Josh Anderson won’t be making the major league roster out of spring training this year – at least not for the Braves. The center fielder was traded to the Detroit Tigers for a hard-throwing right-handed minor league pitcher named Rudy Darrow. Anderson started the spring as the favorite for the center field starting spot, but Jordan Schafer has performed very well this spring. He’s expected to land the starting job now that Anderson is no longer with the organization.
Rudy Darrow spent last season at the A and AA level, where he had a 2.02 ERA in 47 appearances. He had 57 K’s in just over 63 innings, with 23 walks. He’ll probably start out at AA in Mississippi.
What are your thoughts on the trade? We essentially turned Oscar Villarreal into Rudy Darrow. Good trade? Bad trade?
Tags: Detroit Tigers, Josh Anderson, Josh Anderson Traded, Trade
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We’ve finally settled on it, Griffey’s out of the picture. Where do the Braves go from here? Let’s take a look at the 5 possible left field options (that we’re aware of), counting down in order of likelihood:
5 – Xavier Nady: From a performance standpoint, Nady would be the perfect answer to Atlanta’s need for right-handed power. He hit .305 last season with 25 homers and 97 RBI for the Pirates and Yankees. However, his price tag (both in terms of salary, and talent to be surrendered via trade), a contract that expires at season’s end, and his notoriously hard-driving agent (someone named Boras), make Nady the least likely candidate to fill the Braves Left Field job opening.
4 – Nick Swisher: Swisher is a switch-hitting Yankees slugger who the Braves’ believe could nicely address their outfield power deficiency. Before the Griffey rumors began to percolate, Swisher, who is under contract through 2012, appeared to be the Braves top target. However, it was rumored that they wanted the Yanks to assume 2 million dollars of his annual salary (roughly 5.5 million dollars for 2009).
The Yankees are open to Atlanta’s request, but would require “higher quality prospects” in return, which the Braves are reluctant to yield. Given Atlanta’s recently stated commitment to guarding their best young minor league talent, it doesn’t seem likely that the Braves will meet the Yankees’ asking price for Swisher.
3 – Jim Edmonds: The now 38-year-old Edmonds showed Cubs fans last year that he can still club right-handed pitching. His 19 homers and 54 RBI in 292 at-bats against RHP made his humble .250 batting average VS. righties forgivable. On the flipside, he’s a dollar short of worthless against lefties. In 48 at-bats VS. LHP, he hit .146, with 1 homer and 1 RBI. But his ability to slug against right-handed hurlers makes him a viable platoon partner for the right-handed hitting Matt Diaz. He could also serve as a quality back-up Center-fielder.
I think Edmonds makes a fair amount of sense for Atlanta, and he should fit their budget. That said, there hasn’t been so much as a whisper of Edmonds’ name in connection to the Braves, which causes me to think such a marriage is improbable, but that could change at any moment.
2 – Garret Anderson: The longtime Angels outfielder is likely to play baseball without an “A” on his cap for the first time in 15 years. Or is he?Anderson has lost much of his once considerable power, but he is still a solid big league hitter. With the exception of a modest on-base percentage, Anderson’s 2008 numbers compare very favorably to Griffey’s. He hit .293 last season with 15 homers and 84 RBI.
The left-handed hitting Anderson handles lefties well (.290 vs. lefties last season), however, all but one of his homers came at the expense of right-handed pitching, which makes him another excellent (and affordable) candidate to platoon with Matt Diaz in Left. We’ve covered more details earlier in the offseason.
1 – Let the kids play: If the Braves aren’t attracted to the remaining external outfield options, it would seem that they’re prepared to play their current hand, and reassess the outfield situation a couple of months into the season. The most likely existing candidates for the two available outfield jobs are left-hand hitting center-fielders, Josh Anderson, and Jordan Schafer.
Josh Anderson is out of minor league options, which means the Braves will either have to add him to the Major League roster, or trade him. If the Braves do not import another outfielder, Anderson will battle Jordan Schafer for the starting Center Field role this spring. The speedy Gregor Blanco may also compete for the job. If Anderson fails to win the full-time position in center, he will likely share playing time with Matt Diaz in Left Field. In 203 big league at-bats (2007/2008), Anderson has a .315 batting average, a .364 on-base percentage, and 11 steals in 13 tries.
Jordan Schafer was once considered the Braves top position prospect before a 50-game suspension for alleged “HGH” use last year, however, his star has not fallen. The Braves sill think quite well of the talented “5-tool prospect”, and reviews of his early work at the Braves Spring Training facilities have been positive.
Whether the Braves ink a free agent outfielder, such as G. Anderson or Edmonds, or let youth movement have a go, Matt Diaz is likely to see the majority of his playing time against left-handed pitching. Over the past three seasons, Diaz has hit .319, .338, and .327 against lefty hurlers.
So… if Frank Wren were to call and ask your advice, what would you tell him? Trade away? Sign an inexpensive veteran? Or let the kids play?
Tags: Braves 2009 Outfield, Garret Anderson, Jim Edmonds, Jordan Schafer, Josh Anderson, Matt Diaz, Nick Swisher, Xavier Nady
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Andruw Jones’ biggest obstacle for 2009 is nothing other than himself. It is not a big secret that Jones is back in Atlanta right now training with some members of the team including Chipper Jones and Brian McCann. He is even rumored to have shed a few pounds. The question, however, is whether or not the Braves should pick Andruw Jones up for the 2009 season.
Refusing to take a minor league contract, Jones and agent Scott Boras have made it clear that Jones’ perception of his current athletic ability is significantly more positive than most baseball enthusiasts’. However, don’t let their optimism fool you. The Golden Gloved Andruw Jones that many Atlantans had grown to love is not back to his old ways since fleeing LA.
So what exactly happened to Jones?
Andruw Jones’ ego was the key to his own demise. Season after successful season in Atlanta made Jones realize that he was one of the best outfielders ever to step on the field. With growing success came increasing confidence that eventually transformed into arrogance. Arrogance inevitably led Jones to believe that he was invincible, and the perception of invincibility was the start of some less-than-adequate training routines and quite a few extra pounds. Andruw Jones did not suddenly drop from superstar to hardly major league worthy in one season because of nature and aging. It was entirely mental. Letting go of the basics, Jones lost his ability to spot the ball and send it out of the park – but he didn’t let go of his attempts to park the ball with every swing, oftentimes leaving him strolling back to the dugout with the burden of another strikeout on his shoulders.
The weight of 138 strikeouts in 154 games (2007) and 76 K’s in 75 games (2008) is surely a heavy burden to bear and cannot simply be whisked to the back of one’s mind. Jones has tried over and over to compensate for his offensive inadequacies by boasting his career consistencies defensively. But what does that get the Braves now? A seemingly guaranteed strikeout at every plate appearance?
With a hot head and a sharp tongue, Andruw Jones has proven that he truly believes that he is the same Andruw Jones of a half decade ago, but making a few changes here and there will not get him back to that place no matter how strongly he’d like to believe that. Will Andruw Jones come back? Yes, if he is willing to take his head out of (well, you know) and recognize that he needs more work than is comprehensible. Is it likely that he’ll get his head back in the game? No, it isn’t. Andruw Jones is a minor league caliber player without the insight (or agent) to realize that. It’s back to fundamentals, Mr. Jones. Otherwise, you’re on your way out. At this point in Andruw Jones’ career, it is not a question of proven ability, it is a question of whether or not he can improve his attitude and get his head back in the game.
Also, Andruw’s knee woes are the result of increased weight. His body was not designed to handle that much weight on the natural strength of his joints. Again, Andruw can blame his failure on himself.
Andruw Jones will not give you the comeback you are looking for if you are a fan and proponent of his return to the Braves outfield. And can you honestly say that Andruw Jones is a better fit for our outfield than the rising Josh Anderson? At the end of the 2008 season, Anderson was one of a few shining stars in a very dim season finale, showing both impressive offensive numbers and great speed and consistency in the outfield. Saying that you would like to see Andruw Jones standing in that 8 field position is directly stating that Josh Anderson is not a better fit for the organization as a whole. We are not talking about the Golden Gloved Andruw Jones.
It is important to weigh options and take a look at what the Braves have to offer with their young talent than to jump back to the Jones solution… which happens to be the solution that no one wants.
Andruw Jones’ biggest obstacle is himself. Mr. Jones, get over yourself.
Tags: Andruw Jones, Josh Anderson, Scott Boras
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The Braves went into the offseason with several needs:
Two Starting Pitchers
We’ve acquired three. Ace-to-be Derek Lowe, Kenshin Kawakami signed as free agents. The third, Javier Vazquez, was acquired via trade from the White Sox. The three pitchers will augment the Braves’ Jair Jurrjens as the four regular starters (all can eat innings), and we’ll likely see Jorge Campillo, Charlie Morton, and perhaps Tommy Hanson fight for the fifth rotation spot. Now that we’ve got a stable rotation, look for the Braves not to rush Hanson to the big leagues, though he’ll be ready in a year or two to start regularly. When Tim Hudson comes back from Tommy John surgery late in the season, he’ll provide the Braves with one of the best rotations late in the season, if he’s true to form. The Braves’ rotation won’t be something to sneeze at, even though it’s not going to be the best rotation in the history of baseball.
An Outfield Bat
I’d imagine the Braves are still looking to fill this need. Even though we’ve got Jeff Francoeur, Matt Diaz, Josh Anderson, Gregor Blanco, Brandon Jones, and Jordan Schafer as options, we need a bat to help replace the hole left by Teixeira’s departure and to protect Chipper in the lineup. If the Braves do sign someone, it will only be for a year or two, because in addition to the players I already listed, Gorkeys Hernandez and Jason Heyward are outfield prospects in the minor league system, just two-three years away. Maybe Heyward switches to first, but there’s still a glut of good prospects waiting to play outfield for the Braves. I don’t know if we fill this or go with young talent, but if we want to compete in the NL East, we probably need another bat somewhere in the lineup. Left field is a logical position for that bat to play. If I were Wren, I’d look at Bobby Abreu for this role.
Extending Chipper’s Contract
Please, Braves, do this now. Smoltz didn’t retire here, but Chipper needs to. We’re starting to get a reputation for getting the best years out of our players, making this their home, and sending them elsewhere to die. See Aaron, Murphy, Justice, Maddux, Glavine (though he left of his own free will), and now Smoltz. Don’t let it happen to Chipper.
A Backup Catcher
Done. It flew under the radar, but the Braves signed Dave Ross to a two-year deal to back up Brian McCann early in December. He’ll make ~$1.5M each year he’s here. The Braves have been resting McCann once a week or so to try and save his knees, so we’ll see some time out of Ross. Ross hit .225 with 3 HRs and 13 RBI last year for Cincinnati and Boston in 142 at-bats in 60 games.
The Braves will now turn to signing a bat for the outfield, extending Chipper’s contract, and re-signing Will Ohman. Once that’s done, I’d say we’re set for this offseason. I don’t think we’ll see the Braves sign any more starting pitchers. Setup arms in the ‘pen will come via Campillo and our farm system. Think I missed anything? Made bad assumptions? Make a comment and we’ll have some discussion about it.
Ignoring The Bad
By the way, I’m ignoring everything that didn’t go right. Rather not talk about it – no reason to dwell on it!
Tags: Bobby Abreu, Brandon Jones, Braves 2009 Additions, Braves Offseason Goals, Braves Trade Rumors, Charlie Morton, Chipper Jones, Dave Ross, Derek Lowe, Gorkeys Hernandez, Gregor Blanco, Jair Jurrjens, Jason Heyward, Javier Vazquez, Jeff Francoeur, Jordan Schafer, Josh Anderson, Kenshin Kawakami, Matt Diaz, Tommy Hanson, Will Ohman
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When the Braves consider next year’s starting outfield, they have a bevy of players from which to choose. It’s just the first year the Braves will be plagued with this problem as they have tons of promising young outfielders in their farm system. Today we’ll look at some of the options in center field.
Mark Kotsay – The Incumbant CF
Kotsay’s contract expires at the end of the 2008 season and he may or may not be resigned. Kotsay has been effective in Atlanta, batting .299 with 37 RBIs, 6 HRs, and a .346 on-base percentage in 83 games. He’s been on the DL with back issues (he had back surgery in Oakland that knocked him out for most of last season) but for the most part has been healthy.
Gregor Blanco – The Rookie
Gregor Blanco has played the most time of the young Braves’ outfield prospects, batting .258 with 27 RBI, 11 stolen bases, and a .371 on base percentage. Blanco is speedy – he’s currently ranked second in the NL in bunt hits with 14. Blanco has been slowed recently by a bone spur in his ankle, which is growing worse as the season progresses. He’s doing a pretty good job batting leadoff and has impressed with his time in Atlanta.
Josh Anderson – Rising Star
Anderson has played most of the year in Richmond, but is absolutely tearing up the baseball there. He’s batting .316 with 37 RBIs, a .361 on base percentage, and a whopping 40 stolen bases. He’s cutting down on strikeouts when compared to years past, and and should definitely be considered when the Braves look at their outfield after the season. It’d be great to see some speed come back to Atlanta, where we have a history of speedy outfielders.
Jordan Schafer – Once The Future King
Schafer was once heralded as a sure lock for the Braves’ starting center field spot in 2009, but a run in with an HGH suspension (he says there’s a side to the story that hasn’t been told) has limited his playing time and knocked him back a step or two. He’s batting .269 with 46 RBIs and 9 HRs in just 71 games and has an OBP of .371. I’d be surprised to see him make the jump from AA ball to the big leagues, but it’s not impossible. He still has a future with the Braves organization, I’m just not sure it involves a role in center field in 2009.
Who do you think the center fielder should be next year? Kotsay or one of the youngsters? I’m excited about Josh Anderson and want to see him in the bigs next year for the Braves, be it in Center or Left. But with potentially Kotsay, Anderson, Blanco, Brandon Jones, and Matt Diaz competing for three outfield slots, it’s going to be competitive – and fun to watch.
Tags: Brandon Jones, braves future, Gregor Blanco, Jordan Schafer, Josh Anderson, Mark Kotsay, Matt Diaz, outfield
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Braves’ center fielder Mark Kotsay was placed on the 15-day DL today after tightness in his lower back prohibited him from even taking batting practice Thursday before the game against the Brewers. Speedster Josh Anderson was recalled from AAA Richmond and will be in Cincinnati on Friday night for the start of a three-game series against the Reds.
Kotsay, who missed his last four starts, had back surgery in March of last year. He came to the Braves in a trade for prospect Joey Devine. Kotsay is not the first Braves outfielder to go on the DL – Matt Diaz is expected to miss about six weeks with a partially torn PCL that will not require surgery. While Diaz and Kotsay are on the DL, Josh Anderson is expected to share time in center field and left field with Gregor Blanco.
Anderson was acquired from the Astros in a trade last year in November for reliever Oscar Villareal. He impressed in spring training and was beat out for the fourth outfield spot by Blanco.
Tags: Gregor Blanco, Josh Anderson, Mark Kotsay, Matt Diaz
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The Braves’ star prospect Jordan Schafer, who had a decent spring, was suspended for 50 games after it was revealed he violated the league’s substance abuse policy. Apparently Schafer tested positive for HGH, not something good to see from a young player who is supposedly the future face of the franchise.
Everywhere you read about this guy and his supposed maturity, but I’m not sold on him yet. Just because you can play ball (apparently with the help of HGH) doesn’t mean you have the composure and maturity you need to be a major league player and the potential face of the franchise. You can’t convince me he’s ready for the big league level for at least a year or two.
As for his placeholder, Mark Kotsay, the guy has been great so far. Solid hitter, great arm, and he does his best to cover ground. Heck, we haven’t even had to add a single point to our “Andruw would have gotten that” counter.
Schafer is going to need to come back from this suspension with some sincere remorse and work hard to make up for this significant shortcoming. Not only does it cast doubt on his strong spring, but it shows character flaws and immaturity. I think Schafer has bought into the hype surrounding his rising star career way too much – and has passed way over the line between confident and cocky. One has to be worried about seeing someone like Schafer go down this path. The truly good players – character wise – are the Jeff Francoeurs and Brian McCanns. They keep their mouths shut and play baseball – don’t dig into anything suspect or suspicious, and let their numbers back up the hype surrounding their careers.
Schafer has a long way to go – good thing we have those extra outfielders now, isn’t it? Josh Anderson next season, anyone?
Tags: HGH, Jordan Schafer, Josh Anderson, Mark Kotsay
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After last night’s loss to Cleveland, the Braves further thinned out their roster, getting ready for Sunday’s game against the Washington Nationals. Of course the most notable moves involved the ongoing battles for the limited number of backup spots on the roster.
Brent Lillibridge, impressive as he was in the first half of the spring, got sent back to AAA Richmond, where he’ll get more playing time. I think this is crucial, since either he or Escobar will likely be trade bait before too long. He needs to be playing all the time. Martin Prado gets to stay in Atlanta – his first time starting the season in the majors. Joining Prado (who played a few innings last night at first, by the way) is new acquisition Ruben Gotay, a switch-hitting contact hitter who can play second, third, and short.
In the outfield, Gregor Blanco beat out Josh Anderson for the backup job. Anderson got out-hit by Blanco this spring (.260 to .341) and despite his speed, Bobby couldn’t find a roster spot for him. I like Anderson though – if we have an issue mid-season with Diaz or Kotsay I’m sure we’ll see him (maybe even before Schafer, whom they might want to groom all season long).
Behind the plate, Corky Miller seems to have the backup job. Brayan Pena is still on the roster too, but he’s out of options and conventional wisdom says he’s traded by the end of the day. If Pena sticks around, he can pitch in at first as well.
So that leaves the five bench spots going to Blanco (OF), Gotay (IF), Prado (IF), Pena (C/1B) and Miller (C). I’m not sure what we’ll see happen if Pena is traded – maybe Anderson comes back up?
The Bullpen is finally solid, with slots going to Peter Moylan, Rafael Soriano, Manny Acosta, Will Ohman, Chris Resop, Royce Ring, and Blaine Boyer. I like this year’s ‘pen. Lots of arms who have the capacity to be good pitchers throughout the season.
Jeff Bennett and Buddy Carlyle are still fighting for the pitching slot left vacant by Smoltzie, who will start the season on the DL (it’ll be backdated and he’ll only miss one start). I’d give the edge to Bennett in this one – he’s been impressive, but Carlyle hasn’t put together a bad spring himself.
More as we hear it – our ears are to the ground today as we wait for the final moves to be made.
Tags: Blaine Boyer, Brayan Pena, Brent Lillibridge, Buddy Carlyle, Chris Resop, Corky Miller, Gregor Blanco, Jeff Bennett, Josh Anderson, Manny Acosta, Martin Prado, Peter Moylan, Rafael Soriano, Royce Ring, Ruben Gotay, Will Ohman
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Contrary to popular belief, and by popular belief I mean the all-time great former Mets’ GM Steve Phillips’ NL East preview on ESPN.com, the Braves are alive and well and clicking. The Braves, after losing to those Mets today, are sitting at fourth in the Grapefruit League in runs scored. Among teams in the NL East, the Braves finished ahead of all four rivals. Of course, this number doesn’t take into account the Phillies’ playground stadium. The Phillies’ spring training stadium-Bright House Field-does have a short fence, but on the right side of the field as opposed to the left at Citizens’ Bank Park.
Getting back to the team at hand though, the Braves should have little to worry about offensively from their starting nine. Yunel Escobar is hitting a cool .400 this spring after last year’s .326 (319 ABs); more importantly for Escobar, he slugged .557, second only to Chippers’ .658. Of course, this is spring training we’re talking about and stats don’t translate to the regular season, but Escobar’s work ethic and hitting discipline has never been questioned since he was drafted by the Braves.
Other surprises included included Martin Prado (.318 in 66 ABs, most on the team) and Gregor Blanco (.400 in 35 ABs), both of whom have a chance to make the team. Prado more than Blanco, but at this point I think Bobby’s seen enough from Anderson and Blanco offensively to make the decision based on defense and whether they will be proficient in all three outfield spots.
As far as the rest of the cast goes, Francoeur is projected to have a breakout year by many “experts” and fantasy gurus. McCann is healthy again and could potentially put up the numbers he put up in 2006. Teixeira hit just .188 but, again, this is Spring and isn’t really a preview of things to come. He’s been warming up as of late, anyways. Most of the players seem to be getting into form quickly, but to be successful this year, the Braves need to do better against left-handed starters. The team should have little problems manufacturing runs and may even be better with Tex in there from the get-go.
Tags: Brian McCann, Chipper Jones, Gregor Blanco, Jeff Francoeur, Josh Anderson, Mark Teixeira, Martin Prado, Yunel Escobar
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We all know that Jeff Francoeur and Mark Kotsay have their positions locked down. Francoeur remains the face and future of the Braves’ outfield, and Kotsay is the veteran bridge until Jordan Schafer is deemed ready for big-league play. Over in left field we’ve got a slightly different situation. Matt Diaz platooned last year with Willie Harris and put up some decent numbers of his own (a .338 average, a .368 on base percentage, 12 HRs and 45 RBIs).
The question this year is whether Diaz gets his own starting gig in left or platoons with another player. The lead candidate for the possible platoon, at least prior to the start of Spring Training, was Brandon Jones. He’s left-handed, and he has had success in the minors. This spring though, he’s seemed anxious at the plate, striking out too frequently (7 times in 24 at bats).
Some would argue that even had Brandon Jones not written himself out of the playing situation that Diaz deserves to play a full season by himself. He’s certainly a capable offensive player – and even though Terry Pendleton says he wouldn’t teach anyone to start batting the way Diaz does, something has to be working.
Here’s an interesting statistic. Since the start of 2006, out of all players in the majors with at least 650 at-bats, the players with the highest batting averages are as follows:
|Ichiro – .3365||Diaz – .33282||Jeter – .33280|
This suggests that Diaz is among one of the better hitters in the game. Now most of his starts come against left-handers, but he’s not half bad against the right-handers either. In 2007, he went 51-146 with 6 HRs for a .349 avg against left-handers. Against right-handers, he went 37-110 with 3 HRs for a .336 avg. His OPS (on base plus slugging) was .932 against lefties and a respectable .813 against righties. I think Diaz is ready for a full-time job, and I believe Cox thinks he could handle it. We’ll see how it unfolds, but right now I think there’s a higher probability he finds himself in left permanently.
We recently had a question to the mailbag about whether or not Josh Anderson could outplay Mark Kotsay for the center field job. I don’t think that’s even a possibility at this point - Kotsay may not have the range Andruw had (or Anderson has), but he has a great arm and the Braves will give him his opportunity. I know some of us are concerned that he’s going to hurt his back playing hard, but he’ll get the starting job out of spring training. I think Anderson will be one of the four players coming off the bench heading out of spring training.
I’ve written enough – but those are our outfielders. Diaz, Kotsay, and Francoeur should be our starters, and we’ll go from there. I expect Anderson will be the main backup, with maybe Jones playing another role. But he needs more development time. A little more patience wouldn’t hurt him.
Tags: Brandon Jones, Jeff Francoeur, Josh Anderson, Mark Kotsay, Matt Diaz
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Tim Hudson was strong in his start today against the St. Louis Cardinals. Though he gave up two unearned runs, he only gave up 3 hits in four innings. Scott Thorman led the offensive charge with 4 RBIs and a three run homer. Matt Diaz helped out as well with three hits in three at-bats, with 1 RBI. Josh Anderson, fighting for an outfield slot, helped his case with a two for five effort, knocking in three runs and tacking on a stolen base.
Backing up Hudson, Peter Moylan pitched an inning to test out his elbow soreness – and did a great job, striking out one in a perfect inning. Manny Acosta closed the game out with a scoreless inning, and Chris Resop contributed two scoreless innings with two strikeouts, giving up two hits.
We’ll continue our Yunel Escobar soapbox by mentioning his 1-3 effort with one run scored. That leaves him at a petty .520 batting average this preseason. Another one of our favorite infield prospects, Brent Lillibridge, continued to impress with one hit and an RBI after taking over for Chipper at third base. If you don’t know about Lillibridge, look him up. He came to Atlanta, along with Mike Gonzalez, from the Pirates in exchange for Adam LaRoche, and he’s a good prospect at that.
Next up is the Cardinals again – with Jair Jurrjens hoping to continue his very impressive start. We’ll keep a close eye on the game and keep you updated.
Tags: Brent Lillibridge, Chipper Jones, Josh Anderson, Matt Diaz, Peter Moylan, Preseason, Scott Thorman, Tim Hudson, Yunel Escobar
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Tim Hudson once again gave up one run in his outing today, but the Braves’ bats made sure that the earned run was forgotten in a 10-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Led offensively by Mark Teixeira, who went 2-3 with 2 RBIs, and helped by Brent Lillibridge’s 3 hits, 2 runs, and 1 RBI. Kotsay also contributed with a hit, run scored and RBI, and Francoeur knocked in a couple as well.
The pitching was great on our side as well – Hudson gave up one run and four hits, but beyond that the staff was almost untouchable. Will Ohman – the left-handed import from Chicago – pitched a scoreless inning and struck out one. Buddy Carlyle faced 6 batters and had a perfect two innings with three strikeouts.
In addition, Brandon Jones walked twice and scored two runs – looking good on his part. I really think he gets the job in left field, though Josh Anderson was 1-2 with a run scored.
Good to see the Braves whip up on the Phillies. Glad to see that we can hold our own – even if it’s against the second-hand pitching.
Keep up the work, boys. Francoeur took yesterday off because he played golf with Smoltz, Glavine, and none other than Tiger Woods. Talk about living the big life.
Tags: Brandon Jones, Brent Lillibridge, Buddy Carlyle, Jeff Francoeur, Josh Anderson, Mark Kotsay, Mark Teixeira, Philadelphia Phillies, Tim Hudson, Will Ohman
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