Braves pitchers issue 11 walks, 5 by Beachy

JUPITER, Fla. – Brandon Beachy walked five batters in three innings Monday, and had to be thankful it was only March 12 against a split-squad St. Louis lineup.

The Cardinals only mustered one run against Beachy, but got four against the bullpen in a 5-4 win that gave the Braves their eighth consecutive defeat and dropped them to 1-10 in Grapefruit League games.

“It’s pretty bad, pretty terrible,” Beachy said of the walks. “I was struggling to throw strikes at times. Trying to make adjustments and they just aren’t coming as quickly as I need them to.”

He induced a double-play grounder to end the second inning and coaxed a flyball to leave the bases loaded again in the third, but Beachy wasn’t interested in hearing any glass-half-full notion of good damage control.

“I definitely don’t look at it like I avoided something there,” he said. “It’s what I did to put myself in that position [that’s important]. Because in all likelihood, you get in that situation more times than not it’s going to hurt you.

“Maybe today it didn’t mount up on the scoreboard, but I can’t flirt with that.”

He did that too many times in an otherwise stellar rookie season, and this year Beachy wants to avoid big innings caused by any sudden loss of control.

In his first spring-training start last week, he gave up three hits, four earned runs and two walks in two innings. Monday was his second start, and after retiring the first four batters he faced, he walked three of the next four.

“I felt more in control of the situation than I did last time out,” he said. “I knew what I was trying to do, it just wasn’t happening. I know what it is. I can go back and look at video and see exactly what it is mechanically, and it’s just a matter of repeating it enough to where I can be comfortable and don’t have to think about it while I’m out there.”

He said the problem stemmed from moving his head too much during his delivery, which causes him to lose sight of the target momentarily. Trying to eliminate the flaw in the middle of a game can get tricky, even if it’s just a spring-training game.

“Because you’re trying to get guys out at the same time,”he said. “During the season last year I could usually make that adjustment pitch to pitch. Right now it’s just not coming that quickly.”

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RTS

March 12th, 2012
8:34 pm

I know it is only spring training but it sure looks bad right now. I hope this does not carry over to the reg season

BvgNeedsaHaircut

March 12th, 2012
8:43 pm

At least we know the braves can beat the astros

Loafer

March 12th, 2012
8:48 pm

So, we’re coming off of a historic collapse, we’re not hitting, we can’t pitch, we make dumb base stealing mistakes, and we’re full in injured (Hudson, Jones, Hanson, etc) players. Meanwhile almost everyone (except the Mets) in our division as improved and they show it in the ST games. I’m not feeling like my ole self this Spring. Maybe I need some freesh air. On second thought, I’m going to get drunk.

Luke M.

March 12th, 2012
8:54 pm

What? Even more aggressiveness? Wasting outs is what cost this team last season, and now he wants even more reckless base running? God dammit, Fredi just does not get it.

Loafer

March 12th, 2012
9:00 pm

Luke…yesterday Fredi tried a hit n run with Hinske on second….turned into a third strike and throw out at third.i gues he was getting practice in ST by calling dumb bone-head plays in the regular season. I luv Hinske but comon man, he’s the slowest guy on the team. We have 1 SB all ST. And that one was yesterday by a AA guy.

Larry

March 12th, 2012
9:02 pm

Beachy is wise beyond his years. I really like his make-up and he’s probably our best SP with strike out potential.

His future is pointing up while at least two guys in front of him (Jurrjens and Hanson) futures are pointing down or, at best, sideways.

Loafer

March 12th, 2012
9:03 pm

But I shouldn’t be negative or else I’ll get ridiculed by DOB or worse, Chipper who thinks I am in the basement. Let me think of something positive to say about my Braves……Oh yeah, how about those nice new uniforms!!??

Larry

March 12th, 2012
9:06 pm

Dave,

If I have it correctly the Braves’ record since the first of September and their past 51 games is now 11-40.

How bad must it get before you will question their manager’s ability to get the most from this team?

Brownie

March 12th, 2012
9:10 pm

Too early to panic, but if this team doesn’t find some hitting, it won’t matter how good the pitching is, they will have a poor year. I applaud Frank Wren’s decision not to make any deals in the off-season just to make a deal – no real value or great OF bats available anyway.

But don’t be surprised if the Braves start making some aggressive moves at the trade deadline….but NOT to bring in players. He’ll make moves designed to set them up long-term. Here are some things I see happening:

- JJ will be traded – should bring good value (and we can’t resign him anyway)
- Chipper will completely break down and retire (very sad, 1st ballot HOF’er)
- with money freed up, FW will sign Bourn to a long-term extension (maybe most critical move he needs to handle)
- IF Delgado and Teheran show well, don’t be surprised to see Hanson traded as well – new delivery or not, I don’t see him staying healthy through the years

And now the biggest surprise of all: McCann gets traded! They won’t want to pay him $14m for 5-6 years which is what he’ll demand. Mac’s vision is a REAL problem, his defense is spotty, and has an average arm. That said, he is still the best hitting catcher in this era and handles pitchers flawlessly. But, he’s getting older, and…..Betencourt will be ready soon. They have to get this guy on the field for the long-term.

They will get a Texeira type deal for Mac – this is how they’ll get their big OF bat – maybe more than one if Heyward doesn’t figure it out.

Their pitching is set for years (and Huddy with his new back will anchor them for 5 more years), infield will be Terdo, Simmons, Uggla and FF. Young and talented.

Should be interesting. Braves fans may need to be willing to write off 2012 to set up another dynasty.

MikeY

March 12th, 2012
9:24 pm

Just a note, the box score on ajc.com and mlb.com shows Venters pitching the 6th, not Hughes. But I think it was Hughes, as this article states.

Loafer

March 12th, 2012
9:26 pm

Brownie….Good analysis. From your keyboard to Wren’s eyes I hope. Time to get younger and more atheletic. We still won’t win a ring but it’ll be more fun watching.

MikeY

March 12th, 2012
9:28 pm

Brownie, if the Braves are down 12-15 games, I would not be surprised to see the Braves trade Bourn, Huddy, JJ, and McCann before the deadine.

Wren seems to love prospects more than he loves winning.

phoo

March 12th, 2012
9:28 pm

Dave,

If Chip is hurting and doesn’t want to leave the team hanging, wouldn’t the team be better off having him retire? This way we have more cap room to make a move. I know it would have to be a trade more than likely, but instead of him playing half a season I would say we would get more use out of his salary cap space than a half of season of Chipper. Your thoughts?

Tom

March 12th, 2012
9:32 pm

I am sooooo tired of hearing these excuses. I mean, I would like to hear that someone is frustrated. I don’t need spring training wins, but would like to see more offense from the regulars and a more consistent outing from our starting 5. Hopefully regular season will bring a change, but we need some signs of life after the way last year ended.

chc4

March 12th, 2012
9:35 pm

Sadly, Loafer is dead on. But Fredi is happy with the way things are going so it’s all good. Of course, he was happy in late September last year too.

Skeezix

March 12th, 2012
9:44 pm

I’m still not over Sept. — if ST is any indication of what we may see starting in April, I better stock up on Jack Daniels.

Mitchell

March 12th, 2012
9:48 pm

Boy, are the Mets licking their chops right about now.

Serious competition for last place in the division.

They may have a shot at fourth when all is said and done the way things are shaping up down at so-called Dark Star.

Still don’t know what that means or where it originated but it’s starting to feel oh so right.

Ralph

March 12th, 2012
9:50 pm

Brownie

I agree 100% with everything you said, most probably won’t though.

Big Chief

March 12th, 2012
9:50 pm

The silver lining is that neither Venters or Kimbrell will be overused this year.

bustersonly

March 12th, 2012
9:56 pm

With all the debate about Chippers possible retirement I love Ralph’s solution
Ralph
March 12th, 2012
9:09 pm

I have a solution for both Chipper and the team: Chipper has knee replacement surgery in both knees, OUT FOR THE SEASON, Insurance pays his salary. Chipper gets his 14 mil and two new knees and the braves have 14 mil to improve the team

phil

March 12th, 2012
10:00 pm

11-40.

It’s early.

No worries here! Lol

bustersonly

March 12th, 2012
10:04 pm

With all the debate about Chipper’s possible retirement I loved Ralph’s solution on another blog,
Let him have Knee Replacement Surgery, end of season and the Insurance Co picks up the tab, Chip gets his 14 million, two new knees and the team can spend the money saved for team improvement, Would that work??????

Loafer

March 12th, 2012
10:07 pm

bustersonly…via Ralph……u crack me up!! LMFAO

Bill

March 12th, 2012
10:08 pm

Would love to see Chipper become the Manager!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bustersonly

March 12th, 2012
10:10 pm

Sorry about the double post, I tried 4 or 5 times to copy and paste Ralphs post but every time it kicked back with “looks like you have already said that”

Here comes the Judge

March 12th, 2012
10:18 pm

Buster/Ralph

Great idea but not sure it’s legal

panamajack

March 12th, 2012
10:22 pm

Bill

I would too but I don’t think he would be interested in a job that pays less that 1 mil.

GLE

March 12th, 2012
10:23 pm

Re: Brownie
No Hanson,No JJ, No CHipper, No Mac…
The future offense dependant on M Bourne, a J-Hey who hopefully figures it all out; an untested Betencourt, Simmons, and Terdo. I have one question. WHen will it be time to PANIC??

Brownie

March 12th, 2012
10:25 pm

MikeY – you could be right on the trade deadline moves – hate to see Bourn go though. they’ll have the money to keep him, and they don’t have any strong CF prospects coming up. And who else could they get to match Bourn’s #’s? Nobody.

As far as Huddy goes, I don’t think he would be traded. Not sure other teams would find him that attractive, and unless you can make real hay with unloading him, I wouldn’t. Again, IF his back is really healed with the surgery, and along with the Tommy John he’s now completely healed from, Huddy should be good for a few more years at a reasonable price. He is not a pitcher who relies on power – he’s a sinker-baller, lots of movement, lots of intelligence, pitches to contact. Great locker room leader, especially for all the young arms the Braves will be trotting out. I think you keep him.

kevkat

March 12th, 2012
10:32 pm

Damn, pitching and hitting sucks

Cecil Upshaw

March 12th, 2012
10:37 pm

At least Beachy did not walk 6 like Jurrjens did on Saturday. Pathetic Braves look like a dog’s dinner.

Ron Hudspeth

March 12th, 2012
11:24 pm

Brownie – you are spot on and i align to that thinking for 2012. Think longer term, given all that goes against us relative to Liberty and payroll and get the most for what has value in a year that does not look too good. Fredi has to go and that could also be a bonus of a year one bust.

gotigers72

March 13th, 2012
1:02 am

As some have suggested, I would love for the Braves to use 2012 to retool for 2013 and beyond. Get rid of the older and the overrated and bring in some fresh faces with talented futures. Starting pitching could be Beachy, Hudson, Minor, Delgado and Teheran. Trade JJ and Hanson for some NICE packages and give those younger pitchers that I mentioned a year to develop. The bullpen is very young and with Vizcaino given plenty of time to recover from an inflamed elbow to go along with Medlen, Kimbrell, Venters, and O’Flaherty, not much tweaking will be needed there.

As far as position players, Freeman and Heyward are young with tons of potential. Get a CF in a trade for one of those pitchers. IF Prado rebounds offensively, let him play 3rd until Terdo is ready, Simmons at SS, Uggla at 2nd until his contract is up in four years, keep McCann behind the plate until Bethancourt OR Gaddis is ready. Hey, good to go for about 5 years, AFTER foregoing this year that is.

Oh yeah, the biggest move; can Fredi and put Eddie Perez as the new manager. That’s all!

panamajack

March 13th, 2012
10:00 am

gotigers72
March 13th, 2012
1:02 am

I agree with every thing you say except for McCann, right now he has the highest trade value he will ever have, next year he wont bring much in return because he will be a rental, I think Bethancourt is just as ready as Simmons, Pastronicky and Terdoslavich. I have made several post advocating this same thing but always got boooooood out of the stadium. I know there are many others that are thinking along these lines including Liberty Media.

Scrappy

March 13th, 2012
10:24 am

Vocational deathwatch has started for Freddi and his new hitting coach. This team has shown no sign of life on the field–can’t hit, can’t pitch, can’t win.

Chopaholic

March 13th, 2012
10:29 am

Yeesh. I tell ya. Nothing seems to be coming easily this spring. Everybody seems like they half-awoken from a long winter’s nap. I trust by opening day all will be well but in the meantime we’ll continue to endure the most blase braves spring on memory.

urban redneck

March 13th, 2012
1:55 pm

just saw a ranking of the top 30 relievers (think it was fox sports). kimbrel got #1. however, they had kyle farnsworth ahead of everyday jonny…………

Pedro Cerrano

March 13th, 2012
4:29 pm

Yawn……..

Brownie

March 13th, 2012
5:00 pm

PanamaJack – great point about McCann’s trade value being at an apex this season. I really believe the decision on him will boil down to how the team is faring the first half of 2012. If they are dragging, I think he’ll be gone by the deadline. Sooner or later, Betencourt will just have to thrown into the fire.

Change in sports is inevitable – Wren has to maximize his leverage, even if it appears at first to be unpopular.

jim

March 13th, 2012
7:05 pm

I posted during the winter that now is the idealo time to trade McCann. I do not think the Braves will be competitive this year, and should stock up position players for 2013 and 2014. They might as well trade Bourn eqarloy also and get value for him. JJ has no real value until he shows he is recovered from injuries. This team peaked as a marginal playoff team 2 years ago (and was in that powsition again last year unti8l Sept.) Needs a whole new makeover.

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