3:45 pm August 31, 2011, by David O'Brien
Matty D FAN
August 31st, 20116:02 pm
I know what will work. Trade Lugo for Furcol. Furcol is so fast. Then trade Jurgens and another guy for David Orteez of the Boston. I tellin you we would be so good philees would be so scard of us then.
Diaz was shown on MLBN taking batting practice
August 31st, 20116:04 pm
Renteria by the way, 333 vs lefties and a 844 OPS
August 31st, 20116:05 pm
I like Furcol better then Renteria. He is faster and all.
Travis – Not well. They found out that the toe infection was actually osteosarcoma – bone cancer. Hopefully, they got it all (seems to be the case) when they removed the toe, but they’ll do a full body MRI in three months. At least there is – apparently – no lung cancer, which sometimes comes with this cancer (he doesn’t nor has he ever smoked).
TIme will tell. Hopefully the toe removal is all he’ll go through.
August 31st, 20116:06 pm
Time to change September roster rules Jim Bowden ESPN Insider
Major League Baseball is the only one of the major sports that dramatically changes its roster limit rules for the final month of its regular season. After playing five months with 25-man rosters, baseball increases rosters to a maximum of 40 players beginning on Sept. 1, before reducing them back to 25 for the playoffs and World Series. The only reason this rule has ever made sense is that the minor league teams that provide the inventory of extra bodies stop playing in early September.
However, this roster change causes imbalances. Large-market clubs usually have the freedom of calling up any player they want while small- to middle-market teams usually are limited to the number of players they can call up, a number they have most likely budgeted in the offseason, regardless of whether they are in a pennant race. The other imbalance is the level of talent that each club has at the Triple-A or Double-A levels, or the specialty players it has available to help in a tight pennant race.
The type of players a team calls up differs greatly depending on where it is in the standings. A contending team is looking to bring up specific role players who can help the team become stronger and win right now. This could include a lefty specialist, an extra catcher or a really fast guy who can be used as a pinch-runner. Noncontending teams, however, have different goals. They are more focused on bringing players to the major leagues for auditions for next year’s club as well as developing players at the major league level. Some of these moves actually force some players to the bench so these noncontending teams can get a look at players against better competition.
“In past years, we have brought up younger players to give them exposure of playing in the major leagues,” said Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski. “This year, we are going to try and bring up players who can help us win a game. Most likely, fit a role and provide the manager with some additional flexibility.”
A club can bring up as many as 15 players. During my 15 years as a GM, I always thought the right number was around seven players — any more than that you’ll have too many players sitting around. The consensus of most GMs I talked with this weekend is that five to seven players is appropriate for September call-ups given all of the factors.
Every GM’s philosophy is slightly different, but all are dependent on finances, talent and where they are in the race, along with what’s best for the major league team and the players individually. Another important part of September call-ups is the ability to give much-needed rest to veteran players who have been playing every day all year.
“I have always looked at September call-ups as a twofold opportunity,” said Cardinals GM John Mozeliak. “One, to offer the team depth when you enter the final month of the season, as it is a good opportunity to give your regulars a day off. Two, it can be a great experience for young players to get their first exposure to the big leagues.”
The financial aspect of September call-ups also comes into play with all 30 teams, as Braves GM Frank Wren explains: “With service time and the ‘real costs’ of a call-up escalating to roughly $75,000 each [salary and travel], we try to limit the numbers to five or six.”
Of course, with service time the players also become one step closer to salary arbitration eligibility and free agency as well. During these difficult economic times, several small-market clubs will hold players back for strictly financial reasons, and this is a subtle — yet significant — way in which big-money teams have an edge down the stretch.
Baseball should either lengthen the Double-A and Triple-A schedules through the third week in September and keep rosters at 25 the entire season or, at the very least, mandate all teams increase their rosters to a “hard” number of 32 players. That would at least level the playing field a little more.
Padres GM Jed Hoyer agreed.
“I think that we need to change the call-up rule to limit the numbers,” he said. “Matching up lefties and righties in the fourth inning is not baseball and shouldn’t impact pennant races. I hope this changes in the next collective bargaining agreement.”
Most September call-ups will have already had some major league service time this year. Here are some of the players you should expect to be brought back: Pedro Alvarez (PIT), Logan Morrison (FLA), Julio Teheran (ATL), Edinson Volquez (CIN), Domonic Brown (PHI), Kyle Drabek (TOR), Brett Wallace (HOU), Michael Taylor and Chris Carter (OAK) and Andy Dirks (DET). There quite possibly will be several players making their major league debuts such as Chris Marrero, Steve Lombardozzi and Tom Milone of the Washington Nationals and Nick Hagadone and Zach Putnam of the Cleveland Indians, along with the much-anticipated arrivals of Jesus Montero and Manny Banuelos of the Yankees.
The rosters are about to expand, and the competition will change soon. So should the rule.
August 31st, 20116:07 pm
“As mentioned above, the Braves are 11-24 in their past 35 games against the Nationals. This is a bit ridiculous.”
It’s the old Expos curse. Those guys used to beat the Braves like a drum.
Matty D…the other guy I’d include to Boston would be Hansen, and maybe we could get Salty back. Even before Hansen’s injury, he had trouble getting past the fifth inning. Just my opinion.
August 31st, 20116:13 pm
Bob …yeah Hansen is not a real good pitcher. I dont think I would trade Jurgens and Hansen for Orteez because that is kind of alot. Maybe I would but I dont know.
Oteez is the best power player on PS3 the show! Think what he could do for us!!
Funny thing is “regress” has a meaning which is the opposite of “progress”. Statisticians use it differently, but doesnt mean that is the only one. SB
true, but since stats are usually involved in the discussion of a players performance it is easier to understand what is meant if the correct definition is used. I gotta admit that, like Shaun i guess, it vaguely irritates me and I wanna do a VJ and say sumthang.
Constanza is only hitting .429 against lefties, guess that isn’t good enough, what ever happened to the “play the hot hand theory”?
August 31st, 20116:15 pm
i predict matt diaz will go 0 for 4 tonight as he usually does he couldn’t hit last year and he is hitting less this year– constanza can hit lefties better than diaz can….
August 31st, 20116:16 pm
noliee …sumthang is not a word! How old are you? It is something if you wanted to know. That is how you spell it!
August 31st, 20116:18 pm
August 31st, 20116:19 pm
About MattyD as the RH bat off the bench, that is!
August 31st, 20116:20 pm
Get Out The WAYYYY!!! (Boom!) Pretty Boy Coming Through! Me And My Crew! We Swaggin In The Room!”
Whats Up All?
August 31st, 20116:21 pm
With our lack of success against the Nats, maybe Fredi should stay home and let the team manage itself tonight…couldn’t do any worse.
August 31st, 20116:24 pm
The thing is we haven’t beaten the Nats since they came to Washington. They’ve always had our number for some reason
August 31st, 20116:25 pm
MLBN posted a poll for most exciting player under 24… guess who’s not on the list?
I haven’t been able to pay much attention the past few days or so, but did something happen? Or are we just going with 5 outfielders?
Who gets taken off the 40 man roster tomorrow when Moylan goes from the 60 day DL to the 40 man. Cross your fingers it will be Linesuck.
MAT MAT IS BACK!!!!
August 31st, 20116:26 pm
@Memphis…why do you think that is? What might we do about it? Thanks,
Coach (2011 Fredi G.a Go!)
August 31st, 20116:27 pm
With the impending roster expansion adding Diaz is a good move on the part of our Braves. He will help down the stretch but I’m not sure how much. Matty has just 19 RBI and no HR’s so far in 2001. However, a change of scenery can and has done wonders for many an athlete in the past.
So welcome back Matty!
August 31st, 20116:28 pm
Good To Have Matty-D Back!
August 31st, 20116:29 pm
Ralph, Linebrink makes the most sense to be DFA’d. I actually though for a minute there that the guy was showing a little of his former self, but he has failed more times than not since. Say goodbye to him or Lugo I would say. Could even be Conrad.
JC Boscan, Randall Delgado, Julio Teheran, Todd Redmond, and I guess Brandon Hicks will be September call ups
August 31st, 20116:30 pm
What about Costanza now?!?!?!?!?! Georgie?
sumthang is wrong with you Matty D Fan.
Lugo Will Get Ol Yellered Tomorrow, Bank on it! The Trade for Matty-D was the Calling Call
I’d rather have a kid from the minors as the backup SS than Lugo
welcome back matty d!
August 31st, 20116:32 pm
Connie will not Get Ol Yellered! Tomorrow, Bank On It!. His Pinch hit ability is why he is on the team, plus he is a switch hitter
WELL THEY HAVE SCREWED ME AGAIN! IM NOT IN LINEUP!?? GEORGE IS GETTIN UPSET!!
August 31st, 20116:33 pm
what about mclouth… where he is?
Lugo Will Get Ol Yellered Tomorrow…T’h
if so who is the backup shortstop?
Shaun, there is no way to determine what a player is going to do at any age. People mature at different ages and reach their prime at different times. The only thing the Braves can do is make decisions based on scouting and experience. Once you have committed to these decisions, you have to adapt and adjust and that is what they have done. Personally, I feel pretty comfortable with most of the decisions they have made. It is not nearly as complicated as you make it. Most of the Braves decision makers have probably been making these decisions for as long as you are old.
August 31st, 20116:34 pm
release julio lugo…and sign miguel tejada….I heard that the WORLD SERIES CHAMPS leave him out of roster today…
August 31st, 20116:35 pm
make decisions based on scouting and experience. ….JFP
as the Bowden Insider article pointed out yesterday, many of those decisions are now being made with a significant input from modern stats. Both should be used,
Rob from SC
August 31st, 20116:36 pm
Wait until next season when Heyward is healthy and uses the offseason to fix his swing. He is going to make a lot of bloggers look stupid.
August 31st, 20116:37 pm
Tejada apparently was unhappy with Bochy (who is often viewed as a really good player’s manager like Cox) because he was asked to bunt. Over-all, he was not a good fit for the ball club. I think we can do better than Tejada both on the field and off. So, no thanks.
August 31st, 20116:40 pm
Many bloggers do not need Heyward’s help!!
August 31st, 20116:41 pm
Is it just my mind playing tricks on me or has Freeman done worse since being moved out of the 3 spot in the lineup? And, likewise, has McCann done all that great hitting in the 3rd spot? One of you stat computers, post some stats to make me understand why these two are hitting where they are.
August 31st, 20116:46 pm
Todd Redmond isn’t on the 40 man roster he won’t be called up.
JC Boscan, Matt Young, Brandon Hicks, Anthony Varvaro, Teheran, Delgado, and Gearrin
stats are somewhat iffy when discussing hitting slots since the sample sizes are usually too small to be reliable. It is more often a gut feeling being used.
You know. like batting Schafer leadoff cause you think he has the highest OBP on the team…oops
August 31st, 20116:48 pm
Not sure about Nate’s health to be on Sept roster and I really don’t care!
August 31st, 20116:49 pm
good posibilities on that list CraZy. onliest thang is that they is most all pretty young. I wonder if they might not bring up a more experienced player, though i’m not sure who that might be….
August 31st, 20116:50 pm
Nate is gonna tear it up somewhere next season, if he really did have that hernia for a long time
August 31st, 20116:52 pm
Wait until next season when Heyward is healthy and uses the offseason to fix his swing. He is going to make a lot of bloggers look stupid.
The same can be said if he doesn’t.
August 31st, 20116:54 pm
The same can be said if he doesn’t….Brava
true and there appears to be a lot of folks here who seem to be rooting for him to fail
Won’t need Young w/ McLouth and Georgie……..
murph, i agree with your comments about freeman, and your line up 100%
I refuse to type any of those names on a sept call up list!
August 31st, 20116:55 pm
Good evening y’ll\
Did y’ll miss me? My computer has a virus and I am here useing a loaner. Good to have MATT back with us, hope he can help, we need to after last night. I know a lefthander is going for them, but I do question FREDDY hitting 7th.
McFann :Ô: :Ô:
August 31st, 20116:56 pm
Murph And, likewise, has McCann done all that great hitting in the 3rd spot?
Career batting third: .234 (45-192) 6 2B, 11 HR, 26 RBI, 17 BB, 32 K, .300 OBP
Career batting fifth: .292 (271-927), 64 2B, 2 3B, 46 HR, 182 RBI, 98 BB, 139 K, .362 OBP
Yeah, I cann totally see why Fredi would bat him 3rd… (ITS)
I continue to be amazed at the stupidity of some.
August 31st, 20116:57 pm
perhaps Fredi sees Freddie as slumping a bit lately and is playing the cold hand game
I don’t see that, nolie. Just folks who are frustrated with his seeming inability to make adjustments. Don’t think any true fan wants him to fail. He has shown some positive signs lately, though.
August 31st, 20116:58 pm
great number McFann….we know of Tehran, Delgado and Boscan getting a call tomorrow…any ideas on the other 3?
Love hearing southern boy Buck Belue say “tomorrow’s starter Chen Ming-Wang”.
August 31st, 20116:59 pm
I guess that has to do with the differences in our outlook and posts regarding players Brava
August 31st, 20117:00 pm
Mike Stanton gets 41% of the vote to win the public’s opinion on who is the best under 24 guy…. Kershaw was on the list.
Won’t need Young w/ McLouth and Georgie……
They said 6 weeks for McOut and that was only 4 weeks ago that puts his return in mid sept plus he has no AAA to rehab in so…I’m not convinced he’ll be playing any more this year.
Ease,did you put that virus on George’s computer?
August 31st, 20117:02 pm
All Da Way Turn’t Up!
Almost gamestart so outta here. Have a good one y’ll. We sure need a win tonight to get back on track, if they have a righty going tomorrow I want to see BIFF starting.
GO GET EM BRAVES
August 31st, 20117:03 pm
Thankfully, we have differences in our outlook and posts, nolie. This blog would be awfully boring if everyone agreed on everything.
I don’t want Heyward to fail… he’s a Brave… I want him to hit 1.000 with a HR in every at bat. He’s not though, especially against lefties. Right now, we’re still technically in a playoff race and we’re in need of determining our best chances to win in the playoffs…so, I have no problem with playing a guy like Constanza or Diaz if it gives a better chance to win now, this season; even if Heyward will be our best option long term.
August 31st, 20117:04 pm
Good Ol Buck Belue Was Going Off Earlier about losing last night! I thought he was the Biggest Braves Homer on radio out here?
Maybe he is just tard of us getting our Asses handed to us by the nats?
How many short, weak hitting LH OF’ers do we need.
August 31st, 20117:05 pm
“Thankfully, we have differences in our outlook and posts, nolie. This blog would be awfully boring if everyone agreed on everything.”
Co-Sign on that
August 31st, 20117:07 pm
One more thing. I missed almost everyone on blog.
August 31st, 20117:09 pm
I still don’t understand how Matt Cain is a “decent” #2 starter. That’s just super conservative for me. And no, there aren’t 30 #1 starters in the sport. Also, I think there is a difference between a #1 starter and an Ace. That’s just me though.
Tomahawkin (11 Time Blog Champ)
August 31st, 20117:10 pm
“Is it just my mind playing tricks on me or has Freeman done worse since being moved out of the 3 spot in the lineup? ”
Co-Sign! on that! I love Matty D but Fredi’s Brain is on that Tequila for Batting Matty D 6th! I don’t believe in The L-R-L-R stuff when making lineups
August 31st, 20117:11 pm
August 31st, 20117:12 pm
Is there any reason, news, comment or anything at all of whats wrong with JJ?
He has deflated so badly……….
Does that knee has anything to do with it?
Is he rusty?
Im lost here……….
I think this team is thinking WS ring……….they are thinking big…………too much traffic last 10 months…………..I mean:
Giving up on Schafer to bring Bourn (I loved Schafer, but I loved the move also)
Bringing up the kids to pitch.
They just need to do what they need to do with Lowe cause he is killing this team.
This team is trying hard……..I like it
On the other hand Im kind of worried, cause our SP is in deep trouble.
If playoffs were to start tomorrow, we would have to go:
3. We are toasted
Right now, we are not a threat for any contender. Our SP needs to rediscover themselves or we will be in deep trouble.
What Happened To The Porn Star with the Porn-stache? Bill Hohn? I haven’t seen him in one of our games in A Gripp?
Is MLB saving him to Screw Us in The Playoffs?
Here Comes Worthless!
What A Play
August 31st, 20117:15 pm
Make Werthless Beat you instead of Future Brave: Zimmerman!
L-Town Scrub great number McFann
August 31st, 20117:16 pm
Over the last three calendar years, Matt Cain has a 12.7 WAR(6th in NL), a 3.98 xFIP(17th in NL), and has thrown the 2nd most innings in the league. I think he’s a great #2 starter, a good #1 starter, and a borderline ace.
ump has a tight zone, Lowe threw a lot of close pitches that seemed likestrikes to me vs Werth
Schafer Doesnt catch that!
Nice play by Michael to run that down!
August 31st, 20117:17 pm
Welcome back Matty. I know that I’m late with this comment but I did not know about this trade until about 15 minutes ago.
This Nats Team is starting to remind me of the expos of 1991-1994. They are pests!
Bourn really getting comfortable in CF, I really like him
August 31st, 20117:18 pm
Lowe got hit pretty good though.
Some great plays in that inning!
COME ON, OFFENSE!!!!!
August 31st, 20117:19 pm
Schafer has a good chance at catching that imo. He was/is a good CF.
August 31st, 20117:20 pm
Whats The OVER/UNDER on Attendance Tonight?
I’m guessing 19,000?
Not a bad 1st defensively. Evening everyone. Can’t wait to see MattE Diaz get his at bat, so lets swing some bats, boys, and make it happen this first inning.
August 31st, 20117:21 pm
Lannan is a 12-14 game winner with the Yankees having a 3.60 ERA. He’s not bad! He just plays on a Garbage team
Ricky Nolasco has a 3.38 xFIP over the last two years. That would make him the 5th best starter in the league over that period of time. Not a chance I’d take him over Matt Cain.
Player to be named later in Diaz trade:
Jason Heyward, let them have that overrated bum
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