It’s back to National League for Hudson vs. Hudson

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

So interleague play is over now, at least until the World Series, and the Braves finished their bumpy ride through the AL East at 8-10.

Safe to say we have our answer as to which division was more dominant, the A.L. East vs. the N.L. East. The A.L. East went 46-32 against the N.L. East during this interleague swing. The Yankees were the most dominant team, going 12-3 against the N.L. East, while the best the N.L. East had going was the Nationals who were 10-8.

The Yankees did do the Braves some favors, though, by keeping the Nationals and Mets in check, winning eight

Happy 38th birthday to Jeter, who's been doing a lot of fist-bumping lately

Happy 38th birthday to Jeter, who's been doing a lot of fist-bumping lately

of nine against those two, while the Braves dealt with their own ups and downs. Now the Braves enter this 10-game homestand starting tonight tied with the Mets in second place at only 3 ½ games behind the Nationals.

Head-to-head results

A.L. East N.L. East

Yankees 12-3 Nationals 10-8

Red Sox 9-6 Mets 8-7

Orioles 8-7 Braves 8-10

Blue Jays 8-7 Phillies 3-9

Rays 9-9 Marlins 3-12

46-32 32-46

So the Braves can gather a collective breath and get back to the National League. Two pretty formidable teams in their own right are headed to Turner Field, first with the surging Arizona Diamondbacks, then with the NL East first-place Nationals.

The Braves have lost six of their past seven games at home, to fall to only 15-17 at Turner Field overall this season, compared to 23-17 on the road.

While they were away, it got hot around these parts. Granted, it sounded like they got some hot days on the road, especially in New York in the day game on Wednesday, but summer has hit Atlanta for real, and it’s only going to get worse. According to weather.com, today and tomorrow will be pretty tame, with highs in the upper 80s, but from Thursday on, there are highs in the 90s for the rest of the homestand, and the high for Friday is actually 101 degrees. Oh…my….goodness.

The Diamondbacks will get one of those hot days on Thursday, and I have a little bit of a theory about West Coast teams coming here in the summer. I wonder if the heat gets to them. Yes, I know it’s hot in Arizona, but they close the roof at Chase Field and play in the AC, and I still argue that the dry heat ain’t as bad as when it gets so humid here and upper 90s. Out there, shade works.

Arizona is 22-26 all-time at Turner Field, and while there are quite a few other factors working, I wonder if the heat is at least one of them. Arizona has lost six of seven here too.

This would be your Hudson from Atlanta

This would be your Hudson from Atlanta

As for things that really matter – just in case I’m annoying anybody with this line of thinking – let’s go to the all-Hudson match-up tonight. Tim Hudson will be facing his cousin Daniel Hudson for the first time in his career. (OK fine, they’re not really cousins.)

Hudson is still bothered by the bone spurs in his left ankle and will likely be until he can have surgery in the offseason, but the Braves have still won three of his four starts since they first flared up before his May 30 start in St. Louis.

Daniel Hudson has had some injury issues of his own. He missed a month after being diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement and has struggled in his return. In five starts since coming off the DL, Hudson is 2-0 but with a 7.01 ERA. He’s allowed 34 hits in 25 2/3 innings over those five starts. Apparently he’s been wild in the strike zone only because he has only four walks compared to 22 strikeouts.

Daniel Hudson has faced the Braves only once, losing to Derek Lowe last Aug. 19 in a 4-2 game, after giving up four runs in six innings, including three home runs – to Michael Bourn, Brian McCann (two-run shot), and Chipper Jones.

D-backs shortstop and Hahira, Ga. native Stephen Drew, younger brother to one J.D. Drew, could return to

This would be your Hudson from Arizona

This would be your Hudson from Arizona

action as early as Wednesday after missing nearly a year with a broken ankle (July 20, 2011). He’s been rehabbing in the minors, played a couple of games in Mobile, and would reportedly join the team in Atlanta. He was hitting .263 (10-for-38) in 10 minor league games in Double-A and Triple-A.

Rotation watch

The rotation has come back around to the veterans: Tim Hudson, Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens to face the Diamondbacks, so the Braves have a little time to figure out what to do with the Randall Delgado and Mike Minor duo, who have either been really good of late, or really not.

The Braves could decide to make the move with Kris Medlen back into the rotation now, or they could try to hold out another few weeks, evaluate Jurrjens’ progress and whether he can continue his good work, and see if they can’t get the likes of a Ryan Dempster or Matt Garza on the trade market to bolster the rotation.

Since that Saturday night against the Orioles June 16, when Brandon Beachy left the game knowing something was wrong with his elbow, the Braves have gone 3-4, with the four losses coming in games pitched by Minor and Delgado.

Granted, that Sunday loss to the Orioles by Delgado was hard luck, after he pitched eight strong innings that day and took a 2-0 loss. But since then, Minor and Delgado have combined to give up 15 runs (12 earned) in 11 2/3 innings in three losses.

That same Sunday morning of the Orioles series, when it was pretty clear the news was grim for Beachy – who underwent Tommy John surgery on Thursday – I asked Chipper Jones talked about the importance now resting on the shoulders of Minor and Delgado:

“Yeah you’ve got to take the diapers off right now,” Jones said. “The learning curve is over. They’ve had 15, 20, 25 starts in the big leagues and it’s time that we get the Randall Delgado that we’ve gotten the last couple times out consistently. It’s time that we get the Mike Minor from the last two starts consistently. Mike Minor is not a .500 pitcher with a 7.00 ERA, I’m sorry, he’s not. It’s time that we start getting some consistency out of those guys. We’re going to need it now. With Beach going down, guys have got to step up and give us some good starts and give us the ability to keep us in the game until somebody can win it late.”

So far minus Beachy, it hasn’t happened.

This and that

The final All-Star voting updates in the National League are scheduled to be released this afternoon. The teams will be announced Sunday in a TBS show at 1 p.m. In-park balloting is over, but voting continues for starters online until midnight Thursday.

A couple of the Braves top draft picks have made their professional debuts and are off to great starts. Second-rounder Alex Wood, the left-hander out of the University of Georgia, made his pro debut last night in Single-A Rome, pitching two scoreless innings, allowing two hits, no walks, and four strikeouts. First-round pick Lucas Sims, the right-hander from Brookwood, followed suit this morning in the Gulf Coast League, throwing two innings, with no walks and three strikeouts.

Lineup

1. Bourn 8

2. Heyward 9

3. Prado 7

4. McCann 2

5. Uggla 4

6. Jones 5

7. Freeman 3

8.  Simmons 6

9. Hudson 1

1,426 comments Add your comment

Duke

June 26th, 2012
1:52 pm

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 26th, 2012
1:54 pm

Dreading the trade deadline

June 26th, 2012
1:55 pm

LOL. Did you see that our next center fielder got a 50 game suspension? Looks like a perfect Braves pickup!

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 26th, 2012
1:56 pm

Yeah you’ve got to take the diapers off right now,” Jones said. “The learning curve is over.

Alex

June 26th, 2012
2:01 pm

Derek Lowe won a game for us last August?

Tomahawkin

June 26th, 2012
2:03 pm

@C-Roge

Good to See Ya Baby!

Am I Pinch Hitting???

LKF in NJ

June 26th, 2012
2:05 pm

Another matchup of pitchers with the same last name: On July 4,1967, Phil Niekro faced his brother Joe Niekro (who was pitching for the Cubs).

Mack Jones and Rico Carty both hit homers against Joe, chasing him from the game in the 4th inning. Phil pitched a complete game and the Braves won 8-3.

Bob Uecker was the catcher for the Braves and went 0 for 3.

Tomahawkin

June 26th, 2012
2:05 pm

Forget the D-Bags! We have a Monumental Series This Weekend Against The Curly W.

Its Imperative that we have a 7-3 homestand….

nolie

June 26th, 2012
2:07 pm

Look at the leg drive in that pic of Huddy. I love it

CrαZy

June 26th, 2012
2:08 pm

Its Imperative that we have a 7-3 homestand

If we go 6-4 we’re SCREWED!!!

Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)

June 26th, 2012
2:08 pm

The Braves could decide to make the move with Kris Medlen back into the rotation now, or they could try to hold out another few weeks, evaluate Jurrjens’ progress and whether he can continue his good work, and see if they can’t get the likes of a Ryan Dempster or Matt Garza on the trade market to bolster the rotation.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>….

And the longer they wait to insert Medlen into the rotation, the worse the odds of getting into the playoffs. But hey, we only MISSED IT BY ONE GAME LAST SEASON.

Murph

June 26th, 2012
2:08 pm

Its Imperative that we have a 7-3 homestand….

Minor will only pitch in two of the games, so there’s a chance…

Murph

June 26th, 2012
2:09 pm

And the longer they wait to insert Medlen into the rotation, the worse the odds of getting into the playoffs

Yup. I mean, he pitched lights-out in AAA… and has been virtually unhittable out of the ‘pen.

Makes sense to me.

Tomahawkin

June 26th, 2012
2:10 pm

If You want to see J-Hey Hitting 3rd Tonight and this homestand???

“Give Me a Hell Yeah!”—Stone Cold Steve Austin

Mets R Best

June 26th, 2012
2:11 pm

I have noticed that a lot of you post harsh comments about your team. Are you really fans? Here in New York we Mets fans always support our players 100%.
You should be nicer to your team. After all, your players can’t help it if they are inferior.

DS1

June 26th, 2012
2:11 pm

Statement homestand?

Tomahawkin

June 26th, 2012
2:11 pm

CrαZy

June 26th, 2012
2:08 pm

Its Imperative that we have a 7-3 homestand

“If we go 6-4 we’re SCREWED!!!”

You Damn Rite Playa! That One Game Makes a Huge Difference!

ncbravesfan90

June 26th, 2012
2:12 pm

“Yup. I mean, he pitched lights-out in AAA… and has been virtually unhittable out of the ‘pen.

Makes sense to me.”

Since im taking this as sarcasm, this means its time to go out and get either Dempster or Garza…now

Powder Blue

June 26th, 2012
2:12 pm

Anyone have ESPN Insider? I’m curious as to what they’re saying about the Braves’ trade deadline plans.

Tomahawkin

June 26th, 2012
2:14 pm

DS1

“Statement homestand?”

Oh Hell Yes! Put Your Money on That Series Against The Curly W This Weekend!

Its Put Up or Shut Time For Both The Braves and Nats This Weekend!

“Get Your Popcorn Ready!”

Nats Fans will Be Coming Down To the “A” In Droves This Weekend to see that 1st Place NATITUDE (Sarcasm!)

Russell Bell

June 26th, 2012
2:14 pm

<IIts Imperative that we have a 7-3 homestand

If we go 6-4 we’re SCREWED!!!

Screw that. We need a STATEMENT homestand, replete with 3 STATEMENT series sweeps.

10-0, baby.

Tomahawkin

June 26th, 2012
2:15 pm

Powder Blue

“Anyone have ESPN Insider? I’m curious as to what they’re saying about the Braves’ trade deadline plans.”

I dont need BSPN Insider! For My source…

I get all my 411 from Dionne and the Psychic Hotline…We see eye to eye! We are Here! Me and 1-976

nolie

June 26th, 2012
2:15 pm

I did look Lew, but a sample size that small is worthless when compared against his much larger minor league totals which show him to be exactly what I said, a Francoeurian out maker

Tomahawkin

June 26th, 2012
2:16 pm

Wasnt the last time the Braves won 10 in a row was 2000?

The year they won 15 in a row???

Murph

June 26th, 2012
2:16 pm

I don’t understand a word Tomahawkin says… is it just me?

Powder Blue

June 26th, 2012
2:16 pm

Tomahawkin,

Good luck with that.

nolie

June 26th, 2012
2:17 pm

On the bright side, the Braves are less likely to squander a huge lead in September simply because they won’t have one. They play their best baseball when Chipper Jones is in the lineup and have a realistic shot of sending him out with one more round of October baseball.

Deadline Strategy
General manager Frank Wren is not afraid to pull the trigger — right at last year’s deadline, he landed outfielder Michael Bourn from Houston. The season-ending injury to Brandon Beachy suddenly has the traditionally-rich pitching franchise looking to add a starter. It could ride on how Jair Jurrjens performs over the next few weeks. If he is pitching well, as he did Friday in Boston, the Braves could be less desperate and other clubs will not be able to hold them hostage.

Money
The Braves are in the middle of the MLB pack with an $83 million payroll. Jones’ $13 million salary comes off the books after the season, giving them some flexibility.

Bait
Mike Minor was viewed as almost an untouchable last July, but the lefthander’s stock has fallen a bit and the Braves could be more open to deal this time. Juan Francisco would be a nice addition to any team looking to add depth at third base. The Braves had four players in Keith Law’s preseason list of top 100 prospects, but it seems unlikely they would deal a pitcher such as Julio Teheran.

Targets
Look for the Braves to be among the teams to be talking regularly with Theo Epstein about Cubs righthanders Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster. The D-backs may be more willing to deal southpaw Joe Saunders than they were last July. If the Brewers decide to deal Zack Greinke, the Braves would be a nice fit. There is some talk the Braves could look to add a reliever due to the recent struggles of Jonny Venters. Another veteran bullpen arm would enable manager Fredi Gonzalez to spread around the workload more than he did last September, when Venters, Eric O’Flaherty and Craig Kimbrel may have been running on fumes.

If the Braves add a bat, they could kick the tires on a short-term rental with the Padres’ Carlos Quentin. Martin Prado, already having a productive year in left field, could be freed up to give the injury-prone Jones some rest at third base.

ncscoots

June 26th, 2012
2:19 pm

I don’t understand a word Tomahawkin says… is it just me?

You got no one but yourself to blame for reading the bleepin’ idiot, in the first place.

Powder Blue

June 26th, 2012
2:19 pm

Thanks, nolie. Much appreciated.

CrαZy

June 26th, 2012
2:19 pm

If we don’t win 11 of the next 10 games… They should go ahead and pack it up… board up the Ted and trade everyone!!

Russell Bell

June 26th, 2012
2:19 pm

Irrelevant. The season is over if they don’t go 10-0 on this homestand.

STATEMENT homestand.

There better be a no-hitter or 3 in this homestand as well.

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

June 26th, 2012
2:21 pm

going tonight. go braves.

nolie

June 26th, 2012
2:22 pm

You got no one but yourself to blame for reading the bleepin’ idiot, in the first place

OUCH!!!

CrαZy

June 26th, 2012
2:22 pm

I don’t understand a word Tomahawkin says… is it just me?

For Shizzle My Nizzle!! Get With It Bro…

ChattTownBrian

June 26th, 2012
2:22 pm

Pinning hopes Jurrjens shapes back into his old form is like holding hope Tomahawkin speaks some sort of English in the next year. There is hope though, I have faith. :smile:

ncscoots

June 26th, 2012
2:23 pm

OUCH!!!

The guy got stumped on page 2 of “Baseball For Dummies”.

Gustopher

June 26th, 2012
2:23 pm

Welcome back Carroll.
I see you are easing back into it with a Beachy mention a quote from Chipper but it is good to have you back.

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 26th, 2012
2:26 pm

Juan Francisco would be a nice addition to any team looking to add depth at third base.

Maybe a desperate team…. Well, maybe not. I guess any team that really needs a 3B might be willing to take a chance on this guy.

CB

June 26th, 2012
2:27 pm

There’s a page2? I never got that far.

HINDSKY

June 26th, 2012
2:28 pm

Was it included in Uggla’s contract that he bat clean-up???? Must have been. Also McCann has the 3-hole now that Chip has become immobile except for his jaws–they still move. So if these guys must bat in the top of the line-up, how about putting all three almost sure outs at the top of the order to get them out of the way like 1-2-3, then get on with the hitters. Should cut down on the GIDPs and SOs killing rallies . . . LOL

ncscoots

June 26th, 2012
2:29 pm

I never got that far

Yeah, but you got us, CB. We’re the graduate studies edition. :-)

monty

June 26th, 2012
2:31 pm

Nolie-”Look at the leg drive in that pic of Huddy. I love it”

THat’s old school, isn’t it? Wish more on the Braves staff had Hudson’s mechanics.

monty

June 26th, 2012
2:33 pm

“I don’t understand a word Tomahawkin says… is it just me?”

That’s a clown question Bro…

Murph

June 26th, 2012
2:35 pm

Wow, scoots channeling his inner-nolie when Tomahawkin is brought up… yikes!

The Harper

June 26th, 2012
2:37 pm

Dude, I’ve got a copywrite.

DS1

June 26th, 2012
2:38 pm

The Harper

June 26th, 2012
2:38 pm

Don’t steal my line.

DS1

June 26th, 2012
2:38 pm

Burrito time…….

Bo Graves!

Moeman

June 26th, 2012
2:39 pm

Absolutely hate interleague play. Actually hate American League. Hate DH even more. It just ain’t baseball. Wish they would do away with it today if not sooner.

jeffrey d

June 26th, 2012
2:39 pm

Thanks Carroll!

Efrim

June 26th, 2012
2:39 pm

Two rival executives told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that they expect the Brewers to shop Zack Greinke if they are unable to sign him before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

That’d be a guy I’d love to target. We’d only have him for 2 months though, and we’d also not be allowed to get a draft pick for him because you can’t get that for in-season trades. That’ll bring his price down, I’d think. However Brian Sabean did screw that up by giving Zack Wheeler to the Mets for Beltran…..

nolie

June 26th, 2012
2:40 pm

the extreme drop and Drive guys like Seaver are few and far between now days. Huddy is not in that league, but yeah the more upright straight front leg that develops hip torque is much more popular now. Thats ok too as long as the still get much of their power from their legs but some are too abbreviated and place too much strain on their arms

CB

June 26th, 2012
2:41 pm

scoots, not room for any conceit in your family, is there?

nolie

June 26th, 2012
2:42 pm

scoots used to be conceited when he was a lil tyke, but now he’s perfect just like me

MikeY

June 26th, 2012
2:42 pm

I’d like for us to trade for Brandon Lyon of the Astros and move Medlen to the rotation.

Lyon has a 2.79 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 29K and 8 BB in 29 IP so far. He is a free agent in 2013 so would be a rental. Contract for 2012 is $5.5M so he would be owed about half of that for the rest of the season. My guess is that if the Braves took the salary, we could do the trade for an A-ball prospect.

GO BRAVES!

ncscoots

June 26th, 2012
2:42 pm

scoots, not room for any conceit in your family, is there?

No, I pretty much got it all. :-)

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 26th, 2012
2:43 pm

However Brian Sabean did screw that up by giving Zack Wheeler to the Mets for Beltran….

Which is why rentals are such a bad idea. It’s now worse since you can’t get draft compensation….

nolie

June 26th, 2012
2:44 pm

rentals are a season changed just often enough to give a GM hope….

George Stein

June 26th, 2012
2:44 pm

In his defense, scoots, that book was written by Joe Morgan, which would make anyone’s head spin.

ncscoots

June 26th, 2012
2:45 pm

CB, in truth, I was speaking of the blog “we”, not the royal “we”. :-)

MikeY

June 26th, 2012
2:46 pm

@Moeman, I agree with you. The DH is the bane of socity. Right at the start of the official rules of baseball, it states “1.01 Baseball is a game between two teams of nine players each…”

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/downloads/y2011/Official_Baseball_Rules.pdf

That thing they play in the American League is not baseball.

Efrim

June 26th, 2012
2:46 pm

It’s now worse since you can’t get draft compensation….

But it should drop the price for the trading team. The question becomes would you rather trade less for Greinke and only have him for two months or trade more for Garza and have him for 1.5 years?

Tyler (TN)

June 26th, 2012
2:47 pm

On the bright side, the Braves are less likely to squander a huge lead in September simply because they won’t have one. They play their best baseball when Chipper Jones is in the lineup and have a realistic shot of sending him out with one more round of October baseball.

Deadline Strategy
General manager Frank Wren is not afraid to pull the trigger — right at last year’s deadline, he landed outfielder Michael Bourn from Houston. The season-ending injury to Brandon Beachy suddenly has the traditionally-rich pitching franchise looking to add a starter. It could ride on how Jair Jurrjens performs over the next few weeks. If he is pitching well, as he did Friday in Boston, the Braves could be less desperate and other clubs will not be able to hold them hostage.

Money
The Braves are in the middle of the MLB pack with an $83 million payroll. Jones’ $13 million salary comes off the books after the season, giving them some flexibility.

Bait
Mike Minor was viewed as almost an untouchable last July, but the lefthander’s stock has fallen a bit and the Braves could be more open to deal this time. Juan Francisco would be a nice addition to any team looking to add depth at third base. The Braves had four players in Keith Law’s preseason list of top 100 prospects, but it seems unlikely they would deal a pitcher such as Julio Teheran.

Targets
Look for the Braves to be among the teams to be talking regularly with Theo Epstein about Cubs righthanders Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster. The D-backs may be more willing to deal southpaw Joe Saunders than they were last July. If the Brewers decide to deal Zack Greinke, the Braves would be a nice fit. There is some talk the Braves could look to add a reliever due to the recent struggles of Jonny Venters. Another veteran bullpen arm would enable manager Fredi Gonzalez to spread around the workload more than he did last September, when Venters, Eric O’Flaherty and Craig Kimbrel may have been running on fumes.

If the Braves add a bat, they could kick the tires on a short-term rental with the Padres’ Carlos Quentin. Martin Prado, already having a productive year in left field, could be freed up to give the injury-prone Jones some rest at third base.

Tyler (TN)

June 26th, 2012
2:47 pm

^^^^ ESPN Insider Article

Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)

June 26th, 2012
2:48 pm

Carlos Quentin (OF) plus Luke Gregerson (RP) in exchange for a two or three mid range prospects, put Medlen in the rotation and call it a day.

Hillbilly

June 26th, 2012
2:49 pm

I don’t understand a word Tomahawkin says… is it just me?

Oh, Stewardess, I speak Jive. He said that he’s in great pain and he wants to know if you can help him.

ncscoots

June 26th, 2012
2:50 pm

The man-crush on Carlos Quentin here simply defies logic.

Ease

June 26th, 2012
2:50 pm

I don’t understand a word Tomahawkin says… is it just me?

You got no one but yourself to blame for reading the bleepin’ idiot, in the first place.

Dang Out! All the Good Playa Statement Lines have Been Tee Crossed…I Gots Nothin’ Left.!!

Murph

June 26th, 2012
2:51 pm

Trade for Greinke, let Hudson walk next season, sign Greinke to an extension. The team gets their true “ace”, the bank isn’t broken, and being that Greinke is such a short-term rental with no pick compensation he shouldn’t cost Teheran. Shouldn’t. Maybe.

I like Hudson, but the guy will be 37 next year and is starting to get bit by the injury bug a little too often to have him be a cornerstone of the rotation.

Moeman

June 26th, 2012
2:53 pm

Mike Y – love college baseball – my gamecocks couldn’t quite get it done. Wish NCCA would do away with DH and those damn aluminum bats.

nolie

June 26th, 2012
2:54 pm

what if Greinke doesn’t wanna sign an extension with us? We gonna kidnap his fam until he agrees? Plus he’s a nut case remember? Anxiety prone like ctb

Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)

June 26th, 2012
2:54 pm

nolie

June 26th, 2012
2:42 pm

scoots used to be conceited when he was a lil tyke, but now he’s perfect just like me

>>>>>>>>>>…

HAAA HAAAAAAAA HAAAAA HAAAAA!

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 26th, 2012
2:54 pm

Quentin to be on the bench and Meds in the rotation solves everything, eh?

Efrim

June 26th, 2012
2:55 pm

Trade for Greinke, let Hudson walk next season, sign Greinke to an extension.

You willing to give Greinke 6 years/$127.5M – because that’s what Matt Cain got. And I have a hard time thinking Greinke is getting less than that.

Jay Dubu

June 26th, 2012
2:55 pm

The ever quotable Chipper Jones has to get his play back up to a level where his comments carry weight. With him being on a 2 days playing, 2 days off, rotation, we don’t need to hear from him quite as much.

I know he has to be around to receive all the nice parting gifts that are being heaped upon him for past years of great service to the Braves, and MLB, andf that’s fine, he’s earned it, just not fair to talking about what your team mates need to do while you’re taking back to back days off.

Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)

June 26th, 2012
2:56 pm

ncscoots

June 26th, 2012
2:50 pm

The man-crush on Carlos Quentin here simply defies logic.

>>>>>>>>>>>.

Your name ain’t Spock and you don’t know logic or Greek.

nolie

June 26th, 2012
2:57 pm

quentin often is on the bench anyway, guy has a helluva time staying on the field for his age

Trader Jack

June 26th, 2012
2:57 pm

Have we moved from Statement to Monumental?

Personally I’m holding out for Gargantuan

Coach (2012 Fredi's Beisbol Fandango)

June 26th, 2012
2:57 pm

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 26th, 2012
2:54 pm

Quentin to be on the bench and Meds in the rotation solves everything, eh?

>>>>>>>>>

You left out Gregerson, try again.

Braves Fan in Maine

June 26th, 2012
2:58 pm

ESPN=Horrible I cant stand them and they are always wrong…… GO Braves!!!

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 26th, 2012
3:00 pm

what if Greinke doesn’t wanna sign an extension with us? We gonna kidnap his fam until he agrees? Plus he’s a nut case remember? Anxiety prone like ctb

LOL!!!

Ease

June 26th, 2012
3:01 pm

you don’t know logic or Greek

Cause the two are totally like the same.

Jay Dubu

June 26th, 2012
3:01 pm

If Hudson had issues with his ankle last season, why didn’t he have the sugery while he was out with his back?

The Braves have 90 games left, with 1 starter lost to Tommy John for the season, 1 just getting back from AAA (he didn’t do the necessary training during offseason), and 2 that are struggling to be consistant. That leaves 1 starter that also is coming back from an injury last year.

So the Braves have to do some patchwork to get Hudson through the season with the ankle issues. He’ll have the sugery in offseason, and say he’s feeling better than ever. Heard it the past two sugeries.

jeffrey d

June 26th, 2012
3:01 pm

Personally I’m holding out for Gargantuan

The Nats series is going to be a Voluminous Series

Efrim

June 26th, 2012
3:01 pm

I used to like Quentin. Not nearly as much anymore.

TheOnlyBravesFan

June 26th, 2012
3:02 pm

Ah, sorry Coach…

btw, with the Greinke stuff, he’ll be too expensive for us, and with folks like Disgusted and George around, he would have too many anxiety attacks….

Murph

June 26th, 2012
3:02 pm

Plus he’s a nut case remember? Anxiety prone like ctb

Atlanta’s the perfect place for him… nobody cares about the Braves, no pressure since nobody goes to the games anyways.

Efrim

June 26th, 2012
3:04 pm

I can’t see the Braves dedicating 20 million a year to Greinke given that their payroll is at a flat range of 90-93 million. Not going to give one player nearly a quarter of the teams payroll.

Efrim

June 26th, 2012
3:05 pm

JimBowdenESPNxm JIM BOWDEN
Last 30 days….Colby Rasmus batting .342 with 22 Runs, 10 HR’s, 27 RBI’s

What? Colby Rasmus stinks. I was told so here…..over and over and over…..

Moeman

June 26th, 2012
3:05 pm

Longest winning streak I can remember Braves won 1st 13 games of the season. Believe it was 1983. Can see Chris Chambliss fielding last out of that streak.

CB

June 26th, 2012
3:06 pm

Really, Willingham and Garza would be perfect fits for Braves. I believe they both would eat our minor league depth up in trades.

Murph

June 26th, 2012
3:06 pm

You willing to give Greinke 6 years/$127.5M – because that’s what Matt Cain got. And I have a hard time thinking Greinke is getting less than that.

Gotta spend money to make money.

Efrim

June 26th, 2012
3:07 pm

Colby Rasmus in his last 31 games, 142 plate appearances: .331/.373/.669

Efrim

June 26th, 2012
3:08 pm

Gotta spend money to make money.

Clearly you are not aware of our current television deal, Murph. :)

ncscoots

June 26th, 2012
3:09 pm

Colby Rasmus in his last 31 games, 142 plate appearances: .331/.373/.669

Yeah, if you can look past the other 2000 stinky PAs, he’s really pretty good. :-)

Murph

June 26th, 2012
3:10 pm

Money
The Braves are in the middle of the MLB pack with an $83 million payroll. Jones’ $13 million salary comes off the books after the season, giving them some flexibility.

Is this accurate? So… does that mean the team still has $7mil of flexibility for this season? What’s all this talk about paying for acquisitions for the 2012 season out of the 2013 budget?

Season’s half over… so… add 3… carry the 1… divide by… ok, so the team could afford to pick up a player earning $14mil this season, right, since they have $7mil left to spend for the 2nd half that’s not accounted for?

Fish Bisch

June 26th, 2012
3:11 pm

Danny Hudson owns us :(

ncscoots

June 26th, 2012
3:11 pm

Gotta spend money to make money.

I believe they’ll spend eight figures on Bourn before they’ll spend it on a FA pitcher. This isn’t 2008, anymore.

TennesseePaul

June 26th, 2012
3:12 pm

Is this accurate? So… does that mean the team still has $7mil of flexibility for this season?

That doesn’t include Lowe’s $10M

Efrim

June 26th, 2012
3:13 pm

Yeah, if you can look past the other 2000 stinky PAs, he’s really pretty good.

Hah! Hey now – .276/.361/.498 as a 23 year old in 2010(534 plate appearances). I’ll need to see more though. Bad year, Good year Bad Year, ……..so far so good – but he has to keep it up.

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