Hudson and Ross battery “split up”

September is rapidly approaching and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez stuck to his plan of splitting up the Tim Hudson-David Ross battery combination for the stretch run.

McCann caught Hudson in a 5-4 win over the Giants on Wednesday. Ross started Saturday night, catching Brandon Beachy, when Gonzalez gave McCann a day off.

“Rossy was catching well with him but we were going to wean him off, coming into stretch run, because you want Mac to catch Huddy in the postseason,” Gonzalez said.

Hudson was 8-1 with a 2.14 ERA in the 11-start stretch with Ross behind the plate.

Gonzalez said Jason Heyward would be back in the starting lineup Sunday against Arizona right-hander Josh Collmenter with Chipper Jones getting the day off. Gonzalez said Heyward could see more playing time with another four right-handers coming up in the Cubs series.

“It’s a balancing act I’m going to have to figure out,” Gonzalez said. “You’ve got to get him in there and also try to play the hot hand too.”

Tommy Hanson played catch on Saturday and was scheduled to throw a light bullpen on Sunday. He’s expected to make one minor league rehabilitation start before returning from the disabled list.

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Wetdirt

August 20th, 2011
7:45 pm

chipl1960

August 20th, 2011
7:45 pm

chipl1960

August 20th, 2011
7:46 pm

wetdirt if it was a gunfight I’d be dead kudos to you

Wetdirt

August 20th, 2011
7:46 pm

Great job CR, and I did read it first.

JSS

August 20th, 2011
8:18 pm

What? Actually going with your best players in the stretch run and possibly in the post season? Oh my goodness, did Bobby Cox retire? ;-)

KNOCKAHOMA

August 20th, 2011
8:51 pm

Love Constanza but we got to get Heyward going if we are going to go far in the playoffs.

Furman Bitcher

August 20th, 2011
9:03 pm

Um no if Costanza keeps hitting like this and scoring runs Heywards arse can get use to the bench for all I care. In the playoff runs come at a premium and speedsters like Bourne and Georgie could make the difference.

Keep J Hey Benched!

August 20th, 2011
9:09 pm

He has not earned the right to replace Costanza….Fredi is just bowing to public pressure….The J Hey kid is just that an unproven kid….don’t replace a hot hand with an absolute DUD.

Angel (yes, really)

August 20th, 2011
9:11 pm

WWhere is the in-game blog tonight? Is everyone out partying?

Philly Phanatic

August 20th, 2011
9:13 pm

Do you Braves fans see what the merit is with the not only NL West but any division with the exception of the NL East? I heard the hype about the Arizona and with the exception of a bad non pitching move by Barney Fife the Phils manager would have swept. I saw what you did with the Giants along with us. I will say one thing and of course I like my Phils and you would too if you wee a fan but I don’t see anybody winning it this year but the Phils, Braves, and the scariest team out there the Brewers. If you were smart you’d not end up playing them in the 1st round but you gotta beat the Phils for that not to happen. The NL will definately win the WS

NorCal Brave

August 20th, 2011
9:16 pm

Heyward has shown considerable improvement this week; what a luxury to have extra options in the outfield for a change.

Dennis Reynolds

August 20th, 2011
10:09 pm

Sad, sad story. My thoughts are with them both.

mathman

August 20th, 2011
10:11 pm

Soon, we will have a RH bat option. Wes Helms went 2-4 tonight for Gwinnett. Look for him to be up Sept 1 and playing 3B when Chipper sits or as a RH pitchhitter. I look for Helms to give Freeman some rest against lefies as well in September. Hopefully, when rosters expand Lugo will be cut loose, and Hernandez and/or Hicks will be up as SS insurance.

Mr. Enigma

August 20th, 2011
10:25 pm

Can you please ban the idiots who continue with the “first!” nonsense? I cannot believe people still do that anymore.

NickB

August 20th, 2011
10:27 pm

Constanza is a good 4th OF’er. I guess nobody has noticed how Heyward ’s been crushing RH pitching lately…. Because their bromance with the mediocre Constanza has blinded them. (and I’m ready for the excuses as Georgie’s numbers continue to fall over the rest of the season). he’s a good fast 4th OF’er with some contact and not very much plate discipline. If that’s what you want as a starter in the majors…well I don’t know what to tell ya. He won’t be starting next year thats for sure. Not to mention if they continue to sit Heyward against LH’ers, he’s never going to learn how to hit them better… I’m hoping, that if we can hit a double digit lead in the WC that Fredi will start Heyward more often. Anyone who thinks he’s a bust or a dud at 21 is either ignorant or expected wayyyy too much this soon.

sebo1084

August 20th, 2011
10:29 pm

I hope JHey doesn’t Proctor it up…

Age is just a number

August 20th, 2011
10:47 pm

NickB, actually Heyward is 22.

tdmorgan

August 20th, 2011
10:48 pm

anybody who thinks Wes Helms will replace Freddie Freeman against Lefties is stupid…Freddie needs to play against anyone, he’s hitting almost .300 and .260 against LHP. Since May started FF is hitting .312.

Hoho

August 20th, 2011
10:58 pm

And let’s not forget that J-Hey is no slouch on the base paths either. Imagine him out there with Bourn and Constanza. That’s a fast outfield and a lot of speed in the line up. Obviously Prado or Hoss would have to sit for that to happen, but every now and then it’d be cool to see.

Metro Coach

August 20th, 2011
11:00 pm

tdmorgan, you beat me to it…Why would you sit the ROY against lefties when he doesn’t have any real trouble with them? Especially for a career pinch hitter whose only claim to fame is that he beat the crap out of the Braves when he played with the Phils and Marlins? I like Wes Helms, think he’s a good guy and a good bat off the bench, but he won’t be starting any games over FF. NickB, I agree JHey will be the primary starter in the OF next season, but the point of this season is to win this season. Right now, Constanza gives the Braves a better chance to do that. Of course his numbers are going to go “down”, he’s hitting over .400, there’s nowhere to go but down. Not sure what you’re problem with Constanza is, but he and Bourn ar providing exactly what the Braves needed, speed, and speed doesn’t slump. Not sure where you’re getting the “lack of plate discipline” thing either.

Bravefaninok

August 20th, 2011
11:08 pm

Philly Phanatic

I enjoy your post most of the time you and phillistein. If by some maricle the mighty phillies get ousted in the NLDS(or before) Will you be here rooting for the Braves come WS time?

Remarkable

August 20th, 2011
11:12 pm

Glad to have Wes Helms back in the fold. He is a good guy and will be help off the bench, but don’t look for him to play anywhere unless we go into a thirteen inning game again.

hal

August 20th, 2011
11:27 pm

i rember one of our blog”"expetrts last fall when frank sighned uggla saying what a fool without seeing him hit here hes got turner field warning track power well that experts warning track tonoiight must have bben about 390 away lol sems our experts are experts only in there own mind

vermont 39

August 20th, 2011
11:48 pm

Constanza is legit…J-Hey can work his way back…Georgie and Bourn are exciting to watch….because they are producing…good ABs by Georgie tonight and Bourn was a rocket on Prado’s 2B..
SLUGGLA!!!! 40 HRs????

Him Tudson

August 21st, 2011
1:15 am

Missed nickname opportunity #23:

“Proctor and gamble”

bravesivy

August 21st, 2011
8:42 am

First off I am a huge Heyward fan but people ever since Constanza has come into the lineup despite if he is just hot for now I don’t care this guy has changed the Identity of this braves team he and Bourn! remember when Schafer was playing okay and getting on base the braves became very dangerous but now we have 2 speedsters and they have changed the boring braves with McClouth leading off and Nate is a good basestealer but he just does not stay on enough

Donovan

August 21st, 2011
9:28 am

Oh, brother! Do I have a selling package for teams out there. How about offering up a pitcher and an outfielder to anyone looking for help on the mound and speed in the outfield? Based on the magnificant contributions of Constanza and Bourn, who needs McOut? Based on the capability of young Beachy, who needs the batting practice machine, Hanson? It’s a 2 for 1 sale. We’ll take anyone who can handle a right handed bat with power. Anyone.

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carlchamblee

August 21st, 2011
12:40 pm

How refreshing to have a manager actually plan to use his best guys in the playoffs. Bobby routinely basically threw playoff games away to keep his silly “rest days” and platoons going. He never cared about sticking with the hot hand, he’d rather keep going to the well in the clutch with the Greg Nortons out of misguided loyalty.

It wasn’t bad luck or a “crapshoot” that 14 trips to the postseason (with usually a hall of fame rotation) only yielded 1 world series title and often ended in embarrassing flops and lesser teams celebrating on Braves turf.

Cox was a terrible strategist, especially in the postseason. It’s very encouraging that Fredi isn’t emulating him in that regard.

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