Good luck trying to top Hudson’s performance

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

So tonight it’s Game 2 of the Blue Jays series and the Braves are going to have a hard time topping what went on last night, at least any one individual Brave. Those of us just “fresh in” from traveling back from a trip to Alaska weren’t sure if it was foggy, jet-lagged brain or if Tim Hudson really hit a two-run homer.

Ah, but there it was confirmed in my paper this morning. Right along with Hudson’s eight shutout, two-hit innings. He didn’t walk a batter until the ninth inning and struck out eight in an impressive a win as you’ll see by a pitcher.

I will say I think I ran faster in mile 22 of the Alaska Marathon Saturday than Hudson ran around the bases after his homer but hey, he had been pitching for seven innings, and in weather about 20 degrees hotter than what we got in Anchorage.

Hudson retired 20 in a row at one point, threw a four-pitch inning, got nine ground ball outs hit to shortstop Alex Gonzalez. His home run was no foolin’ either, well up into the seats over left field. I think I saw him mouth something to Chipper Jones in the dugout like “that went way up there.”

As fun as the home run was, I’m sure many of you were just happy to see him look so much more like himself on the mound. Hudson had been 1-4 with a 5.80 ERA and .271 batting average in his previous seven starts.

He said on TV after the game that he’d made an adjustment after watching some video from ’02 and ’03 with the A’s – back when he had sub 3.00 ERAs in the American League, some of the finest work of his career.

Hudson said he made an adjustment with his hands and where they were when he started his windup to help his arm catch up; that’s I believe how he put it. Looks like it worked pretty well, as his pitches were much more consistently down in the strike zone.

Hudson had been 2-11 in interleague play as a Brave since 2005, and the Braves had won just two of his 18 interleague starts overall. He had a little fun with interleague play Monday night, though, and showed his old friends in the AL just how much of a wild card it can be when the pitcher gets to hit for himself.

All you had to do was watch the expression on Ricky Romero’s face to know that. He dropped to his knees after giving up the home run on a fastball in, and later in the dugout, obviously frustrated, he huffed and puffed and pulled his jersey up over his face.

Our folks asked Hudson last night about whether his at-bat was an argument against the designated hitter. His response?

“No, we suck honestly hitting,” Hudson said. “I was hitting .040 coming into this game. But it was a big hit. A big homer.”

According to Elias, Hudson became only the fifth pitcher in the last 40 years to pitch in a game and hit a home run that accounted for all the runs. He joined Bob Welch (1983 Dodgers), Odalis Perez (2002 Dodgers), Brad Hennessey (2005 Giants) and Yovani Gallardo (2009 Brewers).

Lineup watch

From what DOB has been reporting, it sounds like Chipper could be back in the lineup tonight after missing four games with a strained adductor muscle.

Last night’s game was the first game all year that both Jones and Brian McCann had been out of the lineup. It was weird to see them over there talking to each other in the dugout.

Fredi Gonzalez has made it a point to have one or the other of those guys in the lineup every day. With Jones’ latest injury, Gonzalez pretty much had no choice because he needed to give McCann a day off.

For those who’ve asked whether McCann is getting more off time under Gonzalez than Bobby Cox, I had a look back over the previous four years and I think he’s probably getting just a little more regular rest under Gonzalez.

Through 74 games as of June 20 this year, McCann has been out of the starting lineup 14 times. Last year on June 19, he’d been out of the starting lineup 15 times, but you figure some of those were when he was dealing with blurry vision problems.

McCann sat out 23 starts through the first 67 games in 2009 but that was after spending time in April and May on the disabled list with his eye problems. Through June 20 of 2008, he was out of the starting lineup only nine times. In 2007, on June 20, he’d been out 16 times.

Pitching matchup

Mike Minor is back on the mound tonight for his fifth start in place of Brandon Beachy. (Beachy is slated to come off the disabled list on Wednesday against the Blue Jays, pitching in place of the injured Tommy Hanson, who had shoulder tendinitis, rather than making a second minor league rehabilitation start.)

Minor gave up five runs in 4 1/3 innings in his last start against the Mets in a no-decision in the game the Braves won Thursday on a balk-off. He hasn’t won a game since last Aug. 31 against the Mets when he won three starts in a row in career starts No. 2, 3, and 4 as a Brave. Since then he’s 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA and a .341 opponents’ batting average over 10 starts.

The Blue Jays are pitching a rookie tonight in Zach Stewart, who is where Minor was last August – making his second ever major league start. He made his debut on Thursday against the Orioles, allowing only two runs in seven innings of a no-decision. He gave up seven hits, including a homer, walked one and struck out four. He averaged only 12.3 pitches per inning.

Stewart is one of the pieces the Blue Jays acquired in a deal at the trade deadline in 2009 for Scott Rolen, along with Edwin Encarnacion, and Josh Roenicke.

None of the Braves have ever faced Stewart before, at least at the major league level, which as you know spells a little trouble for the Braves, who have struggled in recent years against unfamiliar pitchers.

OK better post this and see if I remember how to get to the Ted. In case anyone asks, I ran a 4:54 in Alaska. Not a great time, but had a great time. Eight miles of trail running (complete with gravel rocks to dodge) made the legs feel a little groggy at the end but made for gorgeous views of the mountains.

More shortly.

1,381 comments Add your comment

Scrub21

June 21st, 2011
2:47 pm

Jimmy

June 21st, 2011
2:51 pm

No Brave has faced Zach Stewart. Second big leauge start.
BALLGAME!

There, I said it for you bunch of losers.

Murph

June 21st, 2011
2:53 pm

The Blue Jays are pitching a rookie tonight in Zach Stewart, who is where Minor was last August – making his second ever major league start.

Ooohhh… crap.

Jonny Venters' Left Arm

June 21st, 2011
2:55 pm

Even I am giving a thumbs up to Hudson’s performance last night, and I am practically a god amongst mere mortals.

John Leonard

June 21st, 2011
2:56 pm

Right now the Braves are struggling against everyone.

Just Pateeeee

June 21st, 2011
2:57 pm

Thanks, Carroll, for the new blog……interesting, as usual.

NomoBobo

June 21st, 2011
2:57 pm

Uggla’s one handed, head flying out, swing for the fences approach to the plate is a sight to behold

liz

June 21st, 2011
2:58 pm

You spelled *league* wrong, sweetie.

Jimmy

June 21st, 2011
2:59 pm

Yeah, thanks for the new blog Carroll.
DOB and Yunel spotted near Buckhead on their Harleys.

Jimmy Beam, you are my friend

June 21st, 2011
2:59 pm

Heck, Carroll, just *starting* a marathon is more than I ever plan on doing….. Nice to have you back.

Just Pateeeee

June 21st, 2011
3:00 pm

If any of you want to read a blog with absolutely NO negative posts, read the one about Prado. I couldn’t believe it.

Jimmy

June 21st, 2011
3:00 pm

Thanks liz. And you spelled “sweet tea” wrong:-)

flange1

June 21st, 2011
3:01 pm

Thanks for the new blog CR!

JT Grace

June 21st, 2011
3:02 pm

Congrats on the marathon, Carroll. I ran that exact same time when I ran my first marathon (the Marine Corps marathon) in 1994.

Just Pateeeee

June 21st, 2011
3:02 pm

Just Pateeeee

June 21st, 2011
3:03 pm

Hmmm..that reminds me….my cousin’s son was also running in an Alaskan marathon (he’s a Marine). Wonder if it was the same one?

Jimmy

June 21st, 2011
3:05 pm

Just Pateeeee – “If any of you want to read a blog with absolutely NO negative posts, read the one about Prado. I couldn’t believe it.”

I just went over there and fixed it. Thanks for the alert. We can’t have any positive blogs on here..none!

Hit A Single

June 21st, 2011
3:06 pm

It is hard to feel sorry for Uggla when he hasn’t changed his approach one bit. He is just trying to hit it as hard as he can. All you need is a pitcher, catcher, third baseman, first baseman and leftfielder to get him out. His swing may be the worst I have ever seen by and everyday player.

Just Pateeeee

June 21st, 2011
3:08 pm

Jimmy

Please tell me you’re joking…..it was so refreshing. Besides, what could you possibly say bad about Martin ANYWAY?

Just Pateeeee

June 21st, 2011
3:09 pm

Hit A Single

It is hard to feel sorry for Uggla, but I do. I’m sure he’s mortified with the numbers he’s putting up.

timthebrave

June 21st, 2011
3:09 pm

Carroll, Congratulations on doing a marathon. I did one about 7 years ago and although I felt a huge accomplishment I don’t think I will ever do it again. I finished in about 4 hours and 20 minutes….Mostly flat running (and some walking)

Jimmy

June 21st, 2011
3:10 pm

Just looking at Stewarts stats:
He did pretty well vs. Baltimore.
7 innings / 7 hits / 1 walk / 2 k’s.

But what concerns me is that he is up from AA. Been there for two seasons. This is the kind of pitcher that kills the Braves.

It is the first day of summer..so maybe they can “flip-the-switch”.

Jimmy

June 21st, 2011
3:12 pm

@Just Pateeeee – yeah, joking.

Ease®

June 21st, 2011
3:12 pm

Tonight’s lineup vs TOR (7:10 Peachtree/FS South): Schafer 8 Heyward 9 Chipper 5 McCann 2 Freeman 3 Uggla 4 Gonzalez 6 McLouth 7 Minor 1

bruce

June 21st, 2011
3:21 pm

So Carroll, being a marathon runner and a successful one at that, it seems that with your demonstated endurance, maybe you will get a bit less sympathy than you otherwise might here on the blog when there is a rain delay… welcome back

Just Pateeeee

June 21st, 2011
3:24 pm

Loved Tim Hudson’s quote last night when Joe Simpson told him he’d be batting 5th in the lineup tonight…..”OK, but I’ll need my aluminum bat for that” :-)

David

June 21st, 2011
3:26 pm

When Hudson said, ““No, we suck honestly hitting” was he talking about pitchers in general or about the Braves?!

Dunwoody Braves Fan

June 21st, 2011
3:28 pm

I thought I saw Huddy directing traffic out of the Gold Lot after the game and heard he was whipping up some fried catfish for the Braves’ post-game snack. The man does it all…

Just Pateeeee

June 21st, 2011
3:28 pm

Daviid

That’s a good question. ;-)

Wonder if the “pitcher’s batting title” is now between Jurjjens and Hudson?

Believer

June 21st, 2011
3:29 pm

Let Hudson bat clean-up!

Believer

June 21st, 2011
3:31 pm

Cy Stewart on the mound for the Jays tonight…

mdbravesfan

June 21st, 2011
3:33 pm

Just read DOBs other piece on Larry Parrish, wow I actually can’t believe this team would hire a hitting coach with no experience as a hitting coach. And a very poor article too. ASK LP HIS FAVORITE COLOR NEXT TIME! “Proctor for Cy Young “

Booger Eatin' Frenzy

June 21st, 2011
3:34 pm

Dan Uggla is batting sixth. No reason for him to not be batting 8th. Or 9th for that matter. Despite a hit or two every now and then he has shown no signs of improving. Same stupid approach, every at bat. Fire him not the hitting coach.

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

June 21st, 2011
3:36 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Ms. Rogers.

cabravesfan

June 21st, 2011
3:38 pm

Per Mark Bowman:

mlbbowman Mark Bowman
Julio Lugo has been called up and will be in uniform tonight. Diory has been optioned. #Braves

Bigwheel

June 21st, 2011
3:39 pm

McFann: I only mentioned Bmac is because he’s our best hitter ( In response to the last blog). And Thanks DOB for answering my question. I was thinking the same, he’s a pitcher, doesn’t get the ‘trot’ real often. I could see why opposing teams get infuriated when other players ( not pitchers) that do it. I always disliked Manny Ramirez for his classless trots, among other ‘roid heads.

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

June 21st, 2011
3:39 pm

From Mark Bowmen: In the three games he’s pitched with Ross behind the plate this year, Hudson has posted a 0.78 ERA and limited opponents to a .125 batting average. In the 12 games he has pitched with Brian McCann behind the dish, he has posted a 4.69 ERA and allowed opponents to hit .259.

Before you get too excited about the need for Ross to be Hudson’s personal catcher remember this is a VERY small sample size that is being taken in a year when Hudson’s mechanics have been very inconsistent. When he has been able to drop and drive like he did last night, he has been pretty good regardless of who is behind the plate.

In the 25 games he pitched with McCann behind the plate last year, Hudson posted a 2.38 ERA and allowed opponents to hit .237. With Ross behind the plate (11 games) , he posted a 2.73 ERA and limited opponents to a .210 batting average.

Just…thought that was int’resting…

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

June 21st, 2011
3:41 pm

Hey, why is Diory going down? OK, so he may not be the all-time greatest player, but I like him…maybe it’s ’cause we have the same b-day (differ’nt years, of course…)

Bigwheel

Oh, I know! I was just messin’ with ya. :P

Jeff Treadway

June 21st, 2011
3:42 pm

Dude, if our lineup gets shut out like they did yesterday then someone has got to go immediately. Hopefully Larry Parrish. I’ve never been a big fan of blaming things on the hitting coach. Honestly, I thought TP did a pretty decent job the past couple. You could tell he was working hard and cared about the production he was getting out of his players – although results with some players weren’t always good. I’m not getting that same vibe from Larry Parrish. Whenever they cut to him in the dugout, he just stands there looking like a fool as if he’s just there to collect a paycheck and go home immediately after the game.

Rufus

June 21st, 2011
3:43 pm

Congrats on the marathon Carroll. Can’t imagine doing anything I enjoy for 4:54, let alone running, but glad you made it and had a good time doing so.

mdbravesfan

June 21st, 2011
3:43 pm

I asked former GM Steve Phillips what he thought about Uggla situation and he thinks Fredi wants to sit him but is getting pressured by Wren to keep playing him because of the contract.

ncscoots

June 21st, 2011
3:44 pm

OK, but I’ll need my aluminum bat for that”

I had an interesting conversation the other day with a young man, who plays college ball as a pitcher and had just won a D3 Gold Glove. He was telling me that the change in bats had completely returned defense to his spot.

He explained that his team had never worried all that much about the pitcher fielding his position, just lip-service, really, because of the aluminum bats. Now, they were paying a lot more attention to it because the college game was definitely being played differently.

I don’t see a lot of college baseball, so I was pretty much unaware of that. Don’t know what that means going forward for kids drafted out of college ball, but I’d think it can only be good.

Bigwheel

June 21st, 2011
3:44 pm

mdbravesfan: And you believe the hogwash that comes out of his mouth?

VaBravesfan

June 21st, 2011
3:46 pm

I “tip my cap” to anyone who runs a marathon anywhere. I get tired thinking about it.

mdbravesfan

June 21st, 2011
3:46 pm

Bigwheel, I want to believe him otherwise we have the worst manager in baseball, which still is possible.

southern hope

June 21st, 2011
3:47 pm

Dang, I wish we had “LIKES” on these comments…there are already zingers out there.

“DOB and Yunel spotted near Buckhead on their Harleys” — LOL

Just Pateeeee

June 21st, 2011
3:48 pm

McFann

Uh-oh…..I read some of those posts about Ross vs. McCann and wondered where you were. ESPECIALLY when trading BMac was brought up. Thought “fer shure” that would bring the wrath of McFann immediately. :-)

monty

June 21st, 2011
3:49 pm

About 1/3 of Huddy’s pitches were sliders last night. And were really effective. Welcome back Mr. Slider, don’t know where you’ve been but good to see ya back ole buddy.

Bigwheel

June 21st, 2011
3:49 pm

Yeah, I agree, they may or may not see eye-to-eye on what to do. If anything, I think you’ll see him DLed otherwise it’ll be a day off from time to time. They wont bench him making that dough, esp. with our next best option at 2nd on the DL

chatt matt

June 21st, 2011
3:49 pm

Believer

June 21st, 2011
3:50 pm

Why do people rip Uggla but give Wayward a free pass? That guy is batting around .220!

AZBravoFan

June 21st, 2011
3:51 pm

wouldn’t mind seeing Rossy catch Minor for a game, see if he can get him on track…

chatt matt

June 21st, 2011
3:52 pm

Went to my first game in 2 years last night and Huddy put on one hell of a performance.It seemed he was like guys if you aint gonna get me any runs I will do it myself.

Just Pateeeee

June 21st, 2011
3:52 pm

scoots

From what we were told by an ex-coach (actually coached David Ross in Little League) the aluminum bat furor was over the injuries and they were gradually phasing them out from Little League on….

FairhopeBrave

June 21st, 2011
3:52 pm

Carol congrads on your marathon. I ran the Rock & Roll San Antonio in November and plan on running Atlanta marathon in Oct then Rock & Roll New Orleans in March. I just finished my first triathlon this past weekend. I think since I just turned 50 I’m trying to get a number of things checked off of my bucket list.

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

June 21st, 2011
3:52 pm

Just Pat

Ha! I thought about saying some stuff about those posts, but then I figgered, why should I even get sucked into that load of [crud]? That was so BEYOND stupid, I couldn’t bring myself to get involved…besides, it would only t me off and get me in a bad mood.

Braves aren’t trading BMac; of that I’m pretty DANG certain. :P

Bigwheel

June 21st, 2011
3:53 pm

Heywards not making 12 mil a year, and he’s 21.

Chris from the Rock

June 21st, 2011
3:54 pm

I’m glad to hear Lugo was called up. It will be nice to actually have an MLB-quality backup SS for once.

AtlYnkHtr

June 21st, 2011
3:54 pm

Hudson had been 2-11 in interleague play as a Brave since 2005, and the Braves had won just two of his 18 interleague starts overall. Can that be possible 2-16?

It would be really nice if Mike Minor put together a quality start. This will be his 14th start and at some point improvement and consistency need to be evident.

Jimmy

June 21st, 2011
3:56 pm

AtlYnkHtr – You are dead-on about Minor.

Just Pateeeee

June 21st, 2011
3:56 pm

McFann

Know that “reckingball” agreed with you and said not to even waste brain power thinking about BMac being traded. And, I totally agree, of course. I love David Ross, but love him right where he is; couldn’t ASK for a better back up catcher.

DiamondbackMac

June 21st, 2011
3:57 pm

McFann

Did you get those highlight videos I sent?

Lew

June 21st, 2011
3:58 pm

Shaun – One size fits all is a concept – apparently something you have trouble understanding without someone first publishing a study you can read. If you actually understood the concept, you might realize that if everything you tend to say adheres to said concept – that you don’t actually have to say the exact words for people to understand that’s what you’re saying.

monty

June 21st, 2011
3:59 pm

MIke Minor has little clue to where his fastball is going. There will be talk at some point tonight by Ron Gant (if he’s announcing) about how he needs to use his curve more

The Great Santini

June 21st, 2011
4:00 pm

Braves management should consider making Hudson the hitting coach..he’s a definite improvement over LP.

Just Pateeeee

June 21st, 2011
4:00 pm

C’mon, people, be honest here. How many of you cheered when Escobar kept hitting to AGon last night and AGon kept throwing him out? ;-)

monty

June 21st, 2011
4:02 pm

Heywards only 21? Sheesh! He plays like a 22 year old.

monty

June 21st, 2011
4:04 pm

Lowe doubles Saturday over the RF ’s head and then Huddy goes yard, pitchers are like, ‘Hey it aint rocket science guys!”

CrαZy

June 21st, 2011
4:05 pm

I’m glad to hear Lugo was called up. It will be nice to actually have an MLB-quality backup SS for once.

Is that why teams were lining up to sign the guy this offseason? I’m pretty sure he’s not the same player you remember.

JT Grace

June 21st, 2011
4:05 pm

I’m glad to hear Lugo was called up. It will be nice to actually have an MLB-quality backup SS for once.

Diory is more of a quality back-up SS than Julio Lugo.

cabravesfan

June 21st, 2011
4:06 pm

Just Pateeeee

Not sure if I cheered (I never hated Yunel, but did find him maddeningly frustrating at times and fully understand that he had to go, for the best interest of all parties) but I was highly amused by it :D

Lew

June 21st, 2011
4:06 pm

Why is everyone so down on Minor? Three of his five starts (and three of his past four) were at least 5 2/3 IP and he gave up 1, 3 and 2 ER. Yeah, he got hit a bit in his last start, but he’s hardly been terrible – or even really close to it.

DAP

June 21st, 2011
4:07 pm

AtlYnkHtr This will be his 14th start and at some point improvement and consistency need to be evident.

yeah, id like 40 starts from now…if he isnt starting to be more consistent, thats bad. right now, though? inconsistency should be completely expected.

JT Grace

June 21st, 2011
4:07 pm

I wonder if Diory was sent down just because he missed the squeeze sign last night. David Ross was sure mad as a hatter over it.

cabravesfan

June 21st, 2011
4:07 pm

DOB-

Any reason given for going with Lugo? Were they disappointed in Diory or just trying something different?

DAP

June 21st, 2011
4:08 pm

JT Grace Diory is more of a quality back-up SS than Julio Lugo.

how so? lugo is a pretty good defensive player, if i remember correctly. diory has been hitting ok, but his work in the field hasnt been great.

cabravesfan

June 21st, 2011
4:09 pm

Lew-

some people expect our pitchers to throw 8 innings of shut out ball every time out, others have no patience with young players (see Hayward, Jason or Freeman, Freddie) and still others just like to complain :)

Sopheee

June 21st, 2011
4:11 pm

Just Pat – I giggled – not in spite of Esco because I do like him but it was humorous. I think A-Gon grounded out to Esco in his first AB too so the favor was returned, somewhat.

flange1

June 21st, 2011
4:11 pm

Lugo still does and always will suck

nolee

June 21st, 2011
4:13 pm

I would think that Wren’s comments quoted today should put the kibosh on most of the quick trade talk. In fact it sounds to me like there is a very good chance that they once again stay cheap and add next to nothing to the team at all.

Lew

June 21st, 2011
4:13 pm

cab – Yeah, but one can always hope they might learn. Dreamer that I am.

Lew

June 21st, 2011
4:13 pm

flange – And Diory didn’t?

CB

June 21st, 2011
4:14 pm

flange,tell us how you really feel about Lugo.

The Lemmer

June 21st, 2011
4:14 pm

Dan has a lock on the Uggliest swing in the majors, Schafer & McOut in the same lineup, now THATS uggly! Over/under on Bravos scoring is 2, most bets would be for the under, very sad! Hurry back Prado…………

john kieffer

June 21st, 2011
4:14 pm

Since coming to the Braves Hudson has been inconsistent and therein is the problem. He is just as likely to give up 4 runs in the first inning as he is to throw a shutout. It is hard to plan on winning a pennant on pitching and fundamentals when your”ace” is like this.

Jimmy

June 21st, 2011
4:16 pm

Lew /DAP – I’m not down on Minor. I’d just like to see some progression in his control. 14 walks in 26.1 innings. Last year, 11 walks in 40.2

I know it shouldn’t be the case, but with our “offensive offense”, two runs might do us in.

Just cut down on the walks is what I’d like to see.

CrαZy

June 21st, 2011
4:16 pm

The 36 year old .231 hitting Julio Lugo will be a game changer BANK ON IT!!!!! :roll:

What is Uggla Doing Now?

June 21st, 2011
4:16 pm

In the locker room: Hey Chipper, can I borrow a jock strap?

T for Texas

June 21st, 2011
4:17 pm

is hard to plan on winning a pennant on pitching and fundamentals when your”ace” is like this.

Interesting new take on the Braves situation–blaming the pitching. LOL

cabravesfan

June 21st, 2011
4:17 pm

Lew-

At your age you should know better :D

McFann ;Ô; ;Ô;

June 21st, 2011
4:17 pm

DBackMac

They’re coming as we speak! :D Thanks! I appreciate that…Gotta read through that link you posted as well, to see if I cann figger it out. :P

Just Pat

For sure!

RC

June 21st, 2011
4:17 pm

Since coming to the Braves Hudson has been inconsistent and therein is the problem. He is just as likely to give up 4 runs in the first inning as he is to throw a shutout. It is hard to plan on winning a pennant on pitching and fundamentals when your”ace” is like this.

Umm….is that supposed to be taken seriously????

Just Pateeeee

June 21st, 2011
4:18 pm

Lew

If you’re dreaming about SOME posters on here learning anything, yeah…..keep on dreaming.

K.C. Frenchy

June 21st, 2011
4:18 pm

You have 2 batting coaches with TP & Parrish, & still cant hit worth a damn, but Im having a good year in KC, check my stats boys :) Me & Melky are raking!!!!

Frank Wren

June 21st, 2011
4:19 pm

I am taking a fan poll to get input: What do you guys think about me trading Hinske for Andruw?

DAP

June 21st, 2011
4:20 pm

i was surprised to see lugo’s career OPS is .720. higher than i thought, with a respectable .334 OBP. id like to see him starting at third tonight, unless chipper will be ready.

flange1

June 21st, 2011
4:20 pm

Lew and CB,

Diory is still young, he can at least improve.

Lugo is WAY past 30 so he is rapid if not total decline.

I am surprised he can get up and get dressed in the morning! :)

Really though, I have never been a Lugo fan. Diory maybe has a tiny bit of upside?

Lew

June 21st, 2011
4:21 pm

Jimmy – You do realize that Minor is all of 23, with 34 minor league starts and only 13 starts in the BIgs? He’s still a kid and still learning. Not so sure what more you should expect from him. He’s been a pretty fair fill in starter – especially since some more minor league time wouldn’t hurt him.

Just Pateeeee

June 21st, 2011
4:22 pm

DAP

Thought I saw in the lineup that Ease posted that Chipper WAS playing tonight.

BravePack

June 21st, 2011
4:23 pm

Wayward gets a free pass because he’s injured, and Prado because he forgot to wash up, and Gonzalez because he makes plays no ther man can make, and Parrish because he’s one mean looking SOB, and Schafer sucks, and Chipper needs a cane out there on the field, Hanson’s a mamas boy who we need to trade because he’s a Boras client. Who else did I miss? Help me out fellow bloggers…

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