Tag:Freddie Freeman
Posted on: August 8, 2011 9:56 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 11:36 pm
 

Umpire ejects Braves' Fredi and Freddie

Freddie FreemanBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt accomplished a rare feat on Monday, ejecting a Fredi (Gonzalez) and a Freddie (Freeman) in the Braves' game at Florida.

Gonzalez, the Braves' manager, was ejected for arguing balls and strikes during the fourth inning of the game, while Freeman was ejected after striking out to end the top of the eighth inning.

Gonzalez was ejected after Wedelstedt called a Derek Lowe pitch to Bryan Peterson a ball. After he did, he looked into the Braves dugout and ejected Gonzalez, who then walked out and argued for a moment.

"You can't argue balls and strikes," Gonzalez told David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "I deserve what I got."

Freeman thought he checked his swing against Steve Cishek with two strikes and two outs, but Wendelstedt called him out. After Freeman tossed his helmet, Wendelstedt tossed Freeman. Freeman never turned to say anything or show up Wendelstedt before the umpire tossed Freeman.

After the game, Freeman said the call on the strike was correct, but wasn't so sure about the ejection. He said he only asked Wendelstedt to check with the third base umpire.

"Couldn’t believe it. That was pretty incredible," Freeman said (via the AJC). "I didn’t say anything. There was no reason I should have been thrown out of this game. All I asked was, 'Why?' All he said was, 'You know what you got thrown out.' At the time, I didn't." 

It was Gonzalez's third ejection of the season.

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Posted on: August 7, 2011 6:23 pm
 

Uggla extends hitting streak to 28

Dan UgglaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Dan Uggla improved his hitting streak to 28 games with an eighth-inning single off of Bobby Parnell in Sunday's 6-5 victory over the Mets. It was the fourth time during his streak it took until Uggla's final at-bat of a game to extend his streak.

Uggla was 1 for 5 in the game that saw teammate Freddie Freeman's hitting streak snapped at 20 games. Freeman was 0 for 4.

Uggla's streak ties the longest for a Brave since Marquis Grissom got halfway to DiMaggio with his own 28-game hitting streak in 1996. Atlanta's record is 31 games set by Rico Carty in 1970.

The Braves travel from New York to Florida for three games with the Marlins starting Monday night.  Uggla is hitless in two at-bats against Marlins lefty Brad Hand.

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Posted on: August 7, 2011 10:51 am
 

On Deck: We're going streaking

OD

By C. Trent Rosecrans


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Winning streak: Roy Oswalt returns from the disabled list and looks to extend the Phillies' winning streak to 10. To reach double digits, Philadelphia will have to top Tim Lincecum. Lincecum set the tone last postseason against the Phillies, topping Roy Halladay in Game 1 of the NLCS, before losing Game 5 in a rematch against Halladay. A little more than a week ago, Lincecum threw six shutout innings in a victory in Philadelphia in a 4-1 Giants victory over Kyle Kendrick. Philadelphia's Roy Oswalt is making his first start since June 23, spending the last six weeks on the disabled list with lower back inflammation and two bulging disks. Phillies at Giants, 4:05 p.m. ET

Losing streak: On the other side of Pennsylvania, the state's other team is looking to avoid a 10-game streak of its own. Pittsburgh has lost its last nine and 11 of its last 12. The Pirates now trail the Brewers by nine games and any shot at making the playoffs seems remote at best. The team may now have to change its focus from the postseason to ending the streak of 18 consecutive losing seasons. The Pirates stand at 54-58, so that's a more realistic goal than the playoffs at this point. All-Star Kevin Correia (12-9, 4.71 ERA) starts for the Pirates opposite San Diego's Mat Latos (5-11, 3.94). Padres at Pirates, 1:35 p.m. ET

Dan UgglaFreddie FreemanHitting streaks: Braves second baseman Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to 27 games on Saturday, going 3 for 5 with his 24th homer of the season on Saturday in a loss to the Mets, but he's not alone on the Braves' streaking list -- rookie first baseman Freddie Freeman singled in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 20 games. Uggla's homer was his 12th during the streak and has seen his average rise from .173 to .220 during the streak. He's 2 for 8 against Sunday's Mets starter Dillon Gee. Freeman is 1 for 5 against Gee. Braves at Mets, 1:10 p.m. ET

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Posted on: August 1, 2011 11:04 am
Edited on: August 1, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Players of the Month: Pedroia, Sabathia victors

Sabathia

By Evan Brunell


Now that the trade deadline has passed, July is in the books. That means it's time to take a look at the best hitter and pitcher of the month as voted by CBSSports.com experts. The voting wasn't close, with the batter of the month in Dustin Pedroia and pitcher of the month in CC Sabathia walking away with five of six possible votes each.

July's Best
Expert Batter Pitcher
Knobler Pedroia Sabathia
Miller Pedroia Sabathia
Brunell Pedroia Sabathia
Rosecrans Freeman Sabathia
Snyder Pedroia Holland
Fantasy Pedroia Sabathia

Pedroia was a one-man wrecking crew in July, helping push Boston to a 20-win July, the most in Red Sox franchise history. Pedroia racked up statistics that would make your eyes pop. On the year, he's walking at a rate that's enabled him to post a .406 OBP and is enjoying the best power season of his career outside of last year, which was cut short due to injury. In fact, Pedroia got 2011 off to such a slow start, he was concerned that his foot was the culprit. After getting it checked out and his fears alleviated, Pedroia went off.

In the same division, but roughly 202 miles south, CC Sabathia was busy shutting down opponents left and right as the Yankees continue to hang tough in the AL East. Whether they can continue to do that or not without making a trade-deadline deal remains to be seen. If Sabathia can keep up his dominance that has vaulted him into being a concrete contender for the AL Cy Young, the Yankees may not have needed any upgrades. Sabathia is setting himself up for a nice payday after the year, when he can opt out of his contract. The Yankees will gladly tack on a couple of years the way Sabathia has been going.

Past players of the month: April | May | June

Batter of the Month
Danny Knobler Scott Miller
PedroiaDustin Pedroia, Red Sox
The Red Sox had the best July in their history, at 20-7. I'm not sure Pedroia had the best July in Red Sox history, but he had to be close, with a .411 batting average, and eight home runs, which tied him for second in the majors. And just to make sure he won, he had the go-ahead hit in Boston's win over the White Sox on July 31.
PedroiaDustin Pedroia, Red Sox
I'm a sucker for hitting streaks. Others maybe had gaudier numbers this month, but for Pedroia to bang out that 25-gamer while helping to keep Boston atop the AL East, that's impressive. Especially against great pitching and in the pressure of the AL East.
Evan Brunell C. Trent Rosecrans
PedroiaDustin Pedroia, Red Sox
Pedroia made Ted Williams proud with a .411 batting average to go along with a .723 slugging percentage that even Jose Bautista would be jealous of. After starting the season poorly and expressing concern that a screw in his surgically-repaired right foot was affecting him, Pedroia has been scorching hot. Now, he's making a case to be considered for the AL MVP with a 6.6 Wins Above Replacement (which counts fielding) mark on the season -- Bautista is the only hitter ahead with a 6.8 figure.
FreemanFreddie Freeman, Braves
You could pick one of three Red Sox players who had a fantastic month -- Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury and Adrian Gonzalez were all worthy, but they almost cancel each other out. Instead of being one of many on a team having a great July, the Braves rookie stepped it up when his teammates were falling by the wayside. This month alone, the Braves put Chipper Jones, Brian McCann, Jordan Schafer and Nate McLouth on the DL as Freeman slugged his way to a .362/.433/.600 month. He added six homers and 18 RBI, leading the Braves to a 16-10 record in July.
Matt Snyder Fantasy -- Al Melchior
PedroiaDustin Pedroia, Red Sox
Pedroia got at least one hit in every game but one during the month and 14 times he recorded a multi-hit game. His average jumped almost 40 points, his OPS over 100 and he displayed power and speed -- with eight home runs, 22 RBI and six steals. The guy who was hitting .240 with a .683 OPS at the end of May is a distant memory and Pedroia's climbing back into MVP territory.
PedroiaDustin Pedroia, Red Sox
July was a good month for Fantasy second basemen, with Ben Zobrist, Dan Uggla and Michael Cuddyer and others upping their production, but none was more productive than Pedroia. In fact, Pedroia had the highest value of any player, regardless of position, in both Rotisserie and Head-to-Head formats for the month. With a .411 batting average, in addition to 17 extra-base hits and five stolen bases, there may not have been a more balanced scoring threat in Fantasy than the Laser Show.
Pitcher of the Month
Knobler Miller
SabathiaCC Sabathia, Yankees
You can argue that the Yankees should have traded for a starting pitcher at the deadline. You can't argue that they needed an ace, because Sabathia proved once again that they already have one. He also proved that he deserves a spot in the debate over who is the best pitcher in the game, with a 4-1 record, a 0.92 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 39 innings.
SabathiaCC Sabathia, Yankees
Guy narrowly misses a no-hitter wearing a Yankees uniform, how can you go wrong? Sabathia is rockin' right now: A 0.92 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP in five starts. One game to win as we speak, he's my guy (if, ahem, Verlander isn't available).
Brunell Rosecrans
SabathiaCC Sabathia, Yankees
Sabathia was a beast to reckon with in July, racking up a 4-1 record while posting a miniscule 0.92 ERA, supported by a 2.15 xFIP that ties him for the best mark in baseball in July, along with Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Facing the Indians, Rays, Blue Jays and Mariners isn't a creampuff schedule, and he was able to minimize home runs and strand baserunners at a high rate, as well as go deep into games with his 39 innings pitched near the top of the leaderboards.
SabathiaCC Sabathia, Yankees
It's really hard to go anywhere else (perhaps Clayton Kershaw or Daniel Bard), but among those with 20 innings pitched this month, none had a lower ERA (0.92) or more strikeouts (50), and Sabathia also had the second-lowest WHIP (0.79). Here's how good he was -- of his five starts this month, in his worst outing, he went eight innings, allowed five hits and two runs, and struck out eight in a loss to the Rays on July 21.
Snyder Fantasy -- Melchior
HollandDerek Holland, Rangers
I was about to pick CC Sabathia, but note Holland's three shutouts during the month of July, which overwhelmed me. No one had more than one shutout in either April or May. Cliff Lee had three shutouts last month, but he was my pick then and Holland's my pick now. Only Lee and Holland have more than three shutouts this season and only two others -- James Shields and Jason Vargas -- have had three all season. Holland did that in his past five starts.
SabathiaCC Sabathia, Yankees
Sabathia is following in his perennial pattern of heating up in the second half, as he had a scorching-hot July. He led all qualifying starters with a 0.92 ERA and 0.79 WHIP for the month, and not coincidentally, only Greinke had a higher strikeout per nine innings rate. Sabathia also benefited from some apparent good luck, as opponents hit only .218 on balls in play against him (despite mediocre line drive and popup rates), but even so, he helped himself enough to outproduce Kershaw and Verlander.

Danny Knobler and Scott Miller are Senior MLB Writers; Evan Brunell, C. Trent Rosecrans and Matt Snyder are Eye on Baseball Bloggers; Al Melchior is a Fantasy Data Analyst and Scott White is a Fantasy Writer.


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Posted on: June 16, 2011 7:59 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 8:08 pm
 

Braves' Hanson scratched from Friday start

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Tommy HansonBad news for the Braves -- Tommy Hanson has been scratched from his start on Friday with right shoulder tendonitis. The team will continue to evaluate him over the next couple of days and probably keep their fingers crossed that it goes away.

The good news is Braves fans will get a chance to see right-hander Randall Delgado, who will start in his place against the Rangers at Turner Field on Friday.

Hanson has been spectacular this season, going 8-4 with a 2.48 ERA in 14 starts, with a 1.042 WHIP. His six hits per nine innings leads the National League. Batters are hitting just .189/.268/.303 against the 24-year-old this season.

Delgado will be making his big-league debut. The 21-year-old is 4-4 with a 3.54 ERA in 13 starts at Double-A Mississippi. Delgado was named the team's No. 3 prospect by Baseball America before the season, behind Julio Teheran and Freddie Freeman. The native of Panama led the Carolina League in strikeouts (120) last season despite being promoted in July. He recorded 162 strikeouts overall, the most in the Braves' system. 

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Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:31 am
Edited on: June 7, 2011 11:25 am
 

Looking back at second-round picks

Joey Votto

By C. Trent Rosecrans


While the first-round of the MLB Draft is gaining more attention in the last couple of years, the later rounds are where most of the work is done. 

The second round starts today at 11 a.m. ET, so here's a look at some of the best second-round picks in recent memory.

Angels: In 1999, the Angels took John Lackey out of Grayson County Community College with the 68th overall pick in the draft. In 1995, they took Jarrod Washburn with the first pick of the second round.

Astros: Perhaps the team's best player right now, outfielder Hunter Pence, was the 64th overall pick in 2004. 

MLB Draft

Athletics: The A's took Vista, Calif., high schooler Trevor Cahill with the 66th overall pick in 2006. Two years before that they took Kurt Suzuki in the second round and in 2003 they took Andre Ethier in the second round. They traded him for Milton Bradley and Antonio Perez in 2005.

Blue Jays: Right-hander Dave Bush in 2002 is probably the team's best second-round pick since taking Derek Bell in 1987.

Brian McCannBraves: Current first baseman Freddie Freeman was selected with the 78th overall pick in 2007, but the best pick was easily 2002's No. 64 overall pick, a local high school catcher named Brian McCann.

Brewers: The Brewers took Yovani Gallardo with the fifth pick of the second round in 2004.

Cardinals: In 2001, the team took Dan Haren with the 72nd overall pick. More recently, Jon Jay was taken in the second round of the 2006 draft.

Cubs: You have to go back pretty far -- unless you go with Bobby Hill -- to find much success with the Cubs' second-round pick, but if you go as far back as 1984, they took Greg Maddux with the third pick of the second round and he turned out OK. Also among their second-round picks is former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter (1996).

Diamondbacks: A's starter Brett Anderson was Arizona's second-rounder in 2006. He was part of the big trade that send Dan Haren to the Diamondbacks.

Dodgers: The Dodgers got future closer Jonathan Broxton with the 60th overall pick in 2002.

Giants: Of recent vintage, the Giants have taken Nate Schierholtz in 2003 and Fred Lewis in 2002, but the most interesting second-round pick by San Francisco was in 1982. That year they took the son of a team legend with the 11th pick of the second round (39th overall), but Barry Bonds went to Arizona State instead.

Indians: Jason Kipnis is one of the team's top prospects, taken in the second round in 2009. In 1995, the Indians took first baseman Sean Casey out of Richmond with the 53rd overall pick.

Mariners: Recently-demoted Orioles starter Chris Tillman was taken in the second round of the 2006 draft. Keep an eye on 2009 second-rounder Rich Poythress, who had 31 homers in Class A last season.

Mike StantonMarlins: It wasn't until the 12th pick of the second round -- and 76th overall -- for someone to pick up Mike Stanton in 2007. 

Mets: There's some slim pickins for the Mets recently, but few Mets fans would trade their second-rounder of 1977, Mookie Wilson. (Seriously, this one was tough, the only players the Mets have picked in the last 15 years who have made the majors were Kevin Mulvey, Neal Musser, Pat Strange and Tyler Walker -- maybe that explains some things.)

Nationals (Expos): Jordan Zimmermann was the team's second-rounder in 2007. Current Reds All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips was taken by the Expos with the sixth pick of the second round in 1999.

Orioles: Nolan Reimold was taken 61st overall in 2005, but if you want to go back a few years, the team took Cal Ripken with the 22nd pick of the second round in the 1978 draft. Ripken was the third of four picks the Orioles had in the second round that year.

Padres: San Diego took Chase Hedley in 2005.

Phillies: Jimmy Rollins was the team's second-rounder in 1996, going 46th overall.

Pirates: Last year's pick was Stetson Allie, who many expected to go in the first round. Lefty Tom Gorzelanny was taken in the second round in 2003 and catcher Ryan Doumit was taken 59th overall in 1999.

Rangers: The only player taken by the Rangers in the second round of the last decade to make the majors is Jason Bourgeois.

Rays: The Rays famously took Josh Hamilton No. 1 overall in 1999, but their second-round pick that year was pretty good too -- Carl Crawford.

Red Sox: How about Justin Masterson (2006), Dustin Pedroia (2004) and Jon Lester (2002)?

Reds: NL MVP Joey Votto (2002) was the third pick of the second round (44th overall) and Travis Wood was taken in the second round of the 2005 draft. Keep an eye on 2009 pick Billy Hamilton, who already has 45 stolen bases this season for Class A Dayton.

Rockies: For recent vintage, Seth Smith (2004) is the pick, but you can go back a few years and pick Aaron Cook (1997).

George BrettRoyals: For all the prospects the Royals have stockpiled in the last couple of years, strangely not too many are second-rounders. Outfielder Brett Eibner (2010) was the only member of the Royals' Top 10 by Baseball America taken in the second round. You have to go back to Carlos Beltran (1995), Jon Lieber (1992), Bob Hamelin (1988), Mark Gubicza (1981), Darryl Motley (1978) and Dennis Leonard (1972) to find serious big-leaguers. Oh, and also a kid out of El Segundo, Calif., in 1971 named George Brett. He was pretty good, too.

Tigers: The Tigers took Brandon Inge with the 14th pick of the 1998 draft as a catcher out of Virginia Commonwealth. In 1976, Alan Trammell was the second pick of the round.

Twins: A nice run of arms earlier in the decade with Kevin Slowey (2005), Anthony Swarzak (2004), Scott Baker (2003) and Jesse Crain (2002). Frank Viola was the team's second-rounder in 1981.

White Sox: A's outfielder Ryan Sweeney (2003) is the team's best second-rounder since Bob Wickman (1990) -- not counting Jeff Weaver, who went back to school after he was picked in 1997 and was taken by the Tigers a year later.

Yankees: In the last 20 years, only two Yankees second-rounders have made the big leagues, Shelley Duncan (2001) and Randy Keisler (1998). Catching prospect Austin Romine was the team's second-rounder in 2007. In 1982, the team did take a shortstop from McAdory High School in Bessemer, Ala., who went on to play football at Auburn instead. His name is Bo Jackson. That was the year after the team took Stanford outfielder John Elway.

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Posted on: April 9, 2011 1:36 am
Edited on: April 9, 2011 2:08 am
 

3 up, 3 down for 4/8: Rays, Red Sox finally win

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Dan Johnson

3UP

Dan Johnson, Rays -- Johnson's three-run homer topped off a five-run ninth, giving the Rays their first victory of the season, 9-7 over the White Sox. Not only was it the Rays' first win of the season, Johnson gave the team its first lead of the season.

Antonio Bastardo, Phillies -- The 25-year-old lefty gave up Chipper Jones' 2,500th career hit on Friday, but after that he struck out the next six batters he faced -- Brian McCann, Dan Uggla, Jason Heyward, Alex Gonzalez, Freddie Freeman and Tim Hudson.

Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals -- Not only did Zimmermann pick up his first victory since undergoing Tommy John surgery, he also threw 91 pitches, while allowing six hits and two runs in 5 1/3 innings. Oh yeah, he also singled in two runs in the second inning.

3DOWN

Brian Wilson, Giants -- After staring in the Giants' pregame ceremonies to commemorate their World Series title, Wilson came into the game in the ninth inning to lock down another save. Instead, he gave up two runs on two hits and two walks. It was his second appearance since coming off the disabled list, allowing three runs Wednesday against the Dodgers. Manager Bruce Bochy has taken him out without finishing the inning in both outings. But hey, at least his ERA dropped from 40.50 to 33.75.

Albert Pujols, Cardinals -- You're not going to see this name in this part of 3 up, 3 down too often, but the two-time Gold Glover (including 2010) dropped a simple throw from pitcher Brian Tallet on Andres Torres' two-out grounder in the 12th inning on Saturday. That set up an RBI single by Aaron Rowand to give the Giants a 5-4 victory.

Boone Logan, Yankees -- In six plate appearances against lefties this season, Yankee the left-handed reliever has allowed three hits and two walks. Logan gave up hits to David Ortiz and J.D. Drew, with Drew's single in the seventh scoring two and locking up the first win of the season for the Red Sox. He did get Jacoby Ellsbury to ground out to end the inning, but the damage had been done by that point. With Pedro Feliciano and Damaso Marte on the DL, he's the team's only lefty in the bullpen.

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Posted on: April 8, 2011 1:56 pm
Edited on: April 8, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Despite struggles, Freeman still at first base

By Evan Brunell

FreemanSlow start be damned, Freddie Freeman is still the first baseman for the Braves and that's not changing.

Despite vaulting his batting average up to .167 from .105 after Wednesday's game, the rookie still has a minuscule .167/.167/.333 line in 24 plate appearances, collecting just four hits and one extra-base hit, that being a double.

Quite a far cry from the .319/.378/.521 slash line that the 21-year-old threw up in Triple-A last season.

"To me, and talking to [hitting coach Larry Parrish], it looks like he’s expanding the strike zone a little bit, swinging at pitches out of the strike zone,” manager Fredi Gonzalez told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "Probably trying to create stuff that’s not there. That’s the case sometimes with young players."

Freeman isn't going anywhere -- unless, obviously, he continues to struggle into the summer months and the team's hand is forced. But the youngster will get every chance to establish himself as the Braves believe he can be their first baseman for years to come. 

Another facet of the game Freeman is expected to contribute to the team on is defense, although he's had a shaky moment there already. While he's already proved his worth there, he did make a curious decision THursday by throwing home on a bases-loaded grounder instead of getting the out at first. Weeks scored to give the Brewers an insurance run.

"I think it would have been difficult" to get the out at home, Gonzalez said, "but with him and his arm -- for me, he’s not a normal first baseman. He’s got range, and he’s got a plus-plus arm. So ... I’m not going to get on him about needing to get the out at first base because I’ve seen him do some stuff that other first basemen cannot do."

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