Another kid in the clubhouse

Would you card him?

  Resurgent, Ga.Another rainy weekend in Atlanta. But it doesn’t feel so gloomy around here when the Braves are playing well, does it?
  By the way, before I forget, did anyone note that with the arrival of Kris Medlen, Jordan Schafer will be neither the youngest looking Brave nor the only one who wears his cap with the brim flat, like it came straight out of the box?
    Medlen is 23, but seriously, he looks about 17. And regardless of what he’s listed as, he’s actually about 5-feet-8, 5-9 tops (the latter figure is probably being generous).

  Gotta love a kid like this. Undersized and fully of moxy. Of course, if he wasn’t blessed with a lot of talent, moxy wouldn’t be enough to get him to the majors. He throws hard, regardless of size, and has a full repertoire of pitches.
   It’s going to be fun watching him make his major league debut Tuesday. When I talked to him out in the fall league in November, I didn’t think he’d be up quite this quickly. But talking to him and to others about him, it was pretty obvious he’d be up here eventually.
  A good spring and a phenomenal first month in Triple-A, coupled with Jo-Jo Reyes’ continued woes, sped up the timetable. So he’s here now, even before his much taller and higher-rated friend, Tommy Hanson.
What do you want to bet their teammates again before the All-Star break, and not at Gwinnett?

Schafer

Schafer

  Anyway….
  As we said, the Braves are playing well. Coming off a 6-2 trip that included series wins at Florida, Philly and New York, they couldn’t have asked for a more suitable candidate than Arizona to help them improve their sorry home record.
  Friday night’s 4-3 come-from-behind win made the Braves 5-1 in games decided by one or two runs during this 7-2 surge. This little run followed a four-game skid in which the Braves went 0-3 in games decided by one or two runs.
  The Diamondbacks, on the other hand have lost seven games decided by one or two runs during their current 2-10 losing jag. They’ve hit .232 with a 5.14 ERA during that 12-game stretch, and they’ve lost four in a row, having been pounded in Cincinnati before coming to Atlanta.

  ♣ Run support is king: Arizona will pitch highly regarded (but still winless) Max Scherzer against Kenshin Kawakami tonight, and the Braves will pitch Derek Lowe tomorrow against Jon Garland.
  We mention this to bring up a comparison between Lowe and Scherzer and the remarkable difference in support they’ve received.
   For instance, Lowe is 4-0 with a 4.26 ERA and .253 opp. average in his past four starts, and the Braves scored 10.3 runs per nine innings he’s pitched in that span. They scored 10, 6, 8 and 5 runs while Lowe has been in those games.
  Scherzer, for the season, is 0-3 in six starts despite a 3.98 ERA and .236 opp. average. His team scored a paltry 3.1 runs per nine innings he’s pitched, providing him with two runs or fewer while he’s been in five of his six starts.
  There’s bad luck, and there’s Scherzer’s luck: He’s 0-2 in three road starts this season despite a 1.59 ERA and .190 ERA. His team scored one or no runs while he was in those three games.
   This is hard to believe: Scherzer, a first-round pick in 2006 who was dominant in the minors, remains winless (0-7) in 22 major league games (13 starts) despite a .235 opp. average and 95 strikeouts (35 walks) in 87-2/3 innings.
  The D-backs have scored more than two runs while he was in a game just twice in his entire major league career to date, and one of those times they scored three. Think about that. In 20 games (11 starts) that he’s pitched in, his team scored two runs or fewer while he was in.
Arizona has a 4-18 record in games that he’s pitched in since he first came up at the end of April 2008.

 ♣ Vazquez winless at home: Speaking of tough luck, Javier Vazquez is still winless (0-3) at home after giving up just two runs, five hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts in seven innings last night.
  He has 38 strikeouts and seven walks in 27-2/3 innings at Turner Field this season, but the Braves have scored three runs or fewer while he’s been in each of his four home starts. Not that he’s been great at home, because he hasn’t — a couple of bad innings in his previous two home starts spoiled those efforts.
  Meanwhile, on the road he’s 3-0 with a 2.10 ERA and 10.5 support runs per nine inning pitched, with four quality starts in as many outings. In other words, he’s getting all his run support when he doesn’t need it so much.

  ♣ Etc.: In the leadoff spot, Omar Infante has hit .367 with a .409 OBP in 60 at-bats, with 11 runs and seven RBI. Kelly Johnson has hit .209 with a .284 OBP in 86 at-bats, with 11 runs and 10 RBI. As second basemen, Infante has hit .419 with a .458 OBP in 43 at-bats, while KJ has hit .232 with a .323 OBP in 99 at-bats…. In the cleanup spot, Garret Anderson has hit .324 with five doubles and eight RBI in 37 at-bats, and Casey Kotchman hit .359 five doubles, one homer, two RBI in 39 at-bats. Brian McCann has hit .200 with four doubles, two homers and seven RBI in 45 at-bats in the cleanup spot.

“MISSISSIPPI” by Bob Dylan

Every step of the way, we walk the line
Your days are numbered, so are mine
Time is piling up, we struggle and we stray
We’re all boxed in, nowhere to escape

City’s just a jungle, more games to play
Trapped in the heart of it, tryin’ to get away
I was raised in the country, I been working in the town
I been in trouble ever since I set my suitcase down

Got nothing for you, I had nothing before
Don’t even have anything for myself anymore
Sky full of fire, came pouring down
Nothing you can sell me, I’ll see you around

All my powers of expression and thoughts so sublime
Could never do you justice in reason or rhyme
Only one thing I did wrong
Stayed in Mississippi a day too long

Well, the devil’s in the alley, mule’s in the stall
Say anything you wanna, I have heard it all
I was thinking about the things that Rosie said
I was dreaming I was sleeping in Rosie’s bed

Walking through the leaves, falling from the trees
Feeling like a stranger nobody sees
So many things that we never will undo
I know you’re sorry, I’m sorry too

Some people will offer you their hand and some won’t
Last night I knew you, tonight I don’t
I need something strong to distract my mind
I’m gonna look at you ’til my eyes go blind

Well I got here following the Southern star
I crossed that river just to be where you are
Only one thing I did wrong
Stayed in Mississippi a day too long

Well my ship’s been split to splinters and it’s sinking fast
I’m drowning in the poison, got no future, got no past
But my heart is not weary, it’s light and it’s free
I’ve got nothing but affection for all those who sailed with me

Everybody’s moving, if they ain’t already there
Everybody’s got to move somewhere
Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow
Things should start to get interesting right about now

My clothes are wet, tight on my skin
Not as tight as the corner that I painted myself in
I know that fortune is waiting to be kind
So give me your hand and say you’ll be mine

Well, the emptiness is endless, cold as the clay
You can always come back, but you can’t come back all the way
Only one thing I did wrong
Stayed in Mississippi a day too long.

 

1,845 comments Add your comment

JReeves

May 16th, 2009
3:54 pm

DOB, Can you give us an update on Tim Hudson??? I know he’s stretching his arm out, and throwing from longer distances….but an earlier comment was that the braves had “every intention” to pick up his 2010 option. Do you get the feeling that is still true??? That would leave someone out in the cold…either Kawakami or Hanson (and I’m not guessing it’ll be Hanson). Or I guess they could wait one more year for Hanson to come up, but that seems pushing it. Thoughts???

BTW – 2010 Rotation would be:
Lowe
JJ
Hudson
Javy
Hanson

Kawakami (long man/spot starter)

P-Town Brave

May 16th, 2009
3:56 pm

Great way to start off a nice Saturday before I head off to a Bachelor party tonight…a little Braves, a whole lot of drinking…

That being said, the numbers stated tell me that I just hope and pray the DOB jinx isn’t on…given what you said about the D-Backs and Scherzer there David.

I expect Kelly to be back in the lineup today, but am hoping that Bobby will see the error of his ways (who am I kidding) and bat Kelly further down in the order and leave the top two slots to Yunel and Casey.

Supes

May 16th, 2009
4:01 pm

Time to spark the old espn fantasy baseball team and pick up Medlen. (Already own Hanson just in case)

Kawakami has to build on from his last start against the Phillies. Let’s see him pitch 7 innings, thrown less than 100 pitches and give up 2 runs or less.

Apparently these “kids” at AAA are going to be pushing the likes of Kenshin sooner rather than later.

Pete

May 16th, 2009
4:02 pm

Frank from KS: “Yeah, Greinke is the first Royals pitcher to win his first 5 decisions since Saberhagen went 5-0 to start the 1987 season. Yeah, he’s good.”

Still doesnt match Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 for the Dodgers. All he did was go 8-0, with 5 (yes 5) shutouts, and a 0.50 ERA in his first 8 starts. He remains the only player in MLB history to win the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year awards in the same season.

Il Cattivo

May 16th, 2009
4:02 pm

I second P-Town brave. DOB’s jinx will give Scherzer a win today.

chris w

May 16th, 2009
4:03 pm

lineups anyone

CB

May 16th, 2009
4:06 pm

Man I agree about Medlen, can’t wait either. I brought it up yesterday about hoping they brought him up before it was announced. I got roundly chastised by many, including one fellow who said I needed to go back to MLB school. Hey, got to speak up when you have an opinion and hope he pitches lights out.

Frank from KS

May 16th, 2009
4:12 pm

Chris Rose of Fox Sports just mentioned that if Randy Johnson wins today against the Mets and Mr. Santana….it’ll be win #299 and could set up a possible chance for him to get #300 in his old stomping grounds in Seattle.

WOW. Wouldn’t that be cool….especially with Jr. there getting to see his former teammate win #300.

Steve from OH

May 16th, 2009
4:13 pm

Guys, Scherzer is no slouch. He has more K’s (95) than IP (87) in his career and has an ERA of 3.39 in those 95 innings. Walks a tad too many, so I hope we show some good plate discipline tonight. Young pitcher on the hill, let’s rattle his confidence with some good AB and a few early walks.

CB, I’m very excited to see Medlen too.

DOB, the Medlen move won’t be official until Tuesday, correct?

Frank from KS

May 16th, 2009
4:16 pm

Pete

Yeah true….but that stat was for the Royals franchise…not the Dodgers.

DOB meter

May 16th, 2009
4:16 pm

If the standings hold, the Mets win and Phillies barley eek out the Braves. I’ve heard this somewhere.

cvbraves

May 16th, 2009
4:16 pm

Good to see Jordan contribute to victory in the 9th last night…maybe that will get him going.

Hondo

May 16th, 2009
4:18 pm

How can you hit .309 and have a .284 OBP????

Steve from OH

May 16th, 2009
4:18 pm

More sac flies than walks, I believe…

GboroBravo

May 16th, 2009
4:19 pm

What does the forecast look for gametime?

C's

May 16th, 2009
4:19 pm

DOB – I am big fan of Jeff’s and have been pulling for him from day one. But he is just not an everyday player. If you look at the stats WITHOUT THE NAME, anyone would look at them and say he is a platoon player at best. I understand he’s still young, still has a cannon and still puts some butts in the seats. But how long can they run out one of the statistically worst RF’s in all of baseball day after day after day?

C's

May 16th, 2009
4:20 pm

Sorry, then end of that got cut off. I was gonna ask….

Do you think the Braves will stick with Jeff in RF all season? If so, will it be because of a lack of options?

David-ATL14

May 16th, 2009
4:20 pm

Correct Steve from Ohio.

Medlen is actually going to pitch 1-2 innings today in Buffalo.

Medlen’s contract will need to be purchased and added to both the 40 man and the 25 man active roster Tuesday.

I’d guess that Parr is then optioned back to AAA.

Coach (2010 or Bust)

May 16th, 2009
4:21 pm

Medlen is trade bait, no question about it. The kid has moxy but I don’t know to many 5-8 pitchers that survive long in the big leagues. He will be interesting to watch, for sure.

Mets Win!

May 16th, 2009
4:21 pm

Mets just scored 2 in the first. Ballgame. Johan happy.

Steve McP

May 16th, 2009
4:22 pm

DOB – What’s the weather like in Atlanta? Looking at the forecast it looks pretty gloomy.

Steve from OH

May 16th, 2009
4:22 pm

Thanks, David.

McFann :Ô:

May 16th, 2009
4:23 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Chief!

Brian McCann has hit .200 with four doubles, two homers and seven RBI in 45 at-bats in the cleanup spot.

The power numbers are nice there…but he’s a much better #5 hitter: .474 AVG, .648 SLG, and .545, OBP with one homer, one double, 5 RBI, 3 walks, and only 2 strikeouts in 19 AB.

Funny thing is, he has nine hits in both the cleanup and #5 spot. He’s 0-2 as a pinch-hitter.

Steve McP

May 16th, 2009
4:24 pm

With Kawakami pitching do you think that Ross will catch today?

joe

May 16th, 2009
4:24 pm

any lineups for today

Efrim

May 16th, 2009
4:25 pm

“As far as possible trade scenarios go how bout Gorkys Hernandez, Locke, Morton, Francoeur, and Kelly Johnson for Brad Hawpe? Too much, too little?”

I saw that from the other blog. I mean, has Kelly Johnson and Jeff Francoeur fallen off the map THAT much?!?!?!

Not to mention, Hawpe is the worst defensive RF in baseball. Just sayin…..

McFann :Ô:

May 16th, 2009
4:25 pm

Steve McP With Kawakami pitching do you think that Ross will catch today?

KK is 0-3 with Ross, 2-1 with McCann.

Just sayin’…

bravos2249

May 16th, 2009
4:28 pm

OOOH…Lowe vs. Halladay next Friday

TnBrian

May 16th, 2009
4:30 pm

Coach, if that’s true, the Braves have so many pieces to get a legit power hitting OF that can help elevate us into the playoffs. Maybe Dye or that Cruz guy in Texas. To me, even if we stay on this roll leading into the summer, a big bat would be smart to get if Wren can find a decent deal.

CB

May 16th, 2009
4:30 pm

We are trading people away before they even pitch? Wow

Steve McP

May 16th, 2009
4:32 pm

Very protective of your Mann McFann. It just seems that Ross was being designated as KK’s catcher early on and that record was early in the season I believe when KK was adjusting to his new surroundings, but I don’t know how to look to look up the exact stats regarding the pitchers for all of his starts.

TnBrian

May 16th, 2009
4:33 pm

Efrim, who thought that out, or didn’t think it out when they posted it? Holy sh**, why in world would you want to trade that many guys for Hawpe?

bravos2249

May 16th, 2009
4:34 pm

I think the game will start on time but there will be at least one rain delay…..lucky us.

McFann :Ô:

May 16th, 2009
4:34 pm

Steve McP

Heh heh, Thanks…maybe a little too much at times. :P

Yeah, people were talkin’ about Ross being KK’s catcher–don’t know if that still holds true…

I don’t know how to look up the exact stats regarding the pitchers for all of his starts.

I’m on it.

Steve from OH

May 16th, 2009
4:35 pm

TnBrian, that was just a thrown-out idea. I like the idea of trying for Hawpe, hate giving up that package. Another thing to consider is that Hawpe would be under contract for 2010, but can void his option for 2011 if traded. So it would probably be Tex v. 2.0.

mike j

May 16th, 2009
4:37 pm

mccann is out today

P-Town Brave

May 16th, 2009
4:38 pm

Steve-

I do like Hawpe’s upside and all, but don’t you think we have enough LHH w/o removing Francoeur for Hawpe?

I still feel Dye would be the perfect fit, even though another obvious choice (w/o examining returns) would be Holliday.

McFann :Ô:

May 16th, 2009
4:39 pm

Mike J

Why do you say that?

Macon Braves (RIP)

May 16th, 2009
4:41 pm

Really happy to see that the few Mutt trolls trying to stir things up on here lately have been getting ignored. Makes the blog so much better when people aren’t getting sucked into their childish games.

Steve from OH

May 16th, 2009
4:41 pm

Who says we’d be removing Frenchy for Hawpe? That said, I’m not concerned with the handedness of our order if it can hit. I’m all for adding a lefty hitter that can hit, if the right-handed options are lesser hitters.

Another thing to consider is salary. Our payroll is probably pretty tight right now so that could have a big effect on which types of deals we can pursue in July. This might exclude Dye and Holliday from our wish list…

CB

May 16th, 2009
4:42 pm

Steve from Ohio yeah that trade should not be made,always a little leery with any hitters stats from Colorado. Be curious to see his away stats.

Steve from OH

May 16th, 2009
4:44 pm

CB, Hawpe’s home/road splits are:

Home(1161 PA): .289/.397/.512 47HR
Away(1177 PA): .284/.378/.491 47HR

Pretty doggone close across the board.

TnBrian

May 16th, 2009
4:45 pm

Steve, I mean, he’s a good hitter but so is McCann,Chipper,Escobar,Kotchman…I’d like to see a real power hitter that can take some pressure off those guys. Any hitter who plays at Coors makes me wonder. Road/Home splits…don’t know, but still.

joe

May 16th, 2009
4:45 pm

has anybody seen the braves lineup fpr today.
I have the dbacks
1/Lopez/2B; 2/Parra/CF; 3/Upton/RF; 4/Drew/SS; 5/Reynolds/3B; 6/Byrnes/LF; 7/Tracy/1B; 8/Snyder/C; 9/Scherzer/P

TnBrian

May 16th, 2009
4:46 pm

Steve, nevermind. I like Dye better, but if Hawpe came cheaper in players/prospects, I’d take him too.

Shamus Thacker

May 16th, 2009
4:47 pm

Medlin sounds alot like Buzz Capra.

Coach (2010 or Bust)

May 16th, 2009
4:47 pm

TnBrian, if a trade does go down, it won’t be anytime soon. there are so many variables to consider.

Will Glavine return and be dependable?

Can the Braves survive the June schedule?

Will Chipper Jones and Garret Anderson stay healthy long enough to contribute together?

Does the lack of a running game increase the chance that Frank Wren might want to go get a lead off type hitter instead of a big bat? The Braves offense is scoring five runs per game this month.

The Braves do need another outfielder who can man CF. Schafer needs to sit every now and then.

Nate from NCState

May 16th, 2009
4:50 pm

This team needs someone who is going to draw in the fans but is also a really steady, reliable player. I like Brad Hawpe but no one is going to the ball park to see him play LF. I think Grady Sizemore or even Jermaine Dye might be more fan-friendly. I know this should not be the primary concern, and if Hawpe is available for less than what Sizemore or Dye is then fine, but don’t you have to at least take this into consideration?

CB

May 16th, 2009
4:51 pm

thanks Steve appreciate info ,looks like a good player

Ray K.

May 16th, 2009
4:53 pm

I really hope we don’t give up much this year for a rented RF like Hawpe. I would gladly take Dye for Jo Jo, Francoeur and Hernandez or even Morton, or Dunn for even less. But I’m not sure giving up on Kelly is the right move. His defense has gotten better and he still has a very sweet swing.

TnBrian

May 16th, 2009
4:53 pm

Coach, probably so, but maybe Schafer somehow turns it around and becomes that leadoff guy sooner than we think. You’re right though, there are so many things that have to have to happen first for our GM to even let a power hitter come in his mind.

uga-brave is probably monitoring my posts today, so I have to keep them in check. I’ll talk to ya’ll in awhile…

J.J.

May 16th, 2009
4:54 pm

Any lineups yet?

Steve from OH

May 16th, 2009
4:54 pm

Coach, I agree. There are just so many things that could happen between now and July that could really influence the direction that this club will go. That said, I think the primary focus will be on a power-hitting OF. The reasons I believe that this will be the case are: if we do look for an OFer, it will be because GA/Frenchy have been struggling, and Frank was counting on them to provide a bit of power. Also, the Braves rank 6th in BA and 5th in OBP out of 16 NL teams, but only 11th in slugging. That’s a big dropoff that we need to fix.

Steve from OH

May 16th, 2009
4:56 pm

TnBrian, I think the Braves feel that Schafer is their leadoff man of the future, but the future ain’t this year.

I think a lot of you will be surprised with the kind of package FW will offer to get an OFer. I think Brandon Jones is a definite candidate, as is Charlie Morton. I really don’t expect to see Gorkys Hernandez or Kris Medlen packaged with those two…

Ray K.

May 16th, 2009
5:03 pm

We had better take care of the teams we ought to beat now such as Arizona and Colorado, because we have to play 9 straight against the Red Sox and Yanks at the end of June. Real nice that during interleague play, we get to play the 3 most feared teams in all of baseball in the Jays, R Sox, and Yanks. Who drew up this schedule, ESPN?

Coach (2010 or Bust)

May 16th, 2009
5:03 pm

Like I said before, to many things to consider.

Where would another corner outfielder play? Frenchy is in RF, G.Anderson and Diaz are manning LF. Somebody would have to sit.

And I hate to say it again but Greg Norton is a waste of a roster spot right now. His .136 BA isn’t going to cut it. Especially when considering that all he does is pinch hit.

P-Town Brave

May 16th, 2009
5:04 pm

Steve-

I agree on your 4:56p post…

The only other thing I will say is that I have very much soured on JoJo and Jeff Francoeur and figure the only way they get any better or become productive major leaguers is to give them a change of scenery…

Francouer of course would be part of the new power bat OF scenario, otherwise you can’t afford to trade him, otherwise, yeah, spot on with Brandon and Charlie because at this point they are tradeable commodities.

CB

May 16th, 2009
5:07 pm

If we trade Medlen it might come back to haunt us. There are other trade possibilities not named Hanson or Medlen,also let Medlen and Hanson come up and pitch lights out and Turner Field could be rocking. There is nothing like winning to get fan base rocking.

P-Town Brave

May 16th, 2009
5:09 pm

Coach-

Like many others, I have started to notice a trend that states Francoeur at this point is no more than a platoon corner OF…

Therefore, I would have to want to include him in a trade for an OF, otherwise, what do you really do with him?

Also, I do agree on Norton…I was one of the few who wanted to not sign him and keep both Jordan and Josh and utilize Prado as the backup 1b among other things.

P-Town Brave

May 16th, 2009
5:11 pm

CB-

I agree and I really like Medlen…he looks like a winner to me…no character flaws and no mental issues (i.e. Reyes)…

I mean the guy is 5′8″…as a pitcher, if he’s made it this far, he has to be one tough SOB on the mound!

Brandon

May 16th, 2009
5:12 pm

Geez…why are announcers obsessed with Johan Santana and unearned runs…they make a point to emphasize that is unearned. This same Fox crew spent 5 minutes talking about Kung Fu Panda…

CB

May 16th, 2009
5:16 pm

Yeah P-Town agree on keeping Josh, sure would have helped with the flexibility,we have almost none in the outfield.

Capt Caveman

May 16th, 2009
5:19 pm

Typical COACH flip-flop —— wasn’t Norton the subject of 2 months worth of posts last year saying the Braves have to have him. And now you say that Medlen is trade bait and then immediately turn around and give all these reasons why they can’t trade him now.

Medlen isn’t trade bait anymore than any other triple A player is. He’s the hot hand right now and if you’re going to call someone up on a temporary move you take the guy who is riding the hot streak. Anybody who has played professional ball knows that — oops, well I guess that why you don’t know then.

We used to have a guy like you at the local sports bar where me a couple of guys from the team would go after a day game. Always talking about how much he knows yet everything he says would be contradicted by his next statement. That way he always claims he was right by taking BOTH sides of a discussion.

What an A$$CLOWN !!!

Coach (2010 or Bust)

May 16th, 2009
5:22 pm

I’m not ready to pull the plug on Jeff Francoeur just yet, even though his .232 BA this month is eerily similar to what he did last season ( .273 in April and .236 in May of 2008). Frenchy batted .277 in April 09.

Colorado Yankee in King Arthur's Court

May 16th, 2009
5:24 pm

Someone tell me again how David Wright won a gold glove? (He asks rhetorically) I mean seriously, that was his 6th error this season!

groundfog

May 16th, 2009
5:25 pm

I must admit this a huge turnaround for a couple of weeks ago. This team is showing that late inning toughness that I have not seen in a couple of years. Still not sold on Anderson, and Francoer looks awful lately. I hope he can snap out of it.

groundfog

May 16th, 2009
5:27 pm

If the pitching holds and gets a little better, this team is still that power hitting outfirelder aways from being being serious contenders (for the nl champs). That would put them over the top-maybe a trade?

Oflaherty has been awesome

Coach (2010 or Bust)

May 16th, 2009
5:30 pm

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Coach (2010 or Bust)

May 16th, 2009
5:34 pm

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groundfog

May 16th, 2009
5:35 pm

Francoer is just not hitting the ball hard at all-it seems like even his ground balls are weak as well as his short fly outs to right field.

David O'Brien

May 16th, 2009
5:38 pm

Just back from clubhouse, didn’t have lineup posted before I sent down. They do now, if you haven’t seen it:

1. KJ, 2B
2. Escobar, SS
3. Chipper, 3B
4. G. Anderson, LF
5. McCann, C
6. Kotchman, 1B
7. Francoeur, RF
8. Schafer, CF
9. Kawakami, RHP

Captain Poopy Pants

May 16th, 2009
5:40 pm

Barbaro Canizares will save us all. The Braves greatest hitter lies hidden away in the minors. Cox will unleash his secret weapon soon. Mets-Phillies beware !!!!!

David O'Brien

May 16th, 2009
5:41 pm

Steve McP, believe it or not, Braves already took batting practice, no rain. Hasn’t rained in couple of ours or more here. D-Backs taking BP now.

Forecast is for 50-60 percent chance of rain most of the night, or all night. But doesn’t look bad at all right now here, no thunder or dark clouds or anything else.

Nate from NCState

May 16th, 2009
5:42 pm

I know this is a common thing on the blog but what does “enter your comments here” mean? I have even seen mr. DOB himself do it.. so it must mean something.

P-Town Brave

May 16th, 2009
5:42 pm

groundfog-

Its because TP (among others) has turned a kid who came up as a serious power threat into a try to hit the ball up the middle and the other way and just try to make contact kind of player…he is now for all intensive purposes a 7/8 place hitter because of the lack of power…

Power doesn’t generally just disappear, but the coaching helped, the lack of pitch awareness helped, and the ability for the pitchers to adjust to him but not him to them helped as well…

Take all three of those put together and you have a perfect storm for a hitter to never reach his potential…I like to call it, the “Brad Komminsk Effect”

David O'Brien

May 16th, 2009
5:43 pm

Bobby Cox said Medlen probably wouldn’t get here till Monday. Wouldn’t surprise me if he arrives tomorrow, though.

And it’s M-E-D-L-E-N, folks. Two e’s in Medlen. Not Medlin with an i. But I have a feeling he’s gonna be like Andruw — doesn’t matter how long he’s here, plenty are going to always misspell his name.

bravos2249

May 16th, 2009
5:44 pm

Coach (2010 or Bust)

May 16th, 2009
5:45 pm

enter your stupid comments here.

David O'Brien

May 16th, 2009
5:45 pm

On Monday, Glavine is set to throw three simulated innings against hitters (he didn’t face hitters last time). Then they’ll evaluate him Tuesday. If all goes well, he’ll probably pitch in a minor league game next Saturday.

CB

May 16th, 2009
5:46 pm

Nate it is when you hit submit comment before writing

Rob from SC

May 16th, 2009
5:48 pm

We need to find a power hitting left fielder. Jason Heyward has right field covered.

Capt Caveman

May 16th, 2009
5:49 pm

“Question for DOB” — I know the Braves are 2nd in the league this year in runs scored with 2 outs, but how are they doing compared to the league in runners left on base in scoring position. Seems like they are getting a lot of opportune hits yet still seem to be leaving guys out there.

Your thoughts ??

Rob from SC

May 16th, 2009
5:50 pm

Tommy Hanson on the hill tonight

Nate from NCState

May 16th, 2009
5:50 pm

SoDak Brave

May 16th, 2009
5:50 pm

Does anyone know how the whole clock and super-2 thing work? This is really confusing to me.

P-Town Brave

May 16th, 2009
5:52 pm

DOB-

C’mon you should know better! People are still misspelling Schafer!

You must be a superstar here before everyone can spell and pronounce your name correctly.

But yes, Medlen with two “e”’s but no “i” like in Sheffield or Ramirez ;-)

And Schafer with a “c” not a “k” even though his name has been quite sononomous w/ K’s so far this year…

groundfog

May 16th, 2009
5:55 pm

P-Town I can’t argue with you on TP’s results. They need a REAL

bravos2249

May 16th, 2009
5:56 pm

Man Umpires need to chill…John Lackey was thrown out after 2 pitches….he hit Ian Kinsler but no Ranger had been hit. The guy was coming off an injury jeesh.

groundfog

May 16th, 2009
5:56 pm

P-Town i’m amazed TP still has a job. Cox is loyal to a fault.

P-Town Brave

May 16th, 2009
5:56 pm

SoDak Brave-

“Super Two” exception[3] – A player with at least two years of experience may be eligible for salary arbitration if he:

-is ineligible for free agency
-is without a contract
-cannot agree with his current team on a new contract
-played in the majors for at least 86 days in the previous season
-is among the top 17 percent for cumulative playing time in the majors among others with at least 2 years, but less than 3 years experience

The key point there is the last statement…because that will state who the Super Two players are.

P-Town Brave

May 16th, 2009
5:57 pm

bravos-

Didn’t Kinsler go deep twice yesterday and the Rangers scored quite a bit of runs?

Steve from OH

May 16th, 2009
5:58 pm

SoDak, the “base” of club control for a rookie is six seasons–3 where the club can basically pay the player the minimum, and 3 arbitration years. However, a player with two full seasons of ML service time and at least 86 days in the previous season may be eligble for “super 2″ arbitration status if he is in the top 17% of players meeting the same service time criteria.

However, if Tommy Hanson was brought up today, we would control him for the remainder of this season PLUS six more. He would likely be a “super 2″ player and recieve an additional arbitration season though. If Hanson is brought up after June 1, there is little chance he’d be a Super 2.

Rev. Otis Nixon

May 16th, 2009
5:59 pm

man, dylan looks live a corpse in that picture, DOB!

Frank from KS

May 16th, 2009
6:00 pm

Oh now Caveman

Be nice to Coach. He thinks he make so much DAMN sense. *rolls eyes*

Steve from OH

May 16th, 2009
6:01 pm

Let’s use Jeff Francoeur for an example. He was brought up relatively late in 2005, and as such he didn’t become a Super 2. 2006,7,and 8 were “league minimum” seasons for him, with this season being his first arbitration season. He’ll have 2010 and 2011 under club control after which he’ll be a free agent.

I’d expect Jair Jurrjens to be a Super 2…

Frank from KS

May 16th, 2009
6:02 pm

BravesFanChris24

May 16th, 2009
6:02 pm

Can’t wait for tonight’s game :-0

BravesFanChris24

May 16th, 2009
6:02 pm

Steve from OH

May 16th, 2009
6:03 pm

Jordan Schafer will make the league minimum in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and be arb. eligible in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Doesn’t look like he’ll make Super 2 status…

Had he been brought up about a week (I think it was?) after the season opener we would have a club-controlled arbitration season in 2015 as well.

buzzmeat

May 16th, 2009
6:03 pm

not like andruw, medlen is not hard of a name to spell

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