12:51 pm March 10, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
March 10th, 20091:01 pm
Great post, Carroll..I enjoyed reading your post and you did great job!
March 10th, 20091:02 pm
YEEEEE HAWWWWWWW!!!!!!! Lets plays some ball folks!
March 10th, 20091:06 pm
18 Wheels of Love
March 10th, 20091:07 pm
March 10th, 20091:10 pm
Carroll Rogers – How long have you been covering the Braves? Do you remember when the Astros used to have spring training in Cocoa?
Got a head start on the blog, eh? How about a head start on Spell Check? geeez!
March 10th, 20091:11 pm
wow, new post
March 10th, 20091:12 pm
Carroll, good work this week. Ill take that winning streak of yours during the regular season.
spell check is for nerds!!!
March 10th, 20091:13 pm
Kelly reached on a two-out error by Lance Berman, a two-base error with the speedy Johnson. He’s up for Kotchman …….game time temp 81. Nice day!
Only radio today is Houston radio. So maybe XM is best bet
Nice post, Carroll. My memory of Astros camp is CC Sabathia in 2004. My brother and I watched him leg out a bunt single (he was still a young A.L guy at the time), then saw him lumber around the bases throughout the inning until he eventually scored. I remember that more than his pitching that day!
Too bad about Lerew; I really thought he might be the surprise of camp this year, if he were rehabbed all the way back and had that sinker going. No room at the inn and too far down the depth chart, I suppose.
Might as well call Dayton Moore, I reckon, LOL.
March 10th, 20091:14 pm
Right on cue, Kotchman RBI single, Braves up 1-0
March 10th, 20091:15 pm
Studly Kotchman with a base hit and drives in a run, eh!
well its all on you Ms. Carroll for the play by play duties…keep it coming please mam
I think Kotchman is going to show this year why the Braves wanted him. I expect good numbers from him.
March 10th, 20091:18 pm
I do too Seymour. I also expect a good year from Escobar.
Carroll I love your blogs. But I just saw your picture on top of the blog aand darlin it’s time for a makeover!
March 10th, 20091:19 pm
March 10th, 20091:20 pm
from the looks of things Kotch is going to be as advertised before the trade went down last year. i think he just had a tough time adjusting to a new town and new team last year.
Francoeur comes from behind 0-2, draws a 2-out walk, then Infante comes up with a triple. Nice at-bat for Francoeur.
Braves score two more on a triple down the right field line by Omar Infante….Jeff Francoeur walked in between Kotchman and Infante. Took a couple shots to right field, hard hit low liners but foul, then took his walk….
Braves up 3-0, all three runs with two outs.
March 10th, 20091:21 pm
I think our bench is also going to be as solid as any in the league.
The problem with Kotchman is that the Angels organization poisons the minds of their hitters teaching them to be free-swingers. Hopefully he can get away from that mentality and learn to draw a walk or two.
March 10th, 20091:22 pm
Kotchman hit pretty well in the last month last year. I hope he carries that over into this season.
And yes, Seymour. David Ross, Greg Norton, Omar Infante, Martin Prado, and Matt Diaz is a bench most teams would KILL to have.
I just love a smart a@@= 20 out!
Great job Carroll!
March 10th, 20091:23 pm
You think Vlad rubs off on them?
Thanks for all of your hard work. We appreciate the effort that you put into the good old blog!
Kotchman had 107 hits for the Angels last year in 100 games… Which is why I think he’s going to lead this team in hits.
March 10th, 20091:25 pm
Kotchman is a contact type of guy. He struck out at a higher rate when he first came over than the average over his career. He seemed to get that fixed in September. He seemed to be trying to do to much when he first came over power wise. If he ’stays in his shoes’ when he is at the plate and use his gap to gap power, he could really help this lineup because he usually puts the ball in play.
Chad Paronto…I forgot about him. Dude is HUGE
March 10th, 20091:26 pm
Kotchman is not a “free swinger” in the typical sense- No he does not walk a lot, but he doesn’t take that big loose swing guys like, say Vlad Guerrero…Kotchman makes good contact and does not strike out (39 times in 525 ab’s last year)
Seymour, Vladimir Guerrero is the prototypical Angels hitter. They basically built their entire franchise around his hitting philosophy.
Francoeur hit two hard to the opposite field then walked? Did we sign someone else named Francoeur? Well, if she is really talking about Jeff, sounds good to me. Now I see that Jeff is actually leading the team in walks… guess he’s taking a different approach this year. Should be interesting.
March 10th, 20091:27 pm
Besides Lowe and Soriano who is in line to pitch today?
Cabravesfan I agree. Kotchman does make good contact. I just wish he would take a few more walks. I’ve got no real complaints with his hitting though. I think he’s going to have a huge year.
March 10th, 20091:29 pm
Somebody want to tell me what I misspelled so i can fix it and move on? It’s either that or some play by play….
Derek Lowe got a groundout and a strikeout to start. Just got Lance Berkman to fling his bat into the stand, just above the Braves dugout
and no, only seen the Astros here.
March 10th, 20091:30 pm
Then struck out Berkman. One perfect inning, 2Ks, 18 pitches, 12 strikes.
March 10th, 20091:31 pm
I think he will too…I wouldn’t mind a few more walks, but I’ll take 143 hits in 143 games any day:)
This is a good comment on the strength and depth of the Braves’ pitching this year. Guys like Paronto and Ortiz are not in this camp with any chance of ending up as one of the 12 men selected. The people battling for a spot on the roster are the likes of Hanson, Glavine, Reyes, Morton, Medlen, Acosta, and Marek.
any word when Tommy Glavine will make his spring debut?
Sonny in Mechville too
It didn’t help that Kotchman’s mom was ill, he had to take that 2 week leave to be with her. That situation surely hindered his mindset.
March 10th, 20091:32 pm
Boone Logan, Eric O’Flaherty, Steve Marek, Blaine Boyer, not necessarily in that order
March 10th, 20091:33 pm
Derek Lowe just gave a ball a ride to center field for an out….that’s better than the foul ball to the visiting dugout he was predicting earlier, when warning Chino to watch out.
March 10th, 20091:36 pm
So was Heyward cut?
Angels organization poisons the minds of their hitters teaching them to be free-swingers
Well, they preach being aggressive in the zone, anyway; I guess you could call that “free swinging”. Not much power on that club in recent years, hence, the strategic philosophy of contact and hits, rather than walks and homers. Sciosia has to play the hand he’s dealt offensively, and rely on his pitching to create run differential.
March 10th, 20091:37 pm
play by play is more important than spelling!
March 10th, 20091:40 pm
kotchman is hitting cleanup alot in the spring, hunh? i wonder if he is seen as an option there during the regular season. he would surely knock in alot of runs in that spot.
Anybody know who we will see start for the Braves in Clearwater tomorrow? Was hoping to show off Hanson to my seatmates but saw he threw Sunday.
March 10th, 20091:42 pm
MLB online – anyone else trying to listen to the game on MLB and having problems? I can’t get the audio to work and not sure if it’s my issue or an MLB issue.
Glavine is set to throw a simulated game on Monday.
Got an explanation from Frank on Lerew release. The move to outright him was to create roster space and then the release this early was because he wasn’t in the mix for Atlanta and Gwinnett and this allows him enough time to sign on with someone else.
Shoot, the Gwinnett pitching staff is gonna be something else. Here are some of the arms that could be in the rotation there: Tommy Hanson, Jorge Campillo, Jo-Jo Reyes, Charlie Morton, James Parr, Todd Redmond. See, I’m already at six.
Rumor is the Braves are going to wear their blue jerseys as their primary road jersey this year. Oy, their luck better change. ….and I also hear they’ll be wearing solid blue helmets, not blue with red brims.
Lowe just set them down in order in a perfect second inning – eight pitches, seven strikes. He’s cookin.
March 10th, 20091:43 pm
jimThis is a good comment on the strength and depth of the Braves’ pitching this year. Guys like Paronto and Ortiz are not in this camp with any chance of ending up as one of the 12 men selected.
youre right, especially by the braves, since they are in the astros organization now.
DAP. I don’t think so. Though I’m of the philosophy that line-ups don’t really matter, I don’t think they’ll bat Kotchman 4th. Beachcomber, I believe it is Jo Jo Reyes’ turn on tomorrow. The rotation goes Jo Jo, Jair, Hanson, Kawakami, Lowe. Unless they’re working on a 6-man rotation, which I don’t think they are.
double for Diaz
March 10th, 20091:44 pm
Diaz just smoked a ball to left center for a double and scored on KJ’s single. 4-0 Braves
NOOOOO. not those unlucky blue jerseys!!!!
single for Kelly…Diaz scored
March 10th, 20091:45 pm
I have been listening to the MLB feed since the start with no problems.
March 10th, 20091:46 pm
Maddux – My thoughts exactly. Did anything good happen with those dang blue jerseys last year???
Jo-Jo Reyes vs. Kendrick tomorrow in Clearwater.
Lowe is rolling. Is Jair Jurjens set to pitch anytime soon?
March 10th, 20091:47 pm
Jurrjens should pitch Thursday.
Dear Ms Rogers–I didn’t see nothing mizpelled. Your pal, Leland
March 10th, 20091:48 pm
Man oh man, I have a great feeling about Lowe, I am not sure how to explain it, but it just feels like he is going to be dominant this year. I can honestly see 18-19 wins with an ERA around 3 this year.
The rotation goes like this: Jo Jo Reyes Tomorrow, Jurrjens Thursday, Hanson Friday, Kawakami Saturday, Lowe Sunday, repeat. When Vazquez is back from the WBC he’ll be in the mix somewhere.
Nothing good happened with those jersey’s. our season just self destructed.
Gil In Mechanicsville
March 10th, 20091:49 pm
Of course they are going to use those blue jerseys. A lot of them are still on the shelf after last season. And many new names to pick from.
Nice lead Carroll, going to be a big year for Gwinnett. So many young arms, so few places to play. Good problem to have.
March 10th, 20091:50 pm
Frenchy has more walks this spring than I htink he did all last year. If the patience stays and the storke works out, things are going to really turn around. I have to say, he definitely has a different mindset at the plate.
Come on, if we’re gonna find something to blame last years bad luck on, surely we can find something better than “THE BLUE ROAD JERSEY”. Get real.
I prefer the Blue Jerseys.
Who starts tomorrow in Clearwater, is it JJ’ time or K-san.
How is Vazquez doing in the Classic?
Hahaha I love how we have all of this promise until they announce the blue jerseys, and now we are going to suck again. Honestly, I thought the same thing
March 10th, 20091:51 pm
Do we know of any radio for tomorrow’s game?
Speaking of which, is there anywhere to find a radio/TV schedule for the spring games?
March 10th, 20091:52 pm
any updates on Frechy?
The play-by-play guy for the Astros is corny all-get-out.
March 10th, 20091:53 pm
Another guy to be optimistic about is Matt Diaz. He’s raking so far… and we know he has that ability.
UGA FAN 84
March 10th, 20091:54 pm
is there anywhere to listen to the game on the internet? besides mlb.com!
Blue Jerseys may have been bad luck last season…but I love them
I have one, bought it as soon as it was available last season after the opener in Washington
Wear it to most of the games…I dig em
Carroll/PWHjort – Thanks!
March 10th, 20091:55 pm
It says that Kotchman got replaced by Norton on the play by play. Does anyone know if this was scheduled or did he tweak something?
Derek Lowe has pitched a perfect game through three. The third inning he threw 16 pitches, 12 for strikes.
Thanks Jeff321 – suspect it’s an office firewall issue, although I’ve never had problems in the past. Thanks!!!!
i like the blue jerseys too, but i also love the old school gray ones.
but its a new year, the blue jersey curse wont necessarily carry over.
March 10th, 20091:56 pm
That’s 42 pitches in three innings. 31 for strikes.
Kotchman gets taken out after 2 at bats every game. It’s standard. Norton needs some AB’s too.
March 10th, 20091:57 pm
YEAY – I actually dig the Blues…..Im not one to beleive in superstition anyhow….well, i do HATE the Sunday Reds….i must say. I feel like everytime i see those damned red jerseys its effin hot outside and we lose miserably. This has just been my experience….SO GO BLUES!
I like the blue jerseys. Lets just forget about what happened last year. Now the red sunday jerseys…not so much.
Haha check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzCazZALPlQ
Funny video. Disclaimer: I don’t endorse it, I just think it’s hilarious.
March 10th, 20091:59 pm
I would have to agree, the Braves could have went out in the old Red Sox uniform last year and it really wouldn’t have made a difference. It was not the blue tops that gave them bad luck. What about the year before? Oh it must have been the white home jersey or wait was it the grey away jersey?
I prefer the blues, they got on a roll with them late last year if yall can remember.
oh man I love the red jerseys. They look real sharp!
like to see them take advantage of the error
nice article as well
March 10th, 20092:00 pm
Carroll, i know this is not pertinent to your blog today but wanted to know that on the sortable player stats for spring training buddy carlyle has 3.1 innings. hasn’t he thrown at least 5? panama, astros, yankees already this spring?
The red jerseys are the best looking ones.
I wish the Braves would go back to the throwbacks with light blue, red, white with the feathers on the shoulders.
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