Smoltz back in Braves camp … sort of

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Andy K.

March 30th, 2009
6:14 pm

Guys, Schafer doesn’t have to be a major leaguer to have a nickname or fan club…But he does have to produce at the level.

2009 is better

March 30th, 2009
6:15 pm

2009 vs 2008

C- Improved. In depth with Ross and MAC will stay same or improve

1st- Kotchman will not produce as much but solid

2nd-Not sure

3rd Chipper will not repeat last year’s numbers

RF-Improved_ will easily do better

CF-Improved_ The position will produce much better numbers

LF_Improved_ Should produce better numbers at this position

SP_Improved_Not even clos e to last year

Pen_Improved_ Will produce better number than last year. Just watch. No Kolb either

2009 is improved over 08 . Stay Happy

Chop Chop

March 30th, 2009
6:17 pm

Think so, Andy K.?

I don’t. Nicknames and fan clubs are cooler.

TnBrian

March 30th, 2009
6:18 pm

Can’t say I’m really comfortable that if Hudson comes back, they trade Vazquez. Hudson is no better than Vaz. if you ask me. Now, Hudson is a very good pitcher and I’d probably take him in a big game over Vaz. But, he’s also a pretty streaky pitcher throughout the season. Call me a liar if you want…I watch the games.

2009 is better

March 30th, 2009
6:20 pm

“Hudson is no better than Vaz. if you ask me. Now, Hudson is a very good pitcher and I’d probably take him in a big game over Vaz”

My head hurts, Thank you TnBrian

Central Park Brave

March 30th, 2009
6:20 pm

2009 you’re right, lets hope these improvements push us into the playoffs.

Old School

March 30th, 2009
6:21 pm

I was really starting to worry. The AJC had gone about 4 days without a story on Smoltz. How obvious is it that DOB has his nose so far up Dear John’s butt that it’s sickening? If you love him so much, go get a job with the Boston Globe or something.

This is what happens when a beat writer moves from city to city – from Miami to Atlanta many years ago and STILL haven’t realized that BRAVES fans are interested in CURRENT BRAVES players!

nolie

March 30th, 2009
6:23 pm

Did somebody actually say that Francy will only K 65 times in a full season? Really???

Hakuna

March 30th, 2009
6:23 pm

Had an interesting discussion today on Smoltz’s future in comparison to Glavine’s and Maddux’s. I know a lot of you are tired of hearing about the Smoltz situation, but considering he only signed a one year deal with the Sox, does anyone think he’ll (after all, he’s always said he wants to retire in Atlanta) come back for a final year? I looked at the person who brought it up like he was crazy but I then got to thinking and it would make some kind of sense. After all, Glavine’s career will probably end at 43, Maddux’s career career ended when at 42–if all goes well for Smoltz this year, would he not be considered capable of completing at least one more season, this time in Atlanta white?

Thoughsts.

Ritchie from Scotland

March 30th, 2009
6:24 pm

Just came back from work to see we beat the Red Sox (I really hate them) and traded Josh Anderson. Both good news then as I really wanted Schafer in centre and hopefully he will be now, he’s an exciting player.

spotts

March 30th, 2009
6:29 pm

Hudson is no better than Vaz. if you ask me…Call me a liar if you wantTnBrian

Liar. I’d cite career ERA and winning % numbers, but I’d probably get eaten alive because I didn’t use ERA+ or the Ground Balls/Errors ratio

kool$kat

March 30th, 2009
6:30 pm

I see the wysteria and the pollen everywhere, but it just doesn’t feel like spring…no Skip, no Pete, no Smoltz…sigh

kirkinga

March 30th, 2009
6:32 pm

N8, thanks for pointing that out, it’s the 8th spot, not 9th. I was in a hurry.

Well we agree that Schafer should eventually bat leadoff, but I don’t agree about hitting in the 8th spot. The lower the spot, the worse the hitter, that’s the way it works, or at least the way it is perceived. There’s a reason why Chipper wants to hit 3rd, not 8th.

Jeff321, well to say you’ve never been an Acosta fan would be an understatement, but you could be right about Acosta and a change of scenery.Trading him away may be the only way some here regain their spark for Acosta, a la Joey Devine.

We’ll trade him away. He’ll do well and suddenly it’ll be “how could Wren trade this guy, we never develop any pitchers!”

I still wonder if he’s hurting. There was nothing wrong with until Bobby ran him into the ground and in June he gave out. I’m wondering if he hasn’t been reinjured. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him start on the DL.

2009 is better

March 30th, 2009
6:33 pm

Central Park Brave:The improvements and throw in better 1 run luck and better injury luck. I’m thinking championship! Stay Happy.

spotts

March 30th, 2009
6:33 pm

Hakuna

I’d rather not bring Smoltz back. No reason to get sentimental. Wren’s trying to go in a different direction, hence why he was offered “only” $2 million base. Plus, with Hudson returning, we’ll likely have more arms than we’ll know what to do with (which might include Rohrbough and Locke….I can’t wait for those guys). Why add an aging 43 year old question mark to the mix?

Coach (Skip and Pete will be missed)

March 30th, 2009
6:34 pm

Yo Brian, what Hudson would you be referring to? Because I’m certain that you’re not talking about Tim Hudson.

You know, the guy with the .655 winning percentage (better than Maddux, Glavine or Smoltz). The ACE pitcher with a career record of 146-77. The pitcher who has cracked the 15 win barrier five times.

Pray tell me Brian, What Hudson could you possibly be talking about ?

PJ

March 30th, 2009
6:35 pm

What does this mean for Brandon Jones? AAA?

Smyrna Jim

March 30th, 2009
6:36 pm

Old School – go back and read DOB’s 1:54 post which addresses your concern.

dogsbrekky - UNC rocks !

March 30th, 2009
6:47 pm

Hudson is an AMG63 in a field of Toyotas

JasonInFL (Formerly ME)

March 30th, 2009
6:48 pm

DOB, I said the same thing to the people I was at the game with when they blared Born In the USA today. Good game…glad to see that Jordan is going to get the shot. Man, KK has one nasty Uncle Charlie…made Mike Lowell look pretty silly on one. Absolutely beautiful day at the park…

That was me who yelled to you when you came out of the dugout!

Old School

March 30th, 2009
6:50 pm

Smyrna Jim – Sorry, didn’t thouroughtly read thru all 8 pages of replies and see that. OK, so maybe not DOB, but SOMEBODY at the AJC is certainly guilty of brown nosing Smoltz to the Nth degree. Those pictures and stories amy be written by the wire services, but an AJC employee had to load them. Although with more and more layoffs happening, the AJC will be nothing more than a wire service paper in the near future. That would actually bring them full circle. They never traveled a beat writer at all back in the 70’s!

KC

March 30th, 2009
6:59 pm

Hakuna,, there will be absolutely, positively no room for Smoltz in this rotation next year. The Braves will have 7 guys, all of whom they legitimately want in the rotation: Lowe, Hudson, Jurrjens, Vazquez, Kawakami, Hanson, Reyes.

The ONLY way Smoltz could return would be if he returned here as a reliever. That could happen, but only if Smoltz gets to a point where he feels his arm won’t hold up to starting, but will hold up to bullpen duty. In that case, he could return here as kind of a setup man/secondary closer. He would get some save opps and would pitch in a lot of game-on-the-line situations.

Personally, I would love to have him back in that situation. I’m disgusted with his decision and the way he’s handled it… but personally, I’m usually willing to forgive and forget, as most of us did with Glavine.

Not likely though. Smoltz wants to be a starter. If he can’t start, he wants to close. But if his health/age is enough of an issue that no one wants to bank on him in either role, he could conceivably wind up back here for one more season as a late-inning reliever.

Braveheart

March 30th, 2009
7:00 pm

Jeff321

March 30th, 2009
7:02 pm

kirkinga – I could have been an Acosta groupie if he only did his job 80% of the time. I just have no patience for relievers that are prone to giving it up.

It brings me great pain to watch a game only to see it squandered in the 7th or 8th by the usual suspects. Of course that’s a huge reason I dislike Bobby Cox. Because rather than using the best available guys for crucial spots, he chooses to keep trotting the same one’s out that aren’t getting the job done.

Smyrna Jim

March 30th, 2009
7:05 pm

Old School – I’m afraid that may be the future for a lot of papers. I do tend to ignore wire service stories on most websites. What drives me craziest with the AJC is wire service movie reviews (outside of Roger Ebert). A review is totally worthless if you don’t know where the reviewer is coming from. Also, I certainly didn’t expect you to read all eight pages – that’s why I pointed you there, since I’ve had a really thrilling day (waiting to head out and tutor) where refreshing this page has been my big excitement.

f.n.hale

March 30th, 2009
7:06 pm

DOB, theres a committee?

Just heard we traded Josh Anderson for Clarence Darrow. That dude’s gotta be pretty old now, doesn’t he? There goes Lew’s suggestion for the gallows at home plate.

McFann, I posted an attempted funny line yesterday morning about you being the new IT person on the blog but maybe I shouldn’t have joked so much. How in the world do you link to a post from a previous blog, and where do you find out how to do the strike thrus, italics and stuff?

mbatl

March 30th, 2009
7:11 pm

KC, I really believe that barring major injury, Smoltz will pitch 2 or 3 more years, probably as a starter. He had killer stuff last year, and probably will this year once he gets healthy. I don’t see him with the Braves during that time, though.

Old School

March 30th, 2009
7:12 pm

Smyrna Jim – Thanks bud and trust me – been there, done that with several thrilling days gone by!

To be honest, I virtually never read movie reviews of any kind since the ones I usually really enjoy aren’t critically renowned. I point out the greatest golf movie ever, Caddyshack, that was totally crucified when it came out in every review. I’d rather watch something I enjoy than something somebody else did. Kind of like the Braves – if I want to go to the ballpark, sometimes I’ll go see them play the Nationals instead of the Phillies because I’d rather see them win than play a better team! Good luck with the tutoring!

ncscoots

March 30th, 2009
7:15 pm

catching up…

Steve-OH, gotcha, re Gonzo early. I fear it’s Bobby’s favorite LOOGY in that sit, however, LOL. Even relievers have gotten into the whole “role” thing, knowing what situations they are gonna face, etc. I don’t know; I don’t like that strategic philosophy all that much, but I see its appeal.

nolie, re KC and Shanks: previously alluded to and rebutted. Shanks will curb-kick a veteran in a heartbeat, it’s just prospects who are all-world to him, LOL.

mbatl, I can remember a lot, but recalling where a kid hit in a minor league game two years ago might occasionally get away from me, LOL. I guess what I was getting at there is that Schafer didn’t stick in my mind as a “leadoff” guy, i.e., that’s the position I would expect to always find him. Certainly, he has the tools to hit there. What did McCann say, the kid was “all tooled up”? Good descrip. If the kid doesn’t get overwhelmed by LHP, and grows into his power with his man-weight, yikes. A middle of Schafer-Heyward-Freeman might be a little bit good.

Smyrna Jim

March 30th, 2009
7:19 pm

Old School – if I know the viewpoint of the reviewer well enough, I can tell from his review whether or not I’ll like it, regardless of what his opinion is. Someone like Stephen Hunter in the Washington Post (well, only occasionally now since he took the buyout) is a great writer, and his reviews are worth reading even if I know I’d never consider seeing the movie. Plus, I know where his and my likes and dislikes converge or diverge.

SoWeGa Fanatic

March 30th, 2009
7:22 pm

I too had thought Smoltz would come back for a year of Atl adulation in a farewell tour. BUT, what would you do with him? Looking at projected pitching staff, I don’t think he could crack it next year at 43, IMO.

Coach (Skip and Pete will be missed)

March 30th, 2009
7:23 pm

Cox won’t use Jordan Schafer as his only lead off hitter. We will see KJ and Escobar batting first as Cox loves to tinker with the lineup. Atlanta stole 58 bags last year, I don’t see the 2009 version as being any faster.

Lew

March 30th, 2009
7:24 pm

Original Jon-I don’t remember whether or not you were posting a couple years ago, but with the rash of TJ surgeries the Braves’ had at the time, we discussed the surgery and the healing from thereof ad nauseum.

The common consensus at the time (and I have no reason to think it has changed) was that for a starting pitcher, complete recovery usually came at a year and a half after the surgery. In August, Huddy will only be a year out. Gonzo, a reliever, was the exception as opposed to the rule coming back as quickly as he did-Moylan, too (if indeed he does come back with no setbacks-and it would not surprise me if he DID have a setback or two).

Now I realize that reports put Tim a head of schedule (and he well may be ahead of schedule) in his recovery. However, it may well take until 2010 until he is back to the form of the Hudson we all know. With the abundance of pitching, there is absolutely no need to rush him in his rehab. No reason at all. As for what he is being paid (and that whole point of view got real old with the Hampton situation-it’s all part of the game)-we will be getting the insurance payment on his contract, so we won’t out of pocket anywhere near as much as you might think we are.

Like I said-let the Dude heal. We’ll be glad we did in the long run. We have numerous other options in the meantime.

P-Town Brave

March 30th, 2009
7:27 pm

Thoughts on an opening day lineup?:

1) Schafer cf – FINALLY a player who should bring credibility and speed to the #1 slot
2) Escobar ss – Bc other than Prado and GA, no other player is better suited for the 2-slot
3) CJones 3b – Chipper needs to be Chipper and to do that he needs to be comfortable and hit 3rd
4) McCann c – Mac is our .300/30 threat..where else should he hit?
5) Anderson lf – always a solid run producer so the 5 hole will suit him well if teams try to pitch around Chipper and Mac
6) KJohnson 2b – Still have no idea where he fits here (and think Prado is an overall better player), but that being said he hit very well here last couple seasons and maybe if he gets more aggressive he can find a permanent home in this slot in the order and be a RBI guy
7) Francoeur rf – Placing Frenchy here just so he can get some confidence back and maybe he’ll move up a slot or two sometime in May or June…still needs to fix his step timing(too the pitcher instead of to 3b dugout)
8) Kotchman 1b – A great slot for Casey is either here, 7th, or 2nd…a good LD hitter and also hits breaking balls well which he will see a lot of batting in front of the pitcher.

What are everyone else’s thoughts on a lineup? I honestly think we would be lucky to play .500 ball w/ the lineup that was out there today with Kelly leading off…once again, KJ NOT a leadoff hitter…I hope Bobby eventually gets it right.

JasonInFL (Formerly ME)

March 30th, 2009
7:28 pm

Oh, and I got to meet another fellow blogger…ChoppinMama…

Frank from KS

March 30th, 2009
7:29 pm

Hey…all I got to say is

ONE MORE WEEK PEOPLE…..ONE MORE WEEK!!!!!! :>)

Chop Chop

March 30th, 2009
7:31 pm

Everybody here seems to think that the number eight guys in any list are cool. They ain’t that cool, folks.

8)

Wayne in Utah

March 30th, 2009
7:32 pm

Coach

You can’t be downplaying the sheer and utter speed of our backstop can you??? Dude was 5/5 last year!

Actually, I suspect we will be a tad bit faster (more stolen bases), but not enough to matter much.

I have always liked having speed at the top of the lineup, but I would rather have good hitters there, instead. Blanco and Anderson both had their downsides. IF the Schafer kid is the real deal, then I eventually see him giving us some AB’s in the leadoff spot, and maybe progressing to a middle of the lineup slot, if indeed he ends up being the type hitter some envision him as.

Basically, we only really have a couple of slow guys, who might clog up the bases a bit. BUT, I like our lineup’s potential, especially if some of the guys take the next step upward (Escobar, KJ, Kotchman, Francoeur and Schafer).

Lots of guys in the mix who could hit 275-300 with 15-25 HR’s and a fair amount of doubles.

It’s gonna be an interesting year, for sure.

nolie

March 30th, 2009
7:33 pm

The good thing is 2 of our lefties crush lefties (McCann and KJ) MM

they hit lefties well but they don’t really “crush” LHers. McCann is down 20-40 points across the board,Johnson’s BA is up but his power is down 30 points(actually his isolated power probably more that that). On the plus side Kotchman is the closest to actually hitting LHers as well as he hits RHers.

The ghost of Will Ohman

March 30th, 2009
7:33 pm

Hey guys. Just thought I’d let you know I’m still not coming back.

KC

March 30th, 2009
7:35 pm

mbatl, well I don’t question his stuff as much as his durability. It may be difficult for him to start for 2-3 more years. Of course, if he can jump in at the All-star break every year, that would certainly make it more likely that he’ll be able to still a couple more years as a starter. We’ll see.

I agree that it’s very unlikely that he’ll be back. Just throwing out the one and only scenario under which I see the slightest possibility of that happening.

Wayne in Utah

March 30th, 2009
7:37 pm

P-Town

Here’s my dream list, eventually:

CF Schafer
SS Escobar
3B Jones
RF Francoeur (a guy can wish, huh)
C McCann
LF Diaz/Anderson
2B KJ
1B Kotchman

You can almost substitute most of those guys from 4th thru 8th. Gonna be a strong lineup, IMHO.

And BTW, no way is Prado near the player that KJ is…

Chop Chop

March 30th, 2009
7:38 pm

ncscoots

March 30th, 2009
7:39 pm

If Johnson leads off and goes up thinking like a “leadoff” hitter, then I agree: not suited. If he goes up thinking like Kelly Johnson at any other lineup position, he’ll be fine.

I’ve long thought that perhaps his strike-zone judgment was too good, and he would wait for perfect pitches…too long, sometimes, putting himself in pitchers’ counts too often. But, I thought he started coming around to the idea of being more aggressive in the zone last year, and I think he found he liked it. If he’ll approach leadoff the same way, I think he’ll do well there. A double is better than a SB, anyway, LOL. No offense, Coach!

Schafer's Wafers

March 30th, 2009
7:39 pm

I saw a lot of people fightin over my name. I think its great the more schafer’s wafers we get the better. I think it is great the Braves are giving the kid a chance to showcase his talents. Boy is he talented. I think he should leadoff. He has speed and he will get on a lot. K’s a little to much but that can be fixed with better pitch selection.

mbatl

March 30th, 2009
7:39 pm

Ohman’s reportedly agreed to terms (finally!) with the Dodgers. Geez, glad that’s over with.

Goldenglove002

March 30th, 2009
7:42 pm

I’m extremely confused by this trade, but congratulations to Schafer and good luck to Josh.

But is anyone else having trouble figuring out Detroit’s point of view in this trade? Their pen is the weakest part of the team, especially with Zumaya still not back. And last time I checked they were trying to get rid of their surplus of OF, not add. I honestly expected any trade to happen with the White Sox, but whatever, we got someone.

(Just want to mention a more useful trade for the Braves I was thinking of. We could have gotten Bobby Jenks for Anderson, a RP and a prospect. Just speculation from me)

KC

March 30th, 2009
7:42 pm

P-Town Brave, I agree that Escobar is a good #2 hitter. BUT… I hope BC doesn’t put the breaks on Schafer too much when he gets on and let’s him steal. That would help cut down on Escobar’s hitting into double-plays. He did hit into a lot of them last year. That’s the only fly in the ointment where Escobar in the two slot is concerned.

Coach (Skip and Pete will be missed)

March 30th, 2009
7:43 pm

P-town Brave, just for reference. The career BA for the following players:

Kelly Johnson .273

Yunel Escobar .303

Chipper Jones .310

Brian McCann .297

Casey Kotchman .269

Jeff Francoeur .268

Garret Anderson .296

Matt Diaz .309

To say this team can hit is an understatement. They are dependent on being able to string three and four hits together in order to score. The offense isn’t bad but it might be a bit short on power and base running ability. Which is why the pitching and defense is needed to make our Braves a winner in 2009. But, how much will they win?

Most projections put Atlanta around 85 wins.

McFann :Ô:

March 30th, 2009
7:45 pm

Oh, Wayne, you cann also add onions to that recipe if you want to.

f.n.hale

March 30th, 2009
7:49 pm

Lew, I gotta believe the Braves and Hudson would be eager to get him back out there this year. With his option year in ‘10 @, I believe $12Million, which, given the economy, I would expect will be a huge figure in ‘10 even if he does come back and pitch well this year. If he doesn’t pitch could you see the Braves or anyone being interested at or near that figure? I can’t see him wanting to accept the $1mil buyout and having to hit the FA market in a down economy. I think Hudson’s stuff is as good as anybody’s and we did see a few big contracts this year but they weren’t for guys coming off TJ surgery.

steve_97060

March 30th, 2009
7:51 pm

here is a good article from yahoo sports on Schafer and his drive to succeed. good read…

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=AgBcGDs9eEuEUwIpr1tLp_MRvLYF?slug=ge-schaferbraves032809&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

mbatl

March 30th, 2009
7:59 pm

So, when the Dodgers come to Atlanta, do we boo Ohman because he turned us down, or cheer him because he’s a good guy?

Lew

March 30th, 2009
7:59 pm

f.n.hale-Don’t get me wrong-if he’s able to go (even on a limited basis), then so be it. All I’m saying is that there’s no rush as he won’t really be needed since we have Reyes, Hanson and Morton mright across town and Campillo, Bennett or Carlyle to spot start if we need them. Hudson will be fine in 2010 and we will take his option. Worst case scenario-in 2010, we trade a pitcher for a Home Run hitter (I’m betting Vasquez if it comes to that).

kirkinga

March 30th, 2009
8:01 pm

Jeff321, he did have a success rate that was near 80%, so what’s the problem?

Check out his Game Log from last season. He reall only had about about 5-6 horrible..and memorable..games.

At any case, why can’t his struggles now be the result of injury instead of ineptness? Seems to me he rocked last season until his injury.

dogsbrekky - UNC rocks !

March 30th, 2009
8:02 pm

Schafer will steal 30+ bags this year

Kid is super quick on those bases

TnBrian

March 30th, 2009
8:03 pm

GEEEZ…I go out and cut some grass, come back on the blog and see I’ve been getting hammered here!

Spotts, I like how you spun my comment to suit your point of view! I’m joking!! Seriously, at least I said I’d take Hudson over Vazquez in a big game, right?

Coach, good point and if a person judged your comment to mine, they’d say I’m an ignorant BAS–! Well, I am from TN, but that’s another story. Anyways, Hudson’s line can be a little deceiving because he can be pretty streaky, people. He’s obviously got good run support and great D to put up those #’s. Not saying he’s not an All-Star pitcher, but stats can sometimes be deceiving.

dogsbrekky - UNC rocks !

March 30th, 2009
8:04 pm

Here is a really out of the box idea

What if Vazquez is lights out….. any chance they do a SMoltz with Huddo ??

f.n.hale

March 30th, 2009
8:07 pm

Lew, I agree we, hopefully won’t need him but I gotta believe he’ll do whatever he can to get back. I hope you’re right about picking up his option too. Heck it ain’t my money and when he is hitting his spots I don’t think there’s a better pitcher in baseball.

TnBrian

March 30th, 2009
8:11 pm

For the record, I love Huddy and hope we have him around for a long time. I’ll admit, he was very consistant in ‘07 and almost as much the time he pitched in ‘08. Before that? Yeah, a little streaky from what I remember. A future rotation of Lowe/Hanson/Hudson/Vazquez/Kawakami…are you kiddin?? Awesome, even if there isn’t a lefty to be found there.

Jeff321

March 30th, 2009
8:15 pm

kirkinga If Acosta is at 80% I need to up my standards to 90%! Btw, he could be injured but I doubt he’s tired from pitching 8 innings in ST.

Yeah, he got that injury at an unfortunate time if I recall correctly. Who knows, maybe he’ll make the team and can prove me wrong. Believe it or not, I want all the Braves bullpen guys to succeed since they hold the key to my jubilation when we win.

TnBrian

March 30th, 2009
8:15 pm

LEW LEW LEW!! “Vasquez”?? I just puked in my mouth when I read that! Oh bless you Vermont heart! You’re gonna get bashed in these parts for such mistakes. I kid, I kid

f.n.hale

March 30th, 2009
8:21 pm

“A future rotation of Lowe/Hanson/Hudson/Vazquez/Kawakami” – tnbrian

No JJJ? No Medlen?

f.n.hale

March 30th, 2009
8:27 pm

Hey brekky, so what’s it gonna be, the Subaru? If you’re sold on going American you might wear these guys down. Surely the economy isn’t any better there than here is it?

Doc Holiday

March 30th, 2009
8:28 pm

Is Schafer as quick as Reyass…….muts SS?

kirkinga

March 30th, 2009
8:28 pm

Jeff321, It’s probably closer to 70%, but that’s because of June when we know he became was injured at some point and also because we had starters who couldn’t make it deep into games.

In his first 28 appearances covering from Opening Day until the first week of June, Acosta gave up runs only 4 times. Now I call that being effective. He made 8 appearances after June and gave up no runs in any of them.

I’m the first to admit he’s had a shaky ST, but he had one bad month last season. The rest of the time he was pretty good.

I guess I just don’t see any reason why one bad month should forever doom any pitcher, especially one of our least experienced ones.

Coach (Skip and Pete will be missed)

March 30th, 2009
8:30 pm

I forgot to mention the 40 man situation.

With the trade of Josh Anderson there are two open roster spots. Schafer will be added but what are the Braves going to do with the other spot?

Atlanta is sixth in the pecking order when it comes to waiver claims.

cabravesfan

March 30th, 2009
8:32 pm

Gotta love that we went from a patchwork rotation to having so many quality starters that we forget who they all are…

Bruce Willis

March 30th, 2009
8:32 pm

Schafer’s not THAT fast, doc holliday.

But he’s pretty fast.

tvsportscaster

March 30th, 2009
8:34 pm

Coach, there are actually three open roster spots at the moment. Phil Stockman and Jeff Ridgway were taken off the roster in the last week or so, plus Anderson’s trade, so the roster stands at 37.

Clay

March 30th, 2009
8:35 pm

Anybody read this little tidbit from espn today, an NL talent evaluator on Buster Olney’s Blog?

“No. 3: The Marlins’ every day lineup is very suspect to me. They’ve got the best starting rotation in the division, but Hanley Ramirez is now a third baseman playing shortstop. He’s getting too big for that team.

mainly the best rotation statement…..bold to say the least

Bubdylan

March 30th, 2009
8:45 pm

dogsbrekky, the Satan remark was a joke that didn’t play. My bad. (You’d said we would villainize (sp??) you for liking Prado over KJ.

TnBrian

March 30th, 2009
8:51 pm

f.n.hale, OWWW…that hurt! How did I leave my boy JJ off?? Let me tell you what I think the future holds:

Vazquez will be dealt this offseason for whatever the need will be at that time. Damn if I’m guessing what that need will be, but if Hudson is resigned, Vazquez will be traded and probably packaged with Gorkys and another if he(Gorkys) isn’t dealt this summer. My guess, since Heyward/Schafer/Franc. make up the OF, will be a 2nd baseman(Brandon P.) or a big time BP arm. Just havin a little fun here, that’s all.

Smyrna Jim

March 30th, 2009
8:54 pm

Yvonne Strahovski showing Tricia Helfer who’s the boss!!!

Lew

March 30th, 2009
9:01 pm

TnBriuan-I sure hope you’ve got some mouthwash. WTF is so outrageous about what I said? You think they won’t pick up Hudson’s option or that if push came to shove that Huddy wouldn’t be higher in the pecking order than Javy Vasquez? If so then you’re a sadly delusional individual. Can’t quite figure out why you seriously think Vasquez is the better of the two. I’ve always been a Vasquez fan and advocated for his acquisition way before they traded for him this off season, but Dude. Please get real.

dogsbrekky - UNC rocks !

March 30th, 2009
9:01 pm

re Schafer vs Reyes

Schafer is uber quick because he reads things so well and runs the bases very well

Over 40 straight yards I would take Josie and the chokercats but every day our kid can fly on the basepaths..

A friend who is a scout has clocked him down 1st base as top 3 in MLB FWIW

dogsbrekky - UNC rocks !

March 30th, 2009
9:03 pm

Lew – I think Huddo has been the main victim of our 36% record in 1 run games over the last 3 years……. I cannot recall the nos of blown saves in his starts but it is high

f.n.hale

March 30th, 2009
9:07 pm

Hey, Bub, I don’t think that’s what they mean by “down under”

TnBrian, of course Bobby makes them all sound like the next Koufax, but I get the feeling he REALLY likes Medlen.

Jim

March 30th, 2009
9:08 pm

Has Glavine been added to 40-man?

FW deserves a lot of credit – or he reads this blog site regularly. It seems that the 25-man roster and opening day lineup will be just as vetted and prescribed on these pages. Bright minds think alike, methinks.

One of the great things about the lineup is that there don’t seem to be any weak spots. (Knock on wood.) This, of course, assumes that Frenchy’s rebirth is real and that “Ice Cold” will hit at least .280 and steal 25 bases. (Whoever offered the “Ice Cold” nickname someplace above is my hero.)

Let’s play two.

KC

March 30th, 2009
9:08 pm

mbatl, do we boo or cheer Ohman?

Neither.

If you have a guy that’s part of the fabric of an organization, and he walks away despite having received a fair offer to stay… it’s perfectly understandable for fans to jeer him.

When it’s a guy like Ohman, I’ll neither cheer nor jeer.

dogsbrekky - UNC rocks !

March 30th, 2009
9:08 pm

Bub – yes I gathered it was a joke but it did confuse me a bit as well

its the drain bamage I have

Lew

March 30th, 2009
9:10 pm

Dogsbrekky-Yeah, Dude was victimized by Wickman a couple times I rememeber. I hope they DO pick up his option as I think with him in the rotation we’ve got one of the best in the league-even better than with Vasquez.

TnBrian-The reason I say they would probably put Vasquez up for trade is that he makes $12 mil next year and they probably won’t be able to afford both Hudson and Vasquez. Hudson, coming off of surgery-even if he DOES pitch this year- will not command in a trade what Javy would (especially if he has a good season). I really can’t see them letting Hudson walk, though anything is possible-especially in this economy.

dogsbrekky - UNC rocks !

March 30th, 2009
9:11 pm

fn hale – My mate here told me about a really good site for cars with very low competitive prices……. the dealers are down in MD but I figure to save 5-6$k on a Buick I may go down there

its http://www.fitzmall.com……... let you know what happens

Lew

March 30th, 2009
9:11 pm

I watched Schafer during running drills in Orlando last spring and the only player quicker than Jordan was Josh Anderson.

1060.48

March 30th, 2009
9:11 pm

Smoltz and Tiger on the golf course. Does Smoltz hold his ears when Tiger lays down the G-D amits? Or does he just enjoy the golf?

Smyrna Jim

March 30th, 2009
9:17 pm

Well, it looks like Jack will be dead by the end of this episode…

dogsbrekky - UNC rocks !

March 30th, 2009
9:17 pm

Lew – Soriano will not be a Brave in 2010 I think so that gives us $6.5 … yes ?

Schafer Obliterator

March 30th, 2009
9:20 pm

I am quite a touch quicker this year LEW !!!

Lew

March 30th, 2009
9:20 pm

dogsbrekky-That sounds about right.

f.n.hale

March 30th, 2009
9:21 pm

dogsbrekky, looks like they sell about every brand so lots of options. BTW you got the periods after com in the link so if anyone wants to click on it you have to remove them. Weird but they actually have a blog – http://fitzwayblog.blogspot.com/ . I wonder what one does on a car dealer’s blog?

Lew

March 30th, 2009
9:21 pm

Oblitarator-I’m glad to hear it.

Hoosiers

March 30th, 2009
9:22 pm

Schafer’s Hoosiers. Hear the kid spent some tome in IN.

NWI

March 30th, 2009
9:24 pm

From the NWI to the ATL

dogsbrekky - UNC rocks !

March 30th, 2009
9:24 pm

dogs – “I want to buy an American car, Buick, probably”

salesman – “Oh I have a good deal on these Saabs today”..

dogs – “Did GM rename Buick just this morning”

salesman – “The deals in the paper finished yesterday”

dogs – “But I have today’s paper, show me this Lacrosse for $18k….”

salesman – “Oh that one is sold”

yada yada yada………. ad infinitum

At Jeep/Chrysler they would NOT let me leave the showroom……

Not Joshin'

March 30th, 2009
9:25 pm

Can I commute from Atlanta to Detroit?

diamondlady01

March 30th, 2009
9:34 pm

richbrave-Glad you enjoyed our grand strand. We have some of the best east coast beaches and golf courses along with Pelicans baseball of course! (Am I partial? Absolutely!) Cal’s camps & tournaments brings thousands of young folks to our area each summer.

JimD

March 30th, 2009
9:35 pm

mbatl: So, when the Dodgers come to Atlanta, do we boo Ohman because he turned us down, or cheer him because he’s a good guy?

How about a YAWN?

cabravesfan

March 30th, 2009
9:38 pm

So- I’ve got the top pick in my fantasy draft- do I take Hanley Ramirez or Pujols?

Bobby's Belly

March 30th, 2009
9:42 pm

Interested Observer

March 30th, 2009
9:43 pm

cabravesfan: personally I would take Hanley. As fantasy numbers go, there’s more depth at 1B later on then at SS. Just my opinion.

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