March 19, 2012; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Randall Delgado (40) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during the top of the fifth inning of a spring training game at Disney Wide World of Sports complex. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Momentum Shift for the Braves; links


I won’t go into how unimportant Spring records are again but for those of you who have your friends talking crap about your team 24/7 then you finally have something to be proud of. The past eight games have gone well for our boys and their record in that period is 4-2-2.

David O’Brian actually thinks that Spring Training records do make a difference but I am still of the opinion that they really don’t matter. It’s more important to give your guys a chance to get some looks against MLB pitching and your pitchers a chance to refine some pitches and get a feel for their control.

Here are some Spring Training links for your viewing pleasure:

  • Delgado could have lead in race for last rotation spot- I would have to agree with this. Although Teheran has the higher ceiling he has shown that he isn’t quite ready. Delgado has things he needs to work on as well but if things continue to go as they have with these two Randall Delgado is the best bet for the last arm in the rotation.
  • A Case for Drew Sutton at Shortstop- I linked this in my earlier piece regarding Drew Sutton but I wanted to get some of my thoughts in about the subject. To be honest I had never thought of Drew Sutton playing shortstop but it makes sense if TP (sorry clearwall) and Simmons both need some time in the minors.
  • The Andrelton Scenario- Mac Thomason is on of the only people out there (including me) I have seen who don’t 100% disagree with having Simmons potentially be the shortstop on Opening Day. The argument is a valid one, be sure to check it out.
  • The Phils’ spring has been worse- It’s true. Ryan Howard’s return date pushed back, Chase Utley still having problems with his knee that could keep him out into the regular season, and apparently Roy Halladay is having some issues.

If you don’t think anything interesting is going on in baseball or with the Braves you are either crazy or don’t have internet access. In that case I’m not talking to you.

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  • FredOwens

    Always thought Sutton was a good signing. He can play some SS but with Chipper at third I’m on the Simmons side of the line right now. He has the best range and arm and is a real SS. TP looks like a utility guy  to me and only adequate a SS. Watching Uggla and Chipper’s faces when asked about Simmons I suspect they think he’s the guy too. Escobar made the jump from AA although he was older when he did it.  With Huddy, Pete, EOF, Gearrin, Medlen and when he’s at his most successful JJ high GB% pitchers we need the infield to be tight. Freddie is fine no  matter what UZR says, Uggla has been better than I expected and not a huge drawback -again in spite of UZR – and Chipper is fine coming in within reflex range. The SS has the cover father to his right and down the line with Chipper at 40 and still throw runners out. That’s Simmons who has a cannon on his right shoulder.
    As an aside and I know I’m in the minority, I don’t think Delgado is ready either. Medlen replaces Huddy – we don’t need 5 starters in April – until he’s back then get Delgado up after the AS break when JJ or Hanson or <insert name here> breaks down.
    BTW Did you review my updates Saturday post?

  • clearwall

    Im leaning towards simmons too. I kind of feel like Pasto is letting the pressure get the better of him. Not a good sign for a kid about to make is first major league roster. These games dont mean a thing, if this pressure is too much, id be terrified in Gm 7