1:00 pm March 22, 2009, by Carroll Rogers
March 22nd, 20091:01 pm
Hey we do have a new blog, thanks Carroll, hope the computer holds up today
March 22nd, 20091:06 pm
Carroll, great win last night for Duke. The Blue Devils were able to contain Damian James and the Longhorn Bigmen. Tough challenge ahead in Villanova should be a good one.
JJ needs a good outing today.
March 22nd, 20091:09 pm
is the game on TV or Radio today?
March 22nd, 20091:11 pm
So, Carroll, someone mentioned on another blog i regularly visit that Neil Walker, Neftali Soto, Todd Frazier, Matt Dominguez
and Taylor Green may be on or radar trade-wise. Any thoughts?
March 22nd, 20091:12 pm
March 22nd, 20091:13 pm
March 22nd, 2009
According to my source, a MINNESOTA scout told him that JOHAN had long-term damage that would begin to show up in about two seasons. The nature of the injury was not revealed, but evidently would need major corrective surgery. Than’s all I know. Now you know what all the regulars have heard from me since I stopped screaming for the BRAVES to sign him in October-November 2008. I guess we’ll see if my contact was correct before the end of this season. Good luck with that.
Is that anything like predicting having a new left fielder, an Allstar shortstop to play second, a couple flame throwing starting pitchers? If so, then Santana’a elbow should be fine. I guess JJ’s confidence should be high, he doesn’t have to face Delgado or Beltran.
March 22nd, 20091:14 pm
Anderson grounds out to third, Escobar to short, and Johnson strikes out.
March 22nd, 20091:21 pm
Jeff Francouer is going to hit a homer today, i can feel it.
nice first inning for santana, two groundouts and gets Kelly swinging.
Gorkys don’t know enough about those guys to say.
Brandon, thanks. texas really revealed our weakness – in the middle. After the big fella fouled out, there was so much space in there and they spread us out and drove, it was pretty….but i have to say all the long faces I saw on the Texas bench before the game was over would have bothered me if i were a Horn. Guys were pulling jerseys up over their faces before the game was over, you know? Maybe that was just me.
Jurrjens gets through the first, perfect. I’m down in the press room, doing as the romans do in rome, since the press box here is so high and not a great view, or easy access to clubhouses, etc, but i feel a little dettached. weird.
Game is on the radio. Jim Powell is here and working hard.
March 22nd, 20091:22 pm
I hope he does Dan, especially off Johan Santana.
March 22nd, 20091:23 pm
Anybody have a link to the radio call? The MLB gameday is always messed up.
March 22nd, 20091:26 pm
really nice at-bat for jeff against Santana. fought off some tough pitches to hit, laid off an inside pitch 3-2 to draw a walk
March 22nd, 20091:27 pm
The announcers are raving about Francoeur’s new swing, who just drew a walk.
Whoever that was last night/early this morning that wanted to know about the Mets prospects, knock yourself out:
If Francoer is sacrificing balance at the plate for power like Chumper did last year to win the batting title (that and sitting out many games), then expect what you are seeing in spring to be there in the season. Not really looking to mash it, I just want to put in in play.
Carroll, the jersey over the thing kind of reminded me of Adam Morrison crying in the middle of the floor against UCLA a couple years back. But you got give em credit they played a heck of a ball game.
If Brian Zoubek can give them quality minutes as he did last night, i think Duke can make some noise. Nova is similar to Duke i.e. spread the floor, attack, and shoot the 3. But they are a little more physical.
Nice start for JJ. Francouer is up in this inning, be nice to see him get a hit of Santana build his confidence a little bit.
March 22nd, 20091:28 pm
Great, great AB for Frenchy there.
Watching on TV, Francouer looks great. Very short swing and a walk vs the Johann Monster, while fouling off good pitches. Very impressive…that would’ve been a three pitch strikeout last year. And good to hear the Mets announcers praising him. They are a class act
March 22nd, 20091:29 pm
Thanks, dogsbrekky — right back atcha, doubled an d redoubled.
take it to a motel room guys
March 22nd, 20091:31 pm
Yet another outstanding at-bat by Jeff Francoeur. Very impressive the way he worked the count and fouled off pitches on Santana, and drew the walk. This is a different guy at the plate. No doubt about it. Francoeur is definitely poised for a nice season.
March 22nd, 20091:32 pm
Yeah, JJ sure is glad Beltran & Delgado aren’t in the lineup today. Combined, they’ve mustered a career .100 BA against JJ.
March 22nd, 20091:33 pm
Im so glad I drafted Jeff in the ESPN fantasy baseball thing…he is going to have a great year.
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March 22nd, 20091:34 pm
Anybody have a game update?
I like these announcers.
Nice at-bat by Prado too, just drew a walk……and much respect for the Mets’ TV crew, and not just because of my girlhood crush on Ron Darling. They really have done their homework on the Braves, which is smart since they’ll be facing the Mets 18 times this year
March 22nd, 20091:36 pm
Nice at bats from Frenchy and Prado to get walks.
March 22nd, 20091:37 pm
Clint Sammons struck out to strand two, which makes that three Ks for Santana in the first two innings. His changeup is nasty (yes, this just in).
Brandon, much respect for Texas and the way they played. And I’ve always been a Rick Barnes fan from his days at Clemson and of course for him standing up to Big Dean.
March 22nd, 20091:39 pm
frenchy is looking sharp this spring,the mets announcers are a class act.
Hey, what do ya know! Frenchy hits the cutoff man this time.
March 22nd, 20091:41 pm
March 22nd, 20091:45 pm
Rick Barnes vs. Dean Smith that was a classic…
Im impressed with Frenchy’s approach this spring.
Jurrjens is throwing that changeup a lot.
You know jeff321, your constant berating of Francoeur makes you appear childish. Perhaps you are a child?
crap….in my head I always make fun of people when they post the “Enter your comments here” but now it’s happened to me…
March 22nd, 20091:47 pm
Nice damage control by Jurrjens there. Leadoff double and a two-out walk didn’t hurt him, got Rivera on a broken bat roller which Escobar handled nicely….Mixed in were back-to-back strikeouts – both called – on Church and Tatis. 0-0 through two
’ll tell you, I’m afraid to say anything about Brandon Hicks, anymore, LOL. I’ve seen him in maybe a donzen games over the last two years, and I didn’t come away with the defensive opinion posted by DOB and the Braves. Since I have to assume they know a little more about the kid than I (HA!), I’m starting to think I was watching somebody else altogether! SCOOTS
I’m not all that impressed either. I think it’s a long shot that he ever amounts to anything. The Braves are known for hyping their prospects since they trade so many of them. The same guys are saying the same things that they said about Marte a few years ago and remember how much hype was coming out of there for Lillibridge last year, the biggest difference this year is that Hicks asset is power and Lilli’s was speed. Since Dave has seemed to buy into the Hicks adventure we will likely get a “good talking to”about these posts. so I might as well end this with an LOL too
March 22nd, 20091:48 pm
Frenchy is really a new man. I don’t expect a lot of homers by him, but I do expect a much higher OBP, AVG, RBI’s, and a lot of doubles.
March 22nd, 20091:49 pm
embarrassing, isn’t it spotts?
I’m truly amazed by what we’re seeing from Francoeur. I really am. I mean, I thought he’d look better this spring – maybe like he looked in ‘07… but he doesn’t just look better… he looks totally different. Complete transformation from hacker to HITTER.
The power isn’t there yet, but it’ll come. Gotta get the hitting stroke down first, then the power stroke. When Frenchy get’s to a point where he’s completely comfortable with his adjustments and his ability to make solid contact in any situation, he can them pick his spots when it’s reasonable to swing for the fences. That’s how Chipper does it… swing for solid contact in general, and selectively swing away.
And with Francoeur’s natural ability, if he just makes solid contact day in and day out, he’ll hit 15 HR’s by accident.
March 22nd, 20091:51 pm
I like what Josh tried there, the bunt attempt. Nice play by Johan, but I respect that Josh is trying to learn a skill the Braves really want him to capitalize on.
Carroll, what did u think of Jon Scheyer’s play falling out of bounds? I thought it saved the game for Duke.
Any idea who else is in line to pitch today?
March 22nd, 20091:52 pm
Carroll, agreed. VERY nice damage control. Impressive. Jurrjens pitches to contact, but he has the stuff to look for the strikeout when he needs it, which he did in that inning and got it.
Jurrjens got a great chance to be an ace. He’s already a quality pitcher, but he may establish himself as a legit #1. He’s got the stuff, the control, and the poise. Here’s hoping he does just that this year.
March 22nd, 20091:54 pm
Why don’t the Braves have a channel like SNY. Since TBS I mean.
I’m watching the game on MLBTV, and I have to say that these Mets announcers are really good. Enjoyable to listen to, and they know their stuff. Complimentary of BOTH teams where it’s deserved. And frankly, they’re talking more intelligently about the team than Chip Caray does half the time.
March 22nd, 20091:57 pm
Gotta agree with your assesment of Francoeur- I haven’t gotten to see him really at all but from what I have been reading it sounds like he really made the effort in the offseason to become more patient and to retool his swing…good for him. And like you said- with his natural ability he should be able to hit for power quite easily if he doesn’t force it. But I will gladly take .300/90RBI/40 Doubles and 15 HR from him anyday.
March 22nd, 20091:58 pm
1) What’s the deal with Escobar?
2) I’m glad to see Anderson bunting, but that wasn’t a good one, and against Johan, a bunt attempt absolutely cannot be directed back at the pitcher.
March 22nd, 20092:01 pm
One thing I’d point out about Jurrjens…
JJ pitched 140+ innings several times at the minor league level. He pitched 188 last year. That innings jump is not a big deal. Most every starter has to make a 40+ inning jump at some point in their career, whether at the minor league or ML level. But here’s my point…
Whenever a player does have to stretch out and pitch more innings than they’re accustomed to, it’s almost certain that he’ll hit a wall at some point.
Through 150 innings, Jurrjens ERA was (if memory serves me correctly) 3.12.
Over the final 38 innings, he added a half a run to his ERA. While a 3.68 ERA is very good, particularly for a rookie, what he did before he hit “the wall” is even more impressive.
Brandon, yes, i thought that play was so heads-up, so smart.
No word on why Escobar is out. Might not be able to find out until i get into the clubhouse.
Other pitchers on the trip: Manny Acosta, Boone Logan and Eric O’Flaherty and assorted minor league guys.
March 22nd, 20092:03 pm
Manny Acosta needs a good outing BIG TIME.
March 22nd, 20092:04 pm
Thanks for the new blog, Carroll. Go Braves!
that’s no hits off santana in four innings, only the two walks.
March 22nd, 20092:06 pm
>You know jeff321, your constant berating of Francoeur makes you appear childish. Perhaps you are a child?
Bravesgal – Thanks for letting me know it bothers ya! Now, I’ll ramp it up.
March 22nd, 20092:08 pm
Carroll– In view of your crush on Ron Darling, is it a factor that he has an Ivy League education and you have a degree from the southern Ivy League’s Duke? Another interesting Ivy League baseball retiree is Doug Glanville who periodically writes terrific columns in the NY Times. Also since Darling has a deal with Time-Warner and often announces Sunday games and playoff games on Time Warner with Chip Caray and their other announcers, perhaps you could arrange with the Atlanta TBS folks to do analysis on some of these games.
March 22nd, 20092:10 pm
Score? Lines for the pitchers? Anybody..
18 Wheels of Love
Anyone see Ron Darling in Shallow Hal??
March 22nd, 20092:13 pm
Did they call this game on account of boredom?
March 22nd, 20092:14 pm
end of 4 0-0
Carroll – you have misplaced reason to praise Barnes. I like Barnes as well but pushing Dean Smith is not a classy move – Rick has even said as much noting how much he regretted the incident, that he has matured a lot since then, etc. Then again, since Dukies praised Collins for pushing Doherty when he was the UNC Head Coach it does not surprise me. Can you imagine the outcry from the Blue Devil nation if someone pushed coach K?
Do you also praise Robin Ventura for “standing up” to Nolan Ryan?
And no I am not a UNC grad but a grad of another ACC school.
CR…Did you think the Braves going after Mike Moustakas 3b from the Royal, KC already has Alex Gordon & Mark teahan in third.Look that team need some Pen help.
March 22nd, 20092:15 pm
I thought Boyer was a lock for this team
March 22nd, 20092:17 pm
JJ having trouble locating, but getting through it anyway. I like what I’ve seen from him in his last two outings.
Diaz hits a jack.
After Dean retired a few years later, Barnes’s daughter sent Dean a letter asking why he was retiring since he was still so good, etc? Dean had the class to respond to Barnes’s daughter and in that letter said nothing but praise for her dad. Dean never said a 4 letter word – didn’t have to. Dean Smith was the picture of class and deserves the respect he has earned (ask Bilas who he wanted to play for if he did not play for Duke)
Finally a hit … way to go Diaz HR
March 22nd, 20092:18 pm
HR Diaz 1-0
diaz goes yard
I recall Dean calling out a Clemson player. i could hear him yelling “iturbe, iturbe” and that’s not cool, classy, mature, whatever. So i understood why Rick was irate and I don’t remember him pushing Dean, just confronting him. And part of this is just tongue-in-cheek, OK? Relax.
Diaz just went deep to left 1-0 Braves up on Santana now in the top of the fifth. Got it, Adirondack?
March 22nd, 20092:19 pm
Thanks Carroll, everybody.
March 22nd, 20092:21 pm
I’m watching the game I can give updates. Salmons double….short hopped the wall
March 22nd, 20092:22 pm
Coach (10:53 am): “Um, Adam LaRoche was diagnosed with ADD back in high school. He is the one ML baseball player who has a reason to be on meds.”
Neither here nor there, Coach, given the current witch hunt hysteria.
PS: Btw, how did you enjoy your Eggs Benedict? Scrumptious, I presume.
Matthew Edward Diaz. I love that guy.
March 22nd, 20092:23 pm
JJ strikes out…..Anderson lines out to center
That’s seven strikeouts for Santana now with two outs in the fifth, just got Jurrjens.
And yes, Darling’s brains are a big part of the charm. Couldn’t remember which Ivy League school it was. Was thinking dartmouth, so I looked it up. If we trusts wikipedia, here’s some interesting stuff
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii to a Hawaiian-Chinese mother and French-Canadian father, Darling is a fluent speaker of both Chinese and French. After growing up in Millbury, Massachusetts, he attended St John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and later Yale University, managing a dual major in French and Southeast Asian history. He was set to graduate in December 1982, but was drafted in June 1981. Darling compiled the most prolific major league career of any Yale alumnus since 19th-century pitcher Bill Hutchison. Darling began his college career as a position player and did not pitch regularly until his sophomore season.
Clay — Thanks.
Braves 1 Mets 0
March 22nd, 20092:24 pm
Do you guys want play by play or just updates here and there?
March 22nd, 20092:25 pm
Santana is done pitching for the day
March 22nd, 20092:26 pm
Jair looking really good today fellas
March 22nd, 20092:27 pm
Clay, as I am writing a paper on Sylvia Plath’s poem “Daddy”, play by play would be nice. thanks.
March 22nd, 20092:28 pm
Jair just struck someone out….reyes pops out to short
His sinker is pretty darn good today..falling off the table
March 22nd, 20092:29 pm
Geez, Diory has 6 errors in about 60 innings played. Tough to make an impression that way.
Clay — play by play if that works for you. Thanks. Is Jurrjens still in there?
March 22nd, 20092:30 pm
Full count to Castillo….and he walks him
Carrol whats the unofficial pitch count for Jurrjens?
JJ is out…in comes Boone Logan
Eric from MO
March 22nd, 20092:31 pm
I would just prefer a summary at the end of every half innings. Otherwise to many posts.
What’s the score?
Tomas not sure the pitch count but after the walk they just took him out….so i am guessing he just met it
March 22nd, 20092:32 pm
Braves 1 Mets 0
March 22nd, 20092:33 pm
So at the end of the inning or per at bat? majority wins
Tomas, don’t have it, sorry, since I’m down in the press room and not in the press box. but Jair is done now, so it’s moot. He hit his pitch count – which I’m guessing is about 75. Boone Logan is in with two outs in the fifth, JJ’s walk on first.
I appreciate your picking up the slack on updates.
March 22nd, 20092:34 pm
per at bat. that’s my vote.
per at bat
No prob Carroll…im watching so I can give updates if you don’t mind
Clay, at the end of the innings might be best for all. I appreciate the play by play tho.
Doc Holiday (11:19 am): ” You want the guy with the most experience out there to minimize the risk of making a dumb defensive play. JRo is very good at SS, but if you are looking for experience, Jeter is the man. We could argue about it all day. I think is not that bad a decision.”
So, eight year veteran, reigning World Series shortstop 29-year old Rollins must STILL defer in the field to 34-year old, lead-footed dinosaur Jeter??? Because of “experience”?!?!?
Gimme a break.
March 22nd, 20092:35 pm
Full count…walks Murphy….now up Jeremy Reed
Logan gets it to 93mph. It should have been a strike out on Murphy there.
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