—Kenshin Kawakami isn't very good.
But with the return of staff ace Jair Jurrjens seemingly on the not-to-distant horizon, Braves fans may not be subject to Kawakami's batting practice performances for much longer.
And with "KK" out of the fifth spot, the rotation should look something like this:
Hudson (2.34 ERA)
Hanson (86 Ks)
Jurrjens (2.60 ERA in 2009)
Lowe (9 wins)
Medlen (3.49 ERA in 8 starts)
Not too bad, right? Sure, if Jurrjens can return to form.
Before going on the DL on May 5, Jurrjens was doing his best Kawakami impression—0-3 with a 6.38 ERA in his only five starts of the 2010 season.
Two starts into his rehab with Gwinnett and Jurrjens isn't exactly "lighting it up"—5.14 ERA, 8 Ks, 5 BB in 7 innings of work.
The Braves need Jurrjens to step into the No. 3 spot in the rotation if for no other reason than to push Kawakami out of it.
Oh yeah, a few wins here and there wouldn't be bad either.
—Former Braves Assistant General Manager, Dayton Moore, has been the Kansas City Royals GM since 2006, but apparently he still thinks he's in Atlanta.
Not only has former Atlanta third base coach, Ned Yost, assumed the managerial role for the Royals, but the KC roster is littered with Braves' rejects including one-time prospects Kyle Davies, Brayan Pena, Bruce Chen, Anthony Lerew and Wilson Betemit.
Milton High School grad, Kyle Farnsworth—who spent the second half of the 2005 season in a Braves uniform—rounds out the six total Royals who once played in Atlanta and are now stealing money from Kansas City owner David Glass.
C'mon Dayton, these guys weren't any good in Atlanta. What makes you think that's going to change if you slap a "KC" on their cap?
—Troy, Troy, Troy.
Scoring from first is nice—as long as you can do it without hurting yourself.
Your days of showing off the wheels are long behind you so please just stand in the batter's box and drive in runs like you've been doing for the past six weeks.
Also, try not to think about the fact that Kawakami is making nearly $6 million more than you this season, okay?
You're the greatest bargain in all of baseball and don't you
forget remember it.
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