Open Thread, July 24-26, #Braves-D’backs

Jaime sure left us with a roar. Coppy sent him to the Twins, finally, for a 19-year-old right-hander in rookie ball. Minnesota got Anthony Recker too.

So, a pretty ho-hum move it appears.

Jim Johnson has been anything but ho-hum, lately, in a wretched way. Since mid-June, he’s allowed a Colonian 8 earned runs in 12 innings pitched. In three of his last seven appearances he’s either blown a save or blown a tie and lost (yesterday). Perhaps it’s time to see if Vizcaino or Ramirez can close.

Johnson seems older than his 34 years. By contrast, R.A. Dickey of late has seemed younger than his age of 42. Since mid-June, he’s actually been better than tonight’s mound opponent, Zack Grienke. Over his past six starts, the Tennessean has put up a 1.80 ERA and averaged 6-2/3 innings per. Those are ace numbers.

It’s unlikely he keeps pitching quite like that for the rest of the season, of course. But maybe he can extend it another outing or two. One wonders what he might fetch in a trade? Probably not a lot more than Garcia did.

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One comment

  1. So ultimately the Braves got the #22 prospect in Twins organization for half a year of Jaime Garcia and John Gant, Chris Ellis, and Luke Dykstra.

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