Tag:Jair Jurrjens
Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:17 pm
 

Braves next to try six-man rotation?

By Matt Snyder

Earlier this season, the White Sox went to a six-man rotation of starting pitchers. Since then, several other teams have discussed doing so and at least one -- the Giants -- had to deal with questions regarding a six-man rotation. Add the Braves to the list of ballclubs that have discussed the idea, and it sounds like they might actually do it.

“We’ve kicked that around,” said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez (ajc.com). “We haven’t put pencil to paper on it, but at this point of the year, everybody may need an extra day.”

The Braves currently have All-Star Jair Jurrjens and noted All-Star snub Tommy Hanson on the disabled list. Jurrjens is near ready to return while Hanson is likely to be back within a week. With aging Derek Lowe and Tim Hudson, in addition to youngsters Brandon Beachy and Mike Minor and trying to keep Jurrjens and Hanson healthy, it makes a good deal of sense to try and save the collective arms of the staff down the stretch. Especially when you consider the Braves are very likely to make the playoffs and that each of the six pitchers can hold his own in any given start.

In this case, using a six-man rotation wouldn't be a team forcing an extra pitcher in there -- as it would have been with the Royals, who toyed with the idea. Instead, the Braves would be taking advantage of a strength and possibly giving themselves a better shot at going deeper in the postseason.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 9, 2011 8:48 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2011 12:04 am
 

Hanson leaves Braves to have shoulder examined

Tommy HansonBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson left the team on Tuesday to return to Atlanta and have his ailing right shoulder examined. The Braves will bump him from his scheduled start on Friday and have him penciled in to pitch Tuesday against the Giants.

"They'll do the whole workup on him and see what's there, see if there's a problem," manager Fredi Gonzalez told reporters, including David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "No matter how the evaluation goes, we're going to go ahead and bump him back."

Hanson lasted just 3 1/3 innings on Saturday against the Mets, allowing seven runs on eight hits.

Hanson went on the disabled list in June for rotator cuff tendinitis. Hanson is 1-3 with a 8.10 ERA in his five starts since the All-Star break and was 10-4 with a 2.44 ERA before the break.

Mike Minor, who started in Jair Jurrjens place in the rotation on Sunday in New York, will start on Friday. Jurrjens went on the disabled list with a right knee sprain.

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Posted on: August 6, 2011 3:37 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2011 4:06 pm
 

Jurrjens on DL for Braves; Minor called up

By Evan Brunell

JurrjensJair Jurrjens has hit the DL with a right knee strain, causing the Braves to call up Mike Minor to start Sunday against the Mets.

There's been no hint of injury to Jurrjens, but he did struggle in his last start by giving up five runs in five innings. The right-hander had surgery on his knee last October for a torn meniscus, which may hint to a flare-up. Jurrjens has a 2.63 ERA in 20 starts and made his first All-Star Game last month.

He's being replaced by top prospect Mike Minor, who has already made six starts as a fill-in this season, albeit with a 4.59 ERA. The lefty is a big part of Atlanta's future, and he can be reasonably counted on to hold his own in the majors. For Triple-A, he had a 3.13 ERA in 16 starts covering 100 2/3 innings.

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 4:50 pm
 

On Deck: Braves/Pirates meet after blown call

On Deck

By Evan Brunell


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PiratesBravesONE DAY LATER: A day after the Braves essentially stole a win thanks to an umpire's blown call, the two teams will meet up with a nice pitching duel lined up. Jair Jurrjens no longer has an ERA under 2.00, but that can be forgiven as it's still low, with a 2.44 line going up against Paul Maholm and his 3.26 ERA. The Pirates are doing everything they can to stay in the NL Central hunt and must feel a bit of pressure at their backs to make up for the loss Tuesday night, as well as the knowledge the Cardinals just upgraded their pitching by adding Edwin Jackson, Marc Rzepcynzki and Octavio Dotel. Pirates vs. Braves, 7:10 p.m. ET

RasmusDONE DEAL: The Blue Jays made yet another smart deal on Wednesday, yet another in a series of trades since Alex Anthopoulous took over as GM. The centerpiece in the three-team deal for Toronto is center fielder Colby Rasmus. Rasmus isn't in the lineup for the game, but it's possible he will arrive in time to make an entrance. More than likely, Rasmus' Blue Jays debut will wait until Thursday. Toronto may also be dealing with a short bullpen, having traded away Dotel and Rzepcynzki. They have Ricky Romero toeing the hill against Alfredo Simon. Romero threw eight innings of one-run ball the last time he faced Baltimore, so the Jays will be hoping for a repeat. Orioles vs. Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. ET

GiantsPhilliesPITCHING DUEL: The Giants added their own outfielder on Wednesday, agreeing to add Carlos Beltran for the Mets. There's no chance Beltran has of making it to San Francisco in time for the game tonight, largely because the deal is not yet completed thanks to some procedural moves. It's OK, though, because we've got a nice pitching matchup to make up for it. The Phillies will toss ace No. 4, Cole Hamels, who deserves much more than that label. Hamels has a sterling 2.62 ERA on the year with a 0.96 WHIP, striking out 134 and walking just 29. Tim Lincecum was supposed to go for the Giants but is ill (Barry Zito started in Lincecum's place as well Tuesday night), so Matt Cain will step in Lincecum's place. No problem: Cain's got a 3.06 ERA in 138 1/3 innings. Giants vs. Phillies, 7:00 p.m. ET

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Posted on: July 6, 2011 10:39 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2011 10:52 pm
 

Jurrjens' case for All-Star starter strengthens



By Matt Snyder


Jair Jurrjens should be named the National League's starting pitcher by manager Bruce Bochy for Tuesday's All-Star Game. The pitcher who makes the most sense deserves it the most, which doesn't always happen in terms of starting pitchers in the annual game, but Jurrjens fits the bill after another dazzling outing Wednesday night.

The Braves' righty has more than made up for missing a few starts due to injury earlier this season. Wednesday, he became the first pitcher in the NL to hit 12 wins as he stifled the Rockies en route to a 9-1 Braves' victory. In 16 starts, Jurrjens is now 12-3 with a 1.87 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and is averaging seven innings a start, having recently recorded his first career shutout. Jurrjens has also been very consistent; 14 of his 16 outings have been quality starts, and the two that weren't were close.

If you don't believe in Jurrjens' resume -- and c'mon, you should -- look at how much sense it makes in terms of logistics. Jurrjens' normal turn for a start would be Monday, and the All-Star Game comes Tuesday. He can throw a few innings and then come back Saturday after Tommy Hanson gets a start Friday. Meanwhile, Cole Hamels of the Phillies is ineligible to pitch in the game Tuesday because he's starting Sunday for the Phillies. Other candidates would be Clayton Kershaw and Roy Halladay. Jurrjens has had a much better year than Kershaw to this point. You could make the case for Halladay over Jurrjens -- as my colleague C. Trent Rosecrans did earlier this week -- but neither the Phillies nor Halladay really want Doc starting. No reason to force it, then.

Simply put, Bochy's choice should now be easy. It's Jurrjens all the way.

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Posted on: July 3, 2011 8:38 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 10:59 am
 

Halladay, Weaver should start All-Star Game



By C. Trent Rosecrans

Perhaps the list of who won't be starting the All-Star Game is as impressive as who may start the game on July 12 at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Because of the rule that pitchers who start on the Sunday before the game are ineligible to pitch in the All-Star Game, Justin Verlander, James Shields, Matt Cain, Felix Hernandez, Cole Hamels, CC Sabathia and Jon Lester won't be getting the nod to start the game. However, it should be noted that neither Sabathia nor Lester were selected to the team, perhaps with an eye toward the fact they wouldn't be able to pitch in the game.

With those pitchers eliminated from the competition, it's easier to pick the starters for next Tuesday's game. We'll continue the process of elimination to determine the starters for the All-Star Game.

National League

Without Hamels and Cain, there are six pitchers left to pick from. It's unlikely that Tim Lincecum or Ryan Vogelsong of the Giants would be headed to Phoenix if San Francisco manger Bruce Bochy wasn't making the picks, so cross them off the list. That leaves Roy Halladay, Jair Jurrjens, Clayton Kershaw and Cliff Lee.

I'd be surprised if Kershaw didn't start an All-Star Game in his career, but it's not this year. He's got the potential to be as good as anyone in the game, but he's allowed six earned runs in three of his last six starts, so he's out.

Cliff Lee had an unbelievable June, but take that away and he's 4-6 with a 4.23 ERA. He's out.

So it comes down to the two 11-game winners, Halladay and Jurrjens. Jurrjens leads in ERA at 1.89, while Halladay has a 2.44 ERA. Halladay has more strikeouts, 131 to 63 and also leads in WHIP (1.027 to 1.061). Either one would be a good pick, but expect Bochy to go with the veteran Halladay, and it's tough to argue picking Halladay for about anything. His track record gives him the edge.

American League

If Verlander and Shields were in this discussion, it would be a lot more difficult. So in the also-rans, we'll start with C.J. Wilson. Wilson is 8-3 with a 3.14 ERA, good numbers to be sure, but not elite. Like Bochy picking two of his starters (and 60 percent of his starting rotation), Rangers manager Ron Washington was looking out for one of his own players by picking him over Sabathia or Lester, so he's out of the discussion.

David Price is 8-6 with a 3.43 ERA with 116 strikeouts, a good half-season to be sure, but not an All-Star starting pitcher.

Gio Gonzalez is that under-the-radar starter who has been lights-out this season, going 8-5 with a 2.31 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 109 innings. Gonzalez is fourth in the American League in ERA but his WHIP is an improved 1.235, which is decent but not in the Top 10 in the league.

Jered Weaver and Josh Beckett are both in the top three in both ERA and WHIP, with Weaver first in ERA (1.92) and third in WHIP (0.921) to Verlander (0.862). Beckett trails Weaver in ERA (2.12) and jumped ahead of him in WHIP (0.906) with Sunday's performance. If you're one of those people who puts value in pitcher's wins as a stat, Weaver leads all American Leaguers eligible to pitch in the game with 10 wins, while Beckett's pedestrian record of 6-3 belies what he's been able to do on the mound this season.

Weaver had a case to start last season season's game in Anaheim, but wasn't eligible because he'd started the Sunday before the game. He's scheduled to start on Thursday, putting him on track to start again on July 12, and he should get that chance.

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Posted on: July 3, 2011 12:39 pm
Edited on: July 3, 2011 3:39 pm
 

National League pitchers and reserves

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Albert Pujols may be back before the All-Star Game, the Cardinals said on Saturday, but he won't be on the All-Star team. Here's the rest of the National League team:

National League

Pitchers

Jonny Venters, Braves (players' pick)

Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers (players' pick)

Cole Hamels, Phillies (players' pick)

Jair Jurrjens, Braves (players' pick)

Joel Hanrahan, Pirates (players' pick)

Heath Bell, Padres (manager's pick)

Matt Cain, Giants (manager's pick)

Roy Halladay, Phillies (players' pick)

Tim Lincecum, Giants (manager's pick)

Brian Wilson, Giants (players' pick)

Ryan Vogelsong, Giants (manager's pick)

Cliff Lee, Phillies (player's pick)

Tyler Clippard, Nationals (manager's pick)

Reserves

OF Justin Upton, Diamondbacks (manager's pick)

3B Chipper Jones, Braves (players' pick)

SS Starlin Castro, Cubs (manager's pick)

2B Brandon Phillips, Reds (players' pick)

OF Jay Bruce, Reds (players' pick)

1B Joey Votto, Reds (players' pick)

SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies (players' pick)

1B Gaby Sanchez, Marlins (manager's pick)

OF Hunter Pence, Astros (players' pick)

OF Carlos Beltran, Mets (manager's pick)

OF Matt Holliday, Cardinals (players' pick)

C Yadier Molina, Cardinals (players' pick)

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Posted on: July 1, 2011 8:50 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 10:01 pm
 

Jones breaks up Jurrjens no-no in seventh

By Matt Snyder

Jair Jurrjens of the Braves has been one of the most dominant starting pitchers in the National League in 2011, and the Orioles are seeing it first hand Friday night. Jurrjens had a no-hitter through 6 1/3 innings before an Adam Jones seeing-eye single up the middle broke it up. And that ended up being the only hit Jurrjens allowed all night, as he put together a one-hit shutout in the Braves' 4-0 win.

Jurrjens' counterpart, Orioles starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie was nearly keeping pace for a bit as the score was 0-0 with Guthrie having given up only one hit and one walk through five. That changed in the sixth, as a Jason Heyward two-run homer gave the Braves the lead for good.

Jurrjens, 25, came into Friday night 10-3 with a 2.07 ERA and is almost certainly headed to his first All-Star Game in less than two weeks. In fact, his name will be in the mix as the possible starter.

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