Braves close out Reds series in prime time vs. D-train

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

CINCINNATI – So here we are with a long Sunday afternoon to kill before the Braves play on Sunday night baseball for the fourth, and I believe final, time this year.

The Braves are 2-1 in those games, with both victories going to Jair Jurrjens – on May 8 in Philadelphia over Cole Hamels 5-2 and on May 29 against these Reds at Turner Field, Jurrjens over Johnny Cueto 2-1.

Braves face old Florida foe

Braves face old Florida foe

Tim Hudson took a 6-4 loss to R.A. Dickey and the Mets on June 5 in the only other Sunday night game, back when Carlos Beltran was giving the Braves headaches, not ideas….(hm.)

(I’m not expecting anything to happen today, but once the Braves get home from this trip, you figure those talks could heat up. Maybe the Braves hold out hope the price comes down a bit, but if they’re going to beat out the Phillies and Giants to Beltran, it seems they’ll have some thinking to do about whether they’re willing to part with a Mike Minor, when they’re also very protective of prized pitching prospects Julio Teheran, Arodys Vizcaino and Randall Delgado.)

Tonight it’s the young Brandon Beachy on the mound against guess who? Dontrelle Willis. This is Beachy’s first time pitching in a Sunday night game, but we all know he’s faced stakes much higher than this in his major league debut last September in Philadelphia.

Beachy has never faced the Reds. And he’s looking for a little redemption after his last start in Coors Field. Beachy gave up a season-high six runs in 4 2/3 innings in that game and struggled with the effectiveness of his slider. He was also going on 10 days’ rest including the All-Star break. You figure he’ll be a good bit sharper tonight.

And Willis? The former Florida Marlin with the high leg kick and the wide smile will be facing the Braves for only the second time since 2007, his last year with the Marlins. The Braves faced him once last season when he was with the Diamondbacks and got him for two runs in four innings and drew six walks.

Willis has made only 29 starts since 2007, battling command and health problems. The Reds signed him coming into spring training this year and sent him to Triple-A Louisville.

They called him up July 10 and he’s made two starts for the Reds – both on the road – and both losses by the Reds. Willis gave up two runs in six innings in a no-decision at Milwaukee and two runs in 4 2/3 innings in a loss at Pittsburgh. He walked four batters in that first outing and only one in the second.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was the Marlins manager Willis’ last year in Florida. And watching the two of them interact the past two days during batting practice, it’s pretty clear they’ve got a great relationship.

And from what you know about Willis, it’s hard to imagine him not getting along with someone. The gregarious “D-train” is now sporting a Mohawk, which he showed off to Gonzalez and explained he had to do it for his kids.

“We need more guys like him in the game,” Gonzalez said.

(By the way, I just looked it up and Willis is only 29. Imagine that! He was 21 when he was first called up.)

Health watch

Chipper Jones is playing his second rehab game today in Rome – a 2 p.m. start. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a walk last night at DH in Rome, saying afterward “boy was I rusty” in a text message. But the knee held up well and he’s back in Rome’s lineup at third base today.

If all goes well, the Braves will re-evaluate tomorrow and possibly activate him for the start of the Pirates series. Today was his first day eligible to come off the DL.

When the Braves get him back, it’ll be the first time they’ve had their regular lineup today since mid-May. That’s about when Jason Heyward went down with his right shoulder problems and then Martin Prado got a staph infection just before Heyward returned. Prado came back after the All-Star break, just after Jones underwent his arthroscopic knee surgery.

Our esteemed AJC colleague Chris Vivlamore is up in Rome today keeping tabs on Chipper and will be tweeting and updating with a blog when the game is over. Keep an eye out for that.

Center fielder Jordan Schafer, meanwhile, is still waiting for the swelling in that jammed third finger on his left hand to go down. He hit some in the indoor cage yesterday and didn’t feel good enough to hit out on the field. He might see more improvement today, but Gonzalez indicated yesterday with the left-handed Willis going today he’ll probably give Schafer at least another day.

101-degree heat, and I’m not talking about the weather

One thing that I wanted to mention in the blog yesterday and just kind of got loss was the Braves’ impressions of the smoking left arm of Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman.

The Braves faced him for the first time Friday night, when he came out of the bullpen and made quick work of Heyward, Brian McCann, Freddie Freeman and Eric Hinske.

Chapman and his 101 mph heat

Chapman and his 101 mph heat

“He’s got an all right arm,” Hinske said when I asked about Chapman, then he chuckled.

“You see him good,” Hinske said. “He just throws 102, 101 whatever it was. He probably has the best arm I’ve ever seen. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a 101 mph fastball before. Maybe (Tigers reliever Joel) Zumaya threw me one once maybe. He’s just easy too. It’s not max effort delivery and the ball gets in there, definitely a lot quicker than other pitchers. It cuts about (2-3 inches).”

Hinske popped up on a slider after seeing four straight fastballs from Chapman, 99, 99. 97 and 101.

“To hit his fastball, you almost have to start when he’s like right here (making his shoulder turn) because you won’t have a chance to catch up with his fastball,” Hinske said. “He threw the slider to me over the plate. I saw it well but it’s just a 90 mph slider. Usually the fastball is 90 and slider is 83. You’ve got pick a side and start early. You have to relax. No tension at all. You’ve just got to try to drop the barrel on the ball because he’s going to supply all the power. He’s tough, he’s real tough.”

This and that

Minor league shortstop Tyler Pastornicky has been tearing it up in Triple-A Gwinnett since his call-up from Mississippi. In four games, he’s gone 8-for-19 (.421) with three RBIs and four runs scored. He had a three-hit night on Friday night. Last night’s Gwinnett game in Norfolk was rained out so they’ll be playing a DH tonight. If he keeps this up, Pastornicky could put himself in position for a possible September call-up.

Congratulations to Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and executive Pat Gillick who enter the Hall of Fame today. I never saw Blyleven pitch, but I think we all know Alomar is the best second baseman of this era. He was fun to watch.

More from the park later this afternoon.

2,683 comments Add your comment

UNCBrave

July 24th, 2011
2:41 pm

BJ Upton is out of the Rays line-up today….Looks like he will be a National…

Some Nationals people believe a change of scenery would greatly benefit B.J. Upton, and are considering “offering the moon” for him.

Looks like UPTON to the Nats….I would’ve loved to have gotten BJ Upton

THC

Bama Brave

July 24th, 2011
2:42 pm

Josh

July 24th, 2011
2:43 pm

Thanks Carroll!

Coach (2011 Fredi G. a go!)

July 24th, 2011
2:44 pm

Watching the Hall of Fame induction ceremony’s. Turn the TV on!

ChrisfromSacramento, Ca

July 24th, 2011
2:46 pm

Please Frank,

Make a trade for one or two bull pen arms. Quality arms!! The hell with Beltran. The pen is leaking oil. Time to help out the pen. Trade Lowe for what ever we can get.

JRW

July 24th, 2011
2:47 pm

Clippard going to Tampa for Upton? Nats want CF and Rays want RP

BFChris26

July 24th, 2011
2:48 pm

Thanks for new blog!!!!!!!!!!!

UNCBrave

July 24th, 2011
2:48 pm

Has Scott Proctor been DFA yet?

Heath

July 24th, 2011
2:49 pm

1 RH bat and 1 RH RP… let’s get moving Frank. I’m getting anxious. Only 7 days from the deadline.

Powder Blue

July 24th, 2011
2:49 pm

“Has Scott Proctor been DFA yet?”

Tomahawkin has been given the go-ahead to “ole yeller” Proctor. Just a matter of time.

T for Texas

July 24th, 2011
2:52 pm

Thanks for the new blog, Carroll. Philly and now Cicy? You gotta hold out for a higher pick when you and DOB are drafting cities to cover on the road! LOL. Give a Texan a San Diego, San Fran, or Seatlle, huh? Everybody always keeping my people down! Well they gotta, I suppose, or the Lone Star would be flying over every fort.

jason

July 24th, 2011
2:52 pm

Probably Monday or Tuesday we get a deal done.

Powder Blue

July 24th, 2011
2:52 pm

“let’s get moving Frank.”

Curb your enthusiasm lest you get very disappointed on July 31. Frank Wren’s stock-in-trade is prying from other teams’ trash heaps.

ChrisfromSacramento, Ca

July 24th, 2011
2:56 pm

Carroll,

Any news on Moylan. I have not seen any updates for a while??? Pen needs help NOW!

Heath

July 24th, 2011
2:57 pm

Pagan removed in the middle of the game for the Mets… maybe he’s a guy that gets traded?

M10

July 24th, 2011
2:57 pm

Mike Minor is not that type of player that should stop the Braves from making a trade for Beltran.The other guys Teaheren,Delgado,and Vizcaino are the ones you hold on to.

cabravesfan

July 24th, 2011
2:59 pm

Moylan is still a few weeks away, going to throw from 120 feet tomorrow. This according to team and Moylan’s tweets

DaveinNEPA

July 24th, 2011
3:00 pm

Something that seldom gets mentioned here but if Pat Gillick can be inducted into the HOF as a GM, then I think it’s good possibility that John Schuerholz has to be considered too.

Schuerholz has a far better record as a GM than Gillick does at least when it comes to having division and league championships and 1 less WS winner. Schuerholz had a pretty good team in KC before he came to Atlanta and he continued and surpassed that success here.

daniel buck

July 24th, 2011
3:03 pm

Maybe Pagan is the guy we are really after.. Throw in a decent reliever or Hairston

Olereb

July 24th, 2011
3:03 pm

I still dont know why we are not looking at Houston for our cf problem

Olereb

July 24th, 2011
3:04 pm

Dotel of the Jays and then we are set

Olereb

July 24th, 2011
3:05 pm

I would rather have Diaz than Gomes

Mike from the coast

July 24th, 2011
3:06 pm

Not sure of all the long term imlications, that is years of control, but I know a lot of teams shut down their prize pitchers in August to keep innings down. What about bringing up a couple of these prize prospects and let them work out of our pen?

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

July 24th, 2011
3:07 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Ms. Rogers!

UGH!! 5-hours till game time?? 8O

Olereb

July 24th, 2011
3:07 pm

Is Proctor still on the twam?

Snarky

July 24th, 2011
3:08 pm

Maybe Pagan is the guy we are really after.

Pagan is a head case. The other day, he threw the ball to an unmanned first base bag. Thought the Cardinal’s 1B Coach was the Mets 1B. We have enough head cases already.

ken

July 24th, 2011
3:08 pm

@olerb

The orginization is not interested in Bourn despite numerous attempts by bloggers to make that so

Powder Blue

July 24th, 2011
3:09 pm

“Pagan is a head case.”

I’ve read similar things about B.J. Upton.

Heath

July 24th, 2011
3:09 pm

daniel -

Pagan is having a down year compared to his career stats, so maybe he could be had cheap. The Mets have Pridie so they could easily part with him. Pagan switch hits and plays decent defense, so, maybe this is the guy we could stand to get if we don’t get the big name. He is a free agent in 2013 so he is not a rental, nor would we have him for a long time if we wanted to keep giving Schafer the chance to succeed.

If we could make a deal for Pagan and for Bobby Parnell… I think most here would say we improved our team. Even if they wanted Beltran.

T for Texas

July 24th, 2011
3:09 pm

Pirates announcers talking about the possibility of a 90 win season for the Buccos. Caused my head to spin like I was symptomatic of an inner beer ingestion*.

*A little forced, but I couldn’t wait to use it Tom O’. haha

is it just me or is anybody else

July 24th, 2011
3:09 pm

seeing a bit of michael vick in jason heyward.

after seeing how he reacts to hangnails etc i have to question not only his reaction to injuries i have to question is work ethic too.

he should be the first player on the practice field every single day and the last player off the practice field everyday.

i have a funny feeling that is not the case.

ken

July 24th, 2011
3:09 pm

@uncbrave

Not true, matter of fact the Nats seem to be losing interest by the day in trading at all and just stand pat

Olereb

July 24th, 2011
3:09 pm

Mike, thats what I dont understand,Vizano has been moved to the pen to limit his innings, looks to me we could still baby him, and he cant do worse than Proctor

Olereb

July 24th, 2011
3:11 pm

ken

July 24th, 2011
3:12 pm

@olerb

we dont want to give him stressful Innings at the Major League Level

daniel buck

July 24th, 2011
3:12 pm

Heath… I agree 100%.. Especially if we could add Adams from SD.. That still a longshot however

ken

July 24th, 2011
3:13 pm

We are not interested in Pagan….PERIOD!!

Olereb

July 24th, 2011
3:13 pm

Didnt the Rays do that with Price a couple of years ago?

T for Texas

July 24th, 2011
3:14 pm

PERIOD!!

Ironic punctuation there, ken.

Carroll Rogers

July 24th, 2011
3:14 pm

It always feels like that on these days, doesn’t it McFann?

Heath

July 24th, 2011
3:14 pm

ken -

Who is “we”?

ken

July 24th, 2011
3:15 pm

TY T for Texas

ken

July 24th, 2011
3:15 pm

Powder Blue

July 24th, 2011
3:15 pm

I’m not interested in Pagan.

Olereb

July 24th, 2011
3:16 pm

Could we not baby him, I mean if it doesnt work out send him back down. He will gain from the experience

UNCBrave

July 24th, 2011
3:16 pm

Well PROCTOR is giving Braves Fans stressful innings at the ML level….DFA him

ken

July 24th, 2011
3:16 pm

Hey Carroll…what do you do on a Sunday Night get away day :)

Powder Blue

July 24th, 2011
3:17 pm

“Well PROCTOR is giving Braves Fans stressful innings at the ML level.”

True dat.

Jerry

July 24th, 2011
3:17 pm

The biggest problem I have Fredi is the way he tries to bullshyt people. He stated that without looking at the stat sheet, he and the coaching staff thought that Schafer and Proctor was doing well in their respective positions and that they almost fainted when they saw the stats of each. In what world can you be that damn blind not to see what is clearly in front of your face? I hate it when somebody tries to feed me a turd and tells me it’s chicken salad.

Heath

July 24th, 2011
3:18 pm

ken -

What is the smile for? I asked a question.

Snarky

July 24th, 2011
3:18 pm

Powder Blue

I’ve read similar things about B.J. Upton.

True. In a different sort of way, but just as troublesome nonetheless. Pagan has a track record of doing some ditzy things on the field. Upton seems to prefer the off-the-field messes. At least Upton can hit.

ken

July 24th, 2011
3:18 pm

2Jerry

Managers will not sell oput their players

Powder Blue

July 24th, 2011
3:19 pm

“In what world can you be that damn blind not to see what is clearly in front of your face? I hate it when somebody tries to feed me a turd and tells me it’s chicken salad.”

So you’ve been to McAllister’s recently, too? All joking aside, someone in the Braves’ organization apparently has a thing for very poor baseball players.

ken

July 24th, 2011
3:20 pm

@Heath

Braves, sorry most people know who I am, but we must have not met

Powder Blue

July 24th, 2011
3:20 pm

“At least Upton can hit.”

I like that part.

Olereb

July 24th, 2011
3:20 pm

Enter your comments here

Snarky

July 24th, 2011
3:21 pm

JerryHe stated that without looking at the stat sheet, he and the coaching staff thought that Schafer and Proctor was doing well in their respective positions and that they almost fainted when they saw the stats of each. In what world can you be that damn blind not to see what is clearly in front of your face? I hate it when somebody tries to feed me a turd and tells me it’s chicken salad.

I remember reading Fredi’s account of his conversation with his coaches about the perceived productivity of McLouth, Heyward, and Schafer. I don’t remember any such reference to Proctor. When was this?

ken

July 24th, 2011
3:22 pm

Proctor may get released as early as Tuesday, Juan Abreu may get the next shot at middle relief

Carroll Rogers

July 24th, 2011
3:22 pm

Chipper’s got his three ABs today in Rome and that’s a wrap…He went 1-for-1 with a single, a walk, and drove in a run on a sac fly

Coach (2011 Fredi G. a go!)

July 24th, 2011
3:23 pm

Bert Blyleven going into Cooperstown…..

Long overdue and well deserved. Congratulations to the Dutchman.

Carroll Rogers

July 24th, 2011
3:24 pm

change my flight, Ken!

Moylan was playing catch when Braves left town. Think he’s still a few weeks away. Not going to rush Moylan coming off serious surgery. But i hear ya.

Powder Blue

July 24th, 2011
3:24 pm

“Bert Blyleven going into Cooperstown…..Long overdue and well deserved. Congratulations to the Dutchman.”

Amen.

Heath

July 24th, 2011
3:24 pm

ken -

No, obviously we haven’t. I’m not suggesting that I want Pagan… But, if the Braves are reluctant to give up their one lefty that is closest to being big league-ready and they follow the path upon which they have so often traveled… I could easily see them getting Pagan and a RH RP from the Mets. Despite your uhm… close ties to the Braves management.

Snarky

July 24th, 2011
3:24 pm

@Heath, Ken is the guy who plays Smiling Bob on the Enzyte commercials. That’s why all the smiley faces.

NORRIS

July 24th, 2011
3:25 pm

if the braves make a move i think i will vomit if it is Gomes. I cant believe we have even looked at the guy. We talk about improving our team to hang with the phillies but we talk about getting Gomes.

PhilliesFan

July 24th, 2011
3:26 pm

If the Braves make it to the World Series do you think Atlanta will have a sellout?

Carroll Rogers

July 24th, 2011
3:26 pm

I get the glamour cities, don’t I, T for Texas!

My Cap Has Been Tipped.........

July 24th, 2011
3:26 pm

Upton is not going to Nats today folks. Its just an off day for him. According to MLB.com Maddon planned to give Upton the day off. However, Rays also using this time to see how their rookie does in CF.

T for Texas

July 24th, 2011
3:27 pm

He stated that without looking at the stat sheet, he and the coaching staff thought that Schafer and Proctor was doing well in their respective positions and that they almost fainted when they saw the stats of each….I hate it when somebody tries to feed me a turd and tells me it’s chicken salad.

Kinda like when someone lumps in things that were never said, with things that were said so that they can make some BS point, Jerry? Proctor was never mentioned in that series of quotes.

Now, what makes me mad is feeling compelled to defend, Fredo.

Heath

July 24th, 2011
3:28 pm

Mets announcers literally just said no word on why Pagan left the game… that’s suspiciously quiet. This time of year, and no injury…. he might be packing his bags.

ken

July 24th, 2011
3:28 pm

Gilmartin may end up being the next Lefty in the rotation Heath

T for Texas

July 24th, 2011
3:29 pm

Thank God the Braves don’t play Detroit this year, Carroll. lol

Powder Blue

July 24th, 2011
3:29 pm

“If the Braves make it to the World Series do you think Atlanta will have a sellout?”

We won’t, but I’ll be there if a miracle occurs. I am, however, flying in for the season-ending series with Philadelphia in September.

Jonathan of Arabia

July 24th, 2011
3:29 pm

Powder Blue

July 24th, 2011
3:30 pm

By “we won’t” I mean make the world series. Not selling out.

BFChris26

July 24th, 2011
3:30 pm

If it were just Minor, no brainer, get Beltran.

If Braves get Pagan, I like it still, because he’d be the lead off hitter and despite a down year, could help out Braves and probably wouldn’t cost much to get him.

Peter

July 24th, 2011
3:30 pm

Carroll,

Do you think when Chipper comes back Fredi might try Freeman in the 2 hole? I think he handles the bat better than anyone on the team other than Prado who bats leadoff.

My lineup:

Prado
Freeman
Chipper
McCann
Uggla
Heyward
Gonzalez
McLouth

ken

July 24th, 2011
3:31 pm

Carroll yeah you get the best cities that is why you know DOB takes off that trip to Florida and Washington in September…LOL

PhilliesFan

July 24th, 2011
3:31 pm

If I were the Mets I would have everyone on the trade block. Reyes, Wright, Beltran. I would have extremely high prices on Reyes and Wright which most likely won’t be met but you never know. There are so far away from competing in this division I would start over.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

July 24th, 2011
3:31 pm

Ms. Rogers It always feels like that on these days, doesn’t it McFann?

YES!!

And I had quite a bad dream about BMac, so I just need to see his name in the lineup. :P

Powder Blue

July 24th, 2011
3:31 pm

Since I apparently can’t say his name on this blog without being censored, I read on ESPN.com that a certain outfielder of Japanese ancestry who plies his trade on Chicago’s North Side is being scouted by four contending teams. I hope we’re not one of them. If we’re going to deal with the Cubbies, I’d prefer Marlon Byrd.

Heath

July 24th, 2011
3:35 pm

Peter

July 24th, 2011
3:30 pm

Carroll,

Do you think when Chipper comes back Fredi might try Freeman in the 2 hole? I think he handles the bat better than anyone on the team other than Prado who bats leadoff.

My lineup:

Prado
Freeman
Chipper
McCann
0Uggla
Heyward
Gonzalez
McLouth

Peter -

Seriously? You want a power-hitting, clutch, RBI-guy batting second?

Barring any trades, it’s more likely to be:

Schafer
Prado
McCann
Chipper
Freeman
Uggla
Heyward
Gonzalez

ken

July 24th, 2011
3:36 pm

nver said I was part of Braves management but thanks for the compliment

T for Texas

July 24th, 2011
3:36 pm

Since I apparently can’t say his name on this blog without being censored,

In Kosuke’s first year in Chicago, a female high school freshman got suspended from school for wearing a jersey bearing his last name on the back–until she was able to prove that he was a Cubs OFer, and his name was not a cryptic spelling of some curse word.

Tomas

July 24th, 2011
3:36 pm

Heard Aroldys Vizcaino might get a call up for a relief role. Him and Moylan could definitely help more than Martinez/Asencio/Gearrin/Proctor. Worth giving it a shot

BFChris26

July 24th, 2011
3:37 pm

Pagan left with dehydration.

Heath

July 24th, 2011
3:38 pm

What a douche -

Thanks for the introduction. ;)

ken

July 24th, 2011
3:38 pm

@tomas

From who? because it will be Juan Abreu who gets the next shot

ken

July 24th, 2011
3:39 pm

those who follow me know I get it right 90% of the time so keep on talking douche!!

PhilliesFan

July 24th, 2011
3:39 pm

I love trade time. Everything is so over analyzed. Pagan comes out of the game. He MUST be going somewhere. Believe me I am not absolving myself from this speculation. I do it all the time as well. But after the fact I find it kind of funny.

Powder Blue

July 24th, 2011
3:40 pm

“In Kosuke’s first year in Chicago, a female high school freshman got suspended from school for wearing a jersey bearing his last name on the back–until she was able to prove that he was a Cubs OFer, and his name was not a cryptic spelling of some curse word.”

Ha! I missed that. I can see how people could read into that last name. I tried three times to post using his name to no avail. I’m guessing that was the magic word.

Graham

July 24th, 2011
3:40 pm

If we just get a bat and one more reliever that’s good we’ll have a strong six man bullpen (Sherill, Moylan, O, Venters, Kimbrell and new guy) and we can forget about the likes of Proctor and Linebrink. The guys are competitive, just not effective right now.

I agree with an earlier post I’d almost rather have another good reliever than a bat. We need a bat, but the offense is coming around, and we’ve had terrible luck with midseason bat acquisitions lately. I don’t know, I’d like a bat and a good reliever, but it’s going to be hard to get both.

Good update Carroll!

ken

July 24th, 2011
3:41 pm

@Powder Blue

We are not one of those teams interested in him

PhilliesFan

July 24th, 2011
3:41 pm

I am knew here but WHO or Better yet WHY would anyone follow some guy named KEN on a BLOG. Also KEN, who is keeping track of your hits and misses so that you can come up with your 90% figure?

Heath

July 24th, 2011
3:42 pm

PhilliesFan -

Does your neck hurt? Looking down your nose at the rest of us must hurt your neck after a while. :roll:

PhilliesFan

July 24th, 2011
3:43 pm

Heath, What are you talking about. I am just taking a shot at Ken the GM like everyone else. If you are talking about the standings then why yes it is nice to be in 1st with a 5 game lead.

ken

July 24th, 2011
3:43 pm

Peter

July 24th, 2011
3:46 pm

Schafer is not getting it done. Sure, he makes a huge impact on the bases, when he gets on. The problem is he isnt getting on! Prado is the best #2 hitter on the team, but we don’t have a leadoff hitter right now, so Prado has to do it. The rest of the lineup is 3/4 hitters and 8 hitters. So I want the guys who handle the bat the best at the top of the order, which right now are Prado, Freeman, Chipper, all guys who can use the whole field. Next are primarily pull hitters, McCann, Uggla, Heyward, to drive runners in. Next is our worst hitter Gonzalez. Next is McLouth, who has proven to be decent in the 8 hole, getting on base in front of pitchers. Most of the time Gonzo is going to be the last out in an inning, which means Nate will leadoff the next. With his decent(not great) OBP he can get on base, pitcher move him over, than we have Prado, Freeman to drive him in. See, Freeman can still have RBI opportunities, and we can actually have hitters that put the ball in play at the top of the order and not strike out.

Heath

July 24th, 2011
3:46 pm

Ken -

Your condescending retort on speculating a possible Pagan trade… that’s what. There is barely more than 100 comments on the blog right now… Not that hard to understand. Try to keep up. :roll:

Tomas

July 24th, 2011
3:46 pm

Ken Buster Olney via twitter

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