Sheets to start Sunday vs. Mets

Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field

Ben Sheets will make his first major-league start in nearly two years on Sunday. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said the right-hander will face the Mets after watching Sheets throw a bullpen session Thursday afternoon.

“He said he felt great, so he’s going to start on Sunday,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez said the Braves have yet to decide how having Sheets pitch will affect the rest of the rotation – namely Mike Minor or Randall Delgado. The team won’t have to make a move until Sunday when the activate Sheets. Tim Hudson and Tommy Hanson will start the first two games of the series against the Mets. After an off-day Monday, Jair Jurrjens will start Tuesday against the Giants. Either Minor or Delgado would pitch Wednesday.

“We’ll see what happens the first couple days [after the All-Star break]  before we decide on that,” Gonzalez said.

Sheets said he felt ready after making two minor-league starts at Double-A Mississippi.

“I thought I threw the ball pretty well, to tell you the truth,” Sheets said. “Mistakes got hit, like they will up here. Even when you are in mid-season form you are going to make mistakes. It’s going to happen. You have to minimize [the mistakes] and make pitches around them. The more good pitches you make the better off you’ll be.”

The Braves  signed Sheets to a minor-league contract on July 1. A four-time All-Star with the Brewers who once struck out 18 Braves in a game in 2004, Sheets was out of baseball at 33 years old after two elbow surgeries. Sheets, who turns 34 on July 18th, hasn’t pitched a full season in four years.

Sheets was 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in two starts for the M-Braves. In 10-2/3 innings he allowed 12 hits, seven runs (six earned) with 10 strikeouts and one walk.

“He is such a competitor,” catcher Brian McCann said of Sheets. “If his arm is where it needs to be, he is going to be dominant because he’s got one of the best curveballs in the business. He’s got a great fastball. He’s got a really good change-up as well. He’s been a No. 1 [starter] in this league for a long time. If he comes back like we all expect him to come back, it’s going to be a big lift for this team.”

- Chris Vivlamore

LOOK FOR ANOTHER BLOG ON WHAT THE BRAVES WILL DO A SHORTSTOP A LITTLE LATER.


262 comments Add your comment

Gibson

July 12th, 2012
6:10 pm

Bring on the Negative Nancies. Can’t wait for some genius to post something about how terrible this is.

shawn

July 12th, 2012
6:17 pm

Hoping that Sheets will pitch well and then we need to trade Minor or Delgado to get Zack Greinke..

Casper

July 12th, 2012
6:17 pm

Couldn’t be any worse than Minor or Delgado. Go Braves

sean

July 12th, 2012
6:20 pm

what jersey number will sheets wear?

count_schemula

July 12th, 2012
6:21 pm

I wonder who goes down?

My guess is… Minor.

count_schemula

July 12th, 2012
6:22 pm

“Can’t wait for some genius to post something about how terrible this is.”

It’s not Raul Mondesi terrible. It’s not the Maddux signing either.

Chris Vivlamore

July 12th, 2012
6:23 pm

For those asking, Sheets will wear No. 30. And … he was given the old Greg Maddux locker.

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Yogi Berra

July 12th, 2012
6:29 pm

Hope it “Maddogs” locker rubs off on him.

southgabrave

July 12th, 2012
6:31 pm

Trade thoughts:
1) Trade JJ and Minor and prospect from a list of 5 for Greinke. Greinke must first sign an extention.
2) Trade Teheran or Delgado (not both) and a prospect for Liriano
3) Trade Gilmartin and a prospect for Willie Bloomquist.
4) Trade Fransisco and/or prospects for Scutaro
Rotation of Greinke, Hudson, Hanson, Liriano and Sheets/Delgado
Hudson is due for a new contract next year and the Braves can use that money and some of Chippers to help sign Greinke. Prado could move to 3rd next year and Bloomquist int LF or CF (hopefully Bourn resigns.
Line-up now:
cf Bourn
lf Prado
3b Chipper
rf Heyward
1b Freeman
c McCann
2b Uggla
ss Simmons
BENCH:
Scutaro (when Simmons comes back)
Bloomquist
Ross
Diaz
Hinski
Scutaro can play SS or 2B
Bloomquist any OF
Hinski back-up 1B (like to replace Hinski but…)

Thoughts DB?

Yogi Berra

July 12th, 2012
6:34 pm

Just read Braves were talking trading Prado for Upton. That way he could play CF for Bourn next year. They Braves wouldn’t try to sign Bourn.
If a player ever deserved to be signed its Bourn…he is the MVP so far this year and bust his a@@ every day. I’d would love to have Upton but I’d keep Bourn if at all possible.

southgabrave

July 12th, 2012
6:37 pm

prado for headcase upton? CRAZY!

Earl

July 12th, 2012
6:37 pm

I am looking forward to see what Sheets can do for this team. I like the fact that he averaged a K per 9, and only 1 walk. His era could just be from rust or getting back into the routine.

I could be wrong, but I actually think this may work out to be a great move. If it does, I agree with shawn that we should use Minor or Delgado to go after Greinke, providing we could sign him long term, but I would rather use one of them to go after Justin Upton.

Yogi Berra

July 12th, 2012
6:37 pm

Also said they could move Uggla to 3rd and Pastor could play 2nd. I don’t think Uggla has the arm to play third.But i’m just a fan.

Yogi Berra

July 12th, 2012
6:38 pm

I agree South ga Brave..

cowdogit

July 12th, 2012
6:42 pm

I’ve watched Sheets pitch, some games he is completely in charge, one of the best curves in the majors. Very good in clutch games. Great pickup!!!

Felix

July 12th, 2012
6:42 pm

I wasn’t keen on the decision to sign Sheets. To me it is just another one of the hyperactive Wren’s distractions/bunny trails. This has all happened so fast….. Is he really ready? But all we Braves fans can do now is hope FW’s gamble pays off and wish Ben Sheets good luck.
Beat the Mutts!

T-Dawg

July 12th, 2012
6:44 pm

Too soon to bring him back. I predict he will struggle the 1st three starts. R. Oswald did the same thing and he has been paying for it ever since. I would give him two more starts.

Also…trade Prado and there will be an all out RIOT!!

southgabrave

July 12th, 2012
6:47 pm

A pretty good OFer in Upton and good power. Not much average and he sulks a lot. Great potential with average results. Why do you think Kirk Gibson wants to trade him? Then you want to trade a player that can play 1B, 2B 3B or LF, plus hit 300 with 10-15 hrs. Great attitude and team player. That would be a stupid trade by Wren. Now a pitching prospect for him yes. I would use Minor, Delgado and Teheran and others for better trades.

GT Alum

July 12th, 2012
6:50 pm

Yogi Berra -

I hope there’s absolutely no truth to that rumor. Upton hasn’t gotten on base at a rate that’s even passable for a leadoff hitter since 2008. Do we really want to go back to the period between Furcal and Bourn? Maybe all Upton needs is a change of scenery, but there’s no way I’d count on it. If you can get him cheap, do so and make him LF or as a platoon guy. Plus, if we trade Prado and don’t re-sign

full of it

July 12th, 2012
6:50 pm

to fix the braves is easy trade for dempster that will fix everything but the shortstop. but if you trade for dempster he will come cheaper then grenkie and i think he is more of a competitor so i trust him more in the post season. with that you move delgado to the bullpen and that puts a rotation of hudson/hansen/dempster/sheets/jurrjens. that’ll get you the wildcard right there and hudson/hansen/dempster is good enough to win any playoff series. then next move is get the best defensive ss out there possible and here is to the post season

Felix

July 12th, 2012
6:51 pm

Really, FW can’t be thinking about trading Prado (well yeah he can; after all, it is FW). Seriously, that would not be popular at all with the home town fans. He is one of my favorite players. Shows up every day to play and always gives 100%. Also has some great at bats. Where would we be without him?

shadetree

July 12th, 2012
6:54 pm

Prado should be our 3rd baseman next year but I’m fearful Wren is going to trade him. Don’t understand that one. Prado is one we should lock up now long term. I would go to Bourn now and offer 5 years at 65 million. I would hope he would take it. If not take it right then then we move on and can say we tried.

Geno

July 12th, 2012
6:55 pm

At least Sheets only cost some cash and no prospects. Other than a game or so, what could it hurt? I expect to see Liriano for either Minor or Delgado., and some other off-the-cuff move for a bench player that we will not anitcipate. I am excited to see how Sheets works out on Sunday. Let’s hope that he can return at an acceptable level. Go Braves!

NO MORE FREDI

July 12th, 2012
6:57 pm

Conrad gets number 9 spot on MLB all time baseball blunders. He destroyed the Bobby going away party.

Kevin

July 12th, 2012
6:58 pm

DON’T TRADE PRADO, DANGGIT

NO MORE FREDI

July 12th, 2012
6:59 pm

The Greg Maddux locker? Don’t let him pitch in the playoffs!

birdo

July 12th, 2012
6:59 pm

Trading Prado would be a sin. Prado is all around best player the Braves put on the field, day in day out.

count_schemula

July 12th, 2012
7:03 pm

Nice to see all this Prado love.

VinnyD

July 12th, 2012
7:09 pm

We sure do need an upgrade on the bench. Let’s not forget how important that can be.

IlliniBrave

July 12th, 2012
7:14 pm

Why folks would want Dumpster over Greinke or Garza is beyond me. Greinke and Garza have tremendous upside. Dumpster’s only “upside” is is waistline. The guy is having a rebirth but at age 35 you gotta expect some regression. And expecting him to do anything similar next year is like shooting craps. Greinke or Garza on the other hand could be rotation fixtures for several years.

count_schemula

July 12th, 2012
7:15 pm

I think Greinke is one year older than Maddux was?

Bobby Bobby

July 12th, 2012
7:17 pm

Misses 2 years two AA starts and Sheets is ready for MLB? Plus against Mets. Who makes these decisions? Perhaps the same idiot that would trade Prado + prospect for Upton.

George

July 12th, 2012
7:19 pm

Tomorrow night will start the WILSON PASTORNICKY era playing SS for BRAVES. I would not mind if we got that SS with the bad attitude that we sent to TOR back, he had attitude but could hit a little. I forget his name.

GT Alum

July 12th, 2012
7:19 pm

Yogi Berra -

Congratulations. You’ve completely derailed this blog from the original topic.

IlliniBrave

July 12th, 2012
7:23 pm

@GT Alum: Leave Yogi alone. Since when are there “rules” about the topics discussed on this blog? Don’t you have something to count or analyze or design or build?

reckingball

July 12th, 2012
7:23 pm

Trading Minor of Delgado for Liriano looks like a down-grade to me.
Why would anyone want to do that?

Negative Nancies

July 12th, 2012
7:24 pm

This move really sucks. I hate everything the Braves do. they should just quit now!

Playoffs?????

July 12th, 2012
7:25 pm

NO MORE FREDI—–”He destroyed the Bobby going away party”

Well, whose fault was that? Bobby Cox, of course, for playing him when he proved he could no longer make even the routine plays.

GT Alum

July 12th, 2012
7:26 pm

Wow, do they not have a sense of humor in the Midwest? I was giving him a hard time because he throws one rumor out there and the blog jumps all over it.

JT braves

July 12th, 2012
7:26 pm

I would not trade prado but are y’all sure you are talkig about the right upton. Justin upton was a m p caliber player last year and I wouldn’t Mind him playing for the braves

reckingball

July 12th, 2012
7:27 pm

That SS’s name that they traded to TOR? I think it was ShortBus.

George

July 12th, 2012
7:27 pm

DO NOT TRADE MARTIN PRADO!

Brave New World

July 12th, 2012
7:27 pm

If Sheets is close to what he once was, this will be a great lift in the second half. Worth a try.

jcfromut

July 12th, 2012
7:27 pm

Buster made the comment that Atlanta would be a good place for Upton to play. He SUGESSTED that a deal centered around Prado would get a deal done. It was only a suggestion. Busters speculation. Nothing about FW saying he would trade Prado.

Playoffs?????

July 12th, 2012
7:29 pm

And Jurrjens gets bumped to Tuesday?? He pitched as good or better than anyone in the rotation right now.
If I am him, I can’t wait to get out of this place

reckingball

July 12th, 2012
7:30 pm

Buster does not know everything.

George

July 12th, 2012
7:32 pm

That TOR SS could not get along with BOBBY,but he might be ok with FREDI, I think they are from the same country.

FIRE FREDI

July 12th, 2012
7:33 pm

“He said he felt great, so he’s going to start on Sunday,” Gonzalez said.

What was the point of watching him pitch if your just going to go on what he says??? This guy is the worst manager possibly in the history of the game.

MikeY

July 12th, 2012
7:36 pm

I want to see a trade for a reliever (Lyon or Beimel) then move Medlen to the rotation.

IlliniBrave

July 12th, 2012
7:39 pm

@GT Alum: Sorry. Totally misinterpreted your comments, though the humor was awfully subtle. I should also apologize for the snide remark that was an obtuse reference to your alma mater, but I cannot quite bring myself to do that. Go Dawgs! ; )

George

July 12th, 2012
7:40 pm

FIRE FREDI

July 12th, 2012
7:33 pm
“He said he felt great, so he’s going to start on Sunday,” Gonzalez said.

What was the point of watching him pitch if your just going to go on what he says??? This guy is the worst manager possibly in the history of the
************
YUP

BravesWin

July 12th, 2012
7:40 pm

Keep Prado. Keep Medlen. Keep and sign Bourn long-term. Keep a protective eye on Bethancourt and Teheran. Most else is trade bait, if you gotta trade.

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

July 12th, 2012
7:41 pm

I’m with George…the SS could play D……and that all that is needed….

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

July 12th, 2012
7:42 pm

Medlin aint getting enough innings……please argue that ..??? anyone..???

kral

July 12th, 2012
7:46 pm

been a 40 yr. Braves fan..got worried over the winter with trading Prado talk…do not believe it…makes no sense…love the guy…biggest mistake for Braves in along time…do not believe it will happen..as I …the Braves know they have an extremely versatile player who may eventually lead the league hitting…hope he is untouchable

Seattle Braves

July 12th, 2012
7:47 pm

It would be a great day in Atlanta if Sheets can come in and just dominate. Then it would give Atlanta the push they need to trade for Grienke. Also I think the SS will be simmons, so stop GAP needed. No need to trade for a SS, that what are farm system and Wilson is for. If they make a trade or move Prado around I think it will kill the chemistry of the braves OF. Also any trade to bring in Upton is counter productive. Bourne is having a career year, why bring in his future replacement now. that would have a mental impact on the way Bourne might play. You dont mess with an OF trio that is just amazing, period.

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

July 12th, 2012
7:48 pm

prado is a clubhouse leader…..

kral

July 12th, 2012
7:49 pm

GT Alum

July 12th, 2012
7:50 pm

If we’re talking Justin, then that’s a different thing. I assumed BJ because that rumor’s been coming up for years.

I hope there’s no truth to the Pastornicky part, though. Not convinced he’s a starting caliber hitter. He’d probably be better defensively at 2B, but Uggla might be even worse at 3B. You still need to be able to move laterally, you have to be able to charge in on balls, there’s less reaction time, and you need a strong throwing arm. Plus, you’d need to get an excellent bat in LF just for next year’s lineup to even be as strong as this year’s.

kral

July 12th, 2012
7:50 pm

Seattle Braves

July 12th, 2012
7:50 pm

Perdiction: Sheets 7.1 innings 97 pitches 8k’s 2bb 5 hits 2 runs. Braves win 8-3 BOOK IT

kral

July 12th, 2012
7:53 pm

Sorry gt but Ugg’s defense has been exceptional at 2b…I beg to differ…watched almost every inning of every game this year

kral

July 12th, 2012
7:54 pm

GT Alum

July 12th, 2012
7:57 pm

And you’re a major league scout? Because most of those rate him as below average.

Chris from the Rock

July 12th, 2012
7:57 pm

I was thinking about Scutaro earlier. Belisle would help out too. Once Simmons returns, Scutaro becomes main UT middle INF. Rosters will expand by that point anyway, so they can keep Wlison on the active roster until playoffs begin.

kral

July 12th, 2012
8:02 pm

and you have connections to major league scouts…please share your reports gt

E Matthews

July 12th, 2012
8:12 pm

Give the team to Chipper. He’ll get 110% from players or he’ll get em on the road. .Ray Charles could out coach Freddi…

Glavine95

July 12th, 2012
8:14 pm

PRADO FOR MVP!!!!

kral

July 12th, 2012
8:19 pm

gosh knows gt would not start a rumor

bobbybragan

July 12th, 2012
8:19 pm

On the Braves website is the message “The Braves First Half Troubles Are Behind Them”. We won’t have to wait long to see. Same hitters who were shut down by the better pitchers and some bad ones as well, who against the Braves looked like world beaters. Same pitchers, starting and relievers.
As a matter of fact, this was basically the same group that imploded at the end last year, in record fashion. I’m not from Missouri, but I’d like to be shown that the definition of insanity does not apply here.

Ben Sheets

July 12th, 2012
8:27 pm

I have made 2 starts against AA hitters and had a 5.03 era so I am ready for the bigs, you have to believe me coach, you said you was going to leave it up to me if i’m ready so a promise is a promise, I wouldn’t lie to you coach i’m ready, so what if there are a ton of AA and AAA pitchers with an era much better than mine, i’m Ben Sheets and that automatically makes me better than anybody else, you can keep me in the rotation for a couple months and I suck and we miss the playoffs because I couldn’t get big league pitchers out you can trade me, there are a lot of teams out there that would love to have me.

kral

July 12th, 2012
8:33 pm

you people should run a major league team elll you are so d… smart…wake- up..in the morning…you 2nd guessing ….- – - ..ain’t got a clue

Ralph

July 12th, 2012
8:34 pm

count_schemula
July 12th, 2012
6:21 pm

I wonder who goes down?

My guess is… Minor.

It won’t e Minor, he’s a lefty, we’ve gotta have a lefty you know

kral

July 12th, 2012
8:34 pm

neither do I…but mama did not raise …no fool

Hal King

July 12th, 2012
8:41 pm

This is ole home nite, thanks for those comments E Mathews, let us give Ben a chance and see what happens, hopfully a good outing and a Brave win. And remember Pat Jarvis, the little bulldog, thank you.

Ralph

July 12th, 2012
8:41 pm

Everybody on here is just like Fruti and Frank, thinks Sheets is going to set the woods on fire, his 5.06era against AA hitters doesn’t impress me at all, Don’t trade away the farm before he proves he is the real deal, Minor and Delgado both pitched great heir last start (against MLB hitters) and they are the future of this team, Sheets may bomb badly.

bustersonly

July 12th, 2012
8:46 pm

Sheets came out of the same DUMPSTER as Hernandez, he is just a smoke screen to make the fans think management is doing something.

kral

July 12th, 2012
8:46 pm

dang wish something else would distract me…most I have blogged in awhile…still waiting gt…nothing else to do..

T-Dawg

July 12th, 2012
8:51 pm

Need a Starting Pitcher. Need a Right Handed bat for the bench.I’d be happy with this.
I would prefer Dempster. He has shut down stuff that can be unhittable. This is something this staff lacks.

bustersonly

July 12th, 2012
8:56 pm

George
July 12th, 2012
7:40 pm

FIRE FREDI

July 12th, 2012
7:33 pm
“He said he felt great, so he’s going to start on Sunday,” Gonzalez said.

What was the point of watching him pitch if your just going to go on what he says??? This guy is the worst manager possibly in the history of the
************
YUP

Fruti said last week that he was going to give him one more AA start then ask him if he was ready “I will leave that up to him” is what fredi said, why didn’t he consult Chipper first YUP

Ralph

July 12th, 2012
9:01 pm

jcfromut
July 12th, 2012
7:27 pm

I wouldn’t trade Prado for both of the Uptons!

Ralph

July 12th, 2012
9:04 pm

Greinke has not pitched nearly as well as Minor and Delgado lately.

The Duke of Flatbush

July 12th, 2012
9:04 pm

Wren should have been fired after the Texeira deal. Worst trade in baseball history and now he wants to trade their best player for a sulker? No wonder people don’t go to the games.

kral

July 12th, 2012
9:05 pm

have you ever looked at bust…ter ….on…ly..looks like a bb player…sounds like a bb player…get closer…smells like a baseball player…OH WELL I DIGRESS…none of the above is true

kral

July 12th, 2012
9:06 pm

Enter your comments here

Oregon Brave

July 12th, 2012
9:07 pm

Sure, the team’s first half troubles are behind. Now we get to witness their second half troubles. Still the same team, just different day. Yipee!

BravesfaninAugusta

July 12th, 2012
9:07 pm

I’m thinking Delgado will be the one to go down and then be traded if that is what they want to do… Minor is the only lefty starter so my guess is he stays.

mpimentel

July 12th, 2012
9:10 pm

Frank DO NOT TRADE PRADO!!!!!…..he’s our 3rd. Base for next season…and won’t trade a bags of candy for liriano!!!….dempster dosn’t have the value to trade a top prospect for him (35 years old)…and garza received a beat from a medicre off team last week (US)…if we need someone have to be an outfielder and some bench help …btw another arm from the bullpen could be great!

Ralph

July 12th, 2012
9:12 pm

If they trade away Delgado they willbe trading away a future Cy Young winner, he’s just a kid.

Ben Sheet over my head.

July 12th, 2012
9:14 pm

If the Braves can beat Garza anyone can!

jharber

July 12th, 2012
9:16 pm

between f g and fw there is no chance for a good playoff team. without angels in the infield and outfield

southgabrave

July 12th, 2012
9:17 pm

@reckingball

Have you check Lirino since he was put back in the Twins rotation? Check it out and then tell me is 2.77 era since is worse than Delgado and Minor. He has experience and is lefty. I have been an advocate for keeping out young pitchers, but we need to improve NOW not next year. This team will take a step back next year. No Bourn, Chipper or LFer and the pitching will not be the same. JJ will not be back, Huddy will need a contract and is a year older. The 3 kids haven’t proven anything yet. Teheran has regressed slightly this year. Minor has been very inconsistant. Delgado looks the best, but is still a #5 at this point.

A rotation of Greinke, Hudson, Hanson, Liranio and either Sheets or Delgado is an improvement. Liranio stats look bad because of the early season struggles in the bullpen. Since his return to the rotation, he has a sub 2.8 era and a positive win/loss record. He has looked impressive since.

kral

July 12th, 2012
9:19 pm

Well personally through the ups and downs…over- all it has been fun…da…sure not 75 or 76 or….but you hope for .500 in the old days…gosh I guess the worst of times make you more patient …or the best of times just make you grateful…just wish my DAD would have lived to experience the 90’s after living with the Braves through the 60’s; 70’s’ and 80’s…sometimes we don’t appreciate what we have..because we do not expect we deserve to do without

Heisenberg

July 12th, 2012
9:27 pm

Delgado has actually pitched well lately. He is not getting run support, defense makes errors behind him, then the bullpen allows inherited runners to score. I would move Minor to the bullpen for long relief. He can be effective for 2-3 innings if he can come in and start a clean inning.

Heisenberg

July 12th, 2012
9:31 pm

JJJ has looked good since coming back, but needs to continue to build on that through the rest of July before I will begin to feel comfortable he is back to anything close to his old self.

southgabrave

July 12th, 2012
9:33 pm

JJ will not be back next year no matter….count on it.

Klaus

July 12th, 2012
9:36 pm

RE: Upton doubters one word – Melky.

Everyone one on this blog and in the Braves Nations wanted Melky tied to a bowling ball and dropped into a well. Most would have rented a limo to personally drive him out of town.

He was a worthless, fat, poor attitude guy who just sulked, sucked and whose career was over.

How did that turn out?

Players are human and sometimes humans need a change of scenery and a new leader. Let’s not delude ourselves that we know what he is capable of or what is going on inside the AZ clubhouse.

If the Braves can trade for Justin it would be a gutsy and future oriented move.

I would offer Uggla + with some salary relief if needed. If they demand Prado I would cringe but still do it.

Prado is a great but at 3B he needs to be a 100 RBI guy with power and that is not him. He would not hold a candle to Chipper in his prime at 3B (offensively) and we need that type of production from 3B going forward.

ACE

July 12th, 2012
9:38 pm

Taking a chance on Sheets is a smart move. Cuuld be great find by FW.

kral

July 12th, 2012
9:39 pm

good-night….yess’sr ire Bob….some people or on the up and up and know exactly what is going to happen…exactly why I have to stay off of blogs

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