1:55 pm February 28, 2010, by David O'Brien
February 28th, 20104:17 pm
2-0…..looks like we have to settle for the silver.
Uh-oh. Getting in a hole here.
It’s not some of us that take these prospects too seriously it the organization as well.
February 28th, 20104:18 pm
Relax buddy Lot of time left…
February 28th, 20104:20 pm
I’m relaxed…disappointed, but relaxed. Almost a must pp here if we want to get back in this game.
Andrew in PA
February 28th, 20104:21 pm
DOB, do you know what Bobby’s plans are with left? I know its Diaz and Melky,but do you know if Melky is going to start against all or most righties?
February 28th, 20104:22 pm
Per DOB on twitter…D-Lowe opening day nod…
D-Lowe to start opening day? Mend fences we will.
Bobby surprised us by announcing pitching plans not just for next week … but for the opening week of the regular season! I use exclamation mark because it’s something he’s never done this year.
Any guess who it is for opening day? No, not Huddy. Not Jurrjens. Nor Hanson.
Yes, Derek Lowe.
Lowe is scheduled to start opener April 5 vs. Cubs, then Jurrjens in Gm 2 vs. Cubs on April 7, followed by Hanson April 8 vs. Cubs, then Huddy in the April 9 series opener at San Francisco and Lowe in Game 5 at San Francisco. Kawakami wouldn’t go until the series finale there on April 11, sixth game of season. (Lowe would be on regular rest for Game 5).
Cox said if Jurrjens hadn’t had his shoulder situation, he was candidate for opening day. “But I like Lowe right now [for the start]…. There’s an honor to [getting the start]. Lot of first-game jitters, excitement. You’ve got to have the right makeup to handle that. He can pitch big games, that’s for sure.”
..by the way..to answer the question. I would like Diaz batting lead-off against lefties. He would “ambush” that first, get-me over fastball and rake it for a double.
February 28th, 20104:23 pm
Dobi – re college basketball… can anyone recall a season where Nos 1 has switched so much… I mean Texas was nos 1 a few months ago and last I looked they were ramked 20 with a shovel heading south….
thanks for the new bloggage.. Can you ask Bobby who he intends hitting leadoff… I would like to see Capt Caveman there and McLouth at 7
February 28th, 20104:24 pm
The reason for Huddy going in Gm. 4 is that they want to give him extra rest for his early starts to be sure about the elbow. He’ll get five days before each of his first two starts. Bobby said they want to make sure he’s rested early so he’s ready to go every five days for second half, when they could give Hanson and Jurrjens the extra day now and then if needed.
February 28th, 20104:25 pm
smart thinking re Huddy
highest paid pitcher usually gets the opening day nod
I like Lowe taking the hill for opening night. I find it strange though that Hudson doesn’t pitch until game 4.
Who cares, I’m just ready for some baseball!
February 28th, 20104:26 pm
Nevermind, I see from DOB’s comment the reason for Hudson. Makes sense.
RJB in DC
February 28th, 20104:27 pm
USA just can’t find the back of the net…despite a ton of shots.
1.Lowe 7 Innings
3.Hanson 7 Innings
5.KK <7 Innings
Atleast he is alternating guys that are likely to pitch less than 7 innings with guys that are likely to pitch 7 or more. Should make it easier on the BP.
Thanks for the explanation on Huddy, Dave. I found that curious at first, but it makes sense with the schedule.
Of course this all depends on JJ being completely ready…
Been watching “baseball tonight” on espn…………..Nate said he is 5′ 8″
I am glad for Bernie Williams that he could play baseball, cause he could put an insomniac like me to sleep very quickly with his music… playing on BSPN now…. at least they showes BMAC and Nate playing footy and basketball…. woo hoo some Braves tv…. now I hope they show the McDonough Masher… err “Bonecrusher” killing some cars at 450 ft !
February 28th, 20104:28 pm
And just to prove me wrong (again)
We NEEDED that…need to stay within 1 goal.
February 28th, 20104:30 pm
February 28th, 2010
1.Lowe 7 Innings
3.Hanson 7 Innings
5.KK 7 Innings
4.Huddy >7 Innings
February 28th, 20104:31 pm
Why is it eating my posts and jumbling them?????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
February 28th, 20104:32 pm
USA will win the hockey, do not worry, the little folks to the north would have trouble getting drunk sitting under a keg !
February 28th, 20104:34 pm
Try this again (third time a charm):
1.) Lowe 7 Innings
3.) Hanson 7 Innings
5.) KK < 7 Innings
For next week the plan is: Hanson in the Grapefruit League opener at Mets, Hudson vs. Mets in second game (Dark Star opener), Kawakami in third game vs. Pirates, Lowe in fourth game vs. Nationals, and KRIS MEDLEN to start fifth game vs. Houston.
Jurrjens will throw his first bullpen session tomorrow, and could be back for the second turn through rotation. Cox said they haven’t worked it out beyond five games. They’ll wait and see how he feels.
Relievers for Tuesday’s opener are scheduled to be Medlen, Chavez, Dunn, Resop, Parr, Acosta.
Saito and Wagner are scheduled to make their debuts in the fourth game, Lowe’s start vs. Washington at home.
dogsbrekky, I agree. If it were up to me, I’d platoon Diaz/McLouth in the leadoff role. Diaz leads off vs lefties… McLouth vs righties.
February 28th, 20104:35 pm
dogs – I have known a lot of Canadians and never found one that did not know how to get drunk at any time and in any situation.
Okay, I quit with the pitching stuff. Can’t even make a damn 1 – 5 list without the site eating it and/or jumbling it.
February 28th, 20104:36 pm
Steve McP -
Ditto. They are as good as anyone ‘em at that based on my experience. Same with Germans.
February 28th, 20104:37 pm
Steve McP – you missed the dry Aussie sarcasm there… meanwhile in the Premier League, my mob looks shaky (AGAIN) defensively and quietly the Gunners are a game within it !
February 28th, 20104:38 pm
Lowe did so well opening day last year that I don’t really mind. Hopefully we get more of that. Say what you want about Lowe and how he did last year but opening day he was as good as an ace. Of course no gurantee he does that this year but hopefully this offseason he was able to work out his problems from last year.
Rob from SC
anyway Diaz will leadoff against LHP
February 28th, 20104:39 pm
damn semantics so hard on the written word
Steve from OH
February 28th, 20104:40 pm
Rob, why the heck would you put a guy with a career .921 OPS and .537 SLG (against lefties) in the leadoff spot? If anything, that’s the guy you bat cleanup or 5th against lefties, not leadoff.
Whew..thank goodness for that goal. 2-1 at the end of 2nd period is a whole lot better than 2-0.
February 28th, 20104:41 pm
Chelski were just awful yesterday, what was Ballack thinking, now he’s out for three games.
Gunners have too many injuries to really challenge for the title, Ramsey’s broken leg was sickening.
February 28th, 20104:42 pm
Steve from OH
Because you know the 3-4-5 will be Chipper-Glaus-McCann
Escobar will hit 6th
February 28th, 20104:43 pm
McP- In my experience, no one can put it away like the Kiwi’s.
Steve from OH -
I can see the rationale for putting Diaz in the lead-off. His good slugging % is due to doubles not HRs…so, a lead-off double to start the game would be great. Braves would only have to play A-B-C baseball just to get a run to start the game. Just a thought.
February 28th, 20104:44 pm
Well, why wouldn’t you put Diaz fifth and McCann sixth? Putting those numbers at the leadoff spot is a waste.
February 28th, 20104:47 pm
2-0…..looks like we have to settle for the silver. Heath
We are talking about Bobby Cox
February 28th, 20104:48 pm
RJB, got to disagree, the New Zealanders that I have worked with (mainly in Hong Kong) all seemed to be so health obsessed that they drank only on special occasions, like there is a Y in the day!
jeffrey d -
Wasn’t lookin’ good at the point…and we’re still behind. But, 2-1 makes me feel a little better since we have at least seen one hit the back of the net.
Put Chipper in the # 2 slot and Escobar # 3. Yes we are very dependent on Glaus right now. Let’s hope that Heyward hits 30 homers this year. I like our lineup if it stays healthy. Our pitching will keep us in games an the home run ball could win us some games. A Gon makes little sense in the grand scheme. We have a nice balance between trying to win today but not mortgaging the future to do so.
Who cares who we’re talking about? Irrelevant of where Cox is likely to bat him, he should be batting in a run-producing spot against LHP.
February 28th, 20104:49 pm
Steve-not sure it is a waste at all. Given that the Braves don’t run, having that lead-off double is more likely to get the run in as opposed to depending on a stolen base to get into scoring position. As I recall, Marcus Giles spent a productive few years with the Braves doing just that.
Diction is not my strong suit, folks….
February 28th, 20104:50 pm
And if you want to get technical about it, Cox isn’t likely to bat anyone besides McLouth leadoff regardless of who is on the mound.
February 28th, 20104:53 pm
I love Escobaar hitting in an RBI spot as well
February 28th, 20104:55 pm
Why? Because he’s better than Diaz against LHP, or simply because you think he’s better? Because he’s not.
McP- That’s a shocker to me. During my Army time, worked with NZA troops in Somalia in 93, and their anti-sniper berm was made of empty beer kegs filled with sand. Kiwi’s took great pride in having the most secure berm around. Years later, I had a few working for me in Europe. Not only did they routinely drink me under the table, they made sure I was properly indoctrinated into history of the mighty All-Blacks. Much to the dismay of the South Africans present…
cept Lew ain’t all that young. Dang
and every year he bad mouths the Phils .Really hates the old home town I guess
February 28th, 20104:57 pm
Carl Ravech is wetting his pants right now having the Yankee players to his his left. You just know he’s thrilled right now.
18 Wheels of Love
February 28th, 20104:58 pm
No problem with Lowe in the opener. Didn’t he deal in the opener last year? Should be good for his confidence.
February 28th, 20104:59 pm
I guess it is safe to say we have the best 3 4 5 pitchers in baseball
The Dude got his nickname because he worked on behalf of the Coen Brothers on their first feature, “Blood Simple,” and it’s said that in their film “The Big Lebowski,” the Jeff Bridges character (aka The Dude) was inspired by him. The Dude’s friends might consider the Coen version a little dialed down.
February 28th, 20105:08 pm
Just over 11:00 to go… still need a goal… Come on boys.
The results of the Chipper poll are pretty funny. No way the dude hits that well this season
February 28th, 20105:10 pm
USA living dangerously…too many turnovers.
February 28th, 20105:13 pm
How has Lowe looked so far?
February 28th, 20105:16 pm
You guys do look shaky this season. Everytime it seems like you guys are going to put some distance, you come back to the pack. ManUre arent doing well either.They are a Shrek hammy pull away from 3rd place. Its going to come down to the wire.
Gunners are doing well. Hard to figure out whether yesterday’s horrors will hurt them or the subsequent win would help their mental strength.
The gunners have the easiest run-in and no big four games.Dont rule them out yet. Did you see the injury – more sickening was the reaction of Vermaelen and Cesc. Tragic really.
Hope USA doesn’t pull a UNLV…undefeated…except the last game. Painful.
February 28th, 20105:18 pm
so many will be screaming at why the Braves didn’t package him in a trade for Gonzalez. TnB
for one thing SD has no use for him, they have a 280 pound first baseman playing LF that they want to put on first if Adrian leaves
February 28th, 20105:21 pm
Man, hockey is intense. It’s hard to follow that puck on tv, though.
February 28th, 20105:22 pm
finally some action!!!
Time is ticking quickly… tick tick tick…
February 28th, 20105:24 pm
Empty net now…
February 28th, 20105:25 pm
this is gonna get interesting
February 28th, 20105:28 pm
I am starting to love this hockey stuff!
Oh my oh my!!!!!!!!!!
February 28th, 20105:29 pm
cutting it a tad close
Crap! What happened… I’m at work!
Although Arsenal’s run in looks easier because they are playing the relegation threatened teams, all of those are playing for their lives and so every game will be blood and guts, not the type of game which Arsenal does well in.
February 28th, 20105:30 pm
10 million glasses of beer just hit the floor north of the border.
February 28th, 20105:31 pm
The Braves are a mid-market team. They cannot be competetive on a yearly basis unless they get a substantial and continuing input from their system (think Rockies and Twins). They cannot afford to deplete their system by trading 2 top prospects for a 2-year rental and a higher salary player, especially when they have already commited to Glaus as their 1B-man this year. Do you want the Braves to change their game plan before even one pitch in the grapefruit league has even been thrown?
How ’bout that one, ‘Nucks?!
Fact: When players like “Larry” have what they perceive to be a good year, they invariably demand a contract change for more money, even though they’re already being paid more in one month than many fans will make in a lifetime.
Question: When these bozos have a crappy year, why don’t they give some of the money back?
I haven’t been to a major league professional sports event in twenty years, and I don’t miss it a bit. Let someone else pay these loafers and thugs, not me.
February 28th, 20105:32 pm
USA tied with 24 seconds left to send game into OT
RJC in DC -
Only bad part of that is that they have some good brew up there.
February 28th, 20105:33 pm
What are your favorite girlscout cookies?
We are not a mid market team
a shootout if scoreless in OT is not the way to end this game.
February 28th, 20105:36 pm
Heath- indeed they do. And they were just about to hoist it at the expense of their southern neighbors too…
February 28th, 20105:37 pm
Salamander – thanks for the broadcast info!
We do NOT need to package the aforementioned prospects for Gonzales. Look, y’all; I was just down there for a week. This team is focused, determined, and deep at just about every position. Hinske’s got major power. Glaus will be fine. Lowe will bounce back; he looks great so far (and I should mention I said he should be the opening day starter over a week ago). Yunel looks stronger and more focused. Prado’s in better shape. Chavez looks good; this bullpen is the most underrated part of the team. Moylan’s flat out nasty. Dunn looked good and he probably won’t even make the team (Proctor’s way ahead of schedule). Say what you want about Wren, but the guy has put together a potentially excellent team and has a contingency plan for ANY scenario, without having raped the farm system. I firmly believe this team will win 90-95 games.
Labatt Blue and Molson Canadian are two of the best brews.
February 28th, 20105:38 pm
We are not a mid market team
I’d say right now we are a mid market team but we would be one of if not the highest payroll for a mid market team.
February 28th, 20105:40 pm
WOW. I dont watch much hockey but I’ve never seen an empty net situation work
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