Hanson, Part III, when the rain stops

   Cincinnati – OK, first thing to know is this game won’t be starting at 12:35 p.m. We’ll be doing well for it to start an hour late. It’s raining now and a big cell is coming through that’s supposed to keep the rain coming until 1:30. And after that? As Reds PR man Rob Butcher knows from experience here, that’s assuming another one isn’t coming behind it.

 

   So hey, I’m here to entertain and dazzle – aha – while we wait for some baseball. And hope that the 8 p.m. flight I have tonight isn’t in major jeopardy.

   The weather was especially perplexing to Braves guys in the lineup today who rarely are – Matt Diaz was talking smack that he was in the cleanup hole, ready to rake. He’d heard there was hail coming, but said: “We can wear helmets in the field, let’s go.”

   With the left-hander Matt Maloney going today, Cox stacked the lineup with right-handers, like Martin Prado, who gets the start at second base today. David Ross gets his first start of the road trip at catcher, and against his former team. He was out in the dugout, looking up at the sky too.

   So Kelly Johnson gets the day off, and he could probably use one to clear his head. Johnson is hitting .148 (8-for-54) in 14 games in June with two doubles and two RBIs. He has one multi-hit game in that time. He’s reached base only twice in the last three games on an infield hit and an error. And he’s been a flyball out waiting to happen, except for when he needed one last night with a runner at third and one out.

 

   HANSON ON THE MOUNDTommy Hanson takes the mound for the third time today. And hey, I’ve seen all three of them.

   One thing I noticed from his second start in Baltimore was he wasn’t trying to blow the ball past every hitter anymore. He touched 97 mph in his debut in Turner Field. Friday in Baltimore, he was more in the 93-94 mph range, which is more of his comfort zone, and plenty hard.

   As a result, by the way, Hanson wasn’t lying on the floor of the clubhouse exhausted after the game like he was in Atlanta after his debut. He had enough energy to celebrate his first major league win with his teammates.

   “Yeah (first time out) I was 100 percent, with everything, just as hard as I could,” Hanson said. “I think that’s why I was so tired after that one too, compared to (Friday) when I felt normal.”

   Hanson looked more comfortable out on the mound Friday night, taking his time between pitches and pitching like he was in command of his thoughts and what he wanted to do.

   “I would say a couple times I got in hairy situations, I just kind of backed off, thought about what I had to do,” Hanson said. “The first time I was kind of robotic. Just get the sign go, get the sign go, every time. Instead of last time, thought stuff through a little bit more, just being more comfortable.”

   Brian McCann caught Hanson Friday night in Baltimore for the first time ever – spring training, bullpen, what have you. McCann gets the day off today to rest so Hanson will be back with Ross, who caught him all spring training.

 

 RED SOX-YANKEES-RED SOX-PHILLIES:

   Like it or not, it’s coming, this ridiculous stretch of 12 games – 13 with a makeup game against the Cubs mixed in – where the Braves face the Red Sox for three games, Yankees for three games, Red Sox at home for three more and then the Phillies come in.

   For a team limping through this road trip at 1-4, it can’t be that welcome a thing – this stretch. Chipper Jones wouldn’t go that far, saying it was a shot for the Braves to test themselves against some of the best pitching in the game. But he would still say this:

   “If we were 40-20 right now, we’d be licking our chops,” Jones said. “Everything in this game is about momentum, and we haven’t built up too much of it to this point this year because of inconsistent play. We’re going to get our lunch handed to us if we play inconsistently, but one thing this team has done is has stepped up its level of play against quality opponents. We’ve played well against Toronto, we’ve played well against Philly. We’ve played well against the Mets. So we’ve played well when we’ve needed to and we’re going to need to over the next two weeks.”

   The Braves are 9-5 against the Mets, Phillies and Blue Jays.

    WACKY STAT: By now you know the Braves did not strike out at the plate in the 4-3 loss to the Reds Wednesday night. It’s amazing they can make contact all game long, and lose, and leave eight runners on base at that.

 

   But it’s not as bizarre as you might think. Thanks to the work of Braves PR man Brad Hainje, we now know that over the last 20 years, going back through 1990, the Braves have had zero strikeouts in nine games, and lost six of them. They are 3-6 in those games, which looks backwards. Maybe Greg Maddux and Crash Davis really are right about the powers of the groundball.

 

   COMING UP IN BOSTON:

   A guy to watch for this weekend? Former Braves and Duluth High graduate Nick Green, who signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in January. He’s apparently playing some great shortstop now for the Red Sox, hitting .293 with three homers and 23 RBIs.

   Writes Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe and our baseball notes group,     

   “Shortstop Nick Green is quickly becoming one of the top stories with the Red Sox. Green has been hovering around .300 with good production. After making nine errors, his defense has improved and he has a gun for an arm.”

   I’m not sure I remember Green having a gun for an arm, but he apparently showed it on a play against Florida Wednesday night when he robbed Hanley Ramirez of a hit with a diving back-handed play and throw.

   And this other tidbit from Carfardo….Wednesday the Red Sox sold out their 500th consecutive game at Fenway. (Wow.) That puts them in fourth on the all-time list for consecutive sellouts.

 

 

Portland Trailblazers         744        1977-95

Boston Celtics                   567         1980-1995

Chicago Bulls                    515        1987-2000

Boston Red Sox                500         2003-2009 *

 

·      through Wednesday

 

BRAVES LINEUP:

1.   McLouth CF

 

2.   Escobar SS

3.   C. Jones 3B

4.   Diaz LF

5.   Martin Prado 2B

6.   Francoeur RF

7.   Kotchman 1B

8.   David Ross C

9.   Tommy Hanson P

 

   OK, hopefully we get this thing going before long. DOB will be back with ya tomorrow. 

1,461 comments Add your comment

Mixxo

June 18th, 2009
12:39 pm

Guess I can go finish the lawn while we’re in a delay. :idea:

Mitchie-san

June 18th, 2009
12:40 pm

Mixxo

June 18th, 2009
12:42 pm

1:10 start? :eek:

Think I’ll hang out then!

Thanks for the blog Carroll.

Carroll Rogers

June 18th, 2009
12:42 pm

They just announced 1:10 p.m. start time and the tarp is coming off……most excellent!

getsomepower

June 18th, 2009
12:42 pm

getsomepower

June 18th, 2009
12:43 pm

at least hanson’s pitching. something to look fwd to

bravos2249

June 18th, 2009
12:43 pm

After looking at ESPN, and FOX for something unrelated to baseball”
Ok I sick and tired of seeing this stuff about not facing Smoltz….that’s NEXT WEEK. They need o be thinking about this week. It’s not like they are on a 10 game winning streak and want it haulted by Smoltz!!!

MattyRoss

June 18th, 2009
12:45 pm

1:10 start not-a so bad

bravos2249

June 18th, 2009
12:47 pm

Oh and I know Chipper is trying to be positive…but a team that can only get it in gear against good teams does NOT deserve to win…IMO….you have to beat who your suppose to beat…and if you can’t beat them you still need to play them just as hard and do things right.

No one would be mad if the Braves tried to squeeze last night and it didn’t work, with kelly OR Javy….no one would be mad if Jeff and Kelly didn’t leave a whole baseball team on base tuesday night…

Chuck James was Solid Until the 6th!!!

June 18th, 2009
12:50 pm

Everyday is Exactly the Same with this team!

Piedmont Blues (ex-BFIR)

June 18th, 2009
12:51 pm

I didn’t want to pound down Prozac to handle all the post-game depression from the last blog. But the way this road trip has opened, I wonder if the Braves brain trust is going to wait until the All-Star break to decide if they want to be buyers or sellers. It’s one thing to deal away a diminishing number of prospects to add a bat if you legitimately have a chance to win (even the wild card) this year.

But if the team falls 8-10 games out of the division lead and trails 8-10 teams in the wild card race in early July, perhaps it’s time to seriously look at 2010.

I know I was saying exactly the opposite when the McLouth deal was made, but the club has only headed south since then. And as Steve from OH and others have noted, we’re starting to run out of position players in the minors who can provide the depth this team will some day need.

If we sell, I can see Vazquez and Soriano dealt for prospects. Maybe Ross or Kotchman, too. Kelly and Franceour are at this point throw-ins as part of larger trades.

Unless Wren can get a steal in the trade market, there’s a legitimate chance that the Braves could mortgage the future and not see any benefits in the present, either.

OK, that’s my bowl of sad for the day.

BravesfaninWis

June 18th, 2009
12:53 pm

Oh well, just delaying another Braves loss by 30 minutes to an hour.. They look hopeless these days, so its no fun to watch them anyways..

flange1

June 18th, 2009
12:54 pm

I usually shy away from the line up thing, but why not try this one against the lefty:

McLouth CF
Prado 2B
Escobar SS
Chipper 3B
Diaz LF
Kotchamn 1B
Frenchy RF
Ross C
Tommy Gunn P

atlbravesfan44

June 18th, 2009
12:55 pm

Chuck James…are you channeling Trent Reznor?

atlbravesfan44

June 18th, 2009
12:55 pm

why not just bat frenchy ninth? Larussa would.

obamallama

June 18th, 2009
12:57 pm

Diaz to go off today

SoWeGa Fanatic

June 18th, 2009
12:58 pm

Could we get the Braves to play a game in South Georgia? We really need the rain. Still do.

Buffalo NY Braves Fan

June 18th, 2009
12:59 pm

atlbravesfan44,

Larussa would bat Frenchy as a pinch hitter, after he runs out of releivers and guys from the pro shop.

bravos2249

June 18th, 2009
12:59 pm

atlbravesfan44

That’s the problem….Bobby won’t.

bravos2249

June 18th, 2009
1:00 pm

How many people would bet their house every time people see the Spolight: Frenchy they wish the guy would’ve went to Clemson…

I bet he’s the only 1st round pick in a long time to be playing contract to contract…lol

Poopy Pants

June 18th, 2009
1:00 pm

The Braves didn’t strike out last night and still lost? That’s trying to take a girl home from a bar and getting stranded with a flat tire on the way back. Not even a sloppy make out session will make things better…

getsomepower

June 18th, 2009
1:00 pm

I would like to see a Hanson/Joba Chamberlain pitching matchup, but I think Hanson is going to miss the Yankees.

Supes

June 18th, 2009
1:01 pm

As a “form of punishment” we are forced to watch the Jeff in the spotlight piece yet again! Like watching this team the last 10 days or so isn’t bad enough.

the rea

June 18th, 2009
1:01 pm

What difference does it make what our pitchers do? We have the offense of a high school team. I’m out for the season, maybe I’ll follow Tampa Bay, they don’t have any fans, so I can get in on the ground floor.

Heavy Medlen

June 18th, 2009
1:02 pm

I was looking forward to a couple hours of Carroll dazzling and entertaining us, but for the sake of her flight and, to a lesser degree Atlanta Braves baseball, I say PLAY BALL

McFann :Ô:

June 18th, 2009
1:03 pm

THanks for the new Blog/game update, Ms. Rogers.

Bravos2249

They’re seriously showing Spotlight: Jeff Francoeur? Dangit…Thank goodness the Hallmark Channel shows I Love Lucy at this time…

SoWeGa Fanatic

June 18th, 2009
1:04 pm

I would have Ross hitting 4th today, Diaz 7, and CK 8.

SoWeGa Fanatic

June 18th, 2009
1:06 pm

Carol, you are fighting at 8 PM?

MFin04

June 18th, 2009
1:07 pm

Did this Matt Maloney convert from basketball? Former starting point guard for the Houston Rockets during the Barkley, Drexler, Hakeem era?

bravos2249

June 18th, 2009
1:08 pm

game’s on..like it matters…lol

bravos2249

June 18th, 2009
1:09 pm

Chipper just sits there like a frickin Wax dummy….I know it’s his thing but sheesh…these guys need to loosen up.

TnBrian

June 18th, 2009
1:09 pm

Chipper looks grouchy. Musta not slept good or

AndyC

June 18th, 2009
1:10 pm

Chipper Jones wouldn’t go that far, saying it was a shot for the Braves to test themselves against some of the best pitching in the game. – CR

Um, Chipper, your team has faced some of the worst and mediocre pitching in the game and failed so how do you think you are going to do against the best pitching?

eatPhillie

June 18th, 2009
1:10 pm

No Ibanez, No Lidge, no Problem, That is what champions do

TnBrian

June 18th, 2009
1:10 pm

bravos2249, HAHA, the internet is awesome, ain’t it? We pick up on everything and post it. :lol:

MiltonDawg

June 18th, 2009
1:11 pm

call it..another loss. how many runs do we think braves will score today? 2-4 runs?

MiltonDawg

June 18th, 2009
1:13 pm

the dugout last night looked pathetic after Yunel’s HR. lots of comments made about it. our team has zero personality.

Wayne in Utah

June 18th, 2009
1:15 pm

What happened to my MLB Audio? Anybody else having issues?

RHR

June 18th, 2009
1:15 pm

Wait…you tv people have the game now and I still have Rush?!

Wayne in Utah

June 18th, 2009
1:16 pm

Maybe Chipper should take all these guys out to Hooters after the game. They need to loosen up a bit, and act like friends.

MiltonDawg

June 18th, 2009
1:17 pm

great 1rst inning..this will set the tone for the rest of the game.

Wayne in Utah

June 18th, 2009
1:17 pm

RHR

Rush might be better this afternoon!

jeffrey d (JD)

June 18th, 2009
1:17 pm

The Portland Trailblazers hold the sports record for most consecutive sellouts? How many people did their arena hold? 10?

Pete Orr

June 18th, 2009
1:17 pm

What is the Turner Field record for consecutive sellouts? 3,4 games maybe(not trying to be a smata$$)?

cabravesfan

June 18th, 2009
1:17 pm

RHR-

You are in AL, right? I am listening on WXSM…not sure where in AL that is located but…

MFin04

June 18th, 2009
1:18 pm

Free Audio: http://www.broadcastradiostream.com/WFIS.asx

This team can’t seem to score first innings runnings and help the starting pitcher out.

MiltonDawg

June 18th, 2009
1:18 pm

pete- i would say the first month of turner field opening was probably it.

McFann :Ô:

June 18th, 2009
1:19 pm

Oh, I understand…Hanigan cann still play…

That was an ugly swing by Chipper, BTW.

Efrim

June 18th, 2009
1:21 pm

“No Ibanez, No Lidge, no Problem, That is what champions do”

You’re probably right. Which is kind of scary.

Carroll Rogers

June 18th, 2009
1:21 pm

I’ll let DOB take the South Georgia swing….aha.

RHR

June 18th, 2009
1:21 pm

I can’t listen online because our IT people apparently don’t want us wasting bandwidth on such things so I have to listen to a local station on a real radio, and local station always has the braves day games instead of Rush. Except today. :roll:

MiltonDawg

June 18th, 2009
1:23 pm

concerning sellouts- what about football? both college and pro. i would say Packers hold the record..you have to wait 30 years if your lucky to get season tickets.

MFin04

June 18th, 2009
1:23 pm

RHR – LOL you can’t listen online, but you can listen to the real radio and blog. Lol, funny.

Steve in NC

June 18th, 2009
1:24 pm

GAMEDAY live gametracker on MLB.COM is the WORST! It still says it’s a 2-2 count on Chipper with 2 outs, meanwhile the little scoreboard at the top is already updated. It finally catches up with 2 outs in the bottom of the inning. Some “live gametracker” this turns out to be.

Nova Scotia Steve

June 18th, 2009
1:25 pm

Man Poor Vazquez…3-run homer by the Reds pitcher yesterday…tough loss…ya know things are going bad when ya know!

Mixxo

June 18th, 2009
1:25 pm

the dugout last night looked pathetic after Yunel’s HR. lots of comments made about it. our team has zero personality. – MiltonDawg

Kinda glad I missed that “celebration.”

Kinda says it all about this team’s chemistry. :(

My Gawd!

MFin04

June 18th, 2009
1:26 pm

Gets ahead 1-2 then 3 straight curves for balls? Hmm, might want to throw something for a strike?

RHR

June 18th, 2009
1:27 pm

MFin, I know, right?

I’m about to call the radio station lol they don’t want none of me today.

CLE

June 18th, 2009
1:29 pm

Mixxo, yeah it was pathetic. It looked as if the players were only standing up to offer high-fives out of habit, not because they were pumped for Esco’s homer at all.

McFann :Ô:

June 18th, 2009
1:29 pm

I knew it! Boog was a catcher at some point! He said he’d have a hard time wearing the hockey-style mask–too claustrophobic…

LuisG

June 18th, 2009
1:30 pm

MFin04-
Thanks for the link.

MFin04

June 18th, 2009
1:32 pm

These radio announcers suck. You can’t tell what is going on in the game. Prado doubles and it sounds like he struck out. They need a lot of work on their announcing.

How come Bobby doesn’t play KJ against Lefties? Does he not know that he hits lefties better than righties and is hitting over .300?

MiltonDawg

June 18th, 2009
1:33 pm

Mixxo- yeah, looked uncomfortable in there. the team has lost all passion for the game. the proverbial “white towel” may have already been tossed by the players.

JJ

June 18th, 2009
1:33 pm

eatPhillie

June 18th, 2009
1:10 pm
No Ibanez, No Lidge, no Problem, That is what champions do

Funny…coming from a fan of a team that has lost 7 of 10 games and also lost 4 of 6 against the Braves this year.

TennesseePaul

June 18th, 2009
1:34 pm

500 consecutive sell-outs! Wow! Hard to imagine all 73 seats at Fenway get purchased for every home game.

Heath (Cleveland)

June 18th, 2009
1:35 pm

I think Prado should be our everyday 2B right now. He is far worse of a player than JF…less offensive potential and way worse defensively.

P-Town Brave

June 18th, 2009
1:35 pm

Gosh Joe…

OR Prado should be getting plenty of time at 2b because Johnson sucks! Just like Diaz should be getting time in RF because Francoeur sucks!

Yes, he did just get a hit, but where’s the power at? Oh yeah, it’s never coming back w/ the way he’s leaning on his front foot and just simply using his hands!

Oh, and once again can I state just how much I absolutely HATE McCann sitting every single day game after a night game…I know they are trying to keep him fresh, BUT sitting him in day games like we have on multiple occasions when we’ve had days off the next day is just plain stupid!

Mixxo

June 18th, 2009
1:35 pm

…It looked as if the players were only standing up to offer high-fives out of habit, not because they were pumped for Esco’s homer at all. – CLE

Wow! Sad indeed. Is he really that hated on this team? Sure, he’s made some boneheaded plays, but w/o his bat, we’d be in even worse shape than we’re in.

You’d think this floundering team would be excited after a jack. I dunno.

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

June 18th, 2009
1:36 pm

At some point a team is going to have try Micah Owings in the field, the guy hits a ton.

BTW

Kelly Johnson dosen’t get the run home from 3rd with no outs. just terrible. We rip Yuni justly, but KJ should get the same treatment. At least Yuni has talent and cares, I think KJ is just horrible. He sucks defensively and he hits like a “Mary”. Nate, Chipper, and B-Mac have to step up or they should make the All-star break a permanent vacation.

KJ just plain sucks, at least Frenchy is showing some signs

TBrown

June 18th, 2009
1:37 pm

What’s goin on? at work.. hows hanson look

RHR

June 18th, 2009
1:37 pm

A point! Woo!

MFin04

June 18th, 2009
1:37 pm

Nice job there Casey Kotchman!!!!

jukeandjive

June 18th, 2009
1:37 pm

I think Frenchy is starting to come around. Last several games he’s been swinging a lot better. Kelly needs to be benched in favor of Prado for a while. Give me some hungry players that are tough-nosed and I think we’ll see better results…

BJE

June 18th, 2009
1:37 pm

I’m wondering if we can temporarily suspend the Francoeur criticism for now. He is hitting the ball very well currently and just had a base hit with a runner in scoring position. He is batting above .250 and is hitting it to the opposite field. He isn’t great, but he certainly isn’t awful either.

BJE

June 18th, 2009
1:39 pm

I am, however, guessing that stopping the Frenchy criticism would take a lot of the fun out of these boards. At this point, it is pure sport. He just stole a base as well. He is 4 of 5 ins stolen bases too.

MFin04

June 18th, 2009
1:39 pm

Someone won the stolen base inning!!!!!

MFin04

June 18th, 2009
1:39 pm

Guy won $3,000 in gas cards!!!!!

LuisG

June 18th, 2009
1:39 pm

Gameday is a “little” ahead of our radio announcers.

DAP

June 18th, 2009
1:39 pm

i was thinking about the fact that frenchy is #3 on the team in RBIs…how crazy is that? if kotchman and mccann hadnt missed 2 weeks each, they would be ahead of him…which prompts another thought….

kotchman has missed time, chipper has, mccann has, infante is out…why is our wosrt player over the last two years also our most durable? frenchy has never been injured, as far as i can remember, dangit. thats bad luck.

jukeandjive

June 18th, 2009
1:40 pm

Is it me or is Frenchy playing better in the field, at the plate, and on the bases? Kelly on the other hand has “Frenchy2008-itis”…

B-rockGT

June 18th, 2009
1:40 pm

wow stolen base?

MFin04

June 18th, 2009
1:41 pm

LuisG – if you restart the audio and hit play at the bottom of the screen….on the audio bar…you can get the audio “ahead” of the gameday.

Carroll Rogers

June 18th, 2009
1:42 pm

bobby pointed out this morning that that bunt last night by Owings was his first of the season…..Boy, that’s when you know a pitcher doesn’t hit like a pitcher.

Basher

June 18th, 2009
1:42 pm

Where do I bring the hate today? KJis benched,Loaf is benched and Francoer is hitting a lot better-so I can’t bash him. I feel like a kid lost at a mall

DAP

June 18th, 2009
1:43 pm

BJEHe isn’t great, but he certainly isn’t awful either.

wrong. he is awful. he hasnt been quite as awful this month, but he still has been awful.

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

June 18th, 2009
1:43 pm

Frenchy is playing well, jsut so happens that B-Mac, McClouth and Chipper are slumping. Pradi is a spark plug, my favorite player on the team right now!

bravos2249

June 18th, 2009
1:43 pm

TnBrian

HUH? If your talking about Ibanez..the story wasn’t posted til 12:10…that was just a bit before I posted

toga party

June 18th, 2009
1:44 pm

Does Sutton usually do the play by play on radio?

Carroll Rogers

June 18th, 2009
1:44 pm

Hanson looks good so far. scoreless first, he walked brandon phillips on a 3-2 breaking ball, but there are worse things. he’s a dangerous hitter ….oops right as i say that he walks Hanigan on four pitches to lead off the second

Heath (Cleveland)

June 18th, 2009
1:44 pm

It is a small sample, but…here is Jeff’s most recent performances coming into today:

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
6 23 0 8 1 0 0 5 1 2 1 0 .348 .375 .391 .766

And, today, start 1-1 with a SB

Not a lot of power, but making consistent contact is the first step. Now, I’m not going to the casino to bet any money that he’ll be putting up big numbers the rest of the season or anything, but I will temporarily suspend my negativity towards JF and focus it squarely on KJ… Sorry Kelly : )

MFin04

June 18th, 2009
1:45 pm

Would Micah Owings be an every day outfielder for the Braves?

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

June 18th, 2009
1:45 pm

Lead off walks are never good!

BJE

June 18th, 2009
1:46 pm

Jukeandjive is right. Frenchy is playing better.

However, the AJC realizes that “Trade Frenchy” columns and articles about his struggles get web hits and drive advertising. That is why we ALWAYS see these articles.

The same is true for talk radio. Kelly is far worse, but you don’t see the volume of articles or segments. We are being led around like a bunch of sheep. If you actually look at the numbers, Frenchy has made some improvement from a year ago and is swinging a hot bat. This is a nightmare for those “selling” his struggles. Try to actually think a little people.

TBrown

June 18th, 2009
1:46 pm

MFin – yes. resoundingly yes

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

June 18th, 2009
1:47 pm

Think he (Owings) has more HR’s than the Brave OF right now.

MFin04

June 18th, 2009
1:47 pm

I thought Hanson was pitching…not Medlen?

Frank from KS

June 18th, 2009
1:47 pm

jukeandjive

As N8 more or less said last night on the last blog..

Francoeur is the Braves version of Terrell *It’s all about me” Owens.

Time to move on. In-fact, past time IMHO.

Rodney Derrick

June 18th, 2009
1:47 pm

I have been very harsh toward Frenchy, Loaf, and KJ. I would be more than happy to see Frenchy return to the skill set that he showed in his first two years, and the last few days he seems to be playing a bit better, but I wish he was not always the guy coming to the plate with the bases loaded. Can we figure out a spot in the order where this would not always seem to happen. As for Loaf, get rid of him. And then put KJ in left and tell him he has to produce. Then Diaz can play left or right depending on whether Frenchy or KJ is hot. Prado and Infante are both much much better than KJ or Frenchy.

LuisG

June 18th, 2009
1:47 pm

“Here’s the 0-1… changeup in for a strike, 1-1″. I guess Mr. Sutton is a little lost.

Efrim

June 18th, 2009
1:48 pm

“….oops right as i say that he walks Hanigan on four pitches to lead off the second”

And Bruce. Yikes!

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