Durbin continues to struggle with long ball

Chad Durbin hasn’t exactly endeared himself to Braves fans since signing on the last day of spring training – he has allowed three home runs in each of his first three appearances out of the Braves bullpen.

But his manager isn’t ready to give up on him just yet.

“We need to get him in there a little more and get him that life on that fastball, that two-seamer,” Fredi Gonzalez said.

Durbin concedes that his pitches are coming out flat; his sinker’s not sinking and his cutter isn’t cutting as he’d like.

“There’s just a little bit of action on the ball that’s not happening to get them off the barrel,” Durbin said.

Durbin entered Sunday’s game with a 7-1 lead on the Brewers, and gave up three runs, including a two-run homer to Jonathan Lucroy, forcing Eric O’Flaherty to get up and start tossing.

As much difficulty as he’s having with his feel, Durbin’s home-run problems haven’t just suddenly cropped up. The veteran right-hander has now allowed at least one homer in an eye-popping seven consecutive appearances going back to last Sept. 14.

Durbin has a 14.00 ERA with nine homers, a .386 batting average and 14 runs allowed in nine innings during that stretch, including three homers in one inning against the White Sox on Sept. 21.

He leads NL relievers in homers allowed despite pitching only three innings.

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Nerdbucket Moylan

April 16th, 2012
8:25 pm

another linebrick, proctor, jesse chavez wash-up signing or trade for the pen by wren

polskidawg

April 16th, 2012
8:25 pm

Time to say so long to Mr. Durbin.

Question for Mr. O'Brien

April 16th, 2012
8:31 pm

Is his contract guaranteed, or if we cut him before a certain date do we not have to pay the rest of the contract? Do his mechanics seem like they can be fixed?

phil

April 16th, 2012
8:36 pm

FG is a loon…fire him now!!

Bob in SF

April 16th, 2012
8:41 pm

“14.00 ERA with nine homers, a .386 batting average and 14 runs allowed in nine innings” So basically he’s getting paid to throw batting practice. Nice. Meanwhile in AAA Flande and Gearrin have yet to give up a run. Don’t blame this all on Wren, Fredi loves him some bad relievers he can use constantly, Bobby did too.

BravesfaninWis

April 16th, 2012
8:41 pm

Tommy Hanson is useless. How can the Mets with virtually just a few known names dominate the Braves like this? To me, its not that the Mets are good, its that Tommy Hanson is overrated and just a average pitcher.

Nerdbucket Moylan

April 16th, 2012
8:51 pm

perplexing call to walk the righty david wright to get to ike davis….wren also signed chris resop to throw batting practice. tired of these has-beens

Nerdbucket Moylan

April 16th, 2012
8:58 pm

wright career .150 avg in 22 at-bats vs hanson. fredi sure is a bright bulb

BravesfaninWis

April 16th, 2012
8:59 pm

Can Hanson come up with any other way to blow a game? Jeez, he sucks. Should have traded him when they had a chance. With that stupid delivery motion, and his wild pitching, he is useless for the Braves. Never liked the guy, and always thought he was overrated.

Kris

April 16th, 2012
8:59 pm

FredGon is clueless. “we need to get him in there a little more” kind of thinking and statement is what makes the braves miss the playoffs by one game. He did the same with DLowe last year. FredGon is trying to win a popularity contest, not a pennant. What an idiot.

BravesfaninWis

April 16th, 2012
9:06 pm

I can understand his teammates fist bumping him because you want to support your teammates, but as a fan all I can think is what in the hell did the big red idiot do to deserve fist bumps? Can’t throw to first base and has a run score that way, throws a wild pitch and has a run score that way, and gives up hit after hit to put his team in a hole that they can’t get out of. They should be telling him to get his head out of his ass and learn how to pitch.

Hiway 61

April 16th, 2012
9:16 pm

Durbin has give home runs in his last 12 games going back to the Indians…What the crap you doing Wren bring that trash to Atlanta.

BravesfaninWis

April 16th, 2012
9:16 pm

This loss is squarely on the shoulders of the big red idiot Tommy Hanson

Hiway 61

April 16th, 2012
9:19 pm

Looks like the Mets have the Braves #…

Kris

April 16th, 2012
9:25 pm

Why walk Wright no matter how hot he’s been. Put more runners on and have the righty face a lefty. It’s like taking Medlen out to have OFlaerhty face 5 righty Brewers hitters. Fred has no clue. Not a bright person. I truly believer if any other manager managed the Braves last season, they would have been in the playoffs. If any other manager managed the Braves they would have been 8-2 this year instead of 5-5 after tonight’s game. It’s like Fred does his best to ruin Braves chances to win games. What a waste of Braves young talent.

BravesfaninWis

April 16th, 2012
9:29 pm

Did Fredi Gonzalez and Frank Wren not learn anything from last year with the washed up has beens like Sherrill, Linestink, and Proctor blowing game after game for the Braves that they have to go out and get more washed up has beens like Livan Hernandez and Chad Durbin? What do you know, they suck just as bad as the 3 bums from last year. Can’t wait until those 2 incompetent pieces of crap get fired.

Loosing Managar = Loosing Record

April 16th, 2012
9:31 pm

Why do the loosing managar do dum things? He had a loosing record B 4 he got here and is tryin reel hard to have a loosing record now.

Simpson's Homer

April 16th, 2012
9:42 pm

Ugh…..not a pretty game tonight…….. bad way to end a very nice win streak………

John Tucker

April 16th, 2012
10:33 pm

Durbin gives Braves a homer per appearance in relief, after having given up 4 homers in his previous 4 appearances with other teams dating back to September 14th of 2011, and Fredi G wants to run him out there more often and work on his 2-eamer fastball. Isn’t that what AAA Gwinnett is for, Fredi?

Kev

April 17th, 2012
5:01 am

I bet Chad Durbin is a friend of a friend in the oganization, what are we doing with this guy..

Kev

April 17th, 2012
5:02 am

I agree Mr Tucker : )

MikeY

April 17th, 2012
6:44 am

Any chance, when Huddy comes back, to keep Delgado in the pen and try and send down Durbin or Hernandez to AAA? Durbin needs to get his stuff together, and on the big club is the wrong place for it. Another option, should the Braves want to keep Delgado on a starters schedule, is to send Delgado to AAA, send Durbin to AAA, and call up Flande, Gearin, Hughes, or another pitcher from AAA. Again, Durbin needs to get his stuff together…in Gwinnette.

MikeY

April 17th, 2012
6:52 am

In some fairness to Fedi, the decision to walk Wright came after a 2-0 count…in other words, they started to pitch to Wright, threw him 2 balls, then made the decision to intentionally walk him.

Reid in EAV

April 17th, 2012
9:03 am

Durbin. I hereby rename him “tee.”

Goliath

April 17th, 2012
9:36 am

Good signing. When can we get another pitcher like Durbin in here? Oh wait, we already did, his name is Livan Hernandez.

Mr Wren

April 17th, 2012
10:34 am

Please release Chad Durbin.BravesfaninWis you are an idiot and may need some mental help.Hanson pitched a very good game beside the one curveball to Davis,just one pitch.Did Hanson steal your girl or something wtf you got issues.

BravesFAN'nPhilly

April 17th, 2012
12:26 pm

Chad Durbin!!! :( oh my :( so sorry ATL signed him :( My nicname for him while he was w the Phils??? “dudDurbin” he’s STILL a “dud”.

AZBravoFan

April 17th, 2012
1:33 pm

Moylo can’t be ready soon enough

Derek

April 17th, 2012
2:16 pm

Look at all these Braves “fans” lambasting our Opening Day starter, Tommy Hanson. I am a Braves fan, but I really hope some of these comments that Hanson is “average”, “overrated”, or should have been traded aren’t shared by the majority of Braves Nation. Lest you forget that Hanson, on Opening Day, held NYM to 1 ER & 4 hits in 6 IP, but of course, the offense couldn’t get him anything going against a southpaw (Santana) and got him the loss for his efforts. Please also note that Hanson has a 3.30 career ERA (1.18 WHIP), and he’s still just 33-24. That’s sad evidence that he’s never got the run support he’s needed. On Monday, Hanson held NYM to 1 ER through 5 IP, then Ike Davis let one rip on a 3-run HR. Hanson wasn’t locating like he usually does, but of course with this Braves team, a quality start can equal a loss any day, especially if Hanson’s on the mound. Braves fans, please study up and know your players before making brash judgements about our ace. Yes, “ace”. We’ll be lucky to re-sign, especially if he’s reading inane comments from clueless Braves “fans” wishing to trade him. You should reserve your “trade him” comments for Jurrjens, who is pitching batting practice right now and couldn’t be traded for a top prospect if a team was giving them away.

rico43

April 17th, 2012
5:17 pm

The Braves paid this guy, so now we have to endure this sad attempt to justify a horesecrap decision. Livan’s troubles are another thing the org. should have been aware of before signing him.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

April 17th, 2012
5:35 pm

Fire Fredi Cox!

Sugar Bear Blanks

April 17th, 2012
5:36 pm

Durbin. Geez.

David the Shepherd

April 17th, 2012
6:51 pm

For all the Fredi haters out there, ask yourself one question…if the Braves were to win a world series title with FG at the helm (imagine real hard), would you want him back as the manager? For me, the answer is the same.

Jim

April 17th, 2012
6:53 pm

Durbin career #s suck. So what can be expected?

[...] Durbin continues to struggle with long ball [...]

[...] While manager Fredi Gonzalez continues to say that Chad Durbin is fine, one has to wonder how long Fredi continues to go to Durbin and Hernandez instead of Medlen or the big three. With O’Flaherty struggling, the Braves can hardly afford to lose leads when Durbin takes over and subsequently gives up home runs. [...]

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