#186: The Second Half Begins

Vox O’Reason

July 12, 2019

Well, the unofficial second half begins tonight and the Braves are certainly in the catbird seat as they sit on a 6 game lead over the rival Nats in the surprising NL East. But a lot can change over the next 3 weeks as the season’s sole trade deadline looms on July 31. Now that the All-Star break is over, the front office action should begin to heat up all across the baseball landscape. Of course, we all know that the real frenzy won’t occur until the last 72 hours as all sellers will hold out for the best deal in the last days unless blown away by an over pay early.

 

Mike Soroka
Dallas Keuchel

A-Train has his radar firmly fixed on pitching as the Braves already have a a potent and deep lineup, and arguably the best bench in baseball. At the same time, the rotation is still in flux and is rife with question marks despite the recent addition of Dallas Keuchel. And God bless young All-Star Mike Soroka.

So who is available? Well, we’ve all heard the Madison Bumgarner rumors since the offseason. And while I believe there are still some pros with MadBum, he’s a 2nd half rental that will still carry a hefty prospect cost.

Zach Wheeler

Zack Wheeler is also churning through the rumor mill. Alex went after him last season, but he’s now also a half season rental, on a division rival, and the prospect cost would be heftier than MadBum. Said mill is also churning out the obligatory Marcus Stroman connection, and a hot rumor yesterday morning said the Jays and Braves were in discussions. That was subsequently denied by both sides though. Still… he is a pretty good “fit” and has a long connection with his former GM. The hot young name, and the latest to be directly tied to Los Bravos, is Detroit youngster Matthew Boyd. My fear with him is that he’s their latest version of Michael Fulmer and they will try to extract a premium return while his value is at its peak.

And what of Michael Fulmer today..?

My money is on the guy we haven’t heard of yet. It’s AA’s modus operandi.

Zach Greinke

Name to not sleep on: Zack Greinke. Once again an All-Star, the enigmatic Greinke is a major salary drag on the non-contending Snakes. A connection here might be a way for Thoppy to lessen the acquisition cost in prospects and utilize some of the club’s infamous “financial flexibility”. The more money he is willing to cover, the less prospect capital would go the other way.

Anthony Swarzak

A quick glance at the bullpen might give cause to place it as a priority over the rotation, but the reality is that since the arrival of Anthony Swarzak from Seattle, the Braves bullpen has been among the best in baseball. That’s a little misleading, though, as most bullpens in baseball have alot of needs and the Braves are no different. Luke Jackson is “getting by” as the defacto closer, but he’s no closer. And the Braves still need a guy they can count on to slam the door in the 9th.

Possibilities? The Giants’ Will Smith is the biggest available name, but will also be the subject of the biggest bidding war. The Pirates’ Felipe Vazquez has been mentioned, but I’m not sure the Bucs view themselves as sellers. The guy that seemingly makes the most sense is the Jays’ Ken Giles, a former top closer having a strong comeback year. He is a good fit in a similar vein to his teammate Stroman. One possible name to watch for is SD’s Kirby Yates. He’s a pretty good veteran closer signed only through 2020 on a team that is not poised to overtake the mighty Dodgers anytime soon. They’d be foolish not to listen to offers on him.

As much as we will begin to hear the beloved local ballclub connected to a myriad of names over the next 29 days, I defer to a quote from our new Homeboy Upstairs himself, who says (and I’m paraphrasing), “If you’ve heard us connected in a rumor, then you can pretty much count it out.” He runs the tightest front office among fellow GM’s, and any accurate rumor would have to come from the other side.

Still… it ought to be fun trying to keep up. It’s one of my favorite times of the year. 😀

 

921 Responses to “#186: The Second Half Begins”


  1. 1 Gil in Mechanicsville July 12, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Great opine Vee….

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  2. 2 berigan2electricboogaloo July 12, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Very good V! Now, to nit pick! 😛 just a bit! 🙂
    Diamondbacks are 1.5 games out of the W.C. so….if they lose 6 of 7, sure…but, would they trade Greinke right in the thick of it? tough call….depends on fan turnout, etc…stuff I just don’t know about that team. Pads are right behind them, 2 games out. I too have heard a lot of rumors with their closer…but, 2 games out! They were I think the only team not to pretend a rookie needed more seasoning, and had Tatis Jr up on opening day…so, a slump would help the bravos no doubt!

    I really don’t like the way the game has gone come playoff time, but…it might, might make sense to go nuts and get a Yates, and a Ken Giles….teams in the playoffs, you run into a starter having 2 on and 1 run in the 3rd, and they take ’em out….here is where Newcomb, and Touki, if they can smooth out the wrinkles, can’t you see them going 3 innings, then Jackson, Yates, Giles???? I can dream can’t I? 😉

    Tigers, Jays (Stroman and Giles, what would that take???) they need prospects…Diamondbacks too…Pads? Umm, sadly, they are simply overloaded with them…best in baseball….

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  3. 3 Gil in Mechanicsville July 12, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Perhaps it is best and to Atlanta’s advantage that we don’t really know the thought process of the Braves front office. Do they pull the trigger and give up promising prospects for a pitcher or do they feel it’s best to just throw cash at the problem? We should not forget the Braves are handicapped by the inability to keep their prospect lauder stocked with Latin players due to their ongoing penalties. How many openings are available on the Braves’ roster. One or two maybe but that will likely change in a few years, the point at which the young prospects would be coming to a point where they would likely be expected to contribute.

    That said, I would be very surprised if Alex doesn’t make a move of some type to shore up the Braves pitching staff. No matter how talented a young pitcher appears to be, they can be very hot and cold when it come to continued performance. That and young arms just do not wear well as a long season progresses.

    And the mental aspect seems to be more pronounced with the youngsters. Look how long it has taken for Mike Minor to develop into the solid starter that the Braves brain trust envisioned when they drafted him as the 7th player chosen in 2009. That is 10 years it has taken for him to do that by the way.

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  4. 7 Vox O'Reasoñ July 12, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Here’s the thing…

    The Braves system is loaded with pitching for sure, but it’s now mostly at the highest levels:

    Kyle Wright (#2 prospect), AAA
    Ian Anderson (#3), AA
    Luiz Gohara (#7), AAA but hurt
    Bryse Wilson (#9), AAA
    Kolby Allard (#10), AAA
    Joey Wentz (#11), AA
    Kyle Muller (#12), AA
    Tristan Beck (#15), A+
    Trey Riley (#16), A-
    Freddy Tarnok (#18), A+
    Huascar Ynoa (#20), AAA
    Patrick Weigel (#21), AAA
    Tucker Davidson (#24), AA
    Jasseel de la Cruz (#25), AA

    And with Soroka and Fried already in the bigs, along with Newk and Touki (… and sometimes Folty), and Anderson earmarked for a spot a some point next season, there aren’t enough spots for all of these highly touted arms to fill. The peak value of this system’s most valuable prospect capital is right now. Somebody has to go; that’s just the way it is. It’s Thoppy’s job to make sure he gets the most “current value” back in return.

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  5. 8 Gil in Mechanicsville July 12, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Which leads one to believe that Thoppy had a superior group of talent evaluators. You cannot put the data into the computer if you don’t have people in the field to gather said data. It is a false savings if you ask me to cut back on your scouting pool.

    Anyone besides me who remember the Clint Eastwood movie Trouble With The Curve? “Something you have to listen for the sound”….

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  6. 9 Gil in Mechanicsville July 12, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    SO, the game tonight starts at 10:10 PM EDT. I might see a couple of innings but 6AM comes pretty early for me.

    Jo and I are going to try and drive down to the bay Sunday morning. I have an 8AM treatment Sunday and a 2 PM treatment on Monday. With such a schedule, it is almost like a visit to a time share… 🙂

    Good news, all my numbers (Jo keeps track) from my anti-biotic infusions, Bad news, the incision site is still draining… Jo says the wound site looks better everyday so keep your fingers crossed all said and done, I will not have to undergo another surgery.

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  7. 10 Carolina Lady July 12, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Excellent, V! Chief, thanks for catching and posting this!

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  8. 11 Vox O'Reasoñ July 12, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Aw man!

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  9. 12 Vox O'Reasoñ July 13, 2019 at 8:40 am

    How important was the signing of Dallas Keuchel?

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  10. 13 Gil in Mechanicsville July 13, 2019 at 9:59 am

    The deeper your starting pitchers go, the better you bullpen’s numbers will be. I ended up watching the entire game last night, it was too good to go to sleep on. I am feeling it this morning however.

    A lot was said about Acuna’s monster shot last night but it was only one run, no bonus points for distance. I was more impressed by Dallas Keuchel’s seven strong innings and Josh Donaldson’s two home runs. From what I read, he had the coaches drag out the curve ball machine yesterday… Second time it has made an impact on his game.

    Julio toes the rubber tonight. 8 o’clock game tonight. Which Julio will show up? That is the $64,000 question isn’t it.?

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  11. 14 berigan2electricboogaloo July 13, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    I have to say, I’ve been quite impressed with Dallas K, I am guessing some “experts” are going to have to re-evaluate the fact that you cannot get ready for the ML season via simulated games. bet some teams are kicking themselves now (stupid money phils didn’t get him or Kimbrel)
    I saw..much of the game….Thank the Lord I have been sleeping better of late, and didn’t want to stay up too late…got to the 8th….it really is funny watching the bringer of rain hit….esp. opposite field….just looks like a pop up, then it sails over the fence by quite some distance….
    which Julio? good question. I imagine the fairly young Pads are not too patient…we shall see

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  12. 15 Vox O'Reasoñ July 13, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    I too got through the 8th. Didn’t even try the 9th.

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  13. 16 Vox O'Reasoñ July 13, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Merely one of the reasons Drew Waters is an “untouchable”. He’s a true 5 tooler and the near future RF’er.

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  14. 18 Gil in Mechanicsville July 14, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Well, another nail bitter last night. Whew! I kept falling asleep but did wake up long enough to see the 10th inning. Like Yogi’s often quoted adage, “It ain’t over til it’s over” …

    Luke Jackson is just not your typical closer, bless his heart… Actually, he is not a closer at all, just the guy the Braves have used to close games until they get a guy…

    I sure wish the Phillies would suck it up and beat the Nationals. Is that too much to ask?

    By the way, I guess it was not “Bad” Julio on the mound yesterday, not “Good” Julio either. Just Julio…

    Manny sure loves Braves pitching doesn’t he?

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  15. 19 Vox O'Reasoñ July 14, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    Strike that name off the list…

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  16. 20 Gil in Mechanicsville July 15, 2019 at 7:42 am

    What a fun game baseball is. You have a guy who is 0-16 for a series come up and hit the game winning 3 run homer and the 0-fer is completely forgotten…

    Soroka pitched a great game Sunday. 7 strong innings and shaking off a hit by pitch. Whoo hoo…

    Oh yeah, and Acuna likely saved the game by robbing Machado of a three run homer too…

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  17. 21 Gil in Mechanicsville July 15, 2019 at 8:19 am

    It didn’t take long for his new teammates to see why Freeman wanted so badly for the Braves to bring back McCann.

    “He’s a winner,” Jackson said. “That’s all he cares about. Whatever it takes, whatever he needs to tell you, the guy feeds off of it. He’s a winner to his core. Day in and day out, he’s trying to win a ballgame. I mean, that’s how you play the game for so long, that’s how you’re loved in the clubhouse so much. He does it the right way, but then a funny, funny character. A funny guy.”

    Jackson added: “He’s the vet of vets, man. He’s a guy who’s seen it all, been through it all. Ups, downs, ins and outs, he’s there. He’d tell me that right away, first batter — walk a guy, strike a guy out, give up a hit, it don’t matter. Come out, we change signs, ‘Emotions — control it more.’ Or, ‘Show me something. Give me your best stuff.’ He just can see me at that time, and he always has the right words. It just gets me locked in and, I don’t know, I think someone who’s seen tons of young kids, tons of old guys, tons of everything on the mound — he knows what’s going on, man. And sometimes you need to hear it. I would say almost every time I need to hear it. And he fires me up. You like going to war with people like that. The Athletic 7/15/19

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  18. 22 berigan2electricboogaloo July 15, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Wow Gil, that’s some great stuff right there! I am so glad A.A. didn’t go nuts for J.T.R. I mean, again…different division..maybe…maybe…but, the 2 oldest guys on the team, Nick M, and McCann, I am sure are imparting a lot of wisdom, and showing the young ones how to play the game right. Not crazy about Nick’s desire to play every game (even if he only comes in to pitch hit late in some games) it is a good example for other players….
    some were worried about McCann playing 80 games, but…knock wood so far so good. Really, really wish MLB would make some needed changes like the DH (imagine that pitch that hit Soroka had broken fingers on his pitching hand? would you worry about the lead then?) and a 26th man. It would be soooo smart of the Commish do give a bouquet of flowers like that to the players. I worry Nick M won’t have a job next year. He could hit .290 and play 162 games, and….no team will want him cuz…he didn’t hit homers….he’d be PERFECT as a DH, right fielder 50, 60, 70 games, and sharing it with whomever was ready to start next season. and a 26th man would allow teams to carry 3 catchers, and allow McCann or Flowers to PH in games more often…but, the dude seems to not even want to talk about the DH til the next collective bargaining agreement in 2021 I think…add that to the free agents that aren’t able to sign cuz of the draft pick…players might just mention that super dirty S word….

    ok, enough of the negative stuff….

    Brian McCann, HOF’er? funny, I don’t think I have heard anyone say he is one, have I missed it? Did you know for 12 straight years, (2006 to 2017) he hit at least 18 HRs each season? 1564 hits, 278 HR’s, 1004 RBI’s and a good game caller (if that matters, it’s all about pitch framing these days) good arm when he was younger….blocks well…
    IMHO, after just now thinking about it, and reading what Gil posted above… he is.

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    • 23 Vox O'Reasoñ July 15, 2019 at 10:07 am

      but, the dude seems to not even want to talk about the DH til the next collective bargaining agreement

      Exactly… because it’s a big bargaining chip. A BIG bargaining chip.

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  19. 24 Gil in Mechanicsville July 15, 2019 at 9:25 am

    Of course everyone feels that the Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is a lock for the Hall of Fame. You know, old Mr. “Stickum”… Lost a lot of respect for him with that one by the way.

    McCann is a guy who will get a lot more support from the veterans committee than he will from the writers because the BBWA only sees home run totals.

    A good example is Mike Piazza who hit a ton of home runs but was only marginal skilled as a catcher. I rest my case…

    Nick Markakis is who he is, a baseball player. A guy who makes folks around him better. Not the strongest arm and hitting home runs is not his game but he is clutch when it counts. Sadly, the only things you see on the highlight reels home runs and strike outs. It is the yard stick by which a player is paid…

    Big payroll does not always work, ask the Orioles when they had the highest payroll in baseball and the players hated each other. Too many prima donas does not a happy home make…

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    • 25 Vox O'Reasoñ July 15, 2019 at 10:15 am

      Nick Markakis is who he is, a baseball player. A guy who makes folks around him better.

      He is, he does, and he’s well respected among his peers. I will not be surprised at all if AA picks up that 2020 option, especially if he stays healthy and finishes strong. That said, there are still 3+ months to play…

      But the timeline on Cristian Pache is probably mid-2020 at best, and Drew Waters is likely 2021. We’ll be needing someone in RF next season. Heck, we might be needing someone in LF/CF next season, too. At this point, I’d say RAF is the only OF lock for next season. Kinda crazy for a team that is seemingly pulling away in the division and appears to be the 2nd best team in the NL.

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  20. 26 Vox O'Reasoñ July 15, 2019 at 11:01 am

    As much as we all recognize that Luke Jackson cannot continue as our closer, how about these numbers on July 15:

    The Braves have the best bullpen ERA in the NL at 3.68. The next closest isn’t even that close at 3.91 (STL).

    It’s also the 3rd best in all of baseball behind only CLE (3.43) and TAM (3.64).

    In the immortal words of Mel Allen, how about that?

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  21. 27 Gil in Mechanicsville July 15, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    To me, it is not just the ERA but the ability to prevent runs. To me, typically being able to prevent one run in a close game than having a slew of three run saves. That is where the ability to strike out a batter is a more critical skill set than weak contact.

    Of course there are always exceptions like Greg McMichael who’s use of the change up was elevated to an art form in the 90’s. I still believe Alex will trade for a bona fide closer. While I would like to see another starter acquired, the probable/possible return of either Folty and/or the Gasman will weigh heavy on how willing the Braves are to make a trade that would cost a ton.

    No one wants our junk, the twitterverse is loaded with trades where the Braves are trading old lamps for new…

    I think Anthony Swarzak might still be less that 100% with his lack of use this past weekend.

    And what of Bryce Wilson following his getting blown out in his last triple A appearance? Young pitchers can be so hot and cold. Thuse, the reason they are 5th starters.

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    • 28 Vox O'Reasoñ July 15, 2019 at 12:57 pm

      the probable/possible return of either Folty and/or the Gasman will weigh heavy on how willing the Braves are to make a trade that would cost a ton.

      The most recent report I read on him was he was working hard on his curveball. If you ask me, he’s preparing for a spot in the bullpen not the rotation. And since he’s only under contract through the remainder of 2019, with one final arb season remaining, I still expect the Braves to seek a better option for the rotation.

      As for Folty, head problems are alot more tricky than physical ones. Who knows what/when/if with him? Maybe he’s the next closer? Stranger things have happened. He certainly has the stuff to pull it off. But does he have it between the ears? That’s the $5.48M question.

      I believe Thoppy will flex his prospect muscle over the next 2 weeks and bring back both a starter and a reliever. This recent run to extend the division lead almost commands him to do what’s necessary to make a strong playoff run.

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      • 29 Vox O'Reasoñ July 15, 2019 at 12:59 pm

        The most recent report I read on him

        … “him” being Kevin Gausman. That’s what I get for cavalierly deleting a seemingly unnecessary statement that formerly preceded that sentence.

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  22. 31 Gil in Mechanicsville July 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Think they could come up with a package which included Trey Mancini?

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  23. 33 Vox O'Reasoñ July 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Not saying there is any likelihood of any deal, but these 2 pitchers make the most sense for the Braves to pick up before the deadline: (info courtesy of MLBTR)

    Ken Giles, RP & Marcus Stroman, SP, Blue Jays: Both Jays hurlers are controlled through the 2020 season, and both are throwing well. In fact, “well” is an understatement for Giles, who has pitched to a sensational 1.45 ERA with better than 15 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. Stroman’s numbers aren’t quite so gaudy, but the ground-ball machine is on pace for his third 200-inning season in the past four years while maintaining an ERA in the low 3.00s. {Giants’ Will] Smith and [Madison] Bumgarner might be the top starter/reliever rental combo on the market, but this duo is the best starter/reliever pair with control beyond the current season.

    Either one by himself would help, no doubt… especially Giles. Does the Thoppy/Jays connection really matter? Methinks no. My gut says neither of these pitchers are on the Braves roster on August 1.

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  24. 34 Vox O'Reasoñ July 15, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    This ought to send that trade value through the roof… NOT. What a year for the Mets. Is it wrong that I’m smiling as I type this?

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  25. 35 Vox O'Reasoñ July 15, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    And then there’s this. I hate it… Webb we doing a great job. Time for young Ynoa to step up and prove his first stint was no fluke.

    Underscores the need to add a late inning reliever ASAP. The games before July 31 count as much as the games after.

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  26. 36 Gil in Mechanicsville July 15, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Sweeping the brewcrew will be pretty much impossible this week. Bryse Wilson is slated to face Woodruff Tuesday night. Tonight Max Fried faces relief pitcher Adrian Houser.

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  27. 37 Gil in Mechanicsville July 15, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    On a sad note, Virginia native Parnell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker was killed in Va Beach while crossing at a busy intersection. Sweet Pea was one of the greatest boxers to ever step into the ring and was a patriot who loved his country. He was a Norfolk Va native and but the Navy town on the map as far as the sweet science went.

    I am a boxing fan but I loath the quasi bar fighting promoted these days in the MMF fights so heavily promoted now. Whitiker was only 55 years old. A mere pup…

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  28. 38 Vox O'Reasoñ July 15, 2019 at 10:21 pm

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  29. 39 Vox O'Reasoñ July 15, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Underscores the need to acquire another starter.

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  30. 40 Vox O'Reasoñ July 15, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    Credit where credit is due dept.:

    Luke Jackson looked like a real closer tonight.

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  31. 42 Gil in Mechanicsville July 16, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Pretty nice win for the Braves last night. Another “team” win. Different day, different heroes. Well, except for Freddie, Fab5 did what Fab5 does. I am looking forward to tonight’s contest. Tough assignment for the Braves matching up against Woodruff but somebody has to do it. The guy is not invincible but he is good. Let’s see how young Bryse Wilson fares against the Brew Crew…

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  32. 43 Vox O'Reasoñ July 16, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Like you just said, let’s see how Flow or Mac calls the game. Makes a difference. It’s why we can’t always panic when a pitcher like Bryce Wilson or Kyle Wright has an occasional struggle in AAA.

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  33. 44 Gil in Mechanicsville July 16, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Two straight games for B-Mac already and a day game coming up tomorrow. I can’t keep up with Snit any longer so I have no idea of who will be behind the dish tonight and tomorrow. I am concerned about all the passed balls allowed by Flo this season however. No Charles Johnson behind the plate is he.

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  34. 45 Vox O'Reasoñ July 16, 2019 at 10:19 am

    I really love this tweet. 😀

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    • 46 Vox O'Reasoñ July 16, 2019 at 10:22 am

      Let’s all pray that this current blister isn’t a throwback to last year’s blister woes for Maxey. Those can be a plague on a guy that relies on big spin curves.

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  35. 47 berigan2electricboogaloo July 16, 2019 at 11:50 am

    just amazing to see the team on a roll like this!
    can we start the playoffs…today???? 😛

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  36. 48 Vox O'Reasoñ July 16, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Ugh! Flippin’ blisters!!

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  37. 49 Vox O'Reasoñ July 16, 2019 at 6:47 pm

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  38. 50 Gil in Mechanicsville July 16, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    So, got settled in for the Braves game, flipped to the channel and BOOB.. lost power, internet and satellite.

    One must be patient with storms. All is good now, just a blip in my life…

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  39. 51 Gil in Mechanicsville July 17, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Gee, should have left well enough alone and not seen last night’s debacle. Woo-wee, that got fugly.

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  40. 53 berigan2electricboogaloo July 17, 2019 at 8:40 am

    So, got settled in for the Braves game, flipped to the channel and BOOB.. lost power, internet and satellite.
    Well, too bad it didn’t stay off longer! 😛
    I was wondering why Blevens was out there for 2 innings…he’s a loogy! but perhaps Snit had the feeling the bullpen was going to suck tonight…err, last night….

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  41. 54 berigan2electricboogaloo July 17, 2019 at 9:14 am

    well, sweeping a good team like SD, seems to have hurt their playoff hopes, perhaps….the Marlins beat them last night…they are 3.5 games back in the W.C. now…but, as we heard(read?) they are not too likely to trade the closer…I am with V (I am sure V will breathe easier hearing this 😛 ) when it comes to the Jays guys…the 2 I would like to see most. I fear 2 (relatively) soft tossing lefty starters against the Dodgers,(Dallas and MadBum) if we are to have any chance to get to the W.S. (yes, counting chickens before they hatched) hard throwers rule come playoff time…
    oddly enough, Giants are 8-2 in last 10 games, and now 3 games back in W.C. Diamondbacks are only 1 back. Today is the 17th….don’t these teams know their places yet? 😉

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  42. 55 Gil in Mechanicsville July 17, 2019 at 9:31 am

    I look for order to be restored today in Milwaukee. Dallas Keuchel returns to the mound for the Bravos. The rest of the pen not named Blevins and Ynoa will be rested up and ready to go the final two innings. 2PM game today by the way.

    I did not expect a lot out of the Braves offense yesterday because they were facing the Brew Crew’s best pitcher in Woodruff. Okay, that is behind us. While the Nationals have an easy path today still facing the Orioles, I do not foresee the Phillies beating the Dodgers tonight.

    The Gnats are in for a rude awaking as their schedule gets harder after tonight. They fly into Atlanta for a four game set. Going to be very hot a sticky this weekend. Hydrate y’all…

    PS. The climate changers will decry the heat brought on by too many cow farts, I think it is because it is summer…

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  43. 56 Gil in Mechanicsville July 17, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Ber, I was very pleasantly surprised with Atlanta’s sweep of the Padres in San Diego. I was prepared for a sweep but with it flipped the other way.

    Sigh… time to go to treatment… BOOOOOO!!!!

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  44. 57 Gil in Mechanicsville July 17, 2019 at 9:37 am

    On a brighter note, The Gasman had a solid rehab start last night.

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    • 58 Vox O'Reasoñ July 17, 2019 at 11:04 am

      Gausman seemingly had fallen into a 2-pitch malaise prior to his IL stint. No MLB starter can survive on just 2 pitches. Isn’t possible. It’s me understanding that Gausy has been working back to a 4 pitch repertoire while rehabbing. Let’s not forget just how he good he was for us during last year’s second half. What a shot in the arm he could be if he can recapture that magic, huh?

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  45. 59 Vox O'Reasoñ July 17, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    It’s me understanding…

    What am I… a pirate? 😯

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  46. 60 Vox O'Reasoñ July 17, 2019 at 10:09 pm

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  47. 62 Gil in Mechanicsville July 18, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Oh well, the Braves lost but so did the Gnats and the Phillies so Atlanta holds serve…

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  48. 63 Vox O'Reasoñ July 18, 2019 at 10:16 am

    IMO, they will shuffle pitchers around to get by with a 7 man bullpen from Sunday through July 31. Much can happen between now and July 31. And with 2 off days next week, they can get by for the 9 remaining July games with a 7 man pen.

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  49. 64 Vox O'Reasoñ July 18, 2019 at 10:27 am

    He’s still a youngster, but those numbers are encouraging. And despite his early season struggles, there is a reason he’s still ranked as the Braves #2 prospect just behind current ace Mike Soroka, who is obviously past being a prospect, and just ahead of future ace Ian Anderson.

    Barring any shocking trade, the Braves 2021 rotation will start with Soroka, Anderson, Wright… followed by whomever else makes the cut. But those 3 at the top of the rotation should be a buzzsaw in the NL East for several years at least.

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  50. 65 Gil in Mechanicsville July 18, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    What those numbers don’t often tell you is if and when he was “working on stuff”. Teams (GMs of the minor league teams) is that winning is not all that important. it is development that is key. It took a lot of years before I understood that part of the game.

    Jace Peterson asked for and was granted his release form the Orioles this week.

    While I think most Braves fans and pundits would agree that the Braves need to add both a back end reliever and a good starter to the roster, I am not so sure Alex is ready to pull the trigger on that sort of trade this season. I suspect he will be more inclined to go all in next year. Not sure I agree with it but just what I can gather from the moves made or not made to date.

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  51. 66 Vox O'Reasoñ July 18, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    I am not so sure Alex is ready to pull the trigger on that sort of trade this season.

    Mmmm… not sure I agree. Guys like Kolby Allard and Patrick Weigel are reaching the peak of their shelf life. Better get something for them now, or they’ll become the next Matt Wisler and Aaron Blair. Add to that Max Fried’s persistent blister battle, Folty’s suspect psyche, and Gausman’s… just being Gausman, and with the way the team is compensating by using the local shuttle to bring up and send down stop-gap starters, there is an undeniable need to stabilize this rotation.

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  52. 67 Vox O'Reasoñ July 18, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Officially official. 7 man bullpen now in session. There will be another shoe to drop – the only question is “when?”. 13 days and 12 games until July 31.

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  53. 68 Gil in Mechanicsville July 18, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    I am not disagreeing with you Vee, just that he seems to be very reluctant to pull the trigger. If what you say is true about Allard and Weigle, why would other teams be apt to trade for them?

    I wonder if Folty has tried hypnosis?

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    • 69 Carolina Lady July 18, 2019 at 4:32 pm

      Wonder if a chat with John Smoltz would help? Or Smoltzie’s head guy?

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    • 70 Vox O'Reasoñ July 18, 2019 at 5:04 pm

      What I was trying to say, and it’s strictly my opinion, is that both Allard and Weigel are still quite intriguing as top prospects right now, but that time is rapidly closing. With little chance of cracking the Braves major league rotation in 2020, Allard will be facing his 3rd season in AAA. At that point his prospect stock will begin to decline. Weigel gets a bit of a pass since he’s coming back from TJ surgery in 2017, but like Allard he could probably unseat an expensive and struggling veteran 5th starter on another major league team somewhere else right now. Neither one should be facing the dreaded “AAAA” tag, but neither one is getting any younger or more valuable either. Waiting to pull the plug sometimes results in the plug not being worth anything anymore.

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  54. 71 Gil in Mechanicsville July 18, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    Uh-oh… Philies creep ever closer with a win over the Dodgers today. Only 8 back… 🙂

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  55. 72 Gil in Mechanicsville July 18, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    So, Snit decides to shake things up tonight with Ender’s return.

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    • 73 Vox O'Reasoñ July 18, 2019 at 5:07 pm

      If I had to guess, Thoppy did the shaking up in an effort to build some semblance of trade value in Ender. We all need to pray that Ender gets hot right away and that he can be unloaded before he comes back to his norm.

      I smell “showcase”.

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  56. 74 Vox O'Reasoñ July 18, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    More guys we need to pray for. 😉

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  57. 75 berigan2electricboogaloo July 18, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    V, I am wondering if Wright’s start is a showcase tonight….IF he is, it better be for Marcus and Giles, and not MadBum and Smith

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  58. 76 Gil in Mechanicsville July 18, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Yes, the kid is showing his age isn’t he?

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  59. 78 berigan2electricboogaloo July 18, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    🙄

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  60. 79 Vox O'Reasoñ July 19, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Reports of his demise are greatly exaggerated. 1.86 ERA over his last 5 starts.

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  61. 80 Gil in Mechanicsville July 19, 2019 at 8:59 am

    I think last night’s game was pivotable for the Braves. It proves that the Braves must secure another starting pitcher if they plan on being a serious contender.

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    • 81 Vox O'Reasoñ July 19, 2019 at 9:12 am

      No question. They have a 22 year old Mike Soroka, and crafty veteran Dallas Keuchel, Julio Jekyll/Hyde, and a series of question marks. In all honesty we need someone just to finish the regular season schedule.

      BTW- Don’t look now, but Touki has sucked in each of his recent appearances. I won’t be surprised to see him sent down along with Kyle Wright for a couple of fresh arms for the new 7-man bullpen.

      Speaking of sucking, Ender continued his offensive absence going 0-4 in his first ML action in weeks. Looks like the old Ender to me. Yes I realize Riley has been scuffling at the plate in the last couple of weeks. But the difference is simple: Riley is still a threat to create instant offense each time he strides to the plate. Ender is best characterized as a “pesky” hitter at best. If he breaks out of it, he might hit a single. Yay!

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  62. 82 Gil in Mechanicsville July 19, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Just posted by the Atlanta Braves Twitter Site:

    The #Braves today recalled RHP Wes Parsons and RHP Patrick Weigel from Triple-A Gwinnett after optioning RHP Kyle Wright and RHP Touki Toussaint to @GoStripers following last night’s game.

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  63. 83 Vox O'Reasoñ July 19, 2019 at 10:27 am

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  64. 84 Vox O'Reasoñ July 19, 2019 at 10:31 am

    MLB debut for Patrick Weigel. He was literally on the precipice of his 1st ML callup in 2017 when the elbow went. This ought to be extra special for him.

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  65. 86 Gil in Mechanicsville July 19, 2019 at 10:32 am

    On a more positive note, both Toukie and Kyle are still baseball “babies” … It is something I am inclined to think most Atlanta fans forget. Lots of reasons for them to “suck” right now. Some guys take longer to mature than others. Very few Doc Goodens come along to be lights out at 20 years old. Soroka is a notable exception, not a rule.

    Last night’s game was a heavy dose of reality, we shall see if the trend continues or if the Braves bounce back tonight. Getting blown out is never fun for the team on the receiving end of the beating but like they say, you are only as good as your next day’s starting pitcher.

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    • 87 Vox O'Reasoñ July 19, 2019 at 10:40 am

      I have said and still maintain we need a strong veteran leader to march our rotation into and through October. It’s even more evident now through these last few games.

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  66. 88 Vox O'Reasoñ July 19, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Not to step on Gordon’s toes here, but 27-year-old lefty prospect Philip Pfeifer notched 17 K’s for the A+ Florida Fire Frogs last night. He scattered just 3 hits over 8 scoreless innings, throwing 73 of his 94 pitches for strikes.

    Fire Frogs pitching coach Dan Meyer: “He just really had command of not only all three pitches, but of what exactly he wanted to do out there. He was able to get strike one and then was able to get two strikes within the first three pitches, and by the time the hitters woke up, they were behind 0-2 or 1-2, and he was able to take advantage. But there was also something about his fastball tonight. He not only commanded it to both corners, it had a little extra life to it too.”

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  67. 89 Vox O'Reasoñ July 19, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!

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  68. 91 Gil in Mechanicsville July 19, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Looks like good Julio is on the mound tonight… Yipee

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  69. 92 Gil in Mechanicsville July 19, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Julio is dealing tonight. yep, you are only as good as your next day starter.

    His fastball is really moving tonight, both in and out.

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  70. 93 Vox O'Reasoñ July 19, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    I kinda like this Donaldson kid…

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  71. 94 Gil in Mechanicsville July 20, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Yep, JD is another example of why we shouldn’t get either too high or too low on any one player. Their contributions and performance is subject to change on a whim. Few folks felt very high on Josh the first couple of weeks into the season.

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  72. 95 berigan2electricboogaloo July 21, 2019 at 2:10 am

    Julio was dealing, yet still didn’t pitch 6 innings….
    why did Snit leave in A.J. Minter , when he clearly has lost it? A.J. was very good last year, well on his way to being a solid 7th, 8th inning guy, if not the closer in waiting we were hearing his was. Today? he is truly Ian Krol a hard throwing lefty that doesn’t scare anyone with what is now a league average fastball out of the pen…he seems to have the same kind of issue Folty has, not a clue as to how to get a pitch over the plate….
    I didn’t even see Snit pat him on the back, which Snit still should do no matter what….
    but, A.J. needs to go down to AAA til Sept….he’s just no good right now…still only 25, plenty of time to figure it out…outside of the ATL

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  73. 96 Gordon Lawrence July 21, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (58-41)

    5-1 win over ROCHESTER. Strong pitching and seven hits including a double and two home runs from two hot bats.

    Lead-0ff 2B ANDRES BLANCO [.262 BA/.797 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 SO.
    LF TRAVIS DEMERITTE [.294 BA/.983 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [20], 3 RBI [72], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    TRAVIS has learned how to hit on the east coast as well as the left coast. Now cut down on the whiffs while raising that BA above .300, and stay there.
    C ALEX JACKSON [.239 BA/.902 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [22], 1 RBI [50], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    ALEX’s bat has been consistently solid of late.
    Yesterday, he had back-to-back homer games.
    After an abysmal showing in the late May to mid-June period, he’s raised his BA thirty points while beginning to bash homers more consistently.
    Defensively…….well let’s concentrate on the offense for the moment.
    If I were less charitable I’d say his offense really swooned after SHEA LANGELIERS was picked in the June draft and JONATHAN MORALES was promoted to AAA three weeks before that.
    But that promo and pick may have ultimately added a booster rocket to his performance.
    1B SEAN KAZMAR Jr. [.274 BA/.771 OPS] 2-4, 1 2B [15], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    A steady veteran and minor league pro, Kaz plugs along, a solid AAA performer.
    DH JONATHAN MORALES [.305 BA/.797 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO.
    JONATHAN’s bat continues to impress two months after joining the STRIPERS.

    LHSP KOLBY ALLARD [W 7-4, 3.80 ERA/1.37 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 95p/61s.
    KOLBY continues slow, steady improvement.
    The back injury which made his pick problematic seems to be in the rear-view.
    Maybe not what you want to see from a first round pick, but it is what it is.
    Refining his pitches, and consistency are what’s still needed.
    Practice makes perfect.
    RHRP JEREMY WALKER [Sv 1, 4.91 ERA/1.45 WHIP] 3.0 IP, clean, 5 SO, 31p/25s.
    Next man up in the relief rookie corps.
    Our #5 pick in 2016, JEREMY’s improved dramatically over his first two stints in LAWRENCEVILLE.
    At the end of those three innings, he sported a bloated 18.00 ERA.
    Since the second of those lost efforts, a memorable 15-12 loss to the BULLS, JEREMY’s found his groove.
    Three outings, eight innings, four hits, zero runs/earned, zero walks, 10 K’s, 95p/69s.
    In yesterday’s tilt, 0-9 against three .300+ hitters with a walk and five SO’s.
    So far his record: W 1-0, 1 H, and 1 Sv.
    Impressive.

    MISSISSIPPI (45-52) Rain-out

    FLORIDA (45-62)

    Stuffed again on three hits, and on the wrong end of a shutout 5-0 loss to Ft. MYERS.

    LHSP HAYDEN DEAL [L 3-9, 3.20 ERA/1.25 WHIP] 3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R/ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 67p/42s.
    So far, HAYDEN’s experience in A+ has not been a happy one.
    Hard luck has led to several losses.
    And the offense has been lacking in those cases.
    But DEAL’s starter self is not the dominant relief arm he was in ROME make no mistake.
    I personally think he would be happier being returned to a relief role.
    He needs to reorient and get his bearings back.
    RHRP MATT HARTMAN [6.05 ERA/1.34 WHIP] 5.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 2 SO, 53p/34s.
    MATT has had three relief appearances, and all have been excellent.
    His six starts save one, have been unmitigated disasters.
    Another arm who pines for the bullpen me thinks.
    RHRP DAYSBEL HERNANDEZ [1.77 ERA/1.13] 1.0 IP, zeros, 1 BB, 0 SO, 10p/3s.
    This 2017 Cuban FA spent two seasons playing in his native CUBA.
    If memory serves, he’s been up and down in his consistency.
    First assigned to A+ last year, he was demoted to ROME where he got his mo-jo going,
    Sent back up to FLORIDA in 2019, he seems to be improving in 23 outings.

    Lead0off LF ANDY MORITZ [.288 BA/.650 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    DH KEVIN JOSEPHINA [.263 BA/.661 OPS] 1-3, 0 BB, 2 SO.
    CF RAYSHEANDALL MICHAEL [.203 BA/.580 OPS] 1-3, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    Shean pines for the days in the DSL when he was tearing the cover off the ball.
    But hey, he’s got his nose above the mendoza line……finally.

    ROME (46-53)

    Tight 3-2 loss to a bunch of TOURISTS.

    LHSP GABE NOGUERA [ND, 3.14 ERA/1.44 WHIP] 7.0 IP, 7H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 95p/62s.
    A passed ball and a loose relief arm result in a fine pitching performance being wasted.
    GABE has improved this season, and has potential for the future.
    The nameless relief arm deserves to remain so……

    CF JUSTIN DEAN [.276 BA/.813 OPS] 0-4, 1 RBI [31], 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 Outfield Assist [Home].
    3B BRAULIO VASQUEZ [,216 BA/.563 OPS] 3-5, 1 2B [3], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    BRAULIO’s bat is coming around since his return from the 7-day earlier this month.
    LF JOSE BERMUDEZ [.245 BA/.612 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 2 2B [6], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    My opinion, best month at the plate in the five years I’ve followed him.
    3B BRENDAN VENTER [.185 BA/.603 OPS] 3-4, 1 R, 3 2B [12], 1 RBI [20], 0 BB, 1
    Our 2018 13th round pick bottomed out on July 6 @ .153 BA.
    Since then a 30+ rise in his BA.

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    • 97 Gil in Mechanicsville July 21, 2019 at 3:55 pm

      Thank you for the up dates, it is what keeps us on the cutting edge on all things braves 🙂

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    • 98 Carolina Lady July 21, 2019 at 4:06 pm

      My heart really goes out to these KIDS. They don’t even know who they really are as men yet, and they’re facing a lot of pressure to consistently perform at what will (hopefully) be an elite level in their chosen vocation. Stress much? I wish each of them only the best.

      Gordon, you are just superior at writing these reports for all of us! I love reading them.

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      • 99 Gordon Lawrence July 21, 2019 at 4:53 pm

        Thanks C-Lady .
        I enjoy being a sports writer……..of sorts.
        It really helps following the minors when filling gaps in information on the ML level.
        Been doing it since well………since the BRAVES AAA franchise was here.
        Not exactly sure how long ago that was.
        Had a nice week in MYRTLE BEACH, and now I’m back-k-k……..

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  74. 100 Carolina Lady July 21, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Gotta tell a story on myself. You won’t tell anybody, will you?
    As you know, there are times I’m really busy with something else, and new stuff flies through one ear and out the other.
    So, I’m reading about teams sending all these players to IL.
    I’m wondering, “WHAT in the the heck is going on in Illinois?”
    Finally, I realized.
    😀 😀 😀

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  75. 103 Gordon Lawrence July 21, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (59-41)

    Hey, yo bust a move.
    STRIPERS put the fireworks on the field this afternoon in a 12-1 shellacking of the ROCHESTER club.
    Surprisingly, only four X-tras and no dingers among the 13 hits used to bludgeon their opponents into submission.
    BRYSE WILSON becomes the angry bird that would be the RED WING mascot as he scourges opposing bats for seven searing innings on the way to a “I’ll show you BRAVES management, “W.”

    RHSP BRYSE WILSON [W 5-7, 4.30 ERA/1.27 WHIP] 7.0 IP, 4 H, zeros, 4 SO, 85p/58s.
    2016’s fourth rounder may be saying he’s had enough of this yo-yoing between ATLANTA and GWINNETT.
    He was in deadly earnest on the mound today at any rate.
    RHRP BEN ROWEN [3.49 ERA/1.06 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 17p/14s.
    RHRP DAN WINKLER [3.68 ERA/1.70 WHIP] 1.0 IP, clean, 15p/10s.

    RF RYAN LaMARRE [.301 BA/.843 OPS] 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B [19], 1 SF, 2 RBI [42], 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 Outfield Assist [Home].
    LF TRAVIS DEMERITTE [.294 BA/.979 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI [73], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    CF RAFAEL ORTEGA [.293 BA/.917 OPS] 3-3, 2 2B [30], 1 SF, 3 RBI [51], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    DH ALEX JACKSON [.239 BA/.894 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 SF, 2 RBI [52], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    1B SEAN KAZMAR Jr. [.273 BA/.764 OPS] 1-5, 1 RBI [42], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    C JONATHAN MORALES [.314 BA/.823 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B [5], 1 BB. 0 SO.
    3B PEDRO FLORIMON [.232 BA/.657 OPS] 0-2, 2 R, 1 SF, 1 RBI [37], 2 BB, 0 SO.
    SS LUIS MARTE [.268 BA/.673 OPS] 4-4, 2 R, 2 RBI [30], 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 E [6, throwing].

    MISSISSIPPI (45-52)

    6:05 CST.
    LH JOEY WENTZ on the bump.
    He needs to find his angry bird today.

    FLORIDA (35-63)

    RHSP NOLAN KINGHAM sorta’ deserved a win, but the F-F-FROGS fall 3-2 on an errant throw by 3B C.J. ALEXANDER in the fourth followed by a single, then a double.
    Pretty obvious KINGHAM lost his composure momentarily over the error, and it ends up costing him the “W”.
    Bats have six hits and one yard-shot in the bottom of the eighth.
    Evidently the ninth was not played due to inclement weather.

    RHSP NOLAN KINGHAM [L 4-8, 4.80 ERA/1.31 WHIP] 8.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 89p/68s.
    It’s obvious the kid has a strong game.
    Losing focus is just one of the vagaries of being a hurler that must be overcome.
    Just ask FOLTY.
    RHRP LUKAS YOUNG [5.01 ERA/1.46 WHIP] 0.00 IP, 0p/0s. Washout.
    If I had to guess, I’d say LUKAS needs to repeat the course in A+.

    CF ANDY MORITZ [.287 BA/.645 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    RF RAYSHEANDALL MICHAEL [.204 BA/.578 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 SB [9].
    Shean’s tenuous hold on .200+ lasts another day.
    Shean is a terror on the basepaths……when he’s on them.
    PH/3B KEVIN JOSEPHINA [.265 BA/.674 OPS] 1-2, 1 R, 1 HR [2], 1 RBI [25], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    SS BRETT LANGHORNE [.197 BA/.561 OPS] 2-3, 1 RBI [27], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    BRETT’s sneaking up on Mr. Mendoza himself.
    LF GARRISON SCHWARTZ [.243 BA/.660 OPS] 1-3, 0 BB, 2 SO.

    ROME (46-54)

    Dang, R-Braves lose a slugfest 9-7 to ASHEVILLE.
    26 combined hits, 10 by the BRAVES.
    How the h— could they lose with a LACKEY as the opposing starter?
    One would think there was no way to lose.
    WRONG.
    OLAGUE and HIGGENBOTHAM both have bad hair days at the same time.

    RHSP JOSE OLAGUE [ND, 3.66 ERA/1.23 WHIP] 4.0 IP, 11 H, 6 R/ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 72p/49s.
    LHRP TANNER LAWSON [2.20 IP, 1.14 OPS] 3.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 4 SO, 31p.24s.
    LHRP JAKE HIGGENBOTHAM [BS 1, L 3-3, 3.72 ERA/1.41 WHIP] 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 30p/16s.

    Lead-off CF JOSE BERMUDEZ [.246 BA/.623 OPS] 1-3, 1 2B [7], 2 RBI [19], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    Some adjustment to his swing has made a dramatic difference in results in the past month.
    LF DREW CAMPBELL [.226 BA/.545 OPS] 2-5, 1 RBI [3], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    SS BRADEN SHEWMAKE [.336 BA/.854 OPS] 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B [12], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    C SHEA LANGELIERS [.211 BA/.613 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 RBI [16], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    2B GREG CULLEN [.261 BA/.794 OPS] 1-3, 2 R, 1 RBI [40], 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 CS [4].
    3B BRENDAN VENTER [.186 BA/.606 OPS] 1-4, 1 2B [13], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    RF JEREMY HERNANDEZ [.248 BA/.622 OPS] 1-4, 2 R, 1 RBI [15], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    1B GRIFF BENSON [.220 BA/.736 OPS] 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 SO.

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  76. 104 Gil in Mechanicsville July 21, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Gausmen is saying “I’m not going down again….” The dude is dealing tonight relying on fastballs for the most part.

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  77. 105 Gil in Mechanicsville July 21, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    It’s gonna RAIN… 🙂

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  78. 106 Vox O'Reasoñ July 21, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Welcome back Gausy!!!

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  79. 107 Gordon Lawrence July 21, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    I wonder if B-Mac is considering an adjustment in his stance.
    He’s always had his hands high with the bat up over his head.
    Seemed to me against MILWAUKEE, he was a fraction late on fastballs lower in the zone.
    Maybe dropping the hands just a tad could speed up the bat into the hitting zone just a fraction of a second.
    Just a thought.

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  80. 108 Gordon Lawrence July 21, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    GASman was pumping strikes tonight man.
    Kept looking for that new hook he said he brought back with him.
    Just so much noise to confuse the opposition?

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  81. 110 berigan2electricboogaloo July 22, 2019 at 3:57 am

    Yeah, 2 pitches….no one can pitch with just 2 pitches…except Gausmen! At least this Sunday. Wow….woulda gone 8 but the darned offense kept him from going out for a half hour 😉 best I can recall him looking. If this keeps up, look out! (not sure what that means, except, look out! ) 😛

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    • 111 Vox O'Reasoñ July 22, 2019 at 9:30 am

      no one can pitch with just 2 pitches…except Gausmen!

      According to Brooks Baseball, Gausy tossed 83 pitches last night: 60 4-seam fastballs and 23 splitters. I suppose you can get by on 2 pitches if one of them is really on, and his 4-seamer was really on. But I still don’t think you can survive long term as a starter walking that tightrope. What happens when he can’t locate it?

      And you sure can’t pitch in the playoffs playoffs that way.

      If this keeps up, look out!

      There is no one who wants Gausman to be the same pitcher we had after he was acquired last season, when he pitched to a 2.87 ERA with a 1.140 WHIP. But he did mix in a slider into the repertoire last year albeit to the smallest percentage. Still, it kept batters from sitting on the fastball and spitting on the splitter.

      IMO, the Braves need Gausman to be the same guy in the second half of 2019 that he was in the 2nd half of 2018. But he’s still not a guy that I’d trot out to start a playoff game. The Dodgers, Cubs and Brewers hitters will feast on him.

      We still need another starter if we want to win a playoff series for the first time since 2001.

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      • 112 Vox O'Reasoñ July 22, 2019 at 9:36 am

        “There is no one who wants Gausman to be the same pitcher we had after he was acquired last season”… more than me. That was an important part of that sentence that I omitted.

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  82. 113 Gil in Mechanicsville July 22, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Yep, according to ESPU, the Braves skipper, Brian Snickiter, really has the team humming…

    So much love for Acuna, I thought the ESPU crew was going to rip their clothes off and throw themselves at him. Who do they think he is, Bryce Harper???

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    • 114 Vox O'Reasoñ July 22, 2019 at 9:10 am

      according to ESPU

      I cannot stand those “broadcasters”. You’ve got one guy who talks about himself 75% of the time, a token woman who holds a sheet full of numbers and appears to work very hard to insert each one of them into the conversation (I’ll get back to that word in a minute), and another guy who tries to occasionally insert some action in between the self-aggrandizement and the stat-geek/metoo placation.

      And for all that’s good and holy, please just call the game. I do not need 3 hours of fanboy fawning and barstool conversation. If I want a conversation, I’ll engage in one with the people around me. I don’t need someone else’s endless banter. Just call the friggin’ ballgame!

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  83. 118 Gordon Lawrence July 22, 2019 at 10:37 am

    O.K., back to yesterday’s results:

    MISSISSIPPI (46-52)

    PEARL Crew board the TWINS ship PENSACOLA, and massacre the entire ships company down to the bat boy.
    The bats pound out 18 hits in an 8-3 romp.

    Lead-off SS RAY PATRICK DIDDER [.186 BA/.601 OPS] 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI [19], 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 SB [12].
    CF CRISTIAN PACHE [.281 BA/.832 OPS] 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO.
    LF DREW WATERS [.338 BA/.891 OPS] 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B [32], 1 RBI [35], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    1B RYAN CASTEEL [.276 BA/.850 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI [52], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    C WILLIE CONTRERAS [.221 BA/.544 OPS] 4-5, 3 RBI [8], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    RF GRAYSON JENISTA [.213 BA/.650 OPS] 3-5, 1 RBI [15], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    DH TREY HARRIS [.444 BA/1.056 OPS] 2-5, 1 RBI [2], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    TREY’s second game is like his first, full of bat prowess in AA.
    3B LUIS VALENZUELA [.180 BA/.478 OPS] 1-3, 2 BB, 0 SO, 1 Put Out [2B].
    2B ALEJANDRO SALAZAR [.218 BA/.527 OPS] 2-5, 2 R, 1 3B [2], 0 BB, 1 SO.

    LHSP JOEY WENTZ [W 5-7, 4.26 ERA/1.25 WHIP] 8.0 IP, 5 H, 1 HR, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 96p/62s.
    JOEY did in fact put on his angry bird yesterday.
    RHRP BRAD RONEY [5.23 ERA/1.65 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 1 BB, 1 SO, 14p/6s.

    DANVILLE (14-18)

    The D-Braves put a whuppin’ on JOHNSON CITY 9-1 behind 10 hits and nasty pitching.

    Lead-off 2B CODY MILLIGAN [.288 BA/.769 OPS] 2-4, 2 R, 1 E [6, throwing].
    CF BRANDON PARKER [.244 BA/.723 OPS] 2-5, 3 R, 1 HR [2], 3 RBI [13], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    DH BRYCE BALL [.330 BA/1.149 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR [10], 3 RBI [29], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    1B RAY HERNANDEZ [.161 BA/.563 OPS] 1-3, 1 RBI [11], 2 BB, 0 SO.
    3B GARRETT SAUNDERS [.276 BA/.697 OPS] 2-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    2B JOSE PALMA [.295 BA/.796 OPS] 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B [6], 1 BB, 0 SO.

    A committee of five hurlers throttle the TWINS rookies on six hits, and one run.
    RHRP ALBINSON VOLQUEZ [W 1-1, 6.19 ERA/1.75 WHIP] 1.1 IP, 2 H, zeros, 1 BB, 0 SO, 27p/15s.
    Four years in, and the 21 year-old is still struggling to get batters out in the advanced rookie league.
    I once had high hopes for the young man, but he has not improved as well as I feel he should up to now.

    GULF COAST LEAGUE – no results posted for the BRAVES yesterday

    DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE (20-22)

    The BRAVES rookies in the DSL are representing far better this season than they normally do.
    They won yesterday playing against the RAYS #1 team 6-2 while pounding out 15 hits.

    Hitter of note:

    RF DEIVI ESTRADA [.341 BA/.845 OPS] 3-4, 1 R, 1 RBI [20], 0 BB, 0 SO.

    Pitcher of record:

    RHRP ROYBER SALINAS [W 1-1, 2.75 ERA/1.42 WHIP] 1.1 IP, 1 H, zeros, 2 BB, 3 SO, 19p/11s.

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  84. 119 berigan2electricboogaloo July 22, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    V, I hope you got the jist (gist?) of my point with the 2 pitches, and didn’t think I was criticizing your no one can win with 2 pitch comment. I was as dumbfounded as anyone seeing the 2 pitches….I heard Paul Byrd say the other day that the changeup was basically the hardest pitch to learn, which I thought was quite interesting.
    Not to brag, but I used to throw a lot to a net that the ball bounced back to you, in by back yard! Impressive, I know. Anyways, I threw hard, with zero control…I could throw a decent slider, a curveball that was seemingly perfectly placed every time, and no matter how I tried, no way could I throw a change-up! I had a GREAT book on pitching by the “ancient” pitcher Bob Show (Gil, Gordon, remember him?) it had great photos of different grips for pitches, how to follow through, even on how to throw the slurve! I wonder sometimes if that book

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    • 120 Vox O'Reasoñ July 23, 2019 at 9:18 am

      V, I hope you got the jist (gist?) of my point with the 2 pitches… I was as dumbfounded as anyone seeing the 2 pitches

      Me too!! And I did get it.

      I too had a pretty good heater, with pretty good control. I also threw a late breaking slider, but it didn’t break very hard. I also threw… wait for it… a “palm ball”. I suppose that was my version of a changeup. Sadly, it was easy to pick up out of the hand. I always wanted to throw a splitter, but my fingers simply wren’t long enough.

      I could also toss a pretty decent knuckleball, but not consistently. That one was the most fun. 😀

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  85. 121 berigan2electricboogaloo July 22, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    almost lost my post, as I somehow clicked the red X! 😯 it came back when I clicked on restore session, thank goodness, but couldn’t see where I left off.

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  86. 122 berigan2electricboogaloo July 22, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    meaning, the last few lines were hidden….I was going to say, I wonder how much this book could help young pitchers today? It seems to me, if some schmoe like me could learn to throw a killer curve from that book, why can’t Gausy?
    I had the paperback version…https://www.amazon.com/Pitching-Bob-Shaw/dp/0670557587
    shockingly, I got off course… Gausman perhaps was burned by his slider before the injury??? It just seems like a true off speed pitch would be the bee’s knees….as the youngsters say…

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    • 123 Vox O'Reasoñ July 23, 2019 at 9:22 am

      Gausman perhaps was burned by his slider before the injury???

      As I understand it, he used to throw a curve, which Oriole’s coaches turned into a slider, and which Gausy never got 100% comfortable with. It was also my understanding that he was working on bringing back the curve during his recent rehab stint.

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  87. 124 Gil in Mechanicsville July 22, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    So, Gausman said he threw a bunch of cutters which the National hitters said were four seam fastballs. That mean they either didn’t move or they didn’t move very much. Hummm, I wonder how you “hang” a cutter? The Gnats did hit a lot of balls hard but they stayed in the park or Ender ran them down.

    Speaking of Ender, I thought he did a wonderful job in center field last night. As much as I like Acuna, I would rather see him playing in left field than in center, at least until he masters the position. I did not even care that Ender was hung with an O-fer.

    Acuna also failed to make a play on a blooper to left field that he slid for. Should of had it in my opinion but it did not affect the score so that was a good thing.

    Ber, did the book mention how much velocity was needed to generate enough spin to throw a curve ball? Only time I could ever make a ball move was with a whiffle ball..

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    • 125 Vox O'Reasoñ July 23, 2019 at 9:24 am

      did the book mention how much velocity was needed to generate enough spin to throw a curve ball?

      Spin rate is not positively affected by velocity, but sometimes it is negatively affected. Spin rate is all wrist and elbow.

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  88. 127 Gil in Mechanicsville July 23, 2019 at 8:14 am

    Washington was asked about Albies’ future and how good he could be. He needed only a moment before rattling off some stats and his opinion.

    “I think right now he’s in his second full year. I think by the time he gets to five years in this game, he’s going to have figured everything out,” Washington said. “He’s going to know exactly who he is. And that’s where the total consistency is going to come in. I mean, this kid is hitting .280 with 14 (homers) and close to 60 RBIs, or whatever it is — and his season so far has been up and down. So, he’s special.

    “It takes time in this game, you know? And he’s learning a lot as he comes and goes. And I think by the time he gets five years, he’s going to have seen everything and had a chance to do everything, and then after that, he’ll be about 26, 27 years old, and you’re going to see what he really is.”

    And defensively?

    “I think defensively his ceiling is unlimited,” Washington said. “He’s learning things every day. Some things you really can’t fix until you see things they can’t do. And every time I see something he can’t do and bring it to his attention, he does it. And as long as I’m around, I’m gonna continue to load him up with knowledge. And when I’m not around, he’ll be his own knowledge machine.” from the Athletic, 7/23/19 by DOB…

    Just thought I would share this from O’Brian’s latest entry.

    I have thought Albies has been a little sloppy at times in the infield but then it is easy to forget that most kids his age are still riding in buses beating around in the bushes of minor league ball.

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  89. 130 Vox O'Reasoñ July 23, 2019 at 4:37 pm

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  90. 131 Gil in Mechanicsville July 24, 2019 at 6:51 am

    Bummer… I’m thinking Austin Riley has been found out…

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    • 132 Vox O'Reasoñ July 24, 2019 at 8:36 am

      I think he’s trying to hit 5 run dingers with every swing.

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    • 133 berigan2electricboogaloo July 24, 2019 at 8:38 am

      Gil, he’s hitting .178 for July….
      I was very glad to see a single to right…funny, pitchers were trying to get him out when he first came up…but couldn’t….he seemed to spit on pitches outside…but now he doesn’t….sure is easy to fix a players problems from sitting behind a computer screen. Hey Riley, stop swinging at pitches outside…you’re welcom! 😛

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  91. 134 Vox O'Reasoñ July 24, 2019 at 8:41 am

    Keuchel was really good. Duffy was really good-er. Swarzak was neither, but was due for a stinker. Parsons will probably be shuffled back today.

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  92. 135 Vox O'Reasoñ July 24, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Demoting Wes Parsons was not hard to predict. Adding Jeremy Walker is a big surprise. He’s not even on my radar, and I keep a pretty wide sweep on the young’uns.

    Also, by selecting Walker, they will add him to the already full 40-man roster. Somebody loses a spot today. Wonder who? Is there something else cooking that will coincide with this move? This time of year you never know…

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    • 136 Vox O'Reasoñ July 24, 2019 at 10:08 am

      Apparently the poop on Walker is that he is a ground ball specialist, inducing grounders on “well over half of the balls put in play against him” (Jeff Todd, MLBTR). Also, he has given up just 2 HR’s in 69.2 IP, 11 of those innings being at AA early in the season. Perhaps the most important stat is his BB/9 rate is 0.8, while his K/9 rate is 8.9… so he obviously throws strikes.

      When they picked him in the 2016 draft, he was a starter with 3 pitches: a low-to-mid-90’s fastball (topping out around 96), a slider and a mid-70’s slow curve. He has since added a changeup coming up through the minors.

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  93. 137 Vox O'Reasoñ July 24, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Told ya he was good. He deserved a better fate last night.

    AA needs to start negotiating an extension as soon as he gets a few minutes… on August 1. 😉

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  94. 138 Gordon Lawrence July 24, 2019 at 11:36 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (59-42}

    STRIPERS lose to the home team 2-1 when my pre-season fav relief arm CORBIN CLOUSE gives up a walk-off HR to the BATS/REDS {danged commies}.
    Great pitching by the G-Men goes a’glimmering.
    Good guys limited to four hits.

    Singles by the usual suspects, DEMERITTE, DUVALL, JACKSON and another by PEDRO FLORIMON.
    DUVALL gets the RBI [78] with LaMARRE [SB 12] scoring on the hit.

    RHSP HUASCAR YNOA [ND, 4.79 ERA/1.57 WHIP] does a number on the BATS bats allowing one r/er on three hits [1 HR], two walks with three SO in five innings pitched.
    RHRP’s PATRICK WEIGEL and BEN ROWEN hurl three shutout innings at LOUISVILLE before the CLOUSE clout.

    MISSISSIPPI (47-53)

    Double-header/make-up:

    Game 1;

    Another close loss by the PEARL Crew.
    This time 2-0 to the landlubber JACKSON GENERALS.
    No runs are earned by either team.

    1B RYAN CASTEEL [.277 BA/.852 OPS] has the only hit, a double [14].

    LHSP KYLE MULLER [L 6-6, 3.30 ERA/1.33 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO, 1 E [2,throwing], 93p/58s.
    Real shame for MULLER last night who thankfully is not testifying before Congress today in what would be a nightmare double-header.

    Game 2;

    This one’s even closer, a 1-0 victory behind WILLIE CONTRERAS’ walk with the sacks jammed in the third.
    Bats limited to four hits starting with PACHE’s double leading off the third, and our superb four pitchers-by-committee chucking matched the enemy, out for out.

    RHRP JASON HURSH [W 3-3, 2.21 ERA/1.09 WHIP] 1.0 IP, zeros, 1 BB, 1 SO, 14p/8s.

    C WILLIE CONTRERAS [.216 BA/.537 OPS] 0-2, 1 RBI [9], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    CF CRISTIAN PACHE [.282 BA/.834 OPS] 2-3, 1 R, 1 2B [26], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    LF DREW WATERS [.336 BA/.888 OPS] 1-2, 2 BB, 0 SO.
    3B LUIS VALENZUELA [.186 BA/.480 OPS] 1-3, 0 BB, 1 SO.

    FLORIDA (36-63)

    F-F-FROGS pull out a 3-1 win over LAKELAND.

    Great six-hit pitching by RH starter FREDDY TARNOK [W 2-5, 5.60 ERA/1.48 WHIP], and RH relief SEAN McLAUGHLIN [Sv 4, 2.03 ERA/1.49 WHIP].

    Lead-off CF ANDY MORITZ [.295 BA/.657 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    SS RILEY DELGADO [.281 BA/.657 OPS] 1-3, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    DH JEFREY RAMOS [.233 BA/.641 OPS] 1-3, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    3B KEVIN JOSEPHINA [.266 BA/.678 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B [13], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    C KEVIN BROWN [.230 BA/.533 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI [9], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    CF RAYSHEANDALL MICHAEL [.206 BA/.592 OPS] 1-3, 1 3B [4], 1 RBI [6], 0 BB, 1 SO.

    ROME (47-54}

    Tight 5-4 10th inning walk-off win for the R-BRAVES over the HAGERSTOWN SUNS.

    Lead-off CF JUSTIN DEAN [.282 BA/.827 OPS] 3-4, 1 R, 1 2B [16], 1 RBI [32], 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 SB [29].
    RF DREW CAMPBELL [.228 BA/.542 OPS] 1-4, 1 SAC, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    SS BRADEN SHEWMAKE [.328 BA/.844 OPS] 0-3, 2 R, 1 RBI [18], 2 BB,1 SO, 1 SB [4], 1 E [7, fielding].
    C SHEA LANGELIERS [.200 BA/.583 OPS] 0-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 SO.
    1B GRIFF BENSON [.222 BA/.743 OPS] 1-2, 1 RBI [54], 2 BB, 1 SO.
    2B GREG CULLEN [.261 BA/.793 OPS] 1-4, 2 RBI [42], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    LF JOSE BERMUDEZ [.247 BA/.621 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    DH BRENDAN VENTER [.188 BA/.613 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B [14], 1 SAC, 0 BB, 2 SO.

    RHSP ODALVI JAVIER [ND, 3.39 ERA/1.25 WHIP] 7.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 95p/59s.
    Good, solid start for JAVIER but the offense can’t get him a “W”.
    RHRP WILLIAM WOODS [H 2, 3.91 ERA/1.22 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 HR, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 20p/16s.
    RHRP JOSE MONTILLA [BS 3, W 3-7, 2.73 ERA/1.16 WHIP] 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 25p/16s.

    DANVILLE (14-20)

    D-Braves continue their slow slide toward irrelevance in the standing of the Appy League.
    The bats are beginning to stir.
    Pitching has not been up to snuff on this team so far.
    Last night they lost to a commie REDS affiliate 6-3.
    Pitching needs to follow suit.

    Three pitchers used and abused with none below a 4.00 ERA.
    The last, LHRP ALEX SEGEL [4.60 ERA/1.40 WHIP] at least got through 2.1 innings unscored upon.

    Lead-off 2B CODY MILLIGAN [.281 BA/.739 OPS] 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI [8], 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 SB [7], 1 E [7, fielding].
    CODY is learning well at the plate having raised his BA from .256 to the present level in the past 10 games.

    CF CONNER BLAIR [.260 BA/.676 OPS] 3-4, 1 2B [3], 1 RBI [10], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    CONNER’s bat is even more lively having gone from .133 BA to .260 in the past 10 games.

    3B CODY BIRDSONG [.194 BA/.513 OPS] 2-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 E [8, throwing].
    C MITCH CALANDRA [.255 BA/.614 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 1 SO.

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  95. 141 Gordon Lawrence July 24, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    VOX:

    Write-up from July 21 minors report………..

    RHRP JEREMY WALKER [Sv 1, 4.91 ERA/1.45 WHIP] 3.0 IP, clean, 5 SO, 31p/25s.
    Next man up in the relief rookie corps.
    Our #5 pick in 2016, JEREMY’s improved dramatically over his first two stints in LAWRENCEVILLE.
    At the end of those three innings, he sported a bloated 18.00 ERA.
    Since the second of those lost efforts, a memorable 15-12 loss to the BULLS, JEREMY’s found his groove.
    Three outings, eight innings, four hits, zero runs/earned, zero walks, 10 K’s, 95p/69s.
    In yesterday’s tilt, 0-9 against three .300+ hitters with a walk and five SO’s.
    So far his record: W 1-0, 1 H, and 1 Sv.
    Impressive.

    Gordon Lawrence

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  96. 142 Gordon Lawrence July 24, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Slow and steady out, fast riser high pick in.
    GOOD LUCK JEREMY!!!!!!

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  97. 143 Vox O'Reasoñ July 24, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Internal options are always the best… especially when there are multiple needs.

    Walker is also aided by the fact that he would have been eligible for the Rule 5 if not added to the 40-man after this season. That Rule 5 bugaboo is gonna start catching up to AA very quickly. We simply cannot stash all of these rising arms (and bats) any longer. It’s yet another reason that AA will likely be very busy on the trade front over the next 7 days, as well as this upcoming offseason. Gotta move some of these guys while we have the leverage.

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  98. 144 Vox O'Reasoñ July 24, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    So underrated, even by us home fans.

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  99. 145 Vox O'Reasoñ July 24, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Today’s rumblings say that MadBum does not want to leave SanFran, and that he will use his 15 team no-trade list to the best of his ability to stay put. The Braves are on that list.

    My gut says Marcus Stroman is the most likely starter acquisition. He’s a ground ball guy and would be a good compliment to the rest of the staff. The price will be high, but it will be high on any pitcher worth picking up.

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  100. 146 Vox O'Reasoñ July 24, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    I mentioned once before that I think Zack Greinke is a real candidate for trade, but that it would take a perfect fit to make it happen. By that, I mean that there would have to be a significant portion of his salary covered by ARI… and the amount covered would determine the quality and quantity of prospect return. I believe that if both sides could find a position right in the middle – ARI still gaining significant salary relief, Braves not giving up a top 20, but staying in the 21-60 range – they could match up.

    I still believe that, and that would be my best “want”. Greinke would be better than any other starter mentioned in rumors thus far.

    I also think that part of the salary protection on both sides could come from swapping some unwanted contracts. Ender? Darren O’Day? Dumping those 2 contracts alone would help the Braves cover a portion of Greinke’s pay.

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  101. 147 Vox O'Reasoñ July 24, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    The Carle DFA is not a surprise. He has not been very good at AAA. There is a good chance he passes through waivers clean and resigns a minor league deal.

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  102. 148 Gil in Mechanicsville July 24, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Players of Note that will be Eligible for the Rule 5 Draft in December:
    Cristian Pache
    William Contreras
    Thomas Burrows
    Jeremy Walker
    Tucker Davidson
    Jasseel De La Cruz

    Walker was just called up so scratch him off the list.

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  103. 149 Gil in Mechanicsville July 24, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Folks, don’t get me wrong but if Austin Riley continues to strike out at such an alarming rate, I would just as soon have Ender back in center field batting eighth and Acuna in left. Not discounting what Austin did for the first month in the show and how he carried the team, I am not sure he is benefiting from continuing to whiff at such an alarming rate.

    I am not ready to label him the second coming of Brad Komminsk just quite yet be it is getting close. The book is out on him now and major league pitchers are eating his lunch and making him retrieve dessert for them too. He is not a liability in left field, in fact, I think he has made good account for himself but Ender is so much better in center.

    Now, having written this, Riley will probably go 3 for 4 with two three run homers tonight. That would be okay too but, well, you know…

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  104. 150 berigan2electricboogaloo July 24, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    I also think that part of the salary protection on both sides could come from swapping some unwanted contracts. Ender? Darren O’Day? Dumping those 2 contracts alone would help the Braves cover a portion of Greinke’s pay.
    V, I wouldn’t mind that, but for them to shed salary on a perfectly good starter, to then take some back…I just don’t know why they’d do that, unless we tossed in more prospects for the cost savings to the braves…hmmm, just looked online to see how Zack is (35, 36 in Oct) and see the Phils may have some interest in him, and is one of the 15 teams on his no trade list…are the braves on that list too?

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  105. 151 Gordon Lawrence July 24, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    A retro look at things past.

    All of you know the trade with BALTIMORE last year:
    KEVIN GAUSMAN and DARREN O’DAY in :
    LHSP BRUCE ZIMMERMAN
    RHP EVAN PHILLIPS
    3B JEAN CARLOS ENCARNACION
    C BRETT CUMBERLAND
    and some “lost” International money, out.

    And further back in BRAVES history the 15 lost prospects occasioned by the HART-COPPOLELLA International cheating scandal; to wit:
    SS KEVIN MAITAN
    C ABRAHAN GUTIERREZ
    JUAN CONTRERAS
    ANTONIO SUCRE
    YUNIOR SEVERINO
    LIVAN SOTO
    YENCI PENA
    JUAN CARLOS NEGRET
    YEFRI del ROSARIO
    ANGEL ROJAS
    GUILLERMO ZUNINGA
    BRANDOL MEZQUITA*
    JI-HWAN BAE
    ROBERT PUASON^
    not to mention losing their 3rd round pick in the 2018 draft,
    then being limited to a paultry $10,000 per player in the International monetary pool in the 2019-2020 period, and another year of being limited to 50% of the normal amount allocated to the pool in 2020-2021.

    re-signed with the BRAVES after not being selected by any club in 2018.
    ^ banned from signing with the BRAVES.

    So how are these former treasured diamonds-in-the-rough fairing in baseball this season?

    LHSP BRUCE ZIMMERMAN
    in AA where he left us, and faring well
    17 GS, 2.58 ERA/1.20 WHIP.
    This is my most lamented loss.
    The lefty from the “Pickle Capitol of the World” has a bright future in baseball in my estimation.

    RHP EVAN PHILLIPS
    in the bigs and struggling with an W 0-1, 7.79 ERA/2.13 WHIP in 16 relief appearances.
    Just as he struggled in the BRAVES system, though not above the AA level as a BRAVE.

    3B JEAN CARLOS ENCARNACION
    in A-ball faring better in the ORIOLES system over 2018, but not to the level he was performing as a BRAVE.
    .241 BA/.655 OPS.
    The second player in this O’s deal I lamented losing.

    C BRETT CUMBERLAND
    demoted from AA a level where he had very limited exposure as a BRAVE.
    The O’s are trying to kick-start his offense.
    First, he went to the NY/PENN short season League for instruction.
    Currently, he’s in A+ where he has a .308 BA/1.086 OPS in 16 AB’s.
    Very small sample size and it remains to be seen how he fairs the rest of 2019.

    SS KEVIN MAITAN
    Started in Rookie+ this season which is the level where he left the BRAVES.
    So far, he’s advanced to A-Ball with BURLINGTON MIDWEST League [LAA]
    347 AB, .222 BA/.604 OPS.
    Not stellar so far, but not terrible either.

    C ABRAHAN GUTIERREZ*
    My most lamentel loss among the position players.
    Started the year in PHILLIES Rookie ball where he excelled .315 BA/.769 OPS in 162 AB.
    Promo’d to A-ball skipping Rookie+.
    Here he’s had 183 AB’s, .257 BA/.642 OPS.
    I think he makes it, especially as a catcher who can hit.
    Haven’t measured his defensive metrics which are vital of course.
    I don’t look forward to seeing him in PHILLIES pin-stripes 18 times a season.

    RHP JUAN CONTRERAS
    had a serious injury and lost the 2018 season.
    Activated from the 60-day last September.
    Has had one inconclusive relief stint in AZL Rookie League in 2019.
    1.0 IP. 9.00 ERA/.2.00 WHIP.

    LF ANTONIO SUCRE
    Appears to be out of baseball after re-signing with the BRAVES in 2018.
    Evidently released from his contract.

    2B YUNIOR SEVERINO
    Twins organization
    Rookie+-ball 198 AB, .263 BA/.745 OPS in 2018
    A-Ball in 2019, 26 AB, .269 BA/.636 OPS
    On 7-day IL this season since April 11th.

    SS LIVAN SOTO
    LAA organization
    A-ball results 2019, 106 AB, .245 BA/.638 OPS.

    SS YENCI PENA
    TEXAS RANGERS organization
    Rookie-ball 56 AB, .250 BA/.689OPS
    Average has fallen from .273 to present in past 120 games.
    Pulled o’fers his past three games.

    RF JUAN CARLOS NEGRET
    K.C. organization
    Now in A-ball after a so-so 2018 in the Rookie League.
    122 AB .230 BA/.714 OPS in 2018
    134 AB .172 BA/.636 OPS in 2019

    RHSP YEFRI del ROSARIO
    K.C. organization.
    No stats for 2019.
    No injury news.

    2B ANGEL ROJAS
    Signed with the Stankees.
    Showed well in the DSL last season.
    Promo’d to GCL Rookie-ball in the U.S.
    Farlng less well.
    63 AB, .222 BA/.581 OPS.

    RHP GUILLERMO ZUNIGA
    Advanced from A-ball to A+ by the DODGERS.
    Did not wow the A-Ball league he was in.
    But like the BRAVES, if the organization sees something they like, they push their pitching along.
    A-Ball 16 relief, 5 starts.
    4.08 ERA/1.26 WHIP
    A+ 3 all in relief
    4.91 ERA/1.09 WHIP.
    DODGERS like the WHIP numbers obviously.

    CF BRANDOL MEZQUITA
    Our boom-a-rang kid is doing well in his second go ’round in the GCL Rookie League.
    55 AB, .291 BA/.735 OPS.
    The player nobody wanted seems to be taking well to BRAVES instruction.
    I consider him the second best position player at this time.

    SS JI-HWAN BAE
    In PIRATES A-Ball, after a successful Rookie+ stint last season.
    203 AB, .305 BA/.775 OPS
    A real up-and-comer without a professional HR to this point.

    SS ROBERT PAUSON
    2019 signed with A’s, and rumored to be the 2019 top or second-best international player.
    The kid BRAVES offered illegal future contract to at 14 years old.

    Out of the 19 players removed or traded, i feel the South Korean JI-HWAN BAE to be the best position player at this time, and LHSP BRUCE ZIMMERMANN to be the best pitcher.

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  106. 152 berigan2electricboogaloo July 24, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    with all the non-baseball news, I forgot to flip by the game til the 2nd…to see A.A. being interviewed…missed some of it, but the gist of what I saw (gist used twice by me in a week, yay for me) was some folks he feels might not be available, that they would like to get…so, I guess if MadBum, and Zack G aren’t traded, what can you say? W.C. is really just a pipe dream for 1 of the 2 teams that make it, just a game 163, but…how do you tell your fanbase…we needed to cut and run, just as the team is starting to take off? the Giants are 16-3 for July, and and their future HOF’er managers last season…are they better off to pull the drain on this team, now? As the stadium appears to be mostly full now? It might be but, MadBum will get a qualifying offer come this winter…
    just checked, the Diamondbacks and Giants are both 2.5 games back, with more than 2 months of the season left.
    2 week til the trade deadline….
    AA mentioned a week out before trading for Troy Tulowinski (SP) he didn’t think there would be any deals that would come together….

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  107. 153 Vox O'Reasoñ July 24, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    AA will never let on that anything is een possible, much less likely. It’s just how he does business.

    I will be shocked if he doesn’t acquire at least 1 reliever (especially with today’s discouraging news on Jacob Webb). The market on relievers is fairly flush and there should be a match to be made somewhere. The starter market will be more competitive, and thus more tricky. Regardless of reliever or starter, you can almost bet nothing will begin to materialize until the last 48 hours or so. That’s just how the sellers operate these days – wait until the last minute and hope to maximize the bidding and return.

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  108. 154 berigan2electricboogaloo July 24, 2019 at 10:38 pm

    I bet $1000 on the Royals sweeping the braves…lucky me! 😛
    I keed, I keed…I wish I had…
    I wonder….would the Royals be willing to trade Brad Keller, and Ian Kennedy for Ender, and Touki?
    I can dream, can’t I?

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  109. 155 Gil in Mechanicsville July 25, 2019 at 6:19 am

    I hate losing…. I know why so many folks love to be Yankees fans, they hate losing too. Tough loss for Julio last night, unearned runs count just as much don’t they? Time for a reset.

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  110. 159 Gordon Lawrence July 25, 2019 at 8:41 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (60-42)

    G-Men pound the BATS into submission on 10 hits and nasty pitching, winning going away 6-1.

    Lead-off CF RYAN LaMARRE [.300 BA/.836 OPS] 2-5, 2 RBI [44], 0 BB, 0 SO, 2 SB [14].
    LF ADAM DUVALL [.257 BA/.931 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR [29], 2 RBI [80], 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 E [4, throw].
    RF RAFAEL ORTEGA [.296 BA/.921 OPS] 2-3, 1 R, 1 RBI [52], 2 BB, 0 SO.
    The outfield on this squad rocks.
    3B PEDRO FLORIMON [.241 BA/.673 OPS] 3-4, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    P MIKE FOLTYNEWICZ [.143 BA/.429 OPS] 1-2, 1 2B [1], 0 BB, 1 SO.

    RHSP MIKE FOLTYNEWICZ [W 5-1, 4.10 ERA/1.30 WHIP] 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 101p/63s.
    LHRP THOMAS BURROWS [5.34 ERA/1.42 WHIP] 1.0 IP, clean, 1 SO, 14p/10s.
    RHRP DAN WINKLER [3.45 ERA/1.60 WHIP] 1.0 IP, clean, 1 SO, 16p/9s.

    MISSISSIPPI (48-53)

    PEARL Crew continue a slow steady climb back to the breakeven mark in wins and losses.
    They win against the GENERALS tonight 5-1 on eight hits and near air-tight pitching.

    Lead-off SS RAY PATRICK DIDDER [.183 BA/.607 OPS] 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR [4], 1 RBI [20], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    CF CRISTIAN PACHE [.284 BA/.836 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B [27], 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB [8].
    LF DREW WATERS [.337 BA/.889 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B [33], 1 RBI [36], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    RF GRAYSON JENISTA [.214 BA/.652 OPS] 1-2, 1 SF, 1 RBI [16], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    C WILLIE CONTRERAS [.218 BA/.565 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [1], 2 RBI [11], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    2B LUIS VALENZUELA [.183 BA/.481 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 0 SO.

    LHSP TUCKER DAVIDSON [W 5-6, 2.01 ERA/1.19 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 HR, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 9 SO, 97p/62s.
    RHRP CLAUDIO CUSTODIO [Sv 2, 2.40 ERA/0.95 WHIP] 3.0 IP, clean, 3 SO, 39p/25s.

    FLORIDA (37-64)

    F-F-FROGS take the measure of the FLYING TIGERS in a nail-bitin’ 3-2 victory.
    BRAVES farmhands take the lead with three in the fourth, then strangle the opposing bats for six half-innings to secure the win.

    SS RILEY DELGADO [.285 BA/.665 OPS] 3-5, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    LF JEFREY RAMOS [.235 BA/.645 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B [12], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    1B DREW LUGBAUER [.175 BA/.581 OPS] 2-5, 1 2B [18], 1 3B [1], 1 R, 1 RBI [39], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    DH JORDAN RODGERS [.215 BA/.571 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [3], 2 RBI [15], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    2B BRETT LANGHORNE [.205 BA/.578 OPS] 3-4, 0 BB, 0 SO.

    LHSP PHILLIP PFEIFER [W 4-6, 3.49 ERA/1.18 WHIP] 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 1-8p/73s.
    RHRP WALTER BORKOVICH [H 4, 4.72 ERA/1.81 WHIP] 1.0 IP, zeros, 2 BB, 0 SO, 21p/10s.
    RHRP DAYSBEL HERNANDEZ [1.73 ERA/1.13 WHIP] 1.0 IP, clean, 1 SO, 8p/7s.

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  111. 160 Vox O'Reasoñ July 25, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Thoughts on a very nice summer day in NEGA, God’s country, and satellite home of the Braves…

    If you read around all the team’s multitude of beat writers, you will find one consistent thread… there is no consistency. There are more differeing opinions, “based on sources”, among those fine folks than there are here at the ol’ B&S. And if you add back in the national baseball writers and such… well, it’s a big stew of “expert” opinions that say alot on the surface, but nothing in reality.

    So what do we believe?

    Here’s what I believe. I believe that the whole of the circumstances dictate that at least one trade must be made. Our bullpen in particular is screaming for help, and we have the “prospect capital” available to use. There is too much fruit that is ripe on the vine to not pick some of it now… else it begins to rot. Other circumstances such as the current playoff position, upper level prospects that will require a roster position, future contract commitments, etc., paint a picture of a team well positioned to make at least one move… and probably more than one.

    The obvious starting point is the bullpen, not because of Luke Jackson in particular, but more because the one guy who has been the most effective even if under the radar is now out with “elbow impingement” for at least 2 more weeks. Within that 2 more weeks we will face the Phillies 3 times and the Nats 3 times. Am I afraid of the Phillies? Not really, but I am aware that there is talent there that is being mismanaged, and if the ever get ther crap together they can sure cause alot of disruption. And as it stands, we;ll draw both Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta in the series. As for the Nats, we’re lined up to get both Scherzer and Corbin… and it wouldn’t surprise me if they didn’t shuffle around to get Strasburg a start in there as well. At the back end of that 2 week period we take on the mighty Twins who are one of the top contenders in the AL. So there is good reason for AA to roll up his sleeves and go to work.

    I still believe we need one more consistent starter to make our rotation really hum. Soroka has been great, his last start notwithstanding. Keuchel has been better than expected, and Julio seems to have found his way back. But Fried has been inconsistent and blister-prone. Gausman is a total wild card. And Folty… I don’t even know what to type about Folty. Do we need a MadBum or Marcus Stroman or other top pitcher? I think that falls under the heading of “Want”, not “Need”. What we need is someone we know will toe the rubber every 5 days, give us at least 6 strong innings, and keep us in the game for our late inning offense to work. In other words, if said pitcher can give us a chance, our team is good enough to win their share of those games. So instead of Stroman or Boyd or MadBum, look more toward a less exciting name. Maybe Lance Lynn? Wonder what KC would ask for Danny Duffy? I’d love Mike Minor, but I feel his asking price will be high.

    One more thing… don’t be surprised if AA congers up a bat. Yes a bat. Young Austin Riley has come back to earth, but his impact on the overall offense during his torrid stretch was immense. But now that he has fallen off, Ender Inciarte has resumed his duties in CF. Problem is, Ender still hasn’t registered a hit in his 5 games since coming off the IL. Is it a coincidence that the offense has scuffled coming out of the ASB? I don’t think so. Adding an impact bat could turn out to be am important move in the long run. Yasiel Puig is playing out his contract in Cincy, and they would love to dump the remainder of his $9.7M deal. The Reds are 46-59 and just 0.5 games out of last place in the NL Central. Wonder if they will ever start a true rebuild? Perhaps dumping Puig and dealing starter Sonny Gray or closer Raisel Iglesias would provide a good start. But hey.. I’m just spitballin’.

    At any rate, AA must do something. If not, I will call for a full investigation costing the American taxpayers millions of dollars.

    OK, maybe not. But it should warrant scrutiny at the very least.

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    • 161 Vox O'Reasoñ July 25, 2019 at 11:59 am

      the one guy who has been the most effective even if under the radar is now out with “elbow impingement” for at least 2 more weeks.

      Did I really fail to mention his name: Jacob Webb? Dang. Had so much spewing forth that I failed to control the flow.

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  112. 162 Gil in Mechanicsville July 25, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Great opine Vee, now it’s time for my nap… 🙂

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  113. 163 berigan2electricboogaloo July 25, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    v, good opining there.
    Maybe Lance Lynn?
    I don’t know if you recall I was BEGGING the team to sign him after a very good 2017 for the Cards after coming back I think from T.J. surgery. well, last year, he signed with the Twins, and after 20 starts, had a 5.10 ERA (102 innings, 105 hits, 100 strikeouts) then he was traded to the Yankees he went 3-2 , with a 4.14 ERA. This year, 12-6, with a 3.93 ERA. 135 innings, 152 strikeouts. Whats funny, is at 32, it seams his fastball has ticked up a bit (I think in highlights I saw of the rangers, he was hitting 96, 97 now, and he’s…fat, 6’5 280)
    he’s got 2 years left on his contract , but only about 20 mil.
    Did the Rangers want him for 3 years? or did they think he’d bring a fair bit back if he returned to his St. Louis form?
    I’d be willing to take a change…what would he cost though? That’s just what I can’t figure out…what if a team wants Newcomb, (more valuable as a starter and was very good as one last year) , which hurts the bullpen?
    I just feel A.A better act quickly, as some teams are going to make deals quickly for fear of being outmaneuvered.
    I really don’t want to see Phils , Nats, Yanks, Red Sox to get those bullpen arms we NEED if we are to have any chance against the Dodgers, or Cubs….

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  114. 164 berigan2electricboogaloo July 25, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    willing to take a chance
    which is change, but still not the word I meant.

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  115. 165 Gil in Mechanicsville July 25, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    In the immortal words of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy .. Don’t Panic… the answer is 42.

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  116. 168 Vox O'Reasoñ July 25, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Blue light special.

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  117. 169 Vox O'Reasoñ July 25, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Make of it what you will, but Mets scouts were spotted at both the Gwinnett and Mississippi Braves games tonight…

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  118. 170 Gil in Mechanicsville July 26, 2019 at 7:12 am

    Due Diligence on the Mets part I suspect. Now, which one of their starters is really available? Alex won’t give away the farm for a summer rental methinks.

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  119. 171 Vox O'Reasoñ July 26, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Now, which one of their starters is really available? Alex won’t give away the farm for a summer rental methinks.

    I agree with you completely on that. Could this be his attempt to reacquire a guy for ATL that he never should have let get away from TOR? We all know that price will be exorbitant.

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    • 172 Vox O'Reasoñ July 26, 2019 at 9:48 am

      Let me add to that also that it is thought in some circles that AA has long coveted Mets closer Edwin Diaz. Both he and Thor are said to be available, but there is a hurdle to any deal that is so typical for the Mets.

      Joel Sherman of the New York Post says, “The hardest sell for the Mets baseball operations department leading up to the trade deadline is not persuading suitors to make substantial offers for Edwin Diaz and Noah Syndergaard. It will be convincing ownership to accept such a deal if it reaches a level perceived acceptable.” He continues that it will take a deal similar to what Tampa got back for Chris Archer to convince the Wilpons to let Thor leave NY.

      From the Braves perspective, that would mean any deal for Thor would likely have to include 2 of the 3 Braves prospects that are considered “untradeable” by most keeping an eye on such things – Ian Anderson, Cristian Pache and Drew Waters.

      In other words, this is probably all much do about nothing, as I cannot imagine any 1 of those 3 going anywhere, much less 2.

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  120. 173 Gil in Mechanicsville July 26, 2019 at 10:53 am

    I guess a good question could be, how far away from being a ML starter is Anderson? I know the Braves will acquire a pitcher or two but the real question may be if they are enough for the Braves to have a legitimate shot at winning a World Series this year or decide the team is still one year away from reaching their peak as was thought going into the 2018 season when they jumped a year ahead in their rebuild schedule.

    Remember the results when the Braves traded the farm to Texas for Texieria. The Braves needed pitching but got a bat and the Rangers rode those Braves prospects to the World Series. Elvis is still playing at a high level. I think a lot of folks forget that Elvis was Ronald Acuna before Ronald Acuna arrived.

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  121. 174 Gil in Mechanicsville July 26, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Out of the 19 players removed or traded, i feel the South Korean JI-HWAN BAE to be the best position player at this time

    Yep, it was Bae’s signing with the Braves who I view as the proverbial straw which broke the Camel AKA Braves back as far as MLB was concerned. Even if he never hits for power, being a Rafeal Belliard clone is not a bad thing.

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  122. 175 Vox O'Reasoñ July 26, 2019 at 11:08 am

    I guess a good question could be, how far away from being a ML starter is Anderson?

    In my estimation, he won’t break camp next spring with the team, but he’ll be the first guy up. Still… the way he’s pitching right now, I won’t discount anything at any time.

    I know the Braves will acquire a pitcher or two but the real question may be if they are enough for the Braves to have a legitimate shot at winning a World Series

    Maybe the best debate is: Exactly what does this team need to elevate it into a serious contender? Obviously we need some pitching help. I think that is undeniable. Do we need a Thor or a Will Smith? I believe that is up for more debate. The more I read and really analyze this team, the more I believe we definitely need another reliever to help out the late innings. Does it have to be a high profile guy? Jacob Webb is not a high profile guy, but I sure wish we had him back. So that’s the kind of guy I hope we can add. Simply don’t give away free bases and keep the ball in the park.

    Starter? I think we need one, but I’m not sure we need a front line starter. I’m thinking what I posted yesterday… that we really just need a reliable arm to go to the post every 5 days and simply give the team a chance to win. Give me a guy that will go 6 innings and allow 3 runs or so. I think my team can outperform that on most nights. And if we can win 2 out every 3 of his starts, then we hold serve and win the division. Given the way Julio has turned things around for the most part this season, I’m no longer afraid to start him in a playoff series. So Keuchel, Soroka, Julio will work for me.

    Naturally, the health of the staff can change every bit of that, but in general, that’s what I feel.

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  123. 176 Gordon Lawrence July 26, 2019 at 11:13 am

    I don’t see ENDER as a strictly defensive asset remaining long-term.
    What happened to his offensive game?
    I wish I knew………….heck
    I wish someone in the BRAVES management team knew.
    Anyway, without a decent bat, he’s just putting in time with this team.
    We have a number of excellent OF’ers on the way.
    We even have a couple in GWINNETT at the momet.
    LaMARRE is hitting for average, and DUVALL for power.
    DEMERITTE is doing both, but none have INCIARTE’s defensive metric.
    If our CF’er lasts out the season, it will only be because his bat comes around.
    The BRAVES are patiently waiting, but the clock is ticking.

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  124. 177 Gordon Lawrence July 26, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Regarding pitching:
    We need a WIL SMITH-type at the end of the bullpen.
    That’s my thought on bullpen pitching.

    Is our current starting rotation a lock for the WS?
    NO.
    The management is patching and back-filling as needed waiting for the young guns to load their weapons.
    And we have to be patient and trust the process.
    It could take three or four more years.
    Then again FOLTY and NEWK could resume their normal rotational duties with refined and improved zeal.
    Then we have a solid rotation now, not down the road.
    There are plenty of young guns in the holsters, but few ready to be drawn in a gunfight at this point.

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    • 178 Vox O'Reasoñ July 26, 2019 at 11:28 am

      IMO, Newk will not start for this team again unless it’s on an emergency basis. He has proven to be a much better reliever, and unless he’s traded he’s found his niche here.

      As for Folty? Complete mystery. I have no idea. Perhaps he is a “change of scenery” guy that just needs a fresh start somewhere else. I think both AA and Snit are over him. It will not surprise me at all to see him as a throw-in on one of the deals we see in the next 6 days. All my opinion, of course, but that’s how I view it.

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  125. 179 Vox O'Reasoñ July 26, 2019 at 11:23 am

    it was Bae’s signing with the Braves who I view as the proverbial straw which broke the Camel AKA Braves back as far as MLB was concerned

    That’s entirely possible. It was high profile enough to garner some attention. I think that perhaps it also had alot to do with SS Robert Pauson. As Gordon mentioned, they had worked out a deal with him a good 2 years early… much like they had done with Kevin Maitan. Since this practice is not uncommon among the GM brethren, most execs cringed but turned the other way with respect to Maitan. But they were pi$$ed with Pauson. Coppy wasn’t letting anyone else drink from the trough. After all, there is still honor among thieves, right?

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  126. 180 Vox O'Reasoñ July 26, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Pay particular attention to Anderson’s numbers. This is why he will NOT be traded away. But perhaps don’t get to attached to Wright. You have pay give quality to receive quality.

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  127. 182 Vox O'Reasoñ July 26, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Regarding Mets scouts in Mississippi last night, is it a coincidence that Ian Anderson was on the mound?

    One thing that might be a little more comforting is that BVW’s top lieutenant, Allard Baird, was in not in Pearl, but was in Gwinnett instead. Of course, Kyle Wright started that game, so there’s that…

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  128. 183 Vox O'Reasoñ July 26, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    According to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star/Tribune, “The Mets have focused in on [Twins’] top prospects Royce Lewis and Alex Kirilloff as potential headliners in a deal” for Noah Syndegaard. Lewis is a SS and Kirilloff is a RF/1B. I think their positions are less relevant than their standing in the Twins’ system. Notice, too, that those 2 were referenced as the “headliners”, meaning there would be more to go along.

    It’s going to be a hefty price… a hefty price.

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  129. 184 Vox O'Reasoñ July 26, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Ha ha ha…

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  130. 189 Vox O'Reasoñ July 26, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    It should sure be nice to make this pickup before these next 6 on the road against the Phils and Nats.

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  131. 190 Vox O'Reasoñ July 26, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    I’d be ecstatic if AA could pull off a deal with KC for Diekman and Danny Duffy. I’d be very happy with that.

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  132. 191 berigan2electricboogaloo July 26, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    He continues that it will take a deal similar to what Tampa got back for Chris Archer to convince the Wilpons to let Thor leave NY.
    Pirates made a COLOSSAL mistake trading for Archer, an overrated pitcher for many years, and terrible right now (but his pitching metrics are so good!) 3-7, 5.40 ERA Soooo glad the braves didn’t trade the farm away for him.
    I would love Thor, but if I were A.A. I would just put my effort elsewheres. Can you imagine Mutts fans having to put up with Thor as a Brave, beating them year after year???? that press would be brutal.
    Saw the story about the Twins prospects….man, seems like 2 overrated guys sucking at A ball. Surely some team could beat that offer…
    Newcomb was 12 9 3.90 last year, biggest issue was 81 walks in 164 innings. I’d like to see him as a starter here again, but too late in the year, even if we got another good lefty, IMHO….
    If someone asked me (no one wants to? fine) I would like to see AA trade for 2 relievers….but, as I type that, I remember Soroka is only 21. What do “we” do about resting him? I huge lead would help tremendously , but the Phils and Nats are not helping us so far on that point…

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    • 192 Vox O'Reasoñ July 26, 2019 at 2:46 pm

      Early speculation being tossed about is that the package the Mets would want from Atlanta would be something akin to Kyle Wright, Cristian Pache, William Contreras and a mid-level prospect.

      I want to keep both Pache and Drew Waters, but I personally prefer Waters over Pache, even though Pache is probably closer to being ML ready. Pache plays an elite level defense right now. Waters is a 5-tooler with comps to Carlos Beltran. I want him in my OF for several years to come. But that preference is just me. Your mileage may vary.

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  133. 193 Vox O'Reasoñ July 26, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    I just learned that Dish Network is once again “in dispute” with Fox Sports over their TV deal. Their petty squabble once again means I do not get the Braves games on my TV for the time being.

    I am done with Dish Network. Done.

    Anyone on here do the Hulu thing?

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    • 194 berigan2electricboogaloo July 26, 2019 at 3:58 pm

      Man V, sorry about that! When Dish did that with Fox sports during Bobby’s last season, and I missed the very last regular season game, we went to DirectTV, and have been overpaying for their service, ever since. I Heard DISH is fighting with CBS now, and millions can’t get that channel nationwide.

      we tried to get the price of Direct TV reduced like a friend and her mother we able to do, by calling them and hitting cancel service option (Gil, you might want to try this) but when Dad called and tried, they wanted to push us to their streaming service (all we had to do with our non Digital tvs was buy something at walmart for each tv to get it, no thanks) saying Satellite was going to end someday fairly soon…so they saved us a few bucks (not the 40, 50 a month our friend and her mother got deals on, but like $17, but only a real $7 since the price was going up at the time Dad contacted them) but once we get Digital tvs, we will dump Direct TV like a hot potato. I am sure DISH has done the same thing to you all, jack your price up all the time, to pay for the folks that keep getting rid of Satellite

      So, long story short…don’t know a thing about Hulu! Can you get sports thru them? Didn’t know that!

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  134. 195 berigan2electricboogaloo July 26, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    V, I know you can google too, but this made me curious as to what was out there…
    first link, even though talking about sports, seemed to me to focus as much on the other channels you could get…which you can use to sell to the missus 😉
    https://www.pcmag.com/roundup/368771/the-best-sports-streaming-services

    This one was good as it shows who carries what
    https://www.reviews.com/tv-streaming-service/sports/

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  135. 197 Gil in Mechanicsville July 26, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Yes, I am overpaying DirecTV, have been for years but it is at the behest of Ms Josie, currently Direct TV is in dispute with our local ABC affiliate so no ABC which at this time is no great loss.

    What do “we” do about resting him? I huge lead would help tremendously , but the Phils and Nats are not helping us so far on that point… The Braves are not exactly helping themselves right now either.

    Vee, tonight’s game is on the MLB network if it’s not blacked out for you.

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  136. 199 berigan2electricboogaloo July 26, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    well, was trying to get my ancient lawnmower running again.l…and missed almost all the excitement….long, weird story sorta short, next door neighbor’s wife died a few years ago, and we were the only white folks at the funeral. I think he was touched, as I am sure white co-workers, etc didn’t come, and when he got a new rider mower, he said, hey I can run over your yard ,since it’s not big, in 10-15 minutes, we said sure, thanks! Our mower hadn’t even started that spring,(couldn’t even pull the cord) so this worked perfectly! We even got him a muscle car mag subscription as thanks. Now, did new-ish girlfriend think he should get more for his effort? (and perhaps we should have, but he did it so quickly) Did a white guy at work say something racist to him, and now hates all white folks? Have no idea, but friendship is gone, never talks to us, nor mows lawn…so, before buying a new one, was inspired by youtube videos , I wanted to check out pulling cord thingy (hope this isn’t going over everyone’s heads 😛 ) see if it was the issue, or hydrolock, or something else…anyways…messing around, oiling everything, adding oil, taking out plug, I can now…pull the cord freely! No gas of course , but no sense buying it til I could get to at least this point….aren’t you glad to have wasted time reading this??? 😛

    anyways…9-2 win! but, I heard Nick was hurt, but didn’t know how…did a search and about choked when some twitter twit said, broken hamate bone!!! Not true!!!!
    but, I guess in retrospect, his comment was a bit amusing Nick Markakis has a broken hamate bone. Snitker said the plan is for him to play right field and bat 5th tomorrow

    but, he could still be hurt since he left the game….

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  137. 200 berigan2electricboogaloo July 26, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    well, doesn’t appear to be good news about Nick M. via Snit, said it didn’t look good on his wrist. So, have to imagine they know something is broken 😦 V, you may get another star….Piug?????

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  138. 202 Vox O'Reasoñ July 26, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Stinking Phillies…

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  139. 203 Vox O'Reasoñ July 26, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    This could force AA’s hand. There’s not a viable in-house replacement. Duvall is not a true fit for a couple of reasons… he’s not a LH, and he’s all or nothing – the anti-Nick.

    If there is anything positive here it’s that there is still 5 days to find help.

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  140. 204 Gil in Mechanicsville July 27, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Ber, first off, it is good that the cord is easy to pull with the plug is out and good it is tough with it in, you have compression… Check to make sure the air filter is clean too. A big reason a lot of mowers won’t run properly is a dirty air filter. PS… I guess you shouldn’t have put that Trump 2020 sticker on your car…. 🙂

    Now baseball…. Bummer about Nick Markakis. A lot of twitter trolls will be happy but I think it will be a big loss for the Braves. Now folks will realize the importance of depth for a contending team. Rare for a team to go an entire season without a big blow to the line up. That said, if it is a fracture, it could well be a season ending blow for Markakis. So yes, the Braves will have to come up with a replacement. Not only afield but will be tougher replacing his clutch bat.

    Other than that, Braves played a great game. A couple of miscues by Donaldson but also made a great play doubling up. Maple Maddux just ran out of gas, Snit did the right thing bringing Newk. He had thrown something like 36 pitches in the inning. You don’t want a team like the Phillies to regain any hope when you have them on the ropes.

    I watched the bottom of the ninth of the DC vs LA game. Washington played it tough, they had a chance and Hanley won’t be available tonight. He had a tough time throwing strikes at the end. Wow, really hard for me to root against the Dodgers but a guy has to do what he has to do… The Gnats scare the heck out of me right now.

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  141. 205 Gil in Mechanicsville July 27, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Hey Vee, looks like you are going to need to switch providers for real if you want to watch any more of the Braves games this season. I guess Dish and Sling believe that Fox will cave but I doubt it. Too many other choices out there.

    While Direct TV can be a bit of a fair weather friend, their customer service is pretty good. I have no clue as to what their rates are in your neighborhood, I guess it depends on your package.

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    • 206 Vox O'Reasoñ July 27, 2019 at 10:23 am

      There is a very good chance we’re going to try Roku and Hulu. Then we have more control over what we buy and receive. I’m tired of these petty corporate crooks using us consumers as pawns in their pee pee contests.

      They are making excuses for witholding something they promised to deliver, and I’m powerless to fight it. But if I failed to deliver on my end of the contract, they’d take swift and decisive action against me. They did it to me once, and I gave them a second chance. But as the wise American philosopher Gomer Pyle once said, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me “

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  142. 207 Vox O'Reasoñ July 27, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Bummer about Nick Markakis. A lot of twitter trolls will be happy but I think it will be a big loss for the Braves.

    Huge loss. The trolls only see stats and numbers… things that can easily be quantified. And even though he is more consistent than 90% of most players, he doesn’t provide the extreme highs that catch the short attention span of the typical stat geek.

    Sometimes you don’t know what you have until it’s gone.

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  143. 208 Gil in Mechanicsville July 27, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    stat geek = someone who follows the game only to see how their fantasy teams does.

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  144. 209 Gil in Mechanicsville July 27, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    as expected…

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  145. 210 Gil in Mechanicsville July 27, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Likely Kakes is done for the season. I don’t know if surgery is called for but 6-10 weeks to heal plus time to rehab. Just run out of calendar before he could come back.

    Positives: DuVall is a Gold Glove defender who has evidently rediscovered his stroke.

    Negatives: He is not Nick Markakis.

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  146. 211 Gil in Mechanicsville July 27, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Well Vee, either service is pretty instantaneous so you could watch tonight’s game. Let me know how it works out for you.

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  147. 212 Gil in Mechanicsville July 27, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Source confirms: #Athletics acquire LH reliever Jake Diekman from #Royals. Return not yet known. First reported: @JeffPassan.

    Well, mark his name off your list Vee…

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  148. 213 Carolina Lady July 27, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Illinois is a busy place huh? One comes back, another goes off. I have a fond spot in my heart for Markakis (even though I hate that ugly, black beard…). Special kind of person and I’ve appreciated him from the beginning.

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  149. 214 berigan2electricboogaloo July 27, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    wow, have the brave ever made a statement today against the Phils! and missing 2 key players to boot!
    We may put the Phils out of contention for the division, and for possible moves to improve their team!
    Ender is 2 for 2 so far, with a 2 run homer, Ozzie hit the lowest line drive homer I’ve ever seen,and Adam Duvall has 2 hits, and a homer!

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  150. 215 Gil in Mechanicsville July 27, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    Oh my, Braves making up for last week’s hitting doldrums…

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  151. 216 Vox O'Reasoñ July 28, 2019 at 7:54 am

    The Phils’ manager makes more bonehead moves than any other in the game. Why would you bring in a lefty to face Ozzie with the bases loaded? Ozzie has creamed lefties all year.

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    • 217 berigan2electricboogaloo July 28, 2019 at 1:10 pm

      V, just a weak defense , Kapler was a bit hamstrung since their starter stunk up the game so the lefty that gave up the homer (Just checked , lefty Suarez had a 2.60 ERA before that game) it was only the 3rd inning. I know you couldn’t see the game, but the phils defense was terrible!!! (Rhys Hopkins was more guilty of being too aggressive to his right, when the 2nd baseman was in a better position to field it, but their shortstop made a great play to keep Duvall’s first hit from driving in a run, then screwed up a sure fire dp, no outs were made, that really messed up the game for them) Forgot, Max Friend beat out a double play …dude can really fly! Our guys seem hungrier to stay in first, than their guys to get back into the race….that has to be on the phils manager

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  152. 218 berigan2electricboogaloo July 28, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    heh…just saw an old clip during one of those really rare Yankees vs Red Sox clips both espu and MLB TV love to hype…but this cracked me up. Showed Johnny Damon as a Red Sox player then as a Yankee, and the Red Sox fans had 4 fans holding up placards. Left to right. Johnny Damon. Looked like Jesus, throws like Mary , betrayed like Judas. 😛

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  153. 219 Vox O'Reasoñ July 28, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    And the real Kevin Gausman returns. Fastball middle in left the building quickly. Perhaps if JTR had a 3rd pitch to consider, he couldn’t have sat on that fastball.

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  154. 221 berigan2electricboogaloo July 28, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    welp….gausman cannot get by on 2 pitches. I think I saw 1 curve (surely he threw more than one?) and it was a hanger that did catch Harper off guard a bit …but his stuff is good, but…but…like V said, no one can get by on 2 pitches (save Sandy Koufax)
    IMHO, braves have been whiny on pitches around the zone ….I only saw one really bad pitch called. 2 that JD and McCann complained about were definitely strikes…holy cow!!! as I write this, Ender hits a 3 run homer, and then Camargo hit one, 6-4!!!!!!!!!!!

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  155. 222 berigan2electricboogaloo July 28, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    heh, my ADD is strong today…started that post after the granny, and then…got detracted…but from now on, oh look a bird!

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  156. 223 berigan2electricboogaloo July 28, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    oh wow, Acuna slide in hard…face first into Segura’s knee on a steal of 2nd. and…Segura had to leave…but, Acuna’s neck bent funny…sure hope he’s ok…man, can Lou Brock teach guys how to slide feet first? Or at least Ricky Henderson, if they insist on sliding headfirst????

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  157. 224 berigan2electricboogaloo July 28, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Acuna’s out….really bent his neck badly…..we have been just amazingly lucky with no one going on the dl…err, IL save McCann earlier this season, at least from the regulars??? Paying for it now….

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  158. 225 berigan2electricboogaloo July 28, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    well….crud….mutts must have really overpaid…I mean, the Yankees are desperate for a starter, the Dodgers have been talking about getting one, Braves of course…Phils…Twins, and I am sure others….will they really trade away Thor? Or trying to have the best rotation out there???? Mets To Acquire Marcus Stroman

    By George Miller | July 28, 2019 at 4:51pm CDT

    The Mets and Blue Jays have reached an agreement on a trade that will send Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman to New York, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. The deal is pending medical review. The pieces being sent to Toronto are not yet known.

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  159. 227 Gil in Mechanicsville July 28, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Well, that got ugly fast…. As for Acuna, whiplash is nasty… He won’t be able to move his head tomorrow.

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  160. 228 Carolina Lady July 28, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    I was just reading about Adam Duvall’s constant struggle with diabetes. Man! I don’t see how he does what he does. Salute with respect!

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  161. 231 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Well, I think we can draw a couple of conclusions from the Marcus Stroman –> Mets deal.

    First, the return TOR got back was to me a bit underwhelming. Neither one of minor-league pitchers Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson was a top 100 prospect, and one would think the Jays could haven netted 1 in a deal for their highly sought after pitcher… especially given that he is more than just a rental. So what is the price on a half-season rental going to be?

    Second, I believe there is something to DOB’s assertion that “the word was that Toronto would deal with him, but would ask for more from Braves.” Rosenthal also has opined that there is some lingering bad will between current Jays execs and former Jays GM Thoppy. Rosey is likely the source of DOB’s own statement, but it appears to be at least plausible as the Braves could have easily matched or exceeded the Mets’ price. So it makes you wonder if the Braves are also out on closer Brian Giles simply based on the additional burden..?

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  162. 232 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2019 at 8:14 am

    As for the trade market as a whole, I believe there is another conclusion we can now draw…

    It’s fairly apparent, at least to me, that the sellers are simply waiting until the last minute in an effort to extract the highest possible return on their players. It’s a reasonable stance, but also somewhat flawed.

    Once the deadline is truly upon us – said deadline being Wednesday at 4pm ET – those same sellers will be forced to suddenly get what they can. And instead of being Saks 5th Avenue, they’ll find themselves being Big Lots, getting what they can for their rapidly depreciating items.

    The longer teams wait to consummate deals, the more the leverage swings toward buyers. Those sellers need to sell to get a future value from their expiring assets.

    I expect to hear of at least one deal from the Braves, but I don’t expect to hear anything before Wednesday when Thoppy starts shopping the mark-downs.

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  163. 233 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2019 at 8:35 am

    This past week is a good example of why you cannot draw 162-game conclusions based on 1-game results.

    Is the Braves offense so bad it can’t scratch out a couple of runs to support stellar pitching performances from Dallas Keuchel and Julio Teheran? Certainly not.

    Is Kevin Gausman so good he can dominate a team for 7 innings with pinpoint control of a fastball and only offset it with a splitter? Of course he isn’t.

    Is Adam Duvall a viable replacement for Nick Markakis, able to go 3-4 and blast HR’s at the same rate as in AAA in every ML start? Nope… not going to happen.

    Did Ender Inciarte suddenly wake up able to hit .300 with power to all fields? Hardly…

    Is promising rookie reliever Jeremy Walker the answer to the bullpen needs? Not yet he isn’t.

    The Braves are 62-44 for certain reasons. Their lineup is scary to navigate for most pitchers, they play tight defense, they play smart baseball, and they simply do not give up. They went on a torrid run because certain players got hot and propelled the team like an afterburner. Guys like Austin Riley, Josh Donaldson and Dansby Swanson have all had stretches where they have looked like HOF’ers. And of course, Freddie is Freddie.

    At the same time, the same negative things we have observed for 106 games are still true. We don’t have 5 consistent starting pitchers and we don’t have a closer. Now add to that the fact that we have lost our most consistent player for the next 2 months and it’s very easy to see what Thoppy must address in the next 55 hours, Adam Duvall and Jeremy Walker notwithstanding.

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  164. 234 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2019 at 8:54 am

    One possible replacement for Nick Markakis: Snakes RF Adam Jones. He’s only owed the remaining portion of a $3M / 1-year contract and has the same type of leadership reputation as former O’s OF-mate Nick. He has a little more power but a little less OBP. He would slot perfectly in Nick’s place in the lineup if he hit LH instead of RH, but Snit could work that out. Given Jones’ age (33) and lack of highlight reel stuff in 2019, he would probably not “move the needle” for most contending teams. But he might be a perfect fit as a 2 month placeholder for the Braves. And he wouldn’t cost very much in prospects, either.

    Need I mention that ARI has a couple of pitchers that should pique AA’s interest also? Perhaps a nice package deal of starter Robbie Ray, reliever Greg Holland and OF Adam Jones would cure all our woes in one shot.

    Hey… why not?

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  165. 235 Gil in Mechanicsville July 29, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Adam Jones? Not a bad pick, especially as a rental. Fits with Alex’s tightwad mentality also…

    Yesterday’s game… Some of you guys lucky to not being able to view it. It got ugly fast. I did not think Gausman looked all that good in his first start back, a lot of hard hit balls that failed to reach the seats or were hit right at people, shorter fences Phillie.

    There is no third pitch in Kevin’s arsenal, at least not one he is willing to throw in a game at this point. Tight strike zone also for Gausman, not so much for Nola…

    It was nice to see Ender and Johan break out a bit but bullpen gave it back PDQ. Sigh… Still, the Braves managed to regain a game on Washington and Philly by taking 2 of 3 in the series.

    Braves need to pick up a starter and a reliever but may get neither. Other teams willing to play chicken with the clock, they know how much money (prospects) the Braves have and know the Braves needs. Sort of like the prices charge “in season” versus out of season. Umbrellas and raincoats are always cheaper on sunny days.

    Braves road the train down to Washington after yesterday’s game. I was going to drive up to DC for the Wednesday day game (finally talked Josie into going) but Dr. called at the last minute and set up an appointment for Wednesday morning, that plus an infusion appointment screwed that royally… could have done one or the other but not both.

    Anyway, hopefully I will get released by the infections doc on Wednesday and get back to a semi-normal routine.
    At least at this point, no more operations. At least none that I am aware of.

    Oh, and Margie, congratulations on being released from Facebook jail… 🙂 Keep in mind, the lefties control the pencil in the game. Must begin using code words and dog whistles… :,)

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  166. 237 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Still, the Braves managed to regain a game on Washington and Philly by taking 2 of 3 in the series.

    I’ll take 2 of 3 in DC, and 2 of 3 the rest of the way out. 😉

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  167. 238 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2019 at 10:33 am

    Ha. He’d sure look good in an Atlanta uni.

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  168. 239 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2019 at 10:53 am

    ANFSCD:

    The Braves have 5 up-and-comers listed in MLB’s newly ranked Top 100 list. Said players are:

    No. 11 (OF) Cristian Pache
    No. 27 (OF) Drew Waters
    No. 34 (SP) Ian Anderson
    No. 38 (SP) Kyle Wright
    No. 69 (C) Shea Langeliers

    Remember when the criticism of the rebuild was that we had all pitching and no everyday players?

    I expect each of Pache, Waters and Anderson to move up to AAA in the very near future. The team will wait until after the July 31 trade deadline dust settles to see what they have left before realigning prospects.

    I expect Wright to ping-pong back and forth to Atlanta and settle in as a September callup.

    Lang-y should finish his first pro season where he is right now in low-A Rome.

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  169. 240 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2019 at 11:07 am

    As for the team’s own Top 30, there has been alot of movement, both up and down. Most notable are:

    The Top 5 are obviously in order as shown above. Nos. 6-10 are, in order: (SP) Bryse Wilson, (SP) Joey Wentz, (SP) Kyle Muller, (C) William Contreras, and (SP) Kolby Allard. Two notable jumps come from Wentz who was #11 and Kyle Muller who was #12. The biggest jump among top guys came from Waters, who moved from #8 to #2.

    Other movement of note: Luiz Gohara drops from #7 to #13. (I can’t help but wonder how he remains that high.) Newly drafted SS Braden Shewmake enters at #11. And former top prospect C Alex Jackson almost drops off the list, hanging on at #29, just ahead of fellow C Logan Brown.

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  170. 241 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Great news.

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  171. 242 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Apparently ignoring his own caution that Toronto is loathe to deal with Atlanta, Rosenthal is reporting that Thoppy is talking with TOR about RH reliever Joe Biagini. Biagini is 29, and a former Rule 5 pickup originally out of the SanFran organization. He’s under team control until 2023. He’s not the kind of guy that will solidify the back end of the pen, though.

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  172. 244 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2019 at 11:48 am

    There’s another rumor originating out of the ARI papers that the team is in full seller mode and looking to move several players, among them Zack Greinke. They list ATL as a possible landing spot for Greinke, saying:

    The Braves already made a splash earlier this season when they signed Dallas Keuchel, but they still need another top-flight starter for a rotation that owns the lowest strikeout-to-walk ratio in baseball. Despite the price tag, there’s no question that a 1-2 combo of Keuchel and Grienke would elevate the NL East-leading Braves and their rotation by miles heading into the stretch run and postseason.

    The Braves could create a trade package that includes pitching prospects Max Fried and/or Kyle Wright, along with either Tyler Flowers, Julio Teheran or Nick Markakis, all of whom have player options that the Braves may not exercise during the winter.

    IMO, the Braves would deal Fried and Flowers in such a scenario, as long as ARI includes a reasonable amount of cash to help pay the freight on Greinke. I do NOT believe they would include Julio, who may actually be pitching well enough to have his 2020 option picked up. Obviously this report was written prior to Nick’s injury.

    Would you do a deal for Greinke that includes Fried, Flowers, and say… Ender Inciarte?

    What about Fried, Flowers and Bryse Wilson?

    Just something to chew on.

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  173. 245 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Speaking of Ender Inciarte, I am ecstatic that Ender broke out with the bat in the last 2 games in Philly. Hopefully he can get another couple of hits tonight, too. I hope he pumps up the trade value as much as possible.

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  174. 246 Gil in Mechanicsville July 29, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    So, just what should we expect by Wednesday at 4PM? An addition of Grenki could be a huge get but how will he adapt going from climate controlled Arizona to the heat and humidity of Atlanta. The only place worse is Washington by the way as far as humidity and heat are concerned.

    I still like Ender’s defense and I while I don’t expect a huge turn around in his batting average, I think his timing may be coming back.

    I think the ship has sailed on Bumgardner. He will retire from San Francisco methinks.

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  175. 247 berigan2electricboogaloo July 29, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    lots of interesting comments here today.,..whew! Can I remember what I was going to comment on(I sure wish wordpress , when you replied, would put that older comment, right above “your” comment at the bottom of the page…if it’s 7 posts up, I just don’t know if it’s even read…
    anyways…
    Need I mention that ARI has a couple of pitchers that should pique AA’s interest also? Perhaps a nice package deal of starter Robbie Ray, reliever Greg Holland and OF Adam Jones would cure all our woes in one shot.
    V, like the sound of that one…sans…Holland. I have seen far too many blown, or nearly blown saves by him this year on mlbtv…and going walk crazy to boot…just relieved (get it? :/) of his job as their closer…from a paper…”In the month of July, Holland threw 6.1 innings and allowed 8 hits, 6 runs and compiled a 8.53 ERA.”

    Despite the price tag, there’s no question that a 1-2 combo of Keuchel and Grienke would elevate the NL East-leading Braves and their rotation by miles heading into the stretch run and postseason.

    The Braves could create a trade package that includes pitching prospects Max Fried and/or Kyle Wright, along with either Tyler Flowers, Julio Teheran or Nick Markakis, all of whom have player options that the Braves may not exercise during the winter.

    IMO, the Braves would deal Fried and Flowers in such a scenario, as long as ARI includes a reasonable amount of cash to help pay the freight on Greinke. I do NOT believe they would include Julio, who may actually be pitching well enough to have his 2020 option picked up. Obviously this report was written prior to Nick’s injury.

    Would you do a deal for Greinke that includes Fried, Flowers, and say… Ender Inciarte?

    man…I just don’t know about this deal. I think Fried is, in spite of some struggles of late, a very solid, 25 year old left handed starter with an above ave fastball, and elite curve…Grienke is very good, but..another slow fastball guy, that the Dodgers know like the back of their hand….can he get through them, then the Yankees/Twins? I just …don’t know… Robbie Ray, I’d be willing to give up more for…just don’t see that Justin Verlander kind of guy (who is like him? Still on the best pitchers in baseball, at 37)

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  176. 248 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Well, the Nats place Scherzer on the 10-day IL today, and Strasburg pitched yesterday. I think the Braves have come to DC at just the right time.

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    • 249 Gil in Mechanicsville July 29, 2019 at 4:11 pm

      Braves face Corbin tonight and Anibal on Wednesday. Tuesday’s starter is TBA but the Gnats called up Fedde today so he would be my guess. The Braves counter with Dallas tonight vs Corbin so I call it a pick ’em. Teheran on Tuesday should swing to the Braves and Wednesday Soroka matches up against Sanchez. The Gnats also have both Zimmerman and Big City nursing injuries.

      I am not betting any money on this series but the Braves have a shot at a sweep which would bury Washington to the Wild Card race. It also could swing the other way with the Braves being swept which would cut the Braves lead down to 2 1/2 games.

      Personally, I don’t see a sweep by either team. More likely it will be a one game swing either way.

      On trades…. No matter what happens, some folks will be very unhappy. Don’t look for another incidence of either a Texeria type trade against the Braves or a Shelby Miller trade in favor of the Bravos. Just know in order to get a top level player, it is going to take more than Ender and Josh Tomlin to pull it off.

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  177. 250 Gil in Mechanicsville July 29, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Acuna still complaining of neck soreness today… Well DUH!

    On the plus side, Ozzie will get to bat right handed against Corbin. Also works in favor of Duvall. Flo catching tonight? lots of right handed bats in the line up methinks.

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  178. 251 Gil in Mechanicsville July 29, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    What is it with Flowers and the Javy Lopaz school of passed balls?

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  179. 252 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2019 at 8:14 pm

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  180. 253 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Mixed bag for me. The game is televised on ESPN, so I can watch. But it’s on ESPN. Better them than no one.

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  181. 255 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Austin Riley looks lost at the plate right now. It’s time to go back to AAA and go back to work. Thoppy really needs to round us up another OF.

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  182. 256 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Tyler Flowers also looks lost at the plate. But that’s a different topic all together.

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  183. 257 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Chad Friggin’ Sobotka…

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  184. 259 berigan2electricboogaloo July 30, 2019 at 1:35 am

    now I read Ken Giles has elbow inflammation! I really think that Aug 31st deadline….it worked better for teams…why exactly did they do away with this? somehow not fair to…teams that don’t want to trade players? I can be quite libertarian on this issue. why have more regulations on a game?
    sigh….
    well, I do believe I said before, it would be nice to get 3 quality relief arms (I know, easier said than done! ) as Soroka is a kid, and really shouldn’t be pushed, remember that he’s 21, and…had shoulder problems. all I know is Mark Prior was one of the pitchers I had ever seen, and he never pitched in the majors after the age of 25.
    so, we have Dallas K, very good, and an innings eater. Soroka, best starter, but should not be over worked, so 5, 6 inning guy. Max Fried, perhaps tired? Not going deep into games now. Julio T. Scappy guy, getting by on Moxie, nerve, etc…but…a 5, 6 inning guy. so…yes, we need a starter…but…Thor, not likely to be traded our way. Yankees really need a starter. Twins do…Oakland, Brewers, Cards do. Nats? Phils? Pads? most likely. forget anyone? Just means, overpay to get one, or try to get more bullpen arms, as teams don’t seem to ask as much for bullpen guys

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  185. 260 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Yankees really need a starter. Twins do…Oakland, Brewers, Cards do. Nats? Phils? Pads? most likely. forget anyone? Just means, overpay to get one,

    Yes, overpay to get one. That’s supposedly why the organization amassed the vaunted stockpile of prospects and held onto financial “flexibility”. It’s now time to use both.

    …or try to get more bullpen arms, as teams don’t seem to ask as much for bullpen guys

    The ask is still there, but it’s not as much because you truly never know what you are getting. Look at all the big dollar deals that were given to the big named relievers last offseason. How many of them actually paid off? Heck, I can point to the most recent one, that hits close to home here in the ol B&S.

    Craig Kimbrel’s numbers since receiving a 3-year / $43M deal as “one of the best closers in baseball”: 12 appearances, 6.75 ERA, 1.688 WHIP, 4 HR’s, 8 BB’s, 12 K’s, 2 blown saves, 98 max mph fastball, 95.3 avg fastball. Did anyone expect that from him?

    Ken Giles was having a fantastic season, then suddenly has elbow inflammation. Who saw that coming?

    Edwin Diaz was one of the most sought after closers in FA, and has had a relatively poor 2019 season for the Mets. Who knew?

    Let’s bring it home to the Braves. We all thought we knew what we had in a healthy AJ Minter, but he’s been awful. Luke Jackson was DFA’d not once, but twice, yet he’s been about as good as we have. (Which says something.) Anybody outside of Gordon (and me) heard of Jacob Webb before 2019? Yet how much do we miss him? What about Jeremy Walker?

    Best local example… Anthony Swarzak. He was so bad in Seattle that they traded him to us for an injured pitcher that will likely never put on one of their jerseys and another that was mere hours from being released. Yet he has been the best arm out of our pen since arriving.

    I think gone are the days where you really know what you have in a reliever from year to year, and those that you do are becoming more scarce. Thus, buyers are prevalent to kick the tires but wary to pay too much.

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  186. 261 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Dallas Keuchel deserved a better fate last night. I am loathe to criticize ML managerial decisions because there are only 30 of those jobs in the world, and with so much money at stake team owners aren’t going to prop up an inadequate stooge in a dugout. Those guys really do know what they are doing better than we do or else we’d be in there instead.

    But…

    Snit has fallen into a pattern of following DK with Sobotka. I think it’s because DK is a smallish lefty that is best described as a finesse pitcher that throws from a 3/4 arm slot, and Sobotka is a hulking righty that throws hard and somewhat wild from straight overhead. They are polar opposites. That makes a little sense in most cases as it should require a major adjustment from the batters.

    But why would you do it with the tying runners on base, only needing one out? Isn’t that where you would want the guy that induces the most ground balls? Isn’t that the spot that Jeremy Walker is best suited for?

    It’s really easy to manage in hindsight, and if Sobotka had gotten one more strike on Adam Eaton this would be an entirely different conversation. And if “ifs and buts were candy and nuts, my aunt would be my uncle”. I get it. I’m really not criticizing as much as venting. That debacle exposed our weaknesses perfectly.

    #1- One of our most consistent pitchers still couldn’t get through the 7th inning, requiring an additional relief appearance. #2- Said bullpen couldn’t get out of the inning. #3- The offense stranded batters in scoring position – most specifically Austin Riley, who appeared completely overmatched by Patrick Corbin, and Ender Inciarte, who also whiffed with the go-ahead runner 90 feet away.

    That was tough to watch… especially since it’s the only game I’ll get to watch for the time being.

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  187. 262 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2019 at 8:50 am

    I really think that Aug 31st deadline….it worked better for teams…why exactly did they do away with this? somehow not fair to…teams that don’t want to trade players?

    Well, I think the argument was that having a 2nd deadline on August 31 meant that the July 31 deadline wasn’t really a deadline at all. It was just a marker for changing the rules, some of which would handicap certain low revenue teams.

    What I mean is this…

    With the non-waiver deadline, teams could trade anyone, regardless of salary. With the waiver period, high revenue teams could block lesser revenue teams by making a claim without needing a certain impact player, but still willing to absorb the salary to keep them off another team. Strategy yes… but it did equate to an non-level playing field for the lesser revenue teams.

    As for me personally, I like 1 defined deadline with no monkey business to block teams from completing deals. But I get the argument that July 31 might still be a bit early for teams to pull the plug.

    Apparently the folks involved recognize this too.

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  188. 263 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2019 at 8:58 am

    Hmmm… a solid starter, a lefty reliever and an OF. Wonder who could use that?

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  189. 264 Gordon Lawrence July 30, 2019 at 10:09 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (63-44)

    RHSP HUASCAR YNOA whiffs 11 in 6+ innings but the offense is stymied on three hits and limited to one run in a 6-1 loss to the BULLS.

    RHSP HUASCAR YNOA [L 2-3, 4.50 ERA/1.44 WHIP] 6.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 2 BB, 11 SO, 98p/59s.
    The rookie has a heck of a game, but the offense doesn’t pick him up, and he takes the loss.
    RHRP CORBIN CLOUSE [BS 2, 5.66 ERA/1.40 WHIP] 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 34p/20s.
    This is the guy I picked pre-season among he, THOMAS BURROWS and JACOB WEBB to make the relief corps out of spring training.
    Uh-h, no.
    CC is a long way from ATLANTA at this point.
    I’m not sure he’ll be ready next season either.
    RHRP DAN WINKLER [4.86 ERA/2.04 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 33p/17s.
    Stinkler continues doing what he does best, being a stinkler…….

    CF RAFAEL ORTEGA [.292 BA/.921 OPS] 1-3, 1 2B [32], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    SS PEDRO FLORIMON [.243 BA/.683 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    1B RILEY UNROE [.222 BA/.697 OPS] 1-3, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 SB [1].

    MISSISSIPPI (51-55)

    PEARL Crew go bear-hunting by MOBILE Bay and bag a big-‘un 8-5.

    Lead-off SS RAY-PATRICK DIDDER [.199 BA/.642 OPS] 3-4, 2 R, 1 2B [13], 1 RBI [22], 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB [16].
    LF DREW WATERS [.328 BA/.867 OPS] 1-4, 1 2B [35], 2 RBI [41], 1 BB, 3 SO.
    RF GRAYSON JENISTA [.244 BA/.696 OPS] 2-5, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    DH TREY HARRIS [.273 BA/.658 OPS] 2-5, 2 R, 1 3B [1], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    3B DAN LOCKHART [.228 BA/.613 OPS] 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR [3], 1 RBI [16], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    2B LUIS VALENZUELA [.196 BA/.508 OPS] 3-3, 3 R, 1 2B [10], 1 RBI [21], 1 BB, 0 SO.

    LHSP TUCKER DAVIDSON [W 6-6, 2.15 ERA/1.19 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 HR, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 104p/65s.
    RHRP BRAD RONEY [3.95 ERA/1.32 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 2 SO, 16p/11s.
    LHRP JORDAN HARRISON [3.15 ERA/1.25 WHIP] gives up two earned on three hits in a third of an inning. That sux…..
    RHRP JOSH GRAHAM [Sv 8, 3.55 ERA/1.21 WHIP] 0.2 IP, clean, 6p/5s.

    FLORIDA – no games scheduled.

    ROME (49-58)

    Heartbreaker loss as the R-Braves fall 4-3 in the 10th to the WEST VIRGINIA POWER. Nine base-knocks for ROME.

    LHSP DILMER MEJIA [ND, 2.70 ERA/1.13 WHIP] 7.0 IP, 8 H, 1 HR, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 98p/69s.
    RHRP KASEY KALICH [0.87 ERA/1.06 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 1 SO, 26p/16s.
    LHRP TANNER LAWSON [L 3-5, 2.01 ERA/1.08 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 9p/7s.

    Lead-off CF JOSE BERMUDEZ [.248 BA/.625 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B [8], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    RF DREW CAMPBELL [.244 BA/.601 OPS] 3-4, 2 R, 1 RBI [5], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    C SHEA LANGELIERS [.232 BA/.656 OPS] 1-4, 1 RBI [24], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    2B GREG CULLEN [.260 BA/.790 OPS] 1-5, 1 RBI [44], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    CF JEREMY FERNANDEZ [.251 BA/.616 OPS] 1-5, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    SS CARLOS PARAGUATE [.166 BA/.439 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 3 SO.

    DANVILLE – no game

    GCL (10-15)

    PIRATES farmhands handcuff the BRAVES rookies after the third inning, and win going away 5-2.

    Lead-off CF MICHAEL HARRIS [.389 BA/.985 OPS] 2-4, 1 2B [4], 2 RBI [12], 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 Outfield Assist [2B].
    Another potential OF’er for ATLANTA? This year’s third round choice is standing tall and lookin’ good.
    DH DENZEL BRYSON [.103 BA/.395 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B [1], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    2B ELIEZEL STEVENS [.152 BA/.525 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO.

    Pitching by committee.
    Four hurlers used.
    RHRP JACOB WEBB is clean in an inning of rehab work as the starter. Good to see him coming back.
    RHRP EUDI ASENCIO [3.00 ERA/1.29 WHIP] 3.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 22p/13s.

    DSL (23-26)

    Tough loss 11-10 to the.ASTROS.
    Offense plates three in the top of the ninth and come within a whisker of free baseball.

    Lead-off LF GERALDO QUINTERO [.230 BA/.649 OPS] 3-6, 1 2B [5], 1 RBI [14], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    2B ALEXANDER THEN [.208 BA/.544 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B [6], 4 RBI [16], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    CF DEIVI ESTRADA [.342 BA/.856 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    DH JEREMY CELEDONIO [.209 BA/.728 OPS] 1-2, 4 R, 3 BB, 0 SO.
    3B JOSE DILONE [.257 BA/.677 OPS] 1-4, 1 2 B [3], 0 BB, 0 SO.

    Another pitching by committee.
    This time, five arms used.
    None impressive.
    ASTROS offense just kept churning the basepaths.

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  190. 265 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2019 at 10:19 am

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  191. 266 berigan2electricboogaloo July 30, 2019 at 10:47 am

    V, Edwin Diaz actually came over from Seattle as part of that infamous trade that netted them Robinson Cano as well…he’s only 25 still ,and did have 57 saves and a 1.96 ERA last year….I heard a day or so ago that the Red Sox had interest in him too…
    Jeurys Familia may have been the free agent you were recalling they (re)signed…I forgot they traded him to Oakland at the deadline last year….he’s yet another example of a guy that lost it all of the sudden…from 2014 to 16 he never had an era higher than 2.55!!!!
    last year, he wasn’t bad at all, 3.13 ERA between Mutts and Oakland, but at the ripe ol’ age of 29, he has completely lost it… 7.36 ERA this year!

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  192. 267 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Diaz is a better pitcher than his numbers with the Mets might suggest. But it is the Mets, so there’s that.

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  193. 268 berigan2electricboogaloo July 30, 2019 at 10:53 am

    completely forgot about Wheeler! F.A. at season’s end…Mutts will still want something for him, since he would get signed even with a qualifying offer around his neck….
    read the Astros are interested…what’s crazy is simply no one wants to trade a top prospect, even for Thor, which means….the Mutts either take 3 so-so guys, or save him for the offseason to trade, or even keep him.
    it is funny, teams want elite guys but seem more and more reticent to give up anyone…
    I wonder if the Astros will re-sign Garrett Cole, or not? I mean, THERE is your guy…you want to beat the Dodgers/Cubs/Yankees? he’d be your guy…..he will ask for a ton of course….guess something we can talk about during the long, long off-season 😉

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  194. 269 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Wha-a-a-a-at?!?

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    • 270 berigan2electricboogaloo July 30, 2019 at 5:28 pm

      yeah, odd…one word for this deadline so far? screwy….it’s funny, he clearly loves San Fran, I could almost see a guy saying, ok, we are playing great, but 5 teams to jump (2 1/2 out, though I still think you win 10 games out of 12 and you will jump a lot of teams, but whatever) trade me for a MLB ready guy this year, then I re-sign, on a better team next year….

      from mlbtr chat….
      Sandy amoros 55
      12:46
      Why are the dodgers fooling around with Diaz. They need a left hander
      Steve Adams
      12:46
      Who cares what hand a guy throws with when he’s held lefties to a .175/.276/.306 line in his career?

      also someone mentioned all the Rangers guys they could potentially trade …

      Jesse
      12:53
      Your best guess as to what the Rangers are going to do? Team has faltered in the playoff race now they have lots of pieces to move but no movement (Mike Minor, Lance Lynn, Jose Leclerc, Hunter Pence, Danny Santana, Logan Forsythe, Shin Soo Choo)?
      Steve Adams
      12:55
      I think the demand for Minor will be great enough that they make a move. Lynn having 2.5 years left makes him a tougher piece to part with. Pence and Forsythe, as rentals, seem like easy moves if another team has interest. Trading Leclerc would be selling extremely low. I don’t buy that there’ll be huge interest in Santana, and Choo’s contract remains problematic in any deal.

      You know who’d I’d love to see come here? Hunter Pence! He is a guy that fires up teams (I forget if it was the Giants first or 2nd W.S. winning team, but there is pretty famous footage of him in the dugout looking like a madman, but they clearly bought into it…and the Rangers were in the thick of it ,til he went down…I mean, when some pirates guy with 2 HR’s and 20 rbis is considered a potional get for the braves, why not Pence? I’d just assume run out Duvall or Comargo in RF over a guy with less power than Nick M has….

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  195. 271 Gil in Mechanicsville July 30, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    Good evening folks, all is quiet on the trading deadline front…

    Tonight’s match up is the swing game for the Braves vs Nationals. I feel good about it.

    I know a lot of folks have soured on Austin Riley, not me, I just think he needs a bit of a time out to get himself back together. I don’t see him working things out at the major league level.

    The current line up which places Acuna in right, Ender in center and DuVal in left is a strong one. Plus defense and Ender is making his way back.

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  196. 272 Gil in Mechanicsville July 30, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    Julio looking very good tonight, challenging hitters and getting strikes. Even the Gnats announcers noticing the change.

    Ender being Ender again… Woohoo…

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  197. 274 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Well, there’s reliever #1. I expect another before 4pm tomorrow.

    I like the pickup, but am a little surprised Thoppy paid that price for a half season rental. But as has been noted, Allard did not project into any role in Atlanta in 2020. So it’s hard to argue against his inclusion.

    Chris Martin will definitely help our bullpen. Now if we could pry away Mike Minor from them too, it’d be a good day’s work. 🙂

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  198. 275 berigan2electricboogaloo July 31, 2019 at 12:13 am

    While Martin will only finish the season with two-plus year of MLB service time, he’s nevertheless a pure rental for Atlanta. The two-year, $4MM contract Martin signed upon returning to MLB stipulated that he can become a free agent at the end of the deal, so the Braves are only acquiring him for the current stretch run (barring some type of extension).

    a 33 year old guy that more than likely walk, for a former 1st rounder, who is 21??? hmmm, one thing I see on Martin’s side…4 walks all season….

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  199. 276 Gil in Mechanicsville July 31, 2019 at 7:15 am

    I was kind of hoping Martin was already in the pen last night. The Braves managed to turn a laughter into a nail biter before the final out was made.

    Okay, now the good news. Ender is playing like a guy who wants to play everyday. Adam Duval is playing like the guy the Braves thought they were getting last season. Who says going back to Triple A can’t be beneficial to getting one’s swing back? Now, send down Riley to get his head fixed…

    The more I see of Donaldson, the more I like him.

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  200. 277 berigan2electricboogaloo July 31, 2019 at 7:44 am

    Gil, pretty much agree with all of the above! I was eating out at Twisted Taco as I often do on Tues with a fellow baseball nut…it was flat out wonderful to watch Ender and Duval tear the cover off the ball! I am so happy for Duval, as he must have been getting frustrated at AAA, that not only were the braves not taking a chance on him, but neither was any team (say the Giants) calling for an excellent defensive outfielder with 25+ homers in July. Sure didn’t want to see Nick get hurt, but if he was going to get hurt, almost wish it had happened a week or 2 earlier, just so “we” would have a better feeling on how sustainable this is….having to wait over a year to help the braves had to be brutal.
    honestly, I think the offense will be fine (pretty risky position to take, eh?) but we need a lot of help pitchingwise…
    bullpen…man, I think we need 2-3 more arms honestly…not gonna get that many, but what we need. Minter hit 98, but….where is his offspeed pitch? where is his control? I think it’s time he goes elsewhere, as I think it’s in his head at this point, as he knows a bad outing means the minors again….we forget at times these people are just like us(except for the blazing fastballs pitchers have 😛
    I was feeling flat out terrible for the Mets closer last night….his face even seemed to be twitching as he had zero command. Bet he was tickled pink pitching in Seattle, and now, after not being all that good in NYC, he doesn’t know where he and his family may living come Weds.
    If you put yourselves in their shoes, even with all that money (and these bullpen guys are not really rich, not yet all things considered) it’s got to be very stressful…the guys that don’t seem to get distracted by the talk are pretty rare….we get so made at people, and it’s still just a game…

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  201. 278 Gil in Mechanicsville July 31, 2019 at 7:58 am

    I was remiss in not lauding over Julio’s excellent game last night. It seems to me he is learning from watching Soroka and Fried being aggressive in the strike zone. Yes, balls will get hit but that is why you have a good defense behind you. Speaking of which, 3 outstanding plays were made in the first inning by the Braves.

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  202. 279 berigan2electricboogaloo July 31, 2019 at 8:44 am

    remember me saying how screwy the trade deadline has been? well…that Cleveland/Pads/Reds trade is odd indeed, is it not? Cleveland traded a very good, but headcasey (blog first) starter, to the ….Reds???? Guessing for next year…traded Puig to the Indians, who also get 25 year old Franmil Reyes, who must be the king of the solo homer, I mean, 27 HR’s and only 46 RBIs? Indians also got pitching prospects from both the Pads and Reds. And what did they Pads get? as MLBTR said, the much hyped Taylor Trammell. Ok…21, 8 HR’s last year, 6 HR’s this year, to go along with a sparkling .236 BA! Really???? Thats it???? He has a chance to be something special…some exec said…ok, what is special these days??? a 25 Y.O. guy on his way to 41 HR’s , and I think 5 more years of “controllable-ness ” in Reyes? I hear he’s not great in the Outfield, but man….Indians now have two home run threats that teams need during the playoffs, (if Reyes goes 3 for 20 with 3 homers in close playoff games, the Indians may win a series or 2)
    well, time, as always will tell….

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  203. 280 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Of course, I did not get to see any of the game. I could only keep up via Twitter. I despise Dish Network. I will be exiting very soon.

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  204. 281 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 8:56 am

    remember me saying how screwy the trade deadline has been?

    I would never have guessed Marcus Stroman would go to the Mets, and I would never have guessed Trevor Bauer would go to Cincy. Screwy indeed…

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  205. 282 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 9:00 am

    7 hours and counting…

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  206. 283 Gil in Mechanicsville July 31, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Hey V, today’s game will be on MLB network.

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  207. 286 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 9:10 am

    On newcomer Chris Martin…

    His numbers this year speak for themselves. I’m not crazy about the fact he’s a 2 month rental, especially in light of what we gave up to get him. But he throws strikes and doesn’t give away free passes. That ought to thrill every Braves fan this season.

    Now… the cost. (transition homage to The Scribe)

    We can’t criticize Thoppy for spending from his surplus of arms when we’ve been criticizing him for not being willing to spend from his surplus of arms.

    And be honest; where was Kolby Allard going to fit on our roster? Nowhere. He’s had a couple of ho-hum cups of coffee here, and he would have been a last resort 5th starter at best. He had already dropped out of our own top 10. It was time to get something of value for him before his value dropped even more.

    And if we’re really honest, this is the best thing for him. He’ll have a real opportunity there that would not have gotten in Atlanta. While he had dropped out of our top 10, he might be in their top 5. And if Mike Minor is dealt, he could see a ML opportunity right away.

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  208. 287 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 9:21 am

    As for the remainder of the trading window, which is now at 6 hours & 45 minutes, I believe we sill see at least one more arm added, and possibly 2. I’m less inclined to think they’ll add an OF, especially given the re-emergence of Adam Duvall. Is his production sustainable? Well, he was an All-Star in 2016, so I don’t think you can call any good production a fluke. The guy can play, and he appears to have made all the necessary corrections to whatever caused his disastrous late season plunge into purgatory last season. And I’m not so sure that an OF of Duvall/Ender/RAJ isn’t among the best defensively. I have more questions about the sustainability of Ender’s bat than Duvall’s. But at this juncture, I’d rather see Thoppy concentrate on more pitching. Adding Martin will help, but there is more to be done.

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  209. 288 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Classy.

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  210. 289 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 9:31 am

    So… we just picked up a towering righty that throws hard, and throws strikes. Don’t be surprised to see him replace another towering righty that struggles to throw strikes.

    That said, Snit has already stated he doesn’t think Martin will be in DC to be activated prior to today’s 12:05 start.

    So I won’t predict any specific roster moves until after the 4pm deadline has passed, because I still believe there are more names to becoming and going.

    One thing I do expect, though. I expect Ian Anderson to move up to AAA and take Allard’s rotation spot. There’s nothing else for him to accomplish at AA.

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  211. 290 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 10:04 am

    Another reason why Allard was used as trade capital.

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  212. 291 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Think Snit and AA are tired of all the free passes? Seems like a targeted acquisition.

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  213. 292 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 10:47 am

    The other troubling stat from our current bullpen comes from the pseudo closer… who has amassed 17 saves, but blown another 7. And to be fair to him, he’s probably as surprised by his “closer” assignment as we are. But that’s exactly the point. There really is no “closer”, and Chris Martin isn’t that either. He’s a great 7th or 8th inning guy. Combined with Newk or a healthy Jacob Webb, he will help this team immensely in getting from the 6th inning to the 9th.

    But the 9th.

    I believe Thoppy is working feverishly to solve that problem. I’m not sure he’ll get it done. I do think there’s another pen addition to be made today. I just hope it solves the 9th inning uncertainty.

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  214. 293 berigan2electricboogaloo July 31, 2019 at 11:21 am

    3.84 ERA
    weee….
    sorry…hope he is awesome here, just…I don’t know…great he doesn’t walk anyone, but sure must give up some runs, and that’s not including inherited runners that score…

    I am going to use reverse psychology here… I think we won’t get a starter nor a true closer (reds and Pirates guys that were untouchable, are now touchable-the pirates guy would be as good a get as…you can get)

    after nearly 2 weeks of good sleep, back to back nights of little sleep. so, need to get some shuteye so I can watch the last hour of the trade deadline (one time to willingly put on espn, IF they actually bother, I flip between them and MLBTR)

    prove me wrong A.A., prove me wrong! 🙂

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  215. 294 Gil in Mechanicsville July 31, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    Hummm.. must be the free game on At Bat…

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  216. 297 Gil in Mechanicsville July 31, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    For all the folks on Twitter who hate Chip Carey, they should be thankful they do not get a constant diet of Bob Carpenter of the Gnats

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  217. 298 Gil in Mechanicsville July 31, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Nick who????

    Duval goes yickity.. Ender with another single…. Flo his a double.

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  218. 299 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    Works for me.

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  219. 300 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    C’mon Thoppy. Make this happen!

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  220. 301 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    I still believe Thoppy will dig up a stater, but probably not a MadBum or Mike Minor. Think closer to Tanner Roarke or Mike Leake… a guy that will give you solid innings even if not flashy ones. A guy that will churn innings at the back end of the rotation, not the top. A guy that will give you keep you in games but not carry you on his shoulders.

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  221. 303 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Duvall is playing his way into the everyday lineup and removing any sense of need to pick up a fill-in RF’er. It’s not hurting my feelings. Ender probably has also earned his job back with his good work in DC. When Dansby comes back this weekend, I expect Riley to be demoted and to get back to work. His time will still come.

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  222. 304 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Isn’t it funny (not “ha-ha” funny) how the roster crunch problems seemed to work themselves out? They often do. I just hate that it was at the expense of Nick.

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  223. 305 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    3 hours and counting. Crunch time. Let’s get ‘er done, Thoppy.

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  224. 306 Gil in Mechanicsville July 31, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Well, another play made I have never seen before, Parra fields a ground ball at first and throws out Flowers advancing to third for a 3-5 put out on a fielder’s choice.

    Still, it’s 4-1 Bravos heading into the bottom of the 6th. Only 69 pitches so far for Maple Maddux…

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  225. 307 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    “No one wants to be in this situation. Everyone wants to be in the show. I reiterate to those guys, you got to be positive. I’ve got a healthy wife, healthy two kids. I was just pitching like poo in the show (he really said poo, that’s not edited). I got to come down here and work on what I need to work on — which I have — and we’re right where we need to be.”

    In his six appearances since getting sent down, Foltynewicz has pitched 33-2/3 innings, struck out 31, walked eight and given up nary a home run yet. There were some hard-hit balls Tuesday, but they stayed in the park or went just foul. The velocity was good, touching 95 mph with regularity. And the slider had a bite. His ERA these past six games: 2.67.

    Excerpt from https://www.ajc.com/blog/further-review/down-triple-foltynewicz-trying-not-left-behind-braves/vyzVuD4rHKVmKfU4cRjjqO/ on FOlty, whom Steve Hummer refers to as the Braves “ace in the hole”.

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  226. 308 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 2:09 pm

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  227. 309 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Be prepared… if the Braves complete a deal for closer Shane Greene, the price will be high. From the Nats, they reportedly asked for their top pitching prospect.

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  228. 310 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 2:12 pm

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  229. 311 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    During the course of today’s game, the Nats have acquired 2 relievers in Daniel Hudson from the Jays and Roenis Elias from the Mariners. Neither is a bullpen stud, but they will certainly help to improve the dumpster fire that is the Nats current pen.

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  230. 312 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    One has to think that if the Nats turned their attention to Hudson and Elias, they have turned away from Greene. What does that mean for the Braves? Perhaps it’s now down to simply matching up on a deal. Perhaps they are trying to include OF Nick Castellanos, a noted big bat. Who knows?

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  231. 313 Gordon Lawrence July 31, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    DSL (24-26)

    Dominican BRAVES win going away 10-5 over the ASTROS.
    Starting pitching tight, and after some shaky middle relief, long-relief/set-up and closer slam the door on a nascent ASTROS resurrection.
    Bats swoon in the middle innings, but are hot early and late registering 10 hits total.

    LHSP LISANDRO SANTOS [ND, 2.70 ERA/1.13 WHIP] 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 HR, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 31p/24s.
    RHRP LUIS VARGAS [W 2-1, 2.08 ERA/1.04 WHIP] 3.0 IP, zeros, 1 BB, 3 SO, 19p/14s.

    Lead-off LF GERALDO QUINTERO [1-3, 1 R, 1 SAC, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 CS [8].
    3B WILMER SMITH [.203 BA/.612 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI [7], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    SS FRANCISCO FLOYD [.211 BA/.546 OPS] 0-3, 1 R, 1 RBI [12], 1 BB, 3 SO.
    1B KELVIN PENA [.237 BA/.736 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [6], 3 RBI [33], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    RF JEREMY CELEDONIO [.212 BA/.731 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 Outfield Assist [Home].
    DH GIANFRANCO PENA [.284 BA/.768 OPS] 3-4, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    C RANDY RUIZ [.171 BA/.557 OPS] 1-4, 1 2B [5], 1 RBI [6], 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 E [8, throw], 1 PB [11].
    2B ALEXANDER THEN [.218 BA/.558 OPS] 2-3, 2 R, 1 SF, 1 RBI [17], 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 E [10, throw].

    GCL (11-15)

    BRAVES Rookies humble the PIRATES 10-4 while bettering the Dominican team by one less run allowed.
    Bats pound the opposition for 15 hits.
    Pitching is solid. Only two earned runs allowed the Buckos.

    Lead-off RF KADON MORTON [.188 BA/.597 OPS] 3-5, 1 R, 1 2B [3], 1 3B [2], 4 RBI [6], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    2019 round 19 pick gets things started on offense with a bang.
    CF MICHAEL HARRIS [.382 BA/.986 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI [13], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    This year’s third rounder is taking to pro baseball with a vengeance.
    SS VAUGHAN GRISSOM [.242 BA/.714 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B [4], 1 HR [3], 1 RBI [11], 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 E [7, fielding].
    Round 11 pick this year.
    LF CHRISTIAN ZAMORA [.224 BA/.657 OPS] 2-5, 2 R, 2 2B [4], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    Cuban International pick 2017.
    1B MASON BERNE [.231 BA/.745 OPS] 2-4, 2 R, 1 HR [3], 3 RBI [11], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    Last year’s round 33 pick.
    2B ELIEZEL STEVENS [.197 BA/.598 OPS] 4-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB [2].
    2017 International pick.
    3B CADE BUNNELL [.107 BA/.485 OPS] 1-4, 2 R, 1 2B [1], 1 BB, 2 SO.
    2019 round 40 pick.

    LHSP MIGUEL JEREZ [ND, 5.11 ERA/1.30 WHIP] 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 21p/16s.
    2016 International pick.
    RHRP CARLOS de la CRUZ [W 2-1, 1.26 ERA/1.33 WHIP] 3.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 15p/14s.
    A 2018 International pick.
    RHRP BRENT BURGESS [6.00 ERA/.2.67 WHIP] 2.0 IP, clean, 3 SO, 12p/12s.
    Our 2017 38th round pick has a good outing after his second which were rough to say the least.

    DANVILLE (16-24)

    YANKEES pitching chokes off the offense after the fourth, and win 3-2 in a tight pitching duel.

    SS BEAU PHILLIP [.152 BA/.528 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR [3], 1 RBI [12], 1 BB, 2 SO.
    Round two pick 2019.
    Bat inconsistent, but his BA has climbed from .117 10 games back to the present level.
    1B BRYSE BALL [.328 BA/ 1.134 OPS] 1-2, 0 BB, 0 SO
    2019 24th round pick.
    C MITCH CALANDRA [.274 BA/.657 OPS] 3-3, 1 2B [4], 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 PB [5].
    This year’s 30th pick.
    CF CONNER BLAIR [.250 BA/.646 OPS] 0-3, 1 SF, 1 RBI [11], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    Round 15 this year.

    RHRP ALBINSON VOLQUEZ [4.95 ERA/1.50 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 1 BB, 2 SO, 24p/14s.
    Late 2015 International pick, ALBINSON is not progressing well though a good outing this time.
    RHRP MARRICK CROUSE [0.00 ERA/2.18 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 2 BB, 2 SO,
    2015 round 11 pick of TORONTO. Signed by ATLANTA as a FA July 19 this year.

    ROME – no game

    FLORIDA (40-66)

    F-F-FROGS pick up a much needed victory in a tight pitching duel 2-0.
    FROGS pitching stellar.
    Bats stifled on four hits by YANKEES pitching, but BRAVES’ hurlers were better by one hit.

    LHSP PHILLIP PFEIFER [ND, 3.23 ERA/1.13 WHIP] 7.0 IP, 3 H, zweos, 1 BB, 8 SO, 83p/59s.
    Excellente’
    RHRP MATT HARTMAN [W 1-5, 5.75 ERA/1.30 WHIP] 2.0 IP, zeros, 1 BB, 1 SO, 30p/19s.
    Finally, a “W” for the 2018 FA pick-up.

    Lead-off RF ANDY MORITZ [.290 BA/.636 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    LF JEFREY RAMOS [.235 BA/.643 OPS] 2-3, 1 2B [13], 1 RBI [41], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    1B KEVIN JOSEPHINA [.266 BA/.678 OPS] 0-2, 1 SF, 1 RBI [27], 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 E [8, fielding].
    C LOGAN BROWN [.224 BA/.517 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 PB [2].
    3B C.J. ALEXANDER [.133 BA/.447 OPS] 0-2, 1 R, 2 BB, 0 SO.
    Injury has really set C.J. back offensively this year.

    MISSISSIPPI (52-55)

    PEARL Crew once again close in on a .500 season as they bag the BAY BEARS in a tight tilt 6-5.

    Lead-off SS RAY-PATRICK DIDDER [.200 BA/.640 OPS] 1-4, 1 RBI [23], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    DIDDER appears most comfortable in the lead-off slot, and to their credit, BRAVES’ management have kept him there. He now straddles the Mendoza Line after starting out with a .136 at the beginning of June.
    CF CRISTIAN PACHE [.276 BA/.809 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    A very slow retrograde in his bat from May 1 when his BA was .330.
    Last 10 games, 36 AB’s. BA dropped five points.
    DH GRAYSON JENISTA [.244 BA/.691 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    RF TREY HARRIS [.286 BA/.742 OPS] 1-2, 2 R, 1 2B [2], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    After a respectful pause to survey the AA pitching landscape, TREY’s bat is beginning to stir. He’s raised his BA 36 points the past three games [11 AB’s].
    1B DAN LOCKHART [.233 BA/.620 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 CS [3].
    3B LUIS VALENZUELA [.197 BA/.513 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B [11], 1 SF, 3 RBI [24], 0 BB, 0 SO.

    RHSP IAN ANDERSON [ND, 2.68 ERA/1.16 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 HR, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 9 SO, 86p/56s.
    Excellent start for IAN.
    RHRP CONNER JOHNSTONE [BS 1, W 4-1, 3.78 ERA/1.32 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 20p/14s.
    RHRP JONATHAN ARO [Sv 1, 3.73 ERA/1.09 WHIP] 1.0 IP, clean, 1 SO, 11p/7s.

    GWINNETT (64-44)

    Hotly contested win for the STRIPERS over the BULLS between two evenly matched teams. Both keep the petal to the metal at the end.
    BRAVES plate two in the bottom of the eighth, and the BULLS counter with a three-run tally in the top of the ninth.
    G-Men’s pitching just barely holds on for the victory.

    Lead-off RF RYAN LaMARRE [.297 BA/.835 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [8], 1 RBI [47], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    3B JACK LOPEZ [.280 BA/.756 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    LF TRAVIS DEMERITTE [.286 BA/.945 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B [28], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    C ALEX JACKSON [.239 BA/.880 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    1B SEAN KAZMAR Jr. [.268 BA/.765 OPS] 2-3, 2 R, 1 3B [1], 1 HR [11], 4 RBI [48], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    DH PEDRO FLORIMON [.244 BA/.684 OPS] 1-3, 2 RBI [41], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    2B RILEY UNROE [.233 BA/.745 OPS] 1-3, 1 2B [1], 1 BB, 1 SO.

    RHSP MIKE FOLTYNEWICZ {ND, 3.86 ERA/1.29 WHIP] 3.0 IP, 3 H, zeros, 2 SO, 40p/29s.
    RHRP PATRICK WEIGEL [W 5-1, 3.08 ERA/1.19 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 2 BB, 1 SO, 34p/20s.
    RHRP WES PARSONS and BEN ROWEN are cuffed about over 3.2 IP, and found wanting.
    RHRP JASON CREASY [Sv 3, 5.91 ERA/1.37 WHIP] 0.1 IP, clean, 6p/5s.
    JASON has not had a stellar campaign, but this night he’s king sheep.
    He saves the G-Men’s bacon.

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  232. 316 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    If the Braves swing a deal for another good reliever, but not a starter, I will still be somewhat satisfied. If they grab a starter, but not another reliever, I will not feel quite so pleased. If they get both… well, that would be just dandy.

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  233. 317 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Strike Tanner Roark off the Braves’ possible trade list. The A’s just snagged him from Cincy.

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  234. 318 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    An hour and a half to go…

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  235. 319 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Words that strike fear into the hearts of all Braves fans: “Luke Jackson is warming up in the Braves bullpen.”

    If I’m not mistaken, he will face Adam Eaton, Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto in the home half of the 9th inning.

    Yowser.

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  236. 322 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    … and the Nats just picked up another reliever from the Mariners, netting Hunter Strickland.

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  237. 323 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    The D’backs just picked up a young starting pitcher from the Marlins. Could this be a precursor to them trading away Robbie Ray? It has to be, right? Why else would the be “buying”?

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  238. 324 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Can we just trade our entire bullpen to anyone? Please?

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  239. 326 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    One hour to go, and we need bullpen help badly. BADLY.

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  240. 327 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Make that 8 blown saves for Jackson now. No way we make it very far into October (if into October at all) if this is the best we can do in the 9th inning.

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  241. 328 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    This game can be best summarized as the battle of the bad bullpens. It appears that Josh Tomlin is about to try to close this one out.

    Josh Tomlin.

    Let that sink in for a minute.

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  242. 329 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Thank You Jesus!

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  243. 330 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Well, 2 out of 3 in DC. Can’t complain.

    Wait… yes I can. They tried to give this one away. DC’s bullpen was just a little bit worse. Just a little bit. But that was atrocious. If reports are accurate and Shane Green is about to be a Brave, he and Chris Martin will transform our pen. You won’t see Luke Jackson back out in a save situation again.

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    • 331 Gordon Lawrence July 31, 2019 at 4:06 pm

      4:03 p.m.
      What’s on the vine?
      MARK MELANCON?
      SHANE GREENE?
      We lose TRISTEN BECK and Stinkler.
      Anything else?
      ALEX JACKSON et.al. out
      MARK MURPHY in?

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  244. 332 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    … and there it is.

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  245. 333 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Shane Greene: 1.18 ERA, 0.868 WHIP, 10.18 K/9 vs. 2.84 BB/9

    22 saves for a team that has only won 32 games.

    The 30-year-old righty is under team control through 2020.

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  246. 334 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Now a half hour left to help the rotation…

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  247. 335 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    The poop on Shane Greene, thanks to Brooks Baseball:

    In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (93mph), Cutter (88mph) and Slider (81mph). He also rarely throws a Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Change (86mph).

    His sinker results in many more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sinkers, has slight armside run and has slightly above average velo. His cutter has sweeping cut action, generates a high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ cutters, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ cutters and has some natural sink. His slider sweeps across the zone, generates more whiffs/swing compared to other pitchers’ sliders, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ sliders and has below average velo. His fourseam fastball (take this with a grain of salt because he’s only thrown 17 of them in 2019) is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers, has some natural sinking action and has slightly above average velo. His change (take this with a grain of salt because he’s only thrown 4 of them in 2019) generates an extremely high number of swings & misses compared to other pitchers’ changeups, dives down out of the zone, results in more flyballs compared to other pitchers’ changeups, is slightly firmer than usual and has slight armside fade.

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  248. 336 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    That’s a nice move for a catcher that is regarded pretty highly for his defense. He’ll be stashed away at AAA until September unless needed sooner.

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  249. 337 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Me too!

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  250. 338 Gordon Lawrence July 31, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    There’s still time to eat, drink, and be merry while waiting for AA to pull the trigger on a monster closer. Heck 21 minutes is a life-time in this instance.
    Get it done.
    WIL SMITH to the BRAVES.

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  251. 339 berigan2electricboogaloo July 31, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    mark malancon too!!!! YES!!!!

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  252. 343 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    I like our new 3 better than the Nats’ new 3.

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  253. 345 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Would explain the acquisition of John Ryan Murphy.

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  254. 346 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    I will reserve the celebration a bit until I know the price paid for Shane Greene. He will not be cheap.

    BREAKING: Braves #15 prospect RHP Tristan Beck and non-factor Dan Winkler going to San Fran for Mark Melancon. That one I am all aboard with.

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  255. 348 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    I’m guessing that Chris Martin will replace Chad Sobotka on the active roster, and simply slide into Kolby Allard’s vacated 40-man spot. That one is easy.

    Until we see who is leaving the building for Shane Greene, the rest is just guessing.

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  256. 349 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Well, the dealing is done, but maybe not the announcements. Stay tuned.

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  257. 350 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 4:04 pm

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  258. 351 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Braves #11 prospect LHP Joey Wentz and #22 prospect OF Travis Demeritte are going to DET for Shane Greene.

    If this is all that’s going, then Thoppy has done a masterful job.

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  259. 353 berigan2electricboogaloo July 31, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    so much to watch/read….but, most everyone said the braves won today, and I am sure everyone else would agree…I think this kid gms are chickenbleep….LOVE the Dodgers apparently didn’t fix their bullpen…our best bet against them would be their weak bullpen, cuz their offense is relentless and homer happy….but, our team can go peck away all game long…
    WOW…Grienke to the Astros!!!

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  260. 354 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    OK… so if the current news is not altered in anyway, here is a summary of Thoppy’s work over the last 24 hours:

    IN:
    RHRP Chris Martin
    RHRP Mark Melancon
    Closer Shane Greene
    Depth C John Ryan Murphy

    … or in other words, the entire late inning group.

    OUT:
    #11 prospect LHP Joey Wentz
    #12 prospect RHP Kolby Alard
    #15 prospect RHP Tristen Beck
    #22 prospect OF Travis Demeritte
    + non-factor Dan Winkler
    + cash considerations

    WIN for the Braves.

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  261. 355 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Greinke to the ‘Stros is crazy!

    Wow!

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  262. 356 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Wonder where he’s going..? Wonder if that’s why the Greene->Braves deal hasn’t been formerly announced yet..?

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  263. 359 berigan2electricboogaloo July 31, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    I think THESE GMs are chickenbleep….is what I meant….
    Yanks did nothing it appears….amazing…Astros now have like 6 good starters….
    I think , clearly…they are the team to beat in the AL.

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  264. 360 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Unless I am counting incorrectly, the Braves will have to clear a spot on the 40-man roster as they recquire 4 and gave up only 3.

    And they’ll need to clear the 3 bullpen spots. I fully expect Chad Sobotka to be sent down. Jeremy Walker could be a victim of the numbers as well. But who else?

    Would they DFA Luke Jackson again and take care of both roster numbers in one shot? Maybe…

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  265. 361 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Good decision!

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  266. 362 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Getting from the 6th inning to the 9th just got alot easier for sure.

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  267. 363 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Must step away and breathe for a little while. I’ll await the team announcements and see who all is going down and/or away.

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  268. 364 berigan2electricboogaloo July 31, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    berigan2electricboogaloo
    July 26, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    If someone asked me (no one wants to? fine) I would like to see AA trade for 2 relievers….but, as I type that, I remember Soroka is only 21. What do “we” do about resting him? I huge lead would help tremendously , but the Phils and Nats are not helping us so far on that point…

    berigan2electricboogaloo
    July 31, 2019 at 7:44 am

    honestly, I think the offense will be fine (pretty risky position to take, eh?) but we need a lot of help pitchingwise…
    bullpen…man, I think we need 2-3 more arms honestly…not gonna get that many, but what we need.

    ok, first post I said 2 relievers, we got …3. 2nd post (today) I said we needed 2-3 more, we got 2…so, from what I am hearing we gave up, I am ecstatic!
    Rotation guys are really hard to get, as we see…probably Mike Leake was the only one that wasn’t going to cost a ton, and he’s yet another slow fastball guy…so, it worked for Boston last year (well with starters being relievers, but still) Have Julio T start game 3, go 3 good innings, then run into trouble, now you can have good arms pitch from then on….

    V, I’d hate to see Luke Jackson DFA’ed, 3.60 ERA, just had some issues of late….

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  269. 365 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    V, I’d hate to see Luke Jackson DFA’ed, 3.60 ERA, just had some issues of late…

    8 blown saves in 25 tries. That’s a really bad percentage. He’s a guy that relies on soft contact. Hitters have learned to lay off his slider and get into fastball friendly counts. That leads to walks and long balls. That’s a bad recipe for a reliever.

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  270. 366 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    The Murphy deal is officially official.

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  271. 367 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Also officially official:

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  272. 368 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Still a good deal. I am thrilled with today’s (and last night’s) acquisitions. Would have liked to have seen a starter, but int he end, we have some in-house possibilities there that we didn’t have in the bullpen. Priorities were spot on. Adding 2 quality arms was absolutely necessary. Getting 3 was gravy.

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  273. 369 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Wow. Can’t call Thoppy passive or inactive. Just can’t.

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  274. 370 berigan2electricboogaloo July 31, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    wow….most impressive lefty I’ve seen debut with the braves, hope his arm will heal enough to reach his potential down the road..did anyone hear he had shoulder surgery???? The Braves have designated left-hander Luiz Gohara for assignment.

    This isn’t much of a birthday present for Gohara, a former high-end prospect who turned 23 today. But health issues, including shoulder problems this year, have dogged Gohara. He hasn’t pitched at all this season, nor will he, having undergone arthroscopic shoulder surgery earlier this month

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    • 371 Gil in Mechanicsville July 31, 2019 at 7:26 pm

      Hopefully, he will be able to fully recover and realize his full potential. Not sure the Braves’ liability as far as his continued recovery. I think is was really a move to free up another roster spot.

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      • 372 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 8:18 pm

        Absolutely for the 40-man roster spot. It was needed. I think there is a good chance he goes unclaimed through waivers and signs back on a minor league deal. Who would claim damaged goods with his history?

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  275. 373 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    The Braves also signed old buddy Lane Adams to a minor league deal today for OF depth.

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  276. 374 Vox O'Reasoñ July 31, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    The team will announce the corresponding active roster moves tomorrow. It’s not yet certain whether Greene or Melancon will be in ATL by game time. Expect in some order Chad Sobotka and Jeremy Walker to be sent down. And possibly AJ Minter. His numbers put the UGH in UGLY.

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    • 375 Gordon Lawrence July 31, 2019 at 10:53 pm

      I’m for keeping WALKER around awhile.
      Send MINTER and NEWCOMB down unless they’re out of options.

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      • 376 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2019 at 8:03 am

        Gordon, I like Walker too. Trends would suggest the “new guy” that was called up because of attrition would be among the first to go back. Newk had a bad day yesterday, but in fairness he wasn’t given a clean inning to start with either. Overall he’s been pretty good… especially vs. LH batters. And if Minter exits, which he probably should, then you need Newk’s LH arm or you’re left with only Jerry Blevins from that side.

        Jerry Blevins.

        Nope, one of Newk or Minter must remain.

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  277. 377 Gordon Lawrence July 31, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT (65-44)

    STRIPERS win again 4-1 against the O’s farmhands.
    Two yard shots in five hits.
    Stingy pitching by starter and two relief arms.

    2B ANDRES BLANCO [.265 BA/.812 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [15], 3 RBI [46], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    LF JACK LOPEZ [.280BA/.752 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    RF RAFAEL ORTEGA [.289 BA/.912 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    C ALEX JACKSON [.239 BA/.889 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [24], 1 RBI [54], 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 E [9, Pick off].
    DH SEAN KAZMAR Jr. [.268 BA/.761 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 0 SO.

    RHSP KYLE WRIGHT [W 9-4, 4.54 ERA/1.26 WHIP] 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 102p/65s.
    RHRP JACOB WEBB [H 1, 1.80 ERA/0.80 WHIP] 1.0 IP, zeros, 1 BB, 1 SO, 22p/13s.
    LHRP THOMAS BURROWS [Sv 5, 5.29 ERA/1.39 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 1 BB, 1 SO, 28p/15s.

    MISSISSIPPI (53-55)

    PEARL Crew continue their steady march to .500 with a successful BAY BEAR hunt 6-3.
    Solid pitching from three arms.
    Serious ball-bashing by the offense.

    3B DAN LOCKHART [.237 BA/.623 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI [17], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    CF CRISTIAN PACHE [.278 BA/.818 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B [8], 1 RBI [52], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    PACHE puts a temporary patch on that slow leak of a BA.
    1B RYAN CASTEEL [.272 BA/.845 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B [15], 1 HR [17], 2 RBI [56], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    LF GRAYSON JENISTA [.252 BA/.700 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    10 games back GRAYSON had a .213 BA.
    RF TREY HARRIS [.282 BA/.718 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    C CARLOS MARTINEZ [.210 BA/.556 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [2], 2 RBI [10], 0 BB, 0 SO.

    RHSP JASSEEL De La CRUZ [W 3-6, 4.15 ERA/1.32 OPS] 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 HR, 3 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 80p/52s.
    RHRP JASON HURSH [H 4, 2.56 ERA/1.16 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 1 BB, 0 SO, 15p/7s.
    RHRP BRAD RONEY [S 1, 3.68 ERA/1.28 WHIP] 1.0 IP, clean and he strikes out the side!!!!
    Nicely done.

    FLORIDA – rain-out

    Everybody from A-ball on down had a loss.
    After the cheering news around 4:00 p.m., I just didn’t want to be a downer. So, next time……later.

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  278. 378 Gil in Mechanicsville August 1, 2019 at 6:50 am

    Good morning, for the first time in two months, I don’t have to go to a Dr.’s appointment… Yeah for me… So what happens on the first morning I would get to sleep past 6:30 AM? A %&%^%$# robo call at 5:34 AM… Life, you gotta love it…

    Now baseball, I love that the Braves won yesterday, I hated they blew a lead late again. Maybe Alex has learned to hate that as well. Impressed the Braves picked up 3 decent relievers and did not have to mortgage the farm to do it.

    While it may be a bit too early to be thinking about next season, I would not be all that against signing the rainmaker for 3 more years. What of Riley? Well, it will work itself out. He needs to go back to Triple A and get his confidence back. At least long enough so he will be ready for when Adam Duval hits the skids again.

    Question? Did anyone actually see this coming from Duval? I know this was what AA was looking for when he traded for him last July but wow… Braves have got some really good hitting instructors stashed in the minor leagues methinks…

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    • 379 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2019 at 8:09 am

      I would not be all that against signing the rainmaker for 3 more years. What of Riley? Well, it will work itself out.

      Hard to argue that. The Cubs don’t have a hard time keeping Kris Bryant in the lineup with David Bote on the field. And if Riley blooms into the player you think he can, you might have something as special as JD. But JD is already special, so why not keep him around?

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  279. 381 berigan2electricboogaloo August 1, 2019 at 7:47 am

    I think there is a good chance he goes unclaimed through waivers and signs back on a minor league deal. Who would claim damaged goods with his history? V, he’s 23!!! I mean, someone like Nathan Eovaldi got a 4 year, 68 mil contract, after possibly hurting his arm last year helping the Red Sox win the W.S. And he’s had 2 TJ surgeries.
    could be “they” know something we don’t that the surgery found real problems, I don’t know…just odd. Couldn’t they put him on the 60 day dl?
    I was looking at his numbers. the team may have screwed him up…first, he was pitching at 16, which I don’t think is allowed anymore? 2nd, if I am reading his stats correctly, through the age of 19-20 (2016, he never threw more than 69 innings in a season. Then, the braves got him, and he threw 129 innings between 3 levels in the minors, then came up in Sept , and threw basically 29 meaningless innings (except to give us all hope that he was going to be the next CC Sabathia) so that’s 158 innings after never going more than 69 in a season . Not smart…
    that’s what worries me about Soroka. He really should get a breather, but likely won’t, and if we go far in the playoffs….lots of high stress innings/pitches….
    remember Mark Pryor….

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  280. 382 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2019 at 7:59 am

    someone like Nathan Eovaldi got a 4 year, 68 mil contract, after possibly hurting his arm last year

    Eovaldi has a track record of success. Gohara has a track record of being out of shape, inconsistent and unreliable.

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  281. 383 Gil in Mechanicsville August 1, 2019 at 8:22 am

    remember Mark Pryor…. I was thinking exactly the same thing. Also Blain Boyer, Everyone brags about how great a manager Bobby Cox was but he over used more than one young arm. It is what scares me about so many 20 and 21 year olds in the show. Mark Fydrich anyone?

    Unless you play tennis, I think anything under 25 years old is dangerous for an athlete to subject themselves to over use. Then again, it never stopped football players from happily getting their brains beat out of them did it?

    Have any of y’all read John Grisham’s Calico Joe? I’m not sure why it comes to mind when speaking of this topic but it has some minor relevancy I think.

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    • 384 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2019 at 8:47 am

      Yes, but…

      For every Mark Pryor, I can show you a Dwight Gooden, who pitched 218.0, 276.2, and 250.0 in his age 19, 20, & 21 seasons. He carved out a pretty good career. Felix Hernandez tossed 191.0, 190.1, & 200.2 in his age 20, 21, & 22 seasons and didn’t toss less than 232 until he was 27 and not less than 200 until he was 30. He’s still pretty good at 33. CC Sabathia tossed 180.31, 210.0, and 197.2 in his age 20, 21, & 22 seasons, and didn’t dip under 192.2 until age 33. He’s still going at 38 and about to wrap up a likely HOF career.

      It’s not the amount of innings as much as it’s the mechanics going through them. Just talk to Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux about their mechanics vs. say… John Smoltz. I can remember when Alex Wood first came up with the Braves that the local and national press all talked about his “violent” delivery and that he was a prime candidate for injury. Well, they were right, and he hasn’t been able to stay healthy with either LAD or CIN.

      Mike Soroka has a very smooth and easy delivery. Remember, he hurt his shoulder lifting weights after altering a workout regimen. It wasn’t on the mound. I am not worried about him being overused under normal conditions and supervision, and I don’t think management will be irresponsible with their best young pitcher.

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  282. 385 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2019 at 8:25 am

    If we want to speculate about which pitchers the Braves will send down, it may be easier to do it from the other direction… who will they keep? We ought to be able to narrow it down pretty closely.

    Closer (R) – Shane Greene
    Setup (R) – Chris Martin
    Setup (R) – Mark Melancon
    Setup (L) – Sean Newcomb
    Middle (R) – Anthony Swarzak
    Middle (R) – Luke Jackson
    Middle (L) – Jerry Blevins
    Long (R) – Josh Tomlin

    That’s 8. That’s all. So then who’s out?

    (R) Chad Sobotka (3 minor league options remaining)
    (L) AJ Minter (3 minor league options remaining)
    (R) Jeremy Walker (3 minor league options remaining)

    The only other pitchers with options remaining are 2 of the 3 you just traded for plus Newk. You need Newk from the left side. (If I’m choosing between Minter and Newk, I’m choosing Newk.)

    And when Jacob Webb is ready to come off the IL, which may be sooner than later, one of the RH will be in jeopardy… and it may be Luke Jackson. (If I’m choosing between Webb and LuJack, I’m choosing Webb.)

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  283. 386 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2019 at 9:01 am

    As the Braves return home, let’s think about what they just accomplished this past week.

    They faced their two biggest challengers in the division, both of whom had been predicted to win it in preseason, and took 2 of 3 against each team despite missing 2 key regulars from their lineup, both of whom were having borderline All-Star seasons. They also were without a young reliever who was having a solid if not “break out” season, and has easily been one of the most consistent and reliable bullpen arms.

    They increased their division lead to 6 1/2 games.

    Oh.. and they come home having completely reshaped their bullpen via trade while not giving up a single top 10 prospect.

    It’s been a pretty good week.

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  284. 387 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2019 at 9:26 am

    But… it’s not all candy and roses.

    While I applaud the accomplishment of the front office in turning our bullpen from liability to asset, they weren’t able to help the rotation, which still looks suspect to me. I thought it was telling that A-Train admitted that he “wasn’t even close” on acquiring a starter.

    Watching (actually listening, but you get the idea) Anibal Sanchez use his splitter effectively yesterday I was reminded why Kevin Gausman was revived after his trade to Atlanta last July. Sanchez was his personal coach in the dugout. But Gausy’s mentor isn’t here anymore, and neither is his effectiveness.

    I pray that Fried has found a method to avoid his recurring blister problems, but I’m not certain.

    I’m optimistic after reading of Folty’s progress with his slider at AAA Gwinnett, but until he conquers what’s between his ears his pitches won’t matter.

    I believe that this team will now win the NL East. I even believe they are likely the 2nd best team in the NL, behind only the mighty Dodgers.

    But will Keuchel-Soroka-Teheran be able to match up with Ryu-Kershaw-Buehler in October? And even if they could pull that off, what about Verlander-Cole-Greinke?

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  285. 388 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha

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  286. 389 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2019 at 9:44 am

    One more thing and I’ll relinquish the floor for a while.

    Remember when we gave the front office grief for not spending money, and mocked them when they said they were holding onto “financial flexibility” to be able to make moves at the trade deadline?

    Well, they added almost $7M to the remainder of 2019 between Melancon ($4.6M) Greene ($1.33M), and Martin ($750K), and will owe a pile more for 2020. To keep the prospect price down, Thoppy took on all of Melancon’s 2020 salary of $14M, and Greene will earn a significant raise next season from this year’s $4M as he enters his last year of arb eligibility.

    I believe we can no longer accuse them of being cheap this season.

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    • 390 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2019 at 9:47 am

      This week’s trades, combined with the June signing of free agent starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel to a $13 million contract and other in-season moves, raised the Braves’ 2019 major-league player payroll to about $140 million, according to calculations by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

      $140M is about what we expected going into 2019, if my memory serves me correctly.

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  287. 391 Gordon Lawrence August 1, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Hey, GIL……..
    Congrats on the non-DR. trip this morning.
    Get well. Thinking about you.
    Hope you’re smiling in spades.
    No Doc AND the BRAVES get some serious ‘pen help.
    SHANE CARLE and DAN Stinkler in the rear-view sounds like solid improvement irrespective of the results from the new guys going forward.
    Also, JACOB WEBB is back to AAA, doing well, and in “ready five” when needed.

    “ready five” is a reference to the movie TOP GUN when Maverick is sitting on the flight deck of the carrier waiting for the results of the pending dog-fight with the Russians.

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  288. 392 Gordon Lawrence August 1, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Only thing I disliked relating to the new guys in the pen………we burned two potential starting LH’ers.
    They don’t grow on trees.
    And looking a V’s potential eight, seeing NEWK and BLEVINS as the only two southpaw arms, gotta’ shake my head, and hope for the best going forward.
    NEWK looked like he was lost and wandering in the wilderness yesterday.
    A huge loss of confidence.

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    • 393 Gordon Lawrence August 1, 2019 at 10:32 am

      Attitude is everything, talent being basically equal.

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      • 394 Gordon Lawrence August 1, 2019 at 10:49 am

        NEWK doesn’t yet look comfortable in a relief role.
        And it looks like it takes him a few batters to get ready to get guys out.
        A typical starters mentality to my mind.
        Readers may disagree, but what I saw yesterday was a relief arm with a starters mentality.
        He’s only got a couple months at most to flip that approach, and become an instant killer out of the ‘pen.

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        • 395 Gil in Mechanicsville August 1, 2019 at 11:06 am

          Well, he got a W to put in his bio and stat line so he should be happy about that. He is still a kid and he could return to a starter’s role yet.

          Yes Vee, Anibal was a valuable asset to the staff. He did not pitch poorly yesterday, I think his game against the Dodgers the preceding week took a bit of starch out of his sails. That and it was really muggy in DC yesterday. I know it is hot in Atlanta but it is muggier in the swamps of Washington.

          Okay folks, I need to take a load of trash to the dump. Nice to be able to do little things around the house again.

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  289. 396 Gil in Mechanicsville August 1, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Speaking of TOP GUN I just finished reading a book by Dan Pedersen called Top Gun who was one of the founding fathers of the Navy’s Top Gun program. A really interesting read, one thing for sure, he really, really, really disliked Robert McNamera. Gave me a very different prospective of how and why the Vietnam war was lost.

    Now more baseball… Arm and shoulder injuries and the frequency thereof is why John Shurholtz was loath to give pitchers more than a three year contract because it was the maximum length an insurance policy could be procured for.

    I have not one problem with sending down young relievers who are not yet ready for Prime Time. It does not hurt them a bit to further hone their craft until they are good enough either to be reliable or good enough for some other organization to want them.

    As for the Braves payroll. They can afford it, they might not want to pay it but it is pretty tough to get players to accept payment in tokens and baseball merchandise these days. Also hard to find guys like McCann and Markakis who are willing to accept contracts under market value.

    While I understand the need for long range planning, I also know the object of a professional sprots franchise should be to win championships, otherwise, they might as well be sponsoring slow pitch recreational softball teams.

    Speaking of which, It was not really so long ago that industrial leagues were a pretty big deal. A lot of pretty good ball players on the payroll of companies like Allied Chemical and DuPont who’s only job was to play baseball/softball… Those days are gone forever I fear as the Chinese don’t play baseball….

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    • 397 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2019 at 11:31 am

      Gil, you remind me of the Bona Allen Shoemakers, from nearby Buford GA. I have visited the museum referenced in this article that is worth the quick read.

      Buford is just a stone’s throw from Gwinnett’s Carrier Field. The Stripers should have given more historical consideration to “Shoemakers” when choosing their new team name a couple of years ago.

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      • 398 Gil in Mechanicsville August 1, 2019 at 12:30 pm

        Thanks for the link Vee, always interesting to remember the roots of the game. Before the expansion of professional baseball to 30 major league teams, there were some pretty stout ball players play semi-pro baseball around the country.

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  290. 399 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2019 at 2:13 pm

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  291. 400 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    I heard the Riley scenario from another radio source today as well, the logic being that the bullpen has been really taxed over the last couple of days and thus could stand to keep an extra arm until Saturday when Dansby comes back.

    It is pretty much universally agreed that Adam Duvall can handle the OF job, and that Riley can use everyday AB’s at AAA.

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  292. 401 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    I also believe that the organization will move Ian Anderson up to AAA very soon, and possibly Cristian Pache as well. Anderson can get the innings Kolby Allard was pitching, and Pache can get the innings Travis Demeritte was playing. I don’t think they signed Lane Adams with the intent of him blocking any progress from our real prospects. He’s a pure depth move with an eye toward having his blazing speed on the bench when rosters expand.

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  293. 402 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Looks like we’ll get to see loony Trevor Bauer again this season. He’s now scheduled to pitch for the Reds on Saturday here at STP. Well, some of us will see him. Not sure if I’ll have video access by then or not. Maybe.

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  294. 403 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Good news for Trevor Bauer: The CF wall is closer to the mound in Cincy’s Great American Smallpark.

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  295. 404 Gil in Mechanicsville August 1, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    I know teams can’t sign players off the waiver wire now but can they pick up a player who has been DNFed? Would be like found money wouldn’t it? Or maybe can only sign a player who has been released…

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    • 405 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2019 at 6:16 pm

      MLB rules:

      When a player’s contract is designated for assignment — often abbreviated “DFA” — that player is immediately removed from his club’s 40-man roster. Within seven days of the transaction (had been 10 days under the 2012-16 Collective Bargaining Agreement), the player can either be traded or placed on irrevocable outright waivers.

      If the player is claimed off said waivers by another club, he is immediately added to that team’s 40-man roster, at which point he can be optioned to the Minor Leagues (if he has Minor League options remaining) or assigned to his new team’s 25-man roster. If the player clears waivers, he may be sent outright to the Minor Leagues or released. Players with more than three years of Major League service time or who have been previously outrighted may reject the outright assignment in favor of free agency.

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  296. 406 Gil in Mechanicsville August 1, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    The #Braves today added RHP Shane Greene, RHP Chris Martin and RHP Mark Melancon to the active roster. To make room the club optioned LHP A.J. Minter, RHP Chad Sobotka and RHP Jeremy Walker to Triple-A Gwinnett.

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  297. 408 Gil in Mechanicsville August 1, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    So, between Sobotka and Martin, the Braves have a couple of pretty good prospects to play at the power forward position.

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  298. 409 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    He has one last year of arb left. If he pitches to match his swagger, perhaps we can lock him up for a couple more years before he gets to FA.

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  299. 410 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Courtesy of AJC:

    The Braves’ three newly acquired relief pitchers arrived at SunTrust Park on Thursday, and manager Brian Snitker immediately set their new roles. He said Shane Greene will be the Braves’ primary closer, while Chris Martin will work as an eighth-inning setup reliever and Mark Melancon often will work in the sixth or seventh inning.

    I cannot tell you how much I love this statement right here.

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  300. 411 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    MLBTR:

    The Tigers have selected the contract of outfielder Travis Demeritte from Triple-A Toledo, as per a team announcement.

    Very happy for him. He simply would have not been afforded this opportunity in Atlanta. I wish him the best, except when his team plays the Braves of course.

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  301. 414 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Rain shortened, but still counts as a complete game.

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  302. 417 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2019 at 7:40 am

    … and Adam Duvall with another bomb last night. I think the guy is trying to prove he can play baseball.

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  303. 418 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Obviously this is not the first time Max has shown dominant stuff. If he can harness it and stay blister-free, he could be a real shot in the arm for this team going down the stretch.

    Now if we can just find a 5th starter…

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  304. 419 Gil in Mechanicsville August 2, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Soroka and Fried, feel the pride..

    Not as catchy as Spain and Sain and pray for rain but it’s the best I can do this early in the morning…

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  305. 421 Gil in Mechanicsville August 2, 2019 at 9:25 am

    “Greene was asked what he thought after he got to the ballpark Thursday and had a chance to meet some of his new teammates and look around the clubhouse at the names on the locker stalls.

    “I think we can win it all,” he said. “That’s why we’re here. I’d imagine guys in this locker room are riding this wave and enjoying it. I’m looking forward to riding it with them.”” From the Athletic 8/2/19

    Great win last night by the way. I never got the tale of the tape on Duvall’s homer but is was a long one for sure. Freddies was a bit of a wall scraper but I’ll take it, still counts the same as bonus runs are not added for distance.

    It is funny but I can hardly remember a rain delay when the Braves played at Turner Field but apparently they built STP in a weather troth. My first house was in one. We got rain when folks within only a few miles of us saw nary a cloud. The troth stretched from western Chesterfield to the James River and was not really very wide but oh what awesome thunder storms we would get.

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  306. 422 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Just when you think the period for rumors has passed… think again.

    Jon Paul Morosi yesterday, on his Sirius/XM MLB Network Radio show Inside Pitch, talking to co-host Casey Stern:

    “By the way Casey, the comment you made about [Madison] Bumgarner is spot-on: I’ve been told by multiple people who know him a lot better than I know him who say he wants to sign back home – and ‘back home’ is Atlanta… in terms of being as close to home as he can be – that is where he would love to be and you consider… that’s going to be a very good team.”

    OK. Sign him in FA. If you let Keuchel. Julio and Gausman walk, and you can easily afford him. The rotation would look something like MadBum-Soroka-Fried and 2 of Folty-Kyle Wright-Bryse Wilson to start the season, with Ian Anderson just a couple of months from bursting on the scene.

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  307. 423 berigan2electricboogaloo August 2, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Sign him in FA. If you let Keuchel. Julio and Gausman walk, and you can easily afford him.
    V, would MadBum be that much better than Keuchel though? How much per year would it take to sign him? 20 Mil? 25 MIL?
    you wanna go nuts on a real game changer? Gerrit Cole…

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  308. 424 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Gone.

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    • 425 Gil in Mechanicsville August 2, 2019 at 2:57 pm

      Goodbye Luiz, we hardly knew you. I hope the once talented kid can find his way back. So many miladies in his life side tracked him. He is still young and with the right coach perhaps he can gain the prospective to become his best self…

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  309. 426 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2019 at 4:32 pm

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  310. 427 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    I predict Kevin Gausman will not start his next turn in the rotation

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  311. 430 Gil in Mechanicsville August 3, 2019 at 7:04 am

    I am really disappointed for Gausman. It appears he is wild in the strike zone. His fastball is not really moving like it should so it is like it is setting on a tee. Now, he could still get me out but I am not a major league hitter. Guys like Joey Votto are.

    Alex Wood looked go in his return, I’m glad for him. He was always a good guy and I hated it when he was traded to the Dodgers.

    On a positive note, Austin Riley showed signs of life last night. Perhaps he knows he is the guy on the bubble for a return trip to Triple A when Dansby returns. And oh my, didn’t Ronald hit his homer a long way? An estimated 462 feet. Too bad no bonus swings were awarded.

    Keuchel faces Bauer tonight in a battle of the titans. Hopefully the Braves can provide some run support for him.

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  312. 431 Vox O'Reasoñ August 3, 2019 at 8:18 am

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  313. 433 Gil in Mechanicsville August 3, 2019 at 11:12 am

    The Braves might as well start Tomlin…

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  314. 435 Gordon Lawrence August 3, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    DOWN ON THE ARM

    GWINNETT (66-45)

    Football in on the horizon.
    In the spirit of the time, G-Men crush “the NATURAL” and POP FISHER by a football score, two touchdowns and a field goal.
    That’s right, 17-4!!!!!
    18 hits including a landslide of doubles [5], and homers [5].
    A virtual week’s worth of x-tras in one game.

    Lead-off RF RYAN LaMARRE [.305 BA/.863 OPS] 4-5, 3 R, 2 2B [21], 1 HR [9], 1 RBI [48], 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 CS [7].
    The man was on fire at the plate last night.
    He’s saying to the league, “hey, next trade don’t forget me!”
    To the BRAVES he’s saying, “see you in September.”
    SS SEAN KAZMAR Jr. [.269 BA/.769 OPS] 2-4, 3 R, 1 RBI [49], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    CF RAFAEL ORTEGA [.292 BA/.923 OPS] 2-5, 3 R, 1 2B [33], 1 HR [21], 2 RBI [58], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    C ALEX JACKSON [.237 BA/.873 OPS] 1-6, 2 R, 1 2B [7], 2 RBI [56], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    2B ANDRES BLANCO [.267 BA/.817 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 1 HR [16], 4 RBI [50], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    LF JACK LOPEZ [.285 BA/.760 OPS] 4-5, 2 R, 1 2B [14], 2 RBI [43], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    3B PEDRO FLORIMON [.244 BA/.696 OPS] 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR [7], 2 RBI [43], 2 BB, 0 SO.
    C J.R. MURPHY [.250 BA/1.400 OPS] 1-4, 2 R, 1 HR [1], 2 RBI [2], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    Newbie defensive specialist becomes offensive about being the new kid on the block.
    1B RILEY UNROE [.171 BA/.560 OPS] 0-5, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 E [1, missed catch].
    There’s always one bat that draws a collar, and it’s RILEY in this slugfest.
    Learning a new position [8 G] no doubt threw him off his feed, thus the E 3.

    Meanwhie, RHSP BRYSE “the HILLSBOROUGH flash” WILSON [W 7-7, 3.83 ERA/1.25 WHIP] was mowing down KNIGHTS in a methodical fashion cruising through six with five hits, two runs, one earned, two BB, and five K’s while leveling his record.
    RHRP’s JEREMY WALKER and CHAD SOBOTKA finish out the last third on the bump.
    WALKER had a rough go in two IP, probably still dealing with the demotion from ATLANTA, but SOBOTKA had a clean ninth with a strike-out.

    MISSISSIPPI (53-57)

    Tough loss 2-1 to a bunch of SMOKIES.
    Couldn’t hit anything because as THE PLATTERS know, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.”
    Blame this “L” on the bats.

    Lead-off SS RAY-PATRICK DIDDER [.198 BA]/.630 OPS] 2-4, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2 SB [19].
    Great runner on the base-paths. Needs more offense to succeed.
    LF DREW WATERS [.321 BA/.851 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, hat trick!
    CF CRISTIAN PACHE [.278 BA/.815 OPS] 0-4, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    1B RYAN CASTEEL [.271 BA/.837 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    RF GRAYSON JENISTA [.250 BA/.689 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 Outfield Assist [Home Plate].
    2B DAN LOCKHART [.242 BA/.646 OPS] 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR [4], 1 RBI [18], 0 BB, 1 SO.

    LHSP KYLE MULLER pulled before the game’s start. Promo?
    At any rate, RH’d relief arm CONNER JOHNSTON [L 4-2] wasn’t totally prepared to start, and takes the loss though he pitched well through four only giving up two, one earned.
    Righties JONATHAN ARO and BRAD RONEY do a great job of finishing the game out with five shutout innings between them.

    FLORIDA – rainout.

    ROME (50-60)

    The SUNS blind the hurlers and the bats on the way to a 4-2 “W” for the bad guys.

    Lead-off CF JUSTIN DEAN [.280 BA/.820 OPS] 1-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 SB [33].
    SS BRADEN SHEWMAKE [.321 BA/.834 OPS] 1-2, 1 RBI [23], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    C SHEA LANGELIERS [.218 BA/.612 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    DH GREG CULLEN [.255 BA/.787 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 HR [4], 1 RBI [45], 0 BB, 1 SO.

    RHSP WILLIAM WOODS [L 0-4, 3.90 ERA/1.30 WHIP] 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 HR, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 68p/39s.
    Round 23, 2018 pick
    RHRP RYAN SHETTER [3.24 ERA/1.20 WHIP] 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 39p/29s.
    RYAN has found his bearings after a rough go in A+ early this season.
    Round nine, 2018 pick.

    DANVILLE (16-27)

    Baby DEVIL RAYS win a tight 4-2 contest.
    BRAVES pitching has an exemplary start, but two relief arms allow three late.

    RHSP MITCH STALLINGS [L 3-4, 2.49 ERA/1.13 WHIP] 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 11 SO, 84p/63s.
    Looks like 2018’s 30th rounder will be ready to step up next season.
    Relief wasn’t, so shall remain nameless.

    Lead-off 2B CODY MILLIGAN [.254 BA/.687 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    1B RAY HERNANDEZ [.172 BA/.549 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B [5], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    3B CODY BIRDSONG [.197 BA/.524 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 SO.
    C BRANDON CHAPMAN [.379 BA/.936 OPS] 2-3, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 PB [1], 1 E [1, throw].
    Game to remember at the plate, one to forget behind it. Rookies, whatta’ ya gonna’ do?
    LF CHARLES REYES [.269 BA/.692 OPS] 1-4, 2 RBI [16], 0 BB, hat trick!

    GCL (11-18) 6-5 loss, and DSL (25-27) 5-0 win, but I’m tired. Sorry, Later.

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  315. 438 Gil in Mechanicsville August 3, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Question: Didn’t the Braves beat Bauer in Clubland this spring?

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  316. 441 Vox O'Reasoñ August 3, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    Ya know… last year they brought Max Fried up straight from AA.

    Just sayin’…

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  317. 443 Vox O'Reasoñ August 3, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Watching again tonight. I released Dish Network, and signed Hulu Live to a 5 day trial contract with a team option.

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  318. 444 Gil in Mechanicsville August 4, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Let me know how Hulu works out for you Vee.

    Now about last night… How many folks had Luke Jackson penciled in for the save/win??? Sorry folks but you hand it to the kid for chutzpah… 🙂

    Afternoon game today, frees me up to watch something recorded tonight because Sunday night TV viewing is a wasteland.

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  319. 445 Gil in Mechanicsville August 4, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Tough inning for Julio in the top of the third but escapes with only one run scored. Could have been a lot worse.

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    • 446 berigan2electricboogaloo August 4, 2019 at 3:15 pm

      it was getting funny with Gary Sinise in that never ending 3rd inning…said something basically to the effect, you are going to talk about my entire life here! 😛
      he does great work though, and I bet that looooong inning compelled more folks to donate to his foundation, so win-win…
      I really don’t know how Julio T does it. Just doesn’t have an out pitch,(and if no one bites on low outside pitch…..) but even on a bad day, only 3 runs over 5 innings…but, this is why we need such a stout bullpen, right? He starts game 3 against the Cards or Cubs, and 2-3 innings later, in comes Newcomb , or Tomlinson….I guess we can just say Julio is our opener! 😆

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  320. 447 berigan2electricboogaloo August 4, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    man, terrible baserunning, IMHO by JD. I know he was trying to get to 2nd on a fly ball, but the fly ball was to dead center, and because he was planted on 2nd, a ball that he could have gotten to 3rd on, he only moved to 2nd, and Duvall could only get a single…still 3-0 Reds…

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  321. 448 Gil in Mechanicsville August 4, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Braves have had their chance today. Just playing blah…

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    • 449 berigan2electricboogaloo August 4, 2019 at 5:25 pm

      then Acuna hit a 2 run homer to tie it up! but, new closer screwed things up just a we bit with 3 run homer…
      hopefully, playing a winning team is not the issue, just nerves of being on a new team.
      Not a huge fan of pitch to contact closers, but nothing I can do about it.

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  322. 450 Gordon Lawrence August 4, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT – Rain-out

    MISSISSIPPI – Suspended top of the second, PEARL Crew ahead 2-0. Inclement weather.

    FLORIDA (42-69)

    Double-header: F-F-FROGS drop a pair by identical 5-2 scores.

    Game 1:

    Pitching by committee as three relief arms struggle through seven innings.
    Bats lag behind that so-so pitching effort.

    RHSP MATT WITHROW [4.44 ERA/1.37 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 40p/28s.
    RHRP SEAN McLAUGHLIN [L 2-3, 2.27 ERA/1.51 WHIP] 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 42p/28s.
    RHRP CALEB DIRKS [4.50 ERA/1.00 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 16p/10s.

    SS RILEY DELGADO [.287 BA/.670 OPS] 2-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    LF JEFREY RAMOS [.237 BA/.653 OPS] 1-3, 1 2B [14], 1 RBI [47], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    RF GARRISON SCHWARTZ [.237 BA/.656 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR [2], 1 RBI [11], 0 BB, 1 SO.

    Game 2:

    SS RILEY DELGADO [.285 BA/.666 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    1B DREW LUGBAUER [.177 BA/.584 OPS] 2-3, 1 R, 1 HR [14], 2 RBI [41], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    C LOGAN BROWN [.231 BA/.524 OPS] 1-3, 0 BB, 2 SO.

    LHSP FREDDY TARNOK [L 2-6, 5.50 ERA/1.47 WHIP] 5.2 IP, 9 H, 1 HR, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 96p/65s.
    20 year-old is learning.

    ROME (51-61)

    R-Braves have the POWER over WEST VIRGINIA 7-2.

    LHSP DILMER MEJIA [W 6-2, 2.52 ERA/1.11 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 3 H, zeros, 2 BB, 6 SO, 96p/59s.
    RHRP JOSE MONTILLA [Sv 4, 2.72 ERA/1.19 WHIP] 3.0 IP, 6 H, 1 HR, 2 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 54p/38s.

    CF JOSE BERMUDEZ [.244 BA/.619 OPS] 1-5, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 SB [14].
    SS BRADEN SHEWMAKE [.323 BA/.864 OPS] 2-5, 2 2B [15], 2 RBI [26], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    2B GREG CULLEN [.254 BA/.785 OPS] 1-2, 1 R, 1 RBI [46], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    1B GRIFF BENSON [.208 BA/.707 OPS] 1-5, 1 2B [22], 2 RBI [59], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    RF DREW CAMPBELL [.234 BA/.582 OPS] 3-5, 2 R, 1 2B [4], 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 PO [2B].
    Round 23, 2019.
    C RICARDO RODRIGUEZ [.237 BA/.582 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.
    3B BRAULIO VASQUEZ [.202 BA/.542 OPS] 1-2, 1 R, 3 BB, 1 SO.

    DANVILLE (18-27)

    D-Braves take the measure of the RAYS 6-2.
    Excellent starting pitching.

    LHSP LISANDRO SANTOS [ND, 0.00 ERA/1.20 WHIP] 5.0 IP, 3 H, zeros, 3 BB, 5 SO, 1 E [1, pick-off 2B],80p/53s.
    21 year-old, first rookie+ start.
    I’ve followed this young man the past four years.
    He shows slow, steady improvement.
    Chalk the error up to nerves.
    RHRP ALBINSON VOLQUEZ [H 1, 4.50 ERA/1.41 WHIP] 2.0 IP, zeros, 1 BB, 1 SO, 21p/14s.
    RHRP MARRICK CROUSE [0.00 ERA/1.71 WHIP] 1.0 IP, clean, 1 SO, 7p/5s.
    Unscathed in five outings, 4.2 IP.

    1B BRYSE BALL [.323 BA/1.120 OPS] 1-3, 2 R, 1 2B [10], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    C MITCH CALANDRA [.290 BA/.706 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 3B [1], 2 RBI [6], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    3B CODY BIRDSONG [.207 BA/.536 OPS] 3-41 R, 1 RBI [14], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    DH BRANDON CHAPMAN [.375 BA/.929 OPS] 1-3, 1 RBI [5], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    SS GARRETT SAUNDERS [.263 BA/.683 OPS] 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2 SB [2].
    2019 Undrafted free agent.

    GSL and DSL no report.

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  323. 451 Gil in Mechanicsville August 4, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Ha… Braves had their chance in the 9th, men on 2nd and 3rd with one out… Yep, it is a hard game…

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  324. 452 Vox O'Reasoñ August 5, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Sure do wish we had Dansby back for this series against the Twinsies… it should be a good matchup, but I’d prefer to play our best 9 against their best 9. I saw Johan swing at some pitches yesterday that could only be explained away by “guessing”. Otherwise, the kid needs to have an eye exam right away.

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    • 453 berigan2electricboogaloo August 5, 2019 at 11:51 am

      V, you are right…Johan, has not been the hit machine he was the previous 2 years. Have you all noticed his swing is different from both sides? and not in a good way. Haven’t tried to find footage, but he looks so odd, like purposely trying to get from a…I don’t know, foot in a bucket stance, then in one that one can hit from.
      I know it’s got to be hard to stay sharp on the bench, and being 25 still (I thought he was 26 now) but he sure hasn’t made a case for himself has he? of course, looking at last year’s numbers 19 Hr’s 76 RBI’s .272 BA, he should be starting, but no place to play

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  325. 454 Vox O'Reasoñ August 5, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    WARNING: “STUFF” AHEAD!

    So for those interested, here is a 3rd day progress report on my new digital streaming TV system…

    First, I am using the Amazon Fire TV Stick as input for each of 2 TV’s. These are essentially input devices for digital TV straight from the internet connection. Basically turns your TV into a big computer monitor… sort of.

    In my case, the “receiver” is not a box or similar unit, but is a “stick” type module that is about twice the size of a computer thumb drive that plugs directly into the HDMI input of my TV. All of the controls – ALL of them – are from a smallish handheld remote. Some of the operation is a little clunky to me, but I am conditioned to a standard TV remote from years and years of use, so there’s that.

    Depending on the platform, in my case Amazon TV, you immediately have ability to load numerous apps onto the system. If you already subscribe to Netflix, as I had, then you are familiar with that type of operation. Many of the apps have a ton of free content, but will also offer a pay service that offers more and “live” content.

    Again, for me personally, I already have Netflix, and I’m already an Amazon Prime member. So I have paid content from both of those sources already on hand. I have downloaded a handful of other content sources that offer free streaming programming (such as PlutoTV and Tubi), and there is truly a ton of free content out there in the form of movies, TV shows and other video productions. If you like to binge watch shows… you are in paradise.

    In addition to the available archived content, I am in the midst of a free trial period for Hulu Live. That is where I get my traditional TV type content. With the package I’m using, I have over 60 streaming “live” channels, including all my local channels and regional networks including Fox Sports South and Southeast… home of the Braves.

    It’s amazing, though, that you immediately notice what you do not have before you take inventory of what you do have. I do not have MLBtv. I do not have MeTV. I do not nave AXStv. I do not have all my old classic western cable channels. But I do have access to alot of archived content, so I can fill those classic TV and classic western voids with some of that. Still, I have had to say goodbye to Hogan’s Heroes and Laramie.

    Also weird is that I have learned that I default to “I wonder what’s on?” every time I turn the TV on. With streaming content, if it’s available, it’s on.

    I think I can get over some of my old habits (even If I will dearly miss Hogan’s Heroes and Laramie).

    BUT…

    Here is where this gets real. I was ecstatic to tell Dish Network to take a hike. I am even more ecstatic to cut my bill from Dish by about 66% including the possible new subscription to Hulu Live. Yes, that’s right. I’ve can potentially cut my monthly TV bill by 2/3.

    But, you obviously have to have a stable internet connection, and the better your download speed, the better the service. Being out here in God’s country, away from the craziness and business of suburbia, my internet choices are quite limited. For years, I had only one choice, being Windstream, for years. They suck. Period. They charge you for “high speed”, but cannot deliver it because of the local infrastructure. Hey, old copper will only conduct to a certain efficiency. But they’re the only game in town, so they can give you the finger while taking your money and all you can say is “Thank you, sir, may I have another!” Paying for “up to 20Mbps” while receiving at best 6Mbps should be criminal. Out here, it’s just Windstream. That changed a little about 2 years ago. If you have the good fortune to own a house that sits on a hill and has a clear shot to an antennae nearby, then you might have access to a new wireless internet provider called Paladin. I live in such a home and have used them for said couple of years. They are more stable than Windstream and their customer service is 1000% better. But… there are natural impediments to good reception such as tress and foliage. And with the rainy season we’ve had, the trees in the area are fuller with leaves and have begun to affect my download speed. (As an aside, Paladin cut my bill in response. They only make me pay what they can deliver. Since I cannot receive better than 10Mbps right now, I’m paying for 10Mbps. And when the leaves start to fall in a couple of months and my speed improves, I’ll still be paying for 10Mbps, even if the speed goes back up to what I was buying before. I consider that good business.)

    I say all that to say this: I have discovered that at certain times, such as when my wife kids get home from school and work and get on their internet devices, the bandwidth drops… and combined with the lower speeds it does cause my picture quality to fluctuate. That’s a negative. Is it something I cannot live with? Undecided. I will continue to assess it for a couple more days. My free Hulu Live trial lasts until Friday. I’ll know much better with a few more days under my belt.

    At least I do have the ability to watch the Braves again. I’ve been able to watch Shane Greene for 2 games in a row. But as with my new streaming TV system, I’ll withhold a judgment of him until I have a little more experience.

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    • 455 Gil in Mechanicsville August 5, 2019 at 2:51 pm

      OMG Vee, 10mps? That is barely better than dial up. I’m getting 25mps and I complain that it’s slow… However, it is not without its downside in that it is not cheap. I am getting my feed internet feed via cable but my TV is satellite. After the baseball season is over, I will likely drop DirecTV and look into the fire stick options.

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    • 456 Carolina Lady August 5, 2019 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks for the info, V! The prices I’m paying now are past ridiculous. Something’s gonna give!

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  326. 457 Vox O'Reasoñ August 5, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Saw that coming.

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  327. 458 Vox O'Reasoñ August 5, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    For those who are wondering who Tucker Davidson is…

    Mr. Davidson turned alot of heads last year with an upturn in his results from previous seasons. He was a 2016 19th-round pick out of Midland Junior College, and just middling along like many 19th round picks do until last season.

    From MLB Pipeline: Davidson began [last] year pitching out of Rome’s bullpen in the South Atlantic League and his stuff looked good in that role, with a fastball up to 97 mph and a solid breaking ball. In June [2018], the Braves wanted to see what he would be like in a starting role and it turned out to look pretty good, as the southpaw posted a 2.76 ERA over 12 starts. His fastball was still in the 92-95 mph range and while he sacrificed a few strikeouts, he had a very strong ground-ball rate. His curve could be a plus pitch in time and he showed some feel for his changeup, though it’s behind the other two pitches, and he threw a lot of strikes with all three offerings.

    This wasn’t a one-off experiment. The Braves think they might have a legitimate left-handed starting pitching prospect with a promising three-pitch mix.

    Thus far in 21 starts at AA in 2019, Davidson leads the Southern League (and teammate and much more ballyhooed Ian Anderson) with a 2.03 ERA, including 9 starts in which he didn’t allow a run. He is 5th in the league in K’s with 122, and when he does allow contact, he generates alot of ground balls. This kid could be a real diamond in the rough. He has worked his way from a 19th round pick to the system’s #24 ranked prospect. I’m rooting for him.

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  328. 459 berigan2electricboogaloo August 5, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    V, thanks for the “stuff” you posted, very interesting! I know someday I will have to go that route, but it isn’t right now (somehow we still have 4 working tube tvs, though 2 of them were cheap used ones for rooms we rarely watch in, but want that option)
    Interesting that MLBTV isn’t available…hopefully that will be available to you somehow, soon. (can you get their app, or do you need to have a satellite/cable to get it that way?)
    love that you got to tell DISH where to go…It made me sooo happy many years ago…but of course call center people are not the ones causing the issues…. we both should have written letters to the CEOs, etc..so a secretary could then throw in the letter in the trashcan 😛

    Oh, as for Hogan’s Heroes, Laramie ….I sure thought there would be a cheap box set of H.H’s, but for some reason, it’s out of print…but, the seasons are really cheap, if you still have a DVD player..
    https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=hogans+heroes+dvd&ref=nb_sb_noss
    Laramie (I have the first 2 seasons, glad I got them when I did) is a bit more….
    https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=laramie+dvd&ref=nb_sb_noss_1

    Really got into buying DVDs of tv shows back when we did Netflix…we were in the middle of watching season 4 (back when they mailed dvds to ya) and their license agreement with whomever ran out…many people (well, relatively speaking, on their forums) complained about this….well, what to do? Nothing to do but buy the show. Which turned out to be great, as Dad and me have severe ADD….oh look, a bird….anyways…we may watch 2 episodes a night for several days, then watch Hawaii 5-0, Rockford Files (now that is a cheap complete series set!) old movies, whathaveyou…just nice not to have the pressure (ok, back then when you mailed the dvds back to them) to watch those shows quickly. Not a huge binge watcher, and at Dad’s age, he can get overwhelmed watching too much action packed programming…

    I know, I know no one but me wants to own physical media anymore :/

    but, guess what? Programming is going to go streaming everywhere.. did y’all hear that the top rated show on Netflix is….Friends? And it’s going to leave their channel…err, whatever…to a new streaming service. (Disney? HBO?) and “they” say this is the future, that there will be dozens and dozens of streaming services with “exclusive” content…well…DVD collections can take up space, but you don’t have to wonder where your favorite tv show has gone to now either….
    and , not that I would do this of course, if space is an issue at times, you can find ways to copy DVD’s to an external drive, and then sell the collection of dvds after copying them to the harddrive to free up space…

    man….longest post I can recall making here, not about baseball….and got distracted several times, I am sure I made a point…somewheres….

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    • 460 Vox O'Reasoñ August 5, 2019 at 2:59 pm

      Streaming media is the future of all of it.

      can you get their [MLBTV] app, or do you need to have a satellite/cable to get it that way?

      Sure. I can purchase it “ala carte”, so to speak. But for each ala carte app you purchase, you increase that monthly payment step by step. That’s what always got me at cafeteria style restaurants. By the time I got to the register, I had to figure out what I was going to put back. Piccadilly killed me.

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  329. 461 berigan2electricboogaloo August 5, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    V, thanks for the info on Davidson, sounds like a guy to keep an eye on….

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  330. 462 berigan2electricboogaloo August 5, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    whoa….guess he shoulda learned a breaking pitch, eh? I wonder if they will try him out of the bullpen??? (I wonder if he refused to do that here?)

    https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/08/reds-claim-kevin-gausman-waivers-braves.html

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    • 463 Vox O'Reasoñ August 5, 2019 at 2:16 pm

      Wow! I didn’t see that coming, but I’m grateful for the Reds taking that $2.815M off Liberty’s plate.

      Folty has earned his way back. Even if we don’t know exactly what we’ll get from Folty, we did know exactly what were getting from Gausman… which was 2 pitches and 0 effectiveness. I didn’t think that was going to change, so I am happy to see us at least have a chance in that rotation spot again.

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  331. 465 berigan2electricboogaloo August 5, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    from a certain site that starts with an A …. Flowers said trades can be disruptive for a player.

    “I’m sure he’s trying to make a good impression, trying to solidify himself on a new team,” he said. “I know he hadn’t pitched in a while (once in the last eight days with Detroit), and he’s getting double duty here on consecutive days and still trying to stay as sharp as he can. I just write it off as one of those things. I think we’ve all seen what he’s capable of and what he’s gonna bring.”

    didn’t know he hadn’t pitched much the previous 8 days with Detroit (not sure if that includes the days after trade before Saturdays game) so…I guess we shouldn’t DFA him just yet 😛

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    • 466 Vox O'Reasoñ August 5, 2019 at 2:26 pm

      I tend to agree with Flow a little. This is a guy that is not only on a new team, but in a new league. He basically came into an unfamiliar clubhouse, put on an unfamiliar uniform, went out to an unfamiliar bullpen, and came in to a game to an unfamiliar mound without the benefit of feeling comfortable in any sense. And I have to believe that any athlete at any level will perform better when they aren’t uncomfortable. That’s not an excuse, it’s a reason.

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  332. 467 Vox O'Reasoñ August 5, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Thoppy on Gausman and Folty, courtesy of DO’B:

    “This was performance based. Every game counts, we’re in the last two months of the year. Gaus got claimed, he got to move on to another club. And from our standpoint this allows Folty to come back and start for us.”

    “Hopefully Folty comes up and solidifies things for us…He’s been throwing well. You don’t know how that will translate at the big-league level; we’re going to see…The hope is he’s going to be up here to stay. But things can change.”

    (Said they’ll go w/ best 25)

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  333. 468 Vox O'Reasoñ August 5, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    This is all about upward movement of players who produce. Folty has gotten positive results since his demotion to AAA and is being brought back with the expectation he can continue the effectiveness. At the same time, Ian Anderson and Tucker Davidson are being rewarded for their production by moving up a rung on the ladder to fill the AAA rotation spots vacated by Folty and Kolby Allard.

    I would expect there to be some additional movement from high-A Florida to fill the AA spots vacated by Anderson and Davidson, and so on.

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  334. 469 Vox O'Reasoñ August 5, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Kevin Gausman with the Braves in 2018: 59.2 IP, 2.87 ERA. 554 4-seam fastballs, 324 splitters, 100 sliders

    Kevin Gausman with the Braves in 2019: 80.0 IP, 6.19 ERA. 731 4-seam fastballs, 477 splitters, 26 sliders

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    • 470 berigan2electricboogaloo August 5, 2019 at 3:18 pm

      V, that’s interesting…he clearly lost faith/touch on the slider, but it’s weird. I saw 2 of those pitches(amazing, I know!) and both hung, and both….were not put into play. One was to Harper and fouled off….it’s weird. Yeah, you want to get beat on your best pitch and all that jazz, but clearly didn’t feel afraid to throw fastballs and splits that were pounded, but afraid to throw off speed pitch.

      Oh, V, have you seen, or know who to find out the pitch breakdowns for other pitchers? I was wondering if Julio is throwing many/any change-ups…I wasn’t paying a huge amount of attention to that, but sometimes wonder if it’s his slider that’s hit that’s doing nothing at 80 MPH, or if it’s a hanging change-up. Just don’t recall of late seeing that “drop” pitch

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  335. 471 Gil in Mechanicsville August 5, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Ha, I was going to get on here and break the news about Gausman and got sidetracked and well, you know…

    Glad the Reds picked him up. No pressure for him there and I would not be surprised to see him pitch out of their pen. For sure, he was not getting it done in Atlanta for whatever the reason.

    I wonder if Folty can read between the lines on what Alex said.

    “Perform up to major league standards or you will be riding in buses between gigs.”

    Ber, I guess I should have been buying up all those DVDs I see at yard sales but the wife donated two big boxes of them to the Goodwill. I still have a slew down at the camper but likely those will find their way elsewhere when we move the camper this fall.

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    • 472 Vox O'Reasoñ August 5, 2019 at 4:15 pm

      Thoppy also said that the best 25 would play. Is it a coincidence that Ian Anderson got promoted to AAA and there is suddenly a 40-man roster spot open?

      Hmm…

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  336. 473 Vox O'Reasoñ August 5, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    have you seen, or know who to find out the pitch breakdowns for other pitchers? I was wondering if Julio is throwing many/any change-ups

    Julio Teheran in 2019: 130.0 IP, 946 4-seam fastballs, 514 sliders, 424 sinkers, 204 changeups, 159 curves

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  337. 474 Gil in Mechanicsville August 5, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Man, that is a lot of pitches isn’t it?

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  338. 475 berigan2electricboogaloo August 6, 2019 at 12:00 am

    thanks V!!!! Interesting (my word of the day) I just don’t recall many pitches going down…right to left side of plate? Sure…need to pay more attention next start…maybe they just aren’t moving, and that makes them hard to figure out what exactly the pitches were…

    well….I had a feeling that wasn’t going to end well….

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  339. 476 Gil in Mechanicsville August 6, 2019 at 6:41 am

    Yep, a bit of a downer that was…

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  340. 477 Vox O'Reasoñ August 6, 2019 at 7:55 am

    The Twins are a good team. They match up extremely well with the Braves. I figured this would be a tight series. And as much as I hate to repeat trite cliches, this series is an early playoff preview.

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  341. 478 Gil in Mechanicsville August 6, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Like Satchel Paige’s famous quote: “Don’t look back, something might be gaining on you”

    The Mets, gNats and Phillies all won last night. It is important to win as many games as possible and avoid a 2013est swoon.

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    • 479 Vox O'Reasoñ August 6, 2019 at 9:18 am

      Agree, but you still can’t win ’em all. I’ve already let last night go, and am looking forward to seeing what Folty will deal tonight. He may be the most intriguing (and possibly most important) mid-season “addition” we have.

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  342. 480 Gordon Lawrence August 6, 2019 at 10:22 am

    DOWN ON THE FARM

    GWINNETT – no game. Give ANDERSON, PACHE, WATERS and DAVIDSON a chance to settle in.

    MISSISSIPPI (55-58)

    Double-headed completion of suspended game and regularly scheduled tilt.

    Game 1:

    PEARL Crew wins the suspended game 3-1 against the SMOKIES.
    Pitching by committee [5] is very effective.
    PHIL PFEIFER puts in a couple effective innings his first outing back from A+.

    Lead-off SS RAY-PATRICK DIDDER [.204 BA/.635 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    2B DAN LOCKHART [.239 BA/.638 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 RBI [19], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    RF TREY HARRIS [.283 BA/.718 OPS] 1-4, 1 RBI [7], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    With two outfielders promo’d, TREY takes over one of the power slots in the line-up.
    1B RYAN CASTEEL [.274 BA/.834 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    Steady all season, RYAN continues in clean-up.
    LF GRAYSON JENISTA [.253 BA/.696 OPS] 1-3, 1 RBI [19], 1 BB, 0 SO.
    GRAYSON appears to have patched a hole in his swing, and his offense in on the rise.
    SS ALEJANDRO SALAZAR [.213 BA/.511 OPS] 2-3, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 SB [9].

    LHSP PHILLIP PFEIFER [4.15 ERA/1.46 WHIP] 2.0 IP, clean, 4 SO, 24p/17s.
    A triumphant return to AA after some early season blues, and an extended stretch in FLORIDA, PP’s first outing in MISSISSIPPI is most impressive.
    He looked like his old self this time out.
    RHRP CLAUDIO CUSTODIO [W 4-3, 2.22 ERA/0.85 WHIP] 3.0 IP, 2 H, zeros, 2 BB, 2 SO, 49p/29s.
    CC continues to confirm Atlanta’s faith in his abilities by advancing him from A-ball early this season.
    At 28, he is quite age dated, and the BRAVES will continue pushing him along no doubt.
    He should see GWINNETT next season at the latest.
    RHRP BEN ROWEN [H 1, 3.38 ERA/1.50 WHIP] 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 13p/6s.
    Ben’s chance in Atlanta’s bullpen has gone a’glimmering.
    RHRP KURT HOEKSTRA [H 2, 1.08 ERA/1.44 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 2 H, zeros, 2 SO, 34p/22s.
    Converted infielder has seen every stop from ROME to GWINNETT including two starts.
    RHRP JASON CREASY [Sv 5, 0.68 ERA/1.20 WHIP] 1.0 IP, 2 H, zeros, 1 SO, 16p/9s.
    Struggled in GWINNETT, but outstanding in MISSISSIPPI.

    Game 2:

    PEARL Crew experience a 1-0 heartbreaker loss.
    Starter NOLAN KINGHAM pitches five solid innings, and JOSH GRAHAM two outstanding more behind him in relief, limiting the SMOKIES to a combined five hits and a solo run.
    Unfortunately, TENNESSEE matches the superb pitching effort of the Crew with one of their own, limiting MISSISSIPPI to only four hits.

    RHSP NOLAN KINGHAM [L 0-1, 1.80 ERA/1.40 WHIP] 5.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 76p/47s.
    RHRP JOSH GRAHAM [3.41 ERA/1.14 WHIP] 2.0 IP, clean, 3 SO, 25p/16s.

    3B RILEY UNROE [.288 BA/.733 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    RF TREY HARRIS [.280 BA/.701 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 1 SO.
    LF CONNER LIEN [.196 BA/.711 OPS] 1-3, 1 2B [6], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    PH ALEJANDRO SALAZAR [.215 BA/.515 OPS] 1-1, 0 BB, 0 SO.

    FLORIDA (43-69)

    A one-run victory over DAYTONA 3-2.
    DREW “Slugbauer” was all that in this one collecting a double and home run to power the F-F-FROGS to victory.
    Pitching was tight, and throttled the TORTUGAS

    DH DREW LUGBAUER [.182 BA/.600 OPS] 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B [21], 1 HR [15], 2 RBI [43], 0 BB, 1 SO.
    C LOGAN BROWN [.248 BA/.556 OPS] 3-4, 1 RBI [14], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    2B BRETT LANGHORNE [.202 BA/.579 OPS] 2-3, 0 BB, 1 SO.

    RHSP MATT HARTMAN [W 2-5, 5.21 ERA/1.33 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 99p/57s.
    RHRP TROY BACON [H 2, 4.87 ERA/1.50 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 25p/18s.
    RHRP DAYSBEL HERNANDEZ [Sv 3, 1.74 ERA] 1.0 IP, 1 H, zeros, 1 SO, 17p/11s.

    ROME (51-62)

    R-Braves experience a power outage in this one 5-2 because of a WEST VIRGINIA POWER surge. Muzzled on four hits, though two are big flys, unfortunately of the solo variety.
    The pitching wasn’t terrible, and the POWER’s arms were only slightly better.
    Just enough to edge out the “W”.

    RHSP ALAN RANGEL [L 9-6, 4.51 ERA/1.44 WHIP] 6.0 IP, 10 H, 3 R/ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 95p/65s.
    RHRP LUIS MORA [4.04 ERA/1.51 WHIP] 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 43p/26s.

    Lead-off CF JUSTIN DEAN [.281 BA/.832 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR [7], 1 RBI [36], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    LF JOSE BERMUDEZ [.244 BA/.617 OPS] 1-4, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 SB [15].
    SS BRADEN SHEWMAKE [.323 BA/.863 OPS] 1-3, 1 BB, 0 SO.
    1B GRIFF BENSON [.208 BA/.713 OPS] 1-3, 1 R, 1 HR [13], 1 RBI [60], 0 BB, 1 SO.

    DANVILLE (18-27)

    D-Braves pile on the BRISTOL PIRATES 8-5.
    Bats pound out 13 hits and club the Buckos farmhands into submission.
    Starting pitching is shelled, but three relief arms come to the rescue.
    They put out the fire, and shutdown the PIRATES until the final inning.

    Lead-off 2B CODY MILLIGAN [.257 BA/.710 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B [6], 1 BB, 2 SO.
    SS BEAU PHILLIP [.171 BA/.567 OPS] 2-3, 4 R, 1BB, 0 SO, 1 SB [5].
    RF WILLIE CARTER [.240 BA/.681 OPS] 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B [8], 2 RBI [20], 0 BB, 2 SO.
    1B BRYCE BALL [.328 BA/1.127 OPS] 2-4, 1 2B [11], 1 RBI [36], 1 BB, 1 SO.
    DH RAY HERNANDEZ [.189 BA/.565 OPS] 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI [17], 0 BB, 0 SO.
    3B CODY BIRDSONG [.215 BA/.556 OPS] 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B [7], 2 RBI [16], 0 BB, 0 SO.

    RHSP TYLER OWENS [ND, 4.91 ERA/1.16 WHIP] 2.2 IP, 5 H, 1 HR, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 53p/34s.
    RHRP GREG LEBAN [0.00 ERA/1.03 WHIP] 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 44p/24s.
    RHRP TANNER GORDON [W 1-1, 2.81 ERA/1.25 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 47p/27s.
    RHRP JUSTIN YEAGER [Sv 1, 5.06 ERA/1.75 WHIP] 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 37p/26s.

    GCL (11-20)

    Rookies drop a pair to the O&#