Maholm makes much-anticipated debut for Braves

For starting pitchers who get traded in the middle of a season, especially to a team that’s in a pennant race, the debut can be a nerve-wracking thing. Now add the fact that Mississippi native and resident Paul Maholm will be debuting tonight for the Braves, the team he grew up pulling for, in the ballpark where he and his wife drove over to see some games when they were Mississippi State undergrads.

Maholm makes his Braves debut tonight with a starter against the Astros.

Maholm makes his Braves debut tonight with a starter against the Astros.

That said, if Maholm could have hand-picked an opponent and setting for his Braves debut, facing the 2012 edition of Astros at Turner Field would probably be both the team and venue atop the list.

Here’s what we mean: Maholm is 1-1 with a 1.62 ERA in six starts at Turner Field, his best ERA at any ballpark where he’s pitched more than once. He’s allowed one homer in 39 innings at the ballpark on Henry Aaron Drive, and collected 36 strikeouts and eight walks.

The left-hander is 12-6 with a 3.11 ERA in 21 starts against Houston, including 3-0 with a 1.62 ERA in his past five.

Against lefty pitchers, the Astros are hitting .207 with a .274 OBP and .335 slugging percentage, worst in majors in each of those categories.

Did we mention that Houston is awful? And that might be an understatement.

The Astros have lost 48 of their past 62 games, and they are a staggering 1-16 in their past 17 games.

As for Maholm, acquired in Monday’s trade from the Cubs, he’s in perhaps the hottest stretch of his career — which came directly on the heels of one of his worst stretches.

He’s 5-0 with a 1.02 ERA and .210 opponents’ average in his past six starts, after going 0-4 with a 6.43 ERA and .325 opponents’ average in his previous eight.

To hear him explain it, the reason for the turnaround has been pretty simple.

“Getting ahead of hitters. Being able to throw all my pitches for strikes,” he said, when I asked him why he’s been able to excel to such a degree lately. “Mixing it up, keeping the ball down. And just being confident and aggressive. Obviously I’m not a strikeout guy, so the defense was making some great plays. Getting some early leads.”

During his eight-game slump, he had 32 strikeouts, 16 walks and six homers in 42 innings. During his six-start unbeaten streak, he has 32 strikeouts, nine walks and one homer allowed in 44 innings (not counting one inning of relief before the All-Star break).

Keep in mind, we won’t be watching the debut of a rental player tonight, folks. Not a pitcher who’s going to make 8-9 starts for the Braves and then move on as a free agent. He’s under contractual control next year, with a $6.5 million team option the Braves will certainly pick up barring something entirely unforeseen happening in the next couple of months.

Braves' Kimbrel has become the most dominant closer in baseball.

Braves' Kimbrel has become the most dominant closer in baseball.

So sit back and watch the veteran lefty who handled the Braves so well in the past when he was with the Pirates, and beat then twice this season, too, while allowing one run in 13 innings of two starts. Now he’s a Brave, giving the team a pair of quality left-handers for the first time in quite a while.

But it’s also worth noting, he’s actually fared better against right-handed hitters than left-handed hitters this season. Lefty batters are hitting .304 with an .807 OPS in 112 at-bats against Maholm, while righties have hit .240 with a .694 OPS 338 at-bats against him.

• ‘Stros woes: There is bad, and there is epic fail. I covered a 54-108 Marlins team in 1998 that was the latter, because they blew up the ’97 World Series championship team and rushed a bunch of not-ready guys to the majors.

The current Astros are just as bad, but for a variety of different reasons. Terribly constructed team, low payroll, starting over with new owner before next year’s move to the AL. All have contributed to the mess that is the team they’re running out on the field these days.

Can you imagine losing 16 of 17 games? That’s taking the dog days of summer to a new level, indeed. The Astros are are 1-16 with a 7.17 ERA in their past 17, and they’ve scored three runs or fewer in 11 of those games and allowed eight runs or more in nine. Repeat, they’ve allowed eight or more runs in nine out of 17 games.

Imagine being in Jordan Schafer’s position. Started the year hitting leadoff for the ‘Stros. Now batting at the bottom of the order a lot of the time for the sorriest team in baseball, and in his last 50 games Schafer has hit .169 (24-for-142) with six extra-base hits, 10 RBI, 21 walks and 50 strikeouts. He has a .279 OBP and .525 OPS in that stretch, and the Astros lost 40 of those 50 games.

Schafer’s .614 OPS this season is second-lowest among NL qualifiers, better than only Cameron Maybin’s .613 for San Diego

• Braves taking advantage: In the past, Braves teams had a tendency to waste opportunities against the lesser teams, and those 5-10 or more losses in games they felt they should have won came back to haunt them a few times at season’s end. Take last year, for instance.

But not this season. Not lately. The Braves are cleaning the clocks of the teams that, on paper, they should beat. They’re taking care of business during the first part of a long stretch of games against .500-or-below teams.

Since July 5, the Braves are 19-6 with a 3.03 ERA, 122 runs (4.9 per game), a .250 average and 28 homers. Opponent held to two or fewer runs in 12 of past 19 games including eight of the past nine.

In their past 10 games, the Braves are 9-1 with a stingy 1.40 ERA. They’ve averaged just over five runs per game in that stretch and held opponents to one run six times out of 10 games.

The Braves went from five games behind Washington on July 26 to two games behind entering today (Saturday).

The Nationals, meanwhile, have finally cooled a bit in the past week or so, going 4-4 with a 4.44 ERA in their past 8 games. And those games were against Milwaukee, Philly, Miami.

Since July 5, when the Braves started their 19-6 tear, the Nationals are 16-11.

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. Bourn CF
  2. Prado lf
  3. Heyward rf
  4. Chipper 3b
  5. Freeman 1B
  6. McCann C
  7. Uggla 2B
  8. Janish ss
  9. Maholm p

Etc.

The most dominant closer in baseball right now is Craig Kimbrel. No question. The guy has 50 strikeouts with 1 walk in his last 28 innings, allowing seven hits and a .077 opponents’ average in that stretch. Since giving up a run in back-to-back appearances May 2 and May 4, he’s allowed eight hits and two runs in 31 appearances (31 innings), both runs on homers.

For the seaon, Kimbrel’s 6.0 runner per nine innings is lowest among MLB relievers, while Jonny Venters’ 16.8 is the highest….

Tonight’s Astros starter, Lucas Harrell, is 1-1 with a 1.82 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break. Harrell is 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA in his past six road starts. He’s never faced Braves, and only three Braves have faced him (one at-bat apiece with no hits or walks)….

Reed Johnson went 3-for-7 in first two games in his first two games for the Braves, and,is 34-for-95 (.358) with a .413 OBP and .474 slugging percentage in his past 40 games since June 3….

Jason Heyward has a .379 average, .472 OBP and four homers and nine RBIs in 10 career games vs. Houston. He had only three strikeouts in nine games (26 at-bats) against the Astros before going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts (and a walk) Friday.

• Let’s close with a great tune from Son Volt, and click here for a live video of them doing the song on Austin City Limits.

son-volt

“CATCHING ON” by Son Volt (J. Farrar)

Can't find a reason
Can't find a way
Guess it's not you and me
Only dogs have their day
Another case of words that melt
It's not a question of right
Nightmares in broad daylight
Season crash, season burn
You survive another turn
And now I'm reaching out, it's true
When you don't see me, I'm catching on to you
You don't see me
I'm catching on to you
Took a break to get that far
Like the sound from a hundred-dollar guitar
Bought from an old catalogue
Yesterday's dust and heartache
As the pieces fall like candy when you're young
Medicine when you're old
There's no reason or rhyme
Sidestepping around
On an elevator climb
When you don't see me, I'm catching on to you
You don't see me, I'm catching on to you
Another jail, another burned-out inside
Skeleton love left to die
Take whatever lies ahead
The good with the bad, and leave the rest
When you don't see me, I'm catching on to you
You don't see me
I'm catching on to you

— David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

948 comments Add your comment

BravoBrave

August 4th, 2012
3:51 pm

Good luck Maholm. DOB do you think its time for a change at 2nd base?

Venice Jim

August 4th, 2012
3:53 pm

Thanks, DOB!

DiamondbackMac

August 4th, 2012
3:57 pm

VJ

I think I’ll stop posting. We’ve been posting the same thing at about the same time. :)

Venice Jim

August 4th, 2012
3:59 pm

DBack Mac – I have a few things to do, so you’re probably safe for a couple of hours :)

richbrave

August 4th, 2012
4:00 pm

74bj: Re-post from previous blog in case you missed it.

MEJIA has performed exceptionally well in GWINNETT. In fact, there has been no appreciable drop off in his production between last season in AA and this one. His BB-SO ratio has eroded from roughly 1 BB-2.8 SO [58 BB-156 SO] to 1 BB-3.5 SO [29 BB-104 SO] this year. SO’s might be the only major concern I could see in ATLANTA. If his patience improves a notch or two I’d say he’s prime-time.

Because of EVAN’s set-back with the wrist injury, I think a call-up in September might be in order. But assuming we’re in a tight pennant race I’d say this won’t happen this year. Like MEJIA, GATTIS’ age creates a short shelf-like in the minors. I’d say GATTIS is sent to AAA next season with a healed wrist, and if he responds, he could see some time in ATLANTA in mid to late 2013.

JOEY T. our other masher, will need another full year between AA and GWINNETT in my estimation, but should show well next season as he’s improving significantly at the plate in MISSISSIPPI. His glove will undoubtedly keep him chained to the bench if or when he arrives in ATLANTA sometime in mid-late 2014.

CF TODD CUNNINGHAM has cooled a bit the past week, but is having a break-out season in PEARL RIVER. Not tremendous power, but solid defense, and he will hit for average in ATLANTA in 2013-14.

Of course, with young men who knows what the eventuality will ultimately be. But you asked, so that’s my take.

Bama Brave

August 4th, 2012
4:00 pm

Keep It Rolling Guys. Good Luck Maholm……

richbrave

August 4th, 2012
4:00 pm

GO MAHOLM and BRAVES

Kat

August 4th, 2012
4:01 pm

Thanks for the new DOB blog David, great read. Good luck to Paul tonight.

richbrave

August 4th, 2012
4:02 pm

Irrespective of how desperate the STROS-pack is for a win, we need these two to keep the heat on the NATS.

Kat

August 4th, 2012
4:02 pm

I posted this on the wrong focal blog this morning so ill repost

Interesting article from NYT..

“Why D.C. Is Doing So Well”

A SPORTS team obviously cannot create a civic renaissance. But when a city and a team happen to go on a good run at the same time, it can be particularlysweet, and it’shappened more often than you might think…… http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/05/sunday-review/why-washington-is-doing-so-well.html?hp

BFChris27

August 4th, 2012
4:03 pm

Thanks for new blog and for ending the confusion :lol:

Bama Brave

August 4th, 2012
4:06 pm

Bravefaninok

August 4th, 2012
4:13 pm

Welcome back DOB…thanks for the new blog

brian

August 4th, 2012
4:19 pm

welcome back DOB and thanks for the new blog. Even if you were “off” tonight I fully expected you on the blog tonight. Figured you couldn’t help yourself with Maholm’s first start. Quotes were used because even when you are off you are usually working on a story and checking in here.

Powderfinger

August 4th, 2012
4:25 pm

Is it still raining at the park? We’ve had a pretty good amount up here off I-575, but it’s stopped for now. If this one gets rained out, I’ll be miserable this evening…

Tina

August 4th, 2012
4:32 pm

Was hoping Johnson would be in line-up with Uggla sorry ass on the bench. Sorry watching him K or pop up and slamming bat on the ground. Freeman had to save his sorry ass 15 errors.Trade him to the Cubs for Soriano be 30 some mil for 30 some mil.

Powderfinger

August 4th, 2012
4:37 pm

I can’t imagine anyone would really take Soriano over Uggla on their roster…

Keith

August 4th, 2012
4:37 pm

DOB,

I’m glad you brought up the point about Braves beating teams they should.

Hasn’t that actually been a problem since 2010?

Good to see them thisyear (at least 2nd half) beating up on these guys.

John Lenin

August 4th, 2012
4:39 pm

Say what you want about Wren, but I’m excited about this duo that he got from the Cubbies. Can’t wait to see the lefty pitch at the park tonight!!! Bring in the Reed from the bench. It’s a great time to be a Braves fan!!

castle

August 4th, 2012
4:39 pm

“Maholm is 1-1 with a 1.62 ERA in six starts at Turner Field”

I’d assume that has more to do with the fact that he dominates the Braves (as crafty lefties often seem to do) than any specific effect of the park. That said, facing the Astros at the Ted is definitely the next best thing to facing the Braves there.

richbrave

August 4th, 2012
4:49 pm

WREN said last off-season that things would be slow then but continuing into the 2012 season, and man has he made some great moves both within and outside the organization.

SHEETS
MAHOLM [holding my breath for a few starts]
DURBAN
SIMMONS in the REV out.
JANISH
FRANCISCO
R. JOHNSON

brian

August 4th, 2012
4:51 pm

DOB – any way to get the organist to play a little “Superman” by REM when Chipper comes to bat once? I am Superman and I can do anything

Joey

August 4th, 2012
4:55 pm

Good luck Maholm – win or lose this one, we still are way, way better off with you in this pennant race.

Go get em . . .

snoopy

August 4th, 2012
4:57 pm

im behind maholm win or tie

snoopy

August 4th, 2012
4:58 pm

1st to say 1st too…booyah!!!!!!!!!!!

AdirondackDave

August 4th, 2012
5:01 pm

Richbrave — Yes, that’s a very good set of moves Frank Wren has made. The club is looking better and better. I know it’s a dream but I’d love to them make a serious move for King Felix. The guy is 26 and has nearly 100 wins for a lousy team and 2 years left on his contract. Make ‘em an offer they can’t refuse, Frank. They need everything.

bulldogbubba

August 4th, 2012
5:03 pm

Just read that Nate McClouth was called up by the Orioles to play center. From the posts by their fans nobody is happy.He has hit 10 hrs and driven in 37rbi’s since June for their AAA team. GLAD IT IS THEM AND NOT US.

Amber Girl

August 4th, 2012
5:03 pm

Just popped in to give some news. I don’t know if any of you knew Whiskey River or not. Just to inform you that he passed away at 0934 central time this morning. Thank you for your time.

Ken Stallings

August 4th, 2012
5:04 pm

Sorry, but that strikes me as another hyper-inflated angle story from the NYT! I’m thinking that excellent Nationals starting rotation has a lot more to do with their success than the city they play in. Likewise, the Braves’ resurgence has a lot more to do with the lineup staying in the top 10 in runs scored with the pitchers’ combined ERA suddenly rising to the top 10! The only way you can lose with those two all-important stats in your favor is if you play poor defense, and the Braves and Nats both play good defense.

No human interest, warm fuzzy stories there folks. It’s the simple equation of winning in baseball.

David O'Brien

August 4th, 2012
5:17 pm

DOB – any way to get the organist to play a little “Superman” by REM when Chipper comes to bat once? I am Superman and I can do anything — brian

You should suggest that to him on Twitter. He considers requests from fans. his Twitter name is @bravesorganist

richbrave

August 4th, 2012
5:17 pm

Is it me, or have the blog comments slowed appreciably since yesterday?

Powderfinger

August 4th, 2012
5:18 pm

RIP Whiskey River. Did not know him personally, but read his posts many times. Condolences to his family and friends…

Disgusted

August 4th, 2012
5:19 pm

For all the hype about British Soccer, when is the last time they wn anything on the International stage????

Like the World Cup or the Olympics?????

I know they won a WC in 66, but when I see tham on the big Itl stage they seem to be a choke team when it counts the most.

And what was that studderstep kick by Sturridge. That cost em in the penalty and he also misses making a key pass late to Ramsey to sset up an opportunity to go up 2-1 late.

Is English soccer overrated or do they just choke up on the big stage.

Soccer belongs to Brazil and Italy. They are the kingpins like the NYY or LA Lakers.

Bama Brave

August 4th, 2012
5:21 pm

Ever Since The Dead Line passed its been dead…..

Bravefaninok

August 4th, 2012
5:21 pm

RIP Whiskey River….Condolences

Disgusted

August 4th, 2012
5:21 pm

It has been slower on the blog, I hope people are not bored with winning.

I am not. Love this stretch.

Disgusted

August 4th, 2012
5:23 pm

Maybe people are watching the Olympics.

Soccer is not boring.

74bravesjersey

August 4th, 2012
5:26 pm

So sorry Amber; We thought alot of Whiskey; We know it’s devastating, on you, mom & family. That was too soon, but none of us know how long we have. I want to share this if you don’t mind; A doctor came in & told my aunt marion that she was on borrowed time, she didn’t have long, there was nothing they could do. She was on dialosis, & her blood wasn’t gett’n any better. When he told her, she replied, but Doc, aren’t we all? It was a reply most profound. I know words are inadequate to what you feel right now. We’re be thinking of you & family. I know uncle whiskey still loves you very much. He’s cheering you on now, I know all this is a shock. I am so sorry I didn’t get to respond back sooner, I deeply regret Amber. Nobody or nothin’ can feel that void, he’s irreplaceable. God Love you Amber & family.

a fan

August 4th, 2012
5:28 pm

FW basher’s are really stupid

BravesWin

August 4th, 2012
5:31 pm

Good read, DOB…We need the bats to get busy and support the pitching performances we’re getting lately (looking at Uggla)…Should be a relatively easy schedule for a bit, time to gain some ground…we face the Nats on the 20th.
Sad to hear about Whiskey River…
I luvs me some Son Volt…

richbrave

August 4th, 2012
5:31 pm

DOWN ON THE FARM

GCL – ORLANDO

Mousekaters throttle the STANKIES with a four-hit shutout, and win 3-0 this morning.

LF JOEY MENSES [.292 BA] 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI [10], 1 BB.

C CARLOS SANCHEZ [.283 BA] 1-3, 1 R, 1 SB [2].

2B K.C. CLABOUGH [.375 BA] 0-3, 1 SF, 1 RBI [4], 1 SO.

LHSP LUIS MEREJO [4.62 ERA] 4.0 IP, 2 H, zeros, 6 SO.

RHS/RP JORGE MONTENEGRO [W 2-2, 5.48 ERA] 3.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 4 SO.

RHRP MATT KIMBREL [H 1, 6.35 ERA] 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 2 SO.

RHRP MAGS AVENDANO [SV 3, 6.17 ERA[ 1.0 IP, strikes out the side.

B_F 54

August 4th, 2012
5:33 pm

They are shure rude FW is shrewed

74bravesjersey

August 4th, 2012
5:38 pm

Oh @richbrave; sir, thank you for all the info, the trouble, you went out of the way to gather up, this means alot, you & many others educate me alot & it always helps. I’m always learn’in, & what ever you share is beneficial. O’l brude like me gets his hat handed to ‘em alot of times. See Amber, No one sinks lower than me in intellegence, & these friends here help me out constantly. You’re Uncle Whiskey use to help me out w/ some facts & info quite a bit, God rest his soul. He wants you to stay strong & so do we.

kenhotlanta

August 4th, 2012
5:41 pm

Amber Girl, I am very sorry for your loss and prayers go out to you and your family. RIP Whiskey River.

phil

August 4th, 2012
5:43 pm

My condolences as well to Whiskey’s family and friends…sad news.

nolie

August 4th, 2012
5:45 pm

RIP Whiskey.

74bravesjersey

August 4th, 2012
5:46 pm

DOB: I’m for one say I’m very fortunate to read the good articles that you’ve typed & they can’t be matched. Another good read on Maholm, look’n foward to many more about ‘em, he’s a keeper hopefully for a long time. I want to tell you thank you also.

Amber Girl

August 4th, 2012
5:47 pm

Thank you to everyone for their condolences. He loved all of you and called you his friends. If any of you are in the Dallas area, the funeral is Wed. morning at Oakliff First Methodist Church. I have to go to my mother now, but thank you all and God bless you.

Bravefaninok

August 4th, 2012
5:48 pm

Kevin McAlpin ‏@KevinMcAlpin

Paul Maholm last faced the Astros June 29th at Wrigley, tossing 8.1 innings of shutout ball. (8.1 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 6 K) #Braves

Good news I guess.

Booquinn

August 4th, 2012
5:49 pm

Another quality piece from DOB, under the radar great pick up by Wren that will pay dividends down the stretch. Not getting much attention from the national boys but that’s all right, just a matter of time before they take notice….great tune, gotta love some Son Volt, great live show….

B_F 54

August 4th, 2012
5:50 pm

Maybe next year when the cubs sell we can trade for Viz

Jerry

August 4th, 2012
5:58 pm

RIP Whiskey River. You will be missed by all.

JC Brave

August 4th, 2012
6:03 pm

Question:

If you could choose between these two players, both with the same price (contract) and with the same amount of time (say, 5 years) under contract, which one would you guys take, and why?

1. Evan Longoria
2. David Wright

nolie

August 4th, 2012
6:10 pm

you can give me either, they both have a 137OPS+, caint get any closer than that as hitters
Longoria is three years younger and perhaps a touch better fielder.
Longoria by a nose

Justin

August 4th, 2012
6:12 pm

David Wright No Doubt dude reminds me of chipper

JC Brave

August 4th, 2012
6:15 pm

I tend to lend towards Wright, but Longoria being younger does make him somewhat more appealing.

Ward

August 4th, 2012
6:16 pm

Hello eveyone! Great day to be a Braves Fan! I would hold off on Longoria, and David Wright. Bring up Ed Salcedo, or trade for Headley in the off season. Wright can be injury pron, and high price, and Longoria does have head issues, so I would go cheaper, and better way. Save money……..or move Prado to 3rd, and trade for LF in the Off season.

nolie

August 4th, 2012
6:16 pm

Wright hits no better and is not quite as good on D, I think y’all are being NL concentric ;)

JC Brave

August 4th, 2012
6:17 pm

Haha… lean, not lend.

And is it just me, or does Longoria seems to be a bigger impact player than Wright?

Their respective impacts on TB and NY are so different.

Ward

August 4th, 2012
6:18 pm

If not LF trade for Headley, and keep Reed Johnson. Let Diaz go, and try Parrraz.

nolie

August 4th, 2012
6:18 pm

oh yeah, how could I forget that Salcedo, is gonna be the next superstar third baseman….

Ward

August 4th, 2012
6:19 pm

JC Brave – Too much money,and not healthy……Longoria, and Wright are Red Flags.

nolie

August 4th, 2012
6:19 pm

like I said, give me either and I’ll be thrilled.

BravesWin

August 4th, 2012
6:22 pm

We’re in pretty good shape organisation-wide to develop and use what talent we have. At the ML level, we just need to plug the right players into the right spots. There’s no pressing need to push for a trade, unless it’s a monster. We’ll be better of financially too.

Bravefaninok

August 4th, 2012
6:22 pm

JC Brave

August 4th, 2012
6:17 pm

Haha… lean, not lend.

And is it just me, or does Longoria seems to be a bigger impact player than Wright?

Their respective impacts on TB and NY are so different.

Both have been on the DL. alot it seems.

JC Brave

August 4th, 2012
6:23 pm

By the way, I was looking for some info on Terdoslavich last night, and I came accross this:

But if you really just want to get excited about Joey Terdoslavich than check out these comparisons:
Rookie Ball:

Terdoslavich (205 PA)- .296/.351/.402
Player B (48 PA)- .305/.354/.375

A Ball
Terdoslavich (85 PA)- .316/.365/.430
Player B (508 PA)- .323/.388/.483

High A Ball
Terdoslavich (536 PA)- .286/.341/.526
Player B (239 PA)- .239/.305/.396

Player B is Jason Heyward.

Is not something to get excited about, nor feel like he’ll be the next big thing after Heyward. But it really looked encouraging… up until the Braves rushed him this year.

nolie

August 4th, 2012
6:23 pm

we can even paint some blue and some white on all them red flags to show our patriotism….

BravesWin

August 4th, 2012
6:24 pm

…oh, I found the missing “f”. Here it is, attached to the word it was supposed to be in: off

VaBravesFan

August 4th, 2012
6:24 pm

Longoria has also battled injuries the past few seasons.

Ward

August 4th, 2012
6:28 pm

I’m weary on signing players like Wright, and Longoria. Don’t need injuries, and high contracts. Can do a lot better.

J-MAN

August 4th, 2012
6:28 pm

The only diffrence between Venters this year and last year IMO is agressiveness in attacking the strike zone, especially on throwing 1st pitch strikes. I think if Johnny would go back the just being more agressive he would be more successful. The thing that has killed Johnny has been the walks and giving up hits with batters counts such as 2-1, 3-1, and 3-0 counts. If he gets back to being ahead of the hitters then his stuff will be enough to get outs.

lee maye

August 4th, 2012
6:29 pm

Bring up Edward Salcedo? lol Hitting .250 with about 25 errors at High A. He won’t be coming up for several years if at all.

Lynchburg does have 3 starting pitchers to take note of though. One has been promoted to AA MS already last week. They also have a SS playing well. Lynchburg won the 1st half and is in 2nd place the 2nd half. Rome, after finishing last in the 1st half, has been bolstered by collegians from the 2012 draft, and currently leads the 2nd half by 4.5 games.

Looks good at the lower levels. Danville is in 2nd place in their division.

nolie

August 4th, 2012
6:30 pm

Wright missed 60 gams last season and is playing full time this year, no red flags that I can see
Longoria missed 30 games last season and has played only 23 so far this year due to severe hammie problems. I guess his flag is at least kinda pink ;)

Ward

August 4th, 2012
6:30 pm

At least a Joey Terd would be healthy, and younger, and I would rather go with a rookie than a hight priced over the hill player.

J-MAN

August 4th, 2012
6:30 pm

I think we should give Juan Francisco have a chance to be the 3rd Baseman next year.

Ward

August 4th, 2012
6:31 pm

J Man – How the hell are you?

lee maye

August 4th, 2012
6:32 pm

Yes, it is time to make a change at 2B, but it won’t happen. Wren not willing to just drop his 13.3 mil per year mistake, and Fredi loves him. Special hugs from Fredi and Uggla. Uggla will remain at 2B come hell or 180 ’s, 15 errors, and .210 which is what he is headed for. Throwing arm terrible.

nolie

August 4th, 2012
6:33 pm

whatever, say something new

Ward

August 4th, 2012
6:35 pm

Uggla isn’t here to draw walks……He’s here to hit the long ball. Don’t have a problem with Uggla at all.

JC Brave

August 4th, 2012
6:37 pm

Wren not willing to just drop his 13.3 mil per year mistake

It was not a Wren mistake. It’s just that Uggla is underperforming. It’s the same story for 1 outta every 3 good players signed by the Braves at some point in their careers.

Ward

August 4th, 2012
6:39 pm

All, have a good one! Talk after game tonight. Don’t like coming on during in it, and only like coming on with a wide lead. Peace my friends, and talk later….”Go!!!!!Braves!!!!!”

brian

August 4th, 2012
6:40 pm

Merejo looks like someone we need to keep an eye on. Remind me Rich about him MPH on fastball, curve?, changeup?

brian

August 4th, 2012
6:42 pm

put ages by the stats for the Terd and Heyward then it will be a more fair comparison

brian

August 4th, 2012
6:43 pm

I do not see the Braves or the CUbs for that matter trading Soriano for Uggla if that is what is implied above

J-MAN

August 4th, 2012
6:43 pm

I’m good Ward how you been man.
And your right Uggla isnt paid 13 million bucks to draw walks.
.210 avg is unacceptable
Batting a little over .100 since June with 1 HR is unacceptable.
But if you take away Uglas 30 game hitting streak from last year then Uggla is a sub .200 hitter as a Brave.
Thats a bunch of money going to those numbers.
I not bashing Uggla he plays hard and draws walks and runs the bases well and despite of the Error yesterday he is playing the best defense of his career but your right he is paid to hit.

bravesgrl4life

August 4th, 2012
6:44 pm

RIP Whiskey River. Baseball has lost a great fan.

bring back blauser

August 4th, 2012
6:44 pm

i would like to see what Rev can do at third base. he has a decent bat would like to see if there is a future for him at the hot corner as a replacement for Chipper next year

nolie

August 4th, 2012
6:49 pm

Rev has a weak arm, third is not gonna be a strong position for him most likely

iTiSi

August 4th, 2012
6:49 pm

First of all, not a Jordan Schafer fan, in fact, far from it, but how can one write such a scathing review of the guy without including one on Dan Uggla? Why is he not down at Gwinnett getting himself straightened out? Think how much better the Braves would be doing if there was someone in that slot getting hits, not strike outs, walks, and popups.

BFChris27

August 4th, 2012
6:51 pm

9 mins til game :)

BFChris27

August 4th, 2012
6:52 pm

So sorry to hear about Whiskey River’s passing. Prayers and condolences to his friends and family.

SNEAKY PETE

August 4th, 2012
6:56 pm

Uggla is not even gonna sit for any length of time let alone being sent down even if he did have an option left. Talking about it like it is a possibility just shows your ignorance

J-MAN

August 4th, 2012
6:57 pm

Ok Braves fans let me ask you a question.
When Andrelton Simmons comes back in 2 weeks and if Uggla is still struggling would you let Janish play 2nd Base and move Simmons to play shortstop?

bring back blauser

August 4th, 2012
6:57 pm

the thing about uggly is that when he comes out of a slump he comes out in a big way

bring back blauser

August 4th, 2012
6:58 pm

j-man
sounds like a good idea, but it ain’t gonna happen

74bravesjersey

August 4th, 2012
6:58 pm

@bravesgrl4life; AMEN; bg, he can’t replaced, but I’m sure his niece(ambergirl)will do her best to make him proud. Heard she’s not too shabby of a Braves fan herself.

Pace

August 4th, 2012
6:59 pm

All the talk about Uggla and his slump – has anyone seen what he’s doing in BP? Is he pulling everything then, or working to go to RF/RC more often?

I know DOB is there for every BP – see his photos in twitter, seems like they’d really be working on contact first, then power with Uggla.

Disgusted

August 4th, 2012
7:01 pm

Salcedo is a long way away, doubt we will see him for another 4 or 5 yrs if ever.

bring back blauser

August 4th, 2012
7:01 pm

sorry to hear o whiskey river passing. condolences to his famiy and friends

Disgusted

August 4th, 2012
7:03 pm

There is no comparison between Uggla and Schafer.

Uggla is major league having a miserable two plus months, Schafer has done nothing and has had more opportunities to prove he is a nodody than most players could ever hope to have.

Once he flops with Houston I doubt he gets another MLB chance.

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