1:35 pm March 25, 2009, by David O'Brien
March 26th, 200910:09 am
Wayne in Utah
I have always thought you were both funny and insightful…
Good to see Random is going back and checking all my posts…I wouldn’t want him to miss anything.
March 26th, 200910:10 am
there, it happened again!
McFann: how ya been?
March 26th, 200910:11 am
I had a dream last night or this morning or in the early morning or in another lifetime, whenever it was, about the Braves home opener. Somehow a part of my brain was able to produce a final score which was 12-0 Braves over the Nats. However, what made the dream noteworthy was that Turner Field was packed like it had never been packed before. It was like Game 7 of the World Series, only there’s no telling what that would really be like. Needless to say, the atmosphere was playoff like. Something tells me if the Braves have any chance of getting to or winning in the playoffs this year they’re gonna need some @$$es in the seats.
March 26th, 200910:12 am
Alittle bit off the path of baseball DOB but do you have any personal favorite R.E.M. songs? A couple that come to mind are:
(Don’t Go Back To (Rockville)
Man on the Moon
Losing my Religion
Yeah, odd to just bring up but I’m at work and they’ve been on constantly on my ipod helping me through the day…along with reading Braves news!
Hopefully the Bravos will be on MLB Audio today….
March 26th, 200910:15 am
McFann,how is my favorite lady on the blog?MCcann sure is looking good.This might be his MVP year. What do you think?
March 26th, 200910:16 am
A cigar smoking journalist playing air guitar by the side of the road being attacked by possums and kimono dragons. No, that’s a painting that will never see the light of day. Not from my brush, anyway. Maybe the South Park Dudes would be interested?
a man needs a maid is one the greatest Neil tunes. the orchestral power of that tune is off the charts. braves will win 96 games and take the division this year. Go Braves
March 26th, 200910:17 am
Nice to see that nothing has changed – the Braves STILL can’t beat the Nationals. Now that teams are actually playing their starters in games – the Braves have lost what – 4 out of their last 5? Not a good sign of things to come during the season…
March 26th, 200910:20 am
Royce Ring? Didn’t we do that last year?
Besides, you basically had a spot in the pen to a guy who would pitch to, exactly one lefty. Waste of a spot.
A couple of years ago several of us had left the black-tie function of our convention being held at the Gaylord in Orlando and headed up 192 to our rental house hard by Medieval Times (I swear). We stopped at a 7-11 for a case of cold beer. As we were checking out a group of Mexican guys asked if we were from “the church” (seeing as how we hadn’t changed). I said you betcha and we are about to get half-necked and go hang out at the rental house pool and swig this nectar. I really think we gave them hope for humanity. At the very least it made us laugh for a week. “the church”. yeah right. Guess you had to be there.
Had to laugh at the Richmond Times Dispatch sports page this morning. On the back cover is a big picture of Smoltz and a article on his progression from rehab and time with Boston. Smoltz still donning his Braves cap. Now that is funny.
My guess is that right now it looks like the Bravos will go with Anderson in CF and lead-off. Probably keep Blanco as back-up and pinch hitter. Shaefer to bat every day in AAA. Just my opinion but they could also trade Anderson and put Shaefer in CF. The next two weeks of ST will tell. You can make a case for all three.
Rock on…….”the church”
March 26th, 200910:21 am
For anyone with Comcast Cable here in Atlanta…the game TODAY will be on CSS which for me here in the city is channel 45.
March 26th, 200910:22 am
Not too worried about Gonzo, he has said himself that he needs the adrenaline of a real situation to be at full power, we have seen that whenever he has pitched in a non-save situation he has done badly, so lets believe him when he says he was pleased with the way that he was throwing. The Braves management do seem to realise that winning in ST is not important, getting ready for the season is important and that is why you get the supportive comments that you see in the media, they are looking at the way people pitch, not necessarily the results. That is why Mr Bennett is probably not having good thoughts as we approach the next round of cuts.
March 26th, 200910:25 am
i hope coach comes back soon and explains to everyone why mike gonzalez waited over ten months after getting injured to have his surgery, and then how he was able to come back and pitched 3 months after tommy john surgery.
March 26th, 200910:28 am
18 wheels…..now from the last page, THAT, was funny. Kinda makes my “church” story pale in comparison, badly.
March 26th, 200910:32 am
Does anyone have an answer as to why when you post it appears but when you hit page refresh the newest post disappears. Weird.
Rock on……where New Cars at?
March 26th, 200910:38 am
Hey DOB, I know this was on old post of yours from yesterday, but I have no idea how a kimono dragon could kill anyone. They’re usually made of silk and are inanimate objects.
A Komodo Dragon, on the other hand, is a very dangerous animal that is super aggressive and usually weighs as much or more than a human being.
March 26th, 200910:47 am
Pretty good, thanks! How ’bout you?
He sure is looking good! (Apart from last night, but hey, everyone’s entitled to an 0-fer now and then.) I think he could have an MVP-type year for sure! If his Spring carries over into the season, he’ll at least be in the running…uh, as long as he [gulp] stays healthy. Tell the Reaper to keep his distance!
March 26th, 200910:52 am
Coach (Skip and Pete will be missed), yeah, as DAP has pointed out… it was in 2007 that he had his surgery, not ‘08. So he’s TWO years removed from that surgery.
Nothing in the world wrong with Gonzo’s arm. His velocity is right where it was just before he went on the DL (eventually having TJ surgery), and after he came back (effectively) last year.
But he swears that his spring velocity is always a couple ticks below his reg. season velocity. He says that throughout his career (save 07, when he wasn’t healthy), he’s always been low 90’s in the spring, and mid 09’s once the season started. I suspect that he’s being honest when he says that, but we’ll know in a couple weeks.
Damn! A couple weeks… when will this season ever start!!!! This off-season has been about 3 years long, it seems.
March 26th, 200910:54 am
Do you think Molan being represented by Furcal’s agent affect the Braves resigning him?
March 26th, 200910:55 am
DAP (10:25 am): “i hope coach comes back soon”
Perhaps we can lure him back more quickly with this BP article on “Speed and Power” by Christina Kahrl:
. . . Whether it’s OBP in the Nineties, or pitch counts and defense in the Aughties, researchers have been doing new work to give us better valuations of players, and front offices have been similarly beavering away over that data and their own with an eye toward building better ballclubs. So, what’s the next big thing?
Here’s one gal’s argument that it’s going to be speed as an augmentation to always-popular power, meaning that we might be headed back to the exciting times of the ’80s, when tactical diversity was the rule of the day, and teams were more aggressive in exploiting offensive talent because they understood that, when it comes to scoring runs, there’s more than one way to skin that particular cat.
. . . Power is something we can measure rather easily, because a double’s a double, a triple’s a triple, and a home run’s instantly on the board, so whether you want to use simple slugging percentage or the equally straightforward Isolated Power (ISO), we know how to measure the ability of a player to create extra bases with the stroke of a bat.
What about speed, though? Stolen bases by themselves may have worked for something like Bill James’ old-school Power/Speed Number back in the day, but we already have better valuations of base-running value, because this is an area where major statistical innovations have been taking place. At Baseball Prospectus, we’ve been at the front edge of the curve with the development of Equivalent Baserunning Runs by performance analyst Dan Fox. (As further proof of how many smart people there are inside the industry instead of on the outside looking in, Fox has since moved on to join the Pittsburgh Pirates as their Director of Baseball Systems Development as part of the Bucs’ rebuilding effort.) In short, EqBRR is a metric to evaluate what additional run-scoring skills individual players and teams possess when it comes to stealing bases, advancing on outs, or taking that sometimes key extra base on a base hit.
March 26th, 200910:57 am
BA’s post @ 9:31 is today’s winner.
March 26th, 200910:58 am
DOB and BA I’ve never seen where Random acknowleged that he was an A–h—. I wonder where TnBrian got that idea.
March 26th, 200911:00 am
Trent – re REM = Orange Crush is a favorite
So Kawakami was awesome again last night yes ??
Schafer should be CF, JA is too inconsistent
March 26th, 200911:02 am
That Nats first baseman is very good, is he the dude who is always injured
March 26th, 200911:04 am
Hanson, Heyward, Freeman and Jo-Jo Reyes are in next round of cuts, which won’t be announced until after today’s game or tomorrow. Talked to all of those guys this morning. Bobby said Hanson or Reyes could be brought back immediately if someone got hurt or Glav wasn’t ready, etc.
Sammons and Hicks are two of the other four, but not sure of the last two yet.
March 26th, 200911:12 am
Yeah, Dogs, Nick Johnson finds many novel ways to miss seasons.
March 26th, 200911:14 am
Wow, April 20-23, the Durham Bulls visit Gwinnett. Could we have a Tommy Hanson – David Price matchup? (the 2 teams actually meet a week earlier, but that series is in Durham).
March 26th, 200911:18 am
Mekons, that guy can flat out hit though and he plays a GG calibre 1st base
The Nats may be much better this year if their “Chippers” stay healthy
March 26th, 200911:20 am
mbatl – how far in advance would the pitching match-ups be known for that AAA series…… I would consider flying down to see that match up
Kenny Powers thinks Nick Johnson has a little Bob Horner in him.
Price isn’t starting with the big club?
March 26th, 200911:22 am
I figure Medlen and Morton will be the other two. Bowman has mentioned that the Braves might have showcased Morton last night. I really hope they don’t trade him – I think he could be a solid ML-er. He’s used one option and he’s cheap. Why trade him?
March 26th, 200911:24 am
People need to stop freaking out about Gonzo, as many people on here have made clear. In two of his last three spring trainings, he has had an ERA of over 5. He is a closer. He is an adrenaline guy. The only thing we need to worry about for now is his velocity. The fact that he is already throwing 92…that is good news.
Soriano, on the other hand, is worth worrying about. If he is cut from the Mike Hampton mold, we are going to need either Medlen, Boyer, or Acosta to really step up if we want to effectively shorten games.
Rob from SC
March 26th, 200911:25 am
Medlen will make this team
here’s quick story I just filed (I’ll put some quotes from Hanson, Reyes, Heyward and Freeman in new blog and later story)
By DAVID O’BRIEN
Lake Buena Vista, Fla. _ Top pitching prospect Tommy Hanson and left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes will be optioned to Class AAA Gwinnett in the latest round of Braves roster cuts, which also includes 19-year-old hitting prospects Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman.
Catcher Clint Sammons was another among the eight told Thursday that they were being sent to the minors, along with three others that weren’t known yet. The moves weren’t expected to be announced until later Thursday or Friday morning.
“Both Jo-Jo and Tommy Hanson have had tremendous springs,” said manager Bobby Cox, adding that the moves were made because the Braves are “running out of innings” in big-league camp, and Reyes and Hanson need regular work in minor league spring games to prepare for the season.
Cox said either pitcher could be recalled immediately if anything happened to one of the pitchers projected to make the Braves’ roster, including starters Derek Lowe, Javier Vazquez, Jair Jurrjens, Kenshin Kawakami and Tom Glavine, who’s returning from shoulder and elbow surgeries.
Hanson, 22, was 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in four Grapefruit League games, allowing 14 hits and six walks with 14 strikeouts in 14-2/3 innings. Reyes was 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in four games, with nine hits and three walks allowed in 13 innings.
Heyward, an outfielder from Henry County High School, and Freeman, a first baseman, are both expected to start the season at high-Class A Myrtle Beach after starring at Class A Rome in 2008. Both have been impressive all spring, ranking among the Braves’ leading hitters in Grapefruit games.
Heyward hit .308 (12-for-39) with two home runs, three RBIs and 10 strikeouts in a team-high 23 games before Thursday, and Freeman hit .237 (9-for-38) with a homer and eight RBIs in 19 games.
Heyward and Freeman were kept in camp to play in Thursday’s game against the Blue Jays.
And I, too, want Morton to stay a Brave. I think he has big time potential. Last night is irrelevant, it was his first spring start. Nice to see him already throwing 92. That’s about all I care about.
March 26th, 200911:26 am
Nevermind. I see now Charlie was hitting 94. Fantastic news.
Seems like a strange time to “showcase” Morton. He has not pitched much in a pretty long time. Hard to see what he really has…. or hasn’t (lol)… whatever the case may be.
March 26th, 200911:28 am
Did anyone catch the MLB Network broadcast last night? They played the Nationals feed, which featured their Don Sutton replacement, Rob Dibble. I totally support broadcasters being “homers”, but this dude actually wished injury upon Chipper after he slid into second. “Man, that’d be great if he got up hobbling”. What a jerk. By the way, what’s up with Don Sutton? Is he sick or something? I’m out of the loop I guess.
March 26th, 200911:29 am
Diory Hernandez, Brooks Conrad could be cut
I dont believe in “adrenaline guys”. Those are the same guys who “make free throws when they matter”. Last time I checked all runs/points count equally in a game. You can’t just pitch well in save situations. He might be needed in a non-save situation…and have to pitch well. I don’t think he is going to be closing the majority of this year.
March 26th, 200911:31 am
DOB: Has Brandon Jones already been sent down. If not, it would seem that Bobby has three more to cut, i.e., B. Jones, Schafer, Anderson, Blanco. Keeping more than one of these 4 would mean carrying an extra outfielder opening day rather than a pitcher, wouldn’t it?
Good point about the Kimono dragons. Not killers, those. Now, the Komodo dragon … different story.
March 26th, 200911:32 am
I will take MEDLEN right now, I could care less about the surly Soriano
18 Wheels of Love
March 26th, 200911:33 am
Knuckle, you are completely taking Dibble’s comment out of context. I heard it and it was not malicious in any way. He said it completely joking.
March 26th, 200911:34 am
My ‘tradar’ just went off. That means there will be a trade in less than 24 hours.
March 26th, 200911:36 am
cvbraves, no, Brandon Jones has not been sent down. Not unless he’s one of the other two today; not sure about those two yet.
March 26th, 200911:39 am
Cuts will be announced later today, not Friday
Cru Jones, no, they announced yesterday (I think) that Price will start at Durham.
And dogsbrekky, I don’t know about scheduling/pitching matchups. I would guess it’s probably similar to the big leagues, with tentative starters announced a few games out (but maybe a little less certainty to it? I would certainly expect Hanson to be on a pretty solid 4-days-of-rest routine, so probably could figure it once the first start is announced.
Maybe one of our resident minor league gurus can shed some light. Gwinnett Braves website HERE, btw.
March 26th, 200911:40 am
Be careful with that tradar gun, 18.
March 26th, 200911:41 am
Mfin, I’d be glad to take that wafer with you. Name the terms. Gonzo will be our closer this year, and he’ll be a good one at that.
All runs do not count equally. That’s just the truth. If you come in to pitch in an 18-1 game, and give up some runs, it simply doesn’t matter. If you are in spring training in a close game, but need to work on the movement on your fastball, runs do not matter. That’s just reality.
March 26th, 200911:42 am
18 Wheels…good to know. I was taken aback by that. I guess I zoned out and came back just as he was saying that. I thought Dibble always did a pretty good job on Baseball Tonight.
March 26th, 200911:43 am
Great match up in the Minor the First week of the Season, G Braves Play Durham in Durham…Price Vs Hanson…I think this year i going to watch more AAA than MLB Games.
March 26th, 200911:44 am
18 Wheels-Yeah, but then he also said that if he were to meet Chipper that maybe he should just step on his foot -they had been talking about Chipper’s late, not really lamented toe issues. Maybe Dibble heard that Toes are not to be trifled with.
March 26th, 200911:46 am
What are today’s lineups?
I wasn’t surprised to see their guy get injured after the toe comments. Baseball injury karma…it’s something to avoid.
March 26th, 200911:48 am
Has Ridgway been cut yet? Only a matter of time if he hasn’t been already.
I am watching the game vs Nats now and watching GONZO, he doesnt look balanced or something, he is not impressive in the innings I have seen
….how about them going ahead and doing the drastic and sending schaefer down or releasing anderson…won’t happen but that would put a real big storyline for the day haha…
DOB do you think the Braves will make a move near the end of spring training or do you think that it will probably be all star break when we have a better idea of what we need?
March 26th, 200911:49 am
Why is it that people have such a hard time spelling schafer? Jurrjens…that I could understand. But Schafer? Come on people. It isn’t difficult.
March 26th, 200911:51 am
I suck at spelling in general haha…I have no problem admitting this Jordan’s name is the least of my mistakes haha…
March 26th, 200911:53 am
I think they drove Ridgway into the Everglades and when he got out of the car, peeled out back to Orlando. I’ve never seen the guy pitch. Is he really as bad as his record? What’s his lifetime ERA, something like 22.15?
March 26th, 200911:55 am
It really seems a shame that there is no room for Brandon Jones. Between the fact that there’s no room for him and that Diaz is partly to largely blocked by GA, it seems like two of our currently best hitting outfielders are not going to be getting as many atbats as our other options. I understand why and how it’s going to happen, but it still seems unfortunate there’s not a spot for Brandon. Also, I’m sure Bobby will try to get plenty of atbats for Diaz, but I have to wonder if we wouldn’t be better off with him playing more than GA. I suppose these things have a way of just working themselves out.
March 26th, 200911:56 am
Gonzalez has not been impressive for a while now. Last year at the end of the year…and now the beginning of this year…a little too early to tell…but I would not be surprised if Moylan ends up being the closer. His stuff is wicked for 1-2 inning stretches. I think a guy with a different arm angle could be very effective as a closer.
March 26th, 200911:58 am
One other thing I don’t understand…is why people dont think Garret Anderson is going to be great? He is a lifetime… .300 hitter. The average doesnt just go away. He will continue to hit and drive in runs. Diaz will be interesting to fit in there…but he can also pinch hit.
March 26th, 200912:00 pm
Lineup for today:
I think too much talent and not enough room is a great problem, especially after last season.
I do think Garrett Anderson is going to be good. I just think Diaz will probably be better.
March 26th, 200912:01 pm
No disagreement from me there.
Seymour, I agree. But then again, it’s just spring training. Brandon Jones has made me completely reevaluate his potential this spring. But here is the current situation:
1) Brandon Jones had a bad year last year. He needs to prove he can replicate this kind of performance over the course of a season. If he lights up AAA, consider me a believer.
2) GA is only here for one year. And the guy is legit. He puts up fantastic numbers year in and year our, which should only go up in the national league.
3) Brandon Jones isn’t out of options.
What this boils down to, is that we have a very solid left fielder, and BJ isn’t going anywhere. So let him prove this is the real him, and we’ll have a spot for him in the very near future.
March 26th, 200912:02 pm
Hope you don’t mind, I borrowed Rally McTurtle for my fantasy team with the hope that it will bring me some good luck- how did you get that little head thingy on top of him?
Seeing as how I am a female I don’t think vabravesfan and I are long lost brothers:)
March 26th, 200912:03 pm
What happened to Will Ohman? The best, most often used left handed reliever we had last year. It just does not make sense that no one wants him after such a good year. There must be something we don’t know about–illness, etc…?
If not, it is time to make the call.
MFin, it makes absolutely no sense to have a guy that pitches to contact as our closer. That is the one thing you want to AVOID in the 9th inning. You don’t want a guy that will be at risk for fluke BABIP during an inning. You want someone that will shut the door and take us home. Moylan has a filthy sinker, but he is a GROUND BALL PITCHER. Making him closer is tempting the fates.
March 26th, 200912:04 pm
That’s pretty much how I view it too. I was mostly just lamenting the fate of some of our young players. Hopefully it will work out for Brandon.
March 26th, 200912:05 pm
MFin04-Not so sure why you say Gonzo was not that impressive at the end of last season-the Braves won 8 of the final 9 games he pitched in and he had five saves in six opportunities.
chip off the ol block
March 26th, 200912:07 pm
is it just me or is sending Fred and Jason down to high A-ball a little low for them? i got to see them this spring and they’ve been putting up better numbers than some of our ML guys
shouldn’t they be atleast in AA? or AAA?
just for kicks…
PITCHING COACH RIPS OUT-OF-SHAPE OLLIE.
March 26th, 200912:08 pm
Whether or not someone spells a word wrong, it shouldn’t be blasted by a blogger since at least 90% of the time they had to look the word up themselves. This is the internet. Unless you post a pretty clever little post like “BA” did earlier than it should be blasted, I guess. Some of ya’ll apparantly think Tn. is full of redneck morons, but you cheer for a team in a state that’s known more for rednecks than any other, except maybe for Alabama. Something to think about there.
I hope this “wilymo” character comes back and is legit because how many more times can bloggers talk about J.A. vs J.S. for CF? Or, Gonzo’s velocity?
Watched the Braves game last night on regular cable (Nationals feed)here in Richmond. They were interviewing Stan Kasten during the game. Kastem alluded to the fact that the Nationals were all set except for a few pitching slots. To that I say look for close to 100 losses from that bunch but they will find a way to beat the Braves on the season series.
Not so fast my fine denizen friends. Tom Glavine has not made this roster just yet. Wouldn’t go starting Hanson or JO JO in Gwinnett just yet. I don’t think anyone has a warm fuzzy feeling about Glavine occupying that #5 slot. Tons of uncertainty still to be cleared away. Hanson being sent to minor camp is only to get him some work in ST as DOB mentioned. Not a demotion by any means.
18 wheels…I am with you on the “tradar” thing. Something is gonna go down.
Apparently Gonzalez is wanting to become a contact pitcher with all the runs and hits last night. Moylan didnt seem to give up any hits or runs. That is a bogus argument. And look at Gonzalezs stats from August and Sept. he had a CRAP LOAD of runs and blown saves against him.
March 26th, 200912:10 pm
Yea I would have to think that Diory would be cut tomm
March 26th, 200912:11 pm
Gonzo had 2 blown saves last year…not exactly a “CRAP LOAD”
March 26th, 200912:12 pm
mbatl-Let’s wait and have Anders tell us why it was a much better deal for the Mets to sign Oliver Perez to a contract when they wouldn’t pony up and extra mil per year and an extra year to Derek Lowe. I still think it all comes down to the non existent money the Mets’ fans think they have to spend.
Just looking at the difference between the shape the Mets now claim Oliver is in compared to the workout DOB has told us that Lowe does is night and day. I’m thinking that the extra money paid to Lowe was well worth it.
March 26th, 200912:13 pm
Not true at all. And there were a lot of games…he BLEW when we were down 3-2….5-4 etc. That is still crappy. Moylan has a better ERA and would be a better closer.
March 26th, 200912:14 pm
Wayne, I’ll bet this time a year or two ago that Ohman would’ve been snatched up months ago. He’s really not had that good of a career, so that could play a part in it. You can’t just think of his numbers through most of ‘08 like GM’s are probably thinking right now. I don’t know, I wouldn’t mind having him, but I understand Wren’s thinking too.
DOB, does this look familiar? “Maybe DOB can verify my identity if I tell you guys the story of when I started checking out the blog. On Soriano’s first day in camp as a Brave in 07 when he was a few days late with Visa issues, I was with him when DOB and I think Bowman first interviewed him. I think DOB was genuinely scared of Raffy because he was answering his questions in his monotone ‘I have a lot better things to be doing” voice. Afterwards, DOB wrote a blog talking about how intimidating he was, etc. etc. It was entertaining.” wilymo
TnBrian-Good point on the spelling. Lots of misspellings have become blog standards, like And Idiot.
However, Tennessee DOES have more rednecks per square mile than any other southern state except for maybe Mississippi.
March 26th, 200912:15 pm
And their college team wears orange. Do they think they’re Clemson or something? Ugly color.
KC, I agree with this post http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-braves-blog/2009/03/25/cf-and-other-important-braves-stuff/comment-page-8/#comment-34337
March 26th, 200912:16 pm
Here are his real stats for SEPT. Not good at all.
12.1 10 8 8 4 7 20 12 14 242 53 – 0-3 7sv 5.84era
2 blown saves and 3 losses which are pretty much the same thing as blown saves…
March 26th, 200912:17 pm
Interesting lineup: Kelly 1st, Schafer 8th…could work!
Haha…it’s OK. But if your team wins the World Series, do I get a royalty?
To get the head, you press “shift”, “option” (the button with “alt” on it), and “J”. :Ô:
MFin, it’s becoming abundently clear you don’t know what you’re talking about. Moylan isn’t a contact pitcher because no one made contact against him last night? That’s grade A analysis right there. Also, I wasn’t aware of the statistic, “Crap Load of Blown Saves”. What is that, CLBS? Well Gonzo’s CLBS topped out around 2, meaning just about every closer in the bigs blew a “crap load” of saves last year. Care to drop any more wisdom on us?
March 26th, 200912:19 pm
BB5795-We’ll take your word for it Dude. You’re a Deep Purplefan-you got to have something going for you.
Steve from OH
March 26th, 200912:20 pm
Eh, I’m not too worried about Gonzo. He had 44K’s in 33 2/3 IP after returning from TJ last season, so that seems to indicate that his stuff is still there. Keep in mind that he’s still only 18ish(?) months removed from TJ, so he’s still probably not 100%. If he’s got the stuff to K more hitters than IP barely more than a year removed from TJ, I’m not worried about his stuff. Looks to me like he needs a few more appearances to work on his command, that’s all.
And Moylan’s slider last night was filthy. And I’m really liking the look of today’s lineup. Maybe move Schafer to the leadoff spot, but otherwise…
Do you FING read the stats i post? He blew 5 games. Or caused 5 losses….stop playing technical terms of baseball. He had a +5.00 era….and went 7 saves with 2 blown and 3 losses…not exactly great numbers…
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