Open thread, 5/2, #Braves vs. bad luck

Mike Minor has probably pitched his last game in a Braves uniform. He was moved to the 60-day DL today, and odds are he’ll be non-tendered following the season. Medlen, Minor and Beachy looked like a junior Glavine, Maddux and Smoltz. Now, they’re all gone.

But hey, at least we still have Eric Stults, who squares off against Jason Marquis tonight — the opposite of a marquee match-up.

As an aside, I just flipped over to the Giants-Angels game and, lo and behold, Harold Reynolds said something stupid. Discussing the Cardinals’ franchise four, HR offered up Willie McGee. Moron.

If Fox had any brains they’d replace him with Pedro Martinez, the Charles Barkley of baseball analysis. But Fox is stupid.

Other tidbits:

  • In case you were wondering where you’d least want to be Aug. 7, 8 and 9, it’s Fenway Park, where The Zac Brown Band will be headlining.
  • Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Chris Johnson extension, otherwise known as the final nail in Frank Wren’s coffin.
  • Pedro Ciriaco was just called up, replacing ian Thomas on the roster, though he did nothing to deserve it at Gwinnett: .234 BA, .253 OBP, .286 slugging.

The line-up:

Markakis 9, Callaspo 5, Free 3, Pznski 2, K Johnson 7, Simmons 6, Peterson 4, Maybin 8, Stults 1

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2 comments

  1. I’m not sure Minor was ever going to be more than a middle- to back-of-the-rotation pitcher, but if you put him at the back of a rotation of Medlen (the league’s best pitcher the second half of 2012), Beachy (the league leader in ERA when he first blew out his elbow in 2012), Jair Jurrjens (an all-star in 2011 before wrecking a knee and then a career), and Tommy Hanson, who looked better than any of them when he first moved into the starting rotation in 2009-2010, you might have the best rotation in baseball. That’s a whole generation of pitching talent that just dropped off the face of the Earth.

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