren’t producing, it’s the first ST game for crying out loud.
Ramon Santiago base hit, Iorg scores to make it 5-4
1st and 3rd 1 out
Tigers 5, Braves 4
Clevlen pops to LF, no tag, two outs
February 25th, 20093:36 pm
i really hope schafer has a good spring and makes the team…he’ll be more exciting to watch this year and hes a wild card on the team…love watching rookies produce in the big league.
I think Francouer’s plate approach is a fair topic eltrompo. Where did they play Freeman today?
Anderson played. Scored the second run of the game after a base hit and a stolen base.
Ended up going 1 – 3 with a hit, strikeout, and a run scored.
February 25th, 20093:37 pm
I am not concerned with results, but I am concerned that our LH relievers have not thrown strikes
thanks AL… who do you like Josh or Jordan?
Freeman came on to replace Kotchman at 1B
I am sooo happy…..
February 25th, 20093:38 pm
Another vote for Schafer on opening day roster for CF, I think the vtes will be piling up by the end of ST. Offense and Defense and Speed. Schafer needs to stay regardless of options or arbitration, do whats best for the Braves to win.
who’s up in the 9th?
Perez ends the inning by K’ing Jeff Larish.
Kyle Bloom to pitch the 9th
Freeman is still only 19 right? I guess he is at AA this year?
Schafer has options. Why have open competition. Only 20 games out last year.
Lonnie Smith scores, we win WS, then everyone would be saying how Braves only have 2 championships.
Oh I don’t disagree Daniel. I known it’s fair game, I am more saying that it isn’t important to make me feel better about such poor performances!!
February 25th, 20093:39 pm
yes, Freeman is 19
February 25th, 20093:40 pm
Well Jordan Schafer has shown a good arm, good range, a stolen base, a homerun. This guy seems ready(I know it’s ST and it doesn’t mean anything, but still he has played very good), Josh Anderson can be a 4th outfielder with good speed coming of the bench, and being able to pinch run late in the game.
Does Gregor Blanco have options?
I hear you eltrompo, I still haven’t heard anything about how he looked at the plate. I know he went 0-4
February 25th, 20093:41 pm
great running catch by Clevlen robbed Diory Hernandez of a double
man robbed dory..i think schafer is up
No options for Blanco, as far as I am aware
February 25th, 20093:42 pm
Interesting that the Braves would have had 3 of the Top 10 on that list. Future looks bright, and could have been brigher.
BTW, since Kotchman is all we’ve got to show for that Tex deal, where is Casey ranked on that list? Of course I’m kidding. Kotchman is ALREADY an MLB player, not a prospect, and he WILL help this team with his his glove this year. I actually expect him to be VERY servicable until Freeman is ready.
Everybody talks about Elvis Andrus in that trade, and it’s justified. But let’s not forget about Matt Harrison, who went 9-3 for Texas as a 22 year old rookie last year.
You need to dig deeper than his 5.49 ERA to appreciate him. I think he’s gonna be a good one, if he gets the hell out of that park.
He made 15 starts last year, totalling 83.2 IP, and allowing 49 runs.
In 7 of those starts, he totalled 43 of the innings and allowed ONLY 7 rungs (1,1,2,0,1,0,2), totalling an ERA of 1.48. However, in the other 8 starts, he gave up 44 ER in 40.2 IP, for an ugly ERA of 9.73.
Half the time, he was absolutely dominant. The other half…. not so much. Kind remind you guys of anybody? Recently, Jo-Jo and Morton have had the same fate. In yesteryear, Smoltz and Glavine were anywhere from dominating to ugly on a nightly basis back in the late 80’s.
Wouldn’t mind having that kid in our “prospective” starters as well, right about now.
How about a future rotation of Hanson, JJJ, Harrison, Medlen and Feliz?
So far, I’m liking Jordan. He’s got a stolen base, home run, and has made several great plays in the outfield today. He’s played all 3 spots out there.
They both have speed, but Jordan sounds like he’s got it all. A true 5 tool player.
Strike out swinging
**DOB** – Were Francoeur’s ABs ugly or did he make good solid contact and just have nothing to show for it? Was his’ swing at least compact?
DOB, the sausage is killer at Joker Marchant, but agree with earlier post, you’ve got to try something strawberry related (hey used to have several items)..you’re close to the Strawberry Capital. By the way, I have some GREAT memories associated just down the street north from Joker Marchant, at the old drive in theatre…!
Just saw the Lonnie Smith debacle… blazing speed and no baserunning ability… nice job Mr. Smith.
February 25th, 20093:43 pm
These annoucers are dreadful….Who is up????
Blanco DOES have an option left
Brandon Jones K’s
It doesn’t matter how many options Blanco has, because if Schafer makes the team, Anderson and Blanco are out, because we’d already have 4 OF’s:Frenchy,G. Anderson, Diaz, Schafer, not to mention Norton.
February 25th, 20093:44 pm
Final : Tigers 5, Braves 4
February 25th, 20093:45 pm
what do you know another one run loss
lol it wasnt another 1 run road loss though….have to be optimistic
February 25th, 20093:46 pm
Dang. Well, one thing did come out of today…I just became a fan of Jordan. (I know it was ONE spring training game…he is gonna be an exciting player if he keeps this up)
Haha, that is an unpleasant sign; another one run loss. I’ll keep telling myself it’s the first game of ST until I fall alseep tonight.
I think Blanco does have options. Josh would be a much better 4th outfielder then Blanco I believe.
The talk has be who is gonna get sent down Jordan or Josh, but if Blanco has options it’s a no brainer.
February 25th, 20093:47 pm
Blanco is obviously the odd man out. I mean apart from his good bunting skills, he doesn’t have any other upsides against Josh Anderson.
I think the problem would be that, Jordan Schafer isn’t on the 40- man roster, and the Braves want to delay his arbitration period.
February 25th, 20093:48 pm
MFin04 Didnt we travel down to the Tigers spring training site? Wouldnt that be on the road? Wouldnt that be a 1 run road loss?
Oh yeah, I forgot about Diaz, but you could probably justify keeping Josh still. Diaz is also the 3rd catcher and can play 1st.
MF, I thought the Braves were on the road today ?
My guess would be that if Schafer does make the team out of ST then Josh anderson will be the 4th OF abd matt Diaz will be moved.
Prado gets the righthanded LF AB’s.
Diaz is not a good fit as a 4th OF because of his inability to play CF
Why doesn’t Blanco have any options left? Has he been brought up before? I thought last year was his first year.
Buffalo NY Braves Fan
February 25th, 20093:49 pm
Lets temper our enthusiasm here. Shafer hits a bomb off of a single-A pitcher that no ones heard of and you’re all jumping up and down?
I hope the kid will be good, and I’m excited to see him play. But lets wait and see how he hits the major league pitchers first before we crown him the next coming of whoever.
You are correct, sir. Infante and Prado can also play OF in a pinch. Only J. Anderson, Schafer, B. Jones or Blanco will make this club.
I’m with DOB that the roster spot is J. Anderson’s to lose. That said, if Schafer plays lights out and Anderson stumbles badly, the kid could make it impossible to leave him in the minors.
Easy Does it
Why does he call LBV Dark Star?
February 25th, 20093:51 pm
Diaz is not a good fit as a 4th OF because of his inability to play CF David-ATL14
Really?? His inability to play CF makes him movable? Lets not consider the fact that he has a much higher batting average against lefties than any of the other guys. Yeah, lets not even think about that fact, only dwell on the fact that he cant play center. Sheesh.
February 25th, 20093:52 pm
Holy cow, people…Blanco DOES have options left
Whoever our starting CF turns out to be I’m very much looking foward to this season. Pitching wins championships and we are very deep in that area.
February 25th, 20093:53 pm
Castillo 3 for 4 with 4 RBI’s in the lead off spot! Daniel Murphy 2 for 3 and a walk in the 3 hole. Ryan Church 2 for 3 and 3 RBI’s. Mets win 9-3. Jerry Manuel for manager of the year!
How’d you guys do?
Let’s see, play by play, Francoeur scratches his nuts and steps up to the plate
February 25th, 20093:54 pm
February 25th, 20093:55 pm
Clint is his butt jealous it didn’t get scratched
I am with you, Buffalo. It is like they have never gone through a ST before making all these comments about who should play where, who should make the team and who the Braves had “better get”. A guy has a good game and he is the savior. Funny, I am sure Lonnie Smith had good games, too! lol
N8, yes. I have been saying for a while now that if we had not made that Tex trade we could have had a very good possibility of having a starting pitching staff in about 3 years that would rival the ones of the 90’s. We have some others in the organization who are sleepers right now, just as Hanson was until last year. It still could get interesting in a few years, but I hate to think about that trade for Tex.
February 25th, 20093:56 pm
Castillo and Murphy 4 ABs each Church 3 ABs. Looks like mutts played regulars going for the win.
where do you see that VolBrave?
February 25th, 20093:57 pm
Anders Seriously man, lol, its game one of spring training, lol.
Buffalo, the home run was 1 of about 4 or 5 good things he did today. I, myself, am not high on him just because of the homer.
February 25th, 20093:58 pm
$$$ will ohman………..Will ohman…………Will Ohman……….WILL OHMAN! $$$
The Braves need “The Dude”
And who did the Mutts play today? Probably a team of AAA hopefuls. They played their regulars a lot if Murphy had 4 ABs and Church had 3
February 25th, 20093:59 pm
Fleming – Frenchy, Escobar, McCann – these are not Brave regulars?
Some exciting stuff, excited the season’s almost here. . . got to agree with the notion of starting Anderson in center and keeping Jordan and probably Hanson in AAA to start the year. We need to give Frenchy and the rotation we have going in a chance to lose their spots in the lineup, I would say after last season that there’s a very realistic chance we will see both Jordan and Josh playing in the outfield every day by season’s end. Not that I want Francouer to play poorly, but he seriously SUCKED last year, and his reaction to the whole thing didn’t display much maturity. Seemed a lot more like Andruw’s attitude the last few years than say, Jordan’s after last year’s suspension.
A lot of baseball left to play, I guess we’ll see how ti all plays out eventually.
oops I swore, my apologies kids and nuns
February 25th, 20094:00 pm
the very nature of talking spring training is to form opinions about who should make the team. Is this your first ST?
Check the number of ABs for all but Frenchy
February 25th, 20094:02 pm
DOB put the list on here last week. Apparently he has a list of players with options left and Blanco is on the list.
Anders – Did KRod and Putz close it out for you guys?
Don’t forget Diaz also has valuable as the emergency catcher and would be a decent bat off the bench. I wonder if they’d consider keeping him along with BOTH Anderson and Schaeffer.
Then again… you got Norton and even Infante who can play in the OF. I’m guessing Jordan’s heading up I-85 barring injury.
Don’t let Anders get your goat. He likes your goat, he wants your goat. Don’t let him have it.
February 25th, 20094:03 pm
I stand corrected
February 25th, 20094:04 pm
David, have you had opportunity to talk much with Josh Anderson to get at the root of why he did not play winter ball this year? I would be interested to know what his reasons are. I don’t know if he would really express them. But if it was something like his mom was very sick and he needed to be with her … or something along the line of personal crisis, then it would not be something he would necessarily want to hide. I just would like to know why, from his perspective, he did not play.
Anders does seem like he would like goats.
February 25th, 20094:05 pm
Boy, once they signed Garret Anderson, and if Jordan and Josh continue to play well. Diaz is looking on the outs.
Diaz is not going anywhere.
February 25th, 20094:06 pm
It’s funny to see how excited everyone gets about this first game. I have been waiting for this since just after the All-Star break last year. New start and some new faces in camp.
I just think it’s funny that we have only just completed ONE SPRING TRAINING GAME and some people are ready to give J. Schafer the CF spot and send Frenchy packing.
I know that it’s exciting to see the players back on the field competing but try to temper the judgments for a few weeks seriously. hehe
February 25th, 20094:07 pm
so you would think 2Parc, but….
Hey N8, I am totally with you on the Texeira deal but with Kotchman we also got Steve Marek. He was a RHed AA reliever that we moved to a started in Mississippi and apparently started playing well.
Nice mbatl, it seems like good logic…Mets fan = goat lover
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