#183: Still, So Many Questions

Gil

Gil Elliott

Bryce Harper

With a little under two weeks before the Braves begin their defense of their National League East title, there are several very huge question marks for this team. Every team not named the Marlins appears to have improved during the off-season with big ticket additions via both trades and signing free agents. I am not sure who won the off season but both Phillie and New York both potentially look to be beasts and the Nats did not really hurt themselves by not retaining Bryce Harper. While Harper is recognized as a talent, his appearance of not always trying very hard all the time can be demoralizing to a team.

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Josh Donaldson

So, wither the Braves. The acquisition of “The Bringer of Rain”, Josh Donaldson, was the Braves only big ticket signing this winter. The Braves other significant signings were bringing back Nick Markakis and home town favorite Brian McCann. Both may well work out to be solid additions but they gave the appearance of someone searching the thrift stores for treasure. Sure, you can pick up some real gems that someone else did not know they were valuable but it is a very rare occurrence. In other words, not everyone feels the need to clip coupons.

Two of the Braves recognized needs this winter were:
A) a front line starter to lead the staff of promising youngsters and
B) a solid vet to add to the relief corps.

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Craig Kimbrel

Well, as of this writing, neither of those two positions were filled. Not surprisingly, there still two players who would fill those needs are still available as free agents. There is no question that “Dirty” Craig Kimbrel would be a very significant addition to the back end of the bull pen. The only real hangup appears to be the loss of a high value draft pick but let’s be realistic, the loss of a draft pick would probably not be felt for 5 or 6 years.

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Dallas Keuchel

The same goes for Dallas Keuchel. No, he is not the same level as a Jacob DeGrome or Max Scherzer but he is a proven innings eater on a team that is desperately short on that commodity. Again, I don’t think the dollar amount for Keuchel is prohibitive but having to give up a draft pick seems to be a sticking point. Now, as it stands, we are so late into spring training neither pitcher would likely be able to join the team as they ramp up to being ready to go.

 

So Braves fans, let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope this opine becomes completely irrelevant by March 28th.

Gil2

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495 Responses to “#183: Still, So Many Questions”


  1. 1 Carolina Lady March 18, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Thanks, Gil! You da man. I sure wouldn’t mind having both of those guys on the team.

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  2. 2 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Thanks Margie for the face lift. Yes, I fear now that no matter, the pitching staff will not be a full strength when the season opens and even if the Braves were to sign a pitcher, they would not now be ready until the end of April.

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  3. 3 Vox O'Reasoñ March 19, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Only

    days until Opening Day 2019!

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  4. 4 Vox O'Reasoñ March 19, 2019 at 8:40 am

    if the Braves were to sign a pitcher, they would not now be ready until the end of April.

    According to various reports, both Kimbrel and Keuchel are participating in a simulated Spring Training, doing most of the things they would do in a pro camp. Not sure about the live batters, who they might be, or what level they might equate to. And obviously they are not pitching in any games. But the more important point is that these pitchers are getting stretched out and building strength. If they are close to the same conditioning point as the other pitchers, each would still have the opportunity to make a couple of game appearances before the team heads north… but it has to happen now.

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  5. 5 Vox O'Reasoñ March 19, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Ay caramba!!

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    • 6 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2019 at 11:06 am

      Of course by the time you figure all the taxes and the cost of living in California, it works out to about the same if he had signed a deal for $150 a game in Florida… 🙂 But good for him, Bryce’s stay at the top of the food chain was pretty short lived…

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  6. 7 Vox O'Reasoñ March 19, 2019 at 10:25 am

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  7. 8 Vox O'Reasoñ March 19, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Duvall better make the most of it. It’s that time of the spring when opt-outs will start being exercised and 4th OF types will begin hitting the open market.

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  8. 9 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2019 at 11:17 am

    So, getting a little late winter reading in before baseball watching begins in earnest for me. I am currently about 3/4 of the way through The Phenomenon by Rick Ankiel. It is really terrific read. Rick was with the Braves only a short while but his is a fascinating story. It also give a bit of insight to some of the trials and tribulations of being someone who suddenly develop the “yips”…

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  9. 10 Vox O'Reasoñ March 19, 2019 at 11:56 am

    I think I like that guy.

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  10. 12 Vox O'Reasoñ March 19, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Max Fried had another solid day today, this time in a start vs. the Nats, where he pitched 5 innings giving up 5 hits, 0 runs, and rung up 7 K’s against just 1 walk. He has easily done enough this spring to earn a rotation spot… as has Kyle Wright and Bryse Wilson and Touki Toussaint.

    I think we are seeing why AA isn’t seriously talking to Dallas Keuchel despite the slow starts of Folty and Gausy.

    But the bullpen…

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  11. 13 Vox O'Reasoñ March 19, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Meanwhile Adam Duvall is doing virtually nothing to change anyone’s mind about his ability to hit a baseball. Kinda sux for him as Austin Riley continues to tear the cover off the ball. Could Riles sneak onto the ML roster in a reserve role?

    I believe he can… and just might.

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  12. 14 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Yep.as much as we would all like for Adam Duvall to succeed, sometimes it just isn’t in the cards. I feel fairly confident a fourth outfielder type will be cut from among the 29 other teams who would be be a better fit, even Frenchy could do better, sadly…

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  13. 15 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2019 at 7:27 am

    Watching the un-official, official opening game of the season between the Mariners and the Athletics. The back telling my brain, you don’t need no stinking sleep, get up… Lots of hits (both by the batterers and by the pitchers bopping hitters) Hey, it is early for everyone.

    Basically it’s a spring training game that counts.

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  14. 16 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Uh, did I mention they are playing in Japan? That is one longggg bus ride.

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  15. 17 Vox O'Reasoñ March 20, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Only

    days until Opening Day 2019!

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  16. 18 Vox O'Reasoñ March 20, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Well, just 1 week plus 1 day away from Opening Day. Still no new additions to the 2019 version of Los Bravos despite 3 confirmed subtractions due to injury, all pitchers, with a possible 4th still looming.

    So what does that mean for the Opening Day roster?

    First, we need to qualify it to note that even though Folty, Minter, O’Day, and possibly (assumably for this exercise) Gausy will not be on the roster on March 28, they should all be added back on some time in April.

    But for the purposes of this exercise, let’s take a stab at what the Opening Day roster might look like, based on Spring performances alone… and nothing else. I believe it would look something like this:

    Lineup:
    Ender (CF)
    JD (3B)
    Freddie (1B)
    Beast (LF)
    Kakes (RF)
    McFlowers (C)
    Dansby (SS)

    — Duh.

    Bench:
    McFlowers (C)
    Camargo (IF/OF)
    Culby (IF/OF)
    Austin Riley (IF/OF)

    — Riles has quite simply outplayed Duvall, and the versatility of Johan, Culby and RAJ allows Riley to take that last spot. And in fairness, he also has demonstrated this spring that he can play other positions other than 3B, getting quality time in LF, RF and even 1B… which might be the important one. He’s the closest thing to a true backup 1B this team has had in many years.

    Rotation:
    Julio (R)
    Newk (L)
    Kyle Wright (R)
    Max Fried (L)
    Touki Toussaint (R)

    — Gausy could be ready by the 5th start, but the team would be best served not activating him until he is ready to contribute. Wright has clearly won a starting job, but Fried is barely a step behind him. He has quietly had as good a spring as any pitcher. Touki has also looked good and can come out of the bullpen once Gausy is activated.

    Bullpen:
    Viz (R)
    Winkler (R)
    Venters (L)
    Carle (R)
    Biddle (L)
    Sam Freeman (L)
    Bryse Wilson (R)
    Wes Parsons (R)

    — Wes Parsons has been a nice surprise, while Chad Sobotka has struggled badly with is control. At least in the early going, I think Parsons gets the nod. Each is already on the 40-man roster and each has options left, so it’s not a difficult chance to take. And when Minter and O’Day return, they’ll both be back in AAA anyway. And if AntMan would just go ahead and sign Craig Kimbrel, it wouldn’t even matter. 😉

    Caveat #1: As I mentioned, the above is based on players’ performances this spring. The organization may opt to keep Wilson stretched out as a starter in AAA, which is probably the wise thing to do.

    Caveat #2: This is the time of year when teams begin to release veterans that they know will not make their roster, giving them a few days to catch on elsewhere. A final bench bat and/or final bullpen arm could still be added from the outside.

    Caveat #3: Sign Craig Kimbrel!! Sign him now!!

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    • 19 Vox O'Reasoñ March 20, 2019 at 9:25 am

      How did I miss Ozzie in the lineup? I got in a hurry…

      Lineup:
      Ender (CF)
      JD (3B)
      Freddie (1B)
      Beast (LF)
      Kakes (RF)
      McFlowers (C)
      Ozzie (2B)
      Dansby (SS)

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  17. 20 Vox O'Reasoñ March 20, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Did I mention that if the Braves release Adam Duvall before Opening Day, they save $2M? They could use that to help pay Craig’s salary, couldn’t they?

    Why wait? Let’s get it done before MIL snatches Craig out from under us.

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  18. 21 Vox O'Reasoñ March 20, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Neither Duvall nor Riley in today’s lineup, but Dansby is getting plenty of time… presumably making up for lost time early. As for Riley, he has the most AB’s of any player in camp.

    Mac is also in today’s lineup. Has anyone noticed that he’s slashed an otherworldly .368/.455/.421 this spring? And by all accounts (from the many beat writers), he has looked better than Flow behind the dish. Perhaps Mac is having a post-surgery career resurgence. I hope he carries it well into to the regular season.

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  19. 22 berigan2electricboogaloo March 20, 2019 at 10:17 am

    (Hmmm, blocked pop up blockers, and now I cannot post via firefox , went back to chrome 😦 )

    Oh thank you Gil!!!!!
    Nothing like that new lead smell! 🙂
    just caught up on the previous lead via chrome (now back on firefox, and took ad blockers off, still can’t “like” this lead, but perhaps the page will load faster?)
    but, when you read 40+ posts…uhh…umm…what was I gonna say? Go braves????
    I bet Thoppy had NO clue that while Toronto drew quite a number of fans annually, the fans that both go to braves games and those that do not…are much more intense in braves country, than in kindly ol’ Canada 😉
    seriously though…I recall reading that fans there were always wondering when they would make moves there to get to the next level, and…..it didn’t happen that often. And when it did, it was trading Thor….which I am sure still burns some britches there. But, Thoppy didn’t seem too scared to trade off any pitcher for the Marlins former catcher.
    Do I have a point…no, it appears not. 😛
    Somewhere buried in there is that I bet Thoppy thought the team AND to a lesser extent, the fans would be tickled pink with BOR (God help him and us if he gets hurt early on) , re-upping with Kakes, and bringing McCann back…and to a degree, IF BOR tears the cover off the wall, and everyone else is healthy and productive, then the offense should be just fine….but, it just doesn’t feel like the moves the other teams in the east made.
    However, if the team stays in contention, midway thru the season, I have no doubt they will trade some prospects away for someone…IF “someone” is still available. Seems wrong to hope the Indians stink this year (and they have no real competition it appears save the Twins) but they may be willing to trade a rotation guy mid season if that happened.
    The one good thing about giving kids a few real starts is other teams will see how they perform against the best of the best…and may wet some appetites …I know, it’s not the most exciting thing in the world to think about, but, if a few guys are truly ready now, it may be we will be happy Thoppy held back…cliche time, time….will tell!!!!

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  20. 23 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Welcome back Ber…

    On Alex: I don’t know what is going on with him and the Braves and Liberty. I get it, Liberty is not really in the baseball business, they are in the real estate business. For them, you do not need to have a team that can win the World Series, you only need a team which can tease the fan base into believing they might be able to win.

    Maybe Thoppy is concerned he is going to wind up short of quality minor leaguers because of the restrictions place upon International signings. Maybe he has seen what real A-list talent is going for. Any idea of keeping Acuna around for a home town discount went up in smoke with Mike Trout signing for 12 years for $430 million.

    There are still a few years left for Freddie to play in Atlanta but does anyone really think he is going to pull a Chipper Jones and leave hundreds of million dollars on the table?

    No, Atlanta is going to have to get past the sticker shock and understand if you want quality, you are now going to have to pay thru the nose for it. At least the Braves have a couple of good prospects to look forward to in Pache and Riley who will be with the big club sooner than later but while teams my not want to pay Craig Kimbrel’s asking price, someone will.

    I have this question, has Atlanta ever beat Craig Kimbrel? Now, imagine if any of the NL East teams sign him. 3 games can easily be the difference between 1st and 4th place in the NL East this year.

    I agree with you Vee, SIGN CRAIG KIMBREL NOW!

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    • 24 Carolina Lady March 20, 2019 at 11:15 am

      Drive a VW or a Ford? BMW? Ferrari? All depends on what you’re willing to pay. Or, there’s me and my gorgeous 25-year-old Mercury! LOL (I love that car! Paid $12,500 for it brand new. $500 per year. Not bad. Did I ever mention that most of ancestors came from Scotland and Ireland?) 😀 😀

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  21. 25 Vox O'Reasoñ March 20, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Good nees.

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  22. 28 berigan2electricboogaloo March 20, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    no nees is good nees

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  23. 29 Vox O'Reasoñ March 20, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    AJC: Braves manager Brian Snitker will be away from the team for several days following the death of his mother, Catherine. Snitker is expected to leave spring training following today’s exhibition game to travel to Illinois for the funeral. He also is expected to return to the team as soon as Saturday.

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  24. 32 Vox O'Reasoñ March 20, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    It was Duvall’s job to lose, and he’s managed to lose it.

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  25. 34 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Braves hang on for a 8-7 victory over the Jays. I am beginning to worry about Newcome and the high number of walks being issued.

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  26. 36 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2019 at 6:19 am

    Okay folks, getting closer to the starting bell. Still huge holes in the pitching situation.

    Questions: 1) After nearly 8 weeks plus the off season, how can the Braves be this unprepared to begin the season?

    2) After assuring the Braves fan base the organization was prepared to shop on any aisle, did they think we would believe they are suddenly “poor” again and not just cheap?

    3) Do the Braves really think they will increase the attendance and viewership when they blow save after save because they did not want to lose a draft pick?

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  27. 37 Vox O'Reasoñ March 21, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Tomlin had opted out of his minor league deal yesterday, per contract stipulations, and was expected to re-sign a new minor league deal with the Brewers. Apparently he threw the organization a curve.

    That said, he’s certainly not a great starting option. Per MLBTR: He has allowed eight earned runs with nine strikeouts and two walks in his 15 spring innings. Since the start of the 2016 season, Tomlin has managed only a 4.93 ERA with 6.4 K/9 and 1.1 BB/9 in 385 1/3 innings.

    It’s unclear if the Braves signed him as starting depth or as a potential bullpen piece. I imagine we’ll get more clarity on that as the day goes forward.

    It’s possible that they simply felt they needed some AAA starting depth given that as many as 4 of their young starters could open the season in Atlanta while Folty, Gausy, Minter and O’Day mend.

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    • 38 Vox O'Reasoñ March 21, 2019 at 8:14 am

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      • 39 Vox O'Reasoñ March 21, 2019 at 8:18 am

        More MLBTR: He’s a quintessential soft-tosser, averaging 88.7 mph on his fastball in his career (87.8 mph over the past three seasons) but also demonstrating pinpoint control throughout his MLB career. Tomlin has averaged just 1.3 walks per nine innings pitched and has never allowed an average of more than 2.3 BB/9 in any single season.

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  28. 41 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Ah yes… the deep dive in the bargain bin has started. Sadly, I remember the years when the Braves waited until the final week of spring training to fill out their outfield. Sad….

    C’Mon Alex, make me love you again, SIGN CRAIG KIMBREL…

    ps, when the Braves said they would be able to shop any aisle, I honestly didn’t think they would return to this one…

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  29. 42 Vox O'Reasoñ March 21, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Before we all lose our minds here, let’s remember he’s here on a minor league deal, and doesn’t gain a 40-man roster spot. At te moment there’s absolutely nothing to lose with this signing. And as I mentioned earlier, our starting pitching depth has taken a hit with Folty and Gausy out, and with Wright, Fried, Touki, and Wilson loking good for the major league roster.

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  30. 43 Vox O'Reasoñ March 21, 2019 at 8:29 am

    And there ya go. That actually makes sense to me. If you carry him as a long reliever, you can allow Wilson to return to AAA and stay stretched out as a starter. If you keep Wilson on the roster, you maintain depth at AAA. I actually like the signing in that respect.

    And it doesn’t impede any other possible signings yet to come… [cough –Kimbrel– cough]

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  31. 44 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Okay, sorry, my frustration is starting to bubble up and reveal itself. Must be the rain….

    I have been trying to fill my idle time with college basketball. The NIT has had some terrific match ups. Close games, few one side blow outs. Also nice to not feel like I have to root for one team over another.

    Also the majority of the teams are mid majors so there is less hanky panky as far as recruiting.

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  32. 45 Vox O'Reasoñ March 21, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Alot of guys with ML experience are being released this week as their minor league deals stipulate. Basically, they signed minor league deals with opt-out clauses that allow them to walk if not added to 40-man rosters by a certain date, typically a few days before camp ends giving them a chance to hook on with a team that has a hole to fill. That’s how Josh Tomlin became free to sign with the Braves.

    This may well be how Thoppy fills that last bench spot.

    Duvall is in today’s lineup. One has to wonder if this is his last shot to impress. The team can save $2M by releasing him before they head north.

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  33. 46 Vox O'Reasoñ March 21, 2019 at 9:58 am

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  34. 47 Vox O'Reasoñ March 21, 2019 at 10:12 am

    Ender is leading off again. I am just not loving this. I acknowledge that having RAJ bat cleanup gives him alot more RBI opportunities, but it also means there will be alot of games he doesn’t come to the plate until the 2nd inning. And I just cannot get on board with that… especially in favor of Ender Inciarte, who is known for his glove first.

    Now if you can tell me Ozzie is going to leadoff, then I might feel a little better. But I still cant get past that one nagging truth: The numbers show that on average, the game’s leadoff hitter will come to the plate +/- 600 times over the course of 162 games, whereas the #4 hitter steps to the plate on average +/- 558 times… or 42 fewer opportunities. Do we really want Ender to have 42 more AB’s than RAJ?

    I don’t.

    And let’s even break it down to a more simple example. The leadoff hitter is almost always going to get 5 AB’s per game. The cleanup hitter is not nearly as likely to get that luxury. Do you want Ender coming to the plate with the game on the line late in the game? Or at best, do you want the last guy on the bench coming up because Ender is a terrible option in that spot?

    I don’t.

    Ricky Henderson had plenty of power ending his career with an OPS of .820, including .845 in his heydays with OAK and NYY. I think the fact that he was a lock to make the HOF is proof enough that a guy with power is well suited to leadoff the lineup.

    C’mon Snit. Close that venerable old “book” and move RAJ back to the top of the lineup.

    And while I’m at it… AA, sign Craig Kimbrel!! Sign him now!!

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  35. 48 Vox O'Reasoñ March 21, 2019 at 11:26 am

    Ichiro announced his retirement this morning following the Mariners’ game in Japan vs. the A’s.

    His statement:
    “I have achieved so many of my dreams in baseball, both in my career in Japan and, since 2001, in Major League Baseball. I am honored to end my big league career where it started, with Seattle, and think it is fitting that my last games as a professional were played in my home country of Japan. I want to thank not only the Mariners, but the Yankees and Marlins, for the opportunity to play in MLB, and I want to thank the fans in both the U.S. and Japan for all the support they have always given me.”

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  36. 49 Vox O'Reasoñ March 21, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Something to note…

    If Tomlin indeed earns a spot on the ML roster as a long reliever, somebody loses a roster spot as the 40-man is currently full. Thus any addition to the roster at this point endangers someone. If Tomlin or any other pitcher is added [cough –Kimbrel– cough], Luke Jackson is most likely the odd man out. He’s out of minor league options, so he either makes the team or gets DFA’d/released.

    If a position player is added to the bench, he would obviously directly replace Adam Duvall. Easy swap, right? Well, it actually brings up an interesting topic. Duvall has 1 minor league option remaining. Would you consider keeping him at AAA, paying the full freight on his $2.875M arb awarded salary and hoping he remembers how to hit the way he did in CIN? Or do you just cut ties and save the $2M? And if you choose to keep him around, who loses their 40-man roster spot? Something to think about… the Braves currently have 3 catchers slated for AAA, Raffy Lopez, Alex Jackson and Jonathan Morales. Lopez is 31 with ML experience, but is all glove and no bat. AJax showed this spring that he’s still a legit pro prospect with a bit of seasoning still needed. Morales is a career minor leaguer that’s not on the 40-man roster and is more minor league depth than actual prospect. Is Lopez in danger of losing his roster spot? I think he could be. I think AJax proved over the last few weeks that he could be called upon in an emergency and at least hold down a backup spot. All that said, I imagine that if the Braves decide they cannot keep Duvall around for the bench, they’ll just make a clean break and release him.

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  37. 51 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Just setting here pondering some of the worse trades made by the Braves, after all, not all of the returns for a player like Shelby Miller can be winners. I know some of the obvious ones like the gosh awful trade with Texas for Mark Texeria. The one that I rue most other than Brook Jacoby and Brett Butler to the Indians, one that often flies under the radar was Jermain Dye.

    Dye was traded to the Royals along with LHP Jamie Walker for Michael Tucker and Kieth Lockhart. Lockhart was Bobby’s guy at 2nd base. Dye had future All star written all over him, He played for Oakland as well as Kansas City. why do I mention him? Because I fear the Braves will trade away Pache for some 2nd stringer that someone in the front office falls in love with. Just saying…

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  38. 52 Vox O'Reasoñ March 21, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Making it tough on AntMan to start him in AAA. Love it!

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  39. 53 Vox O'Reasoñ March 21, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Who does this affect most? Newk? Luke Jackson? Jesse Biddle?

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    • 54 Vox O'Reasoñ March 21, 2019 at 2:24 pm

      Or is it rotation specifically? Newk has stunk up Spring Training. Is that a direct shot at Newk? It’s gotta give a shot in the arm to Bryse Wilson, who has really taken a step forward. So had Kyle Wright… until today. We won’t talk too much about today yet. 😐

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      • 55 Vox O'Reasoñ March 21, 2019 at 2:29 pm

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        • 56 Vox O'Reasoñ March 21, 2019 at 3:05 pm

          It was just said on the radio that the Braves failed to turn a double play that would have gotten Wright out of the 1st inning with no runs allowed. Just hearsay at the moment though; not sure how accurate.

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  40. 57 Vox O'Reasoñ March 21, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Being “outrighted” means he’s now off the 40-man roster. I believe he would have had to go through waivers untouched, but I’m not 100% sure. Hard to believe he wouldn’t have been claimed by someone, being a lefty and all.

    Don’t miss that we have a 40-man roster spot available now. That’s the key result here.

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  41. 58 Vox O'Reasoñ March 21, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    First, and of course most important, this really sux for him.

    But also, this explains their recent interest in Craig Kimbrel. Thoppy better get off the stick and take Craig off the market.

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  42. 59 berigan2electricboogaloo March 21, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Now if you can tell me Ozzie is going to leadoff, then I might feel a little better. But I still cant get past that one nagging truth: The numbers show that on average, the game’s leadoff hitter will come to the plate +/- 600 times over the course of 162 games, whereas the #4 hitter steps to the plate on average +/- 558 times… or 42 fewer opportunities. Do we really want Ender to have 42 more AB’s than RAJ?

    V, this is the minutia (wait, is that how the word is spelled? or is it a different word than I meant?I should know better than use $3 words) that makes baseball so interesting…of course, if JD batted cleanup, well, that would be the best thing, right? A rightie after FF?? but, he thinks he’s still in the AL, he won’t have a lot of RBI opportunities 2nd. I know, RBI’s don’t matter, but what does the average pitcher “hit”? .138? (pulled that out of my…hat, can’t find the average….average of pitchers) lets say that’s true, basically 9 times out of 10 they make an out. So, Josh could hit 30 HR’s and drive in…60, 70 RBI’s. Is that the best use of his power bat???
    Would it be the best use of Acuna if he hits 30,40 HR’s?
    I think Acuna protecting FF is a huge deal. Ender could be the weak link at the top of the order, but…if he hits well, early…that would be an amazing 1 to 4, perhaps 1 to 5 if Nick is forever coming up with runners on….

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  43. 60 Vox O'Reasoñ March 21, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    if JD batted cleanup, well, that would be the best thing, right?

    Maybe, of you are going by “the book”. But the new baseball protocol actually has the best hitter in the lineup batting #2. Mike Trout bats #2. Nolen Arenado bats #2. Aaron Judge bats #2. The logic is similar to what I mentioned above. He’ll get the most AB’s aside from the leadoff guy, yet he’ll still possibly have someone on base when he launches his prodigious dingers. It’s the best of both worlds.

    Anyway, for this year, with a nod to his great career, I’ll give JD #2. Next year? Next year RAJ will bat #2, with Freddie in his comfy spot at #3 and Austin Riley as the natural cleanup hitter. But for this year, I’ll give the nod to the respected vet.

    I think Acuna protecting FF is a huge deal.

    I can buy that. But it does bring up an interesting if premature question: Who is the better hitter? Freddie or RAJ? And if you have RAJ at cleanup, who protects him? Nick? Yuck.

    As I mentioned above, the ideal order is #2 RAJ, #3 Freddie, #4 Riles. And hopefully, prayerfully, Ozzie will put together a full season in 2019 of what he did over the first half of 2018 and cement himself atop that threesome in 2020.

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  44. 61 Vox O'Reasoñ March 21, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    If Ender struggles at the plate, I’d love to see them promote Riles to play LF and get his bat in the lineup. Remember when Chipper was ready for promotion in 1994 with TP entrenched at 3B? They penciled him for LF until he tore up his knee in spring. That put the kibosh on an OF debut.

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  45. 62 Vox O'Reasoñ March 21, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    ‘Tis the season. Clubs want the cost certainty and players are wary of the owners’ current attitudes toward veterans and FA, as well as being a little afraid of what might happen with FA under the next CBA. Security and certainty goes a long way with both sides.

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  46. 63 berigan2electricboogaloo March 22, 2019 at 1:36 am

    Maybe, of you are going by “the book”. But the new baseball protocol actually has the best hitter in the lineup batting #2. Mike Trout bats #2. Nolen Arenado bats #2. Aaron Judge bats #2. The logic is similar to what I mentioned above. He’ll get the most AB’s aside from the leadoff guy, yet he’ll still possibly have someone on base when he launches his prodigious dingers. It’s the best of both worlds.

    V, we will just have to agree to disagree on this point. There is a book cuz…it’s worked. best hitters batting 2nd works swell in the AL with 9 hitters, as I mentioned above, pitchers are not hitters 😛
    Is JD the best hitter on the team? I really don’t think so. FF and Acuna are better hitters. I am gonna go ancient school at talk B.A.’s. .284, 270, .246. JD’s last 3 B.A’s over the last 3 years. No fair he was injured! True. He walked a lot too. swell. in 2017, he got on base at least 190 times between hits, walks, and HBP (not sure how many times with errors. Hit 33 HR’s. How many runs did he score? 65 total. Subtrack 33 HR’s , 32 times he scored via someone else. Granted, he probably wasn’t always running full speed, but do you really want a slow footed guy batting 2nd? He is a stereotypical cleanup hitter. He should be batting 4th, protecting FF and with Acuna batting 2nd. Left/right/left/right/left. I know, by the book. We had Nick protect FF last year, and it worked swell, well, for 4 months, Nick M was the best hitter on the team. Will he be this year? Kinda doubt it…

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  47. 65 berigan2electricboogaloo March 22, 2019 at 1:46 am

    and I think some of the “boutique” moves like openers, and best hitters batting 2nd, having EVERY prospect play 3, 4, 5 different positions (Jack of all trades, master of none) etc only work for some teams/players and won’t become the way of the game. Oh sure, like lemmings, “they” will try it,(don’t wanna be thought of old fashioned, we are hip!) and then it will fail for many teams, and they will start saying, ya know….perhaps those old timers weren’t exactly wrong , the way they played the game.

    remember how all the “Experts” were trying to say that closers weren’t all that and a bag of chips? And teams started having any old reliever close…and then found out what the silly old folks said about the last 3 outs being the hardest to get, was true?

    I am going to laugh myself silly when the Red Sox are 8 games back my June 1st to the Yankees, cuz their bullpen by committee has given up homers game after game in the 9th to the Yankees, Rays, Astros, etc. and their lackadaisical attitude, that they can just get some closer by the deadline will prove to be way too late. At least to win the division.
    But, if I know Red Sox fans, they will certainly be forgiving to wasting a season cuz they didn’t want to pay Kimbrel to close

    Thank goodness we don’t have a blase viewpoint on the braves toward a closer 😕

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    • 66 Vox O'Reasoñ March 22, 2019 at 9:05 am

      I hate “openers”… think it’s dumb. I think it’s overthinking.

      I think closers are important, but sometimes they might be more critical in the 8th inning than in the 9th. “The book” would say you can’t use them in the 8th. “The book” might see the lead slip away in the 8th and render the closer unnecessary in the 9th.

      I like loading up the top of my order so that my best guys get the most possible AB’s in a game. I just do. Having a classic “leadoff” guy makes sense only in the 1st inning, because chances are that’s the only time he actually leads off. Yes, I know it means he leads off the lineup, but why does he have to be a certain stereotype? Why can’t he just be a guy the pitcher doesn’t want to face? Wouldn’t you want that guy staring down the pitcher to open the game? I would.

      I respect “the book”, but it was written in an era when the players were not as overall athletic as you see today. “The book” was written in a day when you wanted a SS that could play like a Hoover, and anything you got from his bat was a bonus. “The book” was written in an era when 2B’s were all about 5’8″ and covered in dirt all the time. “The book” was written when your corner IF’s were stiff as a board but could hit the ball a country mile.

      I think managers that manage solely on analytics are trendy, but temporary because they are stupid. Gabe Kapler anyone? He’ll manage a team that is arguably the most talented to about a 3rd place finish this year… bank it.

      As for those infamous analytics, I think they are a tool. No more or less useful than any of the other tools including the eye test. But they also shouldn’t be discounted. There is value in knowing a batter’s tendencies. It allows pitchers to pitch away from them. (And it’s the same thing Greg Maddux did for his whole career, we just called it “studying video”.)

      I say all that to say this… I am an old dog. I don’t care much for new tricks. But my game that I love has changed, and changed alot. And I can’t ignore those changes or I’ll be left out in the weeds and not understand a thing that’s going on anymore. I’m at least trying to learn a couple of new tricks, but I’m choosy as to what they are.

      One of my new tricks is a seemingly new stat that many are using now to gauge hitters. It’s called OPS. You hear it being tossed around all the time. But it’s not really anything new. In fact, it’s as old as On Base Percentage or Slugging Percentage… because it’s both. It’s OBP + SLG. That simple. And it may be the most accurate way to measure a batter’s ability to generate runs since RBI is completely dependent on other guys being on base.

      And I suppose I have more respect for Josh Donaldson than most around here. I’ve followed his career, and I don’t think his calf injury has derailed his talent. I believe he is still capable of putting together a (another) MVP type year. His career OPS is .874, and that includes his past 2 injured years. Freddie’s is .875. Pretty cool, huh? RAJ had a blistering .917 last season, which of course is his career line. How about Nick? .782 for his career, but a resurgent .806 last season. (Don’t get me started on the anemic Ender Inciarte.)

      How about for comparison, gazillionaire Bryce Harper? Career .900; .889 last season. Here’s an interesting one… JT Realmuto: .768 career; .825 last year.

      I like our hitters, and I respect the crap out of Josh Donaldson. Give me his career line of .275/.367/.507 with his career average of 33 HRs out of the 2 hole, and I’ll kiss his feet… or his calf. Well, I’d probably get arrested if I tried either. But you get the idea.

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  48. 67 Gil in Mechanicsville March 22, 2019 at 3:03 am

    Ah, just a touch of sarcasm slipping thru there Ber… 🙂

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  49. 68 Gil in Mechanicsville March 22, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Uh, have the Braves signed Kimbrel yet? No? RATS!

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  50. 69 Vox O'Reasoñ March 22, 2019 at 9:13 am

    TV tonight!!

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  51. 70 Vox O'Reasoñ March 22, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Adam Duvall was 2 for 3 yesterday trying desperately to hold on to a job.

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    • 71 Vox O'Reasoñ March 22, 2019 at 9:20 am

      With that performance he improved to .175/.298/.325 for spring. Any new OF’s hit the open market yesterday? Brad Miller?

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  52. 72 Vox O'Reasoñ March 22, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Braves No. 8 prospect Drew Waters: “I think my best tool is probably my bat. My worst tool I have? In my mind, I don’t have a bad tool.”

    Is it wrong that I love that?

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  53. 73 Vox O'Reasoñ March 22, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Mike Soroka, Kyle Wright, Max Fried, Touki Toussaint, Bryse Wilson, Luiz Gohara, followed closely by Patrick Weigel, Kolby Allard, Ian Anderson, Joey Wentz, and Kyle Muller.

    Holy Ja-moly!

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    • 74 Gil in Mechanicsville March 22, 2019 at 10:39 am

      I think everyone of them knows that even if they don’t play for Atlanta, they will play somewhere. That is just the way it works now. I think they also realize that if they don’t make the big club, it will be die to their own short comings. No one is out to sabotage them. One things folks should bare in mind, young arms cannot pitch 200 innings. That is simple physics. So, get strong and be ready…

      Drew Waters: Yep, a little cockiness goes a long way in my book. I wonder what Adam Duvall’s answer to the same question would be?

      Anyone call Kelly Johnson yet?

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  54. 75 Gil in Mechanicsville March 22, 2019 at 10:40 am

    What is Cameron Maybin up to these days?

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  55. 77 berigan2electricboogaloo March 22, 2019 at 11:03 am

    ok guys, silly question…do we really need a 4th outfielder? Have/can Culberson (sp) and Camargo play there? Have they been getting reps in CF this ST??? Cuz, Camargo needs AB’s and I still don’t see how he will get more than 2 games a week as it stands now. plus he will pinch hit of course….maybe 3 games if Nick sits say, once a week? but, why do we need a 4th outfielder? Unless we just have to have a CF’er backup…but, chances are, it’s going to be a weak hitting guy who was released, cuz…he sucked 😛

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    • 78 Vox O'Reasoñ March 22, 2019 at 12:09 pm

      do we really need a 4th outfielder?

      IMO, no we don’t. We have guys that can play OF. We even have a young 3B power hitter that is ready to hit ML pitching with no place to play that can give serviceable time in the OF. I feel we just need a good bat that we can count on late in the game when that tying run is on 2B.

      Unless we just have to have a CF’er backup

      We have one. His name is Ronald Acuña, Jr., and he may be a better CF’er than our current starter there.

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  56. 79 Vox O'Reasoñ March 22, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Maybe the Opening Day lineup. I still cringe seeing Ender atop it. Dansby Swanson has a higher average and OBP this spring than Ender. Austin Riley has outhit both of them. But there Ender is. Ugh.

    That will be my singular gripe with Snit this season unless Ender makes me shut up or Snit makes a change.

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  57. 80 Vox O'Reasoñ March 22, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Kyle Wright’s poor outing yesterday notwithstanding, I think we’ll see this 4 man rotation (open day) for the first time through, with Gausman joining in the fun the second time around:

    Julio
    Newk
    Kyle Wright
    Max Fried

    I think Bryse Wilson has earned a spot, and Newk will need to right the ship in his final tuneup this week or face a surprising consequence. I also think Touki has earned a spot. It’s deep and talented, just what you want. But it sure makes it hard to predict who will break camp with the big boys.

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    • 81 Vox O'Reasoñ March 22, 2019 at 12:36 pm

      It should not be a given that Sean Newcomb makes this team. He has been pretty bad this spring, walking the park over and over. He has minor league options left, and Fried, Wright and Touki all seem ready to make a big step forward. It might be best for Newk to work on his command in AAA where the games don’t affect the big league standings.

      Don’t be surprised if Max Fried has the most surprising season of any starter this year. He’s better as a starter, and given the opportunity to prepare that way he may well be the breakout pitcher of the rotation this season. He has been repeatedly compared to Cole Hamels, and the comp is fairly made.

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  58. 82 Vox O'Reasoñ March 22, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Good neWs. 😀

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  59. 83 Vox O'Reasoñ March 22, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    I’d love to have both in my bullpen.

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  60. 85 Vox O'Reasoñ March 22, 2019 at 1:41 pm

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  61. 87 Vox O'Reasoñ March 22, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Eric Young, Jr. just got released by the O’s. He had a good spring slashing .323/.462/.452 with 1 HR, 1 2B and 2 SB’s. He’d be pretty valuable off the bench IMO and still has speed in the wheels.

    Oh, and his daddy is our 1B coach. Why not? Because of Adam Duvall?

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  62. 88 Vox O'Reasoñ March 22, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Didn’t I say essentially the same thing earlier?

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  63. 89 berigan2electricboogaloo March 22, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    V, Ha! I forgot all about Acuna! funny, sometimes I don’t see the forest for the trees!

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  64. 90 Vox O'Reasoñ March 22, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    Chris Sale re-ups with the Bosox of 5 more years and $145M. Meanwhile Justin Verlander is on the verge of an extension to stay in HOU. Many extensions this month from some big names. These high profile players, especially the ones on the other side of 30, want no part of the new world of Free Agency.

    Now, Craig… lower your expectations back to the real world and get a deal done with ATL. C’mon dude. Do it pronto! We need each other.

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  65. 92 Vox O'Reasoñ March 22, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Gil, looks like they’re at least trying.

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  66. 93 Gil in Mechanicsville March 23, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Okay, brackets are officially busted….

    Watched with sleepy eyes the Julio’s final tune-up… Scary…

    It is all winding down and gearing up at the same time.. 🙂

    Sign Greg Kimbrel… Free the bullpen….

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  67. 94 Gil in Mechanicsville March 23, 2019 at 1:44 am

    A couple of observations.

    Markakis looks ready as does Dansby. Solid singles….

    Sobotka looks shaky….

    If Julio is able to hold Bryce Harper to 4 singles, he should consider it a moral victory.

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  68. 95 berigan2electricboogaloo March 23, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    WS, here we come! The braves have signed……Matt Joyce! 😛 😛 😛

    Guys, I don’t know why, I just have a feeling the braves aren’t gonna sign Kimbrel (trying some reverse psychology here, lets see if it works?) my feelings are often right, when it’s bad/not so good news…
    a gift 🙂 I read something else that I am betting you all did too, that the braves have made not a one offer to him, as of yet….
    We do have a ton of arms that could close….not a big fan of that, usually it’s failed starters that are turned into closers, right? Or guys that were closers all the way up, like Kimbrel. I don’t know. you need 7 legit starters, we have what, 12? gonna trade 5 of them away?

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  69. 96 Gil in Mechanicsville March 23, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    So, do y’all think Touki ans Wink did anything to boost their chances of breaking camp with the big club today? Whew… stinky…

    I think we are past the point of “working” on stuff…

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  70. 98 Vox O'Reasoñ March 23, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Touki is a lock. Wink probably is too.

    Matt Joyce on a minor league deal? Why not? Better question may be “Why?”, to which the answer comes in 2 words: Adan Duvall.

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  71. 100 Vox O'Reasoñ March 23, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    BTW- the word is that the hang up with Kimbrel is NOT the draft pick, nor is it the money. It comes down to length of contract. Neither side is willing to budge. Yet

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  72. 101 Gil in Mechanicsville March 23, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    “Toussaint also had his worst outing in his latest spring appearance Saturday when he came on in relief against the Mets and was charged with six hits, seven runs (six earned) and one walk while recording just five outs in a 12-2 loss. That was his second bad outing in five this spring and inflated his ERA to 8.62, after Toussaint had given up just six hits and three runs (two earned) in 11 innings in three games since his previous rough outing Feb. 28.

    “Just one of them days where he was all out of whack,” said Snitker, who didn’t think a hard-hit ball off Toussaint’s foot early in the appearance had any effect on his pitching.” DOB The Athletic

    Length of contract… Give him what he wants, you can always flip him in 3 years if the Braves have a better option.

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  73. 102 Gil in Mechanicsville March 23, 2019 at 9:13 pm

    Having said that, I don’t think they will ever have a better option….

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  74. 103 Vox O'Reasoñ March 24, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Mmmmm… crow casserole…

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  75. 104 Gordon Lawrence March 24, 2019 at 11:48 am

    I see the pitching thoughts of management as being:

    1 – We cannot afford to lose a draft pick with the penalties now being imposed for the COPPY/HART debacle.
    2 – money is a secondary consideration.
    3 – Let the season start and see who amongst the young arms survives.
    4 – after the draft, we won’t have to forfeit a draft pick.
    5 – if the season is going reasonably well, we pick up pitching as needed before the trade deadline.

    I really do believe the loss of a draft pick is more important than money at this point.

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    • 105 Gil in Mechanicsville March 24, 2019 at 12:29 pm

      Good morning Gordon… Yep, a lot of things to consider, I’ll bet the Braves hate it when the Brewers bring in Kimbrel to save games against the Braves 5 times this summer…

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  76. 106 Vox O'Reasoñ March 24, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    I really do believe the loss of a draft pick is more important than money at this point.

    From what I have read, they aren’t hung up on the draft pick or the money. It’s all about the length of contract. Kimbrel is still hanging tight to 5 years, and the Braves are still desiring a shorter commitment.

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    • 107 Carolina Lady March 24, 2019 at 5:04 pm

      4 with 1 optional? Something to break the deadlock. Just how badly does Kimbrel want to come back to the Braves, I wonder. I’m sorta thinking not all that much. Millions are more important. I wonder how many millions are enough? How many mansions are enough? Cars? Jewels? I know. I’m on my soapbox again. Mea culpa. :-p

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      • 108 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2019 at 4:27 am

        Ha, I guess I will never know the answer to that question CL. Still making do on my pension. So far so good, however, having blow money might be fun for a change. The Lord is good though, most folks can plainly see I am not starving and I don’t get any annoying calls from bill collectors. I could not always say that by the way… So, I guess Craig feels he is worth it, principal of the thing and all. Must be pretty cool to be able to retire at age 36. Gets boring after awhile though…

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    • 109 Gordon Lawrence March 25, 2019 at 11:00 am

      VOR

      Do you trust everything the BRAVES say?
      When they sign KIMBREL to a team friendly, relatively short-term deal, I’ll be right with you.
      Right now, I have serious doubts.

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  77. 110 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2019 at 8:36 am

    So, the Marlins release Dan Strailly, think he is worth a look?

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  78. 112 Vox O'Reasoñ March 25, 2019 at 8:39 am

    Only

    days until Opening Day 2019!

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  79. 113 Vox O'Reasoñ March 25, 2019 at 9:04 am

    So in case anyone missed it yesterday, the pitching rotation for the first couple of turns has been laid out.

    In Philly:
    Thurs: Julio Teheran
    Fri: OFF DAY
    Sat: Bryse Wilson
    Sun: Kyle Wright

    Vs. Cubs:
    Mon: Sean Newcomb
    Tue: OFF DAY
    Wed: Julio on 6 days rest
    Thurs: Max Fried, if he hasn’t been used as a long reliever in the first 5 games. The plan is to have him in the rotation and use him out of the bullpen in those first 5 games only in an emergency.

    Vs. Marlins:
    Then the plan is for Kevin Gausman to join the rotation and start the first game vs. the Fish on Fri., April 5. He threw 77 pitches in a minor league start yesterday and will make one more in effort to ramp up to 90 pitches before being activated from the IL for that start, picking up with Wilson after.

    According to Bowman, the reasoning behind tossing Wilson and Wright in Philly is that they wanted the RH starters against Phillies righty heavy lineup, and wanted their 2 lefties vs. CHI’s lefty heavy lineup. Makes sense to me.

    Folty is making progress in his return, and Bowman noted he might be ready as early as the latter part of the team’s 2nd homestand, April 11-18. The team will make a decision at that point as to which youngster leaves the rotation, and how that pitcher is used afterward.

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  80. 114 Vox O'Reasoñ March 25, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Barring any last minute acquisitions [cough –Kimbrel– cough], the bullpen also looks to be mostly set. They are, in no particular order:

    Viz, Sobotka, Venters, Carle, Biddle, Parsons, Jackson, and possibly Josh Tomlin. And as we mentioned above, Max Fried will hang out there for the first 5 games.

    And in case I haven’t mentioned it lately…

    … sign Craig Kimbrel! Sign him now!!

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  81. 115 Vox O'Reasoñ March 25, 2019 at 9:21 am

    So the only real question remaining aside from Josh Tomlin/Craig Kimbrel (cant help it) is the last bench spot.

    Adam Duvall was optioned to Gwinnett on Saturday, but that doesn’t mean he still can’t be released before Opening Day to save that $2M. After all, there is only one 40-man roster spot remaining, and you can’t give it to both Matt Joyce and Josh Tomlin… and to Kimbrel too. 😉

    In all seriousness, Joyce will get a very quick look over these last 2 exhibition games at STP to see if he’s a viable candidate for the last bench spot. And in all honesty, there are still players hitting the open market today and tomorrow, so who knows who else we might find?

    Both Tomlin and Joyce are on minor league deals and could open the season in Gwinnett awaiting the opportunity to move up. Both have said they are willing to let the numbers game grind out to clear a path. All things being equal, the Braves could choose to keep Joyce and release Duvall if for no other reason than the $2M savings on Duvall, thus simply swapping that roster spot and leaving the open spot for the last bullpen piece.

    For my money, I’d rather keep Austin Riley in Atlanta, send Joyce to AAA, and send Duvall packing.

    … and sign Craig Kimbrel. Have I mentioned that?

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  82. 116 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2019 at 9:26 am

    What??? Sign Craig Kimbrel??? What a radical idea… Well, I guess it would shore up the bullpen, wasn’t that one of Alex’s off season goals? Asking for a friend… 🙂

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  83. 117 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2019 at 9:31 am

    One would have to ask if it is more beneficial for Riley to play every day and see live pitching everyday or if he could stay proficient enough with limited at bats and subbing for Donaldson once a week? Tis why bench players are usually vets.

    I was also of the mind that Camargo would be the primary back up for third base this season.

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  84. 118 Vox O'Reasoñ March 25, 2019 at 10:29 am

    One would have to ask if it is more beneficial for Riley to play every day and see live pitching everyday

    Possibly, yes. But I think Riles has proven he’s capable of handling ML pitching, and our bench is in need of a RH bopper. He checks that box.

    I was also of the mind that Camargo would be the primary back up for third base this season.

    Could be, but I think Riles could also play LF in the same type role that Thoppy envisioned for Duvall late last year… when Ender is totally overmatched by a tough lefty. Start RAJ in CF and give Riles the start in LF.

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  85. 120 Vox O'Reasoñ March 25, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Here’s the deal.. in case no one has picked up on it yet…

    I like Ender Inciarte, but I do not love Ender Inciarte. I do love his glove, but Acuña could well be a better CF’er. He also strikes me a little as a sulker, but that’s just hearsay.

    If Ender can start quickly this season and prove he can hit consistently, I’ll eat more crow. (I’m getting used to it anyway.) But I’ll go out on a limb and say he’ll be the weak bat in the starting 8… and that includes Dansby. I hope it doesn’t take Snit long to realize leading off with Ender is a bad call.

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  86. 121 Vox O'Reasoñ March 25, 2019 at 10:38 am

    BTW- I am “buying” on Dansby putting together a solid year at the plate if he can stay healthy. I think we’ll finally see in 2019 why he was the #1 overall pick in his draft class.

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  87. 122 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    I do know that if I am Dansby, I am wearing a “wrist guard” this season. ML Pitchers would likely figure he would be a tad bit gun shy on inside pitches on his hands. Not saying ML pitchers are unethical or anything but well, you know….

    It would not hurt for Freddie Freee to up armor a little bit too. Pitchers just can’t seem to help themselves in that regard. Something like a free safety being a head hunter… It is in their nature.

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  88. 123 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Dansby knows he is not a homerun hitter kind of guy, it is not his role but he does have enough pop in his bat to put one over the fence 15 to 20 time a season and that is just fine with me.

    One thing I do hope we see is guys understanding situational hitting. Yes, 3 run homers are sexy but when you only need one run, cut down on that swing and drive it up the middle…. I think that is what got Ozzie out of sorts last year. He saw all the accolades being heaped upon his buddy Acuna and got a little envious. He does not have to be a run producer as much as he needs to be a run scorer.

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  89. 124 Vox O'Reasoñ March 25, 2019 at 12:57 pm

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  90. 125 Vox O'Reasoñ March 25, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Swagger indeed… and I love it.

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  91. 126 berigan2electricboogaloo March 25, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    For my money, I’d rather keep Austin Riley in Atlanta, send Joyce to AAA, and send Duvall packing.
    V, I honestly think that would be terrible for the kid. Only 22 in a week or so….has a top prospect ever come up to warm the bench, at his age? He just won’t play. Camargo is already being punished in spite of a good season. Without a DH, he will be lucky to get 250 AB’s unless Dansby tanks, Ozzie, or JD get hurt for an extended time. Keeping Austin here will mean less AB’s for both of them….who is our LH’ed bat off the bench anyways?

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  92. 127 berigan2electricboogaloo March 25, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Man, I pray this doesn’t happen….can’t imagine what it would mean if some thugs(and some non thugs of course) bought the “Fox” sports networks. Am I missing something here? the article mentions Liberty bidding too. This would include Fox Sports south?
    I could see Disney going for a lower offer to show they are all for diversity in the sports business world….
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-25/ice-cube-said-to-recruit-serena-williams-for-sports-network-bid?utm_content=business&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&utm_medium=social

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  93. 128 Gil in Mechanicsville March 26, 2019 at 5:44 am

    Okay folks. fun gm last night. Poor Jonny Venters, looked like he was throwing nothing but center cut fast balls. Fried looked good, small strike zone.

    Flowers catches like he is the second coming of Javy Lopez…

    If Dansby keeps playing and hitting like he has, he will cinch the All-star team. Looks really stellar as does Markakis…

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  94. 129 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 7:53 am

    Fried looked good, small strike zone.

    He’s good… really good. And as a 25-year-old, he’s practically a grizzled veteran now. He’s almost as cool as a certain former Braves pitcher of whom I will not name so as not to be mistaken to be comparing Fried to a HOF’er. But said HOF’er had ice water in his veins and is a LH’er. Similarly, Fried’s demeanor never changes. And when you consider he can drop that big ol’ hammer whenever and wherever he wants, then follow it up with mid-90’s heat, the kid… er, I mean old man is posed for success.

    If Dansby keeps playing and hitting like he has, he will cinch the All-star team.

    He’s fully healthy and no longer carries the burden of being the face of the team (as a rookie). I believe an All-Star appearance is certainly within reach.

    And how about Wes Parsons? He looks legit, folks. He simply throws strikes on the edges without nibbling. He obviously trusts his stuff. A certain Braves LH starter whom I won’t name, but whose initials are Sean Newcomb, could learn alot from Parsons.

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  95. 130 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Poor Jonny Venters, looked like he was throwing nothing but center cut fast balls.

    Have we signed Craig yet?

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  96. 131 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 8:05 am

    When you consider how much of a dogfight the NL East looks to be, and realize that just 1 or 2 games could separate #1 from #4, wouldn’t you want to insure that you don’t let any leads melt away in the late innings?

    Sign Craig Kimbrel! Sign him now!!

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  97. 132 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Extension season continues…

    Jacob deGrom and the Mutts have an agreement on 5 years / $137.5M that includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2022. (Hat tip to Ken Rosenthal’s sources.)

    According to Rosey, deGrom “gets opt-out after ‘22, same as [Chris] Sale, even though he is a year further from free agency. Will earn $107M between now and opt-out, Sale, $105M” because you have to have the distinction of having the highest dollar amount. 🙄

    As an aside, I think that’s one of Craig’s biggest problems… he wants a bigger deal than Aroldis Chapman got, which was 5 years / $86M. It would appear from this angle that pride will not let him budge on that desire. HE needs to take his focus off his own pride and take a hard look at the current landscape of deals for players – pitchers especially – over the age of 30. If he really wants to earn more than $87M over the next 5 years, he should sign now for 2 or 3 and dominate. If that happens, he’ll get his.

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  98. 133 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Slider… Fried’s 3rd pitch… nasty.

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  99. 134 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Rob Friedman does a great job of showing you pitches. That curve and that slider… with mid-90’s heat in his pocket. I love Max Fried.

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  100. 136 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Only

    days until Opening Day 2019!

    –Thanks Barry Bonnell!!

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  101. 137 Gil in Mechanicsville March 26, 2019 at 10:04 am

    And no TACO with the glove…. AKA… knowing when you are tipping pitchers…

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  102. 138 Gil in Mechanicsville March 26, 2019 at 10:08 am

    For sure, I know there are guys sequestered away in some dark windowless room who does nothing but look at hours of video trying to pick up on some hint of what is coming next for every pitcher. Knowing what is coming does not guarantee success for a hitter but it does improve his chances of getting a hit.

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  103. 139 Gil in Mechanicsville March 26, 2019 at 10:15 am

    1 o’clockish game today. Game is free to watch on MLB TV.

    Must say, while I like Frenchy as a commentator, I preferred Joe Simpson.

    Also, the game is on MLB TV if you have cable TV

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    • 140 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 10:46 am

      Joe is the very definition of “old school” while Frenchy is fresh and energetic. I like both. As for me personally, Joe has gotten a bit slow and trite over the last few years. If I hear him tell me one more time that a hitter is “using his hands to get out in front of the ball”, I think I’ll scream. that’s just me though.

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  104. 141 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Newcomb especially needs a good outing to cap his spring. Trust your stuff Newk! Quit trying to paint the corners on RH’s and just pitch!

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    • 142 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 10:51 am

      And I really really like RAJ batting #2. (I just wish Ozzie was leading off.) Unless Snit moves RAJ back to leadoff, I imagine RAJ’ll hit 2nd when JDon gives way to Johan. [Say that phonetically… JDon to Johan. Just rolls off the tongue…]

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  105. 143 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 10:48 am

    The Matt Joyce audition continues. He was the beneficiary of RISP yesterday. I need to see more substance. If I have to choose between him and Duvall right now, I choose someone else. 😉

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  106. 144 berigan2electricboogaloo March 26, 2019 at 11:08 am

    I get the feeling you guys are on the fence about Kimbrel, please don’t hold back, tell us how you feel!

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  107. 145 Gil in Mechanicsville March 26, 2019 at 11:34 am

    One thing I believe is all relievers wear down as they approach the end of a season. How does signing Kimbrel not make the Braves a deeper and stronger team in 2019? Is it just money? Did Craig run over Alex’s dog? Saving money is great as long as it is being penny wise and pound foolish.

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  108. 146 Gil in Mechanicsville March 26, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Okay, time to take a pre game nap…

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  109. 147 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 11:39 am

    OK… admittedly there is a bit of sentiment over reason here, but also a bit of an eye toward next season when MLB will surely slip the DH into the NL game…

    Would it be crazy to consider signing the still unemployed Even Gattis to be the last man on the roster? With Johan and Culby, they pretty much cover all the defensive positions. And it sure would be cool to see El Oso Blanco stride to the plate late in a tight game with RISP. His standing in the batter’s box would also likely tighten up a pitcher’s butt quicker than Johan or Culby. Just a random thought on a late March morning.

    Also, if MLB and the MLBPA truly wanted to see all the unsigned veterans gain a ML job, they’d have accelerated the roster expansion to 26 in 2019, not 2020. I see no real advantage to delaying that change one more year… unless of course it’s the grease they’ll use to slide the DH in on us. (Which it almost certainly is.)

    Truth is, our own Alex Jackson might be the best DH candidate we have. The guy can rake, and has made progress behind the plate. My money says Tyler Flowers is gone after this season and Mac comes back to work behind William Contreras, as backup and mentor. Having AJax also around adds the ability to allow Mac to DH occasionally as well.

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  110. 148 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 11:49 am

    OK.. this is very intriguing to me. Brito is a 26-year-old LH hitting OF with unimpressive numbers in just 82 games of ML experience, but a fairly impressive AAA resume slashing .303/.352/.484 with 28 HRs and 28 steals in 265 AAA games spread over 3 seasons. He also plays all 3 OF positions. If he makes it to ATL in the waiver order, could he be claimed by the bargain hunting Thoppy? Hmmm…

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  111. 149 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Matt Wisler, Preston Tucker, Adam Duvall… all released or on the verge of release. Only 1 remaining minor league option saved Lucas Sims (and maybe Duvall, but unlikely) from the same outcome. Is there such a thing as a lose/lose trade?

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  112. 150 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Speaking of Matt Wisler, I wonder what Aaron Blair is up to? I’ve heard no news on him after his release by ATL last year after his shoulder surgery.

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  113. 152 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Socrates Brito and Craig Kimbrel? Asking for a friend…

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  114. 153 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Three years guaranteed? That’s it? [They gon’ make me cuss up in here!]

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  115. 154 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    — in best Mom voice

    Alexander Anthopolous! Don’t make me come up there after you! Get down here and do your job, and do it now!

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  116. 155 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    If that report’s accurate, and Kimbrel wants just 3 years and Braves won’t go 3..?

    OK… I’m gonna have to go and repent. The things I’m thinking right now…

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  117. 156 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Before I exit the room (to go and repent), let me finish my rant.

    What are the Braves holding onto for the next 3 years? It’s not like there is going to be a premium Free Agent on the market between now and 2022. They’ve all signed extensions this month.

    Aaaaggghhhh…. it frustrates me so badly!!!

    3 flippin’ years!!!

    [Leaving the room now, tossing items in my wake and slamming the door…]

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  118. 157 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    [… from afar]

    Aaaaaagggggghhhhhh!!!!!!

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  119. 158 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    I’m back now… and breathing normally again. I am very grateful for ibuprofen, though.

    Newk had a nice 1st inning. Got ahead of hitters and put them away. Hopefully Kranny got in his ear and he’s listening.

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  120. 159 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    I am sure y’all probably heard Chip just reveal Snit’s plan for the leadoff position (as Ender gets a hit)…

    Chip confirms the plan is to use Ender to leadoff against RH pitchers, and Ozzie against LH pitchers.

    OK, that’s semi-reasonable. Maybe I can live with that. I would imagine it’s fluid… as long as people are producing, they’ll stay put.

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  121. 160 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    No walks for Newk today over 4 innings. He was listening to somebody, obviously.

    And Dansby definitely looks ready. Another CF dinger today.

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  122. 161 Gil in Mechanicsville March 26, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Ah me. Pedro looks to be headed to the bushes, he has made several bad throws this spring.

    Wright having one of his “bad” games… Oh well, it is get away day of spring training.

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  123. 162 Gil in Mechanicsville March 26, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Only three years???? Good grief… Alex, have you not seen the holes in your bull pen?

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  124. 163 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Well, I would say that a walk-off Grand Slam is a good way to cap off the spring schedule, wouldn’t you?

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  125. 164 Vox O'Reasoñ March 26, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    It must be noted that both Tomlin and Joyce must be added to the 40-man roster, which currently stands at 39. My math says that 41 > 40. That means someone is outta here. Duvall? I’m guessing yes.

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  126. 165 berigan2electricboogaloo March 26, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Wow…”they” can say whatever they want (AA is from up north right? Likely a lib, right) money may very well be tight, but…if you say that…fans don’t like it. fans will still be P.O.ed that players aren’t signed up, but…they can always say they couldn’t work things out, vs we can’t pay for anyone, liberty is cheap :/

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  127. 166 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2019 at 12:42 am

    I just think it is more than a little frustrating to have the Braves say, we can shop any aisle and turn around and cry poor mouth. How much is really too much for a shut down closer? Having more guys who can close games is an asset, not a liability.

    Okay, something different. A couple of Brave alum to get their chance in the Show, Rio Ruiz to be the starting 3rd baseman for the Orioles and Dustin Peterson going north with Detroit. Good for them.

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  128. 167 Vox O'Reasoñ March 27, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Only

    day until Opening Day 2019!

    Wooooooooooo!!!

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  129. 168 Vox O'Reasoñ March 27, 2019 at 8:32 am

    Something to think about…

    On the eve of Opening Day in 1995, the Braves traded away Craig Kimbrel. Today is the eve of Opening Day 2019. Why not complete the circle and bring him home today? Perfect symmetry.

    Why not?

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  130. 169 Vox O'Reasoñ March 27, 2019 at 9:02 am

    On the subject of the Opening Day roster…

    The Braves have until some time today (cannot find the exact time anywhere) to set their Opening Day active 25-man roster. Snit told one of the many beat writers yesterday (cannot find the exact quote or the exact reporter this morning, but remember reading it) that they would wait until the last minute to make the Opening Day roster official as they could still add a reliever or a bench bat.

    As for the reliever part, I cannot help but think that he’s referring to Kimbrel. There are not enough quality relievers to go around the league as it is, so it’s unlikely an impact arm will be released back onto the open market at this point. Maybe I’m just reading my own optimism into his statement, but I cannot help but think he’s lobbying Thoppy as hard as we are. Nobody knows better than Snit what an arm like Kimbrel’s would do for our ‘pen.

    Who is on the chopping block (pun fully intended) if Kimbrel were to be added? Luke Jackson is out of options, but Wes Parsons is not. That might not make a difference, though, as Kimbrel would also need a 40-man spot. Thus Jackson could be released to make room. That’s a tough call. Another guy on the 40-man that could be in danger is Grant Dayton. Who? Exactly…

    As for the bench bat, I heard Matt Joyce in an interview yesterday say that was told he would be on the flight to Philly, but that a late addition was still possible. He said he understood the possibilities and was hopeful to stick around here. At this point, it’s fairly obvious he’s the guy over the other in-house options, though.

    And of course there is still some 40-man roster adjustments to be made since adding Josh Tomlin and Matt Joyce requires 2 spots and the roster sits at 39. Unless another addition creates a different need, I expect Joyce to take Duvall’s 40-man spot also, and for the Braves to pocket the $2M savings by releasing the under-performing Duvall prior to Opening Day.

    Clarity will certainly come at some point today.

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  131. 170 berigan2electricboogaloo March 27, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Something to think about…

    On the eve of Opening Day in 1995, the Braves traded away Craig Kimbrel. Today is the eve of Opening Day 2019. Why not complete the circle and bring him home today? Perfect symmetry.

    Why not?
    man, Kimbrel is older than I realized! perhaps even 3 years is too long. 😛 Sorry V, had to do it! 😉

    But, on a more serious note….we have signed him, right? I just haven’t heard it yet on the news for some reason???

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  132. 172 Vox O'Reasoñ March 27, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    The Padres claimed Socrates Brito off waivers from the D’backs. What makes this interesting is that the Pads already have a crowded OF. I suspect there is another show to drop.

    At any rate, he was claimed before ATL had a shot at him making the chances of Matt Joyce being officially added a bit stronger.

    Here’s what bothers me here… I don’t like that we are clamoring around the junk heap looking for a 4th bench member. With a short bench, each person needs to be high quality. I love Mac, Johan and Culby, but 3 guys can’t do 4 jobs. I realize that’s what we have, but I don’t like it alot.

    I also don’t like that our best closer candidate is hurt and the next guy was hurt. I fear this will come home to roost. Perhaps I am looking at this from a slanted point of view, but the need and fit for Craig Kimbrel is sooooo clear and obvious.

    I’m telling you, if we lose games early because the bullpen blew up, the wailing and gnashing of teeth will be of historic proportions. And deservedly so. Even Stevie Wonder can see this team’s Achilles’ heel. I just hate to see it exploited because we weren’t willing to go 3 years to bring back home the best closer of this generation.

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  133. 174 Gil in Mechanicsville March 27, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Should have kept Lane Adams around.

    Cameron Maybin is still available isn’t he?

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    • 175 Vox O'Reasoñ March 27, 2019 at 3:18 pm

      Cameron Maybin had a miserable spring both off and on the field for the GIants, being arrested for DUI early in March and being released from the team for sucking late in March after he hit just .163 in 43 ABs.

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    • 176 Vox O'Reasoñ March 27, 2019 at 4:05 pm

      Lane Adams will start the 2019 season with the Phillies’ AAA affiliate after signing a minor league deal back in January. He is not on their 40-man roster and does not have a clear path to their ML team. He had a decent spring slashing .289/.341/.395 in 38 AB’s, but he did strike out an alarmingly high 14 times.

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  134. 177 Vox O'Reasoñ March 27, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    I just heard a radio interview with Thoppy. He was asked directly about a “free agent closer”, to which he answered, of course, that he cannot comment specifically about any free agent players, but that under the interviewer’s criteria he continues to “monitor the market”, hinting that the 2 sides are still in contact and hinting further that both sides could still move toward an agreement. He was called out by the interviewer on an “intriguing tone” to his comment, to which Thoppy answered with, “I don’t want to create any unfounded expectations,” and then followed with, “I do not anticipate any signings over the next few days.”

    To this listener it almost sounded like Thoppy feared he said too much and tried to walk it back quickly. But I easily could have misread that.

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  135. 178 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Well, today is the day we have all been waiting for in Braves Country… Aside from not having signed Craig Kimbrel to a contract but I digress. Even the weather appears to be cooperating. I am about 200 miles south of Philly but eons away from their weather patterns because bad weather out of the mid west hit the mountains and slides northeast but even that should not be a problem this afternoon.

    So, again, who has the over/under on Bryce taking Julio deep this afternoon in 10 pitches?

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  136. 180 Vox O'Reasoñ March 28, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Finally!!!!

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  137. 181 Vox O'Reasoñ March 28, 2019 at 8:12 am

    In case anyone needs this:

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  138. 182 Vox O'Reasoñ March 28, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Well, today is the day we have all been waiting for in Braves Country… Aside from not having signed Craig Kimbrel to a contract but I digress.

    It should be noted that neither Matt Joyce nor Josh Tomlin has been officially added to the 40-man roster yet.

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  139. 183 Vox O'Reasoñ March 28, 2019 at 11:24 am

    The Atlanta Braves released on social media a graphic of their official Opening Day 25-man roster, but I still have not seen any announcement made of any corresponding move with the 40-man to accommodate both Matt Joyce and Josh Tomlin.

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  140. 184 Vox O'Reasoñ March 28, 2019 at 11:27 am

    And finally, after a long 6 months, I get to do this:

    2day’s lineup @ Philly:

    Ender, CF
    JDon, 3B
    Freddie, 1B
    Beast, LF
    Kakes, RF
    Ozzie, 2B
    Mac, C
    Dans, SS
    Julio Teheran, RHP

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  141. 185 Vox O'Reasoñ March 28, 2019 at 11:34 am

    And it is now official, Joyce and Tomlin have been added. C Raffy Lopez was DFA’d to make room. I think the strong spring of Alex Jackson made that move possible as he will be the primary catcher at AAA with Jonathan Morales (2015 draftee, 15th round) also on the AAA roster. I believe it shows the confidence the organization has regained in AJax.

    As for Lopez, there is a strong chance he’ll go unclaimed through waivers and be outrighted to AAA. Even though he’s already 31 years old, he still has a minor league option remaining, so he can be outrighted without the option of free agency.

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  142. 186 Vox O'Reasoñ March 28, 2019 at 11:38 am

    Folty, Gausy, Minter, and O’Day all officially open the season on the DL, er… I mean IL.

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  143. 187 Vox O'Reasoñ March 28, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Jon Heyman picks the NL thus:

    Phillies
    Brewers
    Dodgers
    wild cards: Mets, Cardinals

    Jon Heyman is an idiot, I need to unfollow his Twitter. I don’t need that lack of intelligence clogging up my feed.

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  144. 188 Vox O'Reasoñ March 28, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    It’s time!!!

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  145. 189 Carolina Lady March 28, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Somebody get V’s pills, please. He’ll never get to sleep tonight.

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  146. 191 Vox O'Reasoñ March 28, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Who ends up with more K’s? Julio pitching or Ender batting? #leadoffhitter

    😡

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  147. 192 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Julio pitched well I thought. Shane Carle, not so much. When everybody knows the only pitch you are capable of throwing over the plate is a fastball, well, you get tagged for a 3 run homer…

    Sign Craig Kimbrel….

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  148. 193 Vox O'Reasoñ March 28, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    See? I told you Matt Joyce was a great addition!

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  149. 194 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Surprisingly, Julio had Harper’s number today. Julio’s fastball is once again in the 91-93 mph range. The ump must have money on this game, a pitch down the middle called a ball.

    Okay, Braves making it respectable.

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  150. 195 berigan2electricboogaloo March 28, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    I think BMac is really going to help the pitching staff….well, at least the guys in the rotation….
    Julio made Harper look bad…but, with his stuff (and that slider really was good today) , it’s going to be tough for him to beat the Phils at home…
    Matt Joyce looks like a good signing….
    the bullpen…Kimbrel wouldn’t help right now…Mercy….

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  151. 196 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Kimbrel would mean Luke Jackson would not be in the pen…

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  152. 198 Vox O'Reasoñ March 29, 2019 at 8:10 am

    tip your hat

    I don’t want to tip my hat today. I was pissed after yesterday, and I’m still a little pissed today. I didn’t want Ender leading off, and he proved why yesterday. I didn’t want Luke Jackson in a professional bullpen, and he showed why yesterday. Each is easily solvable, but neither will be addressed quickly because no one wants to be accused of overreacting. But when is an appropriate time period before reacting is no longer overreacting? Do we have to wait a series? Two series? Two weeks?

    There is only one reason to compete, and that’s to win. I’ll never be satisfied with a loss, especially if we don’t learn something from it. Jake Arrieta is a RH’er, so don’t expect to see a change at the top of the lineup tomorrow.

    And is there anyone on the planet that thinks Craig Kimbrel saw the result of yesterday’s game and thought, “I’ll soften my contract demands now”? @#$%^&, he just might add another year on the back end now.

    Did we get beaten by a better team yesterday? I think the answer to that is a clear “Yes” as long as we continue with a flawed lineup and flawed bullpen.

    Freddie gave us a nice little sound bite saying, “You can’t go 162-0”. Thanks Fred. That’s true. You can’t. But you don’t have to give any of them away… especially to your division rival. And as long as Ender Inciarte bats at the top of the lineup, and as long as Luke Jackson stays in our bullpen, we’ll give away games.

    Like yesterday.

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  153. 199 Vox O'Reasoñ March 29, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Oh… and nice new counters, CL.

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  154. 200 Gil in Mechanicsville March 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

    By the way, I called both of the Phillies homeruns yesterday. It was just so evident neither Carle nor Jackson had anything he could throw for a strike but one pitch. You can not give a professional hitters like the Phillies employ that much latitude.

    It’s going to be a rough couple of weeks…

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  155. 201 Vox O'Reasoñ March 29, 2019 at 8:58 am

    Would the bullpen be better if Minter and O’Day were healthy? Of course it would. But you cannot guarantee the health of any pitcher. That’s why you must have depth. And that’s what Thoppy failed to build over the offseason, is bullpen depth. The prevailing thought was that he’d open with some of the young exceptional arms in the bullpen. Well, he didn’t. He gave us Shane Carle, Josh Tomlin and Luke Jackson… none of whom are young or exceptional.

    Part of that was due to starters being hurt as well. With Folty and Gausman being out, some of those young exceptional arms penciled in for the bullpen are still starting… Bryse Wilson in Atlanta and Touki in Gwinnett.

    Yeah, yeah… you can’t predict injuries. But you can prepare for them as they are inevitable. You combat them with depth. We didn’t do that. Craig Kimbrel would have been a nice beginning point.

    I can live with the lateral move in RF as I believe in this offense… well, the participants at least, even if they are out of order. But that’s a separate rant.

    We should have addressed the bullpen. Everyone knew it. Everyone still knows it. And every other ML team will exploit it.

    We can start fixing it today. We can acquire the one remaining available option… who now holds all the negotiating leverage. Our need is now more glaring than ever.

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  156. 202 Vox O'Reasoñ March 29, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Well said, Buck. Well said.

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    • 203 Vox O'Reasoñ March 29, 2019 at 9:19 am

      BTW- Carle has 2 minor league options remaining. Jackson has 0. But no team would claim him on waivers (and if they do, who cares?), so he can be outrighted in a few days. No harm no foul. We need his 40-man roster spot for Kimbrel anyway. Right?

      My bullpen on March 30 would be:
      Viz, Sobotka, Venters, Biddle, Parsons, Tomlin, Dan Winkler, and Touki. Fried would be there until he’s needed in the rotation.

      Carle would be in AAA and Jackson would be in DFA limbo. Kimbrel would be signed ASAP and sent to extended spring training to ramp up his workouts.

      When Kimbrel is ready, Tomlin would be demoted. When O’Day and Minter are healthy, Winkler and Parsons would go back to AAA, in that order.

      Then my bullpen in 2 weeks would be:
      Kimbrel, Minter, Viz, O’Day, Sobotka, Venters, Biddle, and Touki. That looks like a real professional bullpen.

      And when my starters are healthy, I decide between Newk, Touki, Wilson and Fried as to whom keeps the 5th starter spot, who goes to the bullpen, and who goes back to AAA. Those would be hard choices to make, but the kind of choices that are required when you have depth.

      And when you don’t have depth, you have no choices. You have Shane Carle and Luke Jackson.

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  157. 204 Gil in Mechanicsville March 29, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Yesterday’s game reminded me of when the Braves acquired Texeria. They could not hold down the opposing teams’ offense. They could score lots of runs but they habitually gave up more.

    I think we can all agree that scoring runs is not going to be this team’s problem. Keeping the other team off the board is.

    I know, it is early but did we not see this as a potential problem all during spring training?

    So, game #2 Saturday. A chance for a bit of redemption but …..

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  158. 206 berigan2electricboogaloo March 29, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    funny, Gil’s “still so many questions” lead title seems more prescient (blog first? did I spell it right?) than ever….
    My tip your cap post was dripping with sarcasm at first, then I decided, well it is just one game…but, we looked like a team that wasn’t going to have much luck against the Phils this year, as constructed…
    as for Ender…I think the issue is he always starts slow…and that IS an issue. Last year, thru 91 games, he was hitting .242. After the all star break, .302. Well, 2017 he had a slow April, .230…but, .330 in May, and hit .302 for the year. and of course 2016 was the really dramatic year. .227 first half, .341 2nd half!
    So, where do you bat a really good CF’er (likely better overall than Acuna, at least at this point) with little power, and while not speedy, can steal 25+ bases? How about Dansby? Or Ozzie leading off? well, that might make sense, at least to start off the season, right? til the bat gets going? But, what do we know about managers, especially braves managers? Patience….sometimes to a fault. Ender should bat 8th for April, and put Dansby at the top of the order to get him as many AB’s as possible to become the hitter we all think he can be.

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    • 207 Vox O'Reasoñ March 29, 2019 at 3:47 pm

      as for Ender…I think the issue is he always starts slow…and that IS an issue

      Exactly. And it’s a well known and documented issue. So why again he is he the leadoff hitter in March?

      So, where do you bat a really good CF’er with little power

      8th

      How about Dansby?

      Anywhere ahead of Ender.

      Or Ozzie leading off?

      Or Ronald Acuña,Jr., who was highly successful in that role last season when the Braves sealed their first division title in years.

      And if the reasoning for batting RAJ at cleanup is to get him AB’s with runners on base, why did Freddie attempt to steal a base (unsuccessfully), strategically counter to said reasoning?

      Where are my blood pressure pills..?

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  159. 208 berigan2electricboogaloo March 29, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    so…I found out I have sleep apnea…and not the garden variety, but severe sleep apnea. the number is 40…but, still waiting on the equipment. I think not waking up 40 times an hour is gonna help me think better…like above..
    I forgot to mention 2 things….one, Ender’s last strike out…man, that pitch was really inside, tough to get a bat on it, and hard to call a strike. Phils new catcher is going to get a few borderline calls his teams way, no doubt…

    also, I really do think AA was slooooow to make moves in Toronto, in spite of having the Yankees and Red Sox being good/great every year….I don’t know that he truly realizes how good the Phils, Nats and Mutts are this year….who knows, perhaps GM’s think, well, if not this year, we’ll be “competitive” for several years to come, and we will add someone in the offseason, or add someone come trade deadline this year, if we are not too far behind….sounds horrible, I know….a different way of thinking from us fans….but, like you all have mentioned before, it’s a different era now…players are a bit scared of the future/or really do want to stay with the team they came up with…it may be a bit different with closers, but you have to have both a really good closer, on a really bad team, and said bad team wanting to trade their closer….

    honestly, I can’t believe the Brewers didn’t sign Kimbrel….a blown save or two by either the braves or Brewers, and yeah, Kimbrel can as for more years…

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    • 209 Vox O'Reasoñ March 29, 2019 at 3:49 pm

      What’s really odd to me is that there is not ONE team that is willing to give Craig 3 years guaranteed. It almost makes you wonder if they know something we don’t.

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  160. 210 Vox O'Reasoñ March 29, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    I just looked and both Luke Jackson and Shane Carle are still on the major league roster.

    Dangit.

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  161. 211 Vox O'Reasoñ March 29, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Shane has a couple of options left. Send his butt down until he can learn to throw strikes. Luke… well, he’s wearing jersey number 77. That ought to tell you something already. He’s supposed to be a pitcher, not a tackle.

    It’s nothing personal. I’m just funny about wanting my major league pitchers to throw strikes. Shocker.

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  162. 212 Vox O'Reasoñ March 29, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    And I find myself already being characterized as overreacting after just 1 game.

    Baloney.

    Is waiting until next week going to change the fact that our bullpen is insufficient and that Ender Inciarte can’t hit his weight before the ASB? Not it isn’t. My reaction is not an overreaction. It’s open recognition of something we all saw coming… at least those who were paying attention saw it coming.

    I agree with The Ringer’s Michael Baumann, who says of the modern bullpen, “It’s not enough to just have one or even two relief aces whose primary purpose is to protect a lead late in the game; key bullpen roles and assignments are becoming more fluid and numerous, requiring as many as half a dozen hard-throwing relievers to fill them. Stacking high-quality relievers isn’t about shortening the game anymore. It is the game.”

    No longer do you have a closer, a setup man, and a handful of middle relievers. In the modern bullpen, you better have at least 3 lock-down late inning relievers, plus at least one more guy that is capable of doing it for more than one inning. With today’s pitchers averaging about 6 innings a start, the demand on the bullpen is more focused than ever before. And with teams’ abilities to gather information quickly on tendencies, it’s no longer possible to sneak an ineffective reliever through an inning against a good team.

    Need proof? All 4 teams that made it to each League Championship Series last season had top-5 bullpens in their respective leagues. Duh. It ain’t rocket surgery.

    Simply stated, the Braves may technically have a 9 man bullpen at the moment (with 5th starter Max Fried taking up an inning last night), but only about 4 of them (including Fried) are fairly reliable, and one of those 4 is coming off a shoulder injury that knocked him out of most of 2018. Once you get past Viz, Fried, rookie Wes Parsons, and rookie Chad Sobotka, you have a handful of question marks. I almost counted Jonny Venters as being in the reliable camp, but that elbow is held together with duct tape and chewing gum. Whatever we get out of him, be it for 1 or 2 batters at a time, is a bonus. But it also magnifies the need for the rest to pick up the slack.

    Touki and Thomas Burrows are immediate answers. Dan Winkler can’t be any worse than Luke Jackson. What about Grant Dayton? Jacob Webb? At least these guys have good arms even if not alot of experience. Can they throw strikes? Can they not walk the park? I don’t care anymore about experience. We blew our offseason opportunity to add experience. At this point I’ll take talent over experience. We saw yesterday what Carle’s and LuJack’s experience got us. It got us slobberknocked.

    And need I repeat anything about a certain bearded Free Agent? Nah. It’s too obvious.

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  163. 214 berigan2electricboogaloo March 29, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    For some reason, I don’t really check out Mark Bowman…can’t give you an answer why, just don’t. Anyways, I came across a link to the Angels beat writer (Justin Upton has turf toe, but will be out up to 3 months) and noticed the guy only had 19K followers…so, went to Mark’s page and saw 76 K, then clicked on a link to his MLB stories…thought he made some good points on the bullpen, Julio, and Acuna batting 4th…
    https://www.mlb.com/news/inbox-could-braves-add-more-bullpen-depth

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  164. 215 Gordon Lawrence March 30, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Gil
    Do you think the assembled at Braves and Stuff would like minor’s reports occasionaly like I used to provide over on the DOB blog? Late seventies is not early sixties. So I can’t get after it like I did fifteen years ago, but i still have my moments.

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  165. 217 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Yes, any contributions are always appreciated. after all, knowledge is power… Make us all powerful. 🙂

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  166. 218 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    I split time this afternoon between NASCAR and the Mets vs Nats game. I will spare the details on the Xfinity race other that Kyle Bush won. The ball game was interesting. A couple of observations, 1) Soto and Robles are special ball players. 2) The Nats have the same problem as the Braves, their bullpen sucks… Final score Mutts 11 Nits 4.

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  167. 219 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    If Dansby stays healthy, he is going to have a huge year.

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  168. 220 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Well, no wall scrapers today. Every bomb has been legit.

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  169. 221 Gil in Mechanicsville March 31, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Hey, the good news, the Braves are tied with the Nationals… The bad news, both are win less in last place…

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  170. 222 berigan2electricboogaloo March 31, 2019 at 8:47 am

    yeah….even the Marlins(glad to see something like 5K in the stands for their 2nd game) are ahead of Nats and Bravos…though I think that’s only going to be for a few days…
    I don’t know….doesn’t help to be without Folty….but the way the Phils are hitting, I think even he would have been down 3 runs after 5, 6 innings…we need to get out of Philly but quick…hopefully we will get a win today….

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  171. 223 Gil in Mechanicsville March 31, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    Ber, just ugly to give up homers after walking the park. Professional hitters live for a struggling rookie who only has one pitch to throw for a strike.

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  172. 224 Gordon Lawrence March 31, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    I needn’t remind that we rode the PHILLIES train to last season’s division championship.
    0-2 is not a good look, and the arms are letting us down. Not particularly surprising. I;m sure the management has decided this is the season to winnow the grain from the chaff. AA and the front office should be careful however lest the winnow-basket comes up empty after all the sifting is through.

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  173. 225 Gordon Lawrence March 31, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Meanwhile……..

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT

    Eleven players currently on the STRIPER roster and ATLANTA’s 40-man.
    Thursday April 4 first pitch GWINNETT-NORFOLK.
    Time to see what the O’s and BRAVES have waiting in the wings.

    Pitching:

    Starters;
    LHSP KOLBY ALLARD
    LHSP LUIZ GOHARA
    RHSP MIKE SOROKA
    RHSP TOUKI TOUSSAINT
    RHSP HUASCAR YNOA

    Reliefers;
    LHRP GRANT DAYTON
    RHRP JACOB WEBB
    RHRP PATRICK WEIGEL
    RHRP DAN WINKLER

    Bullpen prospects not on 40-man:
    LHRP CORBIN CLOUSE
    LHRP PHILLIP PFEIFFER
    RHRP CALEB DIRKS

    Braves and Stuff turns it’s lonely eyes to bullpen prospects in Lawrenceville.
    I believe three have potential to help the BRAVES this season, CLOUSE in particular, and in his case, soon.

    Position:
    C ALEX JACKSON
    OF ADAM DUVALL
    Not on the 40-man;
    3B AUSTIN RILEY
    SS PEDRO FLORIMAN
    We all hope for a blockbuster April from RILEY, and a call-up if DONALDSON continues his tepid start.
    The biggest surprise for me is YNOA at this point.
    Some more positioning of players may be in the offing as two pitchers were added since March 29.

    MISSISSIPPI

    There are no members of the 40-man on the PEARL RIVER roster.
    PACHE starts his season in AA?
    I would not count on him being in PEARL very long unless his bat busts out, and he has a flat tire.
    Two starting pitchers of note, and a slew of relief.
    Notable players on the roster at present.

    Pitching:

    Starters;
    LHSP KYLE MULLER
    RHSP IAN ANDERSON

    Reliefers;
    LHRP THOMAS BURROWS
    et.al.

    Position:
    CF CRISTIAN PACHE
    2B/SS ALEJANDRO SALAZAR
    SS LUIS VALENZUELA
    SS RAY-PATRICK DIDDER
    LF TRAVIS DEMERITTE

    Without PACHE, I see a weak offensive team in PEARL RIVER at this point, but FLORIDA has some excellent position prospects to fill in as the season gets going.
    SALAZAR is a solid singles hitter, and may be destined for ATLANTA’s bench.
    Catching MORALES [.268] BA, MARITNEZ [.248 BA] in AA last year. Little power.

    FLORIDA

    Pitching:

    Starters;
    LHSP TUCKER DAVIDSON
    LHSP JOEY WENTZ

    Reliefers;
    RHRP BRANDON S. WHITE

    Position:
    C WILLIE CONTRERAS
    3B C.J. ALEXANDER
    2B/SS RILEY DELGADO
    RF GREYSON JENISTA
    CF DREW WATERS
    LF IZZY WILSON

    Only catcher currently on the roster is CONTRERAS.
    A little thin on pitching, but a bunch of up-and-coming bats.
    A loaded outfield.

    ROME:

    This squad is loaded with pitching.
    Most of the best position players have already moved up.

    Pitching:

    Starters;
    RHSP WALTER BORKOVICH
    RHSP JASSEEL de la CRUZ
    RHSP FREDDY TARNOK

    Reliefers;
    LHRP HAYDEN DEAL
    RHRP TROY BACON
    RHRP CUTTER DYALS

    Position:
    C DREW LUGBAUER
    2B DERIAN CRUZ
    SS A.J. GRAFFANINO
    CF JUSTIN DEAN
    RF TREY HARRIS
    LF JEFREY RAMOS

    A solid outfield, and some potential in the squat and up the middle of the infield.
    Remains to be seen if any move up.
    A good, solid squad.

    DANVILLE:

    Pitchers:

    Starters;
    LHSP JAKE HIGGENBOTHAM
    LHSP TANNER LAWSON
    RHSP NOLAN KINGHAM
    RHSP JOSE MONTILLA

    Reliefers;
    RHRP TREY RILEY

    Position:
    C RUSBAR ESTRADA
    3B BRETT LANGHORNE
    2B GREG CULLEN
    RF ANDY MORITZ

    In rookie ball some progress, some don’t. These are some players who showed some promise last year.

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  174. 226 Gil in Mechanicsville March 31, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Great update Gordon, thanks..

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  175. 227 berigan2electricboogaloo March 31, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    man, the ESPN/MLB team on ESPN tonight….I wonder if they know the season has started…..

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  176. 229 berigan2electricboogaloo March 31, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    And Kyle Wright having to throw 11 pitches to Jake Arrieta, means his night will be less than 5 innings…sigh…

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  177. 230 Gil in Mechanicsville April 1, 2019 at 6:51 am

    So, the same problem that Braves pitching exhibited last season (walks) has not appeared to have corrected itself. Maybe their is only so much a pitching coach can do says former pitching coach Chuck Hernandez. If only the Braves had known of this problem last season, they might have been able to fix it during the winter…

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  178. 231 Gordon Lawrence April 1, 2019 at 8:06 am

    CRAIG KIMBREL will not fill all arm ills. But it’s a great start.

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  179. 232 berigan2electricboogaloo April 1, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Man, did that series ever leave a bad taste in my mouth! And I bet y’alls too…
    Jon Heyman is looking to be exactly right, sad to say. There was a playoff atmosphere in Philly, and I really hope the braves were just caught off-guard a bit by it. (but don’t the braves look smart for saving ALL that money by not getting Harper?)
    where to start? braves didn’t look particularly impressive , well…anywhere.
    JD is getting on my nerves now…23 million and he tells the club where he feels comfortable batting? He’s NOT and 2 hole hitter! I think I forgot briefly in a post above about Dansby eventually batting 2nd…Nope…we need a lumbering 33 YO 3rd baseman batting there.
    Gee, for 7 mil more, we could have had Charlie Morton for 2 years, but nope…we HAD to get JD cuz…we needed more power, and we weren’t going to sign or trade for a power hitting right fielder…and he deserves 23 mil, even though , well…ok, have to expect him to get off to a slow start, new league and all…he’s not why we are 0-3, that’s because of the weak bullpen, the injured/very young rotation, and…because the Phils are MUCH improved.
    McCutch is going to LOVE playing 81 games in a tiny park….
    I really wish J.T. Realmuto had been in the A.L. or NL west…someplace we wouldn’t have traded 2 guys that would have hurt us 18 games a year, cuz…yes, he’s the real deal..all that and a bag of chips….Ozzie had a great jump, a sure steal , it would take a perfect throw to get him..oh, a perfect throw…drat….
    and Bryce Harper…gee, I think he is going to pay off in spades for the Phils, don’t you too?
    but, think about ALL the money the braves saved getting Nick M for so little….huge crowds all year long because of Nick and McCann, and JD!!!
    I know, only 3 games (hard to be 3 games out of 1st after 3 games, eh?) but we truly didn’t look like a team that could compete let alone win against the March Phillies….and of course you add the never ending promotion of the phils by the terrible espn crew…of course, why wouldn’t they? they were the team with all the exciting moves, getting a guy that loves the limelight….doesn’t mean they will win the W.S. or even the division, but…they are an exciting team….I hope the braves seem exciting once we see 3 games here…..

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  180. 233 Vox O'Reasoñ April 1, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Have been traveling a bit for the last few days. Still paying attention though…

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  181. 234 Vox O'Reasoñ April 1, 2019 at 8:50 am

    We’re down 2 starting pitchers (arguably the top 2) and 2 core relievers (arguably the top 2). Did we really think we’d get by on leftovers?

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  182. 235 berigan2electricboogaloo April 1, 2019 at 9:20 am

    V, I don’t know what I expected…but I do know if I heard you and Gil ranting about a series I missed…I just didn’t feel the same level of angst …not seeing = not feeling the same desperation….I really hope the cold, the huge crowds, the uber youth of much of the pitching staff….and of course the injuries, were more of the issue, than a pure talent on the field situation…
    I believe there were 20 walks in 3 games by the braves pitching staff…you just knew yesterday that the phils were missing opportunities , it wasn’t as close as the 5-1 score indicated….
    I would love to eat some crow after tonight’s game…what sucky team do we play tonight? Cubs…oh….

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  183. 236 berigan2electricboogaloo April 1, 2019 at 9:35 am

    and since I am in such a foul mood about baseball….what group of angry drunks made the braves schedule anyways???? We play the Cubs, Colorado, Cleveland, AZ, and SD all in April….those would be fun teams to play during the dog days of summer…
    and 2nd half? in late August, we play 2 games in Toronto, then 4 here against SOX, 2 more against Toronto, then save 5 games against KC and San Fran, about 20 games against the NL East to round out Sept (and even though we opened on the road, last 5 games are on the road as well) guess it could be good news for the braves trying to catch up against the teams ahead of us, or for any team trying to catch the braves…..gonna get sick of seeing NL east teams though…

    http://www.espn.com/mlb/team/schedule/_/name/atl/seasontype/2/half/1

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  184. 237 Gil in Mechanicsville April 1, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    Okay, no use flogging this dead horse any longer, we all know what the problem is, therefore, I am certain the Braves know their weaknesses too.

    Just one more comment. Anyone remember the last guy to reference the numbers on the back of his baseball card? Hint, he played 2nd base and lived in Nashville…

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  185. 238 berigan2electricboogaloo April 1, 2019 at 5:41 pm
  186. 239 Gil in Mechanicsville April 1, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Prediction, Darren O’Day will not pitch for Atlanta this season…

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  187. 240 Vox O'Reasoñ April 1, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Too bad there’s not a really good late inning reliever available out there… 🙄

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  188. 241 Gordon Lawrence April 1, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Looks a lot like our poor showing in PHILA. had more to do with PHILLIES arms than our own ineptitude..

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  189. 242 berigan2electricboogaloo April 2, 2019 at 1:47 am

    guys, guys, guys…see? I told ya you were worrying too much! Just a slow start, now they are cooking with gas….you folks just need to……relax…not get caught up in the day to day grind, so to speak…it’s a 162 game season after all…

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  190. 243 Gil in Mechanicsville April 2, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Boy, talk about your bi-polar ball club. What in the world has happened to the Cubs. They are playing like the Cubs of old and I don’t mean that in a good way. Wowser…

    So, why did the Cubs start swinging at the same stuff they were drawing walks on early in the game? Sean sure was have a time throwing strikes and it was frustrating for me to watch but the baseball gods shined upon the Braves last night, scoring runs while shutting out the other side….

    For sure, looked like a totally different team last night, even the errors turned into gold with a 6-5-3 put out when a ground ball didn’t stick in Dansby’s glove.

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  191. 244 Vox O'Reasoñ April 2, 2019 at 8:34 am

    And just like that, we don’t suck anymore.

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  192. 245 Gil in Mechanicsville April 2, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Well Vee, the jury is still out on that but they indeed looked less sucky. 6 unearned runs can do that for you.

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  193. 247 Gil in Mechanicsville April 2, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Brave extend Acuna 8 years.

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  194. 248 Vox O'Reasoñ April 2, 2019 at 1:07 pm

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  195. 249 Vox O'Reasoñ April 2, 2019 at 1:07 pm

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  196. 251 Vox O'Reasoñ April 2, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Unbelievable deal for the Braves. For all the cussing we’ve done at Thoppy for this or for that, he really hit this one out of the park… pun fully intended.

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  197. 252 Vox O'Reasoñ April 2, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    Yes. If AA were to pull that off as well, I might just faint. Good thing I’m not driving today.

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  198. 253 Carolina Lady April 2, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Let’s just hope yesterday wasn’t an April Fools Day joke…..

    Note to AA:
    Will you just go ahead and sign Kimbrel now??? mumble, grumble, mutter…..

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  199. 254 Vox O'Reasoñ April 2, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Official:

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  200. 255 Gil in Mechanicsville April 2, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    I am reminded of an old NASCAR car builder and team owner Junnie Donleavy who operated on a shoestring his entire time in the sport (#90 team). He got a huge boost with sponsership from Heliege Myers who said if he could do so well without sponsorship, think how well he could do with money behind him. It did not work, Junnie was so use to pinching pennies, he could not make the transtion and still sucked.

    The moral, there is a reason some CEOs specialize in taking over bankrupt stores.

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  201. 256 Gil in Mechanicsville April 2, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Anyway, congratulations to both the Braves and Acuna. Now, get his family out of Valenzuela…

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  202. 257 Vox O'Reasoñ April 2, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    BREAKING: Bobby Cox has been hospitalized after suffering a possible stroke. They are not sharing details about his condition.

    Not good folks. Not good at all.

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  203. 259 Gordon Lawrence April 2, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    I used to see BOBBY playing for the YANKEE farm team here in RICHMOND back in the 50’s. Prayer going up.

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  204. 260 Gordon Lawrence April 2, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Going to be on the road on opening day in the minor’s. Will put in a farm report as soon as I get back.

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  205. 261 Gil in Mechanicsville April 3, 2019 at 8:28 am

    I am saddened on the reports of Bobby’s possible stroke. I will refrain from making a lot of comments until we know more but praying for you Bobby C.

    Have fun Gordon, bring us luck.

    Well, at least the Braves are not the only team the Phillies are making look bad this season. I guess Bruce wasn’t so enamored with D.C. after all. I mean, how could he not love beautiful downtown Philly?

    Watched the Mets hang on against the Marlins last night. It was a wild 9th inning, the Fish crushed the ball but it was right at the Mets gloves. Zero swing and misses. The Marlins are better than we might all being led to believe. They are playing like a school of hungry piranha.

    Pretty big deal for the Braves to lock up Acuna, A good move for him too. $17MM in the hands is better than $34MM in the bush. Now, he needs to be smart and get his family out of Venezuela.

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  206. 262 berigan2electricboogaloo April 3, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    no news of late about Bobby Cox….hopefully he was gotten to quickly enough to keep damage down to a minimum. Amazing that he was just at the home opener Monday….

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  207. 263 Vox O'Reasoñ April 3, 2019 at 1:34 pm

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  208. 264 Vox O'Reasoñ April 3, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Ozzie leads off, RAJ is in CF, and Johan gets the start in CF batting 6th. Can’t say I hate this. 🙂

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  209. 265 Vox O'Reasoñ April 3, 2019 at 11:45 pm

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  210. 266 Gil in Mechanicsville April 4, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Well, that certainly was an entertaining game last night. Anyone else worried about Jonny V? It was nice to see Camargo come thru in the eight with the bases clearing double. I was even more surprised that he replaced Josh Donaldson at third for defense in the ninth. verrrry interrresting….

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  211. 267 Gil in Mechanicsville April 4, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Failing to score after having your lead off man on third with no one out is concerning. Oppo home runs by both Dansby and Ozzie was nice however. I thought the hope plate umpire was quite creative with his strike zone last night. Hey, I don’t mind if you have a wide or narrow strike zone, just call it the same for both teams.

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  212. 268 Gil in Mechanicsville April 4, 2019 at 9:33 am

    “hope” plate…. what catchers on both teams thought about the balls and strikes being called…

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  213. 269 Vox O'Reasoñ April 4, 2019 at 1:32 pm

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  214. 271 Gordon Lawrence April 4, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (1-0)

    STRIPERS over the TIDES and old buddy middle relief SEAN GILMARTIN 3-1.
    STRIPERS and MIKE FOLTYNEWICZ [0.00 era] get their first respective wins of the season.

    FOLTY in mid-season form, hurling five no-hit, shutout innings, k’ing 2 and walking 2 on 56 pitches, 34 strikes.
    RH CORBIN CLOUSE [H1, 0.00 era] 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 SO, 37 pitches, 24 strikes.
    RH ELIAN LEYVA [H1, 0.00 era] 1.1 IP, zeros, 2 K’s, 17 pitches, 14 strikes.
    LH THOMAS BURROWS [S1, 9.00 era] 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 0 SO. Walks will kill ya’. 19 pitches, 11 strikes.

    CF RAFAEL ORTEGA [.750 BA/2.500 OPS] 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B [1], 1 HR [1], 1 RBI [1], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    LF ADAM DUVALL [.250 BA/.750 OPS] 1-4, 1 RBI.
    One hit apiece for C ALEX JACKSON, DH PEDRO FLORIMON, SS LUIS MARTE and a run scored.

    MISSISSIPPI (0-1)

    The PEARL RIVER crew are “smoked” on the road by TENNESSEE 7-5.

    IAN ANDERSON doesn’t have a bad start, but each of four reliefers that follow are touched for at least one run apiece.

    RH IAN ANDERSON [2.25 ERA] 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 7 SO.
    MIKE MADER, JASON HURSH, PHILLIP PFEIFFER, and JOSH GRAHAM meh…..
    Bats did their part.

    RF DREW WATERS [.750 BA/1.800 OPS] 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B [1], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    CF CRISTIAN PACHE [.200 BA/.800 OPS] 1-5, 1 R, 1 3B [1], 1 RBI [1], 1 SO, 2 SB [2].
    1B C.J. ALEXANDER [.250 BA/.650 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI [1], 1 BB, 2 SO.
    2B ALEJANDRO SALAZAR [.500 BA/1.000 OPS] 2-4, 1 R.
    3B LUIS VALENZUELA [.250 BA/.500 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI [1], 1 SO.
    C JON MORALES [.250 BA/ .750 OPS] 1-4, 1 2B [1], 2 RBI
    LF CONNER LIEN [.250 BA/.750 OPS] 1-4, 1 2B [1], 2 SO.

    FLORIDA (1-0)

    FIRE FROGS bats come up big 5-1 behind the stingy pitching of HUASCAR YNOA.
    No pitch counts in this box.

    RH HUASCAR YNOA [ND, 0.00 era] 4.0 IP, no-hits, 3 BB, 6 SO. Watch this kid. He’s gonna’ be a good one.
    RH WALT BORKOVICH [1-0, BS 1, 4.50 era] 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 SO.

    3B RILEY DELGADO [.200 BA/.400 OPS] 1-5.
    PH/SS RILEY UNROE [.333 BA/.833 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO.
    LF JEFREY RAMOS [.250 BA/.500 OPS] 1-4, 1 SO.
    1B DREW LUGBAUER [.333 BA/1.167 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B [1], 1 RBI [1], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    DH RUSBER ESTRADA [.500 BA/1.000 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 SO.
    RF RAYSHEANDALL MICHAEL [.250 BA/1.000 OPS] 1-4, 3 RBI [3], 1 SO.

    ROME (1-0)

    The R-Braves crush the INTIMIDATORS 9-1 on 14 hits.
    KINGHAM gets his first win in his first start after promo from rookie ball.
    HOEKSTRA is successful in his first attempt on the bump after conversion from a position player.

    RH NOLAN KINGHAM [1-0, 0.00 era] 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 65/39 strikes
    RH ALAN RANGEL [0.00 era] 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 49/32 strikes.
    LH KURT HOEKSTRA [0.00 era] 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 28/17 strikes.

    CF JUSTIN DEAN [.500 BA/1.850 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI [1], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    LF ANDY MORITZ [.400 BA/1.000 OPS] 2-5, 2 R.
    2B GREG CULLEN [.333 BA/.933 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SO.
    1B GRIFF BENSON [.250 BA/.900 OPS] 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B [1], 1 RBI [1], 1 BB, 2 SO.
    RF TREY HARRIS [.600 BA/1.800 OPS] 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR [1], 2 RBI [2], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    3B BRENDAN VENTER [.800 BA/2.400 OPS] 4-5, 1 R, 1 2B [1], 1 HR [1], 5 RBI [5], 0 BB, 1 SO.

    Great to see hitters excel especially VENTER a South African who played at Auburn.

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  215. 273 Gil in Mechanicsville April 5, 2019 at 7:05 am

    So, Nick the Stick put on an awesome display with the bat last night going 5-5 with 3 doubles and a pair of singles. Max Fried looked truly outstanding too. I know it is early but the Cubs look really sad right now. And inept. I did think Madden pulled Yu Darvish too soon last night but it is not my call to make.

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    • 274 Vox O'Reasoñ April 5, 2019 at 8:25 am

      Nick did what Nick does… and sadly it doesn’t garner alot of praise or attention, but it does push runs across the plate. We all manage to characterize Nick as a less-than-attractive “backup plan”, but he just continues to do what he’s always done, and that’s to put in “professional’ at-bats and to papercut a pitcher to death.

      So while Thoppy said he had the ability to shop in any aisle, but picked Nick off the Clearance rack, it doesn’t mean he didn’t still get a good product.

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  216. 275 Vox O'Reasoñ April 5, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Max Fried looked truly outstanding too.

    As good a performance from any Braves pitcher thus far in 2019… and really as good as we’ve seen in recent history. The dude was perfect through 5 2/3 on a night when the ball was wet, the mound was slippery, and the down time between innings was inconsistent due to the grounds crew (who deserve a ton of props too).

    So now what? Kevin Gausman is due to come off the IL today to make his first 2019 start tonight. Bryse Wilson went down to make room for Minter yesterday, so that rotation spot is already open. Folty looked sharp in his 5 innings last night during his rehab start at Gwinnett, throwing 56 pitches (34 strikes), giving up 8 hits, walking 2 and whiffing 2. He’ll likely get one more rehab start to increase his pitch count into the 70-80’s then be ready to return to the ATL rotation in about 10 days. This is all predicated, of course, on his not experiencing any unusual pain or other setbacks.

    So who loses their rotation spot upon Folty’s return?

    Julio isn’t going anywhere. Gausy isn’t either as long as he’s healthy. A healthy Folty is the defacto ace. That leaves 2 spots for Sean Newcomb, Kyle Wright, and Max Fried.

    I posit that Max Fried is the most ready of those 3 at this point. Newk has more ML experience, but not better control. Wright probably has the highest ceiling of the 3, but not the maturity yet.

    IMO, Fried showed last night why he belongs in the rotation for good. He has great control, locates his fastball for strikes, and keeps hitters completely off balance with that big ol’ hammer curve. And he may be the most efficient pitcher on the roster.

    It’s a good problem to have, but I believe Fried has earned a spot in the rotation. And I believe Brian McCann agrees with me: “He’s ready for this. He’s got great stuff and he’s got great poise. I thought tonight, he threw the ball as well as you can possibly throw it.”

    What else did Mac have to say? “I told him he looks like a young Cole Hamels. He’s got the same build and the same sort of look. The stuff is off the charts.”

    We’ve heard that comparison before, but now the performance is matching the projection.

    Max is my boy. I hope he’s in the rotation to stay.

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  217. 277 Vox O'Reasoñ April 5, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Now… when Gausy is activated today, who goes down?

    First, we need to identify the guys that have minor league options remaining, as those guys can simply be sent down and stashed for future need.

    AJ Minter is just back from the IL and sorely needed. Chad Sobotka stunk up the joint last night, but you can’t demote a guy on a knee jerk reaction. Shane Carle has had trouble throwing strikes, walking 5 and plunking 1 in his 2.2 IP. Wes Parsons has been the best of this crop thus far.

    Then there are the vets. Jonny Venters hasn’t been great, but he’s not likely to just be released. Jesse Biddle has been fairly solid, and has not given up any free passes. Luke Jackson is about as “meh” as meh gets. Josh Tomlin has been in 1 game, last Saturday, threw 16 pitches, and gave up 2 hits, 1 run, and got 1 out before being lifted. Then there’s Viz. Snit won’t use Viz on back-to-back nights because of his shoulder, although they keep saying he’s healthy. Is he healthy? He’s only made 2 appearances thus far, and Snit is still steering clear of him?

    This is a tough one to me. If Viz is truly only available every other night, then the Braves cannot afford to hang onto any other dead weight. But I think I think it also means the team should keep as many options available as possible, so that might be the overriding criteria.

    Weighing all that, sending Carle to AAA seems the best move to me, even above sending LuJack packing. Maybe Carle can get some meaningful work on his command in consistent appearances. We’ll see if Thoppy agrees with me later today.

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  218. 278 Gil in Mechanicsville April 5, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    I’m saying Sobotka will get sent down given his recent body of work and his available options. All of the relievers have lacked control however. A scary thing.

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  219. 279 Vox O'Reasoñ April 5, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Oh… and is anyone was wondering is José Urinal, er… I mean Ureña would be making a start against the Braves in this series, he is not. Is that even a big deal anymore? Has everyone already forgotten his cowardice when he drilled RAJ last year?

    I haven’t.

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  220. 280 Vox O'Reasoñ April 5, 2019 at 1:03 pm

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    • 281 Vox O'Reasoñ April 5, 2019 at 1:06 pm

      I think it likely came down to Carle’s inability to throw strikes. 5 walks and a hit batsman in less than 3 innings is tough to justify. He needs some work in games that won’t hurt the NL East standings.

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  221. 282 Vox O'Reasoñ April 5, 2019 at 5:16 pm

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  222. 283 Gil in Mechanicsville April 5, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    So. first two batters for the Marlins seeing a shaky Gas Man.

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  223. 284 berigan2electricboogaloo April 6, 2019 at 12:59 am

    Max Fried looked truly outstanding too.

    As good a performance from any Braves pitcher thus far in 2019… and really as good as we’ve seen in recent history.
    Agree…..and did you see him come out of the bullpen the other night? the 31st against the phils? 2 outs, 2 walks…
    I am soooo glad they did let him start after that….he looked very Meh….that’s why I wish most of the young starters would be allowed to start, even if it’s something goofy like I mentioned before, 4 innings, then a “new” starter with a clean inning like they are truly starting a game….
    remember, Folty was a lousy reliever….

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  224. 285 Gil in Mechanicsville April 6, 2019 at 7:35 am

    So, hot shot down the 3rd base line resulting in a twin killing and Gausman turned into a new pitcher. Impressive… 7 innings of shut out ball. the only scary part was watching Viz struggle to find the strike zone with his fastball.

    Their may be hope for this team after all but I still would feel better if Kimbrel was signed.

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  225. 286 Vox O'Reasoñ April 6, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Chad Sobotka can’t throw a strike to open the 8th inning in a tie game.

    Sure would be nice to see AJ in this spot with Craig warming up for the 9th.

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  226. 287 Vox O'Reasoñ April 6, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    The good news, if you can call it that, is that both the Phils and Nats are also experiencing bullpen woes. I predict Craig will wind up with one of these 3 teams.

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  227. 288 Vox O'Reasoñ April 6, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Prediction: Mac goes on the IL and Alex Jackson makes his ML debut tomorrow.

    We’re really fortunate we didn’t lose both catchers early tonight.

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  228. 289 berigan2electricboogaloo April 7, 2019 at 12:41 am

    V, for real! Was having dinner with a friend, and really couldn’t figure how BMac did that sliding, that’s a first. A real shame, he was looking to be the main catcher…then TFlow getting hit on the hand, lordy!!!

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  229. 290 Vox O'Reasoñ April 7, 2019 at 7:44 am

    According to Mac, it tightened on the earlier run to 2b, then grabbed on the hunt over to 3b. Fortunately, it looks like Flow will not have to be on the shelf long…

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  230. 291 Gil in Mechanicsville April 7, 2019 at 8:27 am

    Good morning folks, well, one got away yesterday that should have been a win but that’s baseball. The Braves can try to hide it all they want but they are very thin in late inning relief. Of course, so is everyone else.

    But, be that as it may, I came down with something and slept through most of it. I was only awake for the bad stuff….

    Yes, Flo really toughed it out last night, it would be the IL if not for Mac beating him to it. I’ll bet Alex was on the phone to the Stripers who were in Norfolk before the games was over getting Alex on a plane to Atlanta. At least it is a regular flight.

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  231. 292 Vox O'Reasoñ April 7, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Fortunately the Gwinnett team was at home. In fact, yesterday was their night to honor Bobby Cox. Too bad Bobby couldn’t be there. Still praying for him.

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  232. 293 Vox O'Reasoñ April 7, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Its should be noted that they team is having a second round of x-rays done on Flow’s wrist. We still haven’t dodged this bullet yet.

    Also, remember when Mac got his first callup? He came up when starter Johhny Estrada was mowed by Darin Erstad at the plate. Mac came directly from low-A Rome and was not considered a top prospect. But he never went back down. Who knows what we really have in AJax? We’re about to find out.

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  233. 294 Vox O'Reasoñ April 7, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Sure would be nice to have a real lock-down closer right now. #freecraig

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  234. 296 Vox O'Reasoñ April 7, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    How many more games will we allow this current bullpen to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? #freecraig

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  235. 298 Gil in Mechanicsville April 7, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Sean looked much better today. Not spectacular but better. They are the Marlins so there is that. I just don’t have any confidence in the late innings stuff. Like the Nationals but not so ugly. Speaking of whom, they are really struggling too.

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  236. 299 Gordon Lawrence April 7, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (3-1)

    STRIPERS buck the TIDE(s) and win 4-3.

    RF RAFAEL ORTEGA [.400 BA/1.138 OPS] 1-3,1 BB, 1 SO.
    DH ADAM DUVALL [.250 BA/.607 OPS] 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 SO.
    1B PEDRO FLORIMON [.385 BA/.929 OPS] 3-4, 1 RBI [1].

    PEDRO seems determined to make ATLANTA’s brass look his way.

    LF TRAVIS DEMERITTE [.400 BA/1.300 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR [1], 2 RBI [4].

    TRAVIS continues a slow, steady climb toward ATLANTA’s bench.

    CF RYAN LaMARRE [.250 BA/.750 OPS] 2-3, 1 R, 1 3B [1], 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 SB [1].
    C SAL GIARDINA [.250 BA/.500 OPS] 1-4, 1 RBI [1], 0 BB, 2 SO.

    RHSP TOUKI TOUSSAINT [ND, 3.00 ERA] 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 4 BB, 1 SO.

    Walks……….the bane of an arm’s existance.

    LHRP THOMAS BURROWS [W 1-0, 3.00 ERA] 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 SO.
    RHRP SHANE CARLE [H1, 0.00 ERA] 2.0 IP, perfection.
    RHRP CORBIN CLOUSE [H1, 3.38 ERA] 1.0 IP, 2 R, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    RHRP JACOB WEBB [Sv1, 4.50 ERA] 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 SO.

    MISSISSIPPI (1-3)

    PEARL RIVER Crew fall to the SMOKIES 4-3 on three errors.

    RF DREW WATERS [.316 BA/.802 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B [2], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    CF CRISTIAN PACHE [.211 BA/.632 OPS] 1-4, 1 2B [2], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    2B ALEJANDRO SALAZAR [.313 BA/.728 OPS] 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B [1], 1 RBI [1], 1 BB, 2 SB [2].
    C JON MORALES [.324 BA/.969 OPS] 2-4, 2 2B [3], 2 RBI [5].

    RHSP PATRICK WEIGEL [ND, 0.00 ERA] 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 3 BB, 0 SO.
    RHRP JEREMY WALKER [1.69 ERA] 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 SO.
    RHRP MIKE MADER [L 0-1, BS 1, 9.00 ERA] 2.0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 2 E [throws]

    MADER seems determined to play his way out of the BRAVES organization.

    FLORIDA (2-2)

    BULLS win 5-3. Magnificent start wasted.

    RF IZZY WILSON [.308 BA/.895 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 CS [1], 1 E [2, fielding].
    SS RILEY DELGADO [.389 BA/.950 ERA] 2-5, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO.
    C WILLIE CONTRERAS [.214 BA/.527 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI [1], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    LF JEFREY RAMOS [.250 BA/.563 OPS] 1-4, 1 RBI [3], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    2B BRETT LANGHORNE [.143 BA/.393 OPS] 1-3, 1 BB, 2 SO.
    CF RAYSHEANDALL MICHAEL [.250 BA/.625 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 1 SO.

    LHSP HAYDEN DEAL [ND, 0.00 ERA] 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 5 SO.
    RHRP CUTTER DYALS [L 0-1, 36.00 ERA] 1.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R/ER, 2 BB, 0 SO.

    ROME (1-3)

    INTIMIDATORS squeak past the R-Braves 2-1 in a tightly-pitched contest.

    RF JUSTIN DEAN [.294 BA/.869 OPS] 1-5, 0 BB, 3 SO, 1 SB [1].
    3B DARLING FLORINTINO [.250 BA/.583 OPS] 2-4, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    2B GREG CULLEN [.313 BA/.889 OPS] 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR [1], 1 RBI [2].
    1B BRENDAN VENTER [.417 BA/1.167 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 1 SO.

    RHSP TREY RILEY [L 0-1, 3.60 ERA] 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2R/ER, 1 BB, 2 SO.
    RHRP JOSE MONTILLA [0.00 ERA] 3.0 IP, clean, 2 SO.

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  237. 302 berigan2electricboogaloo April 8, 2019 at 5:40 am

    well, if the braves keep winning, then the pressures not on the braves….at least at this point….teams can really be…stupid….the brewers brought out newly minted closer Josh Hader out for a 2 and 2/3rd inning save in early April. Oh sure, they want to kill off the Cubs chances, but, they are already down a closer, do they want to be down 2? Shocked they didn’t sign Kimbrel, just like I am shocked the Braves haven’t, if it’s only 3 years he wants. Some team will make a deal, then what? I think a lot of teams that have gotten off to fast starts, think they are just fine now, can make a move in July. well…what if no one is available this year? I mean, crazy as that sounds, so many teams may be within a stone’s throw, that they are not going to have their team tank to make another team better….

    And Gil, about the Nats….just read that Trevor Rosenthal has not gotten a single out against 9 hitters!!!! Guessing he’s come back too soon from TJ….

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    • 303 Vox O'Reasoñ April 8, 2019 at 8:05 am

      if it’s only 3 years [Kimbrel] wants. Some team will make a deal

      about the Nats….just read that Trevor Rosenthal has not gotten a single out against 9 hitters!!!!

      I am very afraid those two facts will add up to a bad sum for the Braves. I really wish that Thoppy and Terry McGuirk would call Greg Maffei or John Malone and convince them that Craig Kimbrel would be a positive asset for Liberty Media. Right now the only reliever we have that can throw strikes is Wes Parsons.

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  238. 304 Vox O'Reasoñ April 8, 2019 at 7:59 am

    PEDRO seems determined to make ATLANTA’s brass look his way.

    … or more likely the brass of another team in greater need of IF depth.

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  239. 305 Gil in Mechanicsville April 8, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Hummm, quiet around here this morning, still too stunned for words?

    Yes, it appears the Braves have Wes Parsons and little else in the pen. Sobotka has lost the release point on his fast ball. Biddle is mixing his pitches but too many are getting hit. Viz…. well, y’ll can see for yourselves and A.J. Minter missed a lot of spring training and thus his accuracy.

    Of course the Nats are faring little better. The managed to turn a 12-2 laughter into a 12-9 squeaker. Rosenthal still has not recorded and out but he has adopted “To Infinity & Beyond” as his new mantra…

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  240. 306 Vox O'Reasoñ April 8, 2019 at 9:42 am

    The present is pretty good, and the future is very bright. A healthy Mike Soroka is a potential ace. A real one.

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  241. 307 Vox O'Reasoñ April 8, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    The Hammer.

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  242. 308 Gil in Mechanicsville April 8, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    40 home runs in the Show… providing he gets the opportunity.

    While the Bringer of Rain is acting more like the bringer of clouds, he defense has been stellar. However, I get the feeling that Alex remembers the guys he had in Toronto a bit misguidedly. Sometimes a GM gets so focused on the future, he forgets the present. I can see why he would be loath to cede a draft pick but a draft pick is just a prospect.

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    • 309 Carolina Lady April 8, 2019 at 2:02 pm

      If a person doesn’t act and take care of the here-and-now to prepare for the future, there isn’t going to be a future.

      (Gil, get well real quick, dear friend! You’re worrying Josie something awful. Praying for both of you.)

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      • 310 Gil in Mechanicsville April 9, 2019 at 8:32 am

        Feeling a little bit better today, Josie said the dog has been acting depressed so maybe it is time to get up and about again. It has been a weird week.

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  243. 311 Vox O'Reasoñ April 9, 2019 at 7:59 am

    While the Bringer of Rain is acting more like the bringer of clouds

    I hate to sound like a blind optimist, but he is hitting the ball very hard… just right at people. I think I’d rather see that than him pump up his numbers with bloops and dribblers. Eventually those balls he’s barreling will find the right spots.

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  244. 313 Vox O'Reasoñ April 9, 2019 at 8:09 am

    OK… back to the team venture…

    I missed last night’s game, but kept up a little on Twitter and have looked at the box score this morning. (Old fashioned I know, but that’s the first place I go when I don’t get to see it with my own eyes.)

    I see there were ZERO walks from the bullpen… that’s a huge victory itself. I also observe that Luke Jackson continues to roll after his opening day stinker. It would appear that Chad Sobotka redeemed himself with a tough performance as well. Minter got the save?

    I did see the highlight of RAJ’s prodigious blast. That dude generates some serious bat speed. In Denver, that moon shot might have been a bringer of snow.

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  245. 314 Vox O'Reasoñ April 9, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Folty makes his next rehab start tonight, and if all goes well, he’s lined up to make his season debut Sunday night at home vs. the Mets and Jacob deGrom on national TV (EPSN).

    Max Fried makes his next start tonight, and Kyle Wright makes his next start Thursday. IMO, each are auditioning to remain in ATL. Looking at my crystal ball, I’m seeing Fried sticking around and Wright being demoted to AAA to remain on a regular schedule and provide starting depth.

    The bigger question will come when Mike Soroka is ready to make his 2019 debut. At that point, some real hard decisions will have to be made. Who does he replace? It won’t be Folty, Julio or Gausy. (Are we sure Julio is a lock?) And if Sean Newcomb pitches again like he did after the 2nd inning yesterday, it won’t be him. And all Fried did in his last start was be perfect against the Cubs for 5.2 innings. For him, there is much to be gained or lost in tonight’s start beyond a spot in the standings.

    Hard decisions are coming. The ol’ proverbial “good” problems, I suppose. Are we sure we can’t use a 6 man rotation?

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  246. 315 Gil in Mechanicsville April 9, 2019 at 8:46 am

    I tuned in after the third inning. One has to wonder about Julio. He seemed to roll along and suddenly BOOM! The wheels fall off. Well, as long as he can hold them off, that’s okay. Luke Jackson did this same Jeckell and Hyde act last year. At least Jonny V and Sobotka looked good last night.

    In fact, the entire Braves relief corp redeemed themselves splendidly.

    Dansby has become a man on fire. Clutch hits and great defense. Whooohoo…

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  247. 316 Vox O'Reasoñ April 9, 2019 at 9:12 am

    Dansby has become a man on fire.

    25-year-old Dansby is fully healthy and finally mature (remember, he played only 139 games in the minor leagues). He is poised to validate being the #1 overall pick in 2015.

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  248. 317 berigan2electricboogaloo April 9, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    The bigger question will come when Mike Soroka is ready to make his 2019 debut. At that point, some real hard decisions will have to be made. Who does he replace? It won’t be Folty, Julio or Gausy. (Are we sure Julio is a lock?)

    sadly, I think there are 10,000,000 reasons to keep running him out there….I truly don’t get it…he looks “fine” for 3,4, sometimes 5 innings then, the other team lays off the sliders, and that below league average fastball is pounded…but….he can really look like he’s turned a corner for the first few innings…

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  249. 318 Vox O'Reasoñ April 9, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    Obviously Fried and/or Wright can turn in a real stinker in the next few days and change everyone’s mind on a dime. I suppose Newk is in that same boat. And there is always the possibility of the “I” word, which I will not even type here.

    At any rate, I hope that when everyone is back and healthy, Thoppy and Snit will put the best 5 in the rotation regardless of age, experience and salary. And if those that are on the outside looking in can help us out of the bullpen, then thank you Lord for the bounty.

    Or – and I type this with much trepidation – if Mac’s hammy is a (God forbid) long term concern, someone may have to go away to bring back a catcher.

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  250. 319 Vox O'Reasoñ April 9, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    Folty’s rehab start today for Gwinnett was interrupted by about a 45 minute rain delay after the 1st inning. Not sure how that will impact his progress. I suppose we’ll see, right?

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  251. 320 Vox O'Reasoñ April 9, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Hey… one of those guys looks familiar. 😉

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  252. 321 Vox O'Reasoñ April 9, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    As I understand it, he went to the bullpen and threw during the 45 minute rain delay, so the pitch count of the outing might be deceiving.

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  253. 323 Gil in Mechanicsville April 9, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Another late night game…. YUK!

    So, Fried tonight, Gausman tomorrow.

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  254. 324 Vox O'Reasoñ April 9, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Yes!

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  255. 325 Vox O'Reasoñ April 9, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    So it’s 80 degrees in Denver today, and there is a blizzard warning for game-time tomorrow. The big concern, of course, is that this is the only Braves trip into Coors Field and that if they can’t get tomorrow’s game in, they’ll have to schedule a 1 game fly-in on a mutual off day. That would be a horrible option for the Braves, who are not exactly just around the corner from Denver. Plus, what does it mean for the team trying to fly out of Denver tomorrow with a potential blizzard afoot? Then there’s the chance they end up actually playing the game in Siberian conditions, virtually assuring that someone will get hurt.

    I’ve been reading for the last 2-3 days that the weather would turn on Wednesday. If I have known it since the Braves arrived, all the suits have known it too. Why would the powers that be not have just been proactive and made today’s offering a day/night double-header under perfect baseball weather conditions and gotten the Braves out of town before snow blankets the airport?

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  256. 328 Vox O'Reasoñ April 10, 2019 at 8:31 am

    OK… I’ll try to sum up last night’s game in brief:

    Ender = not a leadoff hitter
    Bringer = starting to sprinkle
    Freddie = big stud
    Acuña = beast
    Nick = best bargain in baseball
    Dansby = All-Star
    Ozzie = small stud
    Flow = whew
    Fried = bona fide starter
    LuJack = shockingly good
    Sobotka = settling in well
    Biddle = good enough

    Rockies = beaten soundly

    weather = good enough for 2

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  257. 329 Vox O'Reasoñ April 10, 2019 at 8:34 am

    … and I am. I’m also very happy for him personally. He’s had alot to overcome, not just physically.

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  258. 330 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2019 at 8:35 am

    I’m pretty sure the Rockies won’t mind delaying the final game too a later date where they are close to home and it won’t be any huge inconvenience for them.

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  259. 331 Vox O'Reasoñ April 10, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Highlight #1: Fried has a knee-buckling curve…

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  260. 332 Vox O'Reasoñ April 10, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Highlight #2: How does he take an inside pitch and launch it over the moon to right-center 427 feet?

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  261. 333 Vox O'Reasoñ April 10, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Highlight #3: Is there anyone in baseball hotter right now? I believe those sessions with Chipper have paid off big time.

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  262. 335 Vox O'Reasoñ April 10, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Is it even worth questioning why the weak spot in the lineup is batting leadoff? Heck, maybe if JDon has a runner on base when he comes to bat he might see a pitch to hit. After all, despite his lack of hits, he’s walked 4 times in front of Freddie.

    Yet the offense doesn’t really seem to be a problem, so I’ll leave it alone for now.

    For now.

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  263. 336 Vox O'Reasoñ April 10, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Gotta give props to the much maligned (mostly by me) bullpen last night: 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 6 K’s… 3 by LuJack in the 7th inning and 2 by Bot in the 8th.

    BTW- that’s how they draw it up in today’s baseball. The starter gives you 6 strong innings, and 3 “closers” shut down the 7th, 8th, and 9th respectively.

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  264. 337 Vox O'Reasoñ April 10, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Denver public alert:

    Posted 3 hours ago
    …STRONG WINTER STORM WITH BLIZZARD CONDITIONS LATER TODAY
    THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING…

    A powerful winter storm will bring heavy snow and blizzard
    conditions to north central and northeast Colorado today through
    Thursday morning. Rain and snow showers will increase this morning
    with widespread rain expected by noon across the Front Range. As
    temperatures fall, rain will change to snow early to mid afternoon
    along the I-25 corridor. Conditions will deteriorate very quickly
    when the rain changes to snow. Roads will become snow and slush
    covered leading to slippery conditions this afternoon and
    evening. Blowing snow will reduce visibilities to near zero this
    afternoon and tonight. The evening commute will be very difficult
    if not impossible. Road closures will be likely.

    …BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO NOON MDT
    THURSDAY… [Game time today is 12:10pm MDT; 3:10pm EDT]

    WHAT…Blizzard conditions expected. Total snow accumulations
    of 5 to 10 inches expected. Winds gusting as high as 65 mph.

    WHERE…Portions of east central, north central and northeast
    Colorado.

    WHEN…From noon today to noon MDT Thursday.

    ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel is expected to become very
    difficult to impossible. Widespread blowing snow could
    significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions will
    impact the commute for this evening and Thursday morning. Strong
    winds and heavy snow could cause tree damage.

    Sounds like a great day for baseball… and getaway day.

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  265. 338 Vox O'Reasoñ April 10, 2019 at 10:08 am

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  266. 339 Vox O'Reasoñ April 10, 2019 at 11:35 am

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    • 340 Vox O'Reasoñ April 10, 2019 at 12:14 pm

      You have got to be kidding me. A 1.5 hour flight with an off day turns into a 4.5 hour flight, a game, and a 3 hour flight in 2 days. I do not expect that 1st game in Toronto to look very crisp.

      This was completely avoidable. I hate stupidity. 😡

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  267. 341 Vox O'Reasoñ April 10, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Ha ha ha ha ha…

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  268. 343 Vox O'Reasoñ April 10, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    😀

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  269. 344 Vox O'Reasoñ April 11, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Well, with yesterday’s game postponed, the pitching order gets scrambled a bit. Folty will no longer face deGrom on Sunday night vs. the Mets on ESPN. Now it will be youngster Max Fried. To be perfectly honest, I like the matchup. I have loved the potential of this kid since we got him from the Pads, and now he’s bearing fruit. Gausy opens the home series tonight. For Julio’s sake, I hope he fares well in the game on Saturday, also a national game on FS1 (Fox Sports 1).

    As for Folty, there is no official debut game set. With most of yesterday’s Braves news focused on the weather, and with the multitude of beat writers trying to escape the Bomb Cyclone out of Denver, and granted a sudden day off, we didn’t get a whisper about Folty’s morning after. Hopefully we’ll get some clarification today.

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  270. 345 Gil in Mechanicsville April 11, 2019 at 8:33 am

    I like Fried, he has swing and miss stuff but he does not try to strike everyone out.

    The Padres have a heck of a scouting department. Lots of talented kids coming out of that organization. What they don’t have is patience. Reminds me a lot of the Expos…

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  271. 346 Gil in Mechanicsville April 11, 2019 at 8:40 am

    So, let the dog fight begin, there is a three way tie for first in the NL East with the Philles, Braves and Mets all with 7-4 records and the Nats at 6-5. The Nats did to the Philles the last two night what the Phillies did to the Braves to open the season. Hang on guys, this could take a while to sort itself out…

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  272. 347 Vox O'Reasoñ April 11, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Savage.

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  273. 348 Vox O'Reasoñ April 11, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Thought to ponder as we drift out of a slow morning into a slow afternoon…

    It is more and more obvious that Thoppy isn’t going to cave into Craig Kimbrel’s demands. And I suppose I am beginning to see what he’s been saying… that we don’t need to tie up a large chunk of payroll into future years when the young arms are ready now. Because they are ready… and they’ve proven it. The youngsters are not only performing, they are excelling to the point that we are running out of spots on the active roster to put them. Which brings me to a point.

    As we’ve discussed, once Folty and Mike Soroka are healthy, we are looking at a glut of pitchers for the rotation that currently counts Julio, Gausy, Newk, Max Fried and Kyle Wright. Demoting Wright for Folty isn’t that hard to deduce, but fitting Soroka in starts to get tough. And that doesn’t even take into account 2 more arms of note: Bryse Wilson and Touki Toussaint.

    Wilson can easily spend more time at AAA getting “seasoned”, or more truthfully staying ready in case he’s needed in ATL. But what about Touki? Where does he fit in all this?

    Bear with me for a minute… Touki features a power sinker that sits in the mid-90’s and a plus 4-seam fastball that also sits in the mid-90’s but can rise to the upper 90’s when he reaches back for a little extra. He also has a big old fashioned slow curve that comes in at about 76. His best pitch might be his splitter that is his swing-and-miss pitch. When he’s mixing all those pitches well and hitting his spots, he’s really hard to hit because hitters simply cannot sit on any particular pitch. But controlling all those pitches has been his hurdle all through the minors.

    What if… what if you had him concentrate on 2, say the 4-seamer and splitter, and only on rare occasions tossing the sinker or curve just to keep batters honest? Wouldn’t he make a heckuva closer? Concentrating on 1 inning at a time might also enable him to throw that 4-seamer in the upper 90’s more often too. But the real hammer would still be the splitter.

    I think it could give him a clearer shot to the roster, and give the Braves 1 more late inning door-slammer that they could really use right now.

    What say ye?

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  274. 350 Vox O'Reasoñ April 11, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Yeah baby! Locking up the kids. I love it!

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  275. 352 Vox O'Reasoñ April 11, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Who’s next? Folty? Dansby? Would you believe that Freddie hits FA the same year as Folty and a year ahead of Dansby?

    And now we see why the Braves clung so desperately to their precious “payroll flexibility”. With the extensions to Ronald and Ozzie, not to mention any other possible ones, the 2019 payroll continues to climb even after the season has begun. Perhaps we can no longer demean the organization as being cheap…

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  276. 353 Vox O'Reasoñ April 11, 2019 at 2:43 pm

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  277. 354 Vox O'Reasoñ April 11, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    What? $35M? Holy cow… is Thoppy ever getting bargains or what? How in the world is he pulling this off?

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  278. 357 Vox O'Reasoñ April 11, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    So the total deal is 7 years @ $5M per year, plus 2 additional team option years also at $5M per year. So the total potential deal would buy out 4 of Ozzie’s FA years for a total payout of $45M.

    I’m stumped at the way the Braves are getting these deals done for such a low $$ commitment. Just shocked.

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  279. 358 Vox O'Reasoñ April 11, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    It’s mind-boggling to me to read the national pundits ripping AA for securing Ozzie for “less than market value”. The accusation basically says that he “used the team’s leverage to its maximum advantage”. It’s as if he held a gun to Ozzie’s head and forced him, apparently behind the agent’s back, to sign the contract.

    Damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Ozzie looked pretty darn happy at his press conference. And as far as I could tell, his arm wasn’t broken from any extraordinary twisting.

    Isn’t using your leverage to its maximum advantage what Scott Boras does year after year?

    I don’t get it…

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  280. 359 Vox O'Reasoñ April 11, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    No Fried on Sunday…

    Obviously the rain and such in Gwinnett during his last start affected Folty’s progression. The Braves can afford to slow play his rehab, and I applaud them for not rushing it.

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  281. 361 Vox O'Reasoñ April 11, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    That may be the worst inning by a home plate umpire since Eric Gregg.

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  282. 362 Vox O'Reasoñ April 12, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Well… you can’t win ’em all. Gausy and Jonny showed very plainly that walks will most definitely come back to haunt you.

    So will gopher balls over the middle of the plate.

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  283. 363 Vox O'Reasoñ April 12, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Hit it better..? 😆

    Did y’all see that one? It was jaw dropping. I’ll hunt for a highlight…

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  284. 364 Vox O'Reasoñ April 12, 2019 at 8:01 am

    This ball was literally just a few feet from flying out of the stadium.

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  285. 365 Vox O'Reasoñ April 12, 2019 at 8:05 am

    One more takeaway from last night…

    Josh Tomlin looked pretty good in his first appearance since Philly. He stopped the bleeding from Jonny (who was not very good), got us out of that inning, and gave us another. Good for him.

    Oh, and the suddenly dominant Luke Jackson added another scoreless inning.

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  286. 366 Vox O'Reasoñ April 12, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Now… home plate umpire Dan Bellino.

    What the #3!! was he doing in that 8th inning?

    If you missed it, Charlie Culberson was pinch hitting in the 8th with 1 out. Jeurys Familia threw a low and away slider that Culby appeared to check his swing on. In all fairness, it was hard to tell from the replay. Bellino called it a swing. Snit asked from the dugout for an appeal to the 1B umpire and Bellino refused. Snit felt the appeal was justified and obviously said a magic word that got him ejected. Then he got his money’s worth, as he should. Bellino looked like a whipped puppy and his whole demeanor changed.

    Bellino then stepped back behind the plate and called strike 3 on Charlie on a pitch that was clearly inside. Not even close.

    Now with 2 outs, and Dansby in scoring position, Johan was batting. Bellino rang up Johan on a pitch that was a good 8 inched outside. Horrible call. And rally completely snuffed.

    Was it Eric Gregg bad? Nothing is Eric Gregg bad. But it sure did smack of a guy that suddenly had a chip on his shoulder.

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  287. 367 Gil in Mechanicsville April 12, 2019 at 9:52 am

    I watched it Vee, you are right, it was a chicken s**t call. Even the guys from New York said it was a bad call, Then when Luke Jackson bounce off the mound the following inning after calling the same exact pitch a ball… Well, it was game on.

    I try to respect umpires, it is a tough enough job without taking everything personal but Bellino did. Maybe he went to the Angel Henadaz school of umpiring.

    The best games are always those where umpires are NPCs.

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  288. 370 Vox O'Reasoñ April 12, 2019 at 11:32 am

    This is perfect. He will be an amazing analyst, and an even better personality. Great move Braves!

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  289. 371 Vox O'Reasoñ April 12, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Braves lost 6-3. That math’s not hard to do…

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  290. 372 Gil in Mechanicsville April 13, 2019 at 5:28 am

    I am starting to see a pattern developing with Atlanta. Able to beat the weak teams but not they good ones… Uh Oh..

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  291. 373 Vox O'Reasoñ April 13, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Smart move. Touki will help the pen. Wright’s place in the rotation will be taken by Folty next time around anyway.

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  292. 375 Vox O'Reasoñ April 13, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    Chatter says Newk’s next start could be in jeopardy. Touki might make it instead. Watch for a possible move to bring up another reliever tomorrow. Newk needs to work out some kinks.

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    • 376 Gil in Mechanicsville April 14, 2019 at 8:28 am

      An understatement if there ever was one. Newk has got to learn to throw strikes or he may well be plying his trade in Cincinnati or some such place. We all know he has done it in the past but since the post all star game in New York, he has been wilder than a March Hare.

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  293. 377 Gordon Lawrence April 14, 2019 at 9:40 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (5-4)

    Offense leads off with a home run by RAFAEL ORTEGA, but ANDRES SANTIAGO doesn’t have it out of the gate in his first start of the season and the home team forges a 3-1 lead. Relief shuts BATS down, but the offense can’t catch up late [8th] in a tight pitching duel going forward, and the good guys come up just short in a 3-2 loss.

    RHSP ANDRES SANTIAGO [L 0-1, 3.38 ERA, 1.25 WHIP] 2.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 65p/38s
    RHRP ELIAN LEYVA [0.00 ERA, 0.27 WHIP] 2.1 IP, zeros, 1 BB, 2 SO, 29p/20s.
    RHRP SHANE CARLE [0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 34p/21s.
    RHRP JACOB WEBB [2.25 ERA, 0.75 WHIP] 1.0 IP, clean, 2 SO, 11p/7s.

    Lead-off CF RAFAEL ORTEGA [.368 BA] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [3], 1 RBI [3], 1 SO.
    2B ANDRES BLANCO [.360 BA] 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B [2], 1 SO.
    3B AUSTIN RILEY [.194 BA] 1-4, 1 RBI [4], 1 SO.
    An abysmal start to this campaign, but he comes thru yesterday with an RBI single.
    RF ADAM DUVALL [.303 BA] 1-2, 1 BB.
    1B PEDRO FLORIMON [.240 BA] 1-4, 1 SO.
    C SAL GIARDINA [.286 BA] 1-3, 1 2B [1], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    SS JACK LOPEZ [.143 BA] 1-4, 1 2B [1].

    MISSISSIPPI (2-4)

    Bad weather, reschedule.

    FLORIDA (5-5)

    F-F-FROGS are crushed by St. LUCIE METS 11-1. Ugly…..ugly loss. FROGS were out of this one early [down five after three] and it just kept snowballing downhill as the game went on. A real old fashioned butt-whipping.

    RHSP KEITH WEISENBERG [6.75 ERA, 1.63 WHIP] 3.0 IP, 6 H, 1 HR, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 68p/38s.
    RHRP TROY BACON [3.38 ERA, 1.25 WHIP] 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 47p/29s.
    RHRP DAYSBEL HERNANDEZ [0.00 ERA, 0.75 WHIP] 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO.
    The Cuban is having a good season so far.
    LHRP JON KENNEDY [7.50 ERA, 1.83 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 SO.
    Aussie JON is struggling this season.

    Lead-off SS RILEY UNROE [.323 BA] 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B [3], 1 SO.
    3B RILEY DELGADO [.359 BA] 1-4.
    RF GREYSON JENISTA [.219 BA] 1-4, 1 2B [2], 1 SO, 1 Outfield Assist [Home Plate].
    1B DREW LUGBAUER [.133 BA] 1-4, 1 E [3, missed catch].

    ROME (3-6)

    R-Braves rally late [8th] but come up just short to the GREENVILLE DRIVE 6-5. 12 hits go aglimmering.

    RHSP TREY RILEY [L 0-2, 7.27 ERA, 1.38 WHIP] 3.2 IP, 3 H, 5 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 74p/46s.
    RHRP ALAN RANGEL [5.14 ERA, 1.43 WHIP] 2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 41p/29s.
    LHRP JAKE HIGGENBOTHAM [0.00 ERA, 0.94 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 2 H, zeros, 5 SO, 33p/21s.
    RHRP KURT HOEKSTRA [0.00 ERA, 1.50 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 15p/10s.
    Third time out for our former RF. His arm seems fine at this point. No sense in sending him back to the OF.

    Lead-off CF JUSTIN DEAN [.333 BA] 1-4, 1 2B [5], 1 RBI [4], 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 SB [2].
    1B GRIFF BENSON [.167 BA] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [3], 2 RBI [6], 1 SO.
    C LOGAN BROWN [.474 BA] 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B [2], 1 SO.
    DH DARLING FLORENTINO [.207 BA] 1-3, 1 RBI [4].
    LF TREY HARRIS [.375 BA] 3-4, 1 R, 1 3B [1].
    RF JOSE BERMUDEZ [.214 BA] 2-4, 1 RBI [1], 1 SB [1].
    SS CARLOS PARAGUETE [.160 BA] 1-4, 1 R.

    Overall, a rough night in the minors though two of three losses were competitive.

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  294. 380 Gordon Lawrence April 14, 2019 at 9:44 am

    So GIL, how do you feel about NEWCOMB going forward?
    Personally, I think the BRAVES have a problem.

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  295. 381 berigan2electricboogaloo April 14, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Glad I missed the horrific ump the other night…glad that I caught the braves tie up the game, then put the pedal to the metal, offensively…can you believe the homer by J.D. was also his first RBI??? Meanwhile, Dansby has 18 RBI’s. I know, who cares, RBI’s are meaningless! 😛
    Yep, Touki should have a spot in the rotation for at least a little while. I wonder how A.Z. fans feel about the braves buying him to help save their billionaire owner some moola?
    funny, Newcomb has a 4.38 ERA, and seems like the guy to lose his spot, meanwhile, Julio T, in 3 starts, has gone 15 innings, walked 8, and has a 6.00 ERA. More worried about him longterm….would hate to lose the division, or W.C. by 2, 3 games cuz they wanted to give him dozens of starts to earn that 10 Mil….

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  296. 382 Carolina Lady April 14, 2019 at 12:12 pm

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  297. 383 Vox O'Reasoñ April 14, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Not surprised about Newk, but a little surprised about Viz. Need I even state the obvious? Craig Kimbrel is needed on this roster. Period.

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  298. 384 Vox O'Reasoñ April 14, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Bringer

    Of

    Rain

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  299. 385 Vox O'Reasoñ April 15, 2019 at 8:05 am

    Nice job by the Braves to not fold after dropping the first 2. And major props to Julio for bearing down in a big game when the team really needed him. Is there such a thing as a “big” game in April?

    Absolutely.

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  300. 386 Vox O'Reasoñ April 15, 2019 at 8:06 am

    I gotta say, I like this a little.

    OK… alot.

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  301. 387 Vox O'Reasoñ April 15, 2019 at 8:09 am

    The forecast is favorable.

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  302. 388 Vox O'Reasoñ April 15, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Now that Snit has ended the silly “Ender leading off” notion, and that Ozzie is doing the things Ozzie does – getting on base, stealing bases, creating havoc, etc. – the batting order is getting long and very dangerous.

    Ozzie, JDon, Freddie and The Beast at the top? Then the eternally young Kakes, the resurgent Dansby, McFlowers, and Ender, with a sprinkling of the always potent Johan Camargo sprinkled in? I gotta tell ya, I like this lineup, and I like it alot.

    And when the talented young pitching matures… well, we owe alot of thanks to Coppy even if he did screw the team internationally.

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  303. 390 Gil in Mechanicsville April 15, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Well, the bright spot with Coppy is their will always be a new phenom coming out somewhere. Maybe the Braves and their time in purgatory will coincide.

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  304. 391 Gil in Mechanicsville April 15, 2019 at 8:27 am

    Solid game last night. 7-3 against DeGrome? who’ld have thunk it? Julio looks like he is pitching with a purpose and the “Bringer of Rain” is beginning to live up to his hype. And Nick is amazing plus Dansby being all Jetterish… Now, if only they could find a reliable closer somewhere…

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  305. 393 Vox O'Reasoñ April 15, 2019 at 8:27 am

    And I must also “go there”…

    Has Jonny finally reached the end? He has sadly not been effective at all this season. Even last season he was only good about 1 batter at a time. I applaud him from coming back from 24 elbow surgeries, but at some point the standings will have to take priority over the “feel good” story.

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  306. 394 Vox O'Reasoñ April 15, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Happy Birthday Gil. Born on tax day. The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. 😉

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    • 395 Gil in Mechanicsville April 15, 2019 at 9:12 am

      Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s… all except what you think he doesn’t want… I prefer my Mom’s version that it was on Good Friday… 🙂 Thanks..

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  307. 396 Vox O'Reasoñ April 15, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Now, a few post-game notes from Mr. O’B:

    Teheran gave up 6 runs in one inning at Colorado. He has a 2.25 ERA in his other 20 innings this season with 5 runs allowed.

    Braves’ Markakis started the season 1-for-12; he’s 17-for-43 (.395) since then and has homered in consecutive games for the first time since last May 3-4.

    Braves’ Freeman walked twice tonight and has reached base in all 15 games. He’s hitting .375 with a .478 OBP.

    Josh Donaldson is now tied with Ronald Acuña Jr. for the Braves’ extra-base hits lead with 7. Donaldson has homered in consecutive games and also walked twice tonight to raise his OBP to .400.

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  308. 397 Vox O'Reasoñ April 15, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Now, turning the attention forward…

    The team is off today, likely all getting their taxes done 😉 , but Folty makes what should be his final rehab start for Gwinnett tonight before finally joining the rotation next weekend. I imagine the otherwise idle Atlanta media will give this game plenty of attention… or at least the first 6 or 7 innings anyway.

    The projected pitching order for tomorrow through Saturday is now Fried, Gausy, Touki, Julio and Folty on Saturday. Young Max then gets the marquis start on Sunday night ESPN vs. Tribe starter Justin Bieber. Oh wait… what? I’m sorry. That’s Tribe starter Shane Bieber. No relation. (Another note from this inter-league Native American series, Julio once again draws the opponent’s “ace” squaring off against Corey Kluber in the series opener on Friday night, right after facing Jacob deGrom. Lucky Julio.)

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  309. 398 Carolina Lady April 15, 2019 at 9:15 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHIEF! Cheers!!

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  310. 400 Gil in Mechanicsville April 15, 2019 at 9:16 am

    You know, I think it is good to always draw top gun match ups, it keeps him focused.

    Okay, we are off to the Bay for our last season. After this year we may give the old place a “Viking” funeral… later today guys…

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  311. 401 Vox O'Reasoñ April 15, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Just for grins and giggles:

    Michael Brantley thus far: .295/.348/.443, 2 HR, 3 2B, 11 RBI, 0.2 WAR, $16M salary.

    Nick Markakis thus far: .327/.387/.509, 2 HR, 4 2B, 13 RBI, 0.4 WAR, $4M salary.

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    • 402 berigan2electricboogaloo April 15, 2019 at 12:22 pm

      and V, during the pretty terrible broadcast last night (How come FOX Sports South can get it right, interview someone , and keep up with the game? was getting annoyed with Hank interview, but finally just went with the flow, and he did have some good stories the more he talked) A-Rod made a good point, a few actually. He said 33 is the new 43, and it’s true. Nick M would have helped a ton of teams, but all they looked at was his age. Hope the Dh comes around in 2020, so he can play some RF, and DH half the time….
      and A-Rod and Hank talked about what their goals were after the announcer mentioned how many RBI’s Dansby had, already an ATL SS record for April, and how it’s only the middle of the month. Well in case folks mentioned it, Mr Aaron said his goals for the year were to score 100 runs, drive in 100, and hit 30, 40 HR’s.
      A-Rod said same here, mainly 100 RBI’s 100 Runs….

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  312. 403 berigan2electricboogaloo April 15, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Happy Birthday Gil! Hope you have some fun (just don’t overdue it! 😉 )

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    • 404 Gil in Mechanicsville April 15, 2019 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks Ber, it takes very little for me to over do it but I am busy watching Ms Josie work getting the camper opened for the season. I feel bad not being able to do much more than be a spectator but well, you know…

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  313. 405 Vox O'Reasoñ April 15, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    So today is an off day…

    The last time the team had an off day, they worked out a long term extension with a young player. Maybe this time they can work out a 3 year deal with a veteran player. 😉

    In all seriousness, you have to think that Thoppy is still working on locking up more core players. So who’s next? Don’t you think Folty is lined up for a long term deal? Or maybe they work on extending Freddie’s current deal… making him a Brave for life. You have to think both sides have interest in that, right?

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  314. 406 Vox O'Reasoñ April 15, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    The Beast is the best.

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  315. 407 Gil in Mechanicsville April 15, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    I get the feeling this season is going to be a real roller coaster ride with all the NL East clubs getting beat up but none getting very far ahead of the others. Still going to come down to pitching me thinks.

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  316. 409 Vox O'Reasoñ April 15, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    “Calf strain”. OK, whatever it takes. Corresponding move? Please?

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  317. 410 Vox O'Reasoñ April 16, 2019 at 12:44 pm

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  318. 411 Vox O'Reasoñ April 16, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    In fairness, Carle has done what the Braves asked him to do when he was sent down… he cut down on the walks. In 2 appearances in Gwinnett (4.0 IP), he’s walked 1, given up 1 hit, 0 runs, and has a 0.50 WHIP. THus he’s earned his way back.

    But here’s the bigger picture here: Braves players are no longer allowed to struggle and work out their ills on the big league roster. It has been made very clear that if you d not produce, you do not remain. Wilson: gone. Carle: gone. Wright: gone. Newk: gone. Venters: gone. Yes, I know Jonny’s a stint on the “Injured List”. But if you think he’s really injured, I’ve got some swamp front property I’d like to talk to you about. This is the Braves way of handling a veteran pitcher who cannot just be sent to AAA. And I choose to focus on the team handling Jonny with some well earned dignity over the fact that the designation might be slightly misleading.

    It is a little baffling to see that the powers that be are now managing the roster in a “Win Now” manner, yet are still reluctant to do the one singular act that would make the biggest impact on the field this season, which is to bring in a real closer to stabilize the back end of the bullpen. I am not gonna beat that dead horse again. No need to.

    Also, another item that cannot be overlooked is Ender Inciarte. The pitchers have all been given fairly short rope, but have the hitters? Thus far Ender had mustered a very anemic .167/.259/.292 slash line in 54 PA’s. It has cost him the leadoff spot (thank God!) already. How safe is he on this roster? Or at the very least, how safe is his starting job, especially when Johan Camargo has shown he can be a very good LF?

    One has to wonder if Ender will be trade bait as the season gets a little older. Perhaps the fact that he is traditionally a slow starter will give management a reason to stick with him a little longer. Of course, that’s the same management that made a trade for a platoon partner for him last season, so it’s not like this is something new. I think the real issue here is that the Braves would love for him to produce long enough for Cristian Pache to earn a callup. Thus, the question becomes, how long?

    As Gordon has no doubt related, through the first 9 games in Mississippi, Pache is slashing .333/.359/.556 with 4 stolen bases. unfortunately, it’s also with 11 K’s. One might assume that if he can cut down on those K’s, he’ll be moved on up to AAA… hopefully mid-season.

    I say all that to say this: We need Ender to get it going. Because of he doesn’t, he might find himself with his own calf ailment. Actually, he does have 2 minor league options remaining. But Ender strikes me as the kind of guy that might not take that very well… kind of like the way he sulked a bit when a platoon partner was acquired last season. Bottom line for him, though, is that he holds his own destiny in his hands. Or a bat. Or both.

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  319. 412 Vox O'Reasoñ April 16, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Blake Swihart DFA’d? Hmmm…

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  320. 413 Vox O'Reasoñ April 16, 2019 at 4:09 pm

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  321. 414 Vox O'Reasoñ April 16, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Bullpen.

    ‘Nuff said.

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    • 415 Vox O'Reasoñ April 17, 2019 at 8:46 am

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    • 416 berigan2electricboogaloo April 17, 2019 at 9:20 am

      I was eating a late dinner with my friend David(only real baseball friend in the “real” world) and saw the braves get the lead, then give it up, (but thought the Diamondbacks missed a big opportunity, Luke stopped the blood letting nicely) then Ozzie tie it back up….assumed the braves would end up winning, but by time I went to the store and got home (no radio in 77 Regal, can’t listen on phone without paying) and found out…bullpen blew it…
      gee, I guess we are lucky the Nats won’t go higher cuz…luxury tax, and that the Mets , like the braves are too cheap to win, and will keep running out their terrible lefty starter because of contract…
      so that’s 3 teams that will lose several more games than they would with win first GM and more likely their bosses won’t let them do what is necessary to win …gosh, I wonder if there is one team in the NL east that will benefit from other teams cheapness????

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  322. 417 Gil in Mechanicsville April 17, 2019 at 8:31 am

    A tale of two ball games last night. Braves win the heat, lose the race…

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  323. 418 Vox O'Reasoñ April 17, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Gabe Burns, ajc.com:

    Mike Foltynewicz will make another rehab start before rejoining the Braves rotation, manager Brian Snitker said Tuesday.

    Foltynewicz showed some rust in his third rehab outing with Triple-A Gwinnett. The righty went 3-2/3, allowing six hits, five runs (four earned), walking four and striking out five. That was expected to be Foltynewicz’s final rehab outing.Instead he’ll make one more appearance to develop a rhythm. Foltynewicz, who threw 85 pitches Monday, would’ve been inserted into the rotation this weekend in Cleveland.“We’re going to give him one more start,” Snitker said. “I don’t know that it was where he wanted it to be (Monday). But I think probably one more and let him max it out. He went 85, we’ll have him do that again and maybe a little more. But it wasn’t real sharp. He’s missed a lot, all through spring training.”

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  324. 419 berigan2electricboogaloo April 17, 2019 at 9:22 am

    (I accidentally hit reply above, so in case some missed my….brilliance 😛 ) I was eating a late dinner with my friend David(only real baseball friend in the “real” world) and saw the braves get the lead, then give it up, (but thought the Diamondbacks missed a big opportunity, Luke stopped the blood letting nicely) then Ozzie tie it back up….assumed the braves would end up winning, but by time I went to the store and got home (no radio in 77 Regal, can’t listen on phone without paying) and found out…bullpen blew it…
    gee, I guess we are lucky the Nats won’t go higher cuz…luxury tax, and that the Mets , like the braves are too cheap to win, and will keep running out their terrible lefty starter because of contract…
    so that’s 3 teams that will lose several more games than they would with win first GM and more likely their bosses won’t let them do what is necessary to win …gosh, I wonder if there is one team in the NL east that will benefit from other teams cheapness????

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  325. 420 Gil in Mechanicsville April 17, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Ha! Ber you hit the nail on the head… CHEAPNESS!!!! By the time the Braves decide they finally need Kimbrel, he will be long gone… So Alex does not want to give up a draft pick but is evidently is willing to give up a couple of high level prospects for a reliever someone else no longer wants when they finally become available from the Marlins or Royals etc.

    Do they think every other contender won’t be looking for the same players?

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  326. 421 Vox O'Reasoñ April 17, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    I wish AJax could have gotten his 1st ML hit before going back. Oh well… motivation to make it back, right?

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  327. 422 Vox O'Reasoñ April 17, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Interesting…

    Mike Soroka was scheduled to make another start for AAA Gwinnett tonight, but has now been scratched and Kyle Wright is starting. The speculation is that Soroka will start tomorrow afternoon in Atlanta vs. the Snakes.

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  328. 423 berigan2electricboogaloo April 17, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Oh crap!!!! well, if they don’t sign Kimbrel now, they never will……

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  329. 425 Vox O'Reasoñ April 17, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    And then there’s this. #bringcraighome

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    • 426 Vox O'Reasoñ April 17, 2019 at 4:34 pm

      No injury is ever good, and I don’t want to be misconstrued as being happy about this. I’m not. I’m only trying to find a silver lining…

      The Braves can now at least place Viz on the 60-day IL and open up the necessary 40-man roster spot for Craig.

      Just sayin’.

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  330. 427 berigan2electricboogaloo April 17, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    2 comments In saw on mlbtr after the link…
    When you spend 23 million bucks on a position of strength and zero on a glaring weakness you leave yourself open for criticism. Like it or not.
    I have to agree, while it’s absolutely true that TBOR Is getting hot, and could very well be a key cog come crunch time….it was odd to say, more offense, but look at the bullpen , the division and say, eh….we’re good enough….

    Hey, someone stole my idea!!!! And of course, everyone there likes it!!!! Grrr….

    MJ
    Forget relievers

    Just use two starters each game. New rotation design:

    Folty and Fried
    Gausman and Teheran
    Touki and Newcomb
    Soroka and Wright
    Wilson and Allard or Gohara

    Rays eliminated the starter, I say Atlanta eliminates the bullpen

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  331. 428 Vox O'Reasoñ April 17, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Well, maybe he’ll also confirm it…

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  332. 429 Vox O'Reasoñ April 17, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    Gee. If only there was a decent external option somewhere…

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  333. 430 Vox O'Reasoñ April 17, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Eric O’Flaherty, a guy who knows a thing or two about bullpens:

    The goal of the bullpen is to stabilize as many innings as possible. You start with the 9th and work backwards. Every inning you stabilize pushes another reliever back an inning into an easier role. Easier role = more success = more confidence = better performance.

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    • 431 Gil in Mechanicsville April 17, 2019 at 5:18 pm

      What we none professional GMs have been screaming about for a month but Damn Yankee still looking for a cheap alternative. I guess the next move will be to fire Snit… it is the way the pros work these days.

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  334. 432 Vox O'Reasoñ April 17, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    He’s waiting.

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  335. 435 berigan2electricboogaloo April 18, 2019 at 7:01 am

    https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/04/braves-rumors-craig-kimbrel-arodys-vizcaino.html#respond
    April 17, 2019 at 11:34pm CDT

    After losing closer Arodys Vizcaino to season-ending shoulder surgery Wednesday, Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos unsurprisingly acknowledged that his club will consider multiple avenues to improving what was already a struggling relief corps (links via MLB.com’s Mark Bowman and Gabe Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution). Atlanta, per Anthopoulos, is going to look to “do what we can … both internally and externally.”

    Vague as the comment may be, the minds of all Braves fans are zeroed in on one name: free-agent Craig Kimbrel. However, both Bowman and Burns suggest that a match between Kimbrel and the Braves remains unlikely, as the team isn’t keen on inking its former closer to a multi-year pact. Cognizant of upcoming restrictions on their international spending abilities, the Braves are apparently also placing an extra emphasis on the draft pick they’d forfeit to sign Kimbrel. It’d be a surprise if that were a primary factor in their thinking, though. Atlanta already has a deep farm, and they recently ensured that their two brightest young stars will be on the roster for upwards of a decade. Stockpiling depth and trade capital is an ever-important endeavor, but draft forfeitures shouldn’t be the primary roadblock if the two sides eventually land in the same ballpark in terms of years and dollars.

    It seems there’s still a gap, although Kimbrel’s precise asking price isn’t clear. A weekend report from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal pegged Kimbrel’s price point at something in the vicinity of the three-year deals received by Wade Davis ($52MM) and Zack Britton ($39MM) over the past two offseasons, but even those contracts have a fairly notable range between them. For Atlanta, the annual value isn’t a sticking point so much as the length. A three-year deal, per Burns, “is a commitment the Braves won’t make.”

    ok I will try to keep my language family friendly…but, this really P.O.’s me, as I am sure it does everyone else here.
    The braves lied to us, flat out lied…Liberty and AA no doubt vote Democratic, so lying is like breathing to them…
    shop in any aisle, my…..aunt Fannie.

    Kurt Suzuki signed with the nats for 2 years, 10 mil.
    Brian McCann, was given a fairly insulting (by baseball standards ) 2 mil deal for 1 year.
    Nick Markakis , last year was in the last year of a 3 year, 11 Mil deal. I am sure someone could find out the stats he had, the WAR transferred into dollar thingy that would show, even with the slump at the end of the year, the 11 mil was a steal last year…so, how did they reward him? Like McCann, hey…if we can’t sign, or trade for someone better, we will give you around a 60% pay cut, cuz…we don’t really think you will be that good this year.
    Take it or leave it…like McCann, wanted to play more than anything else (gotta love that aspect of their similar situations, as a lot of guys quit first)
    Ronald Acuna, I can honestly see both sides, but, it will more than likely be a great deal for the braves, so-so for Acuna….the Ozzie deal…honestly I cannot believe his agent let him sign it. He gets a tiny bit more in 2020 (1 mil) and 2021, 3 mil than he could get in Arbitration (couldn’t go next year) but, he will never earn more than 7 mil thru his age 28 season, and then the braves have the option of signing him for the next 2 years for the same 7 mil!!! So, unless there is some sort of re-negotiation if he hitting 25-30 HR’s every year, always an all-star, he has shot himself in the foot, cuz no one will give a big contract for a hitter on the wrong side of 30…but, no one put a gun to his head…
    so, saved 3 mil on Suzuki , 7 mil on Nick M, a savings of 10 million this year on the catchers spot and RF .
    2020 thru 2022,(heck, if they signed Kimbrel for 3 years, it would end in 2021, right?) they only have to pay Ozzie 8 million!!! 6 million will go to Acuna thru 2021 (he does get a raise to 15 mil in 2022)
    so, do you see what I see? a ton of money saved at 2nd base, Catcher, LF, RF, a 3rd baseman that we assume won’t be getting 23 mil in 2020….so, who gets paid anything???? FF? He’s only signed thru 2021…
    Congrats Thoppy…you played hardball with a few vets, somehow got 2 budding superstars to give the team crazy good deals they can’t opt out of it appears….you have a dirt cheap team, that is quite competitive, no thanks to your drafting. You have been handed the keys to a Ferrari, and it feels like the ownership has told you in private, hey…no sense putting in the premium gas , it’ll still run on regular….
    are they trying to make us the next Pirates? the Rays of the NL East? We are not that cheap, but come on….a clear need is a real closer, IF you want to go deep in the playoffs…but, you won’t even get the W.C. if your bullpen blows games on back to back nights, on a regular basis. Can one of the many starters be turned into a closer? Sure, it could happen. but, it’s kinda hard to turn kids into closers in late April, and what if they get screwed up like Neftali Feliz did? or Joba Chamberlain? I mean, if there was no Kimbrel, of course you would go with a plan b, or make a trade once someone was willing to trade a closer in June/July…but, let me beat this dead horse again. the whole NL east, save for the Florida team, are good, very good…hey, a team that lost their All world 1st baseman to the Cards, their best starter to the Nats, and their CF’er to the Dodgers, is 8-9 after beating the braves 2 in a row. The NL east Division champs of 2018 are 9-9. It’s getting late early and I fear A.A. et al don’t really care…..

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    • 436 Vox O'Reasoñ April 18, 2019 at 8:25 am

      I will only say this…

      You are responding to a media report that is speculative at best. The current narrative surrounding the Braves – deserved or not – is that they are cheap, especially from MLBTR. In fact, I guessed that the commentary was written by Steve Adams before I even clicked over to look at it directly. That guy simply doesn’t like the Braves and has never even tried to hide his disdain. I’ve seen it time and time again, especially in his chats. He was the first to suggest that AA “used the team’s leverage to its maximum effect” to screw over Ozzie Albies on the recent contract extension, a notion that is completely absurd. Yet it has been picked up and echoed by media across the nation. Now this same media, recognizing that it is a very hot topic for Braves fans right now, are ginning it up to their own maximum benefit. Reality drawn from perception… the way news is created in 2019.

      Notice that he doesn’t even give specific evidence, rather the opinion piece is rife with words such as “apparently”, “seems”, and “isn’t clear”. Adams simply has a point to make and he’s taking whatever pieces he can get from Burns and Bowman and piecing them together to make a “hot take”. Again, no specific evidence, just speculation. And hype.

      Another case in point: Regarding Craig Kimbrel, I have seen in print from a guy who has a pay-to-read site – no names, but a guy who loves to cite his own sources – that the Braves aren’t afraid to lose the associated draft pick, but won’t commit the dollars. The same guy said a week later that the Braves would consider signing only after the draft so that they wouldn’t lose the draft pick. Which is correct? Does it matter to the writer?

      Now I’m not one to make broad accusations, but it’s not hard to see that this guy, who stands to make more money off increased readership, seems to echo on his web site the “outrage of the day”. Coincidence?

      Maybe I’m just a cynical old coot, but I no longer trust any news source that stands to gain from swaying public opinion. And that’s most of them, including sports sites.

      For me personally, I’ll allow this to play out. I recognize that each of the Mets, Phils and Nats have the same bullpen deficiencies. All have lost key pieces to the pens and had others struggle mightily. This is a common theme across MLB, not just Atlanta. Yet none of them are rushing to get Craig’s signature either. Are they shying away because the “Braves are cheap”? No, the common denominator is the other side of the equation – Craig Kimbrel.

      I don’t like being lied to either, Ber. But I think I hate worse being manipulated by my emotions. It’s low hanging fruit. And it’s sadly the playbook of most media in 2019.

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  336. 437 berigan2electricboogaloo April 18, 2019 at 8:50 am

    V, that may very well be true about Adams, but Gabe Burns(linked in that MLBTR post) seems to think there is little chance of a reunion . And I hate hearing Thoppy’s and Burns excuses about how they didn’t think they would be down 5 guys from the bullpen. Well…they thought Sam Freeman was going to turn it around? 36 year old Darren O’Day was going to be a super stud after missing most of last year? Vizcaino was 100% lock to be healthy? fact is bullpens always have turnover from year to year,(injuries and stuff disappearing ) and as we know from watching other teams that want to go deep in the playoffs, you have to get more quality arms during the off season. The fact is, AA is not some guy with a long history of building championship caliber teams…he’s just a GM, who made good moves and terrible moves….
    But Gabe acts like Kimbrel is not really the answer…well, Eric O is a bit more on the ball than young Gabe on what teams need….nothing, NOTHING deflates a team more than a bullpen that blows leads….won’t happen in April, but if this is happening in June/July…
    https://www.ajc.com/sports/baseball/braves-need-bullpen-help-but-the-answer-isn-clear/ay2oNBwuE31BBrK72M57LM/

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  337. 438 Vox O'Reasoñ April 18, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Well, we can only deal with what is here and now. Until Kimbrel signs with somebody, we can’t point to any single GM as having an agenda outside of winning. Thus far, none of the other 29 GM’s has done anything different than Thoppy with regard to Kimbrel. As I opined earlier, Kimbrel (and his agent) is the common denominator. Thus, it makes more sense to point to his own demands as his biggest impediment to his finding a job.

    Or Russian collusion. Have we investigated that yet?

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  338. 439 Vox O'Reasoñ April 18, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Now… the current Braves.

    Mike Soroka is officially scheduled to start today’s game, but is not officially on the ML roster yet. Obviously a corresponding move must be made, and it’s not likely to be the sucking Jesse Biddle as he has no minor league options remaining. Plus, Biddle and Minter are the only LH in the pen, and with Minter being the only “closer” we have Biddle stands alone as the LH specialist. Houston, we have a problem. (Not that Houston cares.)

    Young Jacob Webb is likeliest to go back to AAA.

    Perhaps when Folty rejoins the rotation, Touki might be considered for some high leverage late inning relief. I think he could be really tough 1 inning at a time. At least the Braves have some young arms to consider for relief options. The Phils, Nats and Mets have no such resources.

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    • 440 Vox O'Reasoñ April 18, 2019 at 10:10 am

      A little surprised it’s Carle, but not greatly. After all, he came in Tuesday and issued walks again. Webb lives to prove himself further.

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  339. 441 Vox O'Reasoñ April 18, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Too bad Luiz Gohara is more scarce than Bigfoot. He sure would be a nice bullpen option if he were actually pitching.

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  340. 442 Vox O'Reasoñ April 18, 2019 at 10:17 am

    At this point, I’m ready to bring up Bryse Wilson and insert him in the bullpen, with him, Touki and Minter handling the 7th-9th innings… in no specific order.

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  341. 443 Vox O'Reasoñ April 18, 2019 at 10:18 am

    … and thus far the only thing Chad Sobotka is an answer to is the question, “Who is the tallest pitcher in the Braves organization?”

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    • 444 Vox O'Reasoñ April 18, 2019 at 10:28 am

      Utilizing only our in-house options, and after the current turn of the rotation, GM VO’R would set up his pitching staff as follows…

      Rotation: Folty, Julio, Fried, Gausy, Soroka
      Bullpen: Minter (L), Touki, Wilson, Parsons, Biddle (L), Jackson, Winkler, Tomlin

      And not far behind is 24-year-old LH Grant Dayton, who is being brought along slowly after recovering from TJ. He has been very good in 2.0 IP at AAA Gwinnett striking out 3, walking 0, and allowing 0 hits. He will be a viable option soon.

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  342. 445 Vox O'Reasoñ April 18, 2019 at 10:42 am

    GAME ALERT: 12:10pm start time today. Don’t miss it!

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  343. 446 Vox O'Reasoñ April 18, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Let’s hope Soroka can go 6+ strong. Nope, let’s pray Soroka can go 6+ strong.

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  344. 447 Vox O'Reasoñ April 18, 2019 at 11:57 am

    On a side note, I think Peter Moylan is terrific as an analyst. Very sharp and great delivery.

    Hmmm… wonder if he can still pitch? We might need him today.

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  345. 448 Vox O'Reasoñ April 18, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Well, Soroka went just 5, but looked great over those 5. Definitely a great sign of things to come. Now how will we cover the final 4 with Minter and Biddle both out (rest day)?

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  346. 449 Vox O'Reasoñ April 18, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Chad Friggin’ Sobotka… 😡

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  347. 451 Vox O'Reasoñ April 18, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Chad Sobotka was about as effective as a screen door on a submarine…

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  348. 452 berigan2electricboogaloo April 18, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    Now how will we cover the final 4 with Minter and Biddle both out (rest day)?

    Um, not very well?????

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  349. 453 berigan2electricboogaloo April 18, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    from the comments at MLBTR…
    Why? Because they agree with Every Other Team that Kimbrel is not worth what he is asking for?
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    No because this entire offseason we were promised that the resources are there to get what’s needed and we didn’t do one move to address the weakest area on the team. If we made 2 bullpen upgrades this offseason in a bullpen rich market, we could have come away spending way less than what Kimbrel is asking and dramatically improve the bullpen. That’s why they are cheap af. They refused to even make reasonable smart moves. Now kimbrel is all that appears left and of course we don’t want to spend that cash on him and as great as he is, he’s only 1 guy. That entire bullpen minus Parson is a train wreck right now </i>
    

    I think that is a good point too….all the dead money that came off the books, all the moola saved by going cheap with McCann and Nick M, and Thoppy thought a good enough bullpen(if no one got hurt, no one started to stink) would get the job done, put us in the playoffs????
    all Thoppy is good at it appears is saving Liberty money….prove me wrong Thoppy, prove me wrong…

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  350. 454 berigan2electricboogaloo April 18, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    gah!!!!
    what disappeared…..well
    Why? Because they agree with Every Other Team that Kimbrel is not worth what he is asking for?

    No because this entire offseason we were promised that the resources are there to get what’s needed and we didn’t do one move to address the weakest area on the team.
    

    If we made 2 bullpen upgrades this offseason in a bullpen rich market, we could have come away spending way less than what Kimbrel is asking and dramatically improve the bullpen.
    That’s why they are cheap af. They refused to even make reasonable smart moves.
    Now kimbrel is all that appears left and of course we don’t want to spend that cash on him and as great as he is, he’s only 1 guy.
    That entire bullpen minus Parson is a train wreck right now

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  351. 455 berigan2electricboogaloo April 18, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    son of a sea captain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    No because this entire offseason we were promised that the resources are there to get what’s needed and we didn’t do one move to address the weakest area on the team.If we made 2 bullpen upgrades this offseason in a bullpen rich market, we could have come away spending way less than what Kimbrel is asking and dramatically improve the bullpen.That’s why they are cheap af. They refused to even make reasonable smart moves.Now kimbrel is all that appears left and of course we don’t want to spend that cash on him and as great as he is, he’s only 1 guy.That entire bullpen minus Parson is a train wreck right now

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  352. 456 berigan2electricboogaloo April 18, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    3rd times the charm!!! It was totally worth it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😛

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  353. 457 Vox O'Reasoñ April 18, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Rules for a stress free life:

    Do not read replies to Tweets.
    Do not read replies on sports blogs.
    Do not read replies to ANYTHING related to social media (the Ol’ B&S specifically excluded).

    We live in a society that no longer listens/reads to understand, but rather to react. No one carefully thinks before they post anymore. It’s all about the emotion of the situation.

    There are exceptions, of course. The ol’ B&S being a good example of such.

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  354. 458 Gil in Mechanicsville April 18, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Good afternoon all, interesting reading the opinions of both Vee and Ber. Excellent points made. I concur, along with a large majority of Braves fans that we all hate being lied to. And we were that, lied too. Great, the Braves saved a ton of money… To what end? To what purpose?

    The Braves bull pen is a disaster area. It didn’t have to be that way…

    Just a quick point I would like to make, every issue we see now on the field was evident in spring training and not one issue was resolved.

    The Braves will be lucky to come home from their next road trip at .500

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    • 459 berigan2electricboogaloo April 18, 2019 at 7:50 pm

      re-reading my comically screwed up posts above, I realized it was clear as mud that this part was my part…if I sound like an angry blogger..it’s cuz I am! 😉

      I think that is a good point too….all the dead money that came off the books, all the moola saved by going cheap with McCann and Nick M, and Thoppy thought a good enough bullpen(if no one got hurt, no one started to stink) would get the job done, put us in the playoffs????
      all Thoppy is good at it appears is saving Liberty money….prove me wrong Thoppy, prove me wrong…

      now…anger aside…what if anything will the braves do NOW???? (ok, a wee bit of anger there still) has anyone heard? Just keep running out the same guys hoping they will now find their control? I mean, it’s true, it’s still only April, but say the Phils got Kimbrel…game over, forget the division, we’d have to fight for the W.C. We all know how well that 1 game goes for the bravos…..

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  355. 462 Vox O'Reasoñ April 19, 2019 at 7:53 am

    now…anger aside…what if anything will the braves do NOW???? (ok, a wee bit of anger there still)

    Let it go, Bro. Life is too short. This is just a game.

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  356. 463 Vox O'Reasoñ April 19, 2019 at 7:55 am

    Now, anger aside, Chad Sobotka might become the focus of our derision. No… check that. He is the focus of our derision.

    Hopefully he did not make the flight to Cleveland. He is not helping at all right now.

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  357. 464 Vox O'Reasoñ April 19, 2019 at 8:05 am

    He is living large against AA pitchers. I expect him to be bumped up by mid-season. He’s currently slashing .333/.377/.688 with 2 HR’s over the last 2 nights while catching everything within the same Zip Code.

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  358. 465 Vox O'Reasoñ April 19, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Must lay low for a little while. Tornado warning… back in a bit…

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  359. 466 Gil in Mechanicsville April 19, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Vee, y’all realize that you folks in Georgia are the early warning system for eastern North Carolina?

    Ah well, our bad weather is expected late Friday night. Moister out of the south and a cold front from the northwest.

    The weather does not look all that promising in Cleveland.

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  360. 467 Vox O'Reasoñ April 19, 2019 at 11:21 am

    All is well here, just a ton of rain. Oh, and my dog is a complete wreck. But he’ll get over it.

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  361. 468 Gil in Mechanicsville April 20, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    well, that sure got ugly in a hurry.

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  362. 471 berigan2electricboogaloo April 21, 2019 at 1:31 am

    so, out for dinner and it was 7-0…so, awhile later checked the score online….hmmm, 7-5, 2 outs in the 9th…well, I guess I can flip by for the last out, at least they came back a bit….the walk bug bit the Indians this game. Bases loaded, and FF walked…Flowers scored, 7-6! Acuna up, and…..a double drives in 2, braves up 8-7!!! Holy Toledo! Turned out, the braves scored 5 runs, after 2 were out!!! Minter came in, and didn’t screw up, pitched like, dare I say it? A closer!

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  363. 472 Gil in Mechanicsville April 21, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Wasn’t that something Ber? I mumbled and grumbled for the better part of 6 or so hours yesterday. I would have never of guessed to final outcome of yesterday’s twin bill. Woohoo… It left me exhausted.

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  364. 473 Gordon Lawrence April 21, 2019 at 9:41 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    There doesn’t appear to be much down here that could help the big club’s misery especially in the arm department.

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  365. 475 Vox O'Reasoñ April 21, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Bringer.
    Of.
    Rain.

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  366. 476 Gordon Lawrence April 21, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    Only two games today, AAA and AA.
    Both tight tilts.
    STRIPERS [8-9] win in nine 7-6 while the M-Braves [9-7] win in 10 by the same score.

    GWINNETT

    C ALEX JACKSON [.176 BA/.616 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [1], 2 RBI [2], 0 BB, 1 SO. Firsr dinger and RBI’s.

    LF ADAM DUVALL [.290 BA/.875 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI [8], 0 BB, 1 SO. Proving to be a solid AAA player.

    RHSP MIKE FOLTYNEWICZ [6.11 ERA] 5.1 IP, 7 H, 1 HR, 6 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 SO.
    Ouch! Nothing to write home about.

    LHRP THOMAS BURROWS [Sv 3, 5.40 ERA] 1.1 IP, clean, 2 SO.
    If lefty Tommy does this for a month, he will be in ATLANTA before June.

    MISSISSIPPI

    PEARL RIVER’s CF DREW WATERS [.333 BA/.904 OPS] has a night 3-5, 2 R, 2 2B [9], and a homer [1], RBI [3], 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 [Outfield Assist, 3B].

    PACHE nowhere to be found. Maybe he’s on the way to GWINNETT?

    RHRP JOSH GRAHAM [W 2-0, 1.93 ERA] gets the win with 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO.
    Not a stellar outing, but the error [Schwartz] was costly.

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  367. 478 Gil in Mechanicsville April 22, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Okay, raise your hand if you are like me and could do without the phony sound effects of glove popping and bat hitting the ball on ESPN. Also would be beneficial if they actually had someone who could call a game as announcers.

    While I expected a good game from Fried last night, I was shocked at how easily the Braves handled the Tribe. Wow…

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  368. 479 Vox O'Reasoñ April 22, 2019 at 9:04 am

    Truly awful.

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  369. 480 Vox O'Reasoñ April 22, 2019 at 9:08 am

    While I expected a good game from Fried last night

    Best pitcher on the roster right now. Easily. He has not only established himself as a fixture in the rotation, he has elevated himself to the current stopper. Ace? Well, no. That term is tossed around too liberally. But potential ace? I don’t see why not. He’s legit. His stuff is legit, and his head seems to be legit. If he can continue his consistency, he can be the staff ace if not more.

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  370. 481 Vox O'Reasoñ April 22, 2019 at 9:21 am

    In case you missed it, over the weekend, Touki was demoted back to AAA and Bryce Wilson was brought back. Unless I’m off base here [pun fully intended], Wilson will work out of the bullpen and Folty will fill in the vacated rotation spot, possibly Friday at home vs. the Rockies. It’s possible for Saturday if Snit opts to keep Fried on 5 days rest. But the typical MO for this administration is to take advantage of extra days off. That plus the fact that they are surely mindful to manage Fried’s innings adds up to a Friday Folty start.

    Much as I hate to point this out, Fried has only topped 100 IP twice as a pro, first in 2013 with 118.2, followed by TJ surgery and a couple of years of recovery and rehab. He threw 103.0 with low-A Rome in 2016. Since then, he’s been up and down with the ATL team and working out of the pen such that he hasn’t been stretched out for an entire season.

    All that said, I don’t think 150-160 innings is an unreasonable target for him this season.

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    • 482 Vox O'Reasoñ April 22, 2019 at 9:31 am

      Or there’s this.

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  371. 483 Vox O'Reasoñ April 22, 2019 at 9:30 am

    And speaking of Folty, I’m not too concerned with his fairly pedestrian numbers against a AAA team yesterday. The only number I really care about is 89, the number of pitches he threw without pain or discomfort.

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  372. 486 berigan2electricboogaloo April 22, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    V, I wouldn’t be that worried about Fried jumping up inningswise as he is 25, and should be truly a grown man, set in place physically, so to speak….I do worry about 20,21, 22, 23 year olds though, unlike A.A….no reason to risk their health cuz, no proof in his eyes….

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  373. 487 Vox O'Reasoñ April 22, 2019 at 9:05 pm

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  374. 488 Gordon Lawrence April 23, 2019 at 1:18 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (8-9)

    Off-day

    MISSISSIPPI (9-7)

    PEARL CREW have BISCUITS for dinner in a tightly pitched 2-1 win.

    RF DREW WATERS [.314 BA/.854 OPS] 0-4, 1 E [4, fielding] has an o’fer after a notable Easter game.
    CF CRISTIAN PACHE [.322 BA/ .979 OPS] 2-4, 2 CS [3]. Evidently, CP had yesterday’s game off.
    I dream of an outfield left to right of ACUNA Jr., PACHE, and WATERS with JENISTA as the fourth OF’er.
    SS RAY-PATRICK DIDDER [.146 BA/ .560 OPS] 1-4, 1 RBI [4], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    1B RYAN CASTEEL [.231 BA/ .950 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [1], 1 RBI [1], 0 BB, 2 SO.

    LHSP TUCKER DAVIDSON [ND, 0.64 ERA/1.14 WHIP] 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 3 SO, 86p/47s.

    Our 23 year-old 2016 19th rounder is showing definite progress in his development. Solid first three starts.

    RHRP CONNER JOHNSTONE [1.08 ERA/0.84 WHIP] 4.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 1 BB, 1 SO, 51p/33s.

    Great middle relief performance. CONNER progresses toward GWINNETT’s good graces once again.

    LHRP MIKE MADER [W 2-2, 8.49 ERA/1.38 WHIP] 1.0 IP, totally clean, 5p/3s.

    FLORIDA (7-11)

    F-F-FROGS thrash THRESHERS 7-1 behind 12 hits and tight pitching.

    SS RILEY UNROE [.268 BA/.765 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB [2].
    LF JEFREY RAMOS [.265 BA/.697 OPS] 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR [2], 3 RBI [12], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    CF IZZY WILSON [.190 BA/ .663 OPS] 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR [1], 1 RBI [5], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    RF GREYSON JENISTA [.232 BA/.606 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B [4], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    DH RUSBAR ESTRADA [.192 BA/.509 OPS] 3-4, 1 R, 2 RBI [6], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    C WILLIE CONTRERAS [.263 BA/.691 OPS] 1-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 SO.

    RHSP FREDDY TARNOK [ND, 4.00 ERA/1.28 WHIP] 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 88p/51s.

    Great things are expected from our 20 year-old 2017 third round prospect. He was lights out as a reliefer, and i think he will conquer starting as well. Management continues pushing him along.

    LHRP JUSTIN KELLY [W 1-0, 2.92 ERA/1.22 WHIP] 2.1 IP, 2 H, zeros, 3 SO, 30p/19s.

    Excellent middle relief stint from the former Angel.

    LHRP JON KENNEDY [4.09 ERA/1.27 WHIP] 2.0 IP, zeros, 1 BB, 3 SO, 30p/19s.

    Excellent close by Aussie JON.

    ROME (6-11)

    Alas and alack, R-Braves are savagely mauled by BLUE CLAWS 10-5.

    LF ANDY MORITZ [.271 BA/.583 OPS] 3-5, 1 RBI [5], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    RF TREY HARRIS [.361 BA/.983 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 SO.
    DH BRENDEN VENTER [.262 BA/.755 OPS] 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B [2], 1 RBI [8], 1 BB, 1 SO., 1 E [1, throw].

    Our 20 year-old 2018 13th rounder is coming along nicely.

    SS CARLOS PARAGUETE [.205 BA/.518 OPS] 1-2, 1 SF, 1 RBI [3], 1 BB, 0 SO.

    This 18 year-old DSL grad has bypassed rookie ball, and been thrown by management into deep water to sink or swim. They see something in the kid they like.

    RHSP JASSEEL DeLa CRUZ [ND, 2.50 ERA/1.33 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 HR, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 SO.

    21 year-old fifth-year arm has advanced steadily from the DSL. Another youngster to keep an eye on.

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  375. 489 Gil in Mechanicsville April 23, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Terrific report Gordon

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    • 490 Gordon Lawrence April 23, 2019 at 10:08 am

      GIL:

      We’re suffering from the rookie-arm blues. This will go on for several more years I think.
      I’m amazed JULIO has been as consistently effective as he has so far this season. Good for him….and us!
      Great to get KEVIN GAUSMAN back and effective.
      MIKE FOLTYNEWICZ has been struggling to get into baseball shape down in LAWRENCEVILLE.
      I guess NEWCOMB needs time to reflect on his future. Hopefully, he returns with a will to succeed.
      TOUKI TOUSSAINT has passed his first rookie test I think. Should be in the rotation as a regular by 2021.
      KYLE WRIGHT is much the same, and on that timeline also I believe.
      Whither LUIZ GOHARA? Haven’t heard much, have you?
      I’m wondering if DARREN O’DAY will ever toe the slab in ATLANTA.
      Mention of these last two brings me around to the bullpen, I’m sorry to say.
      Good to see A.J. MINTER coming around.
      AROLDYS VIZCAINO may be gone except for a last hurrah. I think his arm has turned to…..what pitchers’ arms turn to when grossly overused.
      JONNY VENTERS days are numbered. He’s done ala PETE MOYLAN.
      DAN WINKLER? Will he ever amount to anything?
      SHANE CARLE doesn’t look too good either long-term.
      LHRP THOMAS BURROWS is trying to get some traction in AAA, but he’s a season removed from ATLANTA.
      RHRP CORBIN CLOUSE has blown a tire on his trip to ATLANTA.
      Both these guys are less advanced than I had hoped over the winter.
      I sincerely hope AA has the where with all to bring CRAIG KIMBREL back come June.
      And SP DALLAS KUECHEL as well on a short-term make-good contract.

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  376. 491 Vox O'Reasoñ April 23, 2019 at 11:11 am

    I sincerely hope AA has the where with all to bring CRAIG KIMBREL back come June.

    I’m in, but only on terms that are consistent with the team’s goals. There is a reason that all 30 teams are loathe to guarantee 3 years on these pitchers. (Foreshadowing something to come. Stay tuned.)

    And SP DALLAS KUECHEL as well on a short-term make-good contract.

    This is where we disagree. Whether or not Folty’s numbers at AAA were especially sparkling, he’s still an All-Star starter and will return healthy to the rotation this week. Kevin Gausman has proven to be an effective starter. Max Fried is the best starter we currently have, and Mike Soroka may be #2 by mid-season. That leaves one open spot, which Julio occupies. Personally, I am not a big Julio fan, but he may be at least as good an option as Dallas Keuchel, and at a cheaper rate on a short term. Problem is, we don’t know what DK offers. Nobody does. And despite the fact that DK has been throwing simulate games every 5 days, it’s not the same as being in a major league environment against major league batters. I read yesterday that most execs estimate it’ll take DK up to a month to be ready to face major league batters. At that point, lesser teams will begin to make their players available for mid-season trade, further diminishing DK’s market. But I’ve gotten off on a rabbit trail…

    The point is, DK won’t significantly improve this team, especially at the contract terms he’s demanding. The Braves have enough starting options in-house now that we’re back to full health.

    As for Julio specifically, he’s short timing it with the Braves anyway. There’s a better chance that AOC earns a degree in Economics than there is of the Braves picking up Julio’s 2020 option.

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  377. 492 Vox O'Reasoñ April 23, 2019 at 11:35 am

    I purposely did not mention Sean Newcomb in the previous post about the rotation. Newcomb is at a crossroads in his career in Atlanta. He arguably has the best “stuff” of all the young arms, but has never been able to consistently control it. That has been the knock on the kid his entire pro career. Would he benefit from a change in environment? Well, he came to the Braves from the Angels’ organization with the same rap – great stuff, poor control, and nothing changed. Newk must grow from thrower to pitcher if he ever wants to gain some traction in a ML rotation. I’m not sure that will be in Atlanta.

    Which also brings to mind another option. Do you take a kid with 4 good to plus pitches and pare them down to 2, and make him a reliever? He relies primarily on a good 4-seam fastball, and works a changeup off of that, while also mixing in a curve and a slider. According to Brooks Baseball, who tracks such things, his slider generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ sliders. His curve, to the contrary, generates very few swings-and-misses but does generate alot of fly balls… many of which fly far. The same is said of his changeup.

    So why not take the kid and concentrate on that 4-seamer and that plus slider, and make him a late inning reliever? It’s a time tested formula. It might also be his best chance to remain with the Braves, where he has already been passed by Fried and Soroka, with Kyle Wright and Ian Anderson approaching quickly.

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  378. 493 Vox O'Reasoñ April 23, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Atlanta certainly has their share of “beat writers”, from the ajc’s youngster Gabe Burns to the guy he replaced, David O’Brien, now of The Athletic. In there also is Mark Bowman, who works for MLB, but is the local guy here in Atlanta. But sometimes I wonder if Bow is really plugged in. I’ve noticed a number of occasions lately when the information he was “hearing” was in conflict with things the others were hearing, and in conflict with what the team eventually did.

    Today, though, he’s straying into some really weird territory. He makes the following observation: “Later this week, the Braves might be deciding between Soroka and Newcomb. They’ll evaluate tomorrow’s start and then decide whether he or Newcomb would be a better option next Tuesday against the Padres.”

    Mark might want to start paying more attention to what’s going on inside the lines and less attention to the team’s buffet tables. As long as Mike Soroka remains healthy, he isn’t leaving the Braves rotation.

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  379. 495 Vox O'Reasoñ April 23, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Note the slightly early start time.

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