Medlen still penciled in for bullpen role, not rotation

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – If he were a few years younger or threw a few miles per hour harder, would there be any debate among Braves decision-makers over whether Kris Medlen should be in the starting rotation or the bullpen? I’m betting he’d be a lock for the rotation by now.

Medlen, here stretching during a workout earlier this spring, has excelled in his two starts but remains penciled in for a bullpen role. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

Medlen, here stretching during a workout earlier this spring, has excelled in his two starts but remains penciled in for a bullpen role. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

He threw four scoreless innings of one-hit ball with one walk in a split-squad game Saturday against the Mets, and only Mike Minor has pitched better among Braves starters this spring. There’s also the matter of Medlen being unbeaten (5-0) with a 3.86 ERA in 14 games as a starter in 2010 before he blew out his elbow and had Tommy John surgery. The Braves were 13-1 in his starts.

He did it then, and he’s doing it again now in limited opportunities. He has two starts and one relief appearance this spring, and Medlen has allowed six hits and one run in eight innings, with one walk and seven strikeouts.

But he’s 26 and doesn’t throw in the mid-90 mph range like their top elite young starting prospects, Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado, who are competing with Minor for two rotation spots to begin the season. (Minor seems a near certainty for one spot, and will presumably stay in the rotation after Tim Hudson returns from the DL around May 1.)

Meanwhile, Medlen has been characterized as more of a swing man – reliever or starter – and fallback option for the rotation in case of injury or struggles by those kids.

“What do you want [from Medlen], one inning or six?” a Braves veteran asked rhetorically, meaning he wanted Medlen to have a bigger effect on games as a starter. He hoped Medlen would be in the rotation, while acknowledging the “tough decision” team officials faced. Lot of great young arms in the organization.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the Braves are sticking with their original plan of having Medlen as a “wild card” – a guy who can fill any role in the bullpen, while also getting him stretched out to four innings this spring to have him as a starting option “if something doesn’t go well” with the others competing for rotation spots.

He likes the fact that the right-hander is a multiple-innings option as a reliever, “and it’s almost like having a third left-hander too, because of his change-up.”

Medlen isn’t currently scheduled to start another spring-training game and the Braves have only one more split-squad day on March 30. Medlen filled Tommy Hanson’s rotation spot early in campe while Hanson was recovering from a concussion.

Hanson’s back now and innings are getting scarce because the other starters have worked up to four innings and will go to five the next time through the rotation. As a result, Delgado and Teheran will only be able to “piggyback” in one more start Wednesday against St. Louis, when the plan is for Delgado to pitch five innings and Teheran to follow with four innings.

The next time their turn in the rotation comes up on Saturday (March 24), Gonzalez said Teheran would start that day’s Grapefruit League game against Toronto and Delgado would start a minor league game. (Teheran is starting the big-league game that day because Delgado is starting the one on Wednesday.)

So where does Medlen stand in all this? The amiable Californian, a 10th-round draft pick in 2006, would like to start but understands how these things work and isn’t going to be the type to ruffle any feathers or make any demands. Far from it.

“I’m just getting too old to worry about that stuff,” he said, then chuckled when someone noted how that sounded coming from a 26-year-old. “I’m maturing into the old man in the clubhouse. No, but I’m just over that kind of stuff. Just do what I’m supposed to do and let them make the decisions. I think I’ve done a good job with that my entire career so far.

“Just go out and pitch and let them make the decisions.”

Medlen said the biggest improvement he’s made this spring has been with his curveball. He was a fastball/change-up guy before and would only throw an occasional curveball, usually on first pitches when he knew a batter wouldn’t be looking for it.

He chatted with ex-Braves pitcher  John Smoltz on Sunday when the former Cy Young Award winner was at camp as a broadcaster with MLB Network.

“I was just talking to Smoltzy about [the curveball], how I think I can finally trust my arm throwing it,” said Medlen, meaning he was past the concern of stressing the elbow with the breaking ball following Tommy John surgery, which Smoltz also had.

“It’s more of a mental thing almost,” Medlen said. “I’m flipping some pretty good ones up there — for my curveball anyways.”

He said his curveball before this year wasn’t much of a threat.

“I’d flip it up there for a strike because they’re not looking for it, just spin it up there,” he said. “It wasn’t too good but it did the job because it set me up for the fastball and my change-up, too. But I had a couple of strikeouts with the curveball yesterday. It’s been a better pitch for me this spring. I think it’s gotten them off my change-up a little bit….

Braves catchers McCann (left) and Ross are two of Medlen's biggest supporters. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

Braves catchers McCann (left) and Ross are two of Medlen's biggest supporters. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

“The rotation [of the curveball] is better now. I was always getting on the side of it before, kind of relying on my two-seamer [sinker] so I could cheat on it a little bit and kind of pull off and still get a good run on [the pitch]. But now I’m just really focusing on staying on top of it. I was talking to Rossy; he’s calling it all the time so obviously he thinks it’s a little better than it was.”

Catcher David Ross said: “He made every pitch I asked him to make yesterday, and as he settled down he pitched even better. The one hit he gave up yesterday was a first-pitch ambush — [Daniel] Murphy jumped on a heater and hit a ball to left. Murphy wasn’t stupid. He knew that if he got to his curveball and change-up, he was done.”

Gonzalez managed the split-squad game against the Mets. He has seen Medlen pick up right where he left off last season, when he came off the disabled list to make two impressive relief appearances in the last week of the season.

“His command with his fastball on both sides of the plate is off the charts,” Gonzalez said. “The guys really like to catch him because they put a target down and he hits it. They like that with him and [prospect Sean] Gilmartin is the same way. You put a target down and he hits it.”

Teammates gush over Medlen and call him one of the most underrated pitchers in the National League. Ross and All-Star catcher Brian McCann are two of his biggest cheerleaders.

“He’s done well every time out,” Rossa said of Minor’s work this spring. “You know he’s going to make pitches. He’s a guy that knows how to pitch, that knows what you’re trying to do. He gets it. Some guys … they think differently. He thinks like a catcher or a hitter, he gets what we’re trying to do to hitters.

“For instance, he said the other day, ‘I had somebody 3-1 and they fouled back a fastball, and I knew during the season I could have thrown him a changeup and struck him out. But I was working on locating my fastball.’ He’s already got a plan on what he would do, but he’s working on stuff.”

BRAVES lineup vs. Detroit (Monday 1 p.m., ESPN)

  1. Bourn CF
  2. Prado 3B
  3. Jones DH
  4. Hinske 1B
  5. Heyward RF
  6. Diaz LF
  7. Ross C
  8. Sutton 2B
  9. Pastornicky SS

Braves’ Jair Jurrjens starts against Tigers ace Justin Verlander.

♣ Record not a concern: Even before the Braves won a pair of split-squad games Saturday to give them a little three-game win and four wins in five games, veteran players weren’t concerned about their previously unsightly 1-10-1 record.

“Any spring training record [good or bad] doesn’t matter,” Eric Hinske said. “You’re just trying to get your innings in as pitchers, just trying to get your timing down as hitters. Whatever happens, happens. The scores of the games don’t matter, you just want to be ready to go when the bell rings. Just make it through healthy and make sure all 25 are ready to roll when April 5th comes around.”

Speaking of April 5, it’s getting here quickly, isn’t it, folks? The Braves’ April 5 season opener at New York against the Mets is now just over two weeks away.

♣ Roster cuts: The Braves made its second round of roster cuts this morning, dropping right-handed pitchers Jaye Chapman, J.J. Hoover and Todd Redmond, lefties Gilmartin and Luis Avilan, and catcher Evan Gattis. All of those pitchers were optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett except Gilmartin, who was not on the 40-man roster and was thus reassigned to minor league camp.

Gattis, he of the unique vagabond-like background and powerful bat, was also reassigned to minor league camp. He’ll likely begin the season at high-A Lynchburg, and made a good impression while in big-league camp.

Gattis, 25, hit .322 with 22 homers with 71 RBIs and a .986 OPS in just 88 games last season at low-A Rome, his second year of pro ball after being out of baseball for four years while he traveled the West doing odd jobs and looking for answers. (In case you missed it, I did a story on him a couple of weeks ago. Click here for a link to that story.)

It sounds like the Braves might take a look at Gattis some at first base this season.

“His strength is his bat,” Gonzalez said. “You can see that. Here’s a guy that can catch and that’s a valuable tool. He’s played some first base in the minor leagues. If you can carry a guy that can kind of play first base and still be able to catch in the National League, that gives you an extra bat. That’s a big plus.”

“He’s strong, has great work ethic and wants to get better. His bat’s been impressive.”

♣ On Simmons/Pastornicky, Bourn, etc…

Everywhere the Braves go this spring, people ask about the shortstop situation and whether Andrelton Simmons is being seriously considered after outplaying Tyler Pastornicky in the first month of camp. From all that I hear, there are differing opinions within the Brave front office, some convinced that Simmons is ready, others that he shouldn’t be rushed to the majors without at least some minor league experience above Class A. Stay tuned, the next couple of weeks should be interesting….

I talked to some people in the past week – two players and one other person familiar with Scott Boras‘ philosophy – who seemed entirely certain that Michael Bourn, a Boras client, would not re-sign with the Braves before hitting the free-agent market next fall after the 2012 season. Boras almost always takes clients to free agency, especially if they get into the last year of their contracts — and particularly a player such as Bourn, who’s been with his current team for such a short period….

Some scouts say other teams are concerned about Jair Jurrjens’ knee condition and are convinced it will require him to continue wearing a knee brace when pitching.

♣ OK, let’s close this before the game starts. Didn’t have a new main blog yesterday, so we didn’t get a chance to include any Irish tuneage on St. Pat’s Day. So we’ll do it today. Let’s turn to none other than Van Morrison. There have been few that ooze such talent, skill and soul as does Van the Man. Here’s one of his many timeless gems, which you can see him do live by clicking here, and hear the studio version by clicking here.

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“TUPELO HONEY” by Van Morrison

You can take all the tea in China
Put it in a big brown bag for me
Sail right around all the seven oceans
Drop it straight into the deep blue sea
She’s as sweet as Tupelo honey
She’s an angel of the first degree
She’s as sweet as Tupelo honey
Just like honey from the bee

You can’t stop us on the road to freedom
You can’t keep us ’cause our eyes can see
Men with insight, men in granite
Knights in armor bent on chivalry
She’s as sweet as Tupelo honey
She’s an angel of the first degree
She’s as sweet as Tupelo honey
Just like honey, baby, from the bee

You can’t stop us on the road to freedom
You can’t stop us ’cause our eyes can see
Men with insight, men in granite
Knights in armor intent on chivalry
She’s as sweet as Tupelo honey
She’s an angel of the first degree
She’s as sweet as Tupelo honey
Just like honey, baby, from the bee

You know she’s alright
You know she’s alright with me
She’s alright, she’s alright (she’s an angel)
You know she’s alright
You know she’s alright with me
She’s alright, she’s alright (she’s an angel)
You know she’s alright
You know she’s alright with me
She’s alright, she’s alright (she’s an angel)
She’s alright, she’s alright (she’s an angel)
She’s alright, she’s alright (she’s an angel)
She’s alright, she’s alright (she’s an angel)

You can take all the tea in China
Put it in a big brown bag for me
Sail it right around all these seven oceans
Drop it smack dab in the middle of the deep blue sea
Because, she’s as sweet as Tupelo honey, yes she is
She’s an angel of the first degree
She’s as sweet as Tupelo honey
Just like honey, baby, from the bee

She’s as sweet as Tupelo honey
She’s an angel of the first degree
She’s as sweet as Tupelo honey
Just like the honey, from the bee
She’s my baby, you know she’s alright
She’s alright, she’s alright (she’s an angel)….

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

1,858 comments Add your comment

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
1:10 pm

Where is everybody today?

richbrave

March 18th, 2012
1:12 pm

Well, it’s a waste in the ‘pen if you ask me when he’s needed in the rotation until HUDSON returns from the DL.

richbrave

March 18th, 2012
1:13 pm

We’re just the first to notice the new main bloggage SAM. Is the game on MLBN?

Weaseal

March 18th, 2012
1:15 pm

There’s baseball today -css in hd bright lights big city

Kat

March 18th, 2012
1:17 pm

richbrave it’s being aired on delay at 3am on MLBN.

Nick

March 18th, 2012
1:17 pm

Is this game on Directv?

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
1:19 pm

Game not on MLBN. I cant find it anywhere not even radio. Please rich, its Samantha or sissy.

phil

March 18th, 2012
1:20 pm

Bristol is half empty for the Cup race today.

Unthinkable 6 years ago…

Preview of the Ted this season?

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
1:23 pm

Good morning uncle Phil.

Billy

March 18th, 2012
1:23 pm

At bat 12 is showing MLBTV feed of CSS game

phil

March 18th, 2012
1:23 pm

Today’s game is meaningless.

Much like all other ST games and the first three months of the regular season….

Or so we often heard last year.

phil

March 18th, 2012
1:23 pm

Uncle phil? Lol!

phil

March 18th, 2012
1:24 pm

Back later…nice day out.

Venice Jim

March 18th, 2012
1:26 pm

For those who can’t follow, Minor had allowed only a double to go along with six outs (one K). 4 Braves up and down so far…

MFin04

March 18th, 2012
1:26 pm

Medlen should be a starter.

And what is up with the panoramic view on MLB.TV? It’s jacked up big time.

Venice Jim

March 18th, 2012
1:27 pm

Chipper with a double! Too bad he’s done… :(

Venice Jim

March 18th, 2012
1:29 pm

Nice RBI single for Parraz!

David O'Brien

March 18th, 2012
1:29 pm

Parraz lines a two-out single to RF to score Jones for 1-0 Braves lead in the 2nd

brian

March 18th, 2012
1:31 pm

I thing fredi is being stubborn in declaring that Medlen is still bullpen material. At least give him some props for his excellent spring like we still would love him to be in the bullpen but he is pitching so well…..

If Medlen started in Hudson’s spot he would still return to the bullpen when Hudson returns. He would also be nice and stretched out if JJ or Hanson break down.

brian

March 18th, 2012
1:32 pm

Parraz is making a strong case to be on the team and get some playing time as well

Tomahawkin

March 18th, 2012
1:32 pm

Happy St Paddy’s Weekend D.O.B.! Lucky Charms My Man!

Thanks for the New Blog!

And BTW when Tomahawkin drinks, Irish Car Bombs, Shots of Liquid Cocaine (Jager, Bacardi 151, and Goldschlager) while Partying with some old House of Pain Dont Mix…I’m still drunk from last nite, and it hurts! I feel like I have been hit by a baseball in the head…Time for some old Paul Hardcastle, Fleetwood Mac and Mariah….

Little Big Man MED’S Has to start!

The braves were 12-3 in his starts in 2010

GovClintonTyree

March 18th, 2012
1:33 pm

Dave, Van Morrison is Scots-Irish. We’re the ones sent over to subdue you and your heathen people. ;)

Brava

March 18th, 2012
1:33 pm

keithlaw ‏ @keithlaw

Agreed. “@Ben_Duronio: @keithlaw I’d rather see Medlen be the fifth man than Teheran or Delgado until Hudson is healthy.”

Tampa Gator

March 18th, 2012
1:34 pm

I guess they are afrad of blowing out his arm again and a planning for the future (not this year)….because he is obviously one of the best starters on the staff at this current time. He just gets people consistenly out….no matter how hard he throws. Remember a guy named, Greg Maddox. Not saying he is a duplicate, but he sure is effective without the power ball….like Maddox.

brian

March 18th, 2012
1:34 pm

I would love to see nc state knock off Georgetown. Never cared for Georgetown much

cabravesfan

March 18th, 2012
1:35 pm

Wait- Chippet is at 1st and Freddie is at 3rd? Awesome!

(I kid, I kid…)

Tomahawkin

March 18th, 2012
1:35 pm

I like This Parraz Cat!

I hope him and George Constanza are competing for roles on the bench….?

Other than SKE, our Bench is Thin…I Miss My Boy Connie!

Lew

March 18th, 2012
1:35 pm

George – (from the other blog) Yep, you’re right. The Braves held a team meeting and decided to mess with your head by playing better for a few games.

Tampa Gator

March 18th, 2012
1:36 pm

Dave….

Is Parraz going to make the team? I would prefer him over DIaz, frankly.

Waffle House or Bust

March 18th, 2012
1:37 pm

98% of us will die someday.

cabravesfan

March 18th, 2012
1:37 pm

Wow- I don’t know who Chippet is…

Venice Jim

March 18th, 2012
1:37 pm

Good old Chippet…

David O'Brien

March 18th, 2012
1:37 pm

Gov: He was born in East Belfast.

By the way, one side of my family’s from Ireland, the other from Scotland. (But about six generations have been here in the States)

Tomahawkin

March 18th, 2012
1:38 pm

S/O’s

To Brava

cabrfavesfan

And Samantha!

What Up? :)

Billy

March 18th, 2012
1:38 pm

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coastalbrave

March 18th, 2012
1:38 pm

Is VJ not doing PBP?

brian

March 18th, 2012
1:38 pm

Tampa – it is going to be easier on medleys arm to be a starter rather than a reliever

One-Eyed Mac

March 18th, 2012
1:38 pm

I’m torn over Medlen. By all rights he’s earned the opportunity to at least fill in for Huddy. But, we also need another reliable arm or two in the bullpen to take some of the load off of O’Ventbrel. Vizcaino could haven been one of those guys, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be healthy. That leaves Medlen. Without either Viz or Medlen in the bullpen, we’ll have the same question marks there ahead of O’Ventbrel.

David O'Brien

March 18th, 2012
1:38 pm

Minor has retired nine of 10 batters faced including seven in a row since Nick Johnson’s two-out double in 1st

cabravesfan

March 18th, 2012
1:40 pm

Chippet is awesome!

Morning Tomahawkin :)

Tomahawkin

March 18th, 2012
1:40 pm

oh crap…I meant to say cabravesfan…or cab…

I’m sorry.,…I’m talking to other cats on facebook while blogging

phil

March 18th, 2012
1:40 pm

DOB will be disgusted to know I share his ancestory…

phil

March 18th, 2012
1:41 pm

Well, if we had kept Linebrink, as good as he was, our pen would be set…

cabravesfan

March 18th, 2012
1:42 pm

Tomahawkin-

No worries- I keep typing your name “Timahawkin” on my phone :)

(not to mentioning just called Chipper “Chippet” ;) )

Venice Jim

March 18th, 2012
1:42 pm

coastalbrave – wasn’t sure it was necessary since the games on the radio network and some TV (plus, I am actually doing some work on my computer right now)…

Venice Jim

March 18th, 2012
1:43 pm

Braves go 1-2-3 in the 3rd – 1-0 Braves…

coastalbrave

March 18th, 2012
1:44 pm

Anybody have a radio link? Thanks

brian

March 18th, 2012
1:44 pm

Very impressive for Minor

phil

March 18th, 2012
1:44 pm

The boys are clearly playing better as a whole, which makes ST much less meaningless and much more encouraging.

FG won’t know what to do if this keeps up. Of course, he never really knows one way or the other.

Tomahawkin

March 18th, 2012
1:44 pm

@cab

Ur lucky its morning out there…!

I feel like shyt and 6am Monday morning is right around the corner!

njbraves

March 18th, 2012
1:44 pm

Lew….All those guys you mentioned for the pen have very little experience and haven’t proven they are ready for late inning, pressure situations. Are you going to feel comfortable using them in the 7th or 8th inning of a close game? Medlen is much more proven, and provides the Braves with auchincloss better option on days when one of the big three needs a breather. They have a ton of starting pitching, especially when Huddy returns, bullpen will be much stronger with Medlen in it. It’s really not difficult to see this.

cabravesfan

March 18th, 2012
1:44 pm

I gotta run- you folks have a good day

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
1:45 pm

Good Morning Tomahawkin. Whats up?

Bravefaninok

March 18th, 2012
1:46 pm

I think Meds is a starter,but with him in the pen(he can be counted on) It gives the manager another guy to go with EOF,Venters and Kimbrell.

Brava

March 18th, 2012
1:46 pm

Lew

March 18th, 2012
1:46 pm

Chippet and Medley – No doubt about it – the front office should ask our opinion.

beekay

March 18th, 2012
1:48 pm

Great spring for Minor, Meds,Uggs, and Joey Terds “the Deuce”….lets go Bravos!!!

Venice Jim

March 18th, 2012
1:50 pm

Another Minor K to start the fourth, but the next batter walks…then a single to left…

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
1:50 pm

Welcome back UNCLE Phil

Venice Jim

March 18th, 2012
1:51 pm

5-4-3 DP ends the Orioles 4th…

Venice Jim

March 18th, 2012
1:54 pm

Prado single on a somewhat misplayed ball to center…

Tomahawkin

March 18th, 2012
1:55 pm

Enter your comments here

Zing

March 18th, 2012
1:55 pm

Okay, this is going to sound kind of like a downer, but I mean it in a positive way. All this angst over who is/are going to win the rotation job(s)– Minor/Medlen/Teheran/Delgado (and my personal opinion is that Medlen should get one of those slots)– is not going to matter in the long run, because (a) someone, and very possibly more than one, is going to get hurt among the trio of Jurrjens, Hanson, and Hudson, (b) even if all of them stay healthy, the Braves won’t be able to sign both Hanson and Jurrjens to long-term contracts, and (c) Hudson can’t pitch forever. So, all of these guys, assuming they continue to pitch well, will likely be in the rotation at some point. That’s a good thing, folks! Means the Braves’ prospects for starting pitchers look awfully good for the foreseeable future. Few teams can make the same kind of claim. So, let’s count our blessings and be happy that the Braves have such difficult decisions to make!

Venice Jim

March 18th, 2012
1:57 pm

Prado out stealing easily…

Venice Jim

March 18th, 2012
1:57 pm

Mac pops to 3rd…

Venice Jim

March 18th, 2012
1:58 pm

HBP Uggla…

Lew

March 18th, 2012
1:58 pm

njbraves – Well, Varvaro had a 2.63 ERA last year and a very low WHIP in 24 appearances (during a pennant race) and went multiple innings quite afew times. We did not have him in the pen for most of last year.

Asencio is out of options and was lights out in winter ball and had a sub 2.0 ERA and WHIP odf 1.12 in AAA

Guerrin’s minor league stats were very good, as well and he had some experience at the ML level last year.

Moylan should add depth later in the year when they need it most.

What you need here is someone to replace Proctor, Sherrill and Linebrink – any of the aforementioned should do much better than what we had last year. They should at least manage well enoug so Fredi (hopefully) doesn’t use the Big Three with a four run lead.

Tomahawkin

March 18th, 2012
1:59 pm

Samantha

“Good Morning Tomahawkin. Whats up?”

Coolin, Chillaxin to some old Janet Jackson and SWV…I feel Like Crap from last night!

I was a Wild and Crazy Kid last night!
How bout U? And its good to have u on the Blog..Rock On! :)

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
2:00 pm

Has anybody got a radio feed?

Venice Jim

March 18th, 2012
2:00 pm

K Chipper…end of the 4th, 1-0…

Lew

March 18th, 2012
2:02 pm

And if they use Medlen in the pen, I’m seriously doubting they use him after the sixth inning – his value lies in pitching multiple innings, which he likely would not do to close a close game. What they need is to give one of the big three a night off every night and use both Venters AND Kimbrel to close games.

Trey

March 18th, 2012
2:02 pm

I have Time Warner, in NC. Does anyone have any idea what channel it may be on, here? I rather not be stuck watching an American League baseball game, on MLB Network. Damn Red Sox and Rays.

Bravefaninok

March 18th, 2012
2:03 pm

Check WCNN Samantha …..

Venice Jim

March 18th, 2012
2:03 pm

Unassisted ground out to Minor…

Lew

March 18th, 2012
2:03 pm

Meant after the seventh inning.

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
2:04 pm

I am always a wild and crazy chick, I have to be to make money. Are you having a party today Tomahawkin? Not on for good just temporary.

Trey

March 18th, 2012
2:04 pm

I don’t even think I have the T.V. guide channel.

Venice Jim

March 18th, 2012
2:04 pm

Groundout to Tyler…

Blog Monitor

March 18th, 2012
2:04 pm

Tomahawkin

March 18th, 2012
2:05 pm

I’m ready for the reg season/ingame bloggin, the reg season needs to get here…! Especially since Ugg is Clowning!

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
2:05 pm

Thanks Braves fan but still cant find it. Iwill just stay with VJ.

Billy

March 18th, 2012
2:06 pm

For radio and TV google MLB.TV

Trey

March 18th, 2012
2:06 pm

Man, I can’t wait to get back to good ol’ Georgia, so I can head to the Atlanta Braves, this upcoming season. I also gotta head back to a Gwinnett Braves game, since I don’t live too far from them.

Venice Jim

March 18th, 2012
2:06 pm

Minor throws guy out – very good five innings…

Billy

March 18th, 2012
2:07 pm

Bravefaninok

March 18th, 2012
2:07 pm

Minor was impessive again today!!!!

Billy

March 18th, 2012
2:08 pm

Rotation will be sick in 2013 with both Minor and Gilmartin in it

Venice Jim

March 18th, 2012
2:08 pm

Freeman singles…

David O'Brien

March 18th, 2012
2:10 pm

Do you think there is a chance the both Jordan Parraz and Luis Durango make the team with Matty Diaz being the odd man out? — VaBravesFan

I think Parraz OR Durango could make the team, but not both. No, I don’t see Diaz getting dropped.

Venice Jim

March 18th, 2012
2:10 pm

Pop foul Parraz…

Trey

March 18th, 2012
2:10 pm

Eh, I will just read about it later. I gotta get out for the day and see that new movie Battleship.

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

March 18th, 2012
2:12 pm

Minor is making a statement this spring. Guess he’s saying count me in for 12-14 wins, maybe more with some run support. Nice having a lefty to rely on again. Been a while.

Venice Jim

March 18th, 2012
2:12 pm

Pastornicky out 6-3, FF to 2nd…

Tomahawkin

March 18th, 2012
2:13 pm

Samantha

“I am always a wild and crazy chick, I have to be to make money. Are you having a party today Tomahawkin? Not on for good just temporary.”

No, I’m done partying for the weekend. T-Hawkin doesn’t party on Sundays, unless its at Lake Lanier and Sunset Cove…

My yellow ass has to recover from last night…! I’m gonna drink wine and watch Old New York Undercover…

Venice Jim

March 18th, 2012
2:15 pm

Boscan – excellent at bat – walks…

Venice Jim

March 18th, 2012
2:16 pm

Pitching change for the O’s…

ChattTownBrian (CTB)

March 18th, 2012
2:16 pm

Just having some brain far*s, but I keep forgetting we’re set five deep in the rotation when Hudson’s back – Huddy, Hanson, Beachy, JJ, Minor. You aren’t replacing any of those guys with Medlen, though he’s plenty good enough to start and do well. So bashing Fredi and the Braves for not going with KM to start the season in the rotation isn’t that big a deal.

Venice Jim

March 18th, 2012
2:17 pm

NC State, 5 point lead at the under 4 minute media time out…

Chris Patrini in for the O’s…

Samantha

March 18th, 2012
2:18 pm

Sounds good Tomahawkin. I dont have to be wild chick tonite either, so I guess relax day.

Venice Jim

March 18th, 2012
2:19 pm

Bourn strikes out to end the 5th…

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