Quick turnaround for soggy series finale vs. Mets

(Staff writer Carroll Rogers is filling in for David O’Brien today.)

So we’ve got our first noon start of the season today (weather permitting), and first of five games the Braves will start play in the noon hour on getaway days this year.

The Braves will have three noon-ish starts at Turner Field this year (also May 3 vs. the Phillies and July 19 vs. the Giants), after having three home games at noon in the past three years combined. From what I understand the reasoning is two-fold: a) to accommodate teams on getaway days. The Braves leave after today’s game for Arizona, while the Mets go home. And b) to allow school groups to come to games and still get back to campus by the time school is out.

But today, this morning from the clubhouse, you know what else it meant, the quick turnaround after a night game? Sleep deprivation…and a morning of punchiness. It was pretty entertaining, I have to say.

Eric Hinske blows into the clubhouse barking about Atlanta traffic and puts on a nice display for everybody, knocking over a grocery cart used to collect laundry in the middle of the clubhouse. In jest, of course. Seems traveling down the connector in the eight o’clock hour is something ballplayers aren’t exactly used to.

Then we got to talking about Jamie Moyer and his impressive feat last night, and when the first time Chipper Jones faced him, and how Moyer was pitching against Steve Carlton in his first game back in 1986, and Hinkse goes to Chipper “You faced Steve Carlton?” Buddum bum. Chipper was actually a freshman in high school that year.

At 49, Moyer became the oldest pitcher to win a major league game last night with a win over the Padres. Jones said he faced Moyer for the first time in Triple-A in 1993 in Rochester, NY when Moyer was in Triple-A with the Orioles.

“He gave me a rather comfortable 0-for-3 that day,” Jones said and grinned. “He was crafty then too. Obviously he threw a little harder than he does now, but not a guy that you would deem overpowering. But he had some big league experience….Jamie is one of those freaks. He’s got an iron will and the heart of a lion, and just wants to go out and compete.”

Braves lineup

1. Michael Bourn CF

2. Martin Prado LF

3. Jason Heyward RF

4. Dan Uggla 2B

5. Freddie Freeman 1B

6. Juan Francisco 3B

7. David Ross C

8. Tyler Pastornicky SS

9. Jair Jurrjens P

Brian McCann gets today off, day game after a night game, and Ross gets his second start of the season. Chipper Jones was going to get the day off today anyway but after the way he hobbled around the bases last night, going first to third, it was pretty clear he needed one anyway.

“I’m going through the domino effect right now,” Jones said. “The knee is obviously not all the way back yet and when you favor it and you try and play other things start hurting. You start trying to compensate.”

Jones is hoping with the day off he’ll be ready to play against tomorrow in Arizona, but the plane flight is a complicating factor. Flying back from Houston is what caused his surgically-repaired left knee to swell up to begin with. He said he’ll have his knee taped after the game today in the hopes to minimize that this time around.

Uggla is due for a day off soon. Fredi Gonzalez is trying to give a regular a day off here and three through this 13-game stretch, not that he wants to tell Uggla. He says Uggla wants to fight him whenever he gives him a day off, so yesterday he kidded that I would need to be the one to tell Uggla. Hey, I’m game. I can tell him, then take off running (smile).

If there’s any day Uggla might be OK with sitting, maybe it would have been today? He entered the game 0-for-23 against Mets knuckler R.A. Dickey with five strikeouts, two walks and one RBI.

This little nugget comes compliments of the always informative Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. If Dickey throws a 15th straight quality start today, it will be the longest such streak by a Met since Dwight Gooden had same length in 1985-1986. Not too shabby.

Chipper’s 40th

In the words of the ever colorful David Ross this morning…”Lordy, lordy, the Battle-axe is turning 40.” Chipper will celebrate his 40th birthday on Tuesday when the Braves are in LA. Asked him if he had an special plans. His family will be back in Atlanta because his three young sons are in school. He said he might be meeting up with his buddies Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan, country music stars, who he thinks might be in LA performing.

Speaking of celebs, former Auburn Heisman trophy winner and two-sport dynamo Bo Jackson will be throwing out the first pitch today, in town drumming up publicity for his bike ride to raise money for tornado victims in Alabama. For information, go to www.bobikesbama.com.

1,657 comments Add your comment

TippinTheCap

April 18th, 2012
11:39 am

Venice Jim

April 18th, 2012
11:39 am

Thanks, Carroll!

VP

April 18th, 2012
11:42 am

Hopefully we will get the game in on time today

Tomahawkin

April 18th, 2012
11:44 am

Rock on C-Roge!

Long Night in Buckhead? Hence the drowsy-ness?

but I like the B-Squad…This B Squad on paper can beat the Phillies Full Metal Jacket Lineup, if and only if they have the kind of at bats like they did last night against Johan The Great

ATLtoAZtoNC

April 18th, 2012
11:45 am

Hey DOB,

Just saw on MLB.com that the Braves have the worst Defensive Efficiency Rating in the majors. What does that mean and what are the implications for the team?

TennesseePaul

April 18th, 2012
11:47 am

Thanks for the work CR.

GO BRAVES!!

Last 9 Starts of the Starting 9

_________AVG__OBP__SLG___OPS_wOBA_L9S9+
Bourn__ .205 .244 .282 0.526 .258 ___54
Prado__ .257 .333 .400 0.733 .318 __114
Heyward .419 .500 .710 1.210 .497 __249
Uggla__ .206 .289 .265 0.554 .284 ___64
Freeman .216 .256 .270 0.527 .263 ___55
Francis .222 .300 .333 0.633 .286 ___85
Ross___ .500 .500 .750 1.250 .535 __260
Pastorn .160 .222 .400 0.622 .286 ___77
Jurrjen .000 .200 .000 0.200 .144 __-35

Ease

April 18th, 2012
11:47 am

Johan The Great

Who is this in reference too?

CrαZy

April 18th, 2012
11:47 am

What does that mean and what are the implications for the team?

DOOM!!!!!

Tomahawkin

April 18th, 2012
11:48 am

ATLtoAZtoNC

April 18th, 2012
11:45 am

———-Hey DOB,

Just saw on MLB.com that the Braves have the worst Defensive Efficiency Rating in the majors. What does that mean and what are the implications for the team?———-

DOOM!

Especially in that Stupid 1 game Wildcard Playoff that the Braves are gonna be in this year…It will be our Undoing (Tear)

john

April 18th, 2012
11:49 am

Hey Carroll, why don’t you ask Fredi why he didn’t pull Chipper for a sub in a blowout game.

BMF

April 18th, 2012
11:49 am

is the game starting on time today? any scattered rain down at the Ted?

Tomahawkin

April 18th, 2012
11:50 am

Ease

“Johan The Great

Who is this in reference too?”

Cy Johan…The Mets Homer’s Nickname for him

Just like “Big Pelf”, among others

Tomahawkin

April 18th, 2012
11:51 am

off and on Rain in the Area, but no storms…

Gametime temp only around 64 ish

Tired of the Complaining

April 18th, 2012
11:51 am

Stat heads are so silly!!

Ease

April 18th, 2012
11:55 am

Cy Johan

Who is this then?

Carroll Rogers

April 18th, 2012
11:57 am

Bo jackson in black T-shirt and cap. thows 1st pitch a little up and away to Craig Kimbrel. But nice showing!

CrαZy

April 18th, 2012
11:58 am

What ever outbrain.com is it’s a POS!! Almost everytime I refresh the page it takes me to outbrain.com and shows nothing but a white screen.

CrαZy

April 18th, 2012
11:59 am

Can anyone supply a link for the game please!!

Jimmy

April 18th, 2012
12:00 pm

Game not on 680..I guess.

Ease

April 18th, 2012
12:01 pm

George

April 18th, 2012
12:01 pm

Excellent job with now blog CARROLL.

George

April 18th, 2012
12:02 pm

Jimmy

April 18th, 2012
12:02 pm

Pregame was on The Fan, but at 12, went back to ESPN.

Boonie27

April 18th, 2012
12:02 pm

Does anyone have a video link for the game????

MFin04

April 18th, 2012
12:03 pm

mlb.com/mediacenter

has the braves game as the free game of the day

CrαZy

April 18th, 2012
12:03 pm

Jimmy…
They can’t broadcast games online due to MLB policy. They gotta sell there MLBTV.

Ease

April 18th, 2012
12:04 pm

Actually:

Paul Kalinauskas ‏ @pkalinauskas
@ajcbraves Looks like the @Braves game is the free mlb.tv game of the day if you want to share to those stuck in the office.

CrαZy

April 18th, 2012
12:05 pm

Thanks for that link Ease… Took me right back to where I started!! :smile:

cabravesfan

April 18th, 2012
12:05 pm

Mark Bowman ‏ @mlbbowman Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
This afternoon’s Braves-Mets game is available free of charge on MLB.TV

ncgary

April 18th, 2012
12:05 pm

badda bing
go braves

Jimmy

April 18th, 2012
12:07 pm

CrαZy

April 18th, 2012
12:08 pm

Of course…. it’s blacked out due to local TV rights!! I don’t exactly have local cable at my work desk or I wouldn’t be trying to get the game online!!!!

George

April 18th, 2012
12:08 pm

It is TIME. Lets win one today. Have a good afternoon y’all.

CrαZy

April 18th, 2012
12:09 pm

Mark Bowman ‏ @mlbbowman Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
This afternoon’s Braves-Mets game is available free of charge on MLB.TV

For people that live outside of ATL tv market!!

Jimmy

April 18th, 2012
12:11 pm

Boonie27

April 18th, 2012
12:11 pm

I can’t see the mlb.tv link…says i’m blacked out…anything to do about that?

Dutchieeeeee

April 18th, 2012
12:13 pm

Afternoon everyone.

Anyone looking for audio ór video stream, the game is mlb free game of the day. http://mlb.mlb.com/mediacenter/index.jsp?c_id=mlb

Let’s get the W for the Curacao kid!

ncgary

April 18th, 2012
12:13 pm

mlb.com is fos
i live 4 hours away from atlanta and still blacked out. would have bought it
if not for inane policy

CrαZy

April 18th, 2012
12:13 pm

if you are blacked out of the MLB.TV the free game of the day then you sould get an option to listen to the radio broadcast from them.

Dutchieeeeee

April 18th, 2012
12:14 pm

Oh, if you’re blacked out, there’s allways the wiziwig forum!
http://forum.wiziwig.eu/threads/72529-Streaming-MLB-Today-Wednesday-18-April

Go Braves

faninva

April 18th, 2012
12:14 pm

Dutchieeeeee

April 18th, 2012
12:16 pm

Oops, probably should have read the entries before posting the mlb thingy. Sorry about that.

Verry nice read CR. Much appreciated across the big blue.

Venice Jim

April 18th, 2012
12:18 pm

Nice start there…

Murph

April 18th, 2012
12:19 pm

3 up, 3 down for JJ

Brava

April 18th, 2012
12:19 pm

Love Chipper’s enthusiasm.

MFin04

April 18th, 2012
12:20 pm

Looked good there.

bravesgrl4life

April 18th, 2012
12:23 pm

Pitching duel for the first inning. 1-2-3.

Murph

April 18th, 2012
12:24 pm

Uh ohh… Dickey’s knuckleball is in full effect today…

Is there a reason why more guys don’t throw this pitch? There are maybe, what, 4 or 5 guys in the league who throw it? Maybe less than that?

MFin04

April 18th, 2012
12:24 pm

Gonna be a loooonnggg day for the offense.

bravofan

April 18th, 2012
12:26 pm

So since todays game is the free mlb tv game can we not watch it if we live in the metro area because of blackout ?

bravesgrl4life

April 18th, 2012
12:27 pm

Way to go, JJ :sad:

Murph

April 18th, 2012
12:27 pm

Nice job there JJ

Brava

April 18th, 2012
12:27 pm

Jimmy

April 18th, 2012
12:27 pm

ChrisfromSacramento., Ca

April 18th, 2012
12:27 pm

JJ is pathetic. Nice pitch loser

Nick

April 18th, 2012
12:27 pm

Venice Jim

April 18th, 2012
12:28 pm

Not quite so good there…

ncbravesfan90

April 18th, 2012
12:28 pm

When your throwing 86-88 mph you cant live up and away in the zone….

Nick

April 18th, 2012
12:28 pm

MFin04

April 18th, 2012
12:28 pm

Go ahead and ballgame it. :(

Tomahawkin

April 18th, 2012
12:29 pm

Well…Its Time to listen to Boog Powell and Don Sutton…At times they can be better than the TV Crew…They Should Join the Booth and Call half the game like they used to do on the old TBS

Dutchieeeeee

April 18th, 2012
12:29 pm

Not sure why I even check the comments anymore.

Enjoy the game people.

Groeten

Murph

April 18th, 2012
12:29 pm

It’s smelling like a Durbin kinda day… JJ’s 5th homerun surrendered in 10 innings.

Carroll Rogers

April 18th, 2012
12:29 pm

he did, in the ninth john

Jimmy

April 18th, 2012
12:29 pm

Walk sets up the double play.

Tomahawkin

April 18th, 2012
12:30 pm

This is getting OOGLY Quick!

Looks Like the J-Hey Rough-Riders will Gang up on Double J…Poor Dude

Cap: Where's My Tip

April 18th, 2012
12:30 pm

just don’t let the HR snowball the inning JJ, it’s just 1-0 not a big deal

ncbravesfan90

April 18th, 2012
12:30 pm

Wonder if Baltimore will still take JJ for Adam Jones….just wondering

ChrisfromSacramento., Ca

April 18th, 2012
12:30 pm

Trade JJ’s sorry ass when Hudson comes back. His sloppy 86-88 weak shyt needs to hit the raod.

bigchiefrg

April 18th, 2012
12:31 pm

anyone know what that dammed whistling sound is? been hearing it for the past several home games including today and it is driving me crazy.

Tomahawkin

April 18th, 2012
12:31 pm

Murph

April 18th, 2012
12:29 pm

———-It’s smelling like a Durbin kinda day… JJ’s 5th homerun surrendered in 10 innings.

Stop Right There! :)

But Agreed,” GAS CAN DURBIN” is due to light Up the Party

Efrim

April 18th, 2012
12:31 pm

5 home runs in 10.1 IP for Jurrjens.

BravesfaninWis

April 18th, 2012
12:31 pm

Hanson and Jurrjens will be the Braves Achilles heel this year. All hype for both of these guys and neither are that good. Should have traded one of them when they had the chance.

Efrim

April 18th, 2012
12:32 pm

Hanson and Jurrjens will be the Braves Achilles heel this year.

Hanson will be fine……

Nick

April 18th, 2012
12:32 pm

GET HIM OUT!

bravesgrl4life

April 18th, 2012
12:32 pm

JJ looking like Santana?

MFin04

April 18th, 2012
12:33 pm

Walking Jason Bay is like walking a pitcher. Hate when goes go 3-0, then get 3-2 and then throw a pitch no where close.

Tomahawkin

April 18th, 2012
12:33 pm

ChrisfromSacramento., Ca

“Trade JJ’s sorry ass when Hudson comes back. His sloppy 86-88 weak shyt needs to hit the raod.”

lol, Its 1230 and You are in Full Effect Mode… :)

“Can’t you just like Free Your Mind? or Something? lol

You are making Mitchell seem cool, calm and collected…

JC Brave

April 18th, 2012
12:33 pm

Should’ve traded him during the offseason.. even in exchange for a has been…

ChrisfromSacramento., Ca

April 18th, 2012
12:33 pm

Jamie Moyer wins a game and JJ cant. Funny

Fish Bisch

April 18th, 2012
12:34 pm

Jar Jar is AAA bound.

Murph

April 18th, 2012
12:34 pm

GET HIM OUT!

He’s given up 1 run… don’t get your panties in a bunch. Wait ’til he’s given up 4 or 5 and then scream for his head.

Fish Bisch

April 18th, 2012
12:35 pm

Chipper’s knees are in better shape than JJs.

Tomahawkin

April 18th, 2012
12:35 pm

I dunno whats Wrong With Double J. I cant drink the Kool Aid and Make Excuses now…he went from a potential #1 to a number 4 or 5 status in less than a year

Didn’t he start 12-3 last year? And what has been his record since?

There are gonna be people on here who are gonna claim that they wish that the Braves FO Traded him a year ago when he was at peak Value?

Jimmy

April 18th, 2012
12:36 pm

Braves might be Hanna Ruled today. They say that knuckler is really dancing.

JJ at 40 pitches with 1 out in second.

bravesgrl4life

April 18th, 2012
12:37 pm

Awesome DP! Now get that run and about 6 back

Venice Jim

April 18th, 2012
12:37 pm

Way to minimize…

Brava

April 18th, 2012
12:37 pm

Nice DP! BAM!

bravesgrl4life

April 18th, 2012
12:38 pm

Nah, not quite like Santana. He did get out of the inning at least.

MFin04

April 18th, 2012
12:38 pm

Jair will be fine, just has to get his control down. Has always been a good contact pitcher.

Tomahawkin

April 18th, 2012
12:38 pm

I for one think Double J needs some Early Runs BAD!

It will help him settle down and he needs to…He’s only facing the NY Mess…Not the Cardinals or the D-Backs

Brava

April 18th, 2012
12:39 pm

Come on offense!

Jimmy

April 18th, 2012
12:39 pm

See, that walk DID set up the double play.
Well, kinda did.

Lookie, lookie, lookie, here comes cookie, Cooks Pest Control.

Brava

April 18th, 2012
12:40 pm

MFin04

April 18th, 2012
12:41 pm

I don’t really think Jurrjens is the type of pitcher who needs runs to pitch well, but I still wouldn’t mind the Braves showing they can hit Dickey, which I don’t think they can.

Jimmy

April 18th, 2012
12:41 pm

Come on Freddie. Come on kid…….

ncscoots

April 18th, 2012
12:41 pm

I cant drink the Kool Aid

Could you please find some other hackneyed cliche to post in the midst of your usual drivel? Even nimrods have tossed the use of “kool aid” .

Fols

April 18th, 2012
12:41 pm

In Play, (outs)

bravesgrl4life

April 18th, 2012
12:41 pm

Freddie with the double !!!

Venice Jim

April 18th, 2012
12:42 pm

Way to stay hot….

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