Beachy primed for potential clincher
If you want to tell me that coming out of Spring Training, you knew Omar Infante would be an All-Star, I would say, “OK, Whatever.” If you choose to tell me that you knew on Opening Day that Brooks Conrad was going to play such a critical role this year, I’d smile and simply nod my head.
Now if you could tell me entering the season that you predicted Brandon Beachy would be the starting pitcher on a night the Braves could clinch, I’d have to rudely interrupt your excitement and ask, “are you are an attorney or a politician?”
In a season that has simply been improbable, maybe it would be fitting for Beachy to earn his first Major League win in a clincher. I’ll be honest, I knew very little about this kid until July arrived and some clubs were at least showing inquiring whether he would be available via trade.
At that point, I think Beachy had made just two or three starts this year. Don’t forget that he began this season in Double-A Mississippi’s bullpen.
If the Braves do clinch before the end of Saturday’s games, Tim Hudson likely won’t start Sunday’s series finale. The Braves haven’t revealed whether Derek Lowe or Hudson would be start Game 1 of the National League Division Series.
If Hudson were to pitch Sunday, he would be on regular rest for Friday’s Game 2. But he said he would rather get some extra rest and possibly throw a couple simulated innings on Tuesday.
Jair Jurrjens completed another bullpen session today. The Braves haven’t decided whether he will pitch in relief this weekend. But they may soon have to decide whether they can afford to put him on the Division Series roster simply with the hope that his right knee remains strong.
Derrek Lee said that he received some “Your Welcome” text messages from some of his former Cubs teammates, who aided the Braves by taking three of four from the Padres this week.
With the Padres and Giants playing late tonight, the Braves have determined that they won’t celebrate even if they clinch the Wild Card tonight. With an afternoon game tomorrow, many of the Atlanta players plan to go home at the conclusion of their game to watch the game in San Francisco.
Andres Galarraga and Gerald Perry are among the former Braves who have already arrived in town to celebrate Bobby Cox’s final regular season weekend. Greg Maddux, Fred McGriff and David Justice are expected to be present for the celebration preceding Saturday’s game.
Fans attending Saturday’s game should plan to be in their seats by 3 p.m. ET to watch the ceremony. MLB.com will stream the ceremony live at 3:30 p.m. ET.