1:04 pm March 30, 2009, by David O'Brien
Ghost of Dan Kolb
March 30th, 20092:58 pm
WHAT!!!, yes, but scouts are alarmed by his well-below-league-average knuckle hair to arm freckle ratio. Gotta take the good with the bad. Er the bad with the good. Er somethin.
Wayne in Utah
March 30th, 20092:59 pm
How many are still technically in the running for the 25 man roster? Does anybody have a count or a list?
Back to the Game…What it the Score?
March 30th, 20093:00 pm
Schafer better NOT be wearing #5 come opening day.
In case anyone’s interested. Darrow this spring has pitched in 2 games, has given up 4 hits, with 1 BB, hit 1 batter & 2K’s in 2.1 innings.
The ghost of Will Ohman
March 30th, 20093:01 pm
Heath, its just jokes. If you’re a frequent reader you know that not a day has gone by since December that “Braves should get Will Ohman!” hasn’t been mentioned on this blog in one way or another. Multiple times per day.
If you don’t like jokes then you can just call me RHR. Us cubicle rats do whatever we can to amuse ourselves throughout the day. Especially on Mondays and Fridays.
garlick he darrow may have averaged 25 games a year, but last year he was in like 47 games, and one year was rookie ball, which most guys only play a handful of games in anyways, since they usually just got drafted. i dont think averaging game appearances in those years tell you anything. last year and his rookie ball year really skew things.
On a serious note, if Darrow turns out to be a serviceable reliever, then we got a good return on Oscar.
The Bloviator Downstairs
This is the real Heath (frequent reader…seldom poster)… Why do people post under other people’s name? I know nothing of this Ohman thing the imposter put on the blog folks. (Heath)
Uh, dude, your name is Heath. The question you should be asking yourself is not why is another man named Heath calling himself Heath on this blog, but why anyone named Heath in real life would actually come on here and call himself Heath?
If someone comes on here and calls himself Random who isn’t Random, then that’s thieving jackal. But if a dude who also happens to be named Heath comes on here and is unoriginal enough to just call himself Heath, not knowing that another unoriginal infrequent poster named Heath also calls himself Heath on here, no one is gonna care.
If you don’t care enough to call yourself something other than Heath, you can’t possibly care that there is another man in this world who doesn’t care enough to call himself something other than Heath
March 30th, 20093:02 pm
Darrow is a sidearmer who throws 90-94 with heavy sink. Had TJ surgery a few years ago.
Wren said in past few days they determined CF job would go to Schafer or Blanco, so they stepped up calls on Anderson and found couple teams interested. Detroit talks heated up yesterday.
Just talked to Josh, he was classy as always, but did say he thought Braves probably knew what they wanted to do entering spring training (I don’t think he’s right on that one, since everything I heard from team officials before spring was they preferred to have Schafer start out at Triple-A).
Fact is, Schafer’s surpassed expectations this spring. As I wrote yesterday, heard from someone who should know that Braves were going with Schafer and would option Blanco to Triple-A and outright Anderson if they couldn’t trade him and they got him through waivers.
Frank said just now in announcing the trade that Braves would likely take an extra reliever to start the season, not carry both Schafer and Blanco on 25-man.
March 30th, 20093:03 pm
Ron, what if he bought you a brand new motorcycle, as they sometimes do? Err… Too soon?
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Chip Ambres singles on a ground ball to center fielder Reid Gorecki.
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Dusty Brown singles on a ground ball to left fielder Matt Diaz. Chip Ambres to 2nd.
B:0 S:0 O:1 – Che-Hsuan Lin flies out to left fielder Matt Diaz.
B:0 S:3 O:2 – Rocco Baldelli called out on strikes.
B:0 S:0 O:2 – Dustin Pedroia doubles (1) on a fly ball to left fielder Matt Diaz. Chip Ambres scores. Dusty Brown to 3rd.
(Sox 3-2) Acosta still pitching, Sox still batting.
I just got back… did we trade someone ?
So any bets? Manny Acosta gets the loss? Does it alarm anyone else how many games we’ve lost here lately?
DOB, Tim Hudson didn’t freak out on you or anything like that, did he? I mean, after all, yesterday, you said you thought that Schafer would be the CF. Now, less than 24 hours later, Anderson is traded.
We all realize that you have all the power in the world, and when under your blogging “spell”, Frank Wren has little choice as to do what you type (kind of like Reggie Jackson in the first Nake Gun…..“Must KILL Frank Drebin…”
Anyhow, nice call yesterday. You’re the man.
March 30th, 20093:04 pm
Did the Tigers front office decide they wanted Frank to scalp them again? Good work Frank. Can not have too much pitching
March 30th, 20093:05 pm
Fact is, Schafer’s surpassed expectations this spring. As I wrote yesterday, heard from someone who should know that Braves were going with Schafer and would option Blanco to Triple-A and outright Anderson if they couldn’t trade him and they got him through waivers. (DOB)
DOB just had to go there. Just had to mention where Blanco may or may not end up. Somewhere Tim Hudson is surely seething
DOB, are you concerned about our run production? After we’ve gotten Chipper and Mac back, we’ve pretty much lost every game. What happened to our bats?
March 30th, 20093:06 pm
O’Flaherty replaces Acosta, walks one, strikes out one for 3rd out in 7th. Red Sox 3, Braves 2.
GSU – Lee — You may be right but I’m still a little concerned about not having that additional big bat I thought we were going to acquire this year. Reason is that Chipper and Mac are going to miss a lot of games and that’s when we will be most vulnerable. In this tough NL East, another strong RH bat looks important to me. Not saying Braves won’t compete as-is, but I’d feel alot better if Frank could pull off another deal.
Not really. A lot of the games we have lost have been on the back of bullpen guys fighting for a spot. (Like the two lefties and Acosta, Bennet) not most of the actual BP guys themselves.
What did we get for Josh ?
I was feeling pretty good about the 2009 season until I realized that we still have to depend on the likes of Acosta, Bennett and Boyer who accounted for 15 losses among them in 2008) after our starters leave the game. Now I’m worried big time….
March 30th, 20093:07 pm
dogsbrekky – it appears a relivier with some ceiling
Bottom Half 7th
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Kristopher Negron replaces second baseman Dustin Pedroia, batting 2nd, playing third base.
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive switch from third base to second base for Steve Green.
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Defensive Substitution: Mark Wagner replaces catcher Dusty Brown, batting 8th, playing catcher.
March 30th, 20093:08 pm
Yes it is very alarming how many games we have lost here recently. Now that teams are starting to actually play their major league players – our bullpen keeps giving it up.
Sounds an awful lot like 2008.
DOB…If Wren mention where this Kid going..Miss or Gwinnett?
March 30th, 20093:09 pm
Well it looks like I’ll be getting a Schafer player t-shirt on my annual trip to the Ted in July from Chicago. Hopefully he’ll be in the running for ROY and not back in you know where. Just kidding, I have a feeling with Jordan’s work ethic he will be a great ballplayer.
Believe Frank Wren has surpassed expectations this year as has Schafer.
ive caught Darrow in a bunch of pens and his is sick. Slider breaks out of this work and he throws 92-94 with a lot of life. also has a nasty change. GREAT pick up
Flamenco the Foot
Rudy Darrow? Is this one of these things where we are trying to make them happy because they got screwed in the Renteria trade? Maybe he’s good, his minor league ERA’s certainly aren’t horrible.
Renegator – its a 1 run game. Its the Sox. take it easy
Wil – yes, but what about our run production? it’s been slim to nil with the exception of that one 5 run game we had. otherwise, we’ve just about been shut out
I hate to tell you but Acosta and the LH guys and maybe even Bennett ARE our bullpen guys for 2009.
March 30th, 20093:10 pm
acosta is garbage
cvbraves thanks so much for the updates.
Acosta and BP sucks. He can’t even pitch 1 inning against Red Socks sub’s and he loses the lead. It is not going to matter rather we play well or not, our BP will be losing enough games for the Braves to miss the playoffs again!!
Will Darrow become this year’s ground ball guy? If so, that’s a very good return. Nice job Wren!
how do we know they dont intend on starting Blanco????????
He’s got a point, we’d been hitting but off AAA and AA pitchers. Now that the major leaguers are out there, our team BA has gone way down…
March 30th, 20093:11 pm
Ed Zachery RENEGATOR
tmenerey – you have caught him? do tell?
So I take it Manny Acostus isnt making the team?
Correct, the run production this year is going to be down. The Braves made very little attempt to bring in a bat to make up for the loss of Tex’s production. Look for a lot of low scoring games with our bullpen giving up many leads in 2009.
March 30th, 20093:12 pm
actually, i take that back about being almost being shut out. we’ve scored some runs, but not enough at the right time
The man – because its Jordan Schaffer – kid comes to town and dominates. Done deal man. Jordan is the CF.
March 30th, 20093:13 pm
B:0 S:0 O:1 – Matt Diaz grounds out, pitcher Enrique Gonzalez to first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
B:0 S:0 O:2 – Reid Gorecki flies out to right fielder Che-Hsuan Lin.
B:0 S:0 O:2 – Martin Prado singles on a ground ball to shortstop Ryan Dent.
What or who is Ed Zachery?
I know nothing about Rudy Darrow, but dealing with Dave Dombrowski always turns out bad for them and good for us, that guy’s an idiot. Darrow has good numbers and we needed to get rid of Anderson. I’m pumped about this move, great job Wren. Bring on Schafer, baby.
The Ghost of Kenny Powers
Has Darrow had any experience closing? Anyone else out there a little usettled with Soriano? I love his intensity, but have to worry about the injury factor. who would be our closer if he goes down?
The braves brought in Guzman the other day to pinch hit….against the Tigers…i didnt realize he was a pitcher!!!!
Does this mean Josh A will be on the 25 man roster for the Tigers or can he go to AAA without passing through waivers?
March 30th, 20093:14 pm
B:0 S:0 O:3 – Yunel Escobar grounds into a force out, shortstop Ryan Dent to second baseman Steve Green. Martin Prado out at 2nd.
End 7th: Sox 3-2.
OK “The Bloviator Downstairs”…you obviously have too much time on your hands. No need to pull me into your musings though.
Anyway, gotta say that I am REALLY excited about the opportunity to have Calipari prowling the sidelines in Lexington!
This thing is shaping up nicely. Let’s get this thing started!
March 30th, 20093:15 pm
Not going to matter rather we play well huh??
I really think Shafer will have a great year and Frenchy will be back to his old self.
WE JUST DONT HAVE ANY RELIEF PITCHING!!
B:0 S:0 O:0 – Pitcher Change: Javier Guzman replaces Eric O’Flaherty.
March 30th, 20093:16 pm
he played at the same college as me but was drafted the yr b4 i got there. he came back for the 2 yrs i was there b/c he was finishing up school. i was the catcher i i caught most of his pens when he was getting ready for the season. he is a hard nosed guy that works his butt off
Franc. Bueno for Braves bullpen!!!!!
he just texted me and said he is going to Double A Miss
the man – what about moylan and boyer and soriano?
March 30th, 20093:17 pm
Steve McP, Josh still has to be on the 25 man roster, or his options are up and he’ll have to clear waivers, regardless of what team he’s on now.
G o Kenny P, yes, he closed the book on the CF debate.
tmenerey – cool man, appreciate it.
March 30th, 20093:18 pm
SteveMcP, he will be on the Tigers’ 25 man roster or be subject to waivers.
Not feeling THAT great about the trade. Darrow has only pitched 13 2/3 innings abovr A ball. He had a teammate at Toledo named Casey Fien who looks better. If I am a Tigers fan I’m looking at the stats for both darrow and Anderson and thinking the Tigers got the better of it. I DO like going for young pitcher though.
the man- our bullpen will be a strength.
tmenery, was he excited or disappointed about the trade?
DOB, you said Frank said it would either go to Schafer or Blanco, so do this make it “official” Schafer is our starting CF?
March 30th, 20093:19 pm
ChopShop860 where do you get your drugs? I want some!
This late spring training version of the Braves looka Ed Zachery like
Just like Boyer yesterday, Acosta gives up the go ahead run….
FTR, I thought Boyer got a raw deal yesterday but he still gave it up.
It looks like Acosta has pitched his way onto the Gwinnett roster this spring.
March 30th, 20093:20 pm
Correction: This late spring training version of the Braves looka Ed Zachery like 2008 version
I don’t like Kelly leading off, but isn’t that alot of pressure on Schafer?
Alright, here we go: what’s it gonna be? what’s schafer’s fan group gonna call themselves?
ATLBfan, does a bear 5h1t in the woods?
Acosta will make the team. Corky left the pictures he had with Manny.
the man: “WE JUST DONT HAVE ANY RELIEF PITCHING!!”
You mean except for Mike Gonazalez, Peter Moylan, Blaine Boyer, Buddy Carlyle, Jorge Campillo (if they choose to put in in the ‘pen), and if healthy, Rafael Soriano?
March 30th, 20093:21 pm
Yeh, I’m a Boyer-hater usually…but he pitched really well yesterday…the 2 hits were garbage and i think there was a questionable walk as well.
N Nine (eta6)
Jim, yes sir… to Gwinnett he will go. Acosta has most certainly pitched himself out of a job.
So I wonder who’s gonna lead off now…I don’t know if they’d give that spot to Schafer right away. May bat him 8th and then move him up once he settles in.
March 30th, 20093:22 pm
Don’t blame Boyer for yesterday. He got squeezed a bit on the leadoff walk, but the 2 infield hits were both dribblers. Nobody had a good swing against him. Boyer has been effective in every outing this spring including yesterday. Acosta has not been effective in any recent outing.
Schafer’s shavers (like razors)
Gonzalez has not been consistent yet…..and 2 guys do not make a bullpen….Carlyle/Campillo are battling for one stop…at best you have 3 good pitchers in the pen…we need 6 or 7 good arms.
Acosta is in mid-season form
Looks like Frenchy maybe coming around too.
Gonna be a LOOOOONNG Season
March 30th, 20093:23 pm
So I just got back from talking to Kawakami, and I hear that O’Flaherty showed today why Braves are comfortable with him as their lefty — four strikeouts in six batters, and got out of nasty jam, eh?
March 30th, 20093:24 pm
Acosta is the worst of the lot in my opinion. I like Boyer, love Moylan, dying for Ohman to come back!
Good job mr. Wren. Now I think it’s a safe bet to say Schafer is on the big club, and Blanco goes to AAA.
Now the question becomes who bats leadoff? Schafer is the player with most speed on the team, but he does have the tendecy to strikeout a lot. Will Kelly or Yunel leadoff? They both have high OBP’s, but really have not aclimated well to the leadoff spot in either of the last two seasons.
So we came back and won the game right?
Can Acosta be sent to AAA? If so he will be there with Boyer Carlyle and Logan or Flantery being the 3 MR. Campillo doing some LR and spot starting. Soriano and Moylan setting up for Gonzo. I know they’re going to carry an extra reliever til Glavine starts, but I still think it’d be Bennet over Acosta.
March 30th, 20093:25 pm
I’d say there is a good chance that Acosta will be on the major league roster. He is one of “Bobby’s Boys”. A smart manager would send his A55 down but we all know about Bobby. Once you are one of “his boys” you can do no wrong.
In 1995 we didn’t have a single player with more than 27 home runs and no one with 100 RBI. We didn’t have a 20-game winner either. Now obviously those numbers are skewed by the strike-shortened season (Maddux would have definitely gotten 20 wins and McGriff would have hit 30) but the team only hit .250, what matters the MOST is pitching, which right now is shaping up ok for us. And I agree with you to some degree, and would absolutely love to have Maggs if we could get him, but I think we have enough in-house options to win.
With Schafer’s work ethic I can see him in the video room before every game studying pitchers with Chipper and Mac. I think he’s going to be even better when he starts the season. Mac has always said the reason he’s such a polished hitter is because of Chipper teaching him how to study pitchers that he faces. I see Schafer as the same kind of learner.
March 30th, 20093:26 pm
Just curious, Did Morton pitch yesterday in a minor league game, and, if so, does that affect the clock starting on his DL stint. If not, does the clock start from his one spring training inning?
So, if the starters end up giving you ONE extra inning per game over last year, and IF Moylan and Soriano are able to contribute similarly to their history (when healthy), do you not see how we could have a decent bullpen this year?
Acosta was supposed to be the savior a year ago.
I think with Gonzo, Soriano, Moylan, Boyer, Carlyle, Campillo, Bennett, Acosta, O’Flaherty, Logan and Bueno; we have the makings of a good bullpen. Not to mention Medlen and Marek.
I don’t think Wren is finished dealing yet, but don’t look for anybody in return to make the 25 man roster.
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