Craig Kimbrel, the human strikeout machine

MILWAUKEE – From a city where it was 32 degrees when I woke this morning, let’s begin this blog with a statistical note about heat. The kind that Craig Kimbrel delivers.

Folks, this is one of the more remarkable stats I’ve come across recently, and I found it while crunching numbers this morning: In his major league career, hitters are 0-for-20 with 15 strikeouts against Kimbrel in close-and-late situations (regular-season only).

The baby-faced assassin, closer Craig Kimbrel.

The baby-faced assassin, closer Craig Kimbrel.

Think about that — 0-for-20 with 15 strikeouts. Oh, and three walks. Just because he’s actually human, and not the laboratory-conceived, 97-mph fastball-and-curveball strikeout machine that he sometimes appears to be.

Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth inning of Monday’s 2-1 win against the Brewers, making it five consecutive strikeouts he’s recorded since giving up a flyball out by Adam LaRoche in his first appearance of the season.

The 23-year-old Braves rookie closer has made two perfect appearances this season, struck out five of six batters, and actually raised his career strikeouts-per-nine innings ratio from 17.4 – what he had last season, the highest ever in a minimum of 20 innings – to 17.9.

Brewers veteran Craig Counsell was asked after Monday’s game who impressed him more, Braves rookie starter Brandon Beachy, who worked out of several jams in his six-inning stint, or Kimbrel.

“The starter was really impressive,” Counsell said. “He settled down as the game went on. He’s got a really good arm. The kid at the end [Kimbrel] has got a special arm. That’s pretty special.

“Today, we faced a young starter we’ve never heard of and they’re throwing a closer — not to say we’ve never heard of them — but they’re rookies, basically in their first or second year in the league, and we haven’t really seen them. They’re impressive.”

Kimbrel has struck out 45 of the 94 batters he’s faced in 23 regular-season appearances, and has a 0.40 ERA and .115 opponents’ batting average. He has allowed nine hits, one earned run and 16 walks with 45 strikeouts in 22-2/3 innings.

Those numbers are just about ridiculous.

Right-handed hitters are 3-for-41 (.073) with 25 strikeouts and nine walks against Kimbrel, while lefties have hit .162 (6-for-37) with 20 strikeouts and seven walks.

He gave up three walks and an earned run in his third major league appearance last May, and was charged with two hits and an unearned run in his fifth appearance, on June 5 (he shuttled back and forth between Triple-A Gwinnett and Atlanta a few times last year).

Since then? Pretty much sheer dominance. After that fifth appearance, hitters have not had much of a chance against Kimbrel, other than working a walk. In 18 regular-season appearances since then, he has allowed five hits and 10 walks with 37 strikeouts in 18-1/3 innings.

Opponents have hit .083 (5-for-60) against him in that 18-appearance stretch. Coincidently, that’s also what Giants hitters hit against him in four division-series games, when they went 1-for-12 with one walk and seven strikeouts against Kimbrel.

We talked to Martin Prado after the game last night, and he was praising Beachy for his toughness and for working out of all those jams. Then I asked Prado about Kimbrel and noted that he hasn’t had to work out of any this year because nobody’s reached base.

“I couldn’t even see the ball from left field,” Prado said, referring tohow hard Kimbrel was throwing. “Every time he pitched. It’s just so hard. I looked up and saw 91 [on a scoreboard radar-gun reading] and I was like, no way. No way it’s 91. The next pitch [it said] he threw 97, and I said, now we’re talking.”

For the record, the gun readings I saw had Kimbrel’s fastballs at 93-97 mph.

Braves lineup Tuesday

  1. Prado LF
  2. McLouth CF
  3. Jones 3B
  4. McCann C
  5. Uggla 2B
  6. Heyward RF
  7. Gonzalez SS
  8. Hinske 1B
  9. Lowe RH

More on pitching: Of course, it’s not just Kimbrel who has shone among Braves pitching during the first week of the season.

Atlanta leads the NL with a 2.06 ERA, a half-run ahead of the Padres (2.57). Braves starters have a 2.01 ERA, second in the league to the Giants (1.82). Of course, just to remind everyone that this is an extremely small sample size, consider that Pittsburgh starters (2.55) are third in the NL.

Opponents are a puny 3-for-33 against the Braves with runners in scoring position, including 0-for-8 by the Brewers on Monday.

Braves pitchers have allowed a league-low .111 average (2-for-18) in close-and-late situations, with one walk and nine strikeouts.

Chipper near milestones: With four more hits and seven RBIs, Chipper Jones will have 2,500 hits and 1,500 RBIs and would join Eddie Murray as the only switch hitters in history to reach both of those standards.

With three games left on this trip, and Fredi Gonzalez planning to rest  Chipper on Thursday, there’s a good chance that he will reach one or both milestones at Turner Field during the nine-game homestand that begins Friday against Philadelphia.

Chipper is about to become the second switch-hitter in major league history with at least 2,500 hits and 1,500 RBIs.

Chipper is about to become the second switch-hitter in major league history with at least 2,500 hits and 1,500 RBIs.

Murray finished with 3,255 hits and 1,917 RBIs, but some other great switch-hitters fell short including Mickey Mantle, who had the RBIs (1,509) but fell short in hits (2,415).

For those wondering, Pete Rose had an amazing 4,215 hits and 1,314 RBIs.

Chipper is hitting .353 (6-for-17) through four games and has hit safely in eight consecutive games going back to last season, including going 1-for-2 in the Aug. 10 game at Houston in which he blew out his left knee.

During his eight-game hitting streak, as it were, Jones is 14-for-32 (.438) with six doubles, a homer and a .719 slugging percentage.

Still the cardiac Braves? They made a habit of pulling out late-innings wins last season, and the Braves are hitting this season like they have designs on a similar modus operandi.

To wit, through four games they have hit .195 with a .322 slugging percentage, two home runs and six RBIs in the first through sixth innings, and .333 with a .569 slugging percentage, three homers and 10 RBIs in the seventh inning and later.

The Braves have the same number of hits (11) in the seventh inning and later (11) as they have in the first six innings.

By the way, there’s a reason they continue to look for a right-handed bat. The Braves are hitting .267 with a .563 slugging percentage in 86 at-bats against right-handed pitchers, and .212 with a .231 slugging percentage in 52 at-bats vs. lefties.

Cookin’ against Brewers: The Braves have won nine of their past 12 games against the Brewers, including their past five in a row at Miller Park.

During that 12-game stretch, Brewers slugger Prince Fielder is 9-for-46 (.196) with three extra-base hits (two homers), two walks and 12 strikeouts. The 9-3 Braves run began May 7, 2009, a day after Fielder’s two-homer game in a Milwaukee win Atlanta.

Martin Prado has four homers and 12 RBIs in his past 11 games against the Brewers.

Good matchup tonight: In the second game of this four-game series, we get streaking Derek Lowe vs. Yovani Gallardo, who has had some big games against the Braves.

Lowe has won six consecutive starts and has a 0.99 ERA in that span going back to the beginning of September. He has allowed more than one run just once in those six games (two in six innings of a Sept. 19 road win against the Mets).

He has 35 strikeouts and only five walks and one homer allowed in 36-1/3 innings during his winning streak.

Against Milwaukee, Lowe is 5-1 with a 3.48 ERA in 11 games (nine starts), including 3-0 with a 3.63 ERA in his past three (two last season).

Gallardo is 2-0 with a stingy 1.27 ERA in four starts against the Braves, who’ve hit just .147 against him in those games. They have 14 hits and one homer in 28-1/3 innings against him, with 25 strikeouts and 13 walks.

♣ Etc. The Braves play a night game Tuesday, finally. They opened the season with four consecutive day games for the first time since the team moved to Atlanta in 1966…. The Braves are 3-1, after going 32-23 in day games in 2010, second-best in the NL.

Let’s close with a tune sung by Bobby Bare, one of the most underrated country singers there ever was, in my view. I like the music of his son, alt-rocker Bobby Bare Jr. But Sr. was the stuff. Shel Silverstein penned this, and you can hear Bobby Sr. sing it by clicking here.

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Bobby Bare

“MARIE LAVEU” by Shel Silverstein

Down in Louisiana, where the black trees grow
Lives a voodoo lady named Marie Laveau
Got a black cat’s tooth and a Mojo bone
And anyone who wouldn’t leave her alone
She’d go (growl) another man done gone.

She lives in a swamp in a hollow log
With a one-eyed snake and a three-legged dog
She’s got a bent, bony body and stringy hair
If she ever seen y’all messin’ ’round there
She’d go (growl) another man done gone.

And then one night when the moon was black
Into the swamp come handsome Jack
A no good man like you all know
He was lookin’ around for Marie Laveau.

He said Marie Laveau, you handsome witch
Gimme a little a little charm that’ll make me rich
Gimme a million dollars and I tell you what I’ll do
This very night, I’m gonna marry you
Then It’ll be (growl) another man done gone.

So Marie done some magic, and she shook a little sand
Made a million dollars and she put it in his hand
Then she giggled and she wiggled, and she said Hey, Hey
I’m gettin’ ready for my weddin’ day.

But old handsome Jack he said goodbye Marie
You’re too damned ugly for a rich man like me
Then Marie started mumblin’, her fangs started gnashin’
Her body started tremblin’, and her eyes started flashin’
And she went (growl) another man done gone.

So if you ever git down where the black trees grow
And meet a voodoo lady named Marie Laveau
If she ever asks you to make her your wife
Man, you better stay with her for the rest of your life
Or it’ll be (growl) another man done gone.

1,779 comments Add your comment

Venice Jim

April 5th, 2011
4:18 pm

Where’s BravesQueen?

Brew Crew

April 5th, 2011
4:19 pm

We own Lowe. Braves lose.

KnightInATL

April 5th, 2011
4:20 pm

That 0-20 number obviously doesn’t include game 3 of the playoffs last year.

David O'Brien

April 5th, 2011
4:22 pm

Braves lineup: 1. Prado LF. 2. McLouth CF, 3. Jones 3B, 4. McCann C, 5. Uggla 2B, 6. Heyward RF, 7. Gonzalez SS, 8. Hinske 1B, 9. Lowe RH

KnightInATL: No, that’s why I said regular-season games.

bravofan

April 5th, 2011
4:22 pm

so huddy goes for us friday what about the Phills??

KnightInATL

April 5th, 2011
4:22 pm

That said, Kimbrel has some filthy stuff. Kid is legit.

BravesFan in DC

April 5th, 2011
4:23 pm

Go team. DOB – It was 32 in DC today too… aiy. Who’s ready for some warmer temps!!! Nice article and great tune recommendation as always!

corey

April 5th, 2011
4:23 pm

“…Then I asked Prado about Kimbrel and noted that he hasn’t had to work out of any this year because nobody’s reached base.”

think you meant to say, “work out of the stretch any…”

Innocent Bystander

April 5th, 2011
4:24 pm

Great read, DOB. I agree that Kimbrel is something very special. I hope the Braves’ bats can get working earlier on against opposing starters, as opposed to waiting until we get into their ‘pen.

RC

April 5th, 2011
4:24 pm

Interesting to see Hinske getting a 1b start this early in the season.

bravofan

April 5th, 2011
4:24 pm

good looking lineup i like fredis approach of resting one starter at a time.
So somebody said on the last blog chipper wont play thursday anyone else heard this?

P-Town Brave ©

April 5th, 2011
4:27 pm

Yes, thanks for posting those numbers about Kimbrel…

Reminds me of how pissed off I was when Bobby yanked him out of the game in the playoffs and put in Dunn!

P-Town Brave ©

April 5th, 2011
4:28 pm

RC-

Fred stated that he was going to try to rest a starter or two during this series….

Yesterday was BMac, today is Freddie, and Thu we already know is Chipper’s turn.

Its a good idea really….much better than that stupid Sunday mash lineup idea.

Eric In Albany N.Y.

April 5th, 2011
4:29 pm

@Bravestern on twitter… Lowe is going to tear it up tonight! my boy hinske is going to start at first. i cant wait till first pitch

cabravesfan

April 5th, 2011
4:29 pm

RC-

I imagine it has more to do with the Braves only having one off day between now and the 28th…after the day off on the 11th they play 16 consecutive games and have to fly across the country- gotta get the guys some rest when you can :)

Innocent Bystander

April 5th, 2011
4:29 pm

corey- DOB had it right. He was referring to working out of jams, as he mentioned in the preceding sentence.

bravofan- Hamels goes tonight for Philly, so I believe Lee will be the Friday starter. We should miss Halladay.

bravofan

April 5th, 2011
4:29 pm

p town: dont remind me i was there!!!!!

Rupert

April 5th, 2011
4:30 pm

Hopefully the numbers against lefties will improve as Uggla gets settled. However, there is a hole on the bench for a dependable righty hitter, similar to Hinske from left side. Sure Wren can find the right guy whenever players start to become available.

Day Man

April 5th, 2011
4:30 pm

From what I remember without looking at stats, Lowe struggles against the Brewers. I just picture Fielder with that arrogant and flamboyant swing lifting balls over the right field wall when I think of Lowe facing them.

RC

April 5th, 2011
4:30 pm

P-Town Brave,

I agree that I like this option better than the Sunday lineup thing. I also like the willingness to use BMac in a game on his “off” day, if a situation comes up where he has a good chance to get you a key hit.

Although if that EVER causes us to see Brooks Conrad play catcher, I might throw up.

Clayton H

April 5th, 2011
4:31 pm

One game at a time. Let’s get the offense cooking tonight from start to finish. I’d love to piece together some runs in several different innings, just to show we can. Go Braves!

bravofan

April 5th, 2011
4:33 pm

IB: oh great cliff lee i hope we rock him and im glad we miss ROY

Eric In Albany N.Y.

April 5th, 2011
4:33 pm

More than getting our starters rest. i think its great to keep these utility guys fresh and get time playing some baseball so they can get hot and maybe even stay hot

Looking Forward to Freddies (both of them)

April 5th, 2011
4:34 pm

Thats why at TC we refer to him as: BLITZCRAIG

KnightInATL

April 5th, 2011
4:35 pm

DOB- My apologies, but I didn’t see anything referencing regular season games in regards to that 0-20 number. In fact, looking again…I still don’t. Though, I understand, its a given that when referencing statistics, it’s assumed to be regular season only.

Day Man

April 5th, 2011
4:35 pm

Winning seasons in baseball usually are determined by about 4 or 5 games either way. Every game matters, late in the season, or the first week. Just ask the Padres. Thats why I never really understood Bobbys way of resting just about everyone at once. Just basically conceding a victory. I guess his mindset was, “maybe these guys will win, we’ll see”

I understand we won 14 straight, but sometimes I wonder how with some of Bobbys “strategies”

P-Town Brave ©

April 5th, 2011
4:35 pm

RC-

Please tell me Brooks isn’t our emergency catcher….

That guy couldn’t catch a cold!

Eric In Albany N.Y.

April 5th, 2011
4:35 pm

anyone here have twitter? what are your names so i can follow you! @bravestern

Hillbilly

April 5th, 2011
4:35 pm

Lowe’s numbers against the current Brewers players. Some pretty good results if you’re a Brewer. Nyjer Morgan OWNS Lowe with 15 hits in 28 at bats.

ncscoots

April 5th, 2011
4:36 pm

Its a good idea really….much better than that stupid Sunday mash lineup idea

On the other hand, you don’t put your FMJ lineup on the field a single time for the entire series, either. Nothing’s perfect.

If you look back, I expect you’d find that Bobby didn’t field those Bomb Squad lineups too often with his top three starters. Mostly on the back end, when the pitching matchup was unfavorable from the get-go.

mountain_jim

April 5th, 2011
4:39 pm

Bobby took Kimbrell out too soon and cost us that playoff game last year….

Reid in EAV

April 5th, 2011
4:39 pm

Wow. If I were standing in against Kimbrel, I’d just leave the bat on my shoulder and hope he misses the zone four times before I get to three strikes. Ree Donk.

And while I am the world’s biggest Bobby Cox fan, I still am scratching my head over his pulling of Kimbrel against SF in the playoffs last year. Leave him in there and he pitches out of that, I still believe. Bobby is one of the world-champion tone-setters and encouragers, but his in-game decision-making was, imho, decidedly middle-of-the-pack.

Murph

April 5th, 2011
4:39 pm

FF getting a day off or is he hurting?

P-Town Brave ©

April 5th, 2011
4:41 pm

Murph-

Man, read the material….

Fredi is giving 1-2 starters a start off each game of the series…

Monday – BMac
Tue – Freddie
Wed – ?
Thu – Chipper

C’mon man, quit chasing the deer around and get your head in the game :lol:

Mitchie-san

April 5th, 2011
4:41 pm

I hate this. I have Gallardo on my fantasy team. I want him to do well, but I want the Braves to win! Grrr…

C’mon, No decision.

Hillbilly

April 5th, 2011
4:41 pm

And believe it or not, scoots, the Braves won an awful lot of those Bomb Squad games in the past couple of years at least. I don’t keep a record, but I vividly remember the incessant pre-game b!tching would bloom into post-game choir harmony almost every time.

Reid in EAV

April 5th, 2011
4:42 pm

Btw, any word on Kimbrel’s intro music/video for our first home series? Dude has a perfect name for a flame-throwing closer. KKKKKimbrel!

Bart Giamati

April 5th, 2011
4:42 pm

DOB, Thanks for the several recent references to Pete Rose over that past week or two. While I do not defend his character, there is no disputing his obvious talent and love of the game.

RHR

April 5th, 2011
4:42 pm

With three games left on this trip, and Freddi Gonzalez mentioning yesterday that Chipper would likely be rested Thursday,

Obviously Freddi read my comment about the day game Thursday. :lol:

larry

April 5th, 2011
4:44 pm

looks like Fredi is resting Freddy

Murph

April 5th, 2011
4:45 pm

PT – I don’t see that anywhere in the blog. Now you’re just making stuff up.

ncscoots

April 5th, 2011
4:45 pm

And believe it or not, scoots, the Braves won an awful lot of those Bomb Squad games in the past couple of years at least.

Exactly. Bet they were .500 or so, and that’s what you realistically expect from back-end starters, anyway. Might as well rest the starting position players and have them fresh for the pitching ace.

RHR

April 5th, 2011
4:45 pm

Brew Crew

April 5th, 2011
4:19 pm
We own Lowe. Braves lose.

Eh. You gotta win one eventually.

P-Town Brave ©

April 5th, 2011
4:46 pm

Mitchie-

No dice buddy….

I had Zimmerman go against the Braves Sunday and wanted him to get tagged for 5 runs…

Fantasy takes a backseat to reality…

Well, that and I just really don’t get this whole allure of SRL….this is my 1st year playing this way and I absolutely HATE it! H2H is SO much BETTER!

chilidog75

April 5th, 2011
4:47 pm

With this type of perspective, it makes that Freddie Sanchez AB in Game 3 all that more remarkable. He was down 0-2 right out of the gate and somehow worked a single to keep the game alive.
Then Cox made the move – a bad one – and the Giants won the series. And the Series.

But hey. There’s another way to look at it. I can’t figure out a way the Braves would have beaten the Phillies 4 times in the postseason. Just can’t fathom how that would happen. So there was really no shot of a WS title anyway. And at least with the Giants getting hot at the right time, the Phils didn’t win it either.
Silver lining, folks. :)

P-Town Brave ©

April 5th, 2011
4:48 pm

Murph-

READ:

The lineup: One change today. Brian McCann is resting and David Ross is catching today, the first time that new manager Fredi Gonzalez has substituted for any of his lineup regulars in the first four games of the season. Braves are facing a lefty, Chris Narveson.

Here’s something potential notable I took from our chat with Fredi in the dugout while ago: It sounds like he doesn’t plan to use the sort of lineup that Bobby Cox often deployed on Sundays or other day games, with several bench players starting at once.

Gonzalez prefers to rest one starter at a time.

“I’ll probably do that with a couple of other guys in this series,” he said. “I don’t want to get to the point where you get two or three hitters out of the lineup at the same time….”

From: http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-braves-blog/2011/04/04/sold-out-brewers-home-opener-beachy-can-handle-it/

Boonie27

April 5th, 2011
4:49 pm

Murph

April 5th, 2011
4:51 pm

PT – You can’t assume I read yesterday’s blog. When you assume you make an arse out of you and you.

P-Town Brave ©

April 5th, 2011
4:51 pm

Chili-

Uhhhhh…..and you think anyone could see the Giants beating the Phils 4 games?

Sorry, we played the Giants tougher than ANYONE and without the errors and the missed calls (IE Posey being out at 2b on a SB attempt), we’re right there!

In fact, with the Hinske HR, if we close them out there and Bobby doesn’t pull a Bobby, and we don’t leave Conrad in there when we have Diory freaking Hernandez, a much better defender and a guy who doesn’t have the yips on the bench, we send it to a Game 5 where anything can happen!

jim

April 5th, 2011
4:51 pm

For all the bitching that goes on about Chip Carey on this blog, you should be thankful you don’t get the Brewers’ announcers. I switched from DirectTV to Cabelvision for better internet and a cheaper package, so my MLB Xtra Innings only gives the home feed. Yesterday, they interviewed the owner for one full inning and one of the Packers for another (the inning that the Brewers had 2nd and 3rd with one out) and never broke stride in their interviews to mention any of the details that were happening on the field. Most of the time the game was in a split screen with the people in the booth. I find nothing more annoying than the in-game interview, especially when it is prolonged and hasnothing to do with the game or even baseball.

P-Town Brave ©

April 5th, 2011
4:52 pm

Murph-

My bad….that would just be me assuming you were paying attention….

Homer S

April 5th, 2011
4:52 pm

Hinkse being penciled in at first is basically a desperate move by the manager to kick-start a struggling lineup before the Phillies lead in the division reaches an insurmountable 1 game.

Totally kidding. :)

Mitchie-san

April 5th, 2011
4:52 pm

I know P-Town, I would much rather the Braves win. But does it HAVE to be a SLAUGHTER? lol…
How about a good pitching match up? 0-0 going into the 8th. Gallardo comes out and the Braves win 56-0.

ncbravesfan

April 5th, 2011
4:52 pm

I like the fact that Fredi is giving Freeman a day off tonight. He has been struggling a bit and we need as many good hitters as we can get in there against Gallardo. I also think that it will benefit Hinske to get a few at bats.

Go Bravos!

bravesgrl4life

April 5th, 2011
4:53 pm

GO BRAVES!!!

Murph

April 5th, 2011
4:53 pm

That’s right PT. Your bad. Apology accepted.

P-Town Brave ©

April 5th, 2011
4:53 pm

Jim-

Could be worse, you could have the two douchebags in San Fran who spend half the game being so enamored with the fans in the stands and their telestrators that they draw on the screen like they’re playing Pictionary or with an Etch a Sketch!

P-Town Brave ©

April 5th, 2011
4:55 pm

Mitchie-

Like I said, given the history w/ Gallardo, I expect the first team to 3 to win…

I would expect a 3-2, 4-2 or of the like kinda game….

Just hope we’re on the top end and we can make YG throw enough pitches to knock him out somewhere in the 6th, even if we can’t scratch too many across.

Versiroth

April 5th, 2011
4:57 pm

jim

April 5th, 2011
4:57 pm

Cabelvision has only allocated about 14 channels for MLB, and until Hockey season is over about half of them are devoted to hockey. tonight we share a channel with an Angels game that starts at 6:40. They pick up the Braves game in progress when the AL game ends — probably not until the Braves game is more than half over.

the Stranger

April 5th, 2011
4:57 pm

KnightInAtl: “Kimbrel has struck out 45 of the 94 batters he’s faced in 23 regular-season appearances, and has a 0.40 ERA and .115 opponents’ batting average.”

(I read it in the blog above the comments.)

je_GSU

April 5th, 2011
4:58 pm

@Corey DOB was referring to Kimbrel not having to work out of any jams but for what it’s worth…Kimbrel always works out of the stretch!

jim

April 5th, 2011
5:00 pm

Enter your comments here

Marlow29

April 5th, 2011
5:02 pm

yeah, but Kimbrel is No Dan Kolb!

Bay Area Steve

April 5th, 2011
5:02 pm

Same problem here, jim.

And, even Dutchie’s streaming site doesn’t have the game…

Yo, VJ: tell the Mathnasium to suck it. We need ya.

PDOG

April 5th, 2011
5:03 pm

DOB, what do you think of the Braves trying to obtain Mark DeRosa, what do you think it would take to get him?

P-Town Brave ©

April 5th, 2011
5:05 pm

milesarcher33

April 5th, 2011
5:05 pm

Where’s KK when we need him? It seems to me that Kenshin Kawakami is respected everywhere but here in Atlanta. I travel frequently up and down the east coast and, once they know I’m from Atlanta, fans invariably ask me about KK. One fan from Philadelphia told me that the Phillies, this past winter, had spent alot of time and money revamping their starting pitching staff, but that they had “nothing like” Kawakami. A Mets fan suggested that Kawakami replace Hudson in the rotation and a Marlins fan asked whether I could arrange for KK to pitch everyday. A Nationals fan remarked that had KK pitched opening day, rather than Lowe, “things for the Braves would have been different.” Apparently, we’re overlooking something special the rest of the league sees in KK. Maybe we should send Beechy back to Gwinnett and give KK another chance.

P-Town Brave ©

April 5th, 2011
5:05 pm

BAS-

What’s the streaming site you were given?

Jbailz23

April 5th, 2011
5:06 pm

Mitchie-san -

I feel your pain, I’ve got Cliff Lee and he’s starting against the Braves on Friday. I’m secretly hoping he get’s lit up for 15 runs but it’s hard to root against fantasy.

TennesseePaul

April 5th, 2011
5:06 pm

Thanks for the work DOB.

GO BRAVES!

Derkdawg

April 5th, 2011
5:07 pm

So the guy you are describing is the same guy that Bobby Cox elected to remove from the game for Mike Dunn in the PLAYOFFS. Terrible decision that cost the team a chance at game 5.

Gold Lion

April 5th, 2011
5:07 pm

Didn’t Pete Rose have 4,256 hits?

JHey's better

April 5th, 2011
5:08 pm

seen some posters glad that we miss Roy and the Phils this weekend first thing lets play the Brew Crew and see how well we do then get home for the Phillies. Second we should want to play their best pitchers last time I checked DLowe,Huddy, Hanson,Beachy(Wow great start from the kid) Minor, Healthy JJ. Is not chopped liver we can compete with these guys. Lets take care of Gallardo today. Go Braves. JHey is gonna do something big tonight people.

Trey

April 5th, 2011
5:09 pm

So, Lowe pitches tonight and Hanson pitches tomorrow. Who pitches Thursday if Hudson is waiting until Friday?

PDOG

April 5th, 2011
5:09 pm

P-TOWN,
I think he would be perfect as the right handed bench guy and I know he is friends with Chipper and Mac. He can play almost every positon on the field.

Day Man

April 5th, 2011
5:10 pm

Winning seasons in baseball usually are determined by about 4 or 5 games either way. Every game matters, late in the season, or the first week. Just ask the Padres. Thats why I never really understood Bobbys way of resting just about everyone at once. Just basically conceding a victory. I guess his mindset was, “maybe these guys will win, we’ll see”

I understand we won 14 straight, but sometimes I wonder how with some of Bobbys “strategies”.

Trey

April 5th, 2011
5:10 pm

miles, if Kawakami pitched opening day for the Braves then things would have been different. The difference would have been that we would have a 2-2 record instead of 3-1.

JHey's better

April 5th, 2011
5:11 pm

Hanson pitches on Thursday Minor pitches 2morrow

jim

April 5th, 2011
5:12 pm

Glad I don’t play fantasy BBall. I imagine Kimbrell would be a fantasy star and probably not too expensive this year.

milesarcher33

April 5th, 2011
5:12 pm

Trey;

Lighten up, my post was tongue in cheek, satire. LOL

Lew

April 5th, 2011
5:12 pm

Jim – I hear you about the Brewers’ announcers – always among the worst.

Unfortunately that’s the price we pay for seeing all the Braves’ gamers when we live so far away. But at least you get to hear Vin Scully every now and then. Almost makes up for the Milwaukee games.

Bay Area Steve

April 5th, 2011
5:12 pm

P-Town:

http://www.myp2pforum.eu/forums/22-MLB-Baseball

Works like a charm. Quality is a bit weak, but you certainly get more than you pay for. Thanks again, dutchie.

rob from sc

April 5th, 2011
5:13 pm

DOB

just a day off for Freeman?

El Bravo

April 5th, 2011
5:14 pm

DOB, what’s your take on Freddy Freeman so far? He struggled a bit towards the end of spring training and is having a tough go early on. Kid has a ton of talent but what do you project he will do this year? I’m just curious because he is such a big part of the plan. I’m thinking .257, 15 HR, 57 RBI, .315 OBP. And would Freddy G and the Braves be happy with that production from their first baseman? Cheers.

JHey's better

April 5th, 2011
5:15 pm

Just Paid my $179 bucks for another MLB Extra Innings package to watch the braves play I admit I dont like the other teams announcers either but I still can watch the team

NC State Nate

April 5th, 2011
5:15 pm

No rob from sc, after 4 games Freeman has been permanently benched. I’d be surprised if he’s not in the minors by tomorrow.

T for Texas

April 5th, 2011
5:16 pm

You’ve gotta appreciate Kimbrel. There are some bad bullpens out there. Watching the DBacks and Cubs out of the corner of my eye, their Pens can’t manage to hold a lead, or get through a clean inning consistently. Would make me nauseous if I really cared about either club.

P-Town Brave ©

April 5th, 2011
5:17 pm

BAS-

Yeah, they probably got that link from me posting it on here a couple years ago for Tom O’Hawke…

And yeah, thats where I usually check, but quality is really on the basis of what software piece they use to stream the game.

Works amazingly for WWE ppv’s!

rob from sc

April 5th, 2011
5:18 pm

NC State Nate

I was making sure he wasn’t hurt.

P-Town Brave ©

April 5th, 2011
5:18 pm

Rob-

I’ll answer….YES!

READ:

http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-braves-blog/2011/04/04/sold-out-brewers-home-opener-beachy-can-handle-it/

Fredi stated that he will be resting 1-2 starters each game in Milwaukee…Chipper is scheduled off Thursday.

cabravesfan

April 5th, 2011
5:19 pm

BAS-

Sorry- money > PBP :)

Rob-

You mean you didn’t hear? Freddie slipped on an icy patch last night and broke his leg- done for the year… :roll:

P-Town Brave ©

April 5th, 2011
5:19 pm

NC State Nate-

You guys ever gonna get a coach :lol:

Heard that Marshall from Wichita State was the latest to snub you and at 20Mil over 7 years no less :shock:

Unknown Hinson

April 5th, 2011
5:21 pm

Great blog, good stats. Thanks DOB, looking forward to a f’n night game for a change.

jim

April 5th, 2011
5:21 pm

I hate the Mets, but I really like their TV crew. They are not the homers we are getting from Wash. and Mil., and Darling and Hernandez (along with Smoltz)are the best analysts for both knowledge and delivery.

urban redneck

April 5th, 2011
5:22 pm

a blog last night was picking ROY candidates for the NL. 4 of his 9 picks were Braves. Good times!!

Murph

April 5th, 2011
5:22 pm

Hey everyone, pay attention… P-Town read the blog yesterday and he wants you all to know it! Look at him. Stop what you’re doing and LOOK AT HIM!!!

Anyone know why Chipper is sitting on Thursday?

JHey's better

April 5th, 2011
5:23 pm

I just want to catch some games on Sport South tired of watching the other announcers

JHey's better

April 5th, 2011
5:24 pm

chipper is sitting on thursday because Freddie G wants to rest each of his starters one per game looks like they are gearing up for the weekend series against the Phils

Murph

April 5th, 2011
5:25 pm

Thanks for the info JHey… I did not know that.

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