Atlanta Braves’ Santana Takes The Mound Today: Live Game Thread!


The Atlanta Braves will travel to Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Florida to take on the New York Mets today at 1:10 PM, EST.  The game will be broadcast live today on the MLB Network, and we’re having another one of our Live Game Threads to provide commentary and analysis on the game, recent events, and the upcoming 2014 season.

No doubt Atlanta fans are still reeling somewhat from the recent news that Kris Medlen will miss another season (at least) because of a 2nd Tommy John surgery, and that Brandon Beachy may well have the same fate in store for him.  Medlen went under the knife on Tuesday, and by all reports is doing well post-op.  Brandon Beachy sought a 2nd opinion from a doctor in Los Angeles, California, and as yet we’ve not heard any further news about that (it is expected some time today).  Certainly it will be a struggle for the Braves facing a season without the two, but the Braves’ have plugged some holes in their rotation by acquiring Ervin Santana, who gets the nod to start today’s game.

Under the circumstances, the Braves certainly need Santana to perform as he did last season.  In addition to the loss of Medlen, and the probable loss of Beachy, we got the word today that Mike Minor‘s return to the starting rotation will be delayed a bit longer than originally anticipated.  It was originally thought that Minor could well take the mound as the #1 pitcher in the rotation, and take the mound on opening day.  We learned that would be pushed back at least a week because of urethral surgery that Minor had to undergo in the offseason.  Upon his return though, Minor suffered some additional shoulder soreness as well, and the setback is a touch longer now.  According to a tweet from the Atlanta Journal Constituion’s David O’Brien:

As for Santana, while his presence will certainly help alleviate the pains of the loss of Medlen and probable loss of Beachy, Ervin himself won’t be in the starting rotation until the end of the second week of the regular season.  Santana will start the process of getting stretched out in today’s game, but is scheduled to pitch just two innings today.  Just two innings could hardly be said to be an accurate barometer of how he’ll perform for the Braves, but Santana’s coming off a 9-10 season with the Kansas City Royals with a respectable 3.24 ERA, and good overall numbers.  That means the Braves will probably go with a four man rotation up until around April 12th, and will probably consist of Julio Teheran, Alex Wood, Freddy Garcia, and David Hale (probably in that order).

 

Join Our Live Game Thread

We’ve already been writing a great deal about all this, and we will continue to share our thoughts about all the aforementioned, and more, in today’s Live Game Thread as the Braves face the Mets.  Want you join us?  We’d love to hear your take on all these pre-season woes the Braves are experiencing, and your take on how well they’ll muster up and march ahead.  Certainly the conditions are not idea, but it should make for an interesting start to the season.  Scroll down to our Disquis Comments section at game time, and join in on the conversation!

 

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  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Okay, Tommy: real good time for a hit.

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

      Jinx

      • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

        yeah. *sigh*

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Okay, weird – is it for the barbeque?

    “WAFF 48 @waff48 2m
    #AroundAL: Dalai Lama scheduled to come to Birmingham”

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

    Small world story.. guys I just found out the other day that a player in our rookie ball system, Clint Wright, is actually the son of a friend of mine (casual friend with whom I had pretty much lost contact). I’m filing this information away.

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      …under the subject heading “man, are we getting old”

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

        haha indeed. I had some “wild” times with his dad back in the day. … one, Tim Wright.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Buchter only faces one hitter (he was out). Carpenter perfect in the 6th.

  • fireboss

    Beachy Post is up if anyone cares :)

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      thanks

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

      Absolutely I care. Thanks for multi-tasking Fred

  • fireboss

    marlins shopping justin turner. i’d like him

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

      I don’t get them shopping him. Oh well.

      • fireboss

        out of options and apparently don’t have room in the rotation

      • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

        Just noted that he’s out of options – that’s the deal.

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Really??

      • fireboss
        • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

          My next question is “what do they want for him?” Could be a bunch.

          • fireboss

            Yea i suspect AZ and maybe Oakland would be in on him as well as Cubs and Mariners. Price would be high… maybe Uggla in a straight swap :) :P

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

            A bunch of Cobb Stadium money? ;-)

          • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

            Given the owner down there? Maybe a Picasso.

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

            All joking aside, I’m like Fred… love to get him if we could.

          • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

            I’ll jump on that bandwagon. I’d think Terdo would be the first one they’d want… probably a couple other significant parts.

          • fireboss

            Sold

  • fireboss

    Farnsworth = Done

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Mark Bowman @mlbbowman 3m
    Fredi Gonzalez said he will announce his Opening Day starter tomorrow. Teheran is the obvious choice.

    obvious answer is obvious. Being forced into an obvious choice isn’t good, though.

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

      Personally, I’d have no issue with that if all this mess hadn’t occurred. I like Julio.

  • fireboss

    Call 5 0 he was robbed

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

    Tweets on posts are not going out like they should today. Have to try and refresh those connections.

    • fireboss

      I should really have Tweetdeck open so I could have seen that. I’ll go tweet something

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

        Yeah Im gonna retweet your beachy piece

        • fireboss

          I just did one too

          • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

            That photo you featured… yeah, it just screams ‘unnatural motion’ to me.

          • fireboss

            Yep that’s why I picked it

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

          Haven’t been hitting FB either as they should.

        • fireboss

          I just did a FB post. Why are my picture choices Ben, Jeff or the featured pic?

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

            Yeah this morning, ben showed up on FB. Then when I posted your piece to FB, it showed Ben again. VERY odd. Keeping eye on this!

          • fireboss

            When i saw it i copied the proposed post then canceled and posted manually. when i did that it gave me the option of ben jeff or the beachy pic so i chose beachy manually

  • fireboss

    On another note Greg Maddux is throwing out the first pitch in Arlington Cliff Lee and Darvish face on on the 31st

  • fireboss

    JUP put a jolt in that one

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Good time for him to get hot.

      • fireboss

        well we are getting close to April or a JUP calls it Home Run Month 1

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Meanwhile, back to the game… we plated 3 to take a 5-4 lead at stretch time.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Back on Jacob Turner… a commenter on MLBTR sez:”Reports are the Marlins seek 1B or 2B longterm solutions. I think the Indians could be a good match.”

    Forgetting that second part for a second…
    Phil Gosselin, and Ernesto Mejia. Then add another depth piece somewhere. NO, they can’t have La Stella.

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

      Yeah that could work. Save the strapped Fish some money, and they get some good young prospects.

    • fireboss

      Mejia isn’t what they want but I’d send Joey and Gosselin, Greene and Reyes..

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

        Yeah JoeyT is a better option, and there’s been no real room for him anyway. Lots of options here. Not sure Fish will bite on what we could offer though.

        • fireboss

          I suspect they’d want Graham or Hursh. That won;t happen

          • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

            Not Hursh… if they’d take Graham _right_now_ (w/no others involved), I’d certainly consider it.

      • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

        I was thinking Reyes – not sure if he’s what they’d want, but no problem doing that. Joey T might be a starter in their outfield.

        But the more I check, I think Turner could easily be a 4th/5th starter right now for us.

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

          Turner is pretty good, and FW and Co. would be fools not to be looking into options for such a trade.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Surely Cincinnati isn’t really gonna let Harvard beat them, right?

  • fireboss

    Lets run over to the Marlins side of camp and kidnap Turner. Shouldn’t he be at Turner field anyway?

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Down the coast another half hour. But they’re close. :)

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

        They’re in PSL today.

        • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

          Right… but the Fish are in W. Palm.

      • fireboss

        They just showed them on the back field where we’re playing. he could take the buss home with us

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

      Fish’d get a big “cobb” up their butts if you did that. Aren’t we pathetic?

      • fireboss

        If we use the right bait they might agree. They’ve been known to nibble a bit… (yes we are)

  • fireboss

    Jelly-legged him with the hook

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

    Love that new Dicks Sporting Goods ad

    • fireboss

      Yea me too just told the wife that

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

    Dipping dots.. the new favorite desert of TJ candidates everywhere. Fred, feel free to use that ;)

    • fireboss

      I’ll look for data to support your theory

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

        Lexus Nexus

        • fireboss

          i have a pair of Nissans does that work?

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

            haha. Same longevity w/o the exorbitant cost.

  • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

    Mark Bowman @mlbbowman 2m
    A National League scout said Ervin Santana’s fastball hit 95 mph and touched 94 multiple times. #Braves

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

      Loved his what… 166 SO’s last year?

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

    Seratelli robs La Stelli

    • fireboss

      easy for u 2 say

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

    He should’ve popped that to Tommy.

  • fireboss

    Severino isn’t really in the picture is he? He hasn’t looked all that good to me

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

      No his head doesnt appear to be fully in the game at times

      • fireboss

        That didn’t stop Fredi G

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

    I am off a touch early to grab a shower and run some errands. Thanks much for helping today guys. Still not getting many visitors, but I see them reading, and sooner or later we’ll get regular people brave enough to join our litany of prognostications, innuendos, and “biting” analysis ;)

    • fireboss

      Yea I’m supposed to work too I will after 6 outs.. or not

      • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

        I’m monitoring, but the interesting parts are done today.

  • fireboss

    Ah the Mutts are now on the field

  • fireboss

    Nice play at SS by Kazmar and young Pfister is going right after these guys. Though he seemed to try to hard to strike the last guy out and walked him

  • fireboss

    Game over Mutts win