Braves set rotation after unusual break

After an unsually long and idle weekend caused by Hurricane Irene, Braves manager Fredi Gonazlez had a chance to re-set his pitching rotation for the final month and lined up his three veteran pitchers against the Nationals.

Jair Jurrjens will pitch the opener of the series on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. against the Washington Nationals. Following Jurrjens will be Derek Lowe on Wednesday and Tim Hudson on Thursday.

When the Los Angeles Dodgers come to town for a three-game weekend series, the Braves will start Brandon Beachy on Friday and Mike Minor on Saturday. Jurrjens will finish out that series Sunday before the Braves travel to Philadelphia.

Barring further injury or bad weather, the rotation would be set for Lowe-Hudson-Beachy against the Phillies.

This way the Braves’ most veteran pitchers can pitch on as close to normal rest as possible, while rookies Beachy and Minor might work in a simulated game or possibly a minor league outing to stay sharp.

Jurrjens, who was originally scheduled to pitch Saturday against the Mets, will be working on seven days’ rest Tuesday night against the Nationals, three more days than normal. Lowe will pitch on six days’ rest Wednesday and Hudson can come back on only five days’ rest Thursday.

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bruce

August 28th, 2011
4:43 pm

ok lets play ball

bruce

August 28th, 2011
4:44 pm

Does this line it up for post-season?

Senator Blutarski

August 28th, 2011
4:45 pm

–hopefully, a weekend off will be good for them this time of year–kind of break up the late season fatigue and rest the minor aches and pains a bit…

TOMY FOURNIER

August 28th, 2011
4:50 pm

What a trash rotation!!!!

Noone, Alot, Loosers, Than, Then & To Much

August 28th, 2011
5:00 pm

Anyone else as stupid as TOMY FOURNIER wanna comment?

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

August 28th, 2011
5:02 pm

Ready for the games to be back!!! They should have televised today’s workout…

Fredi Gonzalez

August 28th, 2011
5:07 pm

I’d like to tip my cap to Irene. She’s a helluva storm and we appreciated the time off.

J.I.

August 28th, 2011
5:14 pm

Yeah Tomy, only the 3rd best out of the 30 teams!

BravesfaninWis

August 28th, 2011
5:14 pm

Not bad until I saw Derek Blowe’s name in the rotation twice. He will more than likely get beat by the Nationals, and he will get absolutely crushed against the Phillies. Other than that, I like the Braves chances.

jim

August 28th, 2011
5:19 pm

If this plays out further, it would mean Teheran and Minor in the makeup games against the Mets and Jurjens, Lowe, and Hudson against St. Louis — Three big starts for Lowe in the next 2 weeks. He has pitched some of his best baseball agtainst the Phillies during his time as a Brave.

Ben

August 28th, 2011
5:39 pm

Too bad he got the rotation almost completely backwards. You couldn’t sabotage the rotation much worse if you tried. I guess we’ll be trotting out our worst 3 starters in the playoffs unless Hanson makes it back.

Freddi's big chance

August 28th, 2011
5:45 pm

Not convinced that cooler weather and old Sept magic will remake Lowe this time. I look for 3 to 5 rocky innings, 5-6 runs each time. So what’s the rotation then?

Hudson-JJ- Beachy-Minor and ??? . Teheran? Hanson’s not coming back in time to regain his groove……Are our main middle relievers now Sherrill (cringe), Martinez and Vizcaino? Can’t count on Moylan as he’s battling location at Gwinnett just yet.

vermont 39

August 28th, 2011
5:48 pm

FOCUS TIME!!!!

We can really do some damage to that Phaillie lead as well as solidify out post season expectations. Pull up those big white drawers and get going BRAVES…that last game was PATHETIC!!!

timboy6

August 28th, 2011
5:58 pm

I just hope D Lowe makes a comeback. He can.

pdt

August 28th, 2011
5:58 pm

If we could get Lowe out of the pitching rotation; and “Double Play” Gonzalez out of the lineup we would be in great shape.

Mikey

August 28th, 2011
6:00 pm

Smart move to keep the veterans as close to normal as possible and give the kids Beachy&Minor a well deserved rest for their young arms. Looking forward to seeing Lowe & J/J finish strong

Sid

August 28th, 2011
6:09 pm

TOMY FOURNIER August 28th, 2011 4:50 pm

************************************************
My friend, you are quite the idiot.

Peter

August 28th, 2011
6:10 pm

Jordan Schafer just got a game tying single in the 8th inning off Cain in SF.

Dennis Reynolds

August 28th, 2011
6:11 pm

Division Series Rotation:
Hudson
Beachy
JJ
D Lowe

I hate just watching the other teams gain half games on us while we cant do anything about it. Whats worse is we have to get back to work against the pesky Nats with our worst 2 (lately) pitchers starting us off. Its going to be tough to get hot again.

Peter

August 28th, 2011
6:14 pm

Dennis Reynolds, I think Lowe or Jurrjens pitches the second game on the road. Would rather Beachy pitch his first postseason game at home, although I’m sure he would be able to handle the road. Milwaukee is a tough place to play and more than likely that’s where we are going.

Igoramus U R

August 28th, 2011
6:18 pm

I’d rather see Beachy,Minor,and Delgado over tose 3 struggling veterans….

mathman

August 28th, 2011
6:18 pm

Not so smart if you want to win. Hudson is pitching the best right now, followed by Beachy. Then, comes Minor. JJ and Lowe are pitching the worst. Go figure.

Igoramus U R

August 28th, 2011
6:20 pm

My post season rotation is Beachy,Minor,Teheran,and Delgado.

Dennis Reynolds

August 28th, 2011
6:23 pm

Even with this pretty comfortable lead, Im more concerned with getting in first than our postseason rotation. It looks pretty good for us, but anything can happen. I think this break will hurt us.

Bob the Blogger

August 28th, 2011
6:29 pm

I was not emotionally prepared to go three days without Braves baseball.

Kimbrel rocks

August 28th, 2011
6:30 pm

this is the braves way of saying “derek if you pitch well in these series you can pitch in play-offs” otherwise, he will not be pitching in oct as a starter

Peter

August 28th, 2011
6:41 pm

Three days without Braves baseball allowed me to catch up on my studying.

rooferdawg

August 28th, 2011
6:46 pm

Royals want to trade for pitching
ESPN.com’s Buster Olney (Insider link) identifies the Mariners, Diamondbacks, and Braves as teams who might match up with the Royals, specifically naming Mike Moustakas as a player who could interest Atlanta as a successor to Chipper Jones at third base.

southparkfan

August 28th, 2011
6:48 pm

hey derek lowe pitches very well last 2 starts

vs D-Backs: 5 IP 0 ER
vs Cubs: 7 IP 3 R ( 2 ER)

LAST 2 STARTS : 12 IP ONLY 2 ER AND 1,50 ERA THAT SOUNDS GOOD NO?

Kimbrel rocks

August 28th, 2011
6:50 pm

buster is dumb- prado is our 3rd baseman

Peter

August 28th, 2011
6:55 pm

That sounds like pure speculation by Buster Olney and not based on any reliable source.

Really?

August 28th, 2011
7:01 pm

@TOMY FOURNIER you are what rhymes with swoosh tag … what a idiotic slur… it’s not even a comment. It isn’t even backed up by any stats or by something solid other than some stupid verbiage.

Phils fan

August 28th, 2011
7:35 pm

This just in.. hurricane Irene has been found dead on the side of a road wearing nothing but high heels and a s”@$-on. police say that Yankees 3rd baseman Alex Rodriguez may have been the last person to see her alive.

[...] to Hurricane Irene, the Braves have shuffled their rotation to have Jair Jurrjens on seven days rest Tuesday, Derek Lowe on six days rest on Wedneday, and Tim [...]

bRAVE jACK

August 28th, 2011
8:29 pm

i think wren and freddie g have gotten us this far, let’s trust them to get us the rest of the way

Rafael

August 28th, 2011
8:42 pm

Thegratefulalive

August 28th, 2011
8:42 pm

I’m sure ignoramus is being sarcastic, sure hope so, anyway..delgado & Teheran coming out of the pen for postseason, & also Hudson isn’t struggling by any means, he & beachy are doin work, & I’m w/ most guys hoping Lowe can get his sept/postseason mojo goin , Tommy can get healthy too, kinda up in the air if he’ll be able to make a comeback this late with that injury, if not we got enough arms to patch some starts together, Im still very optimistic & loving Wren ever more for keeping the core arms , future very bright!

Doug

August 28th, 2011
8:47 pm

I hope the Braves can put that mess in NY behind them and regain some steam starting on Tuesday. Can’t remember a more forgettable and sickening game.

I agree with “pdt” earlier. I think our shortstop should change his name to “D. P. Gonzalez”. Just try to bunt every time – don’t hit anything to deep infield. We have stocked the majors with our SS castoffs & we got left with no chair when the music stopped.

Rowsdower

August 28th, 2011
8:54 pm

And why wouldn’t Fredi setup the rotation to maximize the number of starts that his worst starter gets down the stretch and as a bonus he gets to open the Phillies series.

Well played sir!

PTC DAWG

August 28th, 2011
9:01 pm

The Wild Card is a LOCK, the division is over. What’s the fuss?

Just keep playing around .600 and get the regular season over with.

Octavius

August 28th, 2011
9:02 pm

Has Linderbrink joined K.K. in Mississippi yet?

Octavius

August 28th, 2011
9:06 pm

By the way, what ever happened to Will Nieves?

Dennis Reynolds

August 28th, 2011
9:16 pm

I like baseball.

up north

August 28th, 2011
9:21 pm

Let’s just hope too much time off does not hurt JJ like it did last time.

Matt the Brave

August 28th, 2011
9:38 pm

So, is this a hint at what the postseason rotation might be like?

dwayne

August 28th, 2011
9:40 pm

dont worry about rotation yet. Braves not catching Phillies and whoever is not catching Braves for wild card. Although I do not care for Fredi’s in game decisions, he has to see what Lowe is going to do down the stretch. Seriously, if Lowe repeats what he did down the stretch last year, you would still want Hanson? or Minor? or Beachy? Hanson had a good first half winning against weak teams, look it up if you dont believe me.

What is this world coming to?

August 28th, 2011
9:42 pm

I know this isn’t the right demographic, but is anyone watching the MTV awards? Whats the difference between MTV and BET these days?

Brad

August 28th, 2011
9:55 pm

What about that kid edward salcedo? Thought he was the replacement to chipper jones?

Hard on the Beaver Ward

August 28th, 2011
10:00 pm

166 games this year. Bet on it.

Golf-One

August 28th, 2011
10:00 pm

Forget Hanson He has a rotator cuff tear which will more than likely need surgery

Brad

August 28th, 2011
10:00 pm

But to the starting rotation Im comfortable with anybody being my pitcher. Huddy is my star though. Our starting rotation is very strong. I believe any of our 5 is capable of pitching great in the playoffs

Phils fan

August 28th, 2011
10:26 pm

the truth. phillies bp is falling apart at the seams. ditto for the braves rotation. now this is current time of course. nothing will stop this potential nlcs(braves/phils)from happening if they both become stable going into October. there’s still time. a healthy braves rotation knocks out the brew crew in the nlds. consistent performances at the setup/closer positions for the phillies and they advance and it’s hard seeing them losing to arizona or the giants. I want the phils to get the giants again. so they can end the giants season in their own yard. just like they did to us last season.

Phils fan

August 28th, 2011
10:28 pm

a tear??? wow….

Burgess

August 28th, 2011
10:29 pm

Why would we want Lowe to pitch against Phillies ?

ohhhYEAH

August 28th, 2011
10:44 pm

you people really must not be paying attention to Lowe lately. 3 of his last 4 starts have been very good. i believe the loss last time was do to a few unearned runs, other than that he was great. you people need to open your eyes and look at whats going on before you post. and to the guy who says we will be running out our worst 3 unless hanson comes back….really? he actually has been the worst of them all for a solid month and a half dude. get your mind right

Heyward grounds out to second

August 28th, 2011
11:38 pm

Gah, I’ve been going crazy without baseball. I agree, McFann, I wished they had televised the work out. I so would have watched it. Just one more day of withdrawal. Glad they rearranged the rotation. Hope D Lowe is back on track. It’ll be between him and JJ for the final spot in the NLDS rotation.

Hungger

August 29th, 2011
5:21 am

TOMY FOURNIER has a small, tiny, child like weenie.

space monkey

August 29th, 2011
7:48 am

Lowe against the Phillies. The Over/Under for Phillies runs in the first three innings is 8.

Koufax

August 29th, 2011
8:45 am

Hopefully, the Braves figure out how to hit lefty’s. Otherwise, it’s going to be a really short post season.

Bourn this way

August 29th, 2011
8:48 am

With Lowe seemingly back on track, this should be a good pitching rotation to face the Philthies. As long as he can locate his sinker, and can avoid the big inning. HIs last outing wasn’t bad, he made one mistake, but the defense also let him down a little that inning.

Damon Dingle Barryhill

August 29th, 2011
9:20 am

Could Scott Linebrink suck any more? WHY IS THIS BOOB STILL ON THE TEAM???

Chris Snow

August 29th, 2011
9:39 am

Hopefully Linebrink get’s buried in the pen like KK did last year. No reason for him to pitch at all unless we are down 10 runs. I am really hoping that Moylan comes back effective.

George

August 29th, 2011
9:51 am

Are Braves announcers paid by the word? No other broadcasters on any team try to keep a constant dialog going during the game. Folks, the entertainment is the game of baseball; not the broadcasters. I sure miss Skip…..

Chris Snow

August 29th, 2011
9:57 am

Chip get’s on my nerves a lot, but they are still better than the ESPN and FOX announcing IMO.

STH

August 29th, 2011
10:18 am

Moylan will replace Linebrink. Linebrink is still here cause of that stupid “verteran leadership” . Like any of our youngsters should follow his lead, yeah! Moylan will give us a great pitcher with “veteran leadership” while Linebrink is released or sent to AAA!!!

STH

August 29th, 2011
10:19 am

We may even see Linebrink play for the Royal’s next year.

Jax Falcon/Dog Fan

August 29th, 2011
10:22 am

George and Chris are both right. These games should be seen and commented on; the personal banter these days for “filler” between pitches is enough to make one nauseous. Dizzy Dean (okay, I’m old) used to enjoy a nice cold Schlitz beer between pitches – maybe these talking heads can try that, too.

DWinDec

August 29th, 2011
10:37 am

Minor league start for Beachy and Minor? Don’t the minors shut down this week?

Geno

August 29th, 2011
11:00 am

When’s Kawakami going to make a start?

Geno

August 29th, 2011
11:32 am

Braves pitching matches up well with the Brewers. Just looking at their stats, Gallardo, Greinke, Marcum and Wolf are about equal if not better in some cases. Braves bullpen is better and if Beachy can keep up his good outing, he will replace Hanson in the rotation if he’s injured. Not sure how well Jurrjens is going to pitch these days. I would like to see a matchup of Hudson-Greinke, Jurrjens-Gallardo, Beachy-Marcum, Lowe-Wolf.

tdawgmoney

August 29th, 2011
11:48 am

if Lowe(quality) doesn’t look good this week, let’s give him 45 days rest…….

With Lowe on the Mound

August 29th, 2011
11:50 am

With Lowe on the mound we can go ahead and count that one in the loss catagory……..send him off to where ever Kawasucki has dissappeared to….- he is a waste of a spot in the rotation.

With Lowe on the Mound

August 29th, 2011
11:51 am

Let’s give Lowe permanent rest from the BRAVES roster……run him out of town……

Braves Fan

August 29th, 2011
11:58 am

Great, now they’ll come back rusty like they did coming back from the All-Star Break.

Heisenberg

August 29th, 2011
12:01 pm

1 lefty Braves probably may not have to face next series against Philly is Cole Hamels, currently on DL. The downside to that is the tendency to make guys like Kyle Kendrick look like Cy Young.

nashvillewill

August 29th, 2011
12:09 pm

Looking at their last 4 starts Lowe has actually improved and looked pretty good. Hudson has a bad inning in last three starts. JJ is the concern and I guess Fredi reasons that giving him more starts gives a better chance to evaluate him for the postseason. I’m still not convinced he is right physically with the drop in velocity on his fastball. None of these guys make it much past the sixth inning (include Beachy and Minor in that camp) so big factor will be middle relief. Vizciano and EOF are solid but who else? Sherrill? Moylan? Not Linebrink. Don’t really want Martinez in those situations in close games. Braves need to look at some of these rookies for middle relief – or start Delgado/Teheran and move Lowe to middle relief. A little late for such drastic moves, however.
It would be a shame to see Braves falter this year because of middle relief. But this would also reflect Fredi’s puzzling use of the pitching, imo.

GT81

August 29th, 2011
12:33 pm

Amazing how all these negative posters must have experience asMajor League Mangers. Comment all you want, I will take the professional’s decisions and understand that they know better than we do. I also do not believe that if someone paid them 1.2 million a year to make these decisions they would not be posting on the AJC’s site.

Heisenberg

August 29th, 2011
12:40 pm

I would not go so far as to say Fredi does not know how to handle a pitching staff. Every manager makes changes us regular fans do not get. But the one that sticks in my mind the most is the extra inning game against Philly just before AS break. He pinch hits for Sherril in top of 11th or 12th with 2 outs and nobody on and the pinch hitter strikes out (like Sherril probably would have done). I screamed at the TV when the pinch hitter was announced.

Now in the bottom half of the inning, Philly has Howard-Ibanez due up. With no lefties in bullpen, in comes Proctor. Proctor gets Howard before Ibanez hits walk-off HR. I would have let Sherril take his 3 strikes to pitch to the lefties due up and try to win the game with the top of the order due up next for Braves.

Most of the time when Fredi explains some of the Bullpen moves I am like “Ok I see your point but that is not what I would have done”. But I never heard an explanation for pinch hitting for Sherril there and I am not sure I want to.

Lobosolo

August 29th, 2011
12:53 pm

BravesAssinWisconsin… If you call “your” own teams’ members so derisively, how can you call yourself a fan? Bet you blow at your job a lot more than Lowe does at his…

TOMY FOURNIER

August 29th, 2011
12:59 pm

EVERY ONE HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY AGAINT ME…BUT AT THE END…WE WILL SEE WHO IS WH

O???…AND WHO TALK THE REALITY ABOUT THIS ROTATION…IF IT IS TRASH…OR NOT????

BY AMIGOS!!!!…SORRY FOR SAY THE “TRUE”

Bruno Brigadoon

August 29th, 2011
1:15 pm

This is a good example of how people get attached to certain dispositions and blind themselves to reality. WHAT IS WRONG WITH LOWE? Nothing right now. His last few starts have been good, and his history tells us he’ll be good througout the rest of the year.

daniel-buck

August 29th, 2011
1:34 pm

I have been reading in some Buster Olney blog that the Braves may be very interested to Mike Moustakas… Anyone have opinions on that one

William O

August 29th, 2011
2:13 pm

lowe usually has a great september and it seems like everyones chances are good.. bats are healthy and besides rollins is injured and he seems to be the catalist on the phils. We have got a shot and aside from halliday we can match up with anybody. Lets get possitive here and you Georgians let get out to the games. that means everybody.

UGASlobberknocker

August 29th, 2011
3:35 pm

Hanson looks doen for the season to me

Hey DOB….Will the Braves just call up Teheran and Delgado to pitch that DH on Sept 8?

David O'Brien

August 29th, 2011
4:08 pm

UGASlobberknocker: Chances are they won’t need to bring up Delgado or Teheran to start Sept. 8, because they’ll both already be up. Gwinnett is a couple of games out right now as far as making playoffs, and if they don’t make it the Braves will go ahead and bring up all the Gwinnett guys they planned to bring up (they were going to leave a couple or so of them there for a while if Gwinnett makes playoffs).

Kendell Jones

August 29th, 2011
4:52 pm

Tommy Hansen will not be coming back. He has a tear in the rotator cuff. You can’t gol out and pitch with a torn rotator cuff.

KK

August 29th, 2011
5:27 pm

KK should start.

Mike McDonald

August 29th, 2011
5:32 pm

This is a unique opportunity. I can’t recall in over 70 years of being an avid MLB fan, a pitching line-up that compares with the 2011 Braves … coupled with the “comfortable” lead and favorable schedule remaining in the season. With 29 games left and a 9 i/2 wild card lead, The Braves pitching strategy should be to level the load of the entire pitching staff (sans Sherrill and Linebrink) at a fifty pitch clip for the next ten games. Then assess the situation individually and competitively. Depending upon results, pick and choose the optimum combos of starters and relievers and pace them the rest of the way for optimum peak performance and freshness going into the playoffs.

Last Friday night’s strategy against the Mets, given the fact that the Braves would be inactive for four days, is an example of what not to do under these benevolent circumstances.

alexcox

August 29th, 2011
5:46 pm

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O'flarity's water bottle

August 29th, 2011
6:16 pm

The one thing i dont understand about Lowe is that he gets with the pitching coach at the ens of the season to “fine tune” himself. What the hell is he doing during the 3/4 of the begining of the season?

Hendu

August 30th, 2011
2:49 am

Wow, with the #3 team in all of baseball are we still going to run Lowe out there? I am the 46 year old Hendu and I could out pitch him on my worst night. Why does it take Wren and the rest of our peeps to wake up and let his contract run out while trading Heyward and another good prospect for a really good power man. Don’t let the fruit rot on the vine, we have enough pitchers to make it another several years. Prado needs to be a 3rd, Chip needs to sign for 2mil for next year as a coach/pinch and Delgado or Tehran will fill in nicely. Freeman is top 1st sacker. What took so long to bring up Prado and Constanza? Sack Wren, Pendleton, Parrish, and for sure McDowell who did not coach any of players up. Kimbrel, Venters, etc. came here throwing smoke and the rest of that sorry crowd just ruined or did not coach Heyward.

Kentavo

August 30th, 2011
11:32 am

The way our seasoned veterans seem to stink it up against The Gnats, I’d rather see Beachy, Minor and Delgado or Teheran get a shot.

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