Tag:Joe Mather
Posted on: March 26, 2011 10:50 pm
 

3 up, 3 down for 3/26: Marlins on a roll

Wes Helms
By C. Trent Rosecrans

3 UP

Florida Marlins -- It seemed like something of a joke a week-and-a-half ago when Florida owner Jeffrey Loria blew up at his team over their spring training play. At the time, the Marlins were 5-13 and losers of nine straight. Since then, they've gone 7-1-1, including Saturday's 6-5 victory over the Cardinals with a walk-off single from Wes Helms (above). Sure, the wins don't count, but even in the spring, it's better to win than to lose -- and also to keep the boss happy.

Alex Rodriguez, Yankees -- Rodriguez hit his sixth homer of the spring on Saturday and fifth int he last eight games. A-Rod has had a sweltering spring, hitting .422/.469/.978. 

Justin Verlander, Tigers -- It doesn't count, but the Tigers' ace just wrapped up a pretty damn impressive spring. In six starts he went 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA. He struck out 23, walked three in 28 innings, while giving up 21 hits and three runs. He finished it on Saturday, allowing five hits and a run in seven innings against the Phillies.

3 DOWN

Ryan Franklin, Cardinals -- It's the position Franklin is paid to succeed in -- the Cardinals go into the ninth inning with a 5-3 lead and three outs to go for the win. Greg Dobbs led off the bottom of the ninth for the Marlins before Franklin recorded two outs. Jeff Domiguez doubled to make it 5-4, then Jorge Padilla followed with another double to tie the game and then Helms singled in Padilla to give Florida a 6-5 victory.

Braves defense -- Atlanta had five errors in Saturday's 8-2 loss to the Mets. Right fielder Wilkin Ramirez had two errors, while Brooks Conrad, Jonny Venters and Joe Mather each had one. The Braves have 32 errors in 31 games this spring. The Braves had 126 errors last season, one fewer than the Nationals and Pirates in the bottom spot for that stat in the National League.

Aroldis Chapman, Reds -- The Reds fireballer didn't record an out in his outing against the World Champions. After back-to-back singles, a wild pitch allowed the first run to score, then he hit Mark DeRosa. After that Charlie Culberson singled and Andres Torres doubled. In all, Chapman gave up four hits and five runs, with converted infielder Jerry Gil allowing his inherited runners to score, while giving up a run of his own.

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Posted on: November 20, 2010 12:16 pm
 

Braves unsure of bringing back Diaz

Diaz While the Braves want Eric Hinske back and have already sent the utility player an offer, the team is less positive about the future of Matt Diaz, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Diaz is arbitration-eligible, but the Braves won't be willing to give the left fielder a significant raise beyond the $2.5 million earned in 2010. Diaz, for his part, has indicated he will forego arbitration to sign for an amount around $2.5 million, but does Atlanta have any need for the 32-year-old?

The right-hander has been valauble to Atlanta in past years, but hit just .250/.302/.438 in 244 plate appearances in 2010 and seems to have lost what made him a regular starter the last four seasons. Essentially limited to just left-field and playing against left-handers, there may not be enough room on the team for Diaz with Hinske and projected starting left fielder Martin Prado, who is moving off second to make way for Dan Uggla. In addition, the Braves have Joe Mather, recently acquired from the Cardinals, who can play multiple positions.

Diaz seems all but certain to hit the free-agent market, but should find enough interest in his services to get a job with another team, but he will be coming off the bench.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 3:14 pm
 

Braves claim Joe Mather off waivers

Mather The Braves have claimed outfielder Joe Mather off waivers from the Cardinals, the first step in revamping Atlanta's outfield.

Atlanta has only Matt Diaz, Nate McLouth and Jason Heyward under contract, and Diaz could be on the way out. Either way, Atlanta needs to start bringing in options to start and come off the bench.

Mather, 28, has 211 total plate appearances split between 2008 and 2010 and has a career .233/.287/.415 line. For Triple-A, Mather hit .275/.348/.442 with 10 home runs in 376 plate appearances.

The righty shouldn't be handed a spot on the bench by all means and Atlanta should keep looking at all its options, but if Mather ends up winning a spot, could be a solid right-handed bat off the bench. Atlanta may also be gambling on Mathew reclaiming the power that once made him an intriguing name before suddenly losing it in 2009 thanks to left wrist surgery.

It can sometimes take over a year for a full recovery, so Atlanta may be hoping there's some more pop in the bat that was hidden in 2010. That's a distinct possibility as Mather also cranked 18 doubles, some of which could start going out of the park.

-- Evan Brunell

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