Braves manager on Durbin: ‘He’s fine’

CHICAGO — Chad Durbin is fine for the role the Braves are using him, manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday, a day after Durbin gave up another home run.

The two-run homer that Geovany Soto hit off the Braves reliever in the eighth inning of Monday’s 5-1 loss to the Cubs was the fifth off the right-hander in 12 innings, the most allowed by any National League reliever.

Durbin’s 8.25 ERA was also the third-highest among NL relievers before Tuesday, and in his past five appearances he’s allowed five hits, five runs, two homers and five walks in 4-2/3 innings.

“He’s fine,” Gonzalez said. “He fits in that role. Obviously if it’s a one-run game or a tied game, somebody else would have pitched there. But in that role he fits.

“He’s come up with some big outs for us, some big innings.”

Durbin was not charged with any runs in eight of nine appearances before giving up three runs in two innings of his past two games, including a homer in each.

Bourn continues burn

Michael Bourn went 1-for-2 with two walks in Monday’s loss to the Cubs to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, during which he was 18-for-49 (.367). He hit safely in 22 of his last 24 games before Tuesday, batting .382 with 10 steals and a .452 on-base percentage during that period.

Bourn led the majors with a .416 average against right-handed pitchers and ranked second in OBP against righties (.483) before Tuesday. His .404 OBP ranked second among NL leadoff men.

O’Flaherty matches ‘11 ER total

The run that Eric O’Flaherty allowed in the seventh inning Monday was the eighth earned run off the Braves lefty this season, matching his total in 2011 when he posted a 0.98 ERA that broke the major league record for 75 or more appearances.

Gonzalez said there were no glaring differences he could see between O’Flaherty form last season and this year.

“Any time you go .98 ERA, then all of a sudden you give you a few runs and everybody’s going, ‘What the matter with…?’” Gonzalez said. “But I think he’s fine. Other than he’s becoming mortal again I guess, right? His velocity looks good, life [on fastball] looks good.”

O’Flaherty had a 6.55 ERA through Monday, with eight earned runs in 11 innings. Last season he had eight in 73-2/3 innings.

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Ralph

May 8th, 2012
8:39 pm

Oh yeah he’s just great Fruti, thats what you said about Proctor also, missed play off’s by 1 game, do it again idiot.

cadilac

May 8th, 2012
8:41 pm

BravesfaninWis

May 8th, 2012
8:54 pm

Braves fans on Gonzalez, “He’s Stupid, and Senile”

BostonBravesFan

May 8th, 2012
8:59 pm

Everything is always “fine” to Fredi. So if down 0 or 1 run you never put him in, put 2 runs you always run him out there? Solid logic, not like 2 runs is an insurmountable difference or anything. And it’s not that EOF doesn’t have a 1 ERA, it’s that his ERA is over 6. Have you taken a look at his splits lately?

Taylor

May 8th, 2012
8:59 pm

Look, O’Flaherty has performed just as poorly as Durbin so far this season. (Okay, not *just* as poorly …) So I’m not picking on Durbin. (We don’t really know how well he’ll pitch this year; still, based on past performance, I would not be optimistic.) But Fredi’s logic makes no sense here. So there’s some magical border between 1-run and 2-run games that means you can throw your clean-up reliever in the latter and not the former? I’m happy with the way the Braves look this year, but Fredi sometimes drives me crazy.

hiway 61

May 8th, 2012
9:00 pm

Now really what did you expect Fredi to say?…..that he was not worth a crap.

Bob in SF

May 8th, 2012
9:05 pm

“He’s terrible,” Gonzalez said. “He stinks in that role. Obviously if it’s a one-run game or a tied game, somebody else would have pitched there. But in that role when we’re behind and I need the other team to blow the game wide open, he fits.”

“He’s given up some big hits for us, really poured gasoline on some big innings. I can’t believe Wren pays this joker.”

tom

May 8th, 2012
9:23 pm

::readies himself for one more tip of the cap::

Drex

May 8th, 2012
9:33 pm

That’s a load of bull, Fredi. A two-run deficit with an inning to go is winnable. He’s not fine for “that” role.

hiway 61

May 8th, 2012
10:06 pm

Hawks just blow a 10 point lead in 4th. tied with 9 mins to go.

hiway 61

May 8th, 2012
10:08 pm

Flat bill hat in to pitch for Braves..1-1 in 7th

Chipper's Oblique Muscle

May 8th, 2012
10:16 pm

If you want someone to chew innings when you are up or down 4 runs or more, Durbin’s your guy. Why he was in last night is baffling.

ATLFan013

May 8th, 2012
10:20 pm

This is not fine. Why he is still on the team is beyond me.

hiway 61

May 8th, 2012
10:27 pm

Uggla hit+ 2 rbi’s in 8th and then Mac get picked off 2nd base *%#@*

hiway 61

May 8th, 2012
10:39 pm

Bubba J.

May 8th, 2012
10:43 pm

He’s not fine, he’s terrible. He should be the guy you throw in there when you’re down 18-2 and want to save your good pitchers’ arms.

hiway 61

May 8th, 2012
10:55 pm

Flat bill hat gets the win.. Braves 3-1..great job.

Hamilton Rangers has 4 homers tonight..Wow!

tom

May 8th, 2012
11:08 pm

will save the cap tipping for another night.

Who Me?

May 8th, 2012
11:11 pm

Anyone else concerned with “Ovent” right now? The 2 of them have gotten pretty dinged up in the last week. Not as bad as Durbin, but not 2010-like either. Lack of focus? league catching up to them? I think Medlen’s success this year will be an eye-opener because everyone’s expectations are reasonably low for him, and Kimbrel looks like – well, Kimbel still. But O’Flaherty and Venters need to pick up the pace, do you agree??

steve

May 8th, 2012
11:11 pm

Why don’t the Braves release Durbin and bring up one of their AAA relievers? Can’t Fredi see the balls flying out of the park for Chad ‘Homerun’ Durbin?

Who Me?

May 8th, 2012
11:15 pm

Durbin must have pictures…..only reason I can think of he’s still filling a role…..

JNick

May 8th, 2012
11:18 pm

Can’t wait for the Braves to wise up and release Durbin – hopefully it doesn’t take as long as it did with Proctor last year…time to bring up Flande….or is Moylan ready to come back yet?

Largo

May 8th, 2012
11:19 pm

Fredi G has to say that because Wren signed Durbin.

JNick

May 8th, 2012
11:22 pm

Fredi learned to overuse his bullpen from Bobby C – that’s why O’Ventbrel has been hittable this year. Bobby always overused at least 2 relievers (remember Chris Reitsma? Mike Remlinger? etc). Fredi will ruin the two lefties…if he hasn’t already.

FL Jacket

May 8th, 2012
11:58 pm

Fredi got tossed last night before Durbin went into the game. Blame Carlos Tosca people…

Darryl Blackberry

May 9th, 2012
3:17 am

Fredi’s obsessively stubborn about supporting bad players (and coaches). Fans might’ve been a little more tolerant about this sort of thing from Bobby Cox in his twilight years, but Fredi Gonzalez doing it? Just seems weird. Enough time has passed for the entire league to see what he cannot: Durbin is awful. All his pitches either move back into the middle of the plate or fall off the plate entirely, so if he’s not giving up homers, he’s walking guys.

Would much rather see Gearrin and his microscopic ERA come back to the bigs and pitch in those spots, at least until Peter Moylan’s ready to go…

Joe

May 9th, 2012
5:41 am

O’Flaherty’s problem is location. Stuff is good, command is awful.

Venters is NOT the same as last year. Location and his stuff is not as good. He’s got shoulder or arm troubles and its gonna show before mid-summer.

Durbin is -just plain awful. No stuff, no command. Slider breaks flat, easy to hit and fastball is entirely to easy to hit with locations he’s throwing it in.

All three above missing location badly.

the cap tipper

May 9th, 2012
6:27 am

McCann cannot see. watch his eyes when he is at bat, he seems to have trouble focusing in on the pitcher. He cant run the bases, he cant throw a base steeler out, and he cant hit anymore. he needs to be on the DL for a while, then maybe able to come back and help the team.

jonathan Simeone

May 9th, 2012
7:04 am

He doesn’t belong in the major leagues. How can he say tings like that and expect to b taken seriously? Durbin stopped being a major league pitcher two years ago. Is there really no one in the minors who can’t be better?

Ebenezer Snerdberg

May 9th, 2012
7:40 am

He’s fine? Proving once more neither belong in the Bigs. Round file Durbin the Dinger Flinger. Swap Fredi Cox for new dugout water coolers & a bag of baseline chalk!

DR. KNOW

May 9th, 2012
8:48 am

DUMP DURBIN NOW

klmbbfan

May 9th, 2012
9:32 am

Send McCann down bring up Gatis. Dump Durbin he is a joke not a Major Leaguer. O’Flaherty go find some help you have not been the same since you got sick last year.

Livan's HONGRY

May 9th, 2012
10:07 am

Durbin’s a proven veteran. He’s making some good pitches. Just coming across with some tough luck. With a little more sink, he’ll start missing those barrels. Just give it time.

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

May 9th, 2012
10:20 am

Back away from the ledge people. Durbin is a decent pitcher for the purpose needed. Medlen is proving to be a smart move for the bully. There was no way we were winning Monday, the mojo was just not right with the fog, weather, and decent pitching from the Cubs. Was, what it was and the winning of every game is not in the cards as we would like. Fredi has had at least 2 5-game winning streaks that have originated on the road for the majority of the streak. If a game is lost, certain things are happening that are out of control of the manager. Fredi’s job is to put players in a position to be successful. Hey if they don’t come through, then that is the player’s fault.

The constitution of the team is Fredi’s is his responsibility but, performance and preparation rest with the player. Fredi has done a great job making sure the hot hand is in at the right time.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

May 9th, 2012
10:30 am

That’s right Hongry, The Dinger Flinger has proven he can’t pitch in the Bigs! He must be gawdawful cheap!

space monkey

May 9th, 2012
10:42 am

Fredi didn’t say what Durbin’s role. I assume it’s to forfeit games. It seems like a strange role, but I guess every Braves team needs a “We give up” pitcher.” They should just rename the guy “I. Surrender.”

Lobosolo

May 9th, 2012
11:39 am

News from the armchairzers ward… any of you crybabies have a job leading people? I’d be surprised if you did, but if you do, do you use abasing your work force publicly as a tool? Do you haul off and get rid of someone before you can cover your bases? You crysters, especially you, Ralph, you sniveling jackass, could use a lesson in many things, but you’re never gonna understand baseball, period…

Heisenberg

May 9th, 2012
12:04 pm

That role? The role of pouring gas on a fire? As in the Linbrink/Proctor role? Then I guess he is fine.

Lobosolo

May 9th, 2012
12:11 pm

JNick, he’s overused them already??? The funny thing about you armchairs is that you have no clue how stupid you sound… it is fairly hilarious to the bloggers with a modicum of common sense… what a frigging tool…. you, too ebenezer dumass.. none of you will ever be remotely considered to manage the church softball team…. you’d complain daily about the ‘27 Yankees… tools, tools, tools… crying, whining little tools…. binky up, girls… your daddy’s calling…

Lobosolo

May 9th, 2012
12:14 pm

Y’all should read and pay heed to Brooklyn Braves Brawler…. he understands the game that you jacklegged blubberers will never do… Cry, Baby, Cry… whine, whine, whine… your kids should be proud of their crybaby daddies….

Jay Dubu

May 9th, 2012
12:27 pm

Fredi just hammered JJ, saying that “He’s a minor leaguer”, and was all over Heyward last season and this one in the media… but Durbin is doing fine?!!!!!

The role that Durbin is in is to get hitters out. He’s not doing a good job of that, and he’s performing close to what his career has been, so why is Fredi storking him, while pounding others?

Someone please explain that to me.

Jay Dubu

May 9th, 2012
12:36 pm

Release Durbin?….(Remeber the Alomo?) Remember Greg Norton?

Packer Ed

May 9th, 2012
12:46 pm

Wish we had someone else.

Tbyrd

May 9th, 2012
12:58 pm

Brooklyn Braves Brawler……a voice of reason and sensibility among the negative chaotic chatter of “so called” Braves fans. Thank you!

bostonbravo

May 9th, 2012
6:21 pm

why doesn’t Fredi just ’shut up’
Durbin is NOT fine Fredi!

bostonbravo

May 9th, 2012
6:24 pm

Brooklyn Brawler aka Mrs. Fredi Gonzales.

The “MOJO” tells me so/

John Greene

May 9th, 2012
7:18 pm

Nobody with an 8.25 ERA is “fine.” Acquiring Durbin never made any sense. At some point this season, the Braves will admit that and release him. The shame is that they’re too bull-headed to admit what everyone can see. He’ll have to lose several games first. Pathetic!

least of the east

May 9th, 2012
8:36 pm

he’s fine ? for who, the opposition ? so if you do mop up work you can give up whatever you want and make sure the team has no chance to come back.
this is a bad joke.
if I’m at AAA and see this, I’m wondering why I signed with the Braves if they are going to guarantee spots to non-performing veterans.
.

JNick

May 10th, 2012
1:44 am

@Lobosolo – he overused them LAST year, resulting in the issues THIS year. Not a difficult concept to grasp.

JNick

May 10th, 2012
1:45 am

Also, @Lobosolo – talk about crying – you cry/whine/namecall like a Jr High bully. Grow up and contribute something to the convo, as opposed to just riding someone’s coattails and spewing garbage from your trap.

joe

May 10th, 2012
10:09 am

Fridi is an idiot, McCann is the worst defensive catcher in baseball AND now he’s not hitting.

One Big Dummy

May 10th, 2012
11:23 am

DOB must be ribbing us. No one would really say that Durbin is “fine,” would they?

Can Of Corn

May 10th, 2012
11:37 am

FrHeidi

Perhaps Fredi’s newest nickname should be FrHeidi.

You know the story. Orphaned Heidi managed to penetrate the harsh exterior of her grumpy grandfather and subsequently had a delightful stay with him.

Marlin orphan FrHeidi has now reunited with past family ties in Atlanta. But is FrHeidi truly able to manage the Braves or is he simply wanting a delightful stay — by doing everything he can to not alienate anyone or make waves?

Virtually everything FrHeidi says seems designed to placate, gloss over and maintain a sense that everything is OK.

But is everything really OK? Is this what the Braves truly need in a manager?

Hire Ryan Sandberg, an up and comer with a history of being a winner — or someone like him.

All FrHeidi brings is a middle of the road, kumbaya style mediocrity – or worse.

Don

May 10th, 2012
11:58 am

Surprise, Surprise – Fredi learned from the “Best At Being The Worst” in picking our at least one pitcher who was completly ineffective and using him over and over and losing game after game – the Booob – Cox

Braves Fan in N.Y,

May 10th, 2012
12:12 pm

Durbin has an 8-plus ERA and gives up bomb after bomb and our manager says he is perfect for that role? Really? We have role that calls for being brutal?
When can I try out for the team.

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74bravesjersey

May 12th, 2012
11:54 am

Let’s see, hmmm? we have LH flande in gwinnett doing good so far I hope, RH vavarroe in gwinnett who looked good during the tail end last year, hope he’s still doin’ good. Hey Ralph, what’s the stats on these 2 down on the farm? Can we call these 2 up if Durbin’s era hits “10.50″?. Oh wait, Uncle fredi still feels he’s doin’ fine in the roll he’s in. Oh well, what can you do? seems like every year we bring in some veteran(below avg.) journeyman to help out & mentor the young bullpen with their veteranship & experience. right! To show the youngsters of what not to do in pitching in clutch situations when you need to get out of the jam, throw a batting practice pitch right down the middle over da plate & BOOM! right over the fence. Take notice boys, take notice.

74bravesjersey

May 12th, 2012
11:58 am

Hey fredi, I tip my cow to ya. & cap also.

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