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If guys play up too their potential ..it could be a very strong year
The future is bright
This post was edited by CaliGamecock909 14 months ago
Braves game comes on in 10 minutes on MLB Network. A lot of our starters will be playing the first 3 innings with Maholm starting the game.
Just a heads up, I have it set on record because I have to go back to work after my lunch break but it will be nice to actually watch a little spring training.
EDIT: We play the Phillies at 12 central time.... Cole Hammels vs Maholm
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Lesticals 14 months ago
Danielle Hunter, Jamario Rasco, Anthony FREAK Johnson.. DL wrecking crew of 2013.
Justin Upton almost hit a HR off the center field wall. Hit the very top of the wall.. Dude has a pretty swing.
3 time POTW, member since 2006, MLWTI: 4-3
3-0 Phillies with only 1 out in the bottom of the 1st.. Maholm is getting hit hard.
just realized you said almost..
Heard on the radio this morning that J.R. Graham hit 102 yesterday.
It's the spring...everyone get's hit hard for the most part.
Just passing what's happening in the game.. Obviously pitchers don't show their stuff to teams this early and work on certain pitches..
Hammels looked good though
I can't wait for the season.
I really believe the Nats getting rid of mike Moorse was a mistake and I hope we pound them this season
Our starters looked good today against Fister of Detroit..
BJ hit a homerun
Uggla hit a bomb too
Justin had an RBI double
BJ is batting .378 so far in spring
Terdoslavich, our young guy, is batting .625 (10-16) this spring
Gattis has been great too
It would be nice to have these 2 young guys step up and play well during the season and give us quality depth.
I know it's just spring training and pitchers are practicing things but our hitting looks very, very good and I think we'll have a top offense in the NL this season.
This post was edited by Lesticals 13 months ago
If we can limit the strikeouts our offense will be filthy.
Freddie had a triple
Well.. We shutout the Yankees 2-0.. Maholm pitched 3.2 innings of scoreless baseball but he had 4 walks.
Justin Upton with another RBI.. He's looked great so far.
Like I've said 1 million times.. I know it's spring training and means nothing as pitchers are working on pitches and guys are getting loose for the season but we've won a bunch in a row and the Uptons have really, really looked good the last 5-6 games.
Here's a pretty good short Braves article..
B.J. Upton may have cost the Atlanta Braves more money to acquire than his younger brother Justin, but it was the deal for Justin that was arguably the transaction of the offseason in the National League East.
Justin Upton struggled with injury and inconsistency for much of last season, but in September he started to show his 2011 version. Through August, Upton was hitting .273, then hit .304 the rest of the way with six home runs and lowered his strikeout rate from 20.8 to 13.4 percent.
While the additions of the Upton brothers made headlines, let’s not forget that the (likely) best player in Atlanta’s outfield was already in place, Jason Heyward. After a brutal sophomore season in 2011, Heyward’s combination of above-average bat and outstanding right field defense has made him one of the most dynamic outfielders in the game.
Heyward’s 2011 season was ruined by a shoulder injury and swing mechanics that reportedly did not allow him to turn on inside pitches. Last season, Heyward dramatically improved in that specific area slugging .436 on pitches on the inner half (up from .327 in 2011) with 11 home runs, eight more than he hit in 2011.
The Upton brothers and Heyward do strike out a lot -- a combined 23 percent of the time in 2012. That’s 5 percent higher than the league average. And last season, B.J. Upton swung and missed 379 times (third most behind Josh Hamilton and Danny Espinosa), 107 more than the player he will replace in center field, Michael Bourn.
The Braves have two of the better young pitchers in the game in starter Kris Medlen and closer Craig Kimbrel.
Medlen made his first start of 2012 on July 31, allowing one earned run in five innings. A case can be made that Medlen was the best starting pitcher from that point forward. His ERA from July 31 till the end of the season was the lowest among qualified starters at 0.97. (Clayton Kershaw was a distant second at 1.72.)
No pitcher has more saves since the start of 2011 than Kimbrel’s 88, and in 2012 he put together a season for the ages. Among all pitchers who have thrown at least 50 innings in a season, Kimbrel’s 2012 Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) -- which primarily takes into account strikeouts, walks and HR allowed – was 0.78, the best in modern baseball history.
Kimbrel and Eric Gagne (0.86 in 2003) are the only pitchers since 1900 to post a FIP under one.
great article and i am really excited about our boys this year , could be something special especially when Beachy makes it back
Shoeless!!!!! My favorite poster.. How you been man? Good to see you in here for sure.
Another great article with some really good quotes.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- His old corner locker belongs to Dan Uggla now. His old, hallowed No. 4 spot in the lineup is occupied by Freddie Freeman no
Tehran looked great against Detroit's starters.. Allowed 1 run through 4 innings and his ERA this spring is at 2.00 so far. Freddi Gonzalez said after the game "He's going to be a force to be reckoned with".. Man, if he steps up and plays to his potential, this team will go very deep and win a ton of games.. I think we'll win a ton of games regardless but he's our "X" Factor. What a bonus that would be for him to play like we know he can.
Juan Francisco hit another HR today... I said it last season and I still believe it to be true.. I think he should be our EVERYDAY 3B.. The guy can flat out HIT and every time he plays it seems as if he's either hitting a HR or smacking balls into the gap. He also has a cannon arm over at 3B. Freddie Gonzalez gave him high praise today too but Chris Johnson is no slouch..I just hope Juan gets to play the bulk of games this season.
Good news is that Andrelton Simmons has been the leadoff hitter for the Netherlands so far in the WBC (he will be our leadoff man this season) and he's batting .308 so far with an .846 OPS. We all know he has a very slick glove at SS and we saw his potential at the plate before his injury last season. Kid is going to be one heck of a SS.. With all the moves we've made, we shouldn't forget about how talented this kid is.. Man I am loving this Braves team.
If Uggla continues to suck and bat around .200... And if Freddie just keeps playing him every game even though he's SUCKING, I'm going to be pissed man.. Such BS that he lets him play everyday when he simply can't hit AND sucks at fielding 2nd base.
Wow ESPN.. Are they serious with this crap? Lol, talking about how we should or the Tigers should trade Porcello for VENTERS.. Really?
Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal
Talk among scouts that #Braves will listen on Venters. Braves, though, say they love depth in their bullpen, including 3 LHs with Avilan.
4:32 PM - 06 Mar 13
OK, so the Braves will listen on reliever Jonny Venters. With hard-throwing rookie Bruce Rondon struggling to throw strikes, the Tigers are shopping for a potential closer, and possibly using Rick Porcello as trade bait. The Braves' fifth starter right now is Julio Teheran, who was awful in Triple-A last year. The Braves have bullpen depth (although Eric O'Flaherty hasn't pitched yet this spring due to a strained groin). The Tigers have Drew Smyly ready to pitch in the rotation.
How does this not make sense?
Venters was a dominant setup guy in 2010-11, posting a 1.89 ERA over 171 innings with 189 strikeouts and .190 batting average allowed. His numbers fell off in 2012 -- 3.22 ERA, 1.5 WHIP in just 58.2 innings -- raising concerns his workload from the previous two seasons had affected him. But it looks like a classic case of bad luck: He allowed a .427 BABIP in the first half. He did have some command issues on his hard sinker, allowing four home runs (all six of his home runs came in the first half). Venters fixed any issues in the second half: 1.71 ERA, no homers in 26.1 innings. He still walks more guys than you'd like, but certainly has closer stuff.
Is he worth Porcello? The right-hander is still just 24 but he has four years in the big leagues and hasn't improved from his rookie season. Sure, the Tigers' defense doesn't help the groundball specialist, but he still lacks the strikeout pitch that will vault him above being a back-end starter.
I don't really think the Tigers need to make a move right now; on paper, they're clearly the class of the division (although we said this last year and they won just 88 games and didn't pull away until the final two weeks), so they don't need to make a panic move. Guys like Joaquin Benoit, Phil Coke and sleeper reliever Al Alburquerque could do an adequate job closing games out until you see if you need a closer at the trade deadline, or give Rondon time in the minors to improve his control.
There's always the fear Porcello does improve and trading him thins out your starting pitching depth, but Smyly is the better pitcher and Venters would add a nice late-inning arm. Behind Craig Kimbrel, the Braves still have O'Flaherty, hard-throwing Jordan Walden, lefty Luis Avilan (impressive in 36 innings last year), reliable innings eater Cristhian Martinez and sidearmer Cory Gearrin. Even minus Venters it projects as one of the better bullpens in the majors.
WOW.. I just blasted the dude that wrote this article.. I never use Twitter but I got on Twitter and Mashed this IDIOT.. This is absolutely unbelievable..
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