Truth & Rumors > MLB

Sheets to start Wednesday, then walk away

Views
28540
Comments
21

08:15 AM ET 10.03 | When Ben Sheets woke up Wednesday morning, it was for perhaps the final time as a staring pitcher. He's not considered a candidate for the Braves' postseason roster, and Sheets said "for sure, 100 percent, I'm not going to play next year." Sheets, 34, was an improbable feel-good story of the summer, signing a minor-league contract with the Braves after being away from baseball for nearly two years following the second of his major elbow surgeries. He was brought up after just two minor league starts and went 3-0 with a 0.50 ERA in his first three starts for the Braves and 4-1 with a 1.41 ERA in his first five, plugging a hole and excelling when the Braves were dealing with a couple of injuries in the rotation.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ben Sheets, Icon Sports Ben Sheets, Icon Sports
October 3, 2012  08:58 AM ET

A staring pitcher or a starting picture?

October 3, 2012  09:16 AM ET

Good deed the Braves did for Sheets and good for you Ben you know when it is time to quit.

Comment #3 has been removed
October 3, 2012  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The one game playoff format is more like game 163 of the regular season. Always will be. A good pitching matchup on Friday coming up

I'm shocked at Matheny's choice of Lohse for Friday. Kyle has had a great year, but has a horrid post-season track record. He made three starts last year and got shelled in each of them. He was also hit hard in his only start this year at Turner Field.

Wainwright has always had the Braves number.

I don't understand the decision at all..........

October 3, 2012  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Good deed the Braves did for Sheets and good for you Ben you know when it is time to quit.

He'll be back. After a year of rest, he'll feel great and want to make a come back.

October 3, 2012  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He'll be back. After a year of rest, he'll feel great and want to make a come back.

He's 34. It's quite possible he's out of gas and ready to move on to the next stage of life.

Comment #7 has been removed
October 3, 2012  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Hmmmm........ Wainwright was also shelled the last time he faced Atlanta back on May 12th. He's not exactly the same pitcher he was 2 years ago. Mabey that has something to do with it.

That's true....but Adam is 6-1 against them in his career.

Bottom line for me is that Adam has thrived in big games in the past, and Lohse has been horrible in big games and the post-season.

I hope I am dead wrong, but Lohse starting Friday is not the decision I would make if I were Matheny.

Comment #9 has been removed
October 3, 2012  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Lohse's last two starts haven't been exactly terrific, but he has a 3.02 ERA in his last 10 starts, if that means anything, which it might not. Medlen has been an absolute terror his last 10(0.86), but Atlanta never seems to fare very well in the playoffs.

I guess you never know in the playoffs, but Lohse is 0-4 with a 5.54 ERA in the post-season for his career. Not comforting numbers.

October 3, 2012  10:48 AM ET

Hope he has an excellent outing. Braves finally back in the playoffs. That is a good thing. Been a fan of the Braves since they were the Milwaukee Braves.

October 3, 2012  10:53 AM ET

Hey, if you're heart is not in it then it is time. Even with some fuel left in the tank.

October 3, 2012  11:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

That's true....but Adam is 6-1 against them in his career. Bottom line for me is that Adam has thrived in big games in the past, and Lohse has been horrible in big games and the post-season.I hope I am dead wrong, but Lohse starting Friday is not the decision I would make if I were Matheny.

It doesn't matter. Medlen is going for the Braves.

Comment #14 has been removed
October 3, 2012  12:44 PM ET

He'll be back, too much money not to. He'd post some pretty good numbers in San Diego and Oakland

October 3, 2012  06:02 PM ET

Atlanta reminds me why I have become a one sport only fan of professional baseball and baseball alone..These people really get honor and commitment...And they get the real world...

October 3, 2012  06:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Atlanta reminds me why I have become a one sport only fan of professional baseball and baseball alone..These people really get honor and commitment...And they get the real world...

Say what???

Comment #18 has been removed
October 3, 2012  09:39 PM ET

Was a hell of a pitcher for the brewers...glad he came back from surgeries to leave on his own terms!

 
October 4, 2012  01:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He's 34. It's quite possible he's out of gas and ready to move on to the next stage of life.

lol 34 sounds pretty young to me, but you are right, he may be ready to move on to something else.

Comment

Remember to keep your posts clean. Profanity will get filtered, and offensive comments will be removed.


Truth & Rumors

MOST POPULAR

  1. 1
    Tuukka Rask takes blame for Bruins' Game 1 loss
    Views
    2065
    Comments
    230
  2. 2
    Smush Parker allegedly punches high schooler
    Views
    1656
    Comments
    139
  3. 3
    Joel Quenneville's Midnight Hawk favored to win Illinois Derby
    Views
    417
    Comments
    88
  4. 4
    Quarterback freefalling down draft boards
    Views
    5901
    Comments
    87
  5. 5
    Oklahoma State pays Peyton Manning $105K for speech
    Views
    584
    Comments
    25

SI.com

SI Photos