3:14 pm September 22, 2009, by David O'Brien
September 22nd, 20093:22 pm
I case you haven’t seen this…interesting about the young catcherBraves Final Report
Jason Heyward faced every challenge in jumping to Triple-A
By Bill Ballew
September 17, 2009
Best Player: Outfield Jason Heyward officially jumped on the fast track in 2009. After hitting .300 with a pair of home runs in big league camp, the 14th overall pick in the 2007 draft dominated the high Class A Carolina League for the campaign’s first three months before becoming even more productive in the Double-A Southern League in July and August.
Promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett and going 4-for-11 with a pair of RBIs in the final three regular season contests, the 20-year-old Heyward finished the season hitting .323/.408/.555 with 17 home runs and 63 RBIs.
“We gave Jason the opportunity to step up and face the next challenge and he did that at every level this season,” farm director Kurt Kemp said.
Best Pitcher: While Tommy Hanson emerged as a Rookie of the Year candidate in Atlanta, the Braves’ most impressive hurler was righthanded reliever Craig Kimbrel, who twirled at all four full-season levels in 2009.
A third-round pick out of Wallace State (Ala.) CC in 2008, the righthander struggled with his control upon opening the season at high Class A Myrtle Beach and spent two months at low Class A Rome working on his mechanics.
He returned to the Carolina League in late June, before being promoted Double-A Mississippi a month later and allowed one earned run in 12 innings while going 6-for-6 in save opportunities. Kimbrel, 21, spent the final week at Gwinnett and concluded the year averaging 15.45 strikeouts per nine innings.
Keep An Eye On: Considered the top international catching prospect in 2008, Christian Bethancourt signed with Atlanta for $600,000 in March of that year. The Braves knew the 16-year-old Panamanian would be a work-in-progress, if for no other reason than his youth and lack of physical development.
Bethancourt, however, has turned up the clock. In addition to showing all the tools to be a top-flight receiver, his bat exceeded early expectations during his time in Rookie ball. He hit .284/.344/.431 in the Gulf Coast League before batting .260/.339/.480 in 14 games at Danville.
• Center fielder Jordan Schafer had surgery Aug. 31 to remove a bone spur in his left wrist and was expected to be sidelined for three months. Schafer is hoping to recover in time to play a few weeks in winter ball.
• Heyward, Kimbrel, first baseman Freddie Freeman and first-round lefthander Mike Minor are among the seven players the Braves are sending to the Arizona Fall League in preparation of possible big league debuts in 2010.
September 22nd, 20093:25 pm
10paulThis doesn’t include raises to Yunel, McCann, Hanson, Jurrjens, Chipper, McLouth, Prado, Moylan, Omar, Ross, Diaz, and whoever else. Right now that could be around $11 million…
yeah, clearly it doesnt include raises. but $11mil in raises? anything to back that up?
What do you take of reports that Wren and Cox are at odds?
September 22nd, 20093:26 pm
Thanks for the blog DOB
September 22nd, 20093:29 pm
The Mets traded Church to the Mets?
Rob from SC
September 22nd, 2009
Wren realizes that Cox gives to many games away
September 22nd, 20093:30 pm
I wasn’t apart of the convo, but I know Chipper is going to be making 3 million more, McCann 2 million more and McLouth 2 million more. That’s 7 million between those three and with the other arb. eligibles, 11 million sounds about right.
September 22nd, 20093:32 pm
DAP: Based off of Cots, and speculation of the “unsigned buy under control” guys… (figures in millions) let’s see if this works…
10paul i figured out some of the raises, and was surprised to see that chipperm infante, mccann, mclouth, and ross have a little over $7.5mil in raises coming. not nearly $11mil, but still higher than i thought. id expect diaz to get about another $1mil, and i dont think any of the other guys you mentioned are eligible for raises.
Nope. Didn’t work that well at all… But the data is there.
i cant take it anymore
I flat out love Matt Diaz. I always pay attention to the way he hustles, his total effort and focus at the plate, and his uncommon and genuine humble demeanor. What a model player. Thanks for all the insight on Diaz, DOB. I hope matty plays the rest of years with the bravos. So glad we have him
September 22nd, 20093:33 pm
efrim, mclouth only gets a $1mil raise, i believe.
September 22nd, 20093:35 pm
Sheeesh typos all over those two. At any rate, I don’t think $11 million is that far off.
September 22nd, 20093:36 pm
DAP: McLouth goes from 2mil in 09 to 4.5 mil in 2010
I like LaRoche, but can we afford to have almost zero production from first base in the first half of the season?
I don’t think so.
September 22nd, 20093:39 pm
Great insight into Diaz. Thanks for the new blog, DOB.
Thanks for the new blog, DOB.
That’s a cute pic of MattE with his kids. I really like him both as a player and off the field as well. Seems like a super cool guy and very entertaining. Yeah, he may swing at the crappiest pitches ever but when he connects, he can flat out hit. Not to mention he always gives it a 110%.
I’m interested to see if the Braves plan on staying at 96 million or thereabouts. If that’s the case, they should have some money to work with.
September 22nd, 20093:42 pm
10paul gotcha, looking at this page
and it includes a bonus which i guess the pirates paid the the beginning of the year.
Thanks for the new Blog, Chief! Great numbers/quotes from Matty! I love that guy! There are baseball players and there’s Matt Diaz…
And I love the picture of him and his kids! I remember that’s from Family Day 2008. Good stuff…
Diaz, 31, is, without question, as down-to-earth, funny, and enjoyable to be around as any athlete I’ve ever covered, in college or professional sports.
I totally believe that.
September 22nd, 20093:43 pm
Bet some of those Mets’ injuries would be healed if Cox was in their dugout.
What are the requirements for Comeback Player of the Year? Any chance Diaz adds that accolade to his “Best Smack Talk” award. Find a clue…
September 22nd, 20093:44 pm
Soph @ 3:39–
I agree 110%!
And….after looking at DOB’s article, it seems like we aren’t slashing payroll. Nice.
P. W. Hjort
Since coming to the Braves, Diaz has played in 419 games and hit .319 with 56 doubles, eight triples and 33 homers, with a .364 OBP and .470 slugging percentage in 1,133 at-bats.
I think he’s got a starting job to lose next year. He has to. He’s been too good to waste any more time letting him prove he’s a starter. He’s already proven it and now he has to prove he doesn’t deserve it for the status quo to change in my opinion.
September 22nd, 20093:45 pm
From the other blog:
“I’m actually for trading anyone in the system not named Jason Heyward for a legit middle of the order bat. That includes Freeman.” Efrim
Totally agree, even on Freeman. But it has to be for a guy that would be willing to sign long-term, be in his prime (or younger than it), and not somebody like JD Drew. I have no interest in that. But if we could trade a guy like Freeman for Derek Lee and the lock him up? Though Lee is a little old for me. Prefer somebody around 26-30 years old and proven. Prince Fielder maybe?
But if it’s just going to be a one year wonder, I’d rather wait for Freeman. Count me in the category of guys who certainly would have rather had the “streak” end, than lose Wainwright. That trade would have stung a helluva lot less, had Drew signed a 4 or 5 year deal with us after that season.
September 22nd, 20093:47 pm
McFann – ditto on your 3:42!
September 22nd, 20093:48 pm
LaRoche doesn’t provide zero production in the first half. More like a .780 OPS (at or above league average). Every year except 2007, he’s hit double-digit HR before the All-Star Game.
When the weather warms up, though, so does he.
September 22nd, 20093:49 pm
N8, agreed on everything you said. Braves can’t afford to make trades for players that are only signed for one year.
DAP – I posted a response to you on the last blog, but TennessePaul has covered it here. Looks like set contractual increases of $7.075MM to Chipper, McLouth, McCann, Infante and Ross.
September 22nd, 20093:50 pm
Great stuff on Matty-D. He is one of the best players out there and always plays with heart. That pic is so cute.
Piedmont – Abreu is a good player, to be sure. But don’t you read the blog, man? Anything short of a 40 HR guy and we’re toast!
Actually, my bad. 2007 he had 8 HR after the break. So he’s been in double digits the first half of every full season he’s played.
September 22nd, 20093:51 pm
“I like LaRoche, but can we afford to have almost zero production from first base in the first half of the season?
I don’t think so.”
LaRoche’s numbers compare VERY favorably with Casey Kotchman over the 1st half of the season….the difference being that Kotchman had the higher batting avg, while LaRoche had the higher slugging percentage. On base percentage was actually pretty close. Considering that Kotchman was mostly a singles hitter, that gives LaRoche the edge in my mind….and that’s not even considering his 2nd half.
September 22nd, 20093:52 pm
That is not a basis to KEEP(popular) BOBBY! He’s done a VERY GOOD job in managing the Braves OVER the years with TED TURNERS money…BUT It’s TIME for a CHANGE!! We NEED a TRANSFUSION !!
Prince Fielder maybe?
That dude is crazy! I love his production, but, man maybe if he came with a year’s supply of happy pills I’d like this deal. It’s bad enough that he tries to fight the other team in their own locker room, but he’s down for fighting his own pitcher in the dugout. Poor Tim Hudson would play a prank on him and end up on the DL for another year.
September 22nd, 20093:54 pm
On further review, I looked a little closer at Abreu’s numbers and he looks like a slight upgrade over McLouth. Runs a little more and walks a little more, but in fact he’s a very similar hitter. (Nate may have a bit more power.) Funny how impressions change once you win a home run derby.
September 22nd, 20093:59 pm
Shaeffer looked so much like a little boy trying to play a mans game. He has a big flaw with letter high inside fastballs. He seemed to come apart more and more as the season progressed. I think McClouth says what is needed to know about Shaeffers standing with the Braves. Matt Diaz is my starting left/right fielder until he forgets how to hit, which doesn’t seem likely. Upchurch for backup. Need another starting outfielder who will hit with pop. These are my priorities along with maintaining/getting a reliable bullpin.
September 22nd, 20094:00 pm
DOB or anyone
How many at bats does Matty Ice need to get in the batting title race officially
I was just reading the MLBTR chat, and I’m eagerly anticipating these discussions:
1. Javy for Dunn!
2. Javy for Ortiz!
3. Sign Ankiel!
I say “ick” to all three.
September 22nd, 20094:04 pm
Here’s ANOTHER thought….Get TERRY McGUIRK (CEO)a different photo (sitting in the dugout with ROLLUP sleeves….100% cotton shirt)..not the IMAGE of a HARDWORKING CEO ! Me thinks we have been in SHOCK & AHHH
with OUR TEAM for the LAST 4 years.
September 22nd, 20094:05 pm
“ick” is right. Get over the Dunn thing people. He is soooo one dimensional.
September 22nd, 20094:06 pm
I like Matt Diaz and I think he hustles and tries hard – but there’s something about him – like the boneheaded attempts to bunt and the awkward fielding – that I just don’t trust.
I mean, I think he’s got a bit of Frenchy in him – if the game were on the line in the bottom of the ninth in the 7th game of the World Series with two outs – I would not want to see him at the plate.
“Shaeffer looked so much like a little boy trying to play a mans game. He has a big flaw with letter high inside fastballs. He seemed to come apart more and more as the season progressed.” – benchwarmer
I think it’s important to take into account that Schafer was dealing with bone spurs in his wrist the entire season. Pretty hard to turn on an inside fastball with that going on. I actually think he’ll be fine long term….good plate discipline, great defense, middling offense. To me he has a chance to be Mark Kotsay with slightly better power and a little more speed (I’m talking about the Atlanta version of Kotsay….didn’t watch him enough earlier in his career to comment on his skills then).
What did Jake say?
September 22nd, 20094:08 pm
I second that ick and add a blah. Nu uh, I don’t like any of those.
September 22nd, 20094:09 pm
RC, good point. There’s been a lot of buzz about him, I’ll admit. Maybe he’ll show more with good wrists and the character building experience he has endured.
September 22nd, 20094:17 pm
Remember the right fielder with the “Miracle Mets of 1969″. He had a great world series in the field even though he was a best mediocre during the season. I think Diaz had a little more difficulty because he swicthed to right field this year. Given time to ajust I believe he will improve like he did in left field. More than anything I believe the man has a winning heart and just would not let the team down. He would raise his level ! Do you think Pete Rose was a natural at all of the positions he played. That man worked for it.
September 22nd, 20094:22 pm
I don’t think Diaz is the second coming of Charlie Hustle.
When he gets 4,000 hits, however, I will agree.
Yeah, Matty rules.
September 22nd, 20094:23 pm
We have TRADED the farm for “quick fix” problems….with SO CALLED high profile players….this isn’t heresay!! Bobby was SLOOOW to put DIAZ in a starting position…along with PRADO,INFANTE…etc. This isn’t BRAIN SURGERY…..it is common sense.
September 22nd, 20094:24 pm
So maybe it’s not a ballpark thing, necessarily. Maybe it a Mets thing. Maybe they’ve got it in their heads, (DOB)
I agree with this. While the park does play long so did Shea. I think many of the Mets psyched themselves out from the get go. Manuel even said they worked on tailoring Wrights swing to the new park while down in ST. That’s ridiculous. He got in a power funk and can’t get out. Is there an alarm you can wear around your neck for that?
September 22nd, 20094:26 pm
Funny, I’d actually be okay with Diaz batting to decide a World Series. He can hit anything except high fastballs with 2 strikes.
September 22nd, 20094:27 pm
I know I’ve havent been here much lately (been really busy with a few things). However, I’ve been keeping up with the Bravos. Even though we are 5 out with 12 games left……..there is a somewhat of a decent shot left at the play-offs.
The Braves remaining schedule is VERY favorable. 2 more against the Mets. Then 3 in Washington, followed by 3 at home against Florida and the last 4 hosting Washington. If the Braves can win all 7 remaining games against the Nationals (if we continue to get good pitching along with our offense beating up on the Nationals PATHETIC pitching)…….also with winning the last 2 games of the current Mets series…….then if we can win 2 of 3 against the Marlins….that would allow us to finish 11-1 in our last 12 games. If the Braves can treat these games like play-off games (our play the last 2 weeks indicates that we are capable of playing winning baseball)………I dont see why we cant finish 11-1.
The Rockies schedule is a LOT tougher than ours…..after they finish up the next 3 games against the Padres. They have 3 against St. Louis, followed by 3 against Milwaukee and 3 in L.A. I can see the Rockies finishing up with a 6-6 record in their remaining 12 games.
I know that those are a lot of “ifs”, however if the Braves can take care of business against the Mets and Nationals…that will put a lot of pressure against the Rockies. Because of the play of the Braves the past few weeks, it isnt out of the realm of possibility that the Braves can mount a furious play-off push in the final 12 games and at least tie the Rockies, forcing a 1 game play-off.
September 22nd, 20094:28 pm
Trade the farm for a quick fix!!! We need to WIN NOW for Chipper and Bobby!
September 22nd, 20094:30 pm
Continuing discussion from last blog
If you think LaRoche is a better hitter than Derek Lee, then I’d like to invite you to play in my fantasy baseball league. Be nice if we could put a poll up on the blog, who would you take head up LaRoche or Lee? Bet it would be at least 70% or more Lee. Don’t let one of Adam’s current hot streaks hide the fact that yeah he’s a guy that can hit 30 HRs, but he’s only done that once compared to 4 times for Lee.
The year Lee hit 8 homeruns he broke his wrist, only played 50 games and missed the rest of the season. And 34 ain’t old for a 1st baseman.
Lee is much more consistent than LaRoche. Defensively it’s a wash, they’re both solid there.
Again, not saying it’s even a possiblity. But let’s don’t act like Roachy is the best thing since sliced bread. And don’t argue about the money, b/c to get a good right handed power hitter, aka Lee, Holiday, Bay, etc., they’re all gonna cost.
September 22nd, 20094:33 pm
Great comments from Diaz. Although there is nothing he could have said that would make most here feel any different about Bobby. I, for one, hope he manages again next year. Say what you want, but it is not his fault that this offense goes into lulls every few days.
I agree with this. The Mets players psyched themselves out right from the start. Jerry Manuel even said on the radio last week that they retooled Wright’s swing somewhat in ST to prepare for the new park. That’s ridiculous. The field does play long but so did Shea. They’ll never have a 50 HR guy but 30 shouldn’t be so distant.
MORON alert. Cue the props.
dogsbrekky - Citi Citi Citi
September 22nd, 20094:34 pm
What a fun game, got a free ticket, great dinner, 3 homers in 3 innings, Chipper signed my jersey, mutts fans were quiet and we got to drink lots of red wine… kind of liking this new NYC stadium
then today the baseball gods kicked me in the kahunas… the NYPD had towed my car while I was getting sheet faced at SHEA goodbye to ‘Ollywood II… $400 and a bit of body damage later, I got the beast back…
god if the karma is good it means a big Braves final week or so… let’s go and get 10 wins in a row
It is doable folks….
September 22nd, 20094:36 pm
scoots and other aficionado fans – anyone like this idea
Jair straight up for Ryan Braun ??
You should see the piece of crap we picked up yesterday. We banged it up a bit and then made the owner pay us more than it was worth to get it back.
September 22nd, 20094:39 pm
Lee would cost money and players. LaRoche just money.
I’d rather us have 7 games left against contenders than the Nationals, as things have gone…
September 22nd, 20094:40 pm
Just want to give you guys some insight on how good we have it (even with no playoffs this year), as Braves fans. I’m listening to KC sports talk radio online while I’m working, and they are pumping tonight’s Royals game in different ways.
1) Zach Greinke is pitching (that alone should make it worth the price of admission).
But this one kills me. I’m sure the team isn’t promoing it this way, but similar to 680 the fan in Atlanta, the have their little commercial updates inbetween shows and going to commercial break, and the announcer contines to state that if the Royals win tonight, they will have avoided a 100 loss season.
Wow. Different levels of expectations, huh?
I agree with this. The Mets players psyched themselves out from the start. Last week on the radio Jerry Manuel said they even retooled Wright’s swing in ST to prepare for the new park. That’s ridiculous. The park does play long but so did Shea. They’ll never have a 50 HR guy there but 30 shouldn’t be so distant.
Wayne in Utah (Bring me the head of Yunel Escobar)
September 22nd, 20094:41 pm
In a heart beat, my friend…..see ya Jair! Thanks for the memories!
September 22nd, 20094:42 pm
Brewers hang up first.
September 22nd, 20094:43 pm
McFann, isn’t your brother at the Catholic college in Dawsonville? I just saw where student up there drowned last night. Just want to make sure your brother is okay. They didn’t give any names (not that I would know your bro’s name, but . . . )
September 22nd, 20094:44 pm
Wayne – had heard talk of Jair and Prado for Ryan being discussed by FW…. is this too OUT there
Wayne in Utah (I got hit by a dragon fly on my pinkie finger, and I can barely type)
towed cars suck
Steve from OH
September 22nd, 20094:45 pm
You’re not taken 7th in the draft unless you’re real good. Or maybe the Braves can’t scout anymore.
Ah, lest ye forget Keith Law’s report that Roy Clark went askin’ LM for the cash to sign Matt Purke…
But Minor’s good, no doubt.
September 22nd, 20094:46 pm
Don’t know if there is any validity to that deal, but Braun is EXACTLY the type of player we need in our lineup. Hard hitting right hander, hits for average, good OPS, power, etc.
Throw in Prado.
September 22nd, 20094:47 pm
Wayne – i look at the towed car this way… I was mouthing off big time to any and all mutts fans last night at SHEA II including the fuzz/pigs/whatever you call cops here… all night… so fitting they got me back big time…. then cause we have the big UN week here in NYC I could NOT get a park and had to garage the pig for the night for another $31…………… OH THE disaster it has all become..
tonight I am staying home and being more HUMBLE
September 22nd, 20094:48 pm
Steve from OH, do you think the fact that they needed more pitching depth in te high minors had anything to do with the selection? I know you should never draft for need, and the Braves haven’t really in as many years as I have followed, but given the volume of low-a pitchers we had maybe they wanted the high probablity pitcher? Thoughts?
September 22nd, 20094:49 pm
Your theory on making the playoffs is good except:
When was the last time the Braves actually “took care” of the Nationals?
September 22nd, 20094:50 pm
As much as I would hate to lose a guy like Jurrjens, if he brought the correct bounty, I think our staff is strong enough to survive without him.
Hanson, Vazquez, Hudson, Lowe, Kawakami, Medlen, Minor, Reyes (long shots, the last two)
Good number of possible starters.
How about letting Soriano and Gonzo walk this winter, and go after Billy Wagner for a 1 year plus an option?
I could be wrong, but I think Braun is one of the more valuable players in baseball with his contract status, age and production. I really think they have no intention of trading him. And if they did, it would take more than Jair and Prado. Just my two cents on that subject.
September 22nd, 20094:52 pm
If Braun was available, I’d give them Jurrjens, Prado and Freeman, too. In a heartbeat.
Big cities are great, so long as you don’t have to find a place to park!
Wayne in Utah, we’d probably have to give up a first round draft pick to sign Billy Wagner. Since he is pretty old and a relief pitcher, I’d rather not do that. I do like Wagner, though. And I would totally be for the idea if the Red Sox decided against offering him arbitration.
September 22nd, 20094:54 pm
I agree. If the Brewers GM did that deal, he better get 2-3 top prospects/players for him. That’s a potential career maker or killer, depending on which way it goes a few years down the road.
Efrim–sure, if it was a percieved need, I would absolutely believe it was a consideration. I don’t think you ever draft solely for need, but to say it’s not a consideration is foolish.
September 22nd, 20094:56 pm
Yes he is. I only like white players. Are you buying that one?? If so, I got a good used bridge for ya!
September 22nd, 20094:57 pm
Mixxo-The past five seasons, La Roche has averaged 13 HR and 41 RBI prior to the All Star break. No, it’s not his second half numbers, but isn’t as bad as some make it out to be, either. Those power numbers early this year could have made all the difference in us making the playoffs.
Thanks Wayne and others re JJ, Prado and one other for Ryan Braun, I assume the 3rd is KJ and the Brewers laugh hard… but seriously,, what is Jair worth… guy is 23, cheap and just pitches like a veteran out there, day after day
Dobi – thanks for the wonderful story on a wonderful guy, MATTY Capt Caveman DIAZ… I just love watching him bust a gut… he is living proof that GUTS (scoots you’ll love this) is a great trait to have
September 22nd, 20094:58 pm
Before the last election, I was a white man. (with 1/64th Cherokee mixed in, so don’t offend me with that tomahawk chop crap!)
September 22nd, 20095:00 pm
It would be great to be in a fantasy baseball league with you. Because my point wasn’t that LaRoche was better than Lee, it’s that LaRoche at 1/2 the price was better than Lee. Can you honestly say you’d rather pay $13 million + a prospect for Lee over $7 million and no prospect for LaRoche? Not to mention, the lineups and ballparks that each have played in DO MATTER. Lee has played the past few years of his career playing at Wrigley Field (notorious hitters park) batting 3rd for a REALLY good lineup. LaRoche has spent the past few years of his career playing in Pittsburgh, and batting 4th or 5th most of the time (no protection behind him). Again, this isn’t a question of who is better…it’s a question of value. And in my opinion LaRoche is likely to be a MUCH better return on your investment that Lee is likely to be.
September 22nd, 20095:01 pm
Short of the once in a while misadventure in the field, and the propensity to swing at the high hard one, Matty D has given us a lot of thrills this season for sure.
Can you imagine having him be your 4th outfielder (McLouth, Heyward and ???? as the 3 starters)
September 22nd, 20095:02 pm
Yep. If Milwaukee wants to deal Braun without involving Heyward, Hanson, Heap, or maybe even Yunel, I’m listening.
September 22nd, 20095:03 pm
bravesgrl4life isn’t your brother at the Catholic college in Dawsonville?…Just want to make sure your brother is okay.
Yes, he is. Thank you for asking. He and all the students are pretty shook up, though…the group of guys he had dinner with Sunday night included the boy who drowned, so that was kinda weird, you know.
They cancelled classes today. After lunch, my brother and his friends were walking out in the woods by the lake that’s near the school, and they saved a group of fish from a shallow puddle. So they felt pretty good about that.
But thanks again for asking. Mom was kinda freaked out this morning when he called, ’cause she was like, “Aren’t you s’posed to be in class?” and his voice was shaky, so…
“Can you imagine having him be your 4th outfielder (McLouth, Heyward and ???? as the 3 starters)”
I don’t know. I’m not too sold on ???? as a starting OF. Too many question marks.
September 22nd, 20095:04 pm
Ok, the Braves had well over a three run lead when Lowe was taken out for Kawakami, so how exactly does Kawakami qualify for a save?
September 22nd, 20095:05 pm
Translation: that would mean they’re probably not trading Braun…
September 22nd, 20095:06 pm
“You’re not taken 7th in the draft unless you’re real good. Or maybe the Braves can’t scout anymore.”
Tell that to Matt Bush. (#1 overall in 2004)
I wouldn’t trade JJ for anything.
My main untouchables include: BMac (no duh), Matty, JJ, Hanson, Vazquez, Timmy…and toss in Medlen, too. I think he’s gonna be pretty good.
Obviously there are others (like Nate…I think we should keep him), but the ones above are the main men.
September 22nd, 20095:08 pm
wjones I don’t know. I’m not too sold on ???? as a starting OF. Too many question marks.
September 22nd, 20095:09 pm
Kawakami came in when there was a blow out. There was nothing to save, so how did he get a save?
McFann – just reading about those things, I am sorry, I will say a prayer or 2…
I was very annoyed with the NY media this am… in the NY Post (the best NY sports paper for beisbol) they did not have a single comment about the Braves 11 – Mutley’s 3 today, not a comment… they even had a 11-3 headline but then discussed how the mutts and Jason Marquis want to hook up in 2010…. seriosuly no game commentary at all
September 22nd, 20095:10 pm
trey – thanks to DOB this morning:
Rule 10.20 in the Official Rule Book states:
Credit a pitcher with a save when he meets all three of the following conditions:
(1) He is the finishing pitcher in a game won by his club; and
(2) He is not the winning pitcher; and
(3) He qualifies under one of the following conditions:
- (a) He enters the game with a lead of no more than three runs and pitches for at least one inning; or
- (b) He enters the game, regardless of the count, with the potential tying run either on base, or at bat, or on deck (that is, the potential tying run is either already on base or is one of the first two batsmen he faces; or
- (c) He pitches effectively for at least three innings. No more than one save may be credited in each game.
September 22nd, 20095:11 pm
Wayne in Utah, are you kidding me? You put Reyes in a lineup and saying that lineup could be strong without Jurrjens? Jurrjens is much better than Kawakami and dude, Reyes isn’t fit to pitch in the MLB.
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