September 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm by David Lee under Atlanta Braves
“The King Has Returned” = The Lion King joke, for those wondering.
Game 1 vs. Brewers
The Braves completed a sweep of the Mets in their last visit to New York this season with a 3-2 win in 10 innings Sunday. Tommy Hanson pitched 5.2 good innings and Brian McCann drove in two of the three runs, including a home run in his second consecutive game.
The Braves will wrap up their road trip with three games in Milwaukee against a Brewers team that has won 15 of 20. However, despite the recent surge, the Brewers remain two games under .500 and six games out of the second wild card spot.
Wily Peralta will make his second career big league start for Milwaukee in the series opener. Peralta made his first career start against the Marlins last time out, allowing three runs on five hits in six innings, walking four and striking out three. He owns a 4.66 ERA and 3.83 FIP in 146.2 innings at Triple-A Nashville this year, recording a 21.9% strikeout rate and 12% walk rate.
Peralta has always had trouble with control and high walk rates, and he has to maintain a good strikeout rate to neutralize the baserunners. He throws mid-90s with movement, adding a hard slider and occasional changeup and curveball.
Mike Minor pitched seven shutout innings on just one hit last time out, avoiding the trouble of four walks by striking out seven. With the great outing, Minor lowered his ERA to 4.58, the lowest it’s been since April 24.
Andrelton Simmons is expected to return to the team today, so he should be in the lineup. Simmons went 2-5 with two doubles for Class A Advanced Lynchburg on Sunday.
Both Ryan Braun and Corey Hart left Sunday’s game with injuries. Braun is considered day to day with wrist soreness, while Hart suffered an ankle sprain.
Braves.com recap for Sunday’s win.
AJC quotes following Sunday’s win. Fredi Gonzalez on Craig Kimbrel in the ninth: “It was one of those situations in the ninth, Roger and I talked it over, they’ve got Davis and Duda coming up, and really you feel comfortable – it’s first time I’ve done it, bringing closer in a tie game on the road – but you feel with the way our pitching matched up later in the game, that that was the game right there. Now does it make my toes tingle doing that? I don’t know, doing that with your closer on the road. He’s pitched four out of five days, you don’t want to run him out there for two innings. But you know what? It worked out. You’ve got enough experience in the bullpen with Moylan and Durbin and that group of guys, that if we do get a lead they can do it.
“But I felt, talking to Roger, that facing the middle of the order in that inning, was important.”
Mark Bowman’s notes include Chipper’s last game in New York, when he took out the lineup card and recorded a pinch-hit walk in his final at-bat.
Derek Carty of Baseball Prospectus looks at whether to use ISO as a tool to legitimize high or low BABIPs (sub. required).
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York writes on the praises Mets players gave Chipper Jones.
Ben Sheets completed a side session Friday and appears to feel fine and ready to contribute. He may not have a spot in the rotation when he returns, however, and could find himself in the bullpen.
MLB.com posted the Braves’ top 20 prospects for the end of the season. Julio Teheran remains No. 1, while Andrelton Simmons and Christian Bethancourt are at 2 and 3. It’s a good top 10.
As for the top 100, Teheran is No. 26, while Simmons is 33rd and Bethancourt is 61st.
Davey Johnson decided to end Stephen Strasburg’s season after allowing five runs in three innings to the Marlins on Friday. Strasburg’s season ends with a 3.16 ERA, 2.83 xFIP, 30.2 K% and 7.4 BB% in 159.1 innings.