Tagged: JoJo Reyes

Braves Win Close One Against Phillies

For the 9 time in the Grapefruit League, the Atlanta Braves with many AAA and AA prospects won. It was all Atlanta until Jeff Bennett gave up 5 runs in 1/3 of an inning. We ended up holding the 12-10 win at the end.
We had JoJo Reyes Reyes on the mound and, like every other time so far this Spring, he did great. He allowed 2 runs over 4 hits in 4 innings. He also did not have any control issues and didn’t walk anyone and struck out 4. He did happen to give up a home run to Mayberry, the first this season for the Braves, but it didn’t affect us in the end. I am surprised that we gave up 10 runs, but our offense was able to help us keep the “W.” We really harassed Kyle Kendrick as he gave up 8 runs on 10 hits. Our offense was lead by Clint Sammons who hit two 2-run home runs. Jordan Schafer was back in the lineup today after dealing with injuries and went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and a stolen base. Jeff Francoeur (2-2 with 2 RBIs), Yunel Escobar (2-4), Matt Diaz (2-3 with 1 RBI), and Diory Hernandez (2-4 with 2 RBIs) all had two hits. Jeff Francoeur has been semi-hot lately and has improved his batting average from .091 to .227 without any strike outs. He has been hitting the ball much better this spring and looks as if he could return back to form, but we will know for sure when it’s midseason. He also drilled Marcus Giles at home telling me his arm is just fine.
The Braves are in first in the Grapefruit League by 1 game. The Twins are right behind
Here are the box stats for the game from Mlb.com

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Atlanta

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Escobar, SS

4

1

2

0

0

0

.444

  Bennett, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Nunez, V, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Colina, A, C

2

0

0

0

0

0

.167

Schafer, CF

3

2

2

0

0

0

.357

  Anderson, J, CF

3

0

1

0

0

0

.280

Johnson, 2B

2

0

0

1

0

1

.333

  Conrad, 2B

2

1

1

0

1

1

.167

Norton, 1B

2

1

1

1

1

0

.267

  Prado, 1B

3

0

1

1

0

0

.208

Francoeur, RF

2

1

2

2

0

0

.227

  Heyward, RF

2

1

1

0

0

1

.263

  Acosta, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  b-Freeman, PH

1

0

0

0

0

0

.176

  Schreiber, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

Diaz, LF

3

1

2

1

0

1

.364

  Jones, B, LF

2

0

1

0

0

0

.318

Hernandez, D, 3B

4

1

2

2

0

0

.350

Sammons, C

4

2

2

4

0

1

.462

  Redmond, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Gorecki, RF

1

0

1

0

0

0

.625

Reyes, P

2

1

2

0

0

0

.667

  a-Hicks, PH-SS

2

0

0

0

1

1

.154

Totals

44

12

21

12

3

6

 

a-Walked for Reyes in the 5th. b-Grounded out for Acosta in the 9th.

 

BATTING
2B: Diaz (4, Kendrick), Reyes (1, Kendrick), Hernandez, D (1, Madson),
Conrad (2, Woods), Gorecki (2, Borkowski).
HR: Sammons 2 (2, 2nd inning off Kendrick, 1 on, 2 out; 4th inning off
Kendrick, 1 on, 0 out).
RBI: Hernandez, D 2 (4), Sammons 4 (5), Francoeur 2 (4), Johnson (4),
Norton (4), Diaz (7), Prado (4).
SF: Hernandez, D; Francoeur; Johnson.
GIDP: Hernandez, D.
BASERUNNING
SB: Schafer (2, 2nd base off Kendrick/Ruiz).

FIELDING
E: Escobar (1, throw), Diaz (1, fielding).
Outfield assists: Francoeur (Giles at home).

 

  

Atlanta

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Reyes (W, 2-0)

4.0

4

2

2

0

4

1

2.08

Bennett

0.1

5

5

5

2

0

0

14.54

Nunez, V (H, 1)

0.2

0

0

0

1

2

0

0.00

Redmond

1.2

5

2

2

1

2

0

5.79

Acosta (H, 1)

1.1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0.00

Schreiber (S, 2)

1.0

1

1

1

0

1

1

3.86

Chipper was left out of the lineup today for the U.S., but McCann was not but he went 0-2. Gregor Blanco had another great day for his native Venezuela as he went 3-5 with an RBI triple, a double, and a single. He was a homer away from the cycle against the U.S.
I guess Blanco is a very common last name in Venezuela as they had three Blancos playing.  The U.S. ended up losing the game, but it didn’t really matter since they are moving on. Chipper will hopefully play the next game with them.
Jorge Campillo started for Mexico and went 4.2 innings giving up 6 hits and 1 solo home run. He struck out 2 as Mexico beat Australia 16-1 on the mercy-rule.

The Braves play the Nationals today with Jurrjens, Medlen, and Gonzalez scheduled to pitch.

Atlanta beat Houston with Lowe Strong on the Mound

The Braves stay hot in the Spring by beating the Astros 7-4.
Derek Lowe had an INCREDIBLE start as he went 4 innings and never allowed a ball to leave the infield. He struck out 6 and didn’t walk any. Through those 4 innings, nobody got on base. Great start by Derek. We allowed 4 runs the whole game (only 1 was actually earned. They scored 3 unearned runs because of 2 errors). Soriano had his first Spring appearance and he went 1 inning allowing 1 hit and struck out one.
Very good pitching performance again this game. We still haven’t allowed a home run yet this spring.
We had 13 hits this game and 5 walks. Kelly Johnson was the only player to have 2 hits and Omar Infante had a 2 run triple. Here are the box stats provided by Mlb.com

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Atlanta

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Anderson, J, CF

3

0

0

0

0

1

.273

  Hernandez, D, 2B-3B

2

0

1

0

0

0

.313

Diaz, LF

3

1

1

0

0

0

.316

  Jones, B, LF

2

0

0

0

0

1

.300

Johnson, 2B

3

1

2

1

0

0

.364

  Gorecki, CF

2

1

1

0

0

0

.571

Kotchman, 1B

2

1

1

1

0

0

.375

  Norton, 1B

1

1

1

1

2

0

.231

Francoeur, RF

2

1

1

0

1

0

.150

  Soriano, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Hicks, 3B-SS

2

1

1

0

0

0

.182

Infante, SS

3

0

1

2

1

0

.300

  O’Flaherty, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Boyer, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  a-Freeman, PH

1

0

0

0

0

0

.188

  Marek, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

Prado, 3B

2

0

0

0

0

1

.190

  Logan, P

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Conrad, 2B

2

0

1

2

0

1

.125

Ross, C

3

0

1

0

0

1

.250

  Boscan, C

1

0

1

0

1

0

.667

Lowe, P

2

0

0

0

0

0

.000

  Heyward, RF

3

0

0

0

0

1

.235

Totals

39

7

13

7

5

6

 

a-Grounded out for Boyer in the 9th.

 

BATTING
2B: Diaz (3, Moehler), Ross (1, Brocail).
3B: Infante (1, Moehler).
RBI: Kotchman (4), Infante 2 (4), Johnson (3), Norton (3), Conrad 2
(3).
S: Prado.
GIDP: Kotchman.
BASERUNNING
SB: Gorecki (1, 2nd base off Paronto/Towles).
FIELDING
E: Hernandez, D (3, throw), Conrad (1, throw).

 

 

Atlanta

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Lowe (W, 2-0)

4.0

0

0

0

0

6

1.50

Soriano

1.0

1

0

0

0

1

0.00

Logan

1.0

2

1

1

1

0

3.00

O’Flaherty

1.0

2

0

0

0

2

3.00

Boyer

1.0

0

0

0

0

1

0.00

Marek

1.0

1

3

0

2

1

0.00

No Braves players that saw any action yesterday in the Classic that I know of, but here are Scott Diamonds stats from Monday:
Scott Diamond: 3 innings allowing 3 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, and struck out one.

Who would have though the Dutch could beat and knock out Dominican Republic in Group Stage. That is just unreal.

The Braves face the Phillies today at 1:05 ET with JoJo Reyes on the mound. 
 

Just When You Think Reyes is Just Another Player Taking up Space and Money…

He goes out and has a successful outing, which I haven’t seen in a long time. He pitched 3 innings of 2 hit ball against the World Champions. He only walked 1 but he had no strikeouts. Last year he went 3-11 with almost an ERA of 6! That is nothing to be proud of. He was projected to be a 2nd or 3rd starter before he made it up to the Bigs, but his attitude and work ethics caused him to be hated by many Braves fans and not favored to win a spot in the rotation. Heck, if was a little bit better last year and used all the talent he has, Glavine wouldn’t be a Brave. He still has more potential than a lot pitchers in the Major Leagues, but his problem is that he doesn’t use it. I he continues to pitch like today, he could either get moved to the bullpen or take the 5th spot and move Glavine to the ‘pen.
Atlanta Braves starter Jo-Jo Reyes  pitches against the San Diego Padres  in the first inning of their baseball game Friday, July 11, 2008, in San Diego. From AP Photo by Lenny Ignelzi.

Braves-3 Phillies-7
We got to test ourselves against the World Series Winners and even though we lost, we got a good amount accomplished. The Braves were up until Jeff Ridgeway gave up 4 runs, 2 walks, and 4 hits over 2 outs. Moylan also got to be tested for the first time in a year and gave up 1 run over 1 inning. O’Flaherty, Schreiber, Bennett, Marek, and Stockman also got to see some action.
On the Offensive Side
McCann homered off Chan Ho Park and Josh Anderson got 2 hits, including a triple. Frenchy went 0-2 lowering his average to .100, Heyward went 1-3, and Freeman went 0-4. Chipper had 1 double over 3 at bats.

Braves:3-2

Other news

  • Javy Lopez is promoting a new bat company called “Bones”
  • The Braves have 10 players representing their countries in the WBC. Chipper Jones and Brian McCann (U.S.), Javier Vazquez
    (Puerto Rico), Jorge Campillo (Mexico), Manny Acosta, Yeliar Castro, and Concepcion Rodriguez (Panama), Gregor
    Blanco (Venezuela), and Scott Diamond and Bryan Dumensil (Canada) are those who are involved. Yeliar Castro, Concepcion Rodriguez, Scott Diamond, and Bryan Dumesnil are not currently on the Brave’s 40 man roster.

 

Odd Man Out?

As you know, the Braves signed Kenshin Kawakami and Derek Lowe this week. Recently, I learned from David O’Brien about Tim Hudson’s option

Almost forgot to mention this: I asked about Hudson’s option today,
and found out it’s not a mutual option, but a club option. Yes, they
fully intend to exercise it, barring some unexpected turn of events.

That would give the Braves potentially one of the most formidable
rotations in baseball, featuring five from this group: Hudson, Lowe,
Jurrjens, Vazquez, Kawakami and Hanson.

– David  O’Brien

Just imagine this rotation. Hudson, Lowe, Jurrjens, and 2 pitchers out of Vaquez, Kawakami, and Hanson. That is amazing. Campillo would go back to the bullpen and one of the players in the rotation would have to get moved. There could be a chance we move one of them to the bullpen or use them in a trade, but who knows what would happen. We might even go to a 6 man rotation. There are so many things that could happen. I don’t think Hanson or Jurrjens will go back to the minors and Hudson’s option will get picked up. Who knows what will happen. There is a chance that Hanson isn’t as good as we thought, Kawakami doesn’t pan out, Hudson can’t come back after TJ surgery, or Jurrjens was a fluke last year. Anything could happen, so I am pretty sure that we will keep all of them. If one gets injured, then we have plenty of options to replace him.

I can guarantee that Morton or Reyes or even both will be gone after this season or the next. Parr and Campillo will be in the bullpen after this year. They just couldn’t make it in the rotation. I can’t imagine that Soriano will be with us after next year either. We have just completely loaded our rotation and rotation that we have to get rid of some. Good thing Chuck James left after being nontendered because there is no way he could have made this years rotation or the next, even if he went back to the 11 win man.

I am predicting that we go with a 6 man rotation with Campillo and Parr moving to the bullpen, Reyes will get traded and we will keep Morton, and Soriano will leave after this year in Free Agency. Next year the outfield will be like this with Frenchy, Anderson, Schafer, Hernandez, Blanco, possibly Jones, Heyward, Diaz, and Brandon Jones.

2009 Needs

Power hitting outfielder who hits over .250

Will Ohman

 Another Lefty Starter just in case

Players I predict we will get

Andruw Jones

Nick Swisher

Will Ohman 

Tom Glavine

Hanson was in line for the win but…

Well as most know, Phoenix beat Mesa in the championship. Hanson was starting for Mesa and went strong for 5 innings only allowing 1 run on 3 hits while walking 1 and striking out 8. Right when he left (pitch count too high) Mesa’s bullpen allowed 9 runs. Unbelievable. Mesa only put up 4 runs and not much went right for them except for Hanson. Out of the 3 Braves hitters playing, Flowers went 0-4 with a field error, allowed one stolen base, and caught one stealing, Matt Young went 1-5 with 3 strikeouts, and Van Pope went 1-4 with a double, a run, and 2 strikeouts.
On a good note, Flowers led the league in Home runs. Hanson also won the Triple Crown, leading the league in ERA, strikeouts, and wins. Hanson will also most likely win the MVP award for the AFL having a lights-out season. Flowers will probably receive MVP consideration, but he will come in 5th or 6th.
Hopefully we can get Hanson in the majors as soon as possibly, but not rush him like Morton or Reyes. Flowers might be in the majors in the ’10 season.

Time to look for trade bait?

As the World Series is going on, the Braves need to start thinking who to trade when December comes. I personally want to see Reyes, Miller, James, and some of our bullpen out of Atlanta. Of course these players do not have very much if not no trade value, but it is possible to throw them in a trade somewhere to continue to build our farm system. Players with trade value that have been thrown in some trade rumors are Lillibridge, Morton, Reyes (since he is young and could be a possible 4th or 5th starter), Brandon Jones, possibly Escobar, Johnson OR Prado (one will probably get traded, Kotchman (which is not likely but could possibly happen if a good deal comes around), Flowers (due to McCann at Catcher and Freeman at 1st base), Blanco, possibly Diaz, and MAYBE Soriano. It is not positive that Wren will even trade this season because of this year’s free agency market this year. Dunn, Peavy, Burnett, Burrell, Nady, maybe CC or Sheets, Lowe, Garland, and MAYBE JUST MAYBE Teixeira are all players that we are watching this off-season. Wren has already announced we are not giving up our top prospects, so the Peavy deal is not a “done deal” just yet.