Prado back in Braves lineup

Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field.

OK folks, it’s just me tonight – straight off seven days of standing on the Falcons training camp field – so cut me a little slack.

I’m just going to post tonight’s lineup versus the Astros and then head down to the clubhouse.

Look for note items when I return before game time. At least this gives you a thread to discuss the game.

Thanks!

Lineup vs. Astros

1. Bourn 8

2. Prado 7

3. Heyward 9

4. Jones 5

5. Freeman 3

6. McCann 2

7. Uggla 4

8.Janish 6

9. Hudson 1

As promised, and thanks for your patience, here are the links to three news blogs.

Simmons has cast removed.

Maholm ready for Braves debut.

Gearrin, bullpen dominated Marlins.

- Chris Vivlamore

843 comments Add your comment

Zac in Tempe

August 3rd, 2012
3:40 pm

Go get em boys.

Zac in Tempe

August 3rd, 2012
3:42 pm

How’s about a Pastornicky start tomorrow? Unless we feel the need to put our best defense on the field for Maholm’s first start, it might be about due. His defense was bad, but not THAT bad. Give ‘em another shot.

CRMAC300

August 3rd, 2012
3:43 pm

Seems like it would have been a good night to sit Uggla, play Prado at 2nd, and keep Reed Johnson in the line up. Just sayin….

CRMAC300

August 3rd, 2012
3:44 pm

Is a 9 – 1 homestand too much to ask for??

CRMAC300

August 3rd, 2012
3:45 pm

Big Marlins fan this weekend!!

JoshTown

August 3rd, 2012
3:50 pm

Go Braves! Should be a good weekend!

TennesseePaul

August 3rd, 2012
3:54 pm

Thanks V-Man.

GO BRAVES!!

Last 9 Starts of the Starting 9

_________AVG__OBP__SLG___OPS_wOBA_L9S9+
Bourn__ .200 .238 .275 0.513 .247 ___34
Prado__ .211 .262 .289 0.551 .290 ___45
Heyward .361 .415 .639 1.054 .486 __173
Chipper .333 .395 .545 0.940 .381 __144
Freeman .379 .526 .483 1.009 .458 __166
McCann_ .241 .371 .586 0.958 .409 __148
Uggla__ .133 .257 .233 0.490 .236 ___30
Janish_ .250 .382 .286 0.668 .322 ___78
Hudson_ .333 .364 .389 0.753 .299 ___97

Zac in Tempe

August 3rd, 2012
3:57 pm

CRMAC300, Can’t sit Uggla. This is the closest he has been to a hot streak in a while.

SNEAKY PETE

August 3rd, 2012
3:57 pm

I was thinking 6 years at 14 million, which I think is higher than the Braves will go. If he could continue the next 5 seasons as good as the first half of this one he would be worth it, but I think that is highly unlikely.

CB

August 3rd, 2012
3:58 pm

Fire this skacker! Just kidding,Chris.

VaBravesFan

August 3rd, 2012
3:58 pm

Wasn’t home yesterday so this could have been posted already.

Don (Indiana)

are the cubs happier with vizcaino for maholm and dempster for 2 A level players or would they have rather had delgado for dempster?
Klaw (1:09 PM)

I think they’re happy with this outcome. I prefer Vizcaino, even with the injury risk, to Delgado.

SNEAKY PETE

August 3rd, 2012
3:59 pm

was I right about Salcedo’s late season fades Efrim, or don’t you know?

CB

August 3rd, 2012
3:59 pm

slacker, I don’t know what a skacker is. :blush:

VaBravesFan

August 3rd, 2012
3:59 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.

VaBravesFan

August 3rd, 2012
4:00 pm

Tony (Chicago)

Does Vizcaino have any chance of still being a starting pitcher? Or is he destined for the bullpen?
Klaw (1:26 PM)

I see him as a starter. Cubs do too.

Efrim

August 3rd, 2012
4:01 pm

Signing Bourn to a five-year, $67.5 million deal would put the Phils’ payroll at about $158 million for 19 players, leaving less than $20 million to spend at third base, left field, and for spare bench parts and perhaps a fifth starter, if the job doesn’t go to Kyle Kendrick.

I see Bourn getting more than this. I think this guy is underselling him a bit and underselling the Boras factor. Michael Bourn will sign for at least five years and 75 million.

SNEAKY PETE

August 3rd, 2012
4:02 pm

of course KLaw is going to say that, he thinks more highly of Vizcaino than anybody else in the world, with the possible exception of Efrim :D

Efrim

August 3rd, 2012
4:02 pm

I’d be surprised if Josh Hamilton doesn’t re-sign in Texas – making Michael Bourn the #1 free agent position player out on the market – a Boras client.

CB

August 3rd, 2012
4:02 pm

Efrim= Keith Law :-)

Efrim

August 3rd, 2012
4:03 pm

of course KLaw is going to say that, he thinks more highly of Vizcaino than anybody else in the world, with the possible exception of Efrim

scoots is a big fan too. Rightly so. That kid has one of the better hammer curves I’ve seen.

DAP

August 3rd, 2012
4:03 pm

efrim Michael Bourn will sign for at least five years and 75 million.

ive been holding out hope that we re sign him, but as the free agent OF pool shrinks, bourn is more and more in demand, and some team somewhere is going to over pay him. the braves wont (they really cant).

how are the braves going to solve their CF problem for next year?

Nerdville

August 3rd, 2012
4:05 pm

Couldn’t even sweep a team as bad as the Marlins.

FireFrediot!!!

August 3rd, 2012
4:06 pm

So stupid. SO stupid. Get rid of Dan Uggla, how many times do I have to say it?? He’s the biggest piece of trash the braves have ever screwed up badly on. Hope Frank Wren wisens up some time & fires the coach & dumps Uggla off on someone like he did with Derek Lowe. I’m not a Pastornicky fan, but I’d take him at 2nd base any day over Uggla, maybe Janish can improve his hitting & the braves could have a deadly tandem up the middle with Simmons at SS & Janish at 2B.

bulldogbubba

August 3rd, 2012
4:07 pm

@crmac300 – Thats what a smart manager would do.Sit Uggla down for a week and let him work on his hitting in the cage and not the games.

SNEAKY PETE

August 3rd, 2012
4:08 pm

yes Efrim, I know he was Scoots guy too. I like him, but not as much as you three do. Two great pitches, but lacks a third and he has a pretty violent delivery with some questions regarding health. I think it is more realistic to think of him as a reliever

Veer

August 3rd, 2012
4:09 pm

DOB seems to be calling in sick a lot. I mean Vivialamore? The blog write up is so informative

Coach

August 3rd, 2012
4:09 pm

Why can’t we give Constanza a shot at a full time job in center?

SNEAKY PETE

August 3rd, 2012
4:09 pm

yeah after all this time he finally starts to hit a little so we should immediately sit him. Are you free to become the Braves manager after I talk Frank into hiring you?

bulldogbubba

August 3rd, 2012
4:10 pm

Chris V.- Sit down and take a nap, us crazies will handle the blog until you come back.Braves win..Braves win..

SNEAKY PETE

August 3rd, 2012
4:11 pm

because he can’t hit MLB pitching would be my guess. He is also not all that great a fielder considering his speed

B_F 54

August 3rd, 2012
4:11 pm

In the words of E “Don’t be cruel”

CrαZy

August 3rd, 2012
4:14 pm

Hope Frank Wren wisens up some time & fires the coach & dumps Uggla off on someone like he did with Derek Lowe. I’m not a Pastornicky fan, but I’d take him at 2nd base any day over Uggla, maybe Janish can improve his hitting & the braves could have a deadly tandem up the middle with Simmons at SS & Janish at 2B..

This brings me to my next point. Don’t smoke crack.

VaBravesFan

August 3rd, 2012
4:15 pm

Braves would be wise to to just do the qualifying offer for Bourn. Add a draft choice. After trading for him in the 2nd half he struggled for us and now he’s struggling again in the 2nd half. I just can’t see paying anymore than 10-11 mil a season on a long term deal considering our payroll.

JNick

August 3rd, 2012
4:16 pm

Trader Jack

August 3rd, 2012
4:17 pm

Efrim

August 3rd, 2012
4:02 pm

I’d be surprised if Josh Hamilton doesn’t re-sign in Texas – making Michael Bourn the #1 free agent position player out on the market – a Boras client.

Agreed, and with respect to the Philly article, expect them to go after someone like Nick Swisher

JNick

August 3rd, 2012
4:17 pm

@VaBF, if we let Bourn walk – what are our options? Sign Swisher and move Heyward to CF?

Tomahawk Mafia

August 3rd, 2012
4:19 pm

Thanks for the Blog, Chris.

David the Shepherd

August 3rd, 2012
4:19 pm

Tennessee, thanks for the information of the the starting 9. It really is shocking to see how well the Braves have done in spite of the top 2’s lack of hitting. Danny U had better get it going quickly if he wants to help the Braves get into the playoffs.

Keep playing Reed and find a way to insert him into the lineup. If Dan doesn’t get hot in the next couple of games, put Prado at second and Reed in left.

LawDawg

August 3rd, 2012
4:19 pm

Efrim= Keith Law

Guys who should be at game in Star Wars attire tonight?

SNEAKY PETE

August 3rd, 2012
4:20 pm

Swisher isn’t going to help them in center. And they have cleared the books enough that they can go for two good players in they desire. The have plenty of money. They have been hesitant to break the luxury tax threshold but that in not because the money isn’t available.

Ward

August 3rd, 2012
4:20 pm

Hello everyone! Why the Uggla hate , and it’s getting bad?????? He should stay a Brave.Can’t write him off yet! Anyways be cool, and try supporting a player. I still support Uggla, and he will come around. Too valuable to let go. All have a good one, and talk tonight……Peace myfreinds, and “Go!!!!!Braves!!!!!”

CrαZy

August 3rd, 2012
4:20 pm

Just in the last few min we’ve had a suggestion for Constanza as the starter in CF and Janish at 2B for 2013….. Next years lineup is working out just beautifully… keep the ideas flowing!! Maybe we can try a Diaz/Hinske platoon in LF?

Tomahawk Mafia

August 3rd, 2012
4:21 pm

Coach

Constanza likely gets no consideration for being a starting centerfielder because he is unable to get on base frequently enough and while he has speed, his defense profiles better as a left fielder.

Craven Morehead

August 3rd, 2012
4:21 pm

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!!!! Dan Uggla has been charged with DUI (Dan Uggla Incompetence) ;) -

Efrim

August 3rd, 2012
4:22 pm

Efrim= Keith Law

I’m much nicer. ;)

JNick

August 3rd, 2012
4:22 pm

@SNEAKY, Swisher would go in right, to fill the void left when they traded Pence for nothing…

VaBravesFan

August 3rd, 2012
4:23 pm

Were just gonna have to hope Uggla can rebound and produce closer to his career norms.

Tina

August 3rd, 2012
4:24 pm

Damm Freddi cant we see Johnson in LF and Prado at 2nd so we dont have to see Ugglas sorry ass.

JNick

August 3rd, 2012
4:24 pm

2013 FA list for OFs is pretty thin. Is BJ Upton really a FA already?

Efrim

August 3rd, 2012
4:25 pm

how are the braves going to solve their CF problem for next year?

They’ll find someone. But we’ll need a stronger full season from the young kids. Hopefully Heyward and Freeman will be ready to be 3/4 hitters. I think they will be – and add those two to Prado, Uggla and McCann.

Efrim

August 3rd, 2012
4:26 pm

Angel Pagan, Shane Victorino and BJ Upton are free agent possibilities beyond Michal Bourn – cheaper, and potentially just as good offensively…

TennesseePaul

August 3rd, 2012
4:27 pm

Hopefully Heyward and Freeman will be ready to be 3/4 hitters.

That’ll be interesting. That’s two lefties in a row. Toss in BMac and you could have 3 lefties in a row in the heart of the order.

CRMAC300

August 3rd, 2012
4:27 pm

Why is Nerdville even on this blog? He obviously hates the Braves. 15 games over .500, offense and starting pitching on fire, and he is not happy. No team wins every game. Even Houston beats someone once in awhile! Hope they wait until Monday to win another one, though!

bostonbravo

August 3rd, 2012
4:28 pm

“zac” is right…Uggla batting a scorching .250 for month of August.
Let’s all listen and hear ‘our boys’ in the booth kiss his muscle bound butt…while saying a few words about the true all stars on this club.

bostonbravo

August 3rd, 2012
4:29 pm

“Ward” way to go down with the ship. PS: you did a great job with Wally & Beaver.

CB

August 3rd, 2012
4:29 pm

Efrim, you are definitely nicer.

Murph

August 3rd, 2012
4:32 pm

Hopefully Heyward and Freeman will be ready to be 3/4 hitters. I think they will be

Lefty-lefty at 3/4?

What would Fredi do? WWFD?

kenhotlanta

August 3rd, 2012
4:32 pm

Don’t the loonies realize this is the main blog for us professional bloggers only?

JNick

August 3rd, 2012
4:33 pm

@Murph, he’d probably make Freeman turn around and bat right handed…

cricket

August 3rd, 2012
4:33 pm

lots of team will be interested in Bourn and not much competition to him. i vote for Nats as the team that ends up overpaying for his services. some in DC consider Rizzo is Boras’s bi**h anyway.

Veer

August 3rd, 2012
4:34 pm

Hand sucks down 3-1 already in first.

Im Tipsy

August 3rd, 2012
4:34 pm

Utley, Howard and Ibanez all lefty that worked out ok, can be done.

kenhotlanta

August 3rd, 2012
4:36 pm

Veer: TMI, man. We don’t want to know what you are doing with your hand.

Efrim

August 3rd, 2012
4:37 pm

That’ll be interesting. That’s two lefties in a row. Toss in BMac and you could have 3 lefties in a row in the heart of the order.

Uggs is important….

And I really am warming to the idea of getting Lance in here on a one year deal to play LF.

Im Tipsy

August 3rd, 2012
4:37 pm

Mr Hand, if you;re here and I’m here,

isn’t it our time?

alanfalcon

August 3rd, 2012
4:39 pm

Freddie, would you please sit Uggla until he learns how to hit, he looks as though he has no idea of the strike zone or how to swing down thru a pitch without opening up-he is a mess and it looks as if there is no cure.

Disbott3000

August 3rd, 2012
4:39 pm

HEY! Let’s see what kind of a second baseman Pastornicky would make. I’m not a full-0n Uggla hater, but we’ve got to see if we can find something else to work there and maybe the Pastor could help out there. Sure as heck can’t be any worse.

Veer

August 3rd, 2012
4:39 pm

Ken judged by your excitment of the word Hand I assume you must be multitasking alot with ur hand on the computer.

bravesgrl4life

August 3rd, 2012
4:40 pm

1) Get off the Uggla bashing train. Fredi isn’t going to sit him for more than a night anyway, so you are wasting your breath.

2) I’d take Upton or Pagan in a Braves uni, but I NEVER want to see Victorino in one!

CrαZy

August 3rd, 2012
4:40 pm

More reasons to have Log in names and passwords with 24 hour waiting period! When you change your moniker every post and none of us have ever seen those monikers before it’s quite obvious you’re the same idiot posting under different names… Can’t fix stupid!

cricket

August 3rd, 2012
4:40 pm

Lance? Lance Berkman?

Lance Berkman limped off the field after grounding out in the final at-bat of an 0-for-4 night.

His right knee, which was surgically repaired just over two months ago, had given out on him.

The Cardinals did not have a more specific diagnosis on Thursday, though more will be known after Berkman visits with Dr. George Paletta when the team returns to St. Louis on Friday. Berkman had the knee heavily wrapped with ice after the game.

“It’s just not a perfect knee,” he said. “I’ve been scanned, zapped more than most players, probably, in that particular part of the body. I’ll let the doctor look at it and see what he thinks.”

Thursday marked just the ninth start Berkman has made since returning from a procedure that addressed a torn meniscus and other loose cartilage in his right knee. And while the discomfort was somewhat severe on Thursday, this was not the first night it has been sore.

“Life with a balky knee is just some days it feels OK, some days it doesn’t,” Berkman said. “There’s certainly times on this road trip when I haven’t felt great. There’s been times where I’ve felt pretty good. It’s just hit or miss.”

Berkman finished the road trip 2-for-11 and is batting just .182 since returning from the disabled list in the team’s first series out of the All-Star break

cricket

August 3rd, 2012
4:41 pm

funny how new monikers bashing Uggla seems to pop up at the same time here..

TennesseePaul

August 3rd, 2012
4:42 pm

So what’s Bud to do now? The Toronto Blue Jay Honorable Wild Card spot is not populated by the Blue Jays… or even the Bo Sox.

JNick

August 3rd, 2012
4:42 pm

Upton definitely needs a fresh start somewhere….

kenhotlanta

August 3rd, 2012
4:44 pm

Veer: Yeah, those incognito windows are great, aren’t they? Your wife or GF can’t figure out where you’ve been. What’s your favorite?

kenhotlanta

August 3rd, 2012
4:46 pm

Joe Blanton traded to the Dodgers.

Rick

August 3rd, 2012
4:46 pm

Are the Braves going to resign Bourn?

Im Tipsy

August 3rd, 2012
4:46 pm

if bob horner and brian mccann stop by Ci Ci’s pizza with families, do you call in additional staff? think managing baseball teams are tough making decisions

JNick

August 3rd, 2012
4:46 pm

Wow, that was fast…

BFChris27

August 3rd, 2012
4:48 pm

Lets go Marlins & Braves!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Brentaford

August 3rd, 2012
4:48 pm

So what are the thoughts of signing Bourn long-term? Of course it will cost a ton but is it worth it? I think it is. Not only is he playing awesome but throughout the year, reading post and pre game quotes, I really feel like Bourn meshes well with this Braves team. Besides skills, I think that is a big factor. I will be A-OK with giving him a massive check in order to stay with us. I really do not want to see Bourn playing for another team.

Im Tipsy

August 3rd, 2012
4:48 pm

through in joe blanton same question. do you turn off the outdoor channel lights?

Veer

August 3rd, 2012
4:49 pm

Ken your the hand guy. Question is what is your favourite? Just dont say Brad

BFChris27

August 3rd, 2012
4:50 pm

So is this the one we’re using for in game blog?

Coach

August 3rd, 2012
4:51 pm

Tommy Hanson for Austin Jackson

DAP

August 3rd, 2012
4:51 pm

sneaky pete Swisher isn’t going to help them in center.

they are going to need a corner OF too. i can totally see them picking up swisher, especially if they decide to go over the luxury tax thresh hold.

Im Tipsy

August 3rd, 2012
4:53 pm

if Marlins starter gives up further damage, Ozzie go out and get the ball from your starting pitcher. pat him on behind and say aloha Mr Hand.

Heisenberg

August 3rd, 2012
4:54 pm

Upton, Pagan, Victorino are the choices if/when Bourn leaves? I will pass on all 3. I would rather move Heyward to CF and try to keep Johnson over those choices. Constanza is not an everyday player. He can get hot for a week but if he got 500 ABs he would hit 220. Would rather see Pastornicky in CF full time than Constanza. Maybe Felix Pie can get his groove back next spring? Or the other converted SS (Lipka?) in minors that can hit.

Pete,really?

August 3rd, 2012
4:54 pm

Sneaky Pete, My assumption is that your ‘ he can’t hit MLB pitching’ was referring to Constanza playing center…(I’d put him in left, Prado at second where he was an All Star, and sit Uggla.), if so may I say you’re wrong. Check his stats..he’s a .305 hitter lifetime, touching .300 in the bigs…

JNick

August 3rd, 2012
4:55 pm

Lipka has under .700 OPS at High A…

brian

August 3rd, 2012
4:56 pm

TP – I was going to harass you over here after seeing “blog” link expecting to see DOB long blog but I now see why the quotes were necessary.

kenhotlanta

August 3rd, 2012
4:56 pm

Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Im Tipsy

August 3rd, 2012
4:56 pm

i like Hanson, no way we trade him. we need his two other brothers as well, we would never EVER lose a hockey fight.

J-MAN

August 3rd, 2012
4:57 pm

Dang Washigton is up 3-1 on the Marling….Lets hoe John Lannan can melt down

Heisenberg

August 3rd, 2012
4:57 pm

“Tommy Hanson for Austin Jackson”
*************************

That would be a nice offseason trade. But somehow I would be surprised if Hanson would fetch that much.

2013

August 3rd, 2012
4:57 pm

At this point, I’d worry about resigning Sheets for 2013 and look to trade Hanson. He is what he has been…..inconsistent, and unable,to hold runners with that rope like windup he has.

JNick

August 3rd, 2012
4:58 pm

We need Hanson about as much as we need Jurrjens…

raleighbravefan

August 3rd, 2012
5:01 pm

Man, they must have opened up the looney bin early today.

No matter what you think, the Braves are not going to sit Uggla for more than a game or so, unless he developes an injury of some kind, of course.

Im Tipsy

August 3rd, 2012
5:01 pm

jurrjens has a valuble presence down in the bullpen. know how many germs can accumlate down there? get your warmup tosses in and wash your hands in hot water and a quality hand soap like that

Heisenberg

August 3rd, 2012
5:02 pm

A thought about the game last night: MLB scoring rules should be changed to allow the starting pitcher to get credit for the win when the reason for leaving the game before completing 5 innings is a rain delay.

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