Sunday preview: Kawakami faces Pirates

Next for Braves

Who: vs. Pirates

When: 1:35 p.m. Sunday

TV; radio: Fox Sports South; 680 AM, 100.5 FM

Saturday’s matchup: Braves RH Kenshin Kawakami (0-7, 4.93 ERA) vs. LH Paul Maholm (3-4, 3.98 ERA).

* Kawakami is allowing a .284 average to opposing hitters this season — .313 to left-handers. His seven losses are tied for second most in the NL, behind the nine the Pirates’ Charlie Morton.

* Maholm is 1-1 with a 1.33 ERA in four career starts against the Braves. The Pirates are 4-1 in Maholm’s five road starts this season.


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May 29th, 2010
7:44 pm

Lets get this man a win!!!!


May 29th, 2010
7:48 pm

KK’s run support season: 2, 0, 2, 0, 2, 3, 0, 4, and 2.

He gave up 5 runs once, and besides that it has been 2,4,3,4,3,3,0,

ERA is high because he can’t go six innings. . .Apparently he needs to start jacking homeruns so he can start winning games.


May 29th, 2010
7:54 pm

I’m so tired of people like Jeff Schultz saying KK is the worse pitcher we’ve EVER had . . . I guess he wasn’t here for Albie Lopez and Chis Reitsma era (from six years ago) “Tired of excuses and go win games” . . . ok go win games with zero run support.

Nick Nunziata

May 29th, 2010
9:28 pm

Kenshin is fine. Especially as a fifth starter.

Resign or Re-sign?

May 29th, 2010
9:45 pm

If the Braves would give KK some support, he would be in the game longer; Cox has to pinch-hit for him sooner because they are always losing in the middle innings whenever he pitches. Then they score 4 in the first for Lowe!

trob for the braves

May 29th, 2010
10:30 pm

if lowe and kk switched spots in the rotation then kk might have 7 wins also


May 30th, 2010
1:35 am

I have no regrets of Kenshin’s signing to the team. His cumulative ERA has been better than Derek Lowe’s for the past two years. If there is anyone to blame for KK’s W-L record, is the Braves offense. Keep your head up KK. You are one of a kind and have done an admirable job as a 5th starter.

If he were playing for the Yankees, he could easily fill the 3rd/4th starter position.

Ray Parker Jr.

May 30th, 2010
3:00 am

So this means Pirates will win one game this series?


May 30th, 2010
3:07 am

maybe, but it definetly means the braves who’ve been scoring about 6 runs per game are gonna score at most 2 and commit at least 1 error. hopefully kk will pitch well

willieg hates bill shanks

May 30th, 2010
3:52 am

sunday pete maholm will becy young to the brave sand the red hot phillies come tp town monday 1 and one half out after wednesday 4and one half as the phillies will show the braves how bad they really are against a good team .

RE: Willieg

May 30th, 2010
5:56 am

Drunk Willie hates the braves. Watch that “Posting under the influence” WillieG


May 30th, 2010
8:23 am

just KK’s luck pirates sending out paul maholm who has a career 1.33 era vs braves, and being sunday bobby will send out his regular low rookie ball level line up.


May 30th, 2010
10:37 am

DOB, How much longer until Bobby pulls Escobar in favor of Infante?

Chief Pitchanono

May 30th, 2010
11:59 am

Keep wondering the same thing and my guess is that as long as the team is winning he will be in there no matter how bad it gets. That just seems to be the way bobby works. It was the same with the kelly and prado situation and we were just barely hanging around 500 and it took till June for Bobby to wake up then. Right now were doing much better than that, but my guess is that sooner or later if he keeps hitting like he has been, eventually it will cost us some games, especially if he keeps putting him in the six hole so maybe then we will see a change, but I wouldnt count on it anytime soon.


May 30th, 2010
12:02 pm

Thanks Chief.But like others who have posted this, we’re facing the Phillies next and we must have better situational hitting.

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