Braves try to take series vs. lefty Detwiler, Nats

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

Washington – Well, Braves close out this wall-to-wall series today with Jair Jurrjens taking on Ross Detwiler. After such a great start to this series for the Braves, overcoming a nine-run deficit Friday night to match their biggest comeback in franchise history, and watching Ben Sheets pitch another six shutout innings in the first game yesterday, the Braves would have to feel it was a loss to walk out of here with a split in the series.

It won’t be easy facing their second lefty in a row, losing to John Lannan in the night cap last night and

Braves facing second straight Nats lefty in Detwiler

Braves facing second straight Nats lefty in Detwiler

Detwiler today.

The Braves are 11-6 in July. They’ve gone 8-4 against right-handers, but only 2-3 against left-handers. Their lineup stalled after about the second inning last night against Lannan, and they failed to get a hit after the third inning.

Asked Chipper Jones last night what it is about them vs. Lannan and he mentioned: “Well we’re left-handed, you know? Couple of our right-handed sticks are struggling a little bit right now.”

Dan Uggla’s slump has been well documented. After going 0-for-6 in the two games yesterday with four strikeouts, he is now 15-for-121 in his last 37 games – since his four-hit, two-homer game June 6 in Miami. Best news for him these days is that the Braves are headed back to Miami tomorrow, for the start of a three game series. So maybe facing his old team will get him going again.

But right-hander Martin Prado has cooled a little too. He’s 3-for-14 in this series, which is news for the versatile No. 2 hitter who’s having such a good season. And newcomer Paul Janish is 5-for-25 (.200) since joining the Braves. The left-handed bats like Brian McCann and Freddie Freeman are the ones who’ve been carrying the lineup.

Entering today’s game the Braves are 15-20 against left-handed starters on the season – 6-12 at home and 9-8 on the road. The Braves will need to turn that around today if they want to leave having gained some ground in the standings.

Jurrjens will try to rebound from his last outing, when he gave up a season-high eight runs in only 3 1/3 innings against the Giants. It was a step back from the work Jurrjens had been doing since his return from the minors, going 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA in his first four starts back.

I think we saw Monday that Jurrjens doesn’t have a whole lot of room for error these days. He had that play where he didn’t get his foot to the base covering first and gave up an infield hit to Angel Pagan. Another base hit by Hector Sanchez and the Giants were on their way to a six-run inning. The Braves need to play some crisp defense behind him today, and he’ll have to improve on his command to get back on the right track.

Shortstop Ian Desmond is out the lineup today for the Nationals because his oblique is acting up again.

Jurrjens hoping for a happier ending today

Jurrjens hoping for a happier ending today

Braves lineup:

1. Michael Bourn CF

2. Martin Prado LF

3. Jason Heyward RF

4. Chipper Jones 3B

5. Freddie Freeman 1B

6. Brian McCann C

7. Dan Uggla 2B

8. Paul Janish SS

9. Jair Jurrjens P

Chipper said he’ll probably take one game off in Miami, likely Wednesday. Then with the off day Thursday he’ll have back to back days to rest his knees before the Phillies come to town this weekend.

Roster watch

The Braves plan to make a roster move after the game today, giving up the extra arm in the bullpen needed for this series (four games in three days) and bringing up another bat from Triple-A Gwinnett in place of the injured (thumb) Matt Diaz.

They could use a right-handed bat to replace him, but my guess is it’ll be the lefty outfielder Jose Constanza, who just had a 22-game hitting streak snapped Saturday. First baseman Ernesto Mejia has been putting up big numbers in July too – had six homers in 16 games while hitting .344 – but he’s not on the 40-man roster.

When asked this morning whether it would be a right-handed bat, manager Fredi Gonzalez smiled and said he asks for righties and gets lefties. Yep, the Braves are pretty left-handed in general. They could trade for another bench bat, but until they know the full extent of Diaz’s thumb problem and whether he’ll have to have surgery, they could go with Constanza in the short term.

Constanza’s streak was the longest streak in the International League since 2007. It ended Saturday but he came off the bench to go 1-for-3, and still has a 27-game streak for reaching base. He’s hitting .321 on the season. He hit .391 (38-for-96) with four doubles, seven RBIs and 17 runs scored over the hit streak.

With Jonny Venters back from the disabled list, candidates to go back down to Triple-A are Luis Avilan and Anthony Varvaro.

Mac Attack

McCann’s hitting streak ended the hard way last night with a strikeout in a pinch hit at-bat. But his 11-gamer has been awfully impressive. He hit home runs in seven of those games, bringing his season total to 16. It all dates back to the Cubs series after he had a get-back-to-basics hitting session with his brother Brad McCann.

“I feel like I needed to go a couple steps back to go a couple steps forward,” McCann said. “I’m sitting there at .200, I really had to re-evaluate what I was doing and what I was trying to do. I always say when I broke into this league I understood what I was trying to accomplish. I understood my swing as well as anybody, and I kind of fell out of that the last couple years and it was a wakeup call for sure. Sitting there at .220 in June is a wakeup call for me.”

Matchups for Marlins series:

Monday: LHP Mike Minor (5-6, 5.69) vs. RHP Josh Johnson (5-7, 4.35), Tuesday: RHP Tim Hudson (8-4, 3.70) vs. LHP Mark Buehrle (9-9, 3.29), Wednesday: RHP Tommy Hanson (10-5, 4.50) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco. The Braves won’t have to face Giancarlo Stantion, who’s still on the disabled list following arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this month.

3,974 comments Add your comment

LAG

July 22nd, 2012
12:38 pm

Thanks, Carroll.

flange1

July 22nd, 2012
12:40 pm

Thanks for the new blog CR!

mountain_jim

July 22nd, 2012
12:44 pm

Thanks for all the work this intensive series Carroll. :)

Good quotes from the historic game Friday, and the doubleheader yesterday.

Here’s hoping the good Jair shows up today, and the perpetual hope – that Uggla finally wakes up and figures things out again.

Hawes

July 22nd, 2012
12:44 pm

Still only 38 guys on the 40 man roster and Beachy and Vizcaino could be moved to the 60 day DL.

Bringing up Constanza would just be a bad idea, unless the Braves finally get wise and release Hinske.

DFA Hinske and bring up Constanza and Mejia.

Maybe then the Braves could get a PH from someone.

Big Country

July 22nd, 2012
12:45 pm

Big Country

July 22nd, 2012
12:46 pm

i’m so excited!!!!! this is as close as I’ve come to being first.

Jerry

July 22nd, 2012
12:47 pm

Well, Chipper, Uggla, and Prado are gonna have to step it up today. It wouldn’t surprise me if we lose today, but I have a feeling that Jurrjens and Uggla will come through for us. I’m hoping at least.

JesusHChristo

July 22nd, 2012
12:49 pm

I’m a huge fan of Constanza. Dude always seems to inject goodness in the team when he comes up – it will taper off after a bit, but none the less…

Backdoor Slider

July 22nd, 2012
12:51 pm

DISGUSTED

I’m really disgusted by Fredi’s bullpen usage!

Fredi essentially gave the game away yesterday by using Martinez for consecutive innings in a tie game.

nolie

July 22nd, 2012
12:52 pm

would like to see them bring up Mejia

74bravesjersey

July 22nd, 2012
12:53 pm

How ’bout Durango, good avg.& speed, heard he’s pretty descent w/ the stick? RH as well.

iTiSi

July 22nd, 2012
12:53 pm

After his last post on the old blog(the one with almost 5K posts) *Bat Masterson* has now replaced *Venice Jim* as the official Vice-President (*nolie* is President) of the ABC group (that’s the anti-bunt club). *VJ* was on shaky gound anyway after last night as several of his posts were almost pro-bunt. The other guys in ABC probably were ready to kick him out anyway. Guess you will have to try harder, *VJ*, nolie may need your support today. He was MIA last night.

Bat Masterson

July 22nd, 2012
12:53 pm

Nice work, Carroll. Thanks

Carroll Rogers

July 22nd, 2012
12:54 pm

Thanks mountain_jim, appreciate it.

iTiSi….is 5,000 what was ticking in the back of my head? ….feeling the heat to get something up this morning (smile)

ACE

July 22nd, 2012
12:54 pm

Would be great to see Uggla go a tear.

SNEAKY PETE

July 22nd, 2012
12:55 pm

I’ll be glad when they finally dump Constanza, nothing but a AAA hitter.

Bat Masterson

July 22nd, 2012
12:55 pm

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, “Bunt! Bunt!” — but there is no need to bunt. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of bunts and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me hits, or give me death! _ Fredi “Patrick Henry” González

iTiSi

July 22nd, 2012
12:55 pm

*CR*, shame on you! We were headed toward a record 5K posts on the old blog, and you had to foul it up. How could you?

SNEAKY PETE

July 22nd, 2012
12:56 pm

5000 is nowhere near the record, but what can you expect from a clown like Itsi?

iTiSi

July 22nd, 2012
12:58 pm

*BM* thanks for transferring your last post to the new blog. I’m sure EVERYONE will want to read “classic junk”!

nolie

July 22nd, 2012
12:58 pm

even less than what you can expect from Constanza…..

VaBravesFan

July 22nd, 2012
12:58 pm

Uggla still got on base twice last night for what it’s worth. Actually has reached base 14 times in past 10 games, but only hitting 184. in that stretch.

nolie

July 22nd, 2012
12:59 pm

hypocrite, you brought your junk over

ncbravesfan90

July 22nd, 2012
12:59 pm

Either trade for a right handed bat off the bench (preferable) or bring up a right handed bat for the short term until a trade is made. We do not need another left handed bat.

iTiSi

July 22nd, 2012
12:59 pm

*SP* it is during my tenure which has been awhile, so that’s all I can refer to. Since you brought it up, sir, what is the record? I’m sure you would know, right?

Venice Jim

July 22nd, 2012
12:59 pm

iTiSi – that would be nowhere near a record…

BFChris27

July 22nd, 2012
12:59 pm

Would send Varvaro down instead of Avilan.

Bat Masterson

July 22nd, 2012
12:59 pm

I_

You’re welcome.

nolie

July 22nd, 2012
1:00 pm

the record is well over 10,000 ItiSi

Venice Jim

July 22nd, 2012
1:00 pm

We’ve been over 10,000…

nolie

July 22nd, 2012
1:01 pm

Venice Jim

July 22nd, 2012
1:01 pm

I did not know that…

Venice Jim

July 22nd, 2012
1:01 pm

Uh-oh, Adam Scott…

iTiSi

July 22nd, 2012
1:02 pm

*nolie*……..FOR YOUR EYES ONLY: The SF Giants defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in 10 innings last night 6-5 on a SAFETY SQUEEZE BUNT by Gregor Blanco. Our good friend Melky scored. You will probably see this several times today since you are now the PRESIDENT of the ABC (anti-bunt club) so get use to it. BTW, what happened to you last night? Your name was used in vain several times.

Steve from OH

July 22nd, 2012
1:03 pm

Ernie. Clutch.

Bat Masterson

July 22nd, 2012
1:03 pm

Thanks, nolie.

VaBravesFan

July 22nd, 2012
1:04 pm

Luis “Dodge” Durango hasn’t played to well in the minors this season. Obviously trying to change how he plays the game. During spring training we were under the impression that Parraz and Durango were playing for a roster spot. But that wasn’t the case. It didn’t matter how well they did in the spring they were not getting a shot regardless. Durango has a helluva spring training.

36 PAs

467/556/600/1.156 2 Triples 6 Walks 3 Ks 2 SB

iTiSi

July 22nd, 2012
1:04 pm

You guys blew it for me. I wanted *Sneaky Pete* to answer since he thinks I’m a “clown” over such a trivial matter. I had a feeling he didn’t know.

nolie

July 22nd, 2012
1:05 pm

idiot, there are folks here who are more against bunting than I am, but like someone said “what can you expect from a clown”

Venice Jim

July 22nd, 2012
1:05 pm

“we” were under the impression?

Bat Masterson

July 22nd, 2012
1:07 pm

VaBravesFan

July 22nd, 2012
1:08 pm

Backup OF spot was between Constanza, Durango, Parraz. Remember all the crap people were talking about Constanza making the club to start the season?

I even asked DOB is Durango had a legit shot at making the club and he said yes. Constanza had a horrible spring and so did Diaz but they made the club. Diaz cause of money and belief in his vs LHP ability and Constanza cause he was on the 40-man roster already. Even tho Durango and Parraz clearly played much much better in spring than them.

coastalbrave

July 22nd, 2012
1:08 pm

B_F 54

July 22nd, 2012
1:09 pm

I wonder what old Tom Morris would say about Adam Scotts putter?

coastalbrave

July 22nd, 2012
1:09 pm

iTiSi

July 22nd, 2012
1:09 pm

*nolie* based on your previous almost vitriolic and adamant posts, you seemed to be the one that stood out the most when the word”bunt” was mentioned by anyone. BTW, I carry my ID 10T card proudly in my wallet. Now I will have to get me a “clown” card. Always something.

Venice Jim

July 22nd, 2012
1:10 pm

But we also knew at the time Constanza was only there until Chipper returned in a week – and there was never any doubt it would be Diaz…

TuffShhhtuff

July 22nd, 2012
1:10 pm

All I care about is what my wife says about my “putter”.

VaBravesFan

July 22nd, 2012
1:11 pm

We also made the trade for Francisco to put the nail in the coffin on Durango and Parraz. Which kinda bugged me cause they played great, they thought they had a shot to make the roster. But we traded for a former top prospect who was outta shape and not devoted to the game because of his power potential.

nolie

July 22nd, 2012
1:11 pm

that’s just what we need, another lefthanded hitter to replace one of our few righties….

Blog Monitor

July 22nd, 2012
1:12 pm

Ernie Els, your 2012 open champion…

VaBravesFan

July 22nd, 2012
1:12 pm

and just hand him a roster spot*

Venice Jim

July 22nd, 2012
1:12 pm

Ernie looking even better after that…

VaBravesFan

July 22nd, 2012
1:13 pm

I’m am just about over the Nationals broadcast showing Harper bunt the ball into his foot… They won’t stop talking about him. Holy sh!t.

VaBravesFan

July 22nd, 2012
1:14 pm

Davey Johnson can barely answer questions or just talk for the matter lol

George

July 22nd, 2012
1:14 pm

Outta here to walk Peanut before game. LETS DO IT BRAVES.

Venice Jim

July 22nd, 2012
1:16 pm

@GolfDweeb
We’ve just learned that coming off the 14th green Adam Scott took a call offering advice from an F. Gonzalez…

nolie

July 22nd, 2012
1:16 pm

Johnson looks pretty rough still

jeffrey d

July 22nd, 2012
1:16 pm

Well since we’re transferring posts from the old blog

Mitchell

July 21st, 2012
9:03 pm

I must be an idiot

LaBrenda Chenile Watson

July 22nd, 2012
1:17 pm

When i was growing up in Southwest ATL I was always going down to the stadium to hang around and try to talk to the players. I really liked Marquis Grissom and I used to sit in the stands with a sign that read, Grissom Girl. Some of you may remember me from that story. I guess what bothers me most is McCann says that hitting .220 in June was a wakeup call but Uggla is hitting less than that in July and he seems as stupid as ever at the plate. I was saying Hinske and Diaz were getting too much playing time and now Diaz is gone and if they bring up Constanza Fredi will have to play some small ball. But will he?

George

July 22nd, 2012
1:17 pm

phil

July 22nd, 2012
11:41 am
DAVEY is a good guy and former BRAVE,but I hope we beat him today and finish ahead of him at season end.

B_F 54

July 22nd, 2012
1:18 pm

Not stone dead but well struck

Blog Monitor

July 22nd, 2012
1:18 pm

will his cheater putter let him down?

VaBravesFan

July 22nd, 2012
1:18 pm

When Davey was talking about his bullpen after the 1st game yesterday it went a little like this.

Uhhh.. Uhhh.. I Uhhh.. Not happy Uhhhh.. How things Uhhhh are working out.. Trying to uhhhhh ummm set things uhhhh up having uhhhh different uhhhh closers and uhhhh ummmm setups guys.. Uhhh Uhhh gotta do better uhhh

Venice Jim

July 22nd, 2012
1:18 pm

Wow – great shot – a playoff will send me to the alternate TV to bounce back and forth between that and the game…

ACE

July 22nd, 2012
1:19 pm

We should wish the same for Fredi.

iTiSi

July 22nd, 2012
1:20 pm

BTW, since we have to be technically correct at all times on here, per *BM*, Fredi Gonzalez middle name is JESUS, not “Patrick Henry”. Seriously it is, maybe that’s why he “walks on water” a lot, and seems to be “richly blessed” even when he screws up.

VaBravesFan

July 22nd, 2012
1:20 pm

Fredi is doing good, it only took him a half of the season to get McCann out of the 3-hole.

LAG

July 22nd, 2012
1:20 pm

Anyone know how tall Tom Hart is? Jonny Venters is 6′3″, but Hart makes him look small.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

July 22nd, 2012
1:21 pm

Thanks for the new Blog, Ms. Rogers!

BMac will start a new hitting streak today, but it really is a shame it had to end with a danged pinch-bat appearance. :evil: (Why that’s worse than taking an 0-4 or whatever, I’m not entirely sure, but it just is!) He was approaching his career-high hitting streak, which I think is 13 games. Ah well—nothing cann be done now except start a new one, which he’ll do today—even if Detwiler is pitching…

Blog Monitor

July 22nd, 2012
1:22 pm

wow, what a collapse…

Blog Monitor

July 22nd, 2012
1:22 pm

wow, what a collapse…

VaBravesFan

July 22nd, 2012
1:22 pm

Nats announcer just he has no clue what has happened to Jurrjens but he’s been completely ineffective.

B_F 54

July 22nd, 2012
1:22 pm

serves him right damn putter is not right

Bat Masterson

July 22nd, 2012
1:22 pm

Wow! Adam Scott…………

Venice Jim

July 22nd, 2012
1:22 pm

That hurts…

ACE

July 22nd, 2012
1:23 pm

Fredi told him no matter how big a lead you have you can lose it. Trust me I know.

jeffrey d

July 22nd, 2012
1:24 pm

I’m not watching but I can only assume this putter has some sort of engine and lasers

iTiSi

July 22nd, 2012
1:24 pm

*VaBravesFan* Know exactly what you mean on the “Harper thing”. I was watching ESPN SportsCenter last night about midnight. May have been “Baseball Tonight” and they were showing the game highlights. They showed the Harper getting hit on the foot highlight and were still talking about it when CJ hit his homer. Never said a word about it, as if it didn’t happen, and then went on to something else. Now I guess it will be Yankees, RedSox, Harper, ad nauseum in that order on ESPN.

McFann :Ô: :Ô: :ô:

July 22nd, 2012
1:25 pm

VaBravesFan Fredi is doing good, it only took him a half of the season to get McCann out of the 3-hole.

Yeah, that was irritating. But what I like and give him credit for is that he didn’t “freak out” and move him back up there when he went on that homer-binge just before the ASB. He moved him up outta 7, which was fine obviously, but he didn’t put him back at 3…

But Heyward’s been fine there, so that obviously helps.

Blog Monitor

July 22nd, 2012
1:25 pm

the open wouldn’t allow a cheater putter to win..

I’m guessing tiger just smirked a little..

ncbravesfan

July 22nd, 2012
1:26 pm

Guess we’ll know in a few hours whether this team is a legit threat to the Nats or just a wild card team

JC Boscan III

July 22nd, 2012
1:26 pm

I see today as a statement game for the Braves. Win, and they may have broken the Nationals’ spell over them, and have a shot at finishing out July on a hot streak. Losing today would be VERY typical of what this team’s done so far this year. Losing means killing off the momentum and fan enthusiasm built up by the amazing comeback Friday night, followed by Sheets’ performance on Saturday afternoon. Lose, and nothing was gained from this series. Lose, and Fredi will do the CTD (Cap-Tip Dance) afterwards. …..So, WIN the game………… GO BRAVES!

TuffShhhtuff

July 22nd, 2012
1:27 pm

If the Braves lose today, this has been a totally fruitless trip! A split will not work. Two wins and two losses just cancel out. So, actually THIS is the most important game of the four.

Bat Masterson

July 22nd, 2012
1:28 pm

Yep, it’s the curse of the AARP putter.

lee maye

July 22nd, 2012
1:28 pm

VA fan: Durango hasn’t played very well this year? What stats are you looking at? Has hit over .285 with 30 SB’s. Braves need speed badly. Could use Durango and Constanza and Mejia and release some dead weight (pun intended);

VaBravesFan

July 22nd, 2012
1:29 pm

Just gotta weird feeling that Jurrjens will walk the lead off man, or get 2 quick outs and then have a 4 pitch walk, or walk the pitcher or something along those line. All 3 usually come back to bite. Not like Jurrjens is gonna strike anyone out defense better be ready every AB.

TuffShhhtuff

July 22nd, 2012
1:30 pm

Blog Monitor, you have just proven you are NOT the “blog monitor” several times. This is a Braves blog not golf. An actual “blog monitor” would not allow that to happen.

ChattTownBrian

July 22nd, 2012
1:32 pm

Jurrjens might be pitching for his Braves life today.

VaBravesFan

July 22nd, 2012
1:32 pm

lee maye

He was struggling a while back. Must have gotten back to his game. It doesn’t matter what he does, he’ll never get a shot as a bench player. I’m convinced already after the past spring training. Hell I’m convinced after just looking at his minor league numbers. If that’s not good enough to be a bench player I don;t know what is.

ACE

July 22nd, 2012
1:35 pm

A lot of people on here like Fredi’s CTD.

Steve from OH

July 22nd, 2012
1:35 pm

I don’t have any problem with the long putter. Putting is hard enough as it is.

UNCBrave

July 22nd, 2012
1:35 pm

A split Away from home Is success..WIN series at home

CARROLL OR ANYONE,

Any news on the trade front ?

Blog Monitor

July 22nd, 2012
1:35 pm

TuffShhhtuff ,

you might want to read up top about what is say’s this blog is, before YOU go deciding what it is, and is not..

Bravesfaninnc

July 22nd, 2012
1:35 pm

@LAG is Tom Hart related to Corey Hart if that is the case. Then Tom Hart might be 6′5

VaBravesFan

July 22nd, 2012
1:37 pm

I’m not big on Golf, while it takes a huge amount of skill, I don’t consider them athletes. I’m surprised some find it enjoyable to watch. SHHHHHHHH Be quiet!!!! The professional athlete needs complete silence to hit the ball. Or he will stare you down and throw you off the golf course!!

VaBravesFan

July 22nd, 2012
1:39 pm

SHHH I need complete silence to hit a ball that is not moving. lol

VaBravesFan

July 22nd, 2012
1:39 pm

Wasted AB right there.

Venice Jim

July 22nd, 2012
1:39 pm

iTiSi must be ecstatic…

nolie

July 22nd, 2012
1:39 pm

yup, them bunts always work…..

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