Braves quotes after Monday loss to Dodgers

Note: All of the interviews below were conducted prior to the Braves’ announcement that Jair Jurrjens was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett, which was made about 45 minutes after the game at 10:45 p.m. PT (1:45 a.m. ET), after reporters left the clubhouse and returned to the pressbox.

***FREDI GONZALEZ

“I tell you what, I’ve never seen … yeah, there were some balls hit hard, but there were some balls that you couldn’t have thrown them [to a spot in the field] any better. I think JJ was a victim of some of that. Not all of it, but some of it. Some of the balls were over the plate again, but it was just one of those days for him. I thought Livan did a terrific job there, picking up some innings and not using the bullpen. And again he gets victimized by ball down the line that’s, I don’t know, may a couple of inches fair, by Uribe and the bases loaded.

“Overall I think the good thing was we didn’t get into our bullpen.”

Had some opportunities, bases loaded strikeout in first, lined out a couple of times…

“That’s the way it goes sometimes. We hit some balls hard at people. I’m not discrediting the Dodgers, I mean they swung the bats and put the ball in play with two strikes and capitalized. We fell behind the eight-ball early and just couldn’t get it going.”

Tough situation with Jurrjens mentally, not to have any success and keep trying to get through this?

“Well, he’s a tough kid. And the good thing about it, he’s had some success in the past. Hopefully that will turn around.”

First inning loaded bases against Capuano but didn’t score…

“We got him in some jams and I thought we did a helluva job early cranking up his pitch count. I think he had 50 in the third inning, but he settled in and again, we had some people on base and couldn’t get the base hit to get the line moving. And he settled in and gave those guys seven strong innings.”

Do you think Jurrjens may be hiding an injury

“God I hope not. I think he’s fine. Our medical people talk to him all the time and he’s fine, and you see him do his work after his starts and he’s fine.”

You think it’s more about location than velocity?

“Yeah. Balls are over the plate. Fastball and breaking pitches are pretty close to the same speed. That’s something we can work on.”

When Hudson comes back, could you skip Jurrjens’ turn or do something like that?

“He comes back in, what, six days, something like that? There’s a lot of stuff that we could do from here. We just talked; the game was over 15 minutes ago. We’re not going to make any crazy decisions right now.”

**DAVID ROSS

On Capuano

“He pitched out of some tough situations. He made his pitches. I thought we had some good at-bats off him. We hit some balls hard. We had some deep fly balls. I feel like guys were right on him. We had some good at-bats and some baserunners on, and we didn’t take advantage of that. Sometimes that’s just a credit to him. He doesn’t give in and he uses what he has. I don’t know if he has our number, but he definitely bears down in big situations and got the job done tonight.”

On Jurrjens and what we wrong

“I don’t know. I felt like they got on the dish today and just challenged us to go in. Everything we threw away was getting hit. We didn’t even have a chance to get to some of his off-speed stuff just because every time he threw something away it just got hit. Then when we did go in we broke some bats, but it was a bleeder here and a bleeder there.

“I feel like we’ve been getting the short end of that stick lately, like there’s been a lot of balls falling just out of the reach of our middle infielders, some bleeders. You combine that with some really good hitters in the middle of the lineup, and that’s a tough day. If some balls are going to fall for them, it’s going to be a tough day.”

On Jurrjens’ ongoing struggles

“I think he had better stuff today. Honestly, you know I don’t look at the radar gun or anything like that, but I felt like he made some pitches and got beat today. I felt like he made some pitches in to Ethier. We kept Matt Kemp at bay for how hot he is. Mark Ellis, we kept him at bay. Dee Gordon got on. I felt like we kept him at check a little bit. [But] the bottom of their lineup really stepped up today and did a good job. They weren’t trying to pull JJ. They hit him the other way. It seemed like a ton of balls got hit to right today by right-handed hitters, so that’s a good approach.

“I was just telling him, I thought he made some good pitches and got bad results. I thought they had a good approach, but he was making some pitches that he got beat on.”

**JAIR JURRJENS

On some balls hit hard, others falling in that weren’t hit hard…

“That’s what happens when you on in a funk. They had some hits that were bloopers. I know which ones I made mistakes and which ones I made good pitches and they still got a hit on.”

“Keep fighting. Keep fighting and try to keep working and get out of this funk I’m in.”

Ross said you made some good pitches and got beat on them anyway

“It’s hard to say what’s going on. I felt good, ball’s coming out good. Everything’s sinking. Just right now I’m going through a bad stretch. I’m going to keep fighting and bounce back.”

“Starting pitchers do a lot of work between starts. I’m doing everything off the field trying to get ready. I’m not seeing results. It’s frustrating. There’s a lot of season left. I’m just going to keep my head up and keep fighting.”

Tough to stay positive when not having any success?

“I think everybody goes through a bad stretch. I think mine is right now. I’ll just keep watching tape, keep working and try to get out of this funk.”

Physically you feel good?

“I feel fine.”

Knee’s 100 percent?

“Yeah.”

“[Things are]  just not clicking. I don’t know what to say about that.”

Would you want them to maybe skip a start with Huddy coming off the DL?

“No, I’m not a quitter. I’m just going to keep going out there and try to do my best. That’s the only thing I can do right now. I try to keep my team in the game. It’s just for now, I’m not the same guy I used to be. Just going to keep fighting.”

78 comments Add your comment

count_schemula

April 24th, 2012
2:33 am

Come back strong JJ!

Sammy

April 24th, 2012
2:33 am

Wren should take Fredi on a canoe ride next

JNick

April 24th, 2012
2:33 am

Well JJ, now you can keep going out there and trying your best….

….in AAA, where you can’t hurt the big league team. Hope you find your stuff…but if not, best of luck next year with a new team.

Scott Proctor

April 24th, 2012
2:38 am

About time. People try to blame his velocity, but even Livan came in throwing slower than Jamie Moyer and he pitched pretty good. Jurrjens just doesn’t have it. I’m very surprised Wren had to guts to send him down, but I’m glad he did

Ralph

April 24th, 2012
2:41 am

JNick

Love those comments Nick, my sentiments exactly.

BosnianBaller

April 24th, 2012
2:51 am

Jurrjens body language is not there.I think it’s from being shopped in the winter time b/c he looks nothing like his old stuff pitching and body language wise

J-Man

April 24th, 2012
2:55 am

I WAS RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!! Where are Lew, lobosolo and reckingball now…….nowhere to be found.
I’m here win or lose. I dont hide with other screen names and if i say something wrong i man up and admit it. But I said last year that Jurrjens had lost his velocity, and during the offseason I said we should trade JJ especially when that Adam Jones deal was out there. Then I said he had t be placed on the DL or sent down to AAA, but I had lobosolo going psyco and reckingball just bashing me………….Well I’m still here.

Now what we need to do now is get a REAL SHORTSTOP and win the NL. If we get a real SS we will win the NL…..you heard it here 1st. I want Eduardo Nunez from the Yankees if we get him we win the division and 95 + games. Wren ismaking the decisions here and thank god he decided to go over Fredi’s head and made the right move

go-BRAVOS

April 24th, 2012
3:13 am

WOW, I cannot believe they pulled the trigger on JJ. I figured Fredi would keep sending him out there every 5th day like everything was fine. Feel bad for JJ but now he can work out his problems and hopefully help the team during the season.
I’m still stunned they actually made this decision. maybe things are looking up for this organization.

Fredi Will Screw It Up Somehow

April 24th, 2012
3:15 am

Should’ve pinch hit for him!

clay

April 24th, 2012
3:55 am

I think they should start medlen in his place next start. then huddy will be back.

bravesgrl4life

April 24th, 2012
5:12 am

Was hoping to get up and find they had turned it around. Not to be. But, I wasn’t confident in winning with JJ on the mound, sad to say. Go get ‘em tonight, boys.

bsg3003

April 24th, 2012
6:10 am

His stuff was too straight, it had almOst no movement on it.

Biff Pocoroba

April 24th, 2012
6:31 am

Now just send Fredi and Wilson down to AAA and this team might get a wild card spot.

DaveinNEPA

April 24th, 2012
7:09 am

Fredi and Ross can say what they want but it was pretty obvious to anyone who watched the game that Jurrjens just didn’t have anything last night. Even their outs were hit hard.

Hopefully a stint at Gwinnett gets him straightened out, but with the competition as it is in the Eastern division right now,we can’t afford to have Jurrjens out there every 5th day the way he’s pitching right now.

DaveinNEPA

April 24th, 2012
7:13 am

One thing I’ve noticed though. This isn’t the first time Fredi has told the press one thing and FW has pulled the rug out from under him. (i.e. Parrish)

WTF

April 24th, 2012
7:34 am

No cap tipping from Fredi to JJ. We have too many decent to really good arms to have Jair in rotation. When he’s ‘on’, he’s great. But being ‘on’ once in 5 starts don’t cut it in ATL – or anywhere else for that matter.
I, too, hope he can get it back in G-net, but if not, someone will want him – KC perhaps.
And the Dodgers are playing really good ball right now. Hard to beat a team hitting everything in sight thrown from all sorts or arms. But, hey, they get to play again today – new day, new pitcher, new hope.

Game Changer

April 24th, 2012
7:46 am

The Braves are playing a little better ball than expected. The team has alot of players that strikeout 20% to 25% of the time, this will continue as it did last night. LA one K, ATL 7K. Nothing can be done about K’s because many of these hitters are not contact hitters. I am surprised at the ATL start but I do not feel they can keep it up. Braves will struggle as the season continues.

Hmm

April 24th, 2012
7:59 am

Agree with the other blogger, Medlen should get a spot start while JJ goes to AAA. but I am glad that they sent him to see if he can turn him around. Management made the right decision. Not sure it was totally up to Fredi G, but I think it was the right move

Mark's for the Braves

April 24th, 2012
8:06 am

Another ugly start for JJ. Hope he gets it together at Gwinett.

tp

April 24th, 2012
8:16 am

Next to Hudson, Delgado has the best stuff of any starter (Beachy is a close second in my opinion), and he’s not going to learn anything more or get any better pitching in Triple A. He needs to take advantage of this opportunity and become the future #1-2 starter his talent can allow him to be. I think the pressure he has on him now that JJ has been sent down could push him in that direction. It’s time to see what you’re made of RD!

The Red

April 24th, 2012
8:26 am

It’s a good thing JJ has options left. Else he’d be out there every 5th day like Lowe.

Slammin Sammy

April 24th, 2012
8:31 am

Jair is still better than Durbin. Should have put Jair in bullpen and released Durbin.

meh

April 24th, 2012
8:31 am

I think JJ is still worrying about his knee and it messing with him on the mound. hopefully he’ll have good outings in Gwinnett and get his confidence back. he just needs to get his head right and he’ll be fine.

Bro

April 24th, 2012
8:35 am

Had to make a move. Could not trade him in the off season and the only hope for a trade was for him to pitch well early in the season. Would have been a good option for a great trade and may still be if he gets it together. Need a shortstop or a good full time left fielder. Chipper can only play two or three days and then three off. Part-time for 20 mill a year. Good work if you can get it.

Slammin Sammy

April 24th, 2012
8:37 am

Fredi got a man-crush on Durbin ? It appears….

Slammin Sammy

April 24th, 2012
8:39 am

If he put Jair in bullpen he would allow 2 runs in relief per inning. Durbin allows 3 to 4 runs per inning in relief. Go with the lesser of two sucky pitchers, Jair….

reckingball

April 24th, 2012
9:03 am

The Juggernaut is getting slowed down by a bumpy road, but it is still rolling.
Go Braves! Get them today!

reckingball

April 24th, 2012
9:06 am

J-MAN @2:55am……….I’m still here and will continue support the Braves win or lose. Without bashing the team, and management.

PMC

April 24th, 2012
9:09 am

The Dodgers got absolutely embarassed by the Astros the night before. I expected them to come out last night with a much better effort. It happens it’s baseball. Jurrjens will have the opportunity to get right out of so much public scrutiny now. Guy is a great pitcher, he’ll find his game.

Atlanta Brave in NC

April 24th, 2012
9:37 am

The Braves have an uncanny penchant for leaving lots of players on base. I know that they scored a bunch of runs during their streak, but seemed to lapse back into old habits starting with the Dbacks on Sunday when McCann grounded into to a DP with the bases loaded, and last night not scoring with the bases loaded. This has to change if the Braves are to be real contenders. Hopefully someone will develope a killer instinct for this team. Go Braves!!!

Brandon

April 24th, 2012
9:39 am

Jair is clearly not the same pitcher…but if he finds his old form, he will help carry this team. Right decision to send him to AAA.

Hmm

April 24th, 2012
9:40 am

JJ has not been right since the knee injury last year. Either the bullpen or AAA, either would have been fine with me.

reckingball

April 24th, 2012
9:42 am

J-MAN @2:55am……You sound like you are elated that JJ has failed to improve. Does it make you happy that the team has been hurt, just as long as YOU THINK, that you made some kind of prediction, that came to pass?
How old are you?
I don’t recall bashing you, I know that I disagree with just about everything that you put up on the board, but most of it is not even worth responding to, imo.
But, if my support of JJ, and desire for him to improve, is what you call bashing you, then I suppose that I bashed you, using your logic.
As far as me saying anything to you at the end of last season or the off season, I just don’t think that is factual, as I don’t recall ever seeing the moniker J-MAN, prior to 2 to 3 weeks ago.

henry tn

April 24th, 2012
9:50 am

jj has never had good stuff just good location, i don’t think he will ever be back to his last spring form

reckingball

April 24th, 2012
9:53 am

I hope that Jair can get back into his groove in AAA.
In the words of the great Bobby Cox ‘he’s a good kid”
go braves

Tip O' the Cap

April 24th, 2012
9:58 am

I was getting the LA feed last night, and even Vin Scully kept going on and on about JJ not fooling anyone. Hope he can work through it, but if not, we’re in a good position with Huddy coming back and the other young studs.

I agree that this was a Frank decision and not a FG one. So Mr. Frank Wren: this tip of the cap is for you!

Go Braves!

Lil' Barry Bailout

April 24th, 2012
10:01 am

The Braves vaunted “big arms”–another marketing job by the club and by Mark Bradley. By season’s end, it’s likely that two of either Hansen, Jurrjens, and Hudson will be on IR. they’re fragile and overrated.

ChrisfromSacramento,Ca

April 24th, 2012
10:10 am

Waking up and going to go for a run on the beach and got the good news.

Best it JJ

ChrisfromSacramento,Ca

April 24th, 2012
10:10 am

Waking up and going to go for a run on the beach and got the good news.

Beat it JJ

J.S. Makes a Call to Frank Wren

April 24th, 2012
10:37 am

JS: Frank, I told you weeks ago that J.J. didn’t have it.

Frank: Uncle John, I thought you meant he didn’t have herpes.

JS: Geeezzzz

Buddy Landel

April 24th, 2012
10:53 am

tp

April 24th, 2012
8:16 am
Next to Hudson, Delgado has the best stuff of any starter (Beachy is a close second in my opinion
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Do you know what “stuff” is? Hanson has the best “stuff” on our starting staff, but his execution isn’t always there.

Buddy Landel

April 24th, 2012
10:55 am

J.S. Makes a Call to Frank Wren

April 24th, 2012
10:37 am
JS: Frank, I told you weeks ago that J.J. didn’t have it.

Frank: Uncle John, I thought you meant he didn’t have herpes.

JS: Geeezzzz

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
That was funny as a funeral.

reckingball

April 24th, 2012
10:57 am

“and ‘even’ Vin Scully kept going on and on about JJ”—
That is no surprise, Scully has historically bad-mouthed the Braves since 1991, even when he was doing Network Broadcast, and he was suppose to be neutral.

reckingball

April 24th, 2012
11:01 am

@10:37……Almost as funny as colon cancer, or maybe a 25 car pileup on I-95.

me

April 24th, 2012
11:02 am

Good morning reckingball, I think this was a good move. Now we got Hudson,Hanson, Minor, Beachy,and Minor. Keep those 2 kids in minors. Fire FG. Send pastornicky down and bring up sutton. We will be fine. However I dont think FW is that smart.

o-my

April 24th, 2012
11:17 am

Fredi just play the damn best players and Braves will be ok!!!!!!

me

April 24th, 2012
11:19 am

He doesnt do that o-my. THat is why I say fire him NOW.

Lobosolo

April 24th, 2012
12:27 pm

Well, J-MAN, I’m not hiding out, don’t need to…. I work for a living and can’t camp out on here like you seem to do… You seem to be filled with glee over JJ being sent down… you might have called that one right, but you still haven’t proven that you aren’t a whining armchair… same for your new girlfriend me… I will be gracious and give you this… you do seem to be a real fan and not a bandwagoneer, but dude, I for one am sure happy that you’re not running the club… there is a lot you don’t seem to understand about the game and how major league baseball works, and some of your comments on Pastornicky and Wilson, in particular, are unjustified… Enjoy the ride…

Buddy Landel

April 24th, 2012
12:30 pm

That Homer the Brave guy on DOB’s blogs looks very ban-able.

One Big Dummy

April 24th, 2012
12:30 pm

DOB: I’m supposed to be going to the game tomorrow, any ideas on a make-up date if the game gets rained out?

Homer the Brave

April 24th, 2012
1:05 pm

That Homer the Brave guy has a 1st Amendment right to free of speech, Buddy. And he is not afraid to use it.

Buddy Landel

April 24th, 2012
1:11 pm

Homer- Your language offends people. You shouldn’t be afraid to use it, but rather ashamed. I’m glad my parents taught me better.

mojo

April 24th, 2012
1:25 pm

Someone please help FG with media relations. Just say it wasn’t our night and we got beat by the better team. Why the hell say “Overall I think the good thing was we didn’t get into our bullpen.”, which isn’t even true. What is so damn good about that anyway? We lost. Lame lame lame

David the Shepherd

April 24th, 2012
1:29 pm

WOW, I cannot believe they pulled the trigger on JJ. I figured Fredi would keep sending him out there every 5th day like everything was fine.—go-Bravos

I can absolutely guarantee you that Fredi would have kept sending him out there every 5th day. This trigger was pulled by a bigger gun than Fredi’s. FW or JS made this move. Fredi is a bad joke of a manager…probably a nice guy, but definitely not a quality skipper.

David O'Brien

April 24th, 2012
2:01 pm

That Homer the Brave guy has a 1st Amendment right to free of speech, Buddy. And he is not afraid to use it.

And if he makes another comment like he did earlier about “that Beth girl,” he will be free to use his right on another blog. But not this one.

me

April 24th, 2012
2:07 pm

Could Homer the Brave guy watch his language. There is a lady in the house.

AdirondackDave

April 24th, 2012
2:08 pm

Under the circumstances, Gwinnett was the right call. I’m a little surprised but Wren knows every win counts and it wasn’t happening with JJ. My guess is that with some pressure off, he’ll turn it around enough to be included in deal for an outfielder or shortstop. Fredi and Frank probably can’t afford to miss the expanded playoffs this year.

reckingball

April 24th, 2012
2:09 pm

Can you call someone back at the AJC, and get them to check the oil in the blog machine, if this post makes it, I’m hitting at .333. 1 outa 3.

J-Man

April 24th, 2012
2:14 pm

I am excited because Frank Wren or maybe it wasnt Wren this decision might have come all the way from Schulholtz, to senf JJ to AAA. Because if you remember JS flat out said that last years collapse wont happen again. I think someone saw tis and took proactive measures. I personally think that JJ is still injured and had no confidence but when you have an important role of being a starter you are basically in charge of 1/5 of te season and for any teaam to go out there with a clear disadvantage in every fifth game makes it really tough to make the playoffs. But I see that the upper management wants to win, granted Liberty doesnt give the the $$$ they need most of the time but they are not going to just give every fifth game up while JJ tries to “figure it out”. Now we need to get a REAL SS and we can win the division and the Pennent. Now to lobosolo, reckingball, and Lew I want to apologize for rubbing your face in the fact I was right but your still Braves Fans and I still have much love for yal., Now Yankee, Met Philly, and Red Sox fan can kiss my Arrrrse. Now its time we rally and kick some Dodger butt.
GOOOOOOOO BRAVES

me

April 24th, 2012
2:21 pm

Hi J_MAN How are you today?

steve

April 24th, 2012
2:23 pm

I just don”t understand how they think J.J. had better stuff last night as his pitches are flat and over the middle of the plate, hoping he can get straightened out at Gwinett and come back like his old self , F.G. should have had Wilson bunting in the 2nd and pinch hit for J.J. as we still had a chance to get even and sending him back out there was a huge mistake because of the way he was pitching , not fair to the team to at least not give us a chance . We need a shortstop that can contribute and this team will be in good shape to win lots of games.

J-Man

April 24th, 2012
2:32 pm

I’m great because the Braves are tired of tipping their caps and are doing something about it. This move would equate to them taking Derek Lowe out of the rotation in 2011 but they never did that and it wound up costing us. Frank Wren saw that we couldntjust give up every fifth game to the opposition while a pitcher “figures it out”. Thats why we have AAA for every game in the Majors count and FW or John Schuerholz saw that we had a great opportunity to do something this year and made a proactive decision. Now if we can get a REAL SS we will be the frontrunners in the NL.

me

April 24th, 2012
2:36 pm

How about Drew Sutton at SS. I guess you want Delgado now. I hope not. MEDLEN!!!!

Stanley Crowe

April 24th, 2012
2:50 pm

Decisive move by Frank Wren — and a good one, I think. I really like Jurjjens, but he’s not a power pitcher, and when he’s locating and not moving the ball around in the zone, he’s not effective. I hope he finds his mojo in AAA and comes back to the big club later in the year. He was a great pitcher for the first half of 2011.

I still feel good about the team. Beachy, Minor, Medlen, and Delgado have impressed me. I didn’t expect them to be so poised so soon. They’ll have their setbacks, but if they stay healthy, they’ll be effective late in the season. Also, Jason looks like a different hitter from last year — better swings, more selective, just a bit more mature. Freeman, I think, is an all-star in the making: potentially a great hitter (already a very good one), and an excellent defensive player. Bourn is showing his stuff, and Prado and Uggla and McCann are fighters. We’ll be OK — but the division has gotten a bit tougher too.

me

April 24th, 2012
2:55 pm

Stanley Crowe, Just exactly how are you impressed with Delgado? He could not throw a strike to a PITCHER. Release him. You have got to be kidding that you like thet piece of junk.

J-Man

April 24th, 2012
3:54 pm

I think Teheran should get a chance, I wont be mad if Medlen gets a chance as well. Delgado maybe needs another chance as well. But JJ didnt deserve anymore chances.

me

April 24th, 2012
4:03 pm

I agree on JJ. J_MAN Maybe Teheran but was not impressive in spring, but maybe given a chance. That piece of junk Delgado deserves nothing but a bus ticket out of town. He should already be released. Sorry that is just my honest opinion. Maybe if I had that neck rub I would feel better. I just cant buy a pitcher that cant throw a strike to an opposing pitcher. Sorry, but he is not worth the money.

Tony C.

April 24th, 2012
4:04 pm

@ me 14:55 -Delgado is very good, he had a mini meltdown and it bit him, but that kid has all the talent to be an elite pitcher, sure he had the bad inning, but look at how he came back the next inning and got guys out. That speaks volumes about the guy’s mental toughness…release him? That’s a silly idea

dap01

April 24th, 2012
4:10 pm

Bro: Check your facts before you pontificate

J-Man

April 24th, 2012
4:14 pm

Delgado is still young and he is immature, I think also that Ump got in his head by calling a strike then calling it a ball…..I dont think Ive ever seen that before. Now has he looked bad yea, has he looked good yea. He is what we call an inconsistant pitcher where he can look dominant on one hand and on te other hand walk a pitcher with the bases loaded. Personally he should be in AAA or have David Ross catch for him because Ross always seems to be able to calm down any young pitcher. But IMO Teheran will give us the best chance to win. followed by Medlen then Delgado. The only reason I dont have Medlen up higher is because he hasnt pitched more than 3 innings since 2010 and trust me the 4th to 6th innings are different than the 1st 3 innings because batters will have seen what you tendencies are and make adjustments.

jim

April 24th, 2012
4:15 pm

I am surprised there hasn’t been more said about Fredi’s quote “at least we did not use [too much] of the bullpen.” This is a good thing?
When it was obvious that JJ had nothing and we were only down 3-1 with a runner on third and one out, then why not a pinch hitter? We ended up with no runs, and JJ going out and not getting an out in the bottom of the inning before he was removed anyway — net result: 1 (or 2) possible runs not scored for us, 2 more scored for them, and same amount of innings for the pen anyway.
In the 8th inning when we cut the lead to 3 runs, why run Livan out again? The odds were not good, but the game was not out of hand. Not a situation for Venters, but Medlen hasn’t pitched since the Mets series, and EOF has not pitched in over a week. Is he hurt? If not he should have pitched if only to get some work and stay sharp. If so, why not a trip to the DL to get another arm in the pen so that Fredi does not have to go to the other extreme of underusing his pen.

Medlen can absolutely not come out of the pen (especially if EOF is hurt). The key to saving the big three is to have a 4th arm available to take a share of the 7th-8th (and even the 9th) inning load. Medlen is the only guy that fits that bill.

me

April 24th, 2012
4:21 pm

OK guys I give. You guys can keep your junk pitcher, but just remember when he pitches you LOSE. He cannot throw a strike to a picher you LOSE. When he is on the mound, I do not even want to watch the massacre. Good luck with your so called pitcher. Bye you made me mad listening to that mess. I guess you didnt see the same game I did. Gone for run on beach and good swim Bye for now.

J-Man

April 24th, 2012
4:24 pm

I think there are Umps that have “agendas” against certain teams, and I really could see that there are some Umps that might be “bought off”. Think about it Tim Donaghy was a well respected referee in the NBA butwhen the FBI came down on him we truly found out how gambling can not only get the players but referees as well. Now the same people that bet on the NBA also bet on MLB games, This is a fact, now Major League Baseball employs more Umpires/Referees than the NBA, MLB has twice as many games as the NBA. Former mob boss Michael Franzese has flat out said that all major sports have officials in the pockets of the mob and gambling bosses. For that reason alone MLB should use instant replay to reduce the potential effects of any corrupt officials. Also the most important thing is to get the play right. Also I recommend anyone to look up Michael Franzese interview in the Jim Rome radio show.

jim

April 24th, 2012
4:24 pm

BREAKING NEWS!!!
Randall Delgado on Sunday was the first MLB pitcher in the history of the game to walk the opposing pitcher on 4 pitches!! This one horrendous display of incompetence forever brands him as an incompetent who should be summarily dismissed from his profession!!!

(By the way, maybe that shot by Kubel that went just under the triangle of his pants legs might have had something to do with a brief loss of concentration.)

me

April 24th, 2012
4:25 pm

@dap01Check your facts before calling someone bro. Thank you very much.

KK

April 24th, 2012
4:50 pm

me

April 24th, 2012
5:28 pm

If anyone cares, I am back.

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