Braves look to Minor to keep good homestand going

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

So Chipper Jones said after the Braves completed their three-game sweep of the Phillies on Sunday, that he’d be disappointed if the Braves didn’t finish out this homestand at 8-2.

That seemed like a big number, but after a 3-0 head start, he must have been figuring the Braves should win both series against the Marlins (3-1) and Astros (2-1). They have a chance to take three of four from the Marlins tonight with left-hander Mike Minor on the mound.

Minor pitched eight innings vs. Phillies on Saturday

Minor pitched eight innings vs. Phillies on Saturday

Last night’s 4-2 loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Braves. But Ben Sheets still had his fourth quality start as a Brave. The offense couldn’t rally for him, after going 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranding nine runners.

But the streaky Braves team of earlier this season, the one which followed a six-game losing streak in early June by losing seven of its next eight, seems to have steadied itself from the extremes of late. Starting pitching has everything to do with that.

Sheets has a lot to do with that. So does Minor.

The young man (as manager Fredi Gonzalez would say) is 2-1 with a 1.98 ERA in his past four starts. He’s allowed two or fewer earned runs in each of those four starts, while going six or more innings in all of them. He’s figuring some things out, things he can only have learned from getting out there and pitching at the major league level.

Minor is still home-run prone – he gave up one home run in each of those four starts – but he hasn’t let them get into his head. He’s settled down afterward and continued to pitch with conviction.

His last start on Saturday was a prime example. Minor gave up a home run to Chase Utley in the fourth inning but came back to strike out Ryan Howard, gave up a single to Hunter Pence, and struck out Ty Wigginton to get out of the ining. He retired his last 13 batters in a row and pitched eight innings for only the second time in his career. (He pitched eight innings in a 10-2 win at Arizona on April 19.)

I thought he said some things that were pretty telling to our Chris Vivlamore recently about the strides he’s making mentally.

“To be honest, I used to feel – and it goes all the way back to Little League – whenever one run or two runs scored I felt like I’m already losing,” Minor said. “I felt like I’m already down. When really if I go six innings and give up three runs that is considered a good start. To me, I didn’t realize that. When I was down two runs in the third inning, I felt like I lost the game already when I really didn’t. We were right there in the game. But to me, that was what my feelings were.”

He’s facing the Marlins’ right-hander Nate Eovaldi, who is making his second start since being traded from the Dodgers in the Hanley Ramirez deal last week. He gave up one run in 5 1/3 innings in a win over the Padres on Saturday to equal his win total in 10 starts this year for the Dodgers.

Minor, 24, is two years older than Eovaldi, 22, and has 42 major league starts to Eovaldi’s 17.

Lineup watch

Last night’s loss snapped a streak of three straight games the Braves hit a home run and was only the second time this homestand they didn’t go, uh, yicketty?

Getting Brian McCann back in the lineup tonight after a day of rest should help with that. McCann has hit five home runs in his last 10 starts dating back to July 18 against the Giants, the night he switched to an ash bat. He finished July with a .296 batting average, nine home runs and 21 RBIs. This is after he combined to hit .226 with nine home runs and 35 RBIs in the first three months of the season combined.

Now that the Braves have Reed Johnson to plug in at any of the three outfield spots, Gonzalez had suggested he might rest Michael Bourn (which he did last night) and Jason Heyward soon. He might re-think that tonight, though, and give Martin Prado a break after he went 0-for-5 last night, hit into two double plays and committed an error in left field allowing a run to score.

Prado is hitting .211 in 22 games since July 5 (20-for-103), while his average has fallen from .325 to .298. His average dipped under .300 for the first time since May 14.

Eye on shortstop

Andrelton Simmons is supposed to get his cast off tomorrow, and then will probably need two more weeks to build back the strength in that right hand, play some rehab games, etc.

Great diving play by Janish Wednesday night. Courtesy of Getty Images.

Great diving play by Janish Wednesday night. Courtesy of Getty Images.

In the meantime, just looking ahead a bit, after watching the kind of defense Paul Janish is playing, I’m wondering if he won’t be the guy the Braves keep as the backup shortstop when Simmons comes back over Jack Wilson.

Janish got himself a webgem last night with a heck of a play to backhand a pop-up on a diving play just foul of the left field line. He’s made all the plays at shortstop, looking as sure-handed and confident as the Braves have gotten used to seeing around these parts between Simmons and Alex Gonzalez the past two years. So that’s something I’m sure the Braves will keep in mind.

Janish also went 2-for-3 with a double last night as well to raise his average as a Brave to .200. He’s played a little second base (12 games) and third (21 games) with the Reds as well.

Wilson, 34, looked a little out of sorts defensively in the rare playing time he got since Simmons arrived at the end of May, and he has hit .169 in limited action off the bench.

Granted, Wilson was put in a tough spot, not playing any at shortstop until after Simmons’ injury and then asked to play second base a time or two, which isn’t his comfort zone.

Right now he’s on the DL and rehabbing a dislocated pinky finger, which he suffered that Friday nght, fielding a ball that got past second past. He was just cleared by the doctors yesterday to start playing in the field soon. Up until now it had been just DHing in Triple-A.

Anyway, it’s something to keep an eye on.

Minor league update

Speaking of keeping an eye on – young converted left fielder (and former catcher) Evan Gattis is back in action in Double-A Mississippi after missing six weeks recovering from a wrist injury. He hit a two-run home run on Tuesday night, along with a run-scoring triple, to make him 6-for-13 with three extra-base hits in his first three games back from the DL. (He went 0-for-4 last night.)

One of his biggest fans – manager Fredi Gonzalez – is keeping a close eye on his progress down there. He was asked if Gattis had a shot at being a September call-up, to which Gonzalez said: “I think if he wouldn’t have had injury I would have probably said yes for sure. We’re still a month away. We’ll see. I don’t think about starting the (arbitration) clock and that kind of stuff.”

It was a big week as well for last year’s first-round draft pick Sean Gilmartin, who made his Triple-A debut for Gwinnett Monday night, allowing four runs (three earned) in seven innings. He gave up five hits, walked three and struck out four in that game.

I had a couple, um, scouts there to watch him, since he happened to be pitching in my hometown of Charlotte. My mom and sister reported back that they saw 88 mph on the scoreboard.

Gilmartin warming up Monday in Charlotte. Photo courtesy of Happy Rogers, a.k.a. Mom

Gilmartin warming up Monday in Charlotte. Photo courtesy of Happy Rogers, a.k.a. Mom

And that’s about right for Gilmartin, whom Gonzalez said normally sits about 88-89 mph and occasionally hits 90 mph.

“What makes him interesting is his makeup and he’s got command of all his pitches and he competes,” Gonzalez said. “He repeats his delivery and his command of all his pitches is real good. He gets it. He gets the mental side of pitching. Stuff doesn’t seem to rattle him. Maybe a little more mature than the guys out of second year.”

Braves lineup:

1. Bourn CF

2. Johnson LF

3. Heyward RF

4. Jones 3B

5. Freeman 1B

6. McCann C

7. Uggla 2B

8. Janish SS

9. Minor P

1,078 comments Add your comment

Matt

August 2nd, 2012
2:25 pm

Great column Carroll. Hope the loss last night was just a blip on the radar and not the recent trend we have of losing streaks following winning ones.

Joe

August 2nd, 2012
2:28 pm

Clayton

August 2nd, 2012
2:29 pm

Need a win today. Go Braves

ACE

August 2nd, 2012
2:35 pm

Keep the roll going minor.

brian

August 2nd, 2012
2:36 pm

great column Carroll – thanks.

JoeyBagOBravos

August 2nd, 2012
2:36 pm

Need the big win today for sure.

Efrim

August 2nd, 2012
2:37 pm

Gonzalez had suggested he might rest Michael Bourn (which he did last night) and Jason Heyward soon.

Rest Heyward next week(Tuesday) vs. Hamels. Let him feast on RHP’s the next five days.

Gustopher

August 2nd, 2012
2:37 pm

Great blog Carroll. Nice of you to give your um scouts a shout out.

Efrim

August 2nd, 2012
2:41 pm

And that’s about right for Gilmartin, whom Gonzalez said normally sits about 88-89 mph and occasionally hits 90 mph.

Sigh…

brian

August 2nd, 2012
2:43 pm

makes Minor look like a fireballer

Murph

August 2nd, 2012
2:45 pm

Hi Carroll. How are you?

Patty

August 2nd, 2012
2:45 pm

Photo credit to MOM. Sweet! Go Braves!

Braint

August 2nd, 2012
2:47 pm

They’ll get the Fish tonight! You can’t win ‘em all.

brian

August 2nd, 2012
2:48 pm

I still can’t believe the Indians DFA Derek Lowe.

Murph

August 2nd, 2012
2:49 pm

Are we done with statement games/series for a little while? Haven’t heard anyone call for one lately.

The Phillies are playing their best ball of the year right now, despite being depleted by trades. Told you guys they wouldn’t just roll over for the Braves or Nats. Told you.

raleighbravefan

August 2nd, 2012
3:00 pm

Murph – The “statement series” will be the 2012 World Series, when we break the Ranger’s hearts.

DAP

August 2nd, 2012
3:00 pm

carroll, your mom’s name is happy? thats pretty cool.

Shaun

August 2nd, 2012
3:00 pm

Yeah, where are those few who wanted Lowe back with the Braves after his first, what, three starts?

TennesseePaul

August 2nd, 2012
3:00 pm

Thanks for the work CR.

GO BRAVES!

DAP

August 2nd, 2012
3:01 pm

brian, i was also surprised lowe got CFAed, but understood once i saw his numbers. boy did he implode after his good start.

Murph

August 2nd, 2012
3:01 pm

Yeah, where are those few who wanted Lowe back with the Braves after his first, what, three starts?

Ward took care of them a long time ago. It was on the news, even.

DAP

August 2nd, 2012
3:01 pm

i was also surprised lowe got CFAed,

ahem, pardon me. DFAed.

nolie

August 2nd, 2012
3:04 pm

makes Minor look like a fireballer….brian

that’s why the Minor lite tag. though I like Minor minor myself.

Heisenberg

August 2nd, 2012
3:05 pm

So where does an minor league player go to play on a rehab assignment before returning to action? The local beer softball league?

bigchiefrg

August 2nd, 2012
3:08 pm

Love the name Happy Rogers. That is AWESOME. Is Happy real-name or nick-name?

REMLEY

August 2nd, 2012
3:09 pm

Thanks for the photograph Mom

Chiricahua Brave

August 2nd, 2012
3:09 pm

Heisenberg – Gulf Coast League

Heisenberg

August 2nd, 2012
3:09 pm

Why would the Lowe DFA surprise anyone? Braves are picking up 10 mil of 15 mil salary so Tribe is only on hook for less then 2 mil for balance of season. So much for that fast start. Myself and others predicted this would happen.

CB

August 2nd, 2012
3:10 pm

I was afraid to ask what they do to a player when they CFA him.

TennesseePaul

August 2nd, 2012
3:10 pm

Payne, 1:04 on the last blog. I can live with that. But I still think one must also include in their gleaning, the published conversations of management on the situation. Those conversations tend to refute the premise in the following statement: “Guys thrown in to leftfield in Double-A from another position are likely there because they don’t really have a position.” The conversations tend to imply that he was moved to a position that would allow him to reach the majors faster, as catcher was blocked by McCann, and then by Betancourt. I will grant that those conversations could also be a means of “hyping” the guy. But such situations don’t really revel themselves until the guy being hyped is dumped in a trade a-la Tyler Flowers and countless others.

Chiricahua Brave

August 2nd, 2012
3:11 pm

So the Braves only owe Lowe about 4 million more right?

TennesseePaul

August 2nd, 2012
3:14 pm

So the Braves only owe Lowe about 4 million more right?

They’re done paying their part. This is all on the Indians now.

Jeff R

August 2nd, 2012
3:16 pm

In the meantime, just looking ahead a bit, after watching the kind of defense Paul Janish is playing, I’m wondering if he won’t be the guy the Braves keep as the backup shortstop when Simmons comes back over Jack Wilson.

No knock on Jack Wilson, but Janish is young and a strong glove guy. I think the Braves may keep Janish, though, on the other hand, they may like Wilson’s experience down the stretch.

coastalbrave

August 2nd, 2012
3:17 pm

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF
2. Reed Johnson (R) LF
3. Jason Heyward (L) RF
4. Chipper Jones (S) 3B
5. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
6. Brian McCann (L) C
7. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
8. Paul Janish (R) SS
9. Mike Minor (R) P

chas

August 2nd, 2012
3:19 pm

if the umpire had made the right call on benefacio in the first inning, the braves would won that game. why fredi does not complain about bunters stepping out of the batters box is beyond me. is he really afraid of the umpires!!!!!!!!!!

space monkey

August 2nd, 2012
3:20 pm

Carroll: I was at the Gilmartin start as well. 87-89, decent breaking stuff, good poise. VERY HITTABLE. The last thing the Braves need is another pitcher who can’t break 90. I think we currently have the largest collection of finesse guys in the Majors. As for Janish vs. Wilson. Janish is the clear choice. Better defender by a mile, marginally better bat.

CrαZy

August 2nd, 2012
3:23 pm

VERY HITTABLE. The last thing the Braves need is another pitcher who can’t break 90.

Just because a player doesn’t throw 90 + doesn’t mean they’re hittable!!!

Veer

August 2nd, 2012
3:24 pm

Imagine if we had a rotation that had Lowe and Jurrjens. We made a good move in getting rid of Lowe and DLing Jurrjens.

TennesseePaul

August 2nd, 2012
3:25 pm

Last 9 Starts of the Starting 9

_________AVG__OBP__SLG___OPS_wOBA_L9S9+
Bourn__ .175 .195 .250 0.445 .214 ___23
Reed___ .351 .368 .568 0.936 .423 __157
Heyward .286 .350 .571 0.921 .430 __152
Chipper .313 .395 .531 0.926 .377 __155
Freeman .345 .500 .414 0.914 .425 __157
McCann_ .273 .351 .697 1.048 .434 __185
Uggla__ .103 .257 .207 0.464 .231 ___31
Janish_ .231 .375 .269 0.644 .314 ___82
Minor__ .000 .056 .000 0.056 .036 __-83

nolie

August 2nd, 2012
3:26 pm

Just because a player doesn’t throw 90 + doesn’t mean they’re hittable!!!

if you can’t ever throw 90, you are gonna have a hard row to hoe

Veer

August 2nd, 2012
3:27 pm

Getting Reed Johnson was probably the worst thing that could have happend to the Braves. Now you will see Bourne Prado and Heyward taking turns in getting daysoffs and add to that Chipper who plays 5 days a week only and Mac who all of a sudden can’t play 3 straight games and what will you have? OFFENSE THAT WON’T BE ABLE TO SCORE RUNS.

cricket

August 2nd, 2012
3:30 pm

And that’s about right for Gilmartin, whom Gonzalez said normally sits about 88-89 mph and occasionally hits 90 mph.

Sigh…

sigh indeed but seems to be acceptable for LHP

faninva

August 2nd, 2012
3:30 pm

awesome read, Carroll. thanks!

Fols

August 2nd, 2012
3:31 pm

I don’t know Veer, I always felt that way with the Diaz types because it would shuffle the entire line-up card.

Reed is a baller, and if he’s taking Prado or Bourn’s place, they don’t have to shuffle anything because he fits in nicely at the top of the order.

I think this addition could very well save us in the end.

Efrim

August 2nd, 2012
3:32 pm

The Phillies are playing their best ball of the year right now, despite being depleted by trades. Told you guys they wouldn’t just roll over for the Braves or Nats. Told you.

What? So you’re saying they will challenge for the wild card or even the division? Please.

Puma

August 2nd, 2012
3:32 pm

There have been many many very successful pitchers who regularly threw in high 80’s. Its all about location and changing speeds. Obviously if you can get it up there at 95 it helps, but its not everything.

nolie

August 2nd, 2012
3:32 pm

Reed Johnson was a great pick up. Finally got my wish

nolie

August 2nd, 2012
3:33 pm

name 50 Puma

Bravefaninok

August 2nd, 2012
3:34 pm

David O’Brien ‏@ajcbraves

#Braves lineup: 1. Bourn CF, 2. Johnson LF, 3. Heyward RF, 4. Jones 3B, 5. Freeman 1B, 6. McCann C, 7. Uggla 2B, 8. Janish SS, 9. Minor P

Efrim

August 2nd, 2012
3:35 pm

sigh indeed but seems to be acceptable for LHP

Maybe Gilmartin will have a great spring training and get the #5 starters job. Maybe, if we’re all so lucky, our 3-4-5 in 2013 will be Mike Minor, Paul Maholm and Sean Gilmartin……

Efrim

August 2nd, 2012
3:36 pm

Eric (Atlanta)

What’s your take on J.R. Graham’s ceiling? Starter or reliever in the bigs?

Klaw (1:17 PM)

Probably a reliever, but greater chance to end up a starter now than he had coming out of Santa Clara.

ncscoots

August 2nd, 2012
3:36 pm

name 50 [successful pitchers who regularly threw in high 80’s]

And short. They have to be short.

:-)

Veer

August 2nd, 2012
3:37 pm

Reed Johnson might be a baller but there is a reason as to why he has been a bench player all his life. I don’t mind him getting occasional starts but seems like to me that he will be an everday player now. He will take turns replacing Heyward Bourn Prado. Bourn Heyward and Prado have been allstars before. I like Johnson but as a pinch hitter.

cricket

August 2nd, 2012
3:37 pm

good to see Prado getting rest, he looked like he could use it.

off course some here will skewer fredi for “not fielding all best players every game”..

ncscoots

August 2nd, 2012
3:38 pm

Maybe, if we’re all so lucky, our 3-4-5 in 2013 will be

Efrim, do not post this again. You’ll worry yourself into a sickbed, LOL.

nolie

August 2nd, 2012
3:39 pm

maybe we can trade for Brian Johnson too Ef

cricket

August 2nd, 2012
3:40 pm

if we’re all so lucky, our 3-4-5 in 2013 will be Mike Minor, Paul Maholm and Sean Gilmartin……

glad lefty heavy braves’ lineup won’t have to face that buzzsaw ;)

Efrim

August 2nd, 2012
3:41 pm

Kyle Kubitza down to .229/.341/.394 for Low-A Rome as a 22-year old Texas State college hitter.

ncscoots

August 2nd, 2012
3:41 pm

maybe we can trade for Brian Johnson too Ef

and Vargas.

Veer

August 2nd, 2012
3:41 pm

Phillies are just reloading. They cleared dead weight in Pence and Victerino and now will upgrade themsleves with some high priced offseason signing of say a Hamilton or a Bourn and guess what they also got prospects in return. They have their key 4 pitchers intact so they are the early favs to win the East in 2013.

Pence is a Futre Franceour. Giants made a big long term mistake with thim. He isnt worth 13-14 Million. He is a guy that wont have high OBP and will probably not hit more than 23 homeruns starting next year and a guy who won’t hit over .260. Phillies made a great move. They saved 13 million and will use that towards Hamilton

joe

August 2nd, 2012
3:42 pm

The Phillies are playing their best ball of the year right now, despite being depleted by trades. Told you guys they wouldn’t just roll over for the Braves or Nats. Told you.

Winning 2 games in a row is playing best ball of season? Gee great call.

cricket

August 2nd, 2012
3:43 pm

seems like to me that he will be an everday player now.

yep, he gives Bourn only 2nd day off all year, gives Prado a much needed day off (0-5, not sharp as usual in field – clearly tired) and that off course means he’s going to play everyday

Efrim

August 2nd, 2012
3:43 pm

You’ll worry yourself into a sickbed, LOL.

That, and me seeing Robert Stephenson touch 100mph for Cincy’s Rookie League team.

One. Pick. Away. And they stole home from us and we end up with “Signable’s Minor minor”

nolie

August 2nd, 2012
3:44 pm

how in God’s nakmcane anybody compare Pence to Francoeur, even Veer?

Juan

August 2nd, 2012
3:44 pm

Report from Philadelphia that the Phillis put Clif Lee on Waiver.

ncscoots

August 2nd, 2012
3:44 pm

They saved 13 million and will use that towards Hamilton

Can you identify, even in the vaguest terms, one single reason why Josh Hamilton would sign in Philadelphia over Texas? Or another AL team?

Efrim

August 2nd, 2012
3:45 pm

and Vargas.

Hanson to Seattle for Vargas and prospects.

Teheran to Minnesota for Denard Span.

Evan Gattis promoted to the big club to play LF.

2013: Hudson, Vargas, Minor, Maholm and Gilmartin. – Delgado in the pen.

Yup. That would do it for me. What’s the fastest way to the roof of this building? :)

squeezeplay

August 2nd, 2012
3:45 pm

Jair Jurrjens to the 15-day DL – pulled right groin from his relief appearance the other night. Might be a blessing in disguise.

OldFan

August 2nd, 2012
3:47 pm

Can’t win ‘em all. Sure would be a good thing, though, for the Braves to avoid the multi-game downturn that seems to follow a nice run. Really pulling for them to get a big win tonight.

squeezeplay

August 2nd, 2012
3:47 pm

Jair Jurrjens to the 15-day DL – pulled right groin during his relief appearance the other night. Might be a blessing in disguise.

squeezeplay

August 2nd, 2012
3:47 pm

Didn’t mean to re-post – computer is wonky.

Heisenberg

August 2nd, 2012
3:48 pm

name 50 [successful pitchers who regularly threw in high 80’s]
******************************************

You could start with a lot of guys prior to 1990 who are in the HoF. Used to be anything over 90 was a flamethrower. The Nolan Ryan / Roger Clemens types were the exception.

nolie

August 2nd, 2012
3:48 pm

this time of year a whole lotta players hit the wire for one reason or another

ncscoots

August 2nd, 2012
3:48 pm

Report from Philadelphia that the Phillis put Clif Lee on Waiver.

Tons of guys go on waivers at this time of the year, Juan, especially big-contract players. Doesn’t really mean much. These are recallable waivers, meaning that teams can recall the player from the waiver wire, if claimed. They can also say, “you want that contract? It’s all yours” or they can recall the player and work out a trade.

Efrim

August 2nd, 2012
3:49 pm

Rough start of professional ball for 16th rounder Fernelys Sanchez – 26 strikeouts in 46 at bats. Did hit his first home run today. Recovering from a broken fibula that he suffered in March and is a 18-year old switch hitter. Plus speed, though and the player development department is in love with speed – Lien(12), Black(4), Sanchez(16) in this past draft.

ncscoots

August 2nd, 2012
3:50 pm

Yup. That would do it for me. What’s the fastest way to the roof of this building?

By following me? :-)

coastalbrave

August 2nd, 2012
3:50 pm

The Phillies have placed Cliff Lee on waivers, Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reports (on Twitter). The Phillies were expected to waive Lee this month, when waivers are revocable. Teams routinely place high-profile players on waivers in August to determine other teams’ interest. Executives expect the left-hander to clear waivers Friday afternoon, Passan reports.

nolie

August 2nd, 2012
3:50 pm

baloney, I’ve been watching baseball for 60 years and there have always been a lot of players who hit the 90s regularly. many moreso than not

Veer

August 2nd, 2012
3:50 pm

Well Nolie Pence isnt a good ball player. You will see in the coming years and realize he isn’t much better in years 2013 2014 2015 then Franceour was in 2011.

Lew

August 2nd, 2012
3:51 pm

faninva – Royal Thunder.

Heisenberg

August 2nd, 2012
3:52 pm

“Report from Philadelphia that the Phillis put Clif Lee on Waiver”
************************************

This also just in…….The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.

nolie

August 2nd, 2012
3:52 pm

bullcrap Veer, Frenchy’s biggest failing was his low OBP, Pence is much better

raleighbravefan

August 2nd, 2012
3:53 pm

Veer (or veer, whichever it is today), meet REALITY. REALITY, meet Veer. You two should really get to know each other.

Veer

August 2nd, 2012
3:54 pm

Texas Rangers would have signed Hamilton to an extension if they could have so Rangers arent getting Hamilton back. Of all the teams the Phillies have 3 OF spots open for 2013. Phillies need an OF to anchor them for future. Phillies and Hamilton are perfect match. You go team by team and the needs and dollars then you will see that Hamilton is a perfect fit for the Phillies. Trading Pence simply cleared salary for them to do this. Would you rather have Pence at 13 Million or Hamilton for 8 million more

richbrave

August 2nd, 2012
3:54 pm

EF:

Yup. Speed. When my grandson ran a sub 6.6 60 the scouts took notice down in East Cobb last month.

Juan

August 2nd, 2012
3:55 pm

ncscoots…..I know all the player are put in waiver in Aug, but let see this scenario…. if the Wash Nat claim him, that the Braves block that claim?…

Efrim

August 2nd, 2012
3:56 pm

Hunter Pence is a lot better than Jeff Francouer. He may look awkward doing it, but he’s productive.

13-14 million that he is going to make next year in his 4th year of arbitration is a bit much, but the Giants desperately needed sticks.

Lew

August 2nd, 2012
3:57 pm

Wouldn’t be surpirsed if the Rangers tried to pick Lee up off of waivers – especeially with Feliz down for surgery.

richbrave

August 2nd, 2012
3:57 pm

BOURN on waivers? Heh!

Efrim

August 2nd, 2012
3:57 pm

When my grandson ran a sub 6.6 60 the scouts took notice down in East Cobb last month.

Glad to hear it richbrave, hope DeMacio took notice. ;)

nolie

August 2nd, 2012
3:57 pm

6.6? pretty decent rich

richbrave

August 2nd, 2012
3:57 pm

How about LUIS AVILAN for real?

richbrave

August 2nd, 2012
3:58 pm

Naybe. He got a standard form letter.

nolie

August 2nd, 2012
3:59 pm

Braves would not know that the Nats would claim him and they would not put themselves in that position. no way

TennesseePaul

August 2nd, 2012
3:59 pm

why Josh Hamilton would sign in Philadelphia over Texas? Or another AL team?

Mo money.

ncscoots

August 2nd, 2012
3:59 pm

Would you rather have Pence at 13 Million or Hamilton for 8 million more

You missed the point, bubba. Hamilton has zero reason to sign with a team in the other league, a team that will finish last in its division this year, a team that will have much less of a supporting cast for him next year. That the Phillies might want him isn’t the determining factor.

Veer

August 2nd, 2012
4:03 pm

Bethancourt is the guy we so desperately needed

ncscoots

August 2nd, 2012
4:03 pm

if the Wash Nat claim him, that the Braves block that claim?…

Too late by then, Juan. You block another team from claiming by making an earlier claim. That means the Braves would have to claim the guy. And his contract. Don’t think so.

cricket

August 2nd, 2012
4:03 pm

are we in bizzaro world? am i sorta agreeing more with veer compared to scoots? someone please wake me up..
IMO if phillies offer him more money than rangers, hamilton will sign with them and their place in division and supporting cast won’t matter.

nolie

August 2nd, 2012
4:03 pm

anything under 7 is more or less acceptable, under 6.7 is always interesting

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