Furcal Shuns Braves, Expected to Sign With Dodgers

Written by Colin on December 17, 2008 – 8:52 pm

At this point, we’ll be lucky to have anyone on the roster come Spring. The offseason continues much the way it has begun, with Rafael Furcal shunning the Braves’ contract offer and likely signing with the Dodgers.

Frank Wren said that he and Fucal’s agent Paul Kinzer negotiated all contract details Monday night and sent a term sheet over for Furcal to sign and return Tuesday morning. The term sheet was never returned, and Furcal appears to have reached an agreement with the Dodgers today.

Kinzer, who now reportedly won’t return voice messages left for him by major news outlets, but he said recently that there was no agreement reached Monday night and Furcal was going to sleep on it. By the way, Kinzer’s based in Atlanta, if you want to send him some holiday cheer.

Wren does not expect Furcal to end up in Atlanta. He’s quoted in the AJC as saying “I have not heard anything back yet. I don’t expect anything. What I’m hearing is that he’s going to L.A.”

Nothing is for sure – he could still end up in Atlanta, but I wouldn’t hold your breath.

And so the offseason continues.


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Dodgers Swept Out Of Atlanta

Written by Jonathan on April 21, 2008 – 1:05 pm

Jair Jurrjens and the Braves completed the sweep of the Dodgers yesterday afternoon. The series score was 24-3 in the Braves favor, giving them 32 runs scored to only 3 allowed in their last 4 games. For an offense that has struggled to find their stride so far this season, this has been a welcome change. Mark Teixeira added 3 more RBIs and a home run to his season stats yesterday; is this a glimmer of hope that his slow start is starting to fade?

The downer on the day was Chipper Jones coming up gimp on a slide into second and promptly leaving the game in the next inning to be replaced by Martin Prado. He’s listed as day-to-day after reaggravating his injured quads. We’ll see how he comes along and hopefully he doesn’t miss any time as he has the best bat in the league right now.

Jurrjens looked strong and finally got the run support he needed to extend his record to 2-2. He pitched 7 solid innings, only giving up 1 run on 3 hits. He also struck out 8 batters. His one run came on a solo home run to Russell Martin in the 4th inning. The Braves look to continue their hot hitting and solid defense tonight against the Nationals.


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Jurrjens Tries For Sweep

Written by Jonathan on April 20, 2008 – 10:31 am

Jair Jurrjens has pitched a lot better this season than his 1-2 record may indicate.  In his 3 appearances thus far, he has only given up 8 earned runs; the offense just hasn’t provided the needed run support to help get him in the win column more often. The Braves’ bats have looked hot in the last few games however, so here’s hoping they can continue that today to get Jair a win and earn a sweep of the Dodgers.

I’m looking for Jurrjens to go at least 6 today and leave the game in a position for the bullpen to earn him a win and I definitely would like to see an absolute blowout.  However, Kuroda is pitching for the Dodgers and has looked about on par with Jurrjens thus far this season.  He’s 1-1 and given up 8 runs as well in 1/3 inning more work than Jurrjens.  Should be a good day for afternoon baseball. I’ll be heading to the stadium for batting practice and keeping things updated from the game again.  And for those reminiscent about the old days, the game today is on TBS.


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Braves Win 3rd Straight

Written by Jonathan on April 19, 2008 – 11:21 pm

It was a great afternoon for baseball as the Braves faced off against the Dodgers in the second game of the three-game series.  Chuck James took the hill for the Braves in place of Tom Glavine, who finds himself on the disabled llist for the first time in his 22-year career.  After a not so stellar first appearance of the season, James didn’t look bad at all today.  He threw for 5 innings, giving up 4 hits and 1 run.  That run came on an Andruw Jones solo home run that landed deep in the left field seats.  This also amounted to all of the run production to Dodgers would have on the day.

The Braves’ offense was held pretty stagnant with the exception of the 5th inning when they beat up on Chad Billingsley, who struck out 9 batters through 5 innings.  Johnson,  Escobar, Chipper and Teixeira all came across the plate to create a 4-run 5th inning, and enough offense for the Braves to win 4-1.

The Braves face off against the Dodgers in the final game of the series tomorrow afternoon, looking for their first true sweep of the season and to get back to .500 on the season.  Jair Jurrjens will be up against Hiroki Kuroda for the Dodgers.


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James Takes The Start Against Dodgers

Written by Jonathan on April 19, 2008 – 11:31 am

With Tom Glavine making his first career trip to the disabled list, Chuck James steps in to take the start today.  James was called back up from AAA Richmond last night when Glavine was placed on the DL.  James has been rehabbing some of his own injuries however, but hopefully this start will be a little kinder to him than his last.  In that game, he gave up 6 runs in only 3 innings of work.

The Braves are coming off of two straight strong offensive showings and looking for a third consecutive win.  They seem to be happy to be back home and Chipper Jones is on fire with 4 home runs in his last two games.  It’s time to get a good win streak going and inch our way back towards .500 baseball.  Most of the BravesBlast staff will be at the game today, but I’ll be sure to keep this game thread updated via BlackBerry as best I can.


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Andruw, Dodgers Head Into Town

Written by Jonathan on April 18, 2008 – 12:22 pm

The Braves (6-9) come home from their long road trip to square off against the Dodgers (7-8) in a matchup that will bring Andruw Jones back to Atlanta for the first time in an opposing uniform. The Braves are looking to carry some offensive momentum from last night’s thrashing of the Marlins back into Turner Field and hopefully get a little bit of a win streak going.

Projected Starters:
Friday: Jeff Bennett (0-0, 5.52, RHP) vs. Derek Lowe (1-0, 1.80, RHP)
This is looking to be much more of an offensive outing than a pitching matchup. Bennett is either on or he’s off; there’s no real middle ground for him. He’s gotten into a little trouble in long relief this season, but I think he’ll serve well in his role as a spot starter. Of course, with how fast our pitchers are falling, our spot starters will be our entire rotation soon.

Saturday: Tom Glavine (0-1, 2.38, LHP) vs. Chad Billingsley (0-2, 5.59, RHP)
Glavine is still a little bit of a cause for worry after leaving his last start without recording an out. He had a pitching session on Wednesday and said he feels good enough to go on Saturday and avoid a trip to the disabled list. I’m still a little worried about this and don’t want him to hurt himself any worse than he already is. Who knows, I could just be being to precautionary on this one. On the bright side, he faces off against Chad Billingsley who has struggled to find control so far this season.

Sunday: Jair Jurrjens (1-2, 3.93, RHP) vs. Hiroki Kuroda (1-1, 2.89, RHP)
Jurrjens had a hard time getting the ball over the plate in his last outing, throwing only about half of his pitches for strikes. He still managed, however, to only give up 2 earned runs. Unfortunately, the offense provided little support for him and he earned the loss. His record isn’t exactly telling of how well he has been throwing the ball this season, so I’m looking for another strong outing out of JJ.

Offensive Matchup:
The Braves’ offense continues to be streaky at best. I’ve said it too many times in the past week or so, but when we’re up in a game, the offense is on and can keep laying it on. Last night is a prime example with 15 hits and five home runs. However, in clutch situations, the offense is just flat. In the rare occurances that we’re getting runners on base with less than two outs, we’re stranding them or hitting into double plays.

The Dodgers are second in the NL with a team batting average of .275; the Braves are third with a .274. In the same number of games however, the Braves have plated 10 more runs (80-70) and have 10 more home runs (21-11). It should be a good matchup to watch.

Prediction:
On the strength of coming home from the long road trip and finally being back in front of the home crowd for motivation, I’m giving this one to the Braves 2-1.


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