Braves postgame quotes following 7-0 win vs. Marlins

BRANDON BEACHY

On Gonzalez not needing to even ask how he felt about ninth:

“It means a lot. They’ve noticed what I’m trying to do and they’re giving me the opportunities. I really appreciate that.”

On wanting to go deeper in games:

“Yeah that’s about as deep as you can go. I was pretty pleased. It was fun.”

On what it feels like to walk off the mound, game over:

“I told Craig. Man, I’m jealous. You get to do this all the time. You get pumped up there in the last inning. That’s a lot of fun.”

On if had to talk his way back out there:

“No, they gave me the opportunity and I wasn’t about to say I didn’t want it.”

On if felt as strong as he looked in ninth:

“Yeah, I felt good. I was throwing my pitches down in the zone still. I made some good ones there, actually a backup slider to get the first guy so that wasn’t the best pitch but I’ll take the result all day.”

On the key to going deeper this year:

“I’ve been more aggressive. Even when I’m getting behind in the count, I’m not doing it the same way I used to. I’ve got a purpose behind the pitches I’m throwing now, especially earlier in the count, hoping I can get some quick outs and it’s happening. I’m not getting the strikeouts I used to get, but I’ll take a flyball. As long as it’s an out, it’s an out.”

On other phases of game working well too, offense, defense:

“Some great defensive plays. Chipper made two or three over there. Mike Bourn, Jason, Pastornicky, everybody was making plays. Freddie made a play there in the eighth. Got a great defense out there, just trying to use them, let them have some fun too.”

On second-lowest ERA for a Brave through eight starts since Maddux in 1994:

“That’s pretty cool. I’m going to keep doing what I can, hopefully continue having success.”

On if working off the fastball:

“I threw a lot of fastballs. I threw a few good sliders. That’s still a work in progress. I threw a lot of change-ups tonight. I was really pleased. That was the best my change-up has been all year. I controlled it, kept it down in the zone and got some of the results I wanted to see with it.”

On getting runs early:

“It’s easier to do everything, whether I go six or nine, when I’ve got a five, six, seven-run lead it makes it so much easier…Having that lead really alleviates a lot of stress.”

On best ERA in baseball, biggest difference this year:

“I’m pitching more to contact. Trying to throw as many strikes as I can and trying not to fall behind and get into those six, seven, eight, nine pitch at-bats that I had a lot of last year.”

CHIPPER JONES

On Beachy’s outing:

“If you can keep their speed off base and keep their running game from getting going, and Beachy just said ‘You know what? Nobody is getting on base.’ It was fun to play behind him. I think ever since he’s gotten to the point where he said I’m going to sacrifice some strikeouts to go deeper in games, you see the result. Because he’s got stuff to get people out consistently. Tonight was his crowing effort.”

On going deeper into games:

“You throw a nine-inning shutout, especially with this club we’ve got this year, you’re setting yourself up for a lot of success. It’s fun to watch the young guys kind of make the transition from not knowing that they belong here to thinking they belong here to knowing they belong here. And he’s starting to get to the point where he knows he belongs here.”

On lowest ERA through eight starts for a Brave since Maddux in ’94:

“Yeah, that guy was pretty good too. He’s establishing himself as a front-end starter and that’s saying something for the limited amount of experience he has. He’s caught on very quickly. He took his lumps, first little while of his career, made some adjustments and now you’re seeing the fruits of that.”

TIM HUDSON

On Beachy’s determination to go deep:

“He’s been fun to watch. He’s built off a great rookie year. He’s one of those guys that expects a lot out of himself, probably expects more out of himself than we do. It doesn’t surprise me at all what he’s been able to do up until this point in the season. He’s a hard worker and he’s determined. He finally kept his pitch count low enough to where he can flirt with going the distance. It’s fun to finish a game. It was exciting to watch.”

On if he was working off his fastball:

“He was pitching with a lot of confidence and pounding the strike zone and getting ahead of hitters. When you’re the aggressor out there on the mound, it’s a lot different. Hitters react to you a lot differently than when you’re on the ropes and when you’re nibbling. He takes the game to them, and that’s what it takes to be successful.”

BRIAN MCCANN

On Beachy:

“He’s just showing how smart and intelligent, when he puts a plan together and puts it into action, how good he really is.”

On what he and Roger did to help him be more efficient:

“This is all on Brandon. You can tell pitchers this and that but to go out and execute. That’s what it’s about. It’s about execution, and that’s what he did tonight. He knows the game. And we’ve tried to express how important it is to pitch to contact, but quality pitches. He put it in action tonight. It was great catching him tonight.”

On lowest ERA for a Brave through eight starts since Maddux in 94:

“Wow. Very impressive. He’s one of the hardest-working guys in this clubhouse. He went into this offseason and gathered all the information that he did the year before, and worked on his weaknesses. And those weaknesses are now strengths. That shows you the character of who he is.”

On if any question in your mind after 110 he could go back out in ninth:

“He’s a specimen. The guy works as hard as anybody in the game. So yeah, he could have probably pitched another couple innings. He didn’t really have many stressful innings, and I think that’s the name of the game. The pitch count thing is irrelevant in my opinion. It’s how many stressful pitches you throw and tonight he didn’t throw many.”

On some of the weaknesses he’s turned to strengths:

“Understanding that you’ve got to pitch to a lineup. You don’t just pitch to everybody. You understand the guys in their lineup and if they’re not a good matchup for you, you don’t give them much to hit. Then you go after the guy where it’s a good matchup. And those are the little things that with time, he’s going to understand even better. Tonight was great.”

On his demeanor:

“He went out there tonight and really put us on his back….We came out and swung the bats for him. That makes it a little easier to pitch to contact.”

FREDI GONZALEZ

On what was effective for Beachy:

“He commanded all his pitches. He commanded the strike zone. We gave him a nice lead to work with. Great for him. I think this is his first complete game in the big leagues and he makes it a shutout. It was all Beachy today and more than enough offense to give him a cushion and get him settled in.

On if any doubt about letting him go out for complete game?

“No doubt at all. The only question was how far we could push him. I think this might have been the most pitches he’s thrown in his career. But that was the only question. We had two guys warming up in the bullpen. There was no real room to extend him a lot more because we don’t have a day off where we can bump him and get him an extra day [of rest]. We don’t have to worry about that. We’ll get on the plane and go play Tampa Bay and it should be an interesting series.”

On if surprised by how well he’s pitching this season:

“No, not at all. I think we saw a lot of growing in him in spring training and he’s getting right there were everybody says good major league pitchers are not rookies anymore and that’s 30, 35, 40 starts. I think he is right around that right now. We are seeing a mature guy. We didn’t play really good defense behind him. Tyler makes that error on that throw that he tried to hold up, and he covers it up. We goes out there and gets out. Prado throws the ball to third and makes it a second-and-third situation and he was able to cover it up. Those are the good signs of a good pitcher.”

On if getting nervous at 122 pitches:

“People look at the boxscore and see the numbers and see 122 [pitches] and think ‘What a breather.’ Roger and I are hanging on every pitch because you want the kid to be successful. You want him to have the complete game. You want him to have the shutout. But then you want to be able to keep him healthy. I don’t know what the number [of pitches] would have been. He was fine. Other than the second-and-third situation, he really didn’t have any stressful innings. It was a good rhythm game. Good for him.”

92 comments Add your comment

DerekZ

May 17th, 2012
11:49 pm

So DOUBLE PITS TO CHESTY.

Nick

May 17th, 2012
11:52 pm

JC Boscan III

May 18th, 2012
12:02 am

Great game by Beachy. THAT’s the way a Braves starter is supposed to pitch — just like Smoltz, Maddux and Glavine…! A starter should be able to go at least 7 innings…… and put down a sacrifice bunt, and get an occasional hit and RBI…! GO BRAVES!

Chris

May 18th, 2012
12:04 am

Excellent performance yet again. You can truly see a difference in his approach out there and it showed tonight better than it has before. MLB leader in ERA and now 5-1. Well done sir. I hope Minor had pen and paper and was taking notes tonight.

Keith

May 18th, 2012
12:07 am

Hey DOB,

You know that Beachy is pleased when he’s not being critical of himself. He’s a perfectionist…at least he appears to be that way in his postgame comments. For example, he may have just pitched a 2 run, 7 inning game and he will say something like “I should have never let that guy get on base.”

Great to see such determination and hard work pay off in a young kid who was a baseball nobody a couple of years ago. :)

He is probably our best pitcher at the moment!

Go BRAVES!

J-Man

May 18th, 2012
12:25 am

Its a good thing that we never traded him to the White Sox last year like mlbtraderumors.com had talked about. Also beachy just make adjustment to the hitters 2nd and 3rd times through the lineup……Mike Minor needs to take notice.

Don McMahon

May 18th, 2012
12:34 am

Gattis only 1 hit and 1 Rbi tonight. Slumping. Great game by Beachy.

42 mil to play with next year by Wren. Let’s up Bourn to 11 mil a year for 5 years; 55 mil take it or leave it. That would leave 31 mil for another position player and raises for Prado, Freeman, Beachy. Put Gattis in LF and move Prado back to the IF. Maybe spend 12 mil on a SP.

Move or release JJ; trade Minor to send him to the minors; Teheran to the rotation. Wren is in a good $$$ situation for the next 2 years if he is wise. No more KK’s; Lowes.

Mister Frisky

May 18th, 2012
12:40 am

This is the line up that can take us to the promised land.Even Beachy can handlle the bat.Now Braves have two number one starters, I think it’s all starting to come together.

Braveschipper

May 18th, 2012
12:48 am

I love watching Brandon Beachy pitch, but I hate watching Tommy Hanson pitch. Tommy needs to get some pointers from Beachy, because Tommy fast ball needs a lot of work. Lets go Braves !

BravesFAN

May 18th, 2012
12:51 am

Beachy is the future ACE of the Braves staff even once Teheran, Delgado, Vizciano, and whoever else all grow up and develop not just physically but as pitchers as well. Beachy is a bonafide star and if he continues to work on his slider he will be one of the best pitchers in all of baseball. His fastball and changeup already are on the level of a frontline starter/ace and both of them are plus pitches for him. But, if he continues to develop that slider he will be one of the best in all of the majors for years to come. Right now for Beachy it’s all about consistency and with each and every start he’s showing everybody how great and how consistent he can be.

reckingball

May 18th, 2012
1:18 am

Bulldog Beachy.
Like the quote from Hudson, “He takes the game to them, and that’s what it takes to be successful.”
Roll on Juggernaut!
go braves

Felix 17

May 18th, 2012
1:36 am

“Beachy’s was the first shutout by a Brave since Jair Jurrjens did it last July 1 against Baltimore.”

Younger Than That Now

May 18th, 2012
3:44 am

Beachy was definitely top shelf tonight… and you could just see it coming! Like several mentioned, this wasn’t a big surprise out of Beachy… he’s been headed this way all season, and really much of last season as well. No pitcher is going to be right on every time out, but Beachy is quickly becoming very much like the ‘Big 3′ of years past… not so much with his pitching style but by the way most of us have come to expect a good outing by him. Hopefully it will be contagious!

GO BRAVES!

clay

May 18th, 2012
4:02 am

CONGRATS BEACHY!!!!

longtimefan

May 18th, 2012
6:49 am

Where are all the nasayers? When the Braves have a great game you never see these guys come out and say how glad they are the Braves are winning. HT, Rafael, Joe Tess- do you only post when you have something negative to say? Are you glad your negative predictions are not coming true? Chipper is playing superbly; did you notice JSS? And some redemption for FW on signing Lowe- he is leading the AL in ERA. He does have the stuff.

Don McMahon

May 18th, 2012
7:17 am

Redemption for Wren? We are paying 10 mil of that salary and getting nothing for it. Might be some redemption if Wren worked for the Indians. Do you think they would want him? Another big Wren $$$ mistake: Uggla who has 45 K’s and is on target for 180 + for the season.

Do you think someone could tell him that with 2 strikes, just put the ball in play and get the RBI?

Baserunning mistakes lately as well. Prado doesn’t go tonight for some reason and costs us a run on FF groundout. Fransciso and others thrown out on the bases lately.

Braves Fan in Maine

May 18th, 2012
7:19 am

Bourn and Mccann are big issues…… they need to sign them and lets move forward….. sweep tampa!!!

STRETCH

May 18th, 2012
7:30 am

Any word on Pie or Consanza? Gonna need some outfield help pretty soon.

kmarshall 4

May 18th, 2012
7:31 am

great job beach now lets stretch our lead out in the division GO BRAVES!!!!

bravesgrl4life

May 18th, 2012
7:33 am

I cannot believe I missed this game (I was at a concert and the internet connection was horrible, so I couldn’t even get Gameday)!

Congratulations, Brandon Beachy! You are the ACE.

Mike Minor, I hope you were watching BB do that last night. He just took you to school!

valyboy32

May 18th, 2012
7:44 am

All I could say was WOW my 1st braves game and they kicked ass and beachy went the whole 9 couldnt ask for mre maybe a ring !!

Good grief Charlie Brown

May 18th, 2012
7:45 am

outstanding performance by Beachy last night! it was truly a pleasure to watch how he handled the marlins’ lineup after the first time thru it. would like for him and Hudson to pass that ‘bulldog’ mentality on to the rest of the rotation.

Larry

May 18th, 2012
7:52 am

Told you before Spring Training Brandon Beachy would become our best young pitcher, not Hanson or Jurrjens; told you during Spring Training Jurrjens was smoke and mirrors, Hanson overrated, and Beachy deserved to pitch opening day; and told you at the end of Spring training Beachy would soon become our best pitcher in the rotation and future ace of our staff.

Call me Daddy!

Cautiously opitimistic

May 18th, 2012
7:55 am

Mr. O’Brien,
I note that all teams in NL East have records above 500. Is this some sort of record for this late in the Season? Seems like partially a result of the imbalanced schedule, as we have played so few games thus far against the East. Thanks.

Larry

May 18th, 2012
7:55 am

Now, henceforth, NEVER will you listen to any more babble from Lewd and LoboSoDumb.

Sign here on the dotted line: …………………………………………..

Quack Quack

May 18th, 2012
8:08 am

Great game Bravos…Great FIRST complete game shut-out Brandon Beachy!!

FW…..Sign Bourn…..Give Prado a raise!!

GO BRAVES!! This is just too much fun!!

ijudgenot

May 18th, 2012
8:10 am

Beachy is the number two starter now behind Hudson. He won’t go nine innings every game but now we know he can and still have plenty left after 100 pitches. Hanson and Minor are gassed after five innings. They may hang on through the sixth but you Can tell they have little on their fastball and their control leaves them. Delgado seems to be getting there but probably won’t be a nine innings guy until next year. With Hanson’s throwing motion there will be continued arm and shoulder problems like Pryor and Woods for the Cubs. Minor has Tom Glavine fastball but pitches like he has a John Smoltz fastball. He has to develop Glavine’s control of hitting or coming close to outter half of plate and only throw inside to brush guys back. He is not a power pitcher like Beachy and should not try to pitch like one.

fordcobra

May 18th, 2012
8:27 am

Mr. Beachy, I don’t know if you read this or not but coming from an old Braves fan, young man you deserve a BLUE STAR!!! Don’t lose track of who you are and keep putting the solid numbers up there and you will get your just rewards.
GOD Bless you,
Fordcobra

valyboy32

May 18th, 2012
8:45 am

OKAY LARRY BIG DADDY YOU CALLED A GOODONE !!!

dean

May 18th, 2012
8:52 am

We’re watching a star being born. Enjoy it. Last year…Glavine said he’d teach his son to watch Beachy to learn how to pitch.

alex

May 18th, 2012
8:54 am

Changing speeds,changing speeds,getting a second pitch over for a strike………Complete game against the fish and lobo is asleep,awwwwww…….

LAG

May 18th, 2012
8:58 am

Cautiously opitimistic – Mr. O’Brien,
I note that all teams in NL East have records above 500. Is this some sort of record for this late in the Season? Seems like partially a result of the imbalanced schedule, as we have played so few games thus far against the East. Thanks.

I don’t know if it’s a record per se, but on September 28, 2005. the last-place Nationals were 81-78.

LAG

May 18th, 2012
8:58 am

… and on the second-to-last game of the season, they were 81-80.

Brave New World

May 18th, 2012
9:02 am

Beachy Rocks! GO BRAVES!

iliketacos

May 18th, 2012
9:07 am

Did anyone notice when Larry was called out on a force at 2nd?…… not because he was out, the short stop dropped the ball, but because he was in right field. I guess if he’s not going to hustle down the line on a ground ball, why would he even attempt to break up a double play. that was so funny and typical of the way this guy has played since blowing out his knee at the beginning of his career. playing scared is no way to play. get off the field if you are not going to try any harder than that. and ENOUGH with the announcers blowing up his head with all this crap they keep saying. “slide easy chipper”????? really? please retire now!!!!!

robbcandy

May 18th, 2012
9:21 am

@ don mcmahon

i agree with you that it is sometimes frustrating that uggla cant get a sac fly, like in the first inning. but he is hitting well this year, and though he strikes out a lot, his average is 277 which is nothing to complain about. also, in regards to prado’s base running “error.” i was at the game last night sitting a few rows up directly behind third base and had prado gone he would have been thrown out by an easy 10 feet. problem being that the infield was way in and freddie hit the ball too hard. a slow roller he could have gone, but the play wouldn’t have been close. francisco’s play the other night was terrible, however!

Tbyrd

May 18th, 2012
9:25 am

To iliketacos…….go get some tacos…..and just stay gone.

Tbyrd

May 18th, 2012
9:25 am

To iliketacos…….go get some tacos…..and just stay gone.

Jay Dubu

May 18th, 2012
9:36 am

We as fans have been trained that a pitcher has to come out of the game ~100 pitches thrown, so when Beachy got to through the 7th, the blog was clamoring about Fredi’s move or non move on Beachy.

Kudos to Beachy and Fredi for playing this one out! Now, let’s beat some Rays!

iliketacos

May 18th, 2012
9:39 am

Unlike larry, im not going anywhere. not at the end of the season, and not now. deal with it. larry is a waste of space on the field, not to mention all that money.

JD

May 18th, 2012
10:03 am

Chipper was out and the ss dropped the ball transferring it to throw to first. All players get out of the way of the throw to first either by pealing off toward right or going down on the ground early. Better than getting hit in the face. Also better on his knees to peal to the right. Don’t think I would necessarily have to explain this to a true baseball fan.

reckingball

May 18th, 2012
10:08 am

Braves need to kick some more fish butt. A Ray is a fish, isn’t it?
Starting pitching is improving, need for Minor to get straightened out, and Hanson to go a little deeper into the games, I think they will get it together.
Sure am glad that the Braves have Larry Wayne.
Go BRAVES!

reckingball

May 18th, 2012
10:10 am

JD……Exactly.

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

May 18th, 2012
10:10 am

I stand mistaken on Beachy, he pitched really well last night and I am pleased with his progress! He has made the adjustments needed to be a viable pitcher both in the rotation and in the national league. Minor will turn it around and Hanson has been a couple pitches away from getting out of most of his troubles.

Prado did what he was supposed to do when he was on 3rd, and FF was at bat. Although it was a grounder, it was sharply hit and he would have been thrown out at the plate. Ultimately, Uggla cant strike out. that next at bat.

Go Spurs Go!

TRIPLETHREAT

May 18th, 2012
10:11 am

IJUDGENOT MINOR’S FASTBALL CAN TOP 94MPH – GLAVINE NEVER HAD THAT BUT WHAT
HE HAD WAS GREAT CONTROL-MINOR IS TO WILD IN THE STRIKE ZONE AND NEEDS TO WORK THAT OUT IF HE WANTS TO STICK AROUND AS A STARTER

Just Pateeeee

May 18th, 2012
10:20 am

tacos

Obviously we weren’t watching the same game. Chipper HAD been thrown out and the ball was dropped during the transfer to throw to first base. Don’t let hatefulness get in the way of your ignorance, though.

Skeezix

May 18th, 2012
10:29 am

That was some performance last night by Brandon. He is pitching like an ace. Best ERA in the majors! Now that is Atlanta Braves pitching. Huddy’s pitching up to his normal standards, so now we need at least one more reliable starter—will it be Tommy Gun Hanson? Minor (doesn’t look likely)? Delgado? Medlen? Someone else needs to step up.

Kharma

May 18th, 2012
10:30 am

Mr Beachy will be joining Jair if he continues with his current mechanics. Because he pulls the baseball forward he is going to lose the stability in his shoulder joint. He topped out at 94 mph last night. A year from now he’ll be very lucky to top out at 92. He has a fairly significant forearm bounce as well.

He should walk more batters as well.

Just Pateeeee

May 18th, 2012
10:32 am

Lord….some people are NEVER satisfied, are they?

iliketacos

May 18th, 2012
10:42 am

These days you can actually rewind tv. and watch it in slow motion…..and he was not just getting out of the way. He was in RIGHT FIELD!!!!!!!! When will the so-called sports fans in atl wake up. i suppose some of the people on here are the same ones at the games that get upset if someone in front of them stands up to cheer. don’t get upset when someone calls out your “hero” for their lack of effort.

Miami Marlins

May 18th, 2012
10:42 am

What the hell happened?

Another Clueless Blogger

May 18th, 2012
10:45 am

iliketacos May 18th, 2012 9:39 am Unlike larry, im not going anywhere

Refreshing assessment of yourself “iliketacos.”

Skeezix

May 18th, 2012
10:45 am

According to Tom Glavine (who knows a liitle about pitching mecahnics), Beachy’s mechanics are so sound that he is teaching them to his sons.

henry tn

May 18th, 2012
10:58 am

had prado run on contact he would have made it–beachy,s best game yet….

hiway61

May 18th, 2012
11:01 am

I will have to agree with Glavine on Beachy..The kid has all the tools to be another great!

Dirty Dawg

May 18th, 2012
11:15 am

Karma…I don’t know where you’re getting this from. From what I see BB’s mechanics are great, well-balanced and about as stress-free as you can get when you consider what he, or any baseball pitcher, is trying to do with his arm…whatayawant, a 75-85 mph’er like Hernandez? There’s absolutely no comparison with his delivery mechanics and Hanson’s (and while his are somewhat improved, he (Hanson), still has that delay – I call it ‘dragging’ – with bringing his arm through, thus losing a lot of the drive momentum that his legs and body is supposed to provide to help his arm…that’s also why he’s so slow to the plate – it’s as if his delivery is in stages and it tears the hell out of his shoulder over time. Beachy simply doesn’t have that problem. Even Glavine was raving about Brandon’s mechanics as fundamental to his success.

Don’t want to make much of it, but I believe that anybody that was paying attention last season could see that young Mr Beachy had what it takes. Now if we could just figure out how to duplicate his head and put it on Minor’s body, we’d really have something. Maybe they could let Glavive spend some time with Minor cause I really do think his problem lies between his ears. One final thing about Beachy…in one the Braves Spring games they televised, they showed the players ‘running the outfield’ after they had finished their stints in the lineup. Virtually every one of them were only jogging on what was supposed to be the ‘running’ leg of the work (they run from one foul-line to the other, then walk back…then repeat). Beachy was ‘bustin’ it every time on his run. In other words the guy is working his butt off and it’s paying off…and good for him. I just hope he doesn’t end up with Boros as his agent some day.

CajunStorm

May 18th, 2012
11:38 am

Beachy’s mechanics are flawless. So flawless that I’m actually getting tired of EVERYONE in baseball rave so much about it. So for anyone to question BBs delivery is just plain goofy. ve always loved the kids approach from day one. With Huddy, Delgado & Tommy (in that order) we have a formidable staff. Imho…Medlen has earned a shot as a starter more so than Minor anyway. Medlen id gettin screwed. I truly hope the reports on Peter Moylan looking real good in rehab so he can come back and Medlen can get his well deserved shot.

Tommy

May 18th, 2012
11:40 am

Good morning blog. See what happens when FG leaves the lineup in tact.

reckingball

May 18th, 2012
11:40 am

+Ozzie Guillen quote from last night, concerning taking his starting pitcher out, — “That’s what I hate about the National League, you have to take your pitcher out, for offense,”
I think that they call it, REAL baseball, where a manager has to actually manage a game.
DH sux.
GO BRAVES!

Tommy

May 18th, 2012
11:47 am

@reckingball WOW! We actually agree on something.

jim

May 18th, 2012
11:47 am

I would be really looking forward to seeing Delgado pitch in the Saturday game, unfortunately thanks to Fox in my area, I won’t be able to. I see the same aggressiveness from him that we’re seeing from Beachy. He has been pitching into the 7th inning and beyond in his last three starts and has only been lacking a little help from his friends (the offense). Right now he is at least league average for a # 3 starter (WHIP, innings/start, ERA) and is only getting better. With a little cushion, it becomes easier for a starter to go deeper into games.

reckingball

May 18th, 2012
11:49 am

DD @11:15……”I just hope that he doesn’t end up with Boras as his agent someday.”
If this kid stays healthy, and continues to improve, I don’t think that it matters much, if my Aunt Sadie is his agent. He is going to demand a very high price when he gets Free.
But that is a long way off, thankfully.

Tommy

May 18th, 2012
11:58 am

@jim Completely agree. Now if we can get Hanson and Minor to throw strikes, we will be OK.

Kane337

May 18th, 2012
12:02 pm

Beachy = 2012 All Star

jim

May 18th, 2012
12:03 pm

With that 35 million being freed up in the next two years, the priority should be extending the core players — Beachy, Kimbrel, Freeman, Heyward, and Prado, and resigning Bourn. Hopefully the big bats that everyone is calling for are in our system already — Gattis, Cunningham, Francisco? — How many big-time FAs actually help their new team? Pujols? Bay? Soriano? Werth? Crawford? ARod for 10 years? Fielder for the length of his contract?

jim

May 18th, 2012
12:19 pm

@Tommy
Hanson looked the best he’s been all year last outing. It took him over 100 pitches to get through 6 innings, but he had better velocity and life on his fastball and was working off of it instead of an endless succession of curves like he was featuring earlier.

With all the concern about starters innings, that has not been a real problem so far. We have not been overusing the pen, and Fredi has done a very good job of distributing those innings. We rarely see Kimbrel pitch more than once or twice a week, and have not seen EOF and Venters overused either. For all the venom expressed against Durbin, he has not cost us any games so far (all the bad innings have come with the team trailing or comfortably ahead and have not changed the outcome of the game) and he has gotten the outs when used with the game still on the line. Medlen in the pen has been key to saving wear and tear on OVentrebel. For those wanting to swap roles for Minor and Medlen, consider how comfortable you would feel with Minor pitching in a pressure situation from the 7th inning on. Medlen (and Livan) have the guts to handle those innings, and Minor has not shown the same fortitude.

Tommy

May 18th, 2012
12:28 pm

@Jim hopefully, Hanson will continue. `100 pitches in 6 innings is a lot. 100 in 7 is OK. He has got to throw more strikes early in the count. He gets behind in count and throws a fat one. Usually it costs him. Looked better last outing. Hope he continues. I do not trade places with Medlen and Minor. I send Minor to the Minors and give Teheran a cjhance.

reckingball

May 18th, 2012
12:37 pm

It looks to me like Hanson has been pitching pretty good in his last few starts, excepting that he can’t get past the middle of the game, due to his pitch count.
The last quote from Hudson on this post by CR, kind of tells the story about Hanson so far, in my opin.
He gets ahead of a lot of batters, going 0-2 or 1-2, and then he and/or the catcher decide to start nibbling at the corners.
Before long he has ran the count to 3-2 with 6,7,or8 pitches thrown, and winds up losing the batter due to a walk or a hit.
I think that Hudson is right, go after the batters and get them out, trust his guys playing behind him, especially with no runners on base.

Tumbledown

May 18th, 2012
12:39 pm

Well, if someone is going to take the time to call out Chipper for his supposed lack of effort on one play during a game in which the Braves won 7-0, I am going to call him out for being a certain hall of famer (probably first ballot) based on his exemplary career. I further call him out on his 1999 MVP award in which he virtually carried the offense on his back. I call him out for his tireless work on his swing and helping others with their swing. Finally, I call him out on his play this year, in which he has already contributed several winning and memorable moments and contributed immensely to the team’s fine record and recovery from an 0-4 start.

dap01

May 18th, 2012
12:39 pm

I will Hanson could learn from Beachy. Hanson is horrible to watch pitch, Beachy is great to watch.

Tommy

May 18th, 2012
12:42 pm

@reckingball Absolutely. He has got good stuff. He needs to get pitch count down. WOW WE AGREE AGAIN.

Tommy

May 18th, 2012
12:43 pm

@Tumbledown Call Chipper out for his mouth.

Tommy

May 18th, 2012
12:45 pm

SAYONARA for now. Be back later.

jim

May 18th, 2012
12:47 pm

I added a second paragraph about the bullpen in the response to your comment about Hanson. There is a loud call from others to put Medlen in the rotation. His role in the pen is much more important than a start every 5 days. If the 5th starter gives 6 innings and a chance for the team to win, we can live with that. I think/hope Minor will come around and be adequate as the 5th starter.

reckingball

May 18th, 2012
12:54 pm

12:47…….”His role in the pen is much more important than a start every 5 days.”
I agree 100%.

Joey the Bull

May 18th, 2012
12:55 pm

He should be the starting NL pitcher for the ASG…

Michelle

May 18th, 2012
1:18 pm

I hadn’t really been to a Braves game before last night. It was a lot of fun, especially when we got a run and the red sirens went off all over the stadium. The food was a little overpriced, though.

Tommy

May 18th, 2012
2:05 pm

I am back. Welcome Michelle.

Tommy

May 18th, 2012
2:09 pm

Does anyone know if Chipper is going to DH all 3 games?

jim

May 18th, 2012
2:13 pm

Is Longoria on the DL?

jim

May 18th, 2012
2:14 pm

McCann will DH in at least 1 of the games.

Tommy

May 18th, 2012
2:15 pm

@jim I think he is,but not sure. How about my question?

Felix

May 18th, 2012
2:17 pm

So Ozzie G., who left the AL for the NL, now doesn’t like the NL. Huh? …….maybe it’s time for him to hop on a boat headed south and start managing in Havana closer to his buddy Fidel.

Tommy

May 18th, 2012
2:20 pm

Felix, I Do not think they would let him in.

Felix

May 18th, 2012
2:21 pm

You are probably right.

reckingball

May 18th, 2012
2:28 pm

I bet old Ozzie wishes that he could take that mouth-fart about Castro back.

Tommy

May 18th, 2012
2:33 pm

That will teach him to shut that mouth. He stuck his foot in that one. He thought he was going to get an All Star team and he would not have to manage.

ToccoaBrave

May 18th, 2012
2:41 pm

If Beachy keeps pitching like this we will be hanging another jersey in a few years. Great game Beachy.

Choppinmama

May 18th, 2012
3:59 pm

It’s interesting that in all the quotage and reportage on Beachy’s pitching game, nobody mentioned his hit and rbi too.

Tommy

May 18th, 2012
4:26 pm

@Choppinmama….. Anya Hashimika Yobosayo

OTP

May 18th, 2012
4:29 pm

Can we clone him?

74bravesjersey

May 19th, 2012
12:01 pm

How about the”Kokomo Kid” somethin’ Huh? O’l Beachy just might run some teams thru the ringer this year. Our Diamond n’ the rough.

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