Braves to recall Jurrjens

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Thanks to Brandon Beachy’s trip to the disabled list the Atlanta Braves are giving Jair Jurrjens a second chance. Jurrjens was demoted to Triple-A Gwinnett early in the season due to his dreadful performances. While Jurrjens hasn’t been to successful down there either the Braves are hoping his All-Star history shows up again in the teams time of need.

“He’s made some progress,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “His velocity has been up there. There’s some separation there with his change-up, so we’re going to give him a shot. He’s been an All-Star; he has the experience. Give him an opportunity again. I’m curious when he comes back to see how he pitches.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

In my opinion, that doesn’t sound like a manager is to sure of the decision. If the team truly believed he was ready that quote would have been much more glowing not mentioning his All-Star history and that he’s curious to see how he does.

So why the uncertainty?

Well at the time of his demotion Jurrjens had a 9.37 ERA in the majors. His numbers improved in Triple-A but not by much. He’s started nine games going 3-4 with a 5.27 ERA. He’s had some starts where you would think he’s back, he’s back to his old self but he’s also had some starts where you’d think the guy should not a big league pitcher.

Out of his nine starts he’s had four quality starts but also had three starts where he got absolutely shelled for six plus runs in under five innings. In one of those starts he gave up 11 runs.

What it pretty much boils down to is that he’s got NO consistency. Over his last four starts he’s alternated between quality and dreadful. While he may have an All-Star history that’s not how a big league pitcher should pitching against lesser competition.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out maybe he can pull what Andy Pettitte did early this year. Look like crap in the minor leagues then turn the clock back when hitting the majors. Hopefully for the Braves it works out as they decided to make this move and leave a talented Kris Medlen in the bullpen.


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