Jurrjens awaits Monday announcement on NL starter

PHILADELPHIA – Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens was 10 years old and watching on TV from his native Curacao when John Smoltz started the last All-Star game for the Braves in 1996.

Now Jurrjens has a chance to get the nod himself Tuesday in Phoenix in his first ever trip to an All-Star game. An announcement on the starters won’t be made until Monday.

Jurrjens is leading the National League in ERA (1.87) and wins (12). Though he said he would understand if Giants manager Bruce Bochy goes with the more veteran Roy Halladay, who’s leading the league in innings pitched (143 1/3 innings) and complete games (six) and is second in strikeouts (138).

“You could not go wrong with those three guys,” said Jurrjens, referring to Phillies veteran All-Stars Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels.

Hamels is ineligible to pitch Tuesday because he pitched Sunday for the Phillies, so the choice likely comes down to Jurrjens, Halladay and Lee.

Jurrjens said he grew up watching the All-Star game in Curacao but it got to be an ever bigger deal in that area when his fellow countryman and former Brave Andruw Jones made his first All-Star team as a Brave in 2000. It was the first of five appearances for the former Braves Gold Glove center fielder.

Jurrjens became the second player from Curacao ever to make the All-Star game. On Sunday morning he was still focused on the Phillies series, but he knew that would change when he landed Sunday night in Phoenix.

“I think when I get out there it’s going to hit me,” Jurrjens said.

Hudson set to open second half

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he plans to start Tim Hudson against the Nationals when the Braves return from the All-Star break on Friday.

The rest of the Braves rotation depends on how much Jurrjens pitches Tuesday night in the All-Star game. As it is, Gonzalez plans to pitch Jurrjens on Saturday against the Nationals, followed by Tommy Hanson on Sunday. Derek Lowe would then start Monday against the Rockies and followed by Brandon Beachy.

If Jurrjens pitches multiple innings in the All-Star game, Gonzalez might push him back to Sunday and pitch Hanson on Saturday.

41 comments Add your comment

Joseph

July 10th, 2011
7:58 pm

Good stuff Carroll. I like the rotation coming out of the ASG. Sounds about the way it should be for the playoffs in October.

Largo

July 10th, 2011
8:11 pm

My take on JJ as a pitcher:

His fast ball is generally 87 to 89 mph. Certainly not overpowering.

His slider looks like he’s still learning to throw it.

His strikeouts per nine innings have decreased since last year.

He looks awkward on the mound.

The only thing he does well is GET BATTERS OUT!

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Dennis Reynolds

July 10th, 2011
8:31 pm

Bochy’s kind of a tool. I bet he doesn’t pick JJ.

Dennis Reynolds

July 10th, 2011
8:32 pm

Thanks, Largo. Now go tell that to the 12 major league teams he’s beaten so far this year.

ugaaccountant

July 10th, 2011
8:45 pm

That was Largo’s point. Doesn’t matter what you look like, he just plain wins.

Joseph

July 10th, 2011
8:52 pm

JJ has really improved now that he doesn’t overthrow his pitches. Less is more. He is taking a page out of the Maddux/Glavine book with that philosophy. Locate and change speeds and the hitter’s do not have a chance unless JJ makes a bad pitch.

Michael

July 10th, 2011
11:34 pm

Hey Largo, that is the name of the gme for the pitcher get them out. K’s, groundouts and flyouts are all outs.

Younger Than That Now

July 11th, 2011
12:08 am

From where I sit it looks like JJ has made a lot of progress going from a thrower to a pitcher, in the vein of a Maddux or Glavine. Whaever he’s doing, I hope he keeps doing it and doing it for many years for the Braves. Good on the field and off the field and seems to have his head screwed on straight. His only problem… he needs to hire a new agent!

Was there in Cleveland in '97

July 11th, 2011
7:11 am

I was a little confused by your lead. Are you saying Smoltz was the last Braves to start an All-Star game? If so, that is wrong. I was at the ‘97 ASG game in Cleveland where Greg Maddux (and Jeff Blauser) started.

Archangel

July 11th, 2011
7:27 am

How does someone get chosen to start the All Star over someone who leads the league in both era and wins??? Has that happened before?

Andrew

July 11th, 2011
10:56 am

If Gonazalez pitches Lowe any earlier that 4th in the post-season, I will be very surprised. Hudson, JJ, Hanson, Lowe, Beachy… and you could argue Beachy ahead of him in my opinion.

iowa brave.

July 11th, 2011
11:01 am

boch will choose cliff lee to start over jj. although jj deserves the start.

Largo

July 11th, 2011
11:10 am

WOW……Thanks for clearing that up for me, Michael.

Mitchell

July 11th, 2011
11:37 am

If Jurrjens is not starting the All Star game I’m writing my congressman.

I’m not much in the mood to defend the Braves as a team at the moment but F Roy Halladay.

If he was the better pitcher he would have more wins.

Jurrjens is the best pitcher in the National League and has earned the right to be the starter.

It sickens me as well that Victorino again won the last player fan vote and Tommy Hanson got passed over completely. I’m glad he’s injured. He didn’t deserve to be there in the first place.

Who would vote for him over Andre Ethier anyway?

Erik from N.C.

July 11th, 2011
11:42 am

DOB or Carroll – Should a All-Star coach factor in a player’s performance in prior years when deciding who to add to an All-Star roster or who to select for a starting pitching assignment. I’m still miffed about Bochy bypassing Hanson for all of the San Fran pitchers (none of whom, in my opinion, are having years that are as good as Hanson’s, and who at least in 3 of 4 instances clearly were given the benefit of the doubt — and then some — based on their performances in prior years). Now I fully expect Bochy to skip over JJ, though as long as he doesn’t do it for a Giants’ pitcher, I guess I won’t be as ticked.

timthebrave

July 11th, 2011
11:49 am

Location is the key of why JJ has been so good. In that game against Baltimore where he threw a one hitter he only threw 1 or 2 pitches that were even really hittable. The rest people were just trying to make contact. His control was Maddux like that night

Mitchell

July 11th, 2011
11:53 am

Why is every time we have a big series with the Phillies they always bring their aces and we come up with the worst possible combination of starters?

What did we think was going to happen yesterday with Derek Lowe on the mound?

He’s officially our Barry Zito.

I don’t know where Mark Bradley gets the idea we can contend with the Phillies for the division. We’re not even trying at this point.

Hey, September series against the Phillies in Citizen’s Bank Park. Let’s have Brandon Beachy and Mike Minor go up against Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay!

That’s a winning strategy.

They don’t have what it takes to do it. They have the talent, they just don’t have the will.

Braves Buff

July 11th, 2011
12:12 pm

Bochy just named Scott Proctor to start the All Star Game, followed by Derrick Blowe

bball fan

July 11th, 2011
12:13 pm

JJ sounds a lot like a Braves pitcher from the past. Does anybody remember Greg Maddox? The best pitcher I have ever seen. ( I said pitcher not flame thrower like Randy Johnson )

beebee

July 11th, 2011
12:18 pm

Mitchell, you do understand that it’s a pitching rotation.
We just can’t throw our best pitchers up against the Phillies at will.

IF there is an NLCS with the Braves and Phillies, then the matchups will be more to us fans’ liking.

We’re 6-6 against Philly. For now. Chill bro.

bee

matt

July 11th, 2011
12:18 pm

dude the guy above said our pitching wasnt good this weekend, well beachy was stellar friday and hanson looked unhittable saturday so no real sure wat ur saying… yes if jurrjens had pitched yesterday i agree game would have been closer… dont blame the pitching they do their part, it’s the offenses that sucks!!!

iTiSi

July 11th, 2011
1:03 pm

Seems to me Brucy Bochy Baby owes the Braves a huge favor and should start JJ. If not for the Braves BMac, the Giants WOULD NOT HAVE HAD HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE IN THE WS LAST YEAR AND PROBABLY WOULD NOT HAVE WON IT!!!!!!!! Bet he has forgotten that. Someone should remind him.

BFChris26

July 11th, 2011
1:07 pm

Halladay was picked.

Rowsdower

July 11th, 2011
1:11 pm

The Braves and Phillies are basically built the same. Great pitching and hopefully enough offense. Friday’s game was a coin flip. As was Saturday’s game. Yesterday’s game imploded with the help of Gearrin and Proctor. It wasn’t a blowout until then.

Whether we catch the Phillies or not isn’t relevant. Getting to the playoffs is all that matters (5 game lead in the wild card race). Can’t face them until the NLCS anyway, so who cares if we get the Cards/Brewers or Giants in the 1st round? With this pitching staff (no Lowe in the playoffs, please) I have the utmost confidence we can get to, and win, the World Series.

Rowsdower

July 11th, 2011
1:18 pm

Bochy, the douchebag, managed to pick a guy that said he DIDN’T want to start the All-Star game:

“I couldn’t have a better guy to start the All-Star Game for us,” Bochy said. “You talk about the elite pitchers in the game and you look at his numbers this year, and it’s obvious he’s very deserving.”

Really, you couldn’t have a better guy? How about the guy with more wins and an ERA half a run better? Go fluff yourself, Bochy…

Largo's an Idiot

July 11th, 2011
1:29 pm

Go somewhere else Key Largo

Najeh Davenpoop

July 11th, 2011
1:30 pm

Bruce Bochy is a dick.

Mark's for the Braves

July 11th, 2011
1:44 pm

If JJ diesn’t start Tuesday night, it will be a crying shame. Best record, lowest ERA and most rest. Gotta be JJ.

TruthSeeker

July 11th, 2011
1:59 pm

I’ve lost a lot of respect for Bochy. Picking three of his starters, all of who are having worse than Hanson was bad enough, but I thought he’d at least make up for that egregious error by giving Jurrjens the start. I guess I gave him too much credit. Idiot.

PoconoPhil

July 11th, 2011
2:16 pm

This is why Bochy went with Halladay — to burn him out. He knows Doc leads the league in IP and wants to run up the tally so he’s spent come October.

@Buster_ESPN RT @ajcbraves Bochy on Tommy: “I feel awful for this kid. I know how well he’s pitched. He deserves to be here.” Yeah, but he didn’t feel bad enough not to bring two of your own undeserving starters at the kid’s expense, did you?

dean

July 11th, 2011
2:31 pm

The who “All-Star” game concept has become a joke.

timthebrave

July 11th, 2011
3:57 pm

I understand him taking Halladay to start. IMO he is the best pitcher in the game. The real shame is Hanson being left off the all star roster

Robin Of The Hood

July 11th, 2011
4:01 pm

Bruce Bochy is full of crap! Tim over Tommy? (Thats “Freaked” up) No way!!! Congrats, he won you a World Series LAST YEAR!!!! If we put guys in the All Star Game based off their OLD Seasons, then Bruce Botch-up will be calling Barry Bonds to play LF and SP Russ Ortiz will be there pitching as well….Giants and Braves just have issues towards each other! Buster Posey over Heyward for Rookie of the Year last year, The Timmy/Tommy Scandel this year!, whats next The Giants will call up a rookie with 4 games left this season, he’ll get 3 saves and a win and bet out both Freeman and Kimbrel for the Rookie of the Year this season……..

butch

July 11th, 2011
4:08 pm

we was robbed

Philly Fan

July 11th, 2011
5:23 pm

I feel your anger here. I think I would have picked JJ but it’s not like RH is a bad choice. I really do feel this was a coin flip decision. Plus I really do think RH is the best pitcher in the game. I don’t think anyone was robbed here.

hal

July 11th, 2011
5:28 pm

the fact doc dosent want too starts zackly why im glad boochy picked him that and 5 more innings on his over worked sore arm may be enough in oct to ti[p it to the braves

Philly Fan

July 11th, 2011
5:36 pm

Doc’s a horse. He lead the league in innings last year and was more than fine in the playoffs. I would worry more about JJ and Hudson waring down. One didn’t pitch good down the stretch and the other didn’t pitch. Plus think there is any chance your bullpen innings can catch up with your guys
?

DC Brave

July 11th, 2011
7:43 pm

This is quite simply a slap in the face to JJ.

Bochy: “I couldn’t have a better guy to start the All-Star Game for us,” Bochy said. “You talk about the elite pitchers in the game and you look at his numbers this year, and it’s obvious he’s very deserving.”

JJ…put that quote in your locker.

Ron Hyatt

July 11th, 2011
9:19 pm

Time to say “for the good of my team, I won’t be pitching in the all-star game”

MikeinLA

July 12th, 2011
12:25 am

Philly Fan. Two of the Braves best pitchers are still returning in August and will lighten the load. Moylan and Medlen.

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