Hudson set to pitch Wednesday, Beachy Thursday if necessary

While the Braves were hoping to save Tim Hudson to pitch in Game 1 of the Division Series, he was prepared to take the mound Wednesday against the Phillies with a shot at the playoffs on the line.

Hudson was the man on the mound for the Braves the final day of the 2011 season, when he beat the Phillies to help the Braves clinch the wild card. He limited them to four runs in seven innings in an 8-7 win.

“My last two starts I considered playoff type games; essentially they were that important,” said Hudson, who won both of them, against the Mets and Nationals. “(Wednesday) is no different.”

Hudson will face right-hander Joe Blanton, who is expected to pitch the first couple of innings in what will be a “bullpen” game for the Phillies. Manager Charlie Manuel wants to get Cole Hamels and Vance Worley into the game as well.

Entering Tuesday, the Braves had won only three of their previous 10 games and Hudson had won two of them. He had to leave his last start against the Nationals with cramps (three runs in 5 2/3 innings) and spent most of that night in the hospital receiving five bags of IV fluids, but that shouldn’t be a factor this time. Hudson said it was his fault for not hydrating properly for the humidity in Washington.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said if the Braves are forced into a one-game playoff for the wild card Thursday in St. Louis, Brandon Beachy would pitch. That game is set to start at 8:07 EDT and be broadcast on TBS, if necessary.

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September 27th, 2011
8:05 pm

If necessary, but the way things are going, it won’t be

Fredi likes to B.S. himself

September 27th, 2011
8:06 pm

Discussing Braves in the playoffs is like discussing Jurrjens last year. What a waste of time. Hope Braves don’t have to embarrass themselves anymore this year. Only if Braves rid themselves of Wren ,Lowe and Gonazalez

South Georgia Boy

September 27th, 2011
8:13 pm

The Braves players look like they know they have no chance of winning. Its just a major, major collapse. Sorry.


September 27th, 2011
8:15 pm

All they have to do is pull their heads out of their collective rear ends and win the last 2 games. C’mon Braves!

Cobb Braves Fan

September 27th, 2011
8:22 pm

I just don’t even know what to say. Derek Lowe’s ERA is 5. Why is he starting the most important game of the year?

South Georgia Boy

September 27th, 2011
8:29 pm

just a total beat down tonight. Not even competitive, which is shameful.

Braves R A F'N JOKE

September 27th, 2011
8:30 pm

Does this team get it at all? Seriously, they blow a huge lead in the WC race, tell fans to relax that things will turn around, then have to count on the Astros just t sneak into the playoffs?

God this team absolutely f’n sucks. So glad that the season is done and I don’t have to put up with this team anymore. If they tell us to relax and this is what they do, tell they to F off. I can’t stand a bunch of heartless overpaid useless pieces of crap like this team. Starting with their tip of the cap fat ass manager. I can’t believe they just roll over in the most important series of the season, a true sign of just how much better the Phillies are than this crap team we call the Braves. Should change their names to the Atlanta Chokers.

Line Drive

September 27th, 2011
8:35 pm

hey, don’t forget …..another game tomorrow

Line Drive

September 27th, 2011
8:37 pm

oh, and Hudson will get torched tomorrow night…..the Braves starting pitchers have to throw a shutout for a CHANCE to win. That’s how bad this team is

another big L

September 27th, 2011
8:48 pm

I haven’t complained once all season. I haven’t bashed on Freddi at all. I can’t stand fans that always look for something to complain about…..but I just really can’t understand why Lowe even touched a baseball today let alone was allowed to give up 5 before he was yanked. the way he’s pitched all year…..especially the past month……is a pretty good indicator that if he gets into trouble early, he’s not just gonna” find it the next inning and get in a groove”. if he doesn’t have it from the first inning, he doesn’t have it. I don’t think a single fan thought we had better than a 2% chance of winning tonight when Lowe stepped on the mound.

Brave New World

September 27th, 2011
9:05 pm

If we make the playoffs, I think Lowe should start all the games – he’s a proven “big game” pitcher!

Braves R A F'N Joke

September 27th, 2011
9:34 pm

This entire team from top to bottom is just pathetic. The announcers are just as pathetic as Derek Blowe and the rest of the Braves team. The Braves are getting hammered and all Joe Simpson can talk about is Lady f’n Ga Ga? Jesus, this team is just worthless.

The Cardinals are making a comeback while the Braves are rolling over and giving up. The Cardinals hands down deserve to be in the playoffs over the Braves. If the Cards make it, it will be because they beat the teams they had to, and showed the heart and determination to get there whereas if the Braves make it, it will be because they backed in and need so much help to get there.

I for one can’t cheer for a team like that, sorry. Yes I have been a fan of the Braves for over 25 years, but I will not support them if they make it this year because they don’t deserve to be there. They lost series after series to teams like the Mets, Marlins, and Nationals, they are in must win games right now and all they do is falter. I can’t continue to support a team like that. I will respect each and every fans way of being a fan, but I can’t, and will not support this team until changes are made. I seriously wouldn’t go to a Braves game if they gave me tickets behind home plate. I am done spending money and time on this team until serious changes are made. I will not support a team that gives up on their fans like the Braves have done. They don’t deserve to have the fanbase that they have. I would love if for only one game to have about 500 fans spread out across Turner Field. That is exactly what they deserve.

Scalp 'Em Braves

September 27th, 2011
10:09 pm

@Braves R A F”N Joke – you are a complete moron. You think this manager and this team likes to lose? Were you supporting the team back during August when they were kicking arse and taking names? Probably not. You were likely whining about the way they were winning. You have a been a fan for 25 years?? Big deal – I’ve been a fan sine 1966, the year they became the Atlanta Braves. Lots of us have suffered long. You talk like this is the worst, most pathetic team ever. You should have been a “fan” of the Braves in the 70’s and some of the 80’s. You would have gotten your wish of seeing the team play before a couple of thousand fans in a cavernous park.

But, you freakin’ idiot, the Braves, as “pathetic” as you claim they are, are one of 4 teams in the 2 leagues in contention for a wild card. Nobody is more disappointed about the last month than me. I am a LIFELONG fan of the Braves. But, there is always tomorrow in baseball, unless you are out of the playoffs. There are 20 teams that are out of the running. There are 6 teams that are “in”. We are one of the teams that still have hope. Any team can get hot at any time. If you don’t believe me (and you probably won’t as your baseball IQ seems to be in the retarded range), look at the 1987 Twins (beat us in the WS – a terrible team), 2006 Cardinals & 2003 Marlins. This season ain’t over yet – shame on you for throwing dirt on your team when we still have a very realistic chance of making the playoffs.


September 27th, 2011
10:13 pm

If they make the play offs, they shold just forfeit and go home.


September 27th, 2011
10:21 pm

Seriously, why is Lowe even setting foot on the field? Even the rookies have lower ERA’s than him and are more likely not to get torched. If he had an decency, he would retire before next year but I’m betting it’s more of the same so he can collect another $15 mil.

heyward stikes out yet agin

September 27th, 2011
10:24 pm

wtf they pinch hit for the future of the franscise hey i fould ticked that one showing a great approach i just need some at bats lol


September 27th, 2011
11:03 pm

Where’s John Smoltz when you need him!!!!!
Need someone who’s going to go to the mound
with a lot of anger. Talk about an awful ending
to what was a promising post-season. NEVER
was the hitting and the pitching on the same page
all season long.

Buckhead Eddie

September 27th, 2011
11:07 pm

Never seen a braves team in 40 years so unmotivated to fight through to a playoff spot. ….Never


September 27th, 2011
11:19 pm

Watch Cards always two outs Berkman gets hit they just keep hitting. Scalp Em Braves you watching same game we are this team stinks and dought they score a run tomorrow. WE never hit SF we cant move a runner to third . Watch Cards on Directv againg they get pinch hits Rbi . Cards always get players on the back side of playing days and get big years like Berkman this year to Jim Edmonds hitting 52 HR.Braves we think we had it made with Uggla but 35 HR lousy 80 rbi. This team needs to overhaul Im for trading anyone except the young pitchers and the only everyday player Id keep is Freeman.I for think McCann is a DH. JJ has to Lowe should ever throw another inning. Freddi should be managing a DQ in CUBA if they have one. Heyward gets another chance in AAA.god if he could only hit like in that Promo same with LOWE could pitch and Prado can do anything in his.

Scalp 'Em Braves

September 28th, 2011
12:31 am

@Tina – this team doesn’t “stink” – admittedly they have not played well over the past 30 days. But, this team has talent, both offensively and defensivey, at every position.This team has quality arms as starters and relievers. The problem, right now anyway, seems to be that when it counts (i.e., need a really good pitch, or need a timelyhit), our guys are not getting it done. No excuses here. Not sure you will hear our guys giving excuses. They accept the blame. Are you gonna go out there and do better? No, and neither am I or any other d-bag who posts here – and don’t give me the “they are paid millions of dollars to perform” junk. There is not a player on the roster who is content with losing, and is satisfied with second best. Get off of their butts, and let them play the game. Hopefully, we will win tomorrow and the Cards will lose. If not, its not the end of the world, We will all live to see the next day, and the next baseball season.


September 28th, 2011
2:42 am

Blanton, Hamels and Worley is not exactly a bullpen game. Maybe those two will have trouble coming out of the pen.


September 28th, 2011
1:52 pm

until we stay home with our money, words will not work.

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