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Wind blows, Teheran (6 HRs) not good, either

Posted on: March 4, 2012 5:36 pm

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Is this any way to come back from a collapse?

The Braves, fresh off their mostly unnoticed September swoon (the Red Sox hogged most of the headlines), are off to a rough start in spring training. After being one-hit in the spring opener, two of their top pitching prospects got roughed up in an 18-3 defeat to the powerful Tigers, who hit nine home runs.

Julio Teheran, considered Atlanta's best pitching prospect and a candidate to make their excellent rotation, allowed six home runs in two innings on an exceedingly windy day. The wind was blowing hard from left field to right field, but two of the Tigers' home runs, one by Austin Jackson and one by Delmon Young, cut through the wind and went out in left. Prince Fielder hit his first homer as a Tiger, hitting the light tower high up in right field on another homer that would have gone out, wind or no wind.

"Tough day to pitch,'' Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "In the big picture, nobody got hurt and we got our work in.''

Gonzalez suggested four or five of the Tigers' homers might not have gone out on a normal day. But Gonzalez also noted that they were batting under the same conditions, and they hit no home runs (though the Braves' lineup consisted of kids and backups).

Another top Braves prospect, Randall Delgado, allowed four runs in the first inning. But the righthander Teheran definitely had the roughest day of anyone. Gonzalez said he didn't think it was necessary for him to speak to him to keep his spirits up, though pitching coach Roger McDowell will surely say a few words to see how he holds up. "There's no doubt in my mind it'll be fine,'' Gonzalez said. "These guys are pretty solid.''

It's been a rough spring all the way around for the Braves. It began when top starting pitcher Tommy Hanson suffered a concusssion in a driving mishap, hitting his head against the window after a blowup while on the way to camp. Hanson threw for five minutes today without incident, and will throw again before getting into a game.

Not too much should be read into spring games, especially ones where one team plays its regulars and the other its kids, but there are legitimate concerns about the health of some of the Braves pitchers. Tim Hudson, who's returning from back surgery, is expected back in early May, though it could be a bit sooner. Jair Jurrjens was out the last month last year with kneee toruble, but he is considered fine. The Braves do have terrific starting pitching depth, which they are going to need.

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Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:36 pm

Wind blows, Teheran (6 HRs) not good, either

The Tigers wanted to send a warm thanks to the Braves for sending over their top pitching prospect to throw some BP.  If you haven't seen the replays of the homeruns -- don't watch if you are a Braves fan.  2 of them were into a 30 mph wind blowing across from left field and Fielder's hit about 30 feet up a light pole.

Needless to say -- it was ugly. 

Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:32 pm

Wind blows, Teheran (6 HRs) not good, either

I'm not reading into this too much, but it's definitely a little disheartening. Fredi G. is not a pitcher's manager.

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 10:40 pm

Wind blows, Teheran (6 HRs) not good, either

Let's see. Second game of the spring, this guy has only made a handful of MLB starts, and might be pressing. Also, pitchers in MLB spring training games almost always stick with one pitch, then move to another after a certain amount of pitches. Beyond this, as mentioned in the Braves recap yesterday, Mike Minor stated that the hitters are swinging at everything, meaning that they are likely taking more major cuts than they normally would. Finally, the Braves only brought one MLB starter with them to the Tigers and that's it. 

In other words, it's the second game of the spring in a game that means absolutely nothing. No sweat yet. If it's June 20th and the Braves are still getting shelled like this, then it's time for a major change.  

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2012 9:46 pm

Wind blows, Teheran (6 HRs) not good, either

Not a Atlanta fan but i dont like Freddie G. additude on loses..Not here because its spring but seems too laid back

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 9:42 pm

Wind blows, Teheran (6 HRs) not good, either

I didnt get to see or hear the game but i was wondering who the catcher was during this mess. Anyone know? Not that it matters much , just wondering.

Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:30 pm

Wind blows, Teheran (6 HRs) not good, either

If it was such a tough day to pitch, why didn't the Tigers' staff have any problems?

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:30 pm

Wind blows, Teheran (6 HRs) not good, either

Year of the Tiger!

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 7:24 pm

Wind blows, Teheran (6 HRs) not good, either

Without reading too much into a spring game, it was nice to see AJax connect for some power.

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