I really think you're seeing the kind of positives he can keep building on. Home runs the other night not just straight-away left, but left center, an indication he's not all about pulling. His demeanor is so much better too. Think that tells you he's hit on some things.
I would tend to agree. That's why it's so important for a guy like Chris Johnson to be right and for Jason Heyward to get right, so they can start to "get the line moving" as Fredi likes to say. I do know Chipper said he was encouraging B.J. to hit the ball on the ground, to take advantage of his speed. He starts to do that, it could make a big difference when it comes to run production. Need Heyward to get going too.
Good. Set to pitch Friday night for Triple-A Gwinnett in Charlotte. If you live in the area, you ought to go to that game. I've seen the new BB&T ballpark in downtown Charlotte (it's where I grew up) and it's just beautiful. So cool to have that kind of setting for a minor league game in Charlotte. Little short to right field, but the left-handers are going to love it.
I would feel bad not knowing the answer to that question, but I don't think the Braves even know yet. As we learned with the whole Beachy situation last year, you make that decision when it comes. Could be an injury, or somebody is clearly not pitching as well as somebody else. Don't know. Good that there's a question there though, right? After the Beachy/Medlen injuries in spring, you don't figure you're going to have a backlog.
Maybe. I know Frank Wren was saying last winter that they see Bethancourt as the catcher of the future. They really like his talent. But he's going to have to show he can hit on a consistent basis in the minors before the Braves consider changing anything with Gattis, you know? Think we get ahead of ourselves sometimes in this business when there are just so many variable. Wasn't that long ago, we didn't even know who Gattis was! Lot of things can happen in a short amount of time.
I hear you! They don't know the real Gattis huh? They could take some tips from the Batting Stance Guy, who always gets that kind of thing right.
I think when some of the guys like Minor and Floyd return to health and pitchers start to go longer in games (last night and Teheran notwithstanding) it'll help the Braves bullpen round into shape. Maybe a Hale or Harang ends up out there and steadies it some. Braves could also pick up a piece as the season goes along.
Have no idea. Good timing on that column, huh?
Agreed. Any time a guy as important as Kimbrel has something like this, it is a scary thought for the team, fans, anybody. I get it. I will say that battling through some soreness, especially early in the season, is probably something that happens a lot and we don't even know about it, typically. But all I can do is go on what Kimbrel is saying and in the last 24 hours, everything he's saying has been encouraging.
They have a lot of money invested in B.J. and I'm sure they're trying to give him every opportunity to succeed. I get your frustration, but I also see where B.J. hasn't been better about putting the ball in plate of late and stealing bases. Not sure enough is enough on April 17 when the team is 10-4.
I'm not with the team right now so I'm not sure. but the fact that JHey is in the lineup today, day game after night game, I'm thinking not much. Some of those outs at the end of the homestand were hard outs for Heyward. He faced a tough lefty last night. So numbers don't always tell the complete story.
That's a good question. I like it when y'all ask me things that I want to ask about myself. My guess would be Roger, when it comes to pitch selection at certain times, and Fredi, to find out when/if he wants him to throw over or pitch out. But that's one I'll have to run by Gattis some time.
Not in the near future. He's getting ready to move out to his ranch in Texas at the end of the summer to take over the hunting business he and his Dad have. Maybe after a year or two, though, my guess is he'll get the itch to be around the game again, and i think we've all seen what kind of a hitting coach he could be.
I doubt it. Knowing Jason, I'm thinking he'd want to get back in there and face Niese and move on with things. He's an upbeat guy, who hasn't dwelled on getting hit. That's the way he played it from the beginning last year, getting right back in the swing as soon as he could. Can't imagine this would be any different.
That's a good question and something we'll be keeping an eye on. With all the money spent over the winter, not sure there's anything immediate on the horizon, but my feeling was a Mike Minor might be next in line for an extension. But I'm sure the Braves will give J. Upton consideration too as we move forward.
I think it's fluid. Fredi will see how this goes a while, but he showed last year he's not afraid to move hitters around in the lineup when the offense gets a little stale. This stretch they've been good, so he's left things pretty standard. But you saw him drop Chris Johnson out of the 4 hole already. And he's hit Simmons both fifth and second. So just keep an eye on that.
Not that I know of and really him talking to B.J. wasn't planned. It was spontaneous. Fredi invited Chipper to come out. He shows up, can't help but start talking some hitting, next thing you know he's out on the field talking with BJ. Chipper told me later he saw Uggla taking flips in the cage that day and said it was some of the best work he'd ever seen somebody do against flips
No way to really know that yet. They'll make a decision based on how he's pitching at the time compared to others. But yeah, even Aaron said the other day when he was asked if even he was surprised by his start, he goes "probably." He's a good dude.
Dave is with the team in Philly and he reported last night that Kimbrel was encouraged by his 15-pitch bullpen yesterday, feeling better. Not sure yet if he'll be available today in the bullpen. Keep an eye on what Dave reports today.
I spoke to Jonny the other day before the Braves left town and he just said he was having good days and bad days, normal for a guy coming off TJ. Don't think Braves are expecting him back until May-June, so we're just kind of keeping an eye on him. Thanks for the question
Hey, it's Carroll Rogers here, in the newsroom at the AJC this Thursday morning, ready to answer Braves questions for ya. David O'Brien is with the team in Philadelphia, probably in the clubhouse about now. But I'm here and ready for your questions. Bring 'em on.