Next for Braves: Baltimore Orioles

Series preview: vs Orioles

When (TV): 7:35 p.m. Friday (SPSO); 7:10 p.m. Saturday (SPSO); 1:35 p.m. Sunday (FSSO)

Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5

Probable starting pitchers:

Friday: Braves RH Jair Jurrjens (10-3, 2.07 ERA) vs. RH Jeremy Guthrie (3-9, 3.93)

Saturday: Braves RH Tim Hudson (6-6, 3.51 ERA) vs. RH Jake Arrieta (9-4, 4.50)

Sunday: Braves RH Brandon Beachy (3-1, 3.04) vs. LH Zach Britton (6-6, 3.38)

About the Braves:

• Batting: Brian McCann went 8-for-14 with a home run and four RBIs in the three-game sweep of Seattle. He has hit safely in 10 of his past 11 games, with five homers. Freddie Freeman went 7-for-22 with a double, two homers and seven RBIs on six-game trip vs. Padres and Mariners, including 3-for-4 on Wednesday with three hits off Felix Hernandez.

• Pitching: Jurrjens has allowed only one earned run in each of his past two starts (over 12 1/3 innings) while beating the Rangers and Padres. After pitching at least seven innings seven times in his first 11 starts, he’s fallen short each of his past three. Kimbrel needs four saves in 10 games before the All-Star break to top Jonathan Papelbon’s major league record for saves by a rookie before the break (26).

• Miscellaneous: The Braves host Baltimore for the first time since 2006 in their final interleague series of the season. They’d won six series in a row over Baltimore before dropping two of three at Camden Yards in 2009.

About the Orioles:

• Batting: Nick Markakis carried an 18-game hitting streak into Thursday night’s game against the Cardinals, hitting .415 along the way with 10 multi-hit games. The Orioles will likely sit struggling cleanup hitter and DH Vladimir Guerrero this series. He didn’t start the previous six games in NL parks. After his 29-homer, 115-RBI season with Texas in 2010, he has six homers and 28 RBIs in 77 games.

• Pitching: Guthrie won for the first time in eight starts his last time out despite allowing four runs in 5 2/3 inning to the Reds. Alex Gonzalez is 3-for-6 against him. The Reds are one of the teams reportedly interested in Guthrie if the Orioles trade him. Arietta is the only Orioles starter to pitch at least seven innings in a game in June, entering Thursday.

• Miscellaneous: The Orioles are last in the AL East, 12 games behind the first-place Yankees entering Thursday. They are 13-21 on the road.

-Carroll Rogers

83 comments Add your comment

bbkorbel

June 30th, 2011
5:41 pm

No No No! I won’t do it! I refuse to do it! I will not be first!

Let’s keep out interleague good record going guys!

carking

June 30th, 2011
5:43 pm

phil

June 30th, 2011
5:46 pm

Demote McCann to rome…

bbkorbel

June 30th, 2011
5:48 pm

Now now phil…if we demote B-Mac to Rome we will have to wake him up…and we do not want to wake him up! Not now at least!

Derek Lee

June 30th, 2011
5:56 pm

You guys miss me?

Andrew

June 30th, 2011
5:58 pm

Derek Lee:

Nope

TommyJack

June 30th, 2011
6:00 pm

Inter-league play was cool once. No longer.

P-Man

June 30th, 2011
6:23 pm

Ready for the series against the Phils. Hoping we can at least take 2 of 3 from the O’s and 3 of 4 from the Rockies, before taking at least 2 of 3 from the Phils. Keep it up Braves!

Dennis Reynolds

June 30th, 2011
6:56 pm

Sucks JJ has to go up against Guthrie. But thats who you want up there when you have a tough opposing pitcher. I just want to see JJ have a 20 win season.

Chris

June 30th, 2011
7:03 pm

I feel another sweep coming on. Our pitching is dominant right now and we are starting to hit a lot better of late, with still a lot of improvement needed. At worst we win 2 of these games, but sure would be nice to take 3 from an inferior team.

Chris from the Rock

June 30th, 2011
7:18 pm

It’s going to be a tough series. They have good young starters and with Alfredo Simon back from the DL, they’ll have a killer bullpen.

Larry

June 30th, 2011
7:33 pm

Someone please pass this on to Fruity Gonzalez…

Before Prado’s Return:

Lineup against RHSP:

Schafer
McLouth
McCann
Jones
Freeman
Uggla
Heyward
Gonzalez

Facing LHSP:

Schafer
Jones
McCann
Uggla
Freeman
Gonzalez
Heyward
McLouth

When Prado returns (replacing in the lineup either Jones, Uggla or, if, Heyward in a rotaion. If Heyward, move Schafer to right, McLouth to center, Prado to left)

Facing RHSP:

Schafer
McLouth
Prado (for Jones)
McCann
Freeman
Uggla
Gonzalez

Facing LHSP:

Schafer
Prado (for Heyward)
Jones
McCann
Uggla
Freeman
Gonzalez
McLouth

Prado replacing Uggla against RHSP:

Schafer
McLouth
Prado
McCann
Jones
Freeman
Heyward
Gonzalez

Prado replacing Uggla againt LHSP:

Schafer
Prado
Jones
McCann
Freeman
Gonzalez
Heyward
McLouth

Fruity won’t understand at all but perhaps someone can change the lineup before it gets handed to the ump…

And tell Fruity that Venters is getting tired!

Larry

June 30th, 2011
7:35 pm

Correction (Left out Heyward)

When Prado returns (replacing in the lineup either Jones, Uggla or, if, Heyward in a rotaion. If Heyward, move Schafer to right, McLouth to center, Prado to left)

Facing RHSP:

Schafer
McLouth
Prado (for Jones)
McCann
Freeman
Uggla
Heyward
Gonzalez

Ronald Millsaps

June 30th, 2011
8:06 pm

Albert Pujols seems distracted about his contract; reminds me of Andruw from 2007.

Ronald Millsaps

June 30th, 2011
8:08 pm

In response to a different article, those texting while driving need to have the book thrown at them— HARSHLY. This country is way too light on DUI offenders.

Nice to have a roster of Eric Hinskes and Alex Gonzalezes, quiet, level-headed professionals, as opposed to the likes of Hanley Ramirez, Yunel Escobar, Derek Jeter, etc..

South Georgia Boy

June 30th, 2011
8:11 pm

Larry, you have way too much time on your hands.

David O'Brien

June 30th, 2011
8:24 pm

Millsaps: Pujols was hitting at close to his usual clip again in the weeks before he broke his arm. He hit .305 with 10 homers, 21 RBIs, a .388 OBP and .627 slugging percentage (1.015 OPS) in his last 31 games before the injury. If that’s distracted…

Conyers Braves Fan

June 30th, 2011
8:37 pm

Larry may be practicing his typing or could be his copy and paste skills.

Tmabry

June 30th, 2011
8:50 pm

I’m liking the idea of using prado as a rotating everyday sub with mclouth uggla and jones. Great sub for any given situation or injury too

aj

June 30th, 2011
8:50 pm

Can’t take any team for granted.
Though it is an idea month to
gain on the Phillies, there is no
reason to feel confident about
the offense. Pitching has been
key, but as we have seen re-
cently, the bullpen may be
getting a bit tired from all the
outtings. Venter’s numbers are
starting to show by pitching in
3 of every 5 games. Kimbrel may
be next. Need to be very careful with
the young arms. They are venturing into
new waters.

Larry

June 30th, 2011
9:11 pm

South Georgia Boy

June 30th, 2011
8:11 pm
Larry, you have way too much time on your hands.

&

Conyers Braves Fan

June 30th, 2011
8:37 pm
Larry may be practicing his typing or could be his copy and paste skills.

^^^^^^^

There you have it…two card carrying members of the Pork Rind Goober Club!

No brains, no life, nothing to offer, nothing to do…just sitting on their double-wide back porch tonight picking weeks of lint from their gorge of a belly button brought on by drinking rivers of Pabst Blue Ribbon Bear or Schlitz Malt Liquor.

Have another meat skin, butt bubba’s, and save the squealing together for after hours!

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Bill

June 30th, 2011
10:48 pm

You the man Larry~~not a bad line up.

Braves killer WILLIE HARRIS, baby died during child birth..Prays for Harris Family.

30 days till trade dead line.

James 5

July 1st, 2011
12:29 am

Holy hell!!! Just read from a source that says Jason Heyward is very upset with the braves organization… He says he is not getting along with all the some of the braves players and he feels that the braves fans have not given him the support that he hoped to recieve this year!!! WOW!!!

Joseph

July 1st, 2011
12:39 am

What source? What a joke dude. Back up comments like that with some proof. Name the source or provide a link to a legit website…ie mlb.com or espn.com or buster olney’s twitter. I think you just talking out of your you know what, but I am curious if you can prove what you just said?????? WAITING…………….

Joseph

July 1st, 2011
12:45 am

@Larry….that was ridiculous lineup. So many points is just laughable, but I will just pick this one for time sake………..WHY ON EARTH WOULD WE BAT McLouth 2nd? When he is hitting 8th his is batting .304 with .450 obp 21 walks. Why the hell take him out of 8th? He has batted 2nd also 60+ at bats but at no place in the order is he even close to .250 let alone .304 average. Please Larry put down the bottle.

reckingball

July 1st, 2011
12:55 am

Joesph, you just became a member of the Pork Rind Goober Club.

Joseph

July 1st, 2011
12:59 am

Nice answer to a real question. Is that because you cannot prove me wrong? I know, I know…it is tough to combat insight with just random fantasy crap all day………….I am sure you are really tired after thinking of that comment :)

reckingball

July 1st, 2011
1:04 am

Who are you addressing there, Joesph?

Joseph

July 1st, 2011
1:07 am

You. Ok I will make it simple for you………….

Why would anybody that knows a damn thing about baseball try to bat a man that is a career .250 hitter yet is currently hitting .304 with a .450 obp when he is batting 8th in the lineup to any other spot in the order? Try coming with some knowledge with me next time you mention my name please ;)

Joseph

July 1st, 2011
1:09 am

Yes first comment was derived (sorry if it is a big word) because of Larry “lineup” which is a laughing joke. But you make comment so you now in sight.

reckingball

July 1st, 2011
1:13 am

You have got it all wrong there Joesph, I agree with you on that point.

I was referring to the fact, that anyone who disagrees with Larry, automatically becomes a member of the Pork Rind Goober Club.
I have been a member for a long time now, but that’s okay, because I like porkskins and goobers.

Joseph

July 1st, 2011
1:16 am

Then I apologize I see the word Goober as an insult you directed toward me. I do apologize. I thank you for clearing that up sir. I meant no disrespect just I am getting sick of the “geniuses” here that want to trade everybody and I hope you know…………..blah blah blah

No hard feelings?

reckingball

July 1st, 2011
1:30 am

Have a drink and relax.

Joseph

July 1st, 2011
1:50 am

I am enjoy a few drinks. Love planning vacations around a holiday.

I have been tossing this in my head for a couple of hours now and I was just wondering what some might think………..I mean logical thoughts not the normal weirdos.
AFTER ALL STAR BREAK ( I hope Prado is healthy and ready to go full bore)………

1.Prado (I know he is better in the 2 hole but .295 obp from Schafer is not good enough. I don’t care how fast he is)
2. Uggla (He is batting .231 when in the 2 hole. I know in 4 hole is .359 but I just can’t put him there)

Before I go further……Management should sit down with Mr. Brave. Hall of Fame Chipper and make sure he is ok with this. If he feels uncomfortable forget it. But I honestly don’t think he would ever do something like that.

3. Mac
4. Freeman
5. Heyward
6. Hall of Fame Chipper
7. Gonzo
8. McLouth (.304/.450) in 8 hole I love him here.

Honest, logical opinions?

Dirty Dawg

July 1st, 2011
3:18 am

Anybody note the episode between Yunel and Matty Diaz in today’s Pittsburgh/Toronto game. Diaz threw a body-block on Yunel to breakup a DP…Yunel seemed to be about to ‘low-bridge’ Diaz – a move that could have killed the guy if he’d have let go and hit him in the head – but pulled back at the last instant…then Yunel threw a fit in the dugout…mad at Diaz or mad at himself, who knows? Saw the guys on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight making something of it – Harold whathisface turned one loose on one of the other guys. Got to wonder if this was something of a carry-over from when they were teammates here or what.

As for the thing about the reference about Heyward not being entirely happy with his teammates and/or the fans…sure hope there’s nothing to it, and if it is what it could be based on…sure hope it’s not prima-donna stuff.

bobbybrave

July 1st, 2011
4:42 am

heyward needs to be humbled…respect the game and the vetrans…

Larry

July 1st, 2011
5:38 am

Joseph,

Not only do you have a profound incompetence of spelling, diction, syntax and the grammar of a six year old, you’re quite the Goober!

McLouth right now is swinging the bat the best he has in months. Even Joe Simpson mentioned his more comfortable, confident and level (versus) upper cut swing. He can bunt a runner over, he can bunt to get on base and with his size he has a small strike zone and can get on base; in essence having both Schafer and McLouth go 1 & 2 against a RHP you have two lead off opportunities to get on for Prado or Chipper or McCann to bring one across the plate.

And Joey Boy, to suggest the hard, whirlwind swinging, high strike out, poor bat control Uggla as the answer for the #2 hitter is absolutely one of the most ignorant and laughable suggestions ever on the AJC! Congratulations, even the lowest of IQ’s in the Pork Rind Goober Club rank higher than you, dude…you are lower than whale poop in everyone’s eye, dude! :-)

And reckingball, do you in fact have at least one of the last syllable in your name? What an absolute wuss you are to feel driven to agree with one of the most ignorant and illiterate bloggers on here in Joey Boy just to take a shot at me! You are always such a meek little girly man!

For those of you that understand my lineups that place a higher emphasis of speed, contact, and situational hitters at the top of the lineup to manufacture a run or two in a tight pitched game in the postseason, I thank you! Or you can be like Joey Boy, recking(no)balls and Fruity and bat Heyward lead off, Uggla second, Gonzalez third and watch our opponent’s pitcher get 17 strikeouts in a postseason game!

vermont 39

July 1st, 2011
6:27 am

We seem to not play well against sub .500 teams…not a good thing. Chipper RH is a liability…at the moment…trading JJ as some ESPN analysts want us to believe is possible…just makes NO sense. He is one of 3, if not the best pitcher in the N.L…it’s good our LH hitters hit LH pitchers. Is Uggla waking up???

reckingball

July 1st, 2011
6:35 am

Haha Larry, you are very funny.

reckingball

July 1st, 2011
6:40 am

Larry, the dumbest idea that I have seen on these blogs, is the one in which someone suggested trading McCann, for a power hitting 3rd baseman, or CF, or Reyes, to improve the offense.
I can’t remember who came up with that brilliant idea, but…….hold on, I think it was you, about a week and a half ago. Am I wrong?

reckingball

July 1st, 2011
6:49 am

Batting Mclouth behind Schafer could be productive.
McLouth is doing very well in the 8th slot, but could do a good job batting 2nd.
But, I don’t get into the battting order thing like “alot” of you people do.
The Braves have someone hired to do that, and even though you think Fredi G. is an idiot, he still knows more about baseball and the Braves, than you ever will.

Frank Wren

July 1st, 2011
7:21 am

Brandon

July 1st, 2011
7:32 am

personally, i think prado is the best at the leadoff spot. he’s a great contact hitter and a decent on base percentage. It’s obviously lower at the moment than it will be once he gets up to his career .300 numbers. Also, I feel that batting prado 2nd or 3rd gives him the opportunity to hit into too many double plays. A lot of his hits are hard hits on the ground and he grounds into a lot of double plays. I’d leave heyward at number 2. he’s hit pretty good since coming back from the dl. a lot more liners compared to the weak grounders that he was hitting before. In the last 7 games, heyward is hitting .280 with a .333 on base percentage. those numbers will rise as he fully gets his swing back. so here’s my full line up:

Martin Prado
Jason Heyward
Brian McCann
Chipper Jones
Dan Uggla
Freddie Freeman
Alex Gonzalez
Nate McLouth

I think that the braves should actually trade Gonzo for a top of the order hitter with speed. I’m content with McLouth in center. He makes a ton of contact and walks a lot. Gonzo however is the exact opposite. I just think that a lineup with uggla and gonzo just isnt gonna cut it. they strike out way too much. so i’d keep uggla and dump gonzo. If we could get someone like jamey carroll i’d be content. it doesnt have to be a big name, just somebody that can get on base. that would greatly improve our lineup.

alex

July 1st, 2011
7:39 am

@frank-you’re fired, now join lee,glaus,kk,uggla,gonzo at the bar.

alex

July 1st, 2011
7:42 am

Reckingball,joseph, and larry-tiresome,uninformative tirades in Early Am, Have a nice 4TH…

reckingball

July 1st, 2011
8:25 am

alex, if anyone should know about tiresome and uninformative, it would be you. haha

reckingball

July 1st, 2011
8:37 am

alex, as much as you practice it, you should be an expert on tiresome, and uninformative. same ole same ole, day in, day out, haha.
Have an extra nice weekend.

ken

July 1st, 2011
8:43 am

First of all…Larry is an idiot….just always have to throw that in.

Second…Joseph stop with all the hate on Mcclouth

Third…James5 that is a flat out lie about Jason, he has no issues with his teammates and is only concentrating on getting back on track!!

Next…this series is a chance to take two out of three or sweep while the Phillies go to a shop of horrors for them in Toronto.

And Lastly….not a Braves note but was listening to Buster Olney this morning and heard him say that the Prince would get Ryan Howard money and started to wonder from whom…Red sox, Yankees, and Phillies do not need him and the Cardinals and Cubs will be in the Pujols sweepstake…Boras might have to take a paycut on this one….LOL

henry from TN

July 1st, 2011
8:55 am

should take the 1st 2 from orioles but i doubt if we can take their young rookie britton he is very good….

ken

July 1st, 2011
9:00 am

and so is our kid Beachy…should be a fun Sunday!!!

Horner's Corner

July 1st, 2011
9:29 am

A lot of piss and vinegar on here this morning and I like it.

Larry

July 1st, 2011
9:40 am

I’m so glad we have a goober like “ken” to make us all feel superior.

Yea, after just taking 2 of 3 from Boston, the Phillies are shaking in their boots at the thought of facing the 40-42 Blue Jays while desperately holding on to their 4 game lead in the East.

And ken calls another an idiot? What an absolute dork!

Chuck

July 1st, 2011
9:59 am

Tami

July 1st, 2011
11:05 am

Hey, guys. What do you think on this question? If the Mets are sellers by the ASB or by July 31st, Jose Reyes could be on the bubble. Should the Braves go after him? If so, who should be in the trading package besides Gonzo (nooooo JJ, please)?? And could you imagine having Prado, Schafer, McLouth & Reyes — all super fast runners — on the same team? Wow.

Christopher Leigh

July 1st, 2011
11:10 am

With Simon back, the Orioles now have a killer bullpen. Hopefully, it doesn’t prove to be murder on the Braves.

bring back blauser

July 1st, 2011
11:19 am

if it were up to me, my batting order would be this:
cf shafer
lf mcclouth
3b prado
1b freeman
c mccann
rf heyward
2b uggla
ss gonzo
this way you have your speed at the top of the lineup allowing for the power hitters to have an opportunity to get some hittable pitches. however i cannot hold fredi to this due to the fact that mcclouth hits better in the 8 hole. also prado would have the opportunity to play a role for the braves like tommy herr had with the cardinals.

bring back blauser

July 1st, 2011
11:27 am

there is no way i would trade for reyes nor would any other team in baseball due to the fact the muts will want tooooo much in return. however i would go all out to get him in the offseason no matter what the cost he is worth it. this kid is a franchise maker

Larry's other brother Daryl

July 1st, 2011
11:36 am

Last time I checked, I think the Braves have the 3rd or 4th best record in all of ML baseball. So instead of trying to impress someone with your stupid lineups, please move to Philly and suck it.

Larry's other brother Daryl

July 1st, 2011
11:40 am

The only way Reyes will be this good next year is to sign him to a one-year deal. I guess everybody forgets about the previous four years. This is way the NFL and NBA are locked out right now. Most GMs get all giddy about one year and do not look at overall performance. They over pay for an exceptional year which will, in most cases, never happen again.

dp

July 1st, 2011
11:48 am

Maybe Chumper will play….maybe he won’t. Wonder when he’ll (Slipper)will have a George Brett pain!

Keith

July 1st, 2011
11:48 am

HAH!! @ larry’s other brother daryl….2 posts back :)

GO BRAVES!

Keith

July 1st, 2011
11:48 am

*3 posts back

Keith

July 1st, 2011
11:48 am

He’s probably already in Philly trolling Braves’ blogs. :)

Michael C.

July 1st, 2011
11:55 am

i’m of the opinion that as soon as Prado comes back healthy that Chipper should go ahead and have the procedure to fix his knee. He is the rock of the franchise, but he at 70% at best doesn’t make much sense if he could get it fixed and be out for 3 weeks and come back closer to 100%

phil

July 1st, 2011
12:19 pm

Recking(no)balls – i like that, Larry…i finally gave up on him the other day….hopeless and tired of his crap.

Fire Bobby Cox…

phil

July 1st, 2011
12:22 pm

Michael C – chipper is no longer the rock…it’s McCann now, but he’s still #2 rock in my book…agree on getting his knee fixed NOW so he’ll have the break too over which to heal up…we need him.

Heisenberg

July 1st, 2011
12:24 pm

The evidence would suggest 70% of Chipper is not better than 100% of most other guys. If he would get it done NOW, he would miss fewer games due to the AS break. Prado will need some conditioning work and a few rehab starts so post AS break is most likely return for him. So Chipper waits until late July to get the knee done and comes back middle August effectively lossing a month because he waited while the batting average continues to head down. Just stupid.

reckingball

July 1st, 2011
12:25 pm

Yeah, that sounds like one of your juvenile nicknames, phill.
You and your little buddy go together, like stink and doodoo. haha.

reckingball

July 1st, 2011
12:29 pm

@ 12:25…………Wow, that almost sounds like something that you or your little buddy would say.
I gues

phil

July 1st, 2011
12:29 pm

I am Larry…

reckingball

July 1st, 2011
12:35 pm

phill@ 12:19……..”I finally gave up on him the other day……hopeless and tired of his crap.” haha that is funny.

Chris White

July 1st, 2011
1:08 pm

Tami,
I like your thoughts on Reyes, he is the guy we need. Minor, Hanson (Boras), Mauro Joe Gomez (Gwinnett) to the Mets

Chris White

July 1st, 2011
1:10 pm

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alex

July 1st, 2011
1:16 pm

I am the walrus…

Jonathan of Arabia

July 1st, 2011
1:38 pm

JJ straight up for Boston’s Ellsbury. Why not?

Heisenberg

July 1st, 2011
1:41 pm

Because it would be stupid that is why. JJ should only be considered in a trade for Kemp, Braun, Hamilton.

Kentavo

July 1st, 2011
2:06 pm

Let’s see last place team; yikes. The worst teams tend to bring out the worst in the Braves.
What is their record against sub.500 clubs this year DOB?

Kentavo

July 1st, 2011
2:06 pm

Let’s see last place team; yikes. The worst teams tend to bring out the worst in the Braves.
What is their record against sub.500 clubs this year DOB?

nique

July 1st, 2011
2:54 pm

I predict we lose the series 1-2. The the O’s are too bad for us to beat.

Braves Fan

July 1st, 2011
3:06 pm

Can Prado play SS? That would be a great situation where you can have McLouth, Schafer, and Heyward in the outfield and the lineup would be much better. Then, trade Gonzo for some middle relief help. The lineup could be…

1. Schafer
2. Prado
3. McCann
4. Chipper
5. Heyward
6. Uggla
7. Freeman
8. McLouth

Total Grace

July 1st, 2011
3:59 pm

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Jborodawg

July 1st, 2011
5:20 pm

Good lord…the Braves don’t need a manager. Just have one of the coaches read the AJC blogs on how to manage and how to fill out a lineup card…

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