by Daniel Gettinger
The San Diego Padres begin a four game series with the Braves today. In anticipation of the series, I answered a few questions for Scott Humphries of the Atlanta Braves blog Tomahawk Talk. Some of the questions dealt with the Padres, and some were more Braves focused. You can read the entire interview on Tomahawk Talk, but here is a quick excerpt:
Tomahawk Talk: The Padres are currently scheduled to face three of the Braves’ best starting pitchers (Jair Jurrjens, Tommy Hanson, and Tim Hudson) in this week’s series. What are your thoughts on those guys?
Daniel Gettinger: Tommy Hanson is fantastic. He dominated at every level in the minors, had a great rookie season, and projects to be just as good this season. And I like Tim Hudson as well. His problem has never been effectiveness, it’s been staying healthy. I’m not quite as bullish on Jurrjens, but at the very least, he is an above average starting pitcher. Given his major league service time, a player like Jurrjens is extremely valuable to a team.
Tomahawk Talk: What are your initial thoughts/impressions of this year’s Braves team?
Daniel Gettinger: The Braves should be very good in 2010. The starting pitching is fantastic, and the bats are pretty solid as well. The key for the Braves will be staying healthy. Chipper Jones, Troy Glaus, Tim Hudson, and Billy Wagner have all struggled to stay off the DL in recent years and are being heavily relied upon by the Braves.