#127: A Farewell To Arms

by Gil Elliott 'Gil from Mechanicsville'

by Gil Elliott

So, in the past thirty days or so we have seen the number of healthy arms expected to fill out the Braves pitching staff diminish as fast as a spendthrift’s bank account. To be honest, I have not seen the Braves’ expected starting five so decimated since that fateful season of 2008. Y’all remember that don’t you? The year of Buddy Carlyle. Jorge Campillio, Chuck James and JoJo Reyes which led the Braves to go all in on Derek Lowe and Kenshin Kawakami in 2009. It was during the Braves attempt to stay relevant and rebuild on the fly.

InsertThe projected starting five this season was sketchy to begin with. The Braves were counting on three pitchers who were rebounding from Tommy John surgery to lead the charge. “They” being Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy and off season acquisition Gavin Floyd. To my way of thinking it was a bit like drawing to an inside straight to cover a pretty large raise. It isn’t impossible but the odds are against you. Those odds reared it’s ugly head and bite the Braves in the butt when within 24 hours both Medlen and Beachy went down to arm trouble. Throw in Mike Minor’s inhibited return to full strength to a somewhat odd necessity to have surgery to his urethra in January and subsequently causing him to strain his shoulder in trying make up for lost time.

What the Braves were left with was going from an embarrassment of riches in the pitching department to an embarrassment of a pitching staff. Guys like journeyman Freddie Garcia moving from a guy who was trying to pitch his way onto the Braves major league roster as a fifth starter/long relief guy to now the number three guy on your staff. That is scary.

Santana

Santana

Fortunately, the best free agent starter still available, Ervin Santana was still mulling over offers from American League clubs, Toronto and Baltimore. Now, let’s be realistic, Erwin Santana is no Clayton Kershaw. In fact, he may not even be a Kris Medlen when it comes to talent but he is certainly a huge improvement over what the Braves were looking at before inking a one year deal with the 31 year old righty from the Dominican Republic for the amount of $14.1 million dollars. This is in essence the same amount of the qualifying offer he turned down from the Kansas City Royals.

Given the circumstances, the Braves got off cheap. Yes, they have increased their payroll beyond their budgeted amount and gave up a first round draft pick, They got off a heck of lot cheaper than if they had to make a trade for a front line starter. Didn’t the Braves just trade a first round pick, Sean Gilmartin, for a pitcher? There is no guarantee a first round pick is ever going to make it to the show. My take is the Braves view not just the cost of adding a guy like Santana but the potential loss of revenue that comes with a losing team. I have said many times, the Braves spend what they choose to spend. Their self imposed salary cap is just that, self imposed. I’m not saying they should spend like the federal government but they have to be realistic if they want to stay relevant.

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191 Responses to “#127: A Farewell To Arms”


  1. 1 Carolina Lady March 13, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Thanks, Gil! It will be interesting, that’s for sure!

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  2. 2 Carolina Lady March 13, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Remember guys: Like, Share, Rate That’s the price of admission! πŸ˜†

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  3. 3 Gil in Mechanicsville March 13, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Hey CL, thanks for being you,I really appreciate all the hard work you do in keeping our little blog functioning….

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  4. 4 Carolina Lady March 13, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Thanks, Gil! *sends big Josie-approved smack on the cheek* πŸ˜€

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  5. 5 Vox O'Raison March 14, 2014 at 11:25 am

    ALERT:

    Beachy is now also scheduled to see Dr. Andrews on Monday. Apparently he did have an MRI done, and the results were not good.

    Man does that ever add greater significance to the acquisition of Santana!

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  6. 6 Vox O'Raison March 14, 2014 at 11:29 am

    On another note, the first round of cuts came this morning. 14 reassigned to minor league camp. No surprises.

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  7. 7 Vox O'Raison March 14, 2014 at 11:47 am

    So… as of today (because we know how unstable these things are), here is the starting 4 for the first time or two through the rotation:

    1- Julio Teheran
    2- Alex Wood
    3- Freddy Garcia
    4- David Hale

    Santana might make it back for the 2nd turn, but it’s not certain. Then…

    1- Teheran
    2- Wood
    3- Garcia
    4*- Ervin Santana (in some spot within the above 4)
    5- Hale

    Once Minor makes it back, sometime in early May) we’ll have:

    1- Teheran
    2- Wood
    3- Garcia
    4- Santana
    5- Mike Minor

    In terms of a “pecking order”, it should be a rotation of:

    1- Teheran
    2- Santana
    3- Minor
    4- Wood
    5- Garcia

    Assuming Gavin Floyd returns effectively in late May or early June, 1 of 2 things will happen:

    1) Wood will have been too good to move from the rotation, and it will look like:

    1- Teheran
    2- Santana
    3- Minor
    4- Wood
    5- Floyd

    or 2) Garcia will be good enough to allow Frank and Fredi to curb Wood’s innings, thus shifting him tot he bullpen. Then the rotation will be:

    1- Teheran
    2- Santana
    3- Minor
    4- Gracia
    5- Floyd

    I have to think that as long as we can have Teheran, Santana and Minor as the Top 3, and that they are healthy and making their starts, we’ll be OK. Depth has certainly taken a huge hit. The trade deadline ought to be interesting this year…

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  8. 8 Carolina Lady March 14, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Pitching is the name of the game. How many times have we been through this. Start out fat and sassy, end up skeletal.

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  9. 9 Gil in Mechanicsville March 14, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    The Braves’ nation best hope for a quick coming of age for the youngsters. It really blows for Beachy to need a secong TJ surgery. It is a little like Mike Hampton syndrome minus the steroids…

    Like I said, the Braves need to employ Leo as a special consultant on pitcher conditioning.

    I stated on the previous blog that the Braves’ best hope needs to be able to stay relavant until June. Perhaps if the offense can show up every game, the pressuer on the pitching staff won’t be so great.

    Of course, then you will have games like yesterday’s match up with the Cards where it was a K fest for Lynn….

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  10. 10 Vox O'Raison March 14, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Braves made a few more cuts after their game today, bringing today’s total to 17 sent to the minor league camp. Again, no surprises.

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  11. 11 Vox O'Raison March 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    DOB: Gattis told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he had arthroscopic knee surgery [in October] to remove a dime-sized bone chip that had been β€œfloating around” in his knee right knee since around 2006 😯

    http://atlantabraves.blog.ajc.com/2014/03/14/braves-gattis-had-knee-surgery-in-october/

    Man… they kept that amazingly quiet!

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  12. 12 Gil in Mechanicsville March 14, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    I was thinking the same thing Rasins, it also explains why they signed Domit… At least makes even more sense.

    Catching is rough on your knees to begin with, I hope the doc did a really good job. It might also explain why Evan’s timing appears to be a little off this spring.

    David Hale pitched a nice game today.

    Next week will be a lot more telling as the regulars will be playing more.

    Terdo making a push to get on the traveling squad too…

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  13. 13 Carolina Lady March 14, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    If you haven’t already, get a copy of Billy Wagner’s book. I have nothing but accolades for it and I’m not even through with it yet. Fortitude and determination in spades and a life learning and growing as a Christian. I can’t help but be inspired by it. Started high school at 4’11”, 85 pounds.

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  14. 14 Gil in Mechanicsville March 15, 2014 at 8:52 am

    The title?

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  15. 15 Carolina Lady March 15, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    The Way Out – Faith, Hope and Love of the Game. Available on Amazon, Gil.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BER!!! Wishing many, many more happy, healthy, blessed years, my friend!

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  16. 16 Vox O'Raison March 15, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Happy B’day Ber!!

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  17. 17 berigan2electricboogaloo March 15, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Very nice lead Gil…
    Thanks for the Birthday wishes! πŸ™‚
    “Start out fat and sassy, end up skeletal.” heh, pretty good CL!
    I sure hope there is some miracle in store for Beachy. As bad as it was for Medlen to need TJ twice, at least he got a few seasons under his belt. Beachy missed most of 2012 and most of 2013, and now all of 2014? Yikes! 😦

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  18. 18 Gil in Mechanicsville March 15, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CONRAD… Hope it is just a contiunation of many more.

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  19. 19 berigan2electricboogaloo March 15, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    thanks Gil! πŸ™‚

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  20. 20 Vox O'Raison March 16, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Our ace…

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  21. 21 Gil in Mechanicsville March 16, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Guys, I’ll be honest, I don’t pay attention to anything the team does after the 5 th inning. Too many scrubs in the game at that point.

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  22. 22 Vox O'Raison March 17, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Still waiting on news from Meds and Beachy. Nuthin’ yet…

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  23. 23 Vox O'Raison March 17, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    3rd inning HR for Uggs. We’ll take it.

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  24. 24 Vox O'Raison March 17, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    My bad… that was a 2nd inning HR for Uggs. He tripled in the 3rd.

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  25. 25 Vox O'Raison March 17, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Alex Wood -> 1 hit, 4 K’s through 3. 23 pitches, 19 strikes. Me likey.

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  26. 26 Vox O'Raison March 17, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Then the rains came… sounds like a frog strangler, too.

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  27. 27 Vox O'Raison March 17, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Game called after 5. AWood goes all 5 for the Bravos, giving up only 2 hits and 1 BB. He finished with 6 K’s on 34 pitches, 30 strikes. Kid was dealin’! πŸ˜€

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  28. 28 Vox O'Raison March 17, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    34 pitches over 5 innings is unbelievable. That’s less than 7 pitches an inning!! That extrapolates out to a complete game on 62 pitches. Crazy!

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  29. 29 Vox O'Raison March 17, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Uggla finished 2-2 with a HR, a 3B and 3 RBI before giving way to Tommy La Stella. Braves also got 2B’s out of Pena, Gattis and Constanza. CJohnson had the other RBI. The Braves managed 8 hits in their 5 innings.

    I know it’s Spring Training and nothing to get excited about, but I’ll take it over Spring frustration.

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  30. 30 Gil in Mechanicsville March 17, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    And a triple to right field for Uggla… That’s encouraging.

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  31. 31 Gil in Mechanicsville March 17, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I think this week and next should give us a much cleared picture of the Braves’ offense. The pitching, well, that is going to take a few months to sort out. Just need to make sure they do not fall too far behind the gNats or any other surprise team in the East.

    The Braves have a terrible record against Milwaulkie for the past several seasons. Maybe they can turn it around early. I’m still angling for somepne to go with me to DC on Sunday the 6th of April. Josie refuses to go to Washington and my brother will be in the middle of tax season… SIGH!

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  32. 32 Gil in Mechanicsville March 17, 2014 at 7:13 pm
  33. 33 Gil in Mechanicsville March 18, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Guys, I am so tired of winter!!!! Snow! Bah! Humbug!!!!

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  34. 34 Carolina Lady March 18, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I’m with you on that, Gil! So often our spring here begins in Feb. We had daffodils for a short time, early-blooming spring trees sprouted, but in between just unusually cold weather and hard wind.

    BTW, I’d like to get my door mat back if folks north of me would keep an eye out for it and wouldn’t mind sending it back to me here in NC. You tell which one is mine because it says Welcome on the front. Thanks!

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  35. 35 Gil in Mechanicsville March 18, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    CL, the rain is melting the snow but honestly, I don’t see that as a great improvement. My brother and I talked about it today and said it could be worse, we could live in Buffalo… Well, I don’t live in Buffalo but I can sure understand why folks move to Florida.

    Me. I am going to make my final move to the Caribbean… Hurricanes be damned… Second think will be to throw away all calenders and clocks…

    I’ll be on the look out for your door mat CL…. Should be easy to spot, I know mine says “Go Away”…. Works too, except for religious types who cannot read….

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  36. 36 Carolina Lady March 18, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Even the Caribbean is badly tainted now. Non-natives are kidnapped, some never to be seen again. Factions fighting. Poverty. Disease. However, if you stay on the north or northwestern side of the mountains, it shouldn’t be too bad storm-wise. Most of the damage is on the opposite.

    I guess I’ll stay right where I am. Everywhere I’ve lived or spent any time doesn’t really appeal to me that much. All have pros and cons. Just don’t have the incentive to sell – or TRY to sell – pack everything and move.

    Thanks for keeping an eye out for my mat! As hard as the wind has been blowing lately, it may be up in New Jersey by now. πŸ˜†

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  37. 37 Vox O'Raison March 19, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Happily tucked away in NEGA. Far enough from the city; close enough to civilization…

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  38. 38 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2014 at 9:01 am

    For me, moving is a pipe dream I fear, my next move will likely be into a single room…. You know, we all regress back to our childhood at some point…

    VOX, depends on how civil civilization is… Heard a good saying this morning, “If your Bible is in tatters, most likely your life is not”

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  39. 39 Vox O'Raison March 19, 2014 at 9:26 am

    2day’s lineup:

    1- JHey, RF
    2- BJ, CF
    3- Freeman, 1B
    4- Gattis, C
    5- JUp, LF
    6- CJohnson, 3B
    7- Uggla, 2B
    8- Simba, SS
    9- David Hale, RHP

    No DH’s anymore. This will be the opening day starting 8, folks, and your #4 starter. The regular season is just around the corner… less than 2 weeks.

    Giddy. πŸ™‚

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  40. 40 Vox O'Raison March 19, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Gil, groceries are 5 minutes away; church is 15 minutes away; Walmart is 20 minutes away; and date night locations for Mrs. Vox and I are 30 minutes away. All close enough, then I can turn around and come home. Mass hysteria is no closer than 45 minutes. Don’t have to go there and don’t go there. It’s a blessing I do not take for granted.

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  41. 41 Vox O'Raison March 19, 2014 at 9:35 am

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  42. 42 Vox O'Raison March 19, 2014 at 12:16 pm

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  43. 43 Vox O'Raison March 19, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    2day’s revised lineup:

    1- JHey, RF
    2- BJ, CF
    3- Freeman, 1B
    4- JUp, LF
    5- CJohnson, 3B
    6- Uggla, 2B
    7- Simba, SS
    8- Steven Lerud, C
    9- David Hale, RHP

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  44. 44 Vox O'Raison March 19, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Huh?

    Admittedly, I am not a rocket surgeon… but it seems to me that taking a ligament from Medlen’s pitching wrist would not be a very smart thing to do. ❓

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  45. 45 Carolina Lady March 19, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Okay, tentative new look revealed. Honest opinions only! πŸ™‚

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  46. 47 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2014 at 5:43 am

    I like it CL, kind of fun trying to identify all the former players.

    Well, we got an answer on the eagles I mentioned in earlier post, they are busy building a nest on the southern edge of our property line about 100 feet away from the house in the top of a very tall pine tree. Josie spotted them and their nest constrution yesterday afternoon.

    I will try to get some pictures in a couple of weeks after they finish their nest. I don’t want to spook them with too much activity. I guess I won’t have to worry about anyone building on the plot adjectent to me for a while…

    Braves’ offense fails to score yesterday. that is troubling. I am not concerned about Hale, after all, he is still a pup.

    Yes VOX, odd the ligiment to come from his pitching wrist. Pehaps we will get an explination going forward.

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  47. 48 Vox O'Raison March 20, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Look at you CL!! πŸ˜€

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  48. 49 Vox O'Raison March 20, 2014 at 7:31 am

    1:05pm game on MLBTV today… Ervin Santana scheduled to start it.

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  49. 50 Vox O'Raison March 20, 2014 at 11:56 am

    And who was the first to board the Gus Bus? πŸ˜‰

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  50. 51 Vox O'Raison March 20, 2014 at 11:57 am

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  51. 52 Vox O'Raison March 20, 2014 at 11:59 am

    ajc.com: The Braves trimmed the spring-training roster by five Thursday when they optioned right-handed relievers Luis Vasquez and Juan Jaime, catching prospect Christian Bethancourt and outfielder Todd Cunningham to Triple-A Gwinnett, and optioned shortstop Elmer Reyes to Double-A Mississippi.

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  52. 53 Vox O'Raison March 20, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    2day’s lineup vs. Mets in Port St. Lousy:

    1- JHey, RF
    2- BJ, CF
    3- JUp, LF
    4- Ernesto Mejia, 1B
    5- Gerald Laird, C
    6- Tommy La Stella, 2B
    7- Tyler Greene, 3B
    8- Ramiro Pena, SS
    9- Ervin Santana, RHP

    This one is televised (MLB Network) and I will have it on while working. Want to see Santana, of course, and La Stella too. Not sure who is scheduled to pitch after Ervin. BTW- Santana needs a good nickname. The floor is open.

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  53. 54 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Thanks for letting me know the game is on TV today, while it is the “B” team, I too am curious about Santana…

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  54. 55 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Did ya’ll read about the Reds’ Chapman taking a shot to the eye? Fractues around his eye.

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  55. 56 Vox O'Raison March 20, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Yep, and saw the video (mlb.com). Nasty.

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  56. 57 Carolina Lady March 20, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    πŸ™‚ At least it is something different and I’m glad it is acceptable! πŸ™‚
    Anybody stumped on someone who once wore the A uni?

    Gil, that is AWESOME about the eagles!! I loved watching the eagle cams at Norfolk Botanical Gardens until the female eagle was killed by an airplane.
    Yes! Photos, please!!

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  57. 58 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Watched the game to the bitter end, I have to wonder if the Braves are practicing how to lose?

    I have to remember, it is only spring training but geez

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  58. 59 Vox O'Raison March 20, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    I watched/listened to about the first 4 or 5 innings. I missed most of Santana. Never saw La Stella. I guess I didn’t watch/listen as much as I thought. Darned work…

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  59. 60 Carolina Lady March 20, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    I’ve heard it said that practice makes perfect.
    However, it is really perfect practice that makes perfect play so there may be some truth to your comment, Gil. Lordy, I hope not!

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  60. 61 Vox O'Raison March 21, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Nah… I’m not concerned with yesterday’s 7-6 loss. 2 runs were given up by some dude named David Bromberg, wearing #77, on a walk and 3 hits in just 2/3 of the 5th inning, and 3 were given up by a cat named Eric Pfisterer, wearing #97, on a walk and 2 hits in 2/3 of an inning in the 9th. I consider myself fairly well versed on our roster, including our minor-leaguers. I’ve never heard of either of these fellas. Honestly, I don’t expect to ever see either of them with a different uni number. Ever.

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  61. 62 Vox O'Raison March 21, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Hopefully with hometown announcers. Yesterday’s Mets love-fest almost made me puke. Probably why I didn’t pay too much attention to it. When the guy went on and on about how Gattis “got off to a hot start last year until the league figured out how to get him out” and that he would “swing at everything, so no pitcher would throw him strikes”, he lost all credibility with me. He obviously didn’t watch much Braves baseball, and didn’t do much homework prior to the game. Lazy journalism, and low hanging fruit. Yes, Gattis was hotter at the start of the season. He also was a rookie who had played winter ball and got tired as the summer wore on. But to assert that the “league figured him out” and to imply that he is not a good hitter is just flat wrong. He’ll never win a batting title, but he will always make a pitcher nervous. He can be a game changer. And his swing is so simple that he won’t be slump-prone. Grip it and rip it. I can’t wait for Gattis to blast a few over that rotten apple in that dung heap known as New York City.

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  62. 63 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Hey, Josie got livid when they starer ragging on Uggla… Who wasn’t even in the game.. I thought BJ looked much better by the way…. Still hit s the ball hard. Uses his speed.

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  63. 64 Vox O'Raison March 21, 2014 at 9:50 am

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  64. 65 Vox O'Raison March 21, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Hey, Josie got livid when they starer ragging on Uggla… Who wasn’t even in the game

    Yes they did. Neither Gattis nor Uggla was in the game, but they took their shots anyway. And it ticked me off too, Mrs. Josie. Aside from the fact it was pretty over-the-top, I really didn’t see that it added anything to their “analysis” of the game. It’s been said many times over the years, but we are very blessed with our announcers… the best in the biz IMO.

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  65. 66 Vox O'Raison March 21, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I notice they didn’t give BJ a pat on the back when he almost took Wheeler’s foot right off at the ankle bone in the 1st inning. That was a hard hit shot right back up the shoot. I noticed too that they commented that he “came over to the Braves with his brother from Tampa Bay”. Wrong.

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  66. 67 Vox O'Raison March 21, 2014 at 9:58 am

    “right back up the shoot”

    Uh, right back up the chute. 😳

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  67. 68 Vox O'Raison March 21, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Crap… forgot about it being on TV…

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  68. 69 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Not for me, I don’t subscribe to Sports South.

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  69. 71 Gil in Mechanicsville March 23, 2014 at 4:37 am

    So, I missed a great game because I live in the Washinton gNats Greater Co-Prosperity Sphere… rats….

    And I am still trying to overcome the depression of having my team (VCU) eliminated because of “flop”… kid took a dive on a three point shot to draw a foul when he was never foulsed… AUGHHHHHHH!

    VCU should have made their free throws!

    Okay. time to get my heart broken by baseball.

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  70. 73 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 7:58 am

    G’morning, all. 6:05pm start today (tonight). And it’s on SportSouth for us Georgia folk. According to my “schedule”, I’ll be giving my yard the first cut of the year. Hmmm… might have to rethink that one.

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  71. 74 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 7:59 am

    By the way… this time next week we’ll all be giddy about Opening Day. Heck, I’m kinda giddy now. πŸ˜€

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  72. 75 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Good for your lawn. mine is still brown except for an occasional wild onion sprout. I’m not worried though, the dandy lions should be along sone to add to the greenery…

    NO RESPECT. I watched MLB Tonight yesterday to catch up on the Braves win over the Mets and they skiped over them even after they were showing on the scroll… Not cool guys!

    Good day at the plate for Fab Five, Same for the Upton Brothers. If they can just keep it up while I have to say, both Uggla and BJ hay appeared to have found their old selves. Amazing what failure can do to you.

    They are brocasting the game on the MLB network tonight so I should get a glimps of the game.

    The one guy not coming out of sprinf traing red hot this year is Evan Gattis. Should we be worried?

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  73. 76 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I’m not worried about Evan yet. He’s such a low maintenance type dude. I think as long as he stays healthy, he’ll be the same guy we saw last year.

    And here’s a nice piece by Mr. O’B today: http://atlantabraves.blog.ajc.com/2014/03/24/reasons-to-like-braves-chances-heres-two/

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  74. 77 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    I also hope he really mashes for for at least the first half of the season. He’s the guy I can see traded at the deadline for a stud pitcher. Low contract number; under team control for the near future; perfect DH model (as long as he’s hitting). And with Laird, Doumit and Bethancourt in the fold, it’s a position of depth. Speaking of C depth, don’t forget about the recent Cuban signee Yenier Bello. This cat’s not a youngster who’s gonna be working his way up from Low A. He’ll likely start out in AA Pearl, but only because Bethancourt will begin at AAA Gwinnett.

    Don’t get me wrong… I love El Oso Blanco. But here’s how I read it. He’s a hard working warrior who scrapped and clawed his way through the Venezuelan Winter Leagues to turn a bunch of heads, and then worked his way onto the big league roster. Then all he did was produce in some high pressure situations. He is the epitome of “lightning in a bottle”. The biggest question is: how long will the lightning keep striking? I get a sense (especially with the Bello signing), that the Braves feel the same way. I have a ton of confidence in Gattis right now. I may not in 2 months. I just hope he keeps banging until we need him as a valuable trade chip.

    Let’s be honest… he has DH written all over him.

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  75. 78 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Wow!! 😯

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  76. 79 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    What?!?

    Unless there is another move afoot, that makes our starting rotation (4 deep) for the 1st couple of weeks:

    1- Julio Teheran
    2- Alex Wood
    3- David Hale
    4- Gus Schlosser

    I am shaking my head… ❓

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  77. 80 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    That means Pastor makes the Opening Day roster…

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  78. 81 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I guess that Frank thinks Gus can give us 2 good starts until Minor is ready to join the rotation. And it also means he thinks Hale can do the job until Floyd arrives in late April/early May.

    But my concern is in the bullpen, where we need a good long man. We also are lacking a veteran presence. I guess Floyd is that, but it sure makes me nervous. I suppose when they committed $14M to Santana, it sealed the deal for the $1.7M Freddy would have been due if he made the Opening Day roster. You know… save a “mill” here, save a “mill” there… πŸ™„

    Well, I’d rather have Santana than Garcia, but I am a little sketchy about having a starting rotation with 60-something ML starts COMBINED.

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  79. 82 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Gotta be a veteran pitcher coming in via trade, right? This makes no sense to me. I just can’t see them pinching down on $1.7M after proving with the Santana signing that they want to win now.

    Gotta be another shoe to drop. Gotta be.

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  80. 83 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Holy schnikey…

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  81. 84 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I am not too worried about the Braves going with potential vs “experience”. I can remeber quite a few teams doing really well with some pretty young pitching staffs. The Giants, the Atlhetics, the Tigers, the Rockies, the Pirates…. I think the real key is you cannot expect a staff full of youngsters to last 162 games but you can expect them to carry you for a couple of month early in a season.

    The Braves have three pitchers who should be ready by mid May or sooner, Mike Minor, Ervin Santana and Gavin Floyd. I can see why the Braves chose not to sign Garcia for what equates to a couple of months for 1.7 mil. They would rather use that money at the trade deadline one would think.

    Sure, the kids are going to have some “nerves” but this is a better time for them than September. Garcia will catch on somewhere. There are always teams that need a guy like him who is relativly cheap.

    I think the Braves are pretty well positioned on the pitching front, Just get thru the first month and the calveray will begin to arrive. I am more worried about Valvero and Garrin leaking runs like a seive than Gus or Woods giving up 5 runs in the first. They don’t have to be perfect, just keep the team in the game and waits for the three run homers….

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  82. 85 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    For those keeping score, Aaron Harang is out there…

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  83. 86 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    I remember the Braves having a couple of former All-Star pitchers on their staff a few years back, Tommy Hansen and Jair Jurrjens, That didn’t work out so well did it?

    The Giants have a solid club and I hope they can keep the Dodgers from running away with it but Huddy ain’t waht he use to be and neither is The Freak. Funny thing about pitchers, You either get there using chemicals, ALA Roger Roid or you are the chemistry ALA Greg Madddux.

    My hope is the Braves can figure out how to pitch effectivly at 80% like Glavin did for all those many years. If you have to pitch at maximum effort to hit 91mph on the radar gun, your career is going to be pretty short lived.

    Drive for show, putt for dough. true in golf, true in pitching. You have to know how to pitch, not just throw if you plan to last more than a season or two.

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  84. 87 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    In a side note, our old pal Jeff Francoeur was released by the Indians over the weekend. He’ll catch on somewhere, won’t he? Uh, maybe? Well, he’ll probably be riding buses again, but I bet he finds work somewhere. Not that I’d want him clogging up our system, but he might boost attendance in his former glory land of Gwinnett. πŸ˜‰

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  85. 88 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    (By the way, I’m not crazy about the new smilies we have here on WordPress. They look kinda cheesy.)

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  86. 89 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Aaron Harang vs Freddy Garcia… I choose none of the above. I don’t think Harrang is any better than Garcia, just saying…

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  87. 90 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    πŸ˜›

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  88. 91 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I don’t think Harrang is any better than Garcia

    Me either. Gotta be something pending. Gotta. Right? Please?

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  89. 92 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Smiles must be sponsered by Kraft….

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  90. 94 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    VOX.. chill man, you are stressing over nothing. I’m pretty sure that trade for a pitcher is always in the works. Like me a cars. I just am not willing to pay the asking price. Not sure I can afford the ones I want and the ones I can are no better than the ones I have…. See, baseball is just lie real life.

    True story, I once bought a 1981 Caddilac ElDorado. Beautiful car. Black with a red pin stripe, red leather interior. It possibly was the prettiest car I ever owned but what a money pit it was…. I still remember the words of my mechanic when I had both of the front CV joints replaced. He said “son, this is not a poor man’s car but it will turn you into one”..

    It was then I learned the question is not if you can afford to buy a car, it’s can you afford to own it.

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  91. 95 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Yeah, I read that about Moylan, that blows man…

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  92. 96 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Hang on… there might be something… not sure…

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  93. 97 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    There is a mystery guy throwing down in Disney with Frank watching closely. No word yet on who it is other than he’s a lefty.

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  94. 98 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 3:20 pm

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  95. 99 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Makes no sense. If a guy is down there “auditioning” for a job, it means he’s not in camp anywhere else. That means he’s even more behind than the gimps already trying to get ready for mid to late April. No… if the Braves are going to pick up another veteran starter, it has to be through trade.

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  96. 100 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Oh, and for the record, the Braves 40-man roster – currently full at 40 – is not an issue. Both Medlen and Beachy are on the 15-day DL, which counts against the 40-man. One or both could simply be moved to the 60-day DL to open up a spot, if needed.

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  97. 101 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    And Gus Schlosser is NOT currently on the 40-man roster. So a corresponding move will definitely have to be made. That is assuming that Gus is the 4th starter. I am not convinced that something else is not afoot.

    But in the event the Gus Bus does in fact pull into Atlanta, he’ll seriously need to change his jersey number from #73. πŸ˜‰

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  98. 102 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Prospective LHRP Ian Thomas is also NOT on the 40-man. As it stands after today’s moves, he’s the bullpen loogy.

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  99. 103 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Maybe the Braves will trade 1B/DH/masher Ernesto Mejio to an AL team for a pitcher, and sign Francooter to play 1B in Gwinnett . πŸ˜€

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  100. 104 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    *Mejia

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  101. 105 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 4:29 pm

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  102. 106 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    We’re gonna run out of prophet stars before we get back to Atlanta. πŸ™‚

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  103. 107 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Just in the nick of time. David Hale kind of wild tonight. Not completely his fault but perhaps the Long Harrangarer will bring experience.

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  104. 108 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Would not be surprised to see Evan sent down for a little “seasoning” either.

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  105. 109 Vox O'Raison March 24, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    It’s official… 1 year deal with Aaron Harang.

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  106. 110 berigan2electricboogaloo March 25, 2014 at 2:53 am

    So…we dumped a “fairly” known entity, for a young whippersnapper, soon to be 36, who had a 5.76 ERA for Seattle, (he did pitch better, for 20 innings with the Mutts at the end of the season) hmmm…is he signing for much less than 1.7 mil?
    A really young staff…can’t pitch a ton of innings….at least we have Santana…but, another injury or two…I know, can’t predict them…but a thin, thin staff that doesn’t look like it can seriously compete with the Nats.
    Prove me wrong braves, prove me wrong! πŸ˜‰

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  107. 111 Vox O'Raison March 25, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Actually, he had a pretty good spring (better than Garcia) and was informed he was not going to be in Cleveland’s rotation. He had a provision that allowed him to opt out of his contract with Cleveland so he did. When he became available, Frank snapped him up. Also, it was not clearly reported that yesterday at 1pm was the deadline in Freddy’s contract for the Braves to guarantee him a major league roster spot. I guess they didn’t want too do that…

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  108. 112 Vox O'Raison March 25, 2014 at 8:07 am

    To paraphrase the news piece, Freddy’s fastball had dropped consistently to the mid-80’s, and his changeup was not that big a change. He wasn’t keeping batters off balance and had been hit hard pretty much all spring to a 4.76 ERA. Harang’s spring ERA is below 2.00 and scouts say he is throwing great.

    Those are the reasons given by the Braves. I’m sure there are other measurables that might not paint as glaring a difference, but in the end, I suppose they don’t really matter. They simply felt Harang was a better fit at this stage of their respective careers than Garcia. I suppose I can go with that.

    I’m much more concerned with David Hale giving up 12 H, 6 R, 2 BB, and 2 wild pitches in 5 1/3 innings with just 60 strikes in 94 pitches last night.

    Then again, we really only need Hale for the 1st couple times through the rotation.

    I heard this yesterday, and it made me stop and ponder…

    How many teams would like a rotation of Santana, Medlen, Beachy, Minor and Floyd? That sounds like a pretty dang good rotation, doesn’t it? All Braves, all on the DL when the season starts.

    By all accounts, Floyd is ahead of schedule, and Minor is on schedule. Both should be in Atlanta by late April/early May. Frank hinted yesterday that Santana might only miss 1 turn through the rotation, 2 at most.

    So fairly quickly, we ought to have Teheran, Santana, Minor, Floyd and Wood/Harang. Thats not too shabby.

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  109. 113 Vox O'Raison March 25, 2014 at 8:14 am

    As to the mystery LH throwing at Disney yesterday, it was veteran FA LHRP Luis Perez. He had a big year for Toronto in 2012 but missed 2013 with TJ. He was granted a workout in Disney yesterday, but was not signed as far as I can tell. There is a LHRP spot open in our pen currently being battled for by Ian Thomas and Atahualpo Severino. From what I’ve seen of Thomas thus far, he looks like he could be this year’s version of David Carpenter, just from the left side.

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  110. 114 Vox O'Raison March 25, 2014 at 8:28 am

    I have to believe that given the timing of yesterday’s events, Harang and Frank probably had a conversation prior to Harang opting out of his Cleveland deal… especially given that Cleveland trains in ARI and Harang got to FLA pretty quickly. Harang probably gauged the interest, got an understanding, then opted out of his deal and headed to FLA to sign a deal.

    As Gil and I both said yesterday, neither is going to vie for a Cy Young. Neither is going to make or break a season. But given the choice between the 2, I’d choose Harang.

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  111. 115 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2014 at 9:23 am

    So many Wizard of Id jokes, only one Harang….. Who will be Spook? Sir Rodney? Oh, the humanity…… THE KING IS A FINK!

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  112. 116 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2014 at 9:27 am

    So, will he Harang around or will he go? So many puns, so little time… Hale, Hale, was rocked and rolled!

    I’ll be here all week folks!

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  113. 117 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2014 at 9:34 am

    On a more serious note…. One has to wonder about the serious logglygagging going on in the outfield this spring. My experience is you play like you practice…. More than a few players, not named Uggla have been busy reading the back of their bubble gum cards this spring while roaming the outfield.

    Oh Gee, it’s snowing AGAIN! I feel like I have moved to Buffalo!.. So tired of all this hard water, and cold….

    GLOBAL WARMING MY BUTT!!!!

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  114. 118 Vox O'Raison March 25, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I heard the best explanation of the “Garcia for Harang” swap this morning…

    Garcia, 37, was not willing to go to the minors, Garcia had lost velocity, Garcia could not loosen up quickly enough for the pen, and Garcia would not be able to pitch 2-3 times a week in relief. Harang, 35, is willing to go to the minors, Harang is still throwing in the low 90’s, Harang can come out of the pen.

    Harang is younger, more versatile, and cheaper. So why not?

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  115. 119 Vox O'Raison March 25, 2014 at 11:25 am

    1:05 game today vs. Tigers on ESPN. 2day’s lineup:

    1- JHey, RF
    2- BJ, CF
    3- Free, 1B
    4- CJohnson, 3B
    5- JUp, LF
    6- Uggs, 2B
    7- Laird, C
    8- Pena, SS
    9- Pastor, DH
    P- Santana

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  116. 120 Vox O'Raison March 25, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Harang’s uni number = 34.

    Can you guess who the last Brave to wear 34 was?

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  117. 121 Vox O'Raison March 25, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    And now that we are inside a week to Opening Day, and most of the roster questions have been answered, I am posting my final prediction for the Opening Day 25:

    Starting lineup:
    1- JHey, RF (L)
    2- BJ, CF (R)
    3- Freddie, 1B (L)
    4- JUp, LF (R)
    5- Gattis, C (R)
    6- CJ, 3B (R)
    7- Danny, 2B (R)
    8- Simba, SS (R)

    Rotation:
    (9) Teheran, RH
    (10) Wood, LH
    (11) Hale, RH
    (12) Aaron Harang, RH

    Bullpen:
    (13) Kimbrell, RH closer
    (14) Avilan, LH setup
    (15) Carpenter, RH setup
    (16) Walden, RH
    (17) Varvaro, RH
    (18) Gearrin, RH
    (19) Ian Thomas, LH **
    (20) Gus Schlosser, RH long relief

    Bench:
    (21) Laird, C (R)
    (22) Doumit, OF/1B/C (S)
    (23) Schafer, OF (L)
    (24) Pena, IF utility (S)
    (25) Pastor, 2B/SS/OF (R)

    **I will qualify this one by saying that Frank will be scouring the wire closely over the next 6 days for bullpen help. I get the sense that he’d greatly prefer a veteran LHRP over rookie Ian Thomas (or Atahualpo Severino).

    By the first week or so of May, I figure Santana will join the rotation and send Gearrin to the waiver wire. Then Minor will join in and send Harang to the pen and Schlosser to Gwinnett. And once Floyd comes on the scene, Hale’s off to Gwinnett.

    So the core for the rest of the season should be:

    Starting lineup:
    1- JHey, RF (L)
    2- BJ, CF (R)
    3- Freddie, 1B (L)
    4- JUp, LF (R)
    5- Gattis, C (R)
    6- CJ, 3B (R)
    7- Danny, 2B (R)
    8- Simba, SS (R)

    Rotation:
    (9) Teheran, RH
    (10) Wood, LH
    (11) Santana, RH
    (12) Minor, LH
    (13) Floyd, RH

    Bullpen:
    (14) Kimbrell, RH closer
    (15) Avilan, LH setup
    (16) Carpenter, RH setup
    (17) Walden, RH
    (18) Varvaro, RH
    (19) Thomas, LH **
    (20) Harang, RH long relief

    Bench:
    (21) Laird, C (R)
    (22) Doumit, OF/1B/C (S)
    (23) Schafer, OF (L)
    (24) Pena, IF utility (S)
    (25) Pastor, 2B/SS/OF (R)

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  118. 122 Vox O'Raison March 25, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Last Brave to wear uni #34: Freddy Garcia.

    Ouch. >_<

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  119. 123 Vox O'Raison March 25, 2014 at 1:40 pm

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  120. 124 Vox O'Raison March 25, 2014 at 1:41 pm

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  121. 125 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks for the info on the game….

    Line ups are always made up with a giant astrix. You just never know when the injury bug will bite.

    For some reason, I don’t feel comfortable with Evan this season, not sure why…

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  122. 126 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I am sure the Braves would like to delay the Gus bus from arriving too soon. Money is always a factor.

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  123. 127 berigan2electricboogaloo March 25, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    “So, will he Harang around or will he go?”, pretty good one Gil! πŸ˜‰
    as for Harang…V, you made a pretty good argument for Harang vs Garcia. I just like the heart Garcia showed in the playoffs…Can’t remember how hard he threw during the playoffs.
    Another point I haven’t seen brought up about Harang….he pitched super swell for the Indians…over 9 innings. So…guess who else isn’t going to be ready (IMHO) when the season starts? Who else is going to strain the pen early on? thank goodness there are more days off early on….
    Just put the game on in time to see Uggla strike out…swell. He sucks! πŸ˜‰
    Of course I heard he struck out 3 that inning.
    talking fantasy baseball(they popped in between innings, for folks not watching the game) talking about over and underrated players. Baseball geek called BJ Upton unrosterable….a word that seems to fit, sadly enough…

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  124. 128 Vox O'Raison March 25, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    Harang….he pitched super swell for the Indians…over 9 innings.

    ‘Tis true, but it’s a bit misleading. He pitched 9 innings in the ML games, but also started a couple of minor league games. According to the ajc report, he pitched in 4 ML games, 2 out of the pen and 2 as a starter, the last start being this past Friday when he went 6 innings plus a 7th simulated inning in the bullpen afterward. So he looks to be stretched out and ready to go. With the Indians having their starting 5 set, it was hard for Harang to get starter innings, thus the occasional minor league game.

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  125. 129 Vox O'Raison March 25, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    LHRP Ian Thomas just pitched a nice inning. Got 2 outs, then gave up a 2B, but put the next guy away. I like seeing youngsters fighting for a job.

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  126. 130 berigan2electricboogaloo March 25, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    V, didn’t know that about Harang…that makes me feel a bit better! πŸ™‚ Still not up to speed , reading up on baseball…guess I need the season to start. That, and all the baseball tonights I recorded were either 7 or 15 minutes in length because of espn’s stupidity being fully in midseason form….
    BJ hit the ball pretty hard to straight away center… actually looked rosterable with that swing! πŸ˜›

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  127. 131 Vox O'Raison March 25, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Yeah, Ber… I thought I had read he went 6 in his last start, so I had to dig to find out how. Didn’t make any sense given just 9 innings, huh?

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  128. 132 berigan2electricboogaloo March 25, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    and if Garrin is injured, Ian Thomas’ chances improved a bit…

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  129. 133 Vox O'Raison March 25, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Well, Gearrin left with what appeared to be an injury. Ugh!

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  130. 134 Vox O'Raison March 25, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I think Gearrin is really barely hanging on anyway. His best chance of making the bigs is simply his lack of options. He hasn’t been spectacular, and doesn’t really blow anyone away. I think he’s a great guy, but not a great pitcher. As far as his making the club, I’d rather see a guy like Hale take his bullpen spot. I’m not sure that Hale can benefit any more from the minors. Schlosser, on the other hand, could. I wouldn’t mind seeing Hale take on the role that Medlen filled when he came back from his 1st surgery.

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  131. 135 Vox O'Raison March 25, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Wow! JHey just hit one to Cuba!!! 😯

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  132. 136 Vox O'Raison March 25, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha πŸ˜†

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  133. 137 berigan2electricboogaloo March 25, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Funny, Hale is 26, Schlosser 25….older than I thought…

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  134. 138 Vox O'Raison March 25, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Ugh… sounds familiar. 😦

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  135. 139 Vox O'Raison March 25, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    According to both Bowman and Mr. O’B, Fredi has tipped his hand on his preferred batting order. It is:

    1- JHey, RF (L)
    2- BJ, CF (R)
    3- Freddie, 1B (L)
    4- CJ, 3B (R)
    5- JUp, LF (R)
    6- Danny, 2B (R)
    7- Gattis, C (R)
    8- Simba, SS (R)

    Of course, the way Fredi likes to mix it up, it may not even make it to Milwaukee this way. πŸ™‚

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  136. 140 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    I have to say, that is not a bad line-up. Takes a lot of pressure off Gattis batting down in the order. Danny is showing great improvement as is BJ and we all know what J-Hey and Fab 5 Freddie can do so who is the weal link? I’d say Evan at this point.

    Evan did not get a a lot of reps this spring. I am not sure how that factors in as far as expectations and to be honest, I have not seen Evan take an at-bat the entire spring. You guys who have, feel free to chime in. I have seen Uggla and he looks very good, same for BJ, Not every hard hit ball has resulted in a hit but he is making solid contact. That is so far and above where he was last season.

    There will be games the Braves will be no hit this season but lots more when they will put up big numbers.

    I had to laugh at the statement made by one of the ESPU annoucers saying the era of the three run homer is over. That’s like telling the Russians the Cold War is over. They just reloaded…. Because the USA is benevolent, they did not have to fear us taking advantage of that fact. No, we helped them rebuild by showing them how to extract oil and natural gas….

    So, back to baseball, It is really going to be on how well the pitching staff can come together. I think we won’t really know the answere for that until June…

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  137. 142 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    OH MY RUDY! What a treasure CL. Sadly, I don’t have an extra 100 grand at hand :(…

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  138. 143 Vox O'Raison March 25, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Ol’ Francooter inks a minor league deal with the Pads. I figured somebody would take a low risk flyer on him…

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  139. 144 Vox O'Raison March 26, 2014 at 8:29 am

    CL, that is maybe the most beautiful car of all time. What a find!

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  140. 145 Gil in Mechanicsville March 26, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Okay guys, what happened overnight while I was sleeping? Did the tooth fairy leave a new reliver under Frank Wren’s pillow or did the dreaded elbow monster strike down another arm?

    Was reading on another blog, the Braves needed another left handed bat for the bench, my question is, where do you put him and how do you fit him on the roster?

    It would be great if MLB would expand the rosters to 30 guys for the first couple of months but then, their would be no one to shine at the minor league level. Open one door and another problem walks in..

    I’m thinking that one reason so many pitchers are suffering fron UCL tears is they are throwing with max effort all the time. We have become so enamered by the 98mph fast ball we forget how impressive Greg maddux was throwing 89 to 91. It ain’t all about speed but that what gets you face time on ESPU! BLEH!

    I am so remided of the joke about the gorilla who hit every shot 400 yards…. Got to have a little finess, that is what made Medlen so effective. Of course, I still think guys are trying to come back too soon. Give them a full 18 months to recover. ..

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  141. 146 Vox O'Raison March 26, 2014 at 11:55 am

    IMO, the problem starts way before they are even shaving. Used to be, a kid played baseball during baseball season, and other sports during their respective seasons. Nowadays, baseball kids play baseball year round. and pitchers pitch year round. There is no recovery time for the arm. And there is no other sport to strengthen other areas. It’s concentrated stresses over a long period of time. Take it back to when these one sport specialties began, roll it forward to the kids’ entering college/pro levels, and you’ll see the pattern.

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  142. 147 Vox O'Raison March 26, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha…

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  143. 148 Vox O'Raison March 26, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Here’s some good positivity:

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  144. 149 Vox O'Raison March 26, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Only 1 real roster question left as Los Barves wrap up another Spring campaign, and that’s who will be the last guy in the ‘pen. It looks like Ian Thomas locked down the LHRP spot with yesterday’s timely performance, but Gearrin lost his with a bum elbow. So who takes that 8th (and short-lived until Santana arrives and they go to 5 starters) bullpen spot is still up for grabs. There is also the question of which of Hale/Schlosser starts and which goes to long relief. Again, it’s not a big deal, and neither are may to remain with the big club when Minor and Floyd join in the fun. I suppose that all depends on how they as well as Harang pitch in April.

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  145. 150 Vox O'Raison March 26, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    So the Braves are using a DH against another NL team in one of their final spring tilts…

    Says alot about how fragile our pitchers have been this year, and how gingerly Fredi is handling them, eh?

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  146. 151 Vox O'Raison March 26, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Julio today: 6 innings, 7 H, 2 R, 9 K, 1 BB (intentional), 71 strikes in 100 pitches.

    Oh yeah. πŸ˜€

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  147. 152 Carolina Lady March 26, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    I just stare at that car! Stunning!

    A chihauahua?? Funny, but what does he mean? A little yappy critter that just won’t shut up?

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  148. 153 Gil in Mechanicsville March 26, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Funny, but what does he mean? A little yappy critter that just won’t shut up?

    So funny!

    Great performance by Julio today, at least on paper…. I hate not being able to watch games…. Grrrrr!

    Some good news, Josie has finally consented to go with (take me) to the Washington game vs the Braves on Sunday, April 6th… Still a couple of things to work out. like seeing what the weather will be like. Handicap parking etc…. I am soooo excited, I could care less who is pitching but likely will be someone I have not seen pitch live before.

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  149. 154 Vox O'Raison March 26, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Francoeur was signed to the El Paso Chihuahuas, the AAA affiliate of the San Diego Padres. They have some of the greatest team gear on the planet. Love the logos…

    http://chihuahuas.milbstore.com/store_contents.cfm?store_id=176&product_id=45913

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  150. 155 Gil in Mechanicsville March 26, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Francoeur’s is the quintessential story of how listening to your own ego can lead you to do and say things which effect your entire life in a negative way.

    All he had to do was accept his assignment in the minors with a go attitude and likely he would be a Brave today but he had to cop an attitude and bought himself a one way ticket to polukaville.

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  151. 156 Vox O'Raison March 27, 2014 at 8:38 am

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  152. 157 Vox O'Raison March 27, 2014 at 10:13 am

    2day’s lineup vs. Tigers at Lakeland, and on Fox SportsSouth:

    1- JHey, DH
    2- BJ, CF
    3- Free, 1B
    4- CJohnson, 3B
    5- Doumit, RF
    6- Uggla , 2B
    7- Gattis, C
    8- Simba, SS
    9- Schafer, LF
    RHP- Harang

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  153. 158 Vox O'Raison March 27, 2014 at 10:18 am

    … but I’ll miss it too. Gotta be out on the road this afternoon for job related stuff. Work gets in the way of my fun zone alot…

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  154. 159 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Last ST game, finally… The Braves have wised up about their exhibition games too. It will be a sellout with SRO at Rome vs a stadium full of empty seats in Atlanta. Still, a lot of guys will be excused from playing but the folks in Rome won’t care.

    So, after all the stressing about getting someone to go with me to DC, the long range weather forecast does not bode well, Rain on Friday and very cool temps on Saturday and Sunday. Folks, I just can’t do cold anymore. Heck, I can’t do heat either but it has been so long since I have had to deal with the latter that I might well give it a go. The heat that is.

    And lastly, I think Josie and I are going to finally part with her Trans Am convertible. It is a shame for it to just sit and pretty stupid for us to pay the up keep and taxes etc on something I can no longer drive and Jo no longer wants to ride in with the top down.

    My first car was a rag top so it is the end of an era for me. Two vehicles I have always owned were a convertible and a pick-up truck. SIGH…

    Keep working VOX, someone needs to keep the SocSercurity checks coming, I appreciate your supports… πŸ™‚

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  155. 160 Vox O'Raison March 27, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I’m here for ya Gil…

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  156. 162 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I am glad Evan has decided to move on, like he said, his is a great story but time to put that behind him and move on. I think he will not have quite the same success at the plate this season but will grow as a defensive backstop and game caller.

    He still has a lot to learn about the catching position but that is why he needs to be able to communicate with his bench and why Fredi G needs to be able to coach him even to the point of leaning heavily on Eddie Perez as Evan’s personal mentor. Just saying….

    All that said, Evan is still hitting the ball hard when he makes contact but I think his timing is a bit off. He came into last season because of a hot bat. This season not so much but the Braves have made their bed so Dan will have to carrry a bigger load and from what I have seen, read and heard, he is ready to do just that…. WOO HOO!

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  157. 163 berigan2electricboogaloo March 28, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Are we there yet, Are we there yet???

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  158. 164 berigan2electricboogaloo March 28, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Gil, I wouldn’t be comfortable behind the wheel of a Firebird these days…seats are so darned low…but, good news! They made bigger convertibles ya know! πŸ˜‰
    Here is a man sized convertible…and while big, the 454 will help you keep up with traffic! 8)
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chevrolet-Impala-CONVERTIBLE-454-V-8-200-MILES-BIG-BLOCK-COMPLETE-RESTORATION-1970-Chevrolet-Impala-/360889250286?forcerrptr=true&hash=item5406acf1ee&item=360889250286&pt=US_Cars_Trucks

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  159. 165 berigan2electricboogaloo March 28, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    hmmm, did some of the smilies stop smiling ? πŸ˜€ 80 πŸ˜• 😑

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  160. 166 berigan2electricboogaloo March 28, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    😯

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  161. 167 berigan2electricboogaloo March 28, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    πŸ˜› :l

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  162. 168 berigan2electricboogaloo March 28, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    πŸ˜† 😳 πŸ‘Ώ 😈 πŸ˜₯ πŸ™„ :mrgreen:

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  163. 169 berigan2electricboogaloo March 28, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    hmmm, Not sure about the new smilies either. Unless CL changed them, then they are great! eye roll is 2nd to last, doesn’t seem too…mean. Or even a little mean.
    Can’t get sunglass guy to work, can you all???

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  164. 170 Vox O'Raison March 28, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    They aren’t animated anymore. It’s a WordPress thing. Must be budget cuts. πŸ˜‰

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  165. 171 Vox O'Raison March 28, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    B-)

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  166. 172 Vox O'Raison March 28, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Nope… no sunglasses. 😯

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  167. 174 Vox O'Raison March 28, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    😎

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  168. 175 Vox O'Raison March 28, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    New sunglasses… 😎

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  169. 176 Vox O'Raison March 28, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    This one is definitely me: O_o

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  170. 177 Vox O'Raison March 28, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    🌯

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  171. 178 Vox O'Raison March 28, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Ha ha ha ha… a burrito. 🌯

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  172. 179 Vox O'Raison March 28, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Need a drink with that burrito? |_|

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  173. 180 Vox O'Raison March 28, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I will not be having one of these: 🍸

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  174. 181 Vox O'Raison March 28, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Too much :developer: makes you go O_o

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  175. 182 Carolina Lady March 28, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    No, CL didn’t mess with them. Had she been able to……. πŸ‘Ώ

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  176. 184 berigan2electricboogaloo March 29, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Cool!
    What’s not cool? the AJC…am I missing something, or is it officially useless unless you pay to join up? I thought a few months back, it was 50/50 on stories free and behind the pay portion. Today, wondering when the first game started…saw nothing there telling me that, and only one story(Sadly, Gerrin(sp) likely needs TJ surgery) I could actually read, and no links even mentioning the first game!!! So, a google search showed me it was at 2:10 on the 31st.
    Continuing to be negative….March 31st, Milwaukee…that’s brilliant! And 3 straight games so if there is snow….you play a game on the day out of town….

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  177. 185 Gil in Mechanicsville March 29, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Not to fret Ber, Milwaukee has a domed stadium…. or what passes for a domed stadium. They will have the roof closed anyway.

    They are calling for rain next Friday in DC so that game will be iffy. Depending on the weather, I am planning to attend the Sunday game but not if it is chilly. Not worth it.

    You have to hunt and search for the free content on the AJC site. A lot of formerly free sites aren’t any longer. You might just read Bowman’s site. Pretty much the same news as the AJC without the music lyrics.

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  178. 186 Gil in Mechanicsville March 29, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    That’s tough for Grearrin, at least the Braves can’t drop him because it’s workman’s comp….

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  179. 187 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Hi guys, I must remember not to read the comments of the nattering nabobs of negativity who continue to espouse an “oh woe is us” line concering the Braves potential for the upcoming season. Not one meaningful game yet played and yet, according to the expert bloggers, the Braves may as well roll over and the fans can all stay home because the Braves will be lucky if they win 50 games this season…. Bull S***… I say… Sure, there will be some bumps but hey, it is not even April, let’s get real. It only takes a couple of 10 game winning streaks to turn things on theur head.

    I am being good today… I strongly considered going to an auction today to spend some money I don’t have on something I don’t need…. SIGH! I am my father’s son…. Must be strong! SO, going to stay home and watch the NASCAR race and root for Denny Hamlin….

    VOX, thanks for the heads up on the starting 2:30 PM time for tomorrow’s game. I have no clue as to what I was thinking on why the game would be at night.

    More on Gearrin… I wonder if they have to pay him (insurance) at minor league pay rates? Still, no matter, it has to really blow to join the walking wounded who are filling up the MASH unit in Atlanta…. You do realize the Braves have enought pitchers on the DL to fill their own wing (bad pun) of a VA ward?

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  180. 188 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    So, I need to get busy on a new lead for the start of the season….

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  181. 189 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Okay CL, ready for the graphics department…. two good deeds for me today now, I’m on a roll….

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  182. 191 Carolina Lady March 30, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    GIL’S NEW LEAD IS UP!

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