Happy Huddy Day

   (Staff writer Carroll Rogers is filling in for David O’Brien this Florida Marlins series.)

   Miami - So it’s finally here. Huddy Day. The ol’ baldheaded right-hander from Alabama is going to get back on the hill. (Sorry, the southern thing just slips in, when you start thinking about Tim Hudson and his voice pops into your head.)
   But it’s a big day for Hudson and the Braves. He makes his return from Tommy John surgery tonight against the Marlins. (I can say Tommy John on the blog and no editor will make me say elbow reconstruction surgery, wahoo!)
   No time to dawdle for Hudson either. The Braves are three games back in the wild card now and this is serious. And that sounds good for Hudson, who sounds so ready to jump right in. I asked him yesterday if this felt similar to an opening day start or his first start in the postseason or something, and here’s his response:
   “I guess you could say it has the first-game-of-a-season type feel, but to be honest with you I thought it’d be a little more exciting, or a little more nervousness going on,” Hudson said. “I almost feel like I’ve already pitched about 10 or 15 times. It almost has that picking-up-from-where-I-left-off type of feel. Tomorrow may be a totally different feel when I’m warming up in the bullpen. Right now, it feels like I’m ready. I’m ready to get out there and throw a meaningful pitch.”
   I’m guessing that picking-up feeling comes from doing all these minor league rehab outings in advance of tonight’s start. Hudson made six starts – four with Gwinnett, two in Myrtle Beach. He was 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA. If there was an eyebrow-raising number, it’s the 29 hits he allowed in 23 1/3 innings, good for a .309 opponents batting average.
   I think a lot of that had to do with him working on his location, which gradually got better. Hudson said the other day that at times even when he’d work the count in his favor, he’d go to his fastball and couldn’t put it where he wanted it and get hit. But he said his last outing, and in subsequent bullpens, the command of his fastball had improved.
   His goal is to make it six shutout innings. If he’s on a specific pitch count, he didn’t know about it yesterday. But he’s gone 90 pitches in rehab. And I wouldn’t expect him to go more than 10 pitches above that.
   The pragmatist in me says we won’t be seeing six shutout innings tonight – I know, go out on a limb – even though Hudson somehow managed to throw six shutout innings the last time he pitched here, four of them after feeling what he thought was a muscle strain in his elbow, which turned out to be his ligament tearing. I think Hudson is keeping his expectations in check too.
   “Do I think I’m going to be in midseason form and everything?” Hudson said. “I hope. But realistically, probably not. But I definitely feel a lot like I normally would coming out of spring training.”
   He hasn’t pitched in nine days, after the last start of his rehab was scratched so he could go ahead and rejoin the rotation. He’s antsy as heck. How that plays out will be interesting to see. For his teammates included.
   “I know he’s really geeked up to pitch,” Chipper Jones said last night. “Let’s hope he’s not too geeked up because he’s not a 97, 98 mph guy. He’s a finesse guy that has overpowering stuff. And he needs to have his location and his movement. And if he has that, he’ll be fine.”
   Interesting way to put it, “a finesse guy that has overpowering stuff,” but I get what he means.
   Going by the book, Hudson has some positive reinforcement to build on against the Marlins. Hudson is 5-1 with a 2.59 ERA in his career at Land Shark Stadium. He’s 7-2 with a 2.63 ERA against the Marlins for his career. His trouble spots in the order are everyone’s trouble spots: Hanley Ramirez (.310, 9-for-29), Dan Uggla (.310, 9-for-29), and Jorge Cantu (.375, 3-for-8.)
So we’ll see.

Moylan streak
   Braves PR man Adam Liberman passed along this tidbit last night, and I thought I’d share it here. Peter Moylan has not given up a home run this year. He leads the majors with 73 appearances. (He’s something like 10 shy now of Chris Reitsma’s Braves record for appearances.) And he hasn’t given up a homer.
   The last home run Moylan allowed? You might recall it. It was the walk-off shot by Ryan Zimmerman on Opening Day last year in Washington for a 3-2 win by the Nats. Moylan pitched six more games last year before blowing his elbow ligament. That gives him 79 straight games without allowing a homer, which is an Atlanta Braves record.
   Which brings me to a question: how do I handle that? If I ask Moylan about it, I’ll totally jinx it right? Shoot, that might be happening just by writing it on the blog. To even bring it up to Moylan might send chills down his spine.
   Or maybe he’s not that superstitious and could give some insight into such a streak, and any adjustments he might be making to keep the ball down, and inside the park. I have a feeling I know which way you guys will vote. But hey, reporters’ dilemma.

Fan appreciation day Gwinnett

   So while we’re awaiting the arrival of the September call-ups from Gwinnett this afternoon, by way of Durham (hey, just had to mention the home of a certain Mecca of higher education) – Brooks Conrad, Clint Sammons and Luis Valdez - I should mention a promo the Gwinnett Braves have going on.
   For those in the Atlanta area looking for something to do Labor Day weekend, it might be fun to take in the Gwinnett Braves’ last regular season games. (They’ll probably make the playoffs, so stay tuned there.)
They’ve got $1 berm tickets and $1 hotdogs at the berm concession stand available for games on Saturday, Sunday and Monday (for the moment, anyway.) Go to www.gwinnettbraves.com, the Gwinnett Box office or Ticketmaster.
   OK, plug is over. More from the ballpark this afternoon.

2,156 comments Add your comment

Mid Town Joe

September 1st, 2009
12:28 pm

18 Wheels of Love

September 1st, 2009
12:29 pm

Peterbilt

Peterbilt

Necromancer

September 1st, 2009
12:30 pm

Thanks for the new blog, Mama! :)

Nova Scotia Steve

September 1st, 2009
12:30 pm

Nice little early morning blog treat!

coach joe

September 1st, 2009
12:30 pm

go braves… playoffs.? whoda thunk it..

Necromancer

September 1st, 2009
12:30 pm

Oh wow…I was 3rd?? SUUHWEEEET!!!

MFIKY

September 1st, 2009
12:35 pm

Carroll = Dook Dominator

Carroll Rogers

September 1st, 2009
12:36 pm

Mid Town Joe. Love the subtle….”uno.” Much cooler than “FIRST!”

SPARTANSRuNner7

September 1st, 2009
12:38 pm

My first post ever! okay…

So I’m pretty much a die hard Braves fan, in die hard I mean I almost died last weekend when we were playing the Phillies because we were so close in the two losses. Anyways I hope Hudson rocks the Fish world tonight!!!! Has anybody heard the plan for Kawakami?

Slower than Roachey with a bad hip

September 1st, 2009
12:40 pm

Mixxo

September 1st, 2009
12:40 pm

My abstinence from in-game blogging resulted in a good win last night. I’ll try to continue the trend.

Of course…..unless things go south. But hey, first “first game win” in nine 3 or 4 game series? I like it!

C’mon Huddy!

Nickname nominator

September 1st, 2009
12:41 pm

Necromancer

September 1st, 2009
12:41 pm

Carroll, hope you don’t mind the Mama comments. I look at it as though your the “mother” of this blog, since big daddy “Chief” is away for a bit.

Thanks for your excellent work! :D

Nova Scotia Steve

September 1st, 2009
12:41 pm

Really have no idea what to expect tonight…Should be really interesting…

Joliet Jake

September 1st, 2009
12:41 pm

Huddy will be serving up grilled fish tonight

Necromancer

September 1st, 2009
12:43 pm

I just hope Huddy brings his A game to Land Shart Stadium this evening!

Jackie Treehorn

September 1st, 2009
12:43 pm

Carroll is Duke football going to do anything this season???

Brian

September 1st, 2009
12:44 pm

Jackie Treehorn

September 1st, 2009
12:43 pm

Carroll is Duke football going to do anything this season???

And on a related note, any insight on the impending deep freeze in Hades?

Nova Scotia Steve

September 1st, 2009
12:45 pm

Kawakami was 0-2 with an ERA over 8.00 against Florida this season before last night.

That was a big win…After the first 6 innings I don’t know if anyone could have said we were going to rally and win that ballgame….Amazing.

We can beat this Sanchez dude…Be aweful nice to take the first two games of this series.

I said yesterday we’d be lucky to win one of this first two games (and I got ripped for it)…But if you look at Kawakami’s performance and a guy making his first start coming off Tommy John Surgury…I don’t think it was that big of a stretch to make that comment.

But anyway…We have a chance now to win both…Would be HUGE

Necromancer

September 1st, 2009
12:46 pm

I’ll be happy taking 3 outta 4 from these guys…but then again…why not go for a sweeparolla?

Brian

September 1st, 2009
12:49 pm

Necromancer, we’d better be hoping for quite a few sweeps from here on out if we want to make the playoffs. With the Reds coming in this weekend, perhaps it’s a good time for the prolonged win streak we are probably going to need at some point to win the wild card.

Mid Town Joe

September 1st, 2009
12:50 pm

I remeber Huddy in has hayday with Oakland. If we can get 75% of that back or more, we’ll be fine.

brian

September 1st, 2009
12:50 pm

the main thing that impressed me about Hudson is despite his injury he has been a constant clubhouse /dugout presence. Even though Hudson has been injured he has been a part of this team. I hope Hudson does well and the Braves find a way to keep Hudson next year and beyond. Go Timmy

timthebrave

September 1st, 2009
12:53 pm

Carroll Rogers, don’t mention it to him. Don’t want to jinx him. Not that I believe in that…..but just in case

Nova Scotia Steve

September 1st, 2009
12:54 pm

Huddy must be so pumped up…Hope it works out for him…Even if we can get 5 solid innings from him.

Necromancer

September 1st, 2009
12:55 pm

Agreed Brian, we really need to “man up” and take advantage of the Reds.

I’m just hoping we don’t make their pitchers look like Cy Youngs..which, unfortunately has been the case a lot this year.

eatPhillie

September 1st, 2009
12:55 pm

You guys with the Jinx crap, there is no jinxing. Face the facts your season is over.

Nation

September 1st, 2009
12:58 pm

I would be happy with 3 runs through 6 on 90 pitches for hudson tonight.

I think hudson in the rotation is going to be really good for the braves. Granted I do not think he is any upgrade over any of the current 5 starters, but he will be a more than servicable guy to give a much needed break to KK and to help preserve Hanson’s young arm.

I really hope Nate comes back soon, I think we are really missing him. What would you guys think of when Nate does come back moving Diaz into the 2 hole and moving Prado back down?

eatPhillie

September 1st, 2009
12:59 pm

Moving on to a more serious and realistic issue, you think Phillies can win it all two straight times? Somethin Bobby Cox can’t smell ever. I feel sorry who leads your team.

Nova Scotia Steve

September 1st, 2009
1:01 pm

Necromancer – No Aaron Harrang = A good thing for the Braves

Bob in SF

September 1st, 2009
1:01 pm

It’s funny you mentioned Reitsma because he was never the same after 84 then 79 appearances the next season even getting murdered by the fans for not being able to close after Farnsworth left to go to the Yankees before going down with elbow problems. I normally don’t criticize Cox’s handling of the bullpen but I can’t help but be concerned by Moylan’s workload especially after coming off of TJ surgery.

Necromancer

September 1st, 2009
1:03 pm

Nova Scotia Steve

Tru Dat!

Philliephanphorliphe

September 1st, 2009
1:05 pm

Yeah the braves are done. no Jinxing ways about it.

FEAR

September 1st, 2009
1:09 pm

so pete gives up a homer tonight then?

ChipperFan

September 1st, 2009
1:10 pm

eatPhillie

I would give the Phillies a 5% chance of winning it all this year. Tough to win postseason series when you have the worst bullpen in the postseason–take it from Braves fans, we remember!

In other news, what’s your evidence for saying our “season is over”? We’re 3 back in the Wild Card.

McFann :Ô:

September 1st, 2009
1:11 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Ms. Rogers! Happy Huddy Day… :lol:

TnBrian

September 1st, 2009
1:12 pm

Haven’t checked out the Rockies or Giants remaining schedule but ours really isn’t that tough. The Cards series will be the toughest, for sure. Then the Phills series, but we’ve owned them in the ATL this year so no worries for me there.

AndyC

September 1st, 2009
1:12 pm

Carroll

You do realize that when you were celebrating the fact that you didn’t have to explain what Tommy John surgery is, you ended up explaining it anyway right? I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’. :)

TNT

September 1st, 2009
1:16 pm

FREE HEYWARD

B. Clinton

September 1st, 2009
1:20 pm

Mid Town Joe

September 1st, 2009
1:22 pm

Duke has football?

Mark

September 1st, 2009
1:22 pm

eatPhillie–Taken English classes much??? If your going to come on an opposing team’s blog, at least try to come in pretending to be a little bit educated…You just look like the moron that you are, saying stuff like ‘I feel sorry who leads your team.’

Shamus Thacker

September 1st, 2009
1:25 pm

Shamus Thacker

September 1st, 2009
1:22 pm
RHR: My house overlooks a lake…does that count? I’ve never sprayed it on anyone though…””

Whatever you do, don’t spray it in the lake! That’d spawn an outbreak of subdivisions as aggressive as kudzu

eatPhillie

September 1st, 2009
1:26 pm

” Taken English classes much??? If your going to come on an opposing team’s blog,”

You mean You’re- you might need the classes also, dumbo!

Shamus Thacker

September 1st, 2009
1:28 pm

I’d also like to mention from previous blog; only yankees say buck-naked. Here it’s butt-nekkid, make sure to remember that…

BUZZMEAT

September 1st, 2009
1:28 pm

Church is injured on and off, McLouth on the DL. But yet theres no Blanco or Jones called up?

eatPhillie

September 1st, 2009
1:28 pm

Who is Heyward?

Shamus Thacker

September 1st, 2009
1:29 pm

FREE NORTON!

Paul

September 1st, 2009
1:30 pm

Its about time the AJC gives you your own picture…its the small things.

Buffalo NY Braves Fan

September 1st, 2009
1:31 pm

eatphillie,

The braves season can’t be over until at least 162 games have been played.

I thought you knew something about baseball?

Playoff Hopes

September 1st, 2009
1:33 pm

Is this heaven?…am i alive???

Mid Town Joe

September 1st, 2009
1:34 pm

for Shamus, only -

from ask Yahoo:

What is the origin of the term “buck naked”?
Barenaked Lady
San Francisco, CA

Dear Barenaked Lady:
You’ll have to take our word for it when we say there a few plausible explanations for the term. One theory backed by the American Heritage Dictionary proposes the original phrase was actually “butt naked.” The phrase was then cleaned up to “buck naked” so it could be used in polite company. A post on a message board forwards the idea that “buck” in this sense is an adverb meaning “stark” or “completely.”
Brit wordsmith Michael Quinon has another theory. He’s of the notion that “buck” and “buff,” another term to describe nudity, are both derived from buckskin and buffalo hides. He argues that buff leather is tan in color, much like the color of the Europeans’ skin after being in the sun. This led to the expression “to be in the buff,” or naked. Thomas Dekker was the first to go on record with the term when he said in 1602, “I go in stag, in buff.” The assumption is that “buck naked” has a similar derivation from buckskin.

eatPhillie

September 1st, 2009
1:37 pm

Yadi Yadi Ya, It’s not over til it’s over, you’ll keep believing that crapola? You won’t catch SF& CO and sure won’t get close to the mighty Phillies. What am I missing here?

MattyRoss

September 1st, 2009
1:38 pm

Playoff Hopes “Is this heaven?”

No, it’s Iowa.

AndyC

September 1st, 2009
1:42 pm

Phillies fans. Please go back your own blog. We are not playing your team right now. It’s kinda sad to come onto another team’s blog in the first place, but it’s really sad when we aren’t even playing your team now. You can come back on the 18th. Go on now. Move along.

MattyRoss

September 1st, 2009
1:43 pm

eatPhillie, you’re missing the fact that the Braves only have two series left against teams that anyone could objectively say are better than them (STL and uhh….some team from Pennsylvania) while the Giants still play the Philles, Cubs, Brewers, Dodgers (twice) and have a series against the Rockies. COL also has SF, STL and then finishes the year with MIL and @LAL. I’m just pointing out that as far as the schedule goes, it could be worse for the braves.

eatPhillie

September 1st, 2009
1:43 pm

I’ll be right on that ANDYC, don’t wan’t to upset your little feelings. Loser.

Shamus Thacker

September 1st, 2009
1:44 pm

Buffalo NY Braves Fan: The braves season can’t be over until at least 162 games have been played.”"

If a humongous asteroid (the size of Jupiter) struck the earth after 150-games, there’s a distinct possibility we’d forgo the full 162.

dcp

September 1st, 2009
1:45 pm

I would not feel comfortable thinking the Braves are in – los of games left and still need consistency. Games are running out – great to win a game 1 in a series for the first time in a month, but cannot afford any lapses – have to win every series and get some help. Clearly Braves are not eliminated, but it’s still an uphill battle to pass 2 teams and hold off one right under your nose in FL. No more losing 2 of 3 to SD. If Jones does not step up, the lineup suffers big time with him at #3. The Phillies have the division – their bullpen is an issue, but the starters are lasting a lot longer and their ERA has come way down from the beginning of the year to the point where no one thought they would win pitching duels, but they just took 4 of 6 in very low scoring games from the Braves. One game at a time – no one has the prognosis for the rest of 2009. This one tonight is interesting – first start for Hudson vs. Sanchez (less than stellar).

glord1

September 1st, 2009
1:46 pm

Prado will not be moved from the 2 hole. He is the definition of a second place hitter. I bet Matt stays and Nate Moves down in the order. That is if we can get him back this year.

Daslied

September 1st, 2009
1:46 pm

RHR – “I’ve never seen Carroll except from afar, and on the tiny thumbnail pic on the blog.”

Speck?

Daslied

September 1st, 2009
1:47 pm

Oh, and NS Steve? How ‘about that KK??

:)

Carroll Rogers

September 1st, 2009
1:47 pm

Good point, AndyC. Should have just let it ride!

For those of us who got to witness Airball ‘88 under Spurrier, we do acknowledge the football program at Duke, thankyouverymuch. And we happen to like our coach and figure any day now we’ll be beating Carolina….That’s all we want, you see.

Daslied

September 1st, 2009
1:47 pm

Damn you, needless apostrophe!

MiltonDawg

September 1st, 2009
1:48 pm

Basically you need to win 85% of this month’s games- no exceptions or excuses. I’m worried about Huddy tonight. He shouldn’t be starting but doing some middle relief first (if we have a nice lead) and slowly get back to starting. This series is too important to put a guy up there who is just returning from surgery and AA assignments.

Boricua

September 1st, 2009
1:48 pm

GO PHILLIS….LETS GO METS…TONIGHT

Carroll Rogers

September 1st, 2009
1:49 pm

no worries, necromancer. is that nec romancer or necro mancer. hm.

Bob Horner

September 1st, 2009
1:52 pm

yo 18 Wheels – you’re a goober. DBT hasn’t had a decent song in how long now? The last album was 2 CDs of garbage. Please, no more DBT quotes – you might as well be up here spouting Widespread Panic(the sorriest band to ever come out of Athens) on a Braves blog. Their time has come and gone, my bearded, smelly friend. Go gargle a PBR and take a shower.

Mid Town Joe

September 1st, 2009
1:52 pm

Is football at Duke an elective?

Nate from NCState

September 1st, 2009
1:53 pm

Shamus Thacker

September 1st, 2009
1:53 pm

Is Duke football going to do anything this season???

If sucking qualifies as “anything,” they’re gonna do plenty!

larocheisabeast

September 1st, 2009
1:54 pm

I’d love to see Huddy go 6, and just keep us in the game…should be interesting, hopefully fun to watch. I wouldn’t worry about jinxing Moylan, but if he hears about that homerless streak to often he might start thinking about it too much, which might not be favorable. In any case, Go Braves!!!

Duder

September 1st, 2009
1:56 pm

**Carroll**,

Not a huge deal, but Huddy is from Georgia…you say Alabama in your lead.

semiballcoach

September 1st, 2009
1:56 pm

RELEASE NORTON!

semiballcoach

September 1st, 2009
1:57 pm

huddy was born in columbus raised in phenix city , played @ glenwood and cvcc brfoer auburn

glord1

September 1st, 2009
1:59 pm

Carroll – Yes it is true that Duke has a football team. I once lived in Durham and my wife worked at Duke . She used to get offered free tickets in the 90’s and I would go watch the future NFL players from FSU,Clemson and UNC pound them on those beautiful Saturday afternoons. So I have proof that they do have a team.

All I can about say about Duke Football from 93 – 99 was man that weather was beautiful in the fall in Durham NC.

eatPhillie

September 1st, 2009
2:00 pm

You guys are no fun, never want to discuss. You all just want your rival to leave, your missing out. Puck you all loser, and clueless hopefulls. You have no sense in realism and lack good conversations, even if I’m not a Braves fan. Screw you all. YOU WILL NEVER, EVER, EVER SEE ME AGAIN. BUNCH OF LOSERS. yOU WATCH AND LEARN FROM THE PHILLIES THAT’S ALL i CAN TELL YOU, UNTIL THEN YOUR TOAST, TOAST. .500 AT BEST, BUT YOU NEVER UNDERSTAND. GOOD BYE FOREVER.

Nate from NCState

September 1st, 2009
2:00 pm

Crazy prediction: Duke is going to a bowl game in football this year.

Carroll Rogers

September 1st, 2009
2:01 pm

Thanks Nate from State. That was a good story.

Hillbilly

September 1st, 2009
2:02 pm

Bob Horner,

The only 2 cd album they’ve released was 5 albums ago in 2001. Have you been in the shower that long? {cracks open another PBR}

Joe Fan

September 1st, 2009
2:02 pm

Every game is important from April through September, which means there is no justifiable reason for starting Hudson tonight unless Cox wants to put more strain on the bullpen. Hudson should begin his comeback in the bullpen and pitch long relief when the game isn’t on the line. If his stuff is good then find a start for him later if the right situation presents itself.

Nate from NCState

September 1st, 2009
2:02 pm

Looks like we lost an 8 year old philly fan.. what a shame.

Canadian Brave

September 1st, 2009
2:02 pm

eatPhillie,

it is truly a shame that a team as talented as the Phillies has fans as uncouth as yourself.

Il Cattivo

September 1st, 2009
2:03 pm

Nate from NCState

Nice article indeed. The one incident he didnt mention that probably gave Hanson the most clubhouse respect was his hitting Tejada and the way he did it, after Oswalt hit Esco (in his first start, I think). Stark probably left it out on purpose because I cant imagine the braves forgetting that.

Nate from NCState

September 1st, 2009
2:03 pm

Hey oh! Got a shout out from Carroll.. look out gentlemen!

Mid Town Joe

September 1st, 2009
2:04 pm

I had tickets to a Duke football game, once, but couldn’t get to the game. (had to work) I put the tickets under my windshield wiper, knowing someone would appreciate the free tickets. After work, when I got to my car, there were a dozen more tickets on top of mine!

Just ribbin you, Carroll.

Il Cattivo

September 1st, 2009
2:04 pm

Crazy prediction: Duke is going to a bowl game in football this year.

Yes that would be the pre-Christmas “Bowl of Sad” sponsored by KFC.

Random

September 1st, 2009
2:05 pm

flange1, Lew

I’m tellin’ ya, bros — Kawakami will not be traded.

hoho

September 1st, 2009
2:06 pm

everyone be careful, BOB HORNER, the cool police, aka school bully is here today. hope he doesn’t notice me carrying my violin off the bus while I eat my apple.

Roman Gal

September 1st, 2009
2:08 pm

I’m a little sad that I missed the Award Show last night. But I’m really excited about the Return of Huddy. It’ll be so interesting to see how the whole pitching thing plays out, especially with KK and Hanson pitching so well.

hoho

September 1st, 2009
2:09 pm

sounds like EATPHILLIE is a former Falcons reciever- “I hate y’all!”
(who was it? peerless price?)

UncbravesfaninNC

September 1st, 2009
2:09 pm

Carroll Rogers Duke will never be as good UNC in Football.Duke again won’t play in a ball game this year.Which is normal for duke

Heavy Medlen

September 1st, 2009
2:11 pm

Carroll, I gotta think he’s a superstitious guy based on the Kangaroo testicles he had hanging from his locker a couple of years ago that apparently brought him luck. Ditto for Phil Stockman, although I doubt you’ll be doing a blog on him anytime soon. My unsolicited advice is I wouldn’t ask Pete. And thanks for bringing the Braves some luck, keep it up!

RHR

September 1st, 2009
2:11 pm

Ok first of all, I’m certainly not going to call DOB Daddy so negative on calling Carroll Mama.

Like MFIKY, (the blog version, everyone knows the real MFIKY doesn’t have time for such trivial pursuits), I thought of going with something Duke related, but Dookie or Devil aren’t very nice nicknames for a lady….

RHR

September 1st, 2009
2:13 pm

And definitely don’t mention the HR thing to Moylan – are you kidding?! I don’t even like that you wrote it! :lol:

dap01

September 1st, 2009
2:14 pm

I agree with JOE FAN. What is the rush to get Hudson in as a Starting Pitcher? Is he going to be better at this point than KK, Hanson, JJ, Vasquez or Lowe? What are we hoping for tonight? 6 innings, 3 er’s? Why not start him in the bullpen so that we don’t have to use Moylan when we are up by 6?

What are the plans? We need wins, every game, we aren’t trying to make the starters feel better in 2 months.

Anybody: What is the rationale for starting Hudson so soon?

"You all are Cox apologists"

September 1st, 2009
2:14 pm

Kawakami really showed GUTS last night and the start he had against Santana in NY, something CHIPPER and the other Braves could learn from. The Marlins are a good hitting team but they have been struggling a bit. If Hudson can go 6 without allowing the Marlins to score more than 3, I think that’s the best we could expect. I’m pretty sure we’ll have to score at least 4 runs tonight to win. The offense has to show up, work the count, and be patient.

Roman Gal

September 1st, 2009
2:15 pm

eatPhillie-

You’re going about this all wrong. If you actually want to make good conversation here, you should start by changing your moniker to a nuetral name, that way when people see it, they won’t automatically be turned off from what you have to say. Secondly, you should actively engage certain people with whom you wish to speak…and do it in a polite manner. Lastly, you shouldn’t attack people for their differing views. You should already realize that most people here won’t agree with you and accept that.

That’s a good starting point.

Wilson

September 1st, 2009
2:15 pm

So nice of you, Caroll, to give a shout out to Durham High School. I’m sure all their alums are appreciative.

Shamus Thacker

September 1st, 2009
2:16 pm

Joe Fan, your Huddy synopsis could play itself out if he gives way to the bullpen quickly. I ain’t too crazy bout the idea of tampering (at this point) with what has been a spectacular rotation. We’re fixing something that ain’t broke. If Bobby wants to fix something that’s broken, and wants Huddy to play, he should have him pinch-hit in Norton’s spot.

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