Hudson, Hanson to open second half, then contingencies to follow

Philadelphia – Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said the Braves plan to start Tim Hudson and Tommy Hanson in the first two games out of the All-Star break against the Mets. Ben Sheets could make his first start as a Brave that Sunday, July 15 against the Mets, unless he needs another start in the minors. Gonzalez said they will leave that up to Sheets, based on how he feels after his second outing Monday for Double-A Mississippi.

If Sheets does pitch against the Mets, then it will be Jair Jurrjens on Tuesday, July 17 against the Giants, followed by either Mike Minor or Randall Delgado on Wednesday, July 18.

If Sheets can’t go, the Braves plan to pitch either Minor or Delgado on Sunday against the Mets and the other one against the Giants on Wednesday. Either way, Jurrjens is scheduled to pitch that Tuesday against the Giants because the Braves want to split up the rookie starters Minor and Delgado, rather than having them pitch back-to-back like they have been.

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bruce

July 7th, 2012
7:32 pm

lets make good decisions!

bruce

July 7th, 2012
7:34 pm

would be impressive for Sheets to be ready for MLB after two outings facing pitchers… if so, makes case for much shorter spring training.

TomahawkChoppin'

July 7th, 2012
7:35 pm

I hope the ‘attitude’ that Greinke showed today spiking the baseball doesn’t deter the Braves from seriously considering him. I don’t view what he did as a Yunel Hotdog Escobar play. I see it as this guy has a fire in his belly for winning. The guy wants to be in ATL, do the blockbuster deal and get this guy.

Brandon

July 7th, 2012
7:39 pm

IMO greinke should have never been thrown out the game

Larry B

July 7th, 2012
7:52 pm

Fired up!!!! We need him and that ‘tude!

Angel Wings.

July 7th, 2012
7:53 pm

Hudson Hanson Greinke, Sheets. Liriano. Let’s do it now.

chuck

July 7th, 2012
7:54 pm

I don’t think we should trade fo Greinke or any other pitcher. We need to keep letting Minor, Delgado, Jurrjens, and also Teheran see if they can be the Braves rotation of the future along with Hanson. We need to be realistic that this team doesn’t have the talent to win a first round playoff series even with another pitcher. It would be a HUGE mistake to trade the wrong pitcher like we have done so many times in the past.

lee maye

July 7th, 2012
8:04 pm

I agree with Chuck. Just wait until the winter and signe Greinke. He is not worth 2 good prospects. Some of you don’t think Schafer is any good and he led off with triple today against Greinke. Sheets may work as well and won’t cost anything.

Chief pitchanono

July 7th, 2012
8:11 pm

I partly agree there chuck, but wren has done a pretty good job with trades lately. But if he can pull this off with grienke without saleing the farm them i say go for it. We should be able to afford at least one really expensive pitcher after moveing lowe. On the other hand if the brewers start to get a little greedy he needs to hang up the phone quick because your rite we can win for a long time with the arms we have but it may not happen this year.

extremus

July 7th, 2012
8:11 pm

MIDSEAON OFFENSIVE REPORT CARD:

As much as I love his effort (he always runs down the baseline hard), Dan Uggla has to be a huge letdown from a productivity standpoint since the Braves signed him to that enormous contract. He actually started off the season fairly well, but the past few weeks he’s been the same “Evil Strikeout Dan” we saw most of 2011. At any rate, even though I’m a Braves fan and want to see our players represented whenever possible, I have to honestly say there are more deserving candidates for this year’s All-Star Game.

I’m very pleased (though previous experience tells me not to keep my expectations too high) with Jason Heyward’s rebound from that awful slump several weeks ago, and Freddie Freeman looks like the real deal as long as he can stay healthy. Prado’s returned to 2010 form and Chipper’s production has actually been WAY up from recent years (at least in my recollection) as far as situational hitting; too bad he has to take a day off every 2 or 3 games. Brian McCann may finally be succumbing to the wear and tear that inevitably erodes most catchers’ offensive output; so far he’s been far from the .300, 20-homer guy that we’ve been used to. I know the Braves brought Andrelton Simmons up for his glove, but frankly his offense hasn’t been shabby, either. Perhaps the greatest and most unfair tease in all of this is Michael Bourn having such a great year when we know full well how difficult it will be for the Braves to resign him after the season.

The Braves’ bench has to be a subject of immense concern. Eric Hinske just isn’t getting it done, and nobody else (even the normally consistent David Ross) has been a sparkplug when needed so far either. I’d say if the Braves make any offensive tweaks this will be the area they’re most likely to happen.

MyThoughts

July 7th, 2012
8:13 pm

Contrary to the announcers comments Greinke should have been ejected. Maybe he spiked the balls out of anger at himself (tho I don’t think so) but next time a batter throws his bat or helmet after a called strike he could say he was mad at himself !!

MyThoughts

July 7th, 2012
8:14 pm

Bryce Harper All-Star !!!

HOF 10

July 7th, 2012
8:16 pm

I agree with Chuck, unless we can get Greinke signed long term. But management is cheap, so that’s doubtful.

JJ seems to be back below 90 again. He can be a No. 3 or No. 4 starter with that stuff if he can learn to use it. Sheets, who knows? But I do like the idea of splitting up the rookies.

Larry B

July 7th, 2012
8:19 pm

I, for one, do not have any regrets with Danny. Once he catches fire, look out. He is like Mark Teixeira. Starts cold then watch him go. Dan Uggla is getting ready to start to straighten those hard hit foul balls and RAKE.

eddie57

July 7th, 2012
8:42 pm

Ugglier will be under .220 by Sunday night and still penciled into at least the 7 spot by clueless Freddi the Freeloader. I pray that Wren doesn’t panic like he did in signing Lowe and KK and trade for one of the pitchers available for a two-month rental.

2 hot scott

July 7th, 2012
8:45 pm

Since it seems as though the Braves have more starting pitchers at the major and minor league level than spots available, why not deal some of them for a proven starter? The team seems set offensively for a couple more years, that is if Bourn signs an entension, so why not. Wren needs to pick up the phone and see what Seattle wants for Felix Hernandez. Ben Sheets is a nice story, but really, this story sounds like another Jared Wright saga. You have Hudson, who looks like he has a few more years in him after back surgery, Hanson, who is solid, Jurrjens, who looks the same as before his injury now, then Minor, who has shown flashes and is left-handed. The problem is Delgado, Tehran, Gilmartin and Spurill. If you are going to have a rotation of Hudson, Hanson, Jurrjens and Minor for the next few years, what do you do with prospects? I’d use them to improve the team. If Beachy was healthy, you’d have a bigger problem. Yes, it’s a nice problem to have, but you have to improve the team now. Also the bullpen is young and solid as well.

I’d tell Seattle this:

Take 1 from Group “A” (Mike Minor, Randall Delgado, Julio Tehran)
Take 1 from Group “B” (Sean Gilmartin, Zeke Spurill, Anthony Varvaro)
Take 1 from Group “C” (Christan Betancourt, Joe Terdoslavich, Matt Lipka)

for Hernandez

Betancourt is blocked by McCann, Terdo is blocked by Prado at 3rd and Freeman at 1st, and Lipka is a top 10 prospect playing outfield because he is blocked at short by Simmons.

If Bourn isn’t willing to sign an extension by the trade deadline add him to the package and take some of the prospects off the block.

Why should the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers and Cardinals be the only ones willing to make the big trades? Chipper’s salary is coming off the books next year, so Liberty Media is not the problem.

Larry

July 7th, 2012
8:50 pm

Larry B

“Once he catches fire?”

It’s freaking July…how much longer do we have to wait?

The problem with such a horrible hot or cold, streak hitter like ths free swinging hack is we lose too many god at bats waitiing more than half a season-if not longer–until he “catches fire.”

I’ll take a guy that always has his flame going!

BravesfaninWis

July 7th, 2012
8:53 pm

This giving up hits and runs to opposing pitchers crap has to stop. That is the 1 guy in any NL lineup that you have to get out. I know a lot of NL pitchers are good hitters as well, but it seems our pitching staff gives up hits and runs to opposing pitchers all the damn time. If Hanson would have gotten Blanton out, you get out of that inning tied at worst. Get it together already, damn.

BravesfaninWis

July 7th, 2012
8:56 pm

See how quickly Hanson struck out against Blanton? Now if Hanson could learn how to pitch to opposing pitchers we could be tied right now, but no. That is the difference between a potential win, or a now realistic loss. It’s not April anymore boys, all of these games count now more than ever.

BravesfaninWis

July 7th, 2012
9:21 pm

Now lets get a win. Don’t let the Phillies beat you and drop you in the division. You have enough of a battle on your own without blowing games to the Phillies.

John

July 7th, 2012
9:30 pm

anybody else see Poloanco try to grab Freeman’s arm on that play in the 4th? Low class.

John

July 7th, 2012
9:31 pm

do you ever post a single positive comment wis? i won’t even call you a braves fan because you simple do not deserve it.

MyThoughts

July 7th, 2012
9:32 pm

2 Hot Scott Benthacourt may not be blocked by Mccann as he is not worth what we may have to pay for a defefensive liability cant block pitches sure cant throw out runners nor call a good game in exchange for ocassional offensive power he has reached his peak

John

July 7th, 2012
9:34 pm

my thouths?????? really? let us forget that a HALL OF FAME PITCHER went straight into a HALL OF FAME MANAGER’s office and demanded that McCann catch all of his games after his first go with him…….so that makes you right he is a bum let’s just DFA him right now.

Yogi Berra

July 7th, 2012
10:54 pm

Does Fredi ever take up for his players? Bourn was safe stealing 2nd and Fredi just shakes his head. Even TV crew said ump just missed call.

StingerSplash

July 7th, 2012
10:56 pm

They’re just now catching on to the notion of not having the rooks start back-to-back? The final two months of last season apparently taught them nothing.

Busch Leaguer

July 7th, 2012
11:39 pm

Uggla is just pacing himself ,waiting to have a big September and prevent another collapse by the Braves.

bustersonly

July 8th, 2012
12:41 am

Is Ben Sheets making the line up now, I thought that was Chipper’s job

bustersonly

July 8th, 2012
12:54 am

bruce
July 7th, 2012
7:34 pm

would be impressive for Sheets to be ready for MLB after two outings facing pitchers…

bruce, I think Wren and Fredi decided the day Sheets auditioned at Ga Tech that he was going to pitch after two outings at AA ready or not. Here’s what Fredi said ” Ben Sheets could make his first start as a Brave that Sunday, July 15 against the Mets, unless he needs another start in the minors. Gonzalez said they will leave that up to Sheets” Isn’t that great, we have a guy that hasn’t faced a MLB hitter in more than two years making the decisions affecting his own career, I thought that was the GM’s job.

sid slid

July 8th, 2012
8:15 am

I was fortunate enough to attend Chipper’s 5-5 game. I, for one, am grateful for every time I can watch Chipper play this season. We sure will miss him when he’s gone.

Whiskey River

July 8th, 2012
9:34 am

Get Greinke and Liriano now. Greinke, Hudson, Hanson Sheets, Liriano. Trade JJ to Boston for Cody Ross. Enough said. Go Braves!!!

MyThoughts

July 8th, 2012
9:42 am

John – That HOF pitcher’s request was years ago when McCann was worth it. Times change and people decline which is what happened to Brian. Time for Al and DH for him .

don

July 8th, 2012
10:34 am

Maybe the Braves can trade another group of future all-stars for another rental like “Big Tex”.

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