Beachy on standby if Jurrjens (knee) can’t pitch Monday

PHILADELPHIA – Jair Jurrjens’ sore knee led the Braves to summon prospect Brandon Beachy to Philadelphia in case he was needed to make his major league debut with an emergency start Monday night against the Phillies.

Jurrjens tweaked his knee in a bullpen session Friday, but didn’t tell Braves officials until Saturday.

Braves general manager Frank Wren said Jurrjens’ condition improved some Sunday and indicated that Beachy would probably not be pressed into duty for the opening game of the highly anticipated series with the Phillies at sold-out Citizens Bank Park.

“It’s just a precaution in case [Jurrjens isn't ready],” Wren said of the having Beachy on hand and ready in Philadelphia. “JJ felt better yesterday. Nothing serious, just a tweak to knee.”

The Braves had not previously mentioned anything about the injury to Jurrjens, and the  situation came to light only after a story in Beachy’s hometown newspaper, the Kokomo (Ind.) Tribune.

“It’s exciting,” Beachy told the paper Sunday night after checking into the Braves’ team hotel. “We’re chasing Philadelphia [in the NL East race], we’re in Philadelphia. They have an incredible lineup. I’d love nothing more than to be thrown right into this mix and help contribute.”

Beachy was also told to be ready before Derek Lowe’s Sept. 8 start at Pittsburgh, in case Lowe wasn’t able to pitch after missing one start with a bone chip in his elbow. Lowe was ready and won that game, the first of three consecutive wins for the veteran.

Beachy , a 24-year-old right-hander, climbed from obscurity into the prospect rankings after a breakthrough season in the minors in 2010. He went 5-1 with a minor league-leading 1.75 ERA in 35 games (13 starts), and a eye-opening 148 strikeouts and only 28 walks in 119-1/3 innings.

He spent much of the season at Double-A Mississippi, where he soared after moving from the bullpen to the rotation. He finished at Triple-A Gwinnett, where he was 2-0 with a 2.17 ERA in eight games (seven starts), with 48 strikeouts and eight walks in 45-2/3 innings.

He features a 92-94 mph fastball complemented by a good changeup and curveball.

It’s been a rapid ascent for Beachy, who signed with the Braves as a non-drafted free agent two years ago out of Indiana Wesleyan. He showed no signs of an imminent rise in 2009, when he pitched at three levels in the minors and had a 3.87 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 76-2/3 innings.

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Eric

September 20th, 2010
9:15 am

DOB – going to guess this is the first time you’ve gotten scopped by the Kokomo Tribune?

Eric

September 20th, 2010
9:15 am

Also – in case anyone is wondering – Curacao is not one of the islands mentioned in The Beach Boys classic “Kokomo”.

Eric

September 20th, 2010
9:16 am

Bobby Cox’s advice to Beachy on travelling to Philly was – “Get here fast, and then take it slow…”

Eric

September 20th, 2010
9:17 am

BraveFan

September 20th, 2010
9:20 am

Let the kid throw!

Rod

September 20th, 2010
9:21 am

While I’m 5th, I’m really 2nd (just Eric ahead)

Rod

September 20th, 2010
9:21 am

Doh! Took time to read the article, shouldn’t have done that!

BillyBean

September 20th, 2010
9:24 am

Tami

September 20th, 2010
9:24 am

Oooo…haven’t heard of this guy before. I like the idea of him being up in Philly with the Braves anyway. You never know when his being there will be needed. Man — I hope the Braves do well in Philly. I’ve got postseason butterflies in my belly again. Haven’t had them in a while, and sort of forgot what they felt like. They don’t feel good, but I would sure rather be in this situation than have the team cellar-dwelling with 12 games left in Bobby’s final season. GO BRAVES!

Jim

September 20th, 2010
9:26 am

Is Kawakami still on the roster? I’m just asking. I am not wanting him to start a game against the Phillies. That would be like an episode of Home Run Derby.

john

September 20th, 2010
9:27 am

I grew up in Kokomo IN and believe me there is no beach there as stated in the Beach Boys song. Actually there isn’t much there at all but still a great place to grow up.
Good luck to Beachy, hope he makes it to the bigs soon!

Sam

September 20th, 2010
9:28 am

It doesn’t matter who the Braves throw out there. The Phillies are in a league all by themselves right now. David Price or CC wouldn’t be able to help tonight.

Emperor Hirohito

September 20th, 2010
9:29 am

I guess I haven’t been keeping up…. Where is Kawakami? Is he on current 25 man roster? If so why…if he’s not going to make starts like this?

Felix Millan

September 20th, 2010
9:29 am

the Braves are probably afraid JJ will crap himself again

jimmymack

September 20th, 2010
9:30 am

iagree with jim.anybody but kawakami

Emperor Hirohito

September 20th, 2010
9:33 am

I guess its is September…so 40-man roster?

jay dubu

September 20th, 2010
9:34 am

Kenshin Kawakami…are they working with him in bullpen sessions? I realize the Braves are in a push to make the playoffs, but it’s not like them to waste the millions owed to KK for next year.

DC Brave

September 20th, 2010
9:37 am

This young man sounds ready…why risk this game and a serious injury to JJ…I say hand him the ball. Could be a repeat of Kyle Davies versus the Red Sox a few seasons back.

Coach

September 20th, 2010
9:41 am

The way JJ has pitched lately we’d probably be better of with the kid. Maybe skipping his start will give JJ the time he needs. If we make the playoffs we are going to need him to pitch like the old JJ.

Joe Cool

September 20th, 2010
9:42 am

Awesome! Way to give the Phillies time to scout video of this kid ahead of time, instead of keeping it secret and hoping he pulls a Kyle-Davies-against-the-Red Sox first start.

Way to screw up the plans!

Emperor Hirohito

September 20th, 2010
9:42 am

I agree that he should not pitch in quite possibly the most important series since the Baby Braves. Just looked on the website and KK is on the Active Roster. Just curious why the Braves are paying the kind of money he makes and do not expect him to be ready for a start like this. I mean it sounds like he is not even in the conversation..so why have him around at all?

Joe Cool

September 20th, 2010
9:43 am

Wow, DC Brave, I cannot believe that we both referenced that Davies’ start.

BRAVOS FOR LIFE

September 20th, 2010
9:43 am

Beachy vs Hamels, Minor vs Halladay, Oswalt vs Hanson. In the most important series so far. The Bravos might rely on two rookies. Great!!

Love the Braves in NC

September 20th, 2010
9:44 am

I am eager to see Beachy pitch, but a major league debut against the Phillies? In a playoff situation? Of course, the way Jurrjens has been pitching….

Barry Bonnell

September 20th, 2010
9:46 am

I saw Beachy at Gwinnett a few weeks ago and i was impressed, he touched 95 mph on a couple of fastballs and had a killer curveball. If Jair can not go, i think the Braves are in good hands.

Braves

September 20th, 2010
9:46 am

KKK is not pitching any longer.

Barry Bonnell

September 20th, 2010
9:50 am

I can see the headlines now, ………….Phillies are b*******ching as Beachy shuts them down.

Barry Bonnell

September 20th, 2010
9:51 am

Yep, the Braves are paying 8 million dollars for a batting practice pitcher.

Wes

September 20th, 2010
10:03 am

It still baffles me that Bobby didn’t save Tim Hudson OR Derek Lowe for the Philly series. Of course he knew that the Phils switched around their rotation so that the Bravos had to face the two Roys, AND Cole Hamels both series. This is the Braves’ MOST CRUCIAL series this season, and we don’t even have our aces ready.

To BE the Champ… you gotta BEAT the Champ.

Keith

September 20th, 2010
10:07 am

Re: Wes

Darned if we do, darned if we don’t.

At this point, EVERY series is the most important…so if we don’t play every one that way, we could lose both the WC and division. But I will agree with you that it will be a rough go of it against their aces, even though we have beaten all those guys here are there in the past.

GO Braves!

Keith

September 20th, 2010
10:07 am

Space Monkey

September 20th, 2010
10:07 am

PLease let this guy pitch instead of JJ. We can’t afford to give up six runs to Philly early and have to fight back. Please don’t start JJ.

SpiritofNokahoma

September 20th, 2010
10:10 am

this series will tell who has the “TRUE’ managerial skills! C’mon Braves, don’t let us down!

WHAT?

September 20th, 2010
10:15 am

Its clearly the biggest and most important game of the season and we are going pitch a dam rookie? And you wonder why fans are clammering for a new coach–Start that Venters kid if you have to but not someone who has never seen a major league park much less the Phillies

dean

September 20th, 2010
10:16 am

It is stated somewhere else in the sport section that if the Braves finish out 7-5, the Rockies have to go 12-1 and the Giants 11-2(i think it was) to catch the Braves for the WC spot.

Winning the division would be great, but just get in. Just get in. And where did this kid Kimbrell come from? Good grief!

Wes

September 20th, 2010
10:16 am

Keith – Yea, we beat them earlier this season (at Citizens Bank Park), but they had most of their starters on the DL at the time. I hate to admit it, but that pretty much contributed to the Braves success this season. Now that most of their starters are back and healthy, it’s a completely different ballgame.

south georgia braves

September 20th, 2010
10:16 am

If JJ can’t go, it might actually be a plus for the Braves. Stick the rookie in. The Phils haven’t face him before. I’m sure they have a scouting report, but still. Remember Avery.

Branch Rickey

September 20th, 2010
10:23 am

Kawakami will never pitch again in a Braves uniform. Wren will eat half of his remaining contract to any interested parties.

old guy

September 20th, 2010
10:24 am

Venters was a starter but hasn’t done it in a long while.

Balboa

September 20th, 2010
10:25 am

Braaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnndonn!

WonderDawg

September 20th, 2010
10:27 am

Why not give Jair a start off? Last season Bobby did that and he came back really strong afterwards.

Come on Wes, “most of their starters?” They had two on the DL and the Braves had one.

Moose

September 20th, 2010
10:28 am

Give the kid a chance. The way JJ has pitched he can’t do any worse.

Doc Halladay

September 20th, 2010
10:30 am

The best thing about this series?

It’s just like the playoffs but you don’t have to watch it on FOX and listen to that bag ‘o wind Tim McCarver.

Prime Time

September 20th, 2010
10:34 am

Where’s McCarver! Where’s Tim McCarver!

Mark

September 20th, 2010
10:35 am

Braves will be 4 out after tonight.

PhillyJerk

September 20th, 2010
10:36 am

H2O. That’s all it will be

rc35

September 20th, 2010
10:38 am

I’d feel better with Beachy than with JJ’s track record of late. Just don’t leave him out there past five innings, Bobby, or we’ll have a sixth-inning meltdown.

stew

September 20th, 2010
10:38 am

Take 2 out of 3 we win wild card. Second best record in league and division. If they get to WS they have home field advantage. Too bad about Nats game last night.

Mudcat

September 20th, 2010
10:39 am

Love the idea of throwing a pitcher at the Phillies who they haven’t seen before. JJ & Minor are probably going to get hit hard anyway with that lineup. Give the kid a chance. The Phillie press is calling for a sweep of the “inconsistant Braves.”

pat

September 20th, 2010
10:40 am

Uh, now is not the time to test a new guy….

mrj

September 20th, 2010
10:40 am

Scanned the blog after reading the article. Cannot believe that no one has congratulated Eric for his comments.
Well done, Sir!

p.s. Doc Halladay and Prime Time? Love your take on Tim “I luv my own voice” or “I am the smartest ex-ballplayer ever” or “I am the greatest announcer ever” McCarver. He takes away from every telecast. Makes Joe Morgan seem great by comparison.

WonderDawg

September 20th, 2010
10:41 am

The Phillies have pulled out quite a few games late during their run, as have the Braves. I like our chances if we can stay close, then the bullpens have to decide the games.

WonderDawg

September 20th, 2010
10:43 am

I beg to defer, mrj. Nobody, I mean nobody makes Joe Morgan seem great!

Doc Halladay

September 20th, 2010
10:44 am

Prime Time

September 20th, 2010
10:34 am
Where’s McCarver! Where’s Tim McCarver!

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You mean the voice of god?

Sheesh – every pronouncement is meant to sound like it came down from on high.

I get the MLB package and recently I watched some of a Dodgers game called by Vin Scully

A beautiful thing I tell you.

he would call the pitch.

“Strike two”

……….and then…………….silence.

Not “Strike two…..and Blake is batting .237 on Thursdays when the it’s raining in Paraguay. When it’s raining in Paraguay most major league hitters tend to bat at least .006 above their average but not Blake. Since 2008 he’s batting .003 LOWER and frankly that’s the way it should be. Joe Torre routinely…………blah blah blah”

I try to mute him and listen to the radio but there’s often a delay.

Wes

September 20th, 2010
10:44 am

WonderDawg – The last time we faced the Phils was in July. At that time, they had Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz, and Placido Polanco all on the DL. Those three are really good hitters and that obviously worked out in the Braves favor since the Braves pitchers didn’t have to face them. Now, they’re all back.

The Phils also had other injuries during the season, like Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, and Shane Victorino. Those three not playing changes the dynamics of the game drastically. I just hope JJ, Minor, and Hanson can handle ALL of the Phils starters.

Link to Phillies injury report:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/baseball/mlb/teams/philadelphia-phillies/injuries.html

David O'Brien

September 20th, 2010
10:51 am

Eric: Sure, if the kid’s friend or family telling the local paper that their boy is in Philly on standby to pitch and they ought to check into it, if that constitutes being scooped, I guess we all were by the Kokomo paper.

DawgDad

September 20th, 2010
10:51 am

For the Braves right now it’s all about starting pitching. If the starters hold Philly in check they have a chance; if they don’t, they’ll be watching the playoffs at home. Doesn’t sound like there’s much chance of getting a 2009-type start out of JJ, and I’d have a very short leash with Minor. Maybe this Beachy kid can provide some long relief if needed. Hanson will be OK if he keeps the ball in the park.

Thing about the Philly ballpark is it makes a whole lot of the Braves hitters home run threats as well. They need to step up and hit some.

Herschel Talker

September 20th, 2010
10:54 am

Kawakami is in Siberia

Dirty Dawg

September 20th, 2010
10:56 am

Man how great would this one be…maybe even the ESPN Philly shills might say something positive about the Braves if this kid were to start, and win. Then how great would it be for the AJC’s headline writers – Beachy’s Peachy…oh yeah, and the Beach Boy’s song that they should play for him is ‘Little Deuce Coupe’ (you don’t know what I got…).

south georgia braves

September 20th, 2010
10:57 am

Lets get real about this series. Our goal going in should be take two of the three and cut the lead to two games AND stay in front in the Wild Card.

To expect that we sweep is not realistic. It’s possible (remember the Astros)but very unlikely.

To lose two of the games will put us four out of the East and will damage the Wild card effort. That is the Phillies goal (to win the series) and a sweep for them would be even better.

So, if we leave Philly with a series win, we should be very happy.

bruce mac

September 20th, 2010
11:00 am

Emperor, obviously you are not familiar with our American Baseball rules. We pay KK if he sits on the beach and drinks apple martini’s, we pay him if he drives around ATL in his Mazaratti. If we pay why not have him around?

robdawg08

September 20th, 2010
11:00 am

J.J. has pitched real sorry lately. Let the rookie pitch. He might baffle ‘em with bullshoot.

David O'Brien

September 20th, 2010
11:01 am

The Phillie press is calling for a sweep of the “inconsistant Braves.” Mudcat

I’m sitting here reading both Philadephia papers and see nothing of the sort. Both papers had writers at the Braves-Mets series, and both papers have respectful stories about the Braves and how they’re confident and not obsessed with the Phillies entering the series. If there’s someone in the press calling for a sweep of the Braves, I don’t see it.

Or maybe you’re talking about radio blowhards in Philly? If so, means nothing. Just typical radio schtick.

robdawg08

September 20th, 2010
11:03 am

True Mac. Braves are still paying a bunch of players from the early 2000’s. You know like those college coaches that win one year then get a 10 year guaranteed deal,suck again,then get fired and paid for 9 years coaching a rival team. Brilliant !

mrj

September 20th, 2010
11:04 am

:) Wonderdawg, you’re most likely correct. Different levels of inane babble from Morgan and McCarver? To be fair I likely can bear him a bit better (and thus slant for him over Timmy the Mouth), as I grew up watching the Reds in Morgan’s prime. Maybe I should have added that as a preface to my comments earlier. If we could get a Braves v Reds playoff matchup, I may just not be able to wipe the smile off my face with both of my favorite teams (dating back to the 80’s) going against each other!

robdawg08

September 20th, 2010
11:04 am

At least Derrek Lee arrived finally. Nice of him to finally have a game winner after 35 games.

Doc Halladay

September 20th, 2010
11:06 am

south georgia braves

September 20th, 2010
10:57 am
Lets get real about this series. Our goal going in should be take two of the three and cut the lead to two games AND stay in front in the Wild Card.

To expect that we sweep is not realistic. It’s possible (remember the Astros)but very unlikely.

To lose two of the games will put us four out of the East and will damage the Wild card effort. That is the Phillies goal (to win the series) and a sweep for them would be even better.

So, if we leave Philly with a series win, we should be very happy.

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This is an exceedingly reasonable post.

What kind of phan are you?

robdawg08

September 20th, 2010
11:06 am

Or to put it exact perspective, Mark Richt currently at UGA. Stinking it up after getting a max contract.

clay

September 20th, 2010
11:07 am

you know it might not be a bad idea to start the kid tonight at the last sec. how many times have you see a lineup get prepared for a starter and then at the last min change and that pitcher dominates because none of the hitters have ever seen him before….HMMMMM……………just a thought

robdawg08

September 20th, 2010
11:07 am

Wild Card looking good right now 2 1/2 up on the Fathers.

robdawg08

September 20th, 2010
11:08 am

Or it could have that “rookie pitcher” effect it has on the Braves ? You know how they make a rookie look like Nolan Ryan ?

Doc Halladay

September 20th, 2010
11:09 am

David O’Brien

September 20th, 2010
11:01 am
The Phillie press is calling for a sweep of the “inconsistant Braves.” Mudcat

I’m sitting here reading both Philadephia papers and see nothing of the sort. Both papers had writers at the Braves-Mets series, and both papers have respectful stories about the Braves and how they’re confident and not obsessed with the Phillies entering the series. If there’s someone in the press calling for a sweep of the Braves, I don’t see it.

Or maybe you’re talking about radio blowhards in Philly? If so, means nothing. Just typical radio schtick.

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I also heard that we have something planned for Bobby Cox before the game.

It’s time like this I hold my breath and hope that Phillies phans can excercise a modicum of decency.

I’m hopeful…………sorta.

I think they’ll behave

robdawg08

September 20th, 2010
11:10 am

J.J. : “My changeup has been hard to locate, its been up and hittable.”
Robdawg08 : “J.J. don’t throw the changeup. Go with different speeds on the fastball and the curve/slider.”

Hope So

September 20th, 2010
11:12 am

Hope we do not have to go to the Beach……Go JJ!!!!!!!

robdawg08

September 20th, 2010
11:12 am

I bet Beachy is feeling pretty peachy about now ?

Mutts

September 20th, 2010
11:13 am

JJ is too good a pitcher to have had the kind of games he has recently thrown. If JJ is not healthy, he should not be starting. Gotta like Beachy’s attitude about the possibility he might get a start in Philly.

robdawg08

September 20th, 2010
11:14 am

Two months ago the best pitchers were Hudson & J.J.
Today I think its Hanson,Lowe,and Medlen. Matter of fact, J.J. IS the 5th best based on recent performances.

Murph the idiot

September 20th, 2010
11:15 am

Start the kid. He can’t do much worse than JJ has his last few starts. Give him a short leash, have guys ready to go in the bullpen, but put him out there and see what he can do. Might just be surprised.

Bill

September 20th, 2010
11:15 am

Don’t pray for rain and Sain……pray for sunny Beachy!

Time for Braves to put up are shut up..GO BRAVES!

robdawg08

September 20th, 2010
11:15 am

Nascar driver : “Every time I go into turn 3 and scratch my neck I lose 4 positions on the track.”
Robdawg08 : “Don’t scratch your neck in turn 3 driver.”

robdawg08

September 20th, 2010
11:16 am

Well, I guess Minor instead of injured Medlen.

Let's Go

September 20th, 2010
11:17 am

Friday night the Mets series was just as important as this Phillies series so for Bobby to switch around the starting pitching to face the Phillies would have been stupid. We swept the Mets and are now 2 and a half up in the wild card and personally I think the Phillies did us a favor since the Braves have had sucess against Hamels & Oswalt and Kendrick seems to always pitch good against us. Big, big game tonight and I see lot’s of home runs from the Braves in that little league ballpark they have in Philly.

o7

September 20th, 2010
11:18 am

robdawg 08 stop going 3 wide and your neck will be fine.

Austin Powers

September 20th, 2010
11:19 am

Oh behave. I do truly believe I’m gonna hurl tonight when Howard mashes a J.J. changeup 475 feet… Yeah baby !

Austin Powers

September 20th, 2010
11:20 am

Yeah baby ! Get a clue Robdawg or number two… Smashing I must admit, just smashing.

robdawg08

September 20th, 2010
11:21 am

Real funny… Bottomline Jair ain’t getting it done.

King Barnes

September 20th, 2010
11:22 am

Its just another ball game, we still will pay taxes win are lose.

robdawg08

September 20th, 2010
11:25 am

Well I see Werth,Howard,and Utley homering tonight in an 8-2 blowout of Jair. I hope my vision needs correcting.

robdawg08

September 20th, 2010
11:26 am

I’d be glad to be blind as matter of fact…

Brock

September 20th, 2010
11:28 am

Wes- how were we suppose to “save” our best hurlers? Huh? Tell me. We HAD to win the Mets series before we could even be talking about the phillies. To be sure and beat the Mets we had to use our best guys. Philly had the luxury of being 3 games ahead so they could save theirs.

It’s not that difficult to figure out. We swept the Mets, which was fantastic, and now we cushioned our wild card lead a hair. If we would have lost 1 or 2 to NY we would be in horrible shape and possibly tied for the wild card. But hey, we would have our best pitching for the phillies tonight being 5 or 6 out! Forget the phillies lead. Win YOUR games and make the wildcard. We need to win at least 1 and 2 would be phenomenal to save our wild card lead.

The Braves will surprise some people tonight. Bet on it!

shawn

September 20th, 2010
11:30 am

It is obvious that Braves have lost KK. He has officially been a bust for Bravo. I wonder how did Braves give him $24 Mil? Not even being mention in the conversation, it says a lot about KK.

NEW CARS

September 20th, 2010
11:35 am

Wes,
We were missing Heyward and McLouth and Diaz had just come off the DL…It is good you have Utley back, but are you trying to imply that Ruiz and Polanco are crucial to the great Phils lineup..I mean, they still had Rollins, Howard, Werth, Ibanez and Victorino and scored 11 runs in three games. The problem was, we scored 13 runs and took 2 of 3…Against Halladay, Hamels and Moyer…And Moyer has a better history against us than Oswalt..That being said, the Phils are playing great right now and I think the only way we catch them is win at least 5 of the 6 we play…It seems that everyone else is peeing their pants against them…My other hope is that their 2 month hot streak plays out once the playoffs start..I’ve certainly seen that happen with the Braves before..The key for is getting to the playoffs…
DOB,
If we have the second best record but are the wildcard, do we get homefield advantage at any point in the playoffs? I know we wouldn’t against the best record, but what about the other division winners

Jimmy Beam, you are my friend

September 20th, 2010
11:38 am

Doc Halladay: no matter how many beverages I’ve had — I completely agree with you on Tim McCarver. He drives me to drink (more)!

I too have the MLB package and find it very interesting to be forced to listen to some of the away feeds and their announcers. Some like Scully are golden. Others like the guys the Fish have, just make me want to turn the sound off.

For our own guys, I’ve really enjoyed listening to Smoltz this season. You get insight into what the pitcher is really thinking and what McCann might be calling for.

JoeFan

September 20th, 2010
11:40 am

With the way he is throwing,JJ wants nothing to do with the Phillies. Wouldn’t at all be surprised to see Beachy pitch tonight. The Braves need to take 2 of 3. However 1 of 3 will still keep the Braves in the lead for the WC. Just don’t get swept.

Mr. Turnip-Green Jeans

September 20th, 2010
11:41 am

Beachy WANTS the ball. Give it to him!

JJ hasn’t pitched like he’s wanted it lately.

TK

September 20th, 2010
11:43 am

I don’t understand the mentality of some of the posters on here. Can someone please make a sound, rationale argument for sitting JJ tonight in favor of a rookie making his major league debut? Agreed JJ has not been pitching well lately but he has a proven track record and has been a big part of our rotation for a couple years. It’s not like he has just forgotton how to pitch. I am sure he and Roger have been working on things every day to correct whatever the problems are. Take a step back for a second people and think about this!! Can anyone honestly say the Braves best chance to win the game tonight is to start a rookie making his debut over JJ? If healthy, JJ get’s the call everytime.

DC Brave - Wagner question

September 20th, 2010
11:45 am

I know Billy Wagner is sick of people asking him about his retirement plans…but I wonder if he’d consider coming back in July next season like Clemens did a few years ago? Especially if the Braves are in another pennant race…

David O'Brien

September 20th, 2010
11:53 am

NEW CARS: Wild card team can’t have home-field advantage in division series or NLCS, but NL team obviously has home-field advantage in World Series regardless of who it is.

Chop This

September 20th, 2010
11:53 am

Get ready Atlanta. Here comes the knock-out punch.

hAL

September 20th, 2010
11:57 am

id start beachy instead of bp hanson on wendedsday hes our real weakest link lol

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