September 11, 2012 at 12:46 pm by David Lee under Atlanta Braves
Game 2 vs. Brewers
The Braves fell 4-1 to the Brewers in the series opener Monday as the bullpen and defense collapsed and couldn’t hold the one-run lead the offense provided.
They’ll look to put it behind them in the second game as Tim Hudson goes for the Braves against Marco Estrada of the Brewers. Estrada has a 3.99 ERA and 3.59 FIP in 112.2 innings for Milwaukee, including a very solid 25.7% strikeout rate combined with a 5.2% walk rate. While his swinging strike rate is 10.1%, his one flaw seems to be keeping fly balls in the park, owning a 12.1% HR/FB mark this season and 12.2% for his career.
Estrada throws fastballs in the low 90s with occasional cut action, along with a curveball and changeup split between righties and lefties. He will induce a lot of fly balls and will probably work with a BABIP a tad below average on most occasions.
Tim Hudson’s last outing was a nice rebounder, allowing six hits over seven shutout innings against the Rockies. His command was spotty at times and he left several sinkers up, but he kept the ball in the park and changed eye levels well.
Final Braves Minor League Home Run Leaders
Ernesto Mejia (AAA) – 24
Stefan Gartrell (AAA) – 20
Evan Gattis (AA, A+, GCL) – 18
Edward Salcedo (A+) – 17
Adam Milligan (AA, A+) – 16
Braves.com recap for Monday’s loss.
AJC quotes following Monday’s loss. Jonny Venters: “I felt good physically. I was prepared. I was ready. I just didn’t execute. I made an error. This loss is on my back. I didn’t do my job. I let my team down that battled through a good game today, and I gave it up.”
Ben Sheets threw a simulated game Monday, throwing between 20-30 pitches. Fredi Gonzalez: “We’ll see where he’s at tomorrow and the next day. If he feels good, we’ll probably plug him into the bullpen somewhere.”
Kris Medlen won some MLB.com award.
Jim Bowden gives his thoughts on where each potential free agent could wind up (Insider). Those involving the Braves are Zack Greinke and Nick Swisher, both appearing on the outside. Bowden goes with the consensus in thinking Michael Bourn could go to the Phillies or Nationals.
Bryan Grosnick of Beyond the Box Score looks at the numbers of the Big Three using fielding dependent numbers.
Around the NL East
John Lannan will be taking Stephen Strasburg’s place in the rotation this week.
The Nationals rotation for the upcoming Braves series will be Ross Detwiler, Edwin Jackson and Gio Gonzalez.
Kyle Kendrick had a really good night, allowing one run over seven innings with eight strikeouts. The Phillies have won five straight and are five out of the second wild card spot.