May 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm by David Lee under Atlanta Braves
Back on the Road
The Braves finished a close series with a disappointing 4-0 loss to the Phillies on Thursday. They turned around and hit the road for Colorado to begin a three-game series against the Rockies tonight at 8:40 on Peachtree TV and Fox Sports South. Tim Hudson faces Guillermo Moscoso.
Eric Karabell gives us his latest bits featuring Bryce Harper and Joe Blanton (Insider required).
Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer asks whether there is concern over Roy Halladay’s drop in velocity. I touched on this a little on the news thread for the day he pitched, saying he’s using his cutter and off-speed more, which could be a sign of an attempt to offset the lack of velocity. Velocity drops are something I don’t speculate on, though, because only the pitcher knows, and sometimes even he doesn’t.
Tim Brown of Yahoo posts his power rankings and has the Braves at No. 7.
And, of course, the big news from Thursday was Mariano Rivera’s torn ACL while shagging fly balls during batting practice. My one thought while reading reactions to this horrible news is that those who question pitchers shagging fly balls during BP should stop and think how often it is done every day and how often an injury actually occurs. Questioning the practice is the ultimate knee-jerk reaction. I wrote on Twitter that preventing pitchers from shagging balls is the equivalent of preventing a pitcher from riding a bicycle. Rivera’s injury is just terrible luck.
With it being a day game on Thursday, I updated the previous news thread to include all news from yesterday. So if you’re looking for the usual links that are found from the previous day, check out that link.