How special would a McCann-Jurrjens All-Star starting battery be?

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

So you know how you start looking something up and you think it’s going to be simple, and an hour later, you’ve still got your nose in it? Well, that was me on this Saturday morning.

I was all into trying to dig up if Brian McCann starts in the All-Star game, as expected, and gets a chance to catch Jair Jurrjens, who made a pretty good case to get the starting nod with his one-hitter last night, would that be the first time for an All-Braves starting battery in the All-Star game?

And the answer I found after much ado is…..no.

How about taking this battery bear hug in Phoenix?

How about taking this battery bear hug in Phoenix?

Del Crandall started the 1958 All-Star game behind the plate and caught legendary left-hander Warren Spahn for three innings of a 4-3 loss to the American League at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. (Hey, we love the symmetry there, what with the Orioles in town.)

By my math, that was it, all the way back to the first All-Star game in 1933. So still, it would be pretty special.

A McCann-Jurrjens battery would be a first for the Atlanta Braves. (Crandall and Spahn were Milwaukee Braves.)

The one time Javy Lopez started an All-Star game was in 2003 and Jason Schmidt was the starter that day for the National League. And yes, nice twist there too, that Schmidt, then a Giant, was a former Brave he had caught 15 times in 1995 and 1996.

But back in the 1990s when a Brave was starting for the National League almost every year, former Met Mike Piazza was the one most often behind the plate. He caught Greg Maddux in 1994, 1997 and 1998 and he caught John Smoltz in 1996. When Tom Glavine started back-to-back All-Star games in 1991 and 1992, Benito Santiago was behind the plate.

In fact, what McCann is doing is truly special. Lopez “only” made the All-Star team three times. McCann is about to double that at six when the All-Star rosters are announced Sunday and he’s only six full seasons into his career. The announcement show starts at noon on TBS.

Eight starters for the NL and 25 pitchers and reserves will be named as well as nine starters for the AL and 24 pitchers and reserves. Pitchers and reserves are chosen by player ballot as well as manager’s picks.

You figure on McCann and Jurrjens, and then some other Braves in the running include Tommy Hanson (he’s fourth in the NL with a 2.62 ERA and tied for third with nine wins), Jonny Venters (if last week’s hiccups don’t hurt him, there’s been no better reliever, set-up or closer) and Craig Kimbrel (who is tied with three other players for second in the NL in saves with 23).

McCann has never been voted in as a starter. But he’s been leading the ballot ever since the second tally was announced. And in the most recent results, he was ahead of Yadier Molina of the Cardinals by almost 800,000 votes.

And this is McCann’s year. He’s hitting .311 with 14 home runs and 47 RBIs. His mug is repeated five times across the top of the Braves stats page on ESPN.com, since he leads the team in batting average, homers, RBIs, OBP and hits.

He’s chasing down a franchise record for All-Star appearances by a catcher, which is held by former Boston and Milwaukee Brave Del Crandall, who made the All-Star team in eight seasons behind the plate and 11 times overall – he made both All-Star games back when they played two in 1959, 1960 and 1962. He started in eight of them.

Joe Torre made five All-Star teams in his years as a Brave and started four of them at catcher in 1964-1967.

Braves All-Star Battery history

And hey, humor me here if you will, and let me share some of the info I dug up, and other examples of Braves pitchers throwing to Braves catchers in the All-Star game, just not as starters:

2003 Lopez caught Russ Ortiz in fifth inning

1983 Bruce Benedict caught Pascual Perez in seventh inning

1978 Biff Pocoroba caught Phil Niekro for last out

1959 Crandall caught Lew Burdette the fourth, fifth and sixth innings in July 7th game in Pittsburgh (there was another in LA)

1958 Crandall caught Spahn for the first three innings

1948 Phil Masi caught Johnny Sain in the fifth inning

1947 Masi caught Spahn in the ninth inning

If it sounds like I’m missing something, check me on it and let me know. But this much I know: it’s pretty rare. OK, that’s a lot of stuff to make that point. Thanks for bearing with me!

One-hit shutout

So it was a pretty special night at the ballpark last night for Jair Jurrjens, who pitched only the ninth one-hit shutout in Atlanta Braves history. He became the second Brave to do it this year, following Tim Hudson’s 8-0 one-hit gem to complete a two-game doubleheader sweep of the Brewers on May 8.

Funny, though, it wasn’t the complete-game one-hitter that came to mind last night when I asked Hudson whose one-hit shutout was more impressive, his or Jurrjens.

“It would have been a lot better if he’d hit a two-run homer to win it though,” Hudson said of Jurrjens. “I’ve heard of that kind of thing happening.”

Oh, he can’t help himself….Think the boys are going to hearing about that one all season long – Hudson’s two-run homer to go along with his eight shutout innings to beat Toronto 2-0 on June 20.

That was about as impressive outing you’ll have without quite finishing a game (Kimbrel came on in the ninth after Hudson gave up a leadoff walk and an infield hit).

It also turned the tide for Hudson in interleague play as a Brave. He’s only 3-14 with a 6.24 ERA in 19 starts against the American League as a Brave overall.

He’ll be looking to build on that tonight against Baltimore’s Jake Arrieta. Hudson hasn’t allowed a run in his past 14 innings over two starts, not since Angel Pagan hooked that two-run home run inside the foul pole in that rain-delayed game against the Mets at Turner Field.

Since then he made an adjustment with his hands, starting his windup to improve his timing and get the ball down.

Heyward surge

Speaking of pitches down in the strike zone….One of the Orioles writers told me last night that Jeremy Guthrie said the scouting report the Orioles have on Jason Heyward is he likes the ball down. Don’t give him anything down in the zone to hit. So that’s why Guthrie climbed the ladder on him with that 0-1 fastball in the sixth inning, the one Heyward sent scathing to center field for a two-run homer and the game-winner.

Heyward hits first homer since April 29

Heyward hits first homer since April 29

(It snapped Heyward’s homerless drought at 104 at-bats and 32 games.)

I’d always figured the report was not to give Heyward anything out away that he can get his hands extended on, and teams have been trying to jam him all year. I do think he’s a good low-ball hitter, but he looked pretty good on that high ball last night. Scott Linebrink was saying to him after the game, he thought that was a pretty good pitch he hit.

Heyward said he’d actually been a little early on Guthrie’s fastballs his first couple of at-bats and just needed to slow things down in his third. “I needed to stay behind it a little more. (Linebrink noted, better to be able to slow down than trying to speed up!)

Since coming off the disabled list, Heyward is hitting .281 (16-for-57) with a homer and six RBIs in 15 games. He’s hit in four straight and six of his past eight.

“You’ve just got to keep going, stay consistent,” said Heyward, who is now hitting .234 with eight homers on the season. “I know I can’t get it all back in one day or one series. Just got to keep making progress and I think I’ve done that so far.”

This and that

Peter Moylan is gearing up to start playing catch against after the All-Star break. He’s chomping at the bit to do it and feels great since his back surgery…

Martin Prado isn’t just bopping around these days because his staph infection is close to healing. He said his mother Irma is coming over from Venezuela on Sunday and staying for the rest of the season. You might recall some of the stress Prado endured two years ago, and serious headaches, when he was worried for his mother and her safety back in their native Venezuela, and she was having trouble securing a visa to come back.

Now Prado said it’s been arranged that for the next 10 years, if he’s in the U.S., she can be too. And he’s over the moon about it. Good for him and his family…

Maybe manager Fredi Gonzalez will decide to sit Dan Uggla tonight after his 0-for-4, four-strikeout game last night. More on the lineup, and everything else from the ballpark this afternoon.

2,119 comments Add your comment

VaBravesFan

July 2nd, 2011
1:58 pm

I dont see them letting Jurrjens start the AllStar game, he just isnt popular enough to get the nod over Halladay or Lee. Even tho JJ is the most deserving.

Jay Dubu

July 2nd, 2011
2:00 pm

Nice Read Carroll.

John

July 2nd, 2011
2:02 pm

DOB, should that be 2009 or 1999?

Bravofan

July 2nd, 2011
2:03 pm

Nice Blog!!!

Coldwork

July 2nd, 2011
2:03 pm

Isn’t it about time for Veer to come on and tell everyone how overrated JJ’s season has been so far? He only had 8K’s last night and 1 BB but because he’s not throwing 95 mph, he’s pitching over his head.

Carroll Rogers

July 2nd, 2011
2:04 pm

Halladay just gave up a homer to Bautista….That’s one more run than JJ gave up all last night….and about as many hits (smile)

keylargo

July 2nd, 2011
2:05 pm

Tour de France on NBC at 2 pm. Also on Versus Channel daily this month. Unbelievable HD scenery from helicopter coverage. These guys are some of the best conditioned athletes in the world. If you don’t work your butt off in cycling, you don’t race.

Mike in LA

July 2nd, 2011
2:07 pm

Bochy is a going to start the best pitcher regardless of well they are known and thats Jurrjens this year

Whoop

July 2nd, 2011
2:07 pm

“I dont see them letting Jurrjens start the AllStar game, he just isnt popular enough to get the nod over Halladay or Lee. Even tho JJ is the most deserving.”

Who’s they? It’s Bochy’s decision and I’m he couldn’t care less who’s popular or not.

Carroll Rogers

July 2nd, 2011
2:08 pm

John, thanks. it should have been 2003, not 2009, so I fixed it….(It’s Carroll today)

flange1

July 2nd, 2011
2:10 pm

Thanks for the new blog CR.

I hope Freddie does sit Uggs today. Maybe tomorrow too…..

Last nite was pitiful, nothing good about with of his at bats.

shadetree

July 2nd, 2011
2:11 pm

Do you think it possible to DL Hoss once Prado gets back. That will give Chipper the All-star break and the next 2 weeks to get back. Could we go July without Hoss?

My only problem is the mis-use of the bullpen. Gotta do better the 2nd half and I have always been a fan of letting a pitcher miss a turn toward the end of the season. Lets’um catch their 2nd wind.

Speaking of wind.

TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!

Tee-Hee

Bravefaninok

July 2nd, 2011
2:11 pm

Thanks Carrol you and DOB both do us a great service….

Husker Tony

July 2nd, 2011
2:13 pm

Good for Prado!!!

longtime braves fan

July 2nd, 2011
2:13 pm

carroll keep us updated on the phillies score

Husker Tony

July 2nd, 2011
2:15 pm

longtime

its 1-1 in the top of the 5th, Phillies have 1st base with 1 out.

BFChris26

July 2nd, 2011
2:18 pm

Excellent funeral service today. We gave my brother the ultimate send off. He deserved it.

Husker Tony

July 2nd, 2011
2:18 pm

2-1 Phillies, still have 2nd and 3rd with 1 out.

T for Texas

July 2nd, 2011
2:20 pm

Thanks Carroll. That Huddy quote re: winning the shutout with a 2-run HR is priceless!

TennesseePaul

July 2nd, 2011
2:21 pm

Thanks for the work CR

GO BRAVES!!

Husker Tony

July 2nd, 2011
2:24 pm

Blue Jays walked Utley to get to Howard, with bases loaded he strikes out. 2-1 Phillies goin to bottom of 5

JGWOOD

July 2nd, 2011
2:26 pm

ESPN really makes these decisions and they have already picked Lee. They would have a Yankee start for the NL if they could.

Shadow

July 2nd, 2011
2:26 pm

Husker Tony

July 2nd, 2011
2:28 pm

Blue Jays tie it up at 2

Husker Tony

July 2nd, 2011
2:30 pm

Shadow,

That was an absolute grrrrrrreat meltdown. You gotta love that. Chipper would have a heart attack if he were try to something like that!

Nick Saban

July 2nd, 2011
2:31 pm

ESPN never talks about Jair. If you read their article about their all-star picks, they choose Roy Halladay to start because he leads the league in every stat including ERA. Which is obviously a lie.

Frank Bolling

July 2nd, 2011
2:32 pm

Been here since 66, I would much prefer our 2nd World series Championship. Season tichet holder for 32 of those 46 years.Maybe this year.

BFChris26

July 2nd, 2011
2:32 pm

Jays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Husker Tony

July 2nd, 2011
2:32 pm

3-2 Jays. Bautista coming up for them.

phil

July 2nd, 2011
2:33 pm

BFChris26
July 2nd, 2011
2:18 pm

Excellent funeral service today. We gave my brother the ultimate send off. He deserved it.

Sorry to learn of his passing…my condolences.

phil

July 2nd, 2011
2:33 pm

Carroll – great blog!

Stunned that Pocoroba played in an allstar game….

Husker Tony

July 2nd, 2011
2:34 pm

I hope so Frank!!

VaBravesFan

July 2nd, 2011
2:34 pm

I dont buy that the manager makes the decision on his own, I really think MLB steps in and has a say. I dont like the whole process for the AllStar game. I believe fan voting shouldnt determine starters, it should just be a source for players, Managers, coaches and GMs. They should choose the whole roster. Fan voting isnt about players who deserve it. Its just popullarity contest. Like if Chipper played for the Yankees instead of the Braves all these years, Chipper would have 10+ allstar appearances. The whole process is a joke, just like this true statement “McCann will make his 1st AllStar start” is a complete joke because he’s been the best NL Catcher for the last 4 years… Fan voting sucks.

Tom Mix

July 2nd, 2011
2:35 pm

Frank–You had season tickets pre 1990? You should throw out a first pitch.

Nick Saban

July 2nd, 2011
2:38 pm

Also, it’s nice to see Atlanta fans finally boo Dan Uggla. We should have done this 2 months ago. Maybe he should spend less time in the weight room and more time in the batting cage. The douchey mohawk and pouty face doesn’t make him likable either.

longtime braves fan

July 2nd, 2011
2:38 pm

to bad prado is hurt, he would be playing in the allstar game.oh well the world series is larger anyway.

Kat

July 2nd, 2011
2:39 pm

Today’s line up posted by the Braves…

Schafer – 8
Gonzalez – 6
Heyward – 9
Jones – 5
Freeman – 3
Uggla – 4
McLouth – 7
Ross – 2
Hudson – 1

Eric from MO

July 2nd, 2011
2:40 pm

Va I disagree with your assessment that MLB decides who starts the all-star game. Actually there is little to no evidence to that. However, i do agree fan voting sucks.

Nick Saban

July 2nd, 2011
2:41 pm

Doubt Prado would have made the team this season. Perhaps if he played second or third base though.

longtime braves fan

July 2nd, 2011
2:43 pm

maybe prado would not have made the allstar team, however he will be playing in the world series.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: HGCOT4SOEC

July 2nd, 2011
2:43 pm

DAVID ROSS IS CATCHING FOR TIMMY AGAIN???

:cry:

Thanks for the new Blog, Ms. Rogers…good stuff…

Nick Saban

July 2nd, 2011
2:43 pm

Another idiotic lineup by Fredo. Gonzo in the 2-hole is absolutely stupid. Only our manager is idiotic enough to let him bat 2nd.

longtime braves fan

July 2nd, 2011
2:45 pm

history has a way of repeating. cox made the world series his first full year back with the braves. freddie will make the world series his first year mananging the braves.

Eric from MO

July 2nd, 2011
2:45 pm

Nick there isnt a good lineup with our team.

Soph

July 2nd, 2011
2:45 pm

Thank you, Carroll.

Ruh roh, dumbfounded today? McF will not be pleased.

VaBravesFan

July 2nd, 2011
2:46 pm

Eric

I didnt say they decide I just said I bet they have some say.

Husker Tony

July 2nd, 2011
2:47 pm

Saban whats your problem??

Va–I disagree with you as well. and the MLB needs to do fan voting, otherwise they may only draw about 2k people at each game. Its bad the way it is gotta find a way to get people interested, I agree its not the best way at all, but its all about money. We know this by now though.

BFChris26

July 2nd, 2011
2:48 pm

I wanna sincerely thank everyone for they’re thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. I’m finally at ease and giving my brother the ultimate send off has taken the weight of the world so to speak off my shoulders.

marcus

July 2nd, 2011
2:48 pm

Good point about the voting At last check there were 5 yankees and two redsox out of eight starters not including who the starting pitcher will be

Dave in MS

July 2nd, 2011
2:48 pm

Had to Repost this from CAJUNSTORM!! Well said fellow Bayou Baby.

AAAARRGGHHHHH!!!!

If I hear ONE more Goof Ball say that there is no way we can keep JJ because he is a Boras guy I will jump my Big Ol Cajun Butt into this computer and have an Ol Fashioned gator round up….Rope em, drag em, and Put One Dead between the Eyes!!!

Listen ppl, we have as much chance as keeping JJ as we do Tommy (a Boras client), signing Lowe (a Boras client), keeping Heyward, Freddie Freeman, Julio Teheran, Vizcaino, Minor, Venters, Kimbrel, Randall Delgado, who are ALL UNDER TEAM CONTROL until they TOO will be Free Agents.

Have you not looked at how well the Braves have handled payroll. Between MCOUT and Kawakami alone we will clear about $15 MILLION off the books next year and between Chipper and D. Lowe the year after that we will clear close to $30 MILLION!! That’s $45 MILLION. Now….who in the universe do you think we are spending that money on?? WHO???? Our own players, that’s who, with maybe one other FA signing.

JJ and Tommy will get theirs when its their time. Remember we are the FREAKING BRAVES!!! We ain’t the dang Marlins or Royals. We grow our own and we keep our own!!! Real Southern like…YA HEARD ME!?!?!

Soph

July 2nd, 2011
2:48 pm

Boo, I meant to rewind but I accidentally changed the channel. They just showed Mac’s pinch-hit & GW homer vs. the Astros on CBS. They’re doing a mid-season MLB report.

VaBravesFan

July 2nd, 2011
2:49 pm

I really wish fan voting would be removed. How in the world is Jeter still the starting SS for the AS Game with a 640. OPS and 2 homers…. How des Russel Martin get non tendered by the Dodgers and has hit 225. this season…. and yet is the starting catcher? Its a joke….

Husker Tony

July 2nd, 2011
2:49 pm

I thought Uggla was getting a day off? A-Gon had 2 hits last night he might as well bat 2nd. Our idiotic manager sucks having the 2nd best record in the NL. You are an idiot Saban.

Shadow

July 2nd, 2011
2:50 pm

It really was impressive Husker!

Nick Saban

July 2nd, 2011
2:50 pm

“Nick there isnt a good lineup with our team.”

Based on today’s starters, this batting order would make more sense though…. really, you could scramble the bottom three in any order though… as long as they remain in the bottom 3.

Schafer
Heyward
Chipper
Freeman
Ross
Gonzo
Uggla
McLouth

Nick Saban

July 2nd, 2011
2:52 pm

@ Husker Tony

So Gonzalez is hot because he had 2 hits last night? I guess that a big enough sample size? Please, you’re the moron.

Innocent Bystander

July 2nd, 2011
2:52 pm

Very happy for Martin and his family. I know he’s itching to start playing again, and Braves fans can’t wait either.

Husker Tony

July 2nd, 2011
2:53 pm

You ever think about not putting all lefties or righties together Saban??

phil

July 2nd, 2011
2:53 pm

Gonzo hitting second is laughable…

Uggly even being on the field now is hysterical….at least bat the bum 8…

VaBravesFan

July 2nd, 2011
2:53 pm

Money/Popularity is exactly why I dont see Jurrjens starting the game, More than half of Baseball fans dont even know who he is.

Husker Tony

Fan voting sucks. I rather watch players that perform great instead of watching guys that were good a long time ago.

Nick Saban

July 2nd, 2011
2:54 pm

Holy crap. I didn’t realize the Pirates are only 3 games back in their division.

Eric from MO

July 2nd, 2011
2:56 pm

Dave, you also forgot Hudson coming off after next year too making it 40 million instead of just 30.

Nick, I really dont see how that makes anymore sense. Its a crapshoot with this many hitters underperforming.

Nick Saban

July 2nd, 2011
2:57 pm

“You ever think about not putting all lefties or righties together Saban??”

You’re a stupid idiot. Last night’s lineup had 3 lefties at the top of the order. Results were good. All contributed to our offense. Explain that one, genius.

VaBravesFan

July 2nd, 2011
2:58 pm

I wouldnt be to upset with Alex Gonzalez, his numbers are comparable to the best SS in the AL by most fans opinions Derek Jeter……… Hell, Gonzo has more doubles, homers, rbi’s than Jeter. Also to note Gonzo plays a way better SS than Jeter…..

Eric from MO

July 2nd, 2011
2:58 pm

Nick when your lineup consists of putting all the lefties and righties together maybe you shouldnt call other people morons.

Husker Tony

July 2nd, 2011
3:00 pm

4-3 Phillies, Utley 2 run shot

Eric from MO

July 2nd, 2011
3:01 pm

Last night’s lineup had 3 lefties at the top of the order. Results were good. All contributed to our offense. Explain that one, genius.

Well our pitcher throwing a one hitter definetly helped the chances of us winning. Plus the opposing pitcher is 7 games below .500. Also the lefty righty thing normally has more to do with the pen later on, with how they bring in relievers. Which by the way, their pen didnt give up a run.

Husker Tony

July 2nd, 2011
3:02 pm

Nick is one of those people that are never pleased no matter what happens. Not worth arguing with really.

Husker Tony

July 2nd, 2011
3:02 pm

Good points Eric.

Gustopher

July 2nd, 2011
3:03 pm

Great blog CR. You really hit the books. Maybe you should get somebody to research for you

Husker Tony

July 2nd, 2011
3:03 pm

Carroll do you know when the announce the player of the months?? Or does anyone know?? Surely has to be today.

Gone Viral

July 2nd, 2011
3:05 pm

“Stunned that Pocoroba played in an allstar game….”

Looking at his numbers during his All Star season, I’m even more stunned. If any sports writers are lurking, Worst All Stars Selections Ever would be a great column topic.

Jimmy

July 2nd, 2011
3:05 pm

BFChris26 = Very sorry to hear about your brother. I remember last week things weren’t going well, but didn’t know he passed. Ver sorry again.

Uggla – Braves fans shouldn’t boo thier players. Uggla or anyone. We don’t do that. Philly, yeah, but we are a little above that.

Any so-called Brave fan that boos their own team is a stupy, smelly moron, doodie head.

DCBrave

July 2nd, 2011
3:07 pm

Thanks Carroll. Great history dig there. One just has to be amazed with what the technology can do for you these days.

Husker Tony

July 2nd, 2011
3:12 pm

Gone Viral,

Google it there are tons of articles on it. If want a good one I give you one. Badddd players have made it.

Bobby's chauffuer

July 2nd, 2011
3:18 pm

Nick…The douchey mohawk and pouty face doesn’t make him likable either.
Does the color of one’s skin or where they were born, also judge’s your assessment of an individual?

Husker Tony

July 2nd, 2011
3:27 pm

Halladay headed for his 6th complete game it looks. Thats crazy in a day where guys just don’t get complete games.

keylargo

July 2nd, 2011
3:27 pm

Dave, you also forgot Hudson coming off after next year too making it 40 million instead of just 30.

The Braves have a $9M option for Hudson in 2013. Unless he has a big decline, I would expect them to keep him.

Mountain Braves Fan

July 2nd, 2011
3:29 pm

Re: home Braves fans booing Uggla last night: I thought the fans were booing the umpire. It was a called third strike…

blo

July 2nd, 2011
3:33 pm

did i ever mention the braves need reyes

Eric from MO

July 2nd, 2011
3:34 pm

Key, I thought he had just signed a 3 year deal. I didnt know he had an option.

Veer

July 2nd, 2011
3:38 pm

Bluejays are a disgrace to Canada, Playing so pathetically during the Canada day weekend. This team should have won yesterday and today and helped us.
They should be sold to someother US city.

Carroll Rogers

July 2nd, 2011
3:38 pm

Braves lineup: 1. Schafer CF, 2. Gonzalez SS, 3. Heyward RF, 4. Jones 3B, 5. Freeman 1B, 6. Uggla 2B, 7. McLouth LF, 8. Ross C, 9. Hudson P

keylargo

July 2nd, 2011
3:39 pm

Eric – option for $9M with a $1M buyout for 2013.

Husker Tony

July 2nd, 2011
3:43 pm

LMAO, John Rauch just went crazy at the umpire. Coach came out and accidentally ripped his shirt off. LOL

braves fan forever

July 2nd, 2011
3:44 pm

Our Offense is Offensive to what Offense should be.Forget Reyes while he is very talented he is trouble in the clubhouse.The only reason he is having a goodyear is contract time.Remeber the year Jeff Blauser had in his contract year.Uggla looks like a penguin at the plate,but I think the penguin would make better contact.

Husker Tony

July 2nd, 2011
3:46 pm

Now the manager got thrown out. This turned awesome.

Veer

July 2nd, 2011
3:47 pm

Bluejays continue to be a disgrace to the nation of Canada. One team represents their entire country and yet they play like this. Piece of craps
Toronto Crapjays

I_R_Human

July 2nd, 2011
3:52 pm

The thing that these supposed impartial analysts on ESPN, and even MLBnetwork fail to recognize about J.J. is that he has done this in 2 or 3 less starts than Hallady, Hamels, and Lee.

11-3 with a ERA under 2.00 (1.89 to be exact)……..in his 3 losses the only game where he didn’t really have a chance to win was the 5-0 loss to the Mets back on June 4th…….total of 10 runs given up in those losses and the team only scored 4 over those 3 games………He could easily be 13-1……But anyways…..I think J.J. deserves the shot…..Who says Hamels even deserves to make the team…..He’s lost 4 out of his last 6 starts…..Lee has a spectacular month and that overshadows J.J.’s consistant year?

If all 3 of those Philly pitchers make the team then Tommy Hanson should also……..but we all know that won’t happen…….

OH another thing……watching MLB tonight last night thought it was kind of telling when they were going over the score and they got to the Braves – Orioles game and they said “Oh we haven’t even talked about Jair Jurrjens 1-hitter” and then they proceeded to move on…..didn’t revisit it until their “7-minute stretch” thing……..but wow they sure spent a lot of time showing how Jose Reyes ran the bases……I seriously thought MLB network was different than ESPN but I’m starting to learn thats not true….

Kevin

July 2nd, 2011
3:52 pm

Carroll – thanks for using that expression “over the moon.” I like that (and the reason for using it in your post).

Joshua

July 2nd, 2011
3:55 pm

I think everyone knows Jurrjens should start the All-Star Game, but it will probably go to Halladay.

keylargo

July 2nd, 2011
3:55 pm

I just realized we have a Mitchell JR.

Husker Tony

July 2nd, 2011
3:57 pm

Halladay 6th complete game. Prob solidifies all-star starter.

Coach (2011 Fredi G. a go!)

July 2nd, 2011
3:57 pm

Uggla should sit but no, Fredi is gonna keep running his butt out their.

I’ll post what every other opposing scout and opposite pitcher already knows. Uggla has become a dead pull hitter who simply refuses to use the right side of the diamond. Pitch him up and away with the hard stuff, down and in with the breaking ball, guaranteed to get Uggla out unless a pitcher makes a mistake over the plate.

jeffrey d

July 2nd, 2011
4:00 pm

Great blog…thanks Carroll

I_R_Human

July 2nd, 2011
4:01 pm

I say make Dan bat lefthanded LOL couldn’t get much worse could it?

Eric from MO

July 2nd, 2011
4:01 pm

I bet JJ gets the start. You could of made the same arguement last year with Roy Halladay starting and who started? Ubaldo and Ubaldo wasnt a well known star either. Stop complaining people, JJ locked it up yesterday.

tiger297

July 2nd, 2011
4:01 pm

kl- all the discussions on money coming off the books are pretty funny to me. If you do the math on the existing roster (as an accounting nerd you can rest assured I have) we really don’t have much money being freed up after you consider the raises for existing base of younger players

jeffrey d

July 2nd, 2011
4:02 pm

Halladay 6th complete game. Prob solidifies all-star starter.

You know Jair just pitched a 1 hit shutout? And has an ERA over a half run lower than Halladay’s?

Bobby's chauffuer

July 2nd, 2011
4:03 pm

Phillies had a 10th man on the field….the umpire… Howard was struck out…ump missed the call

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