196:Down at the Crossroads

July 16, 2021

Gil ‘N Mechanicsville

The old folk lore has it that Delta Blues icon Robert Johnson Jr. went down to the crossroads to make a deal with the devil in order for him to become great blues guitarist. Perhaps the Braves have come to that same crossroads. I am not saying Alex Anthopoulos has to make such a trade but we already know Liberty Media is a godless entity so there is that. For sure 2021 has been a season fraught with peril. The loss of outfielder, “The Devil Made Me Do It” Marcel Ozuna. The absence of Silver Slugger Travis d’Arnaud, who was all thumb early in the season also to put a serious dent in the batting order. The failure of Mike Soroka to quickly recover for his Achilles injury first to rejection of the sutures used to secure the tendon and lastly for repair to simply fail while walking into the dugout hampered the Brave return to full strength in their rotation.

A brief fit of rage waylaid emerging star Huscar Ynoa when he vented his frustration with disappointing outing by punching a wooden bench with his pitching hand and breaking two bones. Didn’t he ever see the advice Kevin Costner gave to Tim Robbins in “Bull Durham”? Note to Alex: put a punching bag in the tunnel for such occasions.

Of course the team was a bit snake bit before the start of the season with owners Liberty Media playing the tight wad and preventing Anthopoulos the financial flexibility to sign Mark Melancon and Darren O’Day for the 2021 season. Melancon was not a strikeout king like Craig Kimbrel but he has been very effective in closing games for the San Diego Padres going 27-3 in save opportunities this season. That is Just a tad bit better than the entire Braves staff this year who have a perchance for blowing leads it seems.

I won’t mention Shane Green any further than to say, WHAT”S UP WITH HIM?

Perhaps all of the maladies which have befalling the Braves this season is bad Karma for not signing Freddie Freeman to a long term contract over the winter. It is my personal opinion that the failure to do so put the amiable first baseman into a slump at the plate which lasted for much of the first half of the season. Combined with the loss of Ozuna and d’Arnaud and the failure to launch with rookie centerfielder Christian Pachae, the Braves offense has pretty much been Acuna and Ozzie Albies with an occasional contribution from Austin Riley.

The replacements thrown into the breach are quad A players who can provide a temporary stop gap and even give some great effort but there is a good reason as to why they are not really everyday players, they are easily exposed. Having to use bench players regularly does two things, 1. they are never as good as the people they are replacing and 2. it weakens your bench.

No one would ever count on a starting outfield consisting of the like of Guillermo Heredia  , Abraham Almonte  and Ehire Adrianza to anchor a championship contending team. That is what the Braves had after Acuna’s season injury to his ACL last Friday in Miami. That is more like what the Pirates or Orioles would go to battle with.

Not saying the aforementioned are bad players, it is just the are more like the type of players you would call upon for bench support. Even Dansby Swanson’s woeful plate appearance could be overlooked if he was surrounded by an offense which could be counted on to come thru in the clutch but with him hitting 5th or 6th in the order, opposing pitchers can relax once they are past the first four batters. Something they could not do last season. I will forego the usual Swiss cheese analogies when describing this season’s line up but folks, YOU KNOW…

I have not even mentioned the Braves current bullpen woes but that won’t settle down until the starting staff solidifies. Opposing teams lick their chops when watching pitchers warming up to come in for the 6th inning. The have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads as opportunities to fatten their batting averages abound.

Alec Anthopoulos was dealt a short hand in the pre-season by Liberty Media and Brian Snitker will get much of the blame for all the shortcomings of this team but he can only drive the horses he is given. I’m sure he feels he is in a quandary every time he has to make a pitching change. I could write a tome on the disappointments of Tyler Matzek, Shane Green, Chris Martin, A J Minter, Will Smith, Edgar Santana and recently sent down Sean Newcomb and Jacob Webb. If feels strange to say the only reliable pitcher coming out of the pen these days is Luke Jackson.

This week AA made a trade with the Cubs picking up lefty hitter Joc Pederson who will sub for Acuna, no, not idea but at least an effort to shore up the outfield. Sadly, there is still much that is needed to be done. While it is too early to give up on this team, they have yet to break past the .500 mark this season. The schedule for the Braves gets hard for the three weeks post All-star break with the Padres, the Dodgers and the Mets on the menu. Were it not for the Mets getting off to such a rocky start, I am sure the Braves brain trust would have thrown in the towel by now but there is still and opportunity for them to break through but frankly, I would be very surprised to see it happening at this point.

The only positive I see with the upcoming schedule is the Braves often play up to their competition.


556 Responses to “196:Down at the Crossroads”

  1. 1 carolinalady July 16, 2021 at 11:41 am

    Excellent, Gil!

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  2. 3 Clarence Elliott July 16, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    Great analysis. Is there anyone down on the farm now that can help?

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    • 4 Gil in Mechanicsville July 16, 2021 at 2:41 pm

      Pretty sure that well is dry right now, All are just too green at this point. I would imagine outfielder Drew Waters is a hopeful but he has a tendency to strike out at this point. He may well be a trade chip at this point.

      Despite the trade for Pederson, the Braves had a need for a power hitting outfielder even before Acuna went down. I suspect the trade for Pederson was in the works before Acuna’s injury.

      I suspect insurance will pay Joc’s salary. I look for more action to take place pretty soon. Teams with sellable players know it will be a seller’s market soon. Too bad Liberty Media is so cheap, Kimble could likely be had for the price of his contract and a so so prospect.

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  3. 5 Vox O'Reasoñ July 16, 2021 at 6:05 pm


    Since Bryce Ball was not in the team’s 40-man roster, Joc Pederson fills one of the vacancies. With today’s reinstatement of Touki Toussaint from the 60-day IL, said 40-man roster is now full.

    BTW, Pederson was not expected to arrive at Truist Park in time to be in tonight’s starting lineup. Hopefully he’ll be available for the bench. He’ll fill the active roster spot of Ian Anderson, who was placed on the 10-day IL today with shoulder inflammation. The good news is that his MRI showed no structural damage so he’ll just require rest. There are some who believe this is the organization’s way of throttling back in his innings since he’s already at 96 IP pitched. He’s never pitched more than 132 in a season in his professional career. Regardless, he’ll be out at least a couple of weeks and maybe a little more as he’ll need to get back into shape after said “rest”. In the interim we’ll almost certainly see Kyle Muller assume the 4th rotation slot with Bryse Wilson the most likely candidate to fill the #5 slot until Ian comes back. Touki should be considered a possibility as well… especially if the team wants to showcase him before July 31.

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  4. 9 berigan2electricboogaloo July 16, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    Well done Gil!
    I think DOB said a month or so ago that Liberty choked the moola off, AFTER they signed Smiley and Morton….well done Liberty!


  5. 10 Vox O'Reasoñ July 16, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    Ok… I misunderstood the earlier moves. When Touki was reinstated from the 60-day IL, he returned to the active roster. Now it makes sense.


  6. 11 Vox O'Reasoñ July 16, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    If AA can’t fix this abysmal bullpen, it won’t matter one whit what other moves are made.

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    • 12 Gil in Mechanicsville July 17, 2021 at 6:31 am

      You are correct sir. Chavez was given the loss but it was Chris Martin and AJ Minter who were the major culprits. What happened to these guys over the winter?

      The Padres bludgeoned the Nats last night 24-8 and the Pirates continued their resurgence with a 4-1 victory over the Mets.

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  7. 14 Gil in Mechanicsville July 17, 2021 at 8:57 am

    At least Marlins’ fans have an excuse, they are rebuilding for the 20th year much like the Angles and the Pirates but at least the Fish have a NEW management team which understands it takes time and money to build a winner.

    Tampa Bay fans don’t appreciate what they have.
    Matt Wisler? Who could have thunk it?

    Liberty Media is a real estate developer who uses the Braves like Ted Turner used them to build up TBS. At least Ted was willing to spend money to bring talent to the team. Ted should have been smarter than to allow the NY Times to swindle him out of his empire.

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  8. 15 Vox O'Reasoñ July 17, 2021 at 9:18 am

    Says it all. The catching carousel continues.

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  9. 16 Vox O'Reasoñ July 17, 2021 at 9:19 am

    Too bad they couldn’t figure out a way to get David Peralta in that deal.

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  10. 17 Vox O'Reasoñ July 17, 2021 at 9:22 am

    Bryse Ball and Mason Berne were indeed 2 of the best real 1B prospects in the Braves pipeline. As funny as that teeet is, it better portend to be true.

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  11. 20 Vox O'Reasoñ July 17, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    Stephen Vogt does have some game experience in the OF and at 1B to go along with his more familiar catching job. Not alot, but enough to get by in a pinch. (Get it… pinch? Nevermind.)

    The overall point, though, is that he does give you a little more depth to the bench, especially when you consider that Pablo Sandoval is just a 1 dimensional hitter with nothing else to offer. But we’ve talked about that before.

    At this point AA is just in damage control mode, patching holes and placing bandaids. If he wants to make a real impact, he’ll get serious with the Cubs about Kris Bryant. KB won’t solve all of the team’s needs (bullpen, heard of it?) but acquiring him will keep him away from both NYM and WAS, both of whom are rumored to be in on the soon-to-be-FA slugger. If Bryant lands on one of those 2 teams, or I’ll even lump the Braves in there too, it gives that team an instant leg up in the NL Least.

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  12. 21 berigan2electricboogaloo July 17, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    man, Freddie was interviewed afterwards, didn’t seem too happy, but he’s a good guy, and like Brian Jordan said, he didn’t throw anyone under the bus….but to see the team FINALLY get a bunch of 2 out hits, and still lose the game

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    • 22 Gil in Mechanicsville July 17, 2021 at 2:41 pm

      I have taken to watching the game without any audio on. Actually kind of refreshing. By this point, we all know what’s what.

      I’ll reiterate for the occasional fan and stopper by, if the Braves don’t make some real changes in the bullpen, there will be many more games that end just like last night’s.

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  13. 23 berigan2electricboogaloo July 17, 2021 at 5:48 pm


  14. 24 Vox O'Reasoñ July 17, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    I don’t care if we are up by 7 in the 6th. No lead is safe with our bullpen.

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  15. 25 Gil in Mechanicsville July 18, 2021 at 1:43 am

    Well, that was fun…

    On a separate note: No way I’ll ever be able to get Josie to ever go to a Washington game now….

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  16. 26 berigan2electricboogaloo July 18, 2021 at 8:36 am

    Gil, funny, you were talking about the resurgent Pirates and…wow….they looked great against the Mutts….I was wondering, hey any chance they could clime back into the NL central race??? Checks their record…20 games under .500??? Wow, guess the answer is no. Amazing how even “terrible” teams can get hot, and beat the best teams…


  17. 27 berigan2electricboogaloo July 18, 2021 at 8:40 am

    I was out at a car cruise last night, so missed much of the scoring, but man, fun to watch them beat up a team that is really good….
    this team is a bit schizophrenic…which can also make it’s team the same way 😉
    I like what Snit has done with the lineup, and bet you all do too….


  18. 28 berigan2electricboogaloo July 18, 2021 at 8:56 am

    this team is a bit schizophrenic…which can also make it’s FANS the same way
    see? see what THEY did to me right there even? 😛

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  19. 29 berigan2electricboogaloo July 18, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Gil, can’t blame Josie…good grief….and Dems still have a lot of support…(and folks that vote early and often as well)


  20. 32 berigan2electricboogaloo July 18, 2021 at 3:54 pm


    I was trying…trying, to say…. is with all the violence increasing in blue cites, dems still vote for the folks killing them, literally….
    Just heard Gavin Newsom, the gov of Cali, even though they are trying recall him, still has 50+ % approval….


  21. 33 Gil in Mechanicsville July 18, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    &*@@#**H(*))(_+**** Bullpen!!!

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  22. 34 Vox O'Reasoñ July 18, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    He’s lucky it wasn’t a DFA. But I suppose as long as there are options, and you don’t need his 40-man spot, might as well stash him where he can’t hurt you any more. Now… what to do with Martin, Matzek and Greene…

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  23. 36 berigan2electricboogaloo July 19, 2021 at 1:20 am

    he’s are????? 😦


  24. 37 berigan2electricboogaloo July 19, 2021 at 8:41 am

    Well, watching the highlights on quickpitch…I had a couple of thoughts….hey, I have them every once in awhile
    . they showed Joakim Soria closing out a game for AZ (no team is worse than they are) and I thought…I didn’t even know he was pitching in the NL. 4.78 ERA, but he’s on…the worst team in baseball. Last year for Oakland, 2.89 ERA. He’s 37, so they won’t ask a lot, I would think….he walks about a runner every 3 innings, which sounds wonderful after watching Minter….and, they have another guy that could help, not in the bullpen, but in the outfielder…already a fan fav here….Kole Calhoun! He hit 16 homers last year, in a 60 game season. Hardly played this year, and he’s in a platoon , on a team that’s the worst….in baseball.

    I know, not the sexiest players, but I think they could help, and everyone is going to look to improve their team, save about 10 teams or so…so the Joey Gallo’s etc are going to take a hefty prospect hall to get, and teams like the Mutts, or Nats might just get those guys…

    looking at Kris Bryant…man, like DOB said in his article, seems unlikely the braves would trade away prospects for a rental (Borass is his agent) let the Mutts , Phils or Nats overpay for 2 months of his service. I mean, he’s good, no doubt, but he doesn’t seem like he’s great these days, you know?


  25. 38 Gil in Mechanicsville July 19, 2021 at 8:46 am

    At some point one has to ask, “What is really going on with the Braves’ pen”? Is it the change in the bullpen coach made during the off season?

    I fear by the time the Braves get it all straightened out, it will just be too late to make a difference.

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  26. 39 Gil in Mechanicsville July 19, 2021 at 8:51 am

    It does appear the Braves made a positive move with Joc doesn’t it? I think he would be a good replacement for Ozuna. Yes, that one is going to hurt isn’t it?


  27. 40 Gil in Mechanicsville July 19, 2021 at 8:54 am

    It still all comes down to pitching however. Always did, always does… Good pitching will trump good hitting everytime.

    And the old adage that you cannot defend against a walk still holds true.

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  28. 41 berigan2electricboogaloo July 19, 2021 at 10:10 am

    Gil, I am wondering about the pitching coach myself. I swear, every time he goes out to the mound, and gives the guy some advice, and pats him on the chest a few times, next thing you know, its a hanger that gets crushed….
    I think even AJ Minter was helped during the 2019/2020 offseason by Josh Tomlinson, when they were working out together…..
    teams like the Rays, etc have guys that turn around guys that were just so-so…instead, we have guys that were so-so to very good, regress….
    can you name anyone that was fixed here? Why did Kevin Gausman have a 6.19 ERA here, and a 1.73 in San Fran? (and who had money on Gabe Kapler taking that rag-tag Giants team to 1st place in Mid July, playing better than the Pads or the Dodgers?????)

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  29. 42 Vox O'Reasoñ July 19, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    So Minter is replaced by Newcomb. I guess instead of throwing gas on the fire we can toss some kerosene on instead. 🙄

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    • 43 berigan2electricboogaloo July 19, 2021 at 3:59 pm

      since I couldn’t find anyone saying what Newcomb was doing in AAA (and I can’t recall, was he sent down before?) 6 innings, 2 runs allowed, ONE walk, and 14 strikeouts….perhaps the AAA pitching coach found a delivery in his flaw? (late great Dan Quisenberry line)

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  30. 44 Gil in Mechanicsville July 19, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    You ever get the feeling the only person in the entire baseball universe who doesn’t realize the Braves bullpen is a dumpster looking for a match. Much like the year the Braves traded for Texiera.

    Get off the money Liberty, allow for Alex to spring for Kimbrel, You can’t cheap your way into the play-offs. Kimbrel would only require money and a so-so prospect.

    Pederson is a good pick-up. He adds lefty balance, power and can replace Ozuna next season in left.

    Not as funny as it could have been: Chip extolled newly acquired catcher Stephen Vogt’s prowess behind the plate, what happens? You guessed it, ball thru the 5 hole under his glove and runner advances to third, next the batter hits a sac fly scoring the runner from third…. SIGH!

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  31. 45 Gil in Mechanicsville July 19, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    Question, when is Ozuna scheduled to appear before a judge to determine his fate on the assault charges? Anyone?


  32. 47 Vox O'Reasoñ July 20, 2021 at 4:34 pm

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  33. 48 Vox O'Reasoñ July 20, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    The next 3 starters in line to toe the rubber for the Braves… Touki Toussaint, Kyle Muller, Bryse Wilson. Nothing against those guys, but this seems almost surreal at this point in the season.


  34. 50 berigan2electricboogaloo July 20, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Chip, interviewing Snit (on the field, they have only been able to do that the last week) said…someone down on the farm was really impresses with the way Toki was pitching of late….so we shall see….


  35. 51 Gil in Mechanicsville July 20, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    SHAZAM… Touki looks good tonight….

    There is somebody on the Braves minor league coaching staff that deserves a bonus.

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  36. 52 Gil in Mechanicsville July 21, 2021 at 4:35 am

    Okay, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous when the door to the bullpen opened in the top of the 7th with 2 outs and two on.

    I’ll bet it was 10 times worse for Snit.

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  37. 54 berigan2electricboogaloo July 21, 2021 at 4:58 am

    Gosh…were you guys worried about the bullpen? Not me, not at all….clearly, the complaints about this bullpen are waaaay overblown

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  38. 56 Gil in Mechanicsville July 21, 2021 at 8:12 am

    Alright, alright, alright… twin killing on the agenda today. First game at noon…


  39. 57 Vox O'Reasoñ July 21, 2021 at 8:47 am

    There is somebody on the Braves minor league coaching staff that deserves a bonus.

    On radio they were talking about how Touki has changed his mechanics… shortened his windup, more compact, quicker to the plate, seemingly more “explosive” release. Whatever it is, it’s working.

    Touki has always had great stuff, but was consistently inconsistent… or something like that. If he can ever hone it in he can be deadly.

    I’m still waiting for them to convert Bryse Wilson to a late reliever. I think that’s his best role. But what do I know?


  40. 58 Vox O'Reasoñ July 21, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Wait… doesn’t there need to be a corresponding 40-man move for AJax?


    • 59 Gil in Mechanicsville July 21, 2021 at 12:50 pm

      I thought they already had a vacancy, oh well.


      • 60 Vox O'Reasoñ July 21, 2021 at 2:06 pm

        I thought they created 2, then added Joc Peterson leaving 1. Then DFAd Lucroy before adding Stephen Vogt, then activated Touki. That should have filled it. I must have missed another move along the way or simply miscounted. It happens.


  41. 61 Vox O'Reasoñ July 21, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    I wish they’d DFA Shane Greene. He’s the worst. What a monumental waste of limited payroll.


    • 62 Gil in Mechanicsville July 21, 2021 at 4:23 pm

      I am officially turning in my armature GM card for clamoring Alex to sign Shane Green. I understand Snit using him because he has to use somebody and there have not been any good options to tell the truth. Perhaps he could slap his wife around or something….

      Anyway, I thought Muller was a little off but could have pitched another inning, He only gave up one run. The home plate umpire was a little off too so there is that.


  42. 63 Vox O'Reasoñ July 21, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    So Ty Tice had been placed on waivers…. there was the missing roster puzzle piece.

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  43. 64 Gil in Mechanicsville July 21, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    In a bullpen game I still feel the Braves will come up short


  44. 65 Vox O'Reasoñ July 22, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Braves bullpen:

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  45. 66 Vox O'Reasoñ July 22, 2021 at 11:15 am

    How I think a Braves bullpen game would turn out:

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  46. 68 Vox O'Reasoñ July 22, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Wow. One of the best teams in baseball just got bester. Wait… is that a word? Well, it should be.

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  47. 69 Gil in Mechanicsville July 23, 2021 at 8:07 am

    bester = betterer

    About last night, wow, this team can look so good a times. Of course when Dansby hits a granny things tend to fall our way.

    I watched the end of the San Fran vs Dodgers game… A lot was made of the checked swing but little was made of the two balls 4 inches off the plate which were called strikes. Bad calls can go both ways….

    PS, I wanted them both to lose so there is that.

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  48. 70 Vox O'Reasoñ July 23, 2021 at 10:16 am

    From MLBTR:

    The Indians announced in a video package on Twitter this morning that their new franchise name will be the Cleveland Guardians. It was reported last night that a decision had been reached and an announcement could be forthcoming.

    The franchise announced early last July that a name change was under consideration, and by December it had become clear that the organization would move forward with a new name in the near future. The team selected “Guardians” from a list of as many as 1100 initial possibilities.

    The new “Guardians” moniker is a nod to the eight statues along Cleveland’s Hope Memorial Bridge, referred to as the “Guardians of Traffic.” The name has been among the reported favorites for some time now. Others in consideration including the Spiders (a callback to the late-1800s Cleveland baseball franchise) and the Rocks or Rockers (as a nod to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame)

    What a stupid name. From iconic to moronic in 60 seconds.

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    • 71 Gil in Mechanicsville July 23, 2021 at 1:29 pm

      And a nod to the Guardians of the Galaxy which is what I think of with that name. Maybe Groot can watch over the bats and they can adopt a raccoon as a mascot.. Hey, why not?


  49. 72 berigan2electricboogaloo July 23, 2021 at 11:46 am

    yes, you watch a game like last nights, and you think they could win the division…
    Saw Mark Melancon save yet another game….to be totally honest, I wasn’t devastated by his loss, but losing he and Shane Greene (at the time) wasn’t smart…and Mark M must be laughing at both the Giants and Braves for both thinking he was washed up, a few times….
    and come next year, or two, when someone says….anyone can close a game….slap them like Batman does to Robin in all those memes and remind them, that only seems to work for teams like the Rays….
    speaking of the Rays…..do you realize they are this good, and that’s after trading Ian Snell to the Pads, losing Tyler Glasnow to Tommy John, and oh yeah, letting Charlie Morton go…
    (hmmm, lucky I didn’t close my browsers, as I wrote this hours ago)

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  50. 73 berigan2electricboogaloo July 23, 2021 at 11:50 am

    yeah, can you imagine ANY hardcore Indians fan using that name??? When I saw the morning show on MLBTV talk about it, and say it was time…I decided it was time…to change the channel….

    So….IF/When the braves becomes the MLK’s or the Atlanta baseball club…will you boycott them for a year? I admit, it would be hard…but damn…this is beyond old…

    just had a thought ….will they allow Indians fans to wear…Indians jerseys???I really, really hope they don’t….

    team is super cheap as it is…let attendance drop to Expos/Marlins territory and then they have to trade all their great pitching

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  51. 74 Vox O'Reasoñ July 23, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    Long over due draft(ee) update…

    !8 of our 20 draft picks have signed thus far, including our top 10… well, actually our top 15. Only round 16 choice P Kris Anglin and round 20 selection OF Ty Evans are still unsigned. Anglin could go either way. As a college junior, he could go back for his senior year and hope to be selected higher next year. But he could just as easily go undrafted next season, so I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that signs his deal. High-school OF/P Evans on the other hand will almost certainly honor his college commitment to Florida.

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  52. 77 Gil in Mechanicsville July 23, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    As I have a great, great grandmother who was full blooded Pamunky Indian, I always thought it was a sign of respect and honor to be known as the Braves or Indians etc… I get that the name Redskins could be off putting as it is a slur to many, the Warriors, Braves, Indians etc I see more as a tribute but then I am not offended by every puff of wind.

    What irks me is for people to be suddenly offended by something they were never offended by before some one pointed out that they should be.

    I get pretty offended by so many Damn Yankees moving here and telling me how great things were in the north. If it is so great, move back, I won’t mind…

    Now, in other baseball news, the Mets acquired Rich Hill from the Rays.

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    • 78 Vox O'Reasoñ July 23, 2021 at 4:44 pm

      Yep… the contenders are making moves. Just 8 days until the deadline. Can the Braves afford to wait until after the Mets series to assess their position? I posit that the top names will be gone by then. That decision needs to already be in the back pocket of the front office, and due diligence should already be in the process of being performed on potential additions. I fear that there will be no real substantive moves outside of picking up the scraps from those teams that are having to make roster subtractions to accommodate their impact additions.


      • 79 Gil in Mechanicsville July 23, 2021 at 5:12 pm

        Like I said, I am afraid to make any recommendations other than not let money be a deterrent. I figure Liberty is not an outfit that allows for unspent funds to be incumbered.

        So, make the big move and get Kimbrel, he may not be the guy he once was but he is head and shoulders above anyone they currently have. I doubt the Cubs will want much in the way of prospects, just take the pay-roll off their hands and if the team takes the Braves can always flip him.

        They still need that big bat. Going to take prospects for a Gallo or Bryant but it is what it is. Stars cost money, if it’s one thing I hate is for a franchise to be cheap. The cheese eaters at Liberty need to recognize how much more valuable their franchise is with a winning team verses perennial also rans.

        Look, even the best hitters are going to fail 70% of the time. The real difference is having a guy with ice water in his veins.

        One thing that makes things tough is what is the long term deal with Ozuna.

        I like Arcia, Adrianza and Almonte. I think they would really solid bench players but everyday, not so much. Guillermo Heredia has been a pleasant surprise but he is not a gold glove center fielder. Pache appears to be getting his feet under him again at triple A and I expect he will be a lot more ready to be the everyday guy in 2022.

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        • 80 Vox O'Reasoñ July 24, 2021 at 9:28 am

          So, make the big move and get Kimbrel, he may not be the guy he once was but he is head and shoulders above anyone they currently have. I doubt the Cubs will want much in the way of prospects

          Problem there is that he will be in demand from other teams as well, so the price may be more than we think. I’m not so sure that this team, which can’t even get above .500, is the team to go all in with. I’m not so keen to overpay for a short-term rental for a 2021 season that in and of itself can’t get out of the training room.

          Now if you can get more than a few months’ control, that’s different.

          The offense has surprisingly still been pretty potent even with the massive injury losses. That horrid bullpen is the true difference between us being in 1st place and being 5 games back. They’ve taken 22 losses on the season, 4th worst in MLB. There’s where the problem squarely lies. Would I like another big bat? Sure. But that’s not where I’m clamoring right now. I can live with Pederson/Heredia/Arcia/Almonte. (And for what it’s worth, I believe we have a real gem in Arcia. That kid’s gonna be really good… mark it down.)

          One last note, I’m starting to be of the opinion that we may want to explore trade options for Cristian Pache before the luster is too far gone from the prospect. He’s a great defender, but I’m not so sure he’ll ever be more than a mediocre hitter at the ML level. That used to be enough for an elite defender, but not anymore. And with Drew Waters and Michael Harris (the next real stud in the pipeline), the OF has enough solid OF prospects to maximize Pache’s value as a trade asset. He might be the only way to get a solid trade return that’ll help beyond 2021.


          • 81 Vox O'Reasoñ July 24, 2021 at 2:36 pm

            Speculation on the interwebs say that Kimbrel, because he has a team option for 2022, will command a team’s top 5 prospect in trade. Yowser.


  53. 82 berigan2electricboogaloo July 23, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    man, braves can’t hope to win with this kind of sloppy defense….


  54. 84 Vox O'Reasoñ July 24, 2021 at 3:32 pm



    • 85 Gil in Mechanicsville July 24, 2021 at 4:02 pm

      Beat me to it…. There is a move afoot…. clearing space


      • 86 Gil in Mechanicsville July 24, 2021 at 4:06 pm

        I wonder what the over/under is on some team picking him up off waivers? Would cost them league minimum for 2 months. Braves are on the hook for around $4 million I think.


        • 87 Vox O'Reasoñ July 24, 2021 at 4:30 pm

          Nope. If they claim him off waivers, they’re on the hook for the remainder of his contract. It’s a virtual lock he’ll go through untouched. He can then be outrighted to AAA. I believe he has enough service time to refuse the assignment and elect free agency. But if he does, he abandons his current deal.


  55. 90 Vox O'Reasoñ July 24, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    Now there are 2 open spots in the 40-man. Is this intentional? Is there an impending need?


  56. 92 Vox O'Reasoñ July 24, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    I wonder if the Braves would essentially raise the white flag on this frustrating season and just add the surging Drew Waters to the active (and 40-man) roster in preparation for 2022?

    Probably not… but it can’t be totally discounted.


  57. 93 Vox O'Reasoñ July 24, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    Of course he did… 🙄


    • 94 berigan2electricboogaloo July 24, 2021 at 11:18 pm

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      • 95 berigan2electricboogaloo July 24, 2021 at 11:19 pm


        • 96 Gil in Mechanicsville July 25, 2021 at 12:46 am

          Somebody needs to bite the head off a live chicken or something…

          I watched the final 4 innings of the Mets vs Blue Jays… The Jays put on a clinic on both sides of the ball. The good news. Mets lost, Brave inch closer.

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  58. 97 Gil in Mechanicsville July 25, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    Magnificent performance by Touki today wasted by an anemic offensive performance. To hang that loss on Trussant is criminal in my opinion. It rest squarely on the shoulders of Chris Martin in my opinion.

    The acquisition of Joc Pederson was a good one but one that should have been done months ago. Joc would have been a much better option than either of the quad A players the Braves have manning left field now. Pederson can’t replace Acuna but he sure would replace Ozuna. I don’t know the workings going on behind the scenes at Braves Inc. but Liberty media has hamstrung AA this season.

    Liberty Media’s investment in the Braves is being run like a company in a hostile takeover and are looking to sell off parts to add to the bottom line of Liberty at the expense of the team and its fans. They are too near sighted to realize that the value of the entire enterprise in in the Braves fielding a consistent winner.

    Having 3 1/2 consistent hitters is not going to cut it.

    Like they say, GO BIG OR GO HOME….

    Money alone does not guarantee a winner but it sure does improve one’s odds.

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  59. 98 Gil in Mechanicsville July 26, 2021 at 6:39 am

    Reading DOB’s comments this morning in the Athletic, said AA was waiting to see if making a move would be worth it. DUH! Not improving a team that sorely needs it (currently fielding a line up full of quad A players fairly screams SEND HELP)

    Actually, it is pretty amazing the Braves have hung around this long given the pitiful bullpen supplied by the management.


  60. 99 Vox O'Reasoñ July 26, 2021 at 9:20 am

    “A majority of players do not want [Trevor] Bauer back under any circumstances,” writes Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times, who cites “two people with knowledge of Dodgers clubhouse dynamics.” Bauer’s paid administrative leave from the Dodgers, which the club has previously extended twice, runs through tomorrow. In late June, news surfaced of an ex parte temporary restraining order a San Diego woman obtained against Bauer after she alleged sexual assault.

    How horrible of a person must a guy be to have that kind of talent and nobody wants him on their team? I pity him. I hope he finds true redemption from he only One that can supply it, not for his baseball career but for his life.


  61. 100 Vox O'Reasoñ July 26, 2021 at 9:21 am

    How about those Padres picking up another All-Star in Adam Frazier? That’s a team that’s all in.

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  62. 102 berigan2electricboogaloo July 26, 2021 at 10:38 am

    braves 2 games under .500, fans expect them to make some more trades…Cubs 2 games under .500 expected to blow up the team. (Can’t believe how mediocre the NL EAST is this year) Tons of fans in the seats in Chicago, wonder if they will bother in September, after they trade away all the players that got them a world series championship. Wonder if they would be a better team with Kyle Schwarber, and Yu Darvish still playing for them? Can’t afford the players they have now, says billionaire owner….even having a billionaire owner doesn’t mean a team will spend the way fans would want them to….Of course, the ex-GM/Prez of the team, signed Jason Hayward to a stupid long, and just plain stupid contract. 2 more 22 Mil years after this one. and how’s he doing? .204 BA in 75 games, 6 HR’s and 19 RBI’s. Sure don’t miss him here….

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  63. 103 Vox O'Reasoñ July 27, 2021 at 6:43 am

    How do you give up just 1 run in a double header and still split? Needed that game… really badly. Could have been just 3 games back today, but are back to 5. Can’t let opportunities slip away like that. But I do believe that the Braves are just as good a team if they can just put together some kind of winning streak. Needed Game 2 last night. That hurt. Pitching did its job. The lack of length in the lineup was really magnified in the twin bill. It makes me wonder what kind of impact would be made by just adding a bona fide ML bat to LF?


    • 104 Gil in Mechanicsville July 27, 2021 at 8:40 am

      Ditto, it broke my heart. Freddie came within 6 inches of hitting a go ahead 3 run homer. Once he failed, I knew it was over.

      Washington announced after their loss last night (another heart breaker) that anyone not named Juan Soto was available, make them an offer… Too bad Schwaber is hurt who’s injury by the way coincided with their recent dive.

      Brad Hand gave up a 3 run homer to McCutchen in the ninth while trying to protect a 2 run lead.

      More Braves… yep, everyone not named Liberty Media seems to get it. The Braves need help. Make it happen tight wads…

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  64. 106 Vox O'Reasoñ July 27, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    But what kind?


  65. 107 Gil in Mechanicsville July 27, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Enjoying the romp tonight…. Austin on fire with two monster shots…….

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  66. 108 berigan2electricboogaloo July 28, 2021 at 7:36 am

    I don’t think I have ever seen a more schizophrenic team than the 2021 braves. I almost dread it when they score more than 10 runs, cuz it seems the next day, they can’t score at all. But, it is fun to see them beat up (at least for a day) the Phils and the Mutts…I mean, the mets are without not one #1, but really 2 of them, (remember Thor?) they should be primed to pass…by some team…

    I saw the list of available players, and man….unless there is someone they forgot on MLBTV (actually, they did forget Kole Calhoun, who I imagine you could get for nothing and he hit 33 HR’s in 2019, but another Joc, low ave guy) there just isn’t a Fred McGriff to save us :/

    So, may be more bullpen guys, which if had some performing as they did in 2019, 2020, we’d probably be in a tie with the Mets, or even ahead of them….

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  67. 109 Vox O'Reasoñ July 28, 2021 at 9:58 am

    Great throw by itself; even more impressive given his momentum was moving him in a different direction.

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  68. 110 Vox O'Reasoñ July 28, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    Good company indeed…


  69. 111 Vox O'Reasoñ July 28, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    For the bench? Yes… I’ll take him. As a starter? This is not the kind of move that I’m hoping for. It might be the kind of move they’re budgeted for though. I hope not.


    • 112 Vox O'Reasoñ July 28, 2021 at 12:57 pm

      BTW, you know the Marlins gave up this piece of info purposely. It’s a side swipe insult of sorts in the press. After all, who talks about trades that don’t happen? The low-self-esteem Marlins who don’t have anything positive to report about themselves and have to talk down about others to make themselves feel better. Plus, AA’s office is too stealthy.

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  70. 113 Vox O'Reasoñ July 28, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    Also, were are officially less than 48 hours from the deadline.


  71. 114 Vox O'Reasoñ July 28, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    For my money, which it obviously isn’t, I think AA could make 2 moves that would set this team in a solid position to win another division championship. (And once in the playoffs anything can happen. It’s always the hottest team that moves on, not necessarily the best team.)

    Move #1, acquire a real closer. Will Smith is not a closer. Insert Cubs Craig Kimbrell or possibly Angels Raisel Iglesias, and everyone else suddenly has a more defined role. Remember, those are guys that have done it before. Knowing who the daily door slammer is might make the sum of the parts better than the individuals have been up to this point.

    Move #2, add a real bat to CF or LF. Guillermo Heredia has done an admirable job having been thrust into the everyday CF job, but he’s batting in the 8 hole for a reason. Likewise, Abraham Almonte has been good at times. But “just good” isn’t good enough in a pennant race. I like both these guys for my bench. I’m over Pablo Sandoval. He can go. Adding a power bat to hit behind Austin Riley, allowing Dansby to move back down to 7 or 8, lengthens the lineup and eliminates whole innings of offensive hopelessness. And bumping Almonte or Heredia to the bench strengthens that as well. Rangers LF Joey Gallo is the big name mentioned, but there are others I like. Tigers LF Robbie Grossman is an under the radar guy. Pirates CF Bryan Reynolds would be a good one. (And yes, I’m admitting that Almonte is better than I gave him credit for earlier in the year.)

    Don’t forget that Travis d’Arnaud is about to start a rehab assignment in the next few days, so that bat is coming back soon too, along with P Huascar Ynoa who might help this team best in a relief role.

    Given what we’ve seen from the Phils and the Mets over this last week, there’s no doubt in my mind that the Braves can be the best team in the division. Adding a closer and a bat would solidify that IMO.

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  72. 115 Vox O'Reasoñ July 28, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    Great move for Oak-town.

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    • 116 berigan2electricboogaloo July 28, 2021 at 2:04 pm

      thats interesting, as they have one of the best defensive CF’ers in baseball (and like the whole team, I just can never remember his name) perhaps Marte plays RF, or LF?


  73. 117 berigan2electricboogaloo July 28, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    ICYMI, Jim Bowden mentions names not just for the braves, but a lot of teams, and one that MLBTR (Not MLBTV) like I mentioned above didn’t talk about, is the recently hot Jorge Soler who becomes a free agent at the end of the season (but has admittedly been TERRIBLE this year) Jim mentioned him, but for another team… https://theathletic.com/2733817/2021/07/27/mlb-trade-deadline-mailbag-jim-bowden-answers-22-questions-on-buyers-sellers-big-names-and-more/?source=freedailyemail&redirected=1


  74. 118 Vox O'Reasoñ July 28, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Here’s what will not happen, but would make every team in the NL sit up and take notice…

    Go to the Cubs and get Craig Kimbrel and Kris Bryant.

    It’ll never happen here, but can you just imagine?

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    • 119 Gil in Mechanicsville July 28, 2021 at 5:44 pm

      Yep, I have been beating that drum for a while now. I doubt it would really take that much in prospect capital, mostly just money for Dirty Craig. (salary) and in today’s environment, he is not really all that expensive.

      Bryant is just a bit more in prospects but hey, he is a known entity.

      There is a lot of money on the table with Ozuna and I don’t know who is waiting on what… He is either going to be reinstated or not but I would think it is more MLB’s call. The Braves could put him on the restricted list and void his contract if he is found guilty of battery but then again I suspect we don’t really know the whole story. Yes he was witnessed by the POPO but what were the circumstances which led up to it? Evidently it was a situation where someone called the police prior to the incident was witnessed.

      Anyway, I don’t think Alex is calling the shots on the trades right now. Hopefully the Braves are not being operated like the Pirates use to be where every trade had to be approved by a committee and by the time they finished arguing the other teams had moved on.

      One thing for sure, I don’t believe the Braves have the horses needed to overtake the Mets as they are currently constructed. Joc Peterson would have been a great add before Acuna went down. Now it is just a patch.

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  75. 120 Vox O'Reasoñ July 28, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    There is a lot of money on the table with Ozuna and I don’t know who is waiting on what

    Because this is a criminal investigation, the authorities will take copious amounts of time building their case before it ever gets on a calendar. And also, because it’s an “ongoing” investigation, no one can or will make any comments regarding its status or anything else.

    Don’t expect an outcome in 2021… and possibly not even before the start of next season.

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  76. 121 berigan2electricboogaloo July 28, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Wonder if they have saved a few mil this year, while he has been out?


  77. 122 berigan2electricboogaloo July 28, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    really? Braves GM once again afraid of trading any prospects????



  78. 123 Vox O'Reasoñ July 28, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Didn’t expect Joey Gallo to land in the Bronx. But I also didn’t expect him to land in the ATL either.


  79. 124 Vox O'Reasoñ July 28, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    Our lineup’s biggest issue bore its head tonight perfectly. With the game on the line, we sent up Abraham Almonte, Guillermo Heredia, Ehire Adrianza (for Stephen Vogt), and Pablo Sandoval. As was illustrated, any one of them can get a hit and get on base. But to expect that group to string hits together is just not realistic. And so tonight’s tying run was left on base at game’s end.


  80. 125 berigan2electricboogaloo July 29, 2021 at 8:55 am

    V, I didn’t know how likely it was for the braves to get him, but man, all it took was 3 A ball guys and one AA/AAA 25 Y.O. pitcher. Oh, and amazingly, the Rangers to pay most, if not all of Gallo’s contract! Guess braves weren’t going to do that…..
    Yankees, have less of a chance to get in the playoffs, than the braves…well, at least to win the division.
    Expect to be disappointed tomorrow…Might…might get a bullpen arm or 2…if any are left

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  81. 126 berigan2electricboogaloo July 29, 2021 at 9:07 am

    we shouldn’t have had to rely on the 4 guys in the 9th to win the game….didn’t I say I almost hate to see the braves have a blowout game, cuz invariably the next game they will score 1 run or less? The Mutts starter looked to be really shaky early on, but the braves couldn’t capitalize….once again.

    Nick Green made a good point (I know!) the other day, that one reason the Panda did so well in April, was he got to play a lot in spring training, and his bat carried over into the early part of the season. Now, I know Snit has seen much, much more baseball than I have, but….he should have had Panda take over at 3rd in some of these blowouts….yeah, he’s fat, but….he’s always been good defensively, in spite of his girth ….but, if all he his is a pinch hitter, now for the braves, they might as well release him. He can give you a quality a.b. , get a full count, or a walk but he just can’t buy a hit….Matt Adams was just released by the Rockies, wouldn’t you rather have him pitch hitting, at this point????

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  82. 127 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2021 at 9:52 am

    he should have had Panda take over at 3rd


    if all he his is a pinch hitter, now for the braves, they might as well release him

    I’ve been saying that for a little while now.

    Matt Adams was just released by the Rockies, wouldn’t you rather have him pitch hitting, at this point?

    I’d rather have a quality pinch hitter. Actually, I’d rather have ML quality starter in LF or CF with Almonte/Heredia pinch hitting. I can live with that.

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  83. 128 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2021 at 10:03 am

    I gotta be honest, Joey Gallo wasn’t at the top of my list. He’s not a good defender anywhere on the field, and he’s a strikeout machine. Yes, he’ll hit the ball a mile from time to time, but he’ll also air condition the stadium quite a bit. After all, the Rangers aren’t exactly winning with him, now are they? Guys who strike out that much are rally killers. I’d rather have a guy that’ll give me better AB’s than a Rob Deer type player (too obscure?)

    And while the Yanks seemingly didn’t give up alot, they still gave up 4 ranked prospects (their #14, #15, #23, and #28) for a player with 3 months left on his contract.

    AA has stated that he’s not interested in rentals anyway. He’s wanting players with at least 1 more year under contract. Hard to blame him for that stance this year.


  84. 129 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2021 at 10:20 am

    One more item before I return to the world of the working…

    The Braves offense is awfully inconsistent right now because the batting order is so screwed up. And that’s not Snit’s fault. He doesn’t want to hit Dansby in the 5 hole, but who else does he have?

    As I’ve said repeatedly, you cannot compete night after night with Almonte/Herredia/Vogt/pitcher comprising almost half the lineup.

    So does that mean adding just 1 more bat is a fruitless venture? Oh… nay, nay. Remember, they’re also about to get the reigning Silver Slugger award holding catcher Travis d’Arnaud back in a couple of weeks. He began his rehab assignment last night.

    So the lineup could reasonably transformed with just one more power bat. You go from:

    Joc –> Joc
    Ozzie –> Ozzie
    Freddie –> Freddie
    Riley –> Riley
    Dansby –> new guy
    Almonte –> d’Arnaud
    Herredia –> Dansby
    Vogt –> Herredia/Almonte
    pitcher –> pitcher

    Doesn’t that look alot better?

    And the same logic can apply to the bullpen. With Huascar Ynoa also returning soon (also already begun his rehab assignment), you have a very viable arm returning to the bullpen. Just add a closer and the whole pen is transformed. Newk… gone. Santana… gone. And yes, Ynoa will most likely return to the pen, not the rotation. Kyle Muller and Touki Toussaint are pitching well and the rotation has not been the problem at all. Plus, if you don’t have to stretch Ynoa out, he can return to action sooner.

    Power OF bat and closer. That’s the formula.


  85. 130 berigan2electricboogaloo July 29, 2021 at 10:54 am

    I gotta be honest, Joey Gallo wasn’t at the top of my list. He’s not a good defender anywhere on the field, and he’s a strikeout machine.

    V, I’m sorry, but you must be confusing Gallo with someone else…he’s one of the best Right fielders in the game!

    Unlike many sluggers, Gallo also offers quite a bit of value on the other side of the ball. Advanced defensive metrics have long pegged him as a plus right fielder, and he won a Gold Glove award last season. He’s best suited in the corner outfield, but Gallo also held his own during a run of center field play in 2019, and has plenty of experience at first base as well.

    He’s basically a younger (by 2 years) Joc Peterson,with a lot more power. (Joc has a career .231 BA, but I have to say, I really like his A’B’s against lefties)

    But, it’s a moot point. Who is gonna be that power outfield bat? Duvall? No? well then, AA can hug his swell prospects just a bit harder, and brag about not spending them on a difference maker, even if only for 2 + months…

    He may think the braves are going to forever compete, but…the Mutts are likely going to be the Dodgers of the East coast. They have an owner with ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD….and Liberty is seeing all this moola rolling in while fielding a .500 team that hasn’t won back to back games since the all-star break! Why spend more, when a mediocre team will draw 2 + million fans? Unless, and until something changes (I think a strike next year, or changing the braves name would about kill the team ) fans will show up…and the stores will make money nearby….

    Prove me wrong A.A, please!

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  86. 132 Gil in Mechanicsville July 29, 2021 at 11:16 am

    You guys realize Trea Turner can play centerfield… Chris Bryant can play left, Craig Kimbrel can close… Oh, they will require prospects… never mind.

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  87. 133 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Interesting indeed. Wonder where they’re going? Probably San Diego. 😆

    BTW, less than 24 hours to the deadline.

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  88. 135 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    Rosensource says the “Padres close to acquiring Max Scherzer, sources tell The Athletic”, but Heyman says “there are multiple teams still with a chance”.


  89. 136 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2021 at 5:39 pm


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  90. 137 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    Holy cow!!

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  91. 139 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 12:04 am

    A flurry of moves going down tonight, but ATL remains quiet. Not many bats left to be picked up now. Maybe there’s a hidden gem still to be plucked. I’m not holding my breath.


    • 140 Gil in Mechanicsville July 30, 2021 at 4:25 am

      In a bidding war, it is good to be the seller…

      You can never out bid the guy who A. has deeper pockets than you & B. has no regard for money.

      Examples: Exhibit A. The Yankees, Exhibit B. The Dodgers….

      Looking back…. Ted Turner was a genius until he got snookered by the Times Syndicate. He did not look past the money to realize he was being shut out until it was too late. Of course, anyone who would marry Hanoi Jane could not be but so bright but I digress.

      He was not blind to what it took to build a winner. MONEY…. All those years the Braves were winning year in and year out, the Braves were in the top three in payroll. Look it up.

      Yes, I see dominos falling all around Atlanta but I fear there is more to the story than just prospects. All those years of being shut out of the international market has played a role in making AA reluctant to trade away young talent.

      Just my opinion…

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  92. 141 berigan2electricboogaloo July 30, 2021 at 6:10 am

    was reading the MLBTR posts after the “trade” (guess it could still fall through) Pads fans were not too happy…
    amazing that 2 top prospects and 2 meh guys, can get you a top 5 starter (granted, 37 and they only have him for 2-3 months, unless…they like his work and give him double what FF will get) and the what, 2nd best SS in the game? Typically, you here these crazy, it’ll take 2 top 10 guys and 2-3 other good prospects to just get one excellent player. They have no room for that catcher, and the starter, well he’s not been so hot, in 2 starts this year…we shall see….the Dodgers go deep in the playoffs, IF they win their division.

    Hope we play the Nats a lot the rest of the season. cuz they are going to suck this year…how would you like to be a Nats fan right now?


    • 142 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 7:24 am

      Huge sell-off from DC. Scherzer GONE. Turner GONE. Schwarber GONE. Hudson GONE. Hand GONE. Gomes about to be GONE. How many games do we have left vs the Nats?


  93. 143 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 7:34 am

    The big bat left on the carousel is Kris Bryant. I know that AA is not in that market, but I do wonder where KB lands. San Fran is a good possibility. They have to do something to fend off the free-spending Dodgers and Padres. I hope the Mets do not land him, but they’ve been discussing him. Meanwhile, other Cubs have already been on the move with Rizzo dropping in NYY and and couple of relievers dispersing outward. Whither Craig Kimbrel? I wish the Braves could pull off a package deal ala LAD and pick up both Bryant and Kimbrel, but I imagine AA will bring in some obscure reliever and an OF who peaked in 2019. Or we’ll hear the tired old line that getting d’Arnaud and Ynoa back is as good as making a trade. Maybe so, but alone it’s just not enough.

    Prove me wrong, AA. Prove me wrong. There’s a little over 8 hours left to make me eat my words…

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  94. 144 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 7:35 am

    There was a time that trade deadline day was one of my favorite days of the year. Now it’s just frustrating.

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  95. 145 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 9:16 am

    As a distraction…

    Yesterday Drew Waters was 4-5 with 2 SB. Over the last 4 weeks, Waters has slashed .322/.366/.621 with 5 HR, 9 2B and a 3B. After a dismal June, the kid has caught fire and looks like the #2 prospect that he is. One has to wonder if AA might be dangling one of his 2 top OF prospects in some of these trade deadline talks. Oops, there I go drifting back to the trade deadline again.

    Speaking of Cristian Pache, over his last 28 days he’s slashing .250/.333/.413, and that’s an improvement. We may be to the point where we either value him for his elite defense, or we trade him before his value dips. I don’t believe he’ll ever be more than mediocre at the plate. I hope he proves me wrong… well, I hope he proves me wrong unless he’s traded. 😉

    I’m still dreaming that AA trades for a CF (Bryan Reynolds from PIT looks great) and paves the way for Waters in LF by mid-season 2022.


  96. 146 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 10:28 am

    I’m hearing the Mets are eyeballing both Kris Bryant and… Javy Baez. Yes, that dynamic duo. Here’s what I have to say about that.

    If the Mets swing such a deal, then you essentially have New England and SoCal snatching up all the big name talent. Yes, I know that Seattle, Tampa and Southside Chicago have made some noise. Toronto too (which is essentially the Canadian side of NY). But not big blockbuster noise. In reality, it’s just big market teams acting like big market teams. Except 1. Of those teams that have not declared themselves as sellers, the only top 10 market team that isn’t out buying is… yep, our hometown Atlanta Braves. We are the #7 sports market, but spend like a mid-market.

    So frustrating.


  97. 148 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 10:33 am

    BTW, the Braves lead all of MLB in home attendance. Yes, in our cozy ballpark, we lead them all. 1st in attendance; 12th in payroll. Maybe if fans STOPPED going to games we might get someone’s attention. But why should ownership spend more on players when the fans are still coming out and throwing cash at them? I guess I’d hold the line too.

    It’s just business, right? Nothing personal. 🙄

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  98. 149 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 11:04 am

    The closest thing you’ll ever get to a substantive Braves rumor. I think Alex would throat punch any staffer that so much as whispered the hint of a rumor.


  99. 150 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Has Javy Baez ever played CF? Asking for my dog…

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  100. 152 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 11:52 am

    And on another fun topic…


  101. 153 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    Speaking of Ozuna, there is actually something new to report there. But be cautioned, it’s only “sources” bringing information to the media. I’ll believe it when I hear it from the authorities themselves.



  102. 154 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    This is the impact deal AA should go after. Probably won’t pay the freight though.


  103. 155 berigan2electricboogaloo July 30, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    wow….I was trying to find a lame excuse ridden story by Ozuna I found the other day (claiming the police were wrong./lying) and found this…crap that just came out. Crime is just find in the ATL these days….guess he will get a chance with some other team, if not next year, the year after that…..



  104. 157 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Wha..? Well, at least he’s better than Panda. Well when healthy anyway. Not really an impact bat, but maybe better than Almonte. Maybe. 🙄


  105. 158 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    OK, getting closer. Maybe between Duvall and Rosario, we’ll have something. And Duvey won’t be single handedly killing us in Miami anymore.


    • 159 Gil in Mechanicsville July 30, 2021 at 4:16 pm

      Yep, if nothing else, he won’t be killing us with his bat. It moves Almonte to the bench and that is a plus. A little sad to see the Panda go (we hardly knew you big guy) but honestly, he had become a bit of a boat anchor as a PH.


  106. 160 berigan2electricboogaloo July 30, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    V, Gil, perhaps this thought will cheer ya up…did you see Mark DeRosa mention when Byron Buxton’s name came up, that he thought the braves could/would make sense, with Cristian Pache going back to the Twins…
    Byron IS a game changer, who was finally turning into that superstar , but has a terrible record with injuries (got hit on the wrist , sure can’t blame him for that)
    Ok, Duvall traded for Alex Jackson! And ..traded the Panda to Cleveland for Eddie Rosario!


  107. 161 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    First impressions…

    Sandoval needed to simply be released, and the Indians are covering Rosario’s $$. What’s not to like. He’s not the big bat we all wanted, but it can’t hurt. He’ll help our bench when he’s healthy.

    Duvall is the very definition of “streaky”. He’s better than Almonte in LF. Alex Jackson did not have a future here. Again, what’s not to like?

    We need to be honest… we’re shopping at the Dollar General while the usual suspects are at Saks. These moves make us marginally better. Not alot, but marginally better.


  108. 162 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    Bowman puts it this way: “Now the Braves also have Duvall back. They gained two outfielders by trading a pair of players who no longer had value within their organization”

    Let me be clear, I’m not excited by either of these moves. And maybe there’s still another card to be played. But there is no reason to poo-poo them either.

    I can sum it up this way: We’ve been routinely starting Guillermo Heredia and Abraham Almonte. Let that sink in a second.


  109. 163 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    The heat is being turned up.


  110. 164 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    This is a high standard, but the type of impact move that would make a big noise in the NL. He’d also cost a boatload of prospects.

    Hey, a guy can dream, right?


  111. 165 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    I’m still shocked that Alex got anything at all for Sandoval. Not only did he get a useful player once he’s healthy, but he got the accompanying salary covered. That’s sorcery of some sort.


  112. 166 berigan2electricboogaloo July 30, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    V, did you see my post above about Byron? (so very many posts here now, mainly you though 😉 )

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  113. 168 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    Also, I’m glad that AJax will get a better shot at a ML job in MIA. He was clearly blocked in front at the ML level and had both Conteras and Langeliers barking at his heels from behind. Good for him. By all accounts a real pro and good dude.


  114. 169 berigan2electricboogaloo July 30, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    and V, I think we are officially changing roles today , which is ok 😉

    I actually like the 2 trades. Remember, while everyone and their brother only care about OBP, what wins games is having guys that , you know…can drive in runs….and Duvall has 68 RBI’s which , in my book, is very important. and Rosario was a 32 HR guy in 2019 (you were right, someone good in 2019! 😛 ) but also hit 27 in 2017, and 24 in 2018. and he’s only 29. Cleveland just basically had no offense this year, so I think it’s like Kris Bryant and Schwarber in 2020 in Chicago, when no one is hitting, everyone presses, and fails…

    so, hopefully he won’t see the team score 1 run, after scoring 12 the night before…
    Wonder why the Indians didn’t want Amonte, something back for Rosario????

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    • 170 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 3:18 pm

      I don’t hate these moves. And given what we all have been pretty much expecting, we’ve done pretty well. No one honestly expected a big name with a big price tag (both in dollars and in prospects) attached.

      Duvall is a major improvement over Almonte both at the plate and in the field. When I saw that ball clank of Almonte’s glove yesterday, I just cringed. And Duvall will probably also hit either 5th or 6th, and not 7th or 8th. This moves Dansby back down where he’s a better fit in the lineup. It helps square things out.

      Anything we get from Rosario is better than what we got from Panda. He had not gotten a hit since April. April. Even on the IL, Rosario is as productive as Panda has been since April.

      That said, I do not labor under any illusion that these moves make us better than the Mets. It just makes us better.


      • 171 Gil in Mechanicsville July 30, 2021 at 4:24 pm

        Well, you don’t always have to be the fastest guy running from the bear, just not the slowest.

        Now, just imagine how it must feel to be a fan of the Marlins, the Cubs, the Nats… to see your team blown up.. Oh wait, the Marlins already sucked… Anyhoo,

        The Mets, the White Sox, the Dodgers, the Giants (they got Byrant), the Astros, Yankees, Red Sox all improved. The Rangers still have Folty…


  115. 172 berigan2electricboogaloo July 30, 2021 at 2:06 pm



  116. 173 berigan2electricboogaloo July 30, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    Kimbrel to….the White Sox! Who…already have a great closer….but hey Will Smith got a save the other day so….


  117. 174 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 2:33 pm


  118. 175 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    Javy Baez is going to the Mets. No word on Kris Bryant yet. He’s the last big name standing I think.


  119. 176 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    That’s a nice addition for the Phils. That helps them alot.


  120. 177 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    I’ve seen speculation that when Rosario returns from the IL, he’ll go to LF with Duvall in RF and Joc in CF. That’s really interesting.


  121. 178 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    17 minutes to go. But who’s counting?


  122. 179 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    Bryant goes to the Giants.


  123. 180 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    Ding. At this point, we’ll have to see if there is anything else that is yet to be announced. I really expected another arm to be acquired. I’m a little surprised.


  124. 181 berigan2electricboogaloo July 30, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    couldn’t get this page to load for a long time…
    Really, no bullpen arms, our biggest need?
    Bryant to the Giants


  125. 182 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    Ber, you’re getting Jorge Soler. Big bat, alot of swing and miss, not much of a fielder. But he can hit it a long way.


  126. 183 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 4:24 pm


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  128. 186 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Wow. I expected an arm or two, and maybe an OF. Alex picked up 3 OF. He has now rebuilt the OF and the bench. Pretty decent day. Still need an arm, but maybe there is still something not yet announced.


  129. 187 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    And there is the move. This is the new closer, with a couple years of control remaining.

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  130. 189 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    Officially official.


  131. 190 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    Officially official.


  132. 191 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    Bryse Wilson and a no name? Wilson had pretty much overstayed his welcome here. I wish him the best of luck there.

    More wizardry from our GM.


    • 192 Gil in Mechanicsville July 30, 2021 at 4:53 pm

      Okay, scratch Bryse from the picture. I hope he goes on to become another Jason Smidt. He is still in his infancy of his career and he will likely get to pitch every 5 days for the Pirates. He needs to ignore his W/L record and just hone his craft and have a new set of eyes to find where improvements can be made. I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

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  133. 193 Gil in Mechanicsville July 30, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    I guess the Braves will have to make a trade for an arm or pull a rabbit out of their butt ALA 2020 and have some youngsters surprise everyone. Ynoa, Wright, mystery arm??? Maybe Wilson in the pen.

    Okay, Panda cleared space on the 40 man. Aren’t there a couple of spots already vacant? Hard to keep up these days.

    Okay, while the Braves did not rock the trades today, they added a piece who could really help.

    I do not expect Acuna to be back until the first of June at the earliest next season. Perhaps Liberty will loosen the purse strings next season and maybe the Ozuna, Pache, & Waters situation sorted out by then.

    Job 1 is still to get over .500. Considering the fact the Braves have yet to break thru that glass ceiling, we should be thankful Alec is not blowing up the team like the Cubs and Nats.

    I’ll not worry about the American League teams for the moment.

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  134. 194 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    At the end of the day, I’m happy. Alex exceeded my expectations with Richard Rodriguez. I like the overall potential of the 3 incoming OF. Maybe between the 3, plus Joc Pederson, we’ll have more consistency. And don’t forget that Travis d’Arnaud will return soon too, not to mention Huascar Ynoa. The Braves are a better team now than they were at the start of the day. And they’ll be even better in a week or so.

    Now let’s string together a few wins and overtake those Mutts.

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  135. 195 Gil in Mechanicsville July 30, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    Who goes down to make room for Rodriguez, Santana or Newcomb?

    I like Heredia, Almonte and Adrianza as bench players, just not all three in the line up together. I also like Arcia as part of the bench but again, not with them all in the line up.

    I think Adrianza would be a good fit batting lead off and moving Pederson to the middle of the order.

    I know the Braves would likely want to platoon DuVall but Pederson has hit well against bot lefties and righties so his playing everyday has been a plus.


  136. 196 berigan2electricboogaloo July 30, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    wow….I didn’t sleep well, and HAD to stay up for the trade info…I then stayed up til…4:10? watched MLBTV, and a tiny bit of ESPU’s Baseball tonight, and thought…wow, not one arm…what a failure…laid down, just got up…Soler and the closer we need? A lot better than went I to bed. I would think 2 bullpen arms were needed, but…we are certainly better than we were yesterday


  137. 197 berigan2electricboogaloo July 30, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    remember feeling good about the team for several hours? 😛
    yeah, needed more than one bullpen arm I’m afraid….
    Bryce is going to be a successful starter , IF he’s healthy . Honestly he didn’t seem to have his old fastball this year…but, he’s 23. Tooki is 25, and had 2 GREAT starts, then 1 terrible start…makes the Soroka and Ian Anderson’s all the more amazing that they hit the ground running with their careers…


    • 198 Gil in Mechanicsville July 31, 2021 at 8:50 am

      Touki at this point is a very good number 4. remember the rating system for 1-5. A number 1 gives you a good game every time out, a number 2, 3 good games to one bad, #3 2-1 # 4 1-1 #5 1-2

      I hope he didn’t hit any benches after being pulled.

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  138. 199 Gil in Mechanicsville July 31, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Yep, last night things looked pretty promising until it didn’t.

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  139. 200 Gil in Mechanicsville July 31, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    So, Jorge playing in right field, Newk sent back down as well as Arcia to make room for Solar and Rodriguez.

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  140. 201 Gil in Mechanicsville August 1, 2021 at 7:44 am

    Yes Ber, you are right on the money when you call this team schizophrenic. Last night was the good version of the Braves except for the two errors but a little must fall just to make things interesting.

    Silly me, I really thought the Reds would win last night too leaving the Braves only 3 behind the Mutts but no such luck.

    Speaking of New York… Rizzo may be carried on the Yankees shoulders because he has loaded that team on his back.

    Dansby, the greatest homerun hitting shortstop in Braves history, who would have thunk it?

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  141. 202 berigan2electricboogaloo August 1, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    Gil, just a wee bit schizo, eh? :/ beat up on 2 of their great starters, then after, scoring what, 9 ? they only score 1.
    I’ll tell you what though…it’s only 2 games, but isn’t Soler impressive? Cannot believe he was hitting .190 or so and is considered by many “experts” a lousy outfielder….will be interesting to see what he does the rest of the way. IF the DH is allowed next year in the NL (and there is no strike) Joc, Acuna, Duvall, Soler as the outfield/DH combo might just work.

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    • 203 Gil in Mechanicsville August 1, 2021 at 4:24 pm

      Yes, opportunities lost. Situational hitting can win a lot of v\ball games. Remember when Andrew was “I’m a pull hitter” all or nothing which left so many runners stranded? I don’t like Ozzie leading off, he just does not have the temperament for it. Heredia would be a better option there IMHO.

      Hang this loss on the lack of offense, The pitching staff did their job.

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  142. 204 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2021 at 7:06 am

    I don’t like Ozzie leading off, he just does not have the temperament for it.

    He also leads the team in RBI and needs to stay in a run producing role.

    I think Joc will probably only sit out against an occasional lefty thus will be the primary leadoff guy. This lineup is much better now, and as constructed is full of HR power top to bottom. But it doesn’t have the traditional leadoff type. Then again, is there anything “traditional” about modern lineups? Not really. Chicks dig the longball, and so do GM’s. These days you pretty much want your best hitters at the top so that they get more opportunities to come to the plate. Not much strategy there but it’s difficult to argue the logic.

    Do y’all realize half this lineup wasn’t even on the team as late as July 14? Joc, Duvey, Soler (the entire OF), and Vogt were on NOBODY’s radar 3 weeks ago… not to mention Eddie Rosario who could turn out to be the best of the bunch.

    What a weird season.

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  143. 205 Gil in Mechanicsville August 2, 2021 at 8:38 am

    A weird season is an understatement.

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  144. 206 berigan2electricboogaloo August 2, 2021 at 9:36 am

    this team had been super lucky in regards to serious injuries , the last several years (well, outside of the rotation of course :/ ) then you add the Ozuna crap…. whole new outfield, catcher(s) …why am I saying this,we all know it 😉
    But, I guess it was our turn….Honestly, should have given FF a rest Sunday, he’s the “old” guy who had played, what 9 games in 8 days, or whatever it was….and a tough lefty. Have to rest he and Austin, or at least take them out of the blowouts….or rest them for 6 innings, then have them pinch hit…
    remember how dead Nick M, and FF were come playoff time that one year? I know, as soon as I say this, Jim Mora starts screaming, Playoffs??? PLAYOFFS?????

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  145. 207 Vox O'Reasoñ August 3, 2021 at 11:17 am

    This is crazy…

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  146. 209 Gordon Lawrence August 4, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    Good to see the old gang plugging along.
    Hopefully, Smyly gives me a reason to smile tonight anout late news time.

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    • 210 Gil in Mechanicsville August 5, 2021 at 1:33 am

      Welcome back RB, we have missed your banter, what is the good news from the Braves hunter lands… ?

      Smyly was not exactly sharp tonight but he managed to get thru 4 before the Braves brought out the heavy lumber. What a difference a week makes. Solar, Pederson and DuVal all played big in tonight’s win. Now, time for the Bravos to cross the Rubicon and break into over 500 territory, forbidden fruit so far this season.

      I look for Touki to return to form tomorrow night.

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  147. 211 Vox O'Reasoñ August 5, 2021 at 6:48 am

    How about that Braves bullpen over the last couple of weeks?

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  148. 212 Vox O'Reasoñ August 5, 2021 at 9:58 am


    And based on their performance over the last 3 weeks or so, they are the most .500 team I’ve ever seen. The question now is if they’ve gotten enough better to move the bar a little higher. It’ll likely take at least 86-76 to win the division.


  149. 213 Gil in Mechanicsville August 5, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Yes, but the best .500 club I have seen in a while. Anyone else remember the Braves team that went into September 13 1/2 games up only to blow it?

    This team now has a different vibe about it. No longer how will the blow this one but again how are they going to pull this one out.

    Chris Martin is still shaky as is Green but the rest of the pen appears to have found itself. The additions of Jesse Chavez and Rodriguez have totally changed the swag of the bullpen. A new confidence.

    Now, if Touki can get back to Touki 2.9 we will break the .500 barrier and it will be off to the races.

    Last night it was like a revelation to have DuVal and Soler contribute with dingers. Joc Peterson is playing like he wants to stay in Atlanta and it appears he hits leftys just fine to me. Soler has not shown to be a defensive liability either. Maybe these guys feel like they have something to prove.

    I still don’t really like Ozzie in the lead off position but Adam Frazier was traded to the Padres so that is out.

    I just don’t think your lead off guy should be always swinging at the fist pitch he sees. All said, the line up is certainly deeper now than it has been all season.


    • 214 Vox O'Reasoñ August 5, 2021 at 12:32 pm

      All said, the line up is certainly deeper now than it has been all season.

      Absolutely… and that’s even before Travis d’Arnaud gets back. The lineup has suddenly become deep and dangerous. Kudos Alex. You did a masterful, even if under the radar job at the deadline.


  150. 215 Gil in Mechanicsville August 5, 2021 at 2:14 pm

    Watching the Mets vs Marlins, hey, it’s baseball… Anyway top pf the 6th 2 outs and marlins up 1- zip. The Fish have a couple of impressive guys they have brought up. One being Del La Cruz who has a cannon of an arm playing right field.

    Mets offense is in a real funk right now,,, think Braves pre All-Star…

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  151. 216 Gil in Mechanicsville August 5, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    SIGH… so, now two on with two out for the mutts…. CRUD… Mutts tie it up 1-1… I am going to go take a nap.


  152. 217 Vox O'Reasoñ August 5, 2021 at 4:50 pm

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  153. 218 Vox O'Reasoñ August 5, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    Baez has only been in NY for 5 days and is already Metsing like a veteran Met.

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  154. 219 Gil in Mechanicsville August 5, 2021 at 5:23 pm

    Okay Braves, the door is wide open so time to take care of business tonight.


  155. 220 Gordon Lawrence August 5, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    Let’s sweep the Cards and break that winning record glass ceiling all at the same time.
    Still smilin’ though I can’t say it was Smyly necessarily that put it there.
    It was having Duvall back and Soler in the line-up that did it more than anything.
    Soler is a player I have coveted for a long time.
    I hope he finds baseball religion in a Braves uni for years to come.
    I thought by now the outfield I saw in the minors would be regulars in Atlanta.
    That is Waters, Pache, and Acuna around the outfield.
    Doesn’t look like that’s an imminent reality.
    Maybe down the road a few seasons.
    Is the re-born Toussiant in the stadium tonight?
    Hope he doesn’t revert to a pumpkin.
    I never thought he would ever figure out his control.
    He surely has become the player i always hoped he would become.
    Now if he can just keep steady on………
    Later guys and doll (CL).

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    • 221 Gil in Mechanicsville August 5, 2021 at 7:13 pm

      Yep, the road to Atlanta has become just a tad bit more pothole laden for the trio of Pache, Waters and Michaels hasn’t it? I don’t mind though, Soler will be a good replacement for Ozuna as a DH next season methinks.

      As we have only seen him play in the outfield for about a week or so, perhaps we have yet to see his warts but so far he looks pretty solid. Maybe not as flashy as some but as the old saying goes: Consistent adequacy often out performs occasional excellence.

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  156. 222 Gil in Mechanicsville August 5, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    Perhaps the Braves can get back to the formula of bring in one rookie each season.


    • 223 Vox O'Reasoñ August 5, 2021 at 9:25 pm

      They did bring up one rookie. Sadly he couldn’t stick.

      Waters is not as far along as is Pache. Well, Waters was not as far along as Pache was supposed to be. We need to remember that each of them are just 22 years old. But Pache signed in 2015 while Waters was taken in the 2017 draft. So theoretically even though they are the same age, Pache has a couple years extra pro experience and organizational development.

      Pache’s timeline should have placed him Atlanta mid- to late-season this year with Ender finishing out the last year of his deal. But Ender’s total collapse caused the powers that be to lean on Pache a bit early. And as we all witnessed, he wasn’t ready. Waters on the other hand really is better targeted for mid- to late-season 2022.

      Not sure who Michaels is..? But if you mean Michael Harris, he’s a relative baby at 20 and just now in high-A ball. (I suspect he could move up to AA by season’s end though. He seems to be handling A+ pitching just fine.) He’s gonna be a good one… probably the best bet of the three to make an impact. Waters has the tools, but needs to cut down on the strikeouts. But that’s what AAA ball is for, right?


  157. 224 berigan2electricboogaloo August 5, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    how sweep it is! (Chip Carey line) 🙂

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  158. 225 Gil in Mechanicsville August 6, 2021 at 8:47 am

    Good morning all, at last the Braves have achieved lift-off … Time to soar now.

    I felt a bit sorry for the Cardinals last night as I have witness the same level of melt down by the Braves pen earlier this season but not so sorry as to want it to stop. Wouldn’t you know it would end with Freddie hitting a seed to short right field where the 2nd baseman made a stellar grab.

    Touki again showed he can still be a bit shaky finding the strike zone with regularity but he does have promise. If ever there was a good argument for employing a six man rotation, the current crew is it.

    When I watch the Mets’ lead in the East shrink day by day, I cannot help but think of the old Satchel Paige line of “Don’t look back, something might be gaining on you”

    The Marlins proved this week they can still be dangerous as long as they still have a bat in their hands.

    Oh by the way, Austin Riley is a stud…. WOOF!

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  159. 227 Vox O'Reasoñ August 6, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Bowman: “There’s a completely different feel about the Braves, who finally pushed their record above .500 and caused Snitker to believe his team has regained its mojo.”

    They do look like a different team. Then again, they are mostly a different team.

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  161. 230 berigan2electricboogaloo August 6, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Couldn’t you almost see the Cards firing their manager? You bring in your closer, that I think has still not blown a save to start off his career(well, I’m wrong… he has blown a save now, not sure if it was last night, or earlier in the week) and leave him out there when he can’t throw a strike to save his life….I mean, he may never be the same again (Hope that’s not the case)
    That being said, FF shoulda kept his bat on his shoulder 😉
    to complain, just a bit….I think it was more because the cardinals are terrible, than Touki being “good” last night, that he got through 5+ innings….did anyone else notice his body language, and the almost complete lack of 4 seam fastballs? I’d love to see the breakdown of his pitches last night….
    6 man rotation…..hmmm, interesting….uknowa what? Ynoa may need to go back into the rotation after all :/

    soooo darned nice to see a 3 game winnings streak, AND getting above .500….Nats kids seem to be starting to come to life, but….they should still be easy….maybe I should take that back…nope, we are going to have a tough time being them….


  162. 231 Vox O'Reasoñ August 6, 2021 at 10:54 am

    6 man rotation…..hmmm, interesting….uknowa what? Ynoa may need to go back into the rotation after all


    7 man rotation? 😉

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  163. 232 berigan2electricboogaloo August 7, 2021 at 4:11 am

    4 braves wins…..in a row????????????????????


  164. 233 Gil in Mechanicsville August 7, 2021 at 7:24 am

    Well, that was freaky…. Don’t dig in cause Blooper might be next.

    I hope it wasn’t a case of the yips for young Muller last night.


    • 234 berigan2electricboogaloo August 7, 2021 at 7:05 pm

      Gil, I felt that both Muller and Touki had dreams telling them throwing fastballs was bad luck, or something…just odd (missed the 1st 3 innings last night, but did see one crazy high wild pitch)
      hopefully, both will be better next time out….


      • 235 Gil in Mechanicsville August 8, 2021 at 9:18 am

        Muller threw several very wild pitches of which most were just balls high and outside and to the back stop to right handed batters. Lefties were in peril however.


  165. 236 Vox O'Reasoñ August 8, 2021 at 8:13 am

    Muller and Touki are still youngsters. Will Smith is not. He’s just frustrating.

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  166. 237 Gil in Mechanicsville August 8, 2021 at 9:24 am

    I must say, last night’s finally was most disappointing and yes, frustrating. I was thinking bring in Rodrigues or Chavez but what happened with Smith was exactly what I thought would happen. He just wasn’t sharp at all. (Understatement huh?)

    Another day, another opportunity awaits.

    By the way, that Grey kid picked up by Washington in exchange for Turner and Scherzer was pretty good…

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  167. 238 berigan2electricboogaloo August 8, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Yeah…..what you all said… can you imagine Will Smith coming in during the playoffs against the Pads, Dodgers, Brewers, Phils, etc, etc, etc?
    He just doesn’t have the stuff of a closer. So glad we got the guy from the Pirates, but even he doesn’t have that overpowering stuff closers normally have…and we only got 1 bullpen arm….
    Ynoa to close then????


    • 239 Gil in Mechanicsville August 8, 2021 at 4:33 pm

      Another white knuckle finish today, at least the Braves held on… No wonder managers have ulcers…

      I know outfielders use gloves the size of a bushel basket but gee, tighten those suckers up a bit how about it.

      So a day off Monday, I wonder which players will be optioned on Tuesday, Kevin Smith?

      The Nats head to New York tomorrow, I hope they play the Mets tough. They sure looked like a team that was hungry this weekend in Atlanta.

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  168. 240 Vox O'Reasoñ August 9, 2021 at 8:20 am

    So a day off Monday, I wonder which players will be optioned on Tuesday, Kevin Smith?

    You can bank on it. Travis d’Arnaud has had no setbacks, in fact he delivered a walk-off RBI hit in game 2 of yesterday’s DH in Gwinnett. He’ll be back on Tuesday. I foresee Kevan Smith passing cleanly through waivers and being assigned to AAA.

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  169. 241 Gil in Mechanicsville August 9, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    Today’s posting by DOB in the Athletic on the importance of team chemistry this year to the Braves may well be one of his best efforts.

    One thing for sure, there is seldom a day that passes that the Braves don’t have some interesting news to pass along.

    Yesterday’s game was a reminder that the Nationals may well be a better team now with their new additions. They were making a run when Schwaber went down with the ham string injury and they never recovered. I am going to root for them this week against the Mets who are in a serious free fall. Look for the dreaded “we have every confidence in our manager” stories to hit the streets in 3…2…1…

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  170. 242 Gil in Mechanicsville August 9, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    Aug. 8: Reds 3, Pirates 2 — Wilson pounds zone
    Bryse Wilson gave the Pirates the best start in their four-game series vs. the Reds, firing six innings with three runs allowed. Wilson said he’s at his best when his command is sharp, and on Sunday, it was. He struck out seven batters and did not issue an unintentional walk, marking the first time in his MLB career he’s had at least seven K’s without an unintentional base on balls.

    A quality start for young Bryse

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  171. 243 Gil in Mechanicsville August 9, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    Wilson boosting Bucs out of the gate

    Bryse Wilson gave the Bucs their best start of the weekend, going six innings while allowing three runs in the fourth — his only shaky inning of the game, which began with two hits off the end of the bat. He pounded the strike zone to match his career high of seven strikeouts while issuing his only walk intentionally.

    “I think it speaks a little bit to the stuff,” Shelton said of Wilson’s ability to stay in the strike zone. “When you have stuff to be able to get guys out in the zone, it’s really important. He trusts that.”

    In his team debut on Monday, Wilson went five innings with only one run allowed against the National League Central-leading Brewers. Not a bad beginning for one of the pieces acquired from the Braves in the Richard Rodríguez trade, one whom general manager Ben Cherington said could be “a strong part of” the Pirates’ rotation going forward.

    “For me, I wanted to come in and put a stop on the lineup that was really hot, hitting a lot of homers on a lot of good pitches,” Wilson said. “It was cool to be able to do that and have two starting pitchers — I went six, he went seven — [in a] pitching duel.”

    Sometimes all a kid needs is an opportunity to pitch where he can learn without too much pressure . I hope he becomes another Jason Smidt

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  172. 244 Gil in Mechanicsville August 10, 2021 at 6:54 am

    I watched a bit of the Marlins vs Padres game last night. Lew Brinson has some power, The Cronfield kid who is playing SS for the Fathers in place of Tatis is a better fielding SS. Smart thinking by the Pads to move Tatis to the outfield. IMHO…

    Who was the genius who first reported that a fan in the outfield at the Rockies game was yelling a racial slur at Lew Brinson? The fan was actually trying to get the attention of Dinger, the Rockies mascot….

    There appears to be boogy men under everyone’s beds these days doesn’t it?

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    • 245 Vox O'Reasoñ August 10, 2021 at 9:36 am

      Who was the genius who first reported that a fan in the outfield at the Rockies game was yelling a racial slur at Lew Brinson?

      Not 100% sure, but I think it may have been the over-sensitive Marlins announcer who immediately apologized on air for the fan’s “unacceptable” racial slur. What’s not even been reported is that the supposed target of the word didn’t even react to it… because it didn’t exist.

      We live in a world that hunts for controversy and conflict constantly. It’s only satisfied when we are uncomfortable and uneasy. Chaos… the chosen weapon of the real enemy.

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  173. 246 Vox O'Reasoñ August 10, 2021 at 9:29 am

    Let’s not get too high on Bryse Wilson just yet. He also gave the Braves the same glimpses of talent… while also failing to gain any consistency. I wish him the best, but I want to see more.


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  175. 248 Vox O'Reasoñ August 10, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Wow. Not really surprised about Greene. He has simply sucked. No beating around the bush on that one. But recalling Minter? Is that really an upgrade?


    • 249 Gil in Mechanicsville August 10, 2021 at 12:20 pm

      I am not behooving the trade of Wilson to the Pirates at all. I always hope a trade benefits both sides, it is what promotes continued willingness to continue as a trading partner.

      Do y’all think San Diego regrets trading Fried to Atlanta???

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  176. 250 Vox O'Reasoñ August 10, 2021 at 10:37 am

    Both are on track to return to ATL soon.


  177. 251 Gil in Mechanicsville August 10, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    On Minter. It is why he was sent to triple A, to get his mind right and fix his mechanics. Let’s hope he is right when he come back.

    And yes, Shane Green was a disaster. A lesson learned.


  178. 252 berigan2electricboogaloo August 10, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    I wonder if Shane Greene would have had these issues if they had come to terms early on? I Know, he was asking for a lot of money, but then again….Will Smith makes about 10 mil a year, and for a few more years, right?


  179. 253 berigan2electricboogaloo August 10, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    When I was curious the other day to see how Bryce was doing in Pittsburgh , a video popped up of him being interviewed after out-dueling Kershaw in the playoffs….he’s still only 23….Jacob deGrom didn’t even make his first start for the mets til he was 26. Just hope Touki finds what he had for 2 starts, and we won’t be thinking down the road, too bad it wasn’t Touki we traded for Richard Rodríguez (hey, think maybe RR should be our closer instead if…nah, what a crazy notion)

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    • 254 Gil in Mechanicsville August 10, 2021 at 5:49 pm

      I am not at all disappointed with Rodriguez, I just hope he can stay healthy.

      Muller, Touki… Braves Country has to remember these guys are really young an are still developing on the mental side of the game.

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  180. 255 Vox O'Reasoñ August 10, 2021 at 5:11 pm

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  181. 257 Gil in Mechanicsville August 11, 2021 at 4:55 am

    And now the magic number is one…

    By the way, dig this slick slide by Trea Turner…

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  182. 260 Vox O'Reasoñ August 11, 2021 at 9:16 am

    I have been a big fan of Trea Turner since I saw him in person in a AAA game in Gwinnett. It was evident then that he is a special player. What would it take to bring him to Atlanta? That’s tricky as he has 1 more year of team control (last arb) before hitting FA in 2023. The Dodgers will certainly tender him that last arb and keep him in town, and since he’s not a Scott Boras client, there’s a chance he takes a fair extension if offered.

    But… let’s just speculate for a minute and look at this a little deeper.

    The Dodgers have an All-Star SS already in Corey Seager. Seager is a FA after this season. The Dodgers love to move players around, and Turner has played a little 2B alongside Seager. But the Dodgers could simply choose to go another year with Turner at SS in 2022 and let Seager walk in FA after 2021. It’s hard to say what they’re thinking out there as they love to stockpile talent and have an unlimited budget to make it happen.

    I’ve always kind of lumped both Seager and Turner together, both being very similar players on opposite sides of the country until recently. Well, except for this. Did you know for his career, Turner has played 45 games in CF to go along with 44 at 2B? Meanwhile, Seager has played his entire pro career at SS.

    Now, the deep dive…

    A published article in the last couple of days asserts that Alex was hard into the CF market at the deadline and came up short on players like the Pirates’ Bryan Reynolds, the O’s Cedric Mullens and ex-Marlin Starling Marte, forcing him to instead pile up corner OF’s. What does this say about his confidence in handing CF over to Cristian Pache long term? As unlikely as it may be, I’d love to have Turner in Atlanta in CF. And to be honest, I’d love to have Turner in Atlanta at SS… no disrespect to Dansby Swanson intended. But c’mon… Trea Turner?

    And if not Turner… Seager?

    I know it’s a little early to be talking about 2022, but I find it fascinating that Alex was working hard to import a young CF. That speaks volumes. It also shows that the Front Office is in “win now” mode. Will he finally loosen the locks on the prospects and make some real substantive trades? I do not have much confidence he’ll be shopping in the premium aisle in FA.

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  183. 261 berigan2electricboogaloo August 11, 2021 at 9:47 am

    just have a sec, but…Will Smith is not a closer (duh! You say) R.R. is…sorta a younger Mark Melancon ….how long before Snit, and the others realize this? we can’t lose too many more late inning games….


  184. 262 Vox O'Reasoñ August 11, 2021 at 9:47 am

    Last comment before I return to work. I hope AJ Minter has worked something out. But history is not with him. He’s already 27-years-old with 5 years in and out of the ATL bullpen. He can be brilliant in spurts, but has yet to find any consistency. I’ve seen enough of Mike Foltynewicz and Sean Newcomb to be too optimistic that Minter can suddenly figure it out at age 27. And since he reaches Arb 1 this year, these last couple of months will likely determine his future as an Atlanta Brave.

    I’m still baffled why Will Smith has gone from one of the best in MLB to cringe-worthy. But again, looking at history, I at least do have some hope that he could return to form. Unlike Minter, he has proven he can do it consistently. The same can be said for Chris Martin, who might be more baffling than Smith.

    Speaking of return to form, Tyler Matzek has appeared to regain his 2021 form of late, and it’s a good thing. Hopefully whomever has been working with Matzek can turn their attention to Smith and Martin.

    Where would the 2021 Braves bullpen be without Luke Jackson?

    I love recent additions Jesse Chavez and Richard Rodriguez. Even Edgar Santana has had some good moments. This team finally has some depth in the pen and there should still be one more addition, even if it’s Huascar Ynoa or Touki Toussaint. After all, you might go for a 6 man rotation, but 7 is a bit much. 😀

    AJ Minter might not want to get too comfortable.


  185. 263 Vox O'Reasoñ August 11, 2021 at 11:45 am

    Yessir. Muller is one of my favorites. I look for big things from the big lefty. But you already know that.


  186. 264 Vox O'Reasoñ August 11, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    As expected…

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  187. 265 Vox O'Reasoñ August 11, 2021 at 10:16 pm

    Will Smith. Again. Ugh.

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  188. 266 Vox O'Reasoñ August 11, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Dan’s has a way of making ridiculous plays look easy.

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  189. 267 Vox O'Reasoñ August 12, 2021 at 6:35 am

    And all is finally back right again.

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  190. 268 Vox O'Reasoñ August 12, 2021 at 8:47 am

    😆 😆 😆

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  191. 269 Gil in Mechanicsville August 12, 2021 at 8:58 am

    It sure feels like that doesn’t it?

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  192. 270 berigan2electricboogaloo August 12, 2021 at 9:16 am

    I don’t know if I’ve just become old and crotchety (well, yes,..duh! 😉 ) but it was almost impossible for me to even enjoy the win! Hey Will Smith, did ya know that lefties like it low and inside? did ya know Joey Votto is like the hottest player in the NL? GRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    It’s kinda hard to enjoy a game you keep flipping away from….
    Reds would be in first place in our division. But, you know why they aren’t in 1st place in their division. Yeah, the Brewers, but…they also gave up their longtime closer, to the Angels….Raisel Iglesias. But hey Reds fans, your billionaire owner saved 9 million this year!

    Ok, after getting that off my chest….wait, one more point…they almost lost a game they were leading 5-0, and if they had, it would have been a terrible loss, and the kind of game we all would have remembered if they lost the division by one game. We are so lucky the whole division basically sucks…but, they did come back, and they are in 1st place…and that is great! Phils and Mets fans/players/coaches must be sweating a bit!

    what has happened to the Mutts? They had the lead when they had an outfield full of rejects, now they can’t win? Guess it’s their rotation… doesn’t help to lose the best starter in baseball, does it?

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  193. 271 Vox O'Reasoñ August 12, 2021 at 11:50 am

    what has happened to the Mutts? They had the lead when they had an outfield full of rejects, now they can’t win? Guess it’s their rotation… doesn’t help to lose the best starter in baseball, does it?

    Horrible clubhouse environment and no leadership. It’s an underrated part of building a team, and the Braves do that well. It’s why they can endure hardships but still hang around… and eventually emerge. Never underestimate the value of great leaders.

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  194. 272 Gil in Mechanicsville August 12, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    Quasi early game today. 5 PM, I don’t ever recall that time used for a game not part of a twin bill.

    I was very disgusted when Will I Am gave up the homer in the ninth.

    relief more than joy when Ozzie saved the Braves bacon.

    The Mutts great run of being saved by their pitching staff came to an end when they hit the wall.

    Believe it or not but the Braves are actually becoming part of the discussion in the wild card chase too. Just saying.

    Way too much baseball left in the season to be throwing in the towel yet. If I were a Reds fan I would be pissed. Marge Shott was not a bad owner. Liberty Media… now that is a bad owner, nearly as much so as AOL/Time Warner…

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  195. 273 Vox O'Reasoñ August 12, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    Scanning the interwebs today I ran across a very interesting discussion on Will Smith.. and how it’s not his fault that hitters are suddenly teeing off on his pitches.

    The theory behind the onslaught is actually pretty plausible: Will Smith is tipping his pitches. It has even been pretty specifically noted that he squares his shoulders to the plate before throwing the slider. I’ll have to pay attention to it next time he pitches, but if it’s true it explains a whole lot. You can be sure that if some baseball junkie picked up on it, major league scouts and batters have as well.

    And that’s where the blame gets deflected…

    It’s fairly accepted that over time pitchers can develop bad habits that get them on trouble. It’s why they can go through slumps. But it’s also fairly accepted that it’s his catcher’s job to pick up on such things. Ah, and there’s where the team is at fault… well sort of. Sort of not. Smith pitches only an inning at a time, and obviously not every night. And this season, he may not even have the same catcher twice in a week’s time. How is a catcher supposed to know his pitcher when he doesn’t se them consistently? Hard to place blame there. But I do think if the pitch tipping is a real thing that some of the blame has to fall on pitching coach Rick Kranitz. That has to be in his job description too, right?

    Here’s what I do know. This theory seems quite valid to me. It explains alot. It explains why a top reliever is suddenly being lit up like a Christmas tree. And I would hope that if this theory is getting discussed heavily on internet forums and such, that it might just get back to someone on the team that can do something about it. Because it is correctible. And I’m glad it is… getting Smith straightened out could be a huge boost to this bullpen and team.


    • 274 Gil in Mechanicsville August 12, 2021 at 8:14 pm

      You know if it’s discussed here on the old B & S then the Braves brass is now aware of it and it will be fixed. Often a tell is only detected by the most astute observer.

      Of course todays game showed the Reds could read the Braves staff like a book. YIKES!

      Put this one in the rearview mirror boys

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  196. 275 Vox O'Reasoñ August 12, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Yep, Kyle Muller got beat up tonight. But it happens with young pitchers. But he repeated a trend I’ve noticed with a lot of our young pitchers lately. They can’t locate the fastball early and start overloading on breaking balls. That’ll get you killed in the big leagues.

    He’s being optioned after tonight’s game, but it’s not a punishment for a bad game. It serves a couple purposes. First, he can go work on that fastball command that has escaped him of late. But more urgently, the team can add a bullpen arm to help a pen that had to cover too many innings tonight

    Huascar Ynoa is slated to come up and take that next turn in the rotation. It’s good to have depth.

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  197. 276 berigan2electricboogaloo August 13, 2021 at 1:14 am

    see how important it was to win Weds. game? Man…if we had lost that one…


  198. 277 Gil in Mechanicsville August 13, 2021 at 8:07 am

    Well, that was pretty ugly wasn’t it? It doesn’t take much for a pitcher’s mechanics to be off does it? At least none of those wild pitches to the back stop we saw his last outing.

    He will be back. He’s what? 22?

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  200. 280 Gil in Mechanicsville August 14, 2021 at 5:52 am

    Whee, a fun night to be a Braves fan. Late game, just like staying up for a left coast trip.

    Dodgers down the Mutts in ten, The Reds continue their torrid hitting spree and the Braves did their own version of home run derby. 4 solo homers … whoop. Not without drama however with Will Smith in the 9th. He just annot make it easy closing out the game can he?

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  201. 281 Gordon Lawrence August 15, 2021 at 11:28 am

    So, is the Braves offense finally finding a way forward?
    Sure looked like it in the first two of this nine-game road trip.
    Looks like Lt. Dans is working toward that pot o’ gold at the end of the arb rainbow.
    Riley has really taken to Chipper Jones’ tutelage.
    I wish Jorge Soler would do the same.
    Cut down a bit on that long swing, and move his hands down to shorten the timing.
    Drew Smyly must want to stay a Brave.
    He’s perked up this half of the season.
    What’s the status of Mike Soroka, and Ian Anderson?

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    • 282 Gil in Mechanicsville August 15, 2021 at 7:33 pm

      Soroka needed a do over on his surgery, the tendon he had repaired detached itself while he was simply walking into the clubhouse.

      Anderson is doing rehab at Gwinnett for a sore shoulder, expected back by the end of the month.

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  202. 283 berigan2electricboogaloo August 16, 2021 at 7:36 am

    well…I caught part of the game, but when I saw Chavez give up two runs and make the game 6-5, I thought, didn’t they have a blowout win the day before? they NEVER win after those, and flipped away. Guess I was wrong…for once 😆 had my buddy I watch games at Twisted Taco call later on say, did you see the play Riley made at third ???? Nope….he said it was one of the best plays he has ever seen a braves 3rd baseman make! Oh….guess I better catch the highlights on quick pitch 😉

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  203. 284 berigan2electricboogaloo August 16, 2021 at 7:40 am

    same friend sent posted this S.I. story on Snit…I never check out S.I. but they have at least one good writer still…
    wow…amazing how he was able to not give up on baseball after all the “recycling” he went though….awesome wife too…a long, long read


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  204. 286 Gil in Mechanicsville August 16, 2021 at 11:53 am

    Gee, alone in first, it is a fragile position but hey, who would have thunk it when Acuna hobbled off the field just before the all start break.

    This team will likely exchange Almonte for Rosserio when the later is healthy which should strengthen the team even more. Still, the games are not played on paper much to the chagrin of the sports analyses and betters. (Still think MLB crawling into bed with the bookies is a bad look.

    May as well for Pete Rose to be voted into the HOF otherwise they will continue to be viewed as hypocrites. Just saying..

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  205. 287 Gil in Mechanicsville August 17, 2021 at 1:16 am

    Although last night’s game began on a somewhat tenuous note, the Braves bats began to boom and Touki settled in, go get ’em guys …

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  206. 288 berigan2electricboogaloo August 17, 2021 at 8:01 am

    Gil, agreed! Funny how you just can’t get a feel for how a game is going to go, at least early on…so many missed opportunities those first 2 innings. And it did come back to bite them, they only scored 12 ! 😉

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  207. 289 Gil in Mechanicsville August 17, 2021 at 8:54 am

    I think tonight’s game leans in the Marlins favor. Of course Huscar could fool me and come out gangbusters but I just don’t have a good vibe about this one, besides, if the Braves follow their recent pattern, they won’t score many tonight.

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  209. 293 Gordon Lawrence August 17, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    Starting to get a bit of solid ground around 1st place.
    I like it.
    Soler was a boost initially but has tailed off recently.
    He’s probably not going to take to tutelage from Chip Jones very well.
    Too long in the majors me thinks, but the guy’s plenty strong to shorten that swing and still barrel up pitches that need a flight attendant on them. (Bull Durham)
    The add in the line-up that to my mind has been the difference maker is Adam Duvall.
    He’s not dangerous for average, but if a mistake is made, he will take you over the fence.
    Like the inside pitch he hammered last night.
    Lt. Dans is seeing a lot better pitches because of it.
    In my humble opinion of course.
    Travis d’Arnaud’s return is a Godsend.
    A real bat other than Heredia behind Duvall.
    An eventuality we’re just beginning to reap the benefits of.
    BTW, I see Heredia-Molina as a potential keeper unless this off-season brings an upgrade bat for the OF.
    And the starting pitching has been more on target than not these past two weeks.
    Wil Smith still makes me wish for Mark Melancon, but I digress.
    Later folks.

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  210. 295 Gordon Lawrence August 17, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Another win.
    Following the normal script, blow-out win yesterday, tight win today.
    Great to see Ynoa back in action, and in a positive way.
    Riley trying to keep pace with Duvall.
    We could have already had a 30 homer guy, maybe 40 in Acuna
    We’ll never know now.
    How many others will get 30 or more?
    could have five guys with 30 or more.
    Sounds like the Bronx Bombers from days of yore.

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  211. 296 berigan2electricboogaloo August 18, 2021 at 11:41 am

    amazingly, we could have the first 30 HR infield (sans Catcher of course) ever!
    I really, really hope they offer Duvall a nice one year contract. I don’t care that his OBP is not good. I’m old school enough to think 30 HR’s 100, 110 RBI’s and Gold Glove defense is actually a very good thing to have on your team.

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    • 297 Gil in Mechanicsville August 19, 2021 at 6:03 am

      While it is nice to have a high BA, they don’t often show highlights of singles do they?

      There is a lot to be said about a guy who is in scoring position while standing in the batter’s box.

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  212. 298 berigan2electricboogaloo August 18, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    you cannot have Wil Smith be the closer on this team, come playoff time….

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    • 299 Gil in Mechanicsville August 19, 2021 at 6:08 am

      Wow, can’t they put Tomlin on the DL for a while Pretty sure he has a tired arm or something,,, The Braves got a little too loose with that 8 run lead. Don’t think people don’t notice things like that.

      Still, an ugly win is better than pretty loss. Moral victories still show up as a L in the standings.

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  213. 300 berigan2electricboogaloo August 19, 2021 at 9:15 am

    Gil, true a win is a win…but I wasn’t watching closely after they had a huge lead, so to come back thinking I would catch the postgame show, only to see the game was still on…and it was 11-5, then 11-7, 11-9…I truly expected them to lose….
    Just saw the Phils have lost 2 games to the ….Diamondbacks, who are something like 40 and 81…

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  214. 301 Gil in Mechanicsville August 19, 2021 at 9:54 am

    yep, the same Diamondbacks that swept 4 from Atlanta, but I digress….

    there has always been a first half and second half to every season but 2020.

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  215. 302 Vox O'Reasoñ August 19, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    MLB has updated their prospect rankings for 2021 following the recent draft. The new Braves Top 10 is not very surprising, although there is some movement both up and down for some familiar names. There are also some new ones. Lets take a look.

    OF Cristian Pache
    C Shae Langeliers
    OF Drew Waters
    OF Michael Harris
    LHP Kyle Muller
    RHP Ryan Cusick
    LHP Tucker Davidson
    IF Braden Shewmake
    LHP Jared Shuster
    RHP Spencer Strider

    Observations… Pache is still the #1 guy despite his struggles to open the 2021 season. He simply was not ready. And he’s obviously still held in high regard. Waters dropped a notch, but only because Langeliers is having a monster season with the bat in AA. He should be moving up soon to see if the improvement translates to a higher level. Michael Harris continues to climb. This kid is special. He’s also 1 of 3 OF’s in the Top 10. I expect Alex to give up one of these gems in a trade this offseason. It will not be Harris. 2021 #1 draftee Ryan Cusick debuts at 6 while former teammate and 2020 #1 draft pick Shuster also moves in at 9. Both are for real, but Cusick was a steal at the end of Round 1. Both big lefties Muller and Tuck remain, and both will contribute to the big club in 2022, assuming Tuck is healthy. Muller will likely return in 2021. Shewmake dropped a couple of slots, but not due to his own performance but more because others simply passed him. He’s a solid fundamental “high floor” player that will probably become the team’s utility guy as early as 2022, although 2023. is more likely. Sneaking in at 10 is the guy we should all keep our collective eyes on. Spencer Strider has moved quickly, starting this season at A+, and moving up to AA a few weeks ago. While he hasn’t exerted the same dominance at AA, he’s still shown the same good swing-and-miss stuff that continues to rack up K’s. He’s special and will form part of the next nucleus along with the aforementioned Cusick and Shuster.

    Other guys to note that didn’t make the Top 10 (yet) are P’s Bryce Elder and Joey Estes. Elder is a fast riser and is being aggressively moved through the system starting the year at A+, moving up quickly to AA, and getting the bump to AAA last week. Estes is just 19, but recently pitched a 9 IP complete game with 14 K’s on just 106 pitches. He was a 16th round pick. Kudos to the scout that found him.

    The biggest notable absence has to be C William Contreras, but it would seem that he exhausted his prospect status with 44 games in ATL earlier this year (48 total)? Or maybe he was simply exposed in his tenure in a big league lineup. He can’t hit a slider, and his defense was awful. That’ll do it. Still, he’s not on the list anywhere 1-30. Surely he didn’t fall that far, did he?

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  216. 303 Gil in Mechanicsville August 19, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    Phillies lose this afternoon to the D’backs 6-2. That puts another 1/2 game between them and the Braves.

    Like i said, I hate going into a series with a team on a long losing streak. The law of averages looms large in the background.

    So, 2 of 3 will be fine with me. Sure, I would love another sweep but somewhere along the line, Smith will blow another one.

    Then it is back to Atlanta for 2 with the Yankees and 3 with the Giants. Realistically, going 3 of 5 for the home stand would be a good showing.

    Then it’s off to the left coast for a bunch of sleep deprivation for me.

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  217. 304 Vox O'Reasoñ August 20, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    This is great news. Now to get Freddie taken care of…


  218. 306 Vox O'Reasoñ August 20, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    This is great news. All you have to do is look at how our pitchers perform with and without him behind the plate. The offense is gravy.

    WillieC may now be officially on the block.


  219. 307 Vox O'Reasoñ August 20, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Freddie likes it. Maybe he knows something we don’t. 😀


    • 308 Gil in Mechanicsville August 20, 2021 at 12:58 pm

      Signing TDA does not really block anyone. I only means whichever catcher who isn’t ready for prime time gets more experience in the minors.

      Travis potentially for three more years but a very movable contract if the kids get hot. All about having options isn’t it?

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  220. 309 Gil in Mechanicsville August 22, 2021 at 8:38 am

    The O’s getting closer to a possible steak ending win. Lost by two on Friday night, lost by one on Saturday. One run is the closest they have been in a final score since they began their current losing streak.

    That said, the Braves go for the three city sweep today. Yes, the Yankees loom large but for the Yankees, the Braves loom large also. So, Braves, stay focused and win today.

    Been a pretty eventful week for Travis. Signs a 2/3 year deal with Atlanta, hits a 2 run homer and now headed home on paternity leave.

    William Contras to catch Touki today for the Braves.

    Meanwhile, the Orioles go for the number one over-all draft pick for 2022…. Just saying.

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  221. 310 Gil in Mechanicsville August 22, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    Yipeee… That was something. 3 sweeps in a row. I would love to see the Braves keep it going against the Yankees. No short porch in Atlanta for the Yankees to get cheap homers.

    Saying that, several of the Braves homers hit in Baltimore would not have left the park in Atlanta but as long as the dimensions are the same for both sides I’m good with it.

    Looks like Ynoa gets the nod Monday night followed by Charlie on Tuesday. Let’s hope the Braves have a big enough lead where Will Smith will not be relevant.


  222. 312 Vox O'Reasoñ August 23, 2021 at 11:25 am

    Yes, I know this is the dreaded division rival Marlins, but this is still very cool…

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  223. 313 Gordon Lawrence August 23, 2021 at 11:44 am

    2 against the Stankees, then 23 against the NL West.
    Keep grinding.
    This is no time to take a breather and exhale.


  224. 315 berigan2electricboogaloo August 24, 2021 at 8:48 am

    well, that was a completely uninspiring game last night. Guys were swinging wildly, like they didn’t even know what the pitchers were likely to do…I know they haven’t seen them much but geez…
    I’ll tell you what, in case y’all missed the game, the Yankees Jonathan Loaisiga is about the most impressive relievers I’ve seen ! Braves had no chance. They say he was a starter, with his stuff, they should consider making him one again…
    Oh well, one more game, please don’t have folks saying the AL East is still the best division again

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  225. 316 Vox O'Reasoñ August 25, 2021 at 7:42 am

    Why waste our time with replay if they’re still not gonna get the call right? I thought that was the point. Apparently not. So why even bother?


    • 317 Gil in Mechanicsville August 25, 2021 at 10:00 am

      So, a player who did not touch home is call safe and one who is called out did… Better check the on line betting accounts of some people… Just saying…

      And yes, Bobby Cox would still get thrown out for arguing calls…


  226. 318 Vox O'Reasoñ August 25, 2021 at 7:47 am


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  227. 319 berigan2electricboogaloo August 25, 2021 at 9:18 am

    2 game series just left a bad taste in my mouth (and others I’m sure) Snit brought in guys that should not have been facing the hottest team in baseball in game one. Game 2, terrible strike zone, terrible call saying Joc was swinging at a pitch that hit his hand and fell down, slightly turning as falling. Oddly, Snit did not defend Joc, said it looked like he swung, but defended Riley getting thrown out a 2nd, all but killing a rally in the 8th. Then, F.F. getting called out, when he likely was safe, AND the catcher was blocking the plate! Guarantee Aaron bleeping Boone tells his catchers to be on the line, and the infielders to throw to the outside of the line. Just total b.s. Feel like I am forgetting other crud….
    oh well, like Chip and Jeff were saying, still have won 9 of 11 games and the Phils and Mutts lost….but, I do fear that teams like the Yankees can go deeper in the playoffs than the braves, cuz they have a ton of guys throwing 97 to 101 and the braves have basically 2 guys and they don’t close. If Chris Martin didn’t give up a homer to a guy hitting .214….perhaps ….shoot…
    Ok, trying to end on a positive note. Since Snit seems to want a repeat of the year FF and Nick M, after playing 162 games, were all but useless come playoff time , having 2 days off in a row should do what he won’t , give them a real rest…

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  228. 320 Gil in Mechanicsville August 25, 2021 at 10:04 am

    It still comes down to judgement calls doesn’t it?

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  229. 322 carolinalady August 25, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Gil, WP seems to have thrown me out again. And I’m positive I paid the rent! If you’d kindly add me again and reinstate admin, I’d appreciate it. Haven’t been able to even “like” anything. sigh Thanks, Chief!


  230. 323 carolinalady August 25, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Whoa! Now I can “like” again. Have no idea what is going on. smh

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  231. 325 Gil in Mechanicsville August 26, 2021 at 11:13 am

    Okay guys, what do you think? September 1st the Braves will be able to expand their roster by two players. I expect it to be Eddie Rossario and Christian Pache because they are already on the 40 man. That said, the Braves could bring up Rossario now and send down Almonte. They already have 14 pitchers on the roster.

    Then there is Ian Anderson… do they swap out Touki or do they send down Tomlin or a position player?

    The case can be made that Josh has a “tired “arm… based on his recent performances.

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  232. 326 berigan2electricboogaloo August 27, 2021 at 1:01 am

    wow, only 2 players? Man, grew up with expanded rosters (when exactly did THAT start?) just feels like more fussing with the game in ways it didn’t need fussing…guess I am in the minority here with that view. I feel like Joc is going to get the short end of the stick, for some reason….5 outfielders means someone(s) going to be unhappy every night. if only we had the DH now….

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    • 327 Gil in Mechanicsville August 27, 2021 at 7:31 am

      It was one of the Manfred rules he put into place last season in a effort to speed up the game. ????

      I know, it doesn’t make any sense to me either. I guess the owners didn’t want to pay the prospects the extra bucks.

      Guess who got a save the other night for the Dodgers?

      Answer: Shane Greene… go figure

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    • 328 Vox O'Reasoñ August 27, 2021 at 8:15 am

      I believe the logic of trimming the September roster was twofold:

      One, teams in contention were using it for unlimited relief options. Two, teams not in contention were deploying AAA rosters to play against teams fighting for playoff spots. “Integrity of the game” came into play under both scenarios.

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  233. 330 berigan2electricboogaloo August 27, 2021 at 1:02 am

    amazing story, praise Jesus!

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  234. 331 Vox O'Reasoñ August 27, 2021 at 8:12 am

    That said, the Braves could bring up Rosario now and send down Almonte. They already have 14 pitchers on the roster… Then there is Ian Anderson… do they swap out Touki or do they send down Tomlin or a position player?

    OK, since you asked… here’s my take…

    First, Eddie Rosario is healthy, but he’s not exactly chewing up AAA pitching. In 13 games at Gwinnett, he’s slashing just .196/.226/.471. I think in his case, patience is a virtue. I’d wait another 4 days and just bring him up on Sept. 1. That part isn’t very difficult. As for the second player, a case could be made for Cristian Pache. He does look like he may be much closer to finishing his development than he was when he was rushed to the roster on Opening Day. But a better case might be made for Orlando Arcia. As Ber noted, there is a wealth of OF possibilities, but really only one IF, being Erihe Adrianza. And he really is only a stopgap SS, and not someone you’d want out there if anything happened to Dans. If there’s anything the Atlanta Braves franchise ought to know, it’s that “defense up the middle” should be a priority. Don’t bet against Arcia being tabbed.

    Now… pitching. That’s a much tougher question. Ian appears to be ready to return to face the Giants on Sunday. While all indication should be that Josh Tomlin’s time here has drawn to an end, you just never know around here. Alex has shown a propensity to stockpile arms, even those that aren’t firing at 100%. He might lean more toward sending someone down that has a minor league option rather than expose a veteran to waivers. That said, I think there’s zero chance Tomlin would be claimed. There’s also the possibility of placing him on the IL with a “shoulder strain”. That would delay any real decision and keep more options open for at least 10 more days. But assuming that Tomlin is the odd man out, who becomes the long man in the pen? There’s not another candidate on the roster presently unless you extract someone from the current rotation. But I’m getting ahead of myself. I’ll come back to this option in a minute.

    Secondarily, what happens with the rotation when Ian comes back? There are some certainties in the group. You know that Charlie, Max, Ian and Drew Smyly will be there. And for those who cringe when I say Smyly, go back and look at his numbers over his last 12 starts. The Braves have won 11 of those games. That said, he doesn’t seem to last more than 4 innings… which I’ll come back to in a minute.

    Who’s left? Touki Toussaint… whom many speculate will move into the bullpen in Tomlin’s role. Would AA do that? Here’s a kid with great expectations, that’s finally getting things figured out in regular starts. To stop that process and move him to the mop-up role could be damaging to his development… not to mention taking a talented arm and parking it away from competitive games. That just does not seem like the best use of our resources.

    I’ve heard alot of talk about a 6 man rotation, to help keep arms fresher going into September and October. And that does sound reasonable. But professional starting pitchers are on strict routines for a reason. And disrupting that could be detrimental to their recovery and performance cycle – a cycle they’ve been working under for their professional careers. I don’t think it’s as simple as just adding a 6th man. There’s more to it. Plus, I want to squeeze every start I can out of Charlie and Max. They’re my hosses and the 2 guys other teams want to avoid.

    Now… circling back to a couple of points I left hanging earlier, and how I would handle it if it were me in the big fancy executive suite. Smyly has been solid for about 4 inning consistently, but really isn’t giving us Likewise, Touki is averaging a little over 5 IP per start himself. Why not piggyback these 2 guys? Have Smyly ready to go 4, and have Touki ready to come on in the 5th? If you can get a solid 4 out of him as well, you ideally only have to tax one additional arm in the pen… if that.

    Now that I’ve typed a feature length reply, we’ll most likely witness the Braves do something completely different from all of that above. But from an admittedly amateur point of view, I’d go the routes I’ve described above.

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    • 332 Gil in Mechanicsville August 27, 2021 at 8:28 am

      I was basing my opine on Rosario’s performance on his last five starts. However, holding him in Gwinnett another 4 days won’t hurt him.

      I agree Arcia is just the type of vet you would want to add for a stretch run.

      As for pitching, this is the mean season. When young arms fall off from venturing into uncharted territory.

      Of course those innings pitched in the minors count too in my opinion. It6 is good to have pitching depth, just ask the Padres who don’t…

      Philly and New York both lost last night. Time for the Braves to drive a stake thru their collective hearts.

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  235. 333 Vox O'Reasoñ August 27, 2021 at 9:24 am

    You know, Gil… you may have swayed me here.

    If right now against the Giants Rosario is a better option than Almonte, then bring him on up. Almonte is out of options, so you know he’s got to go through waivers. But I imagine that was part of the discussion when Rosario was traded for anyway. Since defense should be a priority, Pache may be a better OF option than Almonte anyway. I’m not opposed to it.

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    • 334 Gil in Mechanicsville August 27, 2021 at 9:51 am

      Almonte is a career quad A player, if another club wants to pick him up, well good for him. He is 1 for 16 in his last ten appearances.

      Does Rosario bring more to the table than either he or Peterson? Probably. Should be an interesting stretch run.

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  236. 335 berigan2electricboogaloo August 27, 2021 at 11:11 am

    “Now… circling back to a couple of points I left hanging earlier, and how I would handle it if it were me in the big fancy executive suite. Smyly has been solid for about 4 inning consistently, but really isn’t giving us Likewise, Touki is averaging a little over 5 IP per start himself. Why not piggyback these 2 guys? Have Smyly ready to go 4, and have Touki ready to come on in the 5th? If you can get a solid 4 out of him as well, you ideally only have to tax one additional arm in the pen… if that.”

    V, you “stole” one of my ideas back in spring training! 😉 I was wanting some combo of Bryce and Newcomb, or someone else…I forget…that was a long time ago.

    Some manager will try that one year, and will be called a genius, no doubt, a true original thinker 😛

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  237. 336 Vox O'Reasoñ August 27, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    Bowman weighs in on our conversation… sort of…

    On the rotation: “With [Ian] Anderson set to make his return on Sunday or Monday, it’s likely the Braves will temporarily go with a six-man rotation that allows each of their starters to get an extra day over the next week. Once the next off-day arrives on Sept. 6, they may go back to five starters. But without an off-day next week, they’ll likely go with six starters.”

    That would buy another week or so and plays into the prevailing school of thought that “these things tend to sort themselves out” with regard to starting pitching. And ya know what? They often do.

    On Eddie Rosario: “You will likely see Rosario activated from the injured list during this weekend’s series against the Giants. Exactly what the counter move will be is not known. But Rosario’s left-handed power should strengthen the bench over the season’s final five weeks.”

    I do think that Abraham Almonte is the likely “odd man out”. But I’d prefer they send down a reliever for a few days and flesh out a full 5-man bench until rosters expand and they can expand the bullpen again. I just don’t see that happening though. The track record suggests otherwise.

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  238. 337 Vox O'Reasoñ August 27, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    And there it is…

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  239. 338 Gil in Mechanicsville August 27, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    Sometimes I am scared of us…. 🙂

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  240. 339 Gil in Mechanicsville August 28, 2021 at 7:40 am

    What a wonderful turn around by Solar. Like Earl Weaver once opined, love me some three run homers…

    Joc Perterson is a stud, Will Smith is not….

    Baseball is a funny game, I did not think Posey’s fly ball in the first would go out. I did think two of Joc’s blast would.

    Heredia continues to amaze..

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  241. 340 berigan2electricboogaloo August 28, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Baseball is a funny game, I did not think Posey’s fly ball in the first would go out. I did think two of Joc’s blast would.
    for real, I figured with that goofy homer, that there would be dozens of homers by the braves…nope….

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  242. 341 Gil in Mechanicsville August 29, 2021 at 7:46 am

    Lots of warning track power on display by the Braves last night, who has been doctoring the baseballs?

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  243. 342 Vox O'Reasoñ August 29, 2021 at 10:01 am

    Don’t like it. But he had an option, so…

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  244. 343 Gil in Mechanicsville August 29, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    Nothing like a 9-0 shut out of the Number ! team in the NL to lift your spirits and restore your will to live….

    Braves boppers were thumping today.

    Now to ruin my sleep cycle and try to stay awake for the Dodger series.

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  245. 344 Vox O'Reasoñ August 30, 2021 at 8:55 am

    Reflecting back on this weekend, mostly on the return of Ian and the seemingly 9 lives of Josh Tomlin…

    First, Ian Anderson may be the real key to this team’s success in the playoffs. You know you have a playoff bulldog in Charlie Morton, and you know you have a pitcher in Max Fried that can carve up a batting order like pastrami when he’s on. If Ian can be healthy and up to his potential, as he appeared to be yesterday, that’s a pretty stout 1-2-3 that can pitch with the best teams. That’s huge in the playoffs.

    Now Tomlin. As much as we know from observation, and I think we’re a pretty astute bunch, we still don’t see or know the things that go on outside of the 3-hour televised event. I’ve read more than a few times about the way that Tomlin works with our young pitchers on everything from mechanics to mental approach. In all likelihood, Tomlin’s greatest value to this team comes outside the white lines. He just happens to be the guy that gets called on when things have gone sour between the lines. I expect him to quickly hire on as a coach once his pitching days are over. And only Tomlin can know when he’s ready to make that call. Perhaps the Braves are simply being patient with him in order to keep him around our youngsters until he can be hired in a more official coaching capacity. It’s plausible, anyway. He’s 36 and only signed through the end of 2021… with the team holding an option on 2022.

    Can’t leave without giving praise to Eddie Rosario. I think AA found a gem there. Hard to believe he got him for practically nothing. If AA doesn’t get some kind of award for the job he did at the deadline, it’ll only be because some schmuck in big markets NY or Cali gets it instead.

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    • 345 Gil in Mechanicsville August 30, 2021 at 11:27 am

      Yep… and Eddie Rosario.. The Braves got him PLUS CASH from the Indians for the Panda who they immediately released. Talk about picking someone’s pocket… Shades of the Shelby Miller trade to Arizona…

      Of course it should be interesting to see how Snit employs his outfield going forward. What a great problem to have eh? I’m thinking the Braves clubhouse might just more fun right now that a frat house on toga night…

      Next season should be interesting as to who stays and who goes. Yes, Ozuna won’t be returning methinks regardless of the outcome of MLB’s investigation but I doubt Acuna will be ready before June of 2022.

      As for right now, I expect Heredia will be searching for playing time and at bats. Rosario has speed and an above average glove to go with his stick.

      I remember the 411 on Solar was he was a below average outfielder but I have not seen it so far.

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      • 346 Vox O'Reasoñ August 30, 2021 at 1:57 pm

        I read somewhere, I’m sure at the time of the trade, that Rosario has the highest defensive metrics of any current Braves outfielder, not counting the injured RAJ of course. Since I’m not a stat-head no of those metrics meant anything to me. But the bottom line of the conversation is that Rosario is supposedly a better defensive OF, including CF, than Joc Pederson, Adam Duvall, and even Guillermo Heredia. If I had to guess, I’d expect to see him in a loose platoon with Duvall in LF… in much the same arrangement as Heredia/Pederson in CF. Ad at the same time, there will be days when one of Pederson/Rosario gets a start in RF over Soler just because. But I don’t know how you take any of them out of the lineup right now. They’re all hotter than the sun. And Heredia is a breath of fresh air off the bench. It’s amazing how many facets of a team can be improved with a few surgically precise acquisitions.

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        • 347 Gil in Mechanicsville August 30, 2021 at 2:37 pm

          Yep, its like when one player gets hot and carries a team for a month and then inevitably cool off, it’s nice when your line up is 8 or 9 deep in the batting order. There is no rest for an opposing pitcher because everyone they face can turn a game around with one swing.

          The only weak link right now in the line up is Voit and whichever pitcher is on the mound. Sure, there will be nights like last Saturday when you get shutdown but many more like Sunday when everyone rakes.

          I am not going to worry too much about next season yet, too much baseball ahead of us for 2021 still. I’ll leave it to the pros in the front office to figure it all out but gee, how much deeper could this team be if not shackled by the tight wad owners at Liberty Media?

          I would feel a lot better if the Braves and Freddie were to get a deal done before allowing Fab 5 to hit free agency.

          On another front, I said I would be satisfied if the Braves played .500 ball during the last homestand. 2-3 is pretty close and actually if not for another missed call at home plate by the replay crew in New York could have been 3-2. Now a tough road trip to the left coast but lets be truthful, it will be a tough row to hoe for the Dodgers and the Rockies too.

          I don’t expect another seven game winning streak but coming home 5 and 2 is very doable.

          The Braves will have a lot of ground to cover in Dodger stadium and Coor’s Field so allowing to have some speed in the outfield will benefit the Braves pitchers.

          One last word: Anyone think someone should remind the Mets Baez of what happened to David Justice (who was a much better player) when he dumped on the home teams fan base? Methinks Javier may have screwed the pooch so to speak and his chances of remaining in New York is about as good as the proverbial snowball in a hot place.

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  246. 348 Vox O'Reasoñ August 30, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Speaking of the Braves playing .500 ball…

    Let’s say the Braves go a very pedestrian 17-16 over the season’s final 33 games. Should that happen, they’d finish the season 87- 75. In order for the 2nd place Phillies to catch them, said Phils would have to win 21 of their remaining 32 games. Does anyone really see the Phillies, who just lost JT Realmuto for a few days and Rhys Hoskins for the remainder of the season, going 21-11 down the stretch?


    I also don’t think the Braves will coast in with a 17-16 showing. But even of they did… it sure looks like it’d take a major hot streak by Philly to prevent a 4th consecutive division title.

    Oh, and the Mets? They’d have to go 24-8. Yeah… r-i-g-h-t…

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  247. 349 carolinalady August 30, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Welcome, Lion Wanderlust! Glad to have you following us and hope you’ll join in!

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  248. 350 Gordon Lawrence August 30, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Just great to see Solar’s bat come around.
    He’s starting to shorten up a bit on that long swing, and moved his hands down slightly for a quicker strike at the ball.
    Rosario chimed in right away.
    Duvall is not good off the bench however.
    I don’t recall him ever being.
    Lot of work to do after season’s end to replace Ozuna’s bat.
    Duvall to be the DH when the NL puts it in next spring ’cause i don’t want a platoon of Rosario and Duvall.
    Fried PH off the bench on days he’s not pitching?

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  249. 352 Gil in Mechanicsville August 31, 2021 at 7:27 am

    Well, that was rather ugly wasn’t it? Evidently Southern California does not agree with Drew Smyly…

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  250. 353 Vox O'Reasoñ August 31, 2021 at 8:15 am

    Duvall to be the DH when the NL puts it in next spring ’cause i don’t want a platoon of Rosario and Duvall.

    It’s a possibility that neither are here in 2022. The current OF (excluding the inured RAJ) is not under team control next season. Soler and Rosario are both FA’s, Duvall and Pederson both have mutual options.

    We will have Guillermo Heredia (Arb 2) assuming he’s tendered an offer. 😉

    Oh… I suppose you have to consider that Marcell Ozuna is “under contract”, but there’s no clarity on how that will be considered. The criminal charges have been dropped; but the two misdemeanor domestic violence charges — family violence and simple assault — are still moving forward. Final motions are due today actually, and the hearing is scheduled for Sept. 9. MLB’s investigation is still “ongoing” and won’t conclude until after the charges have been resolved. Once the judicial side is concluded, a suspension by the league will surely follow. Then the ball will be in the Braves court.

    Personally I don’t know how the Braves could bring him back. Their past handling of Hector Olivera would indicate the same. John Coppolella traded the embattled Cuban to San Diego for Matt Kemp’s contract. Well, Kemp came along too. But the contract was the penalty. Current GM Alex A’s first deal in Atlanta was to dump Kemp to LAD. Alex has proven to be a magician when it comes to making trades, but handling Marcell Ozuna, and the remaining 3 years of his deal will be akin to David Copperfield making a Lear Jet disappear. He’ll need a might big sleeve to pull that trick out of.

    But I digress. Next year’s OF…

    Ronnie will return, but surely not by Opening Day. It’ll cost the team $10M and $7M respectively to keep Pederson and Duvall around… assuming each agrees to their side of the option. And there will be other teams in the game willing to bid for their services. We all need to be keeping our fingers crossed that Cristian Pache is ready to compete at the ML level in 2022. Aside from that, Alex will be shaking the bushes for some discount productivity to flesh his OF out again. After all, even if he makes Ozuna go away, there will be a lingering cost in some manner. That $18M annual albatross will not just vanish. And I doubt Liberty Media is willing to just sweep it under their corporate rug.

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  251. 355 Gil in Mechanicsville August 31, 2021 at 9:10 am

    About last night…. I knew the gig was up when the home plate umpire called a ball thrown to Ozzie 6 inches outside a strike. Sometimes you just know. Maybe he had money on the game… Just saying…

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  252. 356 Gil in Mechanicsville August 31, 2021 at 9:15 am

    Duval has never really done well as a pinch hitter, is DH much removed from that? Also, he is a pretty good outfielder.

    I think a lot will hinge on whether or not the Braves and Freddie can come to terms. AA should have expended him last spring. Teams like the Angles, Yankees, Red Sox etc will woo him hard if he opts to go to free agency.

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  253. 357 Gil in Mechanicsville August 31, 2021 at 9:23 am

    Soft toss pitchers like Smyly cannot survive if they don’t get the corners called and he did not. That was the other side of the home plate umpire’s signal calling.

    Another tough customer in Beuhler tonight. Lets hope Charlie brings his A game.

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  254. 358 berigan2electricboogaloo August 31, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    He’s given up seven homers in his past two starts, one against a loaded lineup Monday and the other last week against Baltimore, the worst team in the majors. Of his past 16 runs allowed, 13 have come on homers.

    “I mean, those balls were middle,” Smyly said of the first three homers Monday. “Granted, they’re in the zone. But they just came out really aggressive. It’s like, it’s hard to analyze it because they barely put my off-speed pitch in play. I really didn’t throw many fastballs after the second or third inning because I realized every fastball I threw, they were on.

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  255. 360 Vox O'Reasoñ August 31, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

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  256. 361 Vox O'Reasoñ September 1, 2021 at 8:21 am


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  257. 362 Vox O'Reasoñ September 1, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    Adding Arcia was already speculated, but even more important now with Ozzie out for the short term.

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  258. 363 Gil in Mechanicsville September 1, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    I kept waiting for the Braves to announce their call ups. No surprises.

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  259. 364 Vox O'Reasoñ September 2, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Will Smith just makes me sweat. Chris Martin makes me nauseous. He hasn’t fooled anyone for most of the season.

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  260. 365 Gil in Mechanicsville September 2, 2021 at 10:43 am

    They are not really the guys at the back end of your rotation IMHO…

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  261. 366 Gil in Mechanicsville September 2, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Lets hope for a better outcome in Denver

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  262. 367 Gil in Mechanicsville September 2, 2021 at 10:47 am

    PS… no matter how I tried, I could not stay awake for any of the three games.

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  263. 369 Vox O'Reasoñ September 2, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    Obviously at this stage of the season there is no means of acquiring help for the back end of this consistently inconsistent bullpen, but I read something from a fairly well known fan site earlier today that made me go “Hmmm…”

    The writer was bemoaning the fact that this bullpen has seemingly plagued the Braves the entirety of the season. He noted that the pen simply did not have any hard throwing power arms capable of missing bats with the possible exception of AJ Minter, whom he referred to as the only actually closer type on the team, but also whom cannot seem to get out of his own way. And when you really look at the arms collected in the bullpen, you see that’s he’s right. And while it’s true that there are a handful of closers that found success throwing off-speed stuff, Trevor Hoffman immediately comes to mind, it’s a rare hurler that can consistently get outs without the high-90’s heater. That’s why Hoffman is in the HOF, right? But his fellow closer HOFers are more along the Goose Gossage, Lee Smith and Mariano Rivera ilk.

    The Braves don’t have any of those at their disposal… or do they?

    What if we had a big lefty that could consistently hit 97 with sink which could tick up higher in short spurts? A guy that can also mix in a quality curve, slider or change from time to time to keep batters honest? A guy that is capable of missing bats and racking up K’s?

    What If I told you that Tucker Davidson is healthy and throwing again? He began “baseball activities” about 2 weeks ago after spending much of the season on the IL with “forearm inflammation”. I see no reason the Braves could not work him back as a short inning reliever for the remainder of the season. Even if they still view him long term as a starter, there’s not enough time left in the AAA season to build his innings up and no place for him in Atlanta to start anyway. It’s much or reasonable to use that talent out of the pen.

    Why not?

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    • 370 Gil in Mechanicsville September 2, 2021 at 7:13 pm

      Agree… I watched the Nats Phillies game this afternoon… Score was 6-0 Nationals and then they brought in their bullpen. Final score Phillies 7 Nationals 6…. AURGHHHHH.

      On the Braves lack of a true closer. Could Tucker be any worse than the guys we have filling those spots right now? Two very winnable games wasted….

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  264. 371 Vox O'Reasoñ September 2, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    So Martin goes on the IL with elbow inflammation. It’s speculated that the elbow has been bothering him for a while, which would explain the recent nosedive. But if that’s the case, it’s almost worse. He clearly hurt the team trying to stick around when he knew he wasn’t healthy.

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  265. 372 Vox O'Reasoñ September 3, 2021 at 8:44 am

    Gotta give the bullpen props on this night. Jacob Webb did a great job, as did steady Luke Jackson, who has probably been our most reliable reliever all season. I don’t mean to gloss over Jesse Chavez or Richard Rodriguez, but you pretty much expect what you got from them.

    Now Will Smith. We (and by we, I point the finger squarely at myself) have piled on Smith pretty hard this season. I do NOT think he’s an ideal closer. But he just became just the 4th closer in Braves’ history to notch 30 saves, and the first since Craig Kimbrel. The others are Billy Wagner and John Smoltz. That’s not bad company.


  266. 373 Vox O'Reasoñ September 3, 2021 at 8:45 am

    477 feet. My goodness.

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  267. 374 Vox O'Reasoñ September 3, 2021 at 8:49 am

    The Braves hold a mutual option on Duvall for 2022. IMO, they need to do what it takes to induce him to pick up his end of it.


  268. 375 Vox O'Reasoñ September 3, 2021 at 8:57 am

    And while they’re at it, they might want to talk to Jorge Soler about being the team’s DH for the next couple of years.

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  269. 376 Vox O'Reasoñ September 3, 2021 at 9:04 am

    Of course, Freddie’s extension has to come first and foremost. Bringing Charlie Morton back for another season ought to be on the menu as well. It’s a pretty good place to be when your “To Do” list includes keeping alot of your current players.

    But as potent as this offense right now, can you imagine it with a healthy Ronnie Acuña at the top of it?

    RAJ, RF
    Soler, DH
    Freddie, 1B
    Riley, 3B
    Ozzie, 2B
    Duvall, LF
    Dans, SS
    T’dA, C
    Pache/Heredia, CF

    That’s a pretty stout lineup, folks, and not out of reach.

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  270. 377 Gil in Mechanicsville September 3, 2021 at 11:42 am

    I read somewhere that MLB is considering suspending Trevor Bauer for two years which would let LA off the hook. If that is so, I would imagine the same sort of thing would happen to Ozuna. Again, allows the team to move on to other options.

    I might add Bauer’s suspension is in spite of no legal convictions.

    On Touki’s latest outing… Not like he was fooling a lot of folks in the first two innings, double plays being turned behind him bailed him out. The third inning he was still getting ground balls but they were finding holes. Then the errant throw to 2nd which loaded the bases really shook him up it appeared.

    He is still young and it is the mental side of the game which needs shoring up for him IMHO…

    I thought the Braves missed an opportunity to pick up just released Brad Hand but the Mets snatched him off the waiver wire so I doubt the Los Bravos could have got him even if serious about it. Mets would have the right of first refusal due to the standings.

    Another righty on the mound tonight for the Rockies. I expect Ozzie to be back tonight. Watching last night’s game, I thought Rosario leading off was a good fit. I would like to see Ozzie moved down in the line up to hit fifth or sixth. I think he is a lot more comfortable where his free swinging style plays better. Sorry, but lead-off just appears to cramp his style so to speak.

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    • 378 Vox O'Reasoñ September 3, 2021 at 12:47 pm

      On Touki’s latest outing…

      Hard to draw alot of conclusions on pitchers from Denver outings.

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    • 379 Gordon Lawrence September 5, 2021 at 12:48 pm

      No, I agree with Gil.
      The kids are growing up, and these are the usual growing pains.
      We should have a solid SP rotation by 2025.
      Fried, Anderson, Toussaint, Muller and a one-year FA like Morton in 2025.
      Please, no more Smyly’s. I ain’t smilin’.
      and by then Minter should be over his shakedown cruise, and be solid while Tomlin is a pitching instructor for the staff.
      Of course, Freeman will be on the way out if he isn’t already, (signing), but Lt. Dans, Riley, Contreras (signing), and RAJ,, Ozzie (another extension) will still be in the house………hopefully.
      Waters and Pache seem to be fading into the mist, when I thought by 2025 we’d have an All-Star at three OF slots.
      Wishful thinking.
      Rosario as the sub for RAJ for the balance of this season is the why of him being here in the first place.
      I think they had him late in the order while he got his feet wet.
      At least, that was my thinking when he arrived, and now as well.

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  271. 380 berigan2electricboogaloo September 4, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    some lousy umpiring in Denver….like Frenchy said, might as well go back to pre replay if they don’t care about being right

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  272. 381 Gil in Mechanicsville September 5, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    “Free advice: Maybe don’t play Bama
    To any athletic directors out there who might be reading this: If Alabama AD Greg Byrne and/or ESPN calls you and starts pitching a lucrative season-opening game at an NFL stadium, try to find a way to politely hang up. Trust me, it’s probably not going to go well for you.”

    Sort of reminds me of the county fair attraction where you could get $500 if you could last 3 minutes in a cage with a gorilla… Yep, just like that… 🙂

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  273. 382 Gil in Mechanicsville September 5, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    Nothing like a blowout to take the mystery out of the game to make it an enjoyable watch.

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  274. 383 Gil in Mechanicsville September 6, 2021 at 11:29 am

    “The Braves signed third baseman Maikel Franco last week” I’ll take things that make you go hummm??? Alec…

    A day off for the good guys today. Allows me to reset my biorhythms methinks.

    Tough road trip for the Braves last week. Missed opportunities which only reinforce the fact a team has to be consistent plus have a bit of luck on their side.

    Huge crowd in DC yesterday, there must have been hundreds in the stands. Goes to show scoring runs is only part of the equation. You must be able to hold the other team’s bats at bay as well.

    I hope young Ian watched Charlie’s masterful performance yesterday and took notes. A good lively fastball is still the best weapon in your arsenal.

    Throwing a 101mph straight arrow allows elite hitters to bash the ball a long way. Says Austin Riley…

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  275. 384 Vox O'Reasoñ September 6, 2021 at 3:53 pm

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  276. 385 Vox O'Reasoñ September 6, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    As to the Maikel Franco signing… purely a depth move. If you think about it, who is the backup to MVP candidate Austin Riley on the hot corner? Ehire Adrianza? Orlando Arcia? Johan Camargo? There really isn’t a pure 3B option behind him with the possible exception of Camargo, who has clearly fallen from favor in the organization. I would not want to lose Riley for any length of time, but having Franco stashed at least gives the team an emergency option.

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  277. 386 Gordon Lawrence September 6, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Evidently Liberty Media gave AA the green light to begin next year’s construct now.
    d’Arnaud to ’23
    Morton in ’22 with the option for ’23
    Duvall with mutual option for next year
    Rodriguez in the house for two more.
    Albies (’27 inc 2 exts) and Acuna (’28 inc 2 exts) both Braves for a long time.
    Would love for Soler to stay a Brave.
    He’s been a fav of mine since Cubs days.
    Maikel Franco for depth on a make-good minors contract for ’22.
    Adrianza or Arcia will probably not be back with this move if successful.
    I guess one of Rosario or Pederson for next year as well.
    With Pederson under contract, Rosario could be a three month rental.
    Pederson behind Soler in RF would be nice for ’22.
    Lt. Dans still playing for that money contract @ Arb 3.
    And the big kaihuna, Freeman’s new deal.
    Heredia still in Arb in ’22 so he probably returns.
    Lucky us, we still have Wil Smith for next year.
    Oh, and Chris Martin, but no Shane Greene or Mark Melancon.
    In Greene’s case great, but in Melancon’s Que lastima!
    Chavez deserves a new deal.
    Don’t see Ozuna in our future.

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  278. 387 Vox O'Reasoñ September 7, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Speaking of Marcell Ozuna, his court date is coming up in 2 days. Perhaps more will be known after that. If I had to guess, I’d look for some sort of plea deal that will involve “time served” and a favorable amount of money given to some official’s favorite charity. Of course, Ozuna will then have to deal with the highly public and politically correct MLB and their image conscious disciplinary arm. If I’m Ozuna’s camp, I fear that part more than the judicial part. Sadly for the Braves, the impending suspension will have to have an end eventually, and a still sizable portion of Marcell’s salary will still be owed. I don’t see any way around it.

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  279. 389 Gil in Mechanicsville September 7, 2021 at 11:26 am

    I am pretty sure there is a “morals” clause in Ozuna’s contract as there is in most big contracts. Like a prenup that excludes infidelity. The other possibility is insurance. I do know it is pretty common for every big contract to have some sort of insurance to protect their investment. It would not pay 100% but would defer a major hit. These are things we will never be privy to but they do exist.

    MLB union will do everything they can to assist the player and who knows what MLB officials do because it is Atlanta and we have seen the bias in dealing with the Atlanta franchise over the past 50 years.

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  280. 392 Gil in Mechanicsville September 7, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    That said, I’ll worry about it tomorrow. The Braves need to take care of business against the Nats who have shown the have the ability to sneak up and bite opponents in the butt. My advice is to walk Juan Soto every time he appears, don’t even bother to allow him to pick up a bat. Tell him to not pass go, just head directly from the dugout to first.

    The only other guy who hurts Atlanta on a routine basis is Ryan Zimmerman (who has long been my favorite Nat) A solid guy and a Braves killer of some repute. I don’t think the Braves will have to face Gray during this series so if they can put up about 10 runs a game they should be good. The Nats gutted their team at the deadline but got some decent prospects in return but they are unproven. Their bullpen blows worse than the Brave’s did in April and May so there is that.

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  281. 393 berigan2electricboogaloo September 8, 2021 at 2:01 am

    hey gang….the HOF ceremonies are at 11 am today. I’m sure it’s going to be ALL about Derek Jeter, but there are a few other folks going in, including my boy Ted Simmons! One of the best offensive catchers ever(especially without Steroids, or HGH in his bloodstream)…I do recall reading he smoked during much if not all of his playing career, which makes catching 150+ games several years, on lava hot astroturf…all the more amazing. Man, 30+ years after retiring, and seemingly all but forgotten….had to wait an extra year even.

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    • 394 Gil in Mechanicsville September 8, 2021 at 2:08 am

      I have often said nicotine is a poor man’s prozac. Of course Uncle Sam’s efforts at social engineering has made the cancer sticks pretty pricy of late. I doubt I could afford my old habit in todays market.

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  282. 395 Gil in Mechanicsville September 8, 2021 at 2:04 am

    Thank goodness Qzzie Albies is smoking hot as well as Duvall. They pulled the Braves fat out of the fire. See, I told you the Nats could be sneaky. Tyler is shaky of late… tired arm?

    I am thinking Freddie and Austin need a break like the one given to Qzzie. Man, if every there was a guy rejuvenated

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  283. 396 berigan2electricboogaloo September 8, 2021 at 9:56 am

    Wow, went to see what folks had written about Ted Simmons…found an article from Forbes and….other than a photo of Ted Simmons, with the words, switch hitter Ted Williams , and claiming that he not only caught Bob Gibson and Steve Carlton, but also Tom Glavine (true) John Smoltz (NOT TRUE!) and Greg Maddux (also not true) ! Good grief!!!!! FORBES!

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    • 397 Vox O'Reasoñ September 8, 2021 at 10:51 am

      No John Smoltz? Smoltzie appeared in 12 games in 1988, Simmons’ final year in ATL (and in MLB). Not saying that means he definitely did, but is it possible he did?

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      • 398 berigan2electricboogaloo September 8, 2021 at 3:39 pm

        V, that’s interesting, I’ve heard Glavine talk about advice Simmons gave him, but never heard anything from Smoltz. I sure thought he came up a year later, but I was wrong. Man, what a terrible team! 54-108, yikes! No one had a good year.
        the game sure was different then. Simmons was in 10 games as a catcher, but only 21 innings!

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  284. 399 berigan2electricboogaloo September 8, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    well, so far can’t find what Glavine said about Simmons that helped him, but found this nice article, with others giving him high praise (every story I saw this morning was all about how long he had to wait, nothing about his game) Simmons’ teammates often speak of him in the same context. After all, among all players to catch at least 1,700 games since World War II, he ranks second only to Johnny Bench in OPS+. I forget what OPS…+ means, but I think it’s good 😉


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  285. 400 berigan2electricboogaloo September 8, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    funny, saw little talk about Ozzie batting right handed, against a righty (I assume first time in the majors?) and hitting a homer! Quickpitch showed the homer, but didn’t mention that little fact…

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    • 401 Gil in Mechanicsville September 9, 2021 at 9:34 am

      He has done it a couple of times now against primarily junk ball pitchers. Second time he hit a homer but the first time was this season against a position player.

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  286. 402 berigan2electricboogaloo September 8, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    I know, I know…another story on Simmons? Come on Ber, he’s in the HOF, let it go, LET IT GO! But, this one is better than the rest (He really impressed his teammates, including at least one that became a manager, something he was in the running for, but never got a chance to do) I love the mentality of him saying just get the tying run up, and how pitchers should pitch in the 8th, so they didn’t face Buster Posey in the 9th….the stories I found this morning via Duckduckgo, were terrible, like If I was supposed to write a story on an Opera singer I never heard…
    anyways… https://www.mlb.com/news/featured/ted-simmons-is-a-baseball-scholar

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  287. 403 Vox O'Reasoñ September 8, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    Marcell Ozuna’s court appearance has been pushed to tomorrow at 9am ET.


  288. 404 Vox O'Reasoñ September 9, 2021 at 7:08 am

    The only good thing about last night was that the Philthies and Mutts also lost…

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  289. 405 Vox O'Reasoñ September 9, 2021 at 7:11 am

    Too early?

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  290. 406 Vox O'Reasoñ September 9, 2021 at 7:40 am

    For what’s it’s worth, I thought Will Smith’s ball to Juan Soto’s ribs was petty. I thought Dave Martinez’s response was… appropriate, although not executed very well. 88 to the butt on pitch #1 to Freddie would have been about right. Behind the head was not. And that miss should have been it. The next fastball in the pants was uncalled for. They had their opportunity on pitch 1 and clunked it.

    I also thought Freddie handled it well. He appeared to understand somewhat given the way he went straight to Soto to chat. But he also appeared to dislike the method given the way he went over to talk to Martinez. Now it should be done… finished. All the balls have been deployed and the words have been spoken. Smith didn’t get in last night’s game, so he didn’t get in the rhetoric either. But tonight..? I believe it’s over from Freddie’s perspective and most likely from Snit’s perspective as well. But Smith has shown his pettiness already. Will it make a repeat appearance?

    Honestly, I’m over Smith anyway, even if he is among the league leaders in saves. He’s certainly in no position from a performance standpoint to go out and dispense some long held “justice” for personal reasons. He hurt the team last night and could have gotten a real star injured in his wake. Smith needs a big dose of humility and just needs to go out and do his job without all the side drama. He has yet to do a great job without the extra. So William, if Freddie didn’t tell you this last night – and he probably did in private – just shut up and go out and do your job. We don’t want anything else from you.

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    • 407 Gil in Mechanicsville September 9, 2021 at 9:45 am

      Yep. baseballs hurt… been hit by a few myself but I was a big target.

      Getting hit in the ribs is much more serious than getting plunked in the glute but Will’s aim has not exactly been précised this season so there is that.

      What is the chance they get the game in tonight? I see where the tropical storm hit the Florida panhandle.

      I mercifully feel asleep after Soto hit a go ahead homerun last night. I take it Snit did not heed my advice to not pitch to him…. Why do people insist on allowing the one guy who can beat you to do so?

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      • 408 Vox O'Reasoñ September 9, 2021 at 10:15 am

        What is the chance they get the game in tonight? I see where the tropical storm hit the Florida panhandle.

        Weather forecast affecting tonight’s game at Truist Park…

        Today: Sunny, with a high near 83. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
        Tonight: Clear, with a low around 60. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.

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  291. 409 Vox O'Reasoñ September 9, 2021 at 12:39 pm


    Marcell Ozuna To Enter Domestic Violence Intervention Program

    Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who remains on administrative leave under MLB’s domestic violence policy while legal proceedings play out, agreed to a negotiated resolution that will see him enter a domestic violence intervention program, Shaddi Abusaid of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    Ozuna will be under six months of supervision, will participate in a 24-week family violence intervention program, will complete 200 or more hours of community service and will be required to go through anger-management counseling as well as a psychological evaluation as part of the agreement. It’s possible that the supervision period could be shortened to three months, if Ozuna meets all other requirements.

    Felony charges against Ozuna were dropped in early August, but prosecutors still brought forth a pair of misdemeanor charges: family violence battery and simple assault. Both carried a potential sentence of up to one year of jail time. Now, should Ozuna complete the diversion program and the other measures agreed upon in today’s negotiated resolution, all criminal charges against him could be dropped. His next court date is set for Jan. 13.

    Ozuna, 30, was arrested in late May after police responded to a domestic disturbance. Court filings at the time indicated that the responding officers saw Ozuna place his hands around his wife’s neck, throw her against a wall and strike her with the cast that was on his hand. (Ozuna had recently dislocated two fingers during a game.) Sandy Springs police sergeant Sal Ortega confirmed the witnessing of those events in an emailed statement, per Abusaid’s report.

    Even if criminal charges against Ozuna are ultimately dropped, he could still face a suspension from Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred’s office. The league is currently performing its own investigation, and there are numerous instances of suspensions under the domestic violence policy even in the absence of criminal charges.

    Ozuna appeared in 48 games for the Braves this season. He’s in the first season of a four-year, $65MM contract signed as a free agent this past winter but would not be paid during a suspension under the league’s domestic violence policy.

    So his status will remain unchanged at least until his next court date on January 3, 2022. Once the judiciary is done with him, he’ll still face disciplinary action from MLB… most likely in the form of a lengthy suspension that could begin as early as the beginning of the 2022 season. How long a suspension is unknown, but it probably will not be just a slap on the wrist. (Hmmm, maybe a poor choice of words in this context, I admit.) Anyway, it’s all still speculation, but the longer it plays out, the more of his contract goes unpaid before Alex A and Braves prez Derek Schiller have to decide what to do with Ozuna the player.

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    • 410 Vox O'Reasoñ September 9, 2021 at 12:48 pm

      A more detail from the AJC:

      Ozuna appeared in court virtually Thursday morning and agreed to enter into the negotiated resolution. The conditions require the Major League Baseball star to be placed on six months of supervision, undergo a 24-week family violence intervention program and complete at least 200 hours of community service, Fulton County Deputy District Attorney Simone Hylton told the court. Ozuna is also required to take an anger management course and undergo a psychological evaluation.

      If he completes those requirements early, Ozuna’s supervision could be terminated after three months, Hylton said, adding that he must refrain from illegal drug use and is not allowed to have any violent contact with his wife, Genesis.

      Should he successfully complete his pre-trial diversion, Ozuna’s criminal charges would be dropped.

      “Hopefully once it’s completed, I won’t see you again,” Fulton County Magistrate Judge Brandy Brooks told Ozuna over the Zoom call.

      [Ozuna’s attorney Michael] LaScala said he negotiated extensively with the district attorney’s office and is pleased Ozuna’s charges will be dropped, calling it “a fair resolution for both the state and my client.”

      The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported that MLB is also investigating the incident, though nothing has been announced regarding Ozuna’s status.

      LaScala said he’s hopeful Ozuna will be allowed to return to the field soon since he didn’t plead guilty and hasn’t been convicted of a crime.

      “Ultimately, it will be up to Major League Baseball. We’re optimistic that the MLB will take a look at this,” he said. “I hope to see him in a Braves uniform again soon.”

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  292. 412 Vox O'Reasoñ September 9, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    Kris Willis, Talking Chop:

    A report Thursday by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that [Freddie Freeman and the Braves] have been discussing a new deal but a gap remains. Heyman adds that both sides are motivated to get a deal done and that is the likely outcome.

    As long as they’re talking, that’s OK with me. I’m confident that if both sides indeed want to get it done, they’ll get it done.

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  293. 413 Vox O'Reasoñ September 9, 2021 at 11:18 pm

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  294. 414 Vox O'Reasoñ September 10, 2021 at 7:16 am

    Paging Mr. Contreras…

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  295. 415 berigan2electricboogaloo September 10, 2021 at 9:49 am

    I really hope we don’t end up being FORCED to have Marcel on the roster….it truly can’t be far away ….he checks a lot of boxes, and after all…he wasn’t charged….ugh…

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  296. 416 berigan2electricboogaloo September 10, 2021 at 10:16 am

    there is some goofy fb braves group (is there any other kind? 😉 ) and several people there were griping about Joc not catching the ball…which is ridiculous , how about blaming our “closer” Smith giving up a 400+ screamer???? So glad Snit walked Soto (V, meant to say I agreed with you over Smith hitting him. Soto is a terrible hotdog, but just get him out closer, oh wait, Smith can’t do that).
    Really don’t think this team has a chance with him closing in playoff games, unless he has a 3 or 4 run lead when he comes in….
    Anyway, love that Joc got the game winning hit.( was thinking after braves blew, yet again, bases loaded no out inning, figured the braves were going to lose to a team with 2 established hitters)
    Love that he went to left (which he did when he first came over, and was really tearing the cover off the ball, for a few games at least)
    So sorry about Vogt’s injury. I recall him getting a ton of big hits for the Brewers a few years ago, and was betting he would get a big hit in the playoffs, or games leading up to it. And he finally did, last night. Then hurts his hip. Drat….

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  297. 418 Vox O'Reasoñ September 10, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    I’m so over Will Smith. He was a top reliever, just in time for his FA, but he’s not currently. Problem is we don’t have a closer anywhere else. Jacob Webb? He’s looked the best of the current crew. Somebody has to step up. That’s the kind of thing that propels a team. We won’t get out of round 1 without a dependable closer.

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  298. 419 Vox O'Reasoñ September 10, 2021 at 12:08 pm

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  299. 420 Vox O'Reasoñ September 10, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    If the Braves wanted to get creative, they could promote AAA RHP Jaseel De La Cruz. This cat sits at 96-98 on the fastball and can touch 100. He also has a “wicked” slider and occasional changeup that is the pitch he’s trying to perfect to remain a starter. But the fastball/slider combo might be ML ready now. Take that big 96-98 fastball and concentrate it to 1 inning and you’ll get 98-99 consistently. And honestly, the bullpen is his fastest route to The Show. I’ve said the same about lefty Tucker Davidson, although I’m not sure he’s back 100% healthy from elbow inflammation. Those are the best candidates currently in house and on the 40-man.

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  300. 421 Vox O'Reasoñ September 10, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    Just one of many shoes to fall. There must be an octopus in charge.

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  301. 422 Gil in Mechanicsville September 11, 2021 at 9:53 am

    About last night: Watching the game last night I remarked to Josie that the braves were playing against a team of wide receivers. Numbers on the jerseys were 76, 77, 72… They did have one line backer (number 38) but lots of high numbers. Who knew Prigg wearing number 99 would start a trend?

    Soler has been a real gem, a professional hitter. I wish Ozzie would hurry up and get his 30th dinger so he can stop stressing at the plate. It appears to me he is trying to hit every ball 450 feet and it’s making his swing long.

    I know Travis has not hit for a high average this season but his hits have been timely. His lead off double in the fifth opened the flood gates.

    Well, at least they are talking: On the report that Freddie and the Braves are at least discussing an extension. I doubt the Braves will pay Freddie what he could garner on the open market but he may be willing to take a little less. I am reminded of what Greg Maddux said when he turned down more money to play somewhere else besides Atlanta, “Poor me, I guess I will just have to make due with only $18 million dollars.

    I recognize it takes real planning to not squander millions when you are young. Retiring before age 40 can be tough. I think Bobby Bo was brilliant in structuring a deal where he received a million dollars a year from the Mets into perpetuity. Pretty much assures you won’t go hungry or be homeless at least as long as you don’t get divorced too often.

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    • 423 Vox O'Reasoñ September 11, 2021 at 8:39 pm

      The story about Freddie and the Braves is much ado about nothing. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that Jon Heyman thought it would be great click bait and direct a few million eyes to his site. And he was probably right. But to say that Freddie and the Braves have been talking is simply stating the obvious. To make the dubious and “ominous” note that there is still a gap remaining is even more obvious. If there wasn’t a gap, they’d already have a deal.

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  302. 424 Gil in Mechanicsville September 12, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Our old friend Bryse Wilson gets the start today against Washington…

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  303. 426 Gil in Mechanicsville September 12, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    I am sorry but Will Smith is just not the guy you would want to bet your house own to make a save. In fact, I probably fell my chances would be better hitting the winning numbers on a lottery ticket. PHEW!

    Back to a 4 1/2 game spread with the Phillies. Rocks knock off the Phightens 5-4.

    Off day Monday… Rest up Dansby, need you to hit a couple more dingers.

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  304. 427 Vox O'Reasoñ September 12, 2021 at 5:12 pm

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  305. 428 Gil in Mechanicsville September 13, 2021 at 10:54 am

    Getting down to nitty gritty time folks.

    Touki has not looked a sharp as he initially did when first reporting in August.

    Ian Anderson still stout but not a strike out pitcher, just needs to keep his pitches of the fat part of the bat.

    I think the Braves have an interesting dilemma in deciding who to keep and who to part company with this winter. I suppose it will ultimately come down to money again. One thing for sure, the Braves need to keep Freddie in a Braves uniform for the balance of his career.

    And yes, as it always does, it ultimately comes down to pitching. Good thing the Braves have the day off today, Snit won’t be tempted to use Luke Jackson nor have to use Will Smith again.

    Jacob Webb appears to be the only reliable arm other than Jackson coming out of the pen these days. SCARY…

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  306. 429 Vox O'Reasoñ September 13, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Hard to make up 5 games with only 20 to go. Not saying it can’t be done, but it’s tough. Those last 3 head-to-head games of the season at home ought to be dillies. Hopefully the lead isn’t less than 3 when they get here.

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  307. 437 Vox O'Reasoñ September 14, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    Oh boy… 🙄


  308. 438 Gil in Mechanicsville September 14, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    Being realistic, if Chris has been dealing with a medical issue, it could explain a lot. I hope he comes back to 2020 form…

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  309. 439 berigan2electricboogaloo September 14, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    honestly, I hate when the numbers of what team X has to do to catch team Y. Last time we went out west and stunk it up….next thing you know, Phils were just about tied with us….
    sorta like when Chip mentioned a week or so ago that Tyler Matzek had gone 18 innings without giving up a run, and immediately gave up runs in 2,3 games in a row! Yikes….
    lets talk about it in a week or so, if we still have a 4.5 game lead 🙂

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  310. 441 Gil in Mechanicsville September 14, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    whistling past the graveyard, temptnding fate, painting the devil on the wall… Add Chip Cary citing a trend!

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  311. 442 Gil in Mechanicsville September 14, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    IMHO: Time to move Touki to the pen, bring back Muller

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  312. 443 berigan2electricboogaloo September 14, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    good grief, some kid(born in 1990) we’ve never heard of is the new host of bally sports, after leaving ESPN

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  313. 445 Gil in Mechanicsville September 15, 2021 at 8:49 am

    I thought he was pretty good, I had no idea of who he was.

    I other news, watch out for the Cardinals


  314. 446 berigan2electricboogaloo September 15, 2021 at 11:20 am

    wow….first off guys, you are ALWAYS SUPPOSED TO AGREE WITH ME! :p and Gil, what are you trying to do, give him a chance or something? 😉
    V, I really used to grimace when Jordan was analyzing games, a decade or so later, he’s better…actually pretty good as a color man during games. Everyone knows I was not a fan of Kelly Crull, as it makes no sense that they got rid of Kelsey Wingert…but she does know her baseball, and I have finally gotten used to her….
    I have no choice to give the kid a chance, but 31 and from ESPN…..it’s sorta like Frenchy, he’s good, but…he’s 37! Dale Murphy to him, like Babe Ruth is to us, a guy from History….and a 31 Year old doesn’t even remember the 90s braves…Jerome Jurenovich, knows the braves history! and if the kid isn’t very good, well….it won’t matter cuz…well, you know why…

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    • 447 Gil in Mechanicsville September 15, 2021 at 12:28 pm

      I have learned to take all the talking heads with a grain of salt. More and more I turn the sound off and just watch the game.

      That said, some announcers are really good, some are really bad. I prefer they keep their opinions to themselves and just report the game.

      Who is the dude who has recently shown up in the Landmark Dodge commercials with Chip Cary? Guy with the glasses and the wild hair, he has to be a local Atlanta Sports personality. You Georgia guys should know.

      Well, the home team almost came back last night. I was impresses with Newcom’s two innings of work. Touki needs to go back to the pen.

      Ynoa takes the hill tonight. Keep it in the yard kid.

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    • 448 Vox O'Reasoñ September 15, 2021 at 12:28 pm

      V, I really used to grimace when Jordan was analyzing games, a decade or so later, he’s better…actually pretty good as a color man during games.

      Well, Ber… I love ya, but…

      I cannot stand him during the games. If I hear OPPO TACO one more time, I may throat punch the TV. And I know I am an optimist, but Jordan can never ever admit that any member of the team is having a bad day or a bad stretch. Ever. He’s not even realistic, and I can’t take him seriously. Chip Caray is bad enough, but at least Jeff Franceour and Tom Glavine help balance the deficiency. Jordan just adds more bad to bad.

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  315. 449 berigan2electricboogaloo September 15, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    V, I think you and I are alike….wait…no, hopefully you aren’t much like me at all…. 😉
    what I mean, is that between life, your family, etc, etc, etc…like me, you don’t see every inning of these games. I know my Dad can only take so much baseball , and I will watch some early, then some Tucker, and perhaps watching between commercial breaks, or pausing Tucker if some offense is going on….anyways…oddly enough, I would say I have heard only Aussue Pete be more critical of the braves players when they screw up than Jordan. Jordan may have let his hair down more this year, so to speak. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I really thought he was terrible, basically forever…but, I am willing to give people a fair shake, if they try to improve, and I think he has. And Oppo Taco is a slogan he has to use now….
    Just wish they had sprung the new kid , say,,,next year? what is the point in mid Sept? Jerome J should have been allowed to finish the season (I heard him say he had back surgery 3 weeks ago, how much pain he was in before, so perhaps he asked to retire, and wasn’t forced out)
    oh well…not the biggest problem in the world, is it?

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    • 450 Vox O'Reasoñ September 16, 2021 at 9:10 am

      perhaps he asked to retire, and wasn’t forced out

      I remember reading a few weeks ago that Jerome J was simply retiring of his own will. There were a handful of factors involved in his decision.

      First, he was simply done after 40 years of broadcasting. This quote was in the AJC: “My boss wanted to open negotiations for a new contract but after 15 seasons of hosting the pregame show of both the Braves and Hawks, I just feel it’s time to begin enjoying life full time,” Jurenovich said in a text. “Hosting for both teams can be a grind at times. Out of my respect for my colleagues, I want the transition to a new host to go smoothly and felt giving notice now that I will finish the Braves season would give the company plenty of time to find a replacement before the next NBA season.” I still remember him from the old days of CNN Headline news when he’d do the “CNN Headline Sports” break on the :20 and :50 mark of each hour.

      Yes, he said he was to finish out the season, but that brings up the second item. He had major knee surgery in June, which is the reason he missed so much of that month. Then there was the back surgery that Ber mentioned.

      Also, I read somewhere at the time of his announcement that he recently purchased his “retirement” home somewhere up in New England… I want to say Maine, but I can’t remember. That’s a little bit of a commute to Atlanta.

      So all in all, he got to leave the industry on his own terms to do his own thing. That’s a very good thing.

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    • 451 Vox O'Reasoñ September 16, 2021 at 9:13 am

      I did get to see the new guy last night. I actually like him. I like his energy and his personality. Hopefully he can become a solid piece of the Braves family.

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  316. 452 Vox O'Reasoñ September 16, 2021 at 10:08 am

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  317. 453 Gil in Mechanicsville September 16, 2021 at 10:57 am

    I am getting a little frustrated by Braves hitters who apparently keep trying to hit 3 run homers with no one on base and seem to forget that small ball can win games when you only need one run.

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  318. 454 Vox O'Reasoñ September 16, 2021 at 12:54 pm

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  321. 458 Gil in Mechanicsville September 17, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    LET”S GO METS…..

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  322. 459 Vox O'Reasoñ September 17, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Observations as we go into a critical west coast swing that starts with the formidable San Fran Giants:

    The rotation, that has truly been a rotating collection of arms all season, really only has 2 reliable members at the moment being Charlie and Max. Huascar is the solid #3 right now, but he’s stlll prone to that 1 mistake filled inning. Touki is pitching his way out of it altogether. Ian still hasn’t found his groove since returning from the IL. He opens the all important road trip tonight and could make a huge difference in the last 4 weeks if he can get back on track against a solid Giant lineup. This team needs that guy that can dominate a lineup like Ian has proven he can do. I believe tonight’s start is key to the rest of the regular season.

    Dansby was as red hot as any hitter on the planet for about 4 weeks, but has now cooled into a guy that’s clearly scuffling at the plate. That said, his defense is better than it’s ever been. Gonna need that bat to heat up, though, if we’re gonna make any headway against the Giants and Pads.

    Riley is still a much improved hitter and has clearly turned the corner in his career. But he has also come back to earth a little bit recently and can no longer be seriously considered as an MVP candidate unless he goes on a real tear on this long west coast swing. And quite honestly, this team could use that kind of bump. It could elevate the rest of the hitters around him dramatically.

    There’s plenty of power up and down the lineup to change the game with one sing, but we’re still not getting the timely hits when we need them. That last game vs. the Rockies was so very winnable. They let that one get away. Gotta put the ball in play fellas. It ain’t rocket surgery.

    The Achilles heel of the team is the same that it’s been all season… the bullpen. Very few reliable arms out there now. We better hope the offense can give the team some padding because this bullpen is going to give up a late run. It’s what they do.

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    • 460 Gil in Mechanicsville September 17, 2021 at 5:17 pm

      I blame David O’Brien… He has become a bigger jinx than getting put on the cover of Sports Illustrated. I seems that every time he does a piece praising a player, they immediately tank. Just saying…

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  323. 461 berigan2electricboogaloo September 18, 2021 at 12:47 am

    for those of you sleepy heads that can’t stay up past sunset 😉 Will Smith had a one run lead, 2 outs, 2 strikes, and….gives up a game tying homer in the 9th. VERY nearly , I mean by a foot, gave up a 2nd homer. He just doesn’t have closer stuff…I completely forgot he came from the Giants….I think one year he had a 2.50 + ERA in 66 innings, and had like 96-97 strikeouts…surely his fastball had more zip on it then.
    Snit, if you want to wash out in the first round, keep him in the closer role.
    Braves are what, 1-11 in extra inning games…no doubt they will lose tonight as well

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  324. 463 berigan2electricboogaloo September 18, 2021 at 1:26 am

    well, just had the feel of a playoff game…braves completely unable to get a placed runner at 2nd even to 3rd, and the opposing team getting a key sacrifice fly….now, I admit, having a starter Kevin Gausman, get it, now, that was a new wrinkle is a very old, tired, worn out record of braves defeats (man, if only our pitching coach could have realized he needed to throw more splitters, we would have a very stout rotation, and the giants wouldn’t )

    so, right now, the Phils are 2 games back playing a team that can’t win…and we are playing a team that can’t lose…wonderful, just…wonderful….

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  325. 464 berigan2electricboogaloo September 19, 2021 at 4:58 am

    1 game lead now, after being shut out by 7 pitchers….keep swingin’ for the fences guys….

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  326. 466 Vox O'Reasoñ September 20, 2021 at 7:51 am

    No numbers mentioned here, but things got a little better last night. Generally speaking of course.

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  327. 467 Vox O'Reasoñ September 20, 2021 at 10:40 am

    Glad we have this guy toeing the rubber for us every 5th day…

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  328. 468 Gil in Mechanicsville September 20, 2021 at 11:51 am

    This weekend the Braves were in three very winnable games vs the Giants. However, it’s crunch time now as we wind down to the final gun. Time to make that big push. the final climb up heart break hill. I have no delusions in the Braves going deep into October without a real shut down closer but at this point, just getting there will be a real accomplishment.

    No more excuses, Arizona and San Diego are at this point two teams that can be beat.

    By the way, I still like Peterson in the lead off slot over Ozzie.

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  329. 469 Gil in Mechanicsville September 20, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    Uh Oh.. O’Brian praising Roserio, DuVall and Fried… We are doomed….

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  330. 470 Vox O'Reasoñ September 20, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    We’ve talked about this guy a few times earlier in the year. I said it then, and I’ll say it again. Remember the name Spencer Strider. He started the year in low-A Augusta, got bumped to high-A Rome, after just 3 starts there got bumped again to AA Mississippi where he has started 14 games and has averaged 13.4 K/9 IP. He has a plus fastball, but just average secondary stuff although his changeup is reported to be vastly improved. IMO, he profiles to be that great late inning guy we don’t currently have. He might get a taste next year and compete for a job in 2023.

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  331. 471 Gil in Mechanicsville September 20, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Yep, keep the assembly line rolling. With the absence of PEDs, we should be seeing a roll back to the days where a kid did not really develop until age 26 or 27. There will be a time when the arm and shoulder just won’t answer the call but improved mechanics does stave off that probability usually until a team can no longer afford them.

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  332. 472 Gil in Mechanicsville September 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Fastballs with movement are still the best weapons in any hurler’s arsenal. Add a wrinkle to keep opposing batters guessing and you have the next DeGrome.

    I noticed a line up change for tonight where Freddie has moved back to the # 2 slot and Ossie back to the 3 hole. FINNALY! It is a position where Ozzie can be Ozzie. Just saying.

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  333. 473 Vox O'Reasoñ September 20, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    It won’t be a AAA call up as young Bruce Elder is in line to start for Gwinnett tomorrow. He’s talented, but started the year in single-A, plus is not on the team’s 40-man roster. There’s a better chance of Gil starting that one.

    My money is on Smyly with a piggy back ready. We might see Josh Tomlin activated from his rehab assignment.

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  334. 474 Vox O'Reasoñ September 21, 2021 at 7:41 am

    Good gosh he crushed that ball!! That was career #150 for Adam. I loved the headline that read, “Adam Duvall put the mile in milestone.”

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  335. 476 Vox O'Reasoñ September 21, 2021 at 8:02 am

    Well, then there’s that. Perhaps if you can get Chavez, Touki and Smyly through the Snakes lineup once each, there won’t be too much ground left for the rest of the bullpen to cover. That would be the same bullpen that had to go 5 innings last night. Of course, that was 5 pitchers with just 1 inning each, so everyone should be still be available. And I still look for some move today to bring up a rested arm. Maybe since Newk walked 2 in his turn last night, he’ll be the guy optioned to open the spot. And how about Chris Martin tossing a clean inning with a K in his healthy return? He could be a big boost, right?

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  336. 477 Vox O'Reasoñ September 21, 2021 at 8:09 am

    No numbers mentioned here, but the victorious Braves’ collective lungs can expand a little easier today thanks to our AL bird friends in orange and black. They did a thing to the team that is the closest to the Braves on a list. That is all.

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  337. 479 Gil in Mechanicsville September 21, 2021 at 8:24 am

    I actually stayed awake for the entire game last night. WOOHOO! Young Jacob Webb has looked really good his last couple of times out hasn’t he?

    Huscar still having trouble getting deep into games.

    Ozzie 2 for 5 with an RBI last night…. see? He is just not a good fit at lead off

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  338. 480 Gordon Lawrence September 21, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    Anybody thinking of 2022 yet?
    On my wish list a fine contract for Freeman.
    Two-year contracts for Soler, Duvall, and Rosario.
    Hopefully AA will find the money with Ozuna still on the books.
    Maybe for Swanson though he may be on the way out.
    He took the club to arb after all.
    That’s been pretty much fatal to long-term ideas as a Brave.
    This should be the season of the DH in the National League.
    Fried will become a pitch-hitter, oh wait, he already is a pitch-hitter. heh!

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    • 481 Vox O'Reasoñ September 22, 2021 at 7:59 am

      Anybody thinking of 2022 yet?


      For what it’s worth, I fully believe the Braves and Freddie will come to a new deal, and that his deal will be the first one done. It’ll have to be because it will probably dictate what else they’re able to do.

      IMO, the Braves are not likely to bring back all 3 of Rosario, Duvall and Soler. With Duvall having a “mutual” option for 2022, he might as well be a Free Agent along with the others. And with the kind of season he’s having, his price tag continues to rise. I could see where both sides would be interested in continuing his employment in Atlanta, but market forces might make that impossible.

      Speaking of impossible…

      Sadly, the Marcell Ozuna contract will most certainly have an effect on who returns. Unless Alex can find a sucker, er… I mean trade partner to take Ozuna off his hands, he’s stuck with the obligation. Let us be reminded that the hit is for $16M in 2022, and $18M each in 2023 & 2024… not to mention the eventual buyout of the team option for 2025. Personally I do not see how he could return to the fold here in ATL with all that has occurred, but the reality is that there is not a mechanism for breaking the deal. It is what it is. The team will continue to get a break for whatever days he’s eventually suspended by MLB, but that likely won’t go too far into 2022. If a deal can be brokered for him to go elsewhere, it will almost certainly include money going the other way, and almost certainly include prospect capital. The only other scenario is a simple swap of bad contracts, and where does that leave us? Ozuna could very well finally fill the DH spot for which he has been envisioned sometime in 2022. No matter if he goes or if he stays, there will be a lasting financial onus on the team. It will also have an impact over what else the team is able to do.

      And thus, I expect the Braves to bring back 1 veteran OF. That’s likely all they can afford. And it may not be any of the trio mentioned above as each one of them is setting themselves up for a decent FA deal. Guillermo Heredia will likely return as he’s just hitting his 2nd arb. Cristian Pache should be ready to make a contribution after 2 seasons in AAA. And of course Ronnie will be back a couple months into the season. It would not surprise me if the Braves and Joc Pederson agreed on their mutual option and thus he’s the guy that returns.

      Oh… there is a sort of X factor here, too. Soler has credited the Braves hitting coaches with helping him become a better hitter. Maybe he chooses to come back as he feels comfortable here with the support staff? I could see it. Maybe he takes the 1-year pillow deal with an eye toward putting together a full season of production. He wouldn’t be the first guy to take that strategy.

      Now Swanson… do y’all realize that Dans is 4th on the team in RBI ahead of Freddie Freeman? His recent slump muddies the fact that he was one of the most effective hitters on the team for much of the season. He is in line for one last trip through the arb circus. I actually think he could be in line for an extension. If the Braves are going to do it, this is the year for it… before he hits the open market. And playing devil’s advocate, if Dans were non-tendered, who would fill the void? There is not a candidate in the organization meaning AA would have to go out and find another. I don’t see anyone available that is an upgrade, especially defensively. Dansby will almost certainly be back.

      And at the root of all this discussion is the expiring CBA. How draft compensation and arb is redefined could very well toss a wrench in the middle of all of this discussion.

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      • 482 Vox O'Reasoñ September 22, 2021 at 8:22 am

        The more I think about it, I can’t imagine splitting up Dansby & Ozzie. Those 2 have been together for so long… they’re symbionts. They’re like Allan Trammel and Lou Whitaker. They have to be together.

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  339. 483 Vox O'Reasoñ September 22, 2021 at 7:08 am

    That is mind-blowing. Even more so when you realize Freddie Freeman’s name isn’t on that list.

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  340. 484 Vox O'Reasoñ September 22, 2021 at 7:13 am

    No numbers mentioned here, but a certain incremental magic measuring metric decreased by another unit last night. This Braves HOFer approves of this message:

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  341. 485 Gil in Mechanicsville September 22, 2021 at 11:05 am

    One thing I have come to learn about major league hitters. You can teach them to hit for a higher average but you cannot teach them to hit with more power.

    My helpful hint for players experiencing some fatigue as s results of the long season: Use a lighter bat…. slow bat speed means more swings and misses. You must first hit the baseball before you can drive it out of the park…. END OF LESSON…

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  342. 486 Vox O'Reasoñ September 22, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    It’s always cool when a guy gets his first ML callup. I hope he gets in the game today, not because we need him but because it’s not really consequential.

    Also, I hope that Arcia is back to let Dansby rest a day or 2. Dans went from a high peak to a sudden valley. I hope he’s healthy, but you sometimes don’t know everything that is going on behind the scenes. (Nor should we.)

    Also prayers up for Touki for the loss he’s dealing with.

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    • 487 Vox O'Reasoñ September 22, 2021 at 12:45 pm

      BTW… Dylan Lee was a former starting prospect for the Marlins who converted to relief back in 2018, but never could get over that last hurdle in his development with them. He signed as a FA with the Braves back in April. He’s actually looked pretty good in Gwinnett where he has fanned 52 batters in 34 appearances (45 2/3 IP) to only 6 free passes. That will get you noticed in Atlanta. He doesn’t throw high-90’s gas, but he obviously can spot his fastball and mixes it with a pretty good slider/curve breaking pitch. He’s a long, lanky lefty with alot of movement in his 3/4 delivery that might be somewhat deceptive to the hitter.

      His response on getting the news?

      I like the guy already.

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  343. 488 berigan2electricboogaloo September 22, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    WAY behind here….saw some of the 2 games in AZ, including Duvall’s amazing blast. Like Glavine said, even at 482, it looked longer than that…so glad the offense showed up again. Do wish they could work more on moving runners over, and shortening their swings with 2 strikes, at least once in a while (say 1-0 games?)
    Funny how Glavine was shaking his head over not starting Smiley yesterday. It worked out, but odd…Missed his pitching , but the highlights I saw looked like his breaking stuff was….breaking. Looked a lot better. that can only be a good thing, right? Might be a better option for middle relief, than Tomlinson is right now…

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    • 489 Vox O'Reasoñ September 22, 2021 at 1:15 pm

      Smyly’s curve is still very good, but his velo is down even with extended rest. His fastball yesterday was measuring between 90-91. If you can’t make ’em respect your fastball, they’ll just sit on your curveball. And that only really works about once through the lineup. So he fits where he is at the moment. This was the odd case of the newly emerged “opener” theory, of which I have mixed opinions. It’s hard to not like yesterday’s results, though. It’s also hard to second guess Snit’s pitching moves in the game. Odd that his “bullpen management” is only mentioned when a reliever, say Will Smith, fails to do his job. I think Snit does OK with managing a fairly suspect assortment of arms. You can only put so much lipstick on the pig.

      BTW, I wonder if Touki’s recent struggles are related to his recent undefined loss for which he is out on bereavement? We see these guys as emotionless performers, but they have lives outside of baseball too. Who knows what he’s been dealing with and for how long?

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  344. 490 Gil in Mechanicsville September 22, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Yes, Smyly looked looked pretty good last night. Jacob Webb looked exceptional, Jesse… well, he wiggled off the hook but was not sharp. Luke looked tired and Minter still scares me.

    I stayed awake for the entire game. I am old and I have been dragging all day because of it. Then again, I was born old.

    Yep, I much prefer Ozzie hitting third. With that, the Braves have a 6-4 guy leading off and a 5-8 guy hitting third. GO FIGURE… modern day baseball.

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  345. 491 Gil in Mechanicsville September 22, 2021 at 5:01 pm

    Pretty sure Dylan Lee was brought up to back up Ian tonight,

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  346. 492 Vox O'Reasoñ September 23, 2021 at 8:36 am

    Aside from Chris Martin giving up a late gopher, that was pretty much a complete game. And I suppose in some weird twisted way, with an 8 run lead, Martin was probably just throwing strikes and let one get a little too fat. Maybe I shouldn’t even complain about it? After all, what would we say if he walked the guy? We’d say, “You have an 8 run lead! Just throw strikes!” So I retract my complaint. It was a pretty good and complete game.

    Ian made his case for the 3rd rotation slot. It was a pretty good case.

    Austin is locked in.

    There are some who think that the NL MVP race could come down to a head to head between Riley & Bryce Harper in the 3 gamer vs. the Phils next week. If the lead is still 3 games (sorry for using numbers) when they get to town, what a series that will be!

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    • 493 Gil in Mechanicsville September 23, 2021 at 9:27 am

      Baltimore played the Phils tough. Keep wearing out that pen guys…. The Mutts are toast. Lets hope the Buccos can take a game or two from the Phillies.

      Adam Duvall was robbed of a home run last night. Not because a ball was caught but because no one could tell if the outfielder had caught the ball or not. It wasn’t and bounce over the fence but Riley ran back towards first and was called out because Adam (passes) him on the base paths. Duvall was credited with a single but was allowed to score… Another thing I have never seen before.

      Ozzie is much better hitting third and moving Freddie up to the 2 hole hasn’t hurt Freeman either.

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  347. 494 Gil in Mechanicsville September 23, 2021 at 9:28 am

    3:40PM game today. Whew.

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  348. 495 berigan2electricboogaloo September 23, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    Feeling a bit better about the…you know the thing…that cannot be mentioned 😉
    yeah, b.s. on the homer thing. If the umps don’t call it…what are the players supposed to do? they should have just said it was a homer, and if wrong, replay would have fixed it. Oh well, another good win (as opposed to those bad wins 😛 )

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  349. 496 Vox O'Reasoñ September 24, 2021 at 7:54 am

    So I left the game with a comfortable 3 run lead to go cut my grass, which could not wait any longer.


    And the Pirates could not hold a 6 run lead.

    Dangit again.


  350. 497 Vox O'Reasoñ September 24, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    Weirdness to start tonight’s activities…

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  351. 499 Gil in Mechanicsville September 26, 2021 at 8:28 am

    About last night… That was some finish. I had given up on the Braves after the Manny slam. However, Solar’s 3 run dinger brought them back. Never give up, never surrender… A Taliban mantra methinks.

    I would not want to play the Cardinals right now in a one game play-off…. Talk about peaking at the right time.

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  352. 500 Vox O'Reasoñ September 26, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    A statement perhaps. Huascar Ynoa should also be on notice. He needs to be moved to the pen. No ML starter can survive on just 2 pitches. And no ML pitcher can throw his slider 16 times in a row and not expect to get tattooed. Braves are limping to the finish line with just 3 real starters and hoping they can cobble together enough wins to get to the post-season where they only really need 3.

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    • 501 Gil in Mechanicsville September 26, 2021 at 3:40 pm

      I read it was 21 sliders in a row…

      Watching the Pirates vs Phillies game. Buccos just scored 2 to take a 3 -0 lead going to the bottom of the 7th.

      Hold’em Bucs…

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  353. 502 berigan2electricboogaloo September 27, 2021 at 3:51 am

    “I would not want to play the Cardinals right now in a one game play-off…. Talk about peaking at the right time.”

    Truth! Have nightmares about the braves facing them right now…


  354. 503 berigan2electricboogaloo September 27, 2021 at 3:55 am

    well, if you had told me that Will Smith would get 3 saves in 3 days before the series, I wouldn’t have believed it still can’t believe it. I was telling my Dad after the first 2 walks, there was no way the braves would/could win in the 9th…best case scenario was getting out of the 9th 4-4…amazing that Will got out of it….good for him…and very good for the braves….


    • 504 Vox O'Reasoñ September 27, 2021 at 7:58 am

      I’m not sure I’ve seen a closer get more excited about a save. Smith was PUMPED after that last K. But you’re right… he’s 100% responsible for the mess, but he’s also 100% responsible for getting out of it. Personally, I’d prefer a little less drama.

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  355. 505 Vox O'Reasoñ September 27, 2021 at 8:01 am

    Congrats young’uns!

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  356. 507 Vox O'Reasoñ September 27, 2021 at 8:19 am

    I think if you had offered up 7-3 on a west coast roadie before they left town, each of us would have gladly taken it. Well, that’s what we got. Honestly, the Phils getting the Orioles and Pirates back to back was a scheduling gift for them. All in all, facing the chasers for 3 games at home in the regular season’s last week is what it’s all about.

    BTW, both teams are off today with 6 straight to finish out the regular season… so I was trying to figure out how they are a half game off in the standings. It’s that COL rainout. I sure hope that we don’t need that half game at season’s end. A series sweep against the Philthies can take care of it in quick order. I’m good with that.

    For what its worth, the Braves finish with 3 against the Mets at home; the Phils have 3 in Miami.


  357. 508 Gil in Mechanicsville September 27, 2021 at 8:45 am

    Things should be rocking at Truist this week, The placed should be packed for the 3 game set with the Fillies.

    Watching Will Smith slog thru the ninth yesterday was almost as painful as being there.

    I watch the last part of the Yankees vs Red Sox game last night. Talk about a inept bunch of fielders. It was like watching the Bad News Bears re-runs. A reminder of why you don’t give teams extra outs.

    Ber, if the Braves make it thru this week, they will face Milwaukie in the first round. The two wild cards will face off in a single game and the winner of that game will then take on the team with the best record.

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