Jurrjens finds success with Venters’ grip

In his second game back from an oblique injury, Jair Jurrjens added a new twist to his sinker – a Jonny Venters-style grip.

Venters has earned the admiration of the rest of the Braves pitching staff over the past year for his 94-95 mph sinker from the left-hand side, which baffles hitters.

So Jurrjens, who felt like his fastball was flattening out, asked Venters about his grip in batting practice one day. Venters holds the two-seam fastball with his index and middle finger between the two seams. Jurrjens held his two fingers split in a more traditional position on the seams.

Jurrjens said he tried the new grip in a couple of bullpens, then debuted it against the Dodgers in LA. He gave up one run in six innings in that game and has been using it since.

“It’s sinking more, going down,” Jurrjens said. “The other one was running.”

Jurrjens is 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA in five starts since returning from the disabled list. He’s looking for his second win in a row against the Phillies Saturday.

Not that Venters thinks he has much to do with it.

“I’m going to take all the credit for his success,” Venters said with a smile.

30 comments Add your comment

bruce

May 13th, 2011
8:17 pm

gotta love that!

thebraves

May 13th, 2011
9:06 pm

lol………A-Gonzales singles….Mather doubles….and.—-C-Martinez 2-run double :O ?????

Yes people!!!!!!!!!

thebravesagain

May 13th, 2011
9:09 pm

fokkkkkk you are a stupid moron McCann

Tad Bosley

May 13th, 2011
10:00 pm

It is becoming increasingly difficult to listen to the glorified cheerleaders who call themselves Braves announcers. As a subscriber to the MLB package I can honestly tell you nobody bellyaches more about the umpiring than Joe Simpson and Chip Caray. Funny they didn’t utter a peep last night during a pivotal Brooks Conrad at bat when two pitches that should have been called strikes–a checked swing followed by one right down the middle were called balls. But they’ve been whining for 20 minutes about the borderline call on Victorino. I guess when you travel with the team and host banquets you feel you are “one of the guys.” But that is not supposed to be their role. Unless you offer some objective analysis now and then, it’s impossible to have anything you say taken seriously.

G

May 13th, 2011
10:01 pm

Uggla stinks…. He is killing this team

Hummon

May 13th, 2011
10:03 pm

Strike one (called) to Freeman was the same pitch called a ball against Victorino.

The cheerleaders, btw, are on the 680 pregame show.

G

May 13th, 2011
10:04 pm

Can someone other than Prado be clutch for this team…. Freeman is a strike out machine

E-6

May 13th, 2011
10:11 pm

Man what a huge disappointment Uggla is. The very situations we got him for and he can’t put the bat on the ball. Freeman is becoming a concern as well. He is putting up Scott Thorman-like numbers.

G

May 13th, 2011
10:11 pm

Can Mather be any worse. Another Wren blunder and another bad loss by this choke team

81Dawg

May 13th, 2011
10:11 pm

For all of McCann’s positives, and there are many, he is terrible at catching a ball from the outfield and making the tag at home.

Andy

May 13th, 2011
10:20 pm

What a great game from Mather tonight. Good to see that after his early struggles.

G

May 13th, 2011
10:40 pm

Uggla is horrible!!!!!!!

G

May 13th, 2011
10:43 pm

I am so tired of this. The Braves are so mediocre and have one clutch guy, Prado…. Yu give yourself a chance and then the same stuff happens, no clutch hitting, over paid mediocre free agent continues to do nothing and the bull pen can’t keep a lead. Don’t give me , “it’s early” what do we see that is any different then the last few years?

alex

May 13th, 2011
10:45 pm

uggla, 3 so,199 average, 12-13 million, sit him bring up aaa player, do you really believe another mlb player will bat less than 200, ok-mabye, but uggla,never a great percentage hitter NEEDS TO SIT

FIRE FW, PLEASE PLEASE

E-6

May 13th, 2011
10:46 pm

Guy stranded six runners, struck out three times and is hitting a pathetic .199 for the season.

Dawgfan0711

May 13th, 2011
10:47 pm

I keep reading that DU is a slow starter but come on now. When does he begin heating up, dude isn’t close to hitting his weight. Hitters are going to start staying away from Atlanta, for some reason proven hitters are going in the tank when they get to the ATL. WTF????

gcs

May 13th, 2011
10:48 pm

I think we as Braves fans have gone pretty easy on Uggla so far but we are almost halfway through May and he is still stinking up the joint. He is this year’s Troy Glaus. He deserves “boos”.

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braveshoo

May 13th, 2011
10:51 pm

Uggla is killing us. I think he will eventually get it going, but until then A. Gonzalez needs to hit 5th, Hinske needs to hit 6th and give Freeman a few days off, and hit Uggla 7th.

Dawgfan0711

May 13th, 2011
10:52 pm

You don’t have to be a smart guy guy to realize what’s wrong with the braves. The two guys we were counting on for offense haven’t showed up. JH and DU need to start hitting or the braves can pack it in.

NorCal Brave

May 13th, 2011
10:55 pm

Phils’ strategy pays off: pitch around Chipper and our 4-5-6 guys go 0 for 13. We scored 4 runs, but two were on a double by our pitcher, another on a wild pitch. Uggla has become a huge problem as the guy batting in the 5-hole. All that talk about him being a slow starter is ancient history. Last year lots of the complaints were about not getting Freddie Freeman up here right away. Looks to me like he’s not even ready this year. Seven back on the loss side now; it’s wild card or nothing.

alex

May 13th, 2011
10:59 pm

AGEE WITH G, THIS TEAM HAS MABYE 5 good MLB daily PLAYERS, OK MCLOUTH CAN LAY DOWN A BUNT. BIG HOLES . 5 TOOL PLAYERS?? TRADE ROSS AND ONE OF OUR pitching PROSPECTS TO BRING IN SOME TALENT AND LEADERSHIP.

Haven’t heard from fw in a long time, pack your bags,go AWAY

Henry D.

May 13th, 2011
11:04 pm

How many runners did Uggla leave on base tonight? He is killing us. How does a professional strike out 3 times on the exact same pitch? He needs to be put in the number eight slot until he gets his head out of his a**!

What do I do with this bat??

May 13th, 2011
11:09 pm

NorCal is the wise one…McCann, Uggla and Freeman left a small village of people on base tonight….Poor, poor approaches for clutch ABs – swinging at balls in hitters counts….Fredi needs to take some leadership and put a take sign on these “professional” hitters. Perhaps we should start dolling out fines for bad ABs with RISP??? Hit them in the wallet and maybe they will figure it out….

Don’t forget the great game of MLB sub ump, David Rackley. Just an absolute bush league job from that hack jabroni. He sets up Howard in the first inning and RH delivers a 450 ft bomb in a hitters count. Then Rackley craps himself on O’Flaherty’s O-2 heater down down freaking Peachtree…What an absolute disgrace….

Fredi was sitting on his hands and comes out after the inning instead of getting McCann’s back right away…Bobby would have waddled out of the dugout immediately to kick dirt on that unprofessiohal hack of an umpire.

DC Brave

May 13th, 2011
11:15 pm

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Error Maniacs

May 13th, 2011
11:16 pm

Can we rescind the trade with the Marlins???????? We gave them a hitter and all around player who hit over .300 for a strike-out machine!!!! How can Uggla hit 30 homers when he misses the ball completely almost every swing. Comes up with men on and one out and can’t touch the ball to even get a sacrifice. This is the MAJOR LEAGUES man . . . if you can’t hit go home. Sit down and watch yourself look like a fool . . . then ask someone to teach you the art of at least making contact with the ball. This is killing the team . . .

DC Brave

May 13th, 2011
11:18 pm

DOB…thank your for this piece. This game drove me nutty tonight. But I had been wondering how JJ had come to adopt “The Venter’s Grip.” Pretty interesting…

AJ in Augusta

May 13th, 2011
11:31 pm

@Tad Bosley – Did you just crawl out of the womb? Of course the announcers are going to root for the team they cover! Have you not listened to Cub games? Giants games? YANKEE GAMES?!? Take your high and mighty attitude and try contributing something worthwhile. BTW… from a fellow MLB.TV subscriber. :P

Error Maniacs

May 13th, 2011
11:35 pm

Omar Infante
Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2010 Atl 134 471 65 151 15 3 8 47 29 62 7 6 .321 .359 .416
2011 Fla 36 142 11 33 6 1 0 14 9 15 2 1 .232 .273 .289

Dan Uggla
Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2010 Fla 159 589 100 169 31 0 33 105 78 149 4 1 .287 .369 .508
2011 Atl 39 151 15 31 7 1 6 14 12 31 1 2 .205 .264 .384

Deedle Nick

May 13th, 2011
11:44 pm

@ Tad Bosley & AJ:
I’m also an MLB TV subscriber. I turned the sound off as soon as Brian Jordan started his canned irrelevant fillers. I didn’t have audio for the rest of the game except for when Beachy came out. I don’t need sound to enloy a game.
BTW – Uggla did hit an exciting foul into the Philly bullpen.

jj

May 14th, 2011
12:39 am

I believe Dan will pick it up because he has a track record that gives me hope,but as for our bench,I have no hope.We can’t rest him or Freddie because except for Hinske,we have no one.I would hope our GM could find a right handed hitting firstbaseman to rest FF,because Mather ain’t it and Brooks is old news and FG is scared to put him on the field.Oh yeah,we could also use a righthanded hitting OF because once again Mather ain’t it.This Team has potential,but until management makes an effort to fill in the blanks,they will continue to stay around 500.That ump blew that 3rd srike on the Flying Hawiian big time.I am a Homer and that’s why I am on this blog.

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