Reyes preparing to make another good impression
Whenever the Braves have mentioned the possibility of Jo-Jo Reyes starting this season in their bullpen, I’ve always felt they would be better off sending him to Gwinnett to continue serving as a starter, who would be available if one of Atlanta’s starters was sidelined with an injury.
But the more I think about this, the more I wonder if they have reached the point where they’ve seen enough of him as a starter at the Major League level. I mean you can only ask a horse to cover a mile so many times before you decide you better at least try him in some sprint races.
During the 18 starts he has made dating back to his last victory, Reyes has gone 0-9 with a 6.59 ERA. Of course he’s also allowed seven earned runs in the 3 2/3 innings of relief that he has compiled during this stretch.
Of course with his desire to be more aggressive in the strike zone this year, Reyes has at least kept himself in the picture to win one of these final bullpen spots.
In previous posts, I’ve mentioned that the Braves might decide between Reyes and Jonny Venters to determine who will team with Eric O’Flaherty to serve as left-handed option in the middle innings.
But with Kris Medlen in place, the Braves may opt to begin the season with O’Flaherty as their only left-handed setup man.
Medlen’s 2009 splits
vs. RHs .328 BA .386 OBP .508 SLG 29 Ks 10 BBs
vs. LHs .183 BA .291 OBP .278 SLG 43 Ks 20 BBs
Medlen and Peter Moylan pitched in a Minor League game this morning. Check back later for their results.
BRAVES LINEUP vs. LHP J.A. Happ and the Phillies