Ben Sheets Solid In Return To Mound Against The Mets

Ben Sheets spun six shutout innings and picked up his first win of the season against the Mets.

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Mets Vs. Braves Final Score: Ben Sheets Pitches Braves To 7th Straight Win

Ben Sheets probably couldn't have imagined a better debut. The veteran right hander spun six innings of shutout baseball to help the Braves to a 6-1 win over the New York Mets. The win was Atlanta's seventh in a row and completed a three-game sweep of the Mets which puts a little distance between Atlanta and New York in the NL East standings.

Atlanta scored all six runs in the fifth inning off of New York starter Johan Santana. Michael Bourn doubled home Matt Diaz to start the scoring and the big blow in the inning came in the form of a three-run homer by Freddie Freeman. Santana and the Mets were upset with a couple of pitches that were called balls by home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor which eventually led to pitching coach Dan Warthen being ejected.

However, Sheets was the story today as he allowed two hits in six innings while throwing 57 of his 88 pitches for strikes. Sheets walked one and struck out five while picking up the victory. Santana suffers his sixth loss of the season after allowing eight hits and six runs in five innings.

Freeman drove in three runs for the Braves with his 12th homer while Chipper Jones went 2 for 4. The Braves outfield trio of Michael Bourn, Martin Prado and Jason Heyward all drove in runs in the six run fifth.

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Ben Sheets To Make Atlanta Braves Debut On Sunday Against Mets

After two successful rehab starts with the Mississippi Braves, Ben Sheets will be called up by the Atlanta Braves to make his first start at the major league level in nearly two years. Sheets will pitch the series finale against the Mets on Sunday, who currently sit one-half game back of Atlanta in the National League East standings.

Sheets' fastball sat in the 88-91 range in the two starts, topping out at 93 on a couple of occasions. His most impressive pitch was the curveball, which is a deadly pitch when it stays down in the zone.

No word has come as of yet for whether or not Randall Delgado or Mike Minor will be bumped from the starting rotation, but my guess is Delgado at this point. He could benefit from extra seasoning to harness his control in Triple-A, and Minor has shown signs of improvement in recent starts.

It's important to limit expectations for the 33-year-old righty, but he finally looks healthy after multiple arm injuries. If nothing else, these next few starts for Sheets will be very interesting to watch.

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Ben Sheets Could Debut For Braves Sunday Against Mets

Ben Sheets had his second straight impressive start for Double-A Mississippi and could be nearing his major league return with the Braves.

According to Fredi Gonzalez, Atlanta will pitch Tim Hudson on Friday when they open a series with the New York Mets and Tommy Hanson on Saturday. If Sheets doesn't require another minor league start then he will be called upon to start Sunday's series finale against the Mets. Gonzalez also indicated that the decision as whether or not another minor league start was needed would be left up to Sheets.

Atlanta plans to throw Jair Jurrjens the following Tuesday agains the Giants and then either Randall Delgado or Mike Minor on Wednesday. If Sheets is unable to go on Sunday then the Braves will turn to either Delgado or Minor against the Mets.

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Ben Sheets Impresses Once Again In Rehab Start With Mississippi Braves

Making what might be his final start in the Minor Leagues, Ben Sheets threw 89 pitches for the Mississippi Braves while working 5.2 innings. He allowed two runs to score, only one of which was earned. He surrendered seven hits and no walks, striking out four in the process.

Sheets' velocity was down a tick or two from his first rehab start, but that was to be expected as he prepared to throw in the neighborhood of 90 pitches. His fastball primarily sat around 88-91 and his big curveball continued to break nicely. He only threw a changeup or two, but that should change if he arrives in Atlanta.

It was another big step in the right direction for the 33-year-old righty, and now the Braves will determine if he's ready for the big leagues. There have been talks of bringing him up for Sunday afternoon's start against the Mets, but we likely won't get official word on that until later in the week.

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Ben Sheets Impressive In First Start With Mississippi Braves

Ben Sheets is attempting to make a full comeback to Major League Baseball after a two-year hiatus. He signed with the Atlanta Braves on Sunday and prepared to make his first rehab start with the Double-A Mississippi Braves on Wednesday night against the Jackson Generals.

After a rough start to the night, Sheets really settled in and worked five innings. He departed after throwing 74 pitches, 48 of which were strikes.

His fastball sat around 89-93mph, which is pretty similar to what he threw before undergoing arm surgery in 2010. His curveball, a pitch that made him an annual Cy Young contender with the Brewers, looked very good. He only threw a handful of change-ups.

Sheets' final line: 5 innings pitched, four runs, five hits, one walk, six strikeouts. Not too bad for a guy who hadn't pitched in a live game in nearly 24 months. He departed with Mississippi trailing 4-0.

All-in-all, it was a solid return to baseball for the 32-year-old veteran. It really isn't about results with Sheets at this point, just that his pitches look good and he feels healthy. His pitches looked good with the exception of a few elevated fastballs, and all reports indicate he felt fine after departing the game.

Monday is the next scheduled start for Sheets, which will be when the Atlanta Braves are off for the All-Star Break.

For more on Sheets and the Braves, check out Talking Chop.


Ben Sheets To Make First Start For Mississippi Braves Wednesday

Ben Sheets will begin his road back to the majors on Wednesday when he takes the mound for the Mississippi Braves as they open a series with the Jackson Generals.

Sheets is scheduled to throw about five innings or 75 pitches depending on which comes first. He will make another start for Mississippi on Monday and stretch out to around 90 pitches. First pitch for Wednesday night's game is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.

Witnesses of Sheets side session at Georgia Tech last week report that the former All-Star's velocity was clocking in the low 90s which is close to where he was at before elbow surgery. Barring a setback Atlanta thinks that Sheets could be ready to join the rotation shortly after the All-Star break.

If Sheets is promoted then it will likely come at the expense of either Mike Minor or Randall Delgado.

For more on the Ben Sheets and the Atlanta Braves check out Talking Chop. For more news and notes from Major League Baseball head over to Baseball Nation.


Braves Sign Ben Sheets To Minor League Deal, Will Report To Double-A Mississippi

The Atlanta Braves have signed veteran right hander Ben Sheets to a minor league deal. Sheets will report to Double-A Mississippi and will make his first start on July 4.

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