Hudson and a crowded house o starters

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

   Miami - So Tim Hudson is back, he is looking a lot like his old self, and he’s going to give the Braves more starters than you can shake a stick at. I see multiple theories are being kicked around this morning as to what the Braves should do with all these arms.
   At the moment, the plan is to give Kenshin Kawakami a rest. Hey, maybe you rest him until the next stud pitcher is going for the other team and you run him back out there on last-minute notice. Not that he’d appreciate that too much, but what do you do? Bobby Cox said last week he planned to continue using Kawakami as a starter. Same with Hudson.
   Last night, when asked about Hudson’s addition to the rotation, Cox said: “It gives us six good ones. It gives us a lot of options.”
   I know there’s reason to think Tommy Hanson could use a break, or some kind of cutback, given how many innings he’s compiling, and coming up from the minor leagues he’s not used to such a load. But then again, he might be your most dominant pitcher right now. If I’m the Braves, no way do I want him out of the rotation.
   And I can’t see them moving Derek Lowe to the bullpen either, and I have $60 million reasons why not. Well, 60 million and one. He had one awful, very bad inning against the Mets, but then you see what he does against the Phillies on Saturday night, holding them to a run in a 9-1 win and you remember why you don’t want him as a reliever.
   Maybe giving each of these guys an extra day here or there will keep them a little fresher than they’d normally be for a postseason run. You have a little flexibility if something comes up, like an abdominal muscle thing Javier Vazquez had right around the All-Star break. And then, wow, let’s think about “what if” in the postseason.
   Imagine what you would do in a short series in the first round of the playoffs with a three-man rotation. Who you like there? At first blush, I’d want to go Vazquez, Jair Jurrjens and Hanson. Hm, but Lowe has a pretty nice track record in the postseason himself. And look at what a big game pitcher Kawakami has turned out to be. Maybe you can simply play matchups by then, who does well against what lineup.
   See it’s not all bad to have so many choices. And as you guys allude, the choices will continue to be hard on into the offseason.

Halfway home against Marlins

    But let’s get back to now. Between Kawakami’s start Monday and Hudson’s efforts last night, er, um this morning, the Braves have done exactly what they set out to do this series. They’ve created a two-game cushion on the Marlins. They win one of the next two games here and they get to keep that two game lead. Win the next two, take a four-game lead. (I did the math on that like three times, so if I’m wrong, I blame a foggy brain.) But by that math, a sweep would be the way to go. With Javier Vazquez going tonight and Tommy Hanson tomorrow, why not aim high?
   This is the third time in his last seven starts for Vazquez to take on the Marlins. His last start against them he kept them in check until the seventh inning when both Hanley Ramirez and Jeremy Hermida just cleared the fence with home runs. Tonight he faces Rick VanderHurk, who might have struggled against other teams, but he’s pitched well against the Braves. He had a nine-strikeout game on July 30, giving up only two runs in six innings.
   The Braves would be doing themselves a favor to get some kind of cushion tonight. Rafael Soriano has pitched three days in a row. The last time he pitched four days in a row – Aug. 5-Aug. 8 – he needed a break because of some shoulder soreness.
   It also wouldn’t hurt if Soriano could take a break from Dan Uggla, who’s driven in ninth innings runs off him in each of the first two games of this series, with a double Monday night and a homer last night. Uggla is hitting 5-for-9 (.556) off Soriano, with a double, three home runs and four RBIs.

   Just wanted to mention a little more on Hudson and his good work last night. For those of you who might have had better things to do, like sleep, Hudson went 5 1/3 innings, allowed two runs on six hits, walked three and struck out five and won. And he gave himself reason to be encouraged as we get going into September.
   “It’s nice to be able to go out there and know that you have the stuff to do it at this level again,” Hudson said. “Do I feel like I’m back 100 percent, midseason form, four years ago? Probably not right at this moment, but I definitely feel like I can go out there and give us a really good chance to win, and it’s gradually going to get better and better each time out. I suspect by spring training next year I should be back to my old self.”
   Ah, and will that be with the Braves? Keep up the discussion. It’s interesting stuff.
   Hudson has the reputation for being a great guy in the clubhouse and somebody his teammates really want to fight for, and that was evident in all the comments last night, especially from Cox.
   “Huddy is one of the most liked guys ever on a team,” Cox said. “He’s extremely popular, he’s extremely a team guy. Never looks out for himself, he’s always looking out for the team. They love him. That makes it even better.”
   OK, I’d better pack it up and get to the ballpark. It sure would be nice not to have a three-hour wait before we get this one going, but that goes without saying. Just in the last two weeks, the Braves have had almost 10 hours in rain delays. I know you know this, given all the Spotlights Brian McCann and Bobby Cox you guys have been watching.
   Chance of rain is a manageable 40 percent or so as we get into the evening. Let’s keep those clouds moving on to somewhere else, shall we? More from the ‘yard.

 

 

Hudson redux

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Chong

September 2nd, 2009
2:06 pm

Good Morning Denizens

Steve in NC

September 2nd, 2009
2:11 pm

Chong, that you for beating those knuckleheads to the punch so they can’t type “First”.

Chong

September 2nd, 2009
2:12 pm

Steve in NC,

See, I am good for something.

Bob Horner

September 2nd, 2009
2:13 pm

McFann ;Ô;

September 2nd, 2009
2:13 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Ms. Rogers!

I know you know this, given all the Spotlights Brian McCann and Bobby Cox you guys have been watching.

Seriously. :roll: But now that I’ve seen the end of Spotlight, they cann stop with the rain delays. :P

Bob Horner

September 2nd, 2009
2:13 pm

McFann ;Ô;

September 2nd, 2009
2:13 pm

McFann ;Ô;

September 2nd, 2009
2:13 pm

TNT

September 2nd, 2009
2:16 pm

Free Heyward

RHR

September 2nd, 2009
2:19 pm

Fire …… the weatherman!

itcouldbeworse

September 2nd, 2009
2:20 pm

any word on if chruch will be back out there tonight or is it going to be infante again

CaliChopper

September 2nd, 2009
2:22 pm

civilized white trash – Lets see, Medlen only went to AA last year and was in AAA for like a minute before his call up, nah that wouldnt have anything to do with it. Medlen was also a closer until his call up to AA where they started stretching him out into a starter. Actually the Kid has a closer metality, he goes after hitters and bounces back after mistakes. If the Braves don’t move him into the rotation, with his mindset and that change up he could very easily be another Trevor Hoffman

Chong

September 2nd, 2009
2:23 pm

itcouldbeworse

September 2nd, 2009
2:20 pm
any word on if chruch will be back out there tonight or is it going to be infante again

Clever way to misspell his name so as not to draw the attention of the San Francisco treat (PL)

Tiger Woods

September 2nd, 2009
2:24 pm

I wish I had Carroll’s job. (Sigh). Get to sit at the ballpark all day and take in a baseball game everyday. Instead I’m stuck inside and get to see no baseball. GO BRAVES!!

Tomahawkin

September 2nd, 2009
2:24 pm

MFIKY Hasn’t been right since he got all the props on this blog for being considered for an All-Star Cameo…

No Save is easy with him in there…And last nights game was a game that we’ve would’ve lost a year ago…

Seriously if we had dropped that game I would’ve had to leave the house so I could walk around the block have an hour long BF…

Brave the Barbarian

September 2nd, 2009
2:25 pm

Im with TNT, free my boy Heyward

Tiger Woods

September 2nd, 2009
2:25 pm

Medlen will be forever a starter not a relief pitcher. For now thats where he helps us mostI can’t see that being forever though. Does a great job with his role though.

cabravesfan

September 2nd, 2009
2:27 pm

Morning all :) Nice (mostly) peaceful day on the blog I see

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

September 2nd, 2009
2:28 pm

From previsou Blog:

Billy Wags will require giving up picks becaue he is a Type A and the Red Sox will offer arbitration. Bravos won’t do that and give up picks. Same with Rodney. Soriano is like Rodney because they are both flyball pitchers that give up big HR’s late. T. Hoff although good, is just not a longterm solution and most likely a Type B given his success this year.

McFann ;Ô;

September 2nd, 2009
2:28 pm

Tiger Woods [Medlen] Does a great job with his role though.

Yeah he does.

I hope the Braves hold on to him. Maybe then people will stop spelling his name with an “i”…

Crazy Trades McGee

September 2nd, 2009
2:28 pm

I’ve got out my 3/4 Broom. It’s a take 3 out of 4 BROOM! Nice.

ncscoots

September 2nd, 2009
2:28 pm

with his mindset and that change up [Medlen] could very easily be another Trevor Hoffman

He’s gonna have a little trouble working up that intimidation factor, though, unless he finds a growth spurt and loses the Pony, LOL.

bravesgrl4life

September 2nd, 2009
2:29 pm

Can we fry some more Fish tonight? I think so.

McFann ;Ô;

September 2nd, 2009
2:29 pm

Afternoon, cabravesfan! ;)

Tomahawkin

September 2nd, 2009
2:29 pm

As Brian Jordan said in the postgame last night, This series is “Do Or Die” for the braves….A Sweep would be Huge and I won’t want this team to fall complacent if they only win 3 of 4

Chop Chop

September 2nd, 2009
2:29 pm

scoots,

The main thing is that Medlen could very easily be a Hall of Famer. He’s an all-time great waiting to happen. This is obvious.

Brian

September 2nd, 2009
2:30 pm

I doubt we’ll do it because we tend to stay away from the unconventional, but I see very little negatives in a 6-man rotation scenario. The gap between 1-6 is really relatively small IMO, and there is not one glaring weakness, if you look at the big picture. Kawakami would benefit greatly in the short term with more rest IMO, and Hanson would benefit in the long term. Maybe it would get guys out of a routine?

McFann ;Ô;

September 2nd, 2009
2:30 pm

ncscoots unless he finds a growth spurt and loses the Pony, LOL.

No!! :P

bravesgrl4life

September 2nd, 2009
2:30 pm

Good Afternoon, McFann :)

McFann ;Ô;

September 2nd, 2009
2:32 pm

Good afternoon to you, too, bravesgrl4life! Hey, good night for our mann last night…hopefully he keeps it going tonight!

(And hope the rest of the team does, too, of course.)

pryguy

September 2nd, 2009
2:32 pm

Isn’t this such a good problem to have considering Huddy will be consistent the rest of the way? Last year was the polar opposite as a result of lack of depth and injuries. Let’s continue the quality pitching and timely hitting. Still have such a good opportunity here to be playing into October.

Soph

September 2nd, 2009
2:34 pm

I hope the Braves hold on to him. Maybe then people will stop spelling his name with an “i”

Hopefully, people will stop putting an s in Javy’s name (Vazquez instead of Vasquez), one f in Schafer (instead of Shaffer, Schaeffer, Shafer, and who knows how else I’ve seen it spelled on here), and LaRoche instead of LaRoach.

One can hope, I guess.

:lol:

Duke

September 2nd, 2009
2:36 pm

David (Santa Clara)

Buster’s gotta be the best prospect to be called up this September right? Atlanta won’t call up Heyward right?
Jim Callis
(2:35 PM)

It doesn’t look like Heyward will get the call. It would be drastic, but I’d pull the plug on Garret Anderson, platoon Ryan Church and Matt Diaz in left and put Heyward in right.

braves4ever

September 2nd, 2009
2:36 pm

Carroll, very good thanks, just enough fuel to keep the blog churning along a few hours. And good stuff on Tim, I did go to sleep thinking it would rain out and woke up early this morning to a great surprise. “HE’s BACK” . And lookes like he gets along great with everyone except DOB ,lol, remember the Griffey fiasco. O’Brien will love that. sorry couldn’t help it.
I am for the 6 man rotation.
Agree with bravesgrl4life , lets have another FISH FRY tonight.

TNT

September 2nd, 2009
2:37 pm

if medlen is put in the rotation within the next year or 2 he’ll be the next tom glavine, Hanson the next Smoltz, Jurrjens the next Maddux

McFann ;Ô;

September 2nd, 2009
2:38 pm

Soph

Don’t forget the various ways “McCann” has been spelled: Mcann, McCan, Mccaan…

;)

Tiger Woods

September 2nd, 2009
2:39 pm

Brian,

Good point I am not really in favor because it takes away from our top guys, but right now everyone is pitching so well it wouldn’t really hurt us. I def agree with giving Hanson and KK extra rest. Maybe we should get Chip some extra rest too? Hanson play 3rd very well anyone know?

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

September 2nd, 2009
2:39 pm

Don’t think Church goes this series with that wet slow track in Florida. Won’t expect to see Churchy util the Reds series.

????

September 2nd, 2009
2:39 pm

Chop Chop

September 2nd, 2009
2:42 pm

Don’t forget “Mcccan,” McFann.

That was the greatest of all.

varoadrunner

September 2nd, 2009
2:43 pm

One can hope SOPH, but what difference does it make? chill

bravoboy

September 2nd, 2009
2:43 pm

What does MFIKY mean?

Brett Esterson

September 2nd, 2009
2:43 pm

I just wrote Callis back after I read that answer. He obviously does not watch major league games if he is calling for Diaz to be platooned. Dude is one of the hottest hitters out there now. True, Heyward will be awesome but right now you gotta leave Diaz in right batting leadoff. We’ll see if he writes me back.

McFann ;Ô;

September 2nd, 2009
2:43 pm

Chop Chop

:lol: I had forgotten about that one! :lol: Thanks for reminding me! Yeah, that one was totally the best.

Soph

September 2nd, 2009
2:44 pm

McFann –

Oh yeah, Mac too. Drives me crazy. Ohhhhh and “Jurrgens”. Two j’s, no g’s people!

gdubber

September 2nd, 2009
2:46 pm

After the season is over, you trade 2 of 3 (DL,KK,JV) for best OF,3B prospects you can get. Put Medlen and Hudson into the vacant slts. You end up at least 8 million to the good in salary space to use for the pen and an OF that bats RH with 25 homer ability. Get rid of you know who as a pinch hitter and hope everyone but Chipper stays healthy.

matches

September 2nd, 2009
2:46 pm

LOL at the rain delays. I almost bust a gut last night when they rolled out “Spotlight on Bobby Dewes”. I kinda miss the days when Skip would announce that Andy Griffin was warming up in the bullpen.

McFann ;Ô;

September 2nd, 2009
2:47 pm

Soph

Oh man, Jurrjens is one of the worst! Some people had been known spell “Hanson” wrong, too.

cphizzle

September 2nd, 2009
2:48 pm

seriously i have bout had enough spotlights to last me a lifetimes worth of rain delays…bring back andy!

Soph

September 2nd, 2009
2:48 pm

One can hope SOPH, but what difference does it make? chill

varoadrunner -

Oh don’t you worry, I don’t lose any sleep over it. Thanks for your concern though.

:roll:

cabravesfan

September 2nd, 2009
2:49 pm

McFann-

Still morning for another…11 minutes :)

Soph-

you forgot “Garrett”- there is only one T in his name ;)

Kris

September 2nd, 2009
2:53 pm

MFIKY mean… Mother F***** I’ll Kill You or in other words, Soriano

Frank Wren

September 2nd, 2009
2:54 pm

Anybody else notice Norton hit the ball hard last night? Guy is coming around and a switch hitting pinch hitter with some experience is worth its weight in gold.

Soph

September 2nd, 2009
2:54 pm

McFann -

Yup, I’ve seen “Hansen” instead of Hanson.

cab -

Poor Loafy, I’ve seen “Garrett” thrown around the whole season.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

September 2nd, 2009
2:54 pm

C-Aruh!

Thanx fer da new blog. Hey, can you teach DOB to keep it up this well?

McFann ;Ô;

September 2nd, 2009
2:55 pm

cabravesfan

Oh right…I “keep forgetting”. :mrgreen:

McFann ;Ô;

September 2nd, 2009
2:57 pm

Soph Oh don’t you worry, I don’t lose any sleep over it.

Hmm…I may have lost sleep over “Mcccan”. ;)

Yup, I’ve seen “Hansen” instead of Hanson.

Oh yeah…

richbrave

September 2nd, 2009
2:58 pm

What does SORIANO mean?

Mutley Rules (AFKA dogsbrekky)

September 2nd, 2009
2:58 pm

I like Lowe in the rotation, for every woeful start he has, he gives us 5-6 excellent ones

Tomahawkin

September 2nd, 2009
3:00 pm

Enter your comments here

Tomahawkin

September 2nd, 2009
3:00 pm

Looking at some of the games earlier this year that are hurting us now…

Well lets see games before the All-Star Break that we should’ve won and we lost due to the inconsistant offense failed to show up and so far it has cost us the season…ALL These games listed we scored 3 uns or fewer and a third of those games I’ve listed were to the AAA Nats and AAA Pirates

Against Pittsburgh in April 3-0, and 10-0 and again June 10th and 11th 3-2 and 3-2

Against Washington April 21st and 22nd, 3-2 and 4-3 and then again in July dates 4th and 5th, 5-3 losses on both days

Against Pre-Holliday St Louis April 27th and 29th 3-2 and 5-3

Against San Francisco We got swepted because we scored 5 runs that whole series

Against Florida April 14 and 16, 5-1, and 6-2

Against Cinncinati June 16-17 we lost 7-2 and 4-3 in one of best bandboxes in baseball to hit…

And The Season Turnaround game against Colorado where we lost 8-7
Oh Yeah That Game three in Philly that we had in the bag!

Excluding the last 2 losses that’s 17 games that were losses…0-17 and 0-19 if you include the last 2 mentioned. If we have a 8-9 record or something similiar to that we be 1) atop the WC lead and 2) within a few games behind the phillies and on their backs

Simply put we are eliminated within the next 10 days…it will be because the offense and the team beat themselves…

I will say this! The second half team is much better than the first half team because of Prado and getting rid of Francoeur

I had to do a Post “P-Lentz Style!” No offense, but I felt like I just typed an essay

Soph

September 2nd, 2009
3:01 pm

yogi2

September 2nd, 2009
3:02 pm

when the game is on the line, Cox loves to put G Norton in the game What a Joke. worse than Fraqueor

bravesgrl4life

September 2nd, 2009
3:02 pm

McFann, our mann and all the boys are going to do well tonight, I believe. It sure was nice to get up this morning and see they had won in the wee hours. Made my day :-)

Ebenezer Snerdberg

September 2nd, 2009
3:03 pm

Kris:

Kris:
Just don’t put Sorryan*s in with only a one run lead. He has to give up a dinger to somebody!
Frank Wren:
Norton,swing hard in case you hit it. I may vomit. But,Blobby will put him in again tonite, There has to be more than meets the eye here! Norton definitely has something on Clux!

Paul Lentz

September 2nd, 2009
3:05 pm

RHR………when it comes to what a player can do on the field, I could CARE LESS what kind of affliction he suffers in his personal life. Just because a person can “relate” to a player who has diabetes DOES NOT mean that the player deserves a free pass to play baseball.

I didnt like Buddy Carlyle before I found out that he had diabetes……because he SUCKS as a pitcher. Dude has a 5.59 career ERA. I was heckling him back in 2007 when he started 20 games for us. Dude just isnt a good MLB pitcher.

All I said the other night when he gave up a homer was “he must have forgotten to take his insulin shot”. All hell broke lose. It was just a joke. How sensitive can some of you MOFOS be?

Well, I dont see anything wrong with what I said. So from here on out, I’m done addressing it. I WILL NOT be responding to posts I dont like. Any posts from here on out, I will no give the time of day. It is obvious that a number of you are incapable of an intelligent thought. If you want to continue ripping me, fine, you have that right. I just wont engage in any discussion with you. I’ll continue making MY POSTS and ignore what you have to say.

However, to the few on here who are capable of engaging in a discussion or debate, I’ll be happy to reply to your posts. The ones who are deserving of props, will get them.

It took me awhile, but I’ve finally decided that trying to talk sense to a MORON (yes I said it) is a waste of time. It’s like trying to reason with someone who believes in God and actually feel that “prayer” works, lol. It’s a complete waste of time.

braves4ever

September 2nd, 2009
3:05 pm

Tomahawkin , Now you get the Lentz grading scale. You sure you want to go to that school?
I was thinking about those games a few days ago, the ones we let get away. A few of them would matter now.

Paul Lentz

September 2nd, 2009
3:06 pm

PWHjort…………your 11:16am post is very misleading. If you take away Kelly’s first 6 at bats after his return from the DL (where he went 5 for 6 with 2 doubles, a triple, and a homer), then you will see that he is 4 for his last 37 with 3 errors in his limited time in the field.

yogi2

September 2nd, 2009
3:07 pm

A switch hitter that has a 130 batting average is peice of Gold Chit . the braves should have released him months ago. Bobby always loves the has beens

Paul Lentz

September 2nd, 2009
3:07 pm

Enter your comments hereTiger Woods……..Dan Uggla should have been charged with an error on that “hit” by Norton. While Norton did hit it hard……..it was right at Uggla. It hit his glove on the wrist (not a short hop, but on a line, the ball didnt even hit the ground until it bounced off Uggla).

Norton was given a “welfare” or “sympathy”. Or perhaps the official score has the same “fetish” that Greg Norton has been “blackmailing” Bobby Cox with. That would explain why he was given a hit.

Paul Lentz

September 2nd, 2009
3:08 pm

fastasballs…..if the Dodgers have clinched the division by the time the last 3 games of the season rolls around…….what makes you think that the Dodgers wont rest their regulars against the Rockies…..what makes you think that they wont pull their starting pitchers after 5 innings, just long enough to give them enough work to keep them sharp for the play-offs? I can remember the Braves getting punished on the final weekend of a season after clinching the division earlier a number of times. Teams usually let up mentally after clinching. What makes you think that the Dodgers wont that final weekend?

McFann ;Ô;

September 2nd, 2009
3:09 pm

bravesgrl4life

I’m sure they will! Hey, last time the Braves faced Rick VandenHurk was July 30th, 2009…BMac hit two doubles! That was the day after the whole Bill Hohn thing…yep, Braves won!

Yeah, it’s always nice to wake up to a win! :) It was funny, too, ’cause I kept thinking it was a West Coast game…then I would remember, no, it’s actually midnight for them, too…

gdubber

September 2nd, 2009
3:14 pm

If we are tied going into that last weekend P Lentz, I’d rather be playing the Nats regulars going all out than the Dodgers regs five innings.

Daslied

September 2nd, 2009
3:14 pm

I LOVE when Paul posts things twice. My favorite is when he talks to himself on old blogs.

DAP

September 2nd, 2009
3:17 pm

soph, thanks for posting the pic of wright in the new helmet. i hadnt had a chance to see it yet. it is HUGE! its really gonna change the look of the ball players if it becomes mandatory, but i cant help but think that they could find a way to make it a little smaller without sacrificing safety.

in the article, wright says he think it needs some changes because it kept slipping or falling off. maybe a chin strap would improve the look?

McFann ;Ô;

September 2nd, 2009
3:17 pm

Soph

Wow…those are bigger than I thought they’d be…

Loved the Great Gazoo comparison, though. I used to call Biggio the “Great Gazoo” ’cause his helmet always looked too big.

PWHjort

September 2nd, 2009
3:17 pm

So just throw away the 6 AB’s?

Tomahawkin

September 2nd, 2009
3:18 pm

braves4ever

“Tomahawkin , Now you get the Lentz grading scale. You sure you want to go to that school?
I was thinking about those games a few days ago, the ones we let get away. A few of them would matter now.”

Yeah I was making Posts in May saying that After we lost those games we should’ve won that it would bite us in the A..s And I believe That was the first time I said the Ever-Famous “Bank On It!” Phrase…And I have been using that phrase that pays all year since then

It’s funny because I got the “Bank On It!” phrase from an old Rasslin Book and it has stuck all year long out of dry humor…

Paul Lentz

September 2nd, 2009
3:19 pm

gdubber……..I would rather the Braves be in control of our own destiny..then to rely on some scrubs that the Dodgers are going to put out there.

After teams clinch, they usually rest their starters (especially the ones with the nagging injuries), that final weekend. If Manny has a sore hamstring, why not rest him in some meaningless games?

Remember this before you start complaining about the Rockies beating up on the reserves of the Dodgers the final weekend of the season.

Jeff R

September 2nd, 2009
3:21 pm

If there’s a post season for the Bravos, and unless he’s hurt, Lowe will be in the rotation. Wren and Cox aren’t going to let their $60 million man ride the pines.

My guess on a three-man rotation: Lowe, Jurrjens, Vazquez. Hanson, maybe, but Cox, I’ll bet, goes with his experienced hurlers first.

Mutley Rules (AFKA dogsbrekky)

September 2nd, 2009
3:21 pm

“Somewhere deep inside, something’s got a hold on you, and it’s pushing me aside”

for some Crowded House

Tomahawkin

September 2nd, 2009
3:22 pm

I agree With P-Lentz on his last post

A Hit that should’ve been scored an error DOES NOT validate the reasons as to why Norton is still on the team killing us in a pennant race…especially when we are already hard pressed on the team for offense

He should’ve been sent down in June…And I’m a lot more COMPASSIONATE than most on here who have been on the blog over the years…

Another Boston Braves Fan

September 2nd, 2009
3:23 pm

The reason I support a six-man rotation, especially at the season’s close when pitchers (and others) are wearing down? In mid-June, when the Red Sox were preparing to activate John Smoltz, Boston papers and sports talk radio were positively buzzing over the fact that the Sox might consider a six-man rotation and how this was “a good problem to have.” Turns out they never had the problem.

Dice K was placed on the DL four days before Smoltz’s first start. And today, how many of those projected six starters are still in the Red Sox rotation? Three (Beckett, Lester, Wakefield), and that includes Wakefield, who just came off six weeks on the DL.

No such thing as “too many” good starters, ever. Especially at season’s end…

Frank Wren

September 2nd, 2009
3:26 pm

Norton is not “killing” us in a pennant race.

Anyone who thinks so can barely spell the word Baseball.

Paul Lentz

September 2nd, 2009
3:27 pm

PWHjort……I’m saying that if you weigh 6 at-bat……..vs. 37 at-bats……….which is more indicative of a player’s true ability?

Which has a bigger impact on a team? 5 for 6…..or 4 for 37? He went 3 for 4 in a game that we won 10-2 over Milwaukee. I went back and checked his stats for that game. The score was 8-2 Braves, top of the 9th when Kelly hit the 2 run homer. Nice way to “pad” your stats.

Also, what about the 3 errors he’s made in limited play at 2nd?

Soph

September 2nd, 2009
3:28 pm

You’re welcome DAP!

Yeah, I saw a picture of a prototype online right after Wright got hit in the head and didn’t think anything of it. But, it looks gigantic on Wright’s head…maybe he has a little head?

gdubber

September 2nd, 2009
3:30 pm

P Lentz– I will not be complaining about L.A.s scrubs in the lineup. Especially if that includes Juan P. for Manny. The Dodgers were farther in front when he was gone. Have you seen the Nats lineup since the trade and Morgan getting hurt. Norton could play for them now for heavens sake. They have one good pitcher and he has a tired arm.

Love me sum "Jurgens"

September 2nd, 2009
3:31 pm

Amazing how one year changes so much on the depth of starters. We were using JoJo and Cormier last season, now we’re stocked especially that guy named “Jurgens”.

Tomas

September 2nd, 2009
3:34 pm

I think 12 million is too much for Tim Hudson right now, but if it were me, I’d pick up his option.

The Braves will have no closer, setup man, 1B, or left fielder(with all of them being free agents). I’d keep Hudson, and trade Kawakami for a Michael Cuddyer, Billy Butler, Ryan Ludwick, or Adam Lind.

Kawakami would be a quality #3 guy in almost everybody’s rotation, and his proven that his gotten better as the season has progressed. I like him a lot, and he is worth the money the Braves are paying him, but bottom line is, who would you rather have as a 5th starter, Kenshin Kawakami or Tim Hudson.

braves4ever

September 2nd, 2009
3:34 pm

Love me sum “Jurgens” , are you any kin to Joe Morgan?

Love me sum "Jurgens"

September 2nd, 2009
3:36 pm

braveslover4ever-or is it Jurgans?

PWHjort

September 2nd, 2009
3:36 pm

Paul Lentz,
I never read any of your posts. I read two because they had my name in them. And I’m promptly reminded why I never read your posts. You task me.

K K

September 2nd, 2009
3:37 pm

Enter your comments here

M45

September 2nd, 2009
3:37 pm

The Braves this off season should let Hudson walk and use some of that money to go after a bat.There a little to focused about pitching when there fine keep Kawakami and save money for a bat thats should be there biggest priority.GET A BAT!

Mutley Rules (AFKA dogsbrekky)

September 2nd, 2009
3:38 pm

Tomas – Hudson will not be a nos 5 starter in 2010 if he is a Bravo, 1 or 2 yes

Carroll Rogers

September 2nd, 2009
3:38 pm

I’m there there with you Tiger, most every time but say, last night, when the head hit the pillow at 3 a.m. Hey, wait, you’ve got a pretty good gig, don’t ya? Play in a few golf tournaments and make millions?

Blog Editorial Board

September 2nd, 2009
3:38 pm

Please keep your blogs to 1500 words or less.

thnx

ed

18 Wheels of Love

September 2nd, 2009
3:39 pm

Great Gazoo was the first thing that popped into my head too. Or maybe that dude with the Bills a few years ago that had the extra padding on his helmet?

Mid Town Joe

September 2nd, 2009
3:41 pm

Carroll Rogers

September 2nd, 2009
3:43 pm

Lineup: Chipper gets the day off. Church is back in

1. Diaz rf
2. Prado 3b
3. Anderson lf
4. McCann c
5. LaRoche 1b
6. Escobar ss
7. Church cf
8. Infante 2b
9. Vazquez rhp

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