2:28 AM EDT, Mon August 20, 2018
TalkingChop 4 hours ago
Talking Chop Podcast Episode 126: Ronald Acuña, a disastrous weekend and more

Talking Chop Podcast Episode 126: Ronald Acuña, a disastrous weekend and more

Eric Cole joins the show. Happy Sunday, folks. The Talking Chop Podcast is here for Episode 126 and, even if this particular show isn’t as upbeat as some of the previous editions, TC’s own Eric Cole returns for the madness. Topics include the following: SunTrust Park was a disaster zone after the weekend and we move through the anatomy of a four-game sweep at the hands of the Colorado Rockies What in the world happened to the bullpen? Touki Toussaint was brilliant earlier in the week and he might be back in the (very) near future Ronald Acuña is truly out of his mind, even if Jose...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop 5 hours ago
Braves head to Pittsburgh for three-game series against Pirates

Braves head to Pittsburgh for three-game series against Pirates

Atlanta will be looking to put an end to a four-game losing streak on Monday against the Pirates The Atlanta Braves will be trying to put a disappointing end to their homestand behind them on Monday when they head to Pittsburgh where they will open a three-game set against the Pirates. In a strange scheduling twist, this will be the first meeting between Atlanta and Pittsburgh this season. The Braves just completed a 6-5 homestand and are looking to put an end to a four-game losing streak. They took 2 of 3 from the Milwaukee Brewers before sweeping a four-game set from the Marlins....
Kris Willis / TalkingChop 9 hours ago
Brian Snitker, Freddie Freeman on Braves’ disappointing end to homestand

Brian Snitker, Freddie Freeman on Braves’ disappointing end to homestand

Braves want to put this tough four-game sweep behind them quickly. The Atlanta Braves’ homestand came to an end with a thud as they suffered a four-game sweep at the hands of the Colorado Rockies. Sunday’s 4-2 loss clearly added to the frustration but Brian Snitker and Freddie Freeman talked about how important it was for the team to put that behind them before they head off on a road trip next week. “We’ve been through it before. We’ve just got to regroup and start another winning streak tomorrow.”— Brian Snitker puts a cap on @Braves’ home stand. #Braves | #ChopOn...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop 9 hours ago
Braves come up short in 4-2 loss to Rockies

Braves come up short in 4-2 loss to Rockies

Losing streak now at four after Sunday’s loss to the Rockies Anibal Sanchez pitched well but the Atlanta Braves were unable to solve German Marquez in a 4-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies. The Braves suffer a four-game sweep and will now head out on a 7-game road trip. The Braves once again grabbed an early lead as Freddie Freeman doubled off the top of the left centerfield wall for a double and scored two batters later on a single by Johan Camargo. That lead however wouldn’t last long as Trevor Story went down and got a low breaking ball from Sanchez and drove it out to left to lead off...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop 15 hours ago
Charlie Culberson gets the start at shortstop on Sunday

Charlie Culberson gets the start at shortstop on Sunday

Dansby Swanson gets the day off. The Atlanta Braves will try to avoid a sweep and snap a three-game losing streak in the process on Sunday when they wrap up a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies. Charlie Culberson gets the start on Sunday at shortstop in place of Dansby Swanson. Tyler Flowers will hit eighth and be behind the plate. Here's how the #Braves will line up for today's series finale vs. Colorado. #ChopOnGame Preview: https://t.co/JzXreIwMmw pic.twitter.com/kqnccZl9sy— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 19, 2018 For the Rockies, Gerardo Parra returns to the lineup...
TalkingChop 16 hours ago
Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 8/18: Toussaint and Muller Dominate

Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 8/18: Toussaint and Muller Dominate

Touki Toussaint struck out 9 batters for Gwinnett and Kyle Muller threw his first career shutout. Dustin Peterson and Travis Demeritte went deep. (60-62) Gwinnett Stripers 5, (57-65) Buffalo Bisons 1 Box Score Austin Riley, 3B: 0-4, .274/.344/.400 Dustin Peterson, LF: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, .271/.329/.410 Touki Toussaint, SP: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 1.93 ERA Touki Toussaint came into this game knowing it is possibly the last time he’ll throw a pitch in a Stripers uniform, and he left the crowd with a great last impression by spinning a gem. After falling behind by a run early the...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop 16 hours ago
Braves activate Sam Freeman, option Kolby Allard to Triple-A

Braves activate Sam Freeman, option Kolby Allard to Triple-A

Freeman had been sidelined since late July due to shoulder inflammation. Sam Freeman is back with the Atlanta Braves for Sunday’s series finale against the Colorado Rockies. Atlanta reinstated Freeman from the 10-day disabled list Sunday morning and optioned LHP Kolby Allard back to Triple-A Gwinnett. The #Braves today returned LHP Sam Freeman from his rehabilitation assignment and reinstated him from the 10-day disabled list. In order to make room on the active roster, the club optioned LHP Kolby Allard to Triple-A Gwinnett following last night’s game.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves)...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop 17 hours ago
Anibal Sanchez, Braves look to avoid sweep against Rockies

Anibal Sanchez, Braves look to avoid sweep against Rockies

Braves look to wrap up homestand on a good note. The Atlanta Braves will try to avoid a sweep on Sunday and wrap up a long homestand on a good note against the Colorado Rockies. The Braves suffered a devastating loss Saturday night when leading 3-0 with two outs in the ninth, A.J. Minter allowed three runs to force extra innings where the Rockies prevailed 5-3. The Braves will turn to Anibal Sanchez on Sunday who will look to put an end to the losing skid. Sanchez allowed seven hits and four earned runs over five innings in his last start against the Miami Marlins. He surrendered a...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop 18 hours ago
Braves News: Minter struggles, Touki Toussaint and more

Braves News: Minter struggles, Touki Toussaint and more

Minter unhappy with performance in Saturday’s loss. When will it be Touki time again? Atlanta Braves News Bullpen melts down again as Braves suffer dreadful 5-3 defeat to Rockies The Braves suffered another disappointing loss Saturday night as A.J. Minter allowed three runs with two outs in the ninth to allow the Colorado Rockies to force extra innings where they eventually won 5-3. The late collapse spoiled another fine outing by Mike Foltynewicz who allowed just four hits over seven shutout innings. ‘Pathetic on my part,’ Minter says after blowing 3-0 lead in Braves loss Minter was...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop 19 hours ago
Video: Brian Snitker, A.J. Minter on late collapse against Rockies

Video: Brian Snitker, A.J. Minter on late collapse against Rockies

Postgame comments from Saturday’s 5-3 loss to the Rockies Another late bullpen implosion cost the Atlanta Braves in a 5-3 loss Saturday night to the Colorado Rockies. The Braves have now lost three straight and will look to avoid a four-game sweep on Sunday. A.J. Minter couldn’t close the game out in the ninth spoiling another splendid performance on the mound by Mike Foltynewicz. Here is what both Brian Snitker and Minter had to say following the game. "He's still a work in progress with the command thing."@Braves manager Brian Snitker discusses his team's late-inning loss to the...
TalkingChop Aug 18, 2018
Bullpen melts down again as Braves suffer dreadful 5-3 defeat to Rockies

Bullpen melts down again as Braves suffer dreadful 5-3 defeat to Rockies

A.J. Minter allowed three runs with two outs in the ninth, and Luke Jackson didn’t fare much better. It’s my basic belief that a traditional recap wouldn’t do this game justice, because, you see, this was really two different games. The first game was pretty fun. Ronald Acuña had a perfect day at the plate through four plate appearances, notching two singles, nearly missing a home run and settling for a double, and also drawing a walk after a protracted PA. The Braves scored two runs early on a Nick Markakis bloop single and got an insurance run late when Freddie Freeman drove in...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Aug 18, 2018
Touki Toussaint could rejoin Braves rotation next week

Touki Toussaint could rejoin Braves rotation next week

Toussaint’s next start could come in Miami for Braves. Touki Toussaint’s next major league start could come as soon as next week when the Atlanta Braves travel to Miami to face the Marlins according to a report from MLB.com’s Mark Bowman. Toussaint is scheduled to start for Gwinnett tonight and would lineup to start in Miami on Thursday or Friday. As long as Toussaint exits tonight's start for Gwinnett healthy, it looks like he will return to the Majors to start Thursday or Friday in Miami— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) August 18, 2018 Toussaint allowed two hits and one run over...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Aug 18, 2018
Ender Inciarte back in CF for Saturday’s game against Rockies

Ender Inciarte back in CF for Saturday’s game against Rockies

Atlanta goes with its regulars against Rockies’ right-handler Antonio Senzatela. The Atlanta Braves will try to snap a two-game losing streak Saturday evening when they continue their series against the Colorado Rockies. Mike Foltynewicz will be on the mound for Atlanta. Ender Inciarte is back in center field as the Braves return to their normal lineup against a right-handed pitcher. .@Folty25 takes the mound tonight at @SunTrustPark! #ChopOnGame Preview: https://t.co/xphDYeExl7 pic.twitter.com/j9MpE7WWxK— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 18, 2018 Antonio Senzatela was activated...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Aug 18, 2018
Braves outright Chase Whitley, clear 40-man roster spot

Braves outright Chase Whitley, clear 40-man roster spot

Move opens up spot on 40-man roster The Atlanta Braves cleared a 40-man roster spot on Saturday when they outrighted right-hander Chase Whitley to Triple-A. Atlanta now has 39 players on the 40-man roster. The #Braves today outrighted RHP Chase Whitley to Triple-A @GoStripers. The club’s 40-man roster is now at 39.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 18, 2018 The Braves acquired Whitley off of waivers from Tampa Bay this past offseason. He came to spring training in hopes of earning a spot in Atlanta’s opening day bullpen. However, a staph infection during the spring set him back...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Aug 18, 2018
Foltynewicz, Braves look to end losing skid against Rockies

Foltynewicz, Braves look to end losing skid against Rockies

Folty looks to put a stop to Atlanta’s two-game skid Mike Foltynewicz will be on the mound Saturday when the Atlanta Braves hope to snap a two-game skid when they continue their series against the Colorado Rockies. Atlanta dropped the first two games of the series and are now 6-3 on their current homestand. The Braves lead the Philadelphia Phillies by a half game in the NL East Standings entering play on Saturday. Foltynewicz will be looking to put an end to the losing skid and continue his recent surge. Folty has allowed two earned runs or less in each of his last three starts and is...
TalkingChop Aug 18, 2018
Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 8/17: Max Fried returns

Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 8/17: Max Fried returns

Friday saw the Braves teams in action struggle in the results column, but Max Fried returned to the mound. Friday was not a good day on the farm as the Braves teams went 1-4 and had another game rained out. The offense as a whole didn’t produce and the pitching as a whole struggled. There were some bright spots, like Max Fried returning to action, Jeremy Fernandez and Drew Lugbauer homers, two hits from CJ Alexander, and Corbin Clouse looking ready for Atlanta. Buffalo Bisons 8, Gwinnett Stripers 0 Boxscore Sean Kazmar, 2B: 4-4, .248/.291/.311 Max Fried, SP: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 5...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Aug 18, 2018
Braves’ hat for 2018 Players’ Weekend

Braves’ hat for 2018 Players’ Weekend

The Braves will be wearing these hats and special uniforms on August 24-26 as part of the 2018 Players’ Weekend. You can pick up your own here at the MLB Shop. It's all about the players. Check out the #Braves 2018 Players’ Weekend Collection. @NewEraCap https://t.co/vrskB4CWgR pic.twitter.com/1ZDG3QNqTN— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 18, 2018 Will you be picking up one of these?
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Aug 18, 2018
Braves News: Chad Sobotka making a good impression

Braves News: Chad Sobotka making a good impression

Atlanta Braves News Braves drop second straight to Rockies 11-5 Not much to be happy about in this one as Sean Newcomb struggled again while the Braves offense was held in check by Kyle Freeland. Adam Duvall settling in with Braves, slump notwithstanding New Braves outfielder Adam Duvall talked with the AJC’s Gabriel Burns about how he is settling in since his arrival in Atlanta. Duvall has struggled since his arrival but says being in the heat of a pennant race has him energized. “For sure (I’m feeling energized), especially this time of year when you’re playing for something,”...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Aug 17, 2018
Braves drop second straight to Rockies 11-5

Braves drop second straight to Rockies 11-5

Newcomb struggles while Atlanta’s offense goes silent. Sean Newcomb struggled again as the Atlanta Braves dropped their second straight game to the Colorado Rockies by a score of 11-5. The Braves struck first in the first as Ronald Acuña Jr. and Ozzie Albies both reached on infield hits to put runners at first and second. Freddie Freeman then hit into a fielder’s choice to put runners at the corners with one out. Nick Markakis then brought Acuña home with a sacrifice fly to left fielder David Dahl to put Atlanta in front 1-0. Sean Newcomb worked out of a bases loaded jam in the...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Aug 17, 2018
Rockies vs Braves game thread

Rockies vs Braves game thread

The Atlanta Braves continue their homestand Friday night against the Colorado Rockies. The game will feature a good matchup between a pair of left-handed starters in Sean Newcomb and Kyle Freeland. Coverage gets underway around 7:35 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on Fox Sports South. PREVIEW | LINEUPS

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