Cox still confident in Chavez

Miami – Braves manager Bobby Cox raised a few eyebrows Tuesday night when he sent reliever Jesse Chavez back out to pitch a second inning. Chavez gave up three runs in the eighth inning of a 6-4 loss to the Marlins.

Cox acknowledged Wednesday that’s a spot, down one run, where he normally would have used Kris Medlen. But Medlen is in the rotation now, pitching in place of the injured Jair Jurrjens, leaving Cox to count more on Chavez, despite his 7.71 ERA.

“I didn’t want to use (Takashi) Saito at all last night and (Peter) Moylan and (Eric) O’Flaherty only if we were tied or ahead,” Cox said. “Jesse pitched a great first inning. He struck out (Hanley) Ramirez to start the second.”

Cox thinks Chavez has shown great improvement since spring training and reiterated Wednesday afternoon the confidence he has in the pitcher the Braves acquired from Tampa in the Rafael Soriano trade.

Chavez had multi-run outings in three of his last five appearances entering Wednesday. But Cox sees him settling in and showing much better command than in spring training when he had a 12.60 ERA with six walks in 10 innings.

“You see his command, mound presence, his stuff, everything,” Cox said. “He’s not trying to throw 100 (mph) anymore and scattering it all over the place. He’s in the strike zone. That’s what I’m impressed with. The results will come later, but he’s so much better. Rather than just a fastball, he’s throwing a curveball, he’s throwing a changeup more than he ever has, and he’s got the little cutter/ slider. He’s got a chance to come around this year and be good, I think.”

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chin music

May 26th, 2010
7:19 pm

would love to see chavez come around and be good in aaa, where chris resop has already come around and been good. plus, resop’s got to be promoted or shipped out by june 15th. the sooner, the better, it seems to me.

Rafael Soriano

May 26th, 2010
7:20 pm

MFIKY, Chavez sucks. If this were a real trade instead of a salary dump, Wren would have been fleeced. However, anything for me was good. By the way I have 14 saves. Does Chavez remind anyone else of Homerun Manny Acosta?


May 26th, 2010
7:34 pm

Chavez never earned the right to make the team after spring training and he’s showing he’s not ready to be pitching at this level right now. This is all about the Soriano deal. And the team has to suffer for it.


May 26th, 2010
7:38 pm

CHAVEZ is another Manny Acosta I agree. One of the worst trades the Braves have made it will go down as. Soriano has a 1.40 ERA, 13 Saves, 2-0 record for Tampa and all we have to show for it is Chavez. What a joke this trade was to dump salary. I hope WREN gets canned.

Plus Soriano is pitching in a tougher hitting league. Chavez has a 7.71 ERA. What a joke he is along with DLOWE, KAWACRUMMY, CJONES,MELKY, and MCCLOUTH.


May 26th, 2010
7:41 pm

Mudcat…………………..You hit it dead center. They are trying to justify this trade and it has blown up in there face. BOOBY COX likes his stuff and I guess he likes that ERA he has also.

You are right that he is not a MLB pitcher and deserves to go to AA or AAA. Farm system is getting weak with pitching prospects and position players.

Carroll Rogers

May 26th, 2010
7:46 pm

so much for a clean start for Hanson….that pitch to Ramirez was up, and then away.

Matty Diaz

May 26th, 2010
7:58 pm

Someone tell Tommy to try working a bit faster. The guy seems to try to make the perfect pitch every time, and takes his time doing it. Look at the guys that get our best run help – D Lowe and Huddy. Both of them work pretty fast – and in my opinion keep their defenses active and in the game.


May 26th, 2010
8:02 pm

Cocks would have confidence in Mario Mendoza…” Ole Minny will get it turned around…He’s hitting it hard…He’s alright”…..


May 26th, 2010
8:35 pm

are you kidding me bobby your line up is:prado,heyward,chipper,glaus,mccan,yunel,melky,mcclouth,and the pitcher.
thanks bobby for giving these fans this power lineup. haha were going to get shutout. whats it going to take to keep hinske in and infante to come back out? when were 20 under 500 with no chance in hell. damn this sucks

Chuck Uga

May 26th, 2010
8:38 pm

Sure hope Cox is right. Problem is, Cox has always been more worried about players and their development, and not enough focus on wins and losses. Last night’s blown game along with many, many other blown leads are what has kept Cox from achieving what his talent on hand has been capable of. The record speaks for itself, but so does the post-season along with missing the playoffs because of mis-managed games.


May 26th, 2010
8:47 pm

Clay, you are absolutely correct…I completely forgot about Infante and Cox inserts frickin Melky into the lineup. You have three guys that are hitting .220 (Cabrera), .195 (Mclouth), & .175 (Escobar)…how in the world can Cox justify having that threesome in the game?

He should at least have Infante in right or short stop.


May 26th, 2010
8:52 pm

Bobby still has confidence in Yunel too. And his .174 average…..yawn…..


May 26th, 2010
8:54 pm

…and don’t get me started on Chavez. That was clearly a trade that didn’t have to be made. Soriano wanted to stay with the Braves, instead we will have a stop gap closer for one year (Wagner) and then have to start over with Kimbrel.

Chavez is just this year’s version of Blaine Boyer.


May 26th, 2010
9:15 pm

I’m looking at buying tix to the royals series and i was wondering what exactly is the 755 club access pass? what does it come with?

thanks for any help!

Dawgdad (The Original)

May 26th, 2010
10:07 pm

The 755 pass entitles you to an autographed Melky Cabrera baseball and a $5.00 coupon allowing you to purchase on the 755 club’s $10 dogs for only $5.00 plus tip.

Reid in EAV

May 26th, 2010
10:12 pm

Interestingly timed article. Lately I’ve been thinking Chavez was the guy Cox put in when he was conceding the game and saving his good arms. Mop-up, in other words. So far I’ve seen no reason to think differently. We all know Cox doesn’t trash his players in the media.

Space Monkey

May 26th, 2010
11:04 pm

Chavez is this year’s Norton. He’s the player Cox loves and coddles to the detriment of the team.


May 26th, 2010
11:30 pm

Good win tonite and a good hitting from YE and Melky.


May 27th, 2010
12:12 am

Yea, Melktoast chucked it home ok and nailed a couple–but I don’t see him helping the Bravos consistently–come August the real melk will sour, let Eric and Infante milk em out there!!!


May 27th, 2010
1:13 am

It takes all 25 and more.Everybody doing their thing when possible will make even the most critical happy at season’s end.Today Melky did his thing along with Glaus,YE,Mac and our pitching staff.Even BC had a good day.Alls well tonite.


May 27th, 2010
2:37 am

I loved Norton. I think we should trade Heyward for Norton and some garlic fries

McCann Fan

May 27th, 2010
7:36 am

What an old fool……….


May 27th, 2010
12:36 pm

Just like he did Gonzo last year and that cost Braves games too.

braves fan

May 27th, 2010
9:48 pm

i do like me some garlic fries.

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