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2017 ALCS Game 3 open thread

2017 ALCS Game 3 open thread

2017 American League Championship Series New York Yankees vs Houston Astros Astros lead series 2-0. Game 3 Probable Starters Yankees - CC Sabathia (14-5, 3.69 ERA) Astros - Charlie Morton (14-7, 3.62 ERA) Game Date/Time: Monday, October 16, 8 p.m. ET Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY TV: FS1 Streaming: Fox Sports Go
19 hours ago
Atlanta Braves AFL Recap: AJax Goes Grande

Atlanta Braves AFL Recap: AJax Goes Grande

Braves prospects put up another strong week in Arizona, headlined by big home runs from Alex Jackson and Austin Riley Games (2-1) Peoria Javelinas 10, (1-2) Mesa Solar Sox 9 Box Score (2-2) Peoria Javelinas 2, (2-2) Mesa Solar Sox 4 Box Score (3-2) Peoria Javelinas 12, (2-3) Salt River Rafters 1 Box Score Ronald Acuna 1-4, 2 BB, HBP, RBI, .333/.467/.333 Acuna’s weekend got off to a scary start, as in his second plate appearance of Thursday’s game he was hit by a pitch on his hand. Acuna had to leave the game with a bruise, but only missed one game and was back in the leadoff spot for...
21 hours ago
Atlanta Braves news: The investigation is “near completion”

Atlanta Braves news: The investigation is “near completion”

MLB’s investigation of the Braves is almost done, which means that we’ll soon know exactly what punishment the organization will be facing. BRAVES NEWS MLB’s investigation of Atlanta is “near completion” If there’s any good news to be had about this scandal involving the Braves and their various wrongdoings, it’s that we’re going to have a resolution soon. According to a source of David O’Brien’s, baseball is close to completing the investigation of the Braves. The bad news is that we’ll have to wait until after the World Series, so we could be in for a couple of...
Oct 15, 2017
2017 NLCS Sunday open thread

2017 NLCS Sunday open thread

2017 National League Championship Series Chicago Cubs vs Los Angeles Dodgers Dodgers lead series 1-0 Game 2 - Probable Starters Cubs - Jon Lester (13-8, 4.33 ERA) Dodgers - Rich Hill (12-8, 3.32 ERA) Game Date/Time: Sunday, October 15, 7:30 p.m. ET Location: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA TV: TBS Streaming: MLB.tv
Oct 15, 2017
Atlanta Braves news: Slow news Sunday

Atlanta Braves news: Slow news Sunday

Braves News Local contractor taking over Atlanta Braves stadium project Earlier this week there was a change in contractors for the Braves’ new spring training home. Sarasota-based Tandem Construction will take over the project replacing Atlanta-based Brasfield & Gorrie who were one of the primary firms in building SunTrust Park. The change in contractor is not expected to delay the project with the Braves expecting to move into their new home in time for spring training in 2019. MLB News Astros win ALCS Game 2 behind a magnificent Justin Verlander performance and Jose Altuve’s...
Oct 14, 2017
Atlanta Braves News: Where do Braves go from here?

Atlanta Braves News: Where do Braves go from here?

Who can lead the Braves out of their current mess? Braves News Who Can Lead Braves Through Winter of Discontent? 92.9 The Game’s Grant McAuley recaps the last few turbulent weeks for the Atlanta Braves and wonders who can lead them out of this mess. As the Braves await their fate, big decisions loom. They need a leader who can help them navigate the troubled waters while carefully restoring faith in the franchise. The revamped front office will be tasked with an incredible undertaking. Only once MLB commissioner Rob Manfred hands down the punishment can Atlanta effectively begin to...
Oct 13, 2017
2017 ALCS Game 1 open thread

2017 ALCS Game 1 open thread

2017 American League Championship Series New York Yankees vs Houston Astros Game 1 Probable Starters Yankees - Masahiro Tanaka (13-12, 4.74 ERA) Astros - Dallas Keuchel (14-5, 2.90 ERA) Game Date/Time: Friday, October 13, 8 p.m. ET Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas TV: FS1 Streaming: Fox Sports Go
Oct 13, 2017
Atlanta Braves news: More drama could be coming with regards to investigation

Atlanta Braves news: More drama could be coming with regards to investigation

Yesterday was another reminder that the Braves are far from being done with the scandal that erupted in the wake of John Coppolella’s resignation. BRAVES NEWS Atlanta’s violations in international market described as “unprecedented” Just when you think that the bad news about the Braves and the scandal concerning their actions in the international market was starting to abate a bit, we got even more bad news about it. According to an article from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the Braves violations in the international market may have been to a point where it’s...
Oct 12, 2017
Braves’ rules violations in international market are ‘unprecedented’, per report

Braves’ rules violations in international market are ‘unprecedented’, per report

The saga surrounding the allegations against the Braves seems to never end This has been a trying start to the offseason for Braves fans. Due to an ongoing investigation into the Braves’ dealings on the international free agent market (and the draft according to some reports), general manager John Coppolella was forced to resign. In addition to Coppolella, special assistant Gordon Blakeley resigned and in Ken Rosenthal’s most recent report, these moves could be only the beginning for the Braves. Sources tell @Ken_Rosenthal that the #Braves' breach of rules violations are unprecedented...
Oct 12, 2017
2017 NLDS Game 5 open thread

2017 NLDS Game 5 open thread

2017 National League Division Series Chicago Cubs vs Washington Nationals Series tied 2-2 Game 5 Probable Starters Cubs - Kyle Hendricks (7-5, 3.03 ERA) Nationals - Gio Gonzalez (15-9, 2.96 ERA) Game Date/Time: Thursday, October 12, 8 p.m. ET Location: Nationals Park, Washington D.C. TV: TBS Streaming: MLB.TV
Oct 12, 2017
Front office turmoil played a factor in Braves decision to keep Snitker, per report

Front office turmoil played a factor in Braves decision to keep Snitker, per report

We all speculated that the current scandal may have helped Brian Snitker keep his job, and now there are reports that seem to confirm that line of thinking The Braves have made the decision to keep Brian Snitker on as manager and as many of us suspected, the front office turmoil may have played a factor in the decision to keep him around for the 2018 season. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports has been one of the many national reporters who have been on top of the Braves’ front office situation, and now he’s reporting in his latest article that the Braves may have made the decision to keep...
Oct 12, 2017
Atlanta Braves player review: Jose Ramirez

Atlanta Braves player review: Jose Ramirez

The Atlanta Braves entered the 2017 season with the expectation that their bullpen would be an area of strength after a solid performance over the final few months of the 2016 season. That never materialized and what was thought to be a strength quickly turned into a weakness. What were the expectations? After a strong finish to the 2016 season (3.44 FIP in the second half of 2016), Ramirez figured to be a big part of the back end of the Braves’ bullpen in 2017. While he made a career-high in appearances and posted a career-best ERA, his peripheral numbers suggest that he wasn’t quite...
Oct 12, 2017
Braves AFL Recap: Max Fried Leads Stellar Staff

Braves AFL Recap: Max Fried Leads Stellar Staff

Max Fried’s opening day dominance led to 7 strikeouts over 3 innings and was part of a 16 strikeout performance by Braves pitchers on the day. Arizona Fall League action is finally underway, and the Braves prospects were busy on opening day with 6 players getting action. Follow along this fall with Talking Chop as we’ll be bringing you updates on all the AFL action this season, with updates twice a week on Thursday and Monday mornings. Games (1-0) Peoria Javelinas 3, (0-1) Glendale Desert Dogs 0 Box Score (1-1) Peoria Javelinas 4, (1-1) Glendale Desert Dogs 5 Box Score Ronald...
Oct 12, 2017
Atlanta Braves News and Links: Glavine a candidate in Braves front office?

Atlanta Braves News and Links: Glavine a candidate in Braves front office?

There was some news out of Atlanta on Wednesday regarding front office personnel. Also, the playoffs provided plenty of excitement as the Yankees eliminated the Indians and the Nationals forced a fifth game against the Cubs. BRAVES NEWS Speaking of Glavine, if the Braves can't get Dayton Moore, Glav may be the perfect fit to lead them past their internal and external turmoil— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) October 11, 2017 There was no article written on the topic of Tom Glavine potentially taking over a leadership role in the Atlanta front office, but Mark Bowman did provide a few tweets...
Oct 11, 2017
2017 Atlanta Braves Season in Review: Relief Pitching

2017 Atlanta Braves Season in Review: Relief Pitching

The next installment of Talking Chop’s season in review series takes a look at the bullpen and how it might develop in the future. It’s a bit of an obvious statement that bad teams don’t need good bullpens. That bears itself out pretty well if you look at the standings and the bullpen ranks: of the top 10 bullpens by fWAR in 2017, six of them are taken up by playoff teams. To that end, it’s not surprising that the Braves finished the season with the league’s fourth-worst bullpen by fWAR (fifth-worst by RA9-WAR). The Braves only used 19 relievers in 2017. That’s actually perhaps...