201: Okay, Now What?

By Gil ‘N Mechanicsville

6/3/22

The Braves are hovering just below .500 after a little over 1/4 of the season has been played. To say it has been a classic case of under achievement is obvious. The trio of players who meant so much to the World Champion Braves are no longer a factor. Eddie Rosario in on the injure list following eye surgery, (we knew something was wrong by the way he swung at phantom strikes and played in the outfield). Jorge Soler signed a 3 year deal with the Marlins and Joc “Pearls” Peterson has gone home to San Francisco. The other huge hole has been the absence of Freddie Freeman who would be a favorite for NL MVP if not being over shadowed a bit by teammate Mookie Betts.

To replace those players, Marcel Ozuna has returned to act as DH and place holder in left field. I doubt Marcel’s defense will ever again be considered for a Gold Glove. While his offense has improved somewhat, it is not what anyone would consider to be elite. Acuna Jr. has returned but he is not yet the 5 tool player he was before his ACL injury. He still misjudges balls hit to the outfield and his timing is still a bit off at the plate. He also sometimes lets his brain write a check his legs can’t cash. Too many base running blunders are still occurring for my taste.

The recent call up of Mike Harris II at least gives Atlanta a true centerfielder but I don’t expect his bat to play quite yet. As talented as he is, there is a reason rookies don’t win batting titles. He does have potential and his defense is worth at least one RBI a game in my opinion. The rea elephant in the room for me is the absence of Freddie Freeman both on the field and in the locker room. While we are not privy to what goes on behind closed doors, the sloppy play of the Braves indicates to me that has been a lack of accountability for mental errors committed this year in the field and on the base paths. His replacement, Matt Olson, began the season like a house afire but he has since cooled off. the most concerning thing to me has been his suspect fielding at first base. Too many unforce errors remind me of Adam LaRoche and his ADHD moments. Olson does remind me a lot of former Cubs and Diamondback first baseman Mark Grace, similar line drive double hitter.

There have been some bright spots. The emergence of William Contreras as a hitter and fireballer Spencer Strider on the mound. Dansby Swanson has been solid in the field and looks to have solved his hitting woes that have plagued him the first two months of the season. Ozzie Albies also has been better in the box of late by not trying to hit every ball 500 feet. The “new” ball has had a lot to do with it methinks. Balls that were not hit so well last season were still going out but this season they have died on the warning track.

Austin Riley has gone through a bit of a slump also but hopefully he has regained his timing at the plate. His last ten games have shown a return to his his 2021 prowess at the plate. He defense continues to impress at the hot corner. While I doubt he will be able to usurp Noland Arenado as the league’s premier third baseman, he is certainly top five in that category. Now, if we can just get Adam Duval back on track. He has been a huge disappointment at the plate this season. We can all appreciate him having to play out of position in centerfield this season but way too many o-fers have shown up in the box score for him so far.

I guess the real head scratcher has been so few complete ball games put together by the Bravos to date. They have wat too much talent to lose as many games as they have. To be honest, they have played like a bunch of prima donnas. They think because they have won the World Series, other teams should be intermediated and roll over for them. It is not happening. The other day Jeff Francour opined the team needed an “A**hole”. Well, they do. A Freddie or a Chipper to get on someone who needs to get their act together and always give their best effort even when they don’t feel like it.

So what next? Play like you care… Yes, there will always be games you should have won but lost and game you should have lost but won but you need to win the game you are suppose to win. Get your mind in the game, pay attention. Don’t lose track of the number of outs. Don’t rely on the umpire to get the calls right. Understand you don’t always have to hit a three run homer when a single will do.

672 Responses to “201: Okay, Now What?”


  1. 1 Clarence Elliott June 3, 2022 at 10:34 am

    well said!

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  2. 2 Gil in Mechanicsville June 3, 2022 at 10:48 am

    Phillies sack Joe Girardi and coaching assistant Bobby Meacham. I guess the team’s poor performance could not possibly be due to bad decisions by the GM in overpaying Free Agents… but I digress….

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  3. 3 Gil in Mechanicsville June 3, 2022 at 11:06 am

    Pretty solid game by the Braves last night. Despite giving up 6 runs, I thought the Braves pitching effort was good. The fielding was sharper and the hitting was more balanced. All around good game. Do you think the team heard the rumors about Girardi’s imminent departure? Firing the manager almost always is an organization’s first choice when a team is under performing.

    After the Braves game ended I switched over to the Mets/Dodgers game. Braves need to sweep the Rocks and let the Dodgers take care of the Mets. Being 10 games back is no easy hill to climb but first the “Barves” need to get to .500, until then it is all conjecture.

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  4. 4 berigan2electricboogaloo June 3, 2022 at 11:41 am

    very well put Gil! In a slight defense of the team, and staff, is it’s the first time for everyone to win it all…so not only were there (I assume ) more demands for their time during the offseason, and the very stoopid strike, and short spring training, it is also like you say, they have been thinking toss the gloves on the field and you’ll win the game….

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  5. 5 berigan2electricboogaloo June 3, 2022 at 11:43 am

    Yep, very nice to see a blowout for once, wasn’t it? I am quite amazed by MH ll’s ability to hit lefties, I would bet most of his hits have been off of lefty relievers….

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  6. 6 Miss Josie June 3, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    They need a leader of the pack. Anyone that know anything about animals all know that there is always a leader in the ranks, and everyone take there lead from that animal. Well the leader has been Freddie Fender for years now!! So now who’s the leader, where the leader goes, so go the team. 🙂

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  7. 7 CarolinaLady June 3, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    Chipper needs to make a visit to the clubhouse.

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  8. 8 berigan2electricboogaloo June 3, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    Another Apple Minus game…sigh….

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  9. 10 Vox O'Reasoñ June 4, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    Nice to see the boys get timely hits with men in scoring position. Too bad Max couldn’t get the win. That was as good a game as I’ve seen him pitch. He’s an undisputed ace.

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  10. 11 Vox O'Reasoñ June 4, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    So what has happened to the offense to wake it up of late? Here’s my humble opinion…

    First, Dansby has caught fire and been moved into the 2 slot. He’s making alot of things happen right now. Second, the 2 catchers are both knocking the cover off the ball. I would advocate for one of them to DH, but Ronnie needs that at least once every 3 days if not twice. Also, Ozuna has begun to string together some big hits himself. If only he could get hot and draw some trade interest… but I digress. Third, you cannot undervalue what MH2 has done for the lineup (not to mention his stellar defense, but this is about offense here). For one, his SH bat helps to balance out the overwhelming RHedness. But he also brings some real energy to the bottom of the lineup.

    I really like everything about the current lineup except… Adam Duvall. He’s seriously underperforming right now. I don’t know if it’s having had to play out of position for most of the season thus far, but he’s pretty much contributing nothing to the offense. It’s close enough now to the trade deadline to begin stumping for some trade additions (and inevitable corresponding subtractions). I want Andrew Benentendi from KC. He’d fit perfectly in the lineup and in LF. And I don’t want to ship Duvey out somewhere to make room. I want Ozuna gone. Even if he is starting to barrel some balls, he is a one dimensional albatross on the roster. And I just don’t like him. I want Benentendi in LF everyday, and I want to be able to DH one of my hot hitting catchers on days when Ronnie is in the field. Whether Duvey or Heredia plays the RF spot is up to whomever keeps hitting. Heredia has had a few good ABs of late. Duvey needs to pick up his part of he load.

    Speaking of roster adjustments, don’t forget that we have a looming pitcher limit of 13 coming at the end of June. Of course, it was supposed to happen at the end of May and the powers that be kicked it down the road a month. I suppose they could do that again, but the current plan is to trim that staff down in 4 weeks. That means a position player will be added to take up the active roster spot. In house candidates include utility IF Joe Dunand that the Braves just claimed off waivers from the Marlins. Dunand made his ML debut with the Fish earlier this year. He appeared in 3 games, totaling 11 PAs, slashing .300/.364/.700 w/ 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s on the 40-man roster. (And he’s the nephew of ARod, not that it matters a whole lot.) He’s still young at just 26 and had a relatively pedestrian showing across 5 years in the minors following a fairly strong college career at NC State. I like him more as a depth piece in AAA, but his roster status might give him a push. Or he could be quickly DFA’d should someone else need his roster spot. Like Andrew Benentendi, but I digress…

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  11. 12 berigan2electricboogaloo June 4, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    Welcome back V! Was about to file a missing persons report 😉
    I agree with most everything you said above except…MH ll is lefty only. He may have started off a switch hitter, but I don’t know.
    Just looked it up, (sadly had to go to espn as I didn’t see these splits on MLB.COM ) 4 for 7 against lefties (.444) vs. 3 for 16 against righties (.188) Admittedly , a tiny sample size…. but in a funny way, reminded by of Jayson Heyward when he first came up, he almost hit lefties better than righties….

    found this story by Bowman, in case anyone missed it (who talked about Heyward, I forgot about that pitch to the face, I wonder if it affected his vision a bit, and that’s why he’s never been the same hitter?)

    https://www.mlb.com/news/michael-harris-ii-looks-part-as-braves-center-fielder

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  12. 13 Gil in Mechanicsville June 5, 2022 at 8:04 am

    Another nail biter last night. I don’t realistically expect Charlie Morton to pitch a shutout today. However, I don’t think anyone expected two games like were played Friday and Saturday. All I have to say is don’t let up. A sweep is difficult but not impossible.

    The Los Bravos (too many thes?) but I digress…. have picked up two games on the front running Mets, still a long climb ahead but getting back to .500 is a critical first step for the good guys.

    Did Strider look a bit off to you guys too? Too many glove side misses.

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    • 14 Vox O'Reasoñ June 5, 2022 at 10:18 am

      He appeared to have no feel for his changes up so he all but abandoned it in favor of his slider, which indeed tailed often off the plate. Still, it kept guys off his fastball. He battled hard without his best stuff. Not bad for a rook.

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      • 15 Vox O'Reasoñ June 5, 2022 at 10:18 am

        Changes up = changeup. Autocorrect doesn’t like that word apparently.

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      • 16 Vox O'Reasoñ June 5, 2022 at 10:20 am

        It also appeared that his 100 mph fastball was down around 96-97. Methinks he was trying to save a little to go deeper into the game. I personally don’t want the 96-97 Strider. I want the full bore Strider.

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        • 17 Gil in Mechanicsville June 5, 2022 at 12:29 pm

          I much rather have a 23 year old Spencer as our #5 than some 35 year old soft tosser. I am willing to put up with the growing pain because I can see the potential. 3 years from now Spencer will no longer be a #5 but a 3 or a 2.

          The home plate umpire was visually challenged in last night’s game. Just my opinion. I don’t mind if the ump misses pitches as long as he misses them for both sides but the thin air was affecting his depth perception if you ask me.

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  13. 18 berigan2electricboogaloo June 5, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    sadly, I missed the early (Strider) part of the game, but caught the last few innings. I was ready to give the team grief but then , they had a great comeback so…no grief from me 😉
    I am guessing with the late ending of the game you all missed it. Several timely hits (including one by everyone’s fav defensively challenged LFer…amazing how an older, heavier dude can play CF, at least somewhat, but he can’t eh?)
    Speaking of the heavier dude that had to play CF(never heard a complaint from him, did you all?) after he hit that 2 run homer, man, you can tell how much the team and coaches were happy for him, and boy did he have a smile on his face he couldn’t hide. Even Paul Byrd talking to him after the game was very happy for him.
    Clearly one of the good guys, IF he can get back to 2/3rds of the guy he was last year, then we can focus on other aspects of the team to improve…..
    funny, never would have thought 8 1/2 games back would sound good, but after 10 1/2 it sounds good…go Dodgers!

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  14. 19 berigan2electricboogaloo June 6, 2022 at 3:45 am

    “I much rather have a 23 year old Spencer as our #5 than some 35 year old soft tosser.”

    Oh come on know Gil, don’t ya know, Dallas Keuchel was released by the White Sox? Doesn’t that give ya thrill? :mrgreen:

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  15. 21 berigan2electricboogaloo June 6, 2022 at 3:46 am

    Another good win (are there any other kind of wins?) and now above .500 Yay!
    Too bad the Dodgers didn’t live up to their end of the deal and sweep the Mutts…

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  16. 22 Vox O'Reasoñ June 6, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    Now that Michael Harris has joined the big boys’ club, who is the next prospect to get excited over? Well, the #2 guy in the Braves pipeline is Drew Waters. He’s been in the line so long it’s hard to still call him “exciting”. Following him is Kyle Muller, Bryce Elder and Braden Shewmake. None of them make the hairs on my arm stand up. I have hopes for them all, but I’m not excited. Keeping in the line, Vaughn Grissom? Meh. He needs to develop… something. He looks to be pretty solid, but not excellent in any particular place. Kinda like Shewmake, who is already ahead of him. Tucker Davidson? Been there done that. Freddie Tarnok? There’s another name that has been around about as long as Waters. Tarnok started off his pro career looking like the next big deal, but leveled off and has just sort of moved up the ladder with little fanfare. He recently has gotten back on track, but like his contemporaries needs to hone that control.

    Next in line?

    LHP Jared Shuster is the guy we should all be watching. Why? Well, how about in his 9 starts at AA Mississippi, (48 IP), he’s leading the entire Southern League with a 2.06 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and .188 AVG-against (numbers courtesy of Alan Carpenter). Shuster was the Braves #1 pick (25th overall) in 2020 out of Wake Forest. He has what many Braves scouts say is the best, that’s right… BEST changeup in the organization, even better than Ian Anderson’s. He also throws a slider (what Braves pitcher doesn’t?) that’s rated average. But the changeup is his calling card. Even better is the fact that he has a 5:1 K/BB ratio (51/11) separating him from the rest of the Braves pitching prospects in my mind.

    So why is he ranked 9th in the organization and not on anyone’s radar? He doesn’t have the eye-popping fastball. He typically sits at around 91mph with his 2-seamer. He has on occasion heaved it 95+, but more consistently stays on the lower 90’s side. That said, with a plus changeup that arrives at 80mph, that 91 plays up immensely. And the fact that he’s around the plate should play in his favor in a prospect group that goes in the upper 90s but walks the park.

    As a college draftee, Shuster is already age 23, so a mid-season bump to AAA would not be rushing him and not be a huge surprise. Honestly, in my mind he’s shown that he can dominate the AA batters and would likely benefit from the more advanced challenge.

    Jared Shuster. He’s my next guy to get excited over.

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    • 23 Gil in Mechanicsville June 6, 2022 at 1:37 pm

      Jared Shuster sounds like a Tom Glavin clone. Lefty, low 90s fastball, devastating change up… Yep, Tom Glavin…

      As for Walters, just takes some guys longer to get to the show than others. He may well be the next “trade piece” to go. He will be a solid major league outfielder for somebody. The real problem for these guys is they are not super stars. There is a reason why the Braves farm system is not longer rated as elite.

      As for pitchers, well, when you rush a 21 year old to the show, there will be some failures. Few players are ready both physically and mentally at a young age. The best anyone can hope for is to get several solid years out of a player before he gets rabbit in his blood and he hops to the next big thing. Just saying…

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  17. 24 Gil in Mechanicsville June 6, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    b<>i/b<>/i<

    Yep….

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    • 25 Gil in Mechanicsville June 6, 2022 at 3:38 pm

      hummmm….

      What I was trying to copy and paste was an opine from Bowman on the Braves remaining trade pieces.

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      • 26 Gil in Mechanicsville June 6, 2022 at 3:39 pm

        Having weakened their prospect pool to acquire Matt Olson in March, the Braves’ top trade chip may be Waters, whose value has sunk as he has stalled the past couple years with Triple-A Gwinnett. If the Braves can’t find a team interested in taking a chance on Waters’ potential, the most attractive chip might be Braden Shewmake. But Shewmake’s availability might hinge on whether Atlanta is confident in re-signing Dansby Swanson. — Mark Bowman

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        • 27 Gil in Mechanicsville June 6, 2022 at 3:40 pm

          weird???? okay, y’all get the drift

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          • 28 Vox O'Reasoñ June 6, 2022 at 6:36 pm

            Waters is certainly blocked by MH2 in CF, LF and RF. That’s a problem for him. Shewmake will be a solid SS for someone. I feel like Dansby will re-sign here, but I’ve been wrong about these things before. It would be easier for Alex to re-sign Dansby than replace Dansby. Cheaper, too. And Shewmake would certainly eb attractive to a team in need of a good young SS.

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            • 29 Gil in Mechanicsville June 6, 2022 at 8:46 pm

              Anyone else remember Elvis Andrius was in the Braves organization before being shipped to the Rangers as part of the Texiera trade….

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  18. 30 berigan2electricboogaloo June 6, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    So why is he ranked 9th in the organization and not on anyone’s radar? He doesn’t have the eye-popping fastball. He typically sits at around 91mph with his 2-seamer. He has on occasion heaved it 95+, but more consistently stays on the lower 90’s side.

    one thing I don’t get is the 2 seemer vs 4 seemer velo (as the youngsters say 😉 ) seems some guys can go to 100 MPH with a 2 seemer, which makes little sense to me.
    Kurt Schilling said while he was with the Phils Johnny Podres said to stop throwing his 91-92 MPH 2 seemer, and to throw 4 seemer which was then 96-97 (I can’t find the exact quote, but trust me on the basic facts 😉 ) Jared Shuster it would seem to me, should throw both, couldn’t hurt, says the guy in front of his computer 😉

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    • 31 Vox O'Reasoñ June 6, 2022 at 6:33 pm

      In general, a 2-seamer has more movement, while a 4-seamer goes straighter. And we know about straighter. That’s just a generality, though. Your mileage may vary.

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      • 32 Vox O'Reasoñ June 7, 2022 at 8:43 am

        I may have had that backwards, in both instances. I believe Shuster throws the wrinklier one… 2 or 4. You get the idea. My mind wanders sometimes. I hope it comes home soon.

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  19. 34 berigan2electricboogaloo June 6, 2022 at 5:44 pm

    Ok, just a thought, Strider is 23, 24 in Oct (On my Mom’s birthday!) but hasn’t thrown 100 innings in the minor yet! So, while I get making him a 5th starter, how could he keep his innings down this year? he also has 18 walks in 32 innings….
    Kyle Muller, while no longer giving V a thrill up his leg 😉 has a 3.47 ERA over 47 innings, 18 walks, and 64 strikeouts….I sure hope if Strider keeps walking too many folks, or gets too many innings under his belt, that Kyle will get a chance again (more than 1 start-thats just too much pressure for any 24 year old) over say, then next Dallas, or some other soft tosser….(Dallas did sign a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks, whew!)

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    • 35 Vox O'Reasoñ June 6, 2022 at 6:32 pm

      Most people seem to think Muller is destined for the bullpen. I’m not convinced of that, He does possess 4 pitches in his arsenal and is a physical beast at 6’7″. If he can just harness that control… (haven’t we said that sooooo many times?)

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      • 36 Gil in Mechanicsville June 6, 2022 at 8:40 pm

        The problem with control is often measured in millimeters. Pitchers trying to be too fine, they get two strikes then try to trick a batter going for the edges. Umps for some reason are loath to give close pitches to a rookie.
        Strider admitted he threw too many sliders and the Rockies wouldn’t bite. he said it was a lesson learned.

        If we look at the young Braves pitchers who are having success, they are pitching to more contact but are still getting strike outs.

        The real answer is having the pitch which looks like a strike long enough the batter will offer.

        Braves hitters need to be smart also, stop trying to hit 5 run homers every at bat.

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  20. 37 Gil in Mechanicsville June 7, 2022 at 1:54 pm

    I watched the Mets vs Padres last night, I’ll be honest, I don’t think the Braves will catch the Mutts this year. They are hitting on all cylinders right now and that is without their two best pitchers. They are 19 games over 500 and they just look stout. Different vibe from what we are use to seeing.

    The Braves need to do all they can to get in the play-offs but a 91 win season looks optimistic.

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  21. 38 Conrad Hailparn June 7, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    Wow…Joe Maddon fired to. Clearly his fault trout was in worst slump of his career

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    • 39 Gil in Mechanicsville June 7, 2022 at 6:37 pm

      Anyone who didn’t see that coming was blind to the corporate mind set. He must not have been politically correct enough for Disney. Just saying….

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  22. 40 Gil in Mechanicsville June 8, 2022 at 6:23 am

    That was a snappy game. 2hrs &14 min… reminiscent of a Greg Maddux effort…

    I did not expect the game to turn around like it did but … YAY..

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  23. 41 Vox O'Reasoñ June 8, 2022 at 1:01 pm

    For those keeping up with such things, Huascar Ynoa tossed 7 no-hit innings in AAA last night, and Drew Waters had 4 hits including a HR. These are important developments with the trade deadline approaching on Aug 2.

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  24. 42 Vox O'Reasoñ June 8, 2022 at 3:44 pm

    ICYMI:

    Collin McHugh was placed on the injured list yesterday after testing positive for COVID-19. To replace him in the bullpen the Braves traded “cash considerations” to the D-backs for old buddy Jacob Webb. Given that the move was COVID related, the team could make that move with no 40-man roster implications. But when McHugh is ready to return there will need to be a 40-man move. I like Webb and think he’s a talented guy. Like many pitchers these days, he simply needs to cut down on the walks.

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  25. 44 Vox O'Reasoñ June 8, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Per beat writer Justin Toascano:

    -Dansby Swanson beat the Braves in arbitration, and will earn $10 million instead of the club’s $9.2 million offer

    -Adam Duvall lost in arbitration, and will earn the club’s $9,275,000 figure instead of the $10,275,000 he sought

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  26. 45 Gil in Mechanicsville June 8, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    win some, lose some… Brave won all the other arb cases I think

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  27. 46 berigan2electricboogaloo June 9, 2022 at 1:17 am

    I am actually…ok with blowout wins 😉 7 in a row, not bad!

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  28. 48 Gil in Mechanicsville June 9, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    Okay Braves, a lot of good work done over the past week. You have made up 3 1/2 games on the Mets and are again looking like World Champions. Don’t get caught looking past the Buccos because they are a lean and hungry team looking for a little respect. They truly have nothing to lose so they will be loosy goosy.

    About last night. Yes, that was fun, I hope you didn’t bat yourselves out. It’s tough to follow up a blow out win with another, I think y’alls recent trip to Mile High should be a reminder of that.

    GO BARVES…. 😉

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  29. 49 Gil in Mechanicsville June 10, 2022 at 2:17 am

    Another W for the good guys…. 6 1/2 back

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  30. 50 Vox O'Reasoñ June 10, 2022 at 6:21 am

    W W W W W W W W

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  31. 51 berigan2electricboogaloo June 10, 2022 at 10:25 am

    another hot take from me….I also really like long winning streaks! 🙂

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  32. 52 Vox O'Reasoñ June 10, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    MLBTR: The Braves announced they’ve claimed first baseman Mike Ford off waivers from the Mariners and optioned him to Triple-A Gwinnett. Infielder Joe Dunand has been designated for assignment to clear 40-man roster space.

    Dunand was a recent claim from Miami. Easy come; easy go. But don’t get excited about Ford. He’s been DFA’d and claimed 3 times already this season. As a LH 1B/DH type though, he might be given an opportunity to stick. He does have a minor league option so he can sit as depth at AAA. Still, if the team is in need of that coveted last roster spot, he could easily be looking at his 4th DFA of the season.

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  33. 53 Gil in Mechanicsville June 11, 2022 at 9:05 am

    Winning nine is just so fine…

    4 PM game today, Charlie Morton toes the rubber. The NL East has turned into a three horse race. Everyone refuses to lose. Well, except Washington. It reminds us all that it is a long road to the World Series.

    Last night’s ump left a lot to be desired with his strike calling abilities. Left both sides shaking their heads.

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  34. 54 Vox O'Reasoñ June 11, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    WWWWWWWWWW

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  35. 55 Vox O'Reasoñ June 11, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    Dansby is playing like a guy looking toward his first big contract. Oh wait… he is a guy looking toward his first big contract.

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  36. 56 Gil in Mechanicsville June 12, 2022 at 5:41 am

    The Mutts lost Saturday night. We knew the Angles were due for a win didn’t we? So, Braves now back 5 1/2 games, the race is looking a little bit more do-able. Of course the Phillies are also red hot. Did we see that coming too? Even the Marlins are trying to get into the act. They have beat the Astros two straight. (in Houston).

    Very interesting don’t y’all think? So who thought Charlie Morton would be the weak link it the Braves’ starting rotation?

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  37. 57 Vox O'Reasoñ June 12, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    Left field agrees with Adam Duvall.

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  38. 58 Gil in Mechanicsville June 12, 2022 at 5:21 pm

    I do love add on runs late. One run leads are very precarious… So, now at 11 in a row. Keep it going boys…

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  39. 59 berigan2electricboogaloo June 12, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    this is crazy! What is their record for consecutive wins? Duval seems to have his legs back under him, literally…too big, too old to play CF. but, never heard him complain.

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  40. 62 Vox O'Reasoñ June 13, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    Braves: Ozzie is out indefinitely after breaking his foot.

    NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

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  41. 63 Vox O'Reasoñ June 13, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    Arcia isn’t a long term replacement. Who will it be? Internal or external? Braden Shewmake has spent all his time at SS. He’s my preference internally. I’m betting Alex is already working the phones.

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  42. 64 Vox O'Reasoñ June 13, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    I don’t like this at all.

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  43. 66 Gil in Mechanicsville June 14, 2022 at 5:23 am

    I suspect Ozzie’s left foot was already damaged from fouling off a ball off his foot and then when he twisted it on the awkward swing the stress caused the bone to break. What we still have to wait to find out is how extensive the fracture is and if surgery will be required. That will determine how long he will be sidelined.

    That said… it sucks for Ozzie and it sucks for us.

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  44. 67 Gil in Mechanicsville June 14, 2022 at 6:27 am

    I have to say, Ozzie going down did take the bloom off the rose in winning their twelfth straight game didn’t it?

    The Washington pen is really over worked right now, that happens when your starters don’t go deep in games.

    Super Max goes tonight for the Braves, I expect Gray to start for the Nats.

    Ian ran out of gas quick last night didn’t he? A ninety minute rain delay will do that.

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  45. 68 Gil in Mechanicsville June 14, 2022 at 6:27 am

    I thought Dylan Lee did a good job in relief last night by the way.

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  46. 69 Gil in Mechanicsville June 14, 2022 at 8:21 am

    Another reliever who amazes me is Jesse Chavez. He must really have a lot of movement on his pitches. Yes, he’ll give up a hit or two but never a big inning.

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    • 70 Vox O'Reasoñ June 14, 2022 at 8:52 am

      Jesse is not elite, but he is one of those guys that simply helps you win. And we got him for Sean Newcomb, who came off the IL for the Cubs yesterday and promptly gave up 6 hits and 5 runs in 1 inning of work… and then was DFA’d immediately after the game.

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  47. 71 Vox O'Reasoñ June 14, 2022 at 9:08 am

    I agree that Phil Gosselin is the most likely internal guy to come up and be the everyday 2B while Ozzie is on the mend. He’s currently enjoying a nice season slashing .297/.358/.473 w/ 5 HR in 49 games at AAA. But bringing Gosselin up does come with a couple of problems. First, he’s not on the 40-man roster, so somebody has to lose a spot. Second, he’s another RH bat taking the lineup back out of the brief period of semi-balance that it had enjoyed with the addition of Mikey Harris.

    I think also we need to get a clearer timetable on Ozzie’s return. If this is just a small stress fracture, the recovery period might be short enough for a “get by”. If it’s a Lisfranc injury, then we may be looking at a replacement for the rest of the season. Those are often trickier. Again it depends on the severity of the injury. In the worst case scenario, he would not be able to even put weight on that foot for about 12 weeks.

    I believe we should all just pray that he has simply done as Gil suggested, suffered a stress fracture to a place where a foul ball had previously affected it. That would be the best outcome for both him and the team.

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  48. 72 Vox O'Reasoñ June 14, 2022 at 12:23 pm

    Ozzie’s on the 60-day IL (no official word on the injury, but they didn’t hesitate to go straight to the 60) and Gosselin is up. Because of the 60 designation, that roster spot was opened. No other corresponding moves are necessary.

    Knowing Alex, I’m betting he’s shopping for a replacement. I may be wrong, but I don’t see a championship team rolling with a utility-man playing every day, or with a guy who wasn’t even on the 40-man prior to the pivotal injury.

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  49. 74 Vox O'Reasoñ June 14, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    According to ajc Braves beat writer Justin Toscano, the Braves will play Orlando Arcia as the everyday 2B and Phil Gosselin will be the last guy off the bench. Toscano did not quote or site any Braves sources, but made the supposition based on the fact that Arcia beat out Gosselin in spring for the final spot on the active roster.

    I suppose I see the logic in that… to a point. I also see that Arcia has 3, that’s right… 3 ML games at 2B. Gosselin, on the other hand, has 105 ML games at the keystone, more than any other position he has played.

    Maybe it’s more prudent to make the supposition that Arcia will get an opportunity to prove he can handle the position on a regular basis. But I don’t think you can just assume the job is his.

    I still think Alex is working the phones. Maybe I’m wrong. I bet I’m not.

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  50. 75 Gil in Mechanicsville June 14, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    It is a very tough thing to catch lightning in a bottle two years in a row. Yes, AA is like that duck on a pond, calm on top but churning below the surface. I am pretty sure that is why he appears to be picking up every DNF who comes along of late. Losing Ozzie is tough but they managed to overcome the loss of Acuna last season so anything is possible.

    The only real problem is who would be available for trade going the other way. A lot of the Braves prime assets are gone or promoted.

    Oh well, injuries are a thing every team has to overcome every season. It is what separates the champions form the also rans. It is going to be tough to hold Ozzie down methinks. I am still waiting for more details (type of fractures, surgery etc)

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  51. 76 berigan2electricboogaloo June 14, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    33 RBIs .244 BA .289 OBO 3 steals, 5 times caught stealing. I know, I am mean. 😉 OBVIOUSLY, you want Ozzie out there but, while we have seen signs of life of late, I think at least bat wise , he can be covered there.

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  52. 78 Gil in Mechanicsville June 14, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    OBTW, Harris II hits his second dinger to almost the same spot on left center.

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    • 79 berigan2electricboogaloo June 15, 2022 at 12:41 am

      I almost hate saying it, but reminds me of JHey…..swingwise…the young JHey, even down to hitting lefties as well as if not better than righties….
      of course he will cool down, but man, what a lift he’s given the club!

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      • 80 Gil in Mechanicsville June 15, 2022 at 4:02 am

        You are 100% on the beam with that assessment Ber, I have thought to myself the same thing but with better bat control. He sure looks like him standing in the batter’s box.

        Every season you look at a point where the club turns things around, this season it has coincided with the promotion of Hair 2 and moving DuVal back to left. Now, if we can just get the Ronald McDonald clone in right field to get it together we would really have something… 😉

        Wednesday night and it’s Spencer’s turn in the box… This winning streak is kinda fun don’t ya think? We all know it can’t last, at some point the pressure just becomes too great but hey, ride that horse as long as she will trot.

        GO BARVES! 😉

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  53. 81 Gil in Mechanicsville June 15, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Watching Strider embarrass the Nats. You got to love this guy. 99mph on the corners then drops am 84mph slider at the bottom of the zone…

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  54. 82 Gil in Mechanicsville June 16, 2022 at 4:42 am

    Words of wisdom from former manager Bobby Cox on the Braves success in their run of 14 straight division championships. “Win series, beat up on the teams you are suppose to beat, play to a draw the really good teams. I might add, having depth (A Yankee staple during their reign of World Championships) and betting a break or two at the most opportune time doesn’t hurt either.

    So, now the Braves are four back but charging like a rabid rhinoceros… How about that for hyperbole? Anyhoo, the Mets must be hearing footsteps by now eh? Off day Thursday to travel to the Windy City. I won’t predict a sweep but the conditions are ripe for success. All I have to say is keep your eyes on the prize and don’t worry about the upcoming games against the NL West. Let them worry about having to match up.

    About last night, Arcia appears determined to Wally Pipp Ozzie Albies. A couple of things were apparent however, Ozzie is a better fielder. Just continue to drive in more than you let in guys.

    The ninth inning got a bit sloppy by the Braves didn’t it?

    I think the Braves have shown how important it is to have a balance offense. Acuna goes 1 for 15 and the Braves still score 10 runs a game. There is serious pop up and down the line up. Who knew that all the outs would be made by Acuna and Olson? Okay, that is a little over the top but y’all catch my drift.

    I was stuck with the Washington broadcast but I will tell you they were some humble souls, absolutely in awe of the Braves pitching depth and the power display put on by Los Bravos.

    Okay, more later on Strider’s sliders and “Deuce” Harris…

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  55. 83 berigan2electricboogaloo June 16, 2022 at 7:15 am

    So, now the Braves are four back but charging like a rabid rhinoceros… How about that for hyperbole?

    pretty darned good! 😆

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  56. 84 berigan2electricboogaloo June 16, 2022 at 7:22 am

    this streak…is just unbelievable! I mean….remember how flat, how…bad they looked in May? Bascially just Dansby and D’Arnau hitting . Now, basically everyone, is hitting the cover off the ball, starters are, “ok” but everyone in the bullpen is good right now too. 10 1/2 and trying to figure out how to sneak in via the W/C to scaring the you know what out of the Mutts.
    Ahhh…. life is good! 🙂

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  57. 85 Vox O'Reasoñ June 16, 2022 at 8:12 am

    Call me crazy, but for the first month or so of the season, we were trying to fit guys into position the best we could, especially in CF where we didn’t have one. And because our LF was in CF, we seemingly played fruit basket turnover in LF. Not to mention Ronnie easing back in to play RF occasionally… well, there was just no cohesiveness to the lineup at all.

    Then Money Mikey arrived and Ronnie got stronger, and suddenly the whole roster has taken shape and everyone has settled into their roles.

    Never take for granted the importance of hitters/fielders/pitchers knowing their roles. That’s when they can relax and simply perform the way they are paid to do. Exhibit A: Adam Duvall. That’s al that really needs to be said.

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  58. 86 Gil in Mechanicsville June 16, 2022 at 11:58 am

    I went back to my MLB package to watch the game again but with the Braves point of view. It is easy to be bored when no game is planned. I guess I will watch some of the combine… Not sure why, not like the Braves haven’t already set their list. Oh well, more fodder to fill air time.

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  59. 87 Gil in Mechanicsville June 16, 2022 at 12:02 pm

    Speaking of which, I remember comment made by super scout Syd Thrift. He said the secret was to recognize a kid when he is 13 or 14 years old because by the time they are 18, every team in the country is aware of their talent.
    I think that is really true when it comes to find talent amonst the Latian players.

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  60. 88 Gil in Mechanicsville June 17, 2022 at 9:44 am

    Good thing I looked at the schedule, all three games in Chicago begin at 2:20 PM EDT…. I guess they don’t want folks on ChiTown to have to wander the streets after dark… Just saying

    Going to be hot here today (98 degrees) I guess I will make sure to bring in the cows.

    Will then cool off considerably. This climate change thing has a hard time keeping its act together.

    The Brew Crew let me down last night… What in the world happened to the Brewers? Did someone forget the live chicken?

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  61. 89 Gil in Mechanicsville June 17, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    It is a shame the Braves offense may have wasted Charlie Morton’s best start of the season. 0-0 into the 8th

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  62. 90 Gil in Mechanicsville June 17, 2022 at 5:04 pm

    Oh well, you kind of knew something had to give. Braves having won 14 straight and the Cubs on a 10 game losing streak… Get ’em tomorrow boys…

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  63. 91 berigan2electricboogaloo June 17, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    man, all those runs they have scored of late, couldn’t save 2 for today? oh well…

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  64. 92 Vox O'Reasoñ June 18, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    14-2 in June. I’ll take it.

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  65. 93 Vox O'Reasoñ June 20, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    Braves: * The #Braves today recalled INF Mike Ford from Triple-A Gwinnett and optioned RHP Jesús Cruz to the Stripers. Ford will wear No. 34.*

    Today is the deadline day to cut pitchers to 13.

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  66. 94 Gil in Mechanicsville June 20, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    Good Afternoon Braves fans… Early game today is Mets & Marlins, needless to say I am rooting hard for the fish,

    Have y’ll been voting for the All Stars? sorry but not heavy on the Braves this year, Okay, maybe only five but we shall see.

    Mike Ford eh? A sub for Olson?

    Okay, things look bleak for the Fish, a comedy of errors methinks.

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  67. 96 Vox O'Reasoñ June 20, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    Tonight’s home plate ump is a clown. That is all.

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  68. 97 Gil in Mechanicsville June 21, 2022 at 6:50 am

    Heck of a game even it was 10 vs 9….

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  69. 98 Gil in Mechanicsville June 21, 2022 at 6:53 am

    Okay, how do we fix Ronald?

    Fried is a freak…

    Will Smith was a boss, always a good job to come in with the bases loaded with zero outs and only give up one run. Close play at first though…

    Arcia in clutch.

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  70. 99 Vox O'Reasoñ June 21, 2022 at 8:11 am

    Great game yesterday. Easier to say that when we came out on top, but a great game nonetheless.

    How to fix Ronnie? Be patient. That’s all. He’ll come around… most likely when someone else goes cold. Baseball.

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  71. 100 Gil in Mechanicsville June 21, 2022 at 9:00 am

    Hey CL, Braves game will be televised on TBS tonight.

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  72. 101 berigan2electricboogaloo June 21, 2022 at 9:58 am

    yeah, what V said…amazing that the ump ONLY made bad calls, in the Giants favor. A demmycrat by any chance?

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  73. 102 berigan2electricboogaloo June 21, 2022 at 10:01 am

    tbs, tbs…hmmm, will have to spend a lot of time searching for tbs on direct….

    braves really needed to win last night’s game what with the terrible Ump and the giants catcher dropping the ball and acting like a superlight touch of ozunas bat made him do it. I bet ya anything Phil had 2nd stolen, so he dropped it.

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  74. 107 berigan2electricboogaloo June 21, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    hard to score 10 runs and lose….

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  75. 109 Gil in Mechanicsville June 22, 2022 at 7:45 am

    An observation on Spencer’s performance last night: I thought his tempo was off, like he was rushing his pitches. get the ball and throw, get the ball and throw… d’Arnaud needed to slow him down a bit, that is a downside to the electronic signal caller I guess. The fact the ump had a very tight zone did not help either.

    Oh well, he is a number 5 and a rookie, you are going to get games like that from him as he learns on the job. Get ’em next time kid…

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  76. 110 berigan2electricboogaloo June 22, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    I knew it all along! :mrgreen:
    I actually had quite a few complaints but right now….never mind 🙂

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  77. 111 Gil in Mechanicsville June 23, 2022 at 5:19 am

    What a strange game baseball is… Just when you say “ballgame”….

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  78. 112 Vox O'Reasoñ June 23, 2022 at 8:05 am

    As Gil would like to say… “Wheee!”

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  79. 113 Vox O'Reasoñ June 23, 2022 at 1:49 pm

    Dansby is making a push for a generous contract in FA. I hope Alex hasn’t waited too late. One thing is for sure… the price tag is climbing. Maybe his local roots will help. Maybe. Probably not.

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  80. 114 Vox O'Reasoñ June 23, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    The $1M buyout of Will Smith’s team option for 2023 might be the best bargain the Braves find all offseason.

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  81. 115 Vox O'Reasoñ June 23, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    While yesterday was a “whee!”, today was more of a “whew!”. 😮‍💨

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  82. 116 Vox O'Reasoñ June 23, 2022 at 4:55 pm

    The Braves are hitting their stride well in the sweltering days of late June, and that’s without Ozzie. Not only is it without Ozzie, it’s without forgotten Braves and 2021 World Series stars Tyler Matzek and Eddie Rosario. The word on the street, well at on the internet at least, is that each of those two could begin rehab assignments next week. Getting either or both of them back around the All Star break would be huge. The bullpen has really been good, but it can always be better and Matzek is that when he’s on. As for Rosario, the poor guy couldn’t see earlier in the season. Not only will his eyes be corrected, his legs will be fresh for the 2nd half run. This lineup sorely needs his LH bat to help balance it, especially since Ozzie went down. And of course Ozzie is expected back, but most likely not until late August. Looking forward to this race heating up with the weather.

    Whee!

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    • 117 Gil in Mechanicsville June 23, 2022 at 5:16 pm

      Whee indeed…. 🙂

      I might have to start voting for Joc for the All-Star game. He certainly has played like an All-Star against the Braves.

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  83. 118 Gil in Mechanicsville June 23, 2022 at 5:17 pm

    And Dansby… My goodness, the kid is playing out of his mind right now…

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  84. 119 berigan2electricboogaloo June 24, 2022 at 1:59 pm

    from the stuff side… a great day for America…and babies…

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    • 120 Gil in Mechanicsville June 24, 2022 at 3:33 pm

      Amen Ber…. If women actually knew how an abortion was performed and what they did, they would never get pregnant by accident again. Contraceptives are pretty common and easy, their is no excuse.

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  85. 121 Vox O'Reasoñ June 27, 2022 at 10:16 am

    ICYMI, Eddie Rosario has played in 2 rehab games with AAA Gwinnett. He collected a hit in his first game Saturday, and 2 H, 2 RBI yesterday. I suppose we can assume that he can at least see something. Hopefully his baseball vision has been restored. We all know what happens to hitters when their vision begins to taper off… cough Uggla cough cough**

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    • 122 Gil in Mechanicsville June 27, 2022 at 12:46 pm

      Did you know that 20-15 vision is considered the norm for pro baseball players, not the 20-20 vison we mere mortals strive for?

      Last night’s game was a disappointment to say the least. The fat lady was warming up in the wings but refused to take the stage… Chalk it up as one of those games that should have been won but didn’t. AKA Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory…

      Oh well, another good reason to not count your chickens etc. etc…

      I though Strider was magnificent last night. You could hardly ask for more. I know he won’t be allowed to pitch a ton of innings over 100 so look for him to be used as an alternate closer methinks.

      Oh by the way, one more skinny run by the Braves in all those innings when men in scoring position were left hanging came back to bite the Braves by not having a more comfortable lead. Just saying…

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  86. 123 Vox O'Reasoñ June 28, 2022 at 10:59 am

    I though Strider was magnificent last night. You could hardly ask for more. I know he won’t be allowed to pitch a ton of innings over 100 so look for him to be used as an alternate closer methinks.

    I believe that’s why he hardly ever goes past 5. Load management. They’ll save some of those innings for late August and September… and hopefully October, too.

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  87. 124 Gil in Mechanicsville June 28, 2022 at 11:52 am

    Watched parts of a bunch of games last night. Washington, Dodgers, Baltimore, Miami…

    Dodgers finding the Rockies a rough row to hoe…

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  88. 128 Gil in Mechanicsville June 28, 2022 at 12:03 pm

    In that same mine… Yankees beat up on weak pitching (like the Braves)

    As a matter of fact, it still comes down to pitching, it doesn’t matter if you can score a bunch of runs when the other team can too, it then becomes a crap shoot, or as we saw Sunday night, a game of inches.

    The Braves match up against the Harperless Phillies tonight. Braves pitchers need to try to keep the ball on the ground in that bandbox.

    Note to Braves hitters: You do not need to swing for the fences on every pitch in every at bat. I know the highlight reels love home runs but baseball purist like myself love wins better… ie, runners on second and third do not need a ball hit over the fence to score, a single to right will suffice. just keep the line moving…

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  89. 129 Vox O'Reasoñ June 28, 2022 at 1:55 pm

    Braves: The Braves today recalled RHP Jesús Cruz to Atlanta and placed RHP Kenley Jansen on the 15-day injured list with an irregular heartbeat, backdated to June 27.

    Well crap. Concerns for Kenley as top priority of course, but next man up. And let’s hope that next man isn’t Will Smith. Let’s go!

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    • 130 berigan2electricboogaloo June 28, 2022 at 2:02 pm

      that sucks! It was odd, he touched 97 Sunday, which I don’t recall seeing…ever Dodgers or here.
      Will Smith was overworked, plain and simple. between 6-20 and 6-26 he was in 5 games. Crazy that Snit would do that….

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  90. 131 Vox O'Reasoñ June 28, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    Anyone who may be wondering what led to Freddie Freeman departing Atlanta, Bowman notes today that Freddie has filed the necessary paperwork to terminate his relationship with Excel Sports, his (former) management.

    This is what happens when you give total control to someone. Freddie gave them his trust and they overplayed their hand. Freddie paid the price. I think we all saw this past weekend how badly he wanted to stay in Atlanta. It sucks for Freddie and it sucks for the Braves and it sucks for all of us.

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    • 132 Gil in Mechanicsville June 28, 2022 at 8:32 pm

      Honestly, it was tough to watch after while… I mean come on, everyone concerned was hurting, of course the talking heads couldn’t help themselves.

      tight zone for Charlie tonight. not getting the benefit of the doubt on any calls.

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  91. 133 Gil in Mechanicsville June 28, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Good news on the home front for me, found a neighbor kid to help with my outside chores… I am paying him $10 an hour and he is worth every penny. The last helper I had grew up, got married and moved to North Carolina… It is hard to find go help these days. Even harder keeping them…

    Nothing quite so frustrating as knowing how to do things and not physically able to do them. Oh well, at least a kid I can teach to do things.

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  92. 134 Gil in Mechanicsville June 29, 2022 at 9:11 am

    Matt Olsen may have exorcised the demons lurking in the Freddie Freeman love fest this past weekend. He is not Freddie Freeman and likely will not be but he is a pretty good version of himself and getting rid of that little hitch in his swing has returned him to his promised self.

    It was not his fault he became the choice to replace the former face of the franchise, much like the one who is unfortunate enough to be the one who replaces that lost love, he may well be the solid substitute who goes on the be the faithful companion who has to bare the remorse for the one who got away. The wounds are pretty fresh so there is that but Matt is such a likeable guy fans can’t help but root for him.

    Now, if he can just get the Braves another World Series Championship, the rest of Braves country can move on to the next generation of beloved players.

    Now, about last night…. The Phillies are a scrappy team but right now they are beat up. Not just the absence of harper and Jean Segura, both who are Braves killers, but the lack of any real bull pen depth. The lack of the heavy hitters translate into not being to outslug their opponents to cover for the ineptitude of their bullpen late.

    Charlie Morton displayed a bit of his Houdini act getting out of the first inning and Duvall’s gold glove performance in right field pulled Morton’s fat out of the fire in the 3rd. The two homer night by Olson and the continue bashing by d’Arnaud sparked the offense so all and all a good night.

    Kyle Wright toes the rubber for Los Bravos tonight. Keep ’em on the ground kid….

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  93. 135 Gil in Mechanicsville June 29, 2022 at 9:14 am

    On last comment this AM… Who or what do y’all think is on AA’s wish list for mid season trades? Needs and wants? Just asking… I would go after the Reds starter but whew, he will be expensive… I still think they need a lefty bat off the bench.

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    • 136 Vox O'Reasoñ June 29, 2022 at 1:49 pm

      It’s weird to say this, but they don’t have any glaring needs. LH bat? We might be getting the real Eddie Rosario back in a few more days. Also, Ozzie should be back sometime in August. Bullpen? Well, Kenley will be back soon along with Tyler Matzek. That’s 2 pretty big additions right there, and we haven’t even discussed that Kirby Yates is expected to be game ready by late July as well. And I would be remiss if I fail to note that Jay Jackson is already pitching in rehab games. What about starting pitching? You can never have too much starting pitching. But we do have 5 pretty dang good starters at the moment. We also have the miracle of Mike Soroka reportedly making great progress toward his return to the Show. Still, I think that starting pitching is something Alex could go after, along with every other playoff hopeful team.

      Honestly IMO, I think we have more surplus than need. We could trade Marcell Ozuna for a mid-level prospect and it wouldn’t hurt my feelings at all. We’ll have Manny Piña coming of the IL before too long, but he’s not coming back to this active roster with William Contreras having emerged. He’s certain to be peddled elsewhere.

      I don’t foresee any big moves this year… just tweaks. The offseason is more likely to see bigger Braves moves in this fan’s humble view. We really need guys like Drew Waters, Tucker Davidson and Kyle Muller to make some big strides (read: increase trade value) this year at AAA before they wither on the vine.

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  94. 137 Gil in Mechanicsville June 29, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    Watching the Mets/Astro game.. final 2-0 Astros…yay…. Verlander pitched 8 very strong innings. Our old friend and Vee’s favorite player, Ender Inciarte playing left field for the Mutts… It was a good game, Braves can inch closer, 3 1/2 games back with Wright slated to pitch tonight… GO BARVES! 😉

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  95. 138 Gil in Mechanicsville June 30, 2022 at 8:17 am

    Magic number is now 3… too early? Okay, maybe but the Mutts have to be looking over their shoulder now realizing the a juggernaut is running them down. What was once a tremendous lead has evaporated in the blink of an eye.

    Ian Anderson, the Braves #4 goes tonight in an earliesh game 6:05 game time… who comes up with this scheduling ang how? Maybe I won’t fall asleep before the end of the game but no guarantees on that.

    Okay, about the game… Kyle Wright has come into his own it appears. 7 strong innings of one run ball. Jesse looks amazing for an old guy who can’t throw over 90 and Will Smith looks like a real closer.

    Dansby can’t hit water falling out of a boat in Philly but no matter because Olson and Duvey will have to be dragged kicking and screaming back onto the plane to Atlanta.

    I guess it is a good thing it is not the same guys every night winning ballgames…

    One last comment: I am officially in “The I’ve had enough of Ozuna” club. Three times I have watched him try the cutesy sliding catch and three times he has misplayed the ball into extra base hits. On the last one he had his eyes closed as the ball bounced over his glove…

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  96. 139 Vox O'Reasoñ June 30, 2022 at 10:29 am

    I am officially in “The I’ve had enough of Ozuna” club.

    Yep. Very much so. The only thing he’s really contributing is gag reels. Keep his butt out of LF. Period. It’s not even humorous to discuss anymore. It’s actually kind of pi$$ing me off now. At this point, see if you can just get some salary relief. Even if it’s only $1.25, that’ll at least buy you a large fountain drink at QT. That’s more than you have right now.

    Ozuna’s current 2022 WAR: -0.4
    Guillermo Heredia same: 0.0

    I’ll take Heredia. Please.

    BTW, Eddie Rosario had 2 doubles and 2 RBI in last night’s rehab game in AAA. Maybe he can join the team in Cincy. Heck, I’ll take him tonight. I know when he comes back that Mike Ford will probably be DFA’d again for about the 17th time this season, but I’d just as soon see the end of Ozuna’s tenure here instead.

    Done. Finished. So over it. Got the t-shirt. It doesn’t fit.

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  97. 140 Gil in Mechanicsville June 30, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    I am certain the Phillies would pick up Ozuna after he cleared waivers so the Braves would be stuck with the bill but even at that it might be worth it.

    If I had the time and talent I would put together a meme of Ozuna’s outfield blunders but alas I actually do have more important things to do but I think y’all get the picture of Marcel’s ineptitude.

    At this point I think I would call up both Rosario and Waters and drop Ozuna and Ford. We will see if anyone will take a deeply discounted Marcel Ozuna, I’ll bet Alex has thought about it.

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  98. 141 Vox O'Reasoñ June 30, 2022 at 1:17 pm

    So the Freddie Freeman saga continues to pick up steam. ESPN reporter Doug Gottlieb reported this late yesterday:

    Casey Close never told Freddie Freeman about the Braves final offer, that is why Freeman fired him. He found out in Atlanta this weekend. It isn’t that rare to have happen in MLB, but it happened – Close knew Freddie would have taken the ATL deal

    I don’t even know what to say about this. There is no remedy. Too many bridges have already been crossed. And the other victim here is Matt Olson, a great dude and a great ballplayer whose only negative in Atlanta is that he’s not be Freddie Freeman.

    It the report turns out to be true, this Close dude needs to be exiled from MLB. I can’t imagine Alex being able to negotiate with him in good faith. OH WAIT… he represents Dansby.

    Oh boy…

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    • 142 Vox O'Reasoñ June 30, 2022 at 1:23 pm

      And by the way, SI is reporting that the Braves final offer to Freddie did go 6 years… 6 yrs / $140M I think. But Alex did include that 6th guaranteed year.

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    • 143 Gil in Mechanicsville June 30, 2022 at 1:28 pm

      It should be a cautionary tale for Dansby that if he wants to stay in Atlanta, he needs to make sure he is in the loop. If he just wants to go where there is the most money, hire a crook….

      Speaking of which, agents get a percentage of the gross. They will almost always work in their own best interest.

      I do know in the legal profession that if an attorney does not advise their client of an offered deal, they can be disbarred. On another note, ask Gary Sheffield his opinion of agents… 🙂

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  99. 144 Gil in Mechanicsville June 30, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    Let’s look at this thing realistically, Ozuna’s contract is spent money. Any relief gained is a positive. I don’t think opposing pitchers have any fear of pitching to him, so he is not protecting anyone batting in front of him. He is a defensive liability no question. Bundle him up with some prospects, pay a large chunk of his salary and trade him to the Reds, He can DH for them cheap.

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  100. 145 Vox O'Reasoñ June 30, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    Speaking of Matt Olson, here’s a nice little factoid being tossed out this morning. Matt is the first Braves player to ever hit 30+ doubles (he has 31 after last night) before the All-Star break, and there’s still 18 more games to go. Not too shabby.

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  101. 147 Vox O'Reasoñ June 30, 2022 at 2:40 pm

    The lineup for tonight…

    SS Swanson
    C d’Arnaud
    1B Olson
    3B Riley
    LF Ozuna
    DH Contreras
    RF Duvall
    2B Arcia

    CF Harris II

    RHP Ian Anderson

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  102. 148 Gil in Mechanicsville June 30, 2022 at 5:11 pm

    Interesting facts revealed today at MLB network. Ozuna was traded to the Cardinals for Sandy Alcantara, Magneuris Sierra and Zac Gallen. Gallen was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Jazz Chisholm…. Whew, good trade for the Fish methinks

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  103. 151 berigan2electricboogaloo June 30, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    ehem 😉
    berigan2electricboogaloo
    May 29, 2022 at 4:14 am

    wow…………………………
    December 14, 2017: Traded by the St. Louis Cardinals with Daniel Castano, Zac Gallen and Magneuris Sierra to the Miami Marlins for Marcell Ozuna.

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    • 152 berigan2electricboogaloo June 30, 2022 at 9:39 pm

      Guess it left off the best feller of the group…oh well…

      gosh guys, everyone off the Ozuna train/bus/titanic? someone mentioned trading him a week or so ago, and DOB was incredulous, with a .279 OBP and being terrible in the outfield? He has 14 HR’s (would be a perfect game to hit a meaningless dinger) so 30 + for the year, right? I am sure someone would take a chance if he was released, but traded? Perhaps why they keep playing him hoping he’ll get hot (.105 last 7 games) and like ya’ll said get traded and save a buck or two.
      Oh, and he’s hitting .200 with 1 homer against lefties…somehow…

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  104. 153 berigan2electricboogaloo June 30, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    a good problem, to have (unless we have to toss him away to get rid of Ozuna)

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  105. 154 Gil in Mechanicsville July 1, 2022 at 7:06 am

    Well, that was fuggly… Ian really screwed the pooch me thinks. Would not be so glaring except it has developed into a pattern for him. Makes trading for Luis Castillo all that much more reasonable…

    Look for Jesse Cruz to be the guy to fall on his sword today. Braves bought yeomen reliver Silvino Bracho from the Red Sox yesterday. He is a 30 year old righty from Maracaibo, Venezuela. A place that produces baseball player like GM produces cars. Likely a middle relief guy who can eat some innings. I’ll bet he was recommended by one of the Braves coaches who knows him from the winter leagues. Lets hope it is one of Alex’s winners, I wonder if AA picked Rich Strike to win the Derby this spring????

    By the way, I am not giving up on Anderson, I just think he needs a little time in Gwinnett to clear his head and figure out his mechanics again. Maybe he can get Ozuna to drive him and pick up Eddie Rosario on his way out of town…. Just saying…

    While a couple of players will not want to leave Phillie, I’ll bet Dansby isn’t one of them. He went 0-fer the series and dropped 10 points off his average. I’ll venture he was the first one on the plane last night.

    Prediction, Riley will hit at least 2 homers this weekend in Cincy.

    Looks like Fried, Strider and Morton lined up this weekend to pitch. I suspect the Braves will need a 6th starter for a game next week. Next days off won’t be until the All-Star break.

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    • 155 Vox O'Reasoñ July 1, 2022 at 11:05 am

      I tried to post Bowman’s tweet about Bracho last night, but lately WordPress doesn’t want me posting tweets, so there’s that. I’ll just have to start making direct quotes instead. Not always easy from the phone, though. I’ll have to relinquish the personnel duties I suppose. Hard habit to break.

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  106. 156 Vox O'Reasoñ July 1, 2022 at 10:51 am

    Speaking of potential 6th starters, Alex was asked in a radio interview back on June 12 about Mike Soroka’s timetable and when we might see him in a rehab start.

    “We’re looking at end of June, beginning of July. I don’t know where he’ll start, he’ll probably touch Gwinnett obviously at some point, but he’s been throwing bullpen. He’s been 92-95, and that’s really exciting just because a lot of time you don’t see big velocity when guys are throwing bullpen. He feels great, he looks great. Our thought with him was the All-Star break was the point.”

    Its the beginning of July. If big Mike could get into a couple of rehab starts in real time game action soon, he could be a huge boost to this team coming out of the break. I maintain anything we get out of Soroka at all will be gravy, but gravy is good. I like gravy.

    In this day and age of monitoring innings, going with a 6 man rotation has to be on the table. But Ian has certain struggled this season with his command. I don’t have any answers for him, but his spot in the rotation is probably the greatest place the team could improve. I’m sure he knows it too.

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  107. 157 Vox O'Reasoñ July 1, 2022 at 11:08 am

    Wow. I just posted something that contained the word “tw**t” in it, and was immediately tossed to the waste bin by WordPress. It was in respect to the fact that WP will no longer allow me to copy and paste such items that I cannot even name. I’ve had several such posts be sucked into limbo recently. It’s like being DFA’d by the host software.

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  108. 158 Vox O'Reasoñ July 1, 2022 at 11:09 am

    I’m being censored. Only certain things reach the page. Kinda like being a conservative politician, but different.

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  109. 159 berigan2electricboogaloo July 1, 2022 at 11:35 am

    While a couple of players will not want to leave Phillie, I’ll bet Dansby isn’t one of them. He went 0-fer the series and dropped 10 points off his average. I’ll venture he was the first one on the plane last night.
    Gil, I heard that he left the game in the 6th (I left it even earlier 😉 ) and …he had not only played every game so far, but every inning as well….Didn’t we learn a lesson when FF and Nick M were next to useless during the playoffs in…whatever year that was.
    Just looked up Arcia, a natural shortstop, played the first 3 innings of the year there (naturally) I think the biggest mistake Snit has made this year was playing Dansby and Ozzie every game, even when slumping. As we saw, anyone could go down, and the backup guys should play once in awhile, a game week when everyone is healthy (he could have filled in for Ozzie one week, Dansby the next) or, come in like Heradia for the last few innings, at least in blowouts…

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    • 160 Vox O'Reasoñ July 1, 2022 at 11:56 am

      I don’t necessarily disagree with you about resting guys from time to time, but when a guy is as hot as Dansby has been, I’d be hesitant to do anything to disrupt his rhythm.

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      • 161 berigan2electricboogaloo July 1, 2022 at 2:12 pm

        oh agreed, when guys are hot, sure play ’em! It was just when they were both cold around the same time , they just kept running out there, even when there was no days off.

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  110. 162 berigan2electricboogaloo July 1, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    for every Cal Ripken that played to near 40, there are the examples of Dale Murphy, Andruw Jones (and a 3rd guy that I forgot as I was writing this :/ ) that seem to be done in their early 30s.

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  111. 163 Gil in Mechanicsville July 1, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    I guess when you are in the middle of a streak, you hate to disrupt the streak. Also when you are chasing down the team in front of you, well, the same.

    Well, someone tried to party on my Visa Card today. Got a call from the bank… turned out there were 6 charges altogether… bah… they like to spring it on holidays.

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  112. 164 Gil in Mechanicsville July 2, 2022 at 2:18 pm

    Touki Toussaint was DFAed today to make room on the 40 man roster for Jay Jackson who was reinstated from the 60 day IL. Touki was sporting a 6.26 REA in 13 games at triple A. 53 Ks, 25 walks and 7 dingers in 41 2/3 innings. Toussaint is only 26 so I suspect a team like the Marlins, Reds, Pirates etc may well take a flyer on him. Needs a change of scenery for sure. He always had great stuff, showed flashes of promise but was unable to stay in the zone.

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  113. 165 Gil in Mechanicsville July 3, 2022 at 11:05 am

    Margie, if you are interested, the Braves/Reds game id free today on MLB TV: game time 1:40 PM

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  114. 166 Gil in Mechanicsville July 3, 2022 at 11:17 am

    Will Smith gave all of Braves country a scare yesterday. Bases loaded without benefit of a hit in the bottom of the ninth and the pinch hitter crush a ball within FOOT OF A GAME WINNING GRAND SLAM… Whew!

    Strider looked superb for 6 innings. Only run cam as a result of a batter HBP, wild pitch and a soft liner to center.

    The Beaves pen was strong, well, except maybe Will Smith BUT… he did wiggle off the hook. Earl Weaver would have ducked down a tunnel and took a good stiff drink. I though about doing the same but I digress…

    2 1/2 behind the Mets… One has to wonder if the Mutts are hearing the footsteps behind them.

    Charlie Morton takes the hill today for the good guys. Always an iffy proposition these days as to if he will be effective. The Reds have their best going against us, maybe auditioning for the Braves… Well, why not?

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  115. 167 Gil in Mechanicsville July 3, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    Oh well…. Morton pitched really great today, pen couldn’t hold the lead.. like I said, I hate facing a team on a long losing streak. The old blind squirrel adage…

    Okay folks, focus on the positive, two dingers for Ozuna and one for Michael Harris who continues to amaze.

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  116. 168 Gil in Mechanicsville July 4, 2022 at 11:47 am

    Happy Birthday America…

    Later game for the Braves, I guess that is so they can have the fireworks display after dark.

    Kyle Wright on the mound for Atlanta, Dakota Hudson for the Red Birds, I RATE THIS ONE A TOSS UP

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  117. 169 Gil in Mechanicsville July 4, 2022 at 11:53 am

    `Touki sent to the Angles for cash…

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  118. 170 Gil in Mechanicsville July 4, 2022 at 2:07 pm

    Watched the Marlins beat the Nats for the 10th time in 11 tries this season, serious ownage by the fish. Marlins are now 38-40 for the season and 10 1/2 games back of the Mets, exactly where the Braves were a month ago. Don’t turn your back on the Phillies or the Marlins, still a lot of baseball to play.

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  119. 171 berigan2electricboogaloo July 5, 2022 at 2:02 am

    Gil, the last game in Cincy was a bummer, really shoulda won that one….
    Glad we won tonight…though once again, Will Smith scares ya…bases loaded, 2 outs, struck out Arenado, and Pujols , but…he got lucky with a high breaking pitch to Nolan, and after making Pulols look bad on 2 pitches (he was swinging early in case it was a fastball, and they weren’t) Phat Albert got more selective and worked the count full…yikes!!!! 35 pitches I think for Smith, hopefully he will have a few days off now….

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    • 172 Gil in Mechanicsville July 5, 2022 at 4:39 pm

      I fell asleep during the rain delay, I awoke (TV still on) and see Will Smith on the mound, one out in the top of the ninth, bases loaded… OH CRAP… I’m thinking, this guy is going to blow a 3 run lead…. I did tough it out however but it certainly was no cake walk.

      As much as I like Strider as a starter, he sure looks like the type of guy you would want as a closer…

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  120. 173 Vox O'Reasoñ July 5, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    The real disappointment from yesterday’s rain delay was that Kyle Wright was denied his 10th W because he only had 4 IP. He was pitching well enough to go 8. It’s gonna really hurt if he finished the season with 19 W’s.

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  121. 174 berigan2electricboogaloo July 5, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    V, and usually fairly accurate Glenn Burns made a point of saying….LESS than a 20% chance of rain last night !!! Would you like to get a job that pays 6 figures and you can be that wrong??? :mrgreen:

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  122. 176 Vox O'Reasoñ July 6, 2022 at 8:16 am

    We’re on a roll, boys…

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  123. 179 Gil in Mechanicsville July 6, 2022 at 8:18 am

    I thought Ian looked much more comfortable last night. The Braves also had their hitting shoes on. A very profitable night with the Reds beating the Mets 1-zip with a walk off sac fly.

    Yes, Super Max looked good with 11 Ks but he had to yield to the Mets bullpen so there is that…

    I think Fried is pitching for the Braves tonight so you have to like our chances.

    2 1/2 games out of first…. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…..

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  124. 180 Vox O'Reasoñ July 6, 2022 at 9:56 am

    Matt Olson needs just 4 more doubles to set a new personal season record. I think his chances are pretty good.

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  125. 181 berigan2electricboogaloo July 6, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    I LOVE that DOB never bothers to tell anyone what channel you can find the braves game :/

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  126. 185 Gil in Mechanicsville July 7, 2022 at 6:32 am

    Okay, let’s try this again…

    Fried looked sharp again last night and the Braves pen held serve to the end, more than I can say for the Reds who let us down….

    Happy to see Ozuna pulling his weight. I feel a lot better with him as a DH than having him in left field. Good for Rosario getting his first dinger last night. Good to see (no pun intended) his eyesight is okay.

    Strider on the bump today and likely Duval will be playing left field ( or maybe right if Acuna rest) Day game after a night game scenario…

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  127. 186 berigan2electricboogaloo July 7, 2022 at 6:51 am

    Thanks Gil! I just didn’t know about the game being on espn (easier to find than say, TBS these days)

    Thank goodness for the Cards strictly by the book/computer manager (did anyone know his name? I still can’t remember it) who, after Jessie got the bases loaded, decided to take out Phat Albert (2 for 3 at that point) cuz…Pujols hits lefties better than righties these days, and so put in a leftie rookie to pinch hit. Well, Jessie knows how to pitch , esp to a kid, and saved the day. Jessie would have been in real trouble IMHO, against the Machine, and Machine would have loved to face a soft tosser. He took it quite well though…

    And Max is the man! Someone on ESPN during the game mentioned that Dave Roberts said he’s the best left handed starter in the game.

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  128. 187 Vox O'Reasoñ July 7, 2022 at 10:02 am

    The ESPN announcers were awful. And their production crew aren’t any better, like when they put up Max’s stat line and showed Kyle Wright in the dugout. But, hey… they’re professionals. Honestly, though, they could not hold my attention. I missed half the game because of other distractions. I know Chip Carey gets his share of criticism, much of it deserved, but I sure did miss him last night. I even missed Brian Jordan. How about that?

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    • 188 Gil in Mechanicsville July 7, 2022 at 12:22 pm

      Yep, I get very irritated when the announcers go of on a tangent and start reminiscing. I normally just mute the sound. I can figure out the rest myself.

      “Close but no cigar” Duval hit one a little bit too high last night, missed a home run by a foot.

      The ESPN “B” team is better than their ace crew which includes A-Rod….

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  129. 189 Gil in Mechanicsville July 8, 2022 at 8:57 am

    Despite last night’s loss in OT, this was a game to remember. After all, the Cardinals have a pretty stout team and if anyone thought they were going to roll over they were just fooling themselves.

    Strider is fast becoming a cult hero in the ATL. Throwing gas and missing bats with a 15 MPH difference slider that is nasty in its own right. The first hit should have gone down as a team error… What is with Acuna in right field? That is two short pop flies I have seen him pull up on this month. What, he doesn’t understand Spanish any longer?

    The Cardinals apparently have a whole stable of 100mph plus pitchers in the pen. Maybe the Braves need to recalibrate their radar gun.

    Okay, the Marlins rolled over for the Mets last night but I have faith they will bounce back. The Braves face the Nats this weekend. My hope is the Braves are within striking distance of the Mets when the New Yorkers come to town next week.

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  130. 191 Gil in Mechanicsville July 9, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    Braves schooled the Nats last night, it wasn’t really even close. Nice to see Acuna hit a dinger and Money Mike is still staying hot. Morton again looks like Charlie Morton, staff ace.

    4 PM game this afternoon, weather permitting

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  131. 192 Gil in Mechanicsville July 9, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    WHEW!!!! Between Will Smith and AJ Minter… I may start smoking again…

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  132. 195 Gil in Mechanicsville July 10, 2022 at 9:40 am

    People can make excuses all they want but Acuna’s misplay of Soto’s fly ball in the 9th inning yesterday was glaring. It was like he wasn’t paying any attention before the ball was hit to him. Reminded me of the play that got Andrew Jones pulled by Bobby Cox back in the day.

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  133. 196 Gil in Mechanicsville July 10, 2022 at 9:42 am

    1 o’clock game today…

    I watched the Marlins blow yesterday’s game against the Mets. Pitiful excuse for a baseball team the fish are….

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  134. 197 Gil in Mechanicsville July 11, 2022 at 7:32 am

    It took a little longer yesterday to put away the Nats but give Riley multiple chance to win a game and at some point he will come thru.

    Marlins subdue the Mets in 10 and suddenly the Braves are 1 1/2 games back. Even if the Braves only win 2 of 3, they will be sitting pretty for the All Star break.

    Now we know it is baseball and the games must be played on the field but I feel pretty good about the Braves chances.

    Braves bought Cano from the Padres and signed him to a minor league contract. Look for him to supplant Phil Gosselin and be used primarily as a lefty off the bench. Apparently he has found his stroke again playing at Triple A El Paso. Pretty low risk as the Mets are still paying the freight for his massive contract.

    Ender will be returning to Truist as a Met… baseball, got to love it.

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    • 198 Vox O'Reasoñ July 11, 2022 at 9:27 am

      Speculation says Cano will platoon with Arcia until such time as Ozzie’s foot heals. Agree… low risk, high potential move. And another experienced vet for a pretty young team. This is about as “Alex” a move as moves get.

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  135. 199 berigan2electricboogaloo July 11, 2022 at 9:42 am

    he was busted, what, twice on ‘roids? two MLB suspensions? Wonder what magic elixir is he on now? :/ Sorry, but with a wifebeater getting more playing time than the great guy(cuz salary, prove me wrong) , who can you know…play in the outfield…. feel like the team is looking a bit like the Raiders of the 70s…
    seemed like the platoon was just fine….worry about getting a few more bullpen arms, always can use more arms down there, good ones….

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    • 200 Gil in Mechanicsville July 11, 2022 at 9:57 am

      LOL… since MLB never takes wins off the board, I hope Cano loads up on the “fountain of youth” for however long it takes to hit a dozen or so homers… Sorry if I sound a bit jaded but after the crap pulled on the Braves by the Dodgers who were guilty of doing exactly the same thing of signing international players or the fact that MLB stole the All-Star game away from Atlanta for a bunch of trumped up bull hockey…

      Y’all get the idea. Ever since MLB has gone whole hog into gambling on baseball after all the crap about the 1919 White Sox or Pete Rose… To me they are just a bunch of hypocrites… So yeah, stick it to them… a laugh all the way to the Championship?

      Okay, stepping down from my soap box.

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    • 201 Vox O'Reasoñ July 11, 2022 at 11:37 am

      As Gil says, a W is a W. If Robby Cano can help produce W’s until Ozzie returns, bring him on. After all, Marcell Ozuna is still on the roster. Plus… and please do not misunderstand what I am saying here. I do NOT condone cheating any more than I condone spousal abuse (from either spouse). But we only know what we read in the press. We are not privvy to any real facts. The press loves headlines. Period. I’m not going to judge any player based on the press headlines. If we could do that, Ozuna would have been sent to Sing Sing. But apparently what we were reading was not factually correct, according to the District Attorney’s office. Was Cano shooting up? Was he using cream? Who knows? We only know he was suspended and he served his suspension.

      It’s also worth noting that in 23 games with the big boys, Phil Gosselin has earned a negative WAR (-0.2) by batting .263 with a microscopic .261 SLG. We’ve entered Enderland here. I cannot defend those numbers on the big league roster no matter how good a guy he might be.

      It also doesn’t help Gosselin that he’s a RH bat, of which the Braves are overloaded. Even if Arcia continues to get the lion’s share of playing time, we have a potent LH bat to match up with the division’s elite RH relievers.

      One more note. Cano hasn’t been activated nor added to the 40-man roster. So the conversation is moot at the moment.

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      • 202 Vox O'Reasoñ July 11, 2022 at 11:47 am

        The conversation is no longer moot. Cano has been activated and Gosselin has been DFA’d.

        Gotta slug more than .261 at the big league level, kids. How do you slug less than your average? That’s tricky.

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  136. 203 Vox O'Reasoñ July 11, 2022 at 11:46 am

    Now, of more pertinent note…

    Drew Waters has been traded to the Royals. The trade return is for their Competitive Balance pick (No. 35 overall) in this year’s draft. We are also sending a couple of other middling prospects along to get the pick. The Competitive Balance picks are the only ones that can be traded.

    The is significant here is that Waters is obviously blocked and was going to be traded. Plus, he had lost more value than the US Dollar in the last couple of years. A trade for draft capital shows that the Braves have few real ML needs at the deadline and are looking more to beef up the prospect pipeline that has been raided heavily to put this 2022 team together. They are also still reeling from the aforementioned MLB penalties, and will likely use this year’s early picks on college players to help fill out the system with new talent beyond just Rookie League.

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  137. 204 berigan2electricboogaloo July 11, 2022 at 11:50 am

    well, as long as he doesn’t get suspended…a 3rd time with the braves….I mean, I agree to a point its really hard to believe the press on much of anything these days, but…IF someone like Cano was truly innocent, (or anyone else caught) their agent and the player would spend millions to produce blood tests showing nothing in their system… “Canó has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs twice. In 2018, Canó was suspended from MLB for 80 games for violating the league’s joint drug agreement by using furosemide. Canó was also suspended for the entire 2021 season after testing positive for stanozolol. ”

    Cano’s MLB numbers for 2022? .149 , 182 and a negative 1.1 WAR

    hopefully, the AAA numbers are not drug enhanced, and will help the braves at least a little.

    and I’ll take a drug user over a wife beater any day of the week….hopefully the guy that can’t throw a baseball as far as I can (with a bum shoulder) and his wife are actually trying to get help and listen to folks…perhaps even crack open that dusty bible on the shelf, and are truly improving themselves…

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    • 205 Vox O'Reasoñ July 11, 2022 at 12:52 pm

      3 important points:

      First, we’ve noted Gosselin’s offensive anemia.
      Second, Arcia’s slash over the last 14 games: .152/.263/.152
      Third, and maybe most importantly, the Mets are still paying Cano to face off against them in 3 big games starting tonight.

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  138. 206 Vox O'Reasoñ July 11, 2022 at 11:51 am

    BTW by acquiring Drew Waters from the Braves and stashing him at AAA, the Royals are now ready and poised to spin Andrew Benintendi off to the highest bidder. I predict the Yankees.

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  139. 207 Vox O'Reasoñ July 11, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    Bowman notes:

    Waters is a good kid who showed some ability at the lower Minor League levels. Hope he benefits from a change of scenery. Given his struggles from the left side, have to also wonder if it’s wise for him to continue to switch hit. A transition would take time.

    By acquiring the 35th pick from the Royals this morning, the Braves added $2,202,100 to the bonus pool for next week’s MLB Draft. Gaining the option to spread that money around could be more beneficial than the actual selection.

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    • 208 Vox O'Reasoñ July 11, 2022 at 1:12 pm

      Jeff Passan:

      Before the trade, the Braves had the 19th-highest bonus pool for the draft. The $2.2 million slot for the 35th pick moves them up to 10th in overall money, with $10.2 million. The Orioles have the most money to spend at $16.9 million, followed by the Diamondbacks and the Mets.

      That is a significant raise. One has to think the Braves’ scouting department has been working overtime to prepare for this draft. And it’s an important draft from which the Braves need to hit big on some picks to help rebuild a depleted farm system.

      Don’t forget that the current regime’s MO is to draft underslot early, then spread those savings over later picks who are questionable to sign. Having an additional $2M+ with which to work can make a distinctive difference.

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  140. 209 Vox O'Reasoñ July 11, 2022 at 1:06 pm

    Also, Adam Duvall is back from the paternity list.

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  141. 210 Vox O'Reasoñ July 11, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    Wow. I was just reminded that the Braves traded Craig Kimbrel and BJ Upton (well, their contracts anyway) for a competitive balance pick that became Austin Riley. The baseball draft is the ultimate long game.

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  142. 211 Vox O'Reasoñ July 11, 2022 at 1:23 pm

    What else might Alex do before the trade deadline? Well, I think the timing of the Cano pickup was intentional. He’s basically on a 2 week audition. If he can’t become this year’s Jorge Soler (or as Alex Rodriguez called him, George Soler), then Alex will still have an opportunity to make another deal for a fill-in 2B. That said, there aren’t alot of IF candidates on the rumor mill. Fingers crossed.

    I also think that you can never have enough pitching, especially starting pitching. Alex could make a deal for another starter if the price is right. Let’s face it… I love Ian Anderson, but if you could replace him with someone like Luis Castillo or Martín Pérez, wouldn’t you do it?

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  143. 213 Vox O'Reasoñ July 11, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    Back to the Waters trade. As to the others include din the deal, RHP Andrew Hoffman was a 12th-round pick last year and 3B CJ Alexander feels like he’s been around forever and has stalled at AA. My how the might Waters tumbled. Remember when we were all drooling over an OF of Waters, Pache and Acuna? Yeah, that’s toast. But we do have Mighty Mikey and Acuna. I think we can deal with LF. (Eddie Rosario would agree for another year and a half.)

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  144. 214 Gil in Mechanicsville July 11, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks for catching up Vee….

    I was thinking last night how Drew needed a new place to play because barring a catastrophic event, he was stuck. I hope he has a long and phosphorus career at Kansas City. He is at the age now where he should be coming into his prime. Only true phenoms can perform prior to age 26.

    As for prospects, they are just that. I am never sure who the PR departments are trying to over sell to.

    So yeah, much as it was in the 90s, they path to the major league roster with the Braves is pretty much blocked.

    Of course if you can hit, a spot will be created for you.

    Yes, I love Ian but he is still a baby… He has not yet learned pitching efficiency. 100 pitched by the 5th inning puts a lot of extra stress on the pen. I am a big fan of guys who can go at least 7 innings.

    So, the fact the Braves are paying Ender and the Mets are paying Cano pretty much evens things out… well, sorta…

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  145. 215 Vox O'Reasoñ July 11, 2022 at 4:07 pm

    In the lineup; batting 9th. Money Mikey moves up a spot.

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  146. 216 Gil in Mechanicsville July 11, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Max Fried struggling to keep it under control, Grip problems again?

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  147. 217 berigan2electricboogaloo July 12, 2022 at 7:03 am

    well, Max S sure is showing his years, eh? Funny, had all kinds of trouble against the braves in a nats uniform.

    Not the most awe inspiring performance by the braves, was it? went down so very quietly in the 9th (though their closer, who was throwing just as hard a few years ago when he was terrible, suddenly is striking out 2 out of every 3 hitter he faces, amazing!)

    I think, short of their 1st baseman, the braves lineup is better overall….

    still plenty of time, but ….if they could win 2 of the next 3, the mutts will fear ’em…

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  148. 219 Gil in Mechanicsville July 12, 2022 at 8:36 am

    Just one of those games methinks… Put it in the rearview mirror and get after it tonight.

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  149. 220 Vox O'Reasoñ July 12, 2022 at 9:35 am

    Robby Cano knocked 2 of the Braves 5 hits last night. Motivated or rejuvenated? Maybe both?

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  150. 221 Vox O'Reasoñ July 12, 2022 at 1:52 pm

    I’m beginning to hate WordPress.

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  151. 223 Vox O'Reasoñ July 12, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    AJC update:

    -Kenley Jansen is expected to be activated tomorrow

    -Mike Soroka and Kirby Yates both threw bullpen sessions on Monday in Florida

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  152. 224 berigan2electricboogaloo July 12, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    for anyone not watching the game….the home plate ump is TERRIBLE! I honestly wonder if they want computerized balls and strikes, since they catch so much…heck for their calls. I saw a game way back…yesterday? or the day before, and I saw 4 pitches that were balls called strikes, for braves pitchers! I mean I was thinking, come on, I don’t want to see that either….good grief…

    and Acuna’s defense….is Ozuna giving him outfield hints? Eye trouble like Rosario? that was horrible….put Duvall in right and Acuna in left….lucky it didn’t hurt the braves…

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    • 225 Gil in Mechanicsville July 13, 2022 at 7:54 am

      I have been thinking the same thing Ber, he has looked awful the past two weeks. It is like he has been counting his money during the game, late reactions to balls hit to right. LOLLYGAGGING!!! zounds!

      I am incline to think that umpires are not able to see Strider’s 100mph fastball any better than hitters.

      early game today

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  153. 226 berigan2electricboogaloo July 12, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    OK, Olson is finally a brave 😉
    that was huge! He was looking so bad before that homer, and when he finally …almost hit a homer, it felt like he would strike out low and outside on the next pitch, but he hung tough…lets see if a one run lead is enough

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  154. 228 Vox O'Reasoñ July 13, 2022 at 9:34 am

    12:20pm ET game time today.

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  155. 229 Vox O'Reasoñ July 13, 2022 at 11:13 am

    AJC Braves beat writer Justin Toscano (JT) provides today’s lineup:

    RF Acuña Jr.
    SS Swanson
    1B Olson
    3B Riley
    C Contreras
    DH Rosario
    LF Duvall
    2B Canó

    CF Harris II

    RHP Charlie Morton

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  156. 230 Vox O'Reasoñ July 13, 2022 at 11:16 am

    JT also provides this roster update:

    Kenley Jansen has been activated.

    Darren O’Day heads to the 15-day injured list, retroactive to July 12, with a left calf strain.

    IMO, O’Day’s days in ATL may be numbered.

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    • 231 Vox O'Reasoñ July 13, 2022 at 11:17 am

      Pretty good sign that our closer was inactive for over 2 weeks and we didn’t miss a beat. Yes, we had to ride the Will Smith rollercoaster a couple of times, but the dudes – Smith and AJ Minter – got the job done.

      Well done, fellas.

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  157. 232 Vox O'Reasoñ July 13, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    Well, Charlie started off hot with 3 Ks in the first 4 batters, then he started leaving fat pitches over the plate. And he has paid dearly for them. 4-0 Mutts top 3.

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  158. 233 Vox O'Reasoñ July 13, 2022 at 2:51 pm

    Was watching while working, then storms took out my internet. It looks like I’m not missing much else anyway. One of those days boys.

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    • 234 Vox O'Reasoñ July 13, 2022 at 4:33 pm

      (“Boys” referring to the team, not the ol’ B&S.)

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      • 235 Gil in Mechanicsville July 13, 2022 at 6:31 pm

        A bit disappointing but only one game and the team should be able to make it up at Washington.

        Eddie Rosario had a good day. Austin and Matt also with solo Dingers. Unfortunately, the Mets hit theirs with men on base.

        Braves pitchers all seemed a bit off this week. Heat? Things won’t be any better in the swamp lands AKA DC.

        Notorious for bad weather this time of year.

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  159. 236 Gil in Mechanicsville July 13, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Jeff Shultz gives a very honest assessment of Acuna pedestrian play to date.

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    • 237 Vox O'Reasoñ July 14, 2022 at 2:40 pm

      Since I no longer subscribe to The Athletic, I can’t read it. But I’m guessing Ronnie’s not 100% confident in the leg. He looks to me to be playing a little tentative. Straight ahead running to steal is one thing. Starting/stopping and cutting in the OF is another.

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  160. 238 Gil in Mechanicsville July 14, 2022 at 1:18 pm

    Okay, the Braves invade DC tonight. Like I have said, I hate playing a team with a long losing streak. While a sweep would be dandy, I will settle for 3 of four and have the Mets split with the Cubs.

    Kyle Wright is up tonight methinks.

    Jesse Chavez has been stellar out of the pen other than one hiccup in Chicago. Stephens has been good too. Will Smith has been the only one who has scared me coming in, also O’Day who has been about 50-50.

    It is early but Cano has been a pleasant surprise.

    Arcia is a good player but like David Ross says, bench guys can be good given limited exposure but continued time in the line up exposes them. I think having him platoon with Cano will be beneficial for both.

    I am unsure of the weather this weekend but thunderstorms like to hit DC from two directions. Storms out of the southwest travel on the east of the Blue Ridge and are funneled into NOVA and those out of the mid-west sneak down out of PA. Either way, they get hammered.

    Little reported event that occurred following the attack on Washington by the British in the war of 1812. After the Redcoats evacuated Washington, the plan was to march on Baltimore. They were beset by a thunderstorm of massive proportions and suffered many casualties and damage to their supply trains. As a result, they forwent the planned march on Baltimore and retired to their ships.

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  161. 242 Gil in Mechanicsville July 14, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    I noticed Olson is out of the line up tonight… too many homers of late I guess…

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  162. 244 Gil in Mechanicsville July 14, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    Money Mike hits a 2 run homer and throes out a runner at the plate… whoo hooo

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  163. 245 berigan2electricboogaloo July 15, 2022 at 6:37 am

    everyone in the booth was in awe of Mikes throw (in case anyone missed it, find it online!) I was too! He is really amazing, in that just when you think he’s going to go into a real slump, he breaks out and gets a big hit or two. You just get the feeling he gets it, absorbs knowledge, and wants to be the best player he can be. Amazing (the word of the day 😉 )

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  164. 247 Vox O'Reasoñ July 15, 2022 at 9:17 am

    Braves injury update:

    -Alex told Jeff Schultz yesterday that he expects Ozzie Albies to be back around mid-August. Even though the team is hitting on all cylinders at the moment, I believe they still miss Ozzie. I know I do.

    -Kirby Yates will begin a rehab assignment on Saturday. He’s expected to use the full 30 days, and possibly more as is often allowed for pitchers returning from TJ.

    -Mike Soroka has begun throwing again after being drilled in the knee by a comebacker. There is no timetable yet for him to begin a rehab assignment.

    -Of course, Manny Pina and Luke Jackson are out for the season following their respective early season surgeries.

    -I would be remiss not to at least mention that Darren O’Day is just 1 day into his 15 day stint on the IL for a “calf strain”. He could be trade fodder upon his return, which should be just a couple of days before the deadline.

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    • 248 Gil in Mechanicsville July 15, 2022 at 1:01 pm

      From what I understand, O’Day is a quasi extra pitching coach/mentor for some of the younger relievers in the pen. Just saying….

      Look for Soroka to be added when the rosters expand in September. Might see the same for Yates and Ozzie.

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  165. 249 Gil in Mechanicsville July 15, 2022 at 1:05 pm

    In addition, don’t be amazed to see Alec make a trade for a pitcher if he can get one who will be here next season too. Short termers usually take lessor prospects but more cash, who knows what he has stashed away.

    Would dearly love to add Luis Castello of the Reds. The Braves current stable of starters are already showing signs of fatigue in my opinion.

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  166. 250 Gil in Mechanicsville July 16, 2022 at 1:44 am

    Braves win again vs Nats but the Nats make it interesting… Question? What in the world is wrong with Will Smith? He apparently had a melt down in the 9th inning…. Ugly…

    Ian, despite his win still looks ragged around the edges. way too much effort in getting thru 5 innings. Youth? lack of experience? At this point he is really a number 5 1/2…. I’m still waiting for that A-ha moment to occur for him.

    Acuna is still merely mortal out there at this point. I know the All-Star game is a big deal for him but truthfully, I think he would have been better served to have a week off at this point.

    So, other than Will Smith, I cannot really find fault with the Braves play tonight. Perhaps it is just being nit picking if it were not for his performance to be so glaringly bad.

    4 o’clock game tomorrow with max Fried going for the Los Bravos. I really expect for this game to be squarely in the Braves win column.

    I watched the end of the Yankee/Red Sox contest and Kershaw’s mastery over the Angles. Freddie sure looks like he enjoys playing for the Dodgers doing Freddie like things. Justin Turner made a play at third base I expect to make every highlight reel.

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  167. 251 CarolinaLady July 16, 2022 at 3:50 am

    Great memories!

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  168. 252 Gil in Mechanicsville July 16, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    LOL… yes, bless his heart, however, the game was just a bit too fast for him.

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  169. 253 Gil in Mechanicsville July 16, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    “Soto, 23, rejected a 15-year, $440 million offer, sources said. The proposal, the Nationals’ third in recent months, did not include any deferred money, a departure from the team’s usual practice.”

    Soto must really hate playing in DC

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  170. 254 Gil in Mechanicsville July 16, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    Soto is under Nationals control for the rest of this season plus two more. Rizzo said they will listen to trade offers. Currently being paid $17MM a year. A Scott Boras client.

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    • 255 Vox O'Reasoñ July 16, 2022 at 4:23 pm

      So who has the prospect capital to trade for him? Surely the message was received by the Nats front office. It was surely loud enough.

      So which contender has the studs… and the capital? Of course, being a Bor-ass client, Soto probably won’t sign an early extension. Should be an interesting story line to keep an eye on over the next couple of weeks at least.

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  171. 256 berigan2electricboogaloo July 16, 2022 at 5:44 pm

    so, am I understanding correctly, Acuna is out of the game cuz…he was practicing for the completely unimportant, home run derby before the game??? Ugh….

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  172. 258 berigan2electricboogaloo July 17, 2022 at 4:55 am

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  173. 260 Gil in Mechanicsville July 17, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    So, the Juan Soto sweepstakes has begun. look, I would love to have a player of his caliber on the team but not at the price of crippling the team’s ability to compete beyond 2024. Lets take a look at how those Mega trades have worked out.

    Exhibit A: Mark Teixeira: The Rangers got 5 players who carried then\m to the World Series and the Braves got a ticket to no where for 5 years….

    Just saying, coveting they neighbor’s baseball players is not always a good thing. like the song goes: If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with” Something to remember about Freddie Freeman vs Matt Olson come to think of it….

    Yes, I still follow Freddie, I can’t help myself but it doesn’t mean I can’t cheer for Matt. The guy has some skills and it appears he has decided that hitting homeruns instead of doubles is more productive.

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  174. 261 berigan2electricboogaloo July 17, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    well, that game was sub optimal…..and that ump…when Chip Carey sounded like Skip Carey, you know that was a bad, bad no good rotten call , that killed a potential rally.

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  175. 262 berigan2electricboogaloo July 17, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Drew Jones #2 pic to the diamondbacks

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  176. 264 berigan2electricboogaloo July 18, 2022 at 7:45 am

    so…how is this guy not in the top 30 prospects for the Diamondbacks???? https://nypost.com/2022/07/17/diamondbacks-prospect-leandro-cedeno-crushes-527-foot-home-run/

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    • 265 Gil in Mechanicsville July 18, 2022 at 8:13 am

      Because it still only counts as one run…. No bonus points for long homeruns except in the Home Run Derby…

      But yeah, that is crushed… :-0

      About yesterday’s game… Put in the rear view, send the commissioner’s office a tape and move on. But yeah, he missed a lot of balls and strikes. Maybe Eddie should send the ump the phone number and address of his eye doctor….

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    • 266 Vox O'Reasoñ July 18, 2022 at 11:50 am

      how is this guy not in the top 30 prospects for the Diamondbacks?

      Remember Pedro Cerrano in Major League?

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  177. 267 Gil in Mechanicsville July 18, 2022 at 8:16 am

    Braves opt for young pitching with their first two picks, any surprises?

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  178. 268 berigan2electricboogaloo July 18, 2022 at 9:19 am

    Gil, this is what it said about the kid in the article….”While Cedeno, 23, isn’t ranked by MLB among the Diamondbacks’ top 30 prospects, he’s having a strong season in the Texas League. He has 18 home runs and 60 RBIs with a slash line of .303/.374/.545.”

    their 1st baseman in the majors has 22 HR’s and 46 RBIs but is hitting…204. a quick check of their stats shows perhaps the worst offense in all of baseball, in that park of all places! Carson Kelly is hitting .194 David Peralta .236
    but, there are 30, count em 30 players(or more, he may not be #31) in their system better than him! Ok….then they are really gonna give the Dodgers a run for the money in a year or 2 😆

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    • 269 Gil in Mechanicsville July 18, 2022 at 10:44 am

      I’m happy for him but understand most of the rating systems rely on regurgitation of local reporters observations which are heavily influence by the hype put out by the front office. That said, he may well be a find. All of the rating systems are based on potential, often time that potential in not reached sadly enough. However, thanks for the heads up because anyone with that much power really could be a difference maker in a line up.

      By the way, I wonder what the D’Backs would take for Drew Jones?

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  179. 270 Vox O'Reasoñ July 18, 2022 at 1:25 pm

    So Day 1’s draft was all pitching… 3 high schoolers and one college guy, under Tim Hudson’s tutelage at Auburn. The play according to Braves scout Dana Brown was for upside, and they see all those HSers as having high upside. It’ll be interesting to see how they play Day 2 today and if they continue to look for high upside with HS players, or if they shift to college for more midlevel stocking. But is sounds to me like they are recognizing that the current team is young and talented and they they have time to develop the more talented HS players.

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    • 271 Gil in Mechanicsville July 18, 2022 at 1:44 pm

      Agree Vee, not a lot of openings on the roster at this point. Of course you never have too much talent depth, just ask the Dodgers.

      I’ll not doubt Brown’s ability to evaluate pitching talent. As for the hitters, that is what the international market is for. The baseball draft is such a different animal than it is with other sports, seldom does a kid jump from high school or even college straight to the Show.

      I think Kyle Wright is an excellent example of how it takes some time learning not just how but also when to do things.

      I have heard it said and from my own experiences I have found failure to have a much greater impact on the learning curve.

      Bench players are often veterans who can play the game, have knowledge of how to play in certain situations and come a heck of a lot cheaper than high draft picks.

      One last parting shot, I hope the Braves and Dansby can come to terms quickly. He has emerged from Freddie’s shadow as the leader of the team. He has become the Braves Derrick Jeter methinks. He has played a lot of innings before he was truly ready but it appears he understands now what it takes to be a winner.

      Okay, one more… Robinson Cano might just be Alec’s AHA acquisition this season… I like what he brings to the team. I only hope he can help get Ozuna straightened out for the stretch drive.

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      • 272 Vox O'Reasoñ July 18, 2022 at 3:22 pm

        I hope the Braves and Dansby can come to terms quickly. He has emerged from Freddie’s shadow as the leader of the team.

        Agree and agree.

        Is it noteworthy that his representation is the same that Freddie’s was? Will that make things more difficult, or will it actually serve to make it more of a priority for both sides to make a satisfactory deal happen? That could go a long way toward cleaning up a bit of a publicity stain on both fronts.

        I suppose we’ll see, right?

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      • 273 Vox O'Reasoñ July 18, 2022 at 3:25 pm

        Robinson Cano might just be Alec’s AHA acquisition this season

        Maybe I haven’t watched enough, but he just doesn’t excite me. I know Ozzie’s supposed to be back around mid-August, but I wouldn’t mind seeing a trade for Brandon Drury from the Reds, who is having a pretty nice season thus far. As a rental with an unproven history prior to 2022, he might not cost too much. And as a utility player, he could still help the team after Ozzie’s return. Orlando Arcia has his moments, but not enough of them to satisfy me on a semi-regular basis.

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      • 274 Vox O'Reasoñ July 18, 2022 at 3:27 pm

        I only hope he can help get Ozuna straightened out for the stretch drive.

        This is where I’d like to see Alex flex his big GM muscles. Figure out a way to get a better DH in here and move Ozuna on to his next port of call. That would take a minor miracle, though, and I’m not sure even Alex can pull that one off.

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  180. 275 Vox O'Reasoñ July 18, 2022 at 3:32 pm

    In Rounds 3, 4, & 5 today, the Braves moved off yesterday’s MO and drafted college position players. However, in Round 6, they went back to HS pitching. Today’s early round selections might just be underslot guys that are easily signable and who will leave a little more $$ in the bonus pool for some of these talented HSers who have already made college commitments. The Braves like to manipulate their pool money that way.

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  181. 276 Gil in Mechanicsville July 18, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    Phil Goslin pick up off waivers by the Angles

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  182. 277 Gil in Mechanicsville July 18, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    Ronald batted in the homerun derby about the way he has played of late. He does not look comfortable at all, Just saying…

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    • 278 Gil in Mechanicsville July 19, 2022 at 9:46 am

      Upon further review… When did Acuna start letting go of his top hand off the bat in his swing? His swing has become long. Looks like Ozuna, same results too…

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  183. 279 Gil in Mechanicsville July 18, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    The three right-handed pitchers added on Day 2 were Seth Keller (Hanover High School, Va.), Adam Maier (University of Oregon) and Jason Franks (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo). Franks and Keller both have been clocked in the upper 90s. Maier has shown great stuff but pitched on a limited basis.

    Hey, hey… Keller is a local kid from my neighborhood…

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  184. 282 Vox O'Reasoñ July 19, 2022 at 9:05 am

    Braves draft picks through Day 2

    Day 1::
    1 Owen Murphy, RHP, Riverside-Brookfield HS (IL)
    1 J.R. Ritchie, RHP, Bainbridge HS (WA)
    2 Cole Phillips, RHP, Boerne HS (TX)
    2 Blake Burkhalter, RHP, Auburn
    3 Drake Baldwin, C, Missouri State
    4 David McCabe, 3B, UNC Charlotte

    Day 2:
    5 Ignacio Alvarez, 3B, Riverside CC (CA)
    6 Seth Keller, RHP, Hanover HS (VA)
    7 Adam Maier, RHP, Oregon
    8 Jason Franks, RHP, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
    9 Cory Acton, 2B, Georgia
    10 Andrew Keck, C, Southeast Missouri State

    Day 3 starts at 2pm today and will cap off the 2022 class with rounds 11-20.

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  185. 283 Gil in Mechanicsville July 19, 2022 at 10:24 am

    The Braves need a good second half start, it would be nice if Ronnie could be a big part of that, he has yet to find his footing. I am only a fan but I just don’t see him anywhere near where he was pre injury. Not saying he doesn’t still have his wheels but he is playing more like hurt feelings than hurt knee…

    I hope Strider get rested up during the break. He looks like he would benefit from the Braves adding a 6th starter. In fact, most pitchers would in my opinion.

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  186. 284 Gil in Mechanicsville July 19, 2022 at 10:32 am

    Some Bozo writer for the Athletic complained that he thought Schwarber tanked it against Prujols in the derby. His statement was “hey, people bet on these things”… Yep, that is the problem, gamblers getting upset… I have nothing against gambling if you look at it as an expense to have a good time but when you take it seriously, you are headed for trouble. Just ask Phil Mickelson how that is working out for him?

    If gambling is now okay, reinstate Pete Rose….

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  187. 285 Vox O'Reasoñ July 19, 2022 at 4:42 pm

    Day 3 draft picks thus far:

    11 Ian Mejia, RHP, New Mexico State
    12 Justin Janas, 1B, Illinois
    13 Cedric De Grandpre, RHP, Chipola College (FL)
    14 Landon Harper, RHP, Southern Miss
    15 William Silva, RHP, Miami Dade College (FL)
    16 E.J. Exposito, SS, Long Island University (NY)
    17 Kevin Kilpatrick, OF, Central Florida
    18 Noah Williams, OF, Redondo Union HS (CA)
    19 TBD
    20 TBD

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  188. 286 Vox O'Reasoñ July 20, 2022 at 8:30 am

    WordPress hates me. It is determined that I will not post those last 2 draft picks. I’ve tried 3 times and WP rejected me each time.

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  189. 287 Vox O'Reasoñ July 20, 2022 at 8:32 am

    I’m gonna try this one more time, after which I may just throw my hands up and surrender to the overreaching censorship of the controlling authority.

    19 Christian Jackson, OF, Dutchtown HS (GA)
    20 Keshawn Ogans, SS, California

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  190. 289 Gil in Mechanicsville July 20, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    FYI Margie, MLB TV is free this weekend…

    https://www.mlb.com/live-stream-games/free-game-of-the-day

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  191. 290 berigan2electricboogaloo July 21, 2022 at 7:27 am

    I watched…1 inning of the all-star game. Did anyone watch more? I couldn’t stand the incessant questions for the poor Yankees starter (constantly asking what he was going to throw next, amazed he could concentrate ) and I also could tell the National league was once again going to lose….oy!

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  192. 292 berigan2electricboogaloo July 21, 2022 at 7:29 am

    V, I was having an issue posting a story on fb the other day…posted same story 2 times since it seemed like I hadn’t put the links up, but on my feed was only stories from hours earlier….it was political, so…I wondered were they going to just stop me from posting political stuff?
    Later on, both posts showed up…

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  193. 293 CarolinaLady July 21, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    All-Star game? There was an All-Star game? wow.

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  194. 296 Vox O'Reasoñ July 22, 2022 at 10:58 am

    11 days to the trade deadline. By all appearances, there won’t be alot of activity for the Braves at this year’s deadline. My wish for an upgrade at DH is pretty far fetched. Then again, with Duvall in LF, you could platoon Contreras and Rosario at the DH spot and still look pretty good. I’m just way over Ozuna and his .221/.278/.407 slash line. Then again, he does have 17 HR. How is that? I would have guessed <10. They must be the 17 least impactful HRs ever.

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    • 297 Gil in Mechanicsville July 22, 2022 at 11:37 am

      I love Strider but I would feel a lot more comfortable with another frontline arm. I don’t think the Braves have the prospect capital to go all in for Castillo. Then again, who knows? AA always manages a surprize or two at the deadline.

      Juan Soto… Would love to have him, not going to happen. So where? I am hoping it’s the Mariners and not the Mets… Just saying.

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      • 298 Vox O'Reasoñ July 22, 2022 at 2:47 pm

        If I’m honest, I have more concerns about Ian Anderson than I do about Strider. But that’s probably just me.

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        • 299 Gil in Mechanicsville July 22, 2022 at 3:14 pm

          I cannot disagree Vee, his perchance to throw too many pitches getting to the 5th inning exposes his youth. The kid has some skills but he far too often is done by the 4th inning.

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      • 300 Vox O'Reasoñ July 22, 2022 at 2:51 pm

        If we’re really worried about Strider’s innings, then we should bring up junkballer Bryce Elder as an opener and let him go through the lineup once, then piggyback Strider with his 100mph stuff and really mess with our opponents’ timing in a major way. After Elder’s salad, Strider’s fastball would look like the mythical Syd Finch. 😀

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  195. 301 Vox O'Reasoñ July 22, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    For those who follow such things, the Braves have signed 7 of their top 10 draftees thus far, including their top pick RHP Owen Murphy, who had committed to Notre Dame, and the comp pick they got from KC for Drew Waters, being Auburn product (and Tim Hudson student) Blake Burkhalter. This kid has the clearest and quickest path to the majors with a mid-90’s fastball and cutter that is describe as “a nightmare for righties”. This kid throws strikes and could be a very quick riser through the ranks as a reliever. I have read that the suits are gonna keep him as a starter initially, but I’m gonna bet his future is as a back end reliever.

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  196. 302 berigan2electricboogaloo July 22, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    Spencer Strider only through 96 innings last year and is only 23. 74 innings right now. so…he simply cannot keep starting and go into the playoffs…
    so…what to do? when do you put him in the bullpen? Morton worries me even more than Ian does, though I see Morton’s ERA is a bit lower….
    I still think the bullpen is where we will see action, if there are any trades. Seems to be the way to go in the playoffs these days, right? As much as we all love Jesse, he can be hit, and come playoff time, soft tossers just don’t seem to be as effective.
    Dylan Lee has really been a nice surprise , hasn’t he? gives us 4 lefties out of the bullpen, how many teams can do that?
    Hopefully, Duvall or Rosario catch fire soon, or….A.A. may trade for a left fielder….

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  197. 304 berigan2electricboogaloo July 22, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    Spencer Strider only through 96 innings ??? Really Berigan??? REALLY? Autocorrect, yeah, otto correct is my excuse 😛

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  198. 305 Vox O'Reasoñ July 22, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    The prevailing thought is that there will be no really impactful trades for the Braves, but AA never seems to be content. It wouldn’t surprise me if he didn’t find a way to import a veteran starter because as we’ve all noted, Strider is gonna run out of innings before season’s end. I don’t think we can count on Mike Soroka making it back to fill that gap. Maybe he can contribute something, but we certainly can’t bank in it in the next 11 days.

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  199. 306 Dulce Lawrence July 22, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    To me the Braves need a stud lefty to balance out the starting rotation.

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  200. 308 Vox O'Reasoñ July 24, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    I think the silver lining in today’s disaster for Ian Anderson is that is does show that there is a clear need on this team heading into the stretch drive. Anderson had talent but is obviously struggling with something. And a team fighting daily for the division lead cannot afford to have a youngster trying to figure things out in his starts.

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    • 309 Gil in Mechanicsville July 24, 2022 at 4:47 pm

      I was thinking maybe the Braves need to schedule rain on Sundays, the last two Sundays have been pretty ugly for the Braves.

      Yes, Ian is a very talented YOUNG man. Like many youngsters, the muscle memory has not yet been cemented into his synapse. All is not lost, at worse the Braves will fall back to 1 12 games out and at best, they will stay 1/2 game back. They will be reminded that they are not invincible. There is always work to be done.

      Sorry, but Acuna is not playing like the superstar he is purported to be. Badly misplayed a high fly in the eighth inning. Maybe he needs to stick with DHing for a while.

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  201. 310 Vox O'Reasoñ July 24, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    Adam Duvall is gone for the season. Surgery scheduled later this week. That’s a bow folks. Yes, I’m glad Eddie Rosario is back. But Duvall has been nails since moving out of CF. He’s gonna be missed. Will they roll with Mike Ford as the bench replacement? I’m not so sure. So suddenly the seemingly content Braves have a couple of needs as the trade deadline approaches.

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    • 311 Vox O'Reasoñ July 24, 2022 at 5:31 pm

      Now = blow. My thumbs do not always get Along with this tiny iPhone keyboard.

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    • 312 Gil in Mechanicsville July 24, 2022 at 5:36 pm

      Always the case Vee, injuries are a way of life in the show, I doubt Ford will be a long term answer. Look for AA to get to work and lining up some help…. I does create an opening for Soto… Just saying… 🙂

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  202. 313 Vox O'Reasoñ July 24, 2022 at 5:31 pm

    Dang. See?

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  203. 316 Vox O'Reasoñ July 24, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Kyle Muller is probably in line for some career movement in the next week or so. I think it’s very possible he could swap places with Ian Anderson possibly as early as Ian’s next turn. Kyle seems to have turned a corner at AAA and has impressive stuff to go with his 6’7” frame. His issues have been control, as is often the case. But the last 2 months in particular have shown great improvement in that area and he just might get a chance to prove he can keep it up in Atlanta. Or…

    Muller could be the centerpiece of deal for a veteran starter. Either way, I’m betting Muller is in for some upward mobility in the very near future.

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  204. 317 Vox O'Reasoñ July 25, 2022 at 7:27 am

    Monday morning opinions:

    Ronald Acuña Jr. will be fine. Scuffling currently? Uh, yeah. Still a superstar? You bet. Remember, he’s just 1 year off of major knee surgery. And he’s also just 24 years old. The kid will be alright. And when it does click, opposing teams better watch out.

    I believe that Adam Duvall’s loss is bigger than his numbers would suggest. This is a team built on complimentary pieces. His was important. And with Eddie Rosario still finding his way back, and Marcell Ozuna shrinking like the US economy in clutch situations, Duvall’s loss is a big one. I think it will force Alex’s hand.

    Speaking of which, I believe the priority for trade pieces now is: LF, SP, RP, bench. Mike Ford is not the answer. No player who has been DFA’d and resurfaced 3 times on other teams in half a season is an answer. I’m just glad that Ozzie will be back soon.

    Ian Anderson must really be struggling for his frustration to come out publicly. He’s one of the coolest cats in the clubhouse. But he wasn’t shy yesterday about airing his discouragement to the media. I think the kid, and he is just a kid, needs some time in AAA away from the pressure of a division race to cool his jets and work out his kinks. I also think he needs to refine a 3rd pitch. He’s got a great changeup, but his fastball is a bit flat and none of his pitches really have horizontal movement. Maybe some time working with Mike Maroth in Gwinnett can help him better develop a third offering. Or even better, maybe he can refine his grip so that the 4-seamer isn’t so straight. Whatever the case, something needs to be done. And not at the major league level.

    The other rabbit I think Alex will pull out of his very capable hat will be a starting pitcher, But I do not look for it to be a splashy deal. I think it will be more of the veteran innings eater type. And let’s face it, we need someone to do just that… chew up some innings. Max Fried is about the only starter that ever goes past the 6th inning. Think someone like Brad Keller of the Royals. Who? Exactly.

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  205. 318 Vox O'Reasoñ July 25, 2022 at 7:54 am

    I’ve seen this idea floated around on the internet…

    The Braves owe Marcell Ozuna roughly $44M through the last 2 1/2 years of his deal.
    The Marlins owe Jorge Soler roughly $30M through the last 2 1/2 years of his deal.
    The Braves should offer Ozuna, $14M and a prospect to the Marlins for Soler.

    I like it. I don’t see it happening, but I like it.

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  206. 319 Vox O'Reasoñ July 25, 2022 at 8:39 am

    For those who keep up with such things, the Braves have signed all of their top 12 draft picks (top 10 rounds), and 18 of the 22 overall… and 2 of those remaining unsigned are expected to put ink to paper. As for the lone question mark, 18th rounder Noah Williams is a HS OF from Cali who may honor his college commitment. Still, there is no indication that a deal can’t be reached, so there’s a fair chance the team could get all 22 new prospects under contract.

    As for those top 10 rounds, those are the ones that count toward the team’s bonus pool. There are some interesting notes from this perspective. The team unsurprisingly chose a kid at #1 that was a bit of a reach, allowing them to sign him underslot and use those savings elsewhere. In this case, they broke off Round 7 pick Adam Maier, a RHP from the University of Oregon, for $1,197,500 when his slot value was just $215,400. Reportedly Maier has the best slider in the draft, but is recovering from injury causing his tumble down the rounds. The Braves scouts liked him enough to roll the dice on him and pay him big to get him to forego his senior season and rehab under team supervision. It’s typical of this year’s draft that the team drafted high ceiling types up and down the ranks.

    Anyway, their willingness to overpay for Maier, as well as a couple of others pushed the team past their pool allowance by almost $500,000, and a mere $19,480 shy of 105% threshold that triggers future draft sanctions. They are apparently just fine with paying the monetary penalty incurred. That’s the cost of rolling the dice on big potential.

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    • 320 Vox O'Reasoñ July 25, 2022 at 8:40 am

      EDIT: 19 of 22 overall. Typos kill.

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    • 321 Vox O'Reasoñ July 25, 2022 at 2:19 pm

      UPDATE: All but Round 14 pick RHP Landon Harper has now put pen to paper. Harper, a 4th year Jr from Southern Mississippi, is also expected to sign. Most of these 4yrJr’s are getting 125,000. Harper will sign and get the same. It will be good to see the Braves bat 1.000 on 22 draft picks, especially in this important draft year.

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  207. 322 Vox O'Reasoñ July 25, 2022 at 8:50 am

    One last note before I turn my attention to my paying vocation…

    Adam Duvall is a FA at season’s end. We likely have seen the last of him in an Atlanta uni. I have mixed feelings over that. He’s been a very good player for the team, and an even better guy off the field. His willingness to play out of position for a couple of months at the sacrifice of his own personal numbers is characteristic of a guy that simply comes to the ballpark everyday to help his team win. Given his early season offensive struggles and his season ending injury and surgery, he’s going to struggle to gain a big deal in his first real stab at FA. I look for him to sign a 1-year pillow deal somewhere to try to build value for 2024. I don’t see that happening in Atlanta. Some team will get a good “glue” guy at a bargain rate next year. I wish him the best in his recovery and in his pursuit of a new team. Maybe he can go back to CIN and mash in that little league park. They need good cheap players.

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  208. 323 Gil in Mechanicsville July 25, 2022 at 8:56 am

    I have been watching Ian’s effectiveness decline over the past several months and agree he needs to back up a square or two. It helped Kyle Wright. Right now he is pitching with fear in his heart. He is lost at sea and sees no relief.

    Remember, 4s & 5s are not going to be as reliable as 1s & 2s. Seldom does a pitcher have his A game every start, it is why the games are played on a field and not on paper.

    Far too often a team’s prospects are overhyped. If we are not able to view them in person ourselves, we are forced to live with the assessments of someone whom may or may not have a firm grasp of reality.

    If y’all have a chance, watch the “Captain” which chronicles Derrek Jeter’s career. It is a prime example of how a kid can struggle and yet be successful in the end. Breaks my heart however to be reminded of all those Braves teams in the 90s which fell short.

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  209. 324 berigan2electricboogaloo July 25, 2022 at 10:52 am

    Really feel back for Duvall (how did he hurt his wrist, anyways? Just heard he sprained it, then this)
    guy has type 1 diabetes so that made roaming CF all the more difficult, energy wise..but as we know, he just doesn’t complain …
    I still thought AA might try to replace him, cuz he’s just not been as good, but now…Eddie’s got a few days to get white hot…
    V, Jorge Soler has really been bad this year, now he’s out with back spasms so, I don’t think we are likely to get him back…

    did ya see Ozuna now has 18 hr’s? Got one against the Angels when the braves were up 6-0 or 7-0…that’s how he does it. He could have 32-35 Homers this year, and still be a dead weight to the lineup….

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    • 325 Vox O'Reasoñ July 25, 2022 at 11:05 am

      How can a guy have 18 HRs at the halfway point and still have a negative WAR? Well, Ozuna has a -0.6 WAR. For perspective, WAR (Wins Above Replacement) is based on the statistical metric that the league average player has a 0.0 WAR. That makes Ozuna statistically below average even with 18 HRs at the halfway point. That’s almost unheard of. Even injured, Jorge Soler has a positive WAR (0.4). The swing from -0.6 to0.4 is 1.0, or 1 whole game. The theoretical implication is that Jorge Soler would make a 1 game difference in the win column for the team. I realize it’s just theory, but the Braves are currently 1.5 games behind the Mets in the standings. 1 additional W would be huge. In theory.

      But in practical application, Ozuna has been awful. 18 HR, 39 RBI. Let that one sink in. (Similarly, Matt Olson also has 18 HR, but 62 RBI.) When you have a guy on the roster that doesn’t produce in the clutch, statistically is below league average, and couldn’t catch a cold in a Wuhan laboratory, you have a problem.

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  210. 326 berigan2electricboogaloo July 25, 2022 at 11:00 am

    I really hope they give Muller another shot than trade him… he’s likely going to be better than any 4th or 5th starter you get cheap

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    • 327 Vox O'Reasoñ July 25, 2022 at 11:11 am

      Kyle Muller is the team’s new #1 prospect now that Drew Waters has moved on to greener pastures. He has top of the rotation ability if he can harness it. A 96-97 mph fastball with rise, a plus slider, a quality curve and a serviceable change, all from a 6’7″ lefty, is gonna be tough on either side of the plate. I’d only sign off on a Muller deal if a Luis Castillo or Martin Perez was in the return. Certainly not for a rental or a roster filler.

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  211. 328 Vox O'Reasoñ July 25, 2022 at 11:57 am

    In the humble opinion of this amateur GM, the better trade candidate from the pitching ranks is Tucker Davidson. He’s currently the team’s #5 prospect, and with increased velo over the last 2 seasons he’s likely on other team radars. His profile says “he’ll never have pinpoint accuracy”, which could probably be said of many of our young pitchers. Still, my gut says that Davidson is the guy from our current crop of young hurlers that may have already reached his ceiling. Hopefully other teams disagree.

    As for everyday players, the team does have 2 SS in their current top 4 now with Braden Shewmake (#3) at AAA and Vaughn Grissom (#4) at AA. There are many who feel that Grissom will elevate to the #1 spot when the new prospect rankings come out. And while Grissom has the more sexy numbers, Shewmake has the superior glove and has long been respected for his contact skills. He’s far enough along in his development that he might already be on some ML rosters. The Braves just have some local dude named Dan or something. Seriously though, I think each will be on a ML roster some day. If there were more certainty with Dansby’s future in Atlanta, I’d say one of Shewmake/Grissom would be a sure goner at the deadline. But with no starting SS under contract for 2023 as of yet, Alex may be loathe to part with either of them.

    I’m sure also that teams are going to be asking about Ps Freddy Tarnok and Jared Shuster. Shuster is on the verge of being promoted to AAA and could rise as high as #2 or #3 in the revised rankings. Unlike many of his peers, Shuster has very good control of his offerings and is merely working on consistency at this point. I believe Shuster could be a candidate for the 2023 rotation, but that may be a little aggressive. Still, I think he’s getting close. I think he could be as close to untouchable as we have at the moment. Tarnok might be the guy that does get included in a deal. I’d prefer to send him over Shuster or Muller.

    Two other names I think other teams will ask about are Ps Darius Vines and Indigo Diaz. Each are at AA, each have been impressive in their development, and each are just outside the team’s top 10. I think each will be in the top 10 when the new rankings come out. Of the 2, I’d prefer to see Diaz stick around. He’s a big 6’5″, 250 lb. righty reliever with a power fastball and a slurvy slider that misses bats. He’s gonna make some team a good closer one day.

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  212. 329 Gil in Mechanicsville July 25, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    Yes Vee, it is why Alex gets paid the big bucks because he has to play the game close to the vest all the while just wishing he could buy the players with unlimited money.

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  213. 330 Vox O'Reasoñ July 25, 2022 at 3:14 pm

    2nite’s lineup:

    RF Acuña
    SS Swanson
    1B Olson
    3B Riley
    C d’Arnaud
    LF Ozuna
    DH Contreras
    2B Arcia

    CF Harris II

    LHP Max Fried

    NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! Alex, please get to work… soon! Don’t wait another 8 days! Please!

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  214. 331 Gil in Mechanicsville July 25, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    Well, that was a frog strangler of a storm, 1 1/2 inches of rain in 15 minutes…. wheeee

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  215. 332 Gil in Mechanicsville July 25, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    I was reading a Phillies reporter’s comments on their being swept by the Cubs this past weekend. Schwarber has stopped hitting… That worries me a bit. At least no Bryce Harper or Braves killer Jean Seguar.

    Wind blowing out to right center tonight and muggy….

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  216. 333 berigan2electricboogaloo July 25, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    V, just don’t get it. They clearly don’t think Rosario is going to catch fire, or…they’d play him, instead of Ozuna, right? Or trying to “showcase” Ozuna, and act like he’s serviceable in left? yeah right…

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    • 334 Vox O'Reasoñ July 26, 2022 at 9:21 am

      Rosario just hasn’t been hitting, even upon his return from eye surgery. And he’s never hit lefties well. He’s not getting that start against southpaw Suarez.

      Guillermo Heredia? Eh… would you believe that going by the WAR metric, which I don’t put absolute value in but believe it can be a good comparative tool, Heredia actually leads our 3 LF candidates in WAR? Heredia (-0.2) vs. Ozuna (-.05) vs. Rosario (-1.5)… all in the negative range. Here is your clear need Alex.

      I suppose the logic in starting Ozuna in LF is that somehow he has made enough contact on 18 occasions to drive the ball over the fence. It’s no showcase though. Everybody knows what/who Ozuna is. No amount of lipstick is gonna improve that pig. At least they’re trying to get William Contreras’ bat in the lineup more.

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  217. 336 berigan2electricboogaloo July 25, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    “Schwarber has stopped hitting… ” Gil, you’re not kidding! 4 for his last 41 (3 homers though) yeah, not good. 30 HR’s, so I imagine they are pitching around him right now.

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  218. 338 berigan2electricboogaloo July 26, 2022 at 8:58 am

    what, no one wants to talk about last nights awesome game? :/
    You’d think scoring 3 unearned runs early on, you’d win the game….you’d be wrong.

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    • 339 Vox O'Reasoñ July 26, 2022 at 9:24 am

      A freak HR from a lefty off AJ Minter is hard to analyze. Same with a cueball spinner that takes a hard and fast 90 degree detour.

      My amateur game analysis: Weird stuff happened. It didn’t go the Braves way. Hard to swallow, but there it was.

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  219. 340 Vox O'Reasoñ July 26, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    Remember yesterday when we opined that Jared Shuster was on the verge of a promotion to AAA? Jared Shuster has been promoted to AAA.

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  220. 342 Vox O'Reasoñ July 27, 2022 at 8:32 am

    Just 1 week to the trade deadline. I believe you’ll see AA acquire an OF and a starting pitcher. I’m not sure what Alex has left in the ranks to make these deals, but he doesn’t have the same assets as from years past. Here is what we do know for sure… Kyle Muller not be promoted to replace Ian Anderson in the rotation. He was hit by a comebacker in practice yesterday and suffered a broken bone in his non-pitching hand. Hopefully he can keep his pitching arm in shape even without being in live games for a while. We could still see him before the season is over.

    Names being bandied about with respect to the Braves: Andrew Benintendi, Brandon Drury, Luis Castillo, Tyler Mahle.

    The Athletic’s Jim Bowden says Benintendi “tops their [the Braves] target list,” He’s a rental, so his prospect price wouldn’t be as hefty. He’d fit pretty nicely in this lineup and in the field. He’s strong defensively and gets on base at a high rate. As a lefty, he wouldn’t be part of any platoon with Eddie Rosario, instead playing everyday and relegating Rosario to the bench… or possible occasional DH duty. I think this is greatly possible. He’s gonna cost you a decent prospect, but not your 1-5. Or…

    I wouldn’t mind seeing a package deal with KC that includes under-the-radar starter Brad Keller. He’s quietly having a nice season and could fit right into the back end of the rotation and be the “innings eater” type that this team needs. At just 27, he’s also under team control through 2023.

    I also believe the Reds’ Drury is greatly possible, himself being a rental. He has played every position on the field this year but CF and C. He could play 2B until Ozzie returns, or play LF. In other words, he could address multiple needs depending on the need of the day. He’s having a surprisingly strong offensive season.

    Sticking with the Reds, you can forget Castillo. We don’t have the prospect capital to get that one done.

    As for Mahle, he’s a guy who broke out in 2020, followed it up in 2021, but got off to a slow start this year. Additionally, he is just returning from a shoulder strain that might explain some of his numbers, but the season has definitely adversely affected his trade value. Additionally, being a guy that pitches to contact, he’d definitely get a lift from the Braves defense as opposed to that of the Reds. He would be a solid addition to this rotation and would not be a rental, being under team control through 2023. Why not see if you could get a Drury/Mahle package?

    One has to wonder if the Reds might look to dump Mike Moustakis’ salary… which would change the entire dynamic. He’s having a very average season so by himself he wouldn’t be on anyone’s wish list. But if he was the grease that allowed you to pickup Castillo?

    Here are a few names you might see traded from the Braves thin system: P Bryce Elder, P Victor Vodnik, P Darius Vines, P A.J. Smith-Shawver, OF Jesse Franklin, OF Brandol Mezquita. THe big trade chip would be P Tucker Davidson. He won’t be traded for a rental, but maybe for something more valuable. Jared Shuster is not going anywhere. Nor is Muller. Vaugh Grissom is also untouchable.

    I’m proposing a deal with KC to acquire Benintendi and Keller for a package that includes Davidson, Franklin, and banished P Huascar Ynoa. Go get ’em Alex. I’ve done the legwork for ya.

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  221. 343 berigan2electricboogaloo July 27, 2022 at 9:04 am

    I wouldn’t mind seeing a package deal with KC that includes under-the-radar starter Brad Keller. He’s quietly having a nice season and could fit right into the back end of the rotation and be the “innings eater” type that this team needs. At just 27, he’s also under team control through 2023.

    But won’t the Royals want more for him, since he is so young and “controllable”?
    I like Benintendi enough, he’s having a career year, at least batting average wise (and OBP) but has no power right now, 3 HR’s…though playing in K.C. it isn’t the best place to him ’em. Hot this month, .382 so far. Perhaps a leadoff guy?

    to get on the bash Acuna while he’s down, bus…he shouldn’t be batting leadoff. .282/411 in May , .214/.327 for July. He has 21 steals, so how bad can the knee be? He just looks bad at the plate, and when he does hit a homer, his silly antics esp. at home plate, are getting old, if not already old. Oh, and he’s seemingly forgotten how to play RF, which really doesn’t make sense.
    Forget where I saw it, but not only does he have some silly gold skinned car (great for everyone to know a rich baseball player is driving it, in a crime ridden city, right? ) but some other dumb car they showed him in a few weeks ago with his “logo” or something all over it. It’s going to Venezuela, other super safe place to show off one’s wealth.
    It irks me, guys like Acuna that don’t bother to learn English , make 10s of Millions here , but seem mainly focused on their home country. I mean, I get it to a degree, it’s where you were born, but come on man, as a not very wise old man would say… I just see a kid who’s let success go to his head some (I think bashing F.F. for, you know, wanting you to do things the braves way, speaks volumes) and stinks at baseball right now….move him down to 6th or 7th in the lineup if you get Benintendi (tough name, can we call him Andrew B, or A.B. for short?) and let him earn batting leadoff again. I mean, we got through the playoffs and won a W.S. without him….treat him like anyone else…

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    • 344 Vox O'Reasoñ July 27, 2022 at 11:46 am

      But won’t the Royals want more for him, since he is so young and “controllable”?

      Well, he’s actually sort of in the right place for a team like the Braves. Age 27 isn’t the same as age 23 or 24. It’s not “young” in a baseball sense anymore. He does have one season remaining but that really only means he’s not a strict rental. It’s not like he’s 24 with 4 more years of team control. Speaking of which, he’s not a big name and he hasn’t really established himself as a top tier starter. He’s the #3 starter on the Royals. Even in 2022, his ERA is 4.16 and his WHIP is 1.308. Certainly not eye-popping numbers. But he’s gonna get you at least 6 innings a start and he would certainly benefit from a talented Braves defense as he generates alot of ground balls and weak contact. Oh, and a potent Braves offense wouldn’t hurt him either.. As I said, he’s no stud, but he could be a solid #4 or #5 on this team. Remember, most teams not saving their arrows for a shot at Juan Soto are going to be focused on Luis Castillo, Frankie Montas, Pablo López, Martín Pérez, Kyle Freeland, Tyler Mahle, etc. Keller could be a sleeper pickup for a small price..

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  222. 345 berigan2electricboogaloo July 27, 2022 at 9:05 am

    Acuna was .292/.411 in May…sheesh.

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  223. 346 Gil in Mechanicsville July 27, 2022 at 10:45 am

    Good morning folks… The Braves played a very nice game last night. Strider took another W in stride… Okay, poor joke but he did pitch well. Maybe move Harris II up to lead-off. Well, maybe not but Dansby might flourish there.

    Yes, while Acuna is not making Tatis level money, he could be expected to put a little more effort into his play beyond the Lonnie Smith level. I am of the belief Acuna needs a player of Cuno’s pedigree to deliver a come to Jesus talk about expectations as to what it means to be superstar. Maybe Acuna misses Albie’s butt kickings to keep him on track?

    Right now, Harris is a better player than Acuna, Ronald needs to wake up and realize baseball is a very much a “what have you done for me lately” business. You have to prove you are worth the trouble every single at bat and every play in the field. Maybe someone should send him a copy of “Rudy” to watch.

    12:30 game today… Charlie is back on the mound for the Braves.

    Oh by the way, it appears Freddie Freeman has excised his demons because he is playing some of his best baseball ever for the Dodgers now. LA fans adore him…

    On possible trades. Whew… I have been beating the Benintendi drum for quite a while. To be honest, the Braves don’t really need another masher but it would be nice to have someone who can get on base for the big boppers for a change.

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  224. 347 Vox O'Reasoñ July 27, 2022 at 11:52 am

    Benintendi seems to be he consensus pick among the ol’ B&Sers, but we may not get a shot at him. Today’s latest news says the Juan Soto derby is essentially down to 4 familiar teams, the Yankees, Dodgers, Padres and Cardinals. But moving past the first paragraph you learn that NYY is hesitant to give up their top 4 prospects and are possibly pivoting toward their next priority being Benintendi. They certainly have the bullets to outbid Alex for Benintendi’s services, and are well known to go hard after what they want.

    If I’m Alex, I make my best offer now while the Yankees are still assessing their Soto position. Then at least you know where you stand with another week to make something else happen.

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  225. 348 Vox O'Reasoñ July 27, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    Two other names recently associated with the Braves LF need: Ian Happ and Tommy Pham.

    Personally I don’t see either of them moving to the Braves, but I suppose the smoke is due to some sort of spark… so who knows? I just believe the prospect ask for Happ will be to high, and Pham’s off-field shenanigans (and even on field when he slapped Braves legend Joc Pederson) will probably keep him of AA’s radar. Speaking of Pederson, wonder if the Giants have tumbled far enough for the Bay Boys to switch to sell mode?

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  226. 349 Vox O'Reasoñ July 27, 2022 at 12:23 pm

    Wow. The Braves are giving Ronnie a day off and have an OF lineup of Ozuna/Harris/Rosario. Wow, if I’m Charlie Morton I’m a little pi$$ed. Keep ’em on the ground, Charlie and hope that Harris can cover alot of territory.

    This only underscores the Braves biggest need.

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  227. 352 Gil in Mechanicsville July 27, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    Would Benintendi be a rental?

    Charlie Morton looking good today.

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  228. 353 Gil in Mechanicsville July 27, 2022 at 2:15 pm

    Well, that didn’t age well…. Braves forgot how to catch and throw that inning. I calling it… Game Over!

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  229. 354 Vox O'Reasoñ July 27, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    Count me as one who is totally unimpressed with Robinson Cano. And as I type this Rosario misplays yet another ball in RF.

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  230. 355 Vox O'Reasoñ July 27, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    There is very little news on Ozzie Albies and his progress toward return, but I did find a tiny nugget published about 4 days ago that questioned whether Ozzie would be ready by mid-August as was hoped. Apparently that date was mentioned initially because it’s the earliest he could come back off the 60-day IL. But indications are that he’s not gonna be ready as early as hoped.

    If that’s the case, Alex could be more apt to make a play for another year of multiple smaller moves like last year rather than any real big move. I still think Brandon Drury is a strong possibility. But I look for another round of cheap rentals to fill out the roster over Benintendi or Castillo.

    On a brighter note, Kirby Yates reportedly is pitching well in his current rehab stint at AAA and could be activated around deadline time himself. He could mitigate the need to look for relief help.

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  231. 356 berigan2electricboogaloo July 27, 2022 at 3:53 pm

    V, Drury makes sense….Cano is done….I even thought when I first saw the ball Rosario didn’t get to that if Ozzie was healthy, he’d have that ball

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  232. 357 Vox O'Reasoñ July 27, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    Benintendi to Yanks is happening. First domino has fallen.

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  233. 360 Vox O'Reasoñ July 28, 2022 at 9:11 am

    FWIW, the 3 pitchers the Yankees sent to KC were all in the team’s top 30 prospects, but the highest ranked was #13. For the Braves, that probably would have translated to something like Darius Vines (#11), Alan Rangel (#19), Royber Salinas (#27). I agree that is a fairly steep price for an OF that is set to leave at season’s end, but the Braves are in “Win Now” mode. I also think having Benintendi here for 3 months would give Alex a chance to get a head start on retaining him. And he fits this lineup and OF perfectly.

    Oh well, can’t dwell on what was. Maybe revisit Benintendi in FA, but for now, there is work to be done. Quite frankly, after watching yesterday, there is alot of work to be done. LF, 2B, starter at minimum. Perhaps since Benintendi is already gone from KC, we could pivot to Whit Merrifield. But if I had to place a bet on it, I’d say that Brandon Drury is the likely get.

    I’d love to see Alex get creative enough to wrangle Ian Happ, who has another year of arb remaining, away from the Cubbies. It would probably take more than the aforementioned Vines, Rangel, and Salinas. Probably have to elevate to the Tucker Davidson (#5) or Freddy Tarnok (#6) level as the starting point, and still include Vines. But the SH bopper would be a nice fit for 2022 & 2023.

    So my adjusted wish list now includes Drury, Happ, and… how about I jump on the Tyler Mahle train? That one might cost Vaughn Grissom. That’s a step price, but Mahle is under contract through 2024, and if we’re truly going for it now, Grissom will be of more value in his trade value than on field value. Plus, the prevailing thought is that Alex will turn his attention toward an extension for Dansby once we get through the trade deadline period. If that happens, Grissom will be blocked for the duration of such a deal (probably 6 years) anyway.

    I hate stripping the pipeline even further, but Win Now means just that. And this team is constructed to do just that. I say go for it.

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    • 361 Vox O'Reasoñ July 28, 2022 at 11:22 am

      Rosenthal corrected what was an erroneous first report on the pitchers that KC got back for Benintendi.

      [TJ] Sikkema, LHP, is Yankees’ No. 19 prospect, per MLBPipeline. Beck Way, RHP, is No. 21. [Chandler] Champlain, RHP, not in top 30.

      That tells me that Alex didn’t hold the same priority level as the Yankees, even though published reports said that “the Braves are focused on” Benintendi. Perhaps Alex is focused on someone else and just let that one go by. That’s my guess.

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  234. 362 Vox O'Reasoñ July 28, 2022 at 9:23 am

    Call me crazy, but I think I’d rather see a lineup with Travis Demeritte in LF and Marcell Ozuna as DH, than Ozuna in LF and Mike Ford as DH. Id rather see NONE of them in the lineup, but it is what it is right now….Greyson Jenista is a pending Rule 5 guy. Maybe it’s time to end the Travis Demeritte era and give Jenista an opportunity. Maybe he’ll have a couple of good games and gain some trade value himself. Alex is gonna have to deal with his status very soon anyway. Anything is better than Ozuna in LF.

    Anything.

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  235. 363 Vox O'Reasoñ July 28, 2022 at 9:26 am

    Greyson Jenista in 2022 at Gwinnett: .223/.300/.403, w/ 76 Ks in 230 PAs.

    Nevermind.

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  236. 364 Vox O'Reasoñ July 28, 2022 at 10:54 am

    Rapidly changing topics, the Braves’ round 14 draft pick Landon Harper, a 4th year junior RHP out of Southern Miss, has still not signed. This is a bit unusual, as the vast majority of 4YJ’s sign are elated to be drafted and typically sign for a $125,000 bonus. Harper is the lone unsigned Braves draftee from this year.

    No real need to display his stats here, as 14 rounders are a long shot to make alot of impact anyway. But being a college pitcher means he could at least help enhance the system depth. I suppose he may hope for a better draft position after a senior season? Maybe. All I know is that he must come to terms before 5pm ET on Aug 1 or his rights are lost by the Braves and he goes back to college.

    Maybe he has no pro aspirations and he just wants to play ball one more year and graduate. That’s not a bad goal if it’s true. But if he wants any pro career, he ought to go ahead and put pen to paper before he ages another year and puts more pitches on that arm. Pro coaches prefer younger more coachable players anyway, unless they’re talented enough to be drafted alot earlier. Whatever floats his boat, but I’d prefer to see a 100% draft class under contract.

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    • 365 Gil in Mechanicsville July 28, 2022 at 1:32 pm

      I have known of many good ball players who are simply tired of playing ball and opt to hang it up. The kid might still sign but perhaps he does not year to be part of the traveling circus any longer. Night be he is looking to go for a graduate degree. Whatever, it’s his life. do what you think suits you best kid…

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  237. 366 berigan2electricboogaloo July 28, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    About Whit Merrifield….the Royals have loved him, wouldn’t even consider trading him , for years (perhaps the offers weren’t too great either) now he’s 33 and, while I hate WAR (Uuh, what is is good for? :/ ) his is -0.2 now.
    He can still steal a base (15 out of 18) …hmmm, just looked at his numbers… April he hit… .141…that will bring down your season numbers . .264 in May, (last month he hit a homer) .252 in June, and .311 in July. So…what would they ask for him? Andrew B should have brought more than some, what were they now? only 2 top 30 pitchers? I mean, isn’t that just a few guys drafted last year or so? Hardly seems like the very best you could get for a guy hitting .321….so Whit…in theory, shouldn’t cost much at all. Can play him a 2nd til (if) Ozzie’s back then put him in Left? or, play him in left and 2nd …of course he bats R, not L. More lightning in a bottle from KC ?

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    • 367 Vox O'Reasoñ July 28, 2022 at 2:17 pm

      Andrew B should have brought more than some, what were they now? only 2 top 30 pitchers?

      From what I understand, the guy they really like is RHP Beck Way (the #21 guy), whom some think is a “high floor/low ceiling” type that can become a consistent middle to back of the rotation guy. But realistically, you take 3 prospects and hope that 1 actually pans out, then you at least got something useful for a guy you’re losing in a couple more months anyway.

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    • 368 Vox O'Reasoñ July 28, 2022 at 2:18 pm

      For clarity, I am not a Merrifield guy. I prefer Drury over him. I really prefer Happ & Drury over him. 🙂

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  238. 369 berigan2electricboogaloo July 28, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    Tues at 6pm is the trade deadline…for some reason…

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  239. 370 berigan2electricboogaloo July 29, 2022 at 10:10 am

    V, I get that, clearly having a better year…oddly enough the mutts got a lesser player ( Tyler Naquin , had to look it up) so, are the reds asking a ton for Drury? or are they thinking of keeping him?
    Saw Orioles fans gave a big send off for Trey Mancini ,as it might have been his last home game there. I think they are insane , to trade the face of the franchise away (As Gil knows better than anyone, they have no contracts of note, I doubt they are spending 50 million on their whole roster) esp. since they are actually in the wildcard hunt…but, if they are, he’d surely be worth getting. .271 BA is highest on the Orioles

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  240. 371 berigan2electricboogaloo July 29, 2022 at 11:45 am

    Kole Calhoun …I know, not the most exciting guy…numbers are quite close to Duval’s (11 HR’s 43 RBI’s .216 .275 OBP) A left handed bat…but, is he any better than Rosario? I don’t think so…kinda grasping at straws. Might be the year to not trade for an outfielder…not just make a move to make a move, you know? Will Ozzie be back in a month or not? If not, you have to get Drury, right? …lets look at a team with no hopes of the playoffs, the Tigers, who do they have we might want? Wow…are they ever bad offensively ! Tucker Barnhart has caught half the games there. 0 Hrs 9 RBI’s for the whole season! only 1 guy even has 10 Homers. Miguel Cabrera leads the club in BA , .284 (was above 300 not too long ago and OBP at….333 yikes… 38 RBI’s leads the club, 2 others in the 30s, that’s it. How is that even possible? Imagine how much fun it is to root for them. Oakland? Nope, nobody . Their best overall hitter is their catcher, Sean Murphy. They may trade him. Their offense is terrible, and Shea Langeliers is hitting 18 HR’s 48 RBIs and has a .276 BA and still in AAA. Oh well…
    going off the rails here, aren’t I? 😛 There’s just no Fred McGiff kinda guy out there, a real difference maker.

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    • 372 Vox O'Reasoñ July 29, 2022 at 2:12 pm

      I think if I’m jumping on a LH bat that can’t hit LH pitching, I’m going with David Peralta… who just happens to be in ATL for the next 3 days. That said, I’d prefer a batter that doesn’t have to platoon. I’m all in on Ian Happ. I think he’d make our lineup much better. I think if I can get a real LF that I can live with what we get from Cano/Arcia until Ozzie returns. But I don’t want half an OF. I need an everyday guy.

      And a starter.

      And a RH reliever.

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  241. 373 berigan2electricboogaloo July 29, 2022 at 11:50 am

    of course…there are rumors…that…Shohei Ohtani, might, just might be traded….would that solve a problem or 3? 😉

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  242. 374 berigan2electricboogaloo July 29, 2022 at 11:56 am

    I know y’all check out MLBTR too, but this just popped up. Better than Cano right? Hitting near 300 at AAA this year.. 27
    https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/07/yankees-trade-rumors-shopping-miguel-andujar.html#respond

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  243. 375 berigan2electricboogaloo July 29, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    still not sure how Dansby didn’t get that ball and Arcia got the error…but, Kyle pitched out of it without giving up a run when it was 2nd and 3rd and no outs…he’s pretty good…in case you didn’t know!

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    • 377 Gil in Mechanicsville July 30, 2022 at 9:29 am

      Dansby short armed it with the runner barreling down on him.

      On another note, how long can the Braves afford to wait on Kirby Yates? Getting harder to close game methinks…

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  244. 378 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2022 at 11:39 am

    Ian takes the bump tonight. I hope it goes well for him, but I can’t help but feel this may his last start at the ML level in Atlanta for a while.

    I honestly believe that AA will pick up a veteran starter before Tuesday’s deadline. I also believe we’ll see a new bat and a RH reliever too. Don’t get any hopes up for a big name though. I think Ian Happ is possible, but he’d be at the top end. I expect some role players to come in and do their jobs, even if not very exciting.

    I could be wrong.

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  245. 379 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2022 at 4:16 pm

    David Peralta won’t be in the Snakes lineup tonight. He’s heading to Tampa to fill a role. The Rays have been hit pretty hard with injuries in the last couple of weeks.

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  246. 380 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    There is a rumor today that Alex is looking at Michael A Taylor from the Royals. He’s a nice RH bat with a .345 OBP and great defensive glove and speed for days. He’d be a really nice role player for the Braves. Just the kind of player Alex would be in on.

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    • 381 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2022 at 4:27 pm

      Taylor would likely spell the end for Guillermo Heredia in ATL. Did I mention that Taylor is signed through 2023 in the tail end of a 2 yr / $9M deal.

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  247. 382 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2022 at 4:31 pm

    P Landon Harper signed his pro deal today meaning the Braves signed all 22 of their 2022 draft class. They also signed 5 undrafted FAs. I’ll provide more details later when I’m not thumbing my phone.

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  248. 383 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand has also connected Atlanta with Michael A. Taylor. I gotta tell ya… the more I think about that one the more I like it.

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  249. 384 Vox O'Reasoñ July 30, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    I think Ian has been listening to the chatter…

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  250. 385 Gil in Mechanicsville July 31, 2022 at 12:40 am

    Ian Anderson may have come to the end of his wandering in the desert tonight. Snit said Ian finally said “screw it” and went out and challenged hitters. Wow, you could tell he stopped nibbling and thus relied upon his defense when he wasn’t striking out batters. Maybe his best game to date. 6 innings of 1 hit ball with one walk and 9 strike outs.

    Okay, it was against the D’Backs but they are still a major league team.

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  251. 386 Gil in Mechanicsville July 31, 2022 at 12:47 am

    Michael A. Taylor is a pretty good ball player. He is no Harris II but he is head and shoulders above Guillermo Heredia. Maybe the Braves can suit up Heredia in a Blooper costume.

    For sure, he won’t cost a lot and even though he has some pop, the Braves don’t need any more boppers, they do need guys who can get on base.

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  252. 387 Gil in Mechanicsville July 31, 2022 at 12:52 am

    William Contreras had a career game tonight with two oppo homeruns and a single as well as guiding Ian to a near no hitter performance.

    Of all the interviews in the booth tonight, I think I enjoyed Leo’s the most. The guy employed Johnny Sain’s teachings to perfection.

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    • 388 berigan2electricboogaloo July 31, 2022 at 2:17 am

      I really liked all the interviews! I wish Torre had been on for 2 innings, so many stories…
      perhaps we can stand pat 😉
      Might still need a starter to rest Strider…really an odd situation, no? basically he’s a strong #3 but he simply cannot blow past previous years innings totals and then IF they go deep in the playoffs, make a bunch of starts there. A blister that would put him on the d.l (I.L, whatever ) for 3-4 weeks would be ideal. 😉
      I checked out Michael A. Taylor , just didn’t seem to have any stats that jumped off the page…. (only 1 steal, how is that possible?) but, like you said V, he would be better than Heredia and I am guessing he would face lefties and play Left, or give Harris a rest once a month…and replace Rosario and…shudder, Ozuna in left, late in games. Can he play second? 😉

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  253. 390 berigan2electricboogaloo July 31, 2022 at 2:21 am

    wasting more time…err, research shows me that… Taylor is hitting .229 against lefties, and .295 against righties…double checks, he’s a right handed hitter, right? That’s what baseball reference says…
    last 14 days, hitting .360

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    • 391 Gil in Mechanicsville July 31, 2022 at 9:14 am

      Looks like storms for us in Mechanicsville this morning. The worse thing about satellite TV is scrambled ions…

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      • 392 berigan2electricboogaloo July 31, 2022 at 12:15 pm

        Gil, its “funny” we first had DISH tv in the early 2000’s. They hired some outside contractors, who….were not very good. they even said then I couldn’t have a DVD recorder hooked up to the system (Had to figure out how to do that myself) anyways, anytime it got fairly windy , or a storm came through, we lost the signal. Seemed everything about satellite shown on the cable ads was true, but since we hated Comcast with a passion, we put up with it. Finally switched to DIRECT (I think it was after they blocked the last week or so of Bobby Cox’s last season) and when the tech for them came out he said, did you know that the dish was not securely bolted down? I said, I sure didn’t! So, the dish was literally moving when the wind got above 20-25 MPH! 😡
        one of about 1024 reasons I’ve never gone back to DISH, in spite of the ridiculous prices for Direct

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  254. 394 Gil in Mechanicsville July 31, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    I would switch to Xfinity if they would run the fiber optic to me but that is a pipe dream as I don’t actually live on a paved road. I guess I should be thankful Comcast ran cable to me. I was the lone subscriber in my area for a long time.

    Heck of a pitching duel today, Umps hosed the Braves with the bad dropped ball call.

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  255. 395 Dulce Lawrence July 31, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    So do the Bravos make any moves to get another bat in the lineup?
    Albies anytime soon?

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    • 396 Dulce Lawrence July 31, 2022 at 8:59 pm

      Interesting yeah.
      I started off with another heart surgery, my 14th.
      Very successful.
      In Feb had Covid mild but hacking and coughing until early April.
      Some damned fool ran a stop sign and clipped the rear quarter and bumper on that side, but just scrapes.
      That was June.
      Now I get a dent in the right passenger door.
      No idea where or when.
      Part
      King incident I guess.
      The Braves let Freeman walk, and things just haven’t been the same in the lineup.
      Olsen in and Ozuna out would have been nice.
      Anyway, having to use my wife’s email and Facebook to access here as I don’t have a phone of my own

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  256. 398 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2022 at 8:08 am

    Here we sit on Monday morning with roughly a day and a half left before baseball’s hard deadline passes for making trades. As is usual, most of the action is holding back until 11th hour. There is plenty of chatter surrounding the Braves, which in itself is a bit unusual except that it takes 2 teams to talk and Alex has no control on how tight the lips are coming out of the other side, even though his own offices are more locked down than the formula for Coca Cola.

    That said…

    The Braves and Royals have a very good working relationship. If Alex truly has his sights set on Michael A. Taylor, then he’ll acquire Michael A. Taylor. It’s just a matter of settling on the return. We’ll speculate on that later.

    The other smoke trickling out of the fire pit is that the Braves are interested in Brandon Drury. Well, that one is not a surprise since he’s on the Cincinnati Fire Sales and is having a career season in his walk year. He also perfectly fits the profile of the type role player that Alex is reportedly hunting.

    This amateur GM believes that Alex has been trolling for 4 items, in varying priority.

    I believe he’ll acquire a RH or SH bat to fill Adam Duvall’s void. I give top odds to Taylor.

    I believe he’ll acquire another versatile IF such as Drury, but maybe not Drury. This may be a player that is on no one’s radar. I won’t speculate since he’s not on anyone’s radar. But I think an acquisition will be made here too.

    I believe he will acquire a RH reliever. I also believe it won’t be a big named guy. Said RH reliever may be included in either of the above mentioned acquisitions.

    Many believe he’ll acquire another starter. And he may yet. But I think that will be the lowest of his priorities. Why? Well, First, Ian sure did help his own case with yesterday’s start. And it wasn’t just “stuff”. It was more about approach and attitude. Those are measurables that can make a difference over a season… or half. Second, as much as I’m sure the Braves are desirous to overtake the Mets in the division, the reality is that the Braves have a pretty comfortable lead for the #1 Wild Card spot. Getting into the playoffs is the real goal here, and that’s where the bats and bullpens are magnified. Barring injury, the Braves will have the necessary 3 or 4 playoff starters. Thus, this area will be last in line of priority for improvement now. The limited bullets Alex has in his gun will likely be aimed at improving the bats and bullpen. And that’s how it should be.

    I don’t dismiss that Alex could pull off 4 deals and address all 4 of those areas. After last year, I won’t underestimate him. But the 2022 prospect river is no longer flowing like the Chattahoochee. It’s more like Walnut Creek. All I really know is that I’m going to be wearing out my phone looking at Twitter constantly for the next 34 hours.

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    • 399 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2022 at 9:36 am

      BTW, does anyone remember that Drury was a Braves draftee (2010, 13th round)? He spent his 1st three pro seasons in the Braves system before being traded to ARI in the big 7 player swap that netted the Braves Justin Upton and Chris Johnson.

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  257. 400 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2022 at 8:41 am

    So what would a Michael A. Taylor deal look like? First, let’s understand that Taylor has never been an All Star, but he has been pretty consistent over his 9 year career, being known more for his glove than his bat. In fact, he was a Gold Glover with KC last year, playing mainly CF. This season, his glove work is at its typical top notch level, but his bat has bumped up to career highs in almost all areas. He would not replace Duvall’s power, but he does have better on base skills, currently toting a .345 OBP. On a team that has plenty of power up and down the lineup, there is certainly a place for a guy that can simply get on base.

    Now, as Ber noted, Taylor has the atypical reverse splits this season, having a much higher AVG and OBP against RHP even though he’s a RH batter. So that would mean that he would be acquired NOT as a platoon player, but as the everyday LF. And can I just mention here that the team would have a heckuva OF with CFs in all 3 OF spots. (As an aside, I also wonder if they would consider moving Ronnie to LF to lessen the stress on his knee? Ya never know.)

    Taylor is also under contract through 2023 at a very affordable prorated balance of the base $4.5M for the remainder of this season and just $4.5M for next. Given that Alex is going to have to break off both Dansby and Riley very soon, this is an aspect that cannot be overlooked.

    So how much would Taylor cost in terms of prospect return? He might cost you Darius Vines, who is a decent pitching prospect but not quite in the top 10. Vines along with OF Greyson Jenista (who could be a Rule 5 casualty this offseason) would probably get that done. And trading Taylor would clear the path in KC for Drew Waters. Don’t you love it how things like that come together?

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  258. 401 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2022 at 11:57 am

    Robinson Cano is out, old friend Ehire Adrianza is back. The cost was Trey Harris. I do not hate this move as he simply replaces Cano. This should not be considered anything more than that. Adrianza is not having anywhere near the same kind of year that Drury is having this season, but we can’t forget that Ozzie will be back at some point, likely when rosters expand in September. I expect Orlando Arcia to get most of the playing time at 2B during the interim with Adrianza taking more of the utility IF role. And remember, this deadline is likely more about roles than stars.

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    • 402 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2022 at 12:00 pm

      This is not to say that the Braves are completely out on Drury, but should that be the focus it’d probably be for LF, not 2B.

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    • 403 Gil in Mechanicsville August 1, 2022 at 12:18 pm

      Wait until the Lerners figure out they traded for Trey Harris and not the Deuce….LOL….

      Not a bad move by the way, the team already knows what to expect with Ehire, he was a solid sub last season and has played well for the Nats this year. Regardless of what people believe, scoring runs was not the real problem with the Nats, it was keeping the opposing teams off the scoreboard.

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  259. 404 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2022 at 12:06 pm

    There is great speculation that Juan Soto is the reason for the very slow trade activity thus far essentially creating a “logjam” because the teams believed to be the big players for him – Cardinals, Padres, Mets, et al. – are also the teams looking at the top pitchers. Basically what you have is that the teams out on Soto will suddenly pivot to the pitching and all chaos will be unleashed as everyone else scrambles to catch up. In other words, the teams holding the best trade pieces are waiting for the absolute top offers. Tomorrow could be a very crazy day.

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  260. 405 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    Elite reliver Josh Hader just got sent to San Diego in exchange for Pads closer (former, anyway) Taylor Rogers and 3 prospects including coveted RHP Dinelson Lamet. This is a big swap that was on nobody’s radar. But the consequences are that San Diego is now likely out of the Juan Soto lottery, and probably out of the Frankie Montas derby too.

    Speaking of Montas, there are multiple reports in the last hour that OAK is close to dealing Montas. Heyman says the A’s are notifying various teams that they did not win the sweepstakes. It is believed the Yankees could be the winner, which would almost certainly eliminate them from the Soto lottery too. The Cards appear to be holding all the… uh, cards here.

    Perhaps the stranglehold is about to be released. And given that alot of teams have off days on Mondays, today is a good day for dealing.

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  261. 406 Gil in Mechanicsville August 1, 2022 at 2:29 pm

    Ballplayers are like the hot chic you covet, she might be the apple of your eye but she is still out of your league… That said, money covers a multitude of ugly… just saying…

    I am sure Washington has a big ask for Soto, after all, their is still the entire off season to come.

    Ask the Braves how it worked out for them trading away their farm for Texiria… Enabled Texas to do to two World Series… The Braves, not so much…

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  262. 407 Gil in Mechanicsville August 1, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    do? Go….

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  263. 408 berigan2electricboogaloo August 1, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    wow…brewers fans have to be beyond p**sed! Acting like they can’t pay him 17 mil a season next year? Every game I see highlights from, they look completely sold out…and if the cards get Soto and blow past them….can you imagine that fan bases anger?
    I have been thinking the Cards make the most sense for Soto…for 1 1/2 years at least. They can fairly easily give up (I say) Nolan Gorman, who has crazy power, and can be either a 2nd baseman or 3rd baseman…and I heard Dylan Carlson, who is a really amazing CF’er. How much beyond that will they give up, if they have little chance to keep Soto though? Nats may find a take it or leave it offer if it’s only the Cards in the Running (some have said the Dodgers too, which is amazing cuz last year they gave up their top 2 prospects (and still came out ahead in the Mad Max, Trea Turner deal, IMHO) and everyone said they had no top 100 prospects, now magically they have 4 top 50 prospects this year….

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    • 409 Gil in Mechanicsville August 1, 2022 at 3:36 pm

      I wonder what the Brewers know that we don’t?

      Don’t you hate it when teams, organizations, non-profits etc. are always crying “Poor Me”…

      At some point you have to bite the bullet and double down. Yes, I know that even when you stand pat on 20, the dealer can still draw 6 cards for 21.. It’s happened to me… So, Sounds like the Braves broke the Brewers like they did the Pirates in ’92.

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  264. 410 berigan2electricboogaloo August 1, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    I don’t think there is any chance Nats would trade Soto to mutts, but…I bet the Mutts make some fairly big deal. would be strange if the top 2 teams in the NL east only get 4th/5th outfielders and backup infielders and think they can just march past the Dodgers…esp since one of the 2 teams will have to go through the W.C. gauntlet first…
    So, with the new extra team, does the top W.C. team get a 3 game W.C. series, or is it still a one game and your out platform ?

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    • 411 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2022 at 2:58 pm

      This is how Sporting News explained it:

      Beginning in 2022, the MLB postseason will now feature:

      3 division winners from AL
      3 division winners from NL
      3 wild card teams from AL
      3 wild card teams from NL
      The new format will do away with the single wild-card game, and instead pit the third-best division winner against the last team in while the best and second-best wild-card winners play each other. These games will all be played in a three-game series’ hosted by the team with the better record.

      The new playoff structure in each league breaks down as follows:

      No. 1 seed: Best league record
      No. 2 seed: Second-best division winner
      No. 3 seed: Third-best division winner
      No. 4 seed: Best record among non-division winners
      No. 5 seed: Second-best record among non-division winners
      No. 6 seed: Third-best record among non-division winners
      The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds will get a bye in this format, while No. 3 seed will host the No. 6 seed in a best-of-three series. The same will occur between the No. 4 and No. 5 seed.

      Under this structure, there will be no reseeding. The No. 1 seed will play the winner of the No. 4-No. 5 series, while No. 2 will play the winner of No. 3-No. 6. This is to keep series balanced, and to ensure that No. 1 isn’t stuck playing against a division winner under any circumstances in the second round.

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  265. 413 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2022 at 3:03 pm

    The reliever market is starting to break. There have been a handful of deals today, most of them relatively obscure names with the exception of Josh Hader. But that doesn’t make them non-impactful deals. I’m waiting for an obscure name to be reported in context with the Braves.

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  266. 414 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2022 at 5:05 pm

    Wow. So the Yankees not only get the A’s ace starter Frankie Montas, but their closer Lou Trivino too.

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  267. 415 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2022 at 5:08 pm

    And the Astros have acquired Trey Mancini from BAL in a 3-team deal. CF Jose Siri is going to Tampa and the O’s are getting multiple pitching prospects.

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  268. 416 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Did anybody see that coming?!?

    I think Austin can buy a house in the Atlanta area now. And it can be a pretty dang nice one too.

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  269. 418 Gil in Mechanicsville August 1, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    So, $21MM a year for 10 years, do people really think Soto is worth an additional $10 MM per year?

    Hey Dansby, are you looking at this?

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  270. 419 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    For all those still hanging onto the “Liberty Media is cheap” narrative, Austin Riley has about 212,000,000 reasons for rebuttal. And the word is that the team is keen to also lock up Dansby and Max as well. They’re on trajectory to become a top 5 payroll
    club. And a dangerous one at that.

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  271. 420 berigan2electricboogaloo August 1, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    Getting Riley at 20 Mil a year, is being cheap…good for Liberty though…and us.
    Gil, Sosa is looking at , they say. half a bil (as they say on the streets…I assume, I wouldn’t know 😆 )
    Wow, Lindor makes…take a guess how much a year?

    .

    34 Mil!!!!!!!!!!!
    Trout gets 35.5 even with his injury issues, I’d take Trout any day over Lindor
    looked this up too. Aaron Judge turned down 7 years 215 mil (really 8 years, 232 mil with this years contract) so, they thought he was worth 30 mil a year. And he’s gonna make what? 35 mil? 40 mil?
    so, getting Riley for 50% of what Aaron Judge, or Sosa is going to get, is actually a bargain. hard to believe, eh?

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  272. 421 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    Will Smith is being sent to HOU for starter Jake Odorizzi. A quick peak at the veteran righty’s numbers look okay on the surface. But the fact they took Smith makes me suspect. I’m looking for more details and analysis.

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  273. 422 berigan2electricboogaloo August 1, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    Wow, they said on MLB tv that Trey Mancini would have, instead of 10 HR’s that he has in Baltimore (they moved the fence way back to help pitchers) he’d have 20-22 HRs in Minute Maid park (Where he’s going, in case the name didn’t ring a bell 😉 )

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  274. 423 berigan2electricboogaloo August 1, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    Wow V! A least on the surface, a pretty good move! He isn’t an innings eater, which is too bad, but…decent ERA in this day and age.
    So, 6 man rotation? Strider to the bullpen? surely Ian ain’t going to AAA? Morton to be traded? Just spitballin’ at the end in case you can’t tell ! 😉

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  275. 425 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    OF Robbie Grossman is heading to ATL from DET. No word yet on what’s being sent back. The veteran SH had a decent 2021, but his 2022 hasn’t been as impressive. I don’t find this pickup that impressive either. Gotta hope AA knows what he’s doing.

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  276. 429 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    In a sort of way, AA has done 3/4 of what we expected. He got an OF, an IF, and a starter. None of them “move the needle”, but they all fill a role. I hope. And there’s still 18 1/2 hours to go.

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  277. 431 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    I imagine Mike Ford will be DFAd again to make room for Grossman. No word yet.

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  278. 433 berigan2electricboogaloo August 1, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    Wow (I need one of those, thesaurus thingys ) Bowman is right, crazy splits. .143 against righties, that’s an average pitcher’s B.A. against Lefties? 77 Ab’s 28 hits, .364 BA .479 OBP

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  279. 434 Vox O'Reasoñ August 1, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    The poop, courtesy of DOB:

    RH Jake Odorizzi, 32, is 4-3 w/ 3.75 ERA and 1.150 WHIP in 12 starts this season, has 46 Ks and 17 BB in 60 innings.

    Grossman, pending free agent, is hitting only .205 with a .595 OPS, but nevermind that: Braves need him to platoon, and he’s hit .364 w/ a .479 OBP and .999 OPS in 96 PAs vs. lefties.

    Looking better already.

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  280. 435 berigan2electricboogaloo August 2, 2022 at 12:03 am

    indeed it is! I like the moves, surprisingly enough 😆
    Betting the Reds are asking too much for Drury, they may be stuck with him, or give him away for a lot less than they originally asked…
    Oh, Detroit has one of the hardest parks to hit homers in, so he may just connect a time to two here.

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    • 436 Gil in Mechanicsville August 2, 2022 at 12:29 am

      Who cares as long as it keeps Ozuna out of left field. I asked for real Smith I think the handwriting been on the wall for a while now that attitude bad mount present too many walk too many homers he got his ring congratulations I hope he’s happy is in Astroville.

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  281. 439 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 8:15 am

    Thus far, Alex has done what Alex does well. He has found value in unexpected places. Odorizzi? Grossman? And he dumped Will Smith? Guys, these aren’t sexy moves but they are definitely moves of substance. The team is better today than it was yesterday.

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  282. 440 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 8:21 am

    Still roughly 9 1/2 hours left. Any more moves left in Alex’s bag? He hasn’t traded away anything of substance, so there are still some bullets left in the clip.

    My gut tells me there is something still to come. The roster is improved, but it still doesn’t seem finalized. It just feels like there is one more surprise move to be made.

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  283. 441 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 8:51 am

    Starter turned reliever Michael Fulmer. That’s the guy that would complete this mid-season roster tweaking. He’s not a closer, but he’s a heckuva setup man and can give you multiple innings from the right side. Fulmer/Minter/Jensen could lock down the end of alot of games.

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  284. 442 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 9:17 am

    A beat writer from WAS is suggesting there is “momentum building” toward a blockbuster deal with SDP that would send both Juan Soto and Josh Bell to the Pads. I wonder if there is any credibility to that rumor at all.

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  285. 443 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 9:26 am

    I am most interested to hear the interviews this morning and see how Snit & Co. intend to work Jake Odorizzi into the rotation. Could they go with a 6-man rotation? That’s what Odo was doing in HOU before being dealt here. It makes sense on some levels. That said, I also want to get as many starts out of Max Fried and Kyle Wright as is possible without risking their health. Can’t wait to hear the interviews today.

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  286. 444 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 9:51 am

    Braves radio dude Kevin McAlpin:

    One thing to keep in mind, when it comes to starting pitching, Braves have back to back Saturdays with doubleheaders in New York this week and Miami next weekend. Will be interesting to see if they entertain a six man staff to get through next few turns of the rotation.

    If you just move the current rotation forward and slot Odo in where his spot might land (he last pitched on Sunday 7/31), the pitching matchups against the Mets could look something like this:

    Thu 8/4: Kyle Wright vs. Carlos Carrasco
    Fri 8/5: Ian Anderson vs. Taijuan Walker
    Sat 8/6 (DH): Max Fried / Jake Odorizzi vs. Max Scherzer / Jacob deGrom
    Sun 8/7: Spencer Strider vs. Chris Bassitt

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    • 445 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 9:53 am

      Just noticed the possibility of Max vs. Max and Jake vs. Jacob. Kinda funny.

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    • 446 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 3:12 pm

      CORRECTION: I have deGrom coming back on short rest, which will definitely not happen coming off shoulder issues. This is more realistic:

      Thu 8/4: Kyle Wright vs. Carlos Carrasco
      Fri 8/5: Ian Anderson vs. Taijuan Walker
      Sat 8/6 (DH): Max Fried / Jake Odorizzi vs. Max Scherzer / callup for DH
      Sun 8/7: Spencer Strider vs. Jacob deGrom

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  287. 447 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 11:05 am

    The Odorizzi <> Smith deal was not officially announced until this morning. It is now officially official.

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    • 448 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 11:06 am

      If I understand it correctly, there was not any holdup in the terms of the deal itself. Alex just wanted to talk to Will personally before the official announcement, and could not reach him in the wee hours of the morning.

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  288. 449 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 11:41 am

    Some news out of WAS, per Jon Morosi: NEWS: #Nats are in process of calling up multiple minor leaguers to
    @MLB club — a sign that trades are imminent

    Something is brewing folks. I’m thinking the Padres smoke will reveal fire. I wonder now how wide he scope of the anticipated deal could be.

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  289. 450 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 11:45 am

    Jon Heyman, Mark Feinsand and Jim Bowden are all reporting there is “momentum” and “optimism” that a Soto-to-Padres deal is coming. The prevailing opinion is that Josh Bell is in the deal as well. This could be a blockbuster, folks.

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  290. 451 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 11:46 am

    Jon Morosi: Source: #Padres on the verge of acquiring Juan Soto. Deal is believed to be nearing final stages.

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  291. 453 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 11:54 am

    Done, per Morosi: Blockbuster: Juan Soto and Josh Bell are being traded to the Padres.

    Sources: #Nats are set to receive CJ Abrams, OF Robert Hassell III, OF James Wood, RHP Jarlin Susana for Juan Soto and Josh Bell.

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    • 454 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 11:56 am

      Hassell is their #1 prospect. Wood is #3, and Susana is #14. Abrams is a former #1 who is a very good young SS with alot of talent both defensively and offensively.

      I thought that WAS was seeking 5 players in return for Soto alone. Maybe including Bell was moving salary instead? Still, that’s a pretty impressive haul in return. Now what will SDP do with Eric Hosmer and his albatross deal?

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    • 455 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 12:00 pm

      Yowser! Jim Bowden is reporting that LHP MacKenzie Gore is in the deal and Jeff Passan adds that another ML player is moving to WAS also.

      Now it is truly a huge haul.

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      • 456 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 12:01 pm

        Joel Sherman says Hosmer is the guy going to WAS. So the Nats take on that big contract to expand the deal and acquire more young talent.

        Wow.

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  292. 457 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 12:06 pm

    So, as reported, here is the deal:

    San Diego gets OF Juan Soto and 1B Josh Bell.

    Washington gets ML’ers SS CJ Abrams, 1B Eric Hosmer, LHP MacKenzie Gore (currently on IL), and prospects OF Robert Hassell III (#1), OF James Wood (#3), and RHP Jarlin Susana (#14).

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    • 458 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 12:15 pm

      MLBTR: Hosmer has 10-team no-trade protection and has yet to sign off on the deal, tweets Jon Heyman of the New York Post. Dennis Lin of the Athletic confirms the Nationals are one of the clubs to which Hosmer can block a trade. However, Heyman notes there’s a general belief they’ll find a way to get the deal across the finish line regardless.

      Translation = $$ talks.

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  293. 459 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    By all accounts, the Padres gave up more top prospects to encourage the Nats to take on Eric Hosmer’s contract.

    Could Alex do something similar regarding Ozuna? Could he package a prospect with Marcell to make a change there? Just thinking out loud…

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  294. 460 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 12:37 pm

    Back to the Braves…

    All indications are that with a pair of DH’s on the next two Saturdays, the Braves will employ 6 starters much the same way they’d call up a ML starter as the 27th man for the extra games. If this were last month, the Braves would have called up Kyle Muller for at least one of those starts. But now with him on the shelf temporarily with the broken bone in his non-pitching hand, that would not happen. They’d have moved down to Bryce Elder or Tucker Davidson. Jake Odorizzi will simply make up the extra spot. I imagine Snit and Alex will keep all their options on the table afterward.

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  295. 461 Gil in Mechanicsville August 2, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    I hate to break it to you Vee, but the only way Alec could get another team to take Ozuna is package him with Ozzie…

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  296. 462 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    One last thing before I go back to my paying job (with one eye on the other monitor)…

    I have to wonder if there might still be another deal to supplant Guillermo Heredia on the bench. I like the guy, but his biggest contribution to the team is being the sword guy. I guess he is still the defensive replacement and backup CF? Heckuva reason to remain on an active roster.

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  297. 463 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 1:09 pm

    Looks like Hosmer has hosed his part in the deal.

    Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times tweets: Hearing #Padres 1B Eric Hosmer is not thrilled about being traded to #Nationals, so it will likely take a chunk of money or maybe an additional year added to his already onerous 8-year, $144-million deal (3 years, $39 million left, through 2025) to get him to sign off on deal.

    Jim Bowden tweets: The Juan Soto deal is done with the #Padres, and does NOT include Eric Hosmer.

    Ken Rosenthal tweets: Source confirms what Jim is saying. Deal will go through with or without Hosmer. Padres still must decide what to do with him.

    Bob Nightengale tweets: The Juan Soto deal is done with the #Padres, and does NOT include Eric Hosmer.

    I guess Hosmer would rather sit on the bench and count his money while Josh Bell gets his playing time. It’s a big middle finger to the guys who are paying him. I do think I read somewhere that the Pads were actually paying most of the salary anyway, so that part wasn’t a sticking point. So maybe rather than pay him to pay for the Nats, they’ll just release him and pay him to play for some other team.

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  298. 464 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    Random comment…

    The Odorizzi <> Smith swap was fairly even in money owed. Grossman is owed around $5M, or roughly the amount covered my Adam Duvall’s insurance. What I’m driving at here is that the Braves have not added any measurable salary to this year’s payroll in yesterday’s trades. And Austin Riley’s new extension kicks in next season. The team can afford to take on some salary in the right deal. There is still a tad under 4 hours remaining for deals to me made.

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  299. 465 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 2:24 pm

    The Dodgers are about to take Joey Gallo off the Yankees’ hands. I have no idea why.

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  300. 466 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 2:40 pm

    Hosmer is being sent to Boston, who is NOT on his no-trade list. The Pads are paying a significant amount of his contract.

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  301. 467 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    Starter Tyler Mahle to the Twins.

    Reliever David Robertson to the Phillies. (I was kinda hoping he might land here.)

    OF Brandon Marsh to the Phillies.

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  302. 469 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 3:57 pm

    LF Darin Ruf to the Mets to presumably platoon with recently acquired Daniel Vogelbach.

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  303. 470 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    Braves official: The Braves placed INF Mike Ford on the 10-day injured list, backdated to July 31, with a strained neck.

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  304. 471 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    Here we go… last hour…

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  305. 472 berigan2electricboogaloo August 2, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    wrong day to have trouble sleeping…2 hours, to go, right V?

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  306. 473 berigan2electricboogaloo August 2, 2022 at 4:16 pm

    M. Gore has elbow issues, so that is a bit of a risk, but really high end pitcher…
    Nats, if they had kept Mad Max, Trea Turner, Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon, and Soto…(money aside) I wonder how good they would be today?

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  307. 474 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 4:17 pm

    DOB reports that both Robbie Grossman and Ehire Adrianza are at Truist for tonight’s game vs. the Phillies. Jake Odorizzi is scheduled to arrive tomorrow, but of course won’t be pitching until the Friday or Saturday vs. the Mets.

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  308. 475 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    Wow. Brandon Drury is also joining to the San Diego party. Is this the very definition of “all in”?

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    • 476 berigan2electricboogaloo August 2, 2022 at 4:47 pm

      I know! I didn’t think they had enough left to get him! I mean, he won’t even play regularly. You’d think some other team would cough up what they did, amazing.

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  309. 477 berigan2electricboogaloo August 2, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    So guys, you watching MLB TV? they do have all the folks watching twitter anyways 😉

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  310. 478 berigan2electricboogaloo August 2, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    Thor to the Phils . IF we can’t get past the mutts, we are not gonna want to face the Phils or esp. the now supercharged Pads….

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  311. 479 berigan2electricboogaloo August 2, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    Jordan Montgomery to cards for Harrison Bader…too bad we didn’t get him, though I don’t know who we could have traded to get him, honestly. But a true innings eater, sub 4.00 era

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  312. 480 berigan2electricboogaloo August 2, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Royals Trading Whit Merrifield To Blue Jays
    Kansas City is receiving Samad Taylor and Max Castillo, Feinsand reports.

    a lot of teams needed him more than the Jays (and he has to get the shot)
    now saying Happ and Willson Contreras staying put, amazingly enough

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  313. 481 berigan2electricboogaloo August 2, 2022 at 6:12 pm

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  314. 483 berigan2electricboogaloo August 2, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    wow, as I like to say!!! He was really good, elite even closer

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  315. 485 Gil in Mechanicsville August 2, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    Cubs must have been asking a ton for both players for them not to be traded. I’m pretty sure either guy would have been benefited any team they went to.

    I am waiting until 7PM to figure it is all done for the day.

    I know a lot of Nationals fans are disappointed with the trading of Soto but I am reminded of the haul Texas got from the Braves for Teixeira. It takes a while to rebuild once you blow up a team.

    The Braves did improve themselves but realistically, other than an All Star outfielder for left field, where do you play someone over the 9 we already have?

    I see a spot of Odorizzi and Robbie Grossman PDQ, now if they can just fix Acuna…

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  316. 486 berigan2electricboogaloo August 2, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    didn’t know he was 32 though..and 3 more years at almost 20 mil a year! wait…mlb said 4 years 58 Mil, it’s 16 mil the next 3 years…

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  317. 488 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    And there it is. I knew something like this would emerge. Great pickup!

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  318. 489 berigan2electricboogaloo August 2, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Yep V,you are were right, I was wrong…sure thought the Cards would get Soto, but then again, the guys they were going to give up are pretty good right now…and they got 2 starters, bet ya they pass the Brewers ….

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  319. 490 berigan2electricboogaloo August 2, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    Think Jansen stays the closer? But, on a short leash?

    Man the Pads are paying the Red Sox ALL of Hosmers salary to leave the Pads. They did get 2 “prospects” back.

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    • 491 Vox O'Reasoñ August 2, 2022 at 9:05 pm

      I think Kenley stays “a” closer. I think Alex and Snit love nothing more than having options, and they certainly have options now. This has to be the best bullpen on baseball now.

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  320. 492 berigan2electricboogaloo August 3, 2022 at 4:21 am

    Sad to hear this….such a great guy
    https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-reaction-to-vin-scully-death

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  321. 493 Vox O'Reasoñ August 3, 2022 at 7:27 am

    Anybody else think the team looked energized last night? You know they have to get a bump from seeing their bosses going to great lengths to give them as many tools as possible to get their jobs done.

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  322. 494 Vox O'Reasoñ August 3, 2022 at 7:31 am

    Let’s recap the last 48 hours:

    In: Ehire Adrianza, Robbie Grossman, Jake Odorizzi, Raisel Iglesias

    Out: Robinson Cano, Mike Ford, Will Smith, Jesse Chavez, Tucker Davidson

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    • 495 Vox O'Reasoñ August 3, 2022 at 7:35 am

      Technically it is:

      In: Ehire Adrianza, Robbie Grossman, Jake Odorizzi, Raisel Iglesias

      Out: Trey Harris, Robinson Cano, Kris Anglin, Mike Ford, Will Smith, Jesse Chavez, Tucker Davidson

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  323. 496 Vox O'Reasoñ August 3, 2022 at 7:49 am

    I hope that Alex is taking a day or to to get his feet back up under him again. At the very least I hope he got a good night’s sleep last night. But knowing Alex, well… in a public sense anyway, I expect him to be back in his office this morning getting back to business.

    Let’s see what he has checked off the ol’ To-Do list…
    Sign all 22 draftees: ✔️
    Extend a cornerstone star player: ✔️
    Address all 4 areas of concern on the ML roster at the trade deadline: ✔️
    Preserve the limited pipeline: ✔️

    Let’s see what he has left to check off:
    Extend the homegrown star SS and team leader: ___
    Extend the staff Ace: ___

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  324. 497 Vox O'Reasoñ August 3, 2022 at 8:50 am

    Programming alert!! 12:20pm game today folks.

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  325. 498 Vox O'Reasoñ August 3, 2022 at 9:17 am

    For those who keep up with such things, the new prospect rankings are out and to no one’s surprise SS Vaughn Grissom has risen to the top spot for the Braves. The kid has an electric bat even if his glovework at SS is average at best. He still has some man muscle to put on, so his long term position could be 3B.

    Anyone else see the problem here?

    With perennial star Austin Riley now extended 10 years, and Dansby expected to follow soon, where is this kid gonna play? One has to wonder if perhaps he’ll get a position change to LF sometime soon. That would seem to be his clearest path to ATL.

    Complicating things is that SS Braden Shewmake is solid at #4 and a step ahead at AAA. He shares similar bat-to-ball skills with Grissom except Grissom projects more power. And Shewmake’s glove is steadier.

    The other thing that immediately pops out is that 6 of the top 7 are at AAA with the exception of #1 Grissom being at AA. And of those 7, 5 are starting pitchers. That’s a pretty good rotation down there in Gwinnett. It’s a good thing that the team has its core position players locked up for a while.

    The new Top 10 are:
    Vaughn Grissom, SS, AA
    Kyle Muller, LHP, AAA
    Bryce Elder, RP, AAA
    Braden Shewmake, SS, AAA
    Freddy Tarnok, RHP, AAA
    Jared Shuster, LHP, AAA
    Jesse Franklin V, OF, AA
    Spencer Schwellenbach, RHP, Rook
    Victor Vodnik, RHP, AAA
    Darius Vines, RHP, AA

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  326. 500 Vox O'Reasoñ August 3, 2022 at 9:27 am

    Let’s examine this concept of team control and core players for a second. After Riley’s recent extension, this is where the Braves stand.

    C – William Contreras is under team control until 2027
    1B – Matt Olson is under team control until 2030
    2B – Ozzie Albies is under team control until 2027
    SS – Dansby Swanson
    3B – Austin Riley is under team control until 2033
    RF – Ronald Acuña Jr. is under team control until 2028
    CF – Michael Harris II is under team control until 2029
    LF – revolving door
    DH – Marcell Ozuna is under team control until **2025*.[To be clear, I do NOT consider him a core player.]

    Dang y’all. That’s stout. Think the new priority is glaringly apparent?

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  327. 501 Vox O'Reasoñ August 3, 2022 at 12:37 pm

    Dang! I made the note of the early time and then I forgot!!

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  328. 502 Vox O'Reasoñ August 3, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    Spencer Strider on innings limit talks:

    “I’m very grateful for the concern for my energy level and my arm that seems to be expressed by everybody, but I’m in pretty good shape. I don’t know what the concern is.”

    😀

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  329. 503 Vox O'Reasoñ August 3, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    Rotation for Mets series has been announced, and is as expected:
    Thu: Kyle Wright
    Fri.: Ian Anderson
    Sat.: Max Fried and Jake Odorizzi (order TBD but I’ll bet Max will face Max)
    Sun: Spencer Strider

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    • 504 Gil in Mechanicsville August 3, 2022 at 1:59 pm

      Max Scherzer is a really good pitcher but he is not invincible, the Braves have had good results against him in the past.

      Good to see the Braves aren’t looking past the Phillies today.

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  330. 505 Gil in Mechanicsville August 3, 2022 at 1:54 pm

    Charlie Morton has ace stuff today.

    Arcia doing his best to become an Atlanta icon…

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  331. 506 berigan2electricboogaloo August 3, 2022 at 2:15 pm

    V, did you hear Alex during the game last night? (sadly only on for half an inning, but boy was he tired, Byrd gave him a sheet of paper with all the trades made to help him out 😉 ) He said the braves didn’t believe in innings limit they just monitor how players feel….I think in theory not a bad idea but….I don’t know how many innings he pitched in the minors, but 94 innings last year, and he’s only 23. and generally, the rule of thumb was what, you didn’t want to go more than 50 innings higher than the season before? I know not everyone is the same, but…but, Kris Medlin and Brandon Beachy popped into my head. Though honestly , their big issues was the then braves “braintrust” thinking you could come back in less than a year from TJ. Strider is soooo good right now, if he pitched 60 more innings, I think that’s right around 150 innings, then a deep run in the playoffs…just pray his 100 mph pitches are relatively easy on his arm, cuz, he might become the best starter on the team…

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  332. 507 berigan2electricboogaloo August 3, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    I know Brian Jordan is not V’s fav, but you know, I like Bryd and Jordan with Chip! Jordan makes some verbal miscues (but then again, who doesn’t?) but he is better than he was, and he certainly will give some criticism of players, as he has of late about Acuna (then usually sticks up for him because of the injury)

    Frenchy is…fine…but think him still being under 40, means a gap in knowledge, IMHO. And boy does he take some time off, or what?
    Of, and Acuna is in the middle of the 3rd homer drought of more than 80 a.b’s .

    Great pitching duel, eh? Best start of the year for Morton, IMHO. And how how good Dylan Lee is now?

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  333. 508 Vox O'Reasoñ August 4, 2022 at 7:28 am

    It truly is a game of inches, eh? :-/

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  334. 510 berigan2electricboogaloo August 4, 2022 at 7:42 am

    Who knew a 31 year old catcher could still be fairly fast (did you hear Chip mention he’s 13 for 13 in steal attempts?)
    still, if you only score 1 run, you won’t win many games by that score. Phils are better too. Actually have a real live closer.
    man, gonna be a tough…5 game series. Truly have no idea how it may turn out, do you? hopefully, 3-2 at least…

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  335. 511 berigan2electricboogaloo August 4, 2022 at 7:42 am

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  336. 512 Vox O'Reasoñ August 4, 2022 at 11:06 am

    I hate WordPress. It hates me.

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  337. 513 Kenny Sirmans August 4, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    This is from the Braves Twitter, which apparently I am no longer allowed by WordPress to copy and paste here.

    The Braves today announced RHP Raisel Iglesias reported to the team. The club also outrighted INF Robinson Canó and announced he elected free agency.

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  338. 514 berigan2electricboogaloo August 4, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    V, do you ever get rid of cookies? or is this via your phone?

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  339. 518 berigan2electricboogaloo August 5, 2022 at 10:17 am

    I love cookies too, but …as a diabetic, I can’t eat them anymore 😦 I used to eat , a ton of Archway Oatmeal cookies…oh man, I feel like folks on drugs have never really had a good cookie, you’d be better off eating 3-4 of them than shooting up, no doubt…

    In fact, I was getting so tired, literally and of having high blood sugar after something so terrible as…a sandwich, I’ve been on the carnivore diet for a month or so. And guess what? if you don’t eat carbs, you don’t need diabetes meds , or cinnamon (it will bring down your sugar a bit between meds if it’s high) Of course I did know that was likely to happen, but still wild to see it happen.
    Gil I would strongly suggest you talk to your doctor if you were to ever consider something like it, (kidney condition, etc) but , for some folks I see on youtube, it’s a miracle….I actually was more on a modified KETO diet the first week or so (It’s a shock to…your mind to cut way back on bread, sugar, fruit) so I probably went from 150 /200 carbs a day (and that was avoiding cookies, cake, shakes, etc!) to 40-50 carbs…cut diabetes meds in half, and sugar was , just fine, never even above 150. But, no weight loss, which was my main reason to try the diet… so at that point, a lot easier to cut out the blueberry smoothie Dad and I have every night (40 carbs vs probably 100 or more with a shake, and, antioxidants! 😉 ) and the orange a day I was still eating. Gave up the 1 pill for Diabetes I was still taking and sugar was never higher than 125.
    Lost about 10 pounds, but have stayed right there for now. Not sure if not having a gall bladder plays any role, or not…but I thought eating this way would be almost cost prohibitive, but, since Dad can’t chew steaks, I haven’t been eating them anyways, (steak is what a lot of Carnivores eat ) I just have been having Hamburger, eggs, deli ham, chicken, Tuna, steak-umms (no salt, which you actually need to up a bit on this diet)
    People I have mentioned it to typically talk …Like I did, oh man, what about vitamins, no variety, etc….well….most diets you go on, are so restrictive , you can’t “weight” to go back to the old way of eating, right? Man…I’ve gone on way longer than I meant to…anyways, you can, and should eat a fair bit (so you are not going around hungry, then you’ll cheat) and a lot of people have had life changing…changes from the diet. Ever hear of Jordan Peterson? look him up, great, super smart guy, on our side. He and his daughter have dealt with depression most of their lives and found on a meat only diet, their depression issues went away (they are quick to say, there isn’t any science to prove how/why, at least yet, but what do you have to lose?) his Gerd issues did as well, and his daughter had just terrible, R.A. to the point of having 2 point replacements …in her teens! Joint health improved greatly(inflammation issues get better for many folks) skin condition she was on several meds for did as well.
    ok, honest, no one is paying me to spew this…IF anyone cares, I have looked at tons of videos and can point you in the direction of the best ones….

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  340. 519 berigan2electricboogaloo August 5, 2022 at 10:25 am

    shoot, was kinda hoping the Mutts would just roll over, but they didn’t, did they? :/
    I would feel better playing 5 at home, than in NYC, for some reason…I still think our…offensive team is better than theirs (catcher, 3rd base, CF) but, their rotation is stout. Tough row to hoe , I think I heard 8 more games against them in the next few weeks?

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  341. 520 berigan2electricboogaloo August 5, 2022 at 10:34 am

    did anyone see the reaction of the Pads fans after getting Sosa and Drury ? (and Drury hit a grand slam in his first ab there) they were supercharged for sure…don’t think they can catch the Dodgers (unless they have a bunch of injuries) but they are a dangerous team right now.

    and remember me mentioning that I thought the cards would catch the Brewers? Didn’t expect it to happen in….3 games (Brewers were swept by the Pirates) Christian Yelich talked after the game, and was both saying, people will say it was because of the Hader trade, but they didn’t perform up to par…but, you could read between the lines, and he wasn’t a fan of the trade, and guess what? the bullpen blew up in the pirates series. Bet Brewers fans that seem to sell out most every game, are glad the team wouldn’t pay him 17 mil a year he was expected to get…
    Meanwhile , on MLBTR, thinks Justin Verlander at 40 can get around 40 mil next year….amazing.

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  342. 521 Vox O'Reasoñ August 5, 2022 at 10:37 am

    Fixed?

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    • 522 Vox O'Reasoñ August 5, 2022 at 10:39 am

      Fixed. I do not know how that happened, but I had to go into my settings to fix it. So how did it become unfixed?

      WordPress hates me. And trust me… there’s no love lost on this side either.

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  343. 523 Vox O'Reasoñ August 5, 2022 at 2:57 pm

    Braves Twitter:

    RHP Darren O’Day is set to begin his major league rehabilitation assignment today with the Rome Braves.

    There is not a place on the ML roster for Darren. Can his rehab take 26 days? Will there be a mystery injury to someone sometime around the 16th or 17th?

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  344. 525 berigan2electricboogaloo August 5, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    ahh, a wee bit better tonight, eh? 😉 Hopefully we won’t let them back in this game (and MH ll has an arm, eh? actually, all 3 guys do tonight)

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  345. 526 Gil in Mechanicsville August 6, 2022 at 8:36 am

    AJ looked really good tonight, it is like he suddenly remembered who he is. That Rodriguez kid looked good too. Huge DH today.

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  346. 527 Gil in Mechanicsville August 6, 2022 at 9:38 am

    Duh.. dumb spell check… Iglesias… not Rodriguez… or maybe auto correct…

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  347. 528 Vox O'Reasoñ August 6, 2022 at 12:29 pm

    I read this morning that Ozzie was spotted yesterday playing catch. To me, that counts as “baseball activities” even if he is still in the walking boot. But if he has started tossing again, then getting that boot off should be just around the corner. Maybe he’s back before the end of the month, but certainly he’ll be ready when rosters expand on Sept. 1.

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  348. 529 berigan2electricboogaloo August 6, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    wow….whatever the mutts are paying the umps, they are getting their money’s worth. They don’t need any help 😡

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  349. 530 berigan2electricboogaloo August 7, 2022 at 3:03 pm

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  350. 531 Vox O'Reasoñ August 7, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    I felt like this series was an opportunity for the Braves to make a statement. I’m a bit afraid they may have done just that.

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  351. 532 berigan2electricboogaloo August 8, 2022 at 10:37 am

    Those were , without a doubt, one of the most frustrating, maddening series (regular season) I can ever recall. It felt like playoff baseball, the kind we remember back in the 90s and early 2000’s where the braves seemed like they were going to roll thru the playoffs, and instead got rolled.

    Where to even start? For anyone that missed parts of the games/the series, first off, lucky you! I also missed at least a few innings (especially today, the very loud cheering from the Mutts fans and then the mocking at the end of the last few games, was just too much and I had to flip away or hit mute) The whole series was the worst …home base umped (blog first) I have ever seen! And good old , worst Ump in baseball C.B. Buckner (not spelling his last name correctly, and it feels great)  was as bad as he gets. I was out and about during the game and Joe Simpson complained several times, then I get back home (4th?) and get to see firsthand how very terrible he is, but, unlike the terrible blind umps of the first few games, he was only making balls strikes, when the braves hitters were up. Saw I think 2 against Strider, just what the mutts needed, more strikes, right? But, every pitch 2 inches outside to a braves hitter, was called a strike. I really hope that was part of the braves hitters issues, they felt they HAD to swing, cuz…they were swinging all the time at low outside pitches with 2 strikes. I was saying outloud to my Dad, Ozuna will swing at a ball a foot outside, for strike 3, and of course he didn’t let me down! By the by, Ozuna was 1 for 16 in the series. How does a guy that has hit .300 + twice in his career (338 in the strike shortened 2020 season) hit .213 and .215 the next 2 years. I sure wish Alex would take the rare L and dump him, but I am sure he can’t stomach paying a guy to not pay, so that black hole will stay in the lineup with hopes someone will figure out what is wrong with him. (seriously has anyone mentioned to him to get his eyes checked?)

    Man, this is gonna be long …I never heard Snit yell at CB or come out there. Why? Bobby wouldn’t put up with that B.S. ! Does CB get worse if you complain? I hardly saw reactions from the players either. Well, I did hear on the radio that Eddie’s head was on a swivel with one particularly bad call, and clearly no one can get thrown out of the game, but…the manager can!

    How were the bleepin’ Mutts so lucky? All these infield 44 MPH “hits” and the defense screwed up the ones that weren’t hits. Even a ball hitting 3rd that Riley might have had , (after an amazing 10, 11 pitch a.b. by Alonzo, like it was Chavez’s 90 MPH stuff instead of Strider’s 100, I will tip my hat to him , he’s a superstar)
     so, soft liners, bad defense, starters that were so-so at best, lockdown bullpen not locking down (ok, forgot Minter and Raisel Iglesias were great) ‘hitters” looking like they had no clue at all (hey, swing hard just in case) putting up no fight at the end of todays game in particular.

    I don’t want to use the F word (ok, FF word) but I have to believe a .320 hitter , who was the most feared hitter in our lineup, is a bit better in a an important series, and in the  playoffs, than a .250 guy (who’s fine, gonna have good homer and RBI numbers but if he’s just a .250 hitter…oh nevermind, I’ve cried enough over this spilled milk)

    What else…hmmm, Mad Max seems to have figured out whatever ailed him when he faced us in a Nats uni. Jacob DeGrom is the best starter in baseball. I don’t have issues with these facts (just makes it hard to win) And Buck Showalter is brilliant, and may have finally put the rigidity that harmed him as a manager in the past….
    Ok, their rotation is better than ours, at least right now in August. I still think our bullpen is as good, esp if Yates can pitch like he used to (TJ folks tend to be a bit wild their first year back)

    Mutts hitters may be smarter than braves hitters (see Buck above) but I think esp when Ozzie gets back (if he’s the 2021 not 2022 version so far)  we have a better 1-9 lineup.

    I really, really hope they are (sorry CL) very Pizzed off , this will be the 2nd flight in a row after losses, and these were terrible, rotten, no good losses , with NY fans mocking them endlessly makes them angry/determined to beat them up come the 4 games here in the Atlanta

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    • 533 Gil in Mechanicsville August 8, 2022 at 11:37 am

      Excellent opine Ber… Yes, it was fuggly… It seemed that every call, every dink, bloop, etc went the Mutts way and yes, having the umps heavily invested in a Mets win didn’t help.

      I hate, hate, hate baseball being all in on gambling. PUT PETE ROSE IN THE HOF… Why not, it appears gambling is okay.

      So what next?

      To be sure, the Braves dug that hole a bit deeper. The Mets are going to be very tough to catch but it is what it is. Get better, do what is necessary to get better. Lots of baseball left too play so understand the pendulum swings both ways.

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  352. 534 Vox O'Reasoñ August 9, 2022 at 7:51 am

    It’s a little difficult to put any of that on Matt Olson’s shoulders. I wanted Freddie back as bad as anybody did, but it is apparent that his agents wanted him on the West Coast. I think Freddie’s own actions when back in Atlanta, followed by the firing of his agency, showed that neither Alex nor Freddie were in control of that decision. One has to wonder if the agent, who certainly took exception in the media to the accusations being tossed his way, did receive a little bit of “encouragement” from the Dodgers to steer Freddie that direction. It’s dirty, yet par for the course in 2022. And did that agent ever take legal action like he so loudly proclaimed he would? No he did not. The last thing someone with something to hide would want is “discovery” in a court proceeding. Maybe I’m way off base with my assessment of that whole situation, but that’s the only way those dots can really be connected. Otherwise it makes no sense at all.

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  353. 535 Vox O'Reasoñ August 9, 2022 at 2:42 pm

    Well, there’s no reason to sit and soak in what could have been or what should have been. All the team can do is move forward. But now there is a new reality. The Braves climbed as high as 1/2 game back on July 23. But today on August 8 they are a full 7 games out. They had their destiny in their own hands and they let it slip away. I say this not to intimate that the season is over or anything like that. In fact the team is still atop the Wild Card standings by 3 games. But I do think they need to refocus on that fact and not get so caught up in trying to catch the Mets that they lose sight of the fact that the much improved Phillies, who have evenly split 12 games with the Braves thus far this season, are barking up their backs just 3 games back and closing. No, what this team needs to do is get back to playing good baseball on a nightly basis. I believe they let the Mets into their collective heads last week and psyched themselves out of doing all the good things they did to get back in the race to begin with.

    This is a team that is young and greatly talented. Maybe this last week was a wakeup call for them. If they thought they were gonna go in and just win 5 games because they have the script A on their caps, they were wrong. And maybe they know that now.

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  354. 536 Gil in Mechanicsville August 9, 2022 at 5:09 pm

    Man, I hate getting distracted, wrote a Pulitzer worth post and exited the app without posting it…. Oh well, here is the recap.

    Nothing to do but put it all in the rear view mirror and dedicate themselves to being better. No one is going to roll over just because they won the World Series last year. Everything reset to zero at the beginning of the season.

    The Mets have established themselves as the class of the NL East this season.. Refocus and do what is necessary to make sure they stay atop the wildcard standings.

    Lots of games still ahead.

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  355. 537 berigan2electricboogaloo August 9, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    Man, was thinking how bad it would be to lose this game, seemed like after a few good innings, the Home ump got the memo to call pitches 2 inches off the plate strikes against the braves. And then yet another soft infield hit leading to a run? oh brother! but, they kept coming back and I was just about to say, after yet another big hit, Arcia has done a great job filling in for Ozzie, and then he blew out….something. Hammy, knee, something major. Such a shame for him. I guess Gosslin …wait, no we got rid of him right? Robinson Cano for a 2nd time?
    Heel quick Ozzie!
    Acuna seems to be finally be back, YAY!!!

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  356. 539 Vox O'Reasoñ August 10, 2022 at 7:44 am

    That was more like it. That was a team that refused to lose last night.

    Yes, Ronnie looks like he’s on the way back. When the power stroke caches up, the league better brace themselves. Best baserunner I’ve seen in a long, long time.

    Austin Riley = MVP. Period.

    Charlie… well, no use recapping what we already observed. We need Charlie to be better. This has not been his best year. I think retirement is probably around the corner. If he has any inkling to milk one more year out of the league he needs to finish strong.

    No words about the umps. None. I’m about ready for Snit to get into a, well… snit over some of these calls, though. Maybe it’s time to get tossed. It may not send any messages to the umpires themselves, but it would speak volumes to the team to know he’s got their backs.

    Now Arcia (homage to The Scribe). Snit said after the game that Arcia heard his hamstring pop. He’s done. I suppose Ehire Adrianza will step up at least for tonight. Obviously it’s too late to pick up a stopgap replacement now, so the roster addition will have to come up from AAA. The top candidates there are veterans Pat Valaika, Hernán Pérez, Ryan Goins, and recently signed Taylor Motter. IMO, Motter just signed a minor league deal last week after requesting and getting a release from the Reds. He has the ability to play anywhere on the field but C and CF. Pérez was getting regular playing time with WAS early in the season but was released. Valaika may have the best bat of the bunch, but that’s not saying alot. Goins hit in spring training but not in Gwinnett. None of them brings any offensive pedigree. Youngster Braden Shewmake has an outside shot at being called up. He reportedly does have good “bat to ball” skills. He’s played almost exclusively at SS as a pro, but does have 9 games at 2B this year. Not sure that the suits would bring up a kid in the middle of a tight playoff race in August, though. There are a handful of veterans recently released floating around (Cano, Gregorious, Castro), but none offer anything more than experience. Regardless of who is tabbed, a corresponding 40-man roster move will be required. I expect that Adam Duvall can simply be transferred to the 60-day IL to accomplish that, though. Oddly there has been no speculation on a move. I imagine everyone else is guessing like we are.

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    • 540 Vox O'Reasoñ August 10, 2022 at 7:47 am

      IMO, Motter just signed a minor league deal last week after requesting and getting a release from the Reds.

      That was not an opinion; that was factual. The opinion is that he could be the guy tabbed because of his versatility. I somehow deleted that line. Or maybe WordPress purposely snipped it out. It hates me after all. 😉

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  357. 543 Gil in Mechanicsville August 10, 2022 at 8:30 am

    That was a blow last night having Arcia go down like that. It has been a rough year for 2nd basemen.

    Question: Will Ozzie’s broken foot cause him to lose a step?…Too soon???

    The Red Sox did not miss any of Charlies mistakes last night did they?

    Okay, It’s official, I am now on the DROP OZUNA from the roster team… It is getting to be sad to watch.

    The Deuce is amazing, maybe they should give Shewmake a go, why not, are they saving him to replace Dansby? Let’s Go Brandon…. 🙂

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    • 544 Vox O'Reasoñ August 10, 2022 at 9:10 am

      Question: Will Ozzie’s broken foot cause him to lose a step?…Too soon???

      No, but he has missed alot of time, and wasn’t hit typical self before he went down. I’m not sure to what level he will play upon his return. Still, I’m ready for him to be back, but with so little news about him I’m not encouraged that it will be very soon.

      Okay, It’s official, I am now on the DROP OZUNA from the roster team… It is getting to be sad to watch.

      Me too. ‘Nuff said.

      maybe they should give Shewmake a go, why not, are they saving him to replace Dansby?

      No, that would be Vaughn Grissom, the team’s new #1 prospect currently tearing up AA. I’m not sure what Shewmake is projected to be except maybe trade capital. Or possibly utility IF, except that he hasn’t worked off of SS until this season at AAA, and that’s just 9 games at 2B. Shewmake should be a good ML’er. Grissom could be a great one. Dansby already is a great one. He’s also the team’s leader with No. 5 gone. It would be very hard to let the team’s leader walk 2 years in a row.

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      • 545 Vox O'Reasoñ August 10, 2022 at 9:16 am

        It should be noted that while Grissom is the teams #1 prospect, Shewmake is at #4. He’s not a slouch. He’s also more experienced having been a 3 year starter at Texas A&M before being drafted in the 1st round in 2019. Is it noteworthy that he played his freshman year at 2B? Hmmm…

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  358. 546 Vox O'Reasoñ August 10, 2022 at 9:38 am

    Well, Shewmake is out of the picture. It didn’t make the news around here, but he suffered a left leg injury Sunday night when he collided with Travis Demeritte. He may be out for the remainder of the season himself.

    My money is on Pat Valaika, but it’s obviously not an easy decision or it would have already been made. One has to also believe that Alex is at least looking at one or two of the recently released veterans such as Dee Strange-Gordon. I don’t think Ehire Adrianza would be a starter for any length of time. That whole exposure thing and such.

    DOB believes Ozzie is still 4-5 weeks away from returning.

    Would they bump Vaughn Grissom? Is it possible to catch lightning in a bottle twice in the same season? Grissom does have more time at 2B, having 21 games at the keystone across the last 2 seasons.

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  359. 547 Vox O'Reasoñ August 10, 2022 at 10:18 am

    For those who have not followed Grissom this year, he began the season at high-A Rome where he hit .3