Fight, fight, fight: I’m sorry I missed last night’s fracas. Watching the replays that looked like some mighty good chippyness from young Jose. He may still be watching his home run:
I liked that veteran Brian McCann dropped some veteran knowledge on the rookie Fernandez:
“I just told him you can’t do that. You can get someone hurt. It was just something that didn’t need to happen.”
Yep, I picked a helluva night to have other plans. Oh well, that’s why there are replays. Click here for a video of the events. To his credit, Fernandez realized how stupid his actions were and apologized in person to Braves players and in front of the media after the game. The whole incident was handled much better by the Marlins than the Nationals handled a similar incident last month.
Starting pitching in flux: It’s been a week, maybe 4 days, since a real injury scare for the Braves, so we’re due. Paul Maholm was sent to Atlanta to undergo an MRI on his elbow, the results of which are not yet known, but the Braves did announce that they will skip his next start, giving rookie David Hale his first big league start against the Padres on Friday night at Turner Field. I’ll have more on Hale tomorrow.
The Braves are also skipping Alex Wood in today’s start, giving Freddy Garcia the start instead. Wood’s last two starts have been atrocious, and the club is hoping that extra rest will help him in the same way that it seemed to help Julio Teheran. Between college and the pros, Wood threw 154 innings last year. This year he is only at 132 innings between the Majors and minors. He did appear in only 29 games last year, and this year has appeared in 36 games between relieving and starting. That shouldn’t be affecting him adversely as he hasn’t added too much to his workload. The “book” may have gotten out on him after 7 or 8 starts in the Majors, and Wood may need to make some adjustments to correct the advantage that hitters seem to be getting off him.
Today’s Marlins starter may also be a surprise. Nathan Eovaldi is scheduled to start, but the right-hander complained of a tight back on Wednesday. If Eovaldi isn’t able to go, left-hander Brian Flynn be moved up a day in the rotation. I’d prefer the Braves didn’t face Eovaldi.
A second baseman that’s worth a Dan: Dan Uggla was on the bench again, for the third consecutive game. If the Braves are going to bench their multi-million dollar second baseman, they might as well call up their hot-hitting rookie (Tommy La Stella) instead of playing a light-hitting utility man. Yes, Elliott Johnson has run into a few hits so far as a Brave, but that regression monster is going to smack him upside the head pretty soon. The argument was made that Johnson is playing so that he can be sharp for the post-season. I get that, but I’d still like to see La Stella. Maybe the Braves are afraid that Uggla would get Wally-Pipped.
Ex-Braves in Japan: A good article on American players playing in the Japanese League, including ex-Braves Andruw Jones, Ken Ray, Takashi Saito, Wil Ledezma, Manny Acosta, Brooks Conrad, Blaine Boyer, Kenshin Kawakami, Tim Corcoran, and Jorge Sosa.