Braves juggling outfielders, face improving Pirates

(Staff writer Carroll Rogers is filling in for David O’Brien this series.)

PITTSBURGH – So it’s a little overcast here in Pittsburgh today, and I’m not just talking about the Braves injury situation.

Schafer joins Braves today from Triple-A Gwinnett

Schafer joins Braves today from Triple-A Gwinnett

When you’ve got two-thirds of your starting outfield on the disabled list, and two-fifths of your starting rotation on the shelf (Brandon Beachy, Tim Hudson), and you’re 1-4 on this road trip, well, it’s not too good.

You’d think two games against the Pirates would be enough to brighten the mood on a cloudy day here for the Braves, but the Pirates don’t appear to be the pushovers they have been in recent years, and tonight’s starter Charlie Morton is a great example. The former Brave has finally started to get the results to match his talents. More on all that in a moment.

But first let’s look at the Braves outfield situation and toss out a question. How do you play it right now if you’re the Braves, with both Nate McLouth (oblique) and Jason Heyward (shoulder) on the disabled list? Do you run Jordan Schafer out to center field tonight and get his feet wet in his first major league action for the first time in two years and sit one of your hottest hitters in Eric Hinske or Joe Mather?

I don’t have the Braves lineup yet. Still sitting in my hotel, where “GoBucs” is my wireless internet password, and I’m just feeling good that it’s not “GoSteelers” (that just wouldn’t work for a gal born in Dallas, Texas). But Chipper Jones is expected to be back in at third base tonight, which means Martin Prado moves back to left field. So do you go Mather in center and Hinske in right? Or do you go Schafer in center and either Mather or Hinske in right?

As many issues as the Braves have on offense right now, Hinske and Mather are the anomalies. (Freddie Freeman gets mention here too, after a good weekend in his hometown Anaheim.) Mather went 7-for-12 with five RBIs in the three games against the Angels. He pretty much single-handedly won their only game in that series Saturday with his three-run homer and then a game-winning double in the 12th.

Then you have Hinske, who is hitting .400 for the month of May. Thanks to Braves PR man Jim Misudek we now know Hinske’s .400 (20-for-50) average tops all qualifying National League batters in the month of May and is tied with Tampa Bay’s Matt Joyce (.400, 26-for-65) for best average in the majors this month.

Maybe the irony here is that Hinske and Mather have been producing more than McLouth and Heyward of late anyway. McLouth and Heyward are a combined 19-for-109 (.174) in May, and McLouth went 1-for-16 the first five games of the trip.

If Bobby Cox were still managing you figure he’d run Schafer out there tonight for sure, before he has a chance to get nervous or think too much about how long it’s been since his last major league at-bat on May 31, 2009. Whether or not he’s in Fredi Gonzalez’s lineup tonight, you figure Schafer will be in there quite a bit the next two weeks. He’s a very good defensive center fielder and the most comfortable of the available guys in center.

Schafer wasn’t exactly scalding the ball in Gwinnett (.256) with 42 hits in 42 games, but he showed some flashes in spring training, and he brings an element the Braves can really use – speed.

Pirates matchup

Tonight’s pitching matchup is pretty intriguing. Raise your hand if you figured Charlie Morton would be 5-1 at this point in the season? Both he and Jair Jurrjens are 5-1. Jurrjens’ ERA is 1.80 and Morton’s isn’t too shabby either at 2.62.

Former Brave Morton has a career-high five wins

Former Brave Morton has a career-high five wins

Consider 2011 pretty resurgent for both, with Jurrjens coming back from an injury-plagued 2010, and Morton coming back from just a plagued 2010. Morton went 2-12 with a 7.57 ERA last year, the worst record and ERA among qualified starters last season. And now this?

According to John Perrotto, my esteemed notes group colleague, Morton has begun using his sinker again – former Pirates pitching coach Joe Kerrigan wanted him to scrap it last season – and it’s working for him. And Morton has been singing the praises of new pitching coach Ray Searage.

Morton has also done some work with a sports psychologist. My impression when Morton was with the Braves was that everybody knew he had great stuff; it was a matter of him trusting it and having the confidence to throw it over the plate. It seems he’s doing that consistently right now. Morton is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in his past three starts, including a complete game win over the Reds. He’s already matched his career-high in wins.

As a whole, it sounds to me like the Pirates are really taking to new manager Clint Hurdle and their attitude isn’t so defeatist. I got this by talking to former Brave Matt Diaz over the weekend (here’s a story I wrote about him over the weekend).

“With Clint in charge, it’s definitely a different vibe than the Pirates of old when you played against them,” Diaz said. “There’s very little negativity. When you talked to the Pirates when you came into town before, they’d be counting down the days until the end of the season in May. We’re not scoreboard watching, but we know what our division is doing. We feel like we can compete in this division this year. I don’t know how long the Pirates have felt that way.”

Um, not long. But these Pirates have won four of their past five games, and at 22-24 they are as close as they’ve been to .500 this “late” in a season since 2004.

Phillies watch

As if the Braves’ injury outbreak wasn’t discouraging enough, it just happened to coincide with the return of second baseman Chase Utley to the Phillies. Utley went 0-for-5 last night in his return, but the Phillies scored 10 runs, the most runs they’ve scored in 21 games. Hey, it’s just good karma for the Phillies to have him in there.

If the Braves were looking for some good news in that outcome, there’s some there too. The Reds lost their sixth in a row. Not a bad time to face them this weekend at Turner Field. OK, more from the ballpark shortly.

BRAVES LINEUP

1. Schafer CF

2. Prado LF

3. Jones 3B

4. McCann C

5. Hinske RF

6. Gonzalez SS

7. Freeman 1B

8. Conrad 2B

9. Jurrjens P

1,489 comments Add your comment

Buckeye Brave

May 24th, 2011
2:29 pm

With all these injuries, we’re now going to find out about our minor league outfielders

habberdash

May 24th, 2011
2:30 pm

wouldn’t mind see hinske, mather, and schafer all in the outfield tonight, with prado giving uggla a breather

coach

May 24th, 2011
2:32 pm

DAP

May 24th, 2011
2:33 pm

i would start schafer tonight.

BravePack

May 24th, 2011
2:33 pm

This is for ncscoots

Schafer CF
Prado LF
Chipper 3B
Mac C
Hinske RF
Uggla 2B
Freeman 1B
Gonzo SS
JJ P

Happy I’ll be the first to get this rollin

Keasbey Jack

May 24th, 2011
2:34 pm

Here is hoping Chipper has a good game because he has really been stugling against right handed pitchers. I wonder if he is trying tough it out with his knee due to so many on the DL?

N8

May 24th, 2011
2:35 pm

I would start Schafer. But probably in LF. I wouldn’t want there to be too much pressure on him playing CF right off the bat.

coach

May 24th, 2011
2:36 pm

1. Schafer CF
2. Prado LF
3. McCann C
4. Jones 3B
5. Uggla 2B
6. Freeman 1B
7. Mather RF
8. Gonzalos SS

DAP

May 24th, 2011
2:36 pm

habberdash, that isnt a bad idea. i dont think think a day off would hurt uggla at all.

Murph

May 24th, 2011
2:37 pm

I like BP’s lineup and second that motion

heyward4mvp

May 24th, 2011
2:38 pm

Schafer CF
Prado LF
Chipper 3B
McCann C
Hinske/Mather RF
Uggla 2B
Freeman 1B
Gonzalez SS

DAP

May 24th, 2011
2:39 pm

N8, im with you on bunching up the lefties, but i still bat prado up top. switch he and freeman and were in bidness.

CB

May 24th, 2011
2:40 pm

Darn you,scoots!

flange1

May 24th, 2011
2:41 pm

Thanks for the new blog CR!

And scoots this is for you

Schafer CF
Prado LF
BMAC C
Chipper 3B
Hinske RF
Freeman 1B
Gonzo SS
Shaun P

No pressure there right?

N8

May 24th, 2011
2:42 pm

Here goes (and this is simply based on the fact that Morton eats RH batters alive and struggles plenty against LH batters)

1. Schafer CF
2. Freeman 1B
3. Chipper 3B
4. Hinske RF
5. McCann
6. Prado
7. Uggla
8. Gonzalez

Gotta try and score early and often off Morton and make him work hard each time through the order with those LH batters bunched up.

Never going to happen. But….

IHEARTCARROLL

May 24th, 2011
2:42 pm

I think JJ will bat ninth. The rest I’m not sure about.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

May 24th, 2011
2:42 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Ms. Rogers!

Neight

Switch Prado and Freeman and I’d want that lineup for always! (When McLouth comes back, we cann always work out something else that’s very similar…)

TennesseePaul

May 24th, 2011
2:43 pm

Thanks for the work CR.

GO BRAVES!

ncscoots

May 24th, 2011
2:45 pm

I’m touched by this heartfelt outpouring of lineups, folks. (sniff) It’s just…well, it’s just touching.

:-)

ncscoots

May 24th, 2011
2:46 pm

like BP’s lineup and second that motion

yes, props to BravePack for firing off the starting line. Props!

MFin04

May 24th, 2011
2:46 pm

I’d rather not see Chipper back in the lineup, but if he is, Martin Prado can play 2nd base can’t he? I seem to remember he used to play there? Sit Uggla tonight, let Schafer, Hinske, and Mather play the outfield. Gotta do something to shake up this terrible offense, and the worst hitter in the lineup currently is Dan Uggla.

Clay

May 24th, 2011
2:48 pm

I see no reason to bat Schafer first. How about:

Prado LF
Freeman 1B
Chipper 3B
Mac C
Hinske RF
Uggla 2B
Gonzo SS
Schafer CF
JJ P

Just Pat

May 24th, 2011
2:49 pm

Carroll

Thanks for the new blog AND the story on Matt Diaz…..appreciate both.

Soooo….we’re up against two former Braves tonight that will be out for blood, right? Our former players always seem to do well against us. :-(

TennesseePaul

May 24th, 2011
2:49 pm

Cool article on Diaz CR. Thanks!

ncscoots

May 24th, 2011
2:49 pm

CB, come on, man. What the hey, a few lineup posts or the alternative. I’m rolling with this, right here. :-)

noleee

May 24th, 2011
2:49 pm

you’d rather not see Chipper back in the line up because he is leading the team in hitting, and you hate both him and the Braves, right? WAFM

Snotboogie

May 24th, 2011
2:50 pm

Has McFann complained yet about meeting Clint Hurdle tonight? ;-)

ncscoots

May 24th, 2011
2:52 pm

Clay, I think some of our lineup posters are thinking about Morton’s splits, when they set Schafer up in the lineup. And I gotta say, even though Freddie is having a good month, I can’t quite talk myself into hitting him at 2.

Snotboogie

May 24th, 2011
2:53 pm

Morton has also done some work with a sports psychologist. My impression when Morton was with the Braves was that everybody knew he had great stuff; it was a matter of him trusting it and having the confidence to throw it over the plate.

Oh come on! The pot did not need any more stirring.
cue: Zillionth repeat of the tirade.

phil

May 24th, 2011
2:54 pm

I think Schafer needs a day off….

Uggly needs to be on the bench for a game or 2….it’s obvious to everyone with any sense but FG….

“Schafer wasn’t exactly scalding the ball in Gwinnett (.256) with 42 hits in 42 games, but he showed some flashes in spring training, and he brings an element the Braves can really use – speed.” CR

42 hits in 42 games is hall of fame worthy for this team!!! Welcome back, Schafer….hope I don’t have to bash you tomorrow morning…

Scott

May 24th, 2011
2:54 pm

I like the giving Uggla a day off, maybe even a couple. Go with…

SchaferCF
Prado2
Chipper3
McCannC
HinskeLF
MatherRF
Freeman1
GozalezSS

ChrisfromSacramento, Ca

May 24th, 2011
2:54 pm

So far this team is very disappointing. Chipper looks like he needs a break already. Heyward is such a LITTLE GIRL. Freeman is overmatched at the plate and the pen is leaking oil already. Injuries mounting and Ugs is just bad. Good think lots of time to get right but with Utley back things can get out of hand in a hurry.

The Phils rotation just does not lend itself to losing streaks.

We need pen help and a centerfielder but how the hell is that going to happen. I think maybe we may have to part with a veteran starter. JJ has high value but with Huddy hurt can do anything. I dont know, Im just disappointed. Thought this team was going to be special.

HEYWARD IS SUCH A CHIC, MAN UP AND MAKE AN ADJUSTMENT SO YOU DONT BREAK YOUR BAT EVERY ATBAT , HEYWARD SUCKS

MFin04

May 24th, 2011
2:54 pm

Chipper has hit .176 the last 7 days, and .222 the last 14 days. It appears his knee issue is hurting him. That’s why I think he should be out of the lineup and should have been DLed a week ago like I’ve said a few times.

But if he is in the lineup, why not put Prado at 2nd, Uggla on the bench, and Mather and Hinske can continue to rake. Hit Schafer 8th and let him go get the ball in CF.

Braveone

May 24th, 2011
2:56 pm

From the previous blog which had 3,504 comments, cabravesfan led the way with 122 posts. There were 298 different poster names. Here are the Top 25:

Rank Poster Frequency

1 cabravesfan 122
2 noleee 109
3 Bat Masterson 93
4 LTBF 88
5 count_schemula 87
6 Lew 85
7 Earl Williams 84
8 JC from DR! (You gotta tip your cap to ____) 83
9 JasonInFL 83
10 Venice Jim 75
11 Brave4life-1995 all over again? 74
12 Tbraves 74
13 jeffrey d 68
14 McFann :Ô: :Ô: 64
15 CaptainMudderland 62
16 Tomahawkin 61
17 Tomas 58
18 David O’Brien 55
19 VaBravesFan 54
20 Powder Blue 53
21 Shaun 52
22 Ward 51
23 Tomahawk Mafia 50
24 N8 47
25 ncscoots 47

Braveheart

May 24th, 2011
2:56 pm

Charlie Morton is a bedwetter. Just slap him around.

noleee

May 24th, 2011
2:56 pm

Do pro baseball players really need a sports psychologist?
I though they were all capable of handling any pressure situation on their own?

MFin04

May 24th, 2011
2:56 pm

ncscoots – Freeman has looked great lately. I think Freeman still gets overshadowed by Heyward for some reason, but Freeman is putting together a pretty nice year offensively and especially defensively.

Snotboogie

May 24th, 2011
2:56 pm

42 hits in 42 games is hall of fame worthy for this team!!! Welcome back, Schafer….hope I don’t have to bash you tomorrow morning…

HOF today, bash tomorrow.
Fickle fandom.

Just Pat

May 24th, 2011
2:56 pm

SB

You are SO right! Never thought of CR as a pot stirrer but she sure did it this time, huh?

bruce

May 24th, 2011
2:57 pm

Carroll: Really enjoyed the Diaz article… great to get an update and hear his take on things. Thanks!

BFChris26

May 24th, 2011
2:58 pm

Lets go Braves!!!!!

Hopefully offense comes through tonight.

Snotboogie

May 24th, 2011
2:58 pm

Just Pat

I think we are going to have to give her a pass. She hasnt been on the clock during the latest stretch of his mad repetitions.

Ralph

May 24th, 2011
2:58 pm

Here is what tonights lineup should be but it wont be:

l. Prado 2B
2. Mather CF
3. Jones 3B
4. McCann C
5. Hinskie LF
6. Freeman 1B
7. Gonzales SS
8. Ramarez RF

ncscoots

May 24th, 2011
2:58 pm

Freeman is overmatched at the plate

Yeah, to the tune of about .300 this month.

The kid is obviously buried, LOL.

Just Pat

May 24th, 2011
2:59 pm

SB

OK…if you say so, but…….just this ONCE! :-)

ChrisfromSacramento, Ca

May 24th, 2011
3:00 pm

NCSCOOTS,

ya his singles are really carrying the team. How many times does he go down like Uggla with runners on. Singles are not what the Braves need. Freddie is not driving the ball at all.

Murph

May 24th, 2011
3:00 pm

Teheran is blowing away everyone in AAA… very interesting to see the difference in his MLB and AAA stats. Not that his MLB stats are bad, especially given the circumstances, but interesting none the less.

Wish I had a way to watch him start at Gwinnett.

bottom of another 5th

May 24th, 2011
3:00 pm

need to get both of these to save face on this trip….would really hate to limp home with a 1-6 mark

jeffrey d

May 24th, 2011
3:01 pm

Does Tomahawkin have a brother? Here’s someone’s lineup prediction on Bradley’s blog

1. Schafer Beer-CF
2. Misto DePrado-3B
3. Freebird Freeman-1B
4. Macho McCann-C
5. Pretty Uggla-2B
6. Hurricane Hinske-LF
7. “HitMan” Gonzalez-SS
8. Nothing tha Mather-RF

Just Pat

May 24th, 2011
3:02 pm

SB

And, remember, when Phil is bashing…it’s just that he’s being a “realist”, not fickle.

Sit Uggla

May 24th, 2011
3:02 pm

I really like the idea of allowing Schafer, Hinske and Mather to play and moving Prado in to second. Uggla needs a few days off (Monday and today). Let him relax and get his head on straight. We really need Uggla’s power in this lineup; he’s killing the offense with his average. If I watch another game where he comes up with bases loaded and strikes out on that outside pitch I may throw up on my keyboard. That being said I have faith that he’ll snap out of it my only concern is when. As I said it’d be great for him to get going now when we need him the most (with all the injuries). I think a few big hits could go a long way to boost his confidence.

Just Pat

May 24th, 2011
3:02 pm

Murph

Thanks…..I guess……just not sure I could hit the ball hard enough to get scoots around the bases. :-)

Sopheee

May 24th, 2011
3:03 pm

jeffrey at cleanup? Puh-leez.

ncscoots

May 24th, 2011
3:03 pm

Freddie is not driving the ball at all.

If you had said that initially, brother, I would have agreed. I was simply pointing out that he isn’t getting beaten like a drum, as you implied. That’s all. For a kid who has all of 150 ABs in the bigs, I’d say he’s holding his own, so far.

Murph

May 24th, 2011
3:03 pm

Today’s blog lineup should be:

1. ncscoots
2. Just Pat
3. BravePack
4. jeffrey d
5. Lew
6. noleee
7. Snotboobie
8. CraZy
9. AT

shmoe

May 24th, 2011
3:04 pm

this is do or die time. we are really in a tough spot, and maybe this isn’t our year. that, or we need uggla and heyward to be slugging/obp infernos from here on out.

Ease®

May 24th, 2011
3:04 pm

Both cab and VJ in the top ten. Interesting.

bravesgrl4life

May 24th, 2011
3:04 pm

Enjoyed the article with Matte, CR. He is one class act, and I mean that with all sincerity.

Hopefully the day off gave the boys some time to think about what they are doing wrong and we can pick it back up tonight. Maybe just having some new blood in for a while will be the ticket.

Ralph

May 24th, 2011
3:05 pm

@ Sit Uggla

I like that to except with the LHP I like right hander Ramarez over left hander Shafer.

AZBravoFan

May 24th, 2011
3:05 pm

Much like the beginning of last year, this is team buzzkill. I remember thinking last year after the Glaus game-tying homer against the Phils and Nate’s walk-off where the team disappeared from the dugout that this was going to be a momentum changer. And then there was the long losing streak. I was sure Martin’s GS would be the spark this year. Nope. Christhian Martinez double? Sorry. Surely Uggla’s dinger off Halladay would be the ticket…not so fast my friend. How about Diory Hernandez off the bench with the game winner – nah..Craig had other ideas. Joe Freakin’ Mather???? Nope bats right back in the freezer after the game. What does it take to get these guys on a roll?

jeffrey d

May 24th, 2011
3:05 pm

Wow, cleanup…thanks Murph

Jimmy

May 24th, 2011
3:06 pm

Said this before, but I expect something big from Hinske/Freeman/McCann tonight.

Put Schafer in CF and leading off. That’s what we are asking of him anyway. Let’s start tonight.

Ease®

May 24th, 2011
3:06 pm

{snicker} He just called you Snotboobie.

Murph

May 24th, 2011
3:07 pm

JP – you’d be called on to bunt… every AB… so don’t get too excited.

Just Pat

May 24th, 2011
3:07 pm

bg4life

Totally agree with you about Diaz being a class act. Always liked him.

Ease®

May 24th, 2011
3:08 pm

So that means Just Pat is our best blogger?

Snotboogie

May 24th, 2011
3:08 pm

it’s just that he’s being a “realist”, not fickle.

Isnt it always?

Is someone going to refill my kool-aid! Hellooo.

onebravosfan

May 24th, 2011
3:08 pm

Throughout the blogosphere, there has been a ton of talk about Schafer. Why is there no love for Wilkin Ramirez. He was promoted first so you would think the Braves thought he was the most ready for the majors. Why not start him in CF? I am not necessarily saying he should start in CF but he seems to be left out of the conversation.

Snotboogie

May 24th, 2011
3:09 pm

{snicker} He just called you Snotboobie.

Glad you found something to entertain you, Ease. You got to find something to do while on the bench. ;-)

Just Pat

May 24th, 2011
3:09 pm

Murph

Oh, OK….MIGHT be able to handle that. :-)

Jimmy

May 24th, 2011
3:09 pm

Murph – according to the sample size, nscoots should be in the two hole with Shaun leading off.

richbrave

May 24th, 2011
3:09 pm

Boo-Yah. My grandson’s team ranked number 10 in the central Virginia region, TIMES-DISPATCH final poll. I guess knocking off the #1 team helped. The only AA team on the list.

wheelz007

May 24th, 2011
3:10 pm

I hope JJ throws another gem tonight.

Maybe Mather and Hinske will keep hitting and let’s hope Prado and Chipper and Mac get some big hits too.

At some point, you’ve gotta believe that Uggla is going to get going. Now would be a really good time for him to heat up.

Go Braves!

Snotboogie

May 24th, 2011
3:10 pm

He was promoted first so you would think the Braves thought he was the most ready for the majors.

I thought about this and wondered if he was called on more as a bench guy – replacing Mather. But Schafer is being called up in place of McLouth – as a starter. Possible?

Choppinmama

May 24th, 2011
3:11 pm

Carroll: welcome aboard the Pirates cruise. Let’s hope its a short, but sweet one for us all.

What is the latest on Peter Moylan? How is his rehab going?

See you later at gametime.

ncscoots

May 24th, 2011
3:11 pm

JP – you’d be called on to bunt… every AB… so don’t get too excited.

Nossir. I get an automatic green light to go whenever I want, or you can take me out of the lineup, Skipper. I don’t need no steenkeng bunts.

I wasn’t always just a pitcher, you know. Did you guys realize that, when Grady Sizemore came along, they said, “He could be the next scoots. He’s that good.”?

Probably didn’t know that.

Murph

May 24th, 2011
3:11 pm

I based my blog lineup on several factors… recent performances, ability under pressure, who’s nice to me and who isn’t, etc.

Just Pat

May 24th, 2011
3:11 pm

Ease

Not hardly!!!! I’m a better reader than I am a poster and know next to nothing about all the stats thrown out there. Enjoy the reading, though (mostly).

Braveheart

May 24th, 2011
3:11 pm

Freeman is overmatched at the plate

Freddie has the 16th best OPS+ for a 21 year old first baseman in the history of the game. Freddie has a league average batting average, an above average OBP, and about an average SLG. I haven’t been all that impressed by him thus far, but I wouldn’t say he’s been overmatched. Problem is .249/.319/.384/.703 is league average these days. We were so used to .266/.342/.432/.773 being the league average a decade ago. Takes awhile to adjust to what is now considered normal or average. What was about a replacement level offensive performance in 2000 is now an average offensive performance in 2011

DAM

May 24th, 2011
3:12 pm

I think we should run Schafer out there playing CF and batting leadoff to see if he can provide a spark at the top of the order. Give it a try for a few days and see what happens. It’s not like the offense can get any worse than it has been for the last few games, anyway. Based on what he’s done in the minors this season, I wouldn’t expect too much, but it can’t hurt to see what he can do.

Murph

May 24th, 2011
3:12 pm

Sorry Snotboogie, that was actually a typo and not a commentary regarding you or your abilities.

richbrave

May 24th, 2011
3:13 pm

DOWN ON THE FARM:

JOSE CONTRERAS vs. JULIO TEHERAN. If that isn’t the epitome of the difference between PHILADELPHIA’s and ATLANTA’s baseball teams I don’t know what is. The aging [39] re-habbing vet against the brash [20] up-and-coming youngster. Dang, JOSE is old enough to be JULIO’s daddy with room to spare.

And the winner is…………………………………………………………………..

TEHERAN [4-0. 1.65 ERA] 6.0 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO.

GEARRIN [3.38 ERA] 1.0 3 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB. CORY was savaged a bit, but held on.

Although in fairness CONTRERAS only went two …….two perfect innings that is.

Mucho hero’s in the stick department for GWINNETT. 11 hits including four doubles.

Leading the hit parade, RF STEFAN GARTRELL [.280 BA] 3-4, 2 R, 3 2B [13], 4 RBI [22].

LF JOSE ‘GEORGE’ CONSTANZA [.297 BA] 2-4, 3 R, SB [11].

CF MATT YOUNG [.265 BA] 2-4, 1 RBI [7].

2B ED LUCAS [.240 BA] 2-4, 1 RBI[ 16].

3B DAN NELSON [.290 BA] 1-3, 1 2B [4].

SS BRANDON HICKS [.213 BA] 1-3.

PH JEFF FIORENTINO [.000] 0-0, 1 R, 1 BB. Just promoted from MISSISSIPPI after 13 G as a BRAVE. Former BOSOX farm-hand [20 G].

BravePack

May 24th, 2011
3:13 pm

Murph

I appreciate you having the confidence to put me in the 3 hole but I feel that is too much pressure to put on myself and would like to move down in the line-up to gain some confidence first.

Ease®

May 24th, 2011
3:14 pm

The bench… :sad:

MikeInFl

May 24th, 2011
3:14 pm

I like the lineup, Murph. Always good to have a switch hitter, a guy who likes to swing both ways, in the leadoff spot.

Ralph

May 24th, 2011
3:14 pm

I reaal don’t care who is IN the lineup so long as Uggly is OUT if the lineup.

Snotboogie

May 24th, 2011
3:15 pm

Why is nolie hitting 6th? I take exception to that – - he has to come up more often and preferably in the first inning. He is wasted in the 6 spot. I say move him up to the 2 spot. Over the long run he might give the team the chance of winning an extra 0.45 games.

BFChris26

May 24th, 2011
3:15 pm

McCutchen
Tabata
Jones
Walker
Overbay
Wood
Snyder
Cedeno
Morton

Is Pirates lineup tonight.

JPopNC

May 24th, 2011
3:15 pm

It’s a sad state of affairs when a MLB.com article titled “Resurgent sluggers lead outfielders” lists 17 NL outfielders who are the league elite….and not one of them are a Brave. Heck, we didn’t even get honorable mention.

Then…to add insult to injury the article starts the AL listing with “And in the AL: Jeff Francoeur has re-emerged with the Royals, batting .282 with nine homers and 28 RBIs”.

we can’t win for losing.

CB

May 24th, 2011
3:15 pm

Braveheart in one post tells us more than Shaun tells us in a week. Thanks,Braveheart.

ncscoots

May 24th, 2011
3:15 pm

a guy who likes to swing both ways

Wait a minute…

Jimmy

May 24th, 2011
3:16 pm

Miss Carroll – Turn “Matlock” off, put down the box fiddle-faddle, go to the ballpark and post the lineup.

And thanks for the new blog.

Snotboogie

May 24th, 2011
3:17 pm

No probs Murph. When the first part is Snot, it cant much worse anyway! :-)

Ward

May 24th, 2011
3:17 pm

I like the new look out field just hope it can score some runs! Pirates always give me the pits,because they are a funny team to play. Get ready for another tight ball game, and may our Braves be victorious.

Ease®

May 24th, 2011
3:17 pm

I like the lineup, Murph. Always good to have a switch hitter, a guy who likes to swing both ways, in the leadoff spot.

So why leave Anders off the team? He’s as good a swinger as the next….

Herschel Talker

May 24th, 2011
3:18 pm

Another year of a clown circus. These guys haven’t overachieved in at least 15 years. Time to clean house on the coaching staff, Fredi included.

FIRE MARK RICHT

richbrave

May 24th, 2011
3:18 pm

CB:

Hoping things on the mend at home.

Just Pat

May 24th, 2011
3:18 pm

scoots

I WONDERED if you were gonna react to that! :-)

VaBravesFan

May 24th, 2011
3:18 pm

I think i should be the Blogs best reserve. I can play all OF spots and 2nd/3rdbase. I run very fast, and have a good arm. I have zero power but can bunt better than 75% of major league hitters. haha

onebravosfan

May 24th, 2011
3:19 pm

Thanks Snotboogie. I hope Schafer is ready for the promotion.

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