Jurrjens vs. Wainwright in Thursday series finale

Thursday’s series finale

Who: at Cardinals

When: 1:40 p.m. Thursday.

TV; radio: SPSO; 680 AM, 100.5 FM

Thursday’s matchup: Braves RHP Jair Jurrjens (0-2, 5.48 ERA) vs. RH Adam Wainwright (3-1, 1.69).

* Jurrjens is 1-2 despite a 2.14 ERA in three starts against the Cardinals, whom he held to six hits with seven strikeouts in eight scoreless innings of a Sept. 11 road win. He has a 3.68 ERA and .180 opponents’ average in two quality starts since his April 12 debacle at San Diego, but has received the second-worst run support in the National League this season (1.57 runs per nine innings pitched). Matt Holliday is 7-for-13 against him and Albert Pujols is 2-for-10.

* Ex-Braves prospect Wainwright is 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA in seven games against Atlanta, including four wins and a 1.73 ERA in four starts. He’s allowed two earned runs or fewer in all his starts this season and lasted at least eight innings in the past three. He has a 1.58 ERA and .200 opponents’ average in his past 17 home starts, with 119 strikeouts and 30 walks in 125-2/3 innings. Omar Infante is 4-for-6 against him, Yunel Escobar is 0-for-9, and David Ross is 2-for-11 with a homer.


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April 28th, 2010
3:22 pm

Jurrjens control and velocity is off. I think his shoulder is giving him problems.


April 28th, 2010
3:26 pm

Wainwright for Drew (which is what it boils down to) is a overlooked bust of a trade. Everyone looks at the Great Texas Blunder, but this one ranks right up there as one of the all time goofs.


April 28th, 2010
3:28 pm

hey, didn’t we get eli marrero in that trade as well?


April 28th, 2010
3:29 pm

Drew had his best season in Atl and was the main reason we got to the playoffs


April 28th, 2010
3:30 pm

Mudcat, Jurrjens hit 95 mph several times in his last start, he’s fine


April 28th, 2010
3:31 pm

Is there anyone in the league that doesn’t have a 1.50 or better ERA against Atlanta?

I mean… we made Manny Freaking ACOSTA look like a viable pitcher. Who’s Next Jo Jo Reyes?

Roland Office Worker

April 28th, 2010
3:38 pm

Tonights Lineup:

.192/0 HR/8 RBI

Pitcher 0-3 4.76 ERA

The names are irrelevant. Doesn’t bode well for the Braves.


April 28th, 2010
3:38 pm

If we lose 10 in a row, is it still “too early”? I’m just wondering how far in the cellar the freakin Nats have to bury us before anyone in the paper or radio agrees that there is a reason to be concerned without patronizing the fans. Most fans know that some guys numbers will even out at the end of the year and we will play better, but this team has been horrible since J-Hey has started slumping. We don’t need to put that kind of pressure on him. Trade for Adrian Gonzalez and give him an extension comparable to Howard’s.

Gary O

April 28th, 2010
3:40 pm

I wonder how much of our pitching struggle is due to the fact that pitchers feel like they have to be perfect because of our offense.

As a result, they are not able to just relax and pitch…and they put themselves under a lot of pressure to be perfect.

just saying

April 28th, 2010
3:51 pm

Drew had his best season that year, stayed healthy, because he was going to be a free agent.
Yea, that playoff run he lead us to was awesome. NOT. That trade will go down as one of worst ever in Braves history. Wainwright was the Braves top pitching prospect at the time ( see Tommy Hanson ). Not really surprised it turned out as it did. With Boras as Drews agent, who did not see that coming?

Juan Berenguer

April 28th, 2010
4:10 pm

It is not “too early” to start worrying. If it were only a few guys who were struggling, I would say yes it is early and let’s give them time. However, the entire offense is in the tank (except Prado). There needs to be some kind of shake up before it is too late. Wren waited until it was too late year to address the needs; he doesn’t need to do it again this year.


April 28th, 2010
4:12 pm

There’s no need to worry about the Wainwright/Drew trade now. It’s history. We need to worry about what a pityfull excuse for a lineup we have! I can’t beleive Wren’s big offseason “roster reconstruction” on offense consisted of adding Troy Glaus as the right-handed power hitter they were looking for.

Windfall Profits

April 28th, 2010
4:13 pm

Until the Braves add another $10-15million per year is payroll, they will not be able to compete with the elite teams in the league and consistantly challenge for the postseason. Bottom line. End of story.

Keep in mind

April 28th, 2010
4:15 pm

Remember, trades work both ways. Yes we lost Adam Wainwright for one season of JD Drew, but we got Jurrjens for a rapidly declining Edgar Rentaria. I’d still rather have Wainwright, but you have to look at it both ways.

Jeff Treadway

April 28th, 2010
4:24 pm

does anyone know what happened to Brandon Jones?


April 28th, 2010
4:25 pm

I’m watching this team implode daily. They can’t even muster up one win. We were all told just before the season “This is Cox last year and Wren has made the move to make this team competitive against the Phillies for the N.L. East this year !” Hello. This team can’t compete with the Nats & Pirates…
Braves need to make a trade. Something to break the monotony.


April 28th, 2010
4:26 pm

Brandon Jones DFA’d by the Braves and the Pirates.


April 28th, 2010
4:28 pm

I vote Freddie Freeman. Two 20 year old rookies is way better than one broken down 30 plus first baseman who can’t hit for power or drive in runs with runners in scoring position.

Dawgdad (The Original)

April 28th, 2010
4:37 pm

As Festus Hagin would say “something needs to be did” about these Braves. If we wait the tradional 50 games to “see what we have” we are going to be looking way up at the Nats and Mets, furgitabout the fighting Fills.

Damon Berryhill

April 28th, 2010
4:44 pm

I think we have had time to “see what we have” and it ain’t good. This isn’t just one or two guys who are slumping, this is an entire team.


April 28th, 2010
4:45 pm

The Braves should make a push for Adam Dunn, he’ll hit some HRs and drive in some runs. Plus he is a FA after the season, so he wouldn’t block Freeman in 2011.

Jeff Treadway

April 28th, 2010
4:47 pm

Wow..Brandon Jones is a much better hitter than Melky

Jeff Treadway

April 28th, 2010
4:52 pm

The Nats arent letting Dunn go


April 28th, 2010
4:58 pm

The Braves could have signed him (Dunn) in the 2008 offseason with the money that they paid Kawakami. I’d rather have a guy that hit 40+ HRs every year than a pitcher who can’t get past the 5th inning.

Damon Berryhill

April 28th, 2010
5:01 pm

$100 says Kawakami has thrown 100 pitches by the 5th inning and is gone. He might have only given up 2 runs, but the dude just can’t work deep into games.


April 28th, 2010
5:34 pm

A smart manager pulls kawakami after the 5th. A dumb one waits until the 6th after he has lost the game…

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 28th, 2010
10:00 pm

It’s still 2010 so I’m assuming the Braves still suck.


April 28th, 2010
10:05 pm

Where’s Omar? I don’t get why Bobby isn’t playing him. He’s hitting a robust .269, which looks like Ted Williams compared to some of these guys. Did Infante fall into the doghouse after a torrid spring training? Doesn’t make any sense to me. Play Prado at first and Infante at second for a week and see what happens.


April 28th, 2010
10:16 pm

Boy these are bad (as in crummy)! Looks like of them give a darn. Playing out the season already.


April 28th, 2010
10:53 pm

can you say sixth shutout in 22 games?


April 29th, 2010
10:08 am

to help the braves maybe the nl will let them use old timey pick up game rules. let the batters pitch it up and hit it, instead of the other team’s pitcher pitching. no need to have theold some take a weak hitter’s last strike- no one can hit.

what a nice way to say goodbye to cox, who , though not perfect, has been great for the braves and atlanta.

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