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TalkingChop 29 mins ago
Braves lose 3-0, NL East lead down to ½ game

Braves lose 3-0, NL East lead down to ½ game

The Braves fell victim to a dominant Nick Pivetta The Braves strolled into Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on Monday, riding a high from Sunday’s comeback victory against the Marlins. After running into the buzzsaw that is Nick Pivetta, the momentum from that win might have dwindled a bit. The Braves fell in a heartbreaker, 3-0. With their loss, Atlanta’s NL East lead is now down to ½ game. Despite six strong innings from Mike Foltynewicz, a Nick Williams home run gave Philadelphia the lead and they never relented. Pivetta was just too much for the Braves on this night, as he...
TalkingChop 3 hours ago
Braves vs. Phillies: May 21, 2018 Game Thread & Discussion

Braves vs. Phillies: May 21, 2018 Game Thread & Discussion

Buckle up. Simply put, division rivalries are a blast. After a thrilling come-from-behind walk-off victory on Sunday, the Braves now have a 1½ game lead over the Phillies in the NL East, and will look to build on that lead over the next three days. If yesterday’s ninth inning against the Marlins was any indication, Atlanta is primed for another huge offensive outburst tonight. Meanwhile, the Mike Foltynewicz vs. Nick Pivetta pitching matchup isn’t exactly Magic vs. Bird, but it is becoming quite the compelling showdown. These two righties will square off tonight for the fourth time...
TalkingChop 6 hours ago
Ender’s back for Game 1 as Foltynewicz takes on Pivetta...again

Ender’s back for Game 1 as Foltynewicz takes on Pivetta...again

Inciarte is made of steel, while Foltynewicz and Pivetta chase history Though it’s an old rivalry, the new wave of Braves vs. Phillies is taking hold. For the fourth series in the last seven weeks, these two young upstart teams will face each other. For the first game, here’s how the Braves will line up: Road trip opens up tonight in Philly. #ChopOnGame Preview: https://t.co/FPGNqaodUT pic.twitter.com/0EATzj62A6— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) May 21, 2018 Nick Pivetta will take the mound for Philadelphia and try to shut down a Braves offense that has proven its ability to string...
TalkingChop 8 hours ago
Braves Ride Momentum Into Philly To Start Road Trip

Braves Ride Momentum Into Philly To Start Road Trip

The NL East’s two top teams meet for their fourth series this year Even in their wildest dreams, Braves fans and Phillies fans couldn’t have realistically predicted these two teams would be battling for the NL East lead in late May. Yet, here we are. It’s exciting to see two young teams emerge from the doldrums of recent seasons and watch them fight it out for NL East superiority. After a ridiculous come-from-behind victory on Sunday that preserved a series win against the Marlins, the Braves have retained their current standing as the top team in the National League. While the...
TalkingChop 10 hours ago
How the Atlanta Braves 2009 Draft could have gone

How the Atlanta Braves 2009 Draft could have gone

For the last decade I’ve picked players I would have drafted if I ran the Braves. Here is how things could have turned out. I’ve followed the draft for what feels like forever. My earliest moment was back in 1996 just after the draft when I watched an NCAA Tournament game featuring recent first round pick R.A. Dickey (Tennessee). I still remember Josh (Hamilton) vs. Josh (Beckett) and the two big time draft picks by the Phillies in the late 1990’s that were both expected to change their franchise- JD Drew (1997) and Pat “The Bat” Burrell (1998). I also remember Lance Berkman...
TalkingChop 11 hours ago
Joey Bart Is The Best College Player Period In This Week’s College Draft Prospect Tracker

Joey Bart Is The Best College Player Period In This Week’s College Draft Prospect Tracker

As the season has closed out, there’s no doubt that Joey Bart has elevated himself to be the best college player in the draft, just edging out Casey Mize. The college baseball season has come to an end, and so to the weekly college draft articles. Some teams do still have a couple games left, but for the most part, many teams have wrapped up this weekend. What’s next? Likely a more collaborative discussion on the prospects leading up to the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft that begins on June 4, 2018. A little over 2 weeks away now. Mock Drafts (Braves pick...
TalkingChop 12 hours ago
Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 5/20: Travis Demeritte homered again and Rome had an...unfortunate game

Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap 5/20: Travis Demeritte homered again and Rome had an...unfortunate game

The Fire Frogs were rained out again, but there was some excitement as Max Fried took the mound and Austin Riley keeps hitting in Triple-A. Gwinnett Braves 1, Toledo Mud Hens 5 Box Score Peter Bourjos, CF: 1-4, BB, .328/.403/.578 Austin Riley, 3B: 1-3, RBI, BB, .325/.383/.616 Max Fried, SP: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, 3.80 ERA Max Fried had a solid start for Gwinnett, but the offense failed to take advantage of its few chances and Toledo pulled away late for a 5-1 win. Fried did a good job limiting his walks, but Toledo did string together some baserunners to grab a run here...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop 15 hours ago
Braves News: Wild walk-off win, Bautista released and more

Braves News: Wild walk-off win, Bautista released and more

Recapping a busy Sunday for the Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves News Braves rally in the ninth to defeat Marlins The Atlanta Braves completed a stunning comeback on Sunday to earn a series victory over the Miami Marlins. Atlanta entered the ninth trailing 9-4 but scored six times capped off by a walk-off hit from Dansby Swanson to escape with a 10-9 victory. The @Braves were down 9-4 entering the 9th. What a comeback. #WALKOFF pic.twitter.com/RYBlFENnKx— MLB (@MLB) May 20, 2018 Watch that and let the good feelings wash all over you Braves release Jose Bautista The other big news of...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop May 20, 2018
Braves head to Philadelphia for showdown with Phillies

Braves head to Philadelphia for showdown with Phillies

Atlanta heads to Philadephia for a three-game series against the second place Phillies Fresh off of a 3-2 home stand, the Atlanta Braves well head back out on the road for a six-game, two city trip that will take them to Philadelphia and Boston. The Braves and the Phillies currently occupy the top two spots in the National League East standings. Atlanta will carry a 1.5 game lead into Monday’s series opener. Atlanta has taken care of business against the rest of the division with an 18-9 record. In contrast, Philadelphia is just 8-14 against division opponents. The Braves are 6-3 against...
TalkingChop May 20, 2018
MLB trade rumors: Rival evaluators think Braves will pursue Mike Moustakas, per report

MLB trade rumors: Rival evaluators think Braves will pursue Mike Moustakas, per report

Moustakas is off to a strong start and the Royals seem likely to sell this summer. As we near the trade deadline it seems likely the Braves will look at all options to improve third base. In his weekly column, Nick Cafardo wrote that rival evaluators believe the Braves will pursue Mike Moustakas of the Royals. 3. Mike Moustakas, 3B, Royals — There’s a growing feeling among talent evaluators that Moustakas could become a Braves target. The Braves are currently using Jose Bautista at third. His defense has been fine, but he’s still not hitting like the Bautista of old. GM Alex...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop May 20, 2018
Video: Swanson, Braves walk-off against Marlins

Video: Swanson, Braves walk-off against Marlins

An improbable comeback secures an improbable win. The Atlanta Braves trailed the Miami Marlins 9-4 entering the ninth inning but rallied scoring six times including a walk-off hit by Dansby Swanson to secure a 10-9 win. The @Braves were down 9-4 entering the 9th. What a comeback. #WALKOFF pic.twitter.com/RYBlFENnKx— MLB (@MLB) May 20, 2018 The only highlight that matters. Swanson fell behind 1-2 and battled until he got an inside fastball that he could handle and drilled it into the left field corner for the game-winning hit. This picture speaks for itself.#ChopOn...
TalkingChop May 20, 2018
Talking Chop Podcast Episode 113: A (very) wild Sunday and more

Talking Chop Podcast Episode 113: A (very) wild Sunday and more

TC’s Scott Coleman returns. Greetings! Episode 113 of the Talking Chop Podcast features a fire alarm, the return of Scott Coleman and an insane comeback from the Atlanta Braves. Topics for a memorable show include the following: Remembering Tuesday’s brutal loss and praising Atlanta’s resilience after the fact The Jose Bautista era is over and it’s the Johan Camargo show... for now What’s going on with the closer situation? How good is Daniel Winkler? Ronald Acuña and Ozzie Albies are both young and good Sean Newcomb’s emergence and what it means moving forward There are a...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop May 20, 2018
Braves rally in the ninth to defeat Marlins

Braves rally in the ninth to defeat Marlins

On the eight-year anniversary of another improbable comeback, the Braves do it again. Eight years ago today the Atlanta Braves scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Cincinnati Reds 10-9. History repeated itself on Sunday as the Braves rallied late with another six run rally to defeat the Miami Marlins 10-9 to escape with a series win. There was no Brooks Conrad this time around but Atlanta found away to get it done. The Braves entered the ninth trailing 9-4 and facing Marlins closer Brad Ziegler. Dansby Swanson struck out to lead off the inning before Ryan Flaherty...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop May 20, 2018
Marlins vs Braves Sunday game thread

Marlins vs Braves Sunday game thread

The Atlanta Braves look to wrap up their brief home stand on a good note when they take on the Miami Marlins Sunday afternoon at SunTrust Park. Julio Teheran will get the start for Atlanta while Miami will counter with left hander Wei-Yin Chen. First pitch is scheduled for around 1:35 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on Fox Sports South. PREVIEW | LINEUPS
Kris Willis / TalkingChop May 20, 2018
Johan Camargo gets start at 3rd against Marlins

Johan Camargo gets start at 3rd against Marlins

With Jose Bautista out of the picture, Johan Camargo will get the bulk of the playing time at third The Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins meet in the rubber match of their three-game series on Sunday. Julio Teheran will be on the mound for Atlanta. Following the release of Jose Bautista, Johan Camargo is set to see the bulk of the playing time at third base. Tyler Flowers is back behind the plate as well on Sunday. Going for another series win today at @SunTrustPark!#ChopOn pic.twitter.com/jpcMrXCG7D— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) May 20, 2018 Braves vs Wei-Yin Chen Kurt Suzuki -...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop May 20, 2018
Braves release Jose Bautista

Braves release Jose Bautista

The Braves took a flyer on Bautista but it simply didn’t work out. Atlanta Braves general manager called a press conference for Sunday morning and announced that the team has released third baseman Jose Bautista. Anthopoulos added that Johan Camargo would be the team’s everyday third baseman going forward. The Braves have released Jose Bautista. Anthopoulos says Camargo will be the everyday third baseman.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) May 20, 2018 Bautista appeared in 12 games for Atlanta and slashed .143/.250/.343. More to come....
TalkingChop May 20, 2018
Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Ian Anderson Turns in a Gem

Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Ian Anderson Turns in a Gem

Ian Anderson was stellar once again for the Fire Frogs, and Drew Waters and Jean Carlos Encarnacion continued their hot streaks down in Rome (16-24) Gwinnett Stripers 5, (27-13) Toledo Mud Hens 3 Box Score Austin Riley, 3B: 1-4, .306/.352/.510 Kolby Allard, SP: 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 2.02 ERA The Stripers offense was terrible for awhile, like 19 straight batters retired to start the game, and then all of the sudden it was very good and they scored 5 runs in 2 2⁄3 innings. The Mud Hens starter was absolutely cruising, had a perfect game going, and then Danny Santana of all people...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop May 20, 2018
Braves look for another series win behind Julio Teheran

Braves look for another series win behind Julio Teheran

Teheran looks to continue string of good starts. The Atlanta Braves will look to secure another series win on Sunday when they wrap up a three-game series against the Miami Marlins at SunTrust Park. Atlanta fell in the opener 2-0 but bounced back in a big way on Saturday with an 8-1 win. Julio Teheran wasn’t at his best in his last start but he did enough to keep the Braves in the game and to eventually pull out a win. Teheran allowed four hits and four runs including a pair of homers, in six innings at Wrigley. Those four runs are the only ones he has allowed in his last three starts...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop May 20, 2018
Braves News: Atlanta’s offense wakes up in win over Marlins

Braves News: Atlanta’s offense wakes up in win over Marlins

Atlanta will go for a series win on Sunday Braves News Braves offense comes alive in 8-1 win over Marlins Sean Newcomb allowed one run over six innings and the Atlanta Braves scored eight unanswered to defeat the Miami Marlins 8-1. Ozzie Albies and Johan Camargo drove in two runs each while Freddie Freeman and Kurt Suzuki both homered. Braves activate Swanson from DL, option Wisler to Triple-A As expected, the Braves activated Dansby Swanson from the 10-day disabled list on Saturday. Swanson missed 14 games with inflammation in his wrist. To make room on the active roster, Atlanta optioned...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop May 20, 2018
May 20: Marlins vs Braves

May 20: Marlins vs Braves

Julio Teheran will be on the mound Sunday as the Atlanta Braves hope to capture another series win against the Miami Marlins.

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