Jurrjens eases some concerns, Uggla stays hot in 11-1 win

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – With just over a week left in spring training, Jair Jurrjens finally gave the Braves reason for encouragement.

The veteran pitched six innings of three-hit ball in an 11-1 win Sunday against a Houston Astros split squad, trimming his bloated ERA by more than 2-1/2 runs in one game and pitching for the first time all spring like someone who could be the Braves’ opening day starter.

Freddie Freeman hit two home runs, Brian McCann hit his second homer of the spring and Dan Uggla hit a tape-measure homer to stay in the National League lead with six. But it was Jurrjens’ performance that gave the Braves – and the Curacao right-hander — reason to breathe a little easier as the 2012 season draws closer.

“Very important,” said Jurrjens, who gave up just one hit (a bunt single) through the first five scoreless innings, and finished with one walk and seven strikeouts in the first good start of his five Grapefruit League outings. Through five innings he had more hits himself (two) than the Astros did against him.

“I need to get ready for the season, to be ready to perform for the team and start with a good mindset,” he said. “I just think mentally I was more in the game today, more prepared. It was a little different. Just went out there and went full-out. You can see when I’m concentrating on the hitters , even though I’m not throwing that hard, still I can locate my pitches and get people out.”

Jurrjens said the difference was staying focused on hitters and not worrying about his right knee, which he injured late in each of the past two seasons, causing him to miss the crucial month of September each year. He is wearing a knee brace this season and said before Sunday he hadn’t been able to block out any doubts about the knee when he pitched.

He had a 10.13 ERA and .403 opponents’ batting average before Sunday, having allowed 25 hits and 15 earned runs in 13-1/3 innings.

On Sunday, he looked more like the pitcher who made the National League All-Star team last season by going 12-3 with a 1.87 ERA before the break. Before Sunday, he’d looked even worse than he did while going 1-3 with a 5.88 ERA in seven starts after the break.

“He command was good on both sides of the plate,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “He did pretty much anything he wanted to do today with all his pitches. And the good thing was that his velocity stayed up there — 90-91 [mph], but it stayed up there the whole game. And he ran the bases, [no issues] with his knee. I hope this gets him over the edge as far as not even worrying about the knee.

“I’m really pleased and encouraged by how well he pitched. A good day all around for Jurrjens.”

Gonzalez said Jurrjens remained an option for the opening day start April 5 at New York against the Mets. Tommy Hanson and possibly Brandon Beachy seem like the only candidates for that assignment, which Gonzalez expects to announce in the next two or three days.

Uggla stays hot

A more aggressive spring-training approach at the plate has worked well for Uggla, who has a .313 average and NL-best six homers this spring. The latest was a mammoth two-run shot in the first inning Sunday that caromed of the top of a 60-foot wall and scoreboard above the fence in left-center field at Champion Stadium.

“When I first hit it, the way it was carrying in [batting practice] I thought it might get over [the wall],” Uggla said. “It was up there.”

Uggla decided this year to use his regular-season aggressive hitting approach during spring training, instead of taking more pitches to “track” balls like he did in past springs. He’s been a notorious slow starter most seasons, never more than last year in his first season with the Braves when he hit .185 with a .257 on-base percentage before the All-Star break. (He hit .296 with a .379 OBP after the break.)

He thought he’d try to avoid another slow start by getting in a groove in spring training to hit the ground running when the season began.

“I’m feeling good,” he said. “It’s a nice feeling to be squaring up balls in spring, and I’ve still got a little over a week left. Just keep working and kind of hope everything is kind of in whack when the season comes…. I’ve had four or five [homers in spring training] a couple of times, but I don’t think six.”

Gonzalez has managed Uggla for six spring trainings with the Marlins and Braves and never seen him have a spring this good.

“I’m almost wanting not to play him anymore, back him off a little bit,” Gonzalez joked.

106 comments Add your comment

Tim

March 25th, 2012
5:07 pm

Tim

March 25th, 2012
5:09 pm

Yes! I’ve never been first before! It was great to see Jurrjens finally pitch good. But not just good. He was great today. Uggla continues to rake! Making my prediction for him to win the MVP look better with each game. Good to see McCann and Freeman heating up. Prado has been raking all spring and looking like the guy we saw from 2008-2010. Pastornicky finally got some confidence at the plate and it’s showing. Braves looking really good the past week or so. Pumped for the season opener on the 5th!

Stan

March 25th, 2012
5:23 pm

The Astros lineup was pathetic. Anyone who thinks much of this start needs their heads examined.

StingerSplash

March 25th, 2012
5:26 pm

I think Jurrjens got away with some pitches to a lineup that would struggle to win the Eastern League, much less the NL Central.

Jack

March 25th, 2012
5:27 pm

His bloated ERA wasn’t exactly earned against all-stars. This definitely represents improvememnt.

Reality

March 25th, 2012
5:28 pm

too bad the Braves don’t play the minor league Astros more often !

I have a vision ...

March 25th, 2012
5:30 pm

Come July, when the Braves are fighting it out with the Mets for last place in the NL East, Frank Wren will get many phone calls from contenders regarding the likes of Jurrjens, Bourn and Hudson …

bobulated

March 25th, 2012
5:33 pm

Encouraging news but against a 4A team. Would like to see a repeat performance vs a quality line-up before stating JJ is “back”.

we loaded

March 25th, 2012
5:34 pm

Wren & Fredi are morons

March 25th, 2012
5:36 pm

Kris Medlen is relegated to the bullpen while prospects Delgado & Teheran have spring ERA’s higher than the moon in the competition for the 5th spot in the rotation.

With Heyward continuing to struggle with the bat, he gets time in centerfield (his future position when Bourn leaves?).

Talk about messing with players’ heads !

With Prado moving to third, will we open the season with Diaz & Hinske in LF & RF ? What a Mickey Mouse lineup !

Steve

March 25th, 2012
5:40 pm

The Braves suck! The Braves suck! They are going to end up dead last with a record of 60 – 102! They have the worst manager and are the worst team in baseball!

Sorry, I wanted to act like other Braves “fans” on these blogs. Such morons.

Chipper Jones

March 25th, 2012
5:41 pm

I, Chipper Jones, do hereby put the Phillies on notice that until they win 14 consecutive division championships, that we, the Braves, are still the team to beat in the NL East !

Duh.

Tim

March 25th, 2012
5:42 pm

@bobulated

Yes. Definitely need to see him have another start like today before declaring him back. But at least day was a hugely needed improvement.

@most of the posters on here

What is the point of coming on here and crying about the sky falling? It’s one thing to point out general concerns and actually situations that need to be criticized but it’s a whole different story to act like there is nothing good to say and everything is horrible. Mickie Mouse lineup? Battling it out with the Mets for last come July? Ok. Whatever.

Steve

March 25th, 2012
5:46 pm

Tim, because they don’t understand baseball. They don’t understand that the Braves spring training record does not matter. The Braves lose, and they complain. The Braves win, and they complain. If everyone is healthy, this team will be fine. Our starting catcher, third baseban (Prado), 2nd baseman, right fielder, and center fielder are all-stars. With the great pitching, they should be able to win the wild card. If the Braves came that close to winning the wild card last year with Heyward doing terrible, Ugga’s first half, Freeman starting slow, with no center fielder, and with the pitching injuries, they can do it this year.

Tim

March 25th, 2012
5:54 pm

@Steve

I really believe with the Phillies having the injury concerns they do now and with the evening out of averages the Braves have a legit shot to take back the NL East this year. If we can win 89 games with everything that happened last season with any improvement we’ll win 94 or 95 games this season. That could certainly be good enough to win the NL East.

Phillies have Utley who has already been ruled out of the season opener and Howard who have both yet to play a game this spring and Polanco has been hurt too. Rollins ain’t nearly the player he was 2 or 3 years ago. Sooner or later age will start to show up in that pitching staff as it has with their lineup. Age happened to the Braves a few years ago and age is starting to take the Phillies apart. The team that concerns me in the NL East this year is the Nationals with the struggles the Braves have had against them and the improvemens they’ve made.

It’s really good news to see the Braves finally hammering left-handed pitching this spring. Braves have struggled for so long against lefties.

Steve

March 25th, 2012
5:56 pm

Exactly. SI picking the Braves 4th in the division is ridiculous. Miami and Washington will be better for sure but I see them going something like 81-81.

Tim

March 25th, 2012
6:03 pm

The Braves averaged 2.9 runs per game (32 total) while going 1-10 in their first 11 games. Over their past 14 games they’ve averaged 4.5 runs per game (63) while posting a 7-4-3 record. I most certainly will be thrilled if the Braves average 4.5 runs per game this season.

Tampa Gator

March 25th, 2012
6:23 pm

Big difference……Houston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays….or the Detroit Tigers. The score would have been reversed against those two.

Tampa Gator

March 25th, 2012
6:25 pm

You people should have been in St. Pete today……great race downtown….and a great opportunity for the Indy Car drivers to remember Dan Weldon…..each time they passed by the “Dan Weldon Way” road sign.

Tom

March 25th, 2012
6:27 pm

Braves 3-0 vs astros, 5-12-2 versus all others.

Tim

March 25th, 2012
6:28 pm

@Tampa Gator

It was so great that they named a road in honor of Dan Wheldon.

JNick

March 25th, 2012
6:29 pm

KC Royals had a 20-10 record last year in spring training – annihilated their competition. Guess everyone is ready to hand the WS trophy to Detroit or Toronto?

Oh and Texas finished 13-16 and STL finished 14-16.

Steve

March 25th, 2012
6:36 pm

JNick, Tom and Tampa Gator are just typical morons who don’t know how baseball works.

richbrave

March 25th, 2012
6:37 pm

Great effort agqinwst a AAAA squad. Heh! let’s see how that goes against the NATS

Tim

March 25th, 2012
6:38 pm

The Diamondbacks were 12-25 last spring and won 92 games. The Braves aren’t the only team with a bad spring record. For all the media love the Nationals have gotten they are 6-13 this spring. The Rays are 6-14. The Rangers are 6-15. The Marlins are 8-10. The Phillies are 10-12.

@Tom

The Astros are 11-11 after today. Meaning if it werent for the Braves they would be 11-8. See what I just did there? It works both ways. The Blue Jays may be 19-4 but the Braves did beat the Jays last time they played.

JNick

March 25th, 2012
6:46 pm

Steve, how exactly am I a moron for stating 3 facts from 2011?

reckingball

March 25th, 2012
6:51 pm

Steve, I don’t think that you really should call someone a moron, that is basically agreeing with what you are saying.

Steve

March 25th, 2012
6:52 pm

JNick, not you, them.

SSIgator

March 25th, 2012
6:53 pm

“The veteran pitched six innings of three-hit ball in an 11-1 win Sunday against a Houston Astros split squad.”

That pretty much sums it up in one sentence. Of course though, Steve would take that to mean that the Braves are World Series bound this year.

I've had an epiphany...

March 25th, 2012
6:54 pm

‘I’ve have a vision…’ is a hatin’ punk!

JNick

March 25th, 2012
6:55 pm

richbrave, the Braves are 2-1 vs the Nats in spring training so far, including lighting up Strasburg…again.

Tim

March 25th, 2012
6:57 pm

@SSIgator

Who cares who he did it against? The fact that he should just a flash of his old self was enough to earn some positive thoughts. Now the question is will he back it up in his next start? But I think the most important thing to take away from today is him saying that he finally cut it loose today and didn’t worry about the hurting his knee again. He finally got over that mental hump. We should expect to see Jurrjens pitch like this from here on out.

SSIgator

March 25th, 2012
7:10 pm

Tim -

Are you a UGA football fan also? You sure sound like one when you say things like “who cares who he did it against” because the Murray the Midget fans at UGA will tell you how great he is as well, but they don’t want to talk about the fact that padding your stats against teams with losing records is not that big of a deal. Have some more Kool-Aid. Try the Mark Richt brand. People say it is really good stuff.

Tim

March 25th, 2012
7:13 pm

@SSIgator

Nope. Cannot stand Georgia.

JNick

March 25th, 2012
7:15 pm

Jurrjens’ problems weren’t from “lost stuff” or a bad arm – it was strictly his knee. He was fine last year until the knee plagued him. I’ll admit, I was pessimistic about his return, I was lobbying for him to start the season in AAA until (if ever) he regained confidence in his knee. This outing is a positive effort and hopefully he builds upon it without regressing. It IS a contract year for him, after all, and that should be extra motivation to put up big numbers.

SSIgator

March 25th, 2012
7:20 pm

Tim -

Well then, maybe there is hope for you. Just because JJ pitched well today against an Astro’s SS, do you really think he is back? Honestly? I bet the first time he gets shelled in a game the talk will be about how his knee just doesn’t feel quite right.

Tim

March 25th, 2012
7:22 pm

@JNick

Right. That’s why it was a positive sign to hear him say that he finally pitched today without fear of hurting his knee again. He also said he pitched more aggressively today like he would during a regular season game. I heard this from him today when they interviewed him during the game.

JNick

March 25th, 2012
7:22 pm

Tim

March 25th, 2012
7:25 pm

@SSIgator

I guess you missed the post where I said he has to do it again before I declare he’s back? But today was a positive step in the right direction. That’s all I was hoping to see and it got me excited because if the Braves are going to do what I want them to do this season Jurrjens has to be a big part of it.

SSIgator

March 25th, 2012
7:34 pm

Tim -

No, I did not miss it. But I am not counting his next start as another ST game. His first start of the regular season will be the indicator. BTW, what is it that you say you want the Braves to do this season?

Tim

March 25th, 2012
7:35 pm

@JNick

Why would the Yankees go out and get another starting pitcher? They just got Pettitte back out of retirement. Sure he won’t be ready to pitch for a while but last I heard they were looking to off load a starting pitcher not gain one. But that was before the Chamberlain broken ankle. Now it seems as if Hughes goes back to the pen but that still leaves them with 6 starters. I really don’t see the Braves trading for Swisher and taking on his salary.

Tim

March 25th, 2012
7:40 pm

@SSIgator

I want the Braves to win the World Series. What Braves fan doesn’t? What do I expect? Best case being that they win 94-95 games and win the NL East and win the NLCS before losing to the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. They are fully capable of doing that if everyone on the team maxes out their potential. Worst case would be a total meltdown of injuries and under performance leading to a dismal 90 plus loss season. Then say goodbye to Chipper, Hudson, Bourn, Prado and Jurrjens at the very least and it could be more than them that they say goodbye to.

Bulldozer

March 25th, 2012
7:44 pm

I know i’m going to receive a lot of crap for this, but the braves “fans” on here are complete idiots

Tim

March 25th, 2012
7:53 pm

@Bulldozer

Which group are you talking about? The group that actually knows what they are talking about or the group that acts like the sky is falling?

Mekons5

March 25th, 2012
8:16 pm

This is a glass of water. As you’ll notice, someone took a sip, so it’s already half-empty. You know that idiot Fredi is going to knock it over and then it will be empty. Wren, you MORON, put a cover on it. It’s evaporating. It probably doesn’t even taste good anyway. Quick, trade it for a teaspoonful of warm spit while it still has trade value!!!! Oh, no, there’s a lobster on the loose. Quick, cover yourself with melted butter! OH NOES, there’s gonna be a TRAGEDY!!!!!

Excerpt from Dostoevsky’s “The Idiot.”
Apologies to the National Lampoon

Eddie Matthews' Ghost

March 25th, 2012
8:21 pm

Yup. JJ eases concerns. Beats a AA level split squad Astros team. That means that if JJ starts the season at AA, he’ll be fine. Good news. Braves pitchers are AA ready.

Chipper Jones

March 25th, 2012
8:52 pm

Jason Heyward’s swing is just about back to where it was in 2010.

Duh.

Bravo Uno

March 25th, 2012
9:11 pm

The Nick Swisher to the Braves rumors have been floating out there for a few years. He’s got a good OBP and decent production. His salary will keep him from coming to Atlanta. I suspect his production would drop off in Atlanta as well, as it does for other players that come here.

Longtimefan

March 25th, 2012
9:13 pm

Where are all the Uggla bashers? If you believe that because some players are having a bad spring the Braves are going to suck this year, then you must also believe Uggla will win the MVP-right? Same stupid logic(illogical thinking) I see on this blog every day. Either some of you are secretly Philly/Met fans posing as Braves fans, really don’t know squat about baseball, are actually 12 year olds in Moms basement or have double digit IQs. So fess up, which one?

Ralph

March 25th, 2012
9:15 pm

JJ says he isn’t worried about his knee anymore so why am I worried about it. Brace or no brace I doubt it will last til the All Star break, sure hope i’m wrong.

Larry

March 25th, 2012
9:18 pm

“…against a Houston Astros split squad…”

Trade JJ now before he pitches again! Don’t tell your trading partner the name of the “team” hie finally looked acceptable against for the first time since last July.

Longtimefan

March 25th, 2012
9:21 pm

If you go to ESPN/MLB/standing you will see all the teams have 0 in the win/lose columns. Do you know why? Because ST games don’t count. Case closed. End of topic. If we are 10 games out of first at the All Star break, then there will be reason for concern.

Hey Gregor

March 25th, 2012
9:27 pm

I see nothing being done to help Heyward use all fields with his hitting, which is the key to his comeback (whenever that happens). He is just pull, pull, pull with everything,, so has no ability to do anything with the outside pitches that he strikes out on or weakly grounds to the right side because he swings full speed on everything ,, and all of that torque is doing nothing to help his health. If he showed opposing teams that he will take you opposite field to center if you go outside, than guess what Gregor ,, they will be forced to pitch him in his danger zone more than they do now.

Hey Gregor

March 25th, 2012
9:39 pm

Good to see Uggla with his aggresive approach. I think he is going to have a career year and is a man on a mission following last years start. Looks like Pastornicky is becoming more relaxed ,,, nothing could have been better for a young rookie to have stiff competiton during spring training to prep him for the show. Still wonder where he will be from a plus offense to minus defense WAR stat. And on JJ playing a split squad Astros team ,, his start meant nothing today. Any talk of him being “back” needs to wait until he faces real competition (Jordan Schafer, their best hitter this Spring was not even playing), so please hold down the applause.

cornjolio

March 25th, 2012
9:42 pm

Heyward is a bust, and Braves’ fans can expect an entirely new outfield in 2013, if not sooner.

With Chipper, Bourn & Hudson off the books after this season, maybe Wren will have some money
to attract some free agent outfielders to Atlanta.

Biff Pocoroba

March 25th, 2012
9:57 pm

Lol, I think half the people on this blog route against the Braves. They would rather see the home team perform poorly than have their doom and gloom predictions proven wrong.

Having been a Braves fan since 1976, believe me, I’ve seen a lot worse. I do think the Braves have a shot at the wild card this year, and if not, well, I still appreciate the fact that this current team will be more competitive than most of the teams of the 70’s and 80’s.

Tom

March 25th, 2012
10:06 pm

@ steve how base baseball works how the braves if they are on a say a 10 game win streak, and nats arrive for a 4 game series the braves will lose 3 of those games? its been that way since they were the expos. am i wrong?

Ike Turnip Head

March 25th, 2012
10:11 pm

Yeah other teams have bad spring records but they are playing rookies not starters like the Braves are. They don’t have a RF like Heyward annointed the next Hank Aaaron hitting like Rufino Linares.
I’m sure M.Young,Kinsler,Cruz,J.Hamilton will lead the Rangers to NL West title. Can we say the same for Uggla,Chipper,McCann,and Heyward ?

bruce

March 25th, 2012
10:21 pm

Uggs gives a lesson in nuanced language use:
Never thought of being “in whack” as being good, never heard the phrase before. I knew being out of whack was not good.
Dictionary.com has a variety of definitions and uses, here’s the one that seems to match the best: out of whack, Informal . out of order or alignment; not in proper condition.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/whack?s=t

JNick

March 25th, 2012
11:04 pm

@Tim, I didn’t write the article, just posted a link to it. Pettitte has been quoted as already saying he may have made a mistake coming out of retirement – he’s battling some serious aches and pains just trying to get in decent shape.

Tim

March 25th, 2012
11:16 pm

@Ike Turnip Head

Really? So the Braves have been playing their starting lineup every game and the whole game? The other teams haven’t used their starting lineups any and only had rookies playing all spring? Really? Do you realize how stupid that sounds?

Man some people will say anything no matter how stupid it is just to make their doom and gloom predictions look good.

JNick

March 25th, 2012
11:37 pm

@Ike Turnip Head
Rangers have a 6-16 record this spring – and by looking at their stats, their top ABs this spring are: Moreland (starting 1B), Andrus (starting SS), Hamilton, Murphy (RF), Beltre (3B), Borbon (CF), Kinsler and Cruz.
Your statement lacks logic and statistical backing.

?

March 26th, 2012
12:32 am

IDIOTS. Stop comparing teams that WENT to the playoffs to a team that did not. Utter disbelief at the stupidity of your analyis.

Longtimefan

March 26th, 2012
12:49 am

Hey Bruce, Uggla is a baseball player not an English Prof

Kevin chop

March 26th, 2012
1:43 am

Biff is definitely is a fan that accepts mediocrity. Nobody should ever have to say well atleast they are not as bad as such and such times. Kudos to you being a long time fan but mediocrity is not acceptable anymore in Atlanta. Its time for attitude adjustments in this town. Bottom line is that it was the Astros in spring training. Let me know what Jurrgens era and win total is in September.

Tim

March 26th, 2012
2:51 am

@Kevin chop

If Jurrjens has a 13-6 record with a 2.96 ERA I’ll most certainly take it.

Kevin chop

March 26th, 2012
4:25 am

keep dreaming Tim, 2012 is a different year than 2011. The second half trend says jurrgens was nothing more than a first half fluke.

Paddy

March 26th, 2012
7:05 am

Bff P…..I agree with you. It is a good thing we never had this social media in the 70’s and 80’s or we would no longer have baseball in Atl.

Biff….If we are good enough to be a wild card team we are also good enough to be a 1st place team! Strange things happen in Sept every year in baseball.

DePort

March 26th, 2012
9:01 am

No matter what JJ does… it is never good enough for you people… please go cheer for another team…

Joey

March 26th, 2012
9:25 am

TGFA = Thank God For the Astros

LostCause

March 26th, 2012
9:50 am

It was against an Astro’s split squad. He should have been able to do this in his sleep. Trade him for an outfield prospect as soon as his value is up again!

Fastball

March 26th, 2012
9:51 am

Chipper returns as player/manager

reckingball

March 26th, 2012
9:56 am

Slim Shaddy

March 26th, 2012
9:57 am

680 The Fan says Chipper gonna have another knee surgery. Is this true DOB ?

Lobosolo

March 26th, 2012
10:00 am

And the idiots keep on reinforcin’…

Tire Tread

March 26th, 2012
10:02 am

Delgado & Teheran didn’t have arm troubles in AAA. Must be sommin’ Roger McDowell is doing wrong. Ditto for Hanson.

Tire Tread

March 26th, 2012
10:03 am

Look back 4 blogs and it says Chipper gonna have knee surgery for 27th time…

Tire Tread

March 26th, 2012
10:04 am

Same for Vizcaino too. Its McDowell’s fault !

Tire Tread

March 26th, 2012
10:06 am

greg Walker couldn’t teach little leaguers to hit… Much less Heyward…

Heisenberg

March 26th, 2012
10:30 am

bruce @ 10:21

I have heard of “as whack” being used to describe something as being good by the late Whitney Houston. Only in this case the crack Uggla is referring to would be a referencing a sound made by a baseball bat hitting a baseball.

steve

March 26th, 2012
10:54 am

Fumbling Frank Wren is up to his old tricks. Nothing done this spring to improve the Braves, just like the offseason.

David O'Brien

March 26th, 2012
11:33 am

680 The Fan says Chipper gonna have another knee surgery. Is this true DOB ? — Slim Shaddy

Are you serious?

I’m assuming you’re kidding, since we first reported that here Saturday morning from Dunedin, and the story on Chipper’s surgery (it was this morning; no report yet on outcome) has been up for two days now.

Dave

March 26th, 2012
11:53 am

SSI Gator
So since you decided to bring UGA into the conversation maybe we should ask you, what do you expect the Fla. Gators to do this year? Hope your expectations are low, otherwise you will be dissappointed. Now can we get back to baseball? If you dont like the Braves and their chances this year then go somewhere else and comment.

IHEARTCARROLL

March 26th, 2012
11:57 am

We all heard about Chippers knee sugery. That’s old news. But did anyone hear rumors that he might retire after this year ?

Chipper Moans

March 26th, 2012
12:34 pm

“Don’t worry, I’ll be back and health Braves fans, by Oct 5th ~ just in time for Duck and Quail season…”

Bill

March 26th, 2012
12:56 pm

I have a rather off the wall question. Does anyone know anything about Buddy Carlyle? I heard he was at the minor league camp but haven’t heard anything else.

Largo

March 26th, 2012
1:04 pm

I see JJ will go against the “PoDunk Crappers” again on Friday. This, of course, will tell us nothing about how he will pitch against Major League teams.

william in pasadena

March 26th, 2012
1:07 pm

I’m amazed at all the if’s I hear. If Chipper, if Hudson, if Prado, if Heyward, if the pitching…Every year, there are 25 if’s. When will we get some definites. You guys buy management’s BS every year and it seems to work. So, why should they do anything different? I live in Pasadena. If it wasn’t for the fog, and the smog, and the hills, and the trees, I could see all the way to Long Beach, or better yet, have an ocean-front view.

1 4 GT

March 26th, 2012
1:18 pm

I hate the dumb popup at the bottom of the page. I assume it is on all the blogs. I have decided to just ignore it since the advertisers base their decisions on it’s $ value to them, indicating how many readers the blog has. I’ll bet you that clicking on the down button also registers as a “HIT”, so if WE will ignore it, it will lose it’s appeal to the advertisers using this offensive way of pestering folks and maybe they will let it expire. The popup advertisements are just as obnoxious as telemarketers calling at all hours. Shuck ‘em all!!!!

bvillebaron

March 26th, 2012
1:38 pm

Stan:

Ding Ding Ding Ding! You win the prize for the first one of what was the inevitable criticism of JJ because of who he faced yesterday. Why would I give you 10-1 odds that if JJ pitched poorly yesterday you probably would be the first poster on here telling us all how he sucks. I have been saying all spring that anyone who places any stock one way or another on spring training results should have his or her head examined.

Fias

March 26th, 2012
1:41 pm

I can’t get too excited about beating the Astros again. Or the Mets or the Nats. The Braves have won ONE spring game outside of these three cellar dwellers.

Samantha

March 26th, 2012
1:50 pm

Good afternoon everyone

DawgDad

March 26th, 2012
2:18 pm

JJ going 6 strong innings is encouraging, regardless of the competition. A worrisome aspect of the current starting pitching staff is potential bullpen wear.

With Chipper’s availability in question it’s imperative Uggla rebounds and does SOMETHING against left handed pitching, unlike last year. Saying he hit .296 over the last half of 2011 is one of those convenient stats that obscures the underlying truth, which is he essentially had one good month with just a bit of spillover.

alex

March 26th, 2012
2:27 pm

4A may be a generous assessment of the astros…..

STRETCH

March 26th, 2012
2:32 pm

Braves Inquired On Will Venable

By Ben Nicholson-Smith [March 26 at 12:41pm CST]

The Braves asked the Padres about right fielder Will Venable, only to hear he’s not available, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports (all Twitter links). It was reported over the weekend that Atlanta GM Frank Wren seeks depth for the infield and outfield.

The Braves would prefer to add someone who can play center field if they acquire an outfielder, Morosi writes. Venable has MLB experience at all three outfield positions, though he spent most of last season in right field. He has great speed for a right fielder to go along with outstanding range, according to The Fielding Bible Volume III. The Braves are reluctant to trade Kris Medlen for an outfielder, since they value the right-hander’s versatility

Ok, anybody know who this guy is? Anyone hear anything else about what Wren is doing?

cornjolio

March 26th, 2012
2:37 pm

why is there no ajc.com commentary on Heyward’s new swing and progress so far?

BrandonLee49

March 26th, 2012
3:01 pm

That is What Spring Training/Grapefruit-league is all about- Finding What a Team has to Count-On, and What it’s Glaring Holes are, because Come May and June, Those Glaring Holes Will NOt Be Mysteries Even for Mark Bradley or mr. O’brien, They will be Craters by Then that no team worth any Savvy will be able to Help the Braves, because All the Deals would’ve been Dealt.. and maybe the Offense is showing some signs of Recovery from their Anemic production figues dating back to September, but then The Braves Don’t have the Luxury of Playing the Astros 162 games!!! C’mon Freddi, Losing 2-0 and only producing One HIT in NINE Innings, is Not “a good outing” unless you’re being Specific about Pitching, which he wasn’t. Uggla is playing well over his Seasonal Avg’s, which Skews abit towards the Overall Run-Production Meter along with Still Un-tested Pitching Prospects= Less Than .500 Wins where The Phillies even Without Ryan Howard are Lightyears ahead of the Braves. Bottom line-Braves Ownership Needs to Own-Up to the Fact that Current Roster is in Dire Straits.

IHEARTCARROLL

March 26th, 2012
3:04 pm

Good afternoon Samantha,

We need your youthful optimism to get the season off to a good start. Glad to have you with us.

John A.

March 26th, 2012
3:22 pm

Who’s kidding who? Houston’s team is as bad as the Mets!!!!! If the Braves and Jurggens can’t beat Houston they need to start playing A and AA Teams. Don’t get overly excited about this outing….let’s see what he does against stronger teams. Same goes for Pastor. If he can’t hit against Houston, who will he hit against? Hid “D” needs a ton of improvement for the majors.

Steve

March 26th, 2012
5:20 pm

Great moves Fumbling Frank Wren. Do nothing in the off-season, then scour wavier wires when Chipper gets hurt. I’m betting you’ll get the GM of the year award!

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