Next for Braves: Reds in Cincinnati

Series preview: at Reds

When (TV): 7:10 p.m. Friday (SPSO); 4:10 p.m. Saturday (FOX); 1:10 p.m. Sunday (FSSO)

Radio: 680 AM, 100.5 FM

Probable starting pitchers:

Friday: RH Kris Medlen (6-2, 3.57 ERA) vs. RH Johnny Cueto (10-2, 3.18)

Saturday: RH Jair Jurrjens (3-3, 4.37) vs. RH Bronson Arroyo (10-6, 4.21)

Sunday: RH Tommy Hanson (8-7, 3.99) vs. RH Edinson Volquez (1-1, 8.25)

Friday’s matchup:

• The Braves are 11-1 in Medlen’s starts, including Saturday in Florida even after he gave up five runs in six innings. Medlen has a season-high eight strikeouts but gave up two home runs as well. This is the first time he’s faced the Reds.

• Cueto has given up two or fewer runs in each of his past seven starts, including eight shutout innings Saturday vs. the Astros at hitter-friendly Minute Maid Park. He is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA (three earned runs, 13 IP) in two starts vs. the Braves.

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freddie freeman

July 29th, 2010
2:35 pm

adam

July 29th, 2010
2:57 pm

derick lowe sux!

Chopper

July 29th, 2010
2:58 pm

I have a hypothetical to propose to the group:

WOULD YOU TRADE KRIS MEDLEN TO WASHINGTON IF YOU COULD GET ADAM DUNN IN RETURN?

I’m starting to think the Braves need a serious offensive prescence in the lineup if they are to hold off Philly, now that they have acquired Roy Oswalt. Dunn could play some LF and 1B to relieve Glaus who is struggling and seems to have some bad legs under him. Heyward could move to CF and the Braves could use a platoon of Diaz/Hinkse in RF with Melky being a late inning defensive replacement for Dunn.

As for giving up Medlen, I love the kid. I don’t want to get rid of him, but if it meant the Braves could put a 40 HR bopper hitting cleanup behind Heyward & Chipper and in front of McCann I believe I could learn to live without Medlen. The Braves have some options to replace Medlen. They could promote Mike Minor, who by all accounts is major league ready, to take the #5 spot in the rotation. Or despite how crazy this sounds, at worst you could turn back to Kawakami. He’s not great, but if the Braves offense is clicking at a higher rate, couldn’t we live with KK pitching 6 innings and giving up 3-4 runs a game? He’s burning up lots of payroll, so you might as well try to get some performance from him. Maybe some time off to reflect could help him in the future.

Point is, the Braves have some options to backfill Medlen, but they have nobody who can provide what Adam Dunn can offensively.

Chopper

July 29th, 2010
2:59 pm

Obviously the Braves would send more than Medlen to Washington for Dunn, but he’d be the centerpiece and maybe you send a lessor relief type pitching prospect and Jordan Schafer.

Chopper

July 29th, 2010
3:06 pm

Or would you part with Kris Medlen to get Matt Kemp from the Dodgers?

Kemp is not the offensive force that Dunn is, but he’s younger, plays a positon of need (CF) and under control thru 2011 at a reasonable price.

Medlen is a SoCal kid, so maybe he’d interest the Dodgers.

Reality

July 29th, 2010
3:08 pm

Thinking you throw Glaus in for Dunn. Keep Dunn at first-there is a reason he is not playing the outfield any longer. Glaus wouldn’t have much valur to the Nats but he is off the payroll after this season.

As much as they need power, they could also use as dominant front-of-the-rotation starter to go with Hudson. Lowe and Hanson would be completely unreliable in a must-win playoff situation.

Say we face Philly in the playoffs, I don’t like our chances against Halladay twice, Oswalt twice and Hammels. Face it, Philly made the right moves to make a serious run and they get Oswalt for $6 mil per season.

Bill in VA

July 29th, 2010
3:10 pm

I see your 2:58 pm point, Chopper!

Chopper

July 29th, 2010
3:26 pm

I agree with you Reality, there’s a reason Dunn is playing 1B. But on the other hand the guy averages 40HR, 100RBI, & .903 OPS. You can’t tell me that he doesn’t make up for defensive liability by a wide margin. Besides, with how Bobby Cox manages his team, Dunn would play 7 innings, help put some crooked numbers on the board, and they’d slip Melky or Diaz out in LF to protect the lead defensively. His offensive prescence would magnify the performance of Prado, Heyward, Chipper and McCann in that lineup in a way that Glaus or Hinske cannot. It’s a force multiplier.

I also agree about Oswalt. I’ve said for weeks that the Braves were the ones who should have traded for Oswalt. Double down on your biggest strength and set yourself up for an awesome playoff rotation which would have Derek Lowe and Kris Medlen coming out of the bullpen. How awesome would that have been?

Bravo

July 29th, 2010
5:00 pm

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Bravo

July 29th, 2010
5:01 pm

Argh, whoops.

Dear Frank,

Ask the Nats about Josh Willingham and/or Adam Dunn while you are up there in DC.

Keith

July 29th, 2010
6:37 pm

I see the Reds’ series as a nice way to bounce back after 2 subpar series in a row. For some reason, the modern Braves’ teams have always played winning teams better than the lower eschelon teams (i.e. Brewers/Nats).

GO BRAVES! :)

“I’d like to see another bat NOT as a knee-jerk reaction to Oswalt going to Philly…but just because we’ll need one to win the Series!” – Myself

George

July 29th, 2010
7:21 pm

This team does not have the hitting to make the playoffs. A trade needs to be made IF IS DOES NOT COST THE FUTURE. Time for GM to earn his money. Regardless of what happens I will continue to support the team as I have since 1966

Little Brave

July 30th, 2010
8:38 am

We tend to play to the level of the opposition . . . beat good teams . . . lose to lower ones! And why is that??? Seems to me they let up when they think they got an easy game. Look what the Nats did . . . scratched their superstar and replaced him with a long reliever. Braves laid down and lost. Called up a guy from rehab and Braves lost!!! Looks like our 1B needs a rest for more than a game. Seems like he is hurt and still in the lineup . . . hobbles around like there may be a leg injury. Do you read me Bobby . . . rest him like DL and call up Freeman.

DawgDad

July 30th, 2010
9:39 am

This team as presently constituted is not going to make the playoffs. Now, with the Phils adding Oswalt, you have to project them to play.600 ball the rest of the way, and I’m not convinced the Braves can hold off the Mets, either.

Not enough pop in the middle of the order, two glaring holes in the lineup, and some significant age at the back end of the bullpen. Melky Cabrera plays fly balls like the spinning pop-up ballerina in a jewelry box. Troy Glaus is broken down and overworked. Chipper is playing on his legacy. McCann is a catcher; if he goes down so will the team. Hinske+Diaz is an effective platoon but their combined production sums to one everday left fielder.

I want to be optimistic, but a team coughing up the better part of a seven game lead to the likes of Florida and Washington is not inspiring confidence. Go get a legitimate center fielder and bring up Freeman to split time with Glaus.

I’ll say it again – $7 million for LaRoche is starting to look like a great bargain.

Mike

July 30th, 2010
11:15 am

About the pitching holes .. John Smoltz very busy on television these days, but would be intriguing to know what Smoltz has left .. If he threw for a month in Rome and Gwinnett could he be major league ready enough to join the September roster and then potentially be able to make the playoffs roster as a one-two innings relief option, or a one-two batter option with that maybe still nasty slider .. However they slice it, hard to imagine that Chavez, Dunn and Kawakami would be on any playoff roster ..

Ted M

July 30th, 2010
11:19 am

According to MLB Trade Rumors the Braves are the only contending team not actively trying to get Dunn.

Ted M

July 30th, 2010
11:20 am

or anyone else for that matter

Bruce Mac

July 30th, 2010
11:20 am

Yea, lets trade the future for another worn out retread that cannot hit left handed pitching at all ever. Johnnie made him look silly and so does every left handed major league pitcher. You guys should apply to help Frank, he needs some help giving all star players away. He only has given away five so far.

Ted M

July 30th, 2010
11:22 am

Melky Cabrera plays fly balls like the spinning pop-up ballerina in a jewelry box. LOL

That was a good one.

Glaus-o-saurus

July 30th, 2010
11:37 am

I had sex with Adam Dunn. So…

Crawford, Kemp or bust!

July 30th, 2010
12:19 pm

No need for the Braves to enter the Adam Dunn sweepstakes, as he would only platoon with Glaus at 1B and eventually slow the promotion of Freddie Freeman. Moving Dunn to LF might provide a little offensive lift, but shifting Heyward to CF and platooning Diaz/Hinske/Cabrera in RF instantly makes the Braves weaker at all three OF spots. That’s too much defensive liability to offset the offensive uptick.
A mega-deal for Tampa’s Crawford would be ideal, but the Rays likely are too invested in this year’s race to give him up. Kemp would be a nice pickup, perhaps even at the price of Medlen and a reliever like Dunn.
Geez, the last week has been brutal – like watching the division lead evaporate in time-lapse photography.

Casey Stinkle

July 30th, 2010
1:14 pm

Hmm. Crawford would be a nice piece to have, but the Rays are probably going to be at least a wild card, so that’s not happening. And Bruce Mac, if you are referring to Adam Dunn as a worn out retread, he does have 25 homers. And Ventors makes almost any left hander look silly.

Chris

July 30th, 2010
1:15 pm

You can put Kemp, Crawford, and Justin Upton in the same boat. The Braves will pretty much have to sell the farm to get any of ‘em, so don’t be expecting anything on those fronts.

P-Town Brave

July 30th, 2010
1:35 pm

Tommy Hanson and Melky Cabrera for Matt Kemp and Kenley Janson/James McDonald…

Who’s in?

That gives us this lineup…

Notice I also am cutting ties with Glaus as we already have an OLD MAN taking up space in the infield…

Prado 2b
Heyward rf
Jones 3b
Kemp cf
McCann c
Diaz lf
Freeman 1b
Gonzalez ss

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