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Preview: Braves close out April with Milwaukee series

Preview: Braves close out April with Milwaukee series

Big Sexy will take the mound for Atlanta against the Brewers on Friday in game one of a three-game series Fresh off a two-game sweep of the New York Mets, the Atlanta Braves will travel to the Midwest to take on the Milwaukee Brewers and the offensive juggernaut that is Eric Thames. The Braves enter the series with a record of 8-12 and have proven to be a very streaky team through the first 20 games of the season. After a 1-1 start, Atlanta lost five straight, followed by a five-game winning streak. Next came a six-game losing streak, which came to a close in New York as the Braves have...
9 hours ago
What’s eating Dansby Swanson?

What’s eating Dansby Swanson?

Rather than struggling with one specific aspect of hitting, the rookie shortstop has found himself in a mess of an April. Disclaimer 1: This post is long. It also has a lot of images (charts, tables, etc.). Sorry if it takes a while to load. Disclaimer 2: If you’re expecting a silver bullet explanation that answers the title question, I’m afraid you might leave this post disappointed. This is really just a sojourn through a lot of hitting data, and I’m afraid there’s no single super-satisfying answer. Coming into the season, the Atlanta Braves roster did not feature an overwhelming...
10 hours ago
Braves vs Brewers schedule and probable pitchers

Braves vs Brewers schedule and probable pitchers

The road games continue for the Braves who open a three-game set in Milwaukee on Friday The Atlanta Braves road trip continues with a stop in Milwaukee where they will open a three-game set against the Brewers. Atlanta snapped a six-game skid with back-to-back victories over the New York Mets in a weather abbreviated series in New York. The Braves are currently 8-12 and in fourth place in the N.L. East standings. They have played 13 of their first 20 games on the road and are just 4-9 in those contests. Milwaukee comes into the series with a 12-11 record good for second place in the N.L....
11 hours ago
Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Gohara, Wentz take the spotlight

Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Gohara, Wentz take the spotlight

3 stolen bases last night by Didder wasn’t enough for the Firefrogs (12-7) Gwinnett Braves 4, (10-8) Rochester Redwings Boxscore Ozzie Albies, DH: 1-for-4, .289/.315/.434 Rio Ruiz, 3B: 0-for-4, .205/.247/.301 Lucas Sims, SP: 7.0IP 4H 2ER 1BB 3K, 2.66 ERA, 0.72 WHIP It was the third straight start for Lucas Sims where he had 2 or fewer walks, and gave up less than 4 or fewer hits in a pretty magical season thus far for the righty. I was able to catch this start and sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Lucas showcased that great curveball he has and was able to locate it inside...
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Atlanta Braves news and links: Suzuki slugs his way to success

Atlanta Braves news and links: Suzuki slugs his way to success

Kurt Suzuki may not have the hottest bat in the Braves’ lineup, but he did enough to help lead Atlanta to victory yesterday. BRAVES NEWS Atlanta mini-sweeps wounded Mets with 7-5 victory The rain-shortened series at Citi Field ended up going the Braves way, as they completed their mini-sweep of the Mets with a 7-5 victory. Kurt Suzuki delivered the biggest shot of the afternoon when he made the Mets pay for intentionally walking Nick Markakis by hitting a three-run homer of his own. R.A. Dickey had to leave the game with a quad spasm, but Dave O’Brien is reporting that Dickey doesn’t...
Apr 27, 2017
Braves complete two-game “sweep” of Mets with 7-5 victory

Braves complete two-game “sweep” of Mets with 7-5 victory

Have a day, Kurt Suzuki. This week’s series between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves was supposed to include three games but that did not happen as a result of an early rain-out. With that on the table, the Braves emerged with two victories in as many contests and the second win served as the clincher for the “sweep” over New York by a final score of 7-5 on Thursday afternoon. The fireworks of the day began with back-to-back walks to Nick Markakis and Kurt Suzuki in the second innings and, with two men on, Jace Peterson (in the lineup in place of an injured Brandon Phillips)...
Apr 27, 2017
Mets vs. Braves preview: Atlanta faces Matt Harvey in getaway finale

Mets vs. Braves preview: Atlanta faces Matt Harvey in getaway finale

This isn’t the easiest match-up in the world. The Atlanta Braves got off the mat with an 8-2 victory on Wednesday evening and that was a much needed performance. However, things don’t get easier on Thursday for Atlanta, as the team squares off against Matt Harvey in a getaway finale for the series. Harvey was not the scheduled starter for New York until Thursday morning, when Noah Syndergaard was scratched with a “tired arm” hours before first pitch. While that is probably an upgrade for Atlanta, it isn’t a massive one. The 28-year-old has pitched well this season, with a 2.84...
Apr 27, 2017
Braves promote Jason Motte, option Anthony Recker

Braves promote Jason Motte, option Anthony Recker

Jason Motte will get a chance to bolster the Braves bullpen. The Braves made a roster move to bolster their bullpen in advance of Thursday afternoon’s game, as they called up relief pitcher Jason Motte from Triple-A. Backup catcher Anthony Recker was optioned to Gwinnett in a corresponding roster move. Motte is attempting to rediscover the form he had early in his career, as the last three years have been a bit of a struggle. After compiling 42 saves and posting a 2.75 ERA in a breakout 2012 season with the St. Louis Cardinals, Motte underwent Tommy John surgery on his elbow and missed...
Apr 27, 2017
Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Acuna and Ventura run wild

Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Acuna and Ventura run wild

Ronald Acuna and Randy Ventura continue to battle to see who can lead the system in stolen bases, while Ian Anderson had an outstanding start to lead Rome (12-6) Gwinnett Braves 3, (9-8) Rochester Red Wings 2 Box Score Johan Camargo, SS: 0-4, .308/.379/.615 Ozzie Albies, 2B: 2-4, 2B, RBI, SB, .291/.318/.443 Ryan Howard, DH: 0-4, .300/.417/.300 Luke Jackson, SP: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 4.32 ERA It’s a good thing for Gwinnett that Ozzie Albies showed up, otherwise the team would have had a tough time in this one. Albies scored 2 of Gwinnett’s 3 runs, and his RBI accounted for...
Apr 27, 2017
Atlanta Braves News and Links: Big night for Braves offense

Atlanta Braves News and Links: Big night for Braves offense

The Braves backed Julio Teheran in a big way on Wednesday as they ended the six-game losing streak that preceded their trip to New York. BRAVES NEWS Braves snap skid with five-run first, 8-2 win over Mets The Braves got off to a hot start on Wednesday, plating five runs in the first inning and sending starter Julio Teheran to the plate before he took the mound. That early lead would be more than enough for Teheran, who pitched into the seventh inning, allowing two runs on four hits with four strikeouts. Brandon Phillips exited the contest after an apparent groin strain in the second, but...
Apr 26, 2017
Braves snap skid with five-run first, 8-2 win over Mets

Braves snap skid with five-run first, 8-2 win over Mets

The Braves pounded out 16 hits as they crushed Robert Gsellman and the Mets to snap their six-game losing streak. Tyler Flowers drove in four runs while Julio Teheran allowed just two runs in the win. The Braves jumped out to a big lead over Robert Gsellman and the Mets and never looked back as they stopped their losing streak at six games — makes you wonder if the Mets regret not skipping Gsellman’s start and giving tonight’s game to Noah Syndegaard instead, doesn’t it? New York’s misfortune was Atlanta’s gain, as they cruised to a 5-0 score after just one half-inning of play....
Apr 26, 2017
Preview: Braves head to Opening Day rematch between Teheran, Syndergaard

Preview: Braves head to Opening Day rematch between Teheran, Syndergaard

Last night’s rainout gave the Mets the opportunity to start Noah Syndergaard on regular rest against Julio Teheran... for the second time this month. If you were in a coma for 23 days, good news (well, aside from the coma thing): that Julio Teheran-Noah Syndergaard Opening Day matchup you were looking forward to? Well, it’s happening (again)! If you weren’t in said coma, then you’re aware that due to last night’s rainout, the Mets have taken advantage of the ability to start Syndergaard on regular rest to face the Braves in a now-shortened series. Not much has changed since...
Apr 26, 2017
Benches and Holds: Weakest links are proving detrimental to Braves

Benches and Holds: Weakest links are proving detrimental to Braves

The Braves have 99 problems and a bench is certainly one of them. When the season began, many Braves players were quoted as saying that they believed the 2017 roster was set up for success and that the rebuilding phase was over. Now three weeks into the season, those sentiments are not necessarily false, but we can look upon them with considerable skepticism. The most evident causes for that skepticism, to this point, are neither the aging members of the rotation nor the cast-offs occupying everyday jobs in the lineup, but rather the questionable bodies that currently reside on the bench...
Apr 26, 2017
Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Fire Frogs Explode, Fried returns to form

Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Fire Frogs Explode, Fried returns to form

The Fire Frogs were very naughty last night in the best possible way Gwinnett Braves 4, Rochester Red Wings 5 Box Score Rio Ruiz, 3B: 1-4, HR, RBI, .217/.260/.319 Ozzie Albies, 2B: 1-4, .280/.309/.427 Ryan Howard, DH: 1-4, RBI Sean Newcomb, SP: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 K, 4.19 ERA After not playing for 2 days (sound familiar?) the G-Braves were back in action with Sean Newcomb on the mound and he put up the most Sean Newcomb start possible with flashes of brilliance but still walked 4 men and only threw 57 of his 92 pitches for strikes. Hard to complain about 5 scoreless with 6...
Apr 26, 2017
Atlanta Braves news and links: Folty is starting to come into his own

Atlanta Braves news and links: Folty is starting to come into his own

Yesterday was a rainout, so let’s put some shine on a couple of Braves pitchers — Mike Foltynewicz being chief among them. BRAVES NEWS Tuesday’s game gets rained out We don’t have a Braves result to share with you this morning since yesterday’s game got rained out. The game will be made up in late September as part of a doubleheader, and Julio Teheran will still pitch tomorrow’s game in what is now a two-game series. d’Arnaud gets DFA’d and Adams gets called up THe Braves still made a roster move during what turned out to be another off day. Chase d’Arnaud has been...