Gearrin continues push for ‘pen; eventful day for Parraz

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Braves reliever Cory Gearrin gave up two hits but no runs in the sixth inning of Sunday’s 2-2, 10-inning tie against Baltimore, continuing the rookie’s push for a spot on the opening day roster.

The sidearmer has allowed five hits and one unearned run in six appearances, with two walks and five strikeouts in 6-1/3 innings. Gearrin had two strikeouts Sunday and got switch-hitting former Brave Wilson Betemit to pop out with two on to end the inning.

Gearrin struggled mightily against lefty hitters last season, when he pitched in 18 games and lefties scorched him for a .393 average and .514 on-base percentage. Right-handers hit .143 with a .260 OBP.

Applying a tip from pitching coach Roger McDowell, Gearrin took some velocity off his fastball to get more sink, which has worked particularly well against left-handers. Three Toronto lefties went hitless against him Saturday.

The Braves’  bullpen will have the back-end trio of closer Craig Kimbrel and lefties Jonny Venters and Eric O’Flaherty, and two spots will go to Cristhian Martinez and Kris Medlen barring unexpected developments. Top prospect Arodys Vizcaino will miss at least in the beginning of the season with an elbow injury that he’ll have examined Monday by Dr. James Andrews.

That could leave two spots and four likely candidates: Gearrin, Jairo Asencio, Adam Russell and Anthony Varvaro.

Gearrin has had a better spring than the others. Asencio is out of minor league options and would have to clear waivers before he could be sent down. Varvaro has been scored upon in four of his six outings and, allowing 10 hits and six earned runs in 5-2/3 innings.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez reiterated Sunday the team’s plans to have Medlen in the bullpen. Medlen pitched four scoreless innings of one-hit ball against the Mets on Saturday in his second start, but the Braves are getting him stretched out only as a fallback option in case they lose a couple of other starters.

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It was eventful afternoon for outfielder Jordan Parraz, a bench candidate who drove in both Braves runs but also made an error in right field to let in the tying run in the eighth inning. Chipper Jones doubled and scored on a Parraz single in the second inning. Parraz grounded out in the seventh to score third-base prospect Joey Terdoslavich, who doubled and advanced on a wild pitch.

The Orioles scored two runs (one earned) in the eighth off Venters, who allowed a leadoff double by L.J. Hoes and RBI single by Manny Machado, the first two batters in the inning. The second run scored when a two-out fly ball bounced off the glove of Parraz, who also had an error Friday on a fly ball in center field that led to an unearned run….

The Braves are 4-1-2 (2 ties) in their past seven games, after going 1-10 in first 11….

Randall Delgado will start for the Braves Monday against Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynne. Julio Teheran, competing with Delgado for a spot in the opening day rotation, is scheduled to pitch the last four innings after Delgado pitches five.

265 comments Add your comment

Fred "The Dorf" Dorfman

March 18th, 2012
6:48 pm

DOB,

What about Robert Fish’s chances of opening the season with Atlanta? Wasn’t he a Rule 5 guy?

James

March 18th, 2012
6:49 pm

James

March 18th, 2012
6:49 pm

Moylan Prado

March 18th, 2012
6:52 pm

DOB,

Any chance they might go with 11 pitchers and 6 bench guys? I think they could afford it because they have Medlen and Martinez (guys who can pitch multiple innings in relief). Aside from Gearrin, the other options don’t look too promising. It would also allow both Parraz and Durango to make the team, adding both a power and speed element to the bench.

TNBrave

March 18th, 2012
7:05 pm

Based on how Freddi used the bullpen last year let’s go with 15 pitchers and 2 bench guys. :)

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
7:07 pm

You are kidding. I hope

Chipper's ACL

March 18th, 2012
7:30 pm

At this stage I would see Medlen as a starter until Huddy was available. Give the youngsters a half season in Gwinnett. No harm allowing them a few more minor league innings.

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
7:37 pm

Hudson, Hanson, Jurrjens, Beachey, Minor. 5th starter not needed until end of April. Huddy back by then. Medlen too valuable to take out of Bullpen.

Fred "The Dorf" Dorfman

March 18th, 2012
7:39 pm

Agree w/you, Samantha.

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
7:54 pm

Thank You Fred, I dont even know why everyone is considering starting Medlen. He is too valuabl.e.Also thank you for talking to me just because I am a woman. One guy on another blog said I was masquerading as a woman. How wrong he is. If he knew what i look likeand what I do for a living he wouldnt say that. Why is everyone afraid of me?

Beauvighn

March 18th, 2012
8:08 pm

All Medlen does is get people out. Why not puthim in the rotation. I don’t care if he doesn’t light up the radar gun. With that line of thinking, Tom Glavine would have never pitched an inning for Freddi. This guy needs to wake up and put his best in the rotation before he is an advanced scout for some American league team.

Alan

March 18th, 2012
8:09 pm

No one afraid of ya Samantha. I like your comments. Ready for some baseball.

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
8:11 pm

Absolutely, Ready for season to start. Go Braves. Are you in Atlanta Alan?

Alan

March 18th, 2012
8:14 pm

No in South Ga. I go to about 10 – 12 games a year

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
8:17 pm

I am in Gwinnett and work nites in Atlanta, so I will get to see the day games.

Spanky

March 18th, 2012
8:18 pm

I see folks are getting excited because the Braves finally won a couple of spring games….

What a bunch of suckers! This no hittin group is taking you to 4th place.

Alan

March 18th, 2012
8:20 pm

Day games in the summer are hot.

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
8:21 pm

Spanky have some patience. If you know what that word means. Most men dont.

Fred "The Dorf" Dorfman

March 18th, 2012
8:22 pm

LOL @ Samantha. I just replied because I thought you made a valid point. I’ll take you at your word that you’re not a guy, but regardless, your point was a very valid one that I happened to agree with.

Alan

March 18th, 2012
8:23 pm

Spring training does not excite me. Find it boring. Just ready for baseball. I am not expecting much from the Braves. 4th place sounds about right……………maybe

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
8:24 pm

I know day games are hot Alan but if that is all i can do I can live with it. Go braves.

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
8:27 pm

Thank You for believing me Fred. Try this. 19yrs old. 5ft 5in. Red Hair, Green eyes. Does that convinceyou?

Puma

March 18th, 2012
8:27 pm

I know Medlin is a popular guy with the fans, so maybe my opinion is biased, but if the guys is pitching better than all of the other starters, why can he not earn himself a spot in the rotation?? It really bugs me that Freddi is closed minded about this option. What is more useful 6-7 quality innings or Medlin coming in after the scheduled starter gives up a bunch of runs early?

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
8:30 pm

Come on Alan get on my party train with me and lets ride it all the way to a WS victory.

mike

March 18th, 2012
8:40 pm

dob,

look at the last pgh- the braves play st. louis tmrw(monday) not tuesday… ur welcome for the correction

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
8:49 pm

I scared everybody off.

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
9:00 pm

Where did everybody go?

longtimefan

March 18th, 2012
9:21 pm

Braves will beat out Philly for first.

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
9:23 pm

Sounds like you want to get on my party train to WS title.

Mekons5

March 18th, 2012
9:25 pm

Probably to dinner, Samantha. BTW, I disagree. I think Meds should be the swing guy, starting and relieving, for now. But he deserves to be in the rotation eventually. Our problem is that we have 11 good starting pitchers and only room for five. Nice problem to have. I think Freddi said that about Meds so that Teheran and Delgado wouldn’t get discouraged. If Viz is OK, though, Gwinnett is going to be a monster of a AAA team. I doubt any minor league team has ever had a pitching staff like this one will. Wish I lived in Atlanta so I could go see them. Although, frankly, the weather here in Chicago is MUCH nicer (that’s a joke, but it’s been in the 80s for the last few days and will be tomorrow and Tuesday too). Nice to see women here talking baseball. A long time ago I got my girlfriend interested in baseball. I took her to Spring Training and we went to a Braves/Phillies game. She fell in love with Pete Rose and became a Phillies fans. Sigh. Big fail.

Joe

March 18th, 2012
9:26 pm

Samantha are you a stripper?

Mekons5

March 18th, 2012
9:31 pm

I wonder what the status of Dusty Hughes is now. Guy has been mowing them down. No runs and a buncha strikeouts in limited appearances. Suddenly we have the Rule 5 guy Fish and Hughes as out-of-the-blue bullpen candidates. I doubt we can hang on to Fish unless we keep him, and I doubt we can do that with so many relievers. Still, for $25K, not a bad idea to see what he can do. What he can’t do is throw strikes. Maybe whoever we took him from (Angels? Twins?) won’t want him back. Although I think he got taken last year and returned by someone else. The way Gearrin is pitching, though, I think he gets a spot and that doesn’t leave any room unless someone gets hurt.

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
9:32 pm

Well Mekon You have your opinion, and I respect that. It might work out that way. We will just have to decide what he is going to do. Go braves.

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
9:34 pm

Joe, to answer your question, would it bother you if i was? what difference does that make in being a braves fan?

Coach

March 18th, 2012
9:47 pm

Samantha,

You sound like a true braves fan. People get all caught up in the stats and records in spring training. Spring training is intended to see some of our minor league talent and how they handle major league pitching and hitting. Personally, I’d like to see Simmons make the club as our starting shortstop. He has outplayed Pastornicky in every element of the game. I think that Meds is extremely valuable to the pen. Sure, he can make a spot start if need be, but he doesn’t have a proven 3d pitch. He has his fastball with movement and a good curve. He has worked on a change in the offseason and is employing that in his repitoire now. Whether or not he can throw it with confidence when the season starts is anybody’s guess. The regulars are starting to put it all together and are beginning to hit the ball like they are capable of. Constanza may not make the club because of players like Durango, Sutton and Parraz. Personally, I like the idea of having a switch hitter on the bench. If he plays his butt of in the spring, then he deserves a shot on the bench. Vavarvo will not clear waivers, someone will get him. Minor has pretty much assured himself a spot in the rotation with his pitching. Hey, the boy talked the talk and he’s doing the walk. He has earned his spot in my book.

Simpson's Homer

March 18th, 2012
9:49 pm

I agree with Samantha’s outlook — it’s time for a World Series TITLE in Atlanta again…. GO BRAVES!

Paul

March 18th, 2012
9:52 pm

Spanky, this is the same team (plus Bourn, minus Lowe) that was on pace to win 96 through the end of August. Not a 4th place team, period.

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
9:53 pm

I completely agree. Most fans still show no confidence in the team, but I have seen signs of them putting it all together. Besides they have a big chip on their shoulder. Go Braves

Justin

March 18th, 2012
9:59 pm

Sam, I think Medlen is too valuable to put IN the bullpen. He gets the job done – in the rotation, he’d be good for 140-150 innings – in the bullpen, maybe 50-60. It’s not calculus, but rather simple math. Bullpen will be fine and Teheran and Delgado have issues going through a lineup more than once or twice. Neither seemed to be able to make it through 5 innings last year – and they both have more of a “power arm” than Medlen. Throw the youngsters in the bullpen – with Martinez, Venters, O’F and Kimbrel and I’d say you have a lights out bullpen. With the way Fredi abuses his bullpen, now you have 3 guys who can go 2 innings, and the big 3. If they decide to up it to 12 pitchers, you’ve got room for Moylan when he’s healthy.

I’d vote to trade JJ – he’s a Borass client and probably won’t be with the Braves next year anyway…

Coach

March 18th, 2012
9:59 pm

The NL East has shaped up to be probably the toughest or the most competitive division in all of baseball. Sure, we can say this and that about payroll and such and talk about Liberty Media till we’re blue in the face, but the fact is everybody has beefed up this winter (except the Mutts). The nationals have always given us fits, the fightin fish spent big and have high expectations, the Phils are getting old, but are going to always put up a fight, the Mets appear to be somewhat rebuilding. I will say this, the Braves did go out and get the biggest immediate need and that was a PROVEN hitting coach. We all know the numbers that our team is capable of putting up. Will they do that? Probably not all of them, but most certainly they will hit better. With our rotation and pen, with some hitting, we could win 90-100 games. Its going to be a fun season to watch the NL East in a constant dogfight. With the added wildcard spot, it presents a unique twist to the playoffs.

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
9:59 pm

Coach,Homer, Paul Thank you for disregarding my profession and see that I am a true brave fan. Its not fair that it scares people,off.

Justin

March 18th, 2012
10:01 pm

Coach, I think you have that backwards – Medlen is a fastball/change pitcher who has worked on his curve – it’s getting to be a pretty good 3rd pitch. I seem to remember another starter the Braves used to have who was a fastball-changeup guy, similar velocity to Medlen…but was a lefty. I think his name was Glovine…Glavine? Something like that…

Coach

March 18th, 2012
10:14 pm

Justin,

I stand corrected and you are right. I knew that Medlen has always been a two pitch pitcher for pretty much his entire career, and his 3rd pitch has appeared strong thus far. I think Medlen is a valuable piece whatever role that he will be in. All the kid wants to do is pitch, it doesn’t matter either as a starter or reliever.

Samantha,
I don’t have a clue as to why people run from you, and you are so right as to say that it doesn’t matter your profession, Braves colors run deep.

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
10:16 pm

Justin

March 18th, 2012
10:22 pm

New vote – 6 man rotation. Minor (180IP, less than half in the ML), Beachy (141), Hudson (215 coming off of an injury), JJ (152, injury) and Hanson (141, injury) all have issues one way or the other. I can realistically see Minor MAYBE getting to 200 innings, but none of the others, without some sort of injury issue. Hudson would be close. Throw out a 6 man rotation. Hudson, Hanson, JJ, Minor, Beachy and Medlen.

Justin

March 18th, 2012
10:24 pm

Same, where’s all this running/profession talk coming from? :) You could reprise the role as “Chop Chick” – wasn’t there a column a while back written by a female Braves fan/reporter?

Justin

March 18th, 2012
10:25 pm

Coach

March 18th, 2012
10:27 pm

Samantha,

Sounds like that you are a fan that supports the team through thick and thin. It would not appear to me that you are a “closet” fan and only post comments when the team is doing great. Keep your head held high and root for the Braves like you do, and if you scare people off, then…well….They are not true fans. Take Care

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
10:28 pm

Sounds very good Justin, It would work. But would have to convince FG and MCdowell. I really dont think that would happen.

Go Braves

March 18th, 2012
10:38 pm

Samantha- you and my wife would get along :-) We work together in the industrial parts business and she gets that a lot from other men. I do agree with you on Medlen starting off in the pen but I definitely don’t see that as a long term move, I personally see him as the Braves future Tim Hudson- with his new found pitch he could be very dominating. YOU GO GIRL and keep on posting!

Bravefan1610

March 18th, 2012
10:40 pm

Coach, how is walker a PROVEN hitting coach? He came from the white sox whose offense was worse than ours last year. If he’s so great then how come Adam Dunn had such a miserable year? This was the worst move of the offseason for us. Not saying Parrish was any good but we should’ve gotten someone besides walker

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
10:43 pm

Thank you Coach, I have been a Braves fan since the age of six. I have never seen them win a WS. I hope to this year. I have seen them win. I have seen them lose, but win or lose i am still a loyal fan. I relly think that Justins comments are uncalled for. I dont know how old you are, but you see everybody fot what they are. Not what they do. Thank you.

Simpson's Homer

March 18th, 2012
10:46 pm

Baseball players (and coaches) are such creatures of habit that somebody’s head might explode if someone suggested a 6-man pitching rotation. I think it could be worth trying once the schedule gets to that point where there aren’t many days off and the weather gets hot. GO BRAVES!!

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
10:49 pm

Go Braves,How does the wife handle the situation? I get to where I just tell the truth and ignore the results. I can promise you I will keep posting if you will keep chatting.

Go Braves

March 18th, 2012
10:50 pm

Hitting coaches get too most credit for a teams offensive production or lack of- I don’t remember the last time a hitting coach pinch hit for a hitter. Hitting coaches can look at batter and make suggestions to help batters at the plate but the player still has to go up to the plate and hit the ball. At times last season the Braves were the most impatient team at the plate I have ever seen in my life- my 6 years old could have told the offense to see a few pitches.

kingdaddy

March 18th, 2012
10:51 pm

Suck in your gut boys, Sams in da house! Samantha, most 19 year old boys aren’t as schooled in BB as you. Doesn’t matter though,glad you are a Bravo!

Chuck Simon's Barber Shop

March 18th, 2012
10:51 pm

Coach, while the HC has changed, I recently asked Greg some questions regarding the obvious changes needed in our hitters’ situational approach. Said he is “hoping” the advice he gives is heeded. This implies the players are in charge, as was the case when Terry was their coach. If they try to pull everything, don’t cut down their swing with 2 strikes, and refuse to hit the ball to opposite side, then all coaches work is against the tide and they have a bigger problem. Let’s hope Greg and Scott can make headway and get through to some of these guys. Go Braves!

Simpson's Homer

March 18th, 2012
10:51 pm

I don’t know if it’s coincidence or not, Samantha, but having a lady posting comments in here seems to have reduced the number of insulting, testosterone-induced postings that often show up!! There aren’t enough females who love baseball…!

Go Braves

March 18th, 2012
10:54 pm

She hangs up the phone and calls them a MFer :-) Watching my wife raise my 3 children (with my help) has really changed my view on women, y’all have the hardest job in the world and are actually smarter than us men.

Go Braves

March 18th, 2012
10:56 pm

Simpson’s Homer is right…

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
10:59 pm

Guys, This is my only nite off, so I am going to call it an early nite, I will be on in the morning if you are available, Thanks for understanding . Have a good nite Later guys

kingdaddy

March 18th, 2012
11:08 pm

It may take the guys a while to buy into Walkers coaching style but they will soon all be on the same page. Looks like Uggla is listening and he could be huge for the Braves if he’s hitting early…

jeff

March 18th, 2012
11:29 pm

remember folks, Medlin is coming off the injury. i dont think the Braves want to put 130+ innings on his arm this season.

Arkie Brave

March 19th, 2012
7:28 am

Glad to see positive comments. We have some good young players that will make contributions this year. You can never have too much pitching. As the season starts, other teams will need pitching. Some pitchers will get hurt or not do well. Expect a few trades later this summer. Sam, good to hear your positive comments. Come on Guys – lets jump on Sam’s train and ride it to a 2012 WS.

Bob the Blogger

March 19th, 2012
8:10 am

Gearrin may be poised for a good year in Atlanta. His first year in Myrtle Beach was rough, with a 5.32 ERA. The next year at MB, it was 1.84. In his first year at Gwinnett, his ERA was 3.36, the next year it was 1.80. He had a rough stint in Atlanta last year, but with the adjustments McDowell had him make, and the experience from last year, he may have a break out year. We need him until Moylan is ready.

Random

March 19th, 2012
8:12 am

Braves will leave camp with 12 pitchers on their ML roster — 4 “starters” and 8 “bullpen”.

Starters = Jurrjens, Hanson, Beachy and Minor. Both Delgado and Teheran will start the season in Gwinnett.

Bullpen = Kimbrel, Venters, O’Flaherty, Martinez, Gearrin, Ascencio, Fish and Medlen. Ascencio will not have to pass through waivers, and Fish will not be returned to the Angels.

Medlen will fill in as the fifth starter on the rare occasions that a 5th starter is needed in April.

When Hudson returns, we’ll see who goes down at that time.

Samantha

March 19th, 2012
9:05 am

Good morning Guys Go braves.

HometownFan

March 19th, 2012
9:31 am

HometownFan

March 19th, 2012
9:31 am

The weather’s getting warming…I’m ready for opening day

HometownFan

March 19th, 2012
9:33 am

I usually read the article and comments and never post. I figured I would join in on the fun. Not many post this morning

Samantha

March 19th, 2012
9:36 am

Absolutely, Its Spring, Baseball is in the air. Lets ride our victory wagon to the WS. Go braves

HometownFan

March 19th, 2012
9:37 am

I’m onboard Samantha. That’s what being a fan is all about having hope for your team. I like the positivity.

HometownFan

March 19th, 2012
9:43 am

So I’ve missed the past five or so ST games (works been crazy). Has Heyward’s swing started to come around?

Mike in TX

March 19th, 2012
9:48 am

It’s going to suck being stationed at Ft Hood this year. But as always, go Braves!

Samantha

March 19th, 2012
9:49 am

Heyward is doing fine, Swing Ok I got all the confidence in the world that they will be OK. I am glad you dont mind talking to a woman. Be back in 15

HometownFan

March 19th, 2012
9:51 am

Mike in TX – Thanks for your Service to the country

Samantha – I never mind talking to a woman

Anthony

March 19th, 2012
10:00 am

Last year Christian Martinez did an outstanding job pitching long relief for the braves. I think the braves would be better off with Kris Medlen pitching in the 5th spot and allow Delgado and Teheran to start off at Triple-A for more seasoning. Once Huddy is back Medlen can pitch in key situations in the later innings out of the bullpen.Go Braves!!!!!

Mike in TX

March 19th, 2012
10:03 am

I’m going to relying heavily on the blog here for my updates as we don’t get Braves games here. Keep up the good work guys AND gals. I’m ready for some baseball.

HometownFan

March 19th, 2012
10:06 am

I’ve liked Medlen since became a Brave. He can be a starter for most teams and I’m worried if the organization continues to bounce him back and forth from the pen to starter that it could affect hims performance. That said I know Medlen doesn’t mind as long as he is helping the team. But I still see him as a starter weather its this year or not.

HometownFan

March 19th, 2012
10:06 am

Samantha

March 19th, 2012
10:15 am

Mike in Tx, Thank you for your service time We love you and will be here for you anytime. Where is hometown Mike.

Samantha

March 19th, 2012
10:16 am

Thank you Hometown, Where is your hometown?

HometownFan

March 19th, 2012
10:17 am

I was born and raised in Atlanta and have lived in the Metro area my whole life. I currently live in Gwinnett

HometownFan

March 19th, 2012
10:19 am

I grew up loving the braves. My favorite players growing up were Dale Murphy even though I was pretty young when he played here. After Murphy I became a huge Ron Grant and John Smoltz fan,.

dap01

March 19th, 2012
10:21 am

Use Medlin in the 7th, 8th, or 9th innings. Dont overuse EOF, JV and CK

HometownFan

March 19th, 2012
10:23 am

Agree dap Fredi needs to make sure he doesn’t gas the three at the backend of the bullpen

Not a Sports Town

March 19th, 2012
10:24 am

Gotta love a woman who loves sports and can talk some baseball.

Sam, you seem like a sweet girl, but do you try this hard for dances and tips? If guys are too scared to talk to you, it’s probably because they don’t know nothin’ about baseball…or girls!! LOL

Medlen in the ‘pen…yes, we will need quality middle innings from the likes of Medlen, Martinez, one of the young guys (Delgado?) and one other. I know Gearrin’s throwing well now, but right-handed side-armers give me ulcers.

cowdogit

March 19th, 2012
10:24 am

If the braves used kittens for batting practice, Chipper would probably hit 400 this year.

Samantha

March 19th, 2012
10:26 am

I was born and raised in Dallas. Recently moved to Atlanta to Attend Georgia Tech in the fall. Had to get a nite job to support myself. My best friend and I currently reside in Gwinnett. I am not old enough to remenber Murphy,but I have heard of him.

Anthony

March 19th, 2012
10:26 am

The way Mike Minor has pitched I thinking Freddy should consider him the opening day starter

HometownFan

March 19th, 2012
10:31 am

Samantha – It’s a good thing that you are working to better your future. Best of luck to you. Wish more people thought that way rather than just waiting for a handout. Murph was great he did things the right way and was a good guy as well. I think its a shame he’s not in the Hall but that may be the fan in me talking.

HometownFan

March 19th, 2012
10:32 am

Agreed Anthony Minor has looked like a beast this year. I like his stuff

Samantha

March 19th, 2012
10:34 am

Noy a sports Tpwn, Thank you for the kind words. To answer your question it is Yes. I work hard play hard and always try to enjoy life. Our Braves are part of that life.

Samantha

March 19th, 2012
10:45 am

Be back in about 60

HometownFan

March 19th, 2012
10:45 am

Simpson's Homer

March 19th, 2012
10:52 am

To answer the question about Heyward, he got off to a rough start in the games, but hit a grand slam a few days ago and hit some other balls well. I have a softball game later this week, and today’s pollen count is going to be over 8000 (the highest ever). Hmmmm… I wonder –will a softball be able to pass through air with that much pollen in it!? On a serious note, with the tremendous depth of pitching that we have, Fredi MUST learn not to wear down the bullpen again this year. It’s encouraging to see that Prado has gone back to his old hitting approach – using all fields. If he can hit .300 while batting 2nd and with Bourn getting on base, our offense should be much, much better. ……GO BRAVES!

Brandon

March 19th, 2012
10:55 am

Samantha,

Dont misunderstand me, I am glad you are a braves fan. You seem to have good knowledge of the game and our team. However, you are really overplaying the fact that you are a girl. You don’t have to remind us with every post or thank everyone for talking to you. With the exception of a couple people, most are not bothered by the fact that you are a female. The best way to shut those exceptions up, is to be knowledgable in the subject. Who cares what they think anyway. Just post about baseball, it is good enough.

New Mexico Lee

March 19th, 2012
11:02 am

A couple of weeks ago Samantha was from Montana. Sam is Ward people.

HometownFan

March 19th, 2012
11:10 am

Simpson – Physics was never my strong point but I think it depends on what color softball you are using.

HometownFan

March 19th, 2012
11:12 am

I definately like the one two punch of Bourn and Prado. Sets the table for our 3,4,5 hitters. And if Uggla can stay true to career form their should be plenty of rbi opportunities.

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