5:28 pm March 18, 2012, by David O'Brien
March 19th, 20124:56 pm
Brandon Beachy, by contrast, has a lot of work to do.
Basically, he’s on the bubble but it’s far from a sure thing.
March 19th, 20124:58 pm
@Random – Too many syllables in “typically”? Too bad nitpicky semantics don’t equate to baseball knowledge. While “most here” may not consider Medlen to be a mop-up guy, that is exactly what the Braves have him slated to be. I dare say they know their intentions better than any of us do. Medlen is stretched out to a point, but his conditioning is ultimately geqared toward him being a mop-up guy. They say it repeatedly in every broadcast. Teheran is being set up to start, period. Your logic that Teheran isn’t cut out to make the roster would have left Beachy off last year, as well.
March 19th, 20125:07 pm
My 5-Man rotation:
1) Tim Hudson
2) A Cabbage Patch doll
3) Wilson Betemit
4) Two horses tied together, but facing in the opposite directions
5) The ghost of Walter Johnson
There. Now I have structured a pitching rotation that is more logical and likely than at least half of the comments on here.
March 19th, 20125:47 pm
LawDawg, I have to admit that a lot of comments on this blog made no sense to me, but I chalk it up to it being a blog and people will post anything. There are a few of us on here who actually are serious Braves fans who look forward to the upcoming season. With that being said, I believe Teheran and Delgado will be fine. You can never have too much pitching as last year showed you never know who may get hurt and who you need in a pinch.
March 19th, 20128:36 pm
Minor is a pitching animal this spring! I am really feeling good about our starting rotation and bullpen… we certainly have a TON of depth in these areas.
I am extremeley worried about the offense, but hopefully the pitchers can carry us down the stretch.
March 20th, 201211:59 am
Kobie (March 19th, 2012 5:47 pm): ” With that being said, I believe Teheran and Delgado will be fine. “
Sure, the Braves would be just tickled pink to have either one of them boys who between the two of them could not even beat a Pujols-less, Holliday-less, Berkman-less, Larussa-less, Duncan-less Cardinals team.
Tickled pink, I tell ya.
March 20th, 20122:46 pm
Bier Breth (March 19th, 2012 4:58 pm): “Teheran is being set up to start, period. Your logic that Teheran isn’t cut out to make the roster would have left Beachy off last year, as well.”
Oh, yeah? Really? I mean, REALLY???
Beachy 2011 spring training numbers:
20.0 IP, 12 Hits, 4 BBs, 21 Ks, WHIP 0.80, Avg Against .167, 2 Rs, 2 ERs, 0.90 ERA.
Teheran 2012 spring training numbers:
13.0 IP, 19 Hits, 6 BBs, 10 Ks, WHIP 1.92, Avg Against .345, 13 Rs, 13 ERs, 9.00 ERA.
Typically, such a ludicrously false assertion as yours would easily entitle the claimant to the sobriquet of And Idiot.
Your And Idiot.
March 20th, 20122:50 pm
I dont look at whether a pitcher can beat a team in spring training. It is called training for a reason. I do think both of them will be fine, that does not mean I dont think they could use additional starts in the minors especially Teheran. I think his confidence is a little shaken and I personally believe AAA will help him get that confidence in himself back. Now I do agree that Medlen would make more sense starting the season in the rotation for a few starts rather than simply throwing Teheran adn Delgado out there just to send them down in a couple of weeks. I dont feel we should go trading any pitchers though just to make a roster spot available for them. Give them some more time in the minors and yes I do feel they will be fine.
March 20th, 20123:34 pm
Bier Breth (March 19th, 2012 4:58 pm): “Too many syllables in ‘typically’?”
No, not by my count.
I should have elaborated earlier — “typically” is easy to assert, but almost impossible to prove.
As you so ably demonstrate.
“While “most here” may not consider Medlen to be a mop-up guy, that is exactly what the Braves have him slated to be. I dare say they know their intentions better than any of us do.”
Wikipedia/Wiktionary defines “mop-up pitcher” as follows: “A mop-up pitcher or “mop-up man” is usually the bullpen’s least effective reliever who comes in after the outcome of the game is all but certain.”
I “daresay” that no one in the Braves organization characterizes Medlen in such a fashion. There is a huge differnce between “long relief” and “mop-up pitching”.
March 20th, 20124:19 pm
@ Kobie (March 20th, 2012 2:50 pm) –
March 20th, 20124:49 pm
DOB (March 20th, 2012 12:16 pm): “Also, Fredi said they haven’t ruled out Medlen for fill-in duty while Hudson is out of rotation, but Wren later made it clear Braves are planning on Medlen in bullpen and one of the kids, Delgado or Teheran, in the rotation in place of Hudson.”
Creeping incrementalism, eh? We’ll see what Wren has to say about the Braves’ “planning” next week.
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