Pirates, and their surprisingly good pitching staff, are back in town

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

Remember the last time the Pirates were in town? It was last July for the four-game series that actually felt more like six games. That’s because of the 19-inning marathon that lasted until 1:50 a.m. in the second game of the series, and ended with home plate umpire Jerry Meals calling Julio Lugo safe on a play at the plate whenever everyone else could see catcher Michael McKenry had swipe tagged him on the shin.

Meals acknowledged the next afternoon that he’d missed the call, but the damage was done.Lugo

The night proved to be pretty devastating for the Pirates, who had been 53-48 before that game, off to one of their best starts in ages. But from that day forward, after the six hour 39-minute marathon, they were 19-42. If the hurricane bound for New York got the Braves season off track in early September, that late night on July 26 at Turner Field seemed to do the same for the Pirates.

The 4-3 win didn’t come without a major price for the Braves too. Catcher Brian McCann strained his oblique muscle that night and wasn’t the same for the final six weeks of the season.

Time to make some new memories here this weekend with the four-game wrap-around series, Friday through Monday. But one more thing before we start looking ahead – don’t tell your friends who are Pirates fans what the Braves will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of this year, and whose bobblehead they’ll be handing out to the first 20,000 fans on June 9. Just let that one, er, …slide.

Second in the majors

One thing that’s new and different about the Pirates is how well they’re pitching. How many people would have guessed the Pirates’ staff is second in all of baseball with a 2.58 ERA? Take a second for that to sink in.

New additions A.J. Burnett and Eric Bedard are doing their part, and the Braves will see both in the first two games of the series. (Bedard, who goes Saturday night, is actually 0-4 but with a 2.63 ERA. The Pirates have scored a grand total of three runs for him in those four starts!)

A.J. Burnett in his new Pirates digs (AP)

A.J. Burnett in his new Pirates digs (AP)

But let’s talk Burnett. He was traded from Yankees on the first day of spring training then fractured his orbital bone on Feb. 29 in a freak accident after he fouled a ball off his face during a bunting drill.

He’s back and pitching well. Burnett threw seven shutout innings against the Cardinals in his first start as a Pirate last Saturday, giving up only three hits, walking two and striking out seven.

Granted Burnett was miserable his last two seasons with the Yankees, going 10-15 with a 5.26 ERA in 2010, followed by 11-11 with a 5.15 ERA in 2011, but he’s got to be happy to be out of the hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium for PNC Park. He gave up 61 home runs in 66 starts at the new Yankee Stadium.

Here’s Pirates manager Clint Hurdle’s take on Burnett’s fresh start:

“It’s win-win for both of us,” Hurdle told reporters recently. “Look at the environment he was in, he was one of the guys, probably somewhere in the middle. Here, based on his experience and resume, he’s on top. He’s comfortable in this environment and in his own skin. He’s a tireless worker. He’s not going to put up with somebody else not carrying his share of the load.”

This will be the first time the Braves have faced Burnett since 2008 when he was with the Blue Jays. He shut them out for seven innings on four hits and struck out 11 on June 29, 2008, to beat Jo-Jo Reyes and the Braves 1-0.

He’s 5-9 in 18 career starts against Atlanta, mostly from his seven seasons as a Marlin, but with a 3.74 ERA. The Braves would surely love to see Chipper Jones in the lineup tonight, assuming his knee didn’t swell up too badly from the flight back from Los Angeles Wednesday night. He is hitting .351 (13-for-37) with two home runs and six RBIs against Burnett.

Hanson on the mound

Burnett will face Tommy Hanson who is riding some good momentum after winning two of his past three starts. He threw seven solid innings, allowing only two runs, his last time out against the Diamondbacks in the game the Braves won 3-2.

We found out today compliments of Jayson Stark of ESPN.com that when Jonny Venters, David Hernandez (Arizona) and Craig Kimbrel struck out nine batters in a row in the eighth and ninth innings, that was the first time in the live ball era that the final three relievers in a game came on for an inning apiece and struck out every batter they faced.

Hanson is facing a pretty downtrodden Pirates lineup that ranks last in the majors in runs per game (2.28), on-base percentage (.269) and is second-to-last in slugging percentage (.325).

Hanson is 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA in two starts vs. the Pirates for his career. Neil Walker is 3-for-6 with a triple and a home run and three RBIs off him.

The Pirates have won two of their past three series though, taking two of three from both the Rockies and the Diamondbacks, with a series loss to the Cardinals’ sandwiched in between.

Tidbits:

Scratch your head on this one: the Pirates broke a record held by the 1943 Tigers on Wednesday when they played their 18th game of the season without either scoring or allowing more than five runs.

Francoeur still has a golden arm

Francoeur still has a golden arm

Nate McLouth is back with the Pirates, hitting .200 (4-for-20) so far, but he drove in the run that started a five-run outburst in a 5-1 win over the Rockies to split a doubleheader Wednesday.

The Nationals starters became the first staff since the 1997 Braves (Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Denny Neagle, Kevin Millwood/Terrell Wade) to allow three of fewer home runs in the first 17 games of the season.

Jeff Francoeur collected the 99th outfield assist of his career Wednesday night for the Royals. He’ll become only the fifth active player with 100 or more, along with Bobby Abreu (134), Andruw Jones (121), Mark Kotsay (120), and Carlos Beltran (119). Only three former Braves among those five.

Just another nugget from the Javy Lopez book “Behind the Plate” I’m finishing up. Remember that story we’ve all heard about Bobby Cox pulling Andruw Jones from the middle of a game in June of 1998 because he wasn’t hustling on a flyball to center field? Lopez said it’s because Glavine screamed from the mound in anger, and Cox heard him, prompting him to make the move.

Actually, from what I understand it was actually Smoltz on the mound that day, not Glavine, but Smoltz did yell. Either way, we get the idea that Cox protected his starting pitchers in more ways than one.

Braves lineup:

1. Michael Bourn CF

2. Martin Prado LF

3. Freddie Freeman 1B

4. Brian McCann C

5. Dan Uggla 2B

6. Chipper Jones 3B

7. Jason Heyward RF

8. Tyler Pastornicky SS

9. Tommy Hanson P

2,042 comments Add your comment

LJ

April 27th, 2012
1:09 pm

Carroll Rogers

April 27th, 2012
1:10 pm

you’re welcome L.J.

Crawford

April 27th, 2012
1:13 pm

Great article as usual Carroll. Thank you.

George

April 27th, 2012
1:15 pm

Thanks Carroll
Any word on how CHIPPERS knee is after flight home?

LOL

April 27th, 2012
1:17 pm

Thanks Carroll ;)

cabravesfan

April 27th, 2012
1:17 pm

I imagine Chipper will be ok, with the off day yesterday

DiamondbackMac

April 27th, 2012
1:17 pm

McFann

It’s just an interesting thing that google has hidden in their search. One makes the page spin and in the other the google O’s destroy the search results.

PDOG

April 27th, 2012
1:18 pm

Carroll, any thoughts of moving Gattis up to AA to see if he is for real?

brian

April 27th, 2012
1:18 pm

great blog. THanks. Still love Glavine!!

Snotboogie

April 27th, 2012
1:21 pm

Uh oh Carroll got right into the 19 inning game and Mac’s injury.
McFann, avert your eyes!!!

;-)

brian

April 27th, 2012
1:22 pm

Carroll – heard Coach K speak at a dinner last Tuesday – great speaker as always. Despite being ABD, he has grown on me. Good guy and great for young people to listen to

keylargo

April 27th, 2012
1:23 pm

Repost from last blog but this is the definition of a *itch right here. This poor kid will never forget this and I hope somehow she got a signed ball or jersey from the team.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_FL0nxKOLw

jayvee

April 27th, 2012
1:24 pm

While the Pirates don’t have a great record (8-10), they also had a brutal early schedule. They opened with Philly, then the Dodgers, Giants, D-Backs, Cards and Colorado. Now the Braves. I’m hard-pressed to find anyone in the league with a schedule that daunting.

This looks to be a low-scoring series. Hope not, but the Pirates aren’t scoring many runs, and they aren’t giving up many either.

Kirk

April 27th, 2012
1:24 pm

Thanks Carroll. Great article with insight.

Brime Lee

April 27th, 2012
1:27 pm

Braves against A.J. – Exciting.

Crawford

April 27th, 2012
1:29 pm

Sweep time!!!

jeffrey d

April 27th, 2012
1:30 pm

Thanks Carroll….good read

flange1

April 27th, 2012
1:30 pm

Thanks for the work CR!

Let;’s kick some Bucs butt tonight!

Kris

April 27th, 2012
1:31 pm

Should win 3 of 4 from the Pirates. They have good pitching but no offense. The Braves seem to not play to their ability against mediocre team. They need to focus after having a good road trip.

Bat Masterson

April 27th, 2012
1:33 pm

Thanks, Carroll. Good stuff

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

April 27th, 2012
1:36 pm

great blog, super information. thx.

NC Roseman

April 27th, 2012
1:39 pm

Something I noticed about Uggla’s approach in last game, that I had never seen before…he actually tried to take a controlled swing, and take the ball a certain way, instead of that violent, swing as hard as you can swing. Don’t think I had ever seen that, but I hope that is another by product of these fine hitting coaches that we have, and hope we see more of that…yes sir.

NC Roseman

April 27th, 2012
1:42 pm

PDOG…saw Gattis in Zebulon, NC on Wednesday night. Wish I had been there Tuesday night when he exploded for two homers and five RBIs. He didn’t fare so well in the game we were at, but they contiue to play him in left, with the hopes that he can transition to the outfield. I bet he’s in Miss b4 too long.

Brian from SC

April 27th, 2012
1:42 pm

NC Roseman…Uggla did that a lot in the second half last year. He started pounding the ball up the middle when he got hot. Hopefully he can pick that up again.

ncscoots

April 27th, 2012
1:43 pm

The Braves seem to not play to their ability against mediocre team.

Arizona, Houston, and Milwaukee are all under .500, and Braves are 8-2 against. Which would tend to belie your statement, this year, anyway.

Brian from SC

April 27th, 2012
1:43 pm

I remember more than a couple huge homers Uggla hit to center and right center in the second half last year.

ncscoots

April 27th, 2012
1:45 pm

You know, sometimes I think people here forget that there’s a whole boat-load of pull-hitters in the HOF. :-)

Brian from SC

April 27th, 2012
1:46 pm

Ted Williams was an extreme pull hitter. By the way, the shift was basically invented for him, and he never bunted against it. He’s just hit .350 every year.

RonnieFranchise

April 27th, 2012
1:46 pm

Why isn’t Javy’s book available on the kindle?
Great article, Caroll – the “Slide” comment made me laugh out loud! Where is Franky Cabrera?

ncscoots

April 27th, 2012
1:50 pm

By the way, the shift was basically invented for him, and he never bunted against it.

I imagine that all the shift accomplished against Teddy Ballgame was to make him mad, LOL.

B_F 52

April 27th, 2012
1:56 pm

imagine that all the shift accomplished against Teddy Ballgame was to make him mad, LOL.

get mad heap

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

April 27th, 2012
1:58 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Ms. Rogers!

DBack

Haha! That was funky! I liked the o’s destroying the page the best!…

Snotboogie

As long as the Braves don’t stage a repeat, I’m OK… ;)

ncscoots

April 27th, 2012
1:59 pm

get mad heap

He’s hitting .260, man; I bet he’s already a little peeved.

DiamondbackMac

April 27th, 2012
2:00 pm

McFann

Now, try searching for the word “askew”.

:)

brian

April 27th, 2012
2:07 pm

Braves just need to keep winning series and building for the post-season. Easy enough

Gustopher

April 27th, 2012
2:07 pm

Great Blog Carroll. Nice tidbit about Jeff

John in Wichita

April 27th, 2012
2:10 pm

I have Javy’s book on the way and Smoltz’s book and the book on the 57 Braves team on pre-order. Gonna be a good summer of baseball reading.

McFann :Ô: :Ô:

April 27th, 2012
2:13 pm

DBackMac

Ha! That’s weird!… :)

monty

April 27th, 2012
2:14 pm

Poor Andruw, all those runs he saved Glavine, Smoltz and Maddux and he takes a one play off and his pitcher has a hissy fit. LOL!

Murph

April 27th, 2012
2:18 pm

I just ordered two signed copies of the Smoltz book… one I asked be personalized to me, the other I asked that he write his wins/saves/k’s total on. That’ll be worth something….. someday.

brian

April 27th, 2012
2:23 pm

Murph – where is the Smoltz book that can be signed???

brian

April 27th, 2012
2:23 pm

Andruw took more than one play off back in the day

reckingball

April 27th, 2012
2:27 pm

Andruw didn’t look like he played full steam ahead, 100% effort for the last several seasons that he was with the Braves.
Maybe he was pacing himself, so that he could play almost every game each season, which is what he did, as I recall.

Carroll Rogers

April 27th, 2012
2:29 pm

cool, Brian. where were you?…hope he let his sense of humor show. he’s a funny man. just quit showing that a little bit over the years.

ncbravesfan90

April 27th, 2012
2:29 pm

The Pittsburgh lineup has been posted:

1. Alex Presley (L) LF
2. Clint Barmes (R) SS
3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
4. Garrett Jones (L) RF
5. Neil Walker (S) 2B
6. Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B
7. Casey McGehee (R) 1B
8. Rod Barajas (R) C
9. A.J. Burnett (R) P

Carroll Rogers

April 27th, 2012
2:35 pm

Mike from the Coast, that wasn’t me so i took that link down….moving on.

Hillbilly

April 27th, 2012
2:35 pm

I remember more than a couple huge homers Uggla hit to center and right center in the second half last year.

The pinch hit bomb at Great American Ballpark last July comes to mind. Ended up being the game winner (and extended Uggla’s hitting streak.)

Murph

April 27th, 2012
2:37 pm

brian, go here:

http://www.eagleeyebooks.com/productview.asp?prodid=610

If you order by May 21st you can get your book personalized/signed by Mr Smoltz himself.

Venice Jim

April 27th, 2012
2:41 pm

Jon Heyman ‏ @JonHeymanCBS
RIP Moose Skowron. Very nice man.

brian

April 27th, 2012
2:44 pm

Greensboro Sports Council Dinner now named after Fred Barakat. His sense of humor showed very well. Heard him speak at the MS society dinner years ago and it has been harder to pull against him ever since (and once JJ left it has been harder to pull against Duke :) )

brian

April 27th, 2012
2:44 pm

Thanks Murph

Iron Labrum

April 27th, 2012
3:04 pm

Best part of that 19 inning night was the little girl in left yelling “Go Pirates!” for the entire game.

monty

April 27th, 2012
3:07 pm

Who have we had in CF that was Andruw’s equal? Maybe a better arm by some, but no one (that I’ve seen) could run to a spot where the ball would wind up better than he and no one has ever come in and dove head first for that sinking liner and made more grabs then he.

ncscoots

April 27th, 2012
3:09 pm

Andruw didn’t look like he played full steam ahead, 100% effort for the last several seasons that he was with the Braves.

When you have gunslinger vision, an inhuman first step, and gliding speed, it can sometimes look as if you’re not playing full-out, I think. In his prime, he made it look too easy.

My father always thought Dimaggio was the greatest defensive CF he had ever seen (even better than Willie, Mickey, and The Duke), and his characterization of Andruw was “pretty close”. Only about the greatest praise I ever heard him give a ballplayer, LOL.

DerekZ

April 27th, 2012
3:11 pm

Braves gonna get DOUBLE PITS TO CHESTY with it tonight!

Brian from SC

April 27th, 2012
3:13 pm

Monty, it’s quite possible that there’s never been a CF for anybody that was as good as Andruw. He’s in Willie Mays territory.

ColoradoBravesFan

April 27th, 2012
3:17 pm

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ColoradoBravesFan

April 27th, 2012
3:23 pm

Joey Devine a former Brave having/had 2nd TJ surgery…? Joey Devine- Athletics: April 11, 2012 (2nd surgery- 1st April 21, 2009)

http://mlbreports.com/tj-surgery/

monty

April 27th, 2012
3:25 pm

BC said he was the best he’d ever seen, I think BC has seen them all.

monty

April 27th, 2012
3:28 pm

Hanson needs to step up it up tonight. Hope he brings his A game.

monty

April 27th, 2012
3:29 pm

Back-to-back posts, is that permissable? I’ll check with Ward.

ncscoots

April 27th, 2012
3:31 pm

BC said he was the best he’d ever seen, I think BC has seen them all.

I saw Willie and Mickey, but I was really too young to fully appreciate them when they were in their prime. I mean, all I really got was “Wow!”, while lacking the knowledge to fully qualify it. :-)

That being said, I think Andruw is the best I’ve seen since I’ve known enough to know what “best” might actually mean.

Lew

April 27th, 2012
3:35 pm

I saw both Mays and Andruw play. I’d rank Andruw at numbert two right behnd Mays.

Brian from SC

April 27th, 2012
3:36 pm

Chipper’s in the lineup…normal look tonight.

Venice Jim

April 27th, 2012
3:36 pm

Atlanta Braves ‏ @Braves
Tonight’s lineup vs. PIT (7:35, PTV/680AM/BRN): Bourn 8 Prado 7 Freeman 3 McCann 2 Uggla 4 Jones 5 Heyward 9 Pastornicky 6 Hanson 1

MFin04

April 27th, 2012
3:37 pm

“Jeff Francoeur collected the 99th outfield assist of his career Wednesday night for the Royals. He’ll become only the fifth active player with 100 or more, along with Bobby Abreu (134), Andruw Jones (121), Mark Kotsay (120), and Carlos Beltran (119). Only three former Braves among those five.”

4 of 5 if you count Beltran :(

DAP

April 27th, 2012
3:41 pm

welp, i guess someone has to bat 7th…

Bat Masterson

April 27th, 2012
3:43 pm

1960s Willie Mays SF Giants Game-Used Cap (Great Provenance) ………….

Pieces of the inner band have worn away over time. Under the inner band is the “KM” stamp along with cap size “7” stamped in black. It is well documented how Mays wore his cap one size too small so it would fly off his head when in the outfield chasing a ball.

That’s funny because I seem to recall reading he wore a cap that was too large for the same reason.

I think it was in a piece claiming Mays made the routine play look spectacular and Aaron made the spectacular look routine.

ncscoots

April 27th, 2012
3:45 pm

welp, i guess someone has to bat 7th…

Hey, on this team, I think the 7 hole is always going to have somebody who looks as if they’re too far down in the order, LOL.

‘Course, I didn’t think Fredo would make that hitter the guy with the best OPS on the team, but, what the heck…

Murph

April 27th, 2012
3:45 pm

Remember that game in Frenchy’s rookie season (I think it was his rookie season) when he threw out 2 guys at home plate? That was awesome…

brian

April 27th, 2012
3:47 pm

I do like this lineup.

Bat Masterson

April 27th, 2012
3:47 pm

Remember that game in Frenchy’s rookie season (I think it was his rookie season) when he threw out 2 guys at home plate? That was awesome…

The kid peaked too soon.

Snotboogie

April 27th, 2012
3:48 pm

I have to getting used to this lineup – looks very strong. Chippah’s knee must be getting better. He got back into the lineup after 1off day.

ncscoots

April 27th, 2012
3:49 pm

I do like this lineup.

My only nit is Freeman hitting 3 in front of McCann, and it’s hardly worth picking.

duronimo

April 27th, 2012
3:51 pm

Carroll, How did Glavine screaming from the mound get Jones removed? If Andruw was batting wouldn’t Glavine be in the dougout?

DAP

April 27th, 2012
3:52 pm

scoots, in my own definition of a “prototypical 7th hitter”, there person that seems to fit there the most is uggla. but, i have no qualms about him hitting 4th or 5th, and its really hard to complain about heyward hitting 7th, too. its easy to make to argument that this is the best lineup.

ncscoots

April 27th, 2012
3:53 pm

More importantly, how many expletives did Glavine chunk and what were his choices? :-)

Lew

April 27th, 2012
3:53 pm

duronimo – Andruw dogged it on a fly ball to center. He wasn’t at bat when Bobby pulled him from the game.

Bat Masterson

April 27th, 2012
3:54 pm

duronimo _

Andrew was pulled from center for not hustling. I remember that game.

:lol:

ncscoots

April 27th, 2012
3:58 pm

its easy to make to argument that this is the best lineup.

Easy to make, harder to convince. :-) Over time, I think you do better with Chipper or Heyward hitting 3 instead of Freeman, but, not a big deal, either way.

Bravesfan54

April 27th, 2012
4:05 pm

Excellent blog, Ms. Rogers – as per your usual. Always enjoy your work!

DawgDad

April 27th, 2012
4:05 pm

There have been a LOT of great center fielders, many of whom do not get recognition because they didn’t HIT like DiMaggio or Mays.

I go all the way back to Curt Flood; didn’t see Mays in person until the mid-60’s. Flood didn’t have the great arm, but he could patrol the outfield with the best of them. Andruw in his prime was as good as anyone I’ve seen.

reckingball

April 27th, 2012
4:05 pm

Amdruw played a lot of flyballs off of the walls(in his last several years here), that a lot of other players would make putouts on.
Heck, he would make putouts on those kind of plays, in his first few years with the Brave.
It was due to a lack of effort, imo.
He had the talent to be in the HOF, just didn’t use it all, again my opin.
Anyways, he’s gone now, doesn’t matter now, to me.
go braves

cricket

April 27th, 2012
4:09 pm

That’s funny because I seem to recall reading he wore a cap that was too large for the same reason.

he wore a cap that was too small so that it would fly off when he was running, for the effect. he understood this was a game and an entertainment.

http://espn.go.com/sportscentury/features/00016223.html

DAP

April 27th, 2012
4:09 pm

scoots Over time, I think you do better with Chipper or Heyward hitting 3 instead of Freeman, but, not a big deal, either way.

i agree with you there.

cricket

April 27th, 2012
4:11 pm

I have to getting used to this lineup – looks very strong.

can’t be. FG is too dumb to put in a strong lineup.

reckingball

April 27th, 2012
4:12 pm

Mays once said on TV, that he liked for his hat to fly off when he was running the bases.

Lew

April 27th, 2012
4:14 pm

Just heard where South Carolina’s football program has been placed on three year’s probation for all sorts of recruiting violations and booster activity.

cricket

April 27th, 2012
4:16 pm

reckingball 4:05 pm

I would say most of the opinions in that post would belong to minority, imo.
Also, if HOF was decided only based on defense, Andruw would be easily in, imo.

Hillbilly

April 27th, 2012
4:19 pm

reckingball, You may be right, but I remember Andruw injured his elbow on this play [linked below] in his last year with the Braves. There was talk that this elbow injury was a factor that to his crappy results at the plate.

Don’t know it the link will work right, but let’s try it.
http://tucsoncitizen.com/morgue/files/2007/05/l52913-1.jpg

keylargo

April 27th, 2012
4:20 pm

Dawg Dad – funny you should bring up Curt Flood. I don’t get HBO but evidently on HBO II there is a documentary about Flood challenging MLB to become the first free agent . I’m not sure of any dates but I am sure it was on HBO II.

bravesgrl4life

April 27th, 2012
4:22 pm

Thanks for the new blog, CR. Awesome stuff as usual.

I’ll be at the game tonight, so no blogging for me. But I’ll be yelling “Marteeeeeeeen” every time he comes up :)

Lew

April 27th, 2012
4:22 pm

Flood was the first to refuse to go where he was traded (a really lousy Phillies’ team). Don’t know that he actually became a Free Agent, but it lead to the Free Agency system’s adoption.

Bat Masterson

April 27th, 2012
4:23 pm

cricket_

Thanks for the link, good read.

keylargo

April 27th, 2012
4:24 pm

Amdruw played a lot of flyballs off of the walls(in his last several years here), that a lot of other players would make putouts on.
Heck, he would make putouts on those kind of plays, in his first few years with the Brave.
It was due to a lack of effort, imo.

It may have been a lack of effort but the main thing was Andruw came up as a 185 pound stud and left as a 245 fat ass.

Lew

April 27th, 2012
4:25 pm

Flood was traded from the Cards to the Phillies after the 1969 seasoin and he refused to go. He was out of baseball for two years and in 1971 he played 13 games for the Senators. Not sure he was really a Free Agent. His refusal, to go to the Phillies, in essence, ended his career.

DAP

April 27th, 2012
4:27 pm

did andruw ever weigh 245, for real? that seems like an exaggeration to me.

keylargo

April 27th, 2012
4:28 pm

Well Lew if you’ll watch the documentary you can let me know too. :mrgreen:

Jay Dubu

April 27th, 2012
4:31 pm

It does appear that Fredi, (seeing that Chipper will be in the lineup 3 – 4 times every week) has placed Freddy in the 3 hole to stay.

ncscoots

April 27th, 2012
4:36 pm

It does appear that Fredi, (seeing that Chipper will be in the lineup 3 – 4 times every week) has placed Freddy in the 3 hole to stay.

Seeing that Fredo seemed genetically incapable of producing the same lineup two days in a row last year, I guess we can take that for improvement, LOL.

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