1:54 pm April 12, 2009, by David O'Brien
April 13th, 20094:04 pm
McFann ;Ô;, I doubt you’ll see Morton, on Friday. I think, if Glavine isn’t well enough, that you’ll see him on Saturday, for the big boys.
April 13th, 20094:06 pm
I’m willing to give Jo-Jo a chance…he usually is good for 5 innings then gets himself in big trouble. Hopefully we make some moves in our bullpen…to get some guys to go 6-9th innings on Saturday.
“The Braves just announced that Glavine has been scratched from his start Saturday and will be examined by Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday. He will be replaced by Jo-Jo Reyes, who will start Saturday in Pittsburgh.”
I think this is good news, personally. Having to pay Glavine fewer incentives = good for the club and I’m pretty sure Reyes can contribute more than a 43 year old Tom Glavine, regardless of how much of a legend he is.
NC Braves Fan
brent a: I agree with you about Huddy. I have serious doubts as to whether he pitches for the Braves in 2010. Under normal circumstances you might be able to trade Vazquez, but his contract looks pretty bloated in the current economic realities of the game.
If I recall Husdon’s contract correctly, the Braves can exercise an option on him to get out of their 2010 commitment. But we’ll see how things shake out as that point in time approaches I suppose.
Hey you asked the question. Not my fault you clearly have some issues to work out. To bad you don’t support diverty S.H. You would cried like a baby if you had to deal with what Jackie had to deal with and whether you like it or not Major League Baseball respects him and they could give a crap about your opinion.
April 13th, 20094:07 pm
Everyone forgets we were hyping Morton almost as much as Hanson last year, due his dominance of the AFL and Richmond (sound familiar?). He gets called up, and pitches quite well in his debut. He then gets injured, pitches through it, throws below his normal velocity, and gets hit pretty hard.
I don’t see what has changed. He still deserves a healthy shot at the major league level. If his performance yesterday is any indication, the stuff is still there. Give him the chance.
…they never had to go through what Jackie went through to play the game.
I don’t know, I played some games up in North Georgia, and you would be surprised at some of the things that were said and done to opposing players…
April 13th, 20094:11 pm
Did anyone questioning Jackie Robinson’s stats ever see him play? Jackie Robinson wasn’t the fastest guy to ever play the game and did not steal the most bases, but he was the most disruptive presence on the basebaths I have ever seen. He was already a bit old when he got his chance in MLB, and the diabetes that prematurely took his life probably shortened his career, but between ‘48 and ‘52-’53 he was as good as anyone in the game. He was not necessarily the best player, but he was a winner and contributed more than anyone to his team’s winning.
April 13th, 20094:12 pm
“Escobar and Rafael Furcal have two of the three strongest infield arms I’ve seen in 15 years covering baseball.”
This is a fun topic to blog about. Best arms I’ve seen:
Infield: The late cocaine infused Ken Caminiti cira 1996 with the Padres
Outfield: Bo Jackson (Andre Dawson & Vlad Guerrero are right there though)
April 13th, 20094:13 pm
Good idea to go with Reyes since he is LH. All the other rotation guys are RH. Question now for our speculation . . . who will be dropped from the 25 man roster? Bennett? Carlysle? Campillo? Boyer?
Frank from KS
S.H. re: 4:04 pm
Yep, I agree…..JoJo is someone else they need to get rid of along with Mr. Boyer.
April 13th, 20094:14 pm
On the comments for Hudson. If anyone is more knowledgable of this situation than I am.
I recall Hudson saying something along the lines of, when it was discovered he needed TJ surgery, that his arm didn’t feel any different and had been that way for a few years. I think the general gist of it was that he had probably been pitching “hurt” for a while. Either that, or he was in denial about his injury. I know that he never really threw his splitter here in Atlanta, which was one of his best pitches in Oakland.
I do agree that, barring injury to Hanson, that he will be in the rotation next year. But I think Hudson will be here as well. There are a few other scenarios that some of us aren’t envisioning. Jurrjens did walk 5 guys yesterday (and quite a few in Philly the other night). Hope he bounces back from that.
April 13th, 20094:16 pm
Strongest OF arm — rocky Colavito
Best OF arm — Clemente (strength accuracy, release)
I only saw Van Pope make one throw from 3B in ST (on TV), but he looked like he has a cannon too.
April 13th, 20094:18 pm
guzman is a really good hitter, DAP
yeah, that’s kinda weird cause he didn’t used to be. I wonder if the laser surgery really made all that improvement.
April 13th, 20094:19 pm
Billy….Don’t forgot my Idol ROBERTO CLEMENTE…& Shawn Dunston
April 13th, 20094:20 pm
Now it looks like Ho-Ho will be starting on Saturday for the Big Boys…no offense to Ho-Ho, but I’d rather see Morton pitch the game on Friday, anyway.
April 13th, 20094:21 pm
MFin04 (3:57 pm): “Your comment was retarded and made no sense, my comment was off by 16 pitches…yet correct in its premise that Hanson needs to limit his amount of pitches per inning/ab.”
Your comment was a complete fabrication, from number of pitches (overstated by over 19%) to number of pitches per batter (overstated by over 100%). And your “premise” is so painfully obvious that it should have gone without saying — “the fewer pitches thrown to get an out, the better”. Your comment left us all a little bit stupider.
My comment you simply did not understand. Let me rephrase — if everyone who wears “42″ is dumb, you must be wearing it all over you, ’cause you’re as dumb as they come.
Got it now?
Gregor Blanco, 7 Ks in 18 AB at Triple-A, Ouch. Those are Andruw type numbers.
April 13th, 20094:22 pm
Here’s to Hanson being realized as being the ONLY real “good” option for Saturday P-Town
don’t hold your breath cause he is one of the least reasonable choices. hide & watch dude
Good one Jersey, Dunston had a howitzer at short…But don’t anyone forget Dale Murphy. You don’t move from catcher to CF cause of your good looks.
April 13th, 20094:24 pm
Random I feel bad for you I really do. I said that everyone wearing #42 is dumb…meaning…only one person should wear it…that…or only the teams Jackie played for should have a person wear it. Not everyone on every team including managers. Just a stupid idea for everyone to do it. Stupid that every team does it too.
April 13th, 20094:25 pm
Guys, can you take the political/racial discussions somewhere else . . . like maybe the Vent? Let’s talk Braves.
ugh. Jo-Jo? sigh. bring Tommy 2.0 up!
I guessed as much that Jo Jo would be the one to get Glavin’s start. Cox has that lefty/righty fetish that he can’t get a handle on. I’d really have liked to have seen Morton get the call. He has much more upside in the rotation & as potential trade material, but he needs to show it against major league hitters.
Hanson will be here at some point this season unless he really struggles in AAA. The interesting thing will be next season when the Braves will literally have 9-10 legit big league starters. Wren could stock the minors up again with the returns from trading a few of the starters. Between that & the having the #7 draft pick this June the Braves farm system is going to be in FINE shape for years to come. I’d love to see them pick up a top 3B prospect & a few more power outfield prospects as well. Just can’t have too many of those either.
April 13th, 20094:27 pm
Epinephrine-I see what you’re saying and don’t disagree with you about Morton coming up first, but I’m not at all certain he was EVER hyped last year like Hanson is now. Not really even close IMO.
Random-Dude, the fact that I even remember such things as least common denominators is impressive since I haven’t had a math class in over 40 years. Anything further mathematically is beyond me.
TnBrian-If you can seriously equate the change of a Presidential administration with what happens (like Adnehart’s or Kallas’s death), you need psychiatric help-not hate. Either that or you truly are And Idiot. You really do have issues, Dude.
N8 — catch up with you later on Tigers, okay?
Lowe, Hudson, KK, JJ, and Hanson rotation? next year. Sick. Trade Vasquez for a hitter. LF or 1B. Magglio or Mike Cameron or something. The Future looks good.
April 13th, 20094:28 pm
Maybe the AL teams should wear Larry Doby’s number. He came up a few months after Jackie and was the only black player in the AL at that time. Nothing against Jackie, but Doby should get some of the tribute too.
April 13th, 20094:29 pm
Jo-Jo doesnt go deep into games. That’s his “one” problem. So any game he pitches we are going to lean on the bullpen even more, scary thought.
*Sigh* you people pining for Tommy Hanson to be brought up obviously know nothing about baseball or you just dont listen.
YA, great idea. Let’s start Hanson’s arbitration clock and rush his free agency a year when he’s 22 years old. That way, by the time he’s in his prime, he’ll be taking off to the Yankees for a 7 year 161 million dollar deal (with an opt-out of course). I mean, the thought of starting Jo-Jo Reyes against the mighty Pirates is so scarry, we might as well just pee on our future and use Hanson, right?
Reyes, huh? Well there’s a loss Not really We’re talking about the Pirates, arguably the worst NL team. Padres & Nats are could claim that honor also.
But if he starts, we’d prob’ly DVR it.McFann_ PROBABLY
April 13th, 20094:30 pm
Just got home and found out about Harry Kalas. Bowman had told me earlier that they’d found him passed out, but didn’t know anything more at that time.
Very sad. I said hello to Harry last week in Philly, where he came down to the visiting clubhouse to see Bobby Cox as he did every time, without fail, that the Braves were in town.
Another of the giants is gone. There won’t be any more like them when they’re all gone, either. It’s a different game today, in the broadcast booth as much as on the field. There won’t be single, inimitable voices identified with teams as much or more than individual players are, not anymore.
Skip and Pete, Vin Scully, Ernie Harwell, the Harrys (Caray and Kalas), Jack Buck, Marty Brennaman … if you still have one in your town, enjoy him while you can. They are all going to be missed, so very much, by those of us who got to enjoy their greatness.
McFann ;Ô;, I just wish that I had waited another minute before I made that erroneous 4:04 post.
nolie(4:04), Genius isn’t all wrong. Two weeks ago, I created this very entertaining blog, only to have it “eaten”. However, at about 10:25 this morning, my neighbor found it in the glove compartment of her vehicle. How it got in there, I’ll never know.
April 13th, 20094:31 pm
And whoever compared Hanson and Morton. Morton is 25. Hanson is 22. Morton’s 2 years away from his prime. Hanson’s 5. The likely-hood that Morton will have a good major league career is very slim.
Can someone please explain to me why so many here are so eger to trade Javy Vazquez? I don’t understand that (Yes, I realize we finally have a lot of good starting pitching but maybe we should actually see the guy pitch before we toss him out?)
April 13th, 20094:34 pm
The AAA Braves scored 19 runs in a game? I did not know that.
Steve from OH
April 13th, 20094:36 pm
Jackie Robinson’s stats wouldn’t/shouldn’t even get him into the Hall of Fame…just Fyi.
Just like Peter Gammons’ stats shouldn’t get him into the Hall of Fame. Or Connie Mack’s. Or Ford Frick’s. But sometimes it’s not about stats, it’s about contribution to the game numbnuts. And I’d say Robinson’s contribution to the game was pretty freakin’ solid, wouldn’t you?
And how is a career line of .311/.409/.474 with a 132 OPS+ not enough (or “shouldn’t,” as in “no way?”) Are you looking at his 132 career homers? I’d say he was a pretty good hitting 2B/3B, myself.
Jim Rice’s OPS+ was 128. Cal Ripken’s was 112. George Brett was 135.
That post was totally unnecessary and wrong. Say it with me, contribution to the game….contribution to the game…
April 13th, 20094:37 pm
cabravesfan, makes no sense. Vazquez could very well be our best pitcher this year (I’m neither exaggerating nor ignorant) and people are wanting to throw him under the bus. He also makes 11.5 million this year and next (a very club-friendly rate), and everyone’s talking about how un-movable his contract is. D-E-L-U-S-I-O-N
I spent a lot of time in Philadelphia putting in their scoreboard. Harry Kalas was a class act, knowledgeable, and ALWAYS a pleasure to listen to. I preferred him over Scully any day of the week.
When the Phillies were lousy, you listened to them just to hear Kalas and that NFL voice of his.
May you rest in peace Harry.
Skip and Pete, Vin Scully, Ernie Harwell, the Harrys (Caray and Kalas), Jack Buck, Marty Brennaman … if you still have one in your town, enjoy him while you can. They are all going to be missed, so very much, by those of us who got to enjoy their greatness.
Even though I don’t follow the Dodgers anymore, the day Vin Scully passes will be devastating. These are the voices many of us grew up listening to late at night, trying to stay awake one more inning. You are so right, DOB, there will never be another one like those legendary voices. There is something almost poetic about Harry Kalas taking his final breath in the broadcast booth…just seems fitting
RIP Harry Kalas. I was traveling last Wednesday afternoon listening on XM radio when the Braves collapsed against the Phillies. Kalas only called a couple of the innings. I noticed he was breathing very hard in between words and thought there may be something wrong.
April 13th, 20094:38 pm
“He will be replaced by Jo-Jo Reyes, who will start Saturday in Pittsburgh.”
Hate to say I told you so but…. well anyway.
I think this makes sense. A lefty would be nice once in a while; and Jo-Jo has the experience on Morton (who has also had health issues).
Hanson does NOT need to come up, pitch one game, and then possibly wait 10 days to pitch again. He’ll be a great addition later in the year in a pennant race, but we really don’t need our young “ace” working sporadically and pressured to throw max innings in April. Plus, the arbitration clock thing…
No Braves game tonight, but the Gwinnett Braves play at Durham at 7:05.
You can listen the game in the Internet.
Now WE braves fans understand what Phillies fans are feeling today. Sad day for baseball.
April 13th, 20094:39 pm
Well said DOB.
April 13th, 20094:40 pm
cabravesfan-I think they mean over next winter since we will likely have Hanson, Morton and Reyes (maybe Medlen, too) ready for the big club and Hudson returning from his elbow issues. Since Vazquez will make about $12 mil, I think many would rather trade him and pick up Hudson’s 2010 option instead ($12 mil, I believe), maybe acquiring a more needed piece in return.
DoB…I grew up listening to my dad and uncle, die hard Tiger fans, listening to Ernie Harwell broadcast Tiger games. Always loved his “second-a-base” call. He had ties to the old Atlanta Crackers somehow didn’t he?
Heard him rather recently on MLB radio and he still sounds great. I think he’s a fitness/longevity spokesman or something like that.
We need to move Schafer to the 6 or 7 hole because he won’t still a base, ever.
If the pitcher’s always sac bunting right behind Schafer (assuming a single), Schafer’s not going to have the advantage of a hitter taking a pitch or two for him to steal second base. SLUGGER
Ozzie Smith managed to steal a pretty good number of bases the years he batted 8th. He’s not the only one.
I like Vazquez’s stuff as well. I loved watching him with the Expos…thought he looked like a pretty good pitcher then.
April 13th, 20094:41 pm
It’s sad about Kalas. As DOB said when those guys are all gone the mold will be broken. I hope Scully has many more years of baseball left in him, but regardless the game is losing too many of the greats here lately. We’re left with guys like Rob Dibble to fill the void……..sad.
DOB, excellent post at 4:30.
April 13th, 20094:44 pm
Who were the two guys that did opening day in Phillie? They were horrible. Logan Schafer…among many other blunders and stu–stud-studders.
April 13th, 20094:45 pm
DOB, well said. It’s a real bummer to hear about Kalas. Really sad. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the Phillies (was just listening to him the other day, too….)
Yeah PWH, Javy is making more money this year than either Dan Haren or Josh Beckett for instance, so I can see why you think he’s such a steal.
April 13th, 20094:46 pm
I just heard Harry Kalas on of our local sports radio stations last week (680 I think). They talked to him on an off day, and I just remember thinking how cool it was for him to spend some time with another city’s radio station on an off day. That and how cool his voice was.
April 13th, 20094:49 pm
fastasballs …. Dibble & that litle guys from the Marlin (forgot his name) give broadcast announcer a bad name.
Love Scully & Bob Uecker.
April 13th, 20094:50 pm
Nationals have tied it up with the Phillies at 4 – 4 at the end of the 5th. Nats have out-hit the Phils, but have three errors so far.
I know they meant after the season but some people were saying “trade him” before he even threw a pitch for the Braves. Who knows, he may end up being the odd man out, or he may end up being our best pitcher…my point was- we just don’t know and it seems pointless to talk about who we will give up next season when we are just a week into this one.
April 13th, 20094:52 pm
Lew…Did you met Harry Kalas when you live here in Phillis?
NC Braves Fan,
I suppose you also left out Felix Hernandez and John Lester make less money than Javy. 1 or 2 examples doesn’t disprove a point. He’s still signed at below market-value. Kevin Millwood and Barry Zito make MORE than Javier Vazquez. I’ll go 1 for 1 with you all day.
April 13th, 20094:54 pm
Arguing money in baseball or any sport is pointless. Too many factors to include in there. How’s AceJ Burnett doing for the Yanks? How about CC?
April 13th, 20094:56 pm
jim powell has that voice that i believe we will all grow to be comfortable with and be are guy we look forward to listening to
Jersey Gil, Dibble is BY FAR the worst color guy I have ever heard in my life. That’s saying something, truely. I get the Nats games on MASN & by Sunday’s game I had to turn the sound off because I couldn’t take listening to him anymmore. He berated every homeplate umpire the entire three game series while trying to convince the audience the Nats were VERY near competing in the NL East.
One reason I loved Skip so much was he told it like it was. He was a homer, but one that resided in reality. When the Braves stunk it up for the better part of a decade he told it like it was.
April 13th, 20094:58 pm
It seems like a ton of bad things have happend ever since Obama became president. TNBRIAN
more like contempt than hate probably. What in God’s name does Obama being president have to do with anything, you ignorant Tennessee redneck?
April 13th, 20095:01 pm
I’m happy to see Jo Jo get a crack at it Saturday. He seems vastly improved from last year and he needs to show his worth because of the other young guns knocking on the door as well. I’m expecting good stuff out of Jo Jo this year. Tough to hear about Glav though, but maybe it’ll turn out alright for both players in the long run.
April 13th, 20095:04 pm
Say what you will about impartiality, I like the “homers” (Shamus)
to each his own no doubt. I don’t like homers. I thought Pete was a great announcer. He was obviously partial to the Braves but never came across as a “homer”. and he really knew his onions
April 13th, 20095:07 pm
I’ve learned enough about this stuff over the years to know that nothing is inevitable. (ChopChop)
too true my man, too true
April 13th, 20095:08 pm
Thanks “Lew from Vermont” and “Not For Me”… actually Lew, I was in no way equating the president to anything to do with sports you quick to judge fool! The only one that needs psychiatric help is a person who would choose to live in a state like Vermont. What do you guys do up there, go bowling once a year for “fun”? If you take that comment that literally, maybe you need some help…
April 13th, 20095:10 pm
PWH – re: Milly & especially Zito … that proves my point. No way those guys could sign for anything close to their current levels in this environment … nor would there be a big trade market for either unless the trading club made significant concessions to clear the salary spot.
Look at Bobby Abreu, who took a salary cut of $10 million a year upon signing with the Angels a few weeks ago!
Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying trading for Javy was a mistake or that he’s not a good addition to our staff. I’m merely making the point that relative to his slot on a staff (#3) to what he is being paid, it makes it hard for me to envision a big trade market for him if the Braves chose to get rid of a veteran starter heading into 2010.
If the economics of baseball should change over time from what they are right now, perhaps my perspective on his contract will, too.
Lew, no need to brown nose ANYBODY that is political, especially a president. They’re all liars in all parties, in case you didn’t know.
April 13th, 20095:12 pm
Howard 3 run bomb
This just in ..Nats suck
April 13th, 20095:13 pm
Ryan Howard. oof.
Anyone care to predict the date Washington wins their 10th game?
April 13th, 20095:14 pm
Check this out. I just got back from a trip to Portland, OR where I had dinner with an older lady who lives in my girlfriend’s building. This lady happens to be Eric O’Flaherty’s grandmother. Nuts! She was super cool and is going to send me a photograph or a note or something to give to EO the next game I attend. Should be amusing.
April 13th, 20095:15 pm
not according to Rob Dibble. Probably the pitcher was forced to groove one to Howard because he was being squeezed by the home plate umpire. That was his excuse every time a Brave went deep or hit a ball in the gap this past series.
April 13th, 20095:16 pm
N Nine, if that’s “just in” for ya, I have some bad news concerning your stocks….
Steve from OH, great post at 4:36 p.m.
April 13th, 20095:17 pm
Back to back plunking then back to back HRs. No wonder Sutton wanted out! hahah
First real opportunity to watch Vasqez the other night and I got to say as a former pitcher and big league “wanna be” that he looked really good to me. A thinking man’s pitcher ala Greg Maddux, he throws at least 3 different pitches well and seems to be able to throw them in any count. He really concentrates too. He has a game plan with every hitter. Also got to say I really, really enjoyed watching Lowe pitch to Howard last week in Philly, he just kept pounding that slider in on him every pitch, and Howard was helpless!
April 13th, 20095:20 pm
I love how now that the internet has just about every single piece of info. a person could want, all the sudden people become a genius. I’m not claiming that I don’t look things up myself, but I don’t use the word “ignorant” to describe a person I’ve never, and probably will never meet when I disagree with them, or don’t understand their point.
Buffalo NY Braves Fan
April 13th, 20095:21 pm
I’m going with July 16th as the nats 10th win.
Let me know how I do in the blog pool on that.
Will Ohman's Grandmother
April 13th, 20095:22 pm
Saw this great note in Buster’s blog today:
On Saturday, Horacio Ramirez threw Ball 1 on the first pitch to the first eight hitters he faced. That was something that happened exactly once for all starting pitchers during the entire 2008 season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau — and it happened three times in the first seven days of the 2009 season.
April 13th, 20095:23 pm
So sad about Kalas. Obviously, by my screen name, I am still not over losing Skip. They are, in a way, the guy you watch every game with. After a few years, you know what they are gonna say before they say it. As a matter of fact, you say it with them. I started watching Skip in the 70s and just feel for all the Phillies family and fans who will miss Kalas alot.
As for Glavine…I never thought re-signing him was the best move, but I understood it. I also think Jo Jo is the wise choice to take his turn. He’s a lefty, he had a good spring, and there is no reason to rush the main man while we are 5-1 and playing well.
I am still excited about the future of Jair, Hanson, Jo Jo, Morton, and whoever else. Great young arms we’ve stockpiled.
April 13th, 20095:24 pm
11.5 million for someone who struck out 200 batters in the AL last year is still below market value. He’s not the steal of the century, but he’s not a “bad contract” or “club burden” like people like to say.
April 13th, 20095:27 pm
Spoke to Glavine a little bit ago and my story will be posted shortly, but here’s a little heads up: he’s hoping it’s just scar tissue breaking up but Glavine is no fool either and he’s preparing for the worst. His appointment with Andrews is actually tomorrow. It was originally Wednesday but they told him they could work him in tomorrow. ….here’s what he said of facing the fact that this could be the end:
“I knew it was close, whether I got through this season or not,” Glavine said. “I always had a feeling in the back of my mind, now more than ever, any time I go out there something could happen. I’m prepared for that. Obviously I’m hoping not to confront it right now, but if I have to, that’s the way it is. It’s something where I feel better knowing at least I tried.”
but then he’s still holding out hope too. Since he’s never had major arm surgery before, it’s hard for him to know what’s serious and what’s not.
“I don’t know how to describe it or what to think about it,” Glavine said. “I hope it’s scar tissue. I’ve never been through a surgery to know what popping scar tissue feels like.”
And Frank Wren said the decision to go with Reyes was “a reflection of how he threw this spring.” Reyes was 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA in four spring training outings, three starts.
April 13th, 20095:29 pm
April 13th, 20095:30 pm
No need to hypothesize on what might happen when Hudson is ready to return. There’s a lot of baseball between now and then. I’m puzzled that folks have already decided that Vasquez will be the guy to go.
April 13th, 20095:32 pm
We may be better off trying to predict the date of their first win. Talking about 10 wins is blasphemous at this point.
People , especially Random
Lets leave folks like MFin04 alone. Possibly he’ll go away if we ignore him. Over the last few pages he has made several absurd comments and the Jackie Robinson thing just puts the cherry on top. No point trying to educate him.
April 13th, 20095:33 pm
Growing up a Royals fan…..got to listen to Denny Trease, Denny Matthews, and Fred White.
All three did/do a great job…..and here recently, the past few years….former Royal Paul Splitorff has done Royals games as well
April 13th, 20095:34 pm
I agree with trying Jo-Jo for a spot start. Lefty pitcher who might have turned the corner and gotten a little more composed on the mound. However Wren spins it, arb clock does play a part in this decision. However if this Glavine thing turns into a bigger problem I am not so sure about the move.
April 13th, 20095:37 pm
Braves are Number 1 in ESPN’s Power Rankings this week!! http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/powerranking?season=2009&week=2
April 13th, 20095:38 pm
Random, fine by me. I should be on and off the blog all night.
April 13th, 20095:39 pm
“a reflection of how he threw this spring.”WREN
I’m sure there’s more to the decision, but I agree lets give JoJo a shot.
April 13th, 20095:40 pm
11.5 million for someone who struck out 200 batters in the AL last year is still below market value. He’s not the steal of the century, but he’s not a “bad contract” or “club burden” like people like to say. (PWHjort)
Yep, whether fools want to realize it or not, in the free agency market, $11.5 mil is only worth a league average ERA for a pitcher that gives you 225 innings. 11.5/4.8*10.5*9 (straying a bit right there from OPS as DOB asserted would happen from time to time earlier in the day). If he gives you 225 innings and a league average ERA, he was worth every dime, whether they want to believe it or not. I think he’ll be better than that though and earn more money for the Braves than they are paying him with his on field production.
April 13th, 20095:41 pm
Cubs Ted Lilly has a no-hitter through 6.
April 13th, 20095:45 pm
Thanx TOM O’. I’m gonna run out right now and check the trunk & glovebox of every car on the block. Somehow I never thought of that possibility. What and idiot Iyam.
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