Bring on the Rockies

    Well, good Monday morning to you on this crisper than normal May day. If you were looking for something to perk you up, to help you through a case of the Mondays, how about this? Just read that this year’s World Series games will start before 8 p.m., about 40 minutes earlier than has become the norm.

 

   Hey, ‘bout dang time.

   Maybe some kids will actually get to watch the games before they have to go to bed. (And hey, maybe some newspaper reporters will make their deadlines.)

   This is a deal that MLB and Fox agreed to, so it will be in effect for both World Series and ALCS games. Now we need TBS to step up – the network that gave us 7:35 p.m. starts for the Braves all these years. What was that for, Fresh Prince episodes? Follow their lead in the NLCS and Division Series games, TBS. It’s the right thing to do. 

   Fox’s pre-game show will start at 7:30. The first pitch will be just before 8 p.m. The report says it’s the first time in 30 years when a World Series game will start before 8.

 

   HOME WOESNot that Braves fans need to concern themselves with World Series games just yet. This team is still in need of some solid play at home. Just when it looked like they’d brought some momentum home from that 6-2 road trip with a ninth inning rally on Friday night, they put up the 12-0 stinker on Saturday. Then the rainout yesterday, which came – oddly enough – just in time for the rain to stop.

   So the Braves are looking at four games against the Rockies, who run former Brave Jason Marquis out to the hill tonight.

   Marquis is only 1-3 with an 11.45 ERA in five starts against his former team. He’d had nothing but disaster outings against the Braves (six runs, six runs, 12 runs and six runs allowed) until last year as a Chicago Cub, when he held them to two runs in 5 1/3 innings on August 13 at Turner Field. It was his first start against the Braves in which he didn’t allow a homer. Before that, he’d given up nine long balls in four starts vs. the Braves.

   He’ll be happy to be away from Coors Field, though. He is 2-2 with a 7.13 ERA at home this year, and 2-1 with a 3.43 ERA on the road.

    ROCKIES LOWDOWN: A couple of other things to note about the Rockies: They are 1-8 in one-run games this season. Hey, remember what that felt like?

 

   And Todd Helton is back to his old ways. The 12-year veteran out of the University of Tennessee is hitting .347 with four home runs and 21 RBIs this season. He’s hitting .400 (22-for-55) in the month of May.

   And oh, this: he’s sitting on 1,999 career hits. Next knock and he’ll become the first Colorado Rockie to collect 2,000 hits and the 256th player overall. He and Jason Kendall are both sitting on 1,999.

   Helton missed most of last season with back problems. But he’s found a way to deal with that, apparently – he’s been sleeping in a hyperbaric chamber, according to the venerable Tracy Ringolsby, formerly of the Rocky Mountain News, and member of our notes group. hyperbaric chamber

   Wow, just looked up some photos of those things on-line, and I sure hope he’s got the clear-covered kind. Either that or he has no problem with claustrophobia. And the next question would be: can he bring that thing on the road?

   LOWE, TOEING THE RUBBER: OK, enough on the Rockies? Then we’ll bring it home with Derek Lowe, who will be starting things off tonight for the rotation that was a little mixed up by the rain delay. He and Jair Jurrjens were pushed back a day, Javier Vazquez will go Wednesday on regular rest – still looking for his first win at home – and rookie Kris Medlen will debut on Thursday.

 

   Having Lowe go tonight is good news for the Braves offense. The Braves have scored 8, 8, 7 and 10 runs in his last four starts, all of which Lowe has won, by the way. He deserved it, though, in all but maybe one when he allowed six runs to Jorge Cantu and the Marlins on May 6. But in each of the other three starts he’s allowed only two runs each time and pitched at least 6 2/3 innings. 

   Medlen should be throwing a side session today and kicking up even more energy about making his major league debut on Thursday. I was hoping it would be Tuesday since I’m down to cover tonight and tomorrow night’s games (it’s Carroll here), but they must not have considered that when banging yesterday’s game, now did they?

   THINGS TO WATCHTom Glavine is supposed to be throwing three innings of a simulated game today and if all goes well, and his shoulder bounces back OK tomorrow, he should pitch in a minor league game on Saturday.

 

   And from Gwinnett, keep an eye on Tony Armas Jr., the former major league starter who has allowed two runs in 8 2/3 innings so far for the G-Braves. He’s got a 2.08 ERA in two starts, including yesterday’s no-decision in Lehigh Valley. He had to come out after 3 2/3 innings because he’d thrown 77 pitches. But so far, so good for him.

   Brian Barton’s got a four-game hitting streak to get up to .250, and he had the game-winning hit vs. Lehigh Valley on Sunday. Good karma from a Sunday story in the AJC? Hey, it’s no Sports Illustrated jinx.

 

  

   

1,518 comments Add your comment

CB

May 18th, 2009
12:31 pm

richbrave

May 18th, 2009
12:40 pm

DAP

…..”hudson will pitch for the braves this year at some point, more than likely. so, we can get an idea of weather or not he can come back to be tim hudson. remember, by the time 2010 start, he will be over 18 months removed from his surgery, so hopefully, it wont be one of those things where we have to go super easy on his arm.”

Very true DAP.

Jeff321

May 18th, 2009
12:40 pm

Carroll Rogers – I enjoyed your piece on Barton.

Carroll Rogers

May 18th, 2009
12:41 pm

Thanks, Jeff.

KC

May 18th, 2009
12:44 pm

Here’s an interesting thought… WHAT IF…

As we await Glavine’s return, suppose Medlen comes out and turns in 2 or 3 terrific starts, and KK continues his failure to impress.

Might we see Kawakami (NOT Medlen) bumped from the rotation?

I know he’s making a big adjustment coming over from Japan, and that the Braves have invested about 25 million in him. And I know the stated plan at the moment is for Medlen to simply bridge the gap to Glavine. But if Medlen dominates and KK gets knocked around over their next couple starts…

I’m just saying, stranger things have happened.

csg

May 18th, 2009
12:46 pm

I hate Peachtree TV, what a terrible idea. Seriously put the games on a channel where people in Birmingham can watch. Unbelievable that I cant see the game 1.5hrs away. Dish Network sucks also

Dwight Schrute

May 18th, 2009
12:51 pm

Question. What Bear is best?

DAP

May 18th, 2009
12:54 pm

lew

remember, the players i mentioned on the last blog only have to be better than jeff, which would be very easy right now. i mean…his numbers are pretty bad. but hey, maybe he will be ok. he still leads the team in RBI, after all. but he really has a long ways to make that OBP and SLG% respectable.

bravesgrl4life

May 18th, 2009
12:59 pm

csg, I am with you on that. Dish stinks badly. Doesn’t help that so many games are on Fox Sports South and that other channel. Peachtree TV is the only channel I get on Dish that I can watch the Braves on. Thinking about switching to cable just so I can get more channels on which I can actually see my home team.

Rodney Derrick

May 18th, 2009
1:13 pm

Carroll– Braves will win tonight because you are there. And kudos on astronaut Barton. If you ever want to check out hyperbaric chambers as Helton and indeed John Smoltz have done for recovery (I seem to recall story he even has one at home), remember your alma mater, Duke University is home to DAN, Divers Alert Network, and they do many tests there for NASA, the Navy and more.

GboroBravo

May 18th, 2009
1:24 pm

RHR

May 18th, 2009
1:29 pm

csg and other Dish people – DirectTV is the way to go. Braves channel 651 = Peachtree tv. There isn’t a game this season or last that I haven’t been able to see on DTV and I’m in North AL.

McFann :Ô:

May 18th, 2009
1:29 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Ms. Rogers! I enjoyed your story about Barton, as well.

scoreboard

May 18th, 2009
1:33 pm

Carroll:

Why exactly did they postpone yesterday’s game? The rain stopped in plenty of time, and I didn’t think it ever really rained very hard in the first place. It sounds like the DBacks really wanted to get out of town…

JD

May 18th, 2009
1:40 pm

scoreboard – It started raining at my house around 8 or 9 last night. I think they were just keeping a heads up for extra innings.

bravesgrl4life

May 18th, 2009
1:44 pm

Thanks for the suggestion RHR. Comcast is a little pricier than I would like for digital starter package.

TRobb

May 18th, 2009
1:44 pm

Live eight miles from the stadium. It fluctuated between light rain and heavy drizzle from 9am to 6pm yesterday. My daughter played her soccer game and it was a bog.

Today it’s clear and surprisingly cold. ‘Bout 62 when I went to lunch.

alf

May 18th, 2009
1:45 pm

Bad luck pitcher of the year: Buddy Carlyle! 2 grannies in 2 games!
ALF

flange1

May 18th, 2009
1:45 pm

scoreboard,

I live in Morningside (north of the stadium) and it rained continuously until about 5:00.

cricket

May 18th, 2009
1:45 pm

This is not about braves or baseball, but I name James Harrison of Steelers as the current king of “Your And Idiot” sportsmen. This idiot won’t be visiting the white house with his super bowl winner teammates and here’s his (!) logic – “This is how I feel — if you want to see the Pittsburgh Steelers, invite us when we don’t win the Super Bowl. As far as I’m concerned, he [Obama] would’ve invited Arizona if they had won,”. One of the dumbest guy ever ..

Carroll Rogers

May 18th, 2009
1:46 pm

scoreboard, I’m not sure because I wasn’t there, but I wondered the same thing sitting at home, a few miles from the stadium as the crow flies and it was not raining in the afternoon. From what DOB said, it sounded like the radar was looking really bad. I guess the radar was wrong, and the green blobs averted. And it’s not like the DBacks had that far to travel. They went down to Miami to play the Marlins today.

Thanks McFann. Good story on your boy by Steve Hummer Sunday. Trust you saw it!

Ugaman

May 18th, 2009
1:46 pm

csg, if your contract is up with Dish, then you need to switch over to DirectTV. I did after the first week of the season and now I get every game. All Peachtree games are on channel 651 on Direct.

Dr. Van Nostrand

May 18th, 2009
1:46 pm

Carroll, who do you think will be shipped out to make room for Medlen? Also who do you think will head out to make room for Campillo? My guess is Bennett for Medlen and Parr for Campillo.

bravesgirlnc

May 18th, 2009
1:50 pm

Anyway to link to the Barton story online?

All I'm Saying Is...

May 18th, 2009
1:50 pm

Off the wall question for you Carroll: Is there any chance (because I know there are more important issues) that baseball will complete the divisional realignment work it did not finish and, say, move the Houston Astros to the NL West and the Colorado Rockies to the AL West enabling MLB to have two leagues (NL and AL) each with three divisons (East, Central, and West) with five teams per division? Maybe its just me, but it bothers me to see six teams in the NL Central and four teams in the AL West when there is such a simple solution that, I would think, would also enable better scheduling.

KennyP

May 18th, 2009
1:51 pm

I always enjoy your write-ups, Carroll. I think DOB had to take the next 2 days off because he is tired of all the KK bashing. Carroll, do you have any scoop on whether the Braves are planning on picking up Huddy’s option? I know that both sides want it, but with attendence down so much and KK’$ contract, not sure they will want to pay him.

DAP

May 18th, 2009
1:53 pm

all im saying is…

i agree. something needs to be done with the teams, because it also contributes to the AL being a better league, and having an advantage in the all star game. also, just because of the fact you have so many teams, the NL central has got to be one of the tuffest division to win, just like the AL west has to be one of the easiest. im with you on this one.

McFann :Ô:

May 18th, 2009
1:54 pm

Ms. Rogers

You’re welcome! Yes, I did read Mr. Hummer’s story yesterday–very good!

McFann :Ô:

May 18th, 2009
1:55 pm

What in the world…? Aw nuts! Looks like I flunked that one…shoot.

bravesgrl4life

May 18th, 2009
1:55 pm

DirectTV guys, question about that. I get Peachtree with Dish, but not Fox Sports Net or SportSouth. So, unlessa a game is on PTV or Fox Channel 5 in Atlanta, I don’t get to see the games. Looks like DirectTV is more expensive than Comcast and has a bunch of BS channels I don’t really need.

northbeach Scott

May 18th, 2009
1:57 pm

I second your nomination, cricket. James Harrison is definitely in the “Your and Idiot” territory.

Also enjoyed your Barton story, Carroll. Always appreciative of your contributions and willingness to keep the blog moving.

I am excited about Medlen’s MLB debut. My wife and I were planning on going to the Ted, anyway on Thursday. Hope the young man can take advantage of the opportunity, especially with Glavine’s possible return and Jo-Jo’s inability to pitch consistently. Also with the recent ‘pen struggles of Bennett and Buddy, it is time to step up.

Eric from MO

May 18th, 2009
1:58 pm

Cricket now wait a second, I think he kind of has a point. What he means is that the president doesnt really care to see them. He couldnt of cared less if was the Steelers or Cardinals. Do you really want to go visit someone who doesnt want to see you. I see where he is coming from.

bry22

May 18th, 2009
1:59 pm

The uneven part of the Braves play is in most part due to KK and JoJo. I am just glad the JoJo experiment is over! Hitting could be more consistant thogh.

Colt45

May 18th, 2009
1:59 pm

Direct TV is the way to go. I live in B’ham, Alabama and have not missed a game yet! Direct TV rocks the house and more than just our Braves games. Later

chc4

May 18th, 2009
2:01 pm

bravesgrl4life — DirectTV carries FSS and SPSO so you’ll get every game. Not sure the cheapest package that allows you to get those channels but mine is $49.99/month before junk fees.

Eric from MO

May 18th, 2009
2:02 pm

All Im Saying, you cant do that. It wont work. Each league has to have an even number of teams. That way they all can be included in games. Otherwise you will have 7 games going in each league and an odd team out. You cant do it. When I was 10 I thought the same thing, then I turned 11 and was smart enough to figure out you cant do it.

DiamondJim

May 18th, 2009
2:03 pm

Bravegrl4life:
I have Dish in Walterboro, SC and there is NO Peachtree TV on Dish. You must live in the Atlanta metro area and Peachtree is one of the local channels. It is not available anywhere else on Dish.

beekay

May 18th, 2009
2:06 pm

On the farm
2009 Stats

No. 5 JASON HEYWARD, RF BRAVES
Team: high Class A Myrtle Beach (Carolina)
Age: 19
Why He’s Here: .292/.452/.708 (7-for-24), 3 HR, 1 2B, 5 R, 4 RBIs, 6 BB, 4 SO, 2-for-2 SB
The Scoop: If you were worried about Heyward after he was absent from the season’s first few Hot Sheets, don’t worry, he hasn’t gone anywhere. One of the best all-around prospects in the game, Heyward’s power came to the forefront this week as he doubled his season home run total by going deep three times. The last of those three long balls came at the expense of lefty Brian Matusz, a fellow Hot Sheeter. The lefthanded-batting Heyward took him deep in the third inning of last night’s game between Myrtle Beach and Frederick.
No. 6 KRIS MEDLEN, RHP BRAVES
Team: Triple-A Gwinnett (International)
Age: 23
Why He’s Here: 1-0, 0.00, 6 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 SO
The Scoop: We featured Medlen in a Prospect Pulse last August and again on Opening Day when he followed Tommy Hanson’s Triple-A debut. And it’s fitting those two are now in the same sentence because Medlen seems to be perfectly playing the part of Rogers to Hanson’s Astaire. Converted from the bullpen last year at Double-A Mississippi, the former Santa Ana (Calif.) JC closer has won each of his last three starts—and not allowed a run in any of them. The result is that Medlen leads the IL in ERA (0.96), with the pitchers in his rearview mirror being Clay Buchholz and Michael Bowden of Pawtucket and, down the way, Hanson as well as Chris Tillman.

Mitchie-san

May 18th, 2009
2:06 pm

mlbtraderumors.com has a report about Victor Martinez possibly being available. Lets start the speculations now….

Jason

May 18th, 2009
2:07 pm

At the risk of being Mr Negativity here, I am a die-hard Braves fan, this team is going nowhere with the current outfield they have! The money they wasted on Kawakami would have been much been spent on a legitimate outfielder! Had to get that off my chest!

MikeR

May 18th, 2009
2:08 pm

I live in the mountains of western NC and I get Peachtree on Direct.

All I'm Saying Is...

May 18th, 2009
2:12 pm

Eric from MO: You’re almost as funny as you probably look. (You cracked on me so turnabout if fair play so don’t whine.) In America, we can do anything and the same goes for baseball given its anti-trust exemption so if MLB wants to it can have interleague play all year ’round (goosing attendance all season instead of for a month or two) using those two teams you spoke of as being left out…free your mind…

csg

May 18th, 2009
2:15 pm

I have Dish network and I get all Sportssouth games. I can switch but I hate dealing with these companies. Direct TV seems to be more expensive also, but it may be worth it. I dont know

Carroll Rogers

May 18th, 2009
2:15 pm

Dr. Van, I’d say you’re on the right track.

Here’s a link to the Barton story, or just go to the Braves page, under more headlines

http://www.ajc.com/braves/content/sports/braves/stories/2009/05/16/atlanta_braves_prospects.html

Kenny P, I don’t think there’s any way the Braves will know that until they give the guy a chance to come back from his surgery and see how that goes. Would it make any sense for them to plan to pick it up before they know how his elbow is? You tell me.

cricket

May 18th, 2009
2:15 pm

Eric from MO,
I hope you are joking. Being invited to the white house and getting a chance to meet the President of US is an honor received by very few and one should accept it even if you don’t like the president’s politics. It has become a tradition that the president honors the champions of major sports. He is not some super fan who will invite his favorite teams to the WH. He has many better and more important things to do.

chc4

May 18th, 2009
2:16 pm

So what does everyone think Cox/Wren will do with Francoeur? He’s back to last year and I can’t see Bobby parading him out there everyday like he did in ‘08. He’s an automatic out. On rare occasion he does make contact, there is no authority or power behind it. His trade value is zero and it sounds like the young OFers are a year or more away. Whatever they decide, I can’t watch Jeff much longer. It’s painful.

Bill

May 18th, 2009
2:17 pm

I’m in Savannah.I have Dish.I get both Fox Sports channels but no Peachtree.I have to go to a local Mexican joint that has Comcast,which carries Peachtree.

Other than that I am hapy with Dish.

Elf,bad luck?Carlyle,Reyes and Bennett need to be shipped out ASAP.Maybe the Braves can find 2 pithers and a bat to replace them on the roster.

DAP

May 18th, 2009
2:18 pm

eric from moAll Im Saying, you cant do that. It wont work. Each league has to have an even number of teams.

currently, the AL has 14 teams, the NL has 16. it would work and it should work.

MFin04 (Time to Get Rid of Bennett, Buddy and Cox!)

May 18th, 2009
2:18 pm

Anyone notice that at the bottom of half the AJC pages it has a weight loss winner on one side…then always right next to it…it is the best burger, fries, fried chicken, etc in Atlanta. I found it humorous.

beekay

May 18th, 2009
2:18 pm

I have the direct tv package so I get all of the Braves telecasts here in DC, the thing that bothers me is that most of the games you have to watch the opposing teams channels because the Braves networks never seem to have their telecast in HD…the picture quality is so much better on HD that I have to listen to dingbats like Keith Hernandez. Don Sutton’s son was pretty good from the D-Backs however. He talked up Chipper big time during both telecasts

MFin04 (Time to Get Rid of Bennett, Buddy and Cox!)

May 18th, 2009
2:22 pm

Each division should have the same number of teams. Especially when the road to the playoffs is through your own division. It’s not fair for one team to have 6 teams in their division, another to have 5, and another to have 4. No way that is fair.

All I'm Saying Is...

May 18th, 2009
2:25 pm

chc4: No one is going to like this but I’m with you as I say trade Francoeur to an AL contender at the trade deadline and get what we can (don’t want him in the NL suddenly getting religion and coming back to pound the Braves). He is a dead pull hitter, stubborn as a mule, and will not consistently hit the other way. Wren will do it because Francoeur was picked by John Scheurholtz [sp.]

RHR

May 18th, 2009
2:27 pm

I can’t see Bobby parading him out there everyday like he did in ‘08

I can.

All I'm Saying Is...

May 18th, 2009
2:27 pm

DAP: Thanks for your comment. To be fair (funny looking) Eric from MO meant that each league has to have an even number of teams (as they do today with one with 14 and the other with 16) and that 15 teams in each league won’t work and allow every team to be able to play another team in its league….unless you do what I suggested and have the odd team out in each league play each other setting up interleague play all season long…

N8

May 18th, 2009
2:27 pm

KC, I couldn’t agree with your 12:44 post any more.

I’ve stated many times in the past couple of weeks, that Wren/Bobby shouldn’t compound, what I think was a poor decision (in hindsight) in signing KK, by continuing to throw him out there every 5 days just because of the contract.

Sometimes safer to admit you were wrong and move on (guaranteed contract and all).

That being said, there is nothing wrong with waiting on KK. Just not in Atlanta. I’m not sure of his contract signed, but in the end, he’s just another rookie with ZERO track record other than what we’ve seen so far against ML hitters. Why is he above figuring out the American version of the game he knows, at Gwinnett?

But as it stands right now, he’s probably better suited for the pen. Even when he’s “on” he’s barely giving us much more than 5 innings. But damn. 8 million bucks for a long-reliever and spot starter? Yikes.

But if Medlen dominates up here like he is at AAA, and KK continues to struggle, KK has to be the one to “go”, assuming Glavine remains productive.

Lew, completely disagree with your assessment that we have (and I quote) “nobody” in the system to replace Jeff. Hogwash.

Gorykys Hernandez is hitting .331, with an OBP of .392, .417 SLG, and an OPS of .800. He has 46 hits in 35 games, and 15 RBI.

Compared to Jeff this year, with 3 HR, 19 RBI in 36 games, 36 hits (.252 BA), .272 OBP, .371 SLG and .642 OPS.

THEN when you look at what Jeff did in AA before being called up in 05:

82 games, .275 BA, 13 HR, 62 RBI, 13 SB (that one surprised me), .322 OBP, .487 SLG, .809 OPS.

The RBI are clearly where he was in the lineup at AA, compared to Gorkys.

Add in that McCann in 48 games in 05 at AA, had 6 HR, 26 RBI, .265 BA, .359 OBP, .470 SLG, .835 OPS and there is a track record of the Braves calling up guys that maybe weren’t quite ready to be up here and throwing them into the fire.

Normally, I’d say that Gorkys doesn’t have enough power to replace Jeff. But Jeff has 3 frickin’ HR (on pace for 13). So what’s the difference.

Clearly Gorkys is ahead of where BOTH Francoeur and McCan were at the time of their callups. Add to that, that since Jeff isn’t providing any power anyhow (take note of Gorkys’ higher SLG & OPS numbers), he just might be the spark that this team needs at the top of the order.

In fact, upon doing the research, I think he is JUST what the doctor needs to order.

How in the hell can he do any worse than Jeff?

Eric from MO

May 18th, 2009
2:29 pm

All Im saying, if they have interleague all season then they will no longer have that peak in attendance. It would no longer be special because then you will get a chance to see those teams every year instead of every 3 to 4 years. It would be a huge mistake. It would completely ruin baseball. Especially since the AL has a DH and the NL doesnt. It would ruin baseball and I dont think they would of interleague year round. It just wont work.

Noah

May 18th, 2009
2:30 pm

Frenchy is your #7 hitter and leads the team in RBI’s and 25% of his hits are for extra bases. For now he is fine in the 7 spot as long as he plays good defense. Now if you get a good player at the deadline and he plays right field then great.

Eric from MO

May 18th, 2009
2:32 pm

Cricket I am not joking. Harrison has met plenty of famous people. Some who probably actually wanted to meet him. Besides the past few Presidents have been morons, this one included, why is it a privalege to meet them? They lie and have no morals. I know I wouldnt go if I was invited. Especially if they didnt really want to meet me.

Efrim

May 18th, 2009
2:33 pm

N8, why would you want to destroy Gorkys development? He isn’t ready for the majors right now. If you are going to bring someone up to replace Jeff, just bring up Brandon Jones.

Eric from MO

May 18th, 2009
2:33 pm

Dap um I don’t know where you went to school but 14 and 16 are even numbers.

ease19

May 18th, 2009
2:34 pm

For all you KK haters, Kawakami has been given 1.43 runs to per start to work with…Kinda hard to win if your team does not score any runs…While he has been in the game the respective scores have been 4-3 (W), 2-5 (L), 3-4 (L), 0-8 (L), 0-2 (L), 1-2 (W) and 0-3 (L). With the exception of the 8 runs, he has kept us in the game each outing. I mean, he does not have JJ’s bad luck, but he certainly is not getting any of Lowe’s.

Harrison Dangler

May 18th, 2009
2:34 pm

chc4While I am aligned with you on being frustrated with Francoeur, Bobby Cox does not really have much alternative. As Diaz demonstrated the other day, he is not a RF. Until we get LF sorted out via platoon (Anderson/Diaz or B.Jones/Diaz) or trade. Not sure who is a viable candidate. Would not want to trade for any of the high priced RF talent like Ordonez, especially with Heyward being no more than 2 years away.

The Braves really need to verify that Francouer is a total failure in 2009, so they can decline to offer him arbitration in 2010, thereby saving his salary. Then they have his ~$3.8 mil plus raise to use toward free agency. Besides, I think Wren knows that 2009 was a lost year from the get go and he is preparing for 2010. They want to be sure that Frenchy won’t turn it around someplace else.

MFin04 (Time to Get Rid of Bennett, Buddy and Cox!)

May 18th, 2009
2:34 pm

Francoeur for Greinke still on the table?

scoreboard

May 18th, 2009
2:35 pm

chc4:

I currently have cable, and I get all the Braves’ games. But I’m considering switching to DirecTV for the huge amount of HD content available. I have been hesitant because I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get the Peachtree TV games. Since you say you get all of the games, I’ll ask you. On what DirecTV channel do you receive the Peachtree TV games? Do you get the Peachtree feed? Or are you picking up the the opponents’ broadcasts on the many regional sports networks offered by DirecTV?

N8

May 18th, 2009
2:36 pm

Lew, do even you realize that Francoeur is 12th on HIS OWN TEAM in the beloved OPS category? (Behind even Jordan Schafer)

He’s damn near as close (only 180 points ahead) to Kawakami’s .462 OPS, than he is two Escobar’s .819 (which would barely put him in the Top 5 on the Braves).

I’m sorry dude, not trying to kick the guy when he’s down, but that’s just flat out unacceptable.

MFin04 (Time to Get Rid of Bennett, Buddy and Cox!)

May 18th, 2009
2:38 pm

I agree that Frenchy is a good 7 hitter/outfielder. The problem really is Kotchman and GA. They do not have enough power to compensate for Frenchy. On top of that, GA is a horrible defender. Kotchman is not a big run producer and is at best a 6/7 hitter because of his speed as well. We desperately need a power hitter in the cleanup spot.

Trade some young pitching and get a power hitting outfielder/first baseman.

Eric from MO

May 18th, 2009
2:38 pm

Mfin”Francoeur for Greinke still on the table?”

IT WAS NEVER ON THE TABLE!

Tomahawkin

May 18th, 2009
2:38 pm

Dexter Fowler has more stolen bases (10) than the entire braves team (7)
Go Figure…?

Seriously people we have to bring in some personnel who can run…Or change our philosophies on establishing a better running game…More teams are making a concerted effort in emphasizing on the running game more now that the steriod era is all but over and overall homeruns had dropped drastically from where they were 10 years ago…

I can’t believe that we are just about 40 games into the season and Esco and K-Fer only have have one stolen base on the Season…WTF…That definitely has to change…

Oh And I want to the Francoeur experiement to be over…

JEZ

May 18th, 2009
2:38 pm

Well the problem with the unequal divisions rests upon the people at the top ie. Selig…need I say more??? We all know how well he’s done for the great sport of baseball!

fifthbusiness

May 18th, 2009
2:39 pm

The Braves, Peach Tree TV, Sports South and Direct TV are owned by the same company. They want you to subscribe to Direct TV. Consequently, only Direct TV carries all the networks that cover the Braves.

Steve from OH

May 18th, 2009
2:40 pm

Efrim, I agree. Gorkys still has a lot of things to work on before he’ll be able to be an effective player in the bigs. For one thing, he gets caught stealing way too much (5 CS to 8 SB), so he’s not utilizing his plus speed properly yet…still some instruction to be done in that area. He doesn’t hit for a lot of power either (.405 career SLG), so he just needs some time to mature and fill out in order to hopefully start driving some balls.

Plus, he’s just 21. No harm to be done letting him mature, both physically and mentally.

Eric from MO

May 18th, 2009
2:40 pm

but N8 he has the most rbis…(sarcasm)

Tomahawkin

May 18th, 2009
2:40 pm

Why would we go after Grienke, when we have Hanson and Medlen waiting in line? Add to the Fact that Huddy will be coming back in September…

chc4

May 18th, 2009
2:42 pm

Noah — Frenchy’s OBP below .300… that’s not ML caliber for any position let alone a corner OFer. And since a nice start to the season it’s been much worse.

N8

May 18th, 2009
2:42 pm

Efrim Good question.

But this wasn’t about HIS development. This was about Lew saying we don’t have anybody in the system that could do any better than Jeff, and I say we do.

But you’re right. Part of Jeff’s issues, is that he more than likely wasn’t ready. Or certainly wasn’t as good as he looked like he was when he was the “Natural” SI cover boy.

That being said, I think a guy like Gorkys who obviously is a speed guy, that has a knack for getting on base (I don’t care who you are, you don’t hit .331 and have an OBP close to .400 – without having a clue), are the guys that can come up and succeed more quickly. If he’s bunting, and making contact, he should be able to do that up with the big club, right? Add to that, he has ZERO HR. That tells me, that he’s staying “within” himself and not trying to be a power guy.

Something Jeff obviously should be doing. Because he is clearly NOT a power guy either.

I think half of Jordan’s problem was the 2 HR he hit opening week. Messed him up something fierce, IMO.

But ultimately, I actually agree with you. No sense rushing him, even if he could outplay Jeff (which I think he would – at least initially).

Eric from MO

May 18th, 2009
2:43 pm

Hey do you all remember like 2 or maybe 3 weeks ago when Mfin was telling us that Francouer was better than Chipper?

Macon Braves (RIP)

May 18th, 2009
2:43 pm

Scoreboard–Peachtree is on DirecTV channel 651. Only thing that comes on is the Braves games, rest of the time the channel is off air. It is the Peachtree Braves feed, though I can’t get it in HD for some reason where I’m at (near Macon, an hour or so south of Atlanta).

And as for DirecTV’s HD programming, it’s great, just about every channel is now available in HD.

Noah

May 18th, 2009
2:44 pm

Agree, would love to see more speed and even running when the speed gets on base. I for one really miss that part of baseball. Personally I’d like a speedster at the top just as much as a power bat. Juan Pierre? Perhaps he is owed too much money.

DAP

May 18th, 2009
2:44 pm

eric from moAll Im Saying, you cant do that. It wont work. Each league has to have an even number of teams.

Eric from MO meant that each league has to have an even number of teams (as they do today with one with 14 and the other with 16)

i misunderstood (thought eric meant even with each other. yes i am moran), my b.

Mitchie-san

May 18th, 2009
2:44 pm

I am all about bringing up Brandon Jones. I think he can adjust to the Majors well. I have no idea what to do with Francoeur anymore. He has to be benched, sent down or traded. I have always been a fan and pulled for him, but it has been long enough. With Jordan’s K problems, Francoeur’s issues and Garrett just starting to warm up, the outfield is the worst in the Majors. Something has to be done, soon.
I am in no way saying Brandon Jones will make any huge difference, but I do think he will perform better than Francoeur at this time. It certainly could not hurt anything, right?

Steve from OH

May 18th, 2009
2:44 pm

T-Hawkin’, why wouldn’t we want to add Greinke? That’s like saying we don’t need Johan Santana…

I’m all for bringing in speed, but not in return for a lesser hitting/on base ability. And we dont hve any in-house options that bring more speed with equal or greater hitting ability. So we’re letting it be, as we should.

RHR

May 18th, 2009
2:44 pm

scoreboard –

On what DirecTV channel do you receive the Peachtree TV games? Do you get the Peachtree feed?

Channel 651 for me, may vary depending on where you live and yes, it’s the Peachtree feed, with Joe and Chip or whoever.

Wow a Grienke for Frenchy trade proposal… :lol: Gotta love “we’ll give you our worst player, you give us your best player” mentality of the armchair GM’s around here.

Gone Viral

May 18th, 2009
2:45 pm

“Frenchy is your #7 hitter and leads the team in RBI’s and 25% of his hits are for extra bases. For now he is fine in the 7 spot as long as he plays good defense.”

The 25% thing is just plain funny since that stat is hugely inflated by the fact that he doesn’t get enough hits. In addition, it is an attempt to blur the issue when there is a stat already in play that determines how well a player is doing with regards to bases attained. In that stat, slugging percentage, the player in question is a woeful .371. In combination with the .272 OBP, he currently brings absolutely nothing to the table as a hitter.

Whomever it was at the end of the last board who suggested that the Braves couldn’t do any better in RF must write for The Onion.

chc4

May 18th, 2009
2:46 pm

scoreboard -

I live in metro ATL so PTV is channel 17 on DirecTV. All PTV games are in HD and feature Braves’ announcers. The majority of games are NOT on PTV though. Sportsouth (channel 649) carries most games and I’d say MAYBE half are in HD. Probably less than half actually.

PWHjort

May 18th, 2009
2:47 pm

All I’m Saying Is,
The biggest problem with your plan is that you’re going to have 15 teams in each league, which means you’re going to have interleague play every night, which would be somewhere between excrutiatingly difficult and impossible to schedule. I think Baseball should add 2 more teams and go back to 2 divisions/league. Have 2 16-team leagues with 2 8-team divisions per. Just my humble opinion which I am sure will be violently disagreed with. Only other options are to add 6 teams or carry out your aforementioned proposal.

RHR

May 18th, 2009
2:47 pm

Imagine how bad the Frenchy ripping will be by September. The blog will collapse! I’ll try to keep my opines on how much he sucks to just one post per day from here on out. :lol:

Tomahawkin

May 18th, 2009
2:48 pm

Steve From OH

“I’m all for bringing in speed, but not in return for a lesser hitting/on base ability. And we dont hve any in-house options that bring more speed with equal or greater hitting ability. So we’re letting it be, as we should.”

Other than W. Harris who was used primarly as a reserve we have really not had any speed since 2005 (After Furcal Left) And Lets now get started on the Awareness level these guys employ when they are on the basis…

MFin04 (Time to Get Rid of Bennett, Buddy and Cox!)

May 18th, 2009
2:49 pm

Frenchy was better than Chipper a few weeks ago. but Chipper has healed up and got pissed in NY and has been hot ever since.

JJ

May 18th, 2009
2:49 pm

DishNetwork here and I love it. I get every Braves game either on Peachtree TV, FoxSports, or Sportssouth. Get all three in HD as well. Not sure why so many are complaining about it. Maybe you don’t have the right package? I don’t know, but it comes in crystal clear in my living room.

PWHjort

May 18th, 2009
2:49 pm

Eric,
You are correct, it was never on the table. But I think that person was joking. And I thought it was a pretty funny joke.

DAP

May 18th, 2009
2:50 pm

ok, ill say it. the braves should trade kotchman, morton, and valdez for victor martinez. he will play 1st base, and C when needed.

MFin04 (Time to Get Rid of Bennett, Buddy and Cox!)

May 18th, 2009
2:50 pm

Can we please discuss a power-hitter that is out there and obtainable for the Braves?

Macon Braves (RIP)

May 18th, 2009
2:50 pm

RHR–I was brought up to date on that whole “our worst player for your best” scenario a few weeks ago when I gave someone a hard time about them saying the Braves should trade for Jason Bay. You see, the rest of MLB is in existence to supply the Braves who they want in their times of need(except the Yankees I guess since they’ve continued to buy whoever they want, Bud needs to step in and let them know about the whole Braves/everyone else deal that is in place).

Noah

May 18th, 2009
2:51 pm

Frenchy is 3rd on the team in hits, problem is he doesnt walk at all.

cabravesfan

May 18th, 2009
2:51 pm

Noah-

aside from his huge contract, the Dodgers are not going to be looking to move Juan Pierre with manny out for the next 2 months…

Eric from MO

May 18th, 2009
2:53 pm

Its cool DAP…

For everyone who thinks we should bring up Gorky for Francouer, that is a bad idea. I will admit Francouer sucks, then again I been saying that for over a year, even when he got off to a decent start. Also Gorkys may do better than Francouer, but it is still a bad idea to bring him up now. I want him to be a complete player when he arrives. I think that is the biggest problem with the Braves development of players. I think when a player is on the verge of being ready they bring him up. However he isnt quite ready yet. Its odd, that the people claiming that we should bring up Gorkys are the same people who claimed that Schafer should be on the team instead of Anderson and now they think Schafer blows. Let Gorkys spend the year in the minors. I want to actually be good sometime, not just mediocre.

getnathan

May 18th, 2009
2:53 pm

I thought the Braves were in preliminary talks to get Greinke during the winter

MFin04 (Time to Get Rid of Bennett, Buddy and Cox!)

May 18th, 2009
2:54 pm

This Victor Martinez? Why is he on the market?
7HR 26RBI AVG .401 OBP .478

monty

May 18th, 2009
2:54 pm

Discussing .OBP and Jeff F. in the same sentence is a waste of time. Why? Because he hardly ever walks. In 2006 when he had 188 hits his OBP, was only .330(approx) which I’ve been told is only avg. but he drove in 100+ rbi and hit 40 doubles, 19(Hr’s). His lifetime .OBP is only .309, well below avg. but still he avg. 90 rbi a season. I still maintain he wouldn’t be under as much scrutiny if he had a bonafide star playing next to him. Jeff is what he is , a number 2 outfielder who can drive in runs.

MGL

May 18th, 2009
2:54 pm

Rumor has it the DOB is spending the day with Frenchy. He is briefing him on the input from blog denizens on what is wrong with his approach at the plate. If Frenchy does not listen, DOB will tell him he needs to resign as the discussions of his poor work product are damaging to the blog’s normal business of bashing KK and the bull-pen.

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