No, not a lot. I think the same idea applies in Atlanta. However, while their offensive numbers (BA, OBP, SLG, OPS) are about the same home and away, the O’s are 8 games under .500 away from home (they are 3 games over .500 in Balt.)…
To be fair, I haven’t been able to find where I read that about Medlen, but here is something about it from a DOB story from June 22
After about two weeks off following a setback with scar tissue breakup, Kris Medlen is back throwing off a bullpen mound. He threw 60 pitches without problem on Wednesday as he starts his climb again to return from elbow reconstruction surgery.
Medlen is not throwing curveballs with any regularity. He’s going to ease back into throwing his third pitch, which is what he was throwing when he felt a scar tissue pop on May 31. But he said his biggest obstacle is now mental, not physical, and trusting his arm again.
“It’s the last hurdle for everybody who goes through this,” Medlen said. “You know your arm is strong. You know it’s sturdy and ready to go, it’s just the mental part. It’s that whole release of being able to let it go. I can feel myself, once I’m trying to throw it as hard as I can, my body is like ‘oh,’ and I guide it through. It doesn’t feel as fluid as I want it to yet, but that’s the last hurdle.”
As the Braves headed for the West Coast, Medlen was headed back to the Braves complex in Orlando. He has a one-way airline ticket and plans to stay there until he’s on the cusp of being ready to return, starting with bullpen sessions to live batting practice and possibly even his minor league rehabilitation. He could pitch in Gulf Coast League games.
The setback cost him a possible return in late July. Mid-August would still put him at the typical 12 months recovery, but Medlen is not putting a date on it.
“I am over trying to give myself a timetable,” said Medlen, pointing to his elbow. “It’s obviously going to depend on this guy.”
Anyone want to change the mind about trading Beachy?
20 strikeouts, 3 walks, 2 ER and two wins in his last two games? Can’t ask a lot more from a 5th starter… Figure once he is here a bit longer he will be able to go deeper in games, kind of like Hanson did…
Mark, trading Beachy would still depend on the package for me. It would obviously need to be way higher than that fourth OF that the Brewers (reportedly) refused to give us for the kid last year.
I don’t expect Beachy to keep up this post-DL tear. I think he caught the Jay’s struggling and the Mariners’ offense is slumping big time.
But I’ll be the umpteenth person to note Beachy’s demeanor; it really does seem to point to a guy who’ll maximize his talent. If this undrafted guy becomes a top notch 5th starter, I hope we hang on to him for a long time. For composure, he’s the anti-Jo Jo Reyes.
I would rather trade Minor, but I’d rather NOT trade Minor at the present time because I’m hoping his stock will increase enough to pull a solid return for him during the winter.
I saw one of Delgado’s 4 loses in AA, and it was not very impressive. That doesn’t mean he’s not a fantastic prospect. It means he had a rough outing (Derek Lowe has had many in a Braves’ uniform). Julio faced the D’Backs, who were getting hot, and the Phils. Cut the guy some slack. Yeah, it’s beyond ridiculous that scouts compare him to a HOFer and one of the greats of all time, but doesn’t that say something about his stuff and his potential if he’s the top pitching prospect in the minors and scouts have compared his stuff to Pedro Martinez. We Braves’ fans are spoiled by good pitching. Minor is not as capable as Beachy, but he is still a serviceable pitcher in MLB. Also, the Braves have looked pretty good with their ability to evaluate pitching talent, so if they project Delgado and Teheran in their future rotation I’ll trust them. JJ, Hanson, Beachy, Teheran, and Delgado/Medlen sounds pretty sweet for a future rotation.
It’s time to figure out who you keep to go along with Tommy and JJ. We have very little offense in the minor leagues. We will have to trade to get it. No good offensive free agents are coming to Atlanta. I can’t remember the last time one did. We will have to acquire a better offense via trade. It’s a must. If we go to the postseason as is we will suffer many more frustrating 1 or 2 run loses and leave in the first round. So yes, FAIR on a trade for offense. Please. The question remains, though… Who? You guys threw out some great ideas, but I think Frank surprises us again, for better or worse…
Lol @ Marlon Byrd’s like 60 years old. That may be Steve, but he’s still better than McLouth and Schafer, both of whom will never be All-Stars. I don’t count McLouth’s Pirate appearance. Cameron Maybin and Schafer seem like the same player, and I would rather have Schafer. That would be like last year when we traded Blanco and Chavez for Ankiel and Farnsworth. What’s the point? Please no Michael Bourn. Kemp would be pretty sweet, but it ain’t happening. Neither is Granderson. Pence or Jones would be my top picks.
Look at the AL East with the BoSox, Yanks, and Rays. I’m glad we don’t play in that division, and go Rays! Stick it to those money spending punks. Sick rotation. Longo heating up. If only they still had Crawford. If only. One of my all-time favorite players to watch.