Tagged: Brian McCann

Braves Have Big Day

Let’s start with the WBC…

U.S.A. narrowly beat Canada in a thriller 6-5 victory. The Canadians beat the U.S. last year, so extra effort was put in today in their opener. There was a total of 5 home runs hit in the game; 3 for the U.S., 2 for Canada. One of the home runs was hit by Brian McCann. He hit a 2 run home run that broke the tie and gave the U.S. a lead that they held the rest of the game. Congrats Brian. You are representing our club and country well. Check out McCann’s blast. Chipper’s face looks priceless when he hugs McCann.
McCann also had a Sac-Fly that tied the game until Joey Votto’s blast. He ended the day going 1-2 with 3 RBIs, 1 run scored, and a walk along with that home run. Chipper was a little off today going 0-4 with a walk and 3 strikeouts.
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Other Braves playing today in the Classic:
Javier Vazquez started for his country, Puerto Rico. He went 4.1 scoreless innings allowing 4 hits, walking 1, and striking out 3. He earned the win and PR won 7-0 against Panama.
Concepcion Rodriguez didn’t have such a big day as his country, Panama, lost and he went 0-3 with a strikeout.
The Dutch somehow beat the DR today with really nobody on their team. Andruw Jones played with them in 2006, but he had to do Spring Training this year to try to make the Rangers. Jair Jurrjens also decided not to play for them since he pitched so much last season. It will be remembered as one biggest upsets in the WBC.
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Now about those Braves…
They stayed hot and beat the Yankees 3-1. This is the 2nd time this Spring that we beat the Yankees. Jair Jurrjens was on the mound and gave a great performance going 3.2 innings giving up 1 run, 4 hits, no walks, and struck out 3. The one run ended up being the only run given up. Our bullpen has been exceptionally good so far this spring. It is a very good sign.

The runs we scored were all off solo home runs hit by Casey Kotchman, Greg Norton, and Brandon Jones. That really summarized it all up. Here is the box stats:

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Atlanta

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Jurrjens

3.2

4

1

1

0

3

0

4.76

Carlyle

1.1

1

0

0

1

1

0

0.00

Medlen

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

3.00

Gomez, M

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0.00

Valdez

0.0

0

0

0

0

0

0

13.50

 

Atlanta

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

 

Anderson, J, CF

3

0

0

0

0

2

.316

 

  Gorecki, CF

1

0

1

0

0

0

.667

 

Johnson, 2B

3

0

1

0

0

1

.294

 

  Conrad, 2B

1

0

0

0

0

0

.000

 

Kotchman, 1B

2

1

1

1

0

0

.357

 

  Canizares, 1B

2

0

1

0

0

0

.500

 

Norton, DH

3

1

1

1

0

0

.167

 

  a-Timmons, PH-DH

1

0

0

0

0

0

.000

 

Francoeur, RF

3

0

0

0

0

0

.125

 

  Heyward, RF

1

0

0

0

0

0

.250

 

Escobar, SS

2

0

2

0

0

0

.417

 

  Hicks, SS

1

0

0

0

1

1

.000

 

Diaz, LF

2

0

0

0

0

1

.313

 

  Jones, B, LF

2

1

1

1

0

0

.286

 

Infante, 3B

3

0

1

0

0

0

.357

 

  Hernandez, D, 3B

0

0

0

0

0

0

.200

 

Ross, C

3

0

0

0

0

0

.222

 

  Boscan, C

0

0

0

0

0

0

1.000

 

Totals

33

3

9

3

1

5

 

 

a-Grounded out for Norton in the 8th.

2B: Johnson (3, Wang), Canizares (1, Texeira, K).
HR: Kotchman (1, 1st inning off Wang, 0 on, 2 out), Norton (2, 6th
inning off Tomko, 0 on, 1 out), Jones, B (1, 7th inning off Coke, 0 on, 0
out).
RBI: Kotchman (3), Norton (2), Jones, B (4).

BASERUNNING
SB: Diaz (1)

FIELDING
E: Infante (1, throw).

 

The Braves will play Sunday afternoon at 1:05, against the Phillies. Tommy
Hanson is expected to start.

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Grading this Season’s Signings

I am going to give a personal grade for the players the Braves have gotten so far this Offseason.

Javier Vazquez

He has been a great workhorse and can strikeout tons of people. He had 200 K’s last year and had a ERA of 4.67 over 208.1 innings. The ERA isn’t great, but I sure love the innings he pitched. Considering how every pitcher we had was injured, having a non-injury prone guy pitching will be great. We REALLY need that. Obviously this guy is not our ace, but he is a very good player  and has the veteran presences that we needed more of. He should be better than he was last season going into the NL. This guy is very good and a great pickup.               https://i0.wp.com/i2.cdn.turner.com/si/2008/baseball/mlb/12/04/braves.whitesox.ap/javier-vazquez-ap2.jpg
Grade: A

Boone Logan
Ok this guy isn’t great, but he can be an option we can look for in the bullpen. Hopefully an NL move will help him, but it won’t be a huge difference. He had a not-so-good ERA of 5.95 and a WHIP of 1.68 and got sent to the minors with the ChiSox. Hopefully he can turn around and have a consistent season, but I doubt it. He might have an ERA under 5, but I still see him staying inconstant.
Boone Logan by RikinIllinois.
Grade: C-

David Ross
Here
is a decent pickup. We needed a new backup catcher BADLY! When your two backups combine to hit less than .175, you have to make some kind of move. Ross hit .225 with 3 HR’s, which happened to be 1 HR more than our backups hit COMBINED. Well anyway, he’s pretty good and can really give us a better chance of winning when McCann is taking a day off. It is also good because he is a Georgia boy. I can see him getting some good playing time during interleague games.

  David Ross Hitting by dslrnovice.
Grade: B-

Eric O’Flaherty
I don’t really know much about this guy, although he was picked up from waivers after giving up 15 runs over 6.2 innings. He can maybe turn around, but he has to first win a spot during Spring Training. We will see how that goes.

Eric O'Flaherty getting the signal by BTats.
Grade: C

Greg Norton
We saw last year how good he did, so it’s no surprise he’s back here. Glad he’s back and I hope he can still have that .300 pinch-hitting average he had last year. He can play OF and 1st base AND he is a switch hitter. You can expect him to make a lot of late-innings appearances. He’s old, but he’s still good.
Greg Norton by The Suss-Man.
Grade: B+

Kenshin Kawakami

Since he did come from Japan, we can not automatically say he is going to be as good as his Japanese numbers were, but I can say that he will be a solid player and can help us. He is a great player and he won’t be a bust.                     
https://i1.wp.com/www.japantimes.co.jp/images/photos2007/sb20071014j2a.jpg

Grade: A-

Derek Lowe
This is was a major signing. We needed an ace, and he can match that. A workhorse and a great guy. This, as of now, was the signing of our offseason. He had a 3.24 ERA and over 211 innings pitched. Oh did I mention he has over 75 saves as well as over 100 wins? He has what we need.
Derek Lowe by NJ Baseball.

Grade: A+

Overall grade for Atlanta: A

 

MLB.com Player Rankings

I have been very bored and frustrated so far this offseason, so I will just throw in a random post about the fantasy rankings for the Braves. The numbers before the names are the ranking by position (ex. McCann is the #1 ranked catcher). To find complete rankings of all teams by position, click here.

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1st Base

32. Casey Kotchman, ATL

55. Martin Prado, ATL

3rd Base

8. Chipper Jones, ATL

OF

70. Jeff Francoeur, ATL

101. Josh Anderson, ATL

158. Matt Diaz, ATL

159. Gregor Blanco, ATL

173. Greg Norton, ATL

2nd Base

9. Kelly Johnson, ATL

56. Martin Prado, ATL

SS

18. Yunel Escobar, ATL

53. Omar Infante, ATL

SP

19. Javier Vazquez, ATL

40. Derek Lowe, ATL

53. Jair Jurrjens, ATL

86. Jorge Campillo, ATL

151. Jo-Jo Reyes, ATL

179. Charlie Morton, ATL

RP

17. Mike Gonzalez, ATL

76. Manny Acosta, ATL

78. Blaine Boyer, ATL

82. Rafael Soriano, ATL

88. Peter Moylan, ATL

C

1. Brian McCann, ATL

46. David Ross, ATL

I don’t know how many people here play fantasy baseball, but I figured some people would want to see this if they haven’t already. The list updates every time a trade is done since moving to a new team will affect a player’s performance. It is interesting that Vazquez is ranked higher than Derek Lowe. They also don’t have Tim Hudson ranked since he is out for the season. They have Kotchman way under ranked and they have some of our replacement pitchers ranked low due to being injured all season. I only put players that are right now on the team. Yes, these rankings do not have the slightest meaning, but it’s interesting and important if you are doing fantasy baseball.

If you see a Brave player I missed, please tell me.

11-12 What a day for Mesa and the Braves!!

It was a grand day for 3 Braves prospects as Mesa beat Surprise 16-4
Flowers had a career day going 3-4 with 3 Home Runs and 7 RBI’s!!!
Hanson pitched 5 innings allowing 3 hits and 1 earned run, striking out 9 and improved to 4-0 with a 0.76 ERA
Matt Young went 3-5 with 3 runs scored, a double, 2 RBI’s, and an outfield assist.
This was truly a great day for those 3!
Flowers leads the league in HR’s with 10. Hanson leads the league in ERA, Wins, and Strikeouts. Young has a .365 Average and Flowers has a .387.
Also, Flowers name has been thrown into the Peavy deal, but with a day like this, the Braves might consider keeping him, even with B-Mac behind the plate.