1:00 pm March 26, 2009, by David O'Brien
March 26th, 20091:02 pm
Glad to see Bobby made the right call here. Last thing we want to do is rush our prized prospects.
March 26th, 20091:06 pm
I agree Zeus, the Braves future looks mighty bright, no need to rush em up to the Bigs just yet.
March 26th, 20091:07 pm
Posted that at the end of the last Blog, but then I saw that a new one was up.
Thanks for the new Blog, Chief! I was voter #3 in the poll…couple weeks ago, I was #200.
March 26th, 20091:09 pm
DOB, who do you see as in line for the first call up if (when) one of our starting 5 gets hurt?
March 26th, 20091:10 pm
Sorry, DOB Im taking the Spartans in the Sweet 16 and Duke as well.
Quick Quesition..when is Tommy G scheduled to pitch again?
Steve from OH
This Brad Mills guy is the Blue Jays’ #7 prospect, btw.
March 26th, 20091:12 pm
Zeus, I’m pretty sure Bobby didn’t make that call. That was the FO’s call.
March 26th, 20091:13 pm
Great AB there by KJ. Really good stuff.
Hard-hit double by KJ to the left-center gap, then moves to third on sac by Escobar. Chipper up
March 26th, 20091:14 pm
Love seeing KJ work the count full to leadoff.
Chipper drives in him with a sac fly to CF
March 26th, 20091:16 pm
Kelly has crazy good bat speed.
nice to see chipper get back into the swing of things..
March 26th, 20091:17 pm
Nice swing Frenchie!!
Nice hit by Frenchy to right field for a single.
McCann bloop hit to left, then Francoeur hits an opp-field single to right, puts runners on corners for Norton with two outs
Man Frenchy is just a completely different player. I didn’t see a swing like that all last year.
Just noticed hitters 2-8 in today’s lineup are all hitting over .300 this spring for the braves
March 26th, 20091:18 pm
McCann went 1st to 3rd on the hit to right? Wow.
March 26th, 20091:19 pm
Frenchy looks good.
Thanks! I kinda suck at the whole fantasy thing so I need all the help I can get:)
March 26th, 20091:20 pm
Haha! Yeah, told y’all it was possible!
I noticed McCann running awfully fast last night. (Compared to last year for instance.)
N Nine (eta10)
Is there any believers on the blog question?
Glad we have Kelly, not dudwick
Not to take anything away from my guy’s blazing speed but there were 2 outs- I’m sure he was running on contact
Forgot the lineup:
1. KJ leading off day, 2B
2. Escobar, SS
3. Chipper, 3B
4. McCann, C
5. Francoeur, RF
6. Norton, 1B (Kotchman scratched, still recovering from flu)
7. B. Jones, LF
8. Schafer, CF
9. Lowe, RH
Read into it what you will, but Kelly hitting leadoff, Schafer in center again, J. Anderson not in lineup … I think it at least underscores that the Braves haven’t made up their minds about CF.
March 26th, 20091:21 pm
Aw…well, I’m sure Rally will be happy to help! Right, Rally? Right!
March 26th, 20091:22 pm
cabraves…very good point haha
I think a lot of the reason the Braves were ready to sent Hanson to AAA this season was to monitor his innings…he only threw 138 in A+/AA last season.
DOB, the fact that Hanson got sent down and Schafer didn’t is also very telling of the fact that the Braves are yet to make up their mind about the CF situation, I believe.
Steve, add all-star games and the AFL and he’s closer to 175.
March 26th, 20091:23 pm
Kevin Millar long fly to L-C gap, B. Jones gets under it nicely at warning track
I think the Braves are being smart…why rush a guy along when our staff is pretty awesome as it right now…really Hanson becomes insurance to if anyone starts to suffer we have a dominant guy we can rely on! Has anyone thought about what we do next year when Hudson comes back?
18 Wheels of Love
March 26th, 20091:24 pm
Anderson was 0-4 last night with a bad throw from C too.
MinnesotaJacket, those things usually work themselves out. I.E. injuries or someone becomes ineffective. If not, you just take the worst starter and put them in AAA or the bullpen.
PWHjort, no one really expected Schafer to get sent down, probably not until last cut if at all. Hanson had to go down to get innings, to make regular starts now that all the pitchers are in camp and going deeper in games, etc. Schafer is competing for a job and playing on a regular basis.
March 26th, 20091:25 pm
true cabravesfan, but, you never want to make the 1st or 3rd out at 3rd….so McCann must have been flying. He surprised us on the base paths last year. With the weight loss….look out!
March 26th, 20091:26 pm
Does anyone else find the in-game interview as annoying as I do? The game last night was almost painful to watch even before the Nats took the lead. I know its spring training, but don’t these networks realize the only people that watch a ST ghame are those with more than a casual interest in the sport? A full 1/2 inning of ABs can go by without even a mention of wh is hitting. I hate the ESPN interview with the manager during the regular season as well.
If he wasn’t competing for a job you’d send him down at this point, right?
hopefully chipper can dodge Bautista at third
March 26th, 20091:27 pm
Derek Lowe looks really good. CSS, new tv channel for the Braves? So it’s CSS, FSN south, Sport South, and Peachtree TV?
That K was Maddux-like.
PWH I know what ya mean but how do you drop Vas, Kenshin, or Hanson into triple A again…barring injury we have 3 great quality starters who all will “probably” deserve to play on a regular basis next year.
March 26th, 20091:28 pm
If Jeff has a good year, as crazy as it sounds, maybe some credit needs to be given to Wren for getting contract issues over quickly with Franc. It’s one less thing on his mind so he can just focus on hitting. A mental thing, i guess.
I like the in-game interview, especially with opposing clubs’ GM’s
That’s cool. I’m really hoping to see a Hanson vs. Price duel at some point during the AAA season. Anyone know if Hanson is the starting pitcher for the Gwinnett Braves’ opening day vs. the Tides?
March 26th, 20091:29 pm
At this point I’m not even sure it’s a “competition”. It’s not who is better. It is turning into a question of whether the Braves can even afford to have Josh Anderson playing on an every day basis.
The difference between Schafer and Hanson also showed in their play i felt. Hanson knew that he might not be on the 25 man and hence didnt overdo anything. Schafer on the other hand clearly recognizes his opportunity and is pushing hard. Nice to see his energy, just hope he retains the spark when he makes it up. The lineup is very interesting, though I thought Bobby would lead-of with Esco because they were facing a leftie.
Hanson threw 29 innings in the AFL…so that’s 167 total for the year. Putting him in the ATL rotation from day one may give him an opportunity to eclipse 200 innings, which is too much based on what he pitched last season. Keeping him down in AAA for a month or so will (in all likelihood) allow the Braves to keep him around 180 or so innings for the season, which is just about a perfect range at this stage in his career.
March 26th, 20091:30 pm
MinnesotaJacket, our 2010 rotation options include, Hudson, Kawakami, Jurrjens, Vazquez, Hanson, and Jurrjens. The odds of one of them not being hurt is very small. If they are all healthy one goes to the bullpen or to AAA.
Is this on Direct TV? Gracias.
March 26th, 20091:31 pm
How did he resolve contract issues early? They almost went to arb. and settled near the midpoint about a day before the scheduled arb. Are you suggesting that if they had gone to arb Frenchie would’ve had a bad spring? I dont think so.
March 26th, 20091:32 pm
css and peachtree will be televising the same games i think
March 26th, 20091:33 pm
MFin04He blew 5 games. Or caused 5 losses….stop playing technical terms of baseball.
what if we are just accurate instead? in one of his blown saves, he also got the loss, so that not two seperate games, thats one. in his other blown save, the braves actually won the game, so he didnt cause a loss that time. the other two losses were when he came into the game with it tied… and the team lost.
so really, he “caused” 3 losses in 36 appearances. he really pitched pretty well despite coming off of surgery.
18Wheels__ Just got the dish today and was thinking the same thing while flipping through channels. Do we get peachtreeTV?
Don’t forget to throw Joe Joe in there…yes I know he has had a rough career so far but if he keeps up the stuff he has shown in spring then I like him as a future #3-4 starter for the Braves. Then you throw in Morten if he keeps up a good work then he could be a starter as well in our future. So IF everyone stays healthy wwould the Braves trade one or keep tehm in the system and try to wait till contracts expire…
Thomas, that many channels? I hope I get all of ‘em. I’m not sure why, but Turner South doesn’t come in right now. It did that last year and then just like majic, appeared when the season started. TBS was so much simpler and had better announcers. Skip was halarious, while Pete was more of the geek. It worked perfectly..
March 26th, 20091:34 pm
Regarding your 1:30, I’d like to see Medlen in the rotation, or at least compete for it next year too. Don’t forget he’s almost ready as well. That would be 7 guys, and wouldn’t even include Morton or Reyes, or Parr. All 3 likely won’t get traded.
Buffalo NY Braves Fan
Or you could just take one of the Jurrjens out of the equation….. That would give us a solid 5, and no one to get rid of…..
Seriously though, that 2010 rotation looks GREAT
March 26th, 20091:35 pm
Okga….The G braves open the season away with 4 games again the Knights, then 4 again the Bulls, If Hanson open the Season again the Knights the his Schedule should be on April 19 sun day agains the Tides.
March 26th, 20091:36 pm
Boy, I sure didn’t like having Esco bunt with KJ at 2b and 0 out! I’m gonna assume Bobby wanted to take the opportunity to let Yunel practice the skill, which is a good spring training thing to do …. but I hope we’re not gonna play for 1 run in the 1st during the regular season!
This is my point…why not if your the Braves trade Vas or Kenshin next year (if another young gun steps up this year and we fill he could work the needs) and thus be able to get some great compensation for teams that NEED pitching..
Why would BC cut Reyes given the uncertainty surrounding Glavine? Wouldn’t it have been a good idea to keep Reyes as insurance and in doing so save one of his options?
March 26th, 20091:37 pm
so…i hear there’s a game being played today?
Cativo, yeah but that’s probably better for his mind than if it weren’t resolved by now, don’t you think? I mean if you don’t know that Franc. is a guy that needs his mind cleared to perform at his highest, than you and I have been watching different Braves games over the years.
Nice catch for Francouer, held on after running into wall in foul territory
Rob from SC
we are only keeping 4 starters
March 26th, 20091:38 pm
I’m hope he open the Season in Charlotte that give me the oppottunity to see him here in Lehigh again the Iron pigs in May.
Knuckle Sandwich regarding last night’s telecast (from the last blog)…Dibble praised Francour at length about his new approach this spring and how he expects Frenchy to have a much better season than last year, plus he made several other comments complimentary to the Braves. I have always liked Dibble on XM and found him to be funny and insightful. I did not care for Carpenter at all and, yes, they are homers in building up their team for the new year, but I imagine that is the case with most teams’ broadcasters.
The only complaint I have about last night was how much they talked about the Nat’s depth at every position and how talented they are; it seems to me they are loaded with has-beens, rejects, and suspects and I don’t expect them to be very good this year, but, then again, they did kick our butts last year!
A bonus for me having Hanson sent down is that I’ll be able to see him pitch when Gwinnett opens up here against the Charlotte Knights.
bf braves fan
March 26th, 20091:39 pm
game reports would be appreciated thanks
Don’t forget about Lowe in 2010 rotation….
March 26th, 20091:40 pm
So how can I get in touch with you to validate my credibility with the bloggers? I don’t wanna stalk you or anything and usually when I see you, you’re in the press box and there’s a fairly tall wall that prevents me from just coming right up to you. Not only that but you’re usually busy typing away and I don’t wanna interrupt your mojo.
i cant take it anymore
March 26th, 20091:41 pm
man…I have been fighting it all spring. I’ve been trying to keep the “business of baseball” perspective this spring, but I’m just about ready to throw my hat into the schafer corner. It just seems that his maturity from the “first person” days, the new speed, hitting and nice defense has the kid screaming “I’m ready”. it would suck to lose j anderson if put on waivers, but one slow month from our CF has the potential to hurt us if he is placed at the top of the lineup.
I’m getting really close to voting for jordan. lets see what happens today.
oh yeah, Atlanta gas light ran their gas line right through MY sewer line. sewage came up in both my showers, so I have been huffing some serious bleach. maybe its just the clorox talking…
March 26th, 20091:42 pm
Rafael Soriano, does get injured an awful lot, and he is totally dominant at times, and struggles when his velocity dips. Could it be steroids? He is from the Dominican Republic, the steroid capital of the world.
A Dizzy Nick Esasky
March 26th, 20091:43 pm
DOB do you think we will see a six-man pitching rotation in MLB? Would the Braves benefit from one this year?
For next year (Im going to assume Glavine goes out on a high note and retires a Brave) that Lowe stays at one with Hudson and Hanson 2-3 Jurj as number 4 guy (we trade Vaz or kenshin whoever had the worse season for great prospects) and then dependin on how the young guys give them one more year in the minors with our 2011 team looking like Hanson-Jurj-Lowe-JoJo-and either Morten,Parr, or the other new guy (can’t remember his name)
Kelly seems to be heating up at the right time.
March 26th, 20091:44 pm
game updates anyone?
March 26th, 20091:45 pm
mike28212 – A bonus for me having Hanson sent down is that I’ll be able to see him pitch when Gwinnett opens up here against the Charlotte Knights.
I also live in Charlotte & hope to go see the opener to see Hanson pitch. But the game starts at 11:15AM on a Thursday. What team opens their season on a morning weekday?
March 26th, 20091:46 pm
Got a KJ single and Escobar double, now Chipper up with two in scoring position and none out
This team might struggle against Aces due to the lack of the long ball, but they are going to absolutely eat up middle of the road to mediocre pitching.
What is the latest LF talk? We have Jones in today, Diaz playing great, GAnderson is coming back? Seems more of a question lately than CF.
I get what you ae saying about Frenchie. All I am saying is – if the contract hadnt been resolved on the day it was, it would’ve been resolved the next day (the scheduled arb date). It wasnt due to Wren that anything happened. It just would never drag on far into spring for the arb cases, which is why it is scheduled for feb.
March 26th, 20091:47 pm
I wanted to add a point about Hanson and Reyes.
I think Reyes’s development has been an overlooked story of spring. Hanson has kind of overshadowed him. I still think Reyes is going to have a chance to be a very good pitcher. Vasquez’s contract is only for two years so the braves will have flexiblity with the staff for the next two years. I could definately see Reyes join Jurrgens and Hanson in the Rotation with Kawakami and Lowe in 2011. That is 3 pretty decent pitchers at pretty decent cost. That ought to help payroll and free up money for a bat or 2 to go along with Heyward and/or Freeman when they get here.
March 26th, 20091:48 pm
Chipper single off the pitcher’s glove, drives in a run, Mac up with runners on corners
March 26th, 20091:49 pm
Does anyone have a play-by-play? What did Schafer do his first at bat?
Escobar is a stud.
McCann GIDP, fails to bring in run. Two outs, Francoeur up, runner at third
March 26th, 20091:50 pm
Wayne in Utah (10:09 am):
“I have always thought you were both funny and insightful…”
Him and who else? Me?
“Good to see Random is going back and checking all my posts…I wouldn’t want him to miss anything.”
Here’s a link to the Gameday. It’s being pretty slow, though…
Can you highlight your responses in grey like you normally do?
March 26th, 20091:51 pm
Remember the old 2 out runners on Frenchy?
Francoeur struck out looking, second K of the spring
March 26th, 20091:52 pm
Haha wow, tough pitch. Good to see Jeff lay off the other two. That is a nice curve though.
Haha, I left Derek Lowe out of the 2010 rotation. I knew I was missing something major.
March 26th, 20091:53 pm
Why is Heyward still here for today’s game. It’s interesting for the fans to see the top prospect, but there are still 6 outfielder’s + GA who are competing for roster spots or playing time to tune up for the season. Thgey need to get all the ABs possible. It seems like Blanco has already been demoted/traded in the minds of the brass.
Kelly seems to hit lefties better than righties.
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