Spoiler alert? Here come Halladay, Lee and Hamels

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

Beware of the spoilers. The standings say the Braves have to feel pretty good about their schedule from

Doc is 0-1 with an 8.74 ERA in two starts vs. Braves this year

Doc is 0-1 with an 8.74 ERA in two starts vs. Braves this year

here on out. Of the last 31 games of the regular season, only six are against teams with winning records – three against Washington on Sept. 14-16 and three against Pittsburgh Oct. 1-3.

(The Nationals, by the way, have twice that number, with 12 games in their final 31 games against winning teams, including six more against St. Louis, three against Atlanta, and three against the Dodgers.)

But overall records can be deceiving. The Braves figured this out pretty well in San Diego after dropping two of three to the Padres to end their 10-game road trip. They scored only four runs in three games against a Padres team which is 10 games under .500 for the season but has now won nine out of its past 10.

(And after losing two of three to the Nationals, splitting four games with the Giants and losing two of three to the Padres, the Braves are a half-game behind where they were when they left for Washington, now 5 ½ games behind the Nationals.)

The Braves open a seven-game homestand with a weekend series against the Phillies, which features Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels. Boom, boom and boom. (The Braves will counter with Mike Minor, Tim Hudson and Paul Maholm, respectively.) The Phillies may be down as a team, but seeing those names back-to-back-to-back still carries a lot of weight and the Braves know it.

Lee was dominant in his last start vs. Washingtion

Lee was dominant in his last start vs. Washingtion

The Braves have played four series against the Phillies this season, and won three of them (they’re 9-3 overall), but they haven’t faced all three guns in one series: Halladay, Lee and Hamels. Somehow the Braves haven’t faced Lee all season after seeing him five times in 2011, when he went 2-2 with a 3.24 ERA against the Braves.

The last time the Braves faced Halladay, Lee and Hamels in one series it was July 8-10 of last season and they lost two out of three, a 3-2 loss in Halladay’s start, the Braves won against Lee 4-1, and lost to Hamels 14-1.

The Nationals just got swept by the Phillies last week, and that was with Kyle Kendrick, Halladay, and Lee pitching. Hamels wasn’t in order with the other two then, but he is now after being scratched from a Wednesday start with a stomach bug. So here the Braves get to face the guy who pitched a complete game shutout against them on Aug. 7, the last time Minor faced the Phillies.

Minor will try to continue his good work tonight, and for more info on pitching match-ups and the wacky start times of this series, click on series preview: (First pitch on Sunday is 5:05 p.m.).

While Halladay, Lee and Hamels have all had their ups and down this season, as has the entire Phillies teams, they seem to have found their groove of late.

Halladay has four quality starts in his last five outings. He is 4-1 with a 2.75 ERA since he last pitched against the Braves and lost July 29, allowing three runs in six innings of a 6-2 loss to Hudson.

Amazingly, Lee is 3-7 on the season but with a 3.67 ERA. He held the Nationals to one run in seven innings

Hamels pitched a shutout vs. Braves on Aug. 7

Hamels pitched a shutout vs. Braves on Aug. 7

his last time out, and has allowed only six earned runs in 21 1/3 innings over three straight quality starts.

Hamels went 4-1 with a 1.86 ERA in five August starts, including two complete game shutouts (one against the Braves).

Oh, and coming behind the Phillies? Four games against the pushover Colorado Rockies, right? Wrong. The Rockies and their four-man rotation/hybrid piggyback pitchers setup have gone 16-12 in August entering tonight’s game against San Diego. They are assured of their first winning month since going 14-13 in June of 2011.

They’ve won eight of their past 11 games.

The Rockies were 12-20 with a 6.28 ERA in 65 games before going to the new pitching set-up and are 11-26 with a 5.61 ERA in 64 games since then went to it, according to the Denver Post.

But first thing’s first. And here’s DOB’s take on where the Braves’ mindset is as entering September.

Coming in September

Lyle Overbay is expected to join the Braves on Saturday, as was designated in his agreement when he signed, that they’d call him up Sept. 1. He’s hitting .273 (6-for-22) with three doubles and three RBIs in seven games with Triple-A Gwinnett.

Other additions, whether it be Saturday or after Gwinnett’s season ends on Monday – would be J.C. Boscan, as a third catcher, and outfielder Jose Constanza, as a speed guy. The Braves could call on Anthony Varvaro and/or Cory Gearrin to add to their bullpen. They also have some starting insurance with both Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran, though it’s not clear yet if they’ll be added to the roster.

Will also have to check on shortstop Jack Wilson’s progress and whether he’ll be ready to return from his finger injury when rosters expand Saturday. He’s played five games in Gwinnett in his most recent stint on the DL, going 3-for-16. And will find out more about what’s next for Andrelton Simmons, who is gearing up for a mid-September return in his comeback from a broken hand.

Rollins watch

It will be interesting to see if Jimmy Rollins is in the Phillies lineup tonight. Manager Charlie Manuel benched the veteran shortstop in Thursday’s game against the Mets after he didn’t hustle on a dropped pop-up. Rollins is one of the Phillies hottest hitters and did a good bit of damage against the Braves in their last trip to Philly (4-for-12 with a home run and two doubles). Manuel wouldn’t say when reporters asked him yesterday if he would play Rollins on Friday.

First pitch

Throwing out the ceremonial first pitch tonight at Turner Field will be Chance Veazey, the former infielder for the University of Georgia who was paralyzed from the waist down in a motor scooter accident in 2009. Veazey is a native of Tifton, who has developed a relationship with Braves hitting coach Greg Walker, who’s from Douglas, Ga.

“He’s a great friend and a class act,” Veazey said of Walker in a release from Georgia. “He has helped me experience being a part of a major league club first when he was in Chicago with the White Sox. I went up there and saw him and Gordon (Beckham) for a series with the Yankees and now I’ll get to do that with the Braves on Friday.”

Veazey is taking part in the first ever Game Ball Relay, a 24-hour relay that will deliver the game ball to Sanford Stadium for the Bulldogs’ season-opener against Buffalo, to raise money for the Shepherd Spinal Center where he was a patient in 2009.

Sunday night game

ESPN picked up the Braves game against the Nationals at Turner Field on Sunday, Sept. 16. It will now start at 8:05 p.m. rather than originally scheduled 1:35 p.m. The Braves have gone 1-2 in ESPN’s Sunday night games this season – winning 7-1 in San Francisco on Sunday, losing to the Mets 6-5 in New York on Aug. 12, and losing 6-2 to the Nationals at home on May 27.

Braves lineup:

1. Bourn CF

2. Prado LF

3. Heyward RF

4. Jones 3B

5. Freeman 1B

6. McCann C

7. Uggla 2B

8. Janish SS

9. Minor P

1,647 comments Add your comment

1

August 31st, 2012
1:06 pm

Phillies in town

David from Athens, AL

August 31st, 2012
1:06 pm

GO Braves!! Thanks Carroll

George_George

August 31st, 2012
1:06 pm

Thanks Carroll, good we have you. DOB off yet again, just WOW. He is off a lot.

tony austin

August 31st, 2012
1:09 pm

(And after losing two of three to the Nationals, splitting four games with the Giants and losing two of three to the Padres, the Braves are a half-game behind where they were when they left for Washington, now 5 ½ games behind the Nationals.) – DOB

And that’s including a 5 game losing streak by the Nats.

jeffrey d

August 31st, 2012
1:11 pm

So you’re doubling up on posts now too, George?

tony austin

August 31st, 2012
1:11 pm

Sorry, I mean … – Carroll, not DOB, my bad.

chipontheroad

August 31st, 2012
1:13 pm

I spect Minor domination would be to much to ask for

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 31st, 2012
1:13 pm

Thank you CR!!! Bring us a win, now. :)

Cunningham……. doesn’t walk all that much.

Neither does Prado…. still a good hitter. If he can put up a .300 average, I don’t mind if he doesn’t walk a lot, esp. when he doesn’t K a lot either.

George_George

August 31st, 2012
1:14 pm

jeffrey d

August 31st, 2012
1:11 pm
jeffery I don’t mean to, it happens a lot since blog came back up yesterday. I see other bloggers are showing up with double posts also.

Carroll Rogers

August 31st, 2012
1:14 pm

yes it is, Tony Austin. probably should have pointed that out….though i was going a little nuts with all the parentheses.

jeffrey d

August 31st, 2012
1:14 pm

DOB off yet again, just WOW. He is off a lot. George_George

DOB off yet again, just WOW. He is off a lot. George_George

Based off the focal blogs, DOB has been working from August 23rd to August 29th (seven days) and traveled from Atlanta to San Francisco (no big deal…) to San Diego.

Let me ask you this, George George – do you normall work 7 days straight and travel across the country?

jeffrey d

August 31st, 2012
1:15 pm

southgabrave

August 31st, 2012
1:15 pm

Carrol any indication that there will be call-ups for some bench help? They could really use a bat or two

Carroll Rogers

August 31st, 2012
1:15 pm

George_George, coming off seven games on the West Coast is no joke. Breather for DOB is well-deserved.

jeffrey d

August 31st, 2012
1:16 pm

I’m big on parenthesis too, Carroll.

Also, thanks for the new blog :)

Arkansas Transplant

August 31st, 2012
1:17 pm

Wonder who claimed Lester?

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 31st, 2012
1:18 pm

I spect Minor domination would be to much to ask for

Of course…. Minor’s been awesome since June1…. 3.16 ERA with an oppo. stat line of .218/.280/.384/.664, and he’s thrown 62% strikes…. He doesn’t need to be dropped from the rotation, Hanson does.

Juan

August 31st, 2012
1:21 pm

Hanson to the Sox for Lester

George_George

August 31st, 2012
1:21 pm

jeffrey d

August 31st, 2012
1:14 pm
jeffery, Take the TV guys, Joe Simson takes a week ofrf wraped around the all-star game and thats it. I don’t think Chip even takes that much time off. They are off when games are on ESPN or BIG FOX, but thier time off is nothing like our “hard working reporter” takes off.

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 31st, 2012
1:22 pm

Mike Minor has put up an above .500 record in both of his short stays in the Majors (3-2 in ‘10, 5-3 last year). He needs 4 wins this month to continue that streak… Hope he gets that done. Would sukk to have a losing record in his first real good season.

chipontheroad

August 31st, 2012
1:23 pm

thanx Carroll
Now we will get our call-ups to save the season
get your popcorn ready

Venice Jim

August 31st, 2012
1:24 pm

Thanks, Carroll!

CB

August 31st, 2012
1:25 pm

George, I don’t think you answered jeffrey’s question.

cabravesfan

August 31st, 2012
1:26 pm

George_George-

Unless I am mistaken, Chip & Joe fly on the team charter. Beat reporters do not. Chip & Joe do not have to write stories or meet deadlines for papers. Beat reporters do. Also, DOB and Carroll are assigned to games. They do not just decided to take games off. And just because they are not covering a game does not mean they are not working. Or tending to things that most of us take for granted, like laundry and grocery shopping and other things that we have time for because we don’t travel all the time and we get 2 out of every 7 days off.

chipontheroad

August 31st, 2012
1:27 pm

We will see Tobf I like Minor alot more than I do Hanson ,Tommy needs time to rebuild this mechanics

George_George

August 31st, 2012
1:29 pm

CB

August 31st, 2012
1:25 pm
I sure did answer him, if the tv guys can make all the road trips and still work a large percentage of the games, why can’t DOB?

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 31st, 2012
1:29 pm

ndrelton Simmons ‏@Andrelton
Just saw the doc. Got great news

He later said that he’ll share the news later…. We’ll see

Venice Jim

August 31st, 2012
1:32 pm

George – did you read DOB’s response to your constant foolishness at the bottom of the last blog?

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 31st, 2012
1:32 pm

Jon Morosi ‏@jonmorosi
#Mariners trade waivers update: Kevin Millwood cleared; Jason Vargas and Felix Hernandez claimed. @MLBONFOX

T’Would be awesome if we claimed Felix and actually got him… not gonna happen, I bet.

CB

August 31st, 2012
1:32 pm

No, George, you did not. Go back and read what he ask you.

David O'Brien

August 31st, 2012
1:33 pm

I sure did answer him, if the tv guys can make all the road trips and still work a large percentage of the games, why can’t DOB? — george

Are you seriously that clueless, as to the difference in the time demands of the job — writing blogs all day and night, covering games, writing game stories on deadline afterward, notebooks before game, etc. — in addition to the travel schedules of those who fly on team charters and team buses, as opposed to those of us who make our own travel arrangements and fly commercial, etc? Seriously, do you have any idea the difference in the job requirements?

Venice Jim

August 31st, 2012
1:33 pm

The TV guys don’t work the Fox and ESPN games – the radio guys take lots of time off…

CB

August 31st, 2012
1:33 pm

Why do I feel like I am talking to an empty chair? Dang you Clint.

George_George

August 31st, 2012
1:35 pm

cabravesfan

August 31st, 2012
1:26 pm
You may well be right about the team charter because I believe Chip and Joe are BRAVES employees while DOB works for AJC.

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 31st, 2012
1:35 pm

Does it need a repost VJ?

Venice Jim

August 31st, 2012
1:35 pm

Tiger (the golfer, not blogger) must be annoyed – first 17 holes include 8 birdies (6 in a row), 9 pars, but he bogeyed 18…

George_George

August 31st, 2012
1:36 pm

cabravesfan

August 31st, 2012
1:26 pm
You may well be right about the team charter because I believe Chip and Joe are BRAVES employees while DOB works for AJC.

chipontheroad

August 31st, 2012
1:36 pm

People please do not try to diminish the awesomeness of Carroll and DO’B

GO BRAVOS

Venice Jim

August 31st, 2012
1:36 pm

TOBF – not from us, apparently… ;)

JT Grace

August 31st, 2012
1:37 pm

Let me get this straight. The Braves have a HUGE problem facing LHP. They have a RIGHT handed 1B (Mejia) who was just named the top power hitting prospect in AAA by Baseball America. He was also named International League Rookie of the year. Yet, he isn’t being named as a CERTAIN call up tomorrow. Do the Braves not understand that Mejia could be a big asset as RH thumper down the stretch????? Right now the only RH hitter on the bench with any power is David Ross. Mejia would give them two guys that they could call on. Yes, he needs to be added to the 40 man roster but there is some dead weight they could drop to add him (Hinske and Batista). I am going to be so disappointed if this guy isn’t given a chance this year. They refused to give Mauro Gomez a chance and now they are doing the same thing to Mejia.

David O'Brien

August 31st, 2012
1:37 pm

He could well be off, after all he has worked 6 games in a row, that could be a record for him. — ace

Actually it was seven games in a row, but who’s counting? I mean, two of them were on a weekend when you and your pal George were off (so those don’t count). Plus, since I realize neither of you would be familiar with air travel, the day before those seven included a 5-hour flight to San Francisco, and the day after those seven a 4-1/2 hour flight from San Diego. And again, since I know you and George don’t fly, you have to get to airports a little earlier since 9/11.

Oh, and I wrote an off-day story on Braves going into September — the longer version appears on this blog page — after getting home last night, since it was bit cramped in coach seats to get it written on the plane. But I’m sure my day yesterday, up at 5 a.m. in San Diego and done writing at 7 p.m. in Atlanta, was nothing to the rigorous demands of the jobs you two have, right? Anyway, enjoy the game tonight and your weekend off, fellas. Football and some brews? Some of us working stiffs have got to work Sunday.

smalltownbravesfan

August 31st, 2012
1:40 pm

wonder if Padres would take Hanson, Jurrgens, Spruill and Leonard for Headley???

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 31st, 2012
1:41 pm

Yes, he needs to be added to the 40 man roster but there is some dead weight they could drop to add him (Hinske and Batista).

From what I see, he can be added right now… Braves have 39 guys on the 40-man roster…. Hinske and JJ aren’t gonna be dropped, not this late in the season. That’s not the Braves way.

George_George

August 31st, 2012
1:41 pm

VJ
Read my post, I said they were off when games on FOX or ESPN, but they stiil have to be in those citys.
****************************
August 31st, 2012
1:14 pm
jeffery, Take the TV guys, Joe Simson takes a week ofrf wraped around the all-star game and thats it. I don’t think Chip even takes that much time off. They are off when games are on ESPN or BIG FOX, but thier time off is nothing like our “hard working reporter” takes off.

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 31st, 2012
1:41 pm

And, I believe that he’s on the restricted list for Gwinnett due to family matters…

wonder if Padres would take Hanson, Jurrgens, Spruill and Leonard for Headley???

:roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:

JT Grace

August 31st, 2012
1:42 pm

smalltownbravesfan — No, the Padres would laugh at that offer. Jurrjens will be DFA’d this winter. Spruill has value but not enough to get a guy like Headley. Hanson has very little value. It would take an offer like Teheran and Bethancourt to get Headley.

David O'Brien

August 31st, 2012
1:43 pm

I sure did answer him, if the tv guys can make all the road trips and still work a large percentage of the games, why can’t DOB? — george

By the way, are you familiar at all between the difference in what the well-paid TV guys do from the end of the Braves’ last game until the following spring, as opposed to what we ink-stained wretches do? (Here’s a clue: We’re not off for two or three months.)

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 31st, 2012
1:45 pm

DOB: Isn’t your day off worth more than spending time talking to George and Ace, your 2 biggest detractors?

Also, do you have an idea of when the new blog format comes to your blog?

JT Grace

August 31st, 2012
1:47 pm

TheOnlyBravesFan, no, Mejia played last night. He was only off for a couple of days. I said get rid of Batista, not Jurrjens. Yeah, I know they won’t get rid of Hinske….just wishful thinking on my part. Overbay will take that final 40 man roster spot that is available. They could also put Beachy or Diaz on the 60 day DL to open up a spot for Mejia. There is absolutely no reason not to call him up.

Arkansas Transplant

August 31st, 2012
1:48 pm

Any word on who claimed Lester?

ncscoots

August 31st, 2012
1:50 pm

It would take an offer like Teheran and Bethancourt to get Headley.

Well, that would certainly get him, all right. No bleep. :-)

George_George

August 31st, 2012
1:50 pm

A while ago I said outta here but this came up, so Peanut still needs out so outta here. BTW ACE kinda disappeared and I had to do this on my own, but thats ok.

Threadkiller

August 31st, 2012
1:51 pm

Mejia is the Real Deal! but, he’ll need to learn a new position..Blocked by Freddie..

smalltownbravesfan

August 31st, 2012
1:51 pm

Braves best chance may be against Halliday as the only RHer, we know how they fare against LH pitching

vitriol spewer (phil)

August 31st, 2012
1:51 pm

George and Ace, getting David all riled up again…

Give the man a break, you two.

chipontheroad

August 31st, 2012
1:53 pm

oooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
\
serenity now!!!

David O'Brien

August 31st, 2012
1:54 pm

George, speaking of hard work, what type of job you holding down that allows you to spend much of the day on the internet ridiculing folks about their work schedules? Must be one that requires a lot of focus and attention to detail.

And on that note, I’m going to ride my bike. Not the Harley, george. The Triumph Bonneville. (I know you like the details of my life, so I try to help out.)

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 31st, 2012
1:54 pm

Any word on who claimed Lester?

Not seeing anything on Twitta or MLBTR…

jeffrey d

August 31st, 2012
1:54 pm

Unless I am mistaken, Chip & Joe fly on the team charter. Beat reporters do not

I think DOB has to hitchhike

smalltownbravesfan

August 31st, 2012
1:55 pm

maybe Mejia can go to winter ball and try left field, possibly be bench player next year as reserve lf/1b. Would be nice to see him this September to see how he does.

cabravesfan

August 31st, 2012
1:58 pm

jeffrey d-

Maybe DOB should just stay out here. Doubt he’d mind :)

BrandonLee49

August 31st, 2012
2:01 pm

OK, Mr OBwankinobe.. seems You’e view of Working; Lounging in First Class while us bloaks come home to a sweaty sofa… Yeah You really got it Rough, there ol,boy..You can Buy Carroll her STEAK DINNER any day beween Now and Before the Braves Lose their next Game… and NO an Angus-burger from Mickey D’s DOESNT COUNT….

chipontheroad

August 31st, 2012
2:01 pm

DO’B should travel on a WWll era knuckle head while George George may well be a WWll era knucklehead

No. 1 Braves Fan

August 31st, 2012
2:03 pm

Why do certain bloggers make a big deal about how much DOB works or is off? Truth is Carroll does a great job when she fills in for him. Both are
very good. Lighten up people.

bball fan

August 31st, 2012
2:04 pm

David Ross should be the starter and McCann should be the reserve.

Sweet Old Buck

August 31st, 2012
2:06 pm

We win two of three. Minor finally has a bad game. Hudson stays strong. Maholm has a good outing and finally wins without giving up a HR.

tony austin

August 31st, 2012
2:07 pm

I don’t know how you do it DOB. I worked part time radio on and off (mostly on) for about 20 years, mainly overnight or Saturday shifts. My latest stint was every other Saturday in which I worked that schedule for 7 years before I finally had enough. I considered that “having it rough”, I couldn’t imagine a schedule like yours.

Props, sir.

vitriol spewer (phil)

August 31st, 2012
2:08 pm

BrandonLee49 is apparently more dense than any of the other detractors…..sigh.

Skeezix

August 31st, 2012
2:09 pm

Carroll and Dave: Don’t pay attention to some of the idiots who comment here. The one(s) complaining about Dave taking time off probably have no clue what a job like his involves (definitely not and 9 to 5 job), especially when you include coast to coast travel. You very well may be responding to someone still in high school who can’t even relate to your responses/explanations since they have such limited life/work experiences.

Andy in Indy

August 31st, 2012
2:09 pm

DOB if you didn’t spend your off days scanning the blog for slights against your work ethic, maybe it wouldn’t seem like you were working all the time. You have a day off, turn off the computer and go do something.

Efrim

August 31st, 2012
2:09 pm

Well, that would certainly get him, all right. No bleep.

I’d keep him if I were the Padres. They need pitching, for sure, but it’s a good environment to develop pitching and I like their offensive core of Headley, Quentin, Maybin, Alonso, Grandal. Real solid 2nd base prospect in Jedd Gyorko coming up too.

Efrim

August 31st, 2012
2:14 pm

It’s early, but Matt Harvey certainly has the look of a top of the rotation type starter. Mets have something with him, Dickey, Niese and Zack Wheeler

cabravesfan

August 31st, 2012
2:17 pm

hey, how come nobody ever gets on Carroll for all her “vacation” days? I mean she works what, 3 games every 2 weeks? How lazy can a girl be??? ;)

Shaun

August 31st, 2012
2:18 pm

Efrim, what, you mean Todd Cunningham wouldn’t get Headley?

Dadgum.......

August 31st, 2012
2:19 pm

I’ll tell you how DOB does it. He is a multi-tasking genius with a snarly attitude that can raise its head as needed to squash the blog brethren who venture into spewing untruths and opinions that have no basis in fact. You can’t hide talent!

yep

August 31st, 2012
2:19 pm

If I may change the subject. I think the Braves will a big September. I think Simmons coming off the DL in a couple weeks is just the late season spark the Braves need to propel them into and through the playoffs.

cricket

August 31st, 2012
2:20 pm

Are you seriously that clueless

yes, he is

But I Wanna Bash Greinke

August 31st, 2012
2:20 pm

BB/9 are important to look at and none of these point to an ERA of 3.80 – he’s better than that. So please, enough with the Greinke bashing….Efrim

but 3.80 is what he gives up and what his team has had to beat to win

cricket

August 31st, 2012
2:22 pm

a blog about phillies series instead of one about greinke, a pitcher who will not even be attempted to be signed by braves? what is this world coming too..

ncscoots

August 31st, 2012
2:23 pm

Efrim, Heyward with an .893 month of August.

CrαZy

August 31st, 2012
2:24 pm

A while ago I said outta here but this came up, so Peanut still needs out so outta here.

Hopefully to play in traffic!!

cricket

August 31st, 2012
2:26 pm

so, who to root for? STL or WSH?

keyLargo

August 31st, 2012
2:27 pm

I’m not suggesting anything but Freddie used to play 3rd Base. Maybe his range would increase if he didn’t have to worry about holding runners on first. I just don’t assume that Freddie is set in stone at first just because he seems to be at times. :mrgreen:

Efrim

August 31st, 2012
2:28 pm

ncscoots

August 31st, 2012
2:30 pm

so, who to root for? STL or WSH?

Cards. No-brainer, from my seat.

I’m not suggesting anything but Freddie used to play 3rd Base.

…when he was 40 pounds lighter, key. :-)

Efrim

August 31st, 2012
2:31 pm

Efrim, Heyward with an .893 month of August.

Better be a .900 after tonight or I’m done with this kid…. ;)

nolie

August 31st, 2012
2:31 pm

Nothing I am hearing from friends who go to a lot of Mis’sippi games is all that positive about Cunnungham, and they are pretty knowledgeable; they say B Jones-type back up at best, so I ain’t counting on him till I see him play in the majors and do well

cabravesfan

August 31st, 2012
2:33 pm

Freddie played 5 games at 3rd base as a 17 year old in Rookie ball. In 14 chances, he made 3 errors and has not played there again. Let’s leave him at 1st :)

Ward

August 31st, 2012
2:33 pm

Hello everyone! That’s what Iwas was concerned about. The hitting, and hope Sheets get’s healthy, so we don’t have to see Hanson. Phillies are Pesky, Rockies are playing better, Nats, Brewers, Mets are not going down with out a fight, and we have the Pirates. Not good…..

Ward

August 31st, 2012
2:33 pm

Hello everyone! That’s what Iwas was concerned about. The hitting, and hope Sheets get’s healthy, so we don’t have to see Hanson. Phillies are Pesky, Rockies are playing better, Nats, Brewers, Mets are not going down with out a fight, and we have the Pirates. Not good…..

Efrim

August 31st, 2012
2:33 pm

Efrim, what, you mean Todd Cunningham wouldn’t get Headley?

Nice one, Shaun. ;)

Can we trade Gattis, Terdoslavich and Cunningham in the same trade? I’d love to see it.

nolie

August 31st, 2012
2:33 pm

I just don’t assume that Freddie is set in stone at first just because he seems to be at times…KL

I do

chipontheroad

August 31st, 2012
2:34 pm

I’d rather plattoon Uggla and Juan at third than move Freddie

nolie

August 31st, 2012
2:34 pm

I think it would take a gun to get Headley now

Efrim

August 31st, 2012
2:35 pm

Eric (Atlanta): Hey Ben – can you tell me anything about Danville prospects SS Jose Peraza and RHP Mauricio Cabrera?

Ben Badler(Baseball America): Big fan of both. Peraza has great plate coverage and speed at a premium position, Cabrera is running his fastball up to the mid-90s and generating some buzz around the Appy League. Braves did a nice job getting those two guys out of Latin America in the same signing class.

Finally a spec of a report on either of the two. Can’t wait to see how they fare in full season ball next year at Rome.

nolie

August 31st, 2012
2:36 pm

Uggla ain’t got the greatest arm at second, not so sure if third would work or not

Ward

August 31st, 2012
2:36 pm

Lyle Overbay should help. He did a good job while in Arizona, but Constanza is just like having Diaz, so not missing much on that one.

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 31st, 2012
2:36 pm

but 3.80 is what he gives up and what his team has had to beat to win

Mainly because of his defense… he had the 25th ranked defense when he was in Milwaukee, and he managed to put up a 3.44 ERA. At the time of the trade, his ERA was better than that of any Braves starter. Imagine how good his ERA would have been if he was a Brave. Probably around 3.00 or below.

Now, his first couple starts with the Angels are all on him. He was awful early…. but again, the Angels defense is nowhere near as good as the Braves defense is.

Greinke is a good pitcher. Defenses help their pitchers be successful. Greinke didn’t have that in Milwaukee and still put up respectable numbers. He’s better than his ERA.

ncscoots

August 31st, 2012
2:36 pm

nolie, happy birthday belated, brother.

Just remember….no matter how old I get, I’ll always be younger than you. :-)

Efrim

August 31st, 2012
2:37 pm

but 3.80 is what he gives up and what his team has had to beat to win

But peripherals count for something, right? I mean, do you really think Zack Greinke and Joe Saunders are equals as pitchers? Please don’t say yes based on ERA. For the love of god, please don;t say that as my brain will surely ooze from my ear.

Thanks,
Efrim

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