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Ben Sheets goes six scoreless in return to majors

Jul 15, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT

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The Braves were in a big hurry to bring up Ben Sheets, and now we know why. Making his first major league start in two years, Sheets shut out the Mets for six innings on Sunday.

Throwing 89-92 mph with his fastball and demonstrating a surprisingly sharp curve, Sheets allowed just two hits and struck out five in the 88-pitch outing. The Braves were up 6-0 when they removed him for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the sixth and went on to win 6-1.

Sheets didn’t know if he’d pitch again following Tommy John surgery in 2010. His elbow had major damage besides just the ligament, and he still wasn’t ready to pitch this spring after a year and a half off. The Braves signed him last month and brought him up after just two minor league starts in which he had a 5.06 ERA. It seemed like an act of desperation, but it turns out they knew exactly what they were doing.

How long Sheets’ arm will hold up this time is anyone’s guess. The 33-year-old hasn’t been an effective major league starter since 2008, and his last full season was 2004. The Braves, though, only need a half-season out of him now. For one day, at least, he gave them a nice lift.

  1. onbucky96 - Jul 15, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Good to see Ben have success after my brew crew tried to throw him to death. Not a Brave fan but hope Ben does well.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:14 PM

      Threw him to death? That’s not even remotely true.

  2. dcfan4life - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    This has to be temporary right. I mean good for Sheets and all but can this really last. And once Atlanta makes a trade for a starter which you think they have to, doesnt he get replaced?

    • advantageschneider - Jul 15, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      The braves would seem to have other starters that would need replacing before Sheets, even if he doesn’t pitch as well as he did today.

      Minor has a 6 era. If sheet can keep it at 4 or less seems like Minor would be the man to go.

  3. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    good story, good guy. happy for him, even though odds are long this turns into anything extended. hope the best for him.

  4. bbk1000 - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    As a Mets fan I saw the Mets facing the Braves with Sheets and knew they were doomed, the Mets always lose these games.

    Good for Sheets, but honestly, it won’t last.

  5. bbk1000 - Jul 17, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    On a different subject, Angel Hernandez, who in my opinion is one of the worst umpires in the game and always has issues with the Mets is working the Nationals-Mets game…..

    Mets are toast…

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