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Told You Jo(-Jo): How About Now Atlanta Braves Management?

Cameron BrittAnalyst IApril 19, 2009

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - FEBRUARY 19:  Pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes # 37of the Atlanta Braves poses for a photo during Spring Training Photo Day on February 19, 2009 at Champions Stadium at Walt Disney World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Do you see how worried Jo-Jo Reyes looks?

It's because Tommy Hanson is behind him with a glass bottle that he's going to break over his head.

That may not really be the case (although I kind of wish it was), but that appears as if it is the only way 22-year-old phenom Tommy Hanson is going to reach the Majors before June.

On Saturday at PNC Park, Jo-Jo "Doesn't Take Advise From John Smoltz And Tom Glavine" Reyes pitched 5 2/3 innings while surrendering five runs on seven hits (including a home run).

I know it's only one start, but Jo-Jo has never really seemed to understand that W's are good things.

In 2008, the California native earned the prestigious Dan Kolb Award for most ineffective Atlanta pitcher.

He was 3-11 with a 5.81 ERA in 22 starts (allowing 18 home runs).

Now, to be fair, he wasn't always terrible.

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I can remember a particular game in Milwaukee where he pitched a gem but lacked run-support and picked up the loss.

But, for the most part, he lacked the consistency that a Major League pitcher needs.

I have never been a real fan of Reyes, as I have never seen where people see this immaculate talent.

Maybe I'm crazy, but he just seems average to me.

Bobby Cox surely sees something though, he praises his stuff all the time. However, Cox has never been one to throw his players under the team bus (although that would be an effective solution in this case), so I sometimes refrain from absorbing "Coxisms".

Simply put, Jo-Jo looks more like a thrower than a pitcher to me.  When he has fastball, he's well above-average; but when he's only a little off, he turns into Chuck James.

A good pitcher can do well no matter what he has on that day; it's called command, something Jo-Jo always (regardless of his heater) seems to be lacking.

Now, I'll shift focus to the bright spot, Tommy Hanson and redirect you to this, which will make this section a lot easier on me.

As I said in that article's comments section, the question should be "Tommy Hanson's stuff vs. Jo-Jo Reyes' inconsistencies."

In reality, there is no question, only a strategy: "Hold him down to delay arbitration."

While this would make sense for a team like San Diego or Tamba Bay, there is no reason for the Braves to be doing something like this.

The Atlanta Braves are a very well hidden big-market team.

They have the entire Southeast and, despite the economy, managed to commit nearly $90 million this offseason.

But, even with these undeniable facts, they feign "vulnerability" to their surroundings.

Sure, they can't take the risk of the huge-market teams, but they can do more than what they claim to be their limitations.

Maybe it's Liberty Media, but I don't think giving a player a $1-2 million annual raise (provided Hanson reaches half of the hype he's received) would be crippling to, as Ted Turner marketed them, "America's Team."

Come on guys, call up Tommy.

Oh, and yes, I think you can finally stick a fork on Tom Glavine.

(To put this out there as well, I don't want Jo-Jo Reyes to get injured in any way)

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