Braves turn to streaking Medlen in rubber game

MIAMI – And so the Kris Medlen streaks are put to the test again tonight, as we continue to marvel at what the Braves’ improbable new ace has done not just since moving from the bullpen at the end of July, but as a starter throughout his career.

25 starts: that’s how many Medlen has made without a loss, a streak that began with his third major league game in 2009. There is no other major league pitcher on an active roster with a streak of more than 20 starts without a loss.

20 starts: that’s how many times in a row the Braves have won in games started by Medlen, the longest such streak in the majors since the Yankees won 20 consecutive starts by Roger Clemens in 2001.

He's a funny guy off the field, but Medlen is all business on the mound.

He's a funny guy off the field, but Medlen is all business on the mound.

Of all the pitchers the Braves had in their rotation since 2001, who’d have imagined that Medlen would be the one doing this?

Medlen, the switch-hitting former position player, the kid that so many said shouldn’t have been brought up ahead of Tommy Hanson in 2009, the right-hander who looked 16 when he arrived and about 21 now (he’s 26), the (very) funny fella with the infectious energy, the flat-brimmed cap, the massive tattoos you can’t see see just above his uniform sleeves, the guy who missed almost the entire 2011 season recovering from Tommy John surgery – who’d have thought he would be the hottest starting pitcher in baseball?

And make no mistake, he is precisely that right now. When’s the last time the Braves had what most would consider a pitching advantage going into a game against Marlins starter Josh Johnson? Tonight they do. And the timing couldn’t be much better, coming off a tough 4-3 loss in 10 innings last night that snapped the Braves’ four-game winning streak.

Medlen enters tonight’s game with a 7-0 record and 0.86 ERA and .202 opponents’ average in nine starts since moving from the bullpen July 31. And after winning the NL’s Pitcher of the Month award in August, he’s off to a good start for a repeat in September, with a 2-0 record, 1.23 ERA and .177 opponents’ average in three starts.

He has 66 strikeouts with eight walks in 62-2/3 innings as a starter this season, including 28 strikeouts and three walks in 22 innings over his past three starts. To repeat, 28 strikeouts and three walks in 22 innings. That includes a 12-strikeout, no-walks game vs. Colorado on Sept. 3 and a 13-strikeout, 1-walk game vs. Washington in his last start. Thirteen strikeouts in seven innings in that Nationals game.

But let’s go back further. Medlen is 12-0 with a 2.58 ERA in 23 starts since the beginning of the 2010 season, and 13-0 with a 2.77 ERA in 25 starts dating to May 31, 2009, his third major league game. He’s 13-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 27 career starts, which includes 0-2 with a 9.72 ERA in two starts May 21 and May 26, 2009, in his first big-league games after being called up from Triple-A.

In his next start on May 31, 2009, at Arizona, Medlen allowed one run, four hits and one walk with nine strikeouts in six innings for the win. Who knew that game would be such a harbinger of his starts to come? He’s never lost as a starter since that day.

“I don’t know what it is about me on the mound,” said Medlen, who is confident but genuinely modest, “but I mean, one of my last starts against Florida in 2010, I gave up five in six innings and we still won the game. So it’s not like I’m throwing zeroes up there all the time.”

He has a good memory too. For indeed, Medlen allowed eight hits (including two homers) and five runs in six innings of a start at Florida on July 24, 2010, and the Braves came back and won that game.

He made only two more starts that season before season-ending elbow surgery. He gave up three runs in his next-to-last start before surgery, and Medlen hasn’t given up more than two runs as a starter since them.

In nine starts this season, he’s allowed no runs in four games and one run in four others. The two runs he gave up against the Mets on Sept. 8 were his season-high as a starter.

Oh, and the Braves have scored nearly six runs per nine innings that he’s pitched as a starter this season, including scoring six or more runs while he was in the game in four of his nine starts.

“They go to battle for me because they know I’ll go to battle for them,” Medlen said last week.

• Tonight’s matchup: Medlen against Josh Johnson, who would probably kill to have the kind of run support that “Little Doggie” (obligatory Greg Maddux reference in every article) has received.

Johnson has a 2.88 ERA and .200 opponents’ average in his past 10 starts, but only three wins in that span. He’s 3-5 and his team is 4-6 in those games, and the Marlins scored two or fewer runs while he was in six of those 10 starts, including one or no runs in four.

Johnson is 1-1 with a 1.32 ERA in two starts against the Braves this season, including a July 23 win in which he held them to one hit with no walks and nine strikeouts in six scoreless innings. He’s got two wins in nine starts since then, despite seven more quality starts in that span, and only one earned run allowed in four of those past nine games.

The big right-hander is 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA in 16 starts at spacious Marlins Park, compared to 2-7 with a 5.09 ERA in 13 road starts.

Against Johnson, Brian McCann is 12-for-42 (.286) with a homer, Reed Johnson is 2-for-6 with a homer, Chipper Jones is 9-for-34 (.265) with 10 strikeouts, Martin Prado is 6-for-33 (.182) with eight strikeouts, and Dan Uggla is 0-for-8.

Medlen is 1-1 with a 3.30 ERA in 13 career games (three starts) against the Marlins.

Against Medlen, Jose Reyes is 3-for-10 with four strikeouts and Giancarlo Stanton is 1-for-5 with a homer (but I just heard that Stanton is again out of the lineup tonight with a sore oblique, which has kept him out of the entire series).

BRAVES LINEUP

  1. Bourn cf
  2. Prado ss
  3. Heyward rf
  4. Chipper 3b
  5. Freeman 1b
  6. Uggla 2b
  7. McCann c
  8. Constanza lf
  9. Medlen p

• Uggla’s awakening (and K record): It wasn’t noted anywhere in the postgame notes last night, but Uggla’s 2 strikeouts gave him 157 for the season, breaking his own Braves franchise record of 156 set in ‘11.

Benched for three games earlier this month, Uggla is now on his first double-digit-games hitting surge in more than three months.

Benched for three games earlier this month, Uggla is now on his first double-digit-games hitting surge in more than three months.

However, he’s slowed his K rate and is now 17 behind league leader Danny Espinosa (174), and also behind Pittsburgh’s Pedro Alvarez (161).

Meahwhile, Uggla’s 88 walks leads the league by 10 and ranks second in the majors to Adam Dunn’s 98. Uggla is four walks from his career high set in 2009 with Marlins.

And it appears his half-season skid has finally subsided, to the (cautious) relief of the Braves and manager Fredi Gonzalez.

From June 6 through Aug. 5, Uggla hit an almost-unfathomable .151 (38-for-251) in 77 games, with seven homers, 27 RBIs, 45 walks and 90 strikeouts, for a .299 OBP and .275 slugging percentage. That’s a .574 OPS over 77 games.

But in 11 games since then, he’s 13-for-38 (.342) with three doubles, two homers, eight RBIs and a .457 OBP and .579 slugging percentage. Yes, it’s only 11 games, but the Braves are quite encouraged and pleased by this development. Especially coming as it does during….

• The Bourn Slump: Which has added to the Bourn Dilemma. That is, whether to sign the center fielder to a long-term deal for a very big amount of dollars. Count me among those who got a bit too caught up in Michael Bourn’s career-best first half. Sometimes it’s a good thing I’m not the GM handing out long-term contracts. Not usually, but sometimes (smile).

Anyway, here are the dirty details: Bourn hit .304 with 34 extra-base hits (eight triples, seven homers), 38 RBIs, 64 runs and a .359 OBP and .445 slugging percentage (.804 OPS).

In 54 games since then, he’s hit .210 with just eight extra-base hits (two triples, two homers), 18 RBIs, 26 runs and a .315 OBP and .278 slugging percentage (.593 OPS). Yikes.

And it gets worse.

Bourn has one extra-base hit (a double) in 100 at-bats in his apst 28 games, and in his past 27 games he’s hit an anemic .165 (16-for-97) with five RBIs, six stolen bases (in nine attempts) and a .293 OBP and .175 slugging percentage (.468 OPS).

Yikes. That’s troubling from the leadoff man, to say the least.

• OK, let’s close with a tune from my favorite Sonic Youth album, Daydream Nation. You can hear it by clicking here. Kick it.

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“HEY JONI” by Sonic Youth

Hey Joni put it all behind you
Hey Joni now I’ve put it all behind me too
These times can’t add up
Your life is such a mess
Forget the past, and just say yes

Tell me Joni, am I the one
To see you through?
In this broken town can you still jack in
And know what to do?
I remember our youth, our high ideals
I remember you were so uptight
That time in the trees, we broke that vice
We took some steps and now
We can’t think twice

Tell me Joni, am I right by you?
Tell me how yr gonna lose this hard luck?
Hey Joni, when will all these dreams come true?
You’d better find a way
To climb down off that truck

Shots ring out from the center of an empty field
Joni’s in the tall grass
She’s a beautiful mental jukebox
A sailboat explosion
A snap of electric whip crack

She’s not thinking about the future
She’s not spinning her wheels
She doesn’t think at all about the past
She thinking long and hard
About that high wild sound
And wondering will it last?

Kick it

Hey Joni, put it all behind you
There’s something turning, Joni, turning right to you
My head burns, but I know you’ll speak the truth, hey!
Hey Joni, put it all behind you
Hey Joni, now I’ve put it all behind me too
Forget the future
These times are such a mess
Tune out the past, and just say yes

It’s 1963
It’s 1964
It’s 1957
It’s 1962

Put it all behind you
Now it’s all behind you

– David O’Brien, Braves/MIB blog

1,959 comments Add your comment

Jon

September 19th, 2012
3:01 pm

flange1

September 19th, 2012
3:04 pm

Thanks for the new blog DOB.

Venice Jim

September 19th, 2012
3:04 pm

Thanks, DOB!!!

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 19th, 2012
3:10 pm

Thank you Mr. O’Brien!!!

Juan
September 19th, 2012
2:49 pm

I saw yesterday in a “Bleacher Report” a Prediction on Free Agents and player change team for 2013, They say the Braves Lf next year is Cody Ross, also predict that Bourne stay with the Braves ans Greinke will also sign with the Braves

Yikes, that’s interesting. I don’t think Bourn is back. I think (and hope) that Greinke will be here. Cody Ross will either be in Boston or somewhere that will pay him 7mil/yr for the next 3 years. Don’t think it’ll be the Braves.

NO MORE FREDI

September 19th, 2012
3:23 pm

Medlen better pitch the wildcard playoff game. Fat Fredi will run Hanson out there though because he is all about names on the jersey.

tony austin

September 19th, 2012
3:23 pm

Per a Ken Rosenthal tweet from a while back, Cody Ross turned down an multi-year offer from the Braves. I would think that bridge is kindling and FW would not give him another chance to do it again. I guess we’ll see.

raleighbravefan

September 19th, 2012
3:24 pm

I believe there is NO way Fredi is fired after this season. Braves WILL NOT miss the post season (meaning, at least, the 1 game wild card). The Braves (and almost NO other team) would fire a guy who makes the post season, wins 90+ games, and has one of the 3 top records in the league. All of those will be true for the Braves this year.

Before you get too worked up, compare what the Braves have done this year to what the Red Sox have done.

Can Of Corn

September 19th, 2012
3:27 pm

BOURN’S STRIKEOUTS

What I’ve found disconcerting too, about Bourn’s overall stats are his extremely high strikeout totals.

He’s 5th in all of baseball in K’s with 147.

RC

September 19th, 2012
3:27 pm

I would think that bridge is kindling and FW would not give him another chance to do it again. I guess we’ll see.

FW doesn’t seem the type to bite off his nose to spite his face…except for maybe with Furcal :)

Sleeze

September 19th, 2012
3:29 pm

Hate to spend big bucks on Bourn, but other than Todd Cunningham who’s been in AA ball all summer, there’s no one in the Braves’ farm system to replace Bourn. It’s a weak free agent market. So where do the Braves go to find 2 starting-caliber outfielders (center and left)?

B

September 19th, 2012
3:29 pm

DOB: Any word on Simmons for tonight?

NO MORE FREDI

September 19th, 2012
3:29 pm

raleighbravefan – Only way Fredi is fired is if Braves lose the WC game. This team was stacked with talent and I think Fredi made some horrible choices costing us games. We shall see.

TennesseePaul

September 19th, 2012
3:31 pm

Thanks for the work DOB.

GO BRAVES!!

Bat Masterson

September 19th, 2012
3:31 pm

Thanks, DO’B, good read.

A double Yikes! for Bourn. A sure sign his value is dropping.

Efrim

September 19th, 2012
3:31 pm

I think the Giants, Phillies, Rangers and Nationals will be in on Bourn during free agency. Possibly even the Yankees if they decide to shift Granderson to RF so that they can have the best defensive outfield in history. ;)

Wren will and probably should say all of the right things about trying to bring back Michael Bourn. I’m sure we’ll see a qualifying offer, and I’m sure Bourn will reject the offer. If I’m not mistaken, Bourn is Boras’s key free agent this winter. Him and Kyle Lohse. I don’t see how it makes sense for the Braves to even get into serious negotiations for Bourn.

B

September 19th, 2012
3:33 pm

NO MORE FREDI – The only way Fredi is fired is if Fredi starts Hanson in the WC game and then they lose. if he starts Medlen (which is most likely going to happen) and somehow they lose, then his job is still safe…

TennesseePaul

September 19th, 2012
3:33 pm

Cody Ross is having a nice little year at Fenway… not so much elsewhere, but when at Fenway, he looks like a champ.

tony austin

September 19th, 2012
3:34 pm

He’s 5th in all of baseball in K’s with 147 – Can Of Corn.

With his speed if he could of put just half of those Ks in play he may have beat out a few of them, there could have been a misplay by the defense and so on.

Some will say a strike out is just another out, but I hate it with a passion. I understand players are going to strike out, it happens, but the K rates nowadays are alarming. Just put the ball in play, you never know what is going to happen.

Efrim

September 19th, 2012
3:36 pm

Despite the poor 2nd half, I still think the floor on Bourn’s contract is five years, 75 million.

I think he’ll get less than Jose Reyes did(six years, 106 million), but not that much less.

Around The Horn

September 19th, 2012
3:36 pm

WHY LEADOFF THEN?

Based on Bourn’s current stats you really do have to wonder why Fredi continues to hit him in the leadoff position.

Fredi needs to read Tom Tango’s “The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball” — on how best to structure a batting order.

Largo

September 19th, 2012
3:37 pm

Sooner or later Medlen is going to get rocked. Is anyone prepared for that?

Abnerish

September 19th, 2012
3:38 pm

Hopefully, the “Little Doggie” label is a pitching comparison to Maddux and not a physical comparison. I mean, how diminutive do you have to be to be “Little” anything compared to Greg Maddux.

Heisenberg

September 19th, 2012
3:40 pm

Bourn must want to remain a Brave because he is playing his way into their price range.

Kris

September 19th, 2012
3:40 pm

Bourn is better than Crawford but will not get Crawford money.

Efrim

September 19th, 2012
3:40 pm

How about a platoon of Craig Gentry and Jordan Schafer in CF? And maybe Nick Swisher in LF? I know Nick Swisher is going to cost us our first round draft selection, but what does that really matter when we are getting one for Michael Bourn?……………………………………………….

Wait, what? :)

brian

September 19th, 2012
3:40 pm

I could easily see Cody Ross and Greinke but we would have Pagan or Bourjos in CF, not Bourn

Efrim

September 19th, 2012
3:42 pm

Sooner or later Medlen is going to get rocked. Is anyone prepared for that?

Absolutely. Because no pitcher in history has been perfect every single start like this kid has. ;)

RC

September 19th, 2012
3:42 pm

Fredi needs to read Tom Tango’s “The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball” — on how best to structure a batting order.

If Fredi is going to make changes based on that book, the batting order is probably priority #452 to be fixed. Figuring out how we might have won last night’s game if Kimbrel wasn’t sitting in the bullpen with 7 days of rest in the past 10 days should be priority #1.

ncscoots

September 19th, 2012
3:42 pm

Fredi needs to read Tom Tango’s “The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball” — on how best to structure a batting order.

I’m guessing, but are you a new poster on this blog? :-)

coastalbrave

September 19th, 2012
3:42 pm

1. Michael Bourn (L) CF
2. Martin Prado (R) SS
3. Jason Heyward (L) RF
4. Chipper Jones (S) 3B
5. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
6. Dan Uggla (R) 2B
7. Brian McCann (L) C
8. Jose Constanza (L) LF
9. Kris Medlen (S) P

Bat Masterson

September 19th, 2012
3:42 pm

Fredi needs to read Tom Tango’s “The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball” — on how best to structure a batting order. _ Around The Horn

You’re just making assumptions there, ATH.

One, that he has not read it, another, that he can read.

Heisenberg

September 19th, 2012
3:44 pm

I would actually prefer Pagan. Switch hitter to help balance the lineup.

ncscoots

September 19th, 2012
3:45 pm

8. Jose Constanza (L) LF

There you go, Murph. Fredo has decided to collude with you on irritating me, LOL.

Efrim

September 19th, 2012
3:46 pm

I think we may see some Maddux-esque accepting of the one year arbitration offers this November. 13.5 million is a lot of scratch. Some teams are going to chance it based on the extra draft pick. I know multi year deals are nothing to pass up on, but still…

note: I don’t believe Bourn will accept. Pretty much 100% on that one.

Players like Edwin Jackson, Kyle Lohse, Hiroki Kuroda, Nick Swisher. They could surprise.

raleighbravefan

September 19th, 2012
3:46 pm

NO MORE – EVERY manager makes decisions that may end up with loses, especially in hind sight. Very questionable how many loses there actually are in that category. Your opinion (because that’s what it is), may vary from mine. More importantly, it probably varies significantly from the opinion of the Braves FO. Fredi is in NO danger if we make it to the WC round (win or lose). If we tank enough now to miss the WC, there will be at least some consideration to replace him.

All of the above is my personal opinion, as I, (nor anyone else here), have no “inside” information.

ncscoots

September 19th, 2012
3:47 pm

Figuring out how we might have won last night’s game if Kimbrel wasn’t sitting in the bullpen with 7 days of rest in the past 10 days should be priority #1.

Don’t go all “best-reliever” on us, RC. Please?

Efrim

September 19th, 2012
3:47 pm

I really hope Andrelton Simmons is healthy soon. We need that guy badly – can’t have Prado at SS and Constanza in LF, for crying out loud.

David O'Brien

September 19th, 2012
3:47 pm

BRAVES LINEUP

Bourn cf
Prado ss
Heyward rf
Chipper 3b
Freeman 1b
Uggla 2b
McCann c
Constanza lf
Medlen p

Bat Masterson

September 19th, 2012
3:47 pm

Biff again. Well sure why not. I seem to recall his flash in the pants hot streak last year included a series in Miami where he had 7 or 8 infield singles.

ncscoots

September 19th, 2012
3:49 pm

Biff again. Well sure why not.

But didn’t they lose with him in the lineup last night? What good is a good-luck charm that doesn’t bring you any good luck? :-)

Efrim

September 19th, 2012
3:50 pm

Two weeks from today – end of the regular season and last game regular season game with Chipper in the lineup. Sad.

raleighbravefan

September 19th, 2012
3:50 pm

Around the horn – Why don’t you and Shaun have a private discussion on the proper structure of a batting order? You 2 can have a ball, and it will save the rest of use valuable scrolling time.

Heisenberg

September 19th, 2012
3:51 pm

I would tread carefully when considering signing Swisher. His numbers are probably inflated by Yankee stadium and the lineup around him. He is not a true middle of the order run producing anchor. He is a nice complimentary piece that could help a team.

Murph

September 19th, 2012
3:52 pm

There are cheaper, comparable options to Bourn out there… who don’t strike out 150+ times a season.

bravofan

September 19th, 2012
3:53 pm

downloaded ios 6 for my iphone 4s and was excited about using passbook for tickets at Turner Field but it is not a supported ball park through the at bat app. Maybe it will work through ticketmaster.

onebravosfan

September 19th, 2012
3:54 pm

I don’t mind having Georgie in the lineup but would have preferred Reed as DOB points out above.

RC

September 19th, 2012
3:55 pm

Don’t go all “best-reliever” on us, RC. Please?

It’s not worth getting into….90% of people seem to have already decided where they stand on the issue. I just had hopes that Fredo had come around to my way of thinking when he used Kimbrel in a tie game in the Mets series…but alas, it wasn’t to be. Maybe last night’s result will change his mind, but I’m certain that nothing I post on an internet blog will :)

Bat Masterson

September 19th, 2012
3:55 pm

What good is a good-luck charm that doesn’t bring you any good luck?

Lucky charm though he may be, even he can’t overcome Bourn’s suckiness.

After further thought, re Biff last year against the Marlins, I believe he had six infield singles and two walks in one game.*

*There may be some mythology at work on my memory there.

Heisenberg

September 19th, 2012
3:55 pm

You have an iphone 4s – that is so yesterday.

P-Town Brave ©

September 19th, 2012
3:55 pm

Efrim -

I don’t know about you, but declining SB numbers, a weak OBP for a leadoff guy, and MASSIVE K numbers for a leadoff guy….

I just can’t see spending that kind of cake….especially when you consider the money we will need to divide out to Heyward, Freeman, Prado, Simmons, Minor, Kimbrel, Medlen, etc in the next few years

raleighbravefan

September 19th, 2012
3:55 pm

I’m SURE if we win tonight, it will be because of Georgie, not Medlen…

SIGH

Ward

September 19th, 2012
3:57 pm

Hello everyone! Thought I would come on for a few. Last year I wanted Adam Jones, or Cody Ross, but that did not happen, and look where we are at in offense. I would like the Brave to sign Bourn, and Swisher next year. Move Prado to 3rd, and Keep Francisco on the bench. Sign Reed Jophnson for bench, keep Paul at SS for back up, and go with Mejia for the bench, and keep Catcher Ross. That’s what I would like to see.

matt

September 19th, 2012
3:58 pm

trade for headley,keep prado in left!!

Arkansas Transplant

September 19th, 2012
3:58 pm

Trade for Gentry, Sign Greinke and work a trade for Justin Upton. Your outfield is set for the forseeable future and you’ve got a very strong if not the best rotation in baseball.

Ward

September 19th, 2012
4:01 pm

Out field would be Swisher, Bourn, Heyward, and Reed Johnson
Bench
1. Paul SS
2. Ross catcher
3. Mejia
4.Francisco
5. Baker

ncscoots

September 19th, 2012
4:01 pm

but I’m certain that nothing I post on an internet blog will

You underestimate yourself, sir. Besides, presenting a cogent and articulate position statement is never a bad thing, in and of itself. I always enjoy your posts, even when I think you are…mistaken. :-) Helps me to critically look at my own version of things, you know?

MFin04

September 19th, 2012
4:03 pm

The use of relief pitching wasn’t the problem last night. It was the defensive alignment that screwed us up. How in the world does the game winning run score from 2nd on a ball that was blooped 125 feet into RF? What the heck was Heyward doing in RF, hanging out on the warning track?!?

Jeff R

September 19th, 2012
4:03 pm

There are cheaper, comparable options to Bourn out there… who don’t strike out 150+ times a season.

Hey, 150+ strikeouts annually is nothing to sneeze at. ;)

brian

September 19th, 2012
4:03 pm

I love the offseason planning as much as anyone, but in the heat of a pennant/playoff race, I am surprised that there is so much chatter on offseason trades and not on the job at hand.

Yes, Medlen will get rocked or actually lose a game. No problem. I am just going to enjoy the ride while I can

DAP

September 19th, 2012
4:03 pm

scoots But didn’t they lose with him in the lineup last night? What good is a good-luck charm that doesn’t bring you any good luck?

they took him out in the 9th after tying the game. you see how that worked out….

CB

September 19th, 2012
4:03 pm

I bet if you took all of Biff’s hits and added them together you Might get a 400ft homer. :-(

Arkansas Transplant

September 19th, 2012
4:03 pm

Ward, Baker? Really?

Jeff R

September 19th, 2012
4:04 pm

I love the offseason planning as much as anyone, but in the heat of a pennant/playoff race, I am surprised that there is so much chatter on offseason trades and not on the job at hand.

We’ve all assumed that the Braves will win the World Series and have moved on. ;)

PDOG

September 19th, 2012
4:05 pm

Would offer Bourne 13 million for 5 years doubt that will get it done. That being said best bet for the Braves next year would be to trade Hanson and Malhom for Lorenzo Cain and a prospect from KC. I would then use the extra money to lock up Freeman, Heyward, Medlin and Prado for the next 5 to 7 years. After Hudson comes off the book in 2013 need to lock up Kimbrell and see about McCann.

Ward

September 19th, 2012
4:05 pm

No more pitching moves, we have enough pitching. change course,a nd sign Swisher,and Bourn, and Keep Reed Johnson.

phil

September 19th, 2012
4:06 pm

Medlen belongs in the pen….

Period.

Any smart baseball person knows this for the fact that it is.

RC

September 19th, 2012
4:06 pm

I bet if you took all of Biff’s hits and added them together you Might get a 400ft homer.

And a really wet bat.

Ward

September 19th, 2012
4:06 pm

Maholm isn’t going to be traded, because we have him locked in for another year…

MFin04

September 19th, 2012
4:07 pm

“Any smart baseball person knows this for the fact that it is.”

Yes, that would be Frank Wren. The guy that didn’t believe Medlen should start a game this year.

Murph

September 19th, 2012
4:07 pm

Trade for Gentry, Sign Greinke and work a trade for Justin Upton. Your outfield is set for the forseeable future and you’ve got a very strong if not the best rotation in baseball.

But, what do you do when Hudson goes down to injury? Or Maholm? Or anyone in the rotation? You’ve traded away Teheran and Delgado, probably Gilmartin too…

I guess you could always call up Graham a bit earlier than expected.

P-Town Brave ©

September 19th, 2012
4:07 pm

So I see being gone for quite awhile some things still dont change….

Ward is still a frittata :lol:

ncscoots

September 19th, 2012
4:07 pm

they took him out in the 9th after tying the game. you see how that worked out….

Well, geez, he leaves no good-luck residue? His good luck has no staying power?

I dunno. I think there may be other good-luck charms out there who could provide similar good luck at a better price. :-)

Heisenberg

September 19th, 2012
4:07 pm

Any news on Janish injury? I hate to say it but they way he fell looked a lot like the final play of Drew Brees tenure as a San Diego Charger.

Arkansas Transplant

September 19th, 2012
4:08 pm

Ward just wants us to be a team of old men.. much like the yankees are becoming.

MFin04

September 19th, 2012
4:08 pm

“sign Swisher”

Yes, the same guy who would write a slur on his eye black, but instead of in Spanish he’d write it in English. No thanks with Swisher. Guy is an idiot.

Bat Masterson

September 19th, 2012
4:08 pm

and keep Catcher Ross.

I like that. Ross should consider legally changing his name. Dumbfounded Catcher Ross.

RC

September 19th, 2012
4:09 pm

Medlen belongs in the pen….

Period.

Any smart baseball person knows this for the fact that it is.

Random declaration that many will disagree with, with no evidence to back it up. Four periods.

The word “Period” as it’s own paragraph.

Declaration that proclaims that anyone who disagrees with random declaration about is not smart, regardless of any other evidence they may provide.

Did I get it right?

RC

September 19th, 2012
4:10 pm

I like that. Ross should consider legally changing his name. Dumbfounded Catcher Ross.

Catcher Ross sounds like the protagonist of a Hemmingway novel.

Heisenberg

September 19th, 2012
4:10 pm

Medlen belongs in the pen….

While warming up for his next start.

ncscoots

September 19th, 2012
4:10 pm

We’ve all assumed that the Braves will win the World Series and have moved on.

You’re right, kinda. The chances of catching the Nats or being caught in the wild card are both pretty low, so it’s difficult to get jacked up on either of those fronts. Need some magic to tighten up the division race, and then we can all get crazy.

Jeff R

September 19th, 2012
4:11 pm

Greinke? Greinke!

If we had a buck for time Greinke’s name makes it on the blog, we’d be able to give Bourn a ten-year, $20 million per deal!

Greinke!

RC

September 19th, 2012
4:11 pm

“sign Swisher”

Yes, the same guy who would write a slur on his eye black, but instead of in Spanish he’d write it in English. No thanks with Swisher. Guy is an idiot.

He certainly does appear to be an idiot, but it’s really unfair to proclaim that he would do something like that. For all his idiot ways, he’s never shown reason to believe he’s a bigot (that I’m aware of).

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 19th, 2012
4:12 pm

Biff again? Sigh…. his MPVness sure helped last night. He was putting so much pressure on the pitchers and defense… :roll:

Andy’s still not healthy, more Prado at SS joy… sucks that Rev looked so bad early this year, or he mighta gotten a start. Prado at SS isn’t ideal.

Jeff R

September 19th, 2012
4:14 pm

Need some magic to tighten up the division race, and then we can all get crazy.

You’ve pegged it.

And I meant to write: “If we had a buck for EVERY time…” Not clicking on all cylinders this afternoon.

Arkansas Transplant

September 19th, 2012
4:14 pm

But, what do you do when Hudson goes down to injury? Or Maholm? Or anyone in the rotation? You’ve traded away Teheran and Delgado, probably Gilmartin too…

We’d still have at least a few of these options… Hudson, Maholm, Greinke, Minor, Beachy, Gilmartin, Hanson.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 19th, 2012
4:15 pm

You didn’t trade Hanson? Gotta do that, clears 3.5mil. Makes it easier to get Greinke.

CaptainMudd

September 19th, 2012
4:15 pm

Roll Meds….I’ve been in a quick twist today–can anyone tell ’bout Pastor?

Bat Masterson

September 19th, 2012
4:16 pm

Catcher Ross sounds like the protagonist of a Hemmingway novel.

Probably where Ward picked it up.

Efrim

September 19th, 2012
4:16 pm

Solid read from one of my favorite GM’s: http://blogs.thescore.com/mlb/2012/09/19/i-can-be-wrong-but-i-cant-be-afraid-an-interview-with-alex-anthopoulos/#more-54783

Skip down to this question: Every teams covets prospects and seems determined to build their system for a trade that may never materialize. Are teams overvaluing minor league prospects and waiting too long to pull the trigger?

Arkansas Transplant

September 19th, 2012
4:17 pm

Personally, I’d rather get rid of Maholm over Hanson.

ncscoots

September 19th, 2012
4:17 pm

You’ve pegged it.

A Dodger DH sweep would qualify as magic, I think. And a Braves win tonight, natch.

Be a start, anyhow.

P-Town Brave ©

September 19th, 2012
4:17 pm

AT-

You were close….

Ward just wants us to be a team of with old men..

There ya go…fixed ;-)

CaptainMudd

September 19th, 2012
4:17 pm

Medlin uses Pen to his advantage……

Charging 19.95 per autograph

raleighbravefan

September 19th, 2012
4:18 pm

Boy, most here will hear, remember, and repeat things as they see fit, reguardless of the facts. That probably includes me, although I no longer claim to remember anything. :)

Efrim

September 19th, 2012
4:19 pm

“Now we are more interested in guys who will be around for a while and have some swing-and-miss stuff,” – Alex Anthonopolous

Sigh…..

Instead, LHP’s that throw strikes and pitch to contact.

MFin04

September 19th, 2012
4:19 pm

“he’s never shown reason to believe he’s a bigot”

Neither is Yunel. He said that it was a socially acceptable term. But yeh I’m sure the media wouldn’t totally overreact to something like that. :roll:

P-Town Brave ©

September 19th, 2012
4:19 pm

AT-

Why?

Tommy is awful….cant get through 5 w/o a pitch count of 100, hasnt changed his mechanics, lost 5 mph on his fastball in less than 3 years, AND is getting more expensive than Maholm….

Every time he pitches I wanna drive nails under my fingers with a hammer.

CaptainMudd

September 19th, 2012
4:19 pm

@ncscoots……how’s that course going at East Carolina?

phil

September 19th, 2012
4:21 pm

RC

September 19th, 2012
4:09 pm

Medlen belongs in the pen….

Period.

Any smart baseball person knows this for the fact that it is.

Random declaration that many will disagree with, with no evidence to back it up. Four periods.

The word “Period” as it’s own paragraph.

Declaration that proclaims that anyone who disagrees with random declaration about is not smart, regardless of any other evidence they may provide.

Did I get it right?
*************
The guy has been awesome. I just hope he can somehow keep it up.

Efrim

September 19th, 2012
4:21 pm

Personally, I’d rather get rid of Maholm over Hanson.

I’ve been a Tommy fan for as long as I can remember. 2006? Something like that. But he, and Randall Delgado, are two prime starting pitchers for the Braves to shop this winter to fill other needs.

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