Feb 16, 2014; Lake Buena Vistas, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell coaches Brandon Beachy (37) during spring training at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Beachy’s Outing, Should Atlanta Braves Be Worried?


Feb 16, 2014; Lake Buena Vistas, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy (37) catches the ball during spring training at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 16, 2014; Lake Buena Vistas, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy (37) catches the ball during spring training at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Beachy‘s night ended on Friday night without being able to escape the 2nd inning against the Houston Astros.

Beachy lasted 1.2 innings giving up five hits, two earned runs and a walk.

During the 1st inning, Brandon got Fowler to fly out to center but then Jose Altuve singled to right.  Marc Krauss followed Altuve with his own single.  With runners on first and second base, Beachy was able to get Chris Carter to fly out and a much needed strikeout of Brett Wallace ended the inning.

The pain started in the 2nd inning when Carlos Corporan singled and next batted, Robbie Grossman, drew a walk.  Newly acquired Astro, Dexter Fowler, singled on a ground ball to right field scoring both of them.

For his first outing of 2014, should anyone take anything from this?

Let’s hear from Brandon himself first….

 

So, Beachy was throwing mostly fastball and probably just trying to locate his pitches therefore the Astros could just sit back and take some hacks at “fastballs”.

But as I look into the word fastball a little more, I remember a tweet from David O’Brien from last night.

While listening to the broadcast on MLB At Bat, I kept hearing Beachy staying between 87-91 all night with the fastball. My guess, and let me reiterate my guess is that Brandon wanted to work on a few things: getting innings under his belt, getting the first Spring Training outing behind him, locating his pitches and waking up this morning feeling good.

 

So if you’re reading the newspaper this morning (HA, or reading the box score on your phone or computer) you probably won’t be to excited when you see Beachy, but DO NOT read to much into this!

What your eyes should read is Dan Uggla‘s 1.000 OBP, Freddie Freeman getting his first hits of the year going 2-2, Tommy La Stella going 1-3 and Todd Cunningham‘s 2-2 night with a solo home run.

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  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    I’m not worried. Rare is the player that snaps back quickly (Capuano). I fully expect for Beachy to get back to his 2011 form this year. I dunno at what point, but I believe he’ll get there. Whether he’ll get there fast enough to impact the early season rotation in a positive way, who knows, but the Spring may give us some indication of that 5th starter. I believe it will be Beachy, but that’s obviously not guaranteed.

  • fireboss

    Beachy said that two years ago he came in throwing hard and regretted it later. It’s March first, this means nothing and neither does Uggla’s hitting. The other pitchers are where Beachy is too, working on things instead of trying to win.