#184: Sorting Through Fact &Fiction

Vox O’Reason

22 April 2019
Northeast, GA  (God’s country)

 

 

As we sit here on this beautiful Monday following Easter, the Braves are only 21 games into their 162 game schedule, yet seemingly the sky has already begun falling all over the city of Atlanta.

[DISCLAIMER: While some may perceive I’m throwing shade at a lot of fans here on the ol’ B&S and elsewhere, I am including myself right in the middle of the criticism.]

Yes, even though the NL East is universally perceived as the toughest in MLB this season, as is evidenced by the fact that as of today only 1.5 games separate the division leader from 4th place, and even though the Braves are currently just 1 game behind the division leader, the prevailing thought is that this team is incomplete and sputtering. And just about every pointing finger is directed at the bullpen.

Yes, the bullpen has been bad at times. It has also been good at times, but let’s face it… the bad always seems to be magnified more than the good. And I believe that’s especially true here in Atlanta where we went onto this past off season knowing we needed to address the bullpen.

Then we entered into the new season with very little change. In fact, we didn’t add anyone from outside the organization at all until we picked up Josh Tomlin from the proverbial scrap heap. We certainly didn’t make any headlines by signing any one of a number of top names available on the Free Agent market. And if we’re really honest, that’s what everyone is most upset about, right? The Braves didn’t spend any money on the bullpen. In fact, that narrative has been sharpened a bit more to say that the Braves promised to spend money, have money to spend, yet didn’t spend a dime on the bullpen. Am I right? I’m guilty. I admit it.

But perhaps it’s not quite that easy. Oh, I know it’s always easy to spend someone else’s money. But is it always the right answer? I’ve done a little digging this morning, and have discovered something fairly interesting. So hang in here with me while I go down the lost of top relievers that were available this past off-season, according to MLBTR. Here’s a comprehensive list of all the relievers in their Top 50 Free Agent list, along with the contracts they signed and the results the teams are getting for their stacks of dollars:

#5  Craig Kimbrel remains unsigned despite the cries of most of Braves Nation, and maybe the other twenty-nine fan-bases, as well, because so far, all thirty teams have passed on his demands.

 

#17 Jeurys Familia signed with the Mets for 3 yrs/$30M. He has appeared in 10 games, has a 5.59 ERA, and a 1.966 WHIP. He’s also become a favorite target of the NY newspapers.

 

 

#18  Zach Britton signed with the Yankees for 3yrs/$39M, has appeared in 10 games, and has a 2.89 ERA with a 1.393 WHIP. This is a signing that seems to be working out OK for the Yankees, who have Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, and Adam Ottavino taking most of the high leverage innings. I say “OK”. Not great, but OK.

 

 

#19  David Robertson signed with the Phillies for 2ys/$23M. He’s appeared in 7 games, has a 5.40 ERA with a 2.100 WHIP. Not very good. He has also spent ten days on the IL with a sore elbow.

 

 

 

#21  Adam Ottavino signed with the Yankees for 3yrs/$27M. He’s appeared in 10 games, has a 3.27 ERA and a 1.455 WHIP. He gave up 2 home runs yesterday, turning a 5-2 lead into a 6-5 deficit. Another “OK” signing.

 

 

#24  Andrew Miller signed with the Cardinals for 2yrs/$25M. In 11 games he has a 7.04 ERA and a 2.087 WHIP. I’m no professional pitching coach, but I don’t think a 7.04 ERA is very good. To the contrary, one of our favorite whipping boys, Jesse Biddle, actually has a respectable 2.38 ERA.

#25  Joe Kelly signed with the Dodgers for 3yrs/$25M. He’s appeared in 9 games, has a 9.90 ERA, and a 1.900 WHIP. And, he’s already blown three save chances.

 

 

#26  Kelvin Herrera signed with the White Sox for 2yrs/$18M. He’s appeared in ten games, as a 1.86 ERA and a 0.828 WHIP. He has easily been the best of this whole bunch. This one was a good deal.

 

#34  Joakim Soria signed with the A’s for 2 yrs/$15M. He has appeared in twelve games, has a 7.84 ERA, and a 1.839 WHIP. Yowser. Ugly!

 

 

#37  Cody Allen signed with the Angels for 1yr/$8.5M. He’s appeared in nine games, has a 6.14 ERA, with a 1.636 WHIP. This is the guy the writers at MLBTR projected would sign with the Braves. I’m glad he didn’t.

 

#40  Bud Norris signed a Minor League deal with the Blue Jays. He was eventually released and almost signed by the Nats….except he wasn’t. I hear Uber needs drivers.

 

 

#41  Brad Brach signed with the Cubs for 1yr/4.35M. The former Brave has appeared in eight games, has a 4..50 ERA and a 2.125 WHIP. Five current Braves relievers have a better ERA, and a 6th misses by just 0.20.  All eight have a better WHIP.

 

#44  Jesse Chavez signed with the Rangers for 2yrs/$8M. The 35-year-old has appeared in ten games, has a 9.31 ERA with a 1.759 WHIP. That’s pretty close to the same numbers for Chad Sobotka who is still a kid and time to continue developing.

 

 

So, what exactly is the point of this exercise?

The point is that this fan is now quite happy that his GM didn’t go out and throw money at one or more of these relievers hoping to “fix” the bullpen, because only one of these twelve signings appears to actually be earning his contract.

Naturally, I had the benefit of hindsight to make these judgments. GMs don’t have that same luxury. They live or die by making assessments and hoping for the best.

Relievers are the one segment of the team that you simply can never predict, as is evidenced by those relievers above. Perhaps if we give our own group of pitchers more than just 21 games out of 162, we might see some improvement.  At worst, we’ll see a better picture of exactly what we have and what we need.  Then we can look at those needs with a better perspective and address them with more options than just throwing money at them.

 

 

943 Responses to “#184: Sorting Through Fact &Fiction”


  1. 1 Carolina Lady April 23, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Many thanks, V! Excellent presentation. You make your case beautifully.

    My sincere apologies for the format. After an 18-hour battle with the WordPress “editor”, I surrendered. It doesn’t look like it was intended, but I know when to stop hitting my head on a brick wall. It looks the way WordPress wants it to look. sigh I must be getting old. Or something….

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  2. 3 Carolina Lady April 23, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Ah ha! I think I just gained some insight as to why the free WP editor is so hard to work with.

    Just received an email from WP touting all the great benefits of having a paid site. Among those benefits listed was this:
    “*Access to Gutenberg, the revolutionary site editing and customization tool we just released.”

    Ya think???

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  3. 4 Carolina Lady April 23, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    And, we messed up, guys! Yesterday was April 22, birthday of our friend SALTY. Hope you enjoyed a terrific day, Salty! We miss your steady presence here.

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  4. 5 berigan2electricboogaloo April 23, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    V, you make excellent points about how mercurial the career of a relief pitcher can be….one guy the braves could have risked 3.5 mil on is Greg Holland, who has only been in 7 games, but hasn’t given up a run yet…
    I can see you have decided to trust..the braintrust on the braves, on not signing Kimbrel (and 29 times have agreed as well) while it can be a crap shoot for a closer, Kimbrel, is perhaps the 2nd best closer of all time, (and always healthy) next to Mariano Rivera….these draft picks ball and chains around superstars necks needs to end. It’s not his fault his former team wasn’t going to sign him cuz they have overspent for years. and now every team doesn’t want to sign him for several years AND give up a pick…of course, IMHO…the braves are way overreacting to losing the 60th best player….lose 5-10 games waiting to find someone, anyone who can close consistently, it will be a wasted year…but, money saved and all that….

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  5. 6 Gil in Mechanicsville April 23, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Great opine Vee.

    Yes Ber, if AA signed Kimbrel and paid him his ask and it did not work out, I doubt anyone among our group would hold Alex responsible. There are some other questionable moves however that stick out for me.

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  6. 7 Gil in Mechanicsville April 23, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    After reading Rick Ankiel’s excellent confessional. I wonder if Sean Newcome does not suffer from the same malady. He just does not appear to know where the ball is going to go so he is aiming it a lot. The most common remark about the difference in Newcome and Fried is Fried is only thinking about what to throw, not how to throw it.

    I know from my dismal golfing days, if I thought about anything other than where I wanted to hit the ball, I was doomed….

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  7. 8 berigan2electricboogaloo April 23, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    On an non AA note….I am worried about Julio….he just doesn’t have “it” anymore. For every Greg Maddux, there are 1000 guys that cannot get by on 91…what are there, 10 guys that can start, and be effective with a below average fastball?
    and you can tell Julio is trying, but…something happened to his arm. And as well all remember, he was babied his whole career here (did I just make a point in A.A’s favor? 😛 ) but, if he can’t back to being a high 3’s./ low 4’s era kinda guy? You don’t drop a guy who was decent the year before from the rotation (usually, see Sean Newcomb if you don’t think it can happen) but, all teams see what’s going on, and he’s not tradeable right now. and, he is presently a 5 inning guy, and that hurts the team that does need more “innings eaters”

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  8. 9 berigan2electricboogaloo April 23, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    but, what if he can’t back to being a high 3’s./ low 4’s era kinda guy?

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  9. 10 Gordon Lawrence April 23, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Just a note for anyone that doesn’t know:
    3B prospect C.J. ALEXANDER has been placed on the 7 day-dl with a right elbow injury.

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  10. 13 berigan2electricboogaloo April 23, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    one braves pitcher this year, 12 innings, 8 walks, 4.38 ERA. set to the minors
    another braves pitcher, 25 2/3 innings, 14 walks 5.36 ERA. , gonna keep on keeping on? Why? 10,000,000 reasons why…

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  11. 16 Gil in Mechanicsville April 23, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Y’all watching Sonny Grey hit the wall in the 6th

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  12. 17 Gil in Mechanicsville April 23, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    And, the Braves give it back…

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  13. 18 Gordon Lawrence April 24, 2019 at 12:26 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (9-9)

    STRIPERS beat the INDIANS 5-2 behind RILEY’s two doubles and some stingy pitching by starter KYLE WRIGHT.

    RF RAFAEL ORTEGA [.319 BA/1.069 OPS] 2-4, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 SB [3].
    What a get by AA. The guy’s having a career year at this point. I hear the music in the background, ” put me in coach, I’m ready to play…..today.”

    2B ANDRES BLANCO [.321 BA/1.013 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    Rarely if ever have two guys had an OPS over 1.0 this late in the season with a BRAVES AAA affiliate.

    3B AUSTIN RILEY [.225 BA/.652 OPS] 2-4, 2 R, 2 2B [4], 2 RBI [9], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    1B PEDRO FLORIMON [.235 BA/.658 OPS] 1-2, 1 R, 1 SF, 1 RBI [7], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    CF RYAN LaMARRE [.327 BA/.868 OPS] 0-4, 1 RBI [10], 0 BB, 2 SO.

    RHSP KYLE WRIGHT [W 1-1, 6.00 ERA/1.67 WHIP] 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 91p/52s.
    Three reliefers finish up allowing one earned run in four innings of work, 3 H, 0 BB, 6 SO.

    MISSISSIPPI (9-8)

    PEARL Crew take it on the chin tonight 7-3 to MONTGOMERY. WATERS has a game off, and PACHE eats a donut at the plate.

    CF CONNER LIEN [.250 BA/.983 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 3 RBI [9], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    Fourth year in AA, 25 year-old CONNER may be finding his footing.

    C JONATHAN MORALES [.325 BA/.854 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.

    RHSP IAN ANDERSON [L 0-1, 4.76 ERA/1.65 WHIP] 4.0 IP, 6 H, 1 HR, 6 R/ER, 5 BB, 3 SO.
    IAN is struggling with his control, there’s no other way to put it, 87p/45s.

    FLORIDA (7-12)

    HAYDEN DEAL hurls a masterful seven frames, but only five hits, and F-F-FROGS lose a heartbreaker 1-0

    ROME (6-12)

    Another tight loss 3-2. DSL grad JOSE OLAGUE takes his third loss against one win. I’m thinking BRAVES management may have been a bit too aggressive in this case.

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  14. 20 Vox O'Reasoñ April 24, 2019 at 8:00 am

    If you cannot throw strikes, you cannot win games. Period. When I tuned the game in on the radio last night, the bullpen had faced 12 batters between them and walked 7 of them (1 intentional). Jesse Biddle and Chad Sobotka were named as the worst offenders. That’s a real problem. It’s also a consistent problem.

    Chad Sobotka can go down to AAA and work out his kinks. It’s not that simple for Biddle, who is out of minor league options. Gabe Burns says: Snit has tried finding a spot where Biddle can regain his confidence, but he “doesn’t know what that is right now.” Let’s not forget that the same thing cost Sam Freeman his job in Atlanta.

    But I think they like Biddle a little better than Freeman, as Biddle is younger and has a better track record. So what do you do? Mysterious calf injury? I don’t think that’s the answer… yet I don’t know what a good answer is. What I do know is that the Braves cannot afford to give games away 4 balls at a time. It just is not a sustainable recipe for success.

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  15. 21 Gil in Mechanicsville April 24, 2019 at 9:30 am

    For some reason I had a feeling the Braves would lose this one. Just too many free passes to be successful.

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  16. 22 berigan2electricboogaloo April 24, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Reds blew countless opportunities, it could have been much worse….

    well, finally bit the bullet, found a great deal on the Athletic , even though I found this link on a site from 2018, and it was supposed to expire then, it’s still active! 2.49 a month (12 X 2.49 = 29.88) couldn’t pull the trigger at higher rates…now, will I read it enough????
    https://theathletic.com/checkout/?plan_id=51&pc=fv450&campaign_type=final-vortex&campaign_id=fv4day0&curr=CAD

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    • 23 Vox O'Reasoñ April 24, 2019 at 11:19 am

      I hate paying for content that will be repeated elsewhere for free at some point, but there is something to be said for getting it in a timely manner. My fear would be that they will let me have it for the 12 x $2.49 rate for the 1st year, then doubled upon renewal. Then you feel hooked like a mackerel. I’ve been burned that way by DISH Network twice.

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      • 24 Vox O'Reasoñ April 24, 2019 at 11:20 am

        Mmmm… blackened mackerel. That sounds really good. It must be near lunch time.

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        • 25 Gil in Mechanicsville April 24, 2019 at 11:46 am

          Funny, tuna, I’m all in, mackerel, not so much. Salmon I can take or leave too.

          So, the Braves bullpen still smells to high heaven, no matter the culprit. I dread seeing either Jesse or Sobotka on the mound. I just don’t understand. It is like Julio last season where he could get two strikes and then try to get cute and trick the batter.

          Braves offense not to blame last night. Donaldson almost tied it up in the ninth, Sometimes that game of inches is in the middle of the field…

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        • 26 Carolina Lady April 24, 2019 at 12:35 pm

          I could go for some fresh-out-of-the Atlantic flounder! I know a great spot to catch them, too! Who’s in?

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  17. 27 berigan2electricboogaloo April 24, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    V, I completely understand! I have put this off forever…and yes, there is the fear of next year’s cost, but I figure at the cost of a…shoot, can you even buy a cup of joe for $2.49? I can find out if it’s worth it. MLBTR will get to the jist of a story behind paywalls, but I see less and less to read on the AJC since DOB doesn’t have those links, ESPN online is a joke (Heck, apparently you can’t even get info of games via your phone now, until a game is over…saw a icon to click on for highlights… was wondering who had given up 3 runs to the Reds, but ESPN didn’t want me to know) Just read a bit, saw a column by Dale Murphy saying he played with a lot a great players (and had a nice story how Mike Schmidt, a year after he retired, sent Murph a video going over some issues he saw with his swing, hand placement, etc) and how he thought of Schmidt being the best overall player of his era, but Mike Trout is better than anyone he played against. Murph has a real talent for writing, had no idea! so, we shall see…DOB had a whole lot of stuff there, actually stopped reading after awhile, but having never been there, its all new, once I am caught up, I will probably be bored with it 😛

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  18. 29 Carolina Lady April 24, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    I know of the best little spot on the planet for baseball stuff. Super great people there, too! It’s – uh – lemme think…. Braves & Stuff!

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  19. 30 Vox O'Reasoñ April 24, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    I dread seeing either Jesse or Sobotka on the mound.

    Sobotka is a guy that is tall and rangy and can reach back and throw it 97-98 mph. “Baseball people” are so enamored with “velo” now that they don’t care if a guy can control where it goes. So he comes in the game and walks the first 2 guys he faces, then works out of a bases loaded, 0 out jam by striking out 2. Not too bad, right? Well, Snit wasn’t happy because he threw too many pitches and is now out for today’s game.

    Biddle’s problem is less mechanical and more mental. He’s lost it between the ears. I have more confidence that Sobotka can fix his issues than I do Biddle. But Biddle is out of options and the only lefty out of the ‘pen aside from the closer Minter.

    If I’m AA, I’ve already sent Sobotka back to AAA. Heck, he’s no good to you today anyway. But the guy needs to work on his mechanics someplace other than where it counts. We have others that can fill his role. Why not Bryce Wilson, who was already up from Gwinnett but for some reason sat and watched along with the rest of us last night?

    As for Biddle, well… I like the guy, but I’m showing him the door. He’s no longer any good to us, and have other LH options at AAA.

    For one, there’s Grant Dayton. He’s already on the 40-man roster, and across 4.0 innings at AA has 6 K’s and 0 walks. Yes, 0 walks.

    Or, there’s Thomas Burrows. He can take Jesse’s 40-man spot, and is the Braves #19 ranked prospect. But he has 4 walks in 8.1 IP, so he may not be much better.

    Or why not one of the lefty starter prospects? Kolby Allard? Sean Newcomb? We know Newk, but he might be better coming out in short spurts; we won’t know until we try. Same with Allard. His 2019 start hasn’t been stellar, but it hasn’t been awful either. Still, he carries more trade value as a starter, which is likely why AA is hesitant to bring up any of these prospects to prop up the bullpen.

    Anybody seen Luiz Gohara? Is he even in Gwinnett? In the US? In baseball?

    So I say either trade them or use them. We have needs.

    Oh… there’s one other possibility. Maybe Craig Kimbrel will go for a 2 year deal now, and Minter can move back to being a regular LH in the pen. Just a thought.

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  20. 31 Gil in Mechanicsville April 24, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Ah, “Deep Thought”…. We all know the answer is “42” but we don’t really know the question to the answer… Maybe it’s (what is the average number of walks the Braves expect to give up in a 4 game series?)

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  21. 32 Gil in Mechanicsville April 24, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Haddock, sole, flounder… love them all. Do they have different spots or something?

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  22. 33 Gil in Mechanicsville April 24, 2019 at 3:15 pm
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  24. 36 Vox O'Reasoñ April 24, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    What they need to do is send down Sobotka, DFA Biddle, and call up Kolby Allard and Sean Newcomb for the pen. At least those guys give you hope for something special even if for an inning at a time.

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  25. 38 Gil in Mechanicsville April 24, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Smartest move made by Snit all year, left Soroka in before finally lifting him for Tomlin.

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  26. 39 Gil in Mechanicsville April 24, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    I think we are going to keep seeing Soroka toeing the rubber this season. Tough kid.

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    • 40 Gordon Lawrence April 25, 2019 at 8:02 am

      Hoping that shoulder holds up.

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      • 41 Vox O'Reasoñ April 25, 2019 at 8:26 am

        The thing with Soroka’s shoulder is that on both occasions it was muscular and not structural. The first occurrence was the result of a specific workout exercise he was doing incorrectly, and the second – indirectly related – was the result of going too hard on the same exercise with the corrected motion. Essentially he failed to ease the proper muscle group into the new regimen.

        That’s the long way around to say that his shoulder really shouldn’t be an ongoing concern as it is structurally sound. He’s not a slightly built kid either, coming in at 6’5″, 225 lbs.

        And yes, Gil… I’m very happy Snit left him in for 109 pitches. It proves the club has no concerns over the shoulder.

        109 pitches, 69 strikes, 7 K’s, 3 walks, 1 ER over 5.2 IP. As he settles in, he should become more efficient and last later into his games.

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  27. 42 Gil in Mechanicsville April 25, 2019 at 8:02 am

    Last night the Braves looked and played just like a real major league baseball team. I also was giving props to Snit for leaving in Soroka when he ran into trouble in the 6th inning. Turns out BMac was behind that… Oh well, who say you can’t teach an old manager new tricks?

    Reports out of Gwinnett that Newk had a good night. Good, let’s see if he can follow that up with a couple of more.

    There is some really bad blood boiling between the Mets and the Phillies now… wheeeee…. I love a good brawl as long as I am not in it…

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    • 43 Gordon Lawrence April 25, 2019 at 8:05 am

      Amen to that. Yes, NEWK did well. I’ll post up some numbers starting now. Takes a little while.

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    • 44 Vox O'Reasoñ April 25, 2019 at 8:51 am

      Gil, to your point, Bowman’s account:

      As he strolled toward the mound during the sixth inning of Wednesday night’s 3-1 win over the Reds, Braves manager Brian Snitker simply wanted confirmation from veteran catcher Brian McCann, who had the utmost confidence Mike Soroka had the mettle necessary to further extend beyond his limits.

      “I said, ‘We’ve got it,’” McCann said recapping the brief mound visit. “’He’s got enough in the tank, and he’s been in control from pitch one.’ I really liked the matchup that was coming up. When you pitch that well, I love that. That’s something where he deserved that hitter, and he got it. If you pitch like that and you attack the zone and you keep guys off balance, that was his game to lose.”

      Soroka recorded just one of the final two outs of the sixth inning, but the 21-year-old right-hander further endeared himself with the resolve and talent he showed during this career-high 109-pitch effort. The Braves’ top prospect had never thrown more than 90 pitches in any of his previous six career starts. But his manager still had the confidence he could get the job done with two on and his pitch count at 98 with one out in the sixth.

      “I could have been talked out of leaving him in, but I wanted to talk to Mac and see what he thought,” Snitker said. “He was very adamant about them being right where they needed to be.”

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  28. 45 Vox O'Reasoñ April 25, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Newk is a perfect example of many of these modern young pitchers. They can throw it through a brick wall, and are used to throwing it past lesser batters. But once the get around better hitters, they are afraid to pitch to contact… which is what makes a pitcher a pitcher.

    At some point, a thrower has to trust his stuff and become a pitcher. You cannot nibble in the major leagues… you just can’t. Ask Aaron Blair.

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  29. 46 Gordon Lawrence April 25, 2019 at 9:56 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (10-9)

    STRIPERS outlast the INDIANS 7-6.

    CF RYAN LAMARRE [.362 BA/.975 OPS] 3-3, 1 R, 1 HR [1], 1 RBI [11], 1 SB [4].
    Age 30, and in his prime. Lead-off homers in AAA and CINCINNATI sends a nice message to the rest of baseball. A third regular vying for a 1.0+ OPS. Over there, over there, send the word, send the word over there, that the BRAVES are coming, the BRAVES are coming, their bats boom,booming everywhere….

    PR/CF RAFAEL ORTEGA [.310 BA/1.040 OPS] 0-2, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    Age 27, and entering his prime.

    2B ANDRES BLANCO [.322 BA/1.064 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR [4], 2 RBI [14], 2 BB, 0 SO.
    WARNING: Package is age dated and nearing expiration. Age 35 and counting.

    C RAFFY LOPEZ [.343 BA/.954 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 2 2B [3], 2 RBI [5], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    Age 31. Nearing the end of his prime being a catcher, but still effective. Dare i say we have a fourth regular hitter approaching a 1.0+ OPS?

    RF TRAVIS DEMERRITTE [.255 BA/.723 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI [11], 1 BB, 2 SO.
    After scorching two CALIFORNIA leagues and becoming a BRAVE, TRAVIS is slowly learning how to hit while steadily climbing the minors ladder, rung by rung. A middle infielder by trade blessed with a strong arm, his versatility may yet land him on ATLANTA’s bench.

    3B AUSTIN RILEY [.213BA/.627 OPS] 0-4, 1 BB, 1 SO.
    A big night last game, then he eats a donut in this game. Ah, the vagaries of rookie-ball. RYAN relax, you got this.

    RHSP SEAN NEWCOMB [2.84 ERA/1.03 WHIP] 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 HR, 2 R/ER, 0 BB 7 SO, 88p/61s.
    A good outing, thank goodness!

    RHRP ELIAN LEYVA [2.53 ERA/0.66 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 HR, 3 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 14p/10s.
    Our Cuban hopeful is struggling in AAA.

    LHRP THOMAS BURROWS [Sv 4, 4.82 ERA/1.18 WHIP] 1.0 Ip, 1 H, zeros, 1 SO, 13p/11s.
    Looks like THOMAS may be finding some footing in AAA. Let’s hope he can be consistently effective by year’s end. Aside from the prospect of adding KIMBREL to the bullpen mix this year, BURROWS is the only other prospect I see in sight of ATLANTA’s ‘pen for the balance of this season.

    Trade deadline significant this year?

    I suspect a trade of some asset for an effective bullpen arm come the trade deadline…..provided we’re in a position to go for another pennant that is.
    Prolly true of a KIMBREL get as well. I’d say the odds of getting CRAIG increased with the blown tires of DARREN O’DAY, AROLDYS VIZCAINO, and CORBIN CLOUSE.
    A June and July acquisition of a KIMBREL and another effective arm for the ‘pen might carry us into October.

    MISSISSIPPI (9-9)

    A second disappointing loss to MONTGOMERY, this time 6-4. KYLE MULLER had a so-so start, but the offense lifted him off the hook, only to have LHRP MIKE MADER dump him back on it with a stinker of a relief outing, and a fielding error to “boot” [pun intended].

    Lead-off CF DREW WATERS [.311 BA/.863 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B [1], 1 Outfield Assist [3B].
    CF CRISTIAN PACHE [.313 BA/.923 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI [14], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    Both these guys are bound for GWINNETT this season.

    With RYAN LAMARRE and RAFAEL ORTEGA ahead of them, the only question is when will the two AAA players hit a speed bump in their season.

    Frankly, I’d like to see LAMARRE and JOYCE take INCIARTE’s spot for a couple weeks. Let ENDER get his head on straight, and at the trade deadline use it somewhere else when he finally decides to start hitting again. This slow start crap is getting old. Straight up trade, a hot ENDER for a terrific middle reliefer is O.K. by me.
    Only caveat to my mind is INCIARTE’s defense. That would be missed even with ACUNA in CF.

    C JONATHAN MORALES [.316 BA/.824 OPS] 1-4, 1 RBI [8], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    I like what I’m seeing from MORALES. Only 24, a solid defensive catcher who can hit is golden in this league. Unfortunately, he’s teased me in the past by starting strong then fading in the stretch. RAFFY is doing fine in LAWRENCEVILLE, so let’s see how he plays out the rest of this season.

    DH RYAN CASTEEL [.235 BA/1.028 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [2], 1 RBI [2], 0 BB. 1 SO.
    Another 27 year-old get this off-season who is grabbing my attention. He appears to have some potential going forward.

    LHSP KYLE MULLER [3.86 ERA/1.64 WHIP] 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 HR, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 90p/55s.

    I’ve rambled too much this morning to give highlights in FLA. and ROME. Unfortunately in FLORIDA’s case, it’s low-lights in a 13-1 drubbing. We’ll leave that one behind and look to today’s game instead.

    ROME (7-12)

    A wonderful pitching performance by RHSP TREY RILEY results in a tightly contested 1-0 victory for the good guys.

    RHSP TREY RILEY [ND, 5.30 ERA/1.55 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 7 H, zeros, 1 BB, 2 SO, 87p/55s.
    Two reliefers were equally effective preserving the win.

    SS CARLOS PARAGUATE [.216 BA/.564 OPS] 1-3, 1 2B [5], 1 RBI [4], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    This 18 year-old is beginning to grow on me.

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  30. 48 Gil in Mechanicsville April 25, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Great report Gordon, knowledge is power and I feel much more powerful today….

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  31. 49 Gil in Mechanicsville April 25, 2019 at 10:33 am

    A final point and then I will move on. When Snit came out of the dugout the first time, I told Josie it would be a terrible mistake to take Soroka out of the game because it would leave him in a position to lose the game. At least he should be given the opportunity to lose the game on his own.

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  32. 50 Vox O'Reasoñ April 25, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Let ENDER get his head on straight, and at the trade deadline use it somewhere else when he finally decides to start hitting again.

    We share that sentiment on Ender. Not my favorite Brave. I’d just as soon have RAJ in CF and allow Johan to play more in LF.

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  33. 51 Vox O'Reasoñ April 25, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Here’s the thing with Ender…

    You kind of put up with his offensive shortcomings because of his standout defense. But this year, he’s not been a shining example of a Gold Glover. That throw he uncorked toward 3B a few nights ago on the ESPN broadcast that allowed a runner to score when the ball sailed in the air into the dugout was a dark blot on an otherwise sparkling night for the team. Not only was the throw horrible, it should never have gone to 3B anyway. That ball has to go to 2B. The lead runner doesn’t score anyway unless some bonehead airmails a bad throw… which he did. That’s just simple fundamental baseball.

    So if you aren’t getting Gold Glove defense, what are you getting? You’re getting .237/.314/.342 at the plate and nothing else very special anywhere else. Bleh.

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  34. 52 Vox O'Reasoñ April 25, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    The good Lord giveth…

    … and the good Lord taketh away.

    Sorry Sam. You were so close too.

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  35. 54 berigan2electricboogaloo April 25, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    games back on, look alive!!!
    in case y’all missed it, braves down 3-0, but bases loaded, nobody out, and shockingly…..no one scored. Has that ever , ever happened to the braves???? 😛
    we should be looking to trade for that Hernandez dude that struck out the side…I think the Reds will be able to get quite a haul for some of their arms come trade deadline time….

    had some pre-Cancerous thingys taken off today, fun fun….
    anyways, wasn’t on the web earlier today, just wanted to chime in with everyone else , last night was an encouraging one, Minter didn’t have any issues, team just played good, tight baseball….let’s see more of that!

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  36. 55 Vox O'Reasoñ April 26, 2019 at 8:53 am

    4-2 loss,huh? Didn’t see it; have no idea what happened or didn’t happen. So what happened or didn’t happen?

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  37. 56 Gil in Mechanicsville April 26, 2019 at 9:29 am

    I feel asleep during the rain delay, I guess I’m not as tough as I use to be. Well pitched game for the most part. Julio wasn’t awful but seemed to lose it in the fourth. Braves looked flat… just could not get the timely hit.

    Hernadez striking out the side was a dagger through the heart.

    Braves had a chance but Parsons kind of killed it with the walks.

    Rockies tonight, team will be flat again…

    How about them Marlins?

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  38. 57 Vox O'Reasoñ April 26, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Braves had a chance but Parsons kind of killed it with the walks.

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  39. 58 berigan2electricboogaloo April 26, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Reds, 5 hits, 4 runs…braves, 11 hits, 2 runs (and those 2 were cuz FF his a 2 run homer)
    Gil, the 4th seems to often be the inning Julio has trouble. 6 innings, 3 runs, not bad in that park….but, I don’t know…perhaps the Padres will take a flyer on him later in the year. I feel sorry for the guy, he’s clearly trying, but that fastball is just nothing…if only he could develop some movement on it…his slider and changeup are fine…but at some point, he’s just keeping some kid from getting his chance.

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  40. 59 berigan2electricboogaloo April 26, 2019 at 11:24 am

    his a 2 run homer? oh, that’s how the kids talk today…yep….I miss so many of my errors!

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  41. 60 Gil in Mechanicsville April 27, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Why is Jessie Biddle still on this team?

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  42. 62 Gil in Mechanicsville April 27, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Did anyone else notice that Acuna changed gloves the next inning? The glove was too loose and allowed the ball to fall out. Rookie mistake.

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  43. 63 Gil in Mechanicsville April 27, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Rough night for the NL East.

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  44. 64 berigan2electricboogaloo April 27, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    well, that was disheartening. Folty was great for 6 innings, then couldn’t get another out
    I was ready to Crown AJ, the CLOSER!!!! and where did 98 MPH come from???? 2 outs, 2 strikes, and then…walks, walks, double, and then…well, I don’t know, 5-4, then 6-5 Rockies…flipped away, 9-5 Rockies…sigh….
    so, back to the drawing board….saving a lot of money by not having the best possible guy closing….

    at least Luke Jackson is really pitching well….

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    • 65 Carolina Lady April 27, 2019 at 11:17 pm

      I have the unhappy feeling that is something we should get used to this season. sigh

      I read an update on Bobby Cox today: he’s out of the hospital, in rehab, walking a bit with a cane, but unable to speak. Prayers!

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  45. 66 Gil in Mechanicsville April 28, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Good afternoon all, all ready to watch the Braves and the race on split screen this afternoon. Or, I may take a nap…

    Okay, to get real about some things. 1) It is early, too early to panic but not too early to be disappointed. Teams that have winning records in April and May don’t always bring it home but continuing to throw away games with walks can be trying upon men’s souls. The starting staff is doing their job and the offense which can put up 6 runs a night isn’t the problem. That leaves the worse Braves bullpen since the late 80s.

    2) If Kimbrel were signed now, I would not expect him to be the Craig Kimbrel we know and love, It will take at least a month for him to return to form. No one wants to give up a draft pick. Look out if Kimbrel and Kutcher remain un-signed in June post draft day.

    3) It is a long season but no need for Alex to make it longer.

    4) If your control is suspect but your stuff is good, THROW IT ACROSS THE PLATE… If they hit it, they hit it…

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  46. 67 berigan2electricboogaloo April 28, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Gil,
    I don’t know what has happened to strike throwing!(and it is a problem across the league, but we still have to be in the bottom half, or bottom 3rd bullpen wise, at least when it comes to walks) early with the new pitching coach, but once again, perhaps the last 2 coaches were better than we “heard” they were.
    as for the closing situation…..Gil , you are right, if we signed Kimbrel now, even if it only took 3 weeks, that’s nearly June…but, what about if he’s signed in June? then he won’t be ready til nearly July! Now, we may REALLY need him then, but so could a lot of teams come that point…I really hope Kimbrel only signs for only 1 year….there was no reason for him to not get a big contract….some team could have given him big numbers, with a few option years for both player and team….
    well, time will tell….AJ clearly has the stuff, but it almost seemed like he was tired, like it was his 2nd inning….

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  47. 68 Gil in Mechanicsville April 28, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    And… It’s Luke Jackson for the save…. who would have thunk it after opening day????

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  48. 69 berigan2electricboogaloo April 29, 2019 at 5:07 am

    Gil, I know!!! We would have released him a week into the season….you really have to have patience as a manager, and as a GM, to not throw the baby out with the bathwater….Luke has been great of late. Really couldn’t believe he was in today, after 2 innings yesterday, but…what other option was there? you could tell the natives were getting restless with A.J. another blown save, and it would really been hard for him to close anytime soon at Suntrust….hopefully he will get a few saves on the road, and build his confidence back

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  49. 70 Vox O'Reasoñ April 29, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Reportedly Luke Jackson is known in the clubhouse as Slider-Man. 😀

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    • 71 Vox O'Reasoñ April 29, 2019 at 8:51 am

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  50. 72 Vox O'Reasoñ April 29, 2019 at 8:37 am

    … and Viz was moved to the 60-day IL to make room on the 40-man.

    OK, not a sexy move, but this team needed a veteran lefty in the pen in a baaaaad way. Jonny Venters was supposed to be that guy, but wasn’t. Jesse ran into a mental cramp. Now hopefully Jerry Blevins can at least provide a little bit of effectiveness vs. some of those tough lefty hitters in the NL East.

    And before too many eyes roll over the move, it cost the Braves virtually nothing – “cash considerations and a PTBNL” – thus carries zero risk.

    Blevins signed with the A’s on a minor league deal, and in their AAA affiliate tossed 10.2 IP to a 1.69 ERA and 13.5 K/9. He was good once, so maybe we can catch a little lightning in a bottle for a few more months. Truth is, he can’t be any worse than Jesse or Jonny.

    Wait… Jesse, Jonny, Jerry. Who’s next? Jimmy?

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  51. 73 Vox O'Reasoñ April 29, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Adam Duvall is storming back at AAA. Apparently remembering how he hit during his All-Star year in Cincy, he’s raking at Gwinnett posting a .306 avg w/ 7 HRs and 1.035 OPS following yesterday’s game in which he homered for the 4th straight game.

    Conversely, Ender Inciarte is batting just .227 (.655 OPS) through yesterday’s tilt. Don’t be surprised if Ender is dangled toward OF starved teams (San Fran?) for more bullpen help. RAJ is not a big dropoff defensively in CF and Duvall is a plus defender himself.

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    • 74 Gordon Lawrence April 29, 2019 at 9:15 am

      We both would enjoy seeing a great middle relief man here and ENDER gone.

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      • 75 Gordon Lawrence April 29, 2019 at 9:20 am

        btw, JANISTA has hit a speed bump in A+.
        However, our two projected outfield futures PACHE and WATERS are doing well in AA.
        If they can keep up the pace, I do expect them to both get their feet wet for an extended time this season in LAWRENCEVILLE.

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        • 76 Vox O'Reasoñ April 29, 2019 at 11:26 am

          I like Greyson Jenista. I believe he’ll be fine. They always hit a plateau here and there on their way up the ladder. He has good corner OF power from the left side. His biggest problem will be finding a spot in what should be a crowded and talented (and young) OF with RAJ, Cristian Pache and Drew Waters. He might end up being trade bait.

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  52. 77 Gordon Lawrence April 29, 2019 at 10:30 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    Meet the starters in the outfield

    AAA

    LF TRAVIS DEMERITTE – age 24 bats R/throws R
    20 g, 66 ab, 12 r, 18 h, 4 2b, 1 3b, 2 hr, 15 rbi, 9 bb, 20 so, 0 sb, 0 cs, .273 ba, .364 obp, .818 ops.

    vs Left GWN – 23 ab 4 6 1 0 2 7 3 0 6 0 0 .261/.346/.911 ops
    vs Right GWN – 43 ab 8 12 3 1 0 8 6 0 14 0 0 .279/.373/.768 ops

    CF RAFAEL ORTEGA – age 27 bats L/ throws R
    22 g, 88 ab,19 r, 27 h, 5 2b, 3 3b, 6 hr, 7 rbi, 9 bb, 22 so, 3 sb, 2 cs, .307 ba, .378 obp, 1.014 ops.

    vs Left GWN – 25 ab 5 10 2 0 3 4 2 0 4 0 1 .400/.464/1.304 ops
    vs Right GWN – 63 ab 14 17 3 3 3 3 7 0 18 3 1 .270/.343./.898 ops

    RF ADAM DUVALL – age 30 bats R/throws R
    23 g, 85 ab, 18 r, 26 h, 6 2b, 1 3b, 7 hr, 16 rbi, 11 bb, 16 so, .306 ba, .388 obp, 1.035 ops.

    vs Left GWN – 21 ab 5 6 2 0 2 4 3 0 5 0 0 .286/.375/1.042 ops
    vs Right GWN – 64 ab 13 20 4 1 5 12 8 0 11 0 0 .313/.392/1.033 ops

    AA

    LF GARRISON SCHWARTZ age 24 bats L/ throws L
    .105 ba/.366 ops, and struggling to gain any traction.

    CF CRISTIAN PACHE age 20 bats R/ throws R
    21 g, 80 ab, 10 r, 25 h, 7 2b, 3 3b, 2 hr, 15 rbi, 6 bb, 24 so, 4 sb, 3 cs, .313 ba, .356 obp, .906 ops.

    vs Left MIS – 17 ab 1 7 2 0 0 1 0 0 4 1 1 .412/.412/.941 ops
    vs Right MIS – 63 ab 9 18 5 3 2 14 6 0 20 3 2 .286/.343/.898 ops

    RF DREW WATERS age 20 bats S/ throws R
    21 g, 90 ab, 14 r, 27 h, 9 2b, 1 3b, 2 hr, 9 rbi, 7 bb, 28 so, 1 sb, 0 cs, .300 ba, .351 obp, .839 ops.

    vs Left MIS – 20 3 6 3 1 0 2 1 0 5 0 0 .300/.333/.883 ops
    vs Right MIS – 70 11 21 6 0 2 7 6 1 23 1 0 .300/.355/.827 ops

    A+

    Outfielders nothing to write home about.

    LF JEFREY RAMOS has some potential .263 ba.

    RF GREYSON JENISTA .213 ba and trying to catch up to rapid advancement.

    A

    LF ANDREW MORITZ .263 ba and progressing slowly upward.

    CF JOSE BERMUDEZ .103 and dead in. the water.

    RF TREY HARRIS age 23 bats R/ throws R is getting it done.
    23 g, 81 ab, 13 r, 30 h, 6 2b, 1 3b, 2 hr, 9 rbi, 10 bb, 10 so, 1 sb, 1 cs, .370 ba, .446 obp, .977 ops.

    vs Left ROM – 29 6 12 2 2 1 3 5 1 0 0 1 .414/.514/1.238 ops
    vs Right ROM – 52 7 18 4 0 0 6 5 0 10 1 0 .346/.404/.827 ops

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  53. 78 Vox O'Reasoñ April 29, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    Mark Bradley, sports columnist for ajc.com: “The everyday eight is first-rate, and the rotation looks good enough. The bullpen, alas, has become the Island of Misfit Toys.”

    Ouch.

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  54. 79 Vox O'Reasoñ April 29, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Bowman:

    Donaldson’s barrel % (15.6 vs. 12.2), exit velo (94.1 vs. 92.1) and hard hit % (54.7 vs. 46.3) are better than those from his 2015 MVP season. The difference thus far is launch angle (8.0 vs. 10.0), which explains the increased ground ball % (50.0 vs. 44.8 (2015) & 38.2 (’16). Once some of those hard-hit grounders start becoming hard-hit liners, you can use your typewriter to rave all about Donaldson’s RBIs.

    That’s the nerd way of saying that JDon is back to mashing balls at an elite rate, just right at people. At some point, those will turn into more hits and more RBIs.

    My words: While Nick Markakis might be known as a “professional hitter”, JDon is more of a “professional hitman”; not as consistent, but more lethal.

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  55. 80 Vox O'Reasoñ April 29, 2019 at 3:46 pm

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    • 81 Vox O'Reasoñ April 29, 2019 at 4:02 pm

      The best, hands down. There has never been a better broadcast team. Sorry Don. Sorry Joe. It was Pete, Skip and Ernie. Period.

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      • 82 Gil in Mechanicsville April 29, 2019 at 5:52 pm

        And none every received the props they deserved. For 30 odd years they were the Braves to those of us that lived far afield from Atlanta.

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      • 83 Gordon Lawrence April 29, 2019 at 11:40 pm

        I used to get TOPPS cards in the late 50’s and said over and over, “who the hell is ERNIE JOHNSON?”
        Got BUHL, BURDETTE, even a WARREN SPAHN once, but I had a dozen ERNIE JOHNSON’s.
        Now I know he was not our best pitcher, but he was smooth as silk with the tomes.

        “Like lambs to the slaughter, the BRAVES take the field.”
        “It’s a lively crowd tonight as many have disquised themselves as empty seats.”
        I miss SKIP.
        He was always in rare form when he partook of one too many bourbons with branch water during team warm-ups.

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  56. 84 Vox O'Reasoñ April 29, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Two years away… maybe a year and a half.

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  57. 85 Vox O'Reasoñ April 29, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    In 2020, the Braves will have a dominant rotation that begins with Soroka, Anderson and Fried, in no particular order. Not sure who the other 2 will be, but those guys will be the foundation that it all turns on.

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  58. 86 Gil in Mechanicsville April 29, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Yes, now if the Braves can put together a bullpen to bridge the gap.

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  59. 88 Gil in Mechanicsville April 29, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    So, we approach the final two innings of the game and Braves country takes a collective deep breath. What was once game over for the Braves has become an area of nervous concern.

    AURGHHHH. Ozzie couldn’t turn a double play.

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  60. 89 Gordon Lawrence April 29, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    PACHE [2-4] and WATERS [3-4] are pounding rocks on the road to LAWRENCEVILLE.

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  61. 90 Vox O'Reasoñ April 30, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Sobotka reportedly strained an abdominal muscle in Monday’s game appearance, but Snit didn’t want the Pads to know his bullpen was short in the event Dayton wasn’t available in time. Obviously he was.

    Now he gets his shot to show he belongs. He has pitched only 5.1 innings, but the numbers you really need to know are his 1.69 ERA, his sparkly 0.563 WHIP and his 13.5 K/9 rate. And most especially the number 0… as in the number of walks he has issued. It’s his turn to prove he can do it at the highest level.

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  62. 91 Vox O'Reasoñ April 30, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Speaking of pitching at Gwinnett, Newk had his second straight walk-free game, going 6 innings with 4 H, 1 ER, and 3 Ks (90 pitches, 53 strikes). Jonny Venters had 2 Ks in a perfect 7th inning.

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  63. 92 Vox O'Reasoñ April 30, 2019 at 8:24 am

    More news from SunTrust Park:

    — Ender grabbed his hamstring early in the game and had to come out. Johan finished the night. Snit said Ender tested out fine after the game and didn’t feel it was serious, but they will evaluate him today to make a decision on whether he needs a 10-day IL stint. Duvall is wringing his hands at AAA hoping to get a shot to show he’s made a turnaround.

    — Rick Kranitz is back with the team after being away for a couple of weeks on a “family matter”. Wonder if he looked around and wondered where everyone went? There has been a lot of pitching turnover in those last couple of weeks.

    — Freddie ended his On Base streak at 27 games with an 0-fer last night. Still, opening the season with 27 straight games being on base is pretty dang impressive.

    — Ozzie is killing it RH, hitting .394 with 4 HRs from that side of the plate.

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  64. 93 Vox O'Reasoñ April 30, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Now Mike Soroka…

    6 IP (81 pitches, 57 strikes), 4 H, 1 ER, 8 K, 1 BB

    Snit seemingly pulled him early when he pinch hit for him in the 6th inning, but said after the game, “He had one more inning regardless. If he’d have been in a situation where he was going to go two more innings, I’d have let him hit. But he had one more inning. I rode him pretty hard the last game in Cincinnati. You forget, this kid missed a majority of the season last year. We want to keep him upright throughout this year because a lot went into that. That might have been the toughest decision I’ve had all year.” (courtesy of Bowman)

    Yes, we want him around. This fan is glad they are taking extra care with him. I keep beating this dead horse, but he’s the future ace of this staff. And that future is approaching very quickly.

    More Bowman: Each of Soroka’s eight strikeouts through six innings (81 pitches) have been recorded against a different Padre. His finishing pitches: Slider (3), 4-seamer (3), Changeup (2). He’s gotten a called strike w/ nearly a third (11 of 35) of his 2-seam sinkers.

    This from DO’B: Soroka has allowed one run in each of his three starts this season and allowed one earned run or fewer in six of his eight major league starts over two seasons. No other Atlanta-era Braves pitcher had as many such starts within his first eight.

    No other Atlanta-era pitcher? There have been some pretty dang good ones.

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  65. 94 Gil in Mechanicsville April 30, 2019 at 9:25 am

    The game Soroka pitched last night was a thing of beauty wasn’t it? WOW…

    The Padres may have been a little fatigued yesterday. For sure, they showed they missed Tatiz.

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  66. 95 Vox O'Reasoñ April 30, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Poetry in motion:

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  67. 96 Vox O'Reasoñ April 30, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Probably won’t get an update on Ender until mid-afternoon when the clubhouse opens to the press… well, that is unless they make a roster move earlier.

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  68. 97 Vox O'Reasoñ April 30, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Y’all have all seen this already, right? Just in case…

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  69. 98 Vox O'Reasoñ April 30, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    I’m betting Ender could need an amputation and would not want to admit he’s hurt right now.

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  70. 99 Vox O'Reasoñ April 30, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Bowman: Bullpens around baseball are struggling. Reliever ERA is worse than starter ERA, which hasn’t happened in 50 years. One potential reason: There literally aren’t enough human beings on Earth good enough at pitching for teams to use their ‘pens this much.

    Jim Powell and Ben Ingram touched on this last week on the radio. They noted that most teams are now employing an 8 man bullpen, and that creates a demand for 240 ML quality relief pitchers. And there just simply are not that many.

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  71. 101 Vox O'Reasoñ April 30, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Doesn’t look like we’ll see him in this series.

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    • 102 Gil in Mechanicsville April 30, 2019 at 3:39 pm

      While I would love to see Tatis play, I can wait and watch him play the Natts or Mets or Phillies. Pads defense is much less without him that with him.

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  72. 103 Gil in Mechanicsville April 30, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    So, with a win last night, the Braves climb up to 2nd in the division behind the Phils.

    Alex is hard headed and is determined no one is going to tell him what to do. I can’t understand his thinking. For the last 15 years the Braves have been whining about something. If it’s that bad, sell…..

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  73. 104 Vox O'Reasoñ April 30, 2019 at 3:45 pm

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  74. 105 Gil in Mechanicsville April 30, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    Julio looking good tonight but so is the rookie Paddack for SD. The Fathers look to be good for a long time with the kids they are bringing to the fore.

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  75. 106 Vox O'Reasoñ April 30, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    I am so over Ender Inciarte. He’s not a ML hitter.

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  76. 107 berigan2electricboogaloo May 1, 2019 at 12:52 am

    V, just being a contrarian here, so take what I say with a grain of salt, as I too would rather have someone else out there…
    last year in the first 91 games (the first half of the season, somehow) he “hit” .244. then, after the all star break, in 65 games, .302, .345 OBP
    in 2017 he had 201 hits, scored 93 runs, hit .304, .350 on a 72-90 team. That, would have been the offseason to trade him, but he was about the only guy not traded, was 26, cheap…not the kind of guy cheap teams trade away.
    in 2016, Ender’s first with the braves, he hit .291, .350, after get this, another slow start to the season. (in case y’all forgot, .227 in the first half, .341 in the 2nd half)
    2015, with AZ , 303.
    so, we have a cheap, controllable, 28 year old excellent CF’er, who can’t hit squat during the first half the season, for some reason. What to do? Sadly, I am guessing his trade value is low now, so they will keep running him out there til he gets hot, then, if the teams on a roll, they won’t trade him then either, right? Wait til the off season, and then maybe trade Ender, and have Cristian Pache ….spend next April in AAA so they can be cheap, and keep the miles low on his career ticker…. win second, save moola first, I always say….

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    • 108 Vox O'Reasoñ May 1, 2019 at 7:58 am

      so, we have a cheap, controllable, 28 year old excellent CF’er, who can’t hit squat during the first half the season, for some reason.

      So he hits for half the season, can we pay him half his salary? I’m just so tired of seeing him do just what he did last night… strike out in key situations. I’ll take RAJ in CF, and whomever else in LF, whether it’s Johan or Adam Duvall, each of whom is cheaper and younger.

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  77. 109 berigan2electricboogaloo May 1, 2019 at 1:00 am

    And shall I get started on Julio T???? I know he’s trying, but….sometimes the slider slides, sometimes it don’t.
    at his age, he should have a clue on how to make it work most of the time….his 91, 92 Laser straight fastball is below average these days….yeah, he finally went 7 innings, only gave up 4!!!! 3 homers…guess he went out for the 7th to help the bullpen….that’s nice…he’s not an innings eater normally, which on top of a 5 + ERA is pretty much useless on a contending team….I feel he really is trying, but…he should pitch in San Diego, or San Fran….some bigger park….maybe the Twins if they are still in contention later on will take a flyer on him????

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    • 110 Vox O'Reasoñ May 1, 2019 at 8:02 am

      And shall I get started on Julio T????

      Yes! I’m over him too.

      Can we send him and Ender to San Francisco for someone… for anyone? How about Ender, Julio and Kolby Allard for Madison Bumgarner?

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  78. 111 Vox O'Reasoñ May 1, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Speaking of pitching…

    Ken Rosenthal (or his sources) yesterday: “It’s going to be really interesting to watch the Jays over the next few months because what I believe they’re going to do – what I’m told they’re going to do – is try to trade [Marcus] Stroman, [Aaron] Sanchez, [Justin] Smoak and others to get more young talent in Vladdy’s age range and service class and then build up that way”.

    Marcus Stroman – 6 starts (37.2 IP), 1.43 ERA, 1.088 WHIP, 8.6 K/9

    Stroman is 28 years old, making $7.4M this season, and has one more year of arb left before hitting FA in 2021.

    And of course, AA has a strong relationship with the Jays front office.

    Perhaps we could take Smoak (.264/.385/.462, 5 HR) off their hands and give them $8M of salary relief, assigning him to the bench bopper role that Lucas Duda filled last season. In fact, wouldn’t it have been nice to send a real hitter to the plate instead of Ender in that critical situation last night?

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  79. 112 Vox O'Reasoñ May 1, 2019 at 8:24 am

    What’s funny (not haha funny) to me is that the 2 elements that I believe the Braves need to push them over the hump is a lock-down closer and a consistent veteran starter. Both are still hanging out with no job – Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel. Now don’t misread that to say I’m endorsing signing both CK & DK, but I do see the irony in it.

    Rather, I believe we should trade for the veteran starter. I know I’ve said this before, but you simply cannot understate the importance of the Astros adding Justin Verlander in 2017, their championship season. If you’ll recall, Verlander was deemed to be on the downside and his stuff “not as crisp”. That’s sort of the same thing being said about Madison Bumgarner right now.

    MadBum is only signed through the end of this season, and is on record stating he will not sign an extension before hitting FA at season’s end. Obviously that is the bad news, but the silver lining there is that he will not require a huge prospect cost because of it.

    If Thoppy could reach a deal with SanFran for MadBum and one of their effective late inning relievers, he might just push this Braves team to the top of the tight NL East.

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  80. 113 Vox O'Reasoñ May 1, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Grant Dayton looked good, and Peter Moylan sounded good. Both seem to be excellent finds for their current management

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  81. 114 Vox O'Reasoñ May 1, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    Can AA continue to ignore this?

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  82. 115 Vox O'Reasoñ May 1, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    Also noteworthy.

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  83. 116 Vox O'Reasoñ May 1, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    He’s “feeling” it.

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  84. 119 Vox O'Reasoñ May 1, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Max Fried takes the hill for the Braves tonight. Doesn’t matter who the opposing pitcher is, I like our chances. #friedfan

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  85. 120 Gil in Mechanicsville May 2, 2019 at 7:34 am

    Gee, that is exactly what I said to Josie when I heard 492 feet…

    Fried looked great again. Only damage was a bomb to center by Manny, nothing to be ashamed of.

    Early game today.

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  86. 121 Vox O'Reasoñ May 2, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Max Fried is for real. So is a healthy Dansby Swanson. And let’s give the bullpen props for at least one night.

    But back to Dansby. I’m looking forward to seeing him play a fully healthy season. It’s becoming alot easier to see why he was a #1 draft pick.

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  87. 122 Vox O'Reasoñ May 2, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Absolute beauty.

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  88. 124 Gordon Lawrence May 2, 2019 at 9:32 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    Yard work duty now before it gets too hot. Sorry, abbreviated report today.

    MISSISSIPPI

    PACHE WATERS are parting as the pair continue on their sojourn to LAWRENCEVILLE.

    LF DREW WATERS [.327 BA/.902 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B [12], 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 CS [1].
    CF CRISTIAN PACHE [.330 BA/.936 OPS] 2-4, 1 RBI [17], 0 BB, 1 SO.

    RHSP PATRICK WEIGEL [ND, 1.93 ERA/1.29 WHIP] 3.0 IP, clean, 4 SO.
    RHRP JEREMY WALKER [W 1-2, 2.00 ERA, 0.96 WHIP] 5.0 IP, 6 H, zeros, 7 SO.
    RHRP JASON HURSH [Sv 2, 1.54 ERA, 0.86 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeros.

    Excellent top of the line-up paired with air-tight pitching result in a 2-0 shutout win for the PEARL Crew.

    FLORIDA

    Identical win for the F-F-Frogs 2-0

    Complete game masterpiece by RHSP NOLAN KINGHAM [W 1-1, 3.32 ER, 1.32 WHIP] 9.0 IP, 3 H, 0’s, 5 SO.

    Advanced from ROME, KINGHAM appears to be getting his bearings in A+. I like the kid’s prospects going forward. Expect to hear from him in a good way in the next couple of year’s.

    C WILLIE CONTRERAS [.317 BA, .813 OPS] eats a donut at the plate yesterday, but has been on a recent tear at the plate.

    3B RILEY DELGADO [.323 BA,.758 OPS] 1-4 has been solid all season in the two hole for the FROGS.

    RF GRAYSON JENISTA [.235 BA, .703 OPS] 1-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 SO. Seems to be going some footing in A+.

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    • 125 Vox O'Reasoñ May 2, 2019 at 10:04 am

      Patrick Weigel was a borderline top 10 prospect before TJ surgery derailed an impending callup to the big club in 2017. He is now almost 2 years removed from the procedure and finding his stride once again, finding himself back in the top 30 at #21. He has a consistent mid-90’s fastball with natural sink and can reach 96-98 when he wants to, as well as a slider that’s his swing-and-miss strikeout pitch. There’s also an occasional 12-6 curve and a decent changeup to boot.

      One might wonder how that fastball/slider combo might translate to a reliever’s role. At 6’6″, 240, he’s a big hard throwing kid that might give hitters fits in late innings.

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  89. 126 Vox O'Reasoñ May 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Don’t look. Just don’t.

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  90. 127 Vox O'Reasoñ May 2, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Best thing I’ve seen today! Ha ha ha ha ha…

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  91. 128 Gil in Mechanicsville May 2, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Okay friends, into every life a blow out must fall. Tip our caps and move on to Miami…

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  92. 129 Vox O'Reasoñ May 2, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    With no corresponding move. Just “get out of here!”

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  93. 130 Gil in Mechanicsville May 2, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Likely waiting to see if they need to bring up someone to fill in for Donaldson.

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  94. 132 Vox O'Reasoñ May 3, 2019 at 7:11 am

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  95. 133 Gordon Lawrence May 3, 2019 at 8:36 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT

    STRIPERS lose 8-2 on three hits.
    Starting pitching sucked [ANDRES SANTIAGO]. First relief too [ELIAN LEYVA].
    Last two reliefers were good [JORDAN HARRISON and WES PARSONS]

    DH ADAM DUVALL [.320 BA/1.115 OPS] 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B [8].
    RF TRAVIS DEMERITTE [.280 BA/.836 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO.

    MISSISSIPPI

    PEARL Crew play to a tight 2-1 win at home.
    Starter JOEY WENTZ was marvelous and his relief HUASCAR YNOA good.
    Top of the order steady on toward GWINNETT.

    Lead-off LF DREW WATERS [.333 BA/.905 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 SO.
    RF CRISTIAN PACHE [.337 BA/.950 OPS] 2-4, 1 2B [8].
    CF CONNER LIEN [.203 BA/.794 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 SB [2].

    LHSP JOEY WENTZ [W 1-1, 4.13 ERA/1.33 WHIP] 7.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 1 BB, 5 SO, 94p/59s.
    RHRP HUASCAR YNOA [Sv 1, 8.22 ERA/1.70 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 23p/21s.

    FLORIDA

    Rain-out

    ROME

    A winner on the road in GREENSBORO last night 5-3. Starter was shaky, but the relief was air-tight with four innings of shutout ball.

    RF TREY HARRIS [.391 BA/1.082 OPS] 2-3, 2 R, 1 2B [7], 1 SF, 1 RBI [15], 1 SB [2].
    DH LOGAN BROWN [.328 BA/.812 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B [3], 1 RBI [8], 1 SO.
    3B BRAULIO VASQUEZ [.170 BA/.429 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI [5].
    C RICARDO RODRIGUEZ [.212 BA/.518 OPS] 2-4, 1 RBI [3], 1 SO.
    2B GREG CULLEN [.232 BA/.711 OPS] 1-4, 1 2B [7], 1 BB.

    RHSP ALAN RANGEL [W 1-1, 6.14 ERA/1.45 WHIP] 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 HR, 3 R/ER, 3 BB, 9 SO, 92p/57s.
    RHRP JOSE MONTILLA [H 1, 1.33 ERA/0.96 WHIP] 3.0 IP, 2 H, zeros, 3 BB, 1 SO, 55p/31s.
    RHRP LUKAS YOUNG [Sv 3, 0.00 ERA/0.83 WHIP] 1.0 IP, clean, 1 SO, 11p/9s.

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  96. 135 Gil in Mechanicsville May 4, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Good win last night, Touki warming up in the 2nd inning? Do y’all think Snit knew Gausman was up to something? Anywho, solid 6 innings for the rookie.

    It was good to hear Joe Simpson on the air last night. He mentioned something about Acuna’s slump I have picked up one too, it all started after the Betre style one knee homer a couple of weeks ago. it use to drive me crazy when Andrew did it too.

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    • 136 Vox O'Reasoñ May 4, 2019 at 9:29 am

      “Do y’all think Snit knew Gausman was up to something?”

      It was handled correctly. Ball to the thigh, which Urena knew was coming, and now it’s over and done with. Nobody got their panties in a wad. Both teams can move on with a clean slate.

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  97. 137 Gordon Lawrence May 4, 2019 at 9:35 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (16-12)

    STRIPERS blow out the BULLS 11-3.
    16 hits and stingy pitching will do that to an opposing team.

    Lead-off RAFAEL ORTEGA [.306 BA/1.001 OPS] 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B [6]
    2B ANDRES BLANCO [.293 BA/.957 OPS] 1-5, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SO.
    3B AUSTIN RILEY [.290 BA/.948 OPS] 2-4, 1 2B [9], 1 HR[8], 4 RBI [22], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    AUSTIN breaks out of a mini-slump in a big way!
    LF ADAM DUVALL [.320 BA/1.112 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 SO.
    C ALEX JACKSON [.231 BA/.738 OPS] 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR [2], 2 RBI [4], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    1B PEDRO FLORIMON [.247 BA/.691 OPS] 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B [3], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    RF TRAVIS DEMERITTE [.300 BA/.888 OPS] 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B [7], 3 RBI [19], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    Great to see TRAVIS climbing his way toward ATLANTA.

    RHSP KYLE WRIGHT [W 2-2, 8.66 ERA/1.64 WHIP] 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 HR, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 83p/58s.
    KYLE continues onward toward learning the difference between a thrower and a pitcher.

    MISSISSIPPI (13-13)

    Another well-played ballgame for the PEARL Crew.
    Offense and defense clicking right along.
    WATERS has a night at the plate.

    Lead-off LF DREW WATERS [.358 BA/.945 OPS] 4-4, 1 RBI [10].
    CF CRISTIAN PACHE [.333 BA/.932 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 SO.
    1B WILKINS {.174 BA/.521 OPS] 1-4,1 2B [2], 2 RBI [6], 1 SO.
    C JONATHAN MORALES [.306 BA/.767 OPS] 1-4, 1 SO.
    3B DAN LOCKHART [.218 BA/.681 OPS] 1-3, 1 R.
    2B ALEJANDRO SALAZAR [.242 BA/.564 OPS] 1-2, 1 R, 1 SO.

    LHSP TUCKER DAVIDSON [ND,1.46 ERA/1.09 WHIP] 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 4 BB, 8 SO., 101p/63s

    RHRP CLAUDIO CUSTODIO [W 1-0, 0.00 ERA/0.75 WHIP] 1.1 IP, 1 H, zeros, 0 BB, 0 SO, 19p/13s.
    After eight years in the YANKEE and BLUE JAY organizations, CC declared his free agency.
    BRAVES picked the 28 year-old up in January.
    In three outings thus far, he has yet to be scored upon.
    Small sample-size [5.1 IP], but a positive start in our organization.

    RHRP CONNER JOHNSTONE [Sv 1, 0.71 ERA/0.95 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 0 BB, 1 SO, 12p/10s.

    FLORIDA (11-16)

    Another well-played 3-0 win for the F-F-FROGS
    Pitching by committee

    Lead-off SS RILEY UNROE [.269 BA/.769 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    2B RILEY DELGADO [.330/.767 OPS] 2-4, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    RF GRAYSON JENISTA [.239 BA/.708 OPS] 1-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 SO
    LF JEFREY RAMOS [.269 BA/.736 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR [4], 2 RBI [20], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    1B KEVIN JOSEPHINA [.217 BA/.571 OPS] 2-4, 1 RBI [9], 0 BB,1 SO.
    3B JORDAN RODGERS [.333 BA/.777 OPS] 2-3, 1 2B [1], 0 BB, 0 SO.

    LHSP PHILLIP PFEIFFER [ND, 0.00 ERA/0.80 WHIP] 3.1 IP, 1 H, zeros, 5 BB, 5 SO, 67p/35s.
    RHRP BROOKS WILSON [1.17 ERA/1.17 WHIP] 1.2 IP, clean, 1 SO, 25p/13s.
    RHRP MATT WITHROW [W 1-0, 0.00 ERA/0.60 WHIP] 3.1 IP, 2 H, zeros, 0 BB, 3 SO, 49p/33s.
    RHRP BRANDON S. WHITE [0.00 ERA/0.89 WHIP] 0.2 IP, clean, 0 SO, 4p/4s.

    ROME (11-16)

    R-Braves get a nice 6-3 win over the BLUE CLAWS.
    Hitters all up and down the line-up.

    Lead-off CF JUSTIN DEAN [.260 BA/.701 OPS] 1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI [5], 2 BB, 1 SO, 2 SB [9],1 Outfield Assist [1B].
    LF ANDY MORITZ [.240 BA/.531 OPS] 2-3, 2 R, 1 SF, 1 RBI [8], 1 BB, 0 SO, 2 SB [6].
    DH TREY HARRIS [.385 BA/1.065 OPS] 1-4, 4 RBI [19], 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 CS [2].
    C LOGAN BROWN [.323 BA/.819 OPS] 1-4, 1 BB, 3 SO.
    KEVIN BROWN’s young man is holding his own in A-Ball……so far.

    LHSP GABRIEL NOGUERA [ND, 5.63 ERA/1.88 WHIP] 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 5 BB, 2 SO, 78p/43s.
    “Wild thang” NOGUERA strikes again!
    LHRP DILMER MEJIA [W 3-0,1.76 ERA/0.85 WHIP] 4.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 53p/37s.
    Good to see MEJIA doing well in A-ball.

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  98. 139 Vox O'Reasoñ May 4, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Too bad he doesn’t play CF…

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  99. 140 Vox O'Reasoñ May 4, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    Ace.

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  100. 141 Vox O'Reasoñ May 5, 2019 at 8:13 am

    With the day game today following a late game last night, and a flight from MIA to LA immediately following, expect to see JDon sit today in favor of Johan… and maybe RAJ too (back tightness). It would also be a perfect opportunity to spell Freddie, but only if RAJ plays.

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  101. 142 Gordon Lawrence May 5, 2019 at 9:51 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    MISSISSIPPI (14-13)

    Another excellently played win. Tight pitching and timely hitting result is a 2-0 win for the PEARL Crew.
    Last night the bottom half of the line-up [5-8] does the damage for the offense.

    2B ALEJANDRO SALAZAR [.255 BA/.587 OPS] 2-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    3B DAN LOCKHART [.224 BA/.680 OPS] 2-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    C CARLOS MARTINEZ [.273 BA/.671 OPS] 1-2, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 E [2, throw].
    RF RAY PATRICK-DIDDER [.153 BA/ .565 OPS] 2-3, 2 RBI [10], 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 CS [4].

    RHSP IAN ANDERSON [W 2-1, 2.79 ERA/1.28 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 2 H, zeros, 3 BB, 11 SO, 101p/57s.
    RHRP JASON HURSH [H 1, 1.42 ERA/0.79 WHIP] 1.0 IP, clean, 3p/2s.
    RHRP JOSH GRAHAM [Sv 3, 3.21 ERA/1.14 WHIP] 2.0 IP, clean 3 SO, 16p/13s.

    ROME (12-16)

    2-1 over the BLUE CLAWS. Again, great pitching and timely hitting.

    Lead-off CF JUSTIN DEAN [.260 BA/.693 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 SB [10].
    LF ANDY MORITZ [.240 BA/.530 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 CS[1].
    RF TREY HARRIS [.378 BA/1.053 OPS] 0-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 Outfield Assist [3B].
    1B GRIFF BENSON [.195 BA/.679 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B [5],1 BB, 1 SO.
    3B BRENDAN VENTER [.216 BA/ .679 OPS] 1-3, 2 RBI [12], 1 BB, 0 SO.

    RHSP JOSE OLAGUE [W 2-3, 4.10 ERA/.1.71 WHIP] 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 HR, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 105p/66s.
    RHRP LUIS MORA [H 1, 3.60 ERA/2.20 WHIP] 1.0 IP, clean, 2 SO, 14p/8s.
    RHRP LUKAS YOUNG Jr. [SV 4, 0.00 ERA/0.92 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 1 BB, 0 SO, 23p/14s.
    LUKAS has been out 10 times now, 13.0 IP, 2 R, no earned runs. Great start to the season.

    Sorry, gotta’ get going.

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  102. 144 Vox O'Reasoñ May 5, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    2day’s lineup:

    Ozzie 2B
    Dans SS
    Freddie 1B
    Nick RF
    Flow C
    Johan 3B
    Joyce LF
    Ender CF
    Julio RHP

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  103. 145 berigan2electricboogaloo May 5, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    wowser….did y’all see Max Friend pinch running for JD, and slide in to home headfirst, on Ender’s double????? Yikes! He looks kinda frail, but, no harm no foul , thank God!
    nice sweep of the hapless Marlins, now for a real acid test, the Dodgers!

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    • 146 Vox O'Reasoñ May 6, 2019 at 8:03 am

      Ya’ll must not remember when Steve Avery and Tom Glavine were used regularly as pinch runners. It was a common practice at one time.

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  104. 147 Gil in Mechanicsville May 5, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Yes Ber, both exciting and scary at the same time. Now, a bit of distention… for some reason I just can’t warm up to Josh Donaldson.

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    • 148 Gordon Lawrence May 5, 2019 at 11:41 pm

      GIL:
      Prolly be a bit warmer if he was consistently ripping into opposing pitchers @ a .310 clip. 23 m is a lot of dough-re-mi for a .259 BA roughly 20% of the way through the season.

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      • 149 Vox O'Reasoñ May 6, 2019 at 8:28 am

        Batting average is just a fraction of a player’s production, especially a slugger. Speaking of which, JDon is slugging .449… and his OBP is .389. Like him or not, he is a game changing player, and there are not alot of those to go around.

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  105. 151 Gil in Mechanicsville May 5, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    distention? bloated point?

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  106. 152 Gordon Lawrence May 5, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    MISSISSIPPI (15-13)

    Did anybody see SP KYLE MULLER’s [.2.77 ERA] line in this afternoon’s game?
    7.0 IP, 5 H, zeros, 3 BB, 4 SO, 103p/62s.
    BRAVES’ bats limited to two hits, but the PEARL Crew win 1-0 in 10.
    RHRP CLAUDIO CUSTODIO [0.00 ERA/0.90 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 1 BB, 2 SO, 27p/16s.
    RHRP CONNER JOHNSTONE [W 1-0, 0.66 ERA/WHIP] 1.0 IP, zeros, 2 BB, 1 SO, 13p/7s.

    That’s 10 innings of shutout ball folks.

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  107. 153 berigan2electricboogaloo May 6, 2019 at 6:59 am

    Gil, I get what you are saying, at least to a point. I hope I don’t feel that way cuz of the moola. I don’t get a warm vibe from him…
    check out this… or check this out.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Donaldson#Personal_life

    well, a friend who is usually right about things heard JD say he didn’t listen to hitting coaches, that he knew his swing best…that stuck in my craw a bit…but, he was a very late bloomer….this is an interesting read I just stumbled upon…
    https://nationalpost.com/sports/toronto-blue-jays-josh-donaldson-to-reunite-with-the-man-who-transformed-his-swing-at-the-home-run-derby

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  108. 154 Vox O'Reasoñ May 6, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Hmmm… not alot of love for JDon around here. I get it. He’s not “one of ours”. But he is producing at a .259/.389/.481, 5 HR, 9 2B, 16 RBI clip. And that does not reflect the number of balls he’s barrelled that have been long loud lineouts. He consistently makes better contact than anyone else on the team. At some point, those liners will either start falling in or start flying out. I’m betting on the latter.

    Would you rather have Johan in there? His .221/.277/.338 slash line is more troubling than my current whipping boy Ender Inciarte’s .238/.314/.362.

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    • 155 Gordon Lawrence May 6, 2019 at 10:41 am

      Somehow, I thin JOHAN is better as a regular and not a bench player. Just my gut feeling of course. I’m not going to the mat with him or DONALDSON for that matter.

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  109. 156 Vox O'Reasoñ May 6, 2019 at 10:40 am

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    • 157 Gordon Lawrence May 6, 2019 at 10:43 am

      Now there was a player I liked when he was a BRAVE here in RICHMOND and in ATLANTA. That’s one player I’m sorry to see gone.

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      • 158 Gordon Lawrence May 6, 2019 at 10:45 am

        Not JULIO. Seems TEHERAN’s focus is a lot better this season since he’s been on the edge of being pushed off the starting line-up. Maybe that’s the answer for JT. Never let him be comfortable.

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  110. 159 Gordon Lawrence May 6, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Pitching in our minor’s system has really come on strong across the spectrum of the classes.

    Still wish we had BRUCE ZIMMERMANN and JEAN CARLOS ENCARNACION though. BRETT CUMBERLAND and EVAN PHILLIPS. How are they faring in the O’s organization?

    LHSP BRUCE ZIMMERMANN 0-1 with a 3.09 ERA/1.12 WHIP in AA
    BuZMM continues to show high marks as he integrates into the O’s organization.
    I for one miss him. Looks like GAUSMAN/O’DAY + salary was half a fair trade at this point.

    LHRP EVAN PHILLIPS 0-1 4.91 ERA/1.45 WHIP in BALTIMORE.
    EVAN has been in BALTIMO’ pretty much since the beginning of the season. Looks like the O’s intend his ojt at the ML level for now.

    C BRETT CUMBERLAND has been in nine AA games as the relief catcher. 36 AB’s so far .250 BA/.900 OPS. He appears to be used sparingly, but effectively by the O’s organization.

    3B JEAN CARLOS ENCARNACION has see his plate results drop dramatically since being traded. Currently, he is still in A-ball for a second stint with the SHORE BIRDS where in 88 AB’s he is batting .216 BA/.618 OPS.
    JC may be having trouble adapting to the O’s organization though his OPS is a notch better than last season, but nowhere close to his number [.777 OPS] while at ROME.

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  111. 160 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Do not mistake my lack of love for a player as the same as wishing he were somewhere else. Perhaps it is the hyperactive bravado. He appears to be working out better than some of the other high profile players we have seen enter the division.

    That said, I do not see him being in Atlanta beyond this season regardless. I would put him in the same category as J.D. Drew. A very good player who could not wait to leave town for greener pastures.

    I know he was signed as a one year bridge until Austin was ready. Looks like that plan will work out well.

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    • 161 Vox O'Reasoñ May 6, 2019 at 4:56 pm

      Yes to all that you said. Except that I do not mind the bravado. I kind of like it. And I think the 1 year stopover is the desired outcome from both sides… and they all know it.

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  112. 162 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Travis d’Arnaud signs with the Dodgers to cover for A.J. Pollock right handed bat. Dodgers will be responsible for league minimum. During his tenure with LA.

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  113. 163 Vox O'Reasoñ May 6, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    I just read something on another blog chat that sort of circled a few minutes until I came back here and something caught my eye.

    We have debated a few times the usefulness of some of the new “boutique” stats… or as the stat geeks like to call them, the “advanced metrics”, a name they cane up with themselves to make them sound more impressive than they really are.

    But my question is more focused: Is OPS a useful measure of a hitter’s effectiveness?

    Here is where that comes from…

    Earlier today I poo-pooed the use of the old fashioned batting avg by itself, then turned around and put up a slash line to back up my own stance. And of course, the AVG is a component of the slash line. I tend to lean that direction since it shows all 3 traditional parts of a batter’s performance, being AVG/OBP/SLG. Which brings me back to OPS, which is the sum of OBP+SLG.

    I read a guy call the OPS a silly stat because it combines 2 independent stats that should just stand alone. I’m not sure how I stand on that. On one hand, the OPS is one of the newer stat geek numbers I can relate too. Some think it’s the most accurate measure of a batter’s effectiveness: getting on base, putting the ball into play and hitting it hard.

    So what say ye? OPS a good reference number? Slash line good or bad? Any other newer stats you do or don’t like? Why and why not?

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  114. 164 Vox O'Reasoñ May 6, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Personally, I do not like the BABIP (batting avg for balls in play), or more specifically the attitude of those who espouse it. That drives me crazy because the stat geeks think they can use that number to accurately predict the future. They always say that a guy’s BABIP is “ridiculously high” and that his performance is therefor “unsustainable”, or that he’s “unlucky” because his “BABIP is extremely low”, and that all these numbers must come back to the middle.

    I really hate that.

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  115. 165 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    OPS usually better defines whether or not a player is a Punch and Judy slap hitter or brings some beef to the game. One thing I find more relevant is what position does the guy play? I still think BA is important too but in reality, BA for a player’s previous 10 games is more relevant than total BA.

    Most all of the advanced stats are geek food anyway to allow those foolish enough to gamble away their money to think they have an edge.

    By the way, MLB suspended the Gasman 5 games for throwing at Urena. He has appealed and will pitch tonight in the opener with LA.

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  116. 166 Vox O'Reasoñ May 6, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    I do like the use of WAR (Wins Above Replacement), but not necessarily in the exact manner it is intended. I think it’s very hard to quantify a player’s worth to his team by numbers alone. However, since all WAR is calculated the same, I do think it is a decent way to compare players. For instance, Cody Bellinger currently leads the league in WAR with 2.6… and of course, he also leads the league in AVG, OBP, SLG, etc. His relative worth is that of the best in baseball thus far this season. He is followed by Chrsitan Yelich, Mike Trout, etc. In other words, the games top players do actually have the top WAR. (The top Brave is RAJ with a 1.3 WAR.)

    So I do find that boutique stat at least a bit useful if not a totally accurate value placed on a player.

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  117. 167 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    As long as their have been ball players and ball games, gamblers have always tried to gain an edge. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate a little wager now and then but big money gambling ruins a sport. Seems like everyone wants to get rich quick.

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  118. 168 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    A big reveal to me is the number of errors a player makes.

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  119. 169 Vox O'Reasoñ May 6, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    I’m still undecided on OPS. What if a guy has a great eye and walks a ton, but doesn’t carry alot of thunder? Then there’s the slugger who strikes out alot, never walks, but when he makes contact, he hits it hard and far. Couldn’t they conceivably have a similar OPS but be quite different hitters?

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    • 170 Carolina Lady May 6, 2019 at 5:22 pm

      It’s like the old adage that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Or, which type BBQ do you like best? I don’t think any are carved into stone. Too many variables amongst the people involved, both players and observers.

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  120. 171 Vox O'Reasoñ May 6, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied with anyone trying to reduce a player’s worth to a bunch of numbers. There are guys, like Dansby, who bring more to a game than just stats. Some guys just have an intangible that helps win games. You can never assign a number to such, yet it has great value.

    Does the influence Mac is having on our young pitching staff have a number? Is his presence in the clubhouse quantified? Of course not. But it is irreplaceable.

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  121. 172 Vox O'Reasoñ May 6, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    Gausman’s 5 game suspension is ridiculous but not unexpected. He never came close to hurting Jose Urinal. And no warnings were ever given ahead of the pitch, either. IMO, the umpires should have given pre-game warnings since they were all aware of the situation. That said, Urinal’s suspension last year was of the 6 game variety, and Gausy’s 5 games is barely one trip through the rotation. So it’s really more of a slap on the wrist than anything. He’s appealing, will pitch tonight, then drop the appeal and get an extra day’s rest before his next start. Don’t be surprised to see Newcomb or Wright get a spot start in his place next week bumping everyone back and giving all the pitchers an extra day’s rest. Snit likes to do that occasionally anyway.

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  122. 173 berigan2electricboogaloo May 6, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    V, I just feel that when you put balls in play, it matters. I have seen say, MLBTR say some guy was really doing swell with a .245 BA, and a .358 OBP. Even if he did hit 32 HR’s and only drove in say, 80 RBI’s batting 6th (not gonna figure out his slugging 😉 )
    so, in my mind, that guy, based on these numbers, is not really a good hitter, he guesses on pitches that aren’t strikes, or, knows he cannot hit certain pitches…so he walks some. hit some big flies, but probably sucks, with, RISP…
    I just think numbers like those are based on the individual only they say, and that’s why they are good numbers. RBI’s and Runs scored have less to do with the individual, so to speak. But, guys that are smart baserunners, who take extra bases or bounce around at first annoying the pitchers…well, can’t really quantify that . RISP (another old stat mentioned above) that tells me a ton about a guy, but…he may have had a lousy hitter behind him, but…if he always has a good RISP.
    BABIP, etc…if there were TONS of evidence that it really mattered…I might buy into it…but…(many sound distractions = train of thought was derailed)
    IF someone like Brandon Phillips goes 18 HR 77 RBI .281 .321 .429 was better than
    ……………………………………………………..18 HR 103 RBI .261 .310 .396 was a down year, I don’t agree. 27 RBI’s has to be better for the team overall . Just looked up his RISP numbers, 2012 year (18 77 .281) he hit, .303 with RISP. 2013, 18 103 .261 ) RISP .338. Better year, but NO ONE will say that today…

    have I made my point? Seriously, I don’t know 😛

    I do like spin rate stuff, how fast the ball was off the bat…

    OPS is ok…but I can just look at other numbers (more numbers) and get the same Idea….

    now, get off my lawn!

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  123. 174 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Personally, I still prefer the eye test and not just what we see on TV because we all know TV distorts speed and distance. Lots of catches look pretty routine on TV but truly look spectacular when seen by the naked eye.

    On a different note, we should all be thankful the Braves did not have the same malady befall them getting out of MIAMI as the Nats did trying to leave Philly. Sat on a plane for nine hours before busing back to their hotel at 6 AM and still have to fly to Braustwurstville for a 8 o’clock game tonight against the Brewers.

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  124. 178 Gil in Mechanicsville May 7, 2019 at 9:04 am

    The Gasman had water in the tank last night. That plus Buehler looked really sharp. On the plus side, Newcomb looked stout. His fastball was on the corners and his breaking pitches were Maddux like.

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  125. 180 Gordon Lawrence May 7, 2019 at 10:32 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (17-14)

    STRIPERS lose 4-2 to the BULLS

    LF TRAVIS DEMERITTE [.311 BA/.946 OPS] 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B [8], 1 HR [4], 1 RBI [21], 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 CS [2], 1 E [3, fielding], 1 Picked Off [1B].
    His bat is coming alive in similar fashion to what it was in California before he became a BRAVE.
    His defense well, he still learning to be an outfielder.
    His base running gaffs last night have no excuse with the possible exception of management telling him to try the attempted unsuccessful steal.
    3B AUSTIN RILEY [.291 BA/.981 OPS] 0-4, 1 RBI [28], 0 BB, 2 SO.

    LHSP COLBY ALLARD [L 2-2, 4.20 ERA/1.43 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 HR, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 94p/56s.
    LHRP JESSE BIDDLE [0.00 ERA/0.00 WHIP] finished up with two clean innings and two K’s.

    MISSISSIPPI (15-14)

    PEARL Crew take a 6-3 loss as DREW WATERS dances on a Golden Sombrero.

    Lead-off LF DREW WATERS [.328 BA/.866 OPS] 0-5, 0 BB, 4 SO.
    CF CRISTIAN PACHE [.314 BA/.889 OPS] 1-5, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 E [2, fielding].
    RF TYLER NESLONY [.200 BA/.929 OPS] 1-2, 1 R, 1 3B [1]. 1 RBI [1], 2 BB, 0 SO.

    RHSP PATRICK WEIGEL [ND, 2.19 ERA/1.22 WHIP] 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 29p/20s.

    FLORIDA (11-20)

    F-F-FROGS take a duo of ugly beatings in a twin bill 6-0, and 6-2.
    Pitching with one exception in both games is basically trashed.

    In the first game, UNROE, JENISTA, and LANGHORNE have a hit apiece.

    LHSP HAYDEN DEAL [L 2-2, 1.29 ERA/0.89 WHIP] 5.0, 8 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 88p/59s.
    RHRP WALTER BORKOVICH [10.03 ERA/2.31 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 4 H, 1 HR, 5 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 26p/14s.

    In the second, UNROE DELGADO, and JENISTA have a hit apiece.

    RHSP KEITH WEISENBERG [L 0-4, 10.90 ERA/2.02 WHIP] 1.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 49p/24s.
    RHRP TROY BACON [5.17 ERA/1.34 WHIP] 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 49p/29s.
    Things have not gone well for either pitcher so far this season.

    ROME (13-17)

    R-Braves split a twi-night double-header, taking the early game 3-1, and dropping the nightcap 8-oooh!

    First game:
    Lead-off CF JUSTIN DEAN [.259 BA/.687 OPS] 1-4, 2 RBI [7], 1 SO, 1 Outfield Assist [Home Plate].
    2B GREG CULLEN [.223 BA/.676 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B [8], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    C LOGAN BROWN [.319 BA/.793 OPS] 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI [9]. 0 BB, 1 SO.

    RHSP TREY RILEY [W 1-4, 5.02 ERA/1.64 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 4 SO, 98p/58s.
    RHRP KURT HOEKSTRA [Sv 4, 0.68 ERA/1.20 WHIP] 1.0 IP, clean, 2 SO, 14p/9s.
    Our former infielder has found his niche I do believe. He’s putting that strong arm to good work.

    Second game:

    Top of the order get three hits, lead-off DEAN, MORITZ, and CULLEN. That’s it for offense.

    Starter OLDALVI JAVIER, and relief JAKE HIGGENBOTHAM are both savaged by opposing bats.

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  126. 181 Vox O'Reasoñ May 7, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Ender Inciarte for 2019: .231/.306/.352

    Last 7 days: .222/.300/.333

    It ain’t getting better folks. Yes he can catch the ball; but in 2019, you have to be able to hit as well. How much longer can the Braves afford to keep his bat (or lack thereof) in the lineup?

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    • 182 Vox O'Reasoñ May 7, 2019 at 11:27 am

      If we want to be more specific, his splits are quite telling.

      vs. RHP: .193/.265/.330
      vs. LHP: .400/.478/.450

      Platoon candidate or trade candidate? Gotta get the bat going if they want to get anything for him. That’s the only reason I can see that they continue to pencil his name in.

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  127. 183 Vox O'Reasoñ May 7, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Bowman:

    Sean Newcomb made it clear he was motivated by anger as he spent the past three weeks enduring a demotion. “I feel like I was able to get a little ticked off about it,” Newcomb said. “Obviously, you want to be here. But I was able to take that and focus on using each day to find something to get better with and not worry about something I can’t control.”

    Whatever it takes.

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  128. 184 Vox O'Reasoñ May 7, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    If Kevin Gausman drops his appeal of the 5-game suspension, Newk would be in line to make the spot start in Gausy’s turn. It makes sense on the surface, but it would leave the team down a reliever in the mean time as they can’t replace Gausman on the active roster during the suspension. Most likely, Newk will continue in the relief role and a starter will be called up to make that spot start next Saturday in ARI.

    If you look at Gwinnett, Kolby Allard started yesterday and would line up for the start, but he hasn’t been that great in 2019, taking the L yesterday to even his record at 2-2. Bryce Wilson started on Sunday, and in my mind is the likely guy to get the callup and start.

    Of course, this is predicated on Gausy dropping the appeal today. That hasn’t happened yet. It’s conceivable he wants to take this to appeal to try to reduce the games, but that is most unlikely with a starting pitcher as any reduction in games would result in a net zero effect in his game appearances, only his paycheck.

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  129. 185 Gil in Mechanicsville May 7, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    I don’t think Gausman will make any decisions in the near future. I am sure he will look for a reduction in days (3 would be about right) Remember, the team will be short a player while he serves a suspension.

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  130. 186 berigan2electricboogaloo May 7, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    despite the gambling talk on Fox sports south (and isn’t there already poker, or am I wrong?) Sinclair is a much better option than a bunch of SJW rappers buying them. Can’t believe that didn’t happen, honestly!
    from wiki….a conservative leaning company????the horror, THE HORROR!!!!!
    Sinclair has faced scrutiny from some media critics, as well as some of its station employees, for the conservative slant of their stations’ news reporting and other programming decisions, and how the company’s rapid growth has aided the airing of content that supports these views.[2][3][4] Sinclair has also faced criticism over business practices that circumvent concentration of media ownership regulations, particularly the use of local marketing agreements, accusations that the company had been currying favor with the Trump administration in order to loosen these rules[5] and about its management lacking diversity and being totally controlled by a single family.[6] Critics including former news anchor Dan Rather have described Sinclair’s practices as being “an assault on our democracy” by disseminating what they perceive to be Orwellian-like propaganda to its local stations.[7][8][9]

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  131. 187 berigan2electricboogaloo May 7, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    The Dodgers are for real folks…I have caught at least part of their games several times this year waiting for quick pitch to start….how a team can get rid of Matt Kemp (who was released the other day by the Reds) and Puig (SP) and get better, it’s hard to believe….
    I hope we can win 1 game out there….
    what makes the Gausman 5 game suspension especially egregious (blog first?) was some nothing mets bullpen guy threw not once, but twice at Rhys Hoskins’ head, and only got a 2 game suspension a week or so ago. (it was a thing of beauty when Rhys hit a homer off the same pitcher I think, a day or 2 later, and took the longest home run trot in 20 years!)

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  132. 188 Vox O'Reasoñ May 7, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    the team will be short a player while he serves a suspension

    Short a starting pitcher, who only pitches every 5 days anyway. That’s why any suspension less than 5 days would have no teeth.

    I’m not debating the the merit of the 5-day penalty itself… just saying that suspending a starting pitcher for less than his normal rotation time – 5 days – is effectively doing nothing. As for the proportional amount of his salary a suspension will cost him, that could (and probably will) be reimbursed in some other means by the team.

    Now, personally I don’t think his action warrants any kind of suspension, especially since the umpires chose not to issue any warnings to the teams prior to the game even though they were aware of the history involved and the potential for action. Had they issued such warnings to both sides, which I believe they would have been justified in doing, then any punishment handed down would be similarly justified.

    As for MLB and its handpuppet Joe Torre, they really have no choice but to do something, otherwise they would set a dangerous precedent.

    I guess my whole diatribe here is simply to say that in my most humble opinion, Gausy should take the suspension beginning today and enjoy an extra day of rest before his next start. And given that Snit has taken advantage of certain schedule opportunities to give all his starters an extra day of rest, and has on occasion inserted a 6th starter to accomplish the same purpose, they should just roll with it here and treat it as another opportunity to help preserve these arms deeper into the season.

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  133. 189 Gil in Mechanicsville May 7, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Ber, it is no doubt the Dodgers are the real deal. Even their newest pet pig has numbers equal to Acuna.

    Their start last season was an aberration more than the norm.

    It is still way early but as it stands, the Braves are a .500 team. There is room for improvement with every team in the east. We still have the Nats to play.

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  134. 190 Gil in Mechanicsville May 7, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    About last night…

    Braves defense looks as leaky as the FBI…

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  135. 191 berigan2electricboogaloo May 8, 2019 at 12:56 am

    well, as Triumph the Comic Insult dog might say….. this was a good game….for me to poop on!

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  136. 192 Vox O'Reasoñ May 8, 2019 at 8:20 am

    About last night…

    Mama always said if you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything at all.

    That is all.

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  137. 193 Vox O'Reasoñ May 8, 2019 at 8:24 am

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  138. 194 Gil in Mechanicsville May 8, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Great news is a relative term I would say. Better than being broken but we shall see if it lingers.

    Game was another stinker for we Braves fans.

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  139. 196 Vox O'Reasoñ May 8, 2019 at 9:49 am

    And of course, with the team being out on the Weird Coast, we won’t get any updates or other news until later in the afternoon.

    Now as for the present, I look at tonight’s start for Folty as extremely important for the team. His first couple of starts looked like a guy that has missed time with injury. His fastball isn’t popping and his slider isn’t sharp. As a group of fans, we need to all pray that he’s back to his norm tonight or there will be cause for anxiety. Of particular concern is the fact that his velo is down on the fastball. If that continues tonight, I’ll be worried that the elbow is more problematic than he wants to admit.

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  140. 197 Vox O'Reasoñ May 8, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Perspective from Mr. O’B. I think it’s really easy these days with the crushing avalanche of micro-analysis to swing high and low from game to game. But over the course of 162 of them, that’s alot of swinging. As the old cliche goes, it’s a marathon and not a sprint.

    And of course, the Braves are still at .500 (18-18) and just 2.5 games back of the division lead. Could be the Nationals (14-21), who are obviously cursed. They have my symp—- no… no they don’t.

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  141. 198 Gil in Mechanicsville May 8, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    The Nats are beat to h#ll right now. They won’t stay that way. I just hope the Brave get to play them before they are back to full strength.

    What’s the old saying, you are only as good as your next day’s starting pitching.

    I am more concerned with the shoddy defense on the left side of the infield to be honest. It’s like their mind is somewhere else…

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  142. 199 berigan2electricboogaloo May 8, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    DOB is right, but, the first time we played the Rockies, and cubs(just saw, 1st place cubs, wow), they were losing to everyone. Not the case now. Cleveland is in 2nd place, 4 games back, in the weakest division .
    Of course, everyone is losing to the Dodgers now, they have won, what, 10 in a row in L.A.???
    It’s just, if you watch the braves vs the Dodgers, right now as the 2 teams are constructed…they’d sweep us in the playoffs. Only weakness they have right now, IMHO, is closerwise. Kenley Jansen is getting by on grit , and smarts right now. Dave Roberts has overworked him in the playoffs for several years now, and sadly I believe it’s caught up with him…but, they will no doubt get someone to help out if Jansens velo (see, I’m up with the terminology the youngsters use) comes back some…

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  143. 200 berigan2electricboogaloo May 8, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Gil, I missed the first few innings (and of course the last few) what happened exactly, defensively?
    just saw the camera shot from above and behind home plate and wow, did that that liner really go far from hitting Fried’s hand! A minor miracle that he didn’t get a broken arm. Can’t imagine he will be able to pitch next time out, but , he’s a kid…and a tough one…

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  144. 201 Vox O'Reasoñ May 8, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Sometimes I think he gets his ideas from the ol’ B&S.

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  145. 202 Vox O'Reasoñ May 8, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Still no word on how Fried’s hand is doing today. His post-game comments pointed toward him not missing his next start, but I don’t think the team can make a complete judgement on that until they see how it looks and feels today. According to Fried, and by the way the video looked, the baseball appeared to strike him in the “meaty” part of the hand and thankfully missed bone. Still, a muscle contusion can certainly affect his grip, so his next start is still iffy as far as I am concerned.

    Early speculation says Newk is in line to make Fried’s next start coming off 2 very good looking relief innings on Monday, which would obviously take him out of the bullpen. And since Josh Tomlin had to go 4 innings last night, he’s out for a couple of games himself. I do not believe the Braves can be short 2 arms in their bullpen for the next couple of games. I think this hurts Newk’s chances of getting that start if it’s necessary.

    It all that adds up thus: If Fried can make his next start, Newk can remain in the pen and we roll on as usual. If Fried cannot make that start, Newk should still work out of the bullpen until Fried’s turn when another pitcher will have to come up and make that start, likely costing Newk his roster spot. That sucks, right? The guy has done all the right things to earn his way back but might still get demoted. In a perfect world, he’d be given the opportunity to start that game. But unless I’m off base (pun fully intended), the roster constraints will simply work against him.

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  146. 204 Gil in Mechanicsville May 8, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    Of course if Fried has to go on the IL, the rules are modified a bit as far as a pitcher being stuck in 10 jail…

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  149. 209 Vox O'Reasoñ May 8, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    There he goes again…

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  150. 210 berigan2electricboogaloo May 8, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    well, at least things look good down on the farm…man, will probably flip away soon….Folty is hitting 96, but every single Dodgers hitter somehow is very patient, yet swings for the fences, and sadly, it works…

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  151. 211 berigan2electricboogaloo May 9, 2019 at 1:19 am

    well, tip your cap time…sigh…R.A. Jr finally hit a homer, and they did score some…some runs, 5-4 Dodgers, ran Kershaw out in the 7th (great curve, but man fastball was barely 90, and little movement) but, even facing mainly lefties in the 7th, A.J….stunk…flat out stunk….then Webb put out the fire, 7-4 Dodgers, then he gave up a 2 run homer to the Red head next inning….9-4. Joe Kelly , who had been beyond terrible, 10 + ERA, looked great against the bravos in the 9th…
    other than FF’s 3 hits, Acuna’s first homer in weeks , and a double by JD, not much to write home about…
    Folty’s stuff is much better than the 2019 Kershaw, but…Kershaw is smarter….
    Braves had 11 hits, but only 4 runs, Dodgers 9 hits, 9 runs….
    On to AZ…hope they are cooling off….

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  152. 213 Vox O'Reasoñ May 9, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Too late for this fella. Much like Sgt. Schultz, I saw nothing. But even at that, I know the Braves are a good team that will be a great team… but just aren’t there yet. They are not yet a real match for the $200M Dodgers, who are arguably the best team in baseball. Heck, they have 7 players who make an AAV of $12M or more, plus some terrific youngsters like Alex Verdugo, Walker Beuhler and Corey Seager. So you take your lumps this year and move on knowing that we have some key pieces on the horizon that will help push our team to the next level.

    And in some fairness, the Dodgers are 15-4 at home thus far this season. The Braves are not their only victims.

    On Folty, obviously I didn’t see him, but I have seen his line: 6.0 IP, 5 ER, 2 K, 4 BB. Ber, you said his fastball topped at 96? That’s not his norm. Bowman also noted the decrease in velo but did say that Folty’s slider looked better. That is at east a little encouraging, but I do not like the overall picture. Time for concern?

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    • 214 Gil in Mechanicsville May 9, 2019 at 9:43 am

      Folty actually looked good I thought. He was sailing along and then a solo homer, a single and then a 2 run homer… Really only one bad pitch thrown but the Dodgers are the best team I have seen play this year and I watch a lot of baseball. They not only have an awesome first string line up but their subs are really every day players anywhere else.

      Still early, the Braves are still ahead of everyone else in their division so there is that. I doubt the Braves are sad to put LA in their rear view mirror. Not like the Dodgers aren’t beating the snot out of everyone one else too.

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  153. 215 Vox O'Reasoñ May 9, 2019 at 9:15 am

    So on this 10 game road trip, we are sitting at 3-3 in fairly non-surprising fashion. We took care of an inferior team in MIA and got beaten by a superior team in LA.

    One of the things about math is that it never lies. If we split with ARI, we’ll also split the road trip. And I think that before they left, we would have all agreed that a 5-5 road trip to MIA and the Weird Coast would be considered a success. More times than not, any .500 road trip should be considered a success.

    In the next 4 games, the Braves will start Soroka tonight, followed by Julio, Gausy and Fried (hopefully). Assuming Fried is good to go on Sunday, and also assuming that neither he nor Soroka get drilled by any more line drives, I like our chances alot for those 2 games. Julio’s Friday start comes against Zack Greinke, whose 2019 WHIP (.096) and BAA (.220) are both better than his career numbers (1.17 & .246 respectively). And his 2019 ERA is close (3.42 vs. 3.39). Gausy’s Saturday start vs. Merrill Kelly might be the key game of the series.

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  154. 216 Gil in Mechanicsville May 9, 2019 at 9:49 am

    And another thing… I am not sure having the team hype Riley is all that much of a good thing. Not saying it isn’t better news than to have him slumping but folks should keep in mind that he is hitting against AAA and quad A pitching right now. I expect he will have a chance to bring his bat into the mix in the big A at some point this season, at least he won’t be worn out from having to run hard to first maybe… 🙂

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    • 217 Vox O'Reasoñ May 9, 2019 at 11:24 am

      I am not sure having the team hype Riley is all that much of a good thing… folks should keep in mind that he is hitting against AAA and quad A pitching right now.

      Ender Inciarte over the last 7 games: .190/.261/.286

      Can Ender hit AAA and quad A pitching right now? Did you know he actually has 2 minor league options left? Of course, that would destroy any trade value he might have left and is therefore quite unlikely.

      Speaking of Ender’s trade value, maybe that’s why Austin Riley is playing OF now. It would not be a surprise at all if Ender is being shopped in search of needed pitching. Maybe Cristian Pache will be ready at some point on 2020, but he’s not right now. So perhaps Riley can cover an OF spot while waiting for his 3B position to open up in 2020.

      The Giants obviously want prospects for MadBum, but also have a dire need for OF’s. Maybe Thoppy offers Bryce Wilson and Ender. Considering MadBum is a half season rental, that’s a premium price… but maybe a good deal for both sides. And if they want more, then Thoppy should request a window to negotiate an extension prior to a deal, then he can include more… and maybe even expand the deal to bring back a reliever as well.

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  155. 218 Vox O'Reasoñ May 9, 2019 at 11:30 am

    And speaking of pitching on the way, Gabe Burns penned (rather, keyed) a nice piece on recently recalled Kyle Wright. It’s worth the read.

    https://www.ajc.com/sports/baseball/kyle-wright-returns-braves-with-new-look/GfvI96c0XrGfdWqenkN6nM/

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  156. 219 Vox O'Reasoñ May 9, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Riley’s gaudy numbers:

    In an early “Education Day” start in Gwinnett, Riley is 0-1 thus far with 0 HR’s. But it’s early. 😉

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  157. 222 berigan2electricboogaloo May 9, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    V, thanks for the link on Wright….nice that the minor-league pitching coordinator Dom Chiti saw something he could fix….interesting that Joe Simpson noticed that Folty was holding his hands much higher in the set position….I really like hearing Joe with Chip. Joe simply knows things, has stories that a 35 Y.O. Frenchy can’t compete with…Frenchy’s been…decent. It’s funny, when you listen to Frenchy compared to Glavine, you’d think Frenchy was the HOF’er, and Glavine was the guy with the mediocre career..he’s not terrible, and has gotten better, but I hope Joe works at least 1/3 of the game from here on out…

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  158. 223 berigan2electricboogaloo May 9, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    V, IF MadBum is throwing a bit harder this year (I think I have heard that) there will be a bidding war, and a slumping CF’er with no power, and one of our 2nd tier pitching prospects, won’t get it done, though as you point out, it is for half a season.
    well, I could be way off base…man, did the Astros rob the tigers in 2017…the 3 guys they got back are still in the minors, and not doing much there….

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    • 224 Vox O'Reasoñ May 9, 2019 at 1:09 pm

      The half year rental is the key. No sane GM should give up the farm for 3 months of pitching.

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    • 225 Vox O'Reasoñ May 9, 2019 at 1:57 pm

      MLBTR: Trade speculation has swirled around Madison Bumgarner for months, and such buzz figures to grow even louder as we approach the trade deadline due to Bumgarner’s solid results. After a pair of injury-marred seasons, Bumgarner has been healthy and effective this year, with a 3.92 ERA, 8.9 K/9, and a 6.14 K/BB rate that projects as the best of his career. As ESPN’s Buster Olney notes in a subscriber-only column, Bumgarner is throwing his fastball more often than in recent years, and with better velocity. While “the front offices of 2019 don’t necessarily believe in intangibles and mostly won’t pay for them,” Olney wonders if a proven postseason performer like Bumgarner might also benefit from a move to a contending team, similar to how Cole Hamels was reinvigorated after being dealt from the Rangers to the Cubs last summer. With the Giants in last place in the NL West and looking like a deadline seller, it will be interesting to see what San Francisco can acquire for its longtime ace in July, assuming the team indeed does want to move Bumgarner.

      Again, with only the remainder of this season under contract, MadBum won’t bring back more than 1 top 10 prospect in a package. If the Giants were to grant an interested team permission to negotiate an extension – or perhaps more importantly if MadBum is even interested in an extension – the return price would obviously grow remarkably. And given the recent treatment of players (pitchers in particular) age 30 and above by GMs, the 29-year-old MadBum might want to look for some security now while he can.

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  159. 226 Vox O'Reasoñ May 9, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Speaking of Folty… just heard that he has never in his career pitched 6.0 innings or more and notched just 2 K’s. And both of those last night came on sliders; none on the fastball. Combine that with the drop in velo and the easy conclusion is that the elbow is not OK, regardless of how anyone is trying to spin it.

    Why would the team try to suppress what is quite obvious to anyone paying attention? Perhaps they do not want to appear desperate in their hunt for starting pitching on the trade market. Surely they are engaged in the hunt. Surely.

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  160. 227 berigan2electricboogaloo May 9, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    meanwhile, have you all seen what a TERRIBLE trade the Pirates made for Mr. excellent peripheral stats guy, Chris Archer???? the now 30 year old Archer still has swell outside wins/ERA numbers (and is on the DL err…IL, hate that new name, I am so open to new things in baseball) 3-3 in 10 starts last year, 4.30 ERA in 52 innings. this year, before a thumb injury… 1-2 in 5 starts, 4.33 ERA in 27 innings. He is basically Julio T. No innings, ave era. Meanwhile, Tampa got Tyler Glasnow, who this year in 7 starts is 6-0 with a league leading 1.47 ERA! to be fair, the 25 year old hasn’t looked like an Ace in Pittsburgh, but after one terrible year as a starter, they had him pitch in the bullpen, where he was just mediocre .
    but wait, there’s more! the pirates also gave up Austin Meadows, who, before going on the I.L in 83 AB’s was hitting .352, with 6 HR’s and 19 RBI’s. The cheap for a good reason Rays are 23-13 and in 1st place. The cheap for no good reason Pirates are 17-16, and in 4th place…

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  161. 228 Vox O'Reasoñ May 9, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Here’s another fun numbers comparison…

    .242/.371/.417, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 37 K, 0.7 WAR in 35 games, signed for 3 yrs/$50M (’19-’21) w/ ’22 team option

    .313/.405/.484, 4 HR, 22, RBI, 17 K, 1.3 WAR in 37 games, signed for 1 yr/$6M (’19) w/ ’20 team option

    That would be Andrew McCutchen vs. Nick Markakis.

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  162. 229 Vox O'Reasoñ May 9, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    On a completely unrelated topic, Buster Posey has been placed in the 7-day concussion IL… again. How much longer can they keep putting him behind the plate? Why isn’t he a full time 1B by now?

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  163. 230 Gil in Mechanicsville May 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Afternoon all,

    I see your point Vee but who would be the back up center fielder behind Acuna, Camargo?

    One reason the Braves likely have not mentioned a nagging injury to Folty is it gives way too much information to opposing batters.

    I remember Glavin pitching with fractured ribs but nary a word out of Bobby Cox and never used as an excuse.

    I still believe some team will pick up released Matt Kemp as soon as the price falls in line.

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    • 231 Vox O'Reasoñ May 9, 2019 at 2:07 pm

      I see your point Vee but who would be the back up center fielder behind Acuna, Camargo?

      Point well made. Adam Duvall actually fits the bill much better as he can play all 3 OF spots.

      And it should be noted that Riley was back at 3B for today’s game. (He also took an 0-fer.)

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    • 233 Gil in Mechanicsville May 9, 2019 at 5:51 pm

      Interesting observations which are pretty spot on.

      Washington gets to run into the buzz saw tonight against LA.

      My personal opinion. If I were Alex, I would sign Kemp (fits his payroll) and use him as a right hand PH off the bench plus back up left fielder.

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  164. 234 Vox O'Reasoñ May 9, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    I still believe some team will pick up released Matt Kemp as soon as the price falls in line.

    Any team that signs him would only have to pay him a pro-rated portion of the league minimum as Cincy (with LA paying $3.5M and SD paying $2.5M) is on the hook for the remaining amount of the $21.75M remaining on the last year of that albatross deal. Kemp has been out with a broken rib since April 23. He broke it crashing into an OF wall chasing a fly ball. After the game he told the media, “I fought the wall and the wall won.” 😆

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  165. 235 Vox O'Reasoñ May 9, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    More fun with numbers:

    .273/.336/.421, 4 HR, 22 RBI, 27 K, 0.8 WAR in 35 games

    .279/.338/.441, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 25 K, 0.0 WAR in 20 games
    .302/.391/.472, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 8 K, 0.4 WAR in 16 games

    That would be JT Realmuto vs. Flow & Mac.

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  166. 236 Gordon Lawrence May 9, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Congrats to AUSTIN RILEY for launching two rockets yesterday.

    But those results continued a disturbing trend in his splits LH vs. RH.
    LH – .212 BA, 33 AB, 3 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR VS LH .394 slugging, .744 OPS
    RH – .337 BA, 95 AB, 7 2B, 0 3B, 11 HR VS RH .758 slugging, 1.146 OPS

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  167. 238 Gordon Lawrence May 9, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    I would say AUSTIN RILEY is not yet ready for the ML’s, at least not in the way the BRAVES need him to be.

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  168. 239 berigan2electricboogaloo May 9, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    even more fun with numbers 😉
    48 hits (leading the league) 10 Doubles 9 Hr’s 27 RBI’s .340/.386/603 2 WAR
    the often injured Michael Brantley

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  169. 240 Gordon Lawrence May 9, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Last night RILEY creams two over the fence against a RH. Tonight against a lefty he’s o’fer

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  170. 241 Vox O'Reasoñ May 10, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Josh Donaldson = Bringer of Glove
    Josh Donaldson = Bringer of Bat
    Mike Soroka = Bringer of Arm
    Luke Jackson = Bringer of Hanger
    AJ Minter = Bringer of Slump

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  171. 242 Vox O'Reasoñ May 10, 2019 at 8:14 am

    Wow!

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  172. 244 Gil in Mechanicsville May 10, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Well, that was another huge disappointment.

    As much as it pains me, AJ Minter is not yet ready for prime time….

    At least Peralta’s dinger was no cheapie.

    Sadly, last night’s game was one that got away.

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  173. 245 Vox O'Reasoñ May 10, 2019 at 8:32 am

    The flip side to this is that Newk looked completely dominant in his 1 inning appearance. He was filthy… looked like he had some attitude, too. Not sure he is ready to take over a closer’s role, but he sure has the “stuff” to pull it off. At the very least he looks capable of pitching in high leverage innings in a setup role.

    If AJ goes down. which he really needs to do at this point to work out his kinks, who comes back? Jonny Venters? Jesse Biddle?

    I think Biddle is a good candidate. When he went on the IL, he stated he thought he was tipping his pitches and would address that. The results look good. In 3 rehab appearances at AAA Gwinnett, he’s pitched 4 scoreless innings, including yesterday when he struck out 2 in his 1 inning in which he threw 18 pitches (13 strikes). On Monday, he went 2 innings, also striking out 2 and tossing just 23 pitches (17 strikes). Maybe the biggest stat is that he’s not walking anyone.

    One last thing. Before we get too down on Minter, let’s not forget he missed a large portion of spring training after the auto accident that injured his shoulder. Maybe the time lost in spring is the root of his problems, or maybe there is some lingering issue with his shoulder. Whatever it is, he needs to work it out where the games don’t hurt us in the standings. I think he’ll be back and as strong as he’s ever been at some point this summer. But he’s just not there right now.

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    • 246 Gil in Mechanicsville May 10, 2019 at 9:05 am

      I am not dissing Minter, just stating the obvious. The boy ain’t ready…

      My biggest frustration? WALKS!!!! They drive me crazy. You cannot defend against them.

      However, leaky pens are not a problem exclusive to Atlanta.

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  174. 247 Vox O'Reasoñ May 10, 2019 at 10:01 am

    However, leaky pens are not a problem exclusive to Atlanta.

    Epidemic.

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  175. 248 Gordon Lawrence May 10, 2019 at 11:16 am

    I hate to say neither LH’ers CORBIN CLOUSE [7-day], or THOMAS BURROWS have yet to fill slots in the pen. I really thought by now CLOUSE would be rolling in ATLANTA. Never had much faith in JACOB WEBB, yet here he is, and the other two are not. CLOUSE was the one I thought most ready for the leap to the majors. I thought BURROWS needed more AAA experience first. Maybe a half season, but alas and alack, CLOUSE is injured, and BURROWS is proving he’s not yet ready.

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  176. 249 Vox O'Reasoñ May 10, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Very cool… I love this kind of stuff!

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  177. 250 berigan2electricboogaloo May 10, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    well, I decided to not comment after the game last night, lest I said something just a tad bit mean….
    offense has gone to sleep once we went west of the Mississippi. you won’t win much when you score 9 runs over 4 games. Starters are fine. tiny, tiny “issue” with Mike S, is he throws a lot of pitches per inning. He was in and out of trouble last night, stuff wasn’t as good as usual, and still didn’t give up but 1 lousy run!
    It was weird with Luke last night, stuff was great, then poof! Slider just completely left him. And Minter…I have seen him hit 97, which I don’t remember before, perhaps throwing too hard? I don’t know, but he’s just no good no matter when he comes in a game…hopefully, a few weeks in AAA will straighten him out….

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    • 251 Vox O'Reasoñ May 10, 2019 at 3:08 pm

      He did struggle, yet still only gave up the 1 ER. Just heard this stat… for the year, opposing hitters are just 2 for 37 with RISP against Mike Soroka. That is mind-boggling. That is elite. That is ace-like.

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  178. 252 Vox O'Reasoñ May 10, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    The secret to Luke Jackson’s resurgence has been the tweaking of and reliance upon the slider, hence the new nickname The Friendly Neighborhood Slider-Man. Yet he hung a curveball to David Peralta.

    Go figure.

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    • 253 berigan2electricboogaloo May 10, 2019 at 6:50 pm

      V, that’s interesting…perhaps he was throwing the curve since the slider, wasn’t…he hit 97 2 times, so I am ok with mixing in a few of those with the off-speed stuff…especially when they aren’t working…

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  179. 254 Vox O'Reasoñ May 10, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Won’t be long now… 😉

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  180. 255 Vox O'Reasoñ May 10, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    I like it too.

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    • 256 berigan2electricboogaloo May 10, 2019 at 8:34 pm

      about time, JD is not a #2 hitter…Not sure is Acuna is a #1, but Dansby has been slumping a bit…anything to get the offense going….

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  181. 257 Vox O'Reasoñ May 11, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Redemption.

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  182. 258 Gordon Lawrence May 11, 2019 at 7:16 am

    Just a note on AUSTIN RILEY.’s 13th HR.
    The opposing pitcher [J.C. SHEPARD 0-5, 9.88 ERA, 2.30 WHIP] isn’t a ML, or even a AAA quality arm.
    Not as of last night anyway.
    And that arm is RH’d.
    AUSTIN has 1 HR against LH’ers, 12 against RH’ers.
    And I suspect that’s why DONALDSON is in ATLANTA and RILEY is not.
    Has handedness retarded AR’s present, and will it play a part in RILEY’s future?
    The season continues………

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  183. 259 Gordon Lawrence May 11, 2019 at 10:10 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (19-16)

    “….rockets in flight, afternoon delight….”
    Well, maybe night-time, but still…..five STRIPER bombs leave home plate destined for earth beyond the outfield.
    STRIPERS win an 8-4 contest.
    PAWSOX pitchers [4] left much to be desired.
    GWINNETT starter BRYSE WILSON had a rough line himself, but ultimately prevailed with his first “W” in AAA.

    RHSP BRYSE WILSON [W 1-3, 5.74 ERA/1.44 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 9 H, 2 HR, 4 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 93p/62s.
    RHRP WES PARSONS [0.00 ERA/1.00 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 1 BB, 2 SO, 31p/20s.
    WES appears to be a AAAA pitcher at this point. Excellent in AAA, not quite ready for ATLANTA.
    LHRP GRANT DAYTON [1.42 ERA/0.79 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 2 H, zeros, 20p/15s.

    3B PEDRO FLORIMON [.260 BA/.746 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO.
    CF RYAN LaMARRE [.297 BA/.838 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR [2], 1 RBI [17], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    DH TRAVIS DEMERITTE [.297 BA/.940 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR [5], 3 RBI [24], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    2B ANDRES BLANCO [.274 BA/.876 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR [6], 1 RBI [16], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    RF ADAM DUVALL [.294 BA/1.023 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR [10], 1 RBI [26], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    LF AUSTIN RILEY [.308 BA/1.055 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR [13], 1 RBI [33], 0 BB, 0 SO.

    MISSISSIPPI (17-16)

    PEARL Crew take a 4-1 contest from the BLUE WAHOOS on the strength of three more bombs, and some seriously strong arms.

    Lead-off CF DREW WATERS [.343 BA/.906 OPS] 2-4, 0 BB, 0 SO, 2 SB [2].
    LF CONNER LIEN [.216 BA/.840 OPS]1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [5], 1 RBI [10], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    1B ANDY WILKINS [.186 BA/.611 OPS] 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR [3], 3 RBI [9], 0 BB, 2 SO.

    LHSP KYLE MULLER [W 1-1, 2.45 ERA/1.39 WHIP] 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 99p/63s.
    RHRP JASON HURSH [H 2, 1.23 ERA/0.82 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 10p/7s.
    RHRP JOSH GRAHAM [Sv 4, 2.81 ERA/1.06 WHIP] 1.0 IP, clean, 1 SO, 12p/7s.

    FLORIDA (14-21)

    F-F-FROGS win 9-3.
    What else, but a bases loaded blast in the first, and the FROGS are off and running never looking back. Second time around is a charm for lead-off man RILEY UNROE.

    SS RILEY UNROE [.298 BA/.836 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 4 RBI [18], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    C WILLIE CONTRERAS [.284 BA/.734 OPS] 1-5, 1 R, 1 2B [9], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    RF GRAYSON JENISTA [.230 BA/.663 OPS] 2-5, 2 R, 1 RBI [15], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    LF JEFREY RAMOS [.246 BA/.652 OPS] 3-5,1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    1B DREW LUGBAUER [.168 BA/.581 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 SO.
    DH RUSBAR ESTRADA [.147 BA/.420 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI [8], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    2B BRETT LANGHORNE [.228 BA/.691 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI [8], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    3B JORDAN RODGERS [.267 BA/.647 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI [1], 0 BB, 0 SO.

    RHSP JASSEEL de la CRUZ [W 3-1, 2.84 ERA/0.89 WHIP] 7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, 96p/63s.
    Watch out for this kid. He’s picking up the pace as he advances.

    RH’ers KEITH WEISENBERG and WALTER BORKOVICH finish with a clean inning each.
    Nice to see them get in a good outing as they’ve been smoked by opposing bats lately.

    ROME (15-18)

    R-Braves cruise the GREENVILLE Drive 10-3 on eight hits and timely pitching.

    RHSP JOSE OLAGUE [W 3-3, 4.02 ERA/1.69 WHIP] 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 78p/53s.
    RHRP JOSE MONTILLA [1.21 ERA/0.76 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 2 SO, 28p/23s.
    RHRP KURT HOEKSTRA [0.59 ERA/1.24 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 35p/24s.

    Lead-off CF JUSTIN DEAN [.261 BA/.724 OPS] 2-3, 4 R, 1 3B [1], 2 BB, 0 SO, 1 SB [12].
    LF ANDY MORITZ [.237 BA/.527 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 2 SF, 2 RBI [10], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    2B GREG CULLEN [.225 BA/.706 OPS] 0-2, 1 R, 1 RBI [10], 3 BB, 1 SO.
    DH TREY HARRIS [.366 BA/1.044 OPS] 0-3, 1 R, 1 RBI [24], 2 BB, 2 SO.
    C LOGAN BROWN [.300 BA/.752 OPS] 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI [11], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    1B GRIFF BENSON [.200 BA/.675 OPS] 1-5, 1 2B [8], 2 RBI [17], 0 BB, 2 SO.

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  184. 261 Gil in Mechanicsville May 11, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Great scouting report Gordon, your time and effort is appreciated.

    Looks like DuVall is keeping his name in the hat to get a call up in the event he is needed or at least stays relevant as a trade chip.

    DREW LUGBAUER appears to be having trouble making the transition in facing better pitching moving from Rome to Advance A Fire Frogs.

    PAWSOX pitchers [4] left much to be desired. What? Has the Red Sox well finally begun to dry up?

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  185. 262 Gil in Mechanicsville May 11, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Another observation: With so many hitters teeing off against a pitcher, one has to believe said pitcher is not only tipping his pitchers but sending a written note to home plate prior to his delivery.

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  186. 263 Gordon Lawrence May 11, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    RILEY jacks another against a RH’s pitcher.
    And thanx for the comps. Keeps me pumped.

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  187. 264 Gordon Lawrence May 11, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    some position players whose season is looking good so far

    A

    RF TREY HARRIS 112 AB, .366 BA/1.044 OPS
    C LOGAN BROWN 80 AB, .300 BA/.751 OPS

    A+

    C WILLIE CONTRERAS 116AB, .284 BA/.734 OPS
    3B/SS/2B RILEY DELGADO 125AB, .304 BA/.718 OPS
    SS RILEY UNROE 121AB, .298 BA/.836 OPS

    AA

    LF DREW WATERS 134 AB, .304 BA/.936 OPS
    CF CRISTIAN PACHE 117 AB, .308 BA/.876 OPS

    AAA

    3B AUSTIN RILEY 133 AB, .308 BA/1.055 OPS
    OF TRAVIS DEMERITTE 101 AB, .297 BA/.940 OPS
    RF ADAM DUVALL 126 AB, 294 BA/1.023 OPS
    OF RYAN LaMARRE 101 AB, .297 BA/.838 OPS
    LF RAFAEL ORTEGA 129 AB, .295 BA/.963 OPS

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  188. 265 Gil in Mechanicsville May 11, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Watching the game and seeing BMac hit a long homer in the 7th. I remember seeing Brian play when he a nd Frenchy came up in 2005 and everyone was raving about Jeff AKA The Natural and Josie was steadfast in her belief that Brian was the better player and would have the better career.

    Experience has shone me to listen to Josie and heed her assessments.

    Gausman is pitching a heck of a game.

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  189. 266 Gil in Mechanicsville May 11, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Now we are in the bullpen.. taking deep breaths….

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  190. 267 Gordon Lawrence May 11, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (20-16)

    Relief pitcher JESSEE BIDDLE and the STRIPERS defense tries to gift wrap a game for the PAWSOX with some stinky pitching and four errors but fail, and the good guys win 5-4 in walk-off fashion.

    LHSP COLBY ALLARD [ND, 4.04 ERA/1.39 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 HR, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 88p/59s.
    LHRP JESSE BIDDLE [BS 1, 3.38 ERA/1.31 WHIP] 1.1 IP, 5 H, 1 HR, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 32p/19s.

    SS ANDRES BLANCO [.289 BA/.898 OPS] 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI [17], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    3B AUSTIN RILEY [.309 BA/1.077 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR [14], 2 RBI [35], 2 BB, 0 SO.
    C ALEX JACKSON [.271 BA/.944 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR [5], 1 RBI [10], 0 BB, 0 SO.

    MISSISSIPPI (17-17)

    PEARL Crew drop a close one 4-3.

    Lead-off CF DREW WATERS [.345 BA/.909 OPS] 2-5, 10 BB, 1 SO, 1 Outfield Assist [2B].
    DH RYAN CASTEEL [.265 BA/.899 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR [3], 1 RBI [8], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    2B ALEJANDRO SALAZAR [.254 BA/.601 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR [1], 1 RBI [4], 0 BB, 0 SO.

    RHSP PATRICK WEIGEL [ND, 1.72 ERA/1.09 WHIP] 3.1 IP, 1 H, zeros, 1 BB, 4 SO, 48p/32s.
    WEIGEL appears to be on a 50 pitch limit, but is looking good so far.
    RHRP JEREMY WALKER [L 1-4, 2.86 ERA/1.10 WHIP] 3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 51p/33s.
    RHRP CLAUDIO CUSTODIO [0.00 ERA/0.82 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 2 H, zeros, 21p/14s.
    Six times out without a scratch.

    FLORIDA (14-22)

    Another close 4-3 loss for the F-F-FROGS. Strangled on three hits. Excellent starting pitching by DEAL.

    LHSP HAYDEN DEAL [ND, 1.30 ERA/ 0.94 WHIP] 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 4 BB, 7 SO, 1 E [1,pick-off], 106p/65s.
    RHRP TROY BACON [L 0-2, 5.06 ERA/1.44 WHIP] 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 9p/3s.

    LF JEFREY RAMOS [.244 BA/.642 OPS] 1-5, 1 RBI [21], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    2B BRETT LANGHORNE [.221 BA/.667 OPS] 0-3, 1 SF, 1 RBI [9], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    3B RILEY DELGADO [.302 BA/.716 OPS] 1-4, 1 BB, 2 SO.

    ROME (15-19)

    Rain-shortened 6-2 loss to the FIREFLYS. Again little hitting [3], but this time the pitching was rough.

    RF TREY HARRIS [.368 BA/ 1.047 OPS] 1-2, 1 RBI [25], 1 BB, 1 SO, 2 SB [14].
    LF ANDY MORITZ [.240 BA/.539 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 Outfield Assist [Home Plate].
    2B GREG CULLEN [.229 BA/.715 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.

    Miserable pitching not worth mentioning.

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  191. 268 Gil in Mechanicsville May 11, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    Great game for the Braves tonight.

    Now watching the ending of the Nats game. 1 out top of ninth bases full of Nats and Soto at bat. It’s the ballgame for the Nats right here.

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  192. 269 berigan2electricboogaloo May 12, 2019 at 2:08 am

    nice to see the closer’s close back to back nights! Well, I didn’t see it friday, as it was raining hard enough to knock Directtv off…but, I heard Luke was good 😉 I did see Webb tonight, not bad, but Peralta, don’t blame Snit a bit (hey, that rhymes 😛 ) for bringing in Venters…glad he got the job done…

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  193. 270 berigan2electricboogaloo May 12, 2019 at 3:15 am

    a couple of vague thoughts before they completely fade away….
    V, said a few days ago… The half year rental is the key. No sane GM should give up the farm for 3 months of pitching. it’s quite possible, one can never quite figure things out…. Aroldis Chapman was traded by the Yankees to the Cubs in July of 2016, for Gleyber Torres…then the Yankees re-signed him of course…of course, the cubs won their first W.S. in 1000 + years, so it was all worth it
    Really looks like the Tigers should have just kept Verlander, did nothing for them to trade him away. Astros also ripped off the Pirates for Garrett Cole…got 4 mediocre players, with plenty of years of control. Forever .500 should by the Pirates ownership’s motto…
    oh, what else…V, think the Giants are wishing they hadn’t given up on Hunter Pence???? 7 HR’s (should be 8, but Astros RF’er jumped about as high as you will ever seen anyone jump and rob him Thursday) 24 RBI’s .338 BA, .412 OBP.
    Any guesses as to which ex-brave has 9 HR’s and 23 RBI’s ???? If you guessed Tommy La Stella, you cheated! Career high was 5 before this year.

    Gordon, I too really enjoy hearing how everyone is doing down on the farm! Feel like I’m more aware of all the prospects, and near prospects….

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  194. 271 Gil in Mechanicsville May 12, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Okay, my mistake, it was the 8th inning for the Nits but just recently acquired Gerardo Parra hit a pinch hit grand slam with two outs to put the Nats up 5 -2. The win so everyone but the Marlins won yesterday.

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  195. 272 Gordon Lawrence May 12, 2019 at 8:58 am

    berigan2electricboogaloo
    Thanx, and yes, exactly. The connection is the purpose. Enjoy.

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  196. 273 Gordon Lawrence May 12, 2019 at 9:00 am

    And to all who have loved ones on this Mother’s Day. Happy Mothers Day you filthy animals!

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  197. 274 Gil in Mechanicsville May 12, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Talk about getting old… Watching Jonny Venters close out the game last night, I can remember seeing him as a starter in Richmond and thinking, he won’t ever make it as a big leaguer. He was just all over the place with his pitches.

    Well, it is tough being right all the time.

    I still feel uneasy seeing him come in but you have to have a bit of luck to pitch in the Show too.

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  198. 275 Gil in Mechanicsville May 12, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Does anyone else feel like Ozzie and Harriet are not quite the defensive wizards up the middle the Braves would like us to believe. Way too many unforced errors for my taste. Methinks they need to practice their throws to first…

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  199. 276 Gil in Mechanicsville May 12, 2019 at 9:42 am

    One last comment for now: Every player the D’Backs put in the outfield somehow becomes an All-Star when playing the Braves. From clutch hits to outfield assist to 5 star catches robbing Braves hitters of homeruns and base hits. First thing I thought about last night seeing Parra come to bat for the Nats was how he threw out two players at the plate in one game. Maybe they just get up more when playing the Bravos…

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  200. 277 Gordon Lawrence May 12, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    STRIPERS on the board via an ANDRES BLANCO 3B and HR [11] by ADAM DUVALL

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  201. 278 Gordon Lawrence May 12, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (21-16)

    STRIPERS shock PAWSOX with a triple and homer in the first inning, and the pitching is superlative as the home team wins 4-1

    SS ANDRES BLANCO [.304 BA/.940 OPS] 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B [9],1 3B [1], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    RF ADAM DUVALL [.286 BA/1.013 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [11], 2 RBI [28], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    C ALEX JACKSON [.269 BA/.968 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [6], 1 RBI [11], 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 PB [2].

    RHSP ANDRES SANTIAGO [W 2-2, 4.50 ERA/1.63 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 6 H, 0R, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 E [2. fielding],75p/48s.
    RHRP BEN ROWEN [0.43 ERA/0.67 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 34p/24s.
    RHRP JOSE RAFAEL De La PALMA [2.20 ERA/0.92 WHIP] 1.0 IP, clean, 2 SO, 14p/10s.
    Both relief arms are pretty strong at the moment. It wouldn’t surprise me to see one or both in ATLANTA soon.

    MISSISSIPPI (17-18)

    JOEY WENTZ is savaged by opposing bats while three relief arms are touched for a run each, as MONTGOMERY scuttles the PEARL Crew 9-3.

    LHSP JOEY WENTZ [L 1-2, 5.70 ERA/1.53 WHIP] 0.0 IP, 3 H, 6 R/ER, 3 BB, 0 SO, 30p/15s.
    JONATHAN ARO, HUSCAR YNOA, and JASON HURSH surrender an earned run each.

    Lead-off LF DREW WATERS [.336 BA/.895 OPS] 0-4, 1 BB, 1 SO.
    CF CRISTIAN PACHE [.307 BA/.877 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B [9], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    RF TYLER NESLONY [.229 BA/.700 OPS] 2-5, 1 RBI [2], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    DH RYAN CASTEEL [.265 BA/.925 OPS] 1-3, 1 2B [5], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    2B ALEJANDRO SALAZAR [.262 BA/.638 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR [2], 1 RBI [5], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    SS RAY-PATRICK DIDDER [.140 BA/.524 OPS] 1-3, 1 2B [2], 1 RBI [11], 1 BB, 1 SO.

    FLORIDA ()

    No games today

    ROME (16-19)

    R-Braves bottle FIREFLYS 11-0. An absolute destruction of COLUMBIA as air-tight pitching throttles the opposition on three hits while the BRAVES bats go off for 13, five for xtra bases.

    RHSP ODALVI JAVIER [W 1-2, 5.04 ERA/1.52 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 2 H, zeros, 2 BB, 6 SO, 96p/60s.
    LHRP DILMER MEJIA [Sv 1, 1.47 ERA/0.82 WHIP] 3.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 1 BB, 3 SO, 36p/25s.

    Lead-off CF JUSTIN DEAN [.260 BA/.711 OPS] 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI [9], 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 Outfield Assist [2B].
    LF ANDY MORITZ [.242 BA/.550 OPS] 1-3, 1 2B [4], 1 RBI [11], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    RF TREY HARRIS [.378 BA/1.061 OPS] 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B [8], 2 RBI [27], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    C LOGAN BROWN [.298 BA/.747 OPS] 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 SO.
    1B GRIFF BENSON [.196 BA/.670 OPS] 1-5, 1 3B [2], 2 RBI [19], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    DH/C RICARDO RODRIGUEZ [.197 BA/.516 OPS] 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B [3], 1 RBI [4], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    3B BRAULIO VASQUEZ [.131 BA/.412 OPS] 1-4, 2 R, 1 3B [1], 1 RBI [6], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    SS ARIEL MONTESINO [.118BA/.287 OPS] 1-4, 2 RBI [3], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    Everybody was in the hitting act except 2B GREG CULLEN who took a collar at the plate with 1 BB.

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  202. 279 Vox O'Reasoñ May 13, 2019 at 8:47 am

    A 6-4 road trip kind of soothes 0-3 in LA, now doesn’t it? 😉

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  203. 280 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Yes Vee, it takes the sting out of getting whoupped up on three straight games. They pretty much did the same to the Nats.

    So, my faith in watching the Braves having been restored, I good to go this week. Both the team and I needed today’s off day however.

    Did y’all hear what Joe said yesterday about the baseballs? That the IL switched to the current major league ball and the number of homeruns hit has doubled but the other minor leagues stayed with their normal ball and the homeruns have not changed.

    I say they have changed the center of the ball, made it tighter wound. I hope they don’t kill someone with it. The may start having the pitcher wear a batting helmet.

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  204. 281 Vox O'Reasoñ May 13, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Ender Inciarte went 2-13 in ARI, and is now batting .218 for the year, but just .176 for May and just.105 over the last 7 games.

    At what point is the defense no longer worth it?

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  205. 282 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2019 at 9:58 am

    I sense a disturbance in the Force…. 🙂

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  206. 283 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2019 at 10:03 am

    “Austin Riley’s power-hitting binge with the Braves’ Triple-A Gwinnett affiliate is almost cartoonish, but it’s so serious that team officials are adjusting plans on the fly and looking for a way to get his scorching bat to the big leagues.” DOB, The Athletic 5/12/19

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  207. 284 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2019 at 10:08 am

    For those wondering if Riley is feasting on journeyman pitchers at Triple A or just getting a steady diet of fastballs over the plate from raw prospects, that’s not the case.

    “No, we faced some good arms,” Venters said. “Dude, he’s hit everything. The other day, he hit a slider in Durham. He was out in front and still yanked it and got it out by a lot. He’s hitting heaters. Duvey’s (Duvall) is the same way; he’s been hitting heaters in, breaking balls. They’ve both been swinging the bat really well.” IBid

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  208. 285 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2019 at 10:26 am

    “Freeman, batting .308 with seven homers and a .929 OPS, including a .403 on-base percentage that ranked eighth in the NL before Sunday, needs just four home runs and four doubles to become the sixth player in franchise history with at least 200 homers and 300 doubles. He would join an illustrious group that includes Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews and Chipper Jones, two-time MVP Dale Murphy and Braves Hall of Famer Andruw Jones.” Ibid

    Now that is impressive, I did not realize how close Freddie was to that milestone. DOB said that Freddie played sick the first three games in Phoenix and nearly had to come out of the game after hitting a triple Saturday. I thought he looked “gassed” after running out that triple.

    The day off after the long road trip will help a lot. It appeared to me the Braves had a lot of short turn-a-rounds last season.

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    • 286 Vox O'Reasoñ May 13, 2019 at 11:21 am

      Freddie should be a Braves lifer. I hope that the powers that be get an extension worked out with him, similar to those that Chipper took late in his career, that will keep Freddie here for the duration. I believe that both sides should be – and would be – open to such.

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  209. 287 Vox O'Reasoñ May 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

    As for Austin Riley, I get that there has been some discussion here about his L/R splits. That’s certainly a factor, but I do want to point out something– While the young RH slugger has hit 12 of his 14 HRs vs RH pitchers, he also has 3 times as many plate appearances vs RH pitchers (111 vs RH, 46 vs LH). Plus, that split is opposite of the typical split for most batters, who typically hit better vs opposite sided tossers. So as for me, I am not too concerned with those power splits.

    One more thing…

    His unusual splits can also be seen in his AVG, being .333 vs RH and .211 vs LH. But can I just say that even the .211 vs LH is better than what Ender is giving us vs. any arm?

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  210. 288 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2019 at 11:48 am

    Point well made Vee….

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  211. 289 Vox O'Reasoñ May 13, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    I hate to sound so down on Ender. He is a Gold Glove caliber CF’er, and I appreciate that gift. But one dimensional players are a thing of the past. Championship teams can’t afford holes in the batting order. They just can’t.

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    • 290 berigan2electricboogaloo May 13, 2019 at 2:03 pm

      V, sadly, this is par for the course for Ender….he seems to be trying to fix some issues, had a big hit the other way yesterday….so, one thing I can kinda/sorta relate/feel for A.A. on is, do you basically give Ender away now, or wait a month or two til he heats up to get more value, then, trade a guy that is helping the team?
      And as much as we all would love Riley to come up, have you all noticed how Vladimir Guerrero Jr has done since coming up? 9 for 47, for a .191 BA. No homers…and he’s a guy that simply destroyed minor league pitching….not everyone is Acuna on the first day of play… of course, he’s been so hyped up, I think every pitcher is pitching him like a HOF’er…actually saw an amazing play at 3rd from him the other day, I see why he’s playing there…
      man, if there was only a DH in the NL this year….rotation everyone there, plenty of playing time for everyone….
      Of course, if JD hurts his calve again….

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      • 291 Vox O'Reasoñ May 13, 2019 at 2:07 pm

        one thing I can kinda/sorta relate/feel for A.A. on is, do you basically give Ender away now, or wait a month or two til he heats up to get more value, then, trade a guy that is helping the team?

        Exactly.

        We really need Ender to heat up before the end of July so that he can be of value in the deal for MadBum. 😀

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  212. 292 berigan2electricboogaloo May 13, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    um, rotate everyone through the DH

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    • 293 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2019 at 6:07 pm

      No need to explain typos Ber, no grammar police allowed at the B & S… We all have them between spell check, auto correct and just getting in a hurry. It would only be worse if with we all used Dragon. Would look like the ridiculous closed caption translations on Sports South during ballgame broadcast.

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  213. 294 Vox O'Reasoñ May 13, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    By the way, can we all agree that AA hit it out of the park with Brian McCann? How many times did we wring our hands over losing out on JPR, only to have our current tandem of McFlow leading the NL East from that position?

    Tip of the cap to you Thoppy for your foresight. Perhaps you know what you’re doing with regard to potential relievers also.

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  214. 296 Vox O'Reasoñ May 13, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Now pitching…

    Gausy did indeed drop his appeal of suspension following his start Saturday. Coincidence that he dropped it on the same week that there is an off day, allowing Fried to slide back one slot and start Friday’s game on his regular 5 day’s rest? I don’t think so.

    Also, Kyle Wright was optioned back to AAA after yesterday’s game. No corresponding move has been made yet, but I expect to see Touki return tomorrow when he’s eligible.

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  215. 297 Vox O'Reasoñ May 13, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    A SF beat writer says that the Giants are looking for 2 “close to major league ready” prospects for MadBum.

    You are most likely talking pitchers, too. So you can figure Touki Toussaint as the centerpiece, with Bryce Wilson also on the radar. I’m sure they’d prefer Kyle Wright, but that’s highway robbery. (For me, I’m not trading Wright unless Mike Trout or Jacob deGrom is in the deal.) There is also some speculation that they would take Touki plus one of Cristian Pache or Drew Waters.

    Ouch.

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    • 298 Vox O'Reasoñ May 13, 2019 at 2:58 pm

      I almost would just as soon ride out the season with what we have and just try to lock him up as a FA over the offseason. But he sure would look good anchoring this young staff down the stretch, especially if Folty continues to exhibit elbow issues (whether he admits it or not).

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  216. 299 Vox O'Reasoñ May 13, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    This could well be the avenue by which the Braves might acquire Madison Bumgarner:

    https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/05/giants-outfield.html

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  217. 301 Gordon Lawrence May 13, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Here’s a copy of several responses I gave on “talking chop” today.

    ROME

    LHRP DILMER MEJIA

    This is a kid I’ve been following since his DSL days in 2014.
    Mixed results, looked good in DANVILLE, but returned to repeat the course after he was smoked in ROME.
    Up until now, he’s started, but this season, he’s been used exclusively in a relief role.
    The results are promising so far.
    A 3-0 record, 1.47 ERA/.082 WHIP.
    What I think the BRAVES like is his ability in long-relief.
    Once thru an order, he seems pretty dominant, but the second time, the hitters see what he’s doing and counter it while he is slow to react.
    That’s been a pretty strong trait of his pitching going all the way back to the DOMINICAN Leagues.
    Jury’s still out, but he does show some promise going forward in relief.

    Promotions to FLORIDA

    RHRP LUKAS YOUNG Jr.
    Promoted to A+
    Stellar results so far this year. 12 outings without being scored upon, 1.000 WHIP.
    BOSOX cut him loose. Sometimes a change in scenery is a good thing.
    I think he will do well with this promotion.
    RHRP KURT HOEKSTRA finding solid success after scuffling about the infield, and outfield for several years before putting that golden arm to good use.
    I’m all in on his success.
    I hope it continues with this promotion

    to fill the two slots at ROME:
    RHRP WILLIAM WOODS
    RHRP MATT HARTMAN
    both promoted from extended spring training.

    MISSISSIPPI

    CRISTIAN PACHE

    The rise in walks as pointed out by MATT POWERS is significant.
    Comparatively, DREW WATERS has been the meteor to CRISTIAN PACHE’s bottle rocket this season.
    PACHE has consistently held the weaker bat.
    WATERS has been having a stellar campaign so far, but in fact, PACHE has also, just not as spectacularly.
    I like the more steady improvement in PACHE’s offensive game.
    Hereto for, his bat has lagged far behind his defensive abilities.
    He’s catching up by a considerable margin in 2019, and the number of walks to plate appearances clearly shows that improvement.
    Last year’s slugging results in MISSISSIPPI in 104 AB’s was .337 on 3 2B, 1 3B, and 1 HR.
    This year’s .521 on 9 2B, 4 3B, and 3 HR in 121 AB’s.
    His OBP is .356 this year, .294 in 2018
    Even stolen bases have improved. 2018 0 SB-2 CS; 2019 5 SB-5 CS.
    Last off-season, I feared PACHE would be great defense, no offense, but now I think he may carry a solid bat to the majors in one+ years

    GWINNETT

    AUSTIN RILEY

    RILEY’s splits are really pretty dramatic
    RH’ers – 102 AB, 07 2B, 0 3B, 12 HR, .333 BA/.387 OBP/.755 SLG/1.142 OPS
    LH’ers – 038 AB, 03 2B, 0 3B, 02 HR, .211 BA/.348 OBP/.477 SLG/0.795 OPS
    but his BB/SO ratio is remarkably steady
    RH’ers – 102 AB, 09 BB/ 016 SO
    LH’ers – 038 AB, 08 BB/ 015 SO
    JOHAN CAMARGO hits LH’ers pretty well, but has been struggling with RH pitchers.
    Since there is a rough 2-1 ratio of RH to LH in the majors, it’s been historically difficult to keep him in the line-up consistently.
    After this season, and JD’s contract is complete, maybe a RILEY/CAMARGO platoon at 3B might be in order for 2020.
    Just a thought.

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    • 302 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2019 at 6:34 pm

      I don’t think there is any question Riely will get the chance to play in Atlanta if he keeps up his current pace. Will be tough to do but we shall enjoy the ride while we can.

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    • 303 Gil in Mechanicsville May 13, 2019 at 7:26 pm

      When evaluating pitchers, a couple of things remain constant, the distance from home plate to the pitching rubber and the width of home plate. Super important to be able to throw pitches in the strike zone and also be able to avoid bats.

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  218. 304 Vox O'Reasoñ May 14, 2019 at 9:58 am

    So awesome…

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  219. 306 Gordon Lawrence May 14, 2019 at 10:20 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT no game

    MISSISSIPPI (17-19)

    PEARL Crew beached on three hits and whitewashed 5-0 by the dreaded BISCUITS……pirates

    Lead-off LF DREW WATERS [.333 BA/.885 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 2 SO.
    CF CRISTIAN PACHE [.298 BA/.861 OPS] 0-3, 1 BB, 1 SO.
    1B RYAN CASTEEL [.273 BA/.921 OPS] 1-3, 1 BB, 1 SO.
    2B ALEJANDRO SALAZAR [.262 BA/.642 OPS] 1-4, 1 2B [4], 0 BB, 0 SO.

    LHSP TUCKER DAVIDSON [L 0-2, 2.02 ERA/1.15 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 4H, 1 HR, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 1 E [1, throw]
    He pitches well enough to win, but the MONTGOMERY pitching was much better.
    LHRP JORDAN HARRISON [0.79 ERA/1.06 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    RHRP CONNER JOHNSTONE [0.57 ERA/1.09 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 1 BB, 0 SO.

    FLORIDA rainout

    ROME (16-20)

    Rain shortened loss 2-1 thru seven. Insects score an unearned run [E – SS] to go ahead in the home half of the seventh, and the game is called. Rats! No chance to get even.

    C LOGAN BROWN [.299 BA/.756 OPS] 1-3, 1 2B [5], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    LF ANDY MORITZ [.244 BA/.552 OPS] 1-3, 0 BB, 2 SO.
    2B GREG CULLEN [.223 BA/.695 OPS] 1-3, 1 RBI [11], 0 BB, 0 SO.

    RHSP ALAN RANGEL [L 2-2, 5.13 ERA/1.50 WHIP] 6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO.
    ALAN finally has an excellent start then this happens. Bad luck all around.

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  220. 309 Gil in Mechanicsville May 14, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    I have been dealing with a really slow internet connection today. No idea where the problem lies but I won’t abide by it for long.

    The Braves today recalled RHP Wes Parsons from Triple-A Gwinnett and returned LHP Jesse Biddle from his major league rehabilitation assignment and reinstated him from the 10-day IL. In order to make room on the active roster, the club designated LHP Jerry Blevins for assignment. Atlanta Press Office

    We shall see with Biddle, he is pretty deep in my doghouse.

    Any else remember Manny Baunoles? Was the starting pitcher for the White Sox today and gave up 3 home runs in 4 + innings to Cleveland.

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  221. 310 Vox O'Reasoñ May 14, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Semi-interesting moves. Blevins and Jonny Venters are essentially the same pitcher, so that’s not terribly surprising. Biddle was tipping his pitches before being sent down and spent the last few weeks working on that. His results in Gwinnett were decent… 5.1 IP, 6 Ks, just 1 walk, 3.38 ERA. Parsons was not bad before, just got caught up in the numbers game.

    Personally, I think Biddle can be good, and has been at times. He just needs some consistency.

    One thing I do find intriguing is that by DFA’ing Blevins, the team opens up a spot on the 40-man. Happenstance or intentional? I suppose we shall see at some point,, eh?

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  222. 311 Carolina Lady May 14, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Kevin McAlpin
    ‏Verified account @KevinMcAlpin

    Meanwhile, down on the farm: Austin Riley just hit a grand slam. Gives him 13 homers in his last 68 at bats. For the season, 15 homers in 143 at bats.

    Absolutely insane. #Braves @680TheFan

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  224. 313 Carolina Lady May 14, 2019 at 8:42 pm

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  225. 314 Vox O'Reasoñ May 14, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    And May is just half over.

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  226. 315 Vox O'Reasoñ May 14, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Surely I’m not the only one that thinks Folty is hurt..? Avg. fastball velo tonight was <94mph. He’s not ready for prime time right now.

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  227. 316 Vox O'Reasoñ May 14, 2019 at 9:23 pm

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  228. 317 Gil in Mechanicsville May 15, 2019 at 8:06 am

    That was certainly one fugly pitching performance last night by the Braves. Folty is not ready to pitch and Biddle is still awful. He is Luke Jackson when Luke is bad… Back to the drawing board fellas.

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  229. 318 Gordon Lawrence May 15, 2019 at 8:07 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (22-16)

    WRIGHT’s stingy pitching and RILEY’s booming bat produce a lop-sided victory for the good guys 11-3.

    2B ANDRES BLANCO [.305 BA/.950 OPS] 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B [10], 1 RBI [18], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    3B AUSTIN RILEY [.299 BA/.1.058 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [15], 4 RBI [40], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    1B PEDRO FLORIMON [.268 BA/.752 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B [5], 2 RBI [18], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    CF RYAN LaMARRE [.294 BA/.825 OPS] 1-4,1 R, 1 BB, 0 SO.
    RF TRAVIS DEMERITTE [.291 BA/.901 OPS] 1-5, 2 R, 1 RBI [25], 0 BB, hat trick.
    SS LUIS MARTE [.236 BA/.539 OPS] 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI [8], 0 BB, 1 SO.

    RHSP KYLE WRIGHT [W 3-2, 7.23 ERA/1.44 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 73p/54s.
    LHRP THOMAS BURROWS [4.60 ERA/1.60 WHIP] 1.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 45p/34s.
    LHRP A.J. MINTER [0.00 ERA/0.75 WHIP] 1.1 IP, 1 H, zeros, 2 SO, 19p/13s.

    MISSISSIPPI (17-20)

    BISCUITS prevail a second day in a row 3-1. IAN ANDERSON not sharp in this start.

    Lead-off LF DREW WATERS [.333 BA]/.891 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B [15], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    CF CRISTIAN PACHE [.289 BA/.835 OPS] 0-4, 0 BB, 2 SO.
    RF TYLER NESLONY [.262 BA/.761 OPS] 3-4, 1 2B [1], 1 RBI [3], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    TYLER’s stirred offensively before, then faded. Let’s see if he can be more consistent this time.

    RHSP IAN ANDERSON [L 2-3, 4.04 ERA/1.51 WHIP] 3.0 IP, 3H, 3 R/ER, 6 BB, 5 SO, 88p/48s.
    RHRP CLAUDIO CUSTODIO [0.00 ERA/0.62 WHIP] 4.0 IP, zeros, 1 BB, 3 SO, 51p/31s.
    Seven times out [2 in ROME] this year and still unscathed.
    RHRP JOSH GRAHAM [.265 ERA/1.00 WHIP] 1.0 IP, clean, 1 SO, 10p/6s.

    FLORIDA double-headed rainout

    ROME (17-21)

    GABE NOGUERA and booming bats produce a nice 5-1 win for the R-Braves.

    LHSP GABRIEL NOGUERA [W 1-1, 4.26 ERA.1,26 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 73p/46s.
    NOGUERA took a year off for a second drug suspension. Hopefully, he’s not going to test the third strike.
    Two relief, [MORA, LAWSON] spin three shutout innings to finish off the TOURISTS.

    CF JUSTIN DEAN [.255 BA/.699 OPS] 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B [7], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    LF ANDY MORIYZ [.246 BA/.560 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    RF TREY HARRIS [.380 BA/1.41 OPS] 1-4, 1 RBI [28], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    2B GREG CULLEN [.235 BA/.725 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B [1], 1 RBI [12], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    DH LOGAN BROWN [.297 BA/.745 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    1B GRIFF BENSON [.202 BA/.673 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B [9], 1 RBI [20], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    C RICARDO RODRIGUEZ [.216 BA/.568 OPS] 2-4, 1 2B [5], 1 RBI [5], 0 BB, 2 SO.

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  230. 320 Vox O'Reasoñ May 15, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Yes, the kid is coming. Ender will be going on the IL with the back issue.

    Of more concern to me, as Gil alluded to, is the arm of Folty. There’s something wrong in there. They just need to admit it and go ahead and fix it now.

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  231. 323 Vox O'Reasoñ May 15, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Thank goodness Kyle Wright had a good night which coincidentally lines up with Folty’s disastrous start. We may need him soon.

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  232. 325 berigan2electricboogaloo May 15, 2019 at 8:50 am

    well, about Austin Riley, I don’t know guys….I haven’t been following him of late, is he even hitting????

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  233. 326 berigan2electricboogaloo May 15, 2019 at 8:51 am

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  234. 327 berigan2electricboogaloo May 15, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Yeah, Folty was terrible yesterday, I did see a few 95, but nothing sliders, and the fastballs were basically batting practice…Wonder how stubborn Folty is, and not telling how his arm really feels?

    Typical DOB on twitter today…makes a really good point (why was Blevens DFA’ed, who only had one bad game in LA, for Biddle, who didn’t even get one out) then someone has some fun asking him about Riley if coming up tomorrow, was today, or Tomorrow, since he made it right after midnight…and he tweets, when did I say Today or tomorrow in the tweet? and , people show that he did indeed say he was coming up in a re-tweet of his original tweet….

    V, so where do you think Riley bat? 6th? Without Ender, someone has to bat 8th (the catchers now? can’t be Ozzie, right?) Perhaps time to go back to the pitcher batting 8th?

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    • 328 Vox O'Reasoñ May 15, 2019 at 2:11 pm

      V, so where do you think Riley bat?

      I’m going to guess RAJ, Dans, Freddie (assuming he’s feeling better), Bringer, Nick, Riley, McFlow, Ozzie. We’ll see if I’m close.

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  235. 329 Gil in Mechanicsville May 15, 2019 at 11:33 am

    A question: Does Riley start or does Camargo start in left field tonight?

    About velocity…. It has been well documented that velocity is not the be all end all but looking at it from a little different perspective, I am coming to believe that some pitchers need the velocity (arm speed) needed for a 96 mph fastball to generate the spin needed to cause a slider or curve to do what a slider or curve is supposed to do. Otherwise, a pitcher basically has to learn how to pitch all over again. Thus, we have the saga of Folty…. He is having to think way too much right now instead of just rearing back and letting it go.

    Look at Jonny Venters last night, bless his heart. He knows what to do, he just does not have the zip needed to get movement required to avoid batters striking the ball on the sweet spot.

    As for Biddle, until he can throw the ball where he wants it to go, he is doomed to having hitters sitting on a fastball over the plate because he does not want to walk the batter. That said, I don’t think he knows where the ball is going to end up.

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  236. 331 berigan2electricboogaloo May 15, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Gil, I think you have to start him, right? He’ll just die sitting on the bench…. It’s tough to learn a new position on the fly, at the big league level. I wonder if Washington helps outfielders at all, or if some other coach(s) will help him?

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  237. 332 Vox O'Reasoñ May 15, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    It’s tough to learn a new position on the fly, at the big league level.

    He’s got 4 games in LF with Gwinnett, and fielded the position cleanly each game. And if Ryan Klesko can get by in LF, Austin Riley will be just fine.

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  238. 334 Vox O'Reasoñ May 15, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    There ya go, Ber.

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  239. 335 Vox O'Reasoñ May 15, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Interesting. I still do not think you can discount the fact that Jerry Blevins’ unexpected designation opened a spot on the 40-man. Is something afoot? Probably not.

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  240. 336 Vox O'Reasoñ May 15, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    And there ya go. Bye. Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

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  241. 337 Vox O'Reasoñ May 15, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    DFA’d? That creates a second opening on the 40-man roster. The plot thickens.

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  242. 338 Vox O'Reasoñ May 15, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Eh… I was pretty close.

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  243. 339 Vox O'Reasoñ May 15, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    And somehow I forgot that Austin Riley was not already on the 40-man roster. It’s simply that we’ve heard about him so much that it seems as though he should have already been added. And Biddle had no minor league options remaining so he has to be traded or released, thus the DFA.

    So there really is no underlying covert strategy afoot. Just business as usual.

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  244. 340 Gil in Mechanicsville May 15, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Well, that was fun, Riley’s first ML homerun was no cheapie. Sun Trust gets really loud. Will see fewer fastballs in the future.

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  245. 341 Gil in Mechanicsville May 15, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    Luke Jackson comes into the game with 2 on, no outs and promptly induces a hitter to ground into a double play and then strikes out Ozuna one a nasty slider. Chip dubs him “Cool Hand Luke” … I concur… 🙂

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  246. 342 Gordon Lawrence May 15, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (23-16)

    STRIPERS hardly miss a beat with RILEY gone as they crush five HR’s, and a pitching by committee night results in a handsome 6-2 win.

    BEN ROWEN is pushed to the limit to see what he could do as a starter. The relief hurler did fine first time through the line-up.

    RHSP BEN ROWEN [ND,1.11 ERA/.0.74 WHIP] 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 48p/30s.
    RHRP SHANE CARLE [W 1-0, 0.87 ERA/0.77 WHIP] 2.2 IP, 1 H, zeros, 2 SO, 33p/26s.
    LHRP GRANT DAYTON [H 1, 1.42 ERA/0.79 WHIP] 1.0 IP, zeros, 1 BB, 1 SO, 20p/11s.
    RHRP JOSE RAFAEL de PALMA [Sv 4, 1.96 ERA/0.87 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 2 SO. 25p/17s.

    Lead-off CF RAFAEL ORTEGA [.281 BA/.950 OPS] 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B [10], 2 HR [9], 1 RBI [12], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    LF ADAM DUVALL [.273 BA/.979 OPS] 1-5, 1 HR [12], 1 RBI [29], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    RF TRAVIS DEMERITTE [.298 BA/.912 OPS] 2-4, 1 2B [9], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    DH RYAN LaMARRE [.292 BA/.840 OPS] 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR [3], 1 RBI [18], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    SS LUIS MARTE [.237 BA/.570 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [2], 2 RBI [10], 0 BB, 1 SO., 1 E [1, missed the catch 2B].

    MISSISSIPPI (18-20)

    PEARL Crew tied 1-1 go to xtras. Plate 3 in the 10th, give up 2 in the bottom of the inning, and get a hard-fought 4-3 win.

    Lead-off LF DREW WATERS [.335 BA/.888 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 2 Outfield Assists [2B-3B].
    CF CRISTIAN PACHE [.280 BA/.815 OPS] 0-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 SO.
    RF TYLER NESLONY [.277 BA/.765 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    1B RYAN CASTEEL [.270 BA/.879 OPS] 1-4, 1 RBI [9], 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 E [1, missed catch].
    DH CONNER LIEN [.198 BA/.775 OPS] 0-3, 1 RBI [11], 2 BB, hat trick.

    LHSP KYLE MULLER [ND, 2.45 ERA/1.39 WHIP] 6.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 Pick Off [1B], 106p/71s.
    RHRP CONNER JOHNSTONE [W 2-0, 0.57 ERA/1.09 WHIP] 3.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R,1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 43p/28s.
    RHRP JOSH GRAHAM [Sv 5, 2.60 ERA/0.90 WHIP] 0.1 IP, clean, 2p/2s.

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  247. 344 Gordon Lawrence May 16, 2019 at 8:07 am

    CAROLINA LADY:

    I enjoy doing it.
    On the old AJC’s O’Brien blog, I began these reports after the BRAVES pulled out of RICHMOND.
    A way to assuage my angst for loosing the immediacy of BRAVES baseball, I suppose.
    I got tired of folks saying, ” where’d this guy come from,” or “why did the BRAVES organization do that?”
    Anyway, as the season wears on, so do my left and right index fingers.
    The Dominican League kicks off soon, then after the draft, the rookie-ball begins.
    To put up a full report at that point takes several hours of hunting and pecking.
    Consequently, I usually include parts only like last night’s report.
    BTW, FLORIDA played a double-header which they swept, and ROME did as well giving the minor’s all wins.
    As an old schoolteacher, I just think the more you know, the better fan you become.
    That’s why I enjoy this venue so much.
    The people who post here are well informed, and not unkind in their remarks.
    I do still post up results on the blog that became the successor to O’Brien’s, but I rarely comment otherwise.
    Thank you for your allowing me to satisfy my need for BRAVES baseball.

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  248. 346 Vox O'Reasoñ May 16, 2019 at 8:17 am

    Lost in yesterday’s celebration of Austin Riley Day (well justified) was another sparkling performance by Mike Soroka. He is easily the best pitcher on the Braves, and maybe in the NL. He’s surgeon on the mound in a manner I haven’t seen since… well, I don’t want to heap too many accolades too soon. But a certain HOF lefty that makes occasional appearances in the Braves broadcast booth probably would not disagree.

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  249. 347 Gil in Mechanicsville May 16, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Well, a very satisfying night all around Braves country methinks… Takes a little sting out of the NBA draft for you Atlantians one would think. After all, you do need to build around Trea…

    Okay, Brave Twitter is all a twitter over Riley. Poor Ender, life in Atlanta will never be the same.

    And Charlie Clutch still showing why he is relevant. His homer did not go as far but it counted just as much.

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  250. 349 Vox O'Reasoñ May 16, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Which Julio do we get tonight? The good Julio that defeated Zack Greinke in his last start, or the bad Julio that gives away runs like the Bernie Sanders of baseball?

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  251. 350 Vox O'Reasoñ May 16, 2019 at 9:12 am

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  252. 351 Gil in Mechanicsville May 16, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Starting pitching does make a huge difference in how your night will go doesn’t it? I am beginning to believe that Julio is finally learning to adapt to his new situation and pitching according to his abilities as they exist today. It is nice to throw 100mph but when you don’t have it to throw, learn how to make your change up dive.

    That and pray the offense is clicking behind you…

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  254. 354 berigan2electricboogaloo May 16, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Well, sadly, Dad and I were out and about whilst Riley hit his homer, oh man, do I wish I could of seen that live! I bet y’all were whoopin’ and hollerin’ when it happened, and scaring the household! 😉

    It really is amazing what Soroka has done this year! beyond amazing…pray his shoulder is sound, for many a year….along with Fried, they have really hit the ground running. It makes one wonder what we really need, rotation wise…do we want to give up 2 young arms, for Madison B? Is he still a difference maker, or just a good #2???? ASSUMING Folty is having some tendinitis, or mechanical issue (not a word on the drop in velo, is there?) and as I type this, yeah, I can see why we would then need MadBum if he goes down for the year…but…otherwise, we have Soroka, Fried, Gausman (though I have a thought about him that might solve another issue) Julio, Folty…so, lets say you toss in Julio and that gives you the room for MadBum then???
    I’d almost rather go with another kid, (Newcomb again?) but then as I type that…innings issues…

    ok, that was clear as mud…

    Gausman, a bit like Julio, good start, bad start, good start….
    Gausman throws 97 as a starter…and hasn’t been that good this year….can you imagine him coming out to close, would he hit 100???? Just a thought….

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  255. 355 Gil in Mechanicsville May 16, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Ber, honestly, I did not whoop or holler but I did grin like a possum eating persimmons. You could tell it was gone by the way it left the bat and it was no cheapie either 432 feet to right center. You could also tell the fans were going crazy, a beautiful sight to behold.

    I don’t know if Mad Bum is the answer, or Dallas Keuchel after the draft or they give Newk another go at it. I don’t know if they don’t already have the answer in the system, just a matter of finding someone who has the maturity to pitch and face some adversity without melting down.

    And the maturity factor, is that not really the problem? Okay, maybe not so much with Folty right now, I think we can all see he has other issue that are leading to the melt downs, so a combination of things for him.

    Touki has shown he can pitch successfully at the major league level but he seems to have trouble when he has too much time to think about it. Not good for a starter.

    Okay, offense, score 10 and turn Julio loose tonight.

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  256. 356 Gordon Lawrence May 16, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (24-16)

    No looking back at AUSTIN RILEY for these guys.
    STRIPERS absolutely demolish the BISONS 11-2.
    Eight extra basers out of 13 hits, four yard-shots included.
    SP BRYSE WILSON and RP JASON CREASY dealing filth, allowing only four hits.
    Total trounce-job all ’round.

    RHSP BRYSE WILSON [W 2-3, 4.66 ERA/1.29 WHIP] 7.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 94p/65s.
    RHRP JASON CREASY [8.10 ERA/1.84 WHIP] 1.2 IP, clean, 1 SO, 14p/10s.
    Whatever’s been ailing these two guys sure went away in this one.

    2B ANDRES BLANCO [.294 BA/.926 OPS] 1-5,1 R, 1 2B [11], 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 E [2, fielding].
    DH ADAM DUVALL [.272 BA/.991 OPS] 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR [13], 1 RBI [30], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    C ALEX JACKSON [.274 BA/.995 OPS] 3-5, 2 R, 1 HR [7], 2 RBI [13], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    LF TRAVIS DEMERITTE [.303 BA/.933 OPS] 2-5, 2 R, 1 HR [6], 1 RBI [26], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    RF RYAN LaMARRE [.293 BA/.847 OPS] 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B [9], 1 SF, 1 RBI [19], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    1B SEAN KAZMAR Jr. [.242 BA/.652 OPS] 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B [3], 1 HR [3], 3 RBI [12], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    3B JACK LOPEZ [.254 BA/.554 OPS] 1-4, 1 RBI [6], 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 E [3, throw].
    SS LUIS MARTE [,250 BA/.610 OPS] 2-3, 1 2B [2], 1 RBI [11], 1 BB, 1 SO.

    MISSISSIPPI (BARONS up 3-2 in the home fifth.)

    FLORIDA (17-22)

    Three one run wins in a row including tonight 3-2. St LUCIE must think they’re F-F-FROG bit.

    Lead-off SS RILEY UNROE [.301 BA/.845 OPS] 1-2, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 SO.
    3B RILEY DELGADO [.300 BA/.711 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    C WILLIE CONTRERAS [.285 BA/.735 OPS] 1-3, 1 RBI [10], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    LF JEFREY RAMOS [.241 BA/.642 OPS] 1-3, 1 2B [5], 1 RBI [22], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    RF GRAYSON JENISTA [.220 BA/.659 OPS] 0-3, 1 RBI [18], 1 BB, 1 SO.

    LHSP PHILLIP PFEIFER [ND, 1.93 ERA/1.14 WHIP] 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 94p/55s.
    The past two seasons have not been kind to PHILLIP. Great to see him get an excellent start.
    RHRP DAYSBEL HERNANDEZ [W 3-1, BS 2, 1.53/??? WHIP] 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 47p/29s.

    ROME (19-21)

    16 hits as the R-Braves crush the TOURISTS 10-5.

    RHSP TREY RILEY [W 2-5, 5.97 ERA/1.74 WHIP] 5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R.ER, 3 BB, 2 SO.
    RHRP MATT HARTMAN [Sv 1, 0.00 ERA/0.60 WHIP] 3.2 IP, 2 H, zeros, 1 BB, 6 SO.
    Great outing for the 23 year-old call-up. A July 2018 FA signing. Been on the back-lots ’till now.

    Lead-off CF JUSTIN DEAN [.262 BA/.724 OPS] 2-4, 2 R, 1 3B [2], 1 RBI [11], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    DH RICARDO RODRIGUEZ [.221 BA/.577 OPS] 1-3, 1 SF, 1 RBI [6], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    2B GREG CULLEN [.259 BA/.736 OPS] 3-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    LF TREY HARRIS [.384 BA/1.039 OPS] 2-5, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    C LOGAN BROWN [.310 BA/.787 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B [6]. 1 3B [1], 2 RBI [14], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    1B GRIFF BENSON [.220 BA/.720 OPS] 2-5, 2 R, 1 3B [3], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    RF JOSE BERMUDEZ [.179 BA/.481 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI [5], 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 SB [3].
    3B DERIAN CRUZ [.667 BA/1.267 OPS] 2-3, 1 R, 2 RBI [2], 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 CS [1], 1 Picked Off [1B].
    Well,well,well, look who’s back! The International bonus baby who together with KEVIN MAITAN were supposed to be the next Dynamic Duo in the BRAVES organization. Back for a third bite of the A-ball apple. Good luck to the now 20-year old. Third times a charm……..maybe.

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  257. 357 Gordon Lawrence May 16, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    GIL:
    re: JULIO

    Lots of competition this season. Maybe JULIO can read the writing on the wall “get your azz in gear or be gone”

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  258. 358 Gil in Mechanicsville May 17, 2019 at 3:23 am

    Okay, offense, score 10 and turn Julio loose tonight.

    Prophet star for me…

    Braves win 10-2 Julio 5+ innings 0 runs 2 hits… We won’t talk about the walks but even those were not bad.

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  259. 359 Gordon Lawrence May 17, 2019 at 7:39 am

    MISSISSIPPI (18-21)

    PEARL Crew come up short on a 6-4 count.

    RHSP JEREMY WALKER [ND, 2.10 ERA/1.13 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 8H, 1 HR, 3 R/ER, 8 SO, 83p/59s.
    RHRP JASON HURSH [1.45 ERA/0.86 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 3 SO, 28p/18s.
    LHRP JORDAN HARRISON [L 0-1, BS 1, 3.18 ERA/1.32 WHIP] 0.0 IP, 2 H, 1 HR, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 11p/7s.

    Lead-off LF DREW WATERS [.325 BA/.861 OPS] 0-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 SO.
    CF CRISTIAN PACHE [.292 BA/.829 OPS] 3-5, 1R, 1 RBI [20], 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB [6], 1 CS [6].
    1B ANDY WILKINS {.186 BA/.610 OPS] 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR [4],1 RBI [11], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    2B ALEJANDRO SALAZAR [.254 BA/.621 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    3B LUIS VALENZUELA [.179 BA/.505 OPS] 2-3, 1 3B [1], 1 RBI [15], 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 E [3, throw].

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  260. 360 Vox O'Reasoñ May 17, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Julio is a different pitcher when he keeps the fastball down and mixes in the slider liberally. He actually has a very good slider, but inexplicably falls in love with the fastball at times which is quite ineffective on its own. One can’t help but notice that his worst games happened when pitching coach Rick Kranitz was away from the team on personal matters, and his resurgence occurred after Kranitz returned. It also doesn’t hurt that Mac has become his regular catcher, either. Again, props to Thoppy for going against the grain and making a key signing amidst a backlash of negative reaction. Mac’s worth to this pitching staff cannot be measured in $$.

    Also, for those keeping score…

    JTR: 40 games, .276/.337/.421, 4 HR, 25 RBI

    Mac: 20 games, .309/.375/.485, 3 HR, 16 RBI
    Flow: 24 games, .273/.341/.442, 3 HR, 6 RBI

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  261. 361 Gordon Lawrence May 17, 2019 at 7:44 am

    JT Who?
    I’m with you.
    I like what we’ve got.
    REALMUTO’s dead to me.

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  262. 362 Gil in Mechanicsville May 17, 2019 at 7:49 am

    One has to believe that the assemblage of your catching corp should be predicated on the experience of your pitching staff. B-Mac looks really good behind the dish and his offense has been a very pleasant surprise. I had to laugh at his base running last night as he rumbled home from second.

    Parra has been a spark plug for the lagging Nats offense. Who saw that coming?

    The Brewers slide into town tonight. Should be a good test.

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  263. 363 berigan2electricboogaloo May 17, 2019 at 7:56 am

    I am wondering if Julio T is throwing even softer, to have a better idea where the “fastball” is going. hey, whatever works. Of course, if you throw 100 pitches in 5 innings a fair bit, you are really going to tax the bullpen….
    well, I am really going to go on a limb and say Austin Riley is the real deal…I am sure there will be ups and downs, but to have that kind of crazy power ( 1/4 of an inch higher, and he would have 2 home runs in 2 games) and to be willing to hit it right back up the middle ….wow. Very impressive!
    Is Ender Wally Pipp Jr?

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    • 364 Vox O'Reasoñ May 17, 2019 at 8:15 am

      Riley also has it between the ears…

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  264. 365 berigan2electricboogaloo May 17, 2019 at 7:57 am

    BMac would be hitting .350 if he could find a way to hit the ball on the ground, to the left side of the field…funny, he can, like last night, hit the ball in the air to left center….

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  265. 366 Vox O'Reasoñ May 17, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Courtesy of DO’B:

    “Pitching behind him is amazing. It’s kind of fun to see him do his thing, to go out there and compete and have great efforts. When I get the ball, I just want to do the same thing.” — Braves’ Julio Teheran on rookie Mike Soroka (0.98 ERA)

    … on the Braves’ 21-year-old present and future ACE.

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  266. 367 Gordon Lawrence May 17, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Thanx for the quote from DOB VOX.
    That’s CHIP JONES thinking right there.
    Now if he has the memory muscle of JONES, he will go “far [pun intended]” in this league.

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  267. 368 Gil in Mechanicsville May 17, 2019 at 9:20 am

    “Teheran’s ERA was also higher than 4.00 before he got it to 3.88 on Thursday with his third consecutive outing in which he allowed one or no runs. The former All-Star pitcher said he has been inspired by the sparkling performances of Soroka and Fried, who’ll start a home-series opener Friday against Milwaukee.

    “The (young) guys have been doing a great job,” Teheran said. “Soroka — pitching behind him is amazing. It’s kind of fun to see him do his thing, to go out there and compete and have great efforts. When I get the ball, I just want to do the same thing. That’s what it’s about. … They’ve been doing a great job. Pitching in front of one and behind the other, it’s fun. It’s fun whenever you get to have a rotation like that.”” The Athletic” DOB 5/17/19

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  268. 369 Gil in Mechanicsville May 17, 2019 at 9:47 am

    “It’s big for those (young) guys,” Snitker said. “I never really realized how important it was until I’ve been sitting in this seat and see the importance of what that does for your clubhouse and the attitude and how they go about it, how they prepare and how they carry themselves when you have people that carry themselves so professionally. And there’s no highs and lows; it’s the same every day. You’ve got to be like that in this business. And it’s a really good group.

    “For the pitchers, a guy like Julio, all he does is take the ball, keeps himself ready, prepares, trains, and that’s important. Because this is a tough job. There’s layers you pull off becoming a major leaguer, that bona fide major leaguer. And some of the things they go through, they have to experience themselves.

    “There’s nobody they can talk to about experiences until they get it — there’s some things they’ve got to go through and experience and learn from that. But what these guys provide them, the leadership and example and all, is really, really good.”

    Said McCann: “For me, that’s what I enjoy now more than anything in the game, kind of passing down information that I’ve learned over the years. I’ve played with some of the best players who’ve ever played the game, and I’ve picked all their brains every day. I got the routines of what these great guys were doing so I can pass that along.” Ibid

    What y’ll were saying about McCann vs JTR. Realmuto is a great catcher IMO but the intangibles that B-Mac brings along is the real value in his signing. I am sure Alex and his group of egg heads in the stats department were conflicted about signing a 35 year old guy who is on the downward side of his career and post knee surgery but at the bargain basement price of $2MM figured what the heck. So far so good and if the Braves can just get the top of their order all clicking at the same time, well, look out NL East.

    It is amazing they are only 1-1/2 games out now. Lots of baseball yet to play and the Riley saga is only in its opening act. Already though, people are saying “Who was this Wally Pipp fellow folks keep referencing”? 🙂

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  269. 370 Gordon Lawrence May 17, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Three OF’ers in LAWRENCEVILLE are holding up their end, and DREW WATERS/CRISTIAN PACHE in the process. I mean who do you promote/demote/trade/waiver with these results?

    RAFAEL ORTEGA 28 yrs/LH/151 AB, 10 2B, 3 3B, 9 HR, 272 BA/.364 OBP/.556 SLG/.920 OPS

    An original ROX recruit in 2008, after knocking around the minor’s for 10 years, he elected FA and was picked up by the BRAVES in Nov. 2018 with a ST invite. With the results to date, he could make a run at MATT JOYCE’s slot if the BRAVES feel so inclined. I think he has potential for a fourth OF slot, but with RILEY, CAMARGO, JOYCE and CULBERSON clouding the issue, I’m afraid he loses to a numbers game here. He would make a good trade chip at the deadline if he keeps up this level of offense.

    RYAN LaMARRE 30 yrs/LH/116 AB, 9 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, .293 BA/.364 OBP/.483 SLG/.846 OPS

    A second round pick of the REDS in 2010, twice called up for a cup of coffee by CINCINNATI, he elected FA in 2015. Picked up by the Bosox, another cup of coffee, another FA election. ANGELS come calling with a spring invite, but alas, sent to AAA once again, then designated for assignment. Traded to the A’s at RYAN’s urging no doubt. Another ML cup of coffee with the A’s then gone a third time to the minor’s. TWINS, cup of coffee, gone, Chisox, cup of coffee, gone. And now the BRAVES. This is a classic AAAA+ player, almost good enough, not quite ML material. Despite his current results, AA will prolly trade for some cash, or waiver him. He’s a good AAA player right now. His BB/SO ratio [8/29] against RH’ers seems to be the obvious impediment to success. Maybe he can coach? Teachers teach well what they most need to learn.

    TRAVIS DEMERITTE 24 yrs/RH/119 AB, 9 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR, .303 BA/.387 OBP/.546 SLG/.933 OPS, corner OF

    Acquired by trade from RANGERS for RH LUCAS HARRELL, and LH DARIO ALVAREZ.
    Of the three, i rate DEMERITTE the keeper. A high powered bat in the lower minors as a RANGER farmhand, he excelled at the plate early on in Carolina, then swooned. He’s been learning how to hit since his arrival in 2016, and is making steady progress. I see him as a fourth OF’er at the ML level – spot starts, pinch hit-type. If he continues to progress this season, I could project him to next year’s roster in place of MATT JOYCE.

    So, after all that, I see one obvious slot for DREW WATERS, but none for CRISTIAN PACHE.
    It would not hurt my feelings to see PACHE’s promo to AAA delayed until late in the season.
    I think he has more to learn in AA first.
    WATERS on the other hand, needs to be sent on up the ladder.
    After all, TREY HARRIS in A-ball [.384 BA] is killing it down there, and I’d like to see him jump all four OF’ers in FLORIDA and slip into WATERS’ slot in PEARL RIVER.

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    • 371 Gil in Mechanicsville May 17, 2019 at 10:13 am

      And of course to neglect to mention the $3MM elephant in the room, DuVall who has regained his stroke and can play centerfield. Just saying.

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  270. 372 Gordon Lawrence May 17, 2019 at 10:01 am

    TEHERAN off quotes here, classic follower, support-man, ROBIN-type. Nothing wrong with that. Sounds like he’s embraced the role, put on the eye-mask, and relaxed a bit not having to carry the #1 load anymore.

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    • 373 Gil in Mechanicsville May 17, 2019 at 10:25 am

      Gordon, I think you may have hit upon something with the idea that Julio is finally able to assume his role as a number 3 as opposed to an erstwhile #1. The mental pressure must be tremendous feeling you have to be “The Guy” when you are not that comfortable at this point with the burden. Sure, everyone would like to believe they are the best but numbers don’t lie over the course of career, especially in such a numbers oriented game as baseball.

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    • 374 berigan2electricboogaloo May 17, 2019 at 1:27 pm

      Gordon, excellent point! He was the #1 for quite some time, and always had to face other teams #1’s for several years. Pressure for anyone. Probably wore him down. Now, like you said, he can be Robin.

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  271. 375 Gordon Lawrence May 17, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Jeeze, I forgot all about DUVALL………..after his miserable time in ATLANTA.
    I just can’t see him in ATLANTA’s mix for the present or the future at this point

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    • 376 Gil in Mechanicsville May 17, 2019 at 11:19 am

      I can understand y’all’s doubts about Duvall’s return to Atlanta but he is still on the 40 man roster and he is into the Braves for about $3MM and well, that is my point. We shall see who cools off, who gets injured and who is traded. At this point however, he would last about 15 mins on the waiver wire if released. I think he will make at least one more visit to Sun Trust this season.

      On Demerit, let us not forget he can also play in the infield. Trade bait for sure.

      Oh, and speaking of AAAA guys, I see where Rio Ruiz hit a 2 run homer for the Orioles this week.

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  272. 377 Vox O'Reasoñ May 17, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Regarding OF’ers, IMO…

    Those who are not in the Braves long term plans: Ender Inciarte, Nick Markakis, Matt Joyce, Adam Duval, Ryan LaMarre, Rafael Ortega, Travis Demeritte

    Those who are: Ronald Acuña, Jr., Cristian Pache, Drew Waters

    Those who could vie for a 4th OF role, Ortega, LaMarre, Demeritte

    Those who will not be in the Braves organization in 2020: Inciarte, Markakis*, Joyce, Duval

    Austin Riley is a LF for 2019 only. He will anchor the hot corner for many years to come.

    The Braves will not open 2020 with 2 rookie OF’ers, and I predict Pache will be the one who makes the leap first due to his CF defense alone. He will probably also be the first to make the move to AAA, likely within another month or so.

    The * next to Markakis’ name is a qualifier that he could return on his 2020 option for $6M if he finishes 2019 strong and under the understanding that Drew Waters is close on his heels.

    The OF by 2021 will be, LF -> RF, Acuña, Pache, Waters, and will be the best defensive OF in baseball.

    Courtesy mention to Charlie Culberson and Johan Camargo, who will continue to play wherever the team sticks them…

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  273. 378 Gordon Lawrence May 17, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    VOX
    Don’t forget TREY HARRIS.
    At .384 and climbing, he’s way outclassing the Sally League. I don’t see him wasting time in FLORIDA. I think he goes straight to MISSISSIPPI.
    If he proves out there, it could be ACUNA, PACHE and HARRIS in 2021.
    We have a surfit of great outfielder’s right now, and a suspect in GRAYSON JENISTA as well.
    Another year, and we might see a big trade with one of DEMERITTE, WATERS, HARRIS, or JENISTA involved.
    ACUNA and PACHE go nowhere except ATLANTA.
    ORTEGA and DUVALL could be trade chip’s in July.
    I can’t see either of them waived at this point, or this year frankly.
    I don’t see LaMARRE being taken except maybe for a small amount of cash.

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  274. 379 Gil in Mechanicsville May 17, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Just a bit of trivia… did y’all know Nick Markakis was a number #1 draft pick by the Orioles in 2003 and 7th overall? Lots of #1s and #2s on the current Braves roster.

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  275. 380 Gil in Mechanicsville May 17, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    Vee, you alluded to Folty’s problem being physical. To be honest, would that not be a best case scenario? I think if it is mental it is a much tougher problem to fix. mentally accept it.Mechanical might be the easiest fix if he can

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    • 381 Vox O'Reasoñ May 17, 2019 at 5:12 pm

      This is what I know based on things published today…

      He worked his side session yesterday and reported no physical problems (but what player ever does?). Rick Kranitz worked on some specific mechanical issues that were picked up from video of successful 2018 vs. sucky 2019. He is making his next scheduled start this Sunday vs. MIL.

      Now, this is what I believe based on discussions I have heard and read…

      Folty will be on a very short leash on Sunday, with someone (undefined; possibly Touki or Newk, or even a callup such as Kyle Wright who just happens to be on the exact same rotation schedule) waiting to pitch some long relief innings if called upon. The way I understand it, they are going to allow him to start the game with the mechanical “fixes”, but if the slider is still flat and the fastball velo is still down, he’s coming out and will be IL’d to be further evaluated by the medical staff.

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  276. 382 Gordon Lawrence May 17, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    OMG, four HR’s and a double later, and the STRIPERS are up 6-2 in the bottom of the third.

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  277. 383 Gordon Lawrence May 17, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Oops, three HR sorry. Got carried away

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  278. 384 Gordon Lawrence May 17, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    And ALLARD is doing his best to give it back. Struggles thru five @100 pitches. Man, he sucks tonight.

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  279. 385 berigan2electricboogaloo May 18, 2019 at 3:06 am

    well, didn’t suck as much as the big league team’s bullpen did, though to be fair….Venters made the pitch to get the 3rd out in the 9th, but Dansby for some reason thought a ball that was rolling the whole way to him, was going to bounce up into his glove, for some reason.
    of course, mental focus may have been a bit weak after having a 12-0 lead at one point. 12-8, but at least they won the game…. 9 runs in 1 inning, first time the braves have done that since 2009!

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  280. 386 Gil in Mechanicsville May 18, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Last night’s 12-8 win might well have been the ugliest win by the Braves I have seen in a long time. I get it, up by 12 runs, it is an opportunity to take a young starter out after 6 stellar innings and turn it over to your bullpen back benchers. So, Tomlin gives up 4 runs and you bring in Parsons to get an out… Nope, that didn’t work so you bring in Jonny Vee who was shaky but supposed second coming of Derek Jeter inexplicably allows a sure 3rd out to roll under his glove for an error and more runs. Jonny Vee melts down and suddenly a laughter is not so funny any more. Bring in Luke Jackson who despite his recent good work still makes me nervous.

    So, one truth that appears to be evident this season is that there is a shortage of bullpen arms throughout major league baseball.

    Washington was in the game against the Cubs up until they took Max Scherzer out. BOOM! Washington’s pen gives up 11 runs to put the game out of reach…

    So, what to do? Methinks it is time for Alex to face reality and make a few trades for some of the quality relief arms out there before every other contending club does the same.

    I love Jonny Venters and appreciate every thing he has done for the Braves in the past but he is done. That is only one but you have to start somewhere. Maybe bring in a hypnotist to convince the scrubs they can throw strikes….

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  281. 387 Gordon Lawrence May 18, 2019 at 8:26 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (25-16)

    STRIPERS jump out to a quick 6-2 lead, then the Pawsox try to reel the fish back in. Once ALLARD is lifted however, the issue was never in doubt, as three relief stifle the Sox offense with 3.1 innings of two hit, shutout ball and GWINNETT wins 7-5.
    LHSP KOLBY ALLARD [W 3-2, 4.32 ERA, 1.44 WHIP] 5.2 IP, 8 H, 1 HR, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 105p/68s.
    LHRP THOMAS BURROWS [H 1, 4.24 ERA, 1.53 WHIP] 1.1 IP, zeros, 1 BB, 2 SO, 26p/16s.
    LHRP GRANT DAYTON [H 2, 1.08 ERA, 0.72 WHIP] 1.0 IP, clean, 2 SO, 14p/9s.
    LHRP A.J. MINTER [Sv 1, 0.00 ERA, 1.29 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 2 H, zeros, 1 SO, 25p/18s.

    SS JACK LOPEZ [.270 BA/.647 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR [1], 3 RBI [9], 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 E [4, fielding].
    Jack’s been an error machine last couple games. Gotta’ work on that defense. Of course, he’s been a hitting machine also. Maybe he can’t do both at the same time.
    RF TRAVIS DEMERITTE [.309 ERA/.959 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR [7], 2 RBI [28], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    TRAVIS has been on a tear at the plate and solid defensively. Call-up?
    LF ADAM DUVALL [.273 BA/1.011 WHIP] 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR [14], 2 RBI [32], 2 BB, 1 SO.
    But then so has ADAM. Yesterday, GIL said that 3 million counts a lot when it comes to call-ups. Seeing this eye-popping offense, he may be right. Or maybe JOYCE is gone, and both are called up.

    MISSISSIPPI loss 2-4 WATERS, and PACHE a hit each in four. WENTZ takes the loss, but pitches O.K.
    FLORIDA loss 6-8. Top of the order bangs away to no avail, as both starting and relief pitching give it the way.
    ROME win 11-3 as starter ODALVI JAVIER wins a little shaky while DILMER MEJIA continues to be the smooth operator, and TREY HARRIS’ keeps rising toward other worldly levels offensively [.385 BA/1.037 OPS]

    Gotta’ go folks sorry. Maybe more tomorrow.

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    • 388 Gil in Mechanicsville May 18, 2019 at 9:09 am

      Always thankful for the daily reports.

      Maybe Grant Dayton gets a call today….

      Gausman returns tonight. I hope he has been paying attention to what the kids have been doing. No fat hangers that somehow are never missed by the opposition. Be aggressive and pray Ozzie’s arm is in harness and Dansby brings his brain to the game.

      Prediction, Ender will not make the upcoming road trip with the Braves and Austin stays on the roster until at least post Washington series. That is barring injuries of course.

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  282. 389 Gil in Mechanicsville May 18, 2019 at 9:11 am

    If I were Snit, I would give either Ozzie or Dansby the night off and play Camargo tonight.

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  283. 390 Gil in Mechanicsville May 18, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    The Braves are releasing Jonny Venters. Jerry Blevins has been brought back to join Atlanta’s bullpen. Mark Bowman…

    Sigh, it was inevitable me thinks. Well, Jonny still gets paid.

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  284. 391 Gordon Lawrence May 18, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Best danged bender I ever saw. 96 mph and just before it got to the plate, it dove into the dirt or onto the plate. Unhittable. Thanx for the memories Jonny V!

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  285. 392 berigan2electricboogaloo May 18, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    Never even heard of a guy being DFA’ed, then brought right back like this. Have you guys????
    Poor Johnny, guessing he’d still be here if Dansby hadn’t muffed that easy roller…

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  286. 393 Gordon Lawrence May 18, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Since corner OF’er TREY HARRIS has batted .397 in the month of May to this point, let’s jinx him, and put the old spotlight on his offense.
    Signed June 2018 as a 2B, TREY was quickly converted to the outfield. If the 23 year-old carries this bat to the majors he can play 2B, LF, CF, or RF. That’s a versatile and valuable man.

    2019’s defense is impeccible, perfect in all fields with 108 chances and 6 OF assists [3 in RF].

    Hitting is something else.

    Overall:
    41g,143 AB, 55H, 10 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 31 RBI, 17BB, 23SO, 4SB, 2CS, .385 BA/.457 OBP/.580 SLG/.1.038 OPS

    This month however:
    17g, 58 AB, 23 H, 4 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 19 RBI, 7 BB, 12 SO, 3 SB, 1 CS, .397 BA/.471 OBP, .621 SLG, 1.091 OPS

    Splits look great, day/night, grass, home/away, LH vs. RH. hard to find anything to pick at on offense or defense.

    I say promote WATERS, PACHE and send HARRIS straight to MISSISSIPPI.

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  287. 394 Gordon Lawrence May 18, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    JONNY VENTERS and MIKE REMLINGER two of the best non-closer relief pitchers we have had in the past 20 years.

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  288. 395 Gordon Lawrence May 18, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    JASSEEL De La CRUZ cruizin’ after one 10p/7s. Keep it up kid..

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  289. 396 Gordon Lawrence May 18, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    1-0 for ROME in the first. HARRIS now batting a phenomenal .389 [1-1 so far.]

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  290. 397 Gordon Lawrence May 18, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    I’m guessing TREY HARRIS just broke over .400 for the month of MAY.

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  291. 398 Gordon Lawrence May 18, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    DeLa CRUZ smooth operator tonight thru four shutout innings 42p/24s.
    F-F-FROGS up 3-zip on a JEFREY RAMOS HR [5].

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  292. 399 Gordon Lawrence May 18, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    HARRIS now one for two .386 BA.

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  293. 400 Gordon Lawrence May 18, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    STRIPERS up 4-0
    DEMERITTE homers again, [8] 1-2 .312 BA
    WEIGEL 3.0 IP so far, so good 35p/24s

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  294. 401 Gil in Mechanicsville May 18, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Austin Riley… amazing….

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  295. 402 Vox O'Reasoñ May 18, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    How do you get upset with Luke Jackson when those 2 “hits” to tie the game were poor contact choppers with eyes?

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    • 403 Gil in Mechanicsville May 19, 2019 at 8:23 am

      Can’t blame Luke for that one, nope, those were just aberrations. Poor positioning? Maybe… but sometimes that is the way the ball bounces, more impresses that he held it to a tie, besides, we got to see Freddie’s amazing walk-off.

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  296. 404 Gordon Lawrence May 19, 2019 at 9:45 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (26-16)

    STRIPERS yet again 5-2 over the Pawsox.

    Lead-off DH RAFAEL ORTEGA [.270 BA/.913 OPS] 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B [11],1 BB, 2 SO.
    SS ANDRES BLANCO [.288 BA/.892 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 SO.
    LF ADAM DUVALL [.273 BA/1.016 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [15], 1 SF, 2 RBI [34], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    RF TRAVIS DEMERITTE [.313 BA/.984 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B [10], 1 HR [8], 3 RBI [31]0 BB, 2 SO.
    2B RYAN LaMARRE [.300 BA/.860 OPS] 2-4, 1 2B [10], 0 BB, 1 SO.

    RHSP PATRICK WEIGEL [0.00 ERA/0.25 WHIP] 4.0 IP, zeros, 1 BB, 2 SO, 50p/34s.
    RHRP HUSCAR YNOA [W 10, 9.00 ERA/2.50 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 HR, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 52p/30s.
    The BRAVES are not handling this 20-year old properly. For whatever reason they have converted a steadily improving starting pitcher, and pushed him up to AAA when he is obviously not ready for either. I know they have their reasons, and I just hope they don’t ruin the kid’s future in the process.

    MISSISSIPPI (19-22)

    Another game, another victory. The PEARL Crew board the BARONS’ ship and make her a prize 4-1. This time it’s the middle five slots in the order that does the heavy lifting.

    DH RYAN CASTEEL [.284 BA/.877 OPS] 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B [6], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    1B ANDY WILKINS [.185 BA/.615 OPS] 1-3,1 R, 1 2B [3], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    2B ALEJANDRO SALAZAR [.247 BA/.601 OPS] 1-4, 2 RBI [7], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    SS RILEY UNROE [.250 BA/.500 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 SO.
    Just promo’d from FLORIDA.
    3B LUIS VALENZUELA [.204 BA/.552 OPS] 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B [5], 1 CS [1].

    LHSP TUCKER DAVIDSON [W 1-2, 1.65 ERA/1.12 WHIP] 8.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 101p/67s.
    Excellente’ Mr. TUCKER. Bravo!
    RHRP JOSH GRAHAM [2.95 ERA/1.04 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 18p/14s.
    Not his best, but good enough.

    FLORIDA (18-24)

    AND you thought our pitching was strong in MISSISSIPPI last night! A 12-0 complete-game, NO-HIT shutout of the HAMMERHEADS ensued in FLORIDA.

    RHSP JASSEEL De La CRUZ [W 3-1, 1.93 ERA/0.68 WHIP] 9.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 89p/54s.
    A truly remarkable piece of work. The 21-year old kid will remember this one for a long time, and so should we.

    Lead-off SS RILEY DELGADO [.303 BA/.712 OPS] 1-4, 1 BB, 1 SO.
    2B BRETT LANGHORNE [.221 BA/.653 OPS] 2-4, 1 SAC, 1 RBI [11], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    C WILLIAM CONTRERAS [.278 BA/.718 OPS] 1-5, 2 R,1 RBI [13], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    RF GRAYSON JENISTA [.236 BA/.704 OPS] 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B [9], 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 SB [1].
    LF JEFREY RAMOS [.237 BA/.646 OPS] 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR [5], 2 RBI [24], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    1B KEVIN JOSEPHINA [.267 BA/.642 OPS] 5-5, 3 R, 2 RBI [14], 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 CS [5].
    CF GARRISON SCHWARTZ [.267 BA/.727 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 2 2B [3], 2 RBI [5], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    3B JORDAN RODGERS [.321 BA/.690 OPS] 2-3, 2 R, 1 SF, 2 RBI [3], 0 BB, 0 SO.

    ROME (21-21)

    R-Braves snuff the Insects once again 9-5, and in the process it’s a clean sweep in the minors last night. Get out the brooms for this afternoon’s game in ATLANTA. SWEEP THE BREWERS.
    And la piece’ de resistance,
    TREY HARRIS NOW CARRIES A .419 BA FOR THE MONTH OF MAY.
    A rare occurrence indeed.

    LF TREY HARRIS [.395 BA/1.069 OPS] 3-4,1 R, 1 HR [5],1 RBI [32], 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 CS [3].
    A .395 AVERAGE for the season, a .419 AVERAGE for this month screams promotion to me.

    3B DERIAN CRUZ [.364 BA/.793 OPS] 1-4, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    CF JUSTIN DEAN [.283 BA/.806 OPS] 3-4, 3 R, 1 2B [9], 1 3B [3], 1 HR [2], 4 RBI [17]. 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 E [3, throw].
    Misses the cycle by a single.
    C RICARDO RODRIGUEZ [.238 BA/.603 OPS] 2-3, 1 R, 1 SF, 2 RBI [8], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    2B GREG CULLEN [.272 BA/.805 OPS] 1-4, 1 3B [3], 1 RBI [15], 0 BB, 0 SO.

    RHSP ALAN RANGEL [W 3-2, 5.40 ERA/1.51 WHIP] 5.0 IP, 7 H, 2 HR, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 76p/51s.
    Not great, but good enough as the 21 year-old continues to learn how to pitch.
    RHRP VICTOR VODNIK [Sv 1, 2.59 ERA/0.99 WHIP] 4.0 IP, 3 H, zeros, 1 BB, 2 SO, 53p/33s.

    Must have been a full moon last night with all the exemplary feats accomplished by the minors organization, and players like JASSEEL De La CRUZ and TREY HARRIS……..oh yeah, it was. WELL BAY AT THE MOON BRAVES, you earned it.

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    • 405 Carolina Lady May 19, 2019 at 3:39 pm

      Wow, De La Cruz is showing how it’s done, huh? When was the last time one of our pitchers anywhere went 9 innings?? I’m really impressed!

      Things are lookin’ good down on the farms!

      Thanks, Gordon!!

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  297. 406 Gil in Mechanicsville May 19, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Promotion for Trey? There is no room at the inn, reminds me of the dilemma the Dodgers face. Ain’t it grand???

    So, it’s an early game today, pretty sure we will have a good idea of how this one will go early. Let’s hope Folty can keep his cool.

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  298. 407 Gil in Mechanicsville May 19, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    So, on paper, the Braves could just forfeit and take the day off but…. if Folty can at least keep it under 3 runs given up, there is the bullpen. It is why games are 9 innings in the Show and it ain’t over til it’s over.

    Get to see Austin play 3rd base today. Make the plays you are suppose to make kid and we will see…

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  299. 408 Vox O'Reasoñ May 19, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Very well stated. I agree 100%.

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  300. 409 Vox O'Reasoñ May 19, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    With Jonny’s release the Braves brought back LH Jerry Blevins whom had been DFA’d just a few days ago.

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  301. 410 Gordon Lawrence May 19, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    FLORIDA wins today. So far, only completed game.

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  302. 411 Carolina Lady May 19, 2019 at 4:08 pm

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  304. 413 Gil in Mechanicsville May 19, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Okay, I would not be honest if I said I was at least a little disappointing with today’s loss but when Snit brought in Was Parsons, I know it was over, I just didn’t expect him to give up a home run. Oh’ well, be happy with the two wins and look forward to some more late night baseball… BLAH!

    So, what is it, 4 games in San Fran and then finish up the season series against the Cardinals… at least they don’t have to fly all the way home from the left coast. Hopefully the storms in the mid-west will have cleared out by then.

    And how about Folty today? I’ll take it. Yes, two solo home runs but that was matched by Brandon Woodruff so I think you could call it a Gem. Tough try to sweep a club as good as the Brew Crew so he gave his team a chance to win. If he can follow this game up with more of the same, the Braves can concentrate on finding more relief help. (Kimbrel)????

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  305. 414 Gil in Mechanicsville May 19, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Collusion? Ya think that is what Boston and Houston are thinking with Kimbrel and Keutchel still on the side lines as 28 other teams wait for June 2nd to run out the clock on draft compensation? I fear neither will be sharp but then again, a month in the minors to get into fighting trim and it would be like a mid season trade. Lots of suitors I expect, they will go to the highest bidders. Don’t let anyone kid you, every team can use good pitching.

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  306. 415 Gordon Lawrence May 19, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (26-17)

    Pawsox finally real the STRIPERS in 5-4.

    Lead-off RF RAFAEL ORTEGA [.278 BA/.936 OPS] 2-3, 2 R, 2 2B [13], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    2B ANDRES BLANCO [.295 BA/.923 OPS] 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR [7], 2 RBI [20], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    DH TRAVIS DEMERITTE [.311 BA/.933 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [9], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    LF ADAM DUVALL [.266 BA/.992 OPS] 0-4, 1 RBI [35], 0 BB, 1 SO.

    RHSP KYLE WRIGHT [ND, 7.57 ERA/1.50 WHIP] 3.2 IP, 6 H, 1 HR, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 73p/46s.
    RHRP BEN ROWAN [L 3-1, 1.35 ERA/0.75 WHIP] 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 24p/19s.
    RHRP SHANE CARLE [0.73 ERA/0.73 WHIP] 2.0 Ip, zeros, 1 BB, 1 SO, 25p/18s.

    MISSISSIPPI (19-23)

    BARONS recapture their ship 2-1 as the PEARL Crew abandons their prize.

    LF/CF DREW WATERS [.318 BA/.837 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB [6].
    RF CRISTIAN PACHE [.280 BA/.798 OPS] 1-4, 1 2B [11], 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 E [3, fielding].
    CRISTIAN is having some problems dealing with being a corner outfielder.
    SS RILEY UNROE [.143 BA/.393 OPS] 0-3, 1 RBI [1], 1 BB, 0 SO.

    RHSP IAN ANDERSON [ND, 3.70 ERA/1.48 WHIP] 5.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 100p/62s.
    RHRP CLAUDIO CUSTODIO [L 1-1, 0.63 ERA/0.77 WHIP] 3.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 43p/32s.
    Pitching was good enough for a win. Pin this one on the bats and opposing arms.

    FLORIDA (19-24)

    F-F-FROGS are on a roll taking another from the sharks 2-1.

    Lead-off SS RILEY DELGADO [.306 BA/.721 OPS] 2-5, 1 2B [4],1 RBI [11], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    3B/2B KEVIN JOSEPHINA [.266 BA/.647 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B [4], 0 BB, 3 SO.
    CF GARRISON SCHWARTZ [.265 BA/.729 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B [4], 1 RBI [6], 0 BB,1 SO.

    LHSP HAYDEN DEAL [ND, 1.32 ERA/0.90 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 78p/52s.
    HAYDEN was killer as a relief pitcher in Rookie-ball and ROME until converted to a starter mid-season 2018. In that role, he has been out only 13 times.
    Struggling a bit to find his footing until recently, DEAL is beginning to get the hang of being a starter.
    Now 24 years-old, this is an arm to keep an eye on especially since he has the versatility and experience to go either way, as a starter or out of the pen.
    RHRP KURT HOEKSTRA [0.00 ERA/1.33 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 3 SO, 25p/17s.
    Our converted infielder continues to do yeoman work while learning the vagaries of being a relief arm.
    RHRP TROY BACON [W 1-2, 4.05 ERA/1.30 WHIP] 2.0 IP, zeros, 1 BB, 2 SO, 34p/23s.
    Once a light’s-out arm in the lower minors, 22 year-old TROY has fallen on hard times in high a-ball. He appears to have righted his listing ship however, and is learning how to pitch.

    ROME (21-22)

    FIREFLYS plate one in the top of the 10th and hold on in the bottom of the frame to wreast a 9-8 win from the R-Braves in a 24-hit slug-fest.

    RHRP JOSE MONTILLA [L 1-1, 1.44 ERA/0.84 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 11p/6s..
    Hard-luck loss as MONTILLA allows the runner placed on 2B to score on a single which is not considered under rules to be earned.

    DH RICARDO RODRIGUEZ [.250 BA/.627 OPS] 2-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 SO.
    2B GREG CULLEN [.279 BA/.835 OPS] 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR [2], 2 RBI [17], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    3B/1B BRENDON VENTER [.156 BA/.544 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR [3], 2 RBI [15], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    SS ARIEL MONTESINO [.190 BA/.589 OPS] 1-41 R, 1 HR [1], 1 RBI [4], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    LF TREY HARRIS [.391 BA/1.078 OPS] 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR [6], 2 RBI [34], 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 E [1, fielding]. Jinx!
    HARRIS bombs away in the bottom of the ninth, plates two and ties the score, sending the game into xtras.

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  307. 416 Gil in Mechanicsville May 20, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Good morning Stuffville, Washington continues to fall short while the Mets are swept by the Marlins. Not a scenario conducive to winning the NL East. The Phillies continue to take care of business with the resurgence of Harper.

    Soroka pitches for the Braves tonight which has to make you feel a little confident if you are a fan of Los Bravos. Atlanta starting pitching is finally beginning to gel. 5 really strong performances this week at home. If only the pen, which is showing improvement, can do the same. I guess the only real question left is whether or not Alex will reach down into the minors for assistance or make a deal for someone outside of the organization.

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  308. 417 Gil in Mechanicsville May 20, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Oh, a a word about the Braves wunderkin, Austin Riley, and the hat trick laid on him by Woodruff. While it was his first, it won’t be the last. Woodruff made a lot of Atlanta hitter look weak yesterday. He is one of the elite young pitches in major league ball.

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  309. 418 Gordon Lawrence May 20, 2019 at 11:18 am

    WOODRUFF sign him up, NOLA too, then we’re off to the races…….
    Really frustrating during the transition period of starters learning how to pitch, and positions players learning how to hit.
    Three years from now, and we’ll be flying high sippin’ Minute Maid lemonade and your fav mixer of course.

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  310. 419 Vox O'Reasoñ May 20, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    High cotton.

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  311. 420 Gil in Mechanicsville May 20, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    The Braves have traded Vizcaiano to the Seattle Mariners. From what I understand it’s a cash transaction. I don’t think he is expected to be back this season but who knows? Not like Seattle is going anywhere. I guess it does add a little cash to the till for the Braves plus clears a roster spot off the 40 man roster. I know, he was already on the 60 IL but there is a time that spot has to be exposed.

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  312. 421 Vox O'Reasoñ May 20, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Interesting. I need to hear some commentary on this before I can digest it. On the surface, it looks like the Braves have picked up a good reliever for 1 guy on the shelf and another in the dustbin. Swarzak had a couple of years where he was very good. But he could very well be past his prime. Still, what did we lose? The potential of Viz if he comes back healthy? Seems like a win for the Braves to me. It certainly cannot hurt.

    Expect to see Jerry Blevins do a repeat of last week’s exit.

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  313. 422 Gil in Mechanicsville May 20, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    The Atlanta Braves today acquired RHP Anthony Swarzak and cash considerations from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for RHP Arodys Vizcaíno and LHP Jesse Biddle.

    Swarzak, 33, is 2-2 with a 5.27 ERA (8 ER/13.2 IP), three saves, and six home runs allowed in 15 games out of the Mariners bullpen this season, his first with the club. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound native of Fort Lauderdale, FL, joined the Mariners in a seven-player trade that sent Robinson Canó and Edwin Díaz to New York (NL) last December. He signed a two-year, $14-million contract with the Mets on December 15, 2017.

    Okay, I can understand it all now. Not sure how much difference in the payroll this amounts to but I really don’t care at this point. We know Viz is next year and Biddle had lost the confidence of just about everyone associated with the Braves. I wish Jesse well and I hope the Mariners fix him, it looked as if that was not going to happen in Atlanta.

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  314. 423 Vox O'Reasoñ May 20, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Biddle had worn out his welcome in Atlanta. Viz would never return anyway. Might as well get something for nothing and take a chance on getting some value out of sunk cost.

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  315. 424 Vox O'Reasoñ May 20, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    OK. That looks alright, I guess. But I don’t really care. This is not a deal that should be parsed too closely. Neither Viz nor Biddle were going to help the team in 2019, yet the cost of each was already sunk. Since the “cash considerations” make this a salary neutral deal, there is literally nothing to lose here. And there is the chance that Swarzak could actually help. Anything we get out of him is more than we would get from Viz or Biddle. There is really nothing left to analyze from the deal.

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  316. 425 Vox O'Reasoñ May 20, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Keep in mind that neither Viz nor Biddle was on the active roster. A move will have to be made before Swarzak can be added. The Mariners are in Texas for a series vs. the Rangers. I wonder if Swarzak can get to SF in time for tonight’s game? Of course, they play so friggin’ late out there, I could probably get there in time… 🙄

    I mentioned earlier that Blevins would be the odd man out, but I should walk that back. Blevins and Newk are the only LHs in the pen, and Newk is going to be used more as a late inning guy than a LOOGY. Blevins is likely safe. Wes Parsons might be donning the Striper togs soon, though.

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  317. 427 Gordon Lawrence May 20, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    From the bottom up

    JASSEEL De La CRUZ gets promo’d after that dazzling no-hit 89 pitch complete game.

    HAYDEN DEAL and what to like…….

    Versatility is the word.
    He “DEAL’s” to start and out of the ‘pen.
    In the rookie leagues and ROME, he was a light’s out relief arm.
    With the regression of longevity of starters, relief pitching is become ever increasingly important.
    Having a cross-over pitcher in your arsenal to be an either or, seems to be the wave of the future.
    HAYDEN DEAL is proving to have it in spades.
    Advancement is in his future.
    Having had only 13 starts across two seasons and two levels hasn’t proved but so much to this point, but he will get the chance to prove his worth in MISSISSIPPI later this season I believe.
    If he keeps up this level of accomplishment, he should arrive in ATLANTA by 2021 at the latest barring injury, or regression of course.

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  318. 428 Gordon Lawrence May 20, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Three suspects for the ATLANTA ‘pen in 2019:

    CORBIN CLOUSE is still on the injury shelf
    THOMAS BURROWS struggles with AAA
    JACOB WEBB is establishing himself in ATLANTA’s pen.

    Of the three I thought WEBB the least likely to succeed this year. Shows just how much I know about pitchers.

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  319. 429 Gordon Lawrence May 20, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    The list is long during the period from 2017 to the present of young organizational arms breaking their teeth on ML hitting.
    “many try, few succeed”
    You can never have too many arms

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  320. 430 Gil in Mechanicsville May 20, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Yes Gordon, lots of 4A candidates. If MLB wants to see more offense, all they need to do is expand the league again. There are not enough quality arms to go around now.

    And haven’t the Mets become a hot mess once again? I cannot see how management of these big league clubs continue to hold managers responsible for injuries. I suppose the Mets will now blame Mickey Callaway for Yoenis Céspedes fall at his Florida ranch resulting in multiple fractures.

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  321. 431 Gordon Lawrence May 20, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT – no games scheduled in the league.

    MISSISSIPPI – start time 8:05 p.m. EDT

    FLORIDA – on the short end of a 4-0 score through siv complete. NOLAN KINGHAM getting an education on the bump. 3 HR’s, but 11 SO’s. He’s missing bats at a pretty good clip……for the most part.

    ROME (21-23)

    TREY HARRIS terrorizes opposition pitchers tonight, but to no avail as LOGAN BROWN has the only other hit in the line-up. Both starter and relief pitch well, but the R-Braves come up short on a 4-2 score.

    LF TREY HARRIS [.397 BA/1.118 OPS] 2-3, 1 3B [4], 1 HR [7], 2 RBI [36], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    C LOGAN BROWN [.299 BA/.756 OPS] 1-3, 0 BB, 1 SO.

    RHSP JOSE OLAGUE [L 4-4, 3.38 ERA/1.43 WHIP] 6 IP, 9 H, 3 R/ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 84p/60s.
    LHRP MATT LAWSON [4.09 ERA/1.50 WHIP] 3.0 IP, 2 IP, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 SO,33p/24s.

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  322. 432 Vox O'Reasoñ May 20, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Yep.

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  323. 433 Gordon Lawrence May 20, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    FLORIDA (19-25) waxed by TAMPA 9-2.

    C WILLIE CONTRERAS [.287 BA/.735 OPS] is the hitting hero tonight 2-3, 1 RBI [14], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    2B BRETT LANGHORNE [.214 BA/.632 OPS] 0-4, 1 RBI [12], 0 BB, 0 SO.

    RHSP NOLAN KINGHAM [4.25 ERA/1.36 WHIP] gives up three HR’s and punches out 11 with 2 walks in 7.0 IP, 7 H, 7 R/ER.
    Learning how to be a pitcher rather than a thrower can be tough and hard-earned.

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  324. 434 Gordon Lawrence May 21, 2019 at 6:34 am

    MISSISSIPPI (20-23)

    PEARL Crew beat BARONS 6-1

    CF CRISTIAN PACHE [.287 BA/.810 OPS] 2-5, 2 R, 1 3B [5], 1 RBI [21], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    DH RYAN CASTEEL [.293 BA/.908 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 HR [4], 3 RBI [12], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    3B RILEY UNROE [.182 BA/.614 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 3B [1], 1 RBI [2], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    C JONATHAN MORALES [.214 BA/.559 OPS] 0-2, 1 SF, 1 RBI [10], 1 BB, 0 SO.

    LHSP KYLE MULLER [W 2-1, 2.18 ERA/1.28 WHIP] 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 97p/62s.
    Excellent outing.
    RHRP ANDRES SANTIAGO [0.00 ERA/0.00 WHIP] 2.1 IP, clean, 1 SO, 16p/13s.
    RHRP CONNER JOHNSTONE [0.92 ERA/1.02 WHIP] 1.0 IP, clean, 1 SO, 7p/7s.

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  325. 435 Vox O'Reasoñ May 21, 2019 at 8:28 am

    It would be easy to come on and heap accolades upon young Newk (25 years) for his first career save, in which he came in blowing smoke and looked quite intimidating.

    But then there’s younger Austin Riley (22), who crushed a ball into the left-centerfield stands for his 3rd HR in his brief 6 game career.

    But then there’s even younger Ronald Acuña, Jr. (20), who took the first pitch of the game deep, and came back again for seconds a little while later.

    But then there’s Mike Soroka (21), who defies his youth. He masterfully gave up only 2 hits and 1 run over 8 strong innings, and oddly enough that raised his ERA. Holy cow we’ve really got something in Soroka. He may not just be the best “young” pitcher in the division, he may be the best pitcher period. And that says alot in the NL East. I know he did it against a division cellar dweller, but that’s what you are supposed to do to inferior teams. You are supposed to step on them early and never let up. To merely call his start last night “dominating” is to still do it a disservice. They never really had a chance.

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  326. 436 Gil in Mechanicsville May 21, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Last night’s game was one worth staying up for. Acuna’s opening 435 foot smash to left field to Soroka carrying a perfect game into the 6th inning, the good guys looked really good. Soroka pitched 8 complete giving up one run on a homer to center and one more hit and Acuna had 2 home runs plus Riley crushed another ball for a 2 run shot. Plus, the game was over a little after midnight. A snappy 2:23….

    Now, let’s see if Julio can follow suit.

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  327. 437 Vox O'Reasoñ May 21, 2019 at 8:41 am

    And can I just stop right now and give a quick THANK YOU to Alex Anthopolous for not caving to public pressure and trading away any of these young studs? He engaged in plenty of trade talks over the winter for haughty names that we’d all love to have seen acquired, but the asking price always included names like “Soroka”, “Riley”, and such. One such conversation even ridiculously included the name “Acuña”.

    And those names were just the headliners of packages that would have included more names that we will be cheering on in another year or so: “Wright”, “Pache”, “Anderson”, “Waters”, “Contreras”, etc.

    Hey, I’m guilty. My hand is raised.

    Alex, please continue to ignore the silly pleas of amateur GM’s like myself and continue to nurture this talent that is approaching quickly. And thank you for allowing us the privilege of watching Soroka, Riley, and Acuña blossom into some of the most exciting young Braves we’ve seen since… well, I hesitate to make hasty hyperbolic comparisons. (Aw heck — since Smoltz, Jones and Jones.)

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  328. 438 Vox O'Reasoñ May 21, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Is it just me, or is young Austin Riley’s build reminiscent of former Braves slugger Mark Teixeira? The kid is stout. And that shot was to the deepest part of the Oracle Park outfield.

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  329. 439 Vox O'Reasoñ May 21, 2019 at 8:51 am

    I wonder what Ender Inciarte is thinking about during his 10 day banishment?

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  330. 440 Gordon Lawrence May 21, 2019 at 9:09 am

    I wonder what Ender Inciarte is thinking about during his 10 day banishment?

    How to hit?

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  331. 441 Vox O'Reasoñ May 21, 2019 at 9:19 am

    I’m not sure whether to file this under “News Of The Weird”, or “They Really Do Know What They’re Doing”…

    Per Ken Rosensource:

    RHP Carter Stewart, who attended Eastern Florida State College after failing to sign with the Braves as the No. 8 overall pick in last year’s draft, is in agreement on a contract with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League, sources tell The Athletic.

    The Braves did not sign Stewart, 19, after concerns arose after last year’s draft about an asymptomatic wrist issue. By attending junior college, he became eligible to re-enter the draft this year, and Baseball America had ranked him No. 38 among its top 500 draft prospects.

    I think he has an asymptomatic head issue, too… or at the very least an asymptomatic adviser issue.

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    • 442 Vox O'Reasoñ May 21, 2019 at 9:22 am

      From Carter Stewart’s 2019 draft report from Baseball America:

      Stewart still has a chance to go in the first round, but he’s unlikely to go as high as he did in 2018. Stewart has shown flashes of the pure stuff he displayed as a high school senior—led by a fastball that gets into the mid-90s and his infamous high-spin rate curveball—but hasn’t shown as much consistency as he did last season. Stewart has also added a slider to his repertoire, but it’s closer to an average offering while his curveball still has plus-plus potential. He occasionally uses a solid changeup as well. Stewart added weight to his lower half this spring, and while that increased his strength, some scouts believed it also hindered his delivery and increased the stiffness in his legs. While he has impressive body control, Stewart is not an elite athlete and teams think he’ll need to have more dedicated offseason workout plans to prevent his stuff or strike-throwing—which is solid—from backing up. Through 12 starts and 68.1 innings with Eastern Florida State, Stewart posted a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts and 23 walks. He possesses all of the necessary talent and pure stuff, but there are many more questions with Stewart in 2019 than there were one year ago. Add on the fact that the Braves found a medical issue they didn’t like and that will surely leave some teams apprehensive this June.

      Methinks we dodged a bullet with that one.

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  332. 443 berigan2electricboogaloo May 21, 2019 at 10:13 am

    So, the hated Frank Wren administration….drafted, Soroka, Kolby Allard (before Soroka! ) Austin Riley, and gave Ronald Acuna 100K to sign with them….how about them apples????
    http://www.espn.com/blog/mlb/post/_/id/6488/2015-draft-picks-atlanta-braves

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    • 444 Gil in Mechanicsville May 21, 2019 at 10:45 am

      Well, yes and no Ber. Perhaps there was some carry over but Thoppy was in place for the 2015 draft.

      Interesting how the Braves dodged the bullet with Steward last year. I don’t hear the same clamoring for last year’s draft class as we have some others.

      And remember Mike Minor? Another head case pitcher with a Braves’ lineage? He is the ace of the Texas staff now… Go figure…

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      • 445 Vox O'Reasoñ May 21, 2019 at 11:14 am

        And remember Mike Minor? Another head case pitcher with a Braves’ lineage? He is the ace of the Texas staff now

        … and has been mentioned as a possible target of the Braves at the trade deadline.

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  333. 446 Gordon Lawrence May 21, 2019 at 10:44 am

    My 2022 organization 25-man, ages in 2022, current levels

    C 23 Willie Contreras A+
    C 25 Logan Brown A
    1B 31 Freddy Freeman ML
    2B 25 Ozzie Albies ML
    SS 27 Dansby Swanson ML
    3B 24 Austin Riley ML
    Ut 28 Johan Camargo ML
    Ut 25 C.J. Alexander AA
    LF 22 Drew Waters AA
    CF 22 Cristian Pache AA
    RF 24 Ron Acuna ML
    OF 26 Trey Harris A

    RH 27 Max Fried ML
    RH 24 Mike Soroka ML
    RH 24 Jasseel De La Cruz AA
    RH 23 Huscar Ynoa AAA
    RH 26 Kyle Wright AAA
    RH 25 Touki Toussaint ML
    LH 24 Kolby Allard AAA
    LH 24 Kyle Muller AA
    LH 24 Ian Anderson AA
    LH 26 Tucker Davidson AA
    LH 28 Sean Newcomb ML
    LH 27 Hayden Deal A+
    LH 26 Corbin Clouse AAA

    That would be one guy 30+ [Freeman].
    Be interesting to see if I’m right on half the newbies now in the minors.
    Bound to be a fizzle or two, a trade or two, an injury or three, and an outsider other than by trade. That one-third difference right there. But this is one strong looking bunch with some ML experience under their belts.

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  334. 447 Gordon Lawrence May 21, 2019 at 10:50 am

    b2eb

    We don’t mention the bird’s name around here.

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  335. 448 Gil in Mechanicsville May 21, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Gordon, remember the “Great Eight”? I think out of that great class, the Braves kept 4 players, the rest were traded..

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  336. 449 berigan2electricboogaloo May 21, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Gil, you are right, I am wrong! Man, I could have sworn I read he was let go in Sept of 2015, not 2014…geez…he was hired by Boston in Sept of 2015 …I blame all those Sept dates!
    So, drat, more credit to Coppy and Hart…bleh….well, the scouts did the hard work, they just didn’t screw up the draft

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  337. 451 Vox O'Reasoñ May 21, 2019 at 11:36 am

    I’d be lying if I said this tune had not popped in my head before when I heard the name “Mike Soroka”.

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  338. 453 Vox O'Reasoñ May 21, 2019 at 11:42 am

    It’s almost unfair.

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  339. 454 Gordon Lawrence May 21, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    ss Chip Jones
    rf Tony Tarasco
    2b Ramon Caraballo
    lf/1b Ryan Klesko
    cf Mike Kelly
    c Javy Lopez
    p Greg McMichael
    p Pedro Borbon?

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  340. 455 Vox O'Reasoñ May 21, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    The compensatory pick the Braves received for the Carter Stewart sage is the #9 pick on June 2, which is significantly higher than their regular pick at #21. It is also significant in that the Braves’ draft pool is increased by the corresponding amount.

    At any rate, the speculation on that #9 pick has uncharacteristically centered on 2 position players, and even more uncharacteristically 2 college position players: OF Hunter Bishop (Arizona State) and Catcher Shea Langeliers (Baylor).

    The poop on Bishop via MLB.com:

    Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 60 | Run: 60 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 55 [Anything 60 and above is considered elite.]

    The left-handed hitter has always had tremendous raw power, but there have been questions about his ability to hit enough to tap into it. There will be some swing and miss, but he’s shown bat speed, strength and loft consistently, with majestic home run power to his pull side, but also the ability to drive the ball to all fields. He runs very well for his size, regularly recording plus times down the line.

    And he’s a big fella measuring 6’5″, 210 lbs. at age 20.

    The poop on Langeliers:

    Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 50 | Run: 40 | Arm: 70 | Field: 60 | Overall: 55

    Langeliers has a cannon arm that can produce 1.7-second pop times in workouts and 1.8-second clockings during games, and he used it to erase 70 percent of basestealers as sophomore. The 2018 Rawlings/ABCA Gold Glove recipient as the best defensive catcher in college baseball, he’s a quality receiver who’s more agile and athletic than most at his position. He also has the strong leadership skills teams desire in a backstop.

    Langaliers would likely be considered a stretch in the top 10, but the Braves have been known to reach early, sign for underslot, and use those savings on their next pick… much like the following mock pick at #21:

    *RHP Brennan Malone, IMG Academy (Florida)

    Grabbing a (possible) underslot college bat in Bishop with their extra pick at No. 9 gives the Braves the ability to spend big at No. 21. Malone has good velocity and four distinct pitches, and he’s made strides transitioning away from “throwing” to “pitching” this spring, to use an old cliche. The extra pick allows Atlanta to get creative and flex their bonus pool muscles a bit. Bishop and Malone would be a good way to do it.

    Remember those names on June 2. It is extremely important for the Braves to make hay in the draft given their lingering restrictions in the international market.

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  341. 460 Gordon Lawrence May 21, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    TRAVIS DEMERITTE on a torrid streak. Tonight 3-3 2 2B, 1 3B……..so far.

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  342. 461 Gordon Lawrence May 21, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    TREY HARRIS doing poorly up in ROME, only a double and two rbi to show for a night’s work. BA drops to a measly .395

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  343. 462 Gordon Lawrence May 21, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    TREY pops out. Now 1-4, .392 BA for the season

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  344. 463 berigan2electricboogaloo May 22, 2019 at 1:19 am

    oh man…………………oh man….deja vu all over again. Luke Jackson didn’t deserve that….so many sliders practically in the dirt, somehow finding wholes…
    I know Luke is in love with his slider ( as well she should be) but…he throws 97, and I think the league is starting to look low (I don’t know why guys like Gregerson (sp) can throw nothing but sliders, and get away with it, but then again, he’s not the closer doing that) , but still, that pitch the Fat Panda hit, man….you really can’t hit that pitch!

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    • 464 Gil in Mechanicsville May 22, 2019 at 1:26 am

      Yes Ber, the ending to the game was a bummer, the pitch Panda hit was low and a foot outside. The league has figure out to look for that slider low, time to change the pattern.

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  345. 465 berigan2electricboogaloo May 22, 2019 at 1:33 am

    I think that one game was an outlier , the offense just isn’t really clicking, outside of FF, Acuna, and Nick M….
    Dansby .250, .313 and .222 with 7 RBI’s for May. I did see a good opposite field hit today. Perhaps he needs to be hitting 8th again????
    Ozzie, .259, .312 and .219, 9 RBI’s for May.
    JD, .263, .388, on pace for 23 HR’s and 69 RBI’s (though the RBI total is low from batting 2nd for so long, and missing a few games) .255 for May so far…these guys need to pick up the pace a bit..or a lot.

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  346. 469 Gil in Mechanicsville May 22, 2019 at 8:44 am

    While I am still not impressed by JD’s hitting, I am very impressed by his defense at third. So there is that…

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  347. 470 Vox O'Reasoñ May 22, 2019 at 9:14 am

    So… Ender or Bringer?

    I don’t think that’s a feasible question in today’s baseball economy, but from a pure lineup perspective who would you rather be displaced by Austin Riley (who is a real keeper)?

    Which lineup is better? One with Ender in it or JDon?

    Personally, considering the defense JDon provides, and considering there’s not much dropoff in CF with RAJ out there, I still prefer the lineup with JDon + Riley over Ender + Riley.

    And even though JDon’s numbers might be disappointing to some, I actually think they’re acceptable if not viewed in the light of $23M. At least he’s playing most days for his money, and not breaking his ankle on a ranch somewhere.

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  348. 471 Gil in Mechanicsville May 22, 2019 at 10:09 am

    As Austin slides back to baseball reality, I think the argument becomes a moot one. At this point, it is pretty plain that JDon is doing enough to justify his place in the order. With the report that Ender has not even returned to “baseball activities” we are looking at least two more weeks of not even having to figure on what to do with Ender vs Riley.

    The Braves are in no hurry at this point to bring back Enciarties.

    I am not a fan of Luke as a closer. While it is evident it is very difficult too string together hits to score runs, anytime a team is putting the ball in play, they have a chance vs having a swing and miss hurler on the bump. T’is why I would rather have Newk closing games than Jackson.

    That said, Jackson does have a 97 mph fastball in his quiver. Maybe draw upon that a little more now the league appears to have caught onto his back foot slider.

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  349. 472 Gordon Lawrence May 22, 2019 at 10:22 am

    TREY HARRIS on;y had a double in four last night for 158 AB’s. a .392/.464/.646/1.110 OPS
    For the month of May .411/.482/.753/1.236 OPS
    Like I told my eldest grandson after he batted .627 BA his sophomore year in high school,” that’s a career year in any league.”

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  350. 473 berigan2electricboogaloo May 22, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Gordon, I see TREY HARRIS turned 23 in Jan, which seems old for A ball, but…he played college ball. Shouldn’t be be going up to AA soon?

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  351. 475 Gordon Lawrence May 22, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    And that was before his hitting became other worldly

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  352. 476 Vox O'Reasoñ May 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Well… alrighty then.

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  353. 477 Gordon Lawrence May 22, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Looks for all the world like the organization has cleared space for him by shelving both NESLONY and LIEN in MISSISSIPPI with 7-day DL designations.
    That leaves only OF’ers WATERS, PACHE and RAYSHEANDALL MICHAEL currently on the roster.
    MICHAEL is new to AA as he’s played one game there. In A+ he put up a .200 BA/.353 OBP/.300 SLG/.653 OPS in 40 AB’s.
    Not a stellar line.
    AA needs another OF’er at least temporarily.
    I’m sure they want to see SEAN in more than one game to give a fair eval, and think it a disservice to HARRIS to pull him up and see him cool off on the pine.
    One of WATERS, or PACHE need advancement.
    My money’s on a trade, or cash sale before the deadline where one of GWINNETT’s OF’ers are moved, and PACHE is advanced.
    My bet is on RAFAEL ORTEGA.
    That allows WATERS to continue AA development, evaluation of MICHAEL, and advancement of HARRIS while NESLONY and LIEN are slowly moved off the 7-day, or back to the 60-day.
    GRAYSON JENISTA [.232 BA/.684 OPS – 151 AB] has been struggling to find some footing in A+, and seems to slowly be coming around. He BA has been climbing last couple weeks.

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  354. 478 Vox O'Reasoñ May 22, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    Austin Freakin’ Riley!

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  355. 479 berigan2electricboogaloo May 23, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Yeah, his glove ain’t bad either! 😉
    Who could have dreamed he’d be this good, this early as well???? Coulda saved 23 Mil, but…you just don’t know….if JD has 35 HR’s at the end of the season, as well as Austin, I won’t complain 😛

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  356. 480 Gil in Mechanicsville May 23, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Okay, don’t forget the Braves play at 3:45 EDT today. Maybe I can stay awake for that one, I slept thru the entire game last night.

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  357. 481 Gordon Lawrence May 23, 2019 at 10:04 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (27-18)

    Tight pitching throttles the KNIGHTS while bats boomed in a 9-1 shellacking of CHARLOTTE.

    Lead-off CF RAFAEL ORTEGA [.275 BA/.911 OPS] 1-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    LF TRAVIS DEMERITTE [.314 BA/.1.011 OPS] 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, hat trick!
    RF RYAN LaMARRE [.288 BA/.833 OPS] 2-4, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 CS [4], 1 Put Out [1B].
    DH ADAM DUVALL [.277 BA/.1.001 OPS] 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B [10], 3 RBI [38], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    C ALEX JACKSON [.222 BA/.854 OPS] 13, 2 R, 1 HR [8], 3 RBI [16], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    1B SEAN KAZMAR Jr. [.245 BA/.661 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B [5], 2 RBI [14], 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 E [2, catch].
    SS LUIS MARTE [.243 BA/.586 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 SO.

    LHSP KOLBY ALLARD [W 4-2, 3.97 ERA/1.34 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 HR, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 87p/63s.
    KOLBY improves his stats on the year with an excellent outing save one mistake pitch.
    Three relief arms hurl an inning apiece of shutout ball on a collective one hit, zeros walks, and five K’s.

    MISSISSIPPI (21-23)

    PEARL Crew paste the JUMBO SHRIMP 7-0. Another case of efficient bats, and stingy pitching.

    Lead-off CF DREW WATERS [.300 BA/.795 OPS] 0-4, 1 SF, 1 RBI [14], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    RF CRISTIAN PACHE [.285 BA/.812 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    SS RILEY UNROE [.200 BA/.583 OPS] 1-4, 2 RBI [4], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    3B LUIS VALENZUELA [.218 BA/.599 OPS], 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B [6], 1 3B [2], 2 RBI [17], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    LF DAN LOCKHART [.229 BA/.628 OPS] 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI [6], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    C CARLOS MARTINEZ [.204 BA/.505 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI [2], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    2B ALEJANDRO SALAZAR [.234 BA/.572 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SO.
    1B RYAN CASTEEL [.295 BA/.906 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 SO.

    LHSP JOEY WENTZ [W 2-3, 4.40 ERA/1.28 WHIP] 7.0 IP, 3 H, zeros, 5 SO,95p/65s.
    JOEY has a particularly strong outing.
    Two in relief, an inning each, with a collective one hit, O BB’s, and 2 SO.

    FLORIDA (19-27)

    Taken to the wood-shed by the TARPONS 7-1. Plenty of hits [6], just no runs to speak of.
    PHILLIP PFEIFER demoted from AA, and he continues to struggle as a starter.
    I believe he’s better suited to relief.
    His past performance was certainly best there.

    LHSP PHILLIP PFEIFER [L 0-2, 3.79 ERA/1.42 WHIP] 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R/ER, 4 BB, 4 SO, 102p/62s.
    RHRP WALTER BORKOVICH [8.62 ERA/2.17 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 39p/22s.
    Demoted from GWINNETT this season, and may have to repeat the course in ROME where he was outstanding

    RHRP BRANDON S. WHITE [0.83 ERA/1.15 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 1 SO, 15p/9s
    12th round in 2016, twice through ROME, twice through A+, BRANDON appears to get it right this season.

    2B JUAN MORALES [.400 BA/.800 OPS] 1-3, 1 RBI [1], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    20 year-old JUAN arrived from extended ST and gets an RBI in his second start.
    C WILLIE CONTRERAS [.292 BA/.736 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    DH HAGEN OWENBY [.500 BA/1.250 OPS] 2-4, 1 2B [1], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    MIA for the past 11 months, HAGEN returns from the back-lots, and prolly from injury.

    ROME (22-24)

    Loses a tight 6-5 game to the insects from AUGUSTA.

    1B GRIFF BENSON [.234 BA/.774 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B [14], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    CF JUSTIN DEAN [.274 BA/.805 OPS] 2-2, 2 R, 1 HR [3], 2 RBI [19], 3 BB, 0 SO.
    LF TREY HARRIS [.387 BA/1.107 OPS] 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR [8], 2 RBI [40], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    SS CARLOS PARAGUATE [.139 BA/.379 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B [7], 1 RBI [7], 0 BB, 3 SO.
    This 18 year-old looks pretty awful this season, but once he acquires some plate discipline, I think he has a future…….next year, maybe. He will be back to repeat the course in ROME I predict.

    RHSP ODALVI JAVIER [ND, 4.78 ERA/1.34 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 100p/67s.
    Pitches well enough to win, but the normally relief relief arm is savaged.
    RHRP JOSE MONTILLA [L 1-2, 2.33 ERA/1.00 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 34p/21s.
    The 20 year-old has his first rough outing in 11. Some days you have it, some days you don’t.

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  358. 483 berigan2electricboogaloo May 23, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    part of a Jeff Schultz column on the bullpen….

    The Braves have used a National League-high 18 relievers this season. It will be 19 when the latest swap-meet purchase, Anthony Swarzak, throws his first pitch. We’re not even through May.

    Opponents have 14 comeback wins. Seven of those have come in their final at-bat.

    This is not a new problem. It’s just a problem that nobody in power seems terribly desperate to fix right now, at least not with the economic power of a team backed by a company with $42 billion in assets.

    Hey, there’s sheetrock to buy.

    General manager Alex Anthopoulos, bless his heart, is bargain-hunting again. He has shuffled bodies between the major- and minor-league teams in Cobb and Gwinnett, because, really, who can tell the bullpens apart? He acquired 35-year-old Jerry Blevins from Oakland for $1.

    Anthopoulos traded Arodys Vizcaíno (out for the season) and Jesse Biddle (who had been recently DFA’d) to Seattle for Swarzak and cash to help pay his salary because the Braves certainly weren’t going to do that.

    Swarzak is kind of like an old Winnebago with stickers on the window from different places you’ve vacationed. Minnesota, Cleveland, New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, Seattle. He has been through nine organizations since 2014 if you count the Doosan Bears in Korea. (Winnebago couldn’t make it there.)

    The Braves rank 21st in the majors in team payroll and have spent about $12 million less than a year ago. Meanwhile, Craig Kimbrel sits and waits.

    If Anthopoulos doesn’t feel any pressure to make a significant move, here’s why: The Braves are 26-23. There’s still 70 percent of the season left, and the team is only 2.5 games behind first-place Philadelphia in the NL East. (Washington again has taken yet another wrong turn at the fork.)

    But how long can the Braves go with results like this?

     The 18 relievers used to this point are tied with Milwaukee for the most in the NL