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TalkingChop 1 hour ago
Riley faces the lefty while Flowers catches Keuchel for Game 1 of Braves-Royals

Riley faces the lefty while Flowers catches Keuchel for Game 1 of Braves-Royals

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports Brian Snitker stacks the righties against Royals lefty Danny Duffy In the days leading up to Ender Inciarte’s reactivation from the Injured List, much speculation was bandied about regarding his role upon returning to the Braves. While he has only been back for five games, an early trend seems to be developing - and that trend is a platoon with Austin Riley. Granted, the platoon is not strictly based on handedness, as Riley started on Saturday against righty Anibal Sanchez, but it is interesting to note that, with the Royals sending lefty Danny Duffy to...
TalkingChop 3 hours ago
Braves welcome the lowly Royals to SunTrust

Braves welcome the lowly Royals to SunTrust

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports It’s not quite David vs. Goliath, but it’s not far off. The Braves will welcome one of baseball’s worst teams to town tonight. Fresh off their series split with the Nationals, the 60-41 Braves will now turn to an easier opponent in the form of a 37-64 Kansas City Royals team that sits 20 games out of the American League Wild Card race. Don’t let their recent run of success (7-3 since the All-Star Break) fool you, the Royals have earned their .366 winning percentage this season. Suffice it to say, they might be watching the playoffs from the...
TalkingChop 7 hours ago
Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Rain wins the day but Bryse Ball homers yet again

Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Rain wins the day but Bryse Ball homers yet again

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports Rainouts kept three Braves minor league affiliates off the field, while the Talking Chop team comes through on a promise It was a quiet night on the Atlanta Braves farm. Nary a full-season minor league team wound up playing as Gwinnett and Rome had an off day, while Florida and Mississippi were rained out. Let’s take a quick look around the Braves minor leagues. Gwinnett Stripers — Off The news here is that Patrick Weigel was back in Gwinnett yesterday after his brief stint in Atlanta. His much awaited debut ended without a big league pitch, but it’s...
TalkingChop 10 hours ago
Braves News: Royals coming to town

Braves News: Royals coming to town

Photo by Logan Riely/ After an off-day on Monday, the Braves now host the Royals for a quick two-game series. BRAVES NEWS Inbox: Should Braves get a starter or reliever? Mark Bowman answers fan questions for MLB.com, with topics such as trade targets, Mike Foltynewicz, and a Josh Donaldson extension. Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos would be more comfortable dipping into his rich prospect pool to acquire a controllable asset like Mike Minor, Marcus Stroman or Matthew Boyd, who he coincidentally included in the 2015 trade that brought David Price from the Tigers to the Blue...
TalkingChop 18 hours ago
Talking Chop Podcast Episode 175: The deadline is coming

Talking Chop Podcast Episode 175: The deadline is coming

Photo by Eric Espada/ Greetings, friends. The Talking Chop Podcast returns for Episode 175 and TC’s own Eric Cole joins us for the festivities. With apologies for the one-day delay, today’s show includes the following topics: Ender Inciarte is back after a long hiatus and his presence creates some decisions for the Braves on a daily basis Should Atlanta run with a bigger bench or make a move to clear room for another bullpen arm again? Examining the trade market with more than a week to go until the finish line It wasn’t the best possible week but it wasn’t a disaster! Kevin...
TalkingChop Jul 22, 2019
Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Bryse Wilson throws 7 shutout innings

Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Bryse Wilson throws 7 shutout innings

Bryse Wilson | Photo by Quinn Harris/ Sunday saw Bryse Wilson throw seven scoreless innings just before the trade deadline, while William Contreras had a four hit day. The Braves saw four excellent outings from their five Sunday starters, led by a scoreless outing from Bryse Wilson. Another homer from Bryce Ball and big days out of Drew Waters and William Contreras highlighted the performances at the plate. Gwinnett Stripers 12, Rochester Red Wings 1 Box score Rafael Ortega, CF: 3-3, 3 RBI, 2 2B, .917 OPS Luis Marte, SS: 4-4, 2 RBI, .673 OPS Bryse Wilson, SP: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Jul 22, 2019
Atlanta Braves News: Kevin Gausman delivers a big performance

Atlanta Braves News: Kevin Gausman delivers a big performance

Photo by Logan Riely/ Atlanta Braves News Kevin Gausman dominates as Braves down Nationals 7-1 Kevin Gausman turned in his best performance of the season while Josh Donaldson and Ronald Acuña Jr. both homered two help the Atlanta Braves to a 7-1 win over the Nationals Sunday night. The Braves push their lead in the NL East back to 6.5 games. They will enjoy an off day on Monday before opening a two-game series against the Kansas City Royals. Braves plan to keep Sean Newcomb in bullpen Brian Snitker told reporters on Sunday that the team currently has no plans to use Sean Newcomb as a...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Jul 21, 2019
Kevin Gausman dominates as Braves down Nationals 7-1

Kevin Gausman dominates as Braves down Nationals 7-1

Photo by Logan Riely/ Josh Donaldson and Ronald Acuña Jr. homered to back Gausman. Kevin Gausman gave the Atlanta Braves exactly what they needed with a dominant performance to help lead them to a 7-1 win over the Washington Nationals. The Braves got things started quickly against Nationals starter Joe Ross. Dansby Swanson worked a one out walk and then moved all the way to third as Freddie Freeman blooped a single into short left. Josh Donaldson struck out but Nick Markakis came through with a two out, two-run single to put Atlanta in front 2-0. Ross would settle down from there...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Jul 21, 2019
Nationals vs Braves game thread

Nationals vs Braves game thread

Photo by Dylan Buell/ The Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals will wrap up a four-game series Sunday night at SunTrust Park. The game will be featured on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Kevin Gausman will return from the injured list and make his first start for the Braves since June 10. The Nationals will go with right-hander Joe Ross who was called up earlier today and will be making his first start of the season. PREVIEW | LINEUPS
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Jul 21, 2019
Ender Inciarte returns to the lineup for Sunday’s series finale against Washington

Ender Inciarte returns to the lineup for Sunday’s series finale against Washington

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports Austin Riley sits again. The Atlanta Braves will try to salvage a split in their series with the Washington Nationals Sunday night at SunTrust Park. Atlanta leads Washington by 5.5 games in the NL East standings entering play on Sunday. Ender Inciarte returns to the lineup for the Braves on Sunday making his second start since being activated from the injured list. Brian McCann is in to catch Kevin Gausman who was activated from the injured list today and will be making his first start since June 10. Here’s how the #Braves will line up for Sunday Night...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Jul 21, 2019
Braves activate Kevin Gausman from injured list, option Patrick Weigel

Braves activate Kevin Gausman from injured list, option Patrick Weigel

Photo by Daniel Shirey/ Braves make it official and activate Gausman. As expected, the Atlanta Braves have activated right-hander Kevin Gausman from the injured list. He will start Sunday’s series finale against Washington. The Braves optioned right-hander Patrick Weigel back to Gwinnett to clear a spot on the active roster. The Braves today returned RHP Kevin Gausman from his major league rehabilitation assignment and reinstated him from the 10-day injured list. Gausman will start tonight’s game. In order to make room on the active roster, the club optioned RHP Patrick Weigel to...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Jul 21, 2019
Kevin Gausman returns as Braves look to salvage split with Nationals

Kevin Gausman returns as Braves look to salvage split with Nationals

Photo by Justin K. Aller/ Sunday’s showcase matchup will be televised on ESPN. Kevin Gausman returns to the rotation on Sunday as the Atlanta Braves look to salvage a split in their series against the Washington Nationals. The Braves currently hold a 5.5 game lead over the Nationals in the NL East standings. Gausman will be making his first start since June 10 where he lasted just 2 1/3 innings against the Pirates. He was placed on the injured list the next day with plantar fasciitis but shutting him down was as much about allowing him time to reset after a disastrous stretch....
TalkingChop Jul 21, 2019
Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Travis Demeritte and Alex Jackson homer yet again

Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Travis Demeritte and Alex Jackson homer yet again

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports A couple of familiar faces went yard for Gwinnett on Saturday. Gwinnett Stripers 5, Rochester Red Wings 1 Box Score Travis Demeritte, LF: 1-4, HR, 3 RBI, .983 OPS Alex Jackson, C: 1-4, HR, RBI, .902 OPS Kolby Allard, SP: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 3.80 ERA Kolby Allard’s strong start was backed up with big flies from Alex Jackson and Travis Demeritte as Gwinnett cruised over Rochester by the score of 5-1. Kolby’s solid season has been somewhat lost by a lot of folks. In his last nine starts, he has not given up more than four earned runs in a...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Jul 21, 2019
Atlanta Braves News: Max Fried hopeful to return next week

Atlanta Braves News: Max Fried hopeful to return next week

Photo by Dylan Buell/ Atlanta Braves News Braves comeback comes up just short in 5-3 loss to Nationals Atlanta tried to mount a rally late but came up just short in a 5-3 loss to the Washington Nationals. They will try to salvage a split in the series on Sunday. Max Fried likely will return next weekend The Braves are hopeful that Max Fried will be ready to return by next weekend in Philadelphia. Fried went on the injured list last week due to a blister on his pitching hand but he and the team remain hopeful that he won’t miss but one start. Atlanta will go with Dallas Keuchel and...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Jul 21, 2019
July 21: Nationals vs Braves

July 21: Nationals vs Braves

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports Kevin Gausman returns to the mound Sunday as the Atlanta Braves try to salvage a split in their series against the Washington Nationals.
TalkingChop Jul 20, 2019
Braves comeback comes up just short in 5-3 loss to Nationals

Braves comeback comes up just short in 5-3 loss to Nationals

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports Too little, too late. Tonight was set to be a pivotal game for the Braves who won in dramatic fashion yesterday and it lived up to the hype. The Braves young ace Mike Soroka was on the mound and the Nationals steady veteran Anibal Sanchez was his opponent. Action picked up quickly for the Braves in the bottom of the first inning after Ronald Acuna singled on a groundball to short, stole second and was advanced to third on a Dansby Swanson flyout to deep center field. Freddie Freeman then wasted no time as he slapped an RBI single to right field to give the...
TalkingChop Jul 20, 2019
Braves vs. Nationals game thread

Braves vs. Nationals game thread

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports Soroka vs. Sanchez The Braves continue their homestand tonight at SunTrust Park and we’re so glad you’ve decided to join us. In case you missed it earlier today we broke down the pitching matchup between these two clubs and the teams released their lineups. You can find links to both of those posts right here: Preview | Lineups As always, feel free to jump into the comment section below for some great conversation with other Braves fans. Just remember to please keep things civilized. Enjoy the game and make sure to be on the lookout for our recap...
TalkingChop Jul 20, 2019
McCann in to catch Soroka for game three

McCann in to catch Soroka for game three

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports The offense looks to keep rolling. The Braves are back in action today in a showdown of NL East powers. Mike Soroka is on the mound for Atlanta and Anibal Sanchez takes the hill for Washington as the series stands knotted up at 1 win apiece. Here is how the Braves will line up this evening: .@Mike_Soroka28 takes the mound tonight at @SunTrustPark!#ChopOn pic.twitter.com/jtNd5NCr54— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) July 20, 2019 The Nationals will roll with their regular lineups as well. Here is how Washington stacks up: Victor Robles has hit .361 in his...
TalkingChop Jul 20, 2019
Soroka set to do battle with Anibal Sanchez in pivotal game three

Soroka set to do battle with Anibal Sanchez in pivotal game three

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports Rookie and a vet. The Braves finally turned the momentum last night in a thrilling walk-off victory. After blowing a 3-1 lead in the top of the ninth Atlanta puffed their collective chests and loaded the bases for Josh Donaldson who smacked a single to center to win it with SunTrust Park crumbling around him. Tonight the Braves will look to keep that momentum rolling when they send Mike Soroka to the mound. The rookie has been one of the best pitchers in all of baseball this year and is actually working himself into the conversation for a Cy Young candidacy....
TalkingChop Jul 20, 2019
Braves Trade Deadline Targets: Shane Greene

Braves Trade Deadline Targets: Shane Greene

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports In the midst of a breakout season, Detroit Tigers closer Shane Greene will be a popular trade target. Matthew Boyd is not the only Detroit Tigers pitcher who is enjoying a breakout year. Shane Greene, the Tigers closer, has emerged as one of the best late inning options in the American League. His efforts earned him his first All-Star nod, and now has made him a popular trade target for many contenders in the Majors, including the Atlanta Braves. Greene has had a pretty interesting career to this point. A well-thought of prospect with the Yankees in the...

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