Braves toying with idea of six-man rotation

Jair Jurrjens said his two weeks on the disabled list have served his right knee well, and he’s on target to return to the rotation on Wednesday against the Giants.

“Since spring training, this is the best I’ve felt this year,” said Jurrjens, who was 12-3 with a 1.87 ERA before the All-Star break and is 0-1 with a 6.26 ERA since. “You can say those 15 days were a good idea. I really didn’t want to do it but sometimes you need to be smart.”

Now the question is whether the Braves might decide to play it carefully with the rest of the rotation. They’re in the midst of a stretch of 17 straight games approaching the end of August, and manager Fredi Gonzalez said he is at least toying with the idea of going to a six-man rotation for a couple of turns.

“We’ve kicked that around,” said Gonzalez, who could keep Mike Minor in the rotation when Tommy Hanson returns. “We haven’t put pencil to paper on it, but at this point of the year, everybody may need an extra day.”

The extra day would provide extra protection for both Jurrjens and Hanson (shoulder), who is hoping to return from the DL on Aug. 23 in Chicago, and rest for veterans Tim Hudson and Derek Lowe. Mike Minor would likely be the extra main to remain.

“Guys’ innings are starting to build up, mine and D-Lowe’s, especially,” Hudson said. “We’re the elder statesmen of the staff and could probably use a (rest) here or there. It can only help us.”

Hudson (155 2/3 entering Monday) and Lowe (145 1/3) lead the Braves in innings pitched.

101 comments Add your comment

Jon S

August 15th, 2011
8:02 pm

Anything to help Lowe couldn’t hurt. First by the way!!

Furman Bitcher

August 15th, 2011
8:14 pm

Do it. Save the arms

bill

August 15th, 2011
8:17 pm

anything to get lowe less starts I am all for.

Joliet Jim

August 15th, 2011
8:18 pm

take lowe out! im sick of him!

Simpson's Homer

August 15th, 2011
8:24 pm

Well, Hudson just had his one Loweian (or Beachyian) inning….. whatever combination that is needed to forfeit a lead, after looking great for a few innings…………….. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr….. Is it contagious!!?!?!?

GRITZBLITZ10

August 15th, 2011
8:26 pm

great idea do it!

Puerto Rican

August 15th, 2011
8:28 pm

alex

August 15th, 2011
8:30 pm

Linestink Needs a Permanent Vacation

August 15th, 2011
8:40 pm

LineSTINK needs a permanent vacation – like an outright release…..the guy is worthless as sure LOSER when he enters the game.

rc35

August 15th, 2011
8:43 pm

Why can’t today’s “well-conditioned” athletes pitch on a four-man rotation like the “old-fashioned” guys did back in the 1960’s?

Biff Pocoroba

August 15th, 2011
9:13 pm

Let’s bat the pitcher in the 8 spot also. Fredi does stupid things just to be different even though they make the team worse. Please tell me he didn’t get a multi year contract so we can send him back to Florida after he blows the wild card spot. Runners on first and third and he has Hudson bunt when he is a decent hitter and then he pops up and costs the Braves the game. What an idiot. He is as bad in August as Cox was in October.

Mark (another one)

August 15th, 2011
9:20 pm

Fredi, like Cox, is an idiot when his moves don’t work and a genuis when they do. I guess the only real measure is wins but then people say he has the best talent. Guess he can’t win.

Biff Pocoroba

August 15th, 2011
9:26 pm

And Hudson stays in the game and loses it. Nice job Fredi. Please dump him now so the Braves have a shot at the playoffs. If they keep Fredi, they need to send some guys back to Gwinett since they still have a shot.

ugaaccountant

August 15th, 2011
9:39 pm

rc35, the athletes these days are conditioned to pitch once every 5 games and to do so for about 100 pitches, aka 6 innings on average. They will not get back to a 4 man rotation until an organization begins grooming it’s pitchers to do so from the minor leagues on up. All the training regimens will have to be adjusted to get back to the golden days of pitching.

Bob the Blogger

August 15th, 2011
9:52 pm

The four man rotation was proven to work over a period of decades, then it was deemed that pitchers needed an extra day of rest. I can’t come up with another example of something that was proven to work over a period of decades, then abandoned.

bruce

August 15th, 2011
10:09 pm

smart thinking

Dubya Cubed

August 15th, 2011
10:12 pm

A Loweless 5 sounds better to me.

Lobosolo

August 15th, 2011
10:34 pm

Boy, you guys get stupider with every game… Real good one, alexis… you need to send that one to “Boy’s Life”… You could add “baseball pundit/comedian” to your resume… You armchairs are HILARIOUS!!!

Roja

August 15th, 2011
10:36 pm

Hey Biff Pocoroba, looks like Fredi was the genius and you need to go back to sleep!

Lobosolo

August 15th, 2011
10:36 pm

Mark and Biff, there’s a good reason Freddi’s making the big bucks as a MAJOR LEAGUE MANAGER, and you’re sitting in your armchair with a puckered up behind… You guys would ruin a t-ball game….

The beast

August 15th, 2011
10:37 pm

Put Lowe in pen and release Linebrink. Leave young arms alone. They are the future, and the future is bright. Phillies are strong, so get the kids playoff experience. Once you get into a short series, anything can happen right giants fans. Lowe is not going to beat Philly anyway. Our version of aj Burnett.

Joseph

August 15th, 2011
10:39 pm

Well said Lobo.

Roja

August 15th, 2011
10:40 pm

Mark (another one) up in the win column for Fredi. Don’t take much to be smarter than you guys!!

Lobosolo

August 15th, 2011
10:40 pm

Biff, at least you’ve taken the title away from alexis as the “idiot-est cryboy”… too, bad, alexis… you’ll have to settle for the wild card…

Lobosolo

August 15th, 2011
10:45 pm

Freddi had it lined up so that if they had only tied, he’d have his two best pitchers to go into extra innings… I’d like to see one of you genii manage a team to the current 4th-BEST RECORD IN THE MAJORS, with a slew of injuries and all of the various batting slumps the Braves have played through this year… you pea-brains don’t know your behind from third base…

santa3247

August 15th, 2011
10:45 pm

At the nearst batting spot from the body over the homeplate, Jason Heyward you can hit well best.

Make the batting point to the nearst place from your body over homeplate, Jason Heyward.

And you can look pitched ball a little bit loger time, and you can clasify ball&strike better, and you couldn’t be deceived by offspeed stuff.

And you could hit well about outcorner ball to left field. And pitcher will pitch ball nearer place you like to hit.

Think the view point of otherteam’s teacher, and you could know, they changed mind toward you, so you are now painful.

Predict the view point of pitcher toward you, do try to predict before at bat, you got it?

Dan Uggla reduced the amount of food to under half? ^*^ Exploding pace stopped? and reduce more. And after season over, do eat well.

May the force of Messiah be with you

southern bell

August 15th, 2011
10:56 pm

I am all for a rotation with out Lowe. He is terrible!

blackdog

August 15th, 2011
10:58 pm

Santa 3247-WHAT????????????????

Jason BAY

August 15th, 2011
11:00 pm

A six man rotation to serve DLOWE.? WTF? Might as well bring Mark Redman out of retirement

savannahdawg

August 15th, 2011
11:03 pm

hey whining losers…………..your mama is calling……………..your chicken fingers and pudding are ready. time for dinner idiots…………have any of you complaining retards ever played baseball? sitting the bench with the jv or being a waterboy doesn’t count either. why don’t you go find a porn site and whack off.

Rowsdower

August 15th, 2011
11:10 pm

@savannahdawg – Feel better? BTW, I still play baseball. Cool?

FJ10

August 15th, 2011
11:11 pm

I’m all for a 6 man rotation and thinks DLowe is just running out of gas – great pitcher just getting older and tired later in games.

Joseph

August 15th, 2011
11:15 pm

The only problem with a 6 man rotation, while rest is a good thing, for sinker-ballers…more rest is not always good. They tend to come back, after extra rest, being stronger and the sinker doesn’t sink because it has too much “muscle” behind it. Glavine pointed that out tonight. Just something to consider. 6 man rotations do have their pluses, and honestly I do not know if it is good or bad right now for this team. Maybe it is both?

wallypip

August 15th, 2011
11:19 pm

I said last week that the Bravos should consider a six-man rotation. Fredi and Frank are totally reading the comments.

wins-by-a-link

August 15th, 2011
11:22 pm

I still think Lowe will bounce back, Maybe an extra days rest will revive his arm, Lowe is a money pitcher and we need him for the play offs.

Dave

August 15th, 2011
11:27 pm

Put Lowe in the bullpen and keep Minor as a starter. At the rate Lowe is pitching, he’ll need more than an extra day to be anywhere near an effective pitcher.

another big W

August 15th, 2011
11:41 pm

Question FOR DOB………when was the last time (if ever) two teams from one division made the playoffs and every other team in the division was 20+ games back? maybe you should write a piece on this, might prove interesting.

Hoho

August 16th, 2011
12:10 am

I’ll have what Santa is having, to go please.

Adam

August 16th, 2011
12:10 am

And if Delgado does well then what? 7 day rotation? Braves pitching is stacked. just gotta learn to leave beachy in there sometimes and know when to take lowe out.

Nola

August 16th, 2011
12:24 am

No six man rotation, I say skip one of lowes starts. After that put him right back out there, he gets much better when the weather cools off. The sinker is better.

Trojan

August 16th, 2011
8:14 am

If you remember, it was after Lowe rested on the DL last year that he pitched great for us.

BravesfaninWis

August 16th, 2011
8:24 am

A Loweless 5 sounds better to me.

Amen to that!!

Tami

August 16th, 2011
8:52 am

A Lowe-less starting rotation would be nice and especially if we could see Medlen back this year. I seriously doubt he’ll be back this season, but it’s nice to think about. Beachy and Minor are pitching much better, and they’re the future of the Braves starting rotation. Lowe looks like he could benefit the team better by switching to middle relief and spot-starting when needed.

Kharma

August 16th, 2011
9:17 am

This will create more injuries. Rest equals atrophy.

Stretch Run

August 16th, 2011
10:12 am

Don’t like the idea. Rather than getting everyone out of their normal 5-day routine, better to just skip Lowe and Hudson occasionally by using Delgado or Teheran on a spot-start basis.

joekill

August 16th, 2011
10:27 am

Biff ru stupid do you not remember when the braves had otis and deion sanders speed kills bro
and the cards hit their pitcher 8th just let freddie do his thing and stop being a baby and complaining
constanza and bourn 9-1 speed kills

bruce mac

August 16th, 2011
10:28 am

The world is coming to an end. Borne error, Huddy gives up two taters, Braves lead in wild card dwindling, Rookie ptiching tomorrow night, oh my oh my. Never mind, don’t you love Braves baseball?

Rag Arm

August 16th, 2011
10:39 am

Six man rotation? Innings piling up, tired? What the heck is this baseball or “I need my extra day off to play golf?”

When will baseball ever realize that EVERY team would be better off returning to FOUR man rotations? Guys regularly pitched 200 to 250 innings per year. And 300 was the benchmark…Make starters accountable for their innings — stop babying these guys.

I hate baseball in the present form —

When will managers stop using all of these specialty relief pitchers for 70 to 85 games a years?

Jonny Venters HAS THE STUFF TO BE A STARTER!!! And, with him pitching so many games in relief he’ll be GONE in three years!! Make it down – bet on it. Not because of him losing his desire, control — but because of being over used, he has to pick up the slack from the starters who can not go passed 6 innings without whimpering.

Blame the managers — Bobby Cox burnt up so many young bullpen pitchers it’s pathetic. Freddie is going down the same road.

Just an opinion from an old-time baseball fan who just doesn’t care to hear these poor over used started whine and moan.

Boom-Boom

August 16th, 2011
11:49 am

Biff Pocoroba, is an idot. Stick to your little league team and leave FG alone.

ArkyTech

August 16th, 2011
12:03 pm

I’m sure you guys who want Lowe out of the rotation also wanted Uggla sent to AAA….

BoatDoc

August 16th, 2011
12:08 pm

I see merit in the 6-man rotation plan – if only for the potential benefit to JJ’s knee and Tommy’s shoulder getting an extra day of rest. This also seems a plan that will work best if the ‘pen can be bolstered by, say, the return of Mr. Moylan. Fredi likes to get 6 innings out of his starters (who doesn’t?) but Lowe is getting hammered at less than 6. Lowe in long relief or Fredi with a quicker hook seems to make sense as well.

swimdawg68

August 16th, 2011
12:09 pm

As far as I’m concerned they can take Lowe out of the rotation. I can’t remember the last time he made it out of or to the 6th inning. He has become a real liability, almost a certain loss when he takes the mound. Tired of Joe Simpson talking about how great he was in Sept. of last year. Well, it’s not last year it’s this year and we need Lowe to “get his mind right”. For the money he is being paid he needs to start delivering or trade him for a pitcher that can deliver wins.

fredo

August 16th, 2011
12:24 pm

Agreed ArkyTech… for that matter, they probably would have benched Lowe last year during Sept / October too….

BoatDoc

August 16th, 2011
12:29 pm

The Braves don’t quite have a Cy Young or MVP candidate, but they have several end of year award contenders:

Rookie of the Year: Freeman or Kimbrel (Mike Bauman of MLB agrees: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110815&content_id=23244198&vkey=perspectives&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

Kimbrel seems a near mortal lock for Rookie Pitcher of the Year.

Reliever of the Year: Kimbrel

Comeback Player of the Year: Uggla (Seems to have been designed for players who come back from “bad years” or injuries, but the vague criteria for the award are for a player who has “re-emerged on the field.”) That’s our Danny boy! From literally the worst hitting player in all of MLB to the talk of America while raising his average over 50 points and hitting 15 HR in 33 games. If that’s not a comeback, I’ve never seen one.

McCann is certain to take another Silver Slugger, and Chipper has a shot at one as well with Wright, Rolen and company having down years.

Bourn has MLB stolen bases almost wrapped up.

Radiopat1982

August 16th, 2011
12:36 pm

Yeah what is Fredi Gonzalez doing? Nothing he does is working out! First he sticks with Uggla through all that trouble he had and where has that got the Braves? Oh yeah insane numbers in the last 40 games and probably August player of the month. He also decides to sit Heyward and play a rookie in his place? Oh thats right Constanza is hitting 300 out of the 8th or 9th spot stealing bases and scoring and driving in runs too. Now he weants to give the pitchers extra rest down the stretch? No veteran pitcher needs that. Especailly not a struggling D-Lowe or fragile Jurjens or Hanson. It not like Fredi Gonzalez has led the Braves to the 2nd best record in the National League something while Chipper, McCann, Heyward, Prado, McClouth, (<—five of 8 opening day starters) Jurjens, Hanson, Beachy,(<–3 of 5 opening day pitchers) Moylan, and Medlen have all spent time on the DL. What a bad manager Fredi Gonzalez is. Bet someone looser expert are going to even say he is a favorite for Manager of the year! Cant see why that would be.

BravesFanForever

August 16th, 2011
12:41 pm

I honestly do not understand why Lowe is not pulled. Put him in the bullpen. It seems like he would be much more effective there because he generally doesn’t give up a lot of runs until the later innings. I swear he does very well for 1-3 innings generally until he starts giving it up.

The Braves only need 3-4 starters in the post season. What is wrong with a rotation of Hudson, Jurrjens, Hanson, and Beachy? They don’t even need Lowe.

In fact, why not give Mike Minor or Julio Teheran more innings in the fifth spot to set up next year? What is more important, giving innings to a broken down old starter or to a couple of young kids with HUGE potential for several years to come? In fact, by giving Minor more innings he might make great trade bait since he would be elevated to a major league status and have more value if he pitches well. If he sticks it out with the Braves he would make a great fifth starter and/or insurance when one of the main starters breaks down (you KNOW this will happen). Come on: We all know that Teheran is going to be one of the 5 starters next year. Period. End of story. He doesn’t belong in AAA any longer. He is 12-2 with a 2.18 ERA. (BTW Haven’t even mentioned Delgado)

I can see leaving Lowe in the starting rotation in hopes that next year he might be traded. By giving up on him this year it might look bad. However, he stinks. That’s the bottom line. His ERA is getting close to 5.00 and he has been pitching terribly for several weeks now. I say GIVE IT UP. He isn’t going to be traded since he is going to make $15 million next year AS AN OLD BROKEN DOWN STARTER! He isn’t even worth 1/4 of his current salary!

Why are we putting up with this when we have so many other more capable guys? Loyalty only goes so far when you suck. This is ridiculous. How many teams have this many effective and soon to be very effective starters?

Kawakami was sent down to AA ball despite his salary. Lowe might be making $15 million but in my book it doesn’t matter. I wouldn’t send him down but the Braves could at least make him a reliever which is what he has done before and very well I might add.

Billy Bob

August 16th, 2011
12:48 pm

pitching isnt easy, especially towards the end of the season. How about a little patience and understanding for the crew that got us to the fourth best record in the majors and the current wildcard lead by 5 games. Fredi is the new Bobby Cox, and I for one welcome him with much fervor and gusto. And Lowe just needs a rest, bring him back in September when he rests up and when he’s known to be hotter.

Skeezix

August 16th, 2011
12:48 pm

Last night’s win was awesome, especially the rookie Freeman beating the “feared” veteran closer with the phony beard. Six man rotation might make sense. We got enough arms to make it work. Maybe let Lowe miss a start, get some rest and see if that helps him return to form—right now he isn’t helping.

Lost Cause

August 16th, 2011
1:09 pm

Putting Lowe in middle relief or off the team would help a lot!

anotherdawg

August 16th, 2011
1:09 pm

All I know is someone deserves credit for acquiring a doggone good outfielder, (Constanza), without giving up our future ( you can NEVER have too much pitching ). Another case of sometimes the best deal is the one we didn’t make.

Lost Cause

August 16th, 2011
1:10 pm

Better yet, release Linebrink and put Lowe in his spot.

Quicherbichin

August 16th, 2011
1:13 pm

Braves fan Foever…. The Braves are trying to get something for their 15 million… It’s easy for you to say… I’d do this or i’d do that… You don’t have to pay Derek Lowe. they do. So… Sit down, shut up and watch the games… Ohh.. And if I knew where you lives, I’d come over and put your computer in Time Out.

bobby

August 16th, 2011
1:14 pm

I thought Bourn was supposed to be a gold glover. He brings a lot to the Braves but so far defense hasn’t been one of his strong points. Especially on routine plays.

Pete

August 16th, 2011
1:22 pm

6 man, 8 man…………10 man. I don’t care.
Just GET RID of that imposter Derek Lowe. You could find a better solution to your pitching rotation at a Greyhound Bus terminal.
He is an absolute joke and a disgrace to any REAL MLB player.
The longer they keep him around the more he will destroy team morale.
Period.

anotherdawg

August 16th, 2011
1:27 pm

I copied this info on Delgado – Delgado is our 2nd best prospect, according to Baseball America. He had to make his first start of his career against the best hitting (1st in hits) team in the Majors (and they’ve scored 3rd most in runs) because of injury to some of our starters back in June. Now, he didn’t get lit up, but he didn’t have a great day either, hence the 6.75 ERA. But, recently he was promoted to AAA and has thrown 13 consecutive scoreless innings in back-to-back starts. Looks like he’s even more ready than before and I’m excited to get to see him pitch again, this time against a much fairer offensive opponent in the Giants.

Mark's for the Braves

August 16th, 2011
1:27 pm

I think a 6-man rotation sounds good at the point in the season. Minor has proven he belongs in the bigs and hopefully Lowe will return to playoff form with a little rest (how could it hurt him?) It’ll give all 6 a little more rest down the stretch which will come in handy in the post season.

nique

August 16th, 2011
1:43 pm

Yes, I like that idea. Maybe it will mean they can all go an inning or so deeper than they would otherwise.

Rowsdower

August 16th, 2011
1:44 pm

Anything that minimizes the damage bLowe can do is fine by me.

bravos007

August 16th, 2011
1:45 pm

anything that makes lowe and hanson pitch less games, i am all for

Rowsdower

August 16th, 2011
1:52 pm

Hanson and JJ will be fine after being shutdown. Lowe’s problems aren’t health related unless you consider being old a health condition. He will not be fine. He is incapable of getting through a lineup after the 1st pass. He is a middle reliever at best.

Bernard

August 16th, 2011
1:55 pm

Derek Lowe meet Charlie Liebrandt….Deja vu…they both REALLY SSSUCK:-( !!!!!

aj

August 16th, 2011
2:01 pm

Stay with five and use Lowe as the long reliever.

Stinger2

August 16th, 2011
2:08 pm

The Braves do have problems with their starting rotation. However, the solution will not come forth from any of these bloggers. Therefore they are part of the problem.
Best to let the manager and coaches solve the problem.

Braves Buff

August 16th, 2011
2:13 pm

BTW…last night was the biggest win of the year…no doubt about it
It was a two game swing in the wildcard standings

Piedmont Blues

August 16th, 2011
2:19 pm

All’s I can say is, when the rosters expand in September, it’ll be nice having Vizcaino and Delgado (and perhaps Teheran?) available to throw an inning or two just about any time they’re needed. O’Ventbrel can get a little more rest. And if Fredi decides to go to a six-man rotation in September, he won’t have to shorten his bench.

submariner

August 16th, 2011
2:20 pm

6 man rotation is a good idea.

chris

August 16th, 2011
2:25 pm

People are too critical when is come to criticizing managers, coaches, and players. If you think you can do a better job of managing then why aren’t you managing a club. I like Fredi is is winning and he is trying things that Cox never did. People were criticizing the way Cox managed, now people are criticizing the way Fredi is managing. I don’t think people who are criticizing will ever be happy with anybody who is managing.

mathman

August 16th, 2011
2:25 pm

I like the idea of the 6 man rotation but would like even better, Lowe out of it, and Teheran in. Lowe to the bullpen, so there would be less room for him to stink. An infielder is going to get killed, the way he is pitching. Probably, Chipper.

Ted M

August 16th, 2011
2:51 pm

Ted M

August 16th, 2011
2:56 pm

Carroll,

has there any waiver wire activity on Lowe?

Chopper

August 16th, 2011
2:57 pm

Dumb idea.

Pitchers should pitch more often, not less. Now if they are injured like Hanson and Jurrjens were, then they need to be skipped or put on the DL and replaced in the rotation.

Leo Mazzone says you need to pitch to be sharp. We should go with a four man rotation with Derek Lowe sliding to the bullpen after Hanson and Jurrjens get healthy.

Mike

August 16th, 2011
2:57 pm

It’s just amazing to me that we have the depth and ability to do us. Such an asset. Theoretically, you could have a seven or even an eight man rotation and those back end guys would be better than lots of guys in five man rotations in the ML, currently.

Who knows? Let’s get revolutionary!

Awesome luxury to have. Good job, Frank.

Jhipper Cones

August 16th, 2011
3:06 pm

I say Put Lowe in the Bull Pen And Let linbrink go

AdirondackDave

August 16th, 2011
3:19 pm

Six man staff? Seems more like a 9-10 rotation soon if some trading doesn’t happen.

Smart Jay

August 16th, 2011
3:28 pm

Have any of you actually looked at Venters stats as a starter? Might wnt to do that before you tout him for the rotation.

Delbert D.

August 16th, 2011
4:00 pm

When I lived in South Jersey for 5 years after the Navy as a Phillies fan, Steve Carlton continually expressed to Danny Ozark that he wanted to pitch in a 4-man rotation. When the Phillies finally won the World Series in 1980 (after I moved back to Atlanta!) Carlton put up these typical stats:

24-9, 2.34 ERA, 38 games started, 13 complete games, 3 shutouts, 304 innings pitched, 286 strikeouts.

The other Phillies pitchers had these numbers of starts: 33, 30, 27, 14 and 12.

henry from TN

August 16th, 2011
4:06 pm

the braves will never get rid of lowe until his contract runs out next year because nobody wants a 15 mil. over the hill pitcher—go delgado….

Kentavo

August 16th, 2011
4:14 pm

Hoping D-Lowe comes around when weather cools off – he looks like he’s gassed in the first inning – all red-faced and huffing and puffing. But he was indeed money last Sept.

stew

August 16th, 2011
4:37 pm

Beachy is the best we got.

KK

August 16th, 2011
4:41 pm

Mitch McConnell's Chins

August 16th, 2011
5:57 pm

Yes, Lowe to the pen. He can do well there.

The solution for Beachy is simple: After five innings, take him out if he is going to give up runs, leave him in if he is going to keep getting guys out.

Mike Shula

August 16th, 2011
6:07 pm

a 6 man rotation that includes Lowe is effectively the same as a 5 man rotation. 5 man and one 6′6″ female disguised as a MLB pitcher. Who buys a 4 door Porsche anyway?

Kashin Kawakami

August 16th, 2011
6:16 pm

How about a 7 man rotation? I have had all the brunswick stew and chicken fried steak I can handle.

Trey

August 16th, 2011
6:23 pm

Nah, 5 man rotation is just fine. Put Lowe in the pen.

CFC

August 16th, 2011
6:25 pm

How many times do you think Bob Gibson, Jim Palmer, Tom Seaver and countless other retired starters from the 60’s and 70’s mumble “candyass” under their breath at the thought of 6 inning “quality starts” and being potentially “low on gas” at 155 innings? Seaver threw 238 innings in 1985…..at age 40! In their primes, the best pitchers regularly had 300+ inning seasons. And go figure, even with those amounts of innings, their ERA’s stayed in the 2’s.

alexcox

August 16th, 2011
6:37 pm

pasar a lowe al bulpen liberal a libranic y seguir con los novatos darle juegos para q esten totalmte confiados y puedan desen volver sus destresas seria bueno para los braves y su rotasion q esta enferma

JB Braves Fan

August 16th, 2011
7:10 pm

Well, earlier in the year, our starting pitching was carrying us. Now, it’s our hitting. I don’t have a problem with the 6 man rotation so long as it doesn’t make the starters worse due to lack of work/being rusty when they do start. I think that Freddie is trying to get everyone ready for the playoffs, which I don’t think Bobby did too much during the regular season. We have the pitchers to use, I say, USE THEM!!!! Every other team in MLB would LOVE to be in the spot that the Braves are with so much pitching. GO BRAVES!!!!

reagan

August 16th, 2011
7:40 pm

bernard…………….you must be thinking of someone else. In three seasons with the braves, Liebrandt had a whip of about 1.2 and an era of about 3.3.

AceDawg

August 16th, 2011
9:00 pm

Do it, but don’t be afraid to let pitchers go 8 or 9 innings if they are in a groove. That will be the best use of a sixth pitcher.

Serbok

August 17th, 2011
11:07 am

I think~ Freddie G
Has Started managing~ some ppl on here~ are hippopatamus’? (SP) lol
or Hippopotamy?
Look~ Cox wud never have put Constanza in ~and sit Heyward!
Nuttin wrong batting pitcher 8th!
When one has speed!
I was a critic of Freddi G~ earlier in the season~!
The guy’s startin to rest relievers~ batting Chip 6th~!
What do you people want?
If he stays Static~ you give him~ H~ll
If he’s Dynamic~ same thing~!

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