If one or other, should Braves add reliever or bat?

DENVER – You never want to let a small sample size cause a knee-jerk reaction as the trade deadline approaches and discussions and deals start to heat up across the baseball landscapes.

Padres' Mike Adams would be the ideal pickup for the Braves, to turn a very good bullpen into the majors' best. But plenty of other teams want him, and most are more desperate than the Braves.

Padres' Mike Adams would be the ideal pickup for the Braves, to turn a very good bullpen into the majors' best. But plenty of other teams want him, and most are more desperate than the Braves.

That said, the Braves’ 5.97 ERA during their current 4-4 stretch has to serve as a reminder that you can never have too much good pitching, particularly in the second half when some pitchers fade and others land on the DL.

Of course it must be noted, that ERA is skewed by two ugly games that spiraled, a 14-1 loss at Philly on the last day before the All-Star break, and Tuesday night’s 12-3 defeat here in Denver.

The common threads in those games: relievers Cory Gearrin and Scott Proctor allowed multiple runs in each loss, with Gearrin getting waxed for 10 runs, six hits and six walks while recording a total of four outs in those two games.

Proctor gave up six runs and nine hits in three innings in those two lopsided defeats.

I’m not alone in thinking the Braves need to add at least one more arm before the trade deadline, then hope that Peter Moylan comes back strong at some point in August. Because with 65 games left in the season, can the Braves really afford to run Gearrin and Proctor out there in games that are still winnable?

And can they use the full-on O’Ventbrel – Eric O’Flaherty, Jonny Venters, Craig Kimbrel – in virtually all games in which they lead and all or parts of the trio in plenty of others when they’re tied or even trail by a run?

We saw how Venters faded a bit in the second half last season, and in those two hiccups before this year’s All-Star break when he was the most-used reliever in the majors. We know O’Flaherty has back issues. We know Kimbrel is going to be venturing into uncharted waters in terms of appearances and innings, not to mention the rookie is going to be doing that while pitching in the most pressure-filled situations.

So as appealing as it is to think of the Braves focusing their attention on acquiring a big right-handed bat — a Carlos Beltran, Hunter Pence or B.J. Upton — if they are to make only one significant move before the break,  landing a strong reliever to reinforce the back end might be a better move. Of course, if they could do both, it would be even better.

I think the Braves are especially motivated to add a bat, and will probably get one. When GM Frank Wren really wants to fill a priority need, he usually finds a way to do so. And right-handed bat is a priority for him/them.

The perfect pickup among thought-to-be-available relievers would be Padres right-hander Mike Adams, who has a 1.23 ERA and microscopic 0.727 WHIP in 44 apeparances, with 43 strikeouts and only nine walks and two homers allowed in 44 innings.

Problem is, a lot of other teams that are more desperate than the Braves to add relief pitching are also interested in Adams and Padres closer Heath Bell, and those teams presumably would be willing to give up more – i.e. prospects – to land one of them than the Braves would.

But the Braves might need to consider going a bit farther than they feel entirely comfortable if they have a chance to get an Adams or some other reliever who could turn their very good bullpen into the best ‘pen in the majors.

Not suggesting they give up one of their truly elite starting-pitcher prospects for such a reliever, but would someone just below that level be too much, if it could assure the Braves would be able to give a little more rest to their big bullpen guns and increase the chances of them being healthy and at their best when the final weeks of the season and the playoffs roll around?

I think not.

♣ More on Gearrin, Proctor: The rookie Gearrin is a promising talent, a sidearmer with an unorthodox delivery that can cause problems for hitters. But it’s become painfully apparent that he can’t get out left-handed hitters with his current repertoire. Not at the major league level.

He has a 13.50 ERA in past 10 appearances, with 13 hits, 13 runs and nine walks allowed in 8-2/3 innings. He also hit a batter last night – right after walking pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez.

Braves' Proctor has not been able to regain form after two elbow surgeries.

Braves' Proctor has not have any consistent success since two elbow surgeries.

In his past three appearances, Gearrin has a 38.57 ERA and .462 opponents’ average.

Again, it’s the lefties who are killing him. Lefty batters have hit .393 (11-for-28) with a .514 OBP against him this season. He’s limited right-handers to a .143 average (6-for-42) and .260 OBP.

“He’s had a difficult time getting left-handed hitters out,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said after Tuesday’s loss to the Rockies. “We need to get him to throw something else, a changeup or something, to get those left-handers off that fastball.”

As for Proctor, well, the Braves have waited for most of two seasons and still not seen the pitcher they hoped they would, not for any significant period at the big-league level. After two elbow surgeries, the veteran has worked countless hours trying to regain his command and movement on his pitches. It’s not happened.

In Proctor’s past 12 appearances, he has a 10.45 ERA in 10-1/3 innings, having allowed 16 hits, 12 earned runs, four homers, six walks and a .356 opponents’ average.

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. Schafer CF
  2. Prado 3B
  3. Freeman 1B
  4. Uggla 2B
  5. Heyward RF
  6. Gonzalez SS
  7. Ross C
  8. McLouth LF
  9. Hudson RH

Huddy goes for 10th: It won’t be easy tonight when Tim Hudson (9-6, 3.44 ERA) face Juan Nicasio (4-2, 4.24). They beat up on him two weeks ago, but the righty has been the Rockies’ best pitcher at Coors this season.

Freeman (right), here getting congrats from Brian McCann after a Monday homer, has five homers in six games against Rockies. That includes one off tonight's starter, Nicasio.

Freeman (right), here getting congrats from Brian McCann after a Monday homer, has five homers in six games against Rockies. That includes one off tonight's starter, Nicasio.

Yes, that surprised me, too. I had to look a second time to make sure today when I was going through stats and saw that Nicasio is 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA in five home starts. That’s compared to 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in four road starts.

In a July 7 loss at Turner Field, Nicasio got beat up for five runs and seven hits in 2-1/3 innings, including a three-run homer by Freddie Freeman and two hits (double, single) by Jason Heyward.

But at Coors Field? Different pitcher.

How’s this for a startling stat: Since June 14, Nicasio is 0-1 with an 11.25 ERA and .340 opponents’ average in three road starts, and 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA and .178 OA in three home starts.

Meanwhile, Hudson is 0-2 with a 10.20 ERA in three career starts at Coors.

The left-heavy Braves are well-suited to face Nicasio, who has allowed a .319 average and .374 OBP by lefties and a .200 average and .236 OBP by righties.

And Hudson comes in on a roll, with a 4-0 record with a 1.83 ERA in his past five starts. He has 32 strikeouts and 11 walks in 34-1/3 innings in that span.

Hudson got the win in a July 7 matchup with Nicasio, allowing five hits, three runs and three walks in 7-1/3 innings.

He’s 4-2 with a 4.67 ERA in seven starts against the Rockies, but has struggled mightily at Coors. His best start in Denver was his most recent one Aug. 23, when he allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings for no decision in a loss.

In Hudson’s other two starts at Coors, he gave up 10 hits and seven runs in 3-2/3 innings, and nine hits and six runs in 5-1/3 innings.

Former A’s teammate Jason Giambi is 9-for-23 with three homers and 10 RBIs against him, and Todd Helton is 9-for-13.

Ticket discount: The Braves are running a three-day “Steal of the Week” ticket sale today through midnight Friday, with savings of up to 58 percent for the remaining 32 home games for any remaining seats in upper box, outfield pavilion, terrace and field level.

For example, upper-box seats are $10, including those that are normally priced at $24 for so-called “premium games.” For more info or to select seats, go online at braves.com/steal.

Etc.

Dan Uggla is 14-for-41 (.341) with four doubles, five homers, eight RBIs and a .438 OBP in his 11-game hitting streak, including 8-for-18 with four homers and five RBIs in five games against the Rockies … The Braves are 5-1 with a .295 average in six games against the Rockies this season, and hit two homers in each game. The Rockies had no homers in the first five against the Braves, but got two off Brandon Beachy on Tuesday, Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez driving in five runs on those two swings…. The Braves are tied with Milwaukee for the NL homer lead in July with 20. Atlanta hitters’ have a league-high 130 strikeouts for the month, 10 more than any other NL team.

♣ We’ll close with a track from The Magnetic Fields’ classic 69 Love Songs set, which you can see/hear by clicking here.

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“ALL MY LITTLE WORDS” by The Magnetic Fields

You are a splendid butterfly
It is your wings that make you beautiful
And I could make you fly away
But I could never make you stay
You said you were in love with me
Both of us know that that’s impossible
And I could make you rue the day
But I could never make you stay

Not for all the tea in China
Not if I could sing like a bird
Not for all North Carolina
Not for all my little words
Not if I could write for you
The sweetest song you ever heard
It doesn’t matter what I’ll do
Not for all my little words

Now that you’ve made me want to die
You tell me that you’re unboyfriendable
And I could make you pay and pay
But I could never make you stay

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

2,806 comments Add your comment

Carking

July 20th, 2011
4:25 pm

First. We need both

Just Wanna Say

July 20th, 2011
4:27 pm

How about both? Bourn and a solid reliever. The reliever doesn’t have to be quite up to Adams level, but a solid one would be nice.

joemattray

July 20th, 2011
4:30 pm

When Chipper and Heyward get totally healthy, we’ll have all the bats we need. A reliever to fill the void of Moylan and Medlen for the rest of the season should be enough to take the Bravos to the next level for the rest of this season.

Dan Uggla

July 20th, 2011
4:31 pm

We don’t need anything guys. I am here now. I was tired from my pre season work out regime but I had a rest during the first 80 games of the season (I never had to run the bases), but now I am fresh and ready to play again.

billmaier

July 20th, 2011
4:31 pm

mike adams would be great great great– proctor is done i have no idea why he is still on the team needs to be released and gearrin needs to be working on getting out leftys in the minors– don’t need to be an expert or a general manger to know that– anyone that has just a little bit of baseball sensel can see that– frank????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Bravofan

July 20th, 2011
4:32 pm

Just Wanna Say

July 20th, 2011
4:32 pm

@Dan Uggla

We do need things. Bullpen needs a boost, and I really don’t think Schafer is quite good enough yet. I do like the way he plays, but his low OBP is just not good enough.

noleeee

July 20th, 2011
4:32 pm

y’all are still ignoring how much offense has slid in the last two years and judging numbers by outdated standards. In most “normal” parks this season an OPS of 730ish is league average.

David O'Brien

July 20th, 2011
4:33 pm

I’m told Zeke Spruill had a start skipped. Trade possibility grows….

Glen W

July 20th, 2011
4:33 pm

you’re right. Houston would laugh in your face B4 hanging up on you

Well then good luck with the next team you talk to about the guyy. Pence is worth no one’s SP prospect that was drafted in the top ten overall 2 years ago, dominating AAA and already having some success in the majors. Not even close.

Why do you all think Pence is such a good player? He’s not even on pace for 20 HRs. This is crazy talk.

O.J.

July 20th, 2011
4:33 pm

I don’t think Chipper or Heyward will be healthy enough to make more of difference. But with that said, they sure do make a lineup look and feel more potent when they are both in it.

Bama Brave

July 20th, 2011
4:33 pm

Shaun

July 20th, 2011
4:35 pm

Tennessee Paul, what do those numbers look like if you take into account run value of walks and each type of hit since May 31, or whatever the date was? That’s the key question.

Just Wanna Say

July 20th, 2011
4:36 pm

Yeah, just to be clear, I do not think our team is in a desperate state by any means. However, I do think we could use a couple upgrades to better our championship chances.

One-Eyed Mac

July 20th, 2011
4:36 pm

We definitely need to upgrade the Procter/Gearrn part of the pen, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be one of the top guys. A Uehara, Coffey, Guerrier type would probably do for that role. Then we can invest more heavily into a bat…like Bourn or Pence.

TennesseePaul

July 20th, 2011
4:36 pm

Thanks for the work DOB.

GO BRAVES!!

Logic.

July 20th, 2011
4:36 pm

As much as we need another BP arm, they come a dime-a-dozen; we can not give away top talent for one-inning pitchers. The trade needs to be made for Pence or Upton.

PMC

July 20th, 2011
4:36 pm

A reliever would probably provide more instant value than most of the bats that are available. Carlos Beltran is likely to break something on the airplane coming down from NY.

The Braves middle relief is a freaking disaster.

ncscoots

July 20th, 2011
4:37 pm

I’m told Zeke Spruill had a start skipped. Trade possibility grows….

Ahh, man, not my boy Zeke!

Roy Hobbs

July 20th, 2011
4:37 pm

Adding a reliever may help us get to the post season, but if we dont add a bat we wont do anything when we get there. The need is probably for both, but I think a bat is the bigger need.

Anyone have Billy Wagners number? Maybe he wants to get out of the house for a few months?!

noleeee

July 20th, 2011
4:38 pm

I have never talked crazy talk about baseball in my entire life Glen.

PMC

July 20th, 2011
4:38 pm

The thing with Proctor. I don’t remember him ever contributing anything positive.

Just Wanna Say

July 20th, 2011
4:38 pm

Please no Upton. He just isn’t doing what anyone thought he was going to do and he will cost a fortune.

noleeee

July 20th, 2011
4:39 pm

Hillbilly

July 20th, 2011
4:39 pm

scoots, Zeke has been a horse at Lynchburg, hasn’t he? An innings machine.

Blankster

July 20th, 2011
4:39 pm

Lets remember we have been riding an insanely hot mccann and freeman for the last month and a half. I dont think that will last.

joemattray

July 20th, 2011
4:40 pm

@O.J.: If we were on facebook, I would “like” your comment.

Another bat would be nice, but they can’t start someone over Chipper or Heyward. Where do they put this additional “big bat” in the lineup? CF seems like the only spot, but who? Bulk up the bullpen.

Braves95WS

July 20th, 2011
4:40 pm

DOB, which bat do you see the Braves most likely getting?

Logic.

July 20th, 2011
4:40 pm

@DOB,

You tweeted that the Braves are “close to a RH bat.” Any clue on who it might be??

noleeee

July 20th, 2011
4:40 pm

the only good thing I can think of to say about Upton is that he might actually hit as well or a bit better coming to the Ted from Tampa’s somewhat tough hitters park

ncscoots

July 20th, 2011
4:40 pm

,i>The Braves middle relief is a freaking disaster.

Man, EVERY team’s middle relief is a freaking disaster. It’s just a matter of whether it’s tidal-wave or full-on-tsunami disaster. :-)

Efrim

July 20th, 2011
4:41 pm

I’m told Zeke Spruill had a start skipped. Trade possibility grows….

Nice. Let’s get this trade deadline started. Thanks for the bloggage, DOB!

TennesseePaul

July 20th, 2011
4:41 pm

I suppose if this team is going to get a platoon partner for Heyward, Francoeur wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Heyward against righties this season: .247/.341/.426/.766
Francoeur against lefties this season: .315/.357/.640/.998

Of course, this is Fredi’s team and he tends to do things in Bizzaro world so the platoon we’d get would look more like this…

Heyward against lefties this season: .173/.271/.333/.604
Francouer against righties this season: .247/.294/ .385/.679

Hillbilly

July 20th, 2011
4:42 pm

And all of those innings could be the reason he’s being skipped…Guy might need some rest.

Blankster

July 20th, 2011
4:42 pm

Predictions on who the RH bat is? I would like to think it is someone elite but I expect its some washed up veteren.

JT Grace

July 20th, 2011
4:42 pm

Pence is worth no one’s SP prospect that was drafted in the top ten overall 2 years ago

Yes, he is. Most definitely, especially since that pitcher was a big overdraft.

Why do you all think Pence is such a good player?

BA = .315, OBP = .356, OPS = .819 —–Match those numbers up against the numbers of the Braves outfielders not named Prado.

Chris

July 20th, 2011
4:42 pm

looks like braves are close to a deal for hunter pence….

Lew

July 20th, 2011
4:42 pm

We’ve continued winning with the”anemic” offense, because our pitchers shut the other team down.

That’s just not happening with Gearrin and Procotr and we can’t keep running the Big Three out there night after night (though they HAVE had a considerable rest the past couple of weeks.

If it’s a choice between a bat and shoring up the pen, in my lineup Schafer continues to lead off and I go for pitching.

@___ISH___

July 20th, 2011
4:43 pm

Both… But, if we could get Adams THAT would be HUGE.

Blankster

July 20th, 2011
4:43 pm

Tennesee Paul – you assume fredi would even be aware of these splits.

ncscoots

July 20th, 2011
4:43 pm

Yes, guys, I’ll wipe away a tear, if Zeke is dealt.

Then, promptly forget the sumbee altogether. :-)

noleeee

July 20th, 2011
4:43 pm

I’d think we need a platoon partner for Schafer more than a platoon partner for Heyward who is still close to league average OPS+

Jabbo

July 20th, 2011
4:43 pm

A reliever. Both wouldn’t hurt. And someone needs to coach/help Jason Heyward. Fix his hitting, and the team gets better. I like Jordan Schafer so much except his OBP!! McLouth is just fine, when he bats eighth. Don’t trade Lowe. I would love to get Bourne from Houston. He would be a great addition.

Joshua

July 20th, 2011
4:43 pm

Hun-ter-Pence! Hun-ter-Pence! (please???)

Frankie Wren

July 20th, 2011
4:43 pm

O.J.

July 20th, 2011
4:33 pm
I don’t think Chipper or Heyward will be healthy enough to make more of difference

Maybe but I refuse to believe. I can’t wait for Chipper to come back and play Fall baseball. Turn back the clock baby and not playing last year he will be charged up. As Tug said, “you gotta believe”.

Grantdawg

July 20th, 2011
4:43 pm

Would I rather have my right arm, or right leg? Hmmmmmmmmm….

Lew

July 20th, 2011
4:43 pm

BUT……The Braves DO have the pieces for a trade to fill both needs.

Efrim

July 20th, 2011
4:44 pm

Ahh, man, not my boy Zeke!

It’s funny, he is never mentioned among even the second tier of pitching prospects(Clemens, Hoover, Oberholtzer), but he looks like a innings eater back end starter from his stats at all levels.

noleeee

July 20th, 2011
4:45 pm

yeah they have the pieces but do they want to use the big ones?

Innocent Bystander

July 20th, 2011
4:45 pm

Don’t think it’ll be Pence… Otherwise they would’ve pulled him from today’s game.

noleeee

July 20th, 2011
4:45 pm

Puma

July 20th, 2011
4:45 pm

Solid reliever who can come in the 7th or 8th inning and be relied on. He doesn’t even have to be great, just good. Mike Adams would be a good pick up, but I don’t think we even need that elite of an arm. We just need someone who is decent and somewhat reliable, along the lines of Linebrink.

In terms of another bat, I think we should use someone who has some pop, hits lefties well and can play LF and RF, like Matt Diaz. Other than that, not really worth getting anyone unless we can get Bourn or Reyes, both of whom will be real expensive prospect-wise. I know Reyes is free agent, whats Bourn’s status next couple of years?

Innocent Bystander

July 20th, 2011
4:45 pm

Or Bourn for that matter.

Snotboogie

July 20th, 2011
4:46 pm

I’m told Zeke Spruill had a start skipped. Trade possibility grows….

DOB must be covered from head to toe in soot after stoking the hot stove so much. ;-)

noleeee

July 20th, 2011
4:46 pm

maybe Byrd or Johnson?

ncscoots

July 20th, 2011
4:46 pm

I just have a special spot in my heart for pitchers named “Ezekiel”. That’s a story for another time, though.

Lew

July 20th, 2011
4:46 pm

noleeee- Probably not, but losing Delgado, Obrholtzer – just not Teheran and Vizcaino.

But as is proved with Spruill, the minors are much deeper than many here realize.

One-Eyed Mac

July 20th, 2011
4:47 pm

Astros still playing in the 9th inning of their game. It looks like Pence and Bourn are both still in.

Shaun

July 20th, 2011
4:47 pm

Innocent Bystander, today’s Astros game is almost over. Could be. Who knows?

BravesfansinNC

July 20th, 2011
4:47 pm

would Zeke Spruill be someone that Astro might be interested in for Pence or Bourn?

Murph

July 20th, 2011
4:47 pm

Great blog DOB. Mirrors my sentiments 100% (scary, I know).

This pretty much sums things up:

In Proctor’s past 12 appearances, he has a 10.45 ERA in 10-1/3 innings, having allowed 16 hits, 12 earned runs, four homers, six walks and a .356 opponents’ average.

and

He (Gearrin) has a 13.50 ERA in past 10 appearances, with 13 hits, 13 runs and nine walks allowed in 8-2/3 innings.

Any playoff run CANNOT have those two guys in the mix and be expected to succeed. Whether they are brought into a game and lose it or are kept out of a game and the team loses Venters or O’Flaherty, they are liabilities.

Time for them both to go. I don’t care where. Bar’s closing… you don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here.

noleeee

July 20th, 2011
4:48 pm

haven’t the Braves liked Willingham b4?

Frankie Wren

July 20th, 2011
4:48 pm

I’d think we need a platoon partner for Schafer more than a platoon partner for Heyward who is still close to league average OPS+

Reed Johnson and pick up Kerry Wood(well somebody). Johnson has batted leadoff, played Center and hits lefties. Schafer platoons against RH and Nate pinch runs for Mac in late innings come playoff time and scores winning run in NLCS.

Barry

July 20th, 2011
4:48 pm

The Braves do not need to trade any of their prospects. If the people they have right now would start hitting,like they are capable, they have a better chance than all the other teams in baseball including the Phillies and Red Sox. We have too many people that should be hitting .290, but they are hitting .220 or lower. Why bring in another player who is hitting .220? If you can get someone who is hitting .300, 25 homers, and 75 RBI’s, you have to give up the farm to get him. I say make small adjustments and wait on our guys to come around.

NOOB

July 20th, 2011
4:49 pm

In his past three appearances, Gearrin has a 38.57 ERA and .462 opponents’ average.

is that bad?

Chris

July 20th, 2011
4:49 pm

trade might not be done or announced until the astros game. cant imagine getting a good RH bat for just zeke spruill….

jason

July 20th, 2011
4:49 pm

Good Work Dave.

ncscoots

July 20th, 2011
4:49 pm

Who is this George Mathis in grey? Is O’Brien shilling posts to up the page hits, LOL?

Ease

July 20th, 2011
4:49 pm

Who is George Mathis?

noleeee

July 20th, 2011
4:49 pm

You’ve kinda swayed me toward Johnson, Frankie

TennesseePaul

July 20th, 2011
4:50 pm

Who is this hyper-linked George Mathis character who has appeared?

Hillbilly

July 20th, 2011
4:50 pm

George Mathis in gray? Where am I?

DAP

July 20th, 2011
4:50 pm

if i had to choose bat or arm, id take the arm, but i really want at least one of each.

BravesfansinNC

July 20th, 2011
4:50 pm

Staying in the game does not mean nothing .I remember couple of years ago when with Cleveland for Steve Karsay and Steve Reed on the day of the trade both of them pitch in that game if I recall right

Murph

July 20th, 2011
4:50 pm

Zeke Spruill’s line this year is pretty good. I could see someone being very interested in acquiring him.

Shaun

July 20th, 2011
4:50 pm

One-Eyed Mac, I hope your kidding. They aren’t going to “finalize” and announce a deal in the 9th inning of a tie game if one of the players in that game is involved. They’ll just wait it out and announce it when the game’s over. But of course that doesn’t mean an Astro is or isn’t getting dealt by any means.

Blankster

July 20th, 2011
4:50 pm

I like reed johnson. What is his contract status? If we could pick him up we can send schafer back to the minors.

CodySpruill

July 20th, 2011
4:50 pm

I like for them to get Pence, he’s a great outfielder on both sides. We may need to get a reliever though.

O.J.

July 20th, 2011
4:50 pm

I would think Spruill would be too much to give up for Willingham

noleeee

July 20th, 2011
4:51 pm

and Zeke is a guy who the Braves aren’t gonna hesitate much about trading

DAP

July 20th, 2011
4:52 pm

george mathis’ name links to ajc.com. this is weird.

Blankster

July 20th, 2011
4:52 pm

Reed didnt start today.

Frankie Wren

July 20th, 2011
4:52 pm

You’ve kinda swayed me toward Johnson, Frankie

Hard nose player Nolee. Wouldn’t mind Bryd at all but not sure why the Cubbies would deal him. We will see.

PMC

July 20th, 2011
4:52 pm

Some one needs to introduce Heyward to deep tissue massage and a slump buster.

Crazy Talk

July 20th, 2011
4:52 pm

You guys are crazy. They have the third best record in MLB while the star offensive players have been injured and slumping. Now that they are getting healthy and making contact, you want to screw with the chemistry. Derek Lee was only last year people – do you remember? And if you need someone to eat innings – bring someone up. I admit not getting Medlin back is tough, but the team is doing just fine. Yes we have people to trade, but we don’t have that big of a need either.

CodySpruill

July 20th, 2011
4:52 pm

I agree with o.j. Zeke has potential.

Snotboogie

July 20th, 2011
4:52 pm

Byrd started and is still in the game for the Cubs.
Johnson did not play – not even PH in today’s game.

Mat

July 20th, 2011
4:53 pm

How bout drew storen or Chad qualls?

PDOG

July 20th, 2011
4:53 pm

Fredi just amazes me, if gearin needs to work on a pitch to get leftys out why isnt he in the minors working on it. Still believe the answer to the bullpen is Tehran and Vizcanio.

Chris

July 20th, 2011
4:53 pm

if the braves acquire reed, its not going to help the team much, if at all

Joe2e

July 20th, 2011
4:53 pm

Mike Adams would be perfect and if we dont get him the phillies probably will (or Heath Bell). The braves should give up anybody not named Tehran, Minor, or Vizciano to get him to. Dont forget how good K-Medz is and he will beback by next year. As for a bat It’d be nice to see omar infante come back, i can’t imagine it taking more than a B level prospect + a throw in to get him. He’d be great insurance for chipper at 3rd.

Tarli Chrippi

July 20th, 2011
4:53 pm

DOB —

It’s been rumored that the ‘Stros are not seriously considering moving Pence unless they were to receive an earth-shattering deal. What do you think it would take from our system to acquire him? And do you even see us pitching anything?

PMC

July 20th, 2011
4:53 pm

Both, ok so we need a good hitting middle relief pitcher……

hmm, Mike Hampton is available.

noleeee

July 20th, 2011
4:53 pm

maybe right OJ, but on the other hand we need a bat and we have plenty of arms ranked above Zeke.not ragging on Zeke, just saying. oh well, a lil’ excitement on the blog after last night is a good thing ;)

Let's Go

July 20th, 2011
4:53 pm

Bullpen help. The Braves have proven that they can win with scoring just a few runs but August could be make or break time with lot’s games against the Mets, Nats, & Cubs and a homestand with the Giants and Dbacks coming to town. 16 of 28 games are on the road.

DOB
Here’s something that has been bugging me the last couple of days. Any chance the Braves ask Derek Lowe to go to the bullpen as a RH set-up guy and then maybe look at adding a cheap 4th or 5th starter via trade or bring Minor up? The guy was a heck of reliever once upon a time but would he consider it to avoid getting traded?

Snotboogie

July 20th, 2011
4:54 pm

I like reed johnson. What is his contract status? If we could pick him up we can send schafer back to the minors.

900K for this year. Then FA.

BravesfansinNC

July 20th, 2011
4:54 pm

If we are trading for Reed Johnson then we might as well not do any trade.Because has very little power to spake off

Chris

July 20th, 2011
4:54 pm

zeke is a good prospect. but its not going to be a good trade unless the braves add some punch from that outfield

space monkey

July 20th, 2011
4:54 pm

Trade for a bat. Bring up Vizcaino for relief. Stuff reminds me of Wohlers in 91 and Price a few years back for TB.

Joshua

July 20th, 2011
4:55 pm

Man, please no mediocre players…I want to attend my first World Series game this year @ the Ted.

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