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Jair Jurrjens scratched: Brandon Beachy to start against Philly

Sep 20, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

This would seem to be a bad thing for the Braves. If so, why are Philly fans the ones worrying?

OK, so maybe he’s not being punished for talking out of school. Brandon Beachy will get the start for the Braves tonight against the Phillies. Jair Jurrjens has been scratched with a bum knee. It’s Beachy’s big league debut.

I kind of like Beachy, actually. He just turned 24. Between AAA and AA this year he’s 5-1 with a 1.73 ERA, mostly out of the pen. The thing I like the most is that he has struck out 148 dudes in 119 innings while walking only 28.

Still, let the record reflect that in this week’s three-game series, the Phillies will be running out pitchers with 765 starts among them.  The Braves will be running out a trio with 59 combined major league starts. Fifty-two of those starts are from the old man of the group, Tommy Hanson. Against the best team in baseball according to some marginal ranking systems.

Let the record also reflect that, once this news was announced a few minutes ago, my Phillies Phriends on Twitter had the same, simultaneous response: oh, god, the last thing the Phillies need is to face some rookie we’ve never seen before. Dash Treyhorn’s response may have had a bit of hyperbole to it, but I sense real dread: “The Phils would have a better shot against King Felix than a rookie making his MLB debut.”

Such anxiety for a fan base that should have very little of it these days. Further evidence of it was on display when, after ranking Philly first in today’s Power Rankings, the primary response was “you tryin’ to jinx us?” This from people who get really angry whenever I call Philly fans insecure.

But hey: no pressure. The champion-presumptive of Major League Baseball is going nuclear by throwing its three best starters against a faltering team who are throwing out a trio of starters who probably have shaved six times combined.

No pressure.

  1. mattjg - Sep 20, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    With Hamels starting for the Phillies and the Braves starting an untested rookie, the Phillies offense will probably put up negative runs tonight.

  2. BleedGreen - Sep 20, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    The Phils only need to manage 3 runs tonight to win the game. Cole will shut down the Braves through 7, just need Mad Dog Madson and Lidge to come in and finish them off.

  3. Simon DelMonte - Sep 20, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Everyone knows that the rules of narrative causality demand that at least one of the young Braves starters goes out there and throws the game of his life. Never mind that it always feels like the untested young phenom called on to save the season against the crafty veteran wins.
    Of course, the rule of shattered expectations says these games will be slugfests determined by the bullpen.

  4. ippississiM - Sep 20, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Didn’t Lidge balk in a run for a blown save a few weeks ago? Also, anytime a team has never seen a pitcher, it’s to the pitcher’s advantage, because an unknown pitcher has scouting reports and video of the well-known lineup. Since Beachy has never pitched in the Majors, NOBODY has scouted him yet. If he does well tonight, I look for him to pitch again in Washington.

  5. Old Gator - Sep 20, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    After the whole hullaballoo this morning about Beachy’s blathering to the Dacron Republican-Democrat, he’s going to pitch after all?
    I’m incensed. My cousin was on that boat!

  6. Jonny5 - Sep 20, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    LOL!!! go ahead, get your Jinxing on Craig. Evil!!! Anyway, this guy is NOT a knuckleballer is he? Please tell me he isn’t a knuckleball pitcher. R.A. Dickey had them all screwed up for a month after the first time they saw him. And please try not to lump all of us Philly fans together. I mean damn, you’re nice enough not to do it to those lowly “writers”. Are we not worthy of the same considerations???? We’re people too.

  7. Jonny5 - Sep 20, 2010 at 4:14 PM

    Only pot head hippies use incense Gator. What gives?

  8. alex - Sep 20, 2010 at 4:30 PM

    its funny that you keep calling philly fans secure but yet you need to rip them in every article. you’re clearly not unbiased enough to do this job act like a professional not a TMZ writer you nitwit.

  9. Old Gator - Sep 20, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    I am a pot head hippie. Incense, a little weed, and the long version of “In-a-gadda-da-vida” was what we used before there was Cialis, not to mention any need for it.

  10. Utley's hair - Sep 20, 2010 at 10:11 PM


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