Tagged: Rafael Soriano

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. 
 

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

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.