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TalkingChop Oct 22, 2020
Ronald Acuna Jr., Dansby Swanson, and Max Fried all named Gold Glove Finalists

Ronald Acuna Jr., Dansby Swanson, and Max Fried all named Gold Glove Finalists

Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports The Braves had three players named finalists for Gold Glove Awards. Lets go ahead and get this out of the way....Gold Glove Awards are a recognition award which is distinctly different from a performance-based award on a number of levels. Very often, a guy’s reputation or even offensive prowess dictates whether or not they get the votes over strictly performance in the field. It is the nature of the beast. One need to only look at when Andrelton Simmons, who was the best fielder on planet Earth period that season, lost the Gold Glove to Brandon Crawford...
TalkingChop Oct 19, 2020
Max Fried, Mike Soroka headline Braves’ arbitration-eligible players

Max Fried, Mike Soroka headline Braves’ arbitration-eligible players

Photo by Todd Kirkland/ As the 2020 season comes to a close, the Atlanta Braves will face several decisions with their current roster this offseason. While Atlanta will have some money coming off the books, they will also have to plan for some of that savings to go towards arbitration raises for several players. The Braves currently have eight players who are arbitration eligible this winter. MLB Trade Rumors recently released their annual projections of arbitration salaries for the upcoming season. Below is a list of Braves’ players that are arbitration eligible along with a few...
TalkingChop Oct 18, 2020
A good season for the Braves will either end tonight or continue into glory

A good season for the Braves will either end tonight or continue into glory

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ A 3-1 lead has suddenly turned into a 3-3 tie. It’s Game 7. One result takes you back to Atlanta. The other result takes you on to the Fall Classic. Anything’s possible. For the second night in a row, the Braves failed to seal the deal on a potential trip to the World Series. In Game 5, the Dodgers lineup proved to be too formidable on the night for the Braves bullpen to keep quiet over the course of nine innings. In Game 6, Max Fried had one bad inning where he gave up three runs. In previous games this season, that was usually the lineup’s cue to start...
TalkingChop Oct 18, 2020
The Daily Chop: Bad luck and bad at-bats lead to a Braves-Dodgers Game 7

The Daily Chop: Bad luck and bad at-bats lead to a Braves-Dodgers Game 7

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports The Braves just could not get a timely hit when then needed one...or a couple...on Saturday evening. We have arrived at the best and worst of times...the Braves will be playing a Game 7 against the Los Angeles Dodgers with a berth in the World Series on the line. Saturday night did not start off well as Max Fried gave up three runs in the first inning, but he did settle down and Braves pitchers did not allow a run the rest of the way. Unfortunately, some really crappy batted ball luck combined with some bad at-bats meant that the Braves would only score one...
TalkingChop Oct 18, 2020
Talking Chop Podcast Episode 258: Win or go home

Talking Chop Podcast Episode 258: Win or go home

Photo by Tom Pennington/ Good evening, friends. The Atlanta Braves weren’t able to finish off the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday evening. As such, the two teams will get together in a pivotal Game 7 on Sunday but, before that tilt arrives, the Talking Chop Podcast is back to set the table. Eric Cole and Brad Rowland discuss the following in Episode 258: The first inning wasn’t kind to Max Fried and the Braves were playing from behind all evening as a result To his credit, Fried really settled in to give Atlanta a chance to win The second inning was a complete back-breaker for the...
TalkingChop Oct 17, 2020
Three quick takeaways from Atlanta’s loss in Game 6

Three quick takeaways from Atlanta’s loss in Game 6

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ It all comes down to this. Once again the Atlanta Braves couldn’t come up with a timely hit in a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS. The series and the entire season will come down to Sunday’s Game 7 for a chance to advance to the World Series. Game 6 was a tough loss to swallow because the Braves had their chances. Here are three takeaways from the loss. Max Fried wasn’t sharp but he gave the Braves a chance No it certainly was not the start that Atlanta was hoping for as the Dodgers connected for back-to-back homers and scored...
TalkingChop Oct 17, 2020
Offense comes up empty for Braves in Game 6 loss to Dodgers

Offense comes up empty for Braves in Game 6 loss to Dodgers

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ Fried allows three in the first as the Braves fall 3-1. The NLCS is headed for a decisive Game 7 after the Atlanta Braves dropped a 3-1 decision in Game 6 to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The game could not have gotten off to a worse start for Atlanta and Max Fried. Mookie Betts flew out to center to open the game but Corey Seager stayed red hot and jumped on a hanging breaking ball and drove it out to right for his fifth home run of the series. Two pitches later, Justin Turner launched a home run of his own giving the Dodgers back-to-back shots in the first to...
TalkingChop Oct 17, 2020
NLCS Game 6: Braves vs Dodgers game thread

NLCS Game 6: Braves vs Dodgers game thread

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ Atlanta needs some Maximum Fried to close out Dodgers The Atlanta Braves will send Max Fried to the mound Saturday afternoon as they try to close out the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS. The Dodgers will counter with right-hander Walker Buehler in a rematch from Game 1. First pitch is scheduled for 4:38 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on FS1. PREVIEW | LINEUPS
TalkingChop Oct 17, 2020
Braves stick with same lineup for Game 6

Braves stick with same lineup for Game 6

Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via The Atlanta Braves will try to close out the series and punch their ticket to the World Series Saturday afternoon when they meet the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS. The game will feature a rematch from Game 1 with Max Fried squaring off against Walker Buehler. The Braves won’t make any changes to their starting lineup for Saturday’s Game 6 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Nick Markakis will get another start in left field and hit eighth against right-hander Walker Buehler while Cristian Pache will play centerfield and hit ninth....
TalkingChop Oct 17, 2020
Max Fried, Braves look to eliminate Dodgers in Game 6

Max Fried, Braves look to eliminate Dodgers in Game 6

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ Fried will face Walker Buehler in a rematch from Game 1. The Atlanta Braves will try again to punch their ticket to the World Series when they square off with the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS. Atlanta leads 3-2 after Friday’s 7-3 loss. The Braves got an excellent performance from A.J. Minter who made his first career start and struck out seven in just three innings. Atlanta led 2-1 in the sixth before Will Smith homered off Will Smith to give the Dodgers the lead for good. Game 6 will feature a rematch of the pitching matchup from Game 1 between...
TalkingChop Oct 17, 2020
Four thoughts from the Braves’ loss in Game 5

Four thoughts from the Braves’ loss in Game 5

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ Move on and get them tomorrow The Atlanta Braves jumped out to an early lead in Game 5 but their offense went quiet through the middle innings and it cost them in a 7-3 loss. The Braves will get another chance to end the series on Saturday with Max Fried facing Walker Buehler in a rematch of the Game 1 matchup. Here are four thoughts from Friday’s loss. A.J. Minter starts and impresses Let’s begin with something good. The Braves had not used a classic opener all season but that was the situation that they were faced with in Game 5. A.J. Minter got the call...
TalkingChop Oct 16, 2020
Examining the Braves’ pitching options for Game 5

Examining the Braves’ pitching options for Game 5

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports Here is a look at Atlanta’s options for Game 5 The Atlanta Braves could punch their ticket to the World Series tonight. Let that sink in. This dynamic team has done it on the backs of their elite offense and bullpen and gutsy performances by a very young rotation. After the 26-year-old grizzled veteran who looks like he doesn’t have to shave, Max Fried, the Braves have started 3 straight rookies against a brutal Dodgers lineup and won 2 out of 3 of those games. However, with Mike Soroka out and the Braves not acquiring rotation help at the trade...
TalkingChop Oct 14, 2020
Introducing the Max Fried “Max It Up” shirt by Breaking T

Introducing the Max Fried “Max It Up” shirt by Breaking T

The latest addition to the Atlanta collection at Breaking T When Mike Soroka was lost for the season due to an injury, Max Fried took over as the Atlanta Braves’ No. 1 starter and hasn’t looked back. He stepped up his game in the postseason including a stellar performance in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Dodgers. “Mix It Up” has been the Braves rallying cry since Opening Day. They should change that to “Max It Up” on the days that Max Fried pitches. Once again Breaking T has captured the moment with the brand new “Max It Up” T-shirt. The shirt is the latest...
TalkingChop Oct 13, 2020
Austin Riley took his chance and became an unlikely postseason hero for the Braves

Austin Riley took his chance and became an unlikely postseason hero for the Braves

Photo by Tom Pennington/ Brian Snitker nearly emptied his bench looking for someone to come through for the Braves. The breakthrough ended up coming from the ninth man in the lineup. The Braves have continued their quest into uncharted territory and done so by winning games in familiar fashion. Thanks to a great start from Max Fried and the bullpen continuing to impose their will upon opposing batters, the Braves stayed in the game long enough to finally do some damage against the other team’s bullpen. They’ve won plenty of games using that formula, and now they’ve used it to win...
TalkingChop Oct 13, 2020
The Daily Chop: Braves take 1-0 series lead, Riley heroics, Duvall injury, and more

The Daily Chop: Braves take 1-0 series lead, Riley heroics, Duvall injury, and more

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Austin Riley stepped up at the best possible time, delivering the Braves their first NLCS win since 2001. The Braves have waited 19 years for a night like they experienced on Monday, and even though it was a tough road, the offense delivered in full force when it counted. Austin Riley blasted a go-ahead, game-winning homer in the ninth inning, which was followed by three more runs thanks to Ronald Acuna, Marcell Ozuna, and Ozzie Albies. Atlanta won 5-1 after Max Fried and the Braves bullpen stifled the Dodgers. This recipe for success has become commonplace...

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