205: Youth Springs Eternal

By Gil ‘N Mechanicsville 2/20/23

Each season 30 MLB teams reset and aim for the ultimate prize of winning the World Series. Of the 30, perhaps 1/3 have it as a realistic goal, after all, 162 games plus is a long season and as always, it is not who you play but when you play them. Something which will help in evaluating the pretenders verses the contenders is every team will play the same opponents over the course of the season. The caveat is again, not who you play but when you play them. That said, it is still, if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.

All position players need to let their respective clubs they are ready to show up Tuesday morning. The most conspicuous for their absence for the Braves is Marcel Ozuna. Perhaps he is just waiting to find out if he has been traded to the Pirates so he knows which camp to report to. NOTE: As I continue to pen this blog post, I have learned that Marcel has indeed shown up and says he is in the best shape of his life and is ready to play left field.

From all reports, it appears the starting short stop job is Vaughn Grissom’s to lose. I am pretty sure the Braves resident shortstop in waiting, Braden Shewmake, is hoping for a trade to a team that will allow him to play beyond the Triple A level. From what I understand, it is his bat which is holding him back. I am sure he was a little envious of Grissom getting 3 weeks of one on one time with Wash this winter. On that note, I read Elvis Andrus has signed a one year $3 million contract to return to the White Sox to play second base. Well,, another piece off the board.

Lots of arms showing up in camp so far. Looks like the Braves bullpen line-up is going to be tough to crack. May the best arms win. I think it will be interesting to watch at how the no shift rule and the pitch clock will effect the pitchers this season. Look for the batting averages of lefty hitters to rise this season. The only new rule I worry about is the two throw over rule for pitchers trying to hold runners on base. There are going to be players who try to coax a balk from the pitchers. The pitch clock should also take away the pitcher’s ability to disrupt the would be base stealer’s timing. That said, it is still better than having to deal with some human rain delay relievers who make the game boring.

The one nice thing about spring training is getting familiar with new players. The Braves really beat the bushes this off season looking for someone who was cheap that could actually take hold of the left field job. My view is that if one of these guys can actually fill the void, the Braves won’t feel too bad about cutting ties with the afore mentioned Ozuna. Marcel’s salary is sunk cost. The payroll is going to be the same no matter who is in left field, having a guy out there who is only making a couple of million dollars (notice how flippant I refer to a million dollars like it’s lunch money) is a lot easier

Anywho, there will be a lot of interviews and opines about the happenings in North Port over the next few weeks. Let us all pray no one develops an injury or the dreaded yips. Lots of time to wail and moan over lost opportunities. We are at the beginning of the beginning. GO BARVES! 😉


288 Responses to “205: Youth Springs Eternal”

  1. 1 JoAnn Brooks Elliott February 20, 2023 at 7:36 pm

    I, just came by to say Hi, I can’t understand why the Blog hasn’t taken off in the last few years! Is there just not that many Brave fans, or is it that people just don’t take the time to read anymore. I hate to have a broadcaster tell me, what I should or should not believe. I like listening to the true Braves Fans.

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  2. 2 Vox O'Reasoñ February 20, 2023 at 7:46 pm

    Thanks for the new lede Gil. I try to get back in as often as I can. The whole “earning an honest living” thing is harder than it used to be and quite time consuming.

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  3. 3 CarolinaLady February 20, 2023 at 8:34 pm

    Thanks, as ever, Gil! You do such a terrific job!! You da man!!


  4. 4 berigan2electricboogaloo February 20, 2023 at 11:32 pm

    Excellent opine Gil! “The caveat is again, not who you play but when you play them.”
    great point! A team that ends up 62 and 100 could go on a 7-8 game winning streak in the middle of the year, just when the braves or Mutts cool for a bit. Its what makes baseball, by far, the best sport out there. No 5-11 team (5-13? I don’t follow football anymore) is going to upset the Chiefs, or the Eagles….

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  5. 6 berigan2electricboogaloo February 20, 2023 at 11:40 pm

    hey JoAnn! that is the 64 million dollar question (inflation) I would think just purely by accident, someone would find us, but perhaps wordpress is low down in google searches?

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  6. 8 Vox O'Reasoñ February 21, 2023 at 1:03 pm

    Very encouraging news. Why have coaches not done this for him already! No ML starting pitcher can survive with just 2 quality pitches.

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    • 9 Gil in Mechanicsville February 21, 2023 at 2:21 pm

      He actually had a curve ball which was an iffy pitch, I think he developed the slider as it is an easier pitch to master. From what I can rather reading several different sources is he had an attitude about being sent down and pretty much ignored the coaches. He didn’t really reset until after the season was over. He did attend the Wake Forest pitching lab. I just hope he gets his mind right, he should see what a bad attitude and laziness gets him by watching Ozana for the past two years.

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  7. 10 Gil in Mechanicsville February 21, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    A couple of reports out of camp infer Mike Soroka pulled a hammy just prior to reporting to spring training. No biggy other than it puts him behind about 2 weeks. look for him to start for Gwinnett in April. Honestly, that is not unexpected.

    So a couple of guys dinged up early, opens opportunities for others.

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  8. 11 Gil in Mechanicsville February 23, 2023 at 10:50 am

    The Braves have now had a couple of on field work outs. No real surprises so far. Rave reviews on Sean Murphy by the pundits. Funny, but the AJC had an long dissertation on the art of the “back pick” by the catchers to help out the pitchers in holding runners on. I wish I had express my thoughts on that when I thought about it Monday. Oh well, the story of my life, a day late and a dollar short. However, I do feel validated somewhat.

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  9. 12 Gil in Mechanicsville February 23, 2023 at 11:05 am

    Reading DOB’s article on Soroka’s hammy problem. As someone who was cursed with tight hamstrings, I would feel both of them pop early in any season. Just played thru it. As a fat slow guy, not much difference in my run times to first or the back field. When I pulled a groin it became difficult to drive my pick up because it had a clutch… Just shortened up on my stride and limped around the bases…

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  10. 13 Gil in Mechanicsville February 24, 2023 at 6:46 am

    Okay, for all you folks who have the MLB channel on cable, the Braves vs Red Sox will be televised at 1 PM Saturday. I know, it is just a spring training game but it is almost real baseball. A chance to see some of the young pitchers.

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  11. 15 Vox O'Reasoñ February 24, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    Wait… what?

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  12. 16 Vox O'Reasoñ February 25, 2023 at 9:24 am

    Game #1!! Finally!!

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  13. 17 Vox O'Reasoñ February 25, 2023 at 3:36 pm

    Might as well try again. WordPress has eaten every post I’ve attempted to make during the course of the game.

    Still alive in the 9th!

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  14. 18 Vox O'Reasoñ February 25, 2023 at 3:46 pm

    What we have just witnessed in Game 1 of preseason, will happen sometime in the regular season and will cause a massive explosion in a dugout.

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  15. 19 Vox O'Reasoñ February 25, 2023 at 5:15 pm

    They better straighten this out. Good in theory, shaky in practice.

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  16. 20 Gil in Mechanicsville February 25, 2023 at 5:23 pm

    Sometimes it helps if you have a good looking sister…
    So, a tie that was decided in a most unsatisfying way. I thought the call was bogus but it could have been worse.
    So we will move on to face the stankies..

    Allard didn’t impress me a lot. But, it is early. Dodd says he wants a spot.

    Matt Olson says he’s ready.

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  17. 21 Vox O'Reasoñ February 25, 2023 at 8:09 pm

    So the rule, as has been repeated ad nauseum this afternoon, says it doesn’t matter what the catcher is doing. Everything cues from the pitcher. The batter has to get ready whether the catcher is standing, squatting, sitting, or napping.

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  18. 23 Vox O'Reasoñ February 27, 2023 at 9:37 am

    Is it just me, or is Marcell Ozuna, and any discussion of him, conspicuously absent from ST thus far?

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  19. 29 Gil in Mechanicsville March 4, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    I watched the Mets/Braves game on replay yesterday. Koby Allard looked sharp, as did that kid Dobbs. Good to see it.

    verses the Astros, Bryce Elder was very effective, Elder is a pitch to contact guy. The trick is to make sure it is week contact…

    Reading about waiver pick up Lucas Luetge, it seems to me he is a left handed version of Jesse Chavez, a soft tosser who can avoid bats. I would think you would have to pick your spots to bring in these guys. I would not think you would pair them with a Bryce Elder per se.

    I would also think it would be easier to adjust to guy who throws 88 after facing a guy who hurls 98. Just thinking.

    Okay, split squad games today.

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    • 30 Vox O'Reasoñ March 5, 2023 at 3:50 pm

      I would also think it would be easier to adjust to guy who throws 88 after facing a guy who hurls 98. Just thinking.

      Many years ago I was at an automated batting cage just having some fun. I started out in the “little league” cage where the pitches were around 60 mph, just to get warm. Then I moved up to the “high school” cage, which increased by 10, followed by the “minor league” cage, which again increased by 10. Hitting a fastball at 80 mph is not as hard as you may think when you know it’s coming, know it’s gonna be straight as an arrow, and know where its going to be located. Then we moved up to the “major league” cage that slung it at 90. Suddenly it wasn’t nearly as easy. In fact, I felt accomplished just to get the bat on the ball.

      So after bout 20 pitches that I could no longer catch up to, I decided to move back down and enjoy a little success again before going home. But it didn’t work that way. My timing was so off from trying to key on 90 that I could no longer hit 80. And to make it even worse, I could also no longer hit 70. My timing was totally screwed.

      The moral to the story here is that adjusting to Bryce Elder after facing Spencer Stryder could just make Elder that much better.

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  20. 31 Gil in Mechanicsville March 5, 2023 at 7:23 pm

    I watched most of today’s game. Braves were good early but the scrubs gave up 9 runs in the top of the ninth to lose to the stankies.

    I know these games don’t really count but if you are here, you may as well win. I see a trip to the DFA list or time at high A for those guys. The inability to throw strikes is telling.

    Off day Monday, I expect cuts to be made for Tuesday.

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  21. 32 Gil in Mechanicsville March 6, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    Off day at North Port today, all quiet.

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  22. 34 Vox O'Reasoñ March 8, 2023 at 11:46 am

    Loaded lineup facing Los Bravos.

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  23. 35 Gil in Mechanicsville March 9, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    I have come to the conclusion that it is best to ignore outcomes of games right now and just look at individual results early in spring training. Too many variables to take into account. The most important one is can everyone stay healthy?

    For the pitchers methinks it is whether or not they throw strikes, walks are a killer. For the hitters it is if they are making contact and the fielders if they can catch and throw.

    Want to watch competitive baseball? Watch the WBC games. A couple of upsets already. The Netherlands over Cuba and an upset while not on the level of the US Hockey team winning the gold medal in 1980, is still huge for the Aussies after they win 9-8 over Korea… Whew we.

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  24. 36 Gil in Mechanicsville March 10, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Watching Ian Anderson pitch against the Rays, While he only gave up one run in 3 2/3 innings, I did not think he was particularly sharp. Still early but then again he is going to be a number 5, not a number 1.

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  25. 37 Gil in Mechanicsville March 10, 2023 at 2:25 pm

    Oh by the way, Allard has a grade 2 right oblique strain, will start the season on the IL… Looks like Ian’s path to the 5th starter’s spot is unfolding before him but still about 3 weeks of ST to go.

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  26. 38 Gil in Mechanicsville March 10, 2023 at 2:27 pm

    Just between us, I have to wonder how a lefty strains the right side of his torso ???

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    • 39 Vox O'Reasoñ March 13, 2023 at 1:59 pm

      There’s more “pull” on the opposite arm side of a pitcher in motion. When a pitcher torques forward from his arm side, he needs equal torque in the other direction from his opposite side to maximize his full rotation in motion. Otherwise he chokes his velo.

      Nobody wants to choke their velo. Most people don’t even want to type the phrase “torque your velo”. In fact, I need to stop.

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  27. 40 Gil in Mechanicsville March 10, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    In WBC news, the Chezh Republic defeats China. I other news, rumors the Chinese manager has been seen taking out suicide insurance…

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  28. 41 berigan2electricboogaloo March 11, 2023 at 5:41 pm

    wow…some big upsets!

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  29. 42 berigan2electricboogaloo March 11, 2023 at 5:49 pm

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  30. 44 Gil in Mechanicsville March 13, 2023 at 9:02 am

    Mexico clowns the USA… Venezuela stays hot, Japan looks to be the class of the WBC. Note: good pitching still beats good hitting.

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  31. 45 Gil in Mechanicsville March 13, 2023 at 10:15 pm

    Okay, lets try this again.
    A commentary: I was very leery of the idea of a pitch clock going into this season but after watch a bunch of spring training games and as a comparison, WBC baseball, I am like the new rules a bunch. Game is quicker, less time for inane chatter from the play by play and color guys in the booth. Watching the tail end of the Mexico/USA game was really painful in the late innings and not just because the USA was losing, the game was really slow, must have taken 4 hours or at least it seemed like it.

    Now, the Braves bullpen of late: I think the quick pace has affected those guys more than we expected it would. Those are the pitchers who look like they are getting hit. The guys coming out of the minors not as much, they are getting hit because the suck. But I digress, we’ll see after a few more weeks.

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  32. 46 CarolinaLady March 14, 2023 at 2:29 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY V & Ber!! Love ya both!

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  33. 47 Gil in Mechanicsville March 14, 2023 at 7:51 am

    Wow, another year already? Happy belated birthday to Kenny. Ber, today is pretty close for you too. So many returns of the days for you both.

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  34. 48 Gil in Mechanicsville March 14, 2023 at 7:04 pm

    “I think spring training is kind of weird,” Elder said. “Especially trying to earn that fifth spot. It’s a weird situation where you want to work on things, but at the same time, you have to try to get people out.
    Elder did not look particularly sharp today against the Phillies. 61 pitches, 30 balls 3 walks and a 2 run homer over 4 innings.

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  35. 49 Vox O'Reasoñ March 14, 2023 at 10:56 pm

    Thanks for the birthday wishes good folks. I tried to “heart” them, but my hearts just fade away. WordPress hates me.

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  36. 50 Vox O'Reasoñ March 14, 2023 at 10:58 pm

    Well, the 5th starter competition took an unexpected turn today…

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  37. 52 Vox O'Reasoñ March 15, 2023 at 11:35 pm

    The Mets’ star closer and mega-contract recipient Edwin Diaz was carted off the field today with what appears to be a serious knee injury. Did he hurt it running? Fielding? Pitching? No. He hurt it celebrating a victory with his WBC team.

    That is such a Mets.


  38. 53 Gil in Mechanicsville March 16, 2023 at 11:09 am

    Yep, always my worse fear is a player who is a vital cog getting hurt in an exhibition game. How many people remember Tom Glavine suffering a broken rib from being on the bottom of the dog pile?
    Or the guy who broke his foot jumping on the plate following a walk off home run?

    I have not forgotten how adversely affected Mike Remlinger after getting hurt in an All Star game. Sigh… So good luck Mets fans… “snort”


  39. 54 berigan2electricboogaloo March 16, 2023 at 6:41 pm

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  40. 55 Gil in Mechanicsville March 18, 2023 at 9:49 am

    “He’s a phenomenal pitcher, too,” Dodd said of Shuster. “It’s crazy because I’ve had conversations with him, ‘We’re almost the same person.’ We throw about the same velocity. We have about the same pitch arsenals. We both fill it up at a higher rate. It’s funny, we’ve joked about that.”

    Whether it’s in the initial rotation or down the line, Dodd seems destined for the majors soon.

    “I can’t control the decision they make,” Dodd said. “I can control the work, how I go about my business, and taking care of what I’m supposed to do.”</>
    Gabriel Burns AJC…

    I love it there is some opportunities to be had on a team with a pretty much set line up. Great to have a young kid who makes folks take notice, You just never know who will be the next player to be Wally Pipped. Personally, I hope all those young arms turn out to be phenomenal. They will be needed this season and next. I hope Ian Anderson can get his head straight. I pray that Michael Soroka can recover and become the promising star he was prior to his injury, because you just never can have too much pitching.

    On another note: Is Matt Olson just showing off? Is Brandon Shewmake forcing the Braves to think twice about who will play shortstop for the Braves this summer? He looks very good in the 6 hole and his bat has warmed up and he is a lefty bat. Hey, I really like Grissom but he is still just 22 and does anyone think he would not benefit from a season at triple A?

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  41. 57 Gil in Mechanicsville March 19, 2023 at 12:30 pm

    Another WBC casualty: Jose’ Altuve broken right thumb after HBP in the 5th inning. Out 8-10 weeks… Hey, I think the WBC has been great but boy can it screw up a team’s season.


  42. 58 Vox O'Reasoñ March 20, 2023 at 10:28 am

    I sure do miss getting to comment on spring training developments from time to time during the day. I’ll try to keep my thoughts brief. I’m loving that the Braves made the 5th starter opening a real competition. I thought Jared Shuster was a dark horse to make last year’s roster, but fortunately the guys that get paid to make such decisions chose to give him one more year of development. This kid is for real. He’s earned a ML job.

    I believe we’ll see more of the 2021 Eddie Rosario than the 2022 version, and that’s a good thing.

    Now… shortstop. I think we all felt that the job was Vaughn Grissom’s to lose, with Orlando Arcia as the fallback. But dang if Braden Shewmake didn’t have other ideas. And folks, I think he has won the job. For one thing, he’s as good a defender as Dansby was, and that’s a big deal to Snit and Alex. Second, he’s actually hitting, and doing it from the left hand side. If you don’t think that matters you aren’t paying attention. Lineup balance is very important and Being able to pair the LH Shewmake and the RH Arcia is a much better fit in paper. I believe Grissom will play SS everyday at AAA and get his shot when the time is right. But that time is not now. I say congrats to Shewmake for working his tail off and taking control of a situation seemed predestined.

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  43. 59 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2023 at 10:46 am

    On Shewmake I agree, he has paid his dues and I think having Grissom hone his craft at Triple A will not hurt him at all. I would also be like having an ace as a hole card. At 22 he cannot really be too disappointed at spending time at Gwinnett.

    Question: When are the WBC participants expected back in camp?

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    • 60 Vox O'Reasoñ March 20, 2023 at 2:39 pm

      If I heard this correctly this morning from Snit, Rosario should be back tonight and Ronnie after the long bus trip road game midweek.


  44. 61 Vox O'Reasoñ March 20, 2023 at 2:44 pm

    Gonna really miss Paul Byrd.

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  45. 62 Vox O'Reasoñ March 20, 2023 at 6:18 pm

    I’m so confused. Both Shewmake and Grissom optioned to AAA today? Who’s gonna play SS? Arcia? Arcia who has been outplayed by both the aforementioned all spring? And if that answer is yes, who’s his backup? Gotta be another shoe to drop.

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  46. 63 Vox O'Reasoñ March 20, 2023 at 6:54 pm

    Reliever Nick Anderson, who has been of the best arms of the spring, was also optioned today. This shows you that there is more to this than just the talent that has been demonstrated. Perhaps Munro league options are a part of it, because many of the guys left on the roster are out of options. Maybe this just allows those guys some time to continue to work and show value to other teams, with the eventual players waiting to be brought back.

    Perhaps these moves are just an exercise in roster flexibility because these moves only clear out the current spring roster. The Opening Day roster doesn’t have to be announced until the eve of the regular season.


  47. 64 berigan2electricboogaloo March 20, 2023 at 10:20 pm

    I too am quite confused by all this. Heck I have heard so little news (even checking out DOB and Bowman) I was shocked to here you guys saying Shewmake had basically won the job! Then I hear, nah…both he and Grissom are going back to the minors fairly early (Do they do spring training right now in Gwinnett?)
    V, who are they going to get from another team, thats going to be better than anyone on the roster? Shewmake is 24, want to wait starting his clock?
    sigh….so confuzzled


    • 65 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2023 at 10:33 pm

      I think they want to see if Shewmake’s improved hitting is a fluke or not. He will be moving over to 2nd base while Grissom hones his craft at short.

      We still don’t know how the outfield is going to shake out. We also don’t know who has opt outs in their minor league contracts. (Pillar)???


  48. 66 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2023 at 10:28 pm

    I too am a bit flabbergasted by this move but I can see the reasoning. More reps at SS for Grissom and more at bats for Shewmake who will be playing 2nd base. It is all about insurance. Need guys on the taxi squad ya know.

    I am surprise by Anderson being optioned but I will not be surprised to see Jesses and Jackson Stephens also assigned to Gwinnett.

    Adrianza will now be the utility guy unless someone better gets DFA at the end of spring training.

    AA is pretty good at getting us to look at the shinny object.

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  49. 67 berigan2electricboogaloo March 20, 2023 at 10:31 pm

    Paul Byrd is stepping away for personal reasons, with no timetable for a return.
    Bally Sports was interested in bringing back Brian Jordan, but he chose not to return in 2023.

    wow again….I too really like Byrd. and V, I know you are no fan of Jordan (He got on my nerves for years, just because he wasn’t very good) but, but…I think he has worked hard on his “game” and was a lot better the last several years, IMHO.

    Plus, both are 50+ (cost issues with bankrupt Bally?) and you really, really need people that , you know, have knowledge, experience.

    Have we even mentioned the new guy? (can’t think of his name) I was ready to dislike him, but….he does seem to be a big braves fan, and has a good voice.
    But, but….he’s a kid. A bald kid, but a kid nonetheless. So, 1st year, no 50 year olds (no 40 year olds even, unless someone else is hired-is Aussie Pete still there?)
    Sure will be easy to push him, Frenchy, and the girl (man, can’t think of anyone’s name) around….

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    • 68 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2023 at 10:37 pm

      Several new faces (aka cheap) on the broadcast. We’ll see who sticks. The first three games against the gNats I will have to watch the MASN feed.

      Tom Glavin will return for around 40 home games.

      I did not know he had a son (Payton) in the Nationals organization.

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  50. 69 Gil in Mechanicsville March 20, 2023 at 10:38 pm

    Acuna is still in Miami btw. Spring break…

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  51. 71 Vox O'Reasoñ March 20, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    According to DO’B, the powers that be want Grissom to get more seasoning at the SS position at AAA, and want Shewmake learning 2B. They feel Arcia can hold the position for a couple months at least. Also, this opens the door for Adrianza (no minor league options) to make the team as a backup. And given the he has the most experience at 2B, and given Ozzie’s offseason shoulder cleanup that he’s still gaining back strength from, the brain trust feels he’s the best backup IF for now. IMO, that’s the job they’re grooming Shewmake for.


  52. 72 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2023 at 7:44 am

    Atlanta Braves @Braves

    The Braves today optioned RHP Nick Anderson, INF Vaughn Grissom, INF Braden Shewmake, OF Jordan Luplow and OF Eli White to Triple-A Gwinnett, & reassigned LHP Danny Young, C Ryan Casteel, C Joe Hudson and INF Yolmer Sánchez to minor league camp. Atlanta now has 32 players in camp

    I completely overlooked Luplow and White going to Gwinnett

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  53. 73 Gil in Mechanicsville March 21, 2023 at 7:45 am

    I guess Tromp hasn’t made it home yet.


  54. 74 Vox O'Reasoñ March 21, 2023 at 10:52 am

    So yesterday’s roster gymnastics…

    If you look at who is left, it’s quite revealing. Arcia… 0 minor league options, Adrianza… 0 options, Sam Hilliard… 0 options, Kevin Pillar… 0 options, pitchers, Luetge, Jimenez and Chavez… 0 options.

    Those that were all sent down had that option flexibility. The “numbers game” in real time.

    But the fun has not yet ended. Of those who remain that have no minor league options remaining, Adrianza, Pillar and Chavez are non-roster invitees, and Shuster has never been added. So the team will need to find some 40-man roster spots, with just 2 open spaces at present.

    There will be more maneuvering in the next 9 days for certain, so let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.

    As for the SS bombshell from yesterday, I am of the opinion that everyone was indeed impressed with both Shewmake and Grissom this spring, but there are still some realities that remain.

    First, spring training baseball is not regular season baseball. You can learn some things about your rookies from it, but you cannot tell how a player is actually going to hit/field against ML quality players. We know Grissom can hit, but can he field? Maybe he can, maybe not. Give the kid some more time at AAA, a place he’s never been, to get more reps. He may bully his way back to ATL in a couple of weeks, but that’s not a bad thing, is it? We know Shewmake can field, but can he hit? He hasn’t done it consistently at AAA, so why is he suddenly capable of doing it at the highest level? Give the kid some more time at AAA and see if spring was a fluke or if he has really turned the corner. It won’t take too long to see if he has.

    My prediction #1: Orlando Arcia will not be the starting SS by mid-May. And if he is, we have more problems at the position than we’d like to admit.

    Prediction #2: If Shewmake has indeed turned the corner with his bat, he will be the everyday SS in Atlanta, and Grissom will start learning LF in Gwinnett. After all, what other OF prospects are we looking at with Rosario’s deal up at this season’s end? I can think of alot worse than Shewmake emerging and Grissom moving to the grass. Alot worse.

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  55. 75 Vox O'Reasoñ March 21, 2023 at 10:58 am

    Oh, and for those keeping up with such things, Dansby has not exactly been tearing it up in the Arizona sun.

    His slash line this spring in 12 games (34 PA): .071/.235/.107. That includes just 1 XBH and 12 Ks.

    $177M doesn’t get you what is used to.


  56. 76 berigan2electricboogaloo March 21, 2023 at 11:01 am

    I just think the braves have the mindset, hey, we don’t need to hit from SS or LF, we are the BRAVES and can just hang close then make our move. Well…the mutts have had some terrible breaks, but the Phils seem to be healthy, and are a lot better than last year….
    Matt Olson, hot spring or not, is still a career .250 hitter. Still slow, so not sure how many more seeing eye singles he will get.
    LF sucks. DH sucks. SS sucks (hitting wise)
    I seem a gloomy Gus just cuz I don’t feel like Swanson’s loss is addressed with a light hitting SS, for some reason….this may be a 3rd place finishing team, with a slight chance of a W.C. spot…
    prove me wrong guys


  57. 77 berigan2electricboogaloo March 21, 2023 at 11:14 am

    I rarely notice or care about such things, but man, that’s a pretty white broadcast team!

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  58. 79 berigan2electricboogaloo March 21, 2023 at 8:13 pm

    and now 2 pics???? sigh


  59. 80 berigan2electricboogaloo March 21, 2023 at 9:22 pm


  60. 81 berigan2electricboogaloo March 22, 2023 at 11:08 am

    Ok, that is weird….I KNOW I made a quick post on Dansby, and now I don’t see it!
    So, what’s Dansby doing this spring? 2 for 28 , a .071 BA Yikes!


  61. 82 Vox O'Reasoñ March 22, 2023 at 12:18 pm

    Wow! That’s quite telling.

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  62. 84 Vox O'Reasoñ March 22, 2023 at 3:01 pm

    I have to write some trite and pithy phrase or else WordPress will kick out the linked post.


  63. 85 Vox O'Reasoñ March 22, 2023 at 3:11 pm

    According to the recaps, Soroka was consistently around 95-96 with his fastball today, and highlights show his slider was knee-buckling. He also had to come off the mind to field a squibber. No issues. Good day for the comeback kid.

    Speaking of good day, Arcia has launched a 3-run no-doubter.

    Good times.


  64. 87 Gil in Mechanicsville March 22, 2023 at 4:18 pm

    I followed along on gameday and it wasn’t pretty. A bit of wildness and control problems but just throwing a baseball has to be considered a success. Now he can go to triple A and work on getting back to his norm. The Gwinnett staff has real potential.


  65. 88 Vox O'Reasoñ March 23, 2023 at 9:54 am

    Here we go. We should start seeing this lineup or something very close for the rest of spring gearing up for Opening Day in a week.


  66. 89 Vox O'Reasoñ March 23, 2023 at 10:38 am

    Well that’s not good!!


  67. 90 Gil in Mechanicsville March 23, 2023 at 11:09 am

    Today’s game verses the Mets will be aired live on the MLB Network.


  68. 91 Vox O'Reasoñ March 23, 2023 at 3:21 pm

    Dude has come into camp this year relaxed and settled in. It’s gonna be a monster year for him.

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    • 92 Gil in Mechanicsville March 23, 2023 at 3:31 pm

      Nor have they been cheapies, not one wall scraper in the lot.

      So, a 2 -2 tie but a well played ballgame. 2 1/4 hours… Very Greg Maddux like.


  69. 93 Gil in Mechanicsville March 23, 2023 at 11:29 pm

    Solid outing by Shuster today against a prime time line up of Mets. 2 runs on 2 hits, 2 Ks and 2 walks. Game ended in a 2-2 in 2 hrs and 8 mins. Matt hit a 2 run homer to tie the game in the 4th. Man, does he look smooth at the plate.


  70. 94 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2023 at 11:46 am

    I get the feeling that Acuna is jumping at the ball which is causing him to fail in making solid contact. That said, he has always tended to be a slow starter.

    Dylan Dodd did not hurt his chances to make the team last night against the BoSox but likely Shuster will get the 5th starter’s spot. IMO…

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  71. 95 Gil in Mechanicsville March 25, 2023 at 6:05 pm

    The Braves won an unusual twin bill with the A team playing at North Port and the B team playing the Twins at Destin. Identical 9-4 scores… Lots of homeruns. Good to see even though one really doesn’t know how it will play when the games count. That said, the games do count for some, those being the kids trying to make a positive impression.

    Only 3 more days of spring training and then it is north to D.C. I had wanted to attend at least one of the games but I think I will stay close to home after all, Washington is not exactly my favorite place to visit.

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  72. 96 berigan2electricboogaloo March 26, 2023 at 2:15 am


  73. 97 berigan2electricboogaloo March 28, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    Hard to believe the season starts Thurs! I have not seen 1 minute of a S.T. Game. Went to record one , one night, but then we had all that rain/lightning, and the DVR recorded….1 minute.


    • 98 Gil in Mechanicsville March 28, 2023 at 5:48 pm

      Pretty much all minor leaguers after the 5th inning but gives one the idea of who is trying and who is not. I watched all I could get being out of market.

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  74. 99 berigan2electricboogaloo March 29, 2023 at 9:36 am

    funny thing, flipped by mlbtv, actually hoping to hear predictions from their talking heards (every time I flip by, it’s a game)
    I finally caught part of a game! Of course, everyone was coming out after a few innings. Charlie didn’t look too sharp in that final tune-up. Hopefully, he was working on “stuff”


  75. 100 berigan2electricboogaloo March 30, 2023 at 12:25 am

    I know, I know…it’s espn…but, but…I just did a search on 2023 predictions, since I have heard none, and found this. And, it’s not behind a paywall!
    Pretty interesting, Braves fans shouldn’t be too upset.


  76. 101 Vox O'Reasoñ March 30, 2023 at 7:14 am

    Let’s goooooo!!!

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  77. 102 Vox O'Reasoñ March 30, 2023 at 9:01 am

    Great move! Even if he ends up back in a utility role, he’s a valuable player. Good to see him be rewarded.


  78. 105 Vox O'Reasoñ March 30, 2023 at 9:09 am

    And while we’re at it, I gotta say this may just point once again to a move to the OF for Grissom. He has an entire year to make the transition to the grass while Rosario plays out his deal. I can see Grissom moving to LF with some combination of Arcia/Shewmake as SS/Util. Remember, Shewmake is a lefty, so a platoon is also not out of the question. It would certainly fit together nicely.

    Something else… 7 of 8 regulars are now under contract for at least 3 more years with LF appearing to have a plug-and-play option ready to be inserted. Stability baby!

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    • 106 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2023 at 9:59 am

      How much do you think the (pick one) Angles, Dodgers, Padres, Yankees, Phillies will be willing to offer Fried after he becomes a free agent in 2024? Do y’all think he will be traded out of the Division for a slew of prospects?

      With what top flite pitchers are making, I doubt AA will re-sign for market value.

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      • 107 berigan2electricboogaloo March 30, 2023 at 1:02 pm

        alot? 😉
        35 Mil per year for 8 years?

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        • 108 Gil in Mechanicsville March 30, 2023 at 4:29 pm

          The Braves ball handling was a bit suspect today but they overcame those miscues and showed their prowess with the bat scoring seven runs. Truth be told, there could have been more. So, first place, now stay there…

          As for Fried, he might miss a turn but I doubt it is serious, never know however.


  79. 109 berigan2electricboogaloo March 30, 2023 at 2:25 pm

    Max grabbed his left Hammy! Out of the game, hopefully nothing serious.


  80. 110 Vox O'Reasoñ March 31, 2023 at 9:20 am

    RE: Max Fried contract…

    Max will be 30 when the 2024 season begins, which has to be taken into consideration. In this humble fan’s opinion, Max is probably looking at a 7 year deal with an option, and I’d call it closer to $30M per year AAV.

    Can the Braves afford it? Well, there is money coming off the book each year going forward. Depending on their decision on Charlie Morton’s 2024 option, that could be $20M just by itself. There are also team options on Eddie Rosario (which will almost certainly be declined) and Travis d’Arnaud. Td’A’s case is quite interesting. I think the team would want to pick that up, but I also think if they had to make a hard decision in order to bring Max back, they’d lean toward the pitcher. In total, between all the options and pending FA’s, about $54M is in the balance going into 2024. And that’s just for 2024.

    Each year going forward also has its share of expiring deals. Plus, the outside revenues – The Battery, playoff revenue, etc. – continue to climb.

    Now… the wildcard here is that none of know what the next TV deal is going to look like. It appears the current one is about to be sent through the shredder, so it’s very possible… maybe even likely, that a new revenue stream could be opening as soon as next season.

    The point of all this rambling is this: the Braves can afford to keep Max in Atlanta. The only question is whether or not it fits AA’s plan. And we all know AA has a plan. He always has a plan. I bet he even knows what he’s going to have for dinner on August 14, 2025. 😉

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    • 111 Gil in Mechanicsville March 31, 2023 at 10:08 am

      Yes Vee, life is all about choices. My dad used to tell me I could have anything I wanted, the choice came down to what I was willing to give up to make it possible. Atlanta is not New York City (Thank goodness) but the point is there is only so much money to be spread around. The owner of the Mets apparently does not really care how much it cost to get what he wants where as Liberty Media always has an I on turning a profit. A tough thing to do in today’s environment.

      So maybe the Angels or the Dodgers are willing to overspend but the Braves not so much. With Max going down yesterday we are reminded of how fragile a pro athlete really is. A good example is the Mets’ Verlander starts the season on the IL. $42 Million setting on the sidelines.

      Think back to when the Atlanta Braves had Dale Murphy and little else. I truly want Max to stay with Atlanta but I know he will ultimately do what he believes is best for himself. I would have loved for Dansby to have stayed in Atlanta but it is really tough to leave $50 million dollars or so on the table. Folks, that is real money and more than I can even imagine. For that much money I would seriously be tempted to do a lot of things I would rather not.

      So I will just set back and hope my favorite team continues to win. Then we will all have to just wait and see but my money is on the Braves developing a bevy of young talent so they can just keep the line moving.

      Anyone else notice the Athletics beat the Angels last night? Muller vs Ohtani. It came down to the bullpens, who expected that? A’s won 2-1 by the way.


      • 112 Vox O'Reasoñ March 31, 2023 at 12:32 pm

        I also noticed a lot of empty seats on Opening Day when some of the best, some would say the best stars in baseball were in their house. That team deserves better. Hope they’re in Las Vegas sooner than later.

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  81. 113 Gil in Mechanicsville March 31, 2023 at 1:55 pm

    I can remember watching Braves games on WTBS when there would hardly be 5000 fans in the stadium. A lot like it’s like Miami now. Fans don’t want to watch their team lose night after night. Notice the difference between the attendance in a Georgia Tech football game and UGA. Having your side lose night after night is depressing so folks find something else to do that will make them feel better. Skip Cary used to say winning is the best promotion a team can do to boost the number fannies in the seats.

    Live attendance is more than ticket revenue, it is also $10 beers and $5 hotdogs. All are profit centers. Heck, Wal Mart doesn’t sell two liter Cokes for under cost because the like losing money, they know it is a price leader to get the folks in the door so they will buy other stuff. Free Market baby… got to love it…

    However, the A’s have lots of other good reasons to abandon Oakland beside a descripted stadium.

    As for Vegas, I would hope the would have the good sense to build a domed stadium. No, it won’t rain but it is ungodly hot.

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  82. 114 Gil in Mechanicsville April 1, 2023 at 10:16 am

    Gotta love the Fish, took down the Mutts 2-1 last night.

    It is rainy this morning but expected to clear up around noon leaving warm weather and really gusty wind conditions. Today’s game is at 4 PM.


  83. 115 berigan2electricboogaloo April 1, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    Robbie Grossman hit a game tying 3 run homer for the Rangers the other night (I do wish we had kept him) and Dansby went 3 for 4 in Cubs debut.

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  84. 116 Gil in Mechanicsville April 1, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    7th inning and Braves up 7-0. Nick Anderson now pitching for the Braves.

    4 dingers so far, 2 by Olson who brought his spring training swing north with him.

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    • 117 berigan2electricboogaloo April 1, 2023 at 10:35 pm

      Local classic car cruise started today, so went there same time game took place. Too bad, sounds like a fun game!


  85. 118 Gil in Mechanicsville April 2, 2023 at 5:20 pm

    Today’s game was lost in the first inning. I hate it when a pitcher is afraid to throw strikes.

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  86. 119 Gil in Mechanicsville April 2, 2023 at 7:35 pm

    Ian Anderson got bombed today. Gave up three homeruns, Did not get out of the first inning.

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  87. 120 berigan2electricboogaloo April 2, 2023 at 9:34 pm

    saw the game today!
    sorry :/


  88. 121 berigan2electricboogaloo April 3, 2023 at 1:03 pm

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  89. 122 Gil in Mechanicsville April 3, 2023 at 4:17 pm

    Over due in my opinion


  90. 123 Gil in Mechanicsville April 3, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    I guess a new lead is in order, will try to get one done this week.

    Currently enjoying the Mets vs Brewers on MLB TV. Bottom of 8th Milwaukie 10 Mets 0… Bryse Wilson came in with the bases loaded in the top of the eight induced Alonso to fly out weakly to right. Mets have thrown in the towel, they have Gillorme pitching for Mets. Sadly, he did better than Shuster did yesterday… Just saying.

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  91. 124 Gil in Mechanicsville April 3, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    Two former Braves making up the battery for the Brew Crew, Bryse Wilson pitching, William Contras catching.

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  92. 125 Gil in Mechanicsville April 3, 2023 at 4:50 pm

    “Despite rocky start, Shuster’s debut ‘a dream'” headline on MLB… Well, a nightmare is a sort of a dream by definition but I digress.


  93. 126 Vox O'Reasoñ April 3, 2023 at 10:39 pm

    Win! Yay!

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  94. 127 Gil in Mechanicsville April 4, 2023 at 9:20 am

    A coup[le of observations of last night’s win over the Cardinals: 1. I thought Charlie looked good despite giving up 3 runs. His curve ball was a bit iffy at times but his fastball was excellent. The strike zone was sort of all over the place too. The third strike called on Matt Olson in the first inning was 6 inches off the plate inside.
    2. The “wall scraper” that Ozzie hit out in the second inning would have been a upper deck shot at Yankee Stadium… Just saying…
    3. Reliever Nick Anderson looked superb in the two (1.2) innings of work put in last night. Amazing they were going to send him down to Gwinnett at the end of spring training. He looks really polished. McHugh not so much. A.J. Minter did well “closing” out the game as well.
    4. I love the pitch clock, game was over in 2hrs 46min despite 12 runs and 6 pitching changes. It is also noticeable the difference between 15 sec and 20 sec with men on base.

    Dylan Dodd makes his debut tonight, the tell will be if he can stay in the strike zone with his pitches. I don’t expect a shutout but it will be nice if he can prevent walks ahead of the homerun ball tonight. I hate walks… Just saying.


  95. 128 Gil in Mechanicsville April 4, 2023 at 8:31 pm

    Dodd looked a little shaky at the start of the game but a double play and he calmed down and is now cruising.


  96. 129 Gil in Mechanicsville April 5, 2023 at 2:47 am

    Really strong effort by the young rookie left hander tonight. Able to work out of trouble and the defense behind him put on a clinic. I do love it when a plan comes together…

    The Braves use of the long ball is telling too. Austin with a two run shot in the first and Arcia adding a solo shot in the third. d’Arnaud maintained his hot bat going 3 for 4 with 2 singles and a double and an RBI. with 12 hits everyone not named Olson contributed to the offense but Olson did contribute with his glove.

    The good thing is it does not have to be the same guy every night, and hitting appears to be contagious. This team is sky high right now… That said, it’s early days but that does not make it any less fun especially with the Brewers kicking the Mets butts the last two nights.

    1 o’clock game Wednesday, will be televised on the MLB channel. GO BARVES! 😉

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  97. 130 Vox O'Reasoñ April 5, 2023 at 8:06 am

    Win again! Yay! I don’t know why WordPress is treating me so shabbily right now, but it still will not let me click the “like” heart. When I do, the heart literally fades off my screen. And it does it on both my phone and my desktop. It’s personal.

    Just assume that I click “like” on every post.

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    • 131 Gil in Mechanicsville April 5, 2023 at 8:43 am

      Just as long as you like winning we’re good…

      I read where young Michael Soroka put in a solid effort last night in Norfolk. Good, the Braves are going to need him.


  98. 132 Gil in Mechanicsville April 5, 2023 at 4:15 pm

    I think I am going to dub Bryse Elder ‘Old Fooler’… A collection of junk that may or may not be in the strike zone but somehow results in swings and misses or at ’em balls. 6 innings, 2 hits, 3 balls and 6Ks…zero runs. No matter how it’s down however an excellent line.

    The top of the line up did it on offense today. While Matt Olson had 4 strikeouts yesterday, he redeemed himself with 2 double (both driving in Acuna from first) and a solo home run. A good week for some players. He also started a nifty 3-6-3 double play and had an unassisted DP in the 8th.

    Home opener for Los Bravos Thursday against the Padres. game time 7:20PM

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  99. 133 Gil in Mechanicsville April 5, 2023 at 6:47 pm

    Note: first three games against the Padres are sold out.


  100. 134 berigan2electricboogaloo April 6, 2023 at 2:45 pm

    Its really been an amazing start to the season eh?

    hope the rain holds off!


  101. 135 berigan2electricboogaloo April 6, 2023 at 3:04 pm


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  103. 138 Gil in Mechanicsville April 6, 2023 at 5:45 pm

    One has to believe this was the Braves plan all along. I guess McHugh is taking one for the team.


  104. 139 CarolinaLady April 6, 2023 at 6:30 pm

    I haven’t jumped ship, guys. Been in a pretty tough patch lately and have barely gotten online, except a bit on my little Kindle, which is limited in capability. Will be back when able. ❤

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  105. 140 Gil in Mechanicsville April 7, 2023 at 6:55 am

    Ar-see-you-later… New Braves broadcaster coined that one after Braves shortstop, Orlando Arcia, drove a home run to left field in the 3rd inning of last night’s game. He also had a double and drove in the winning run in the 9th. A pretty good week for most players. He has been making the plays and providing stellar defense this past week. Almost makes you say Dansby who.

    Okay, I still miss Dansby and Freddie but this is big boy sports and guys have to do what’s right for them and their families. I get it. I think we all have left a job we love to meet other obligations.

    Shuster gets a do over tonight against the Padres. I hope the guys bring their bats…

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  106. 141 berigan2electricboogaloo April 7, 2023 at 7:37 pm

    CL, so sorry about what you are going through! Pray healing will occur soon!

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  108. 143 Gil in Mechanicsville April 8, 2023 at 7:21 am

    The guys seemed a little flat last night. They had their chances but failed to get the big hit. PS I hate Apple TV BOOOOOO!

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  109. 144 Gil in Mechanicsville April 8, 2023 at 9:51 am

    Two things drive me nuts: 1. Out pitchers walking opposing batters 2. Our batters striking out…

    One thing for sure, the Braves missed having d’Arnaud’s bat in the four hole last night.

    To be honest, I did not have the Braves in the win column last night going in. I think Shuster has great potential but walking guys early is like a death sentence for a rookie. They get to thinking about it too much plus umpires get stingier with their strike zone.

    Tonight’s game is on FOX.

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  110. 145 berigan2electricboogaloo April 9, 2023 at 1:30 pm

    the more games I watch….


  111. 146 berigan2electricboogaloo April 9, 2023 at 9:14 pm

    Wow, in my defense, It was already 4-0 when I put the game on. Thank goodness Tatis Jr isn’t there, and we were at home….otherwise, we might have lost 3 out of 4 games! (assuming they have lost this one)
    and it’s ESPU ugh. Just unwatchable, so in a way, glad it’s not close.
    Hope this is a wake up call for the team. Don’t get too full of yourself after 5 good games….


  112. 147 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2023 at 11:32 am

    So Ber, you are saying it is back to reality?

    DD’s start Sunday night reminded us that expectations for a rookie Number 5 is one good start in every three. So many things still to learn.

    The absence of d’Arnaud and Harris is really telling. Relying on Ozuna is a fool’s arrent.


  113. 148 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2023 at 11:33 am

    And yet still ahead of the rest of the NL East.

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  114. 149 Gil in Mechanicsville April 10, 2023 at 7:21 pm

    It was a brutal weekend in baseball. Boston’s Adam DuVal suffers a broken wrist and the Pirates Oneil Cruz fractures his ankle on a play at the plate.


    • 150 berigan2electricboogaloo April 10, 2023 at 8:16 pm

      poor Adam has the worst luck! 😦
      he was really on a roll…”He was hitting .455 with AL-tying best four homers and 14 RBI in eight games through Sunday.”


  115. 151 berigan2electricboogaloo April 10, 2023 at 10:20 pm

    wow, really was ready to burn the team, I mean the Reds, I don’t know anyone on the team outside of India, and they almost won the game. But, all is good, Sean Murphy is finally a brave 😉

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  116. 152 Gil in Mechanicsville April 11, 2023 at 8:40 am

    Wright coming up tonight, who gets sent down? Shuster or Dodd? Or the one guy who has been effective, or Elder because he pitched last night…


  117. 153 Gil in Mechanicsville April 11, 2023 at 10:45 am

    Asked and answered: LHP Dylan Dodd was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett following last night’s game.


  118. 154 Gil in Mechanicsville April 11, 2023 at 10:46 am

    will be watching to see how Soroka fares tonight.

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  119. 155 Vox O'Reasoñ April 12, 2023 at 1:29 pm

    Tough break for Ian Anderson. Hopefully this setback can become an opportunity for a reset for the kid. I still believe he has the talent in his arm. Can he dial in the mental side now? If a guy can get through TJ rehab, he ought to have a toughened psyche.


    • 156 Gil in Mechanicsville April 12, 2023 at 2:56 pm

      Or his psyche gets toughened, perhaps a difference without a distinction.

      At least we now know what likely has been his problem. I venture he either kept the problem to himself or did not know the symptoms of his malady.

      Didn’t Tonkin shine last night? Can’t say the same for Jimenez I fear but Dylan Lee and Anderson performed admiringly.

      Braves go for the sweep tonight with Strider toeing the rubber for the Braves. Not a guarantee but does give the team a better chance to win.

      That said, the Reds do not look to be a bad team. There is some talent in their line up.

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  120. 158 Vox O'Reasoñ April 13, 2023 at 11:46 am

    Today’s question: Will Orlando Arcia require a trip to the IL after taking a 98-mph fastball to the wrist? Fortunately x-rays showed no broken bones. But you can’t take that kind of shot with no residual effect. I’ve heard no news on it yet.

    Vaughn Grissom at AAA 10 games: .366/.458/.585; 48 PA, 1 HR, 2 2B, 2 3B, 6 BB, 4 K, 2 SB.

    I know Orlando doesn’t want to be Wally Pipped. He says “NO” to the IL. Snit says they’ll decide today on the travel day, but sounded like he was leaning against.

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    • 159 Gil in Mechanicsville April 13, 2023 at 12:00 pm

      My initial reaction was it was broken, X-rays say no but I’ll bet there is a heck of a bone bruise. It will be sore for a while. AKA… weak swings

      Watching Strider pitch last night I was thinking to myself: Self, Strider is not throwing his fastball, just weak ass sliders that aren’t fooling anyone.

      Thank goodness Kranick lit a fire under his a**. Don’t want to wear yourself out, learn to pitch to soft contact, not sit it on a tee…

      Ozuna sucks. His swing plane is the same place no matter what the pitch, occasionally a pitcher hits his bat. It is the old “swing hard in case you hit it” approach. I can understand why the Braves don’t want to ditch him but this is just sad now.

      I saw where Luplow was called up to Toronto. I wondered if he had been picked up by anyone after the Braves DNAed him last week.

      Off day today, good, now I can catch up on all the shows I have recorded this week.


  121. 160 Vox O'Reasoñ April 13, 2023 at 8:04 pm

    Well, upon further inspection (a/k/a MRI), Arcia indeed has a “micro-fracture“ in his wrist. He will be on the shelf for a while. I’m expecting Grissom, but we know our bosses work in mysterious ways.

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    • 162 Gil in Mechanicsville April 14, 2023 at 1:36 am

      To be honest, I am not surprised Arcia’s wrist is fractured. The impact was loud and a direct hit. For sure it was going to be really sore for weeks. Now get the infrared lamps out to promote blood flow and it might heal in 4 weeks but the real risk is if it is hit again before it completely heals.

      Don’t anyone be shocked if the Braves to make a trade. Pretty early however for that to happen.

      Too bad it wasn’t Ozuna who was plunked. I am noticing his bat swing path is nearly identical to that of Roserio’s last year when he had vision problems. At this point, he is a black hole in the line up no matter where he is batting. I accept some of the responsibility for the Braves signing him because I was among the clamoring din for the Braves to sign him two years ago.

      No one will be willing to trade for him, other teams will wait until he clears waivers and pay minimum if the Braves a lucky to get anything at all.

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      • 163 Vox O'Reasoñ April 14, 2023 at 8:44 am

        Don’t anyone be shocked if the Braves to make a trade. Pretty early however for that to happen.

        Those 2 thoughts went through my mind immediately after I heard about the microfracture. (Unspoken truth: Yes, Orlando Arcia is a very good ML SS. And he had gotten off to a very strong start. But if the Braves were 100% confident in Vaughn Grissom’s defense, Grissom would have left camp as the team’s starter.)


        • 164 Gil in Mechanicsville April 14, 2023 at 9:59 am

          Here is an unspoken truth: Yo would never want Braden Shewmake’s and Marcel Ozuna’s bat in the same line up.

          Heck, I don’t even want Ozuna’s bat in the line up by himself.

          Speaking of witch: I watched the last inning of the Phillies/Reds game last night. Trea Turner swung at a ball that was at least 2 feet outside of the strike zone for the final out… Talk about guessing… He looked really tired by the way. Losing will do that to you methinks.

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  123. 165 Vox O'Reasoñ April 14, 2023 at 9:58 am

    Officially official.

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  124. 166 Gil in Mechanicsville April 14, 2023 at 12:20 pm

    “They probably can’t play defense, so …‚” he said. “I don’t listen to sheep, know what I’m saying? If Wash (third-base coach Ron Washington) was telling me those things, I’d listen and read it. It might mean something to me. But a bunch of people who’ve probably never played baseball or didn’t make the baseball team, ended up writers or whatever it is they’re doing.

    Vaugnh Grissom on his opinion of his critics of his defensive prowess at shortstop.

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  125. 168 Gil in Mechanicsville April 15, 2023 at 1:36 am

    Braves brought their boom sticks to Kansas City tonight.

    Grissom had his adventures tonight but as long as you drive in more than you let in we’re good.

    Bryce Elder starts tonight I think.

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    • 169 berigan2electricboogaloo April 15, 2023 at 4:28 pm

      I really wished they had shown Matt Olson covering, or not covering 1st til late, in the 1st. Telling me that Grissom had to assume/know to throw to 1st without the guy there, isn’t very helpful. The other one was on Charlie. (who still doesn’t look very good to me, or looks a lot like the guy from last year.)
      But yes, bats in force!

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  126. 170 Vox O'Reasoñ April 15, 2023 at 8:00 pm

    Happy Birthday Gil!!!

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  127. 172 Gil in Mechanicsville April 16, 2023 at 12:26 pm

    Bryce Elder is a gem. Not your typical flame thrower who can blow a 98 mph fastball by a hitter but he truly is an artist with a baseball. While not quite Greg Maddox, he is much more Maddoxesk than Randy Johnson like in his pitching prowess.

    Yester day he gave up two runs in his 5 1/3 innings in Kansas City which are by the way the first runs he has yielded in three games since his call up. As long as he continues to pitch well, he will remain in the line up IMO.

    Now, if the Braves will just make the decision to bite the bullet and DNF Ozuna, this team can really soar.

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    • 173 Vox O'Reasoñ April 17, 2023 at 1:22 pm

      Gotta feel like Elder has wrested the 5th starter job back from Jared Shuster and Dylan Dodd.

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      • 174 Gil in Mechanicsville April 17, 2023 at 2:32 pm

        Agreed, look for them to try and hone their skills in triple A for a couple of months. I also don’t think the Braves will demote Elder for the sake of promoting Soroka. Will wait until the next arm gives out. Besides, Soroka needs to demonstrate the ability to throw more than 65 pitches in a game.


        • 175 Vox O'Reasoñ April 17, 2023 at 8:48 pm

          I wouldn’t be surprised to see Soroka as a swing man either. I think there is concern from both his and the team as to how far he can go in games. The bubble gum and paper clips holding his foot on can only take so much.


          • 176 Gil in Mechanicsville April 18, 2023 at 6:18 am

            I worry about him too. There are so many moving parts to go wrong. Well, can’t leave him on the shelf but so long and I am pretty sure a tired arm or two will happen this spring/summer.


  128. 177 Gil in Mechanicsville April 16, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    Great line I saw on Twitter yesterday: Q. Who bats after Ozuna? A. The other team…

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  129. 178 berigan2electricboogaloo April 16, 2023 at 3:52 pm

    Gil, man…sorry didn’t see a notification that it was your birthday yesterday! Hope it was a good one!


  130. 180 Vox O'Reasoñ April 17, 2023 at 1:13 pm

    Sounds about right to me.

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    • 181 Gil in Mechanicsville April 17, 2023 at 2:28 pm

      After watching the Brewers a couple of times this week, I think they are underrated. Maybe not number two but better than number six. I also think MLB has a heavy bias towards the American League. The Yanks are good but not that much better than the Orioles. Just saying…

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  131. 182 Gil in Mechanicsville April 17, 2023 at 2:35 pm

    Still haven’t got around to a new lead yet, life keeps getting in the way. I did get most of my grass cut however….


  132. 183 Vox O'Reasoñ April 17, 2023 at 8:51 pm

    I still cannot “like” any posts. Whether I’m on my desktop, laptop, or phone, the little star thingie just fades away when I click it. Sadness.

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  133. 184 Gil in Mechanicsville April 18, 2023 at 6:10 am

    Word press can be very weird sometimes. I think they was us to pay for it or something…. Like that is going to happen… LOL

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  134. 185 Gil in Mechanicsville April 18, 2023 at 6:22 am

    I hate west coast games, they screw up my sleep pattern something awful.

    After all those 8 run games, a 2-0 game was a surprise. Guess which inning I missed… Yep, that one. Fried wasn’t unhittable but he was good enough. Wide strike zone last night. The Umps must have been in a hurry for fish tacos.

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  135. 186 berigan2electricboogaloo April 18, 2023 at 10:27 pm

    V, sorry about that! I had the very same issue with Facebook at one time….either I could not leave a like, or…only a like, and not a ha-ha/love/sad/mad emoji. But that did eventually go away.


  136. 187 Gil in Mechanicsville April 19, 2023 at 12:58 am

    8-1 and it was not that close, the ump’s strike zone tonight was a tight as last night’s strike zone was loose.

    At what point does AA cut bait on Ozuna?


  137. 188 Vox O'Reasoñ April 19, 2023 at 7:23 am

    This team is just fun to watch. And they’re not even fully healthy!! Just imagine if Money Mikey were out there in the field with the rest. Remember when we were wondering when they’d acquire an OF better than Kevin Pillar and Sam Hilliard? Uh… apologies to those two. They are major league players, even if they aren’t the regular starters. Another tip of the cap to Alex. Why do we ever doubt him?

    Ozuna? Well, nobody’s perfect.


    • 189 Vox O'Reasoñ April 19, 2023 at 7:28 am

      If I were in the conference room making suggestions, I’d offer up that Ozuna leaves when Travis d’Arnaud returns. Not only is Travis a capable DH, those nasty concussions are of particular concern and limiting his duties behind the plate might just be the healthiest decision for him going forward. Did Alex hit a home run with the Sean Murphy trade that seemed unfathomable at the time? Prophet star for Alex. Another one. He has quite a collection of them.

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  138. 193 berigan2electricboogaloo April 19, 2023 at 6:07 pm

    V, you are right, a very fun team to watch right now!
    Hillard made a great catch over the fence today as well….nothing from his past showed this talent….
    Did ya know (heard during KC broadcast) Hillard is the fastest brave?
    And that Bobby Witt Jr is the fastest player in baseball? Knock me over with a feather.
    Imagine, if we …as a…group….could have some pride in those facts? But, that would be….wrong

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  139. 194 Gil in Mechanicsville April 19, 2023 at 7:35 pm

    Just could not get the crucial run across today. the bats must have been tired.

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  140. 195 Vox O'Reasoñ April 20, 2023 at 1:54 pm

    The D-backs just DFA’d Madison Bumgarner. The club owes him $23M in 2023 and $14M in 2024.

    Wonder if Alex is watching? cough, cough Ozuna cough


  141. 196 berigan2electricboogaloo April 20, 2023 at 4:50 pm

    Gil, the bats must have been tired for 2 days. scoring 2 runs in 2 games, nice to win one of them.
    And when you mentioned MadBum being released, for a nanosec, I was afraid you were thinking we take a flyer on him….he was so po’ed one of the catching bros (Man, can’t think of…oh W. Contreas on the cards) swung hard and fouled it right back and said, Ohhh…like just missed it. Well M.B. if you hadn’t been so stupid as do ride a dirtbike recklessly, and mess up your shoulder, you might still be able to get folks out. flat out stole moola from the D’backs…
    but yeah, lets DFA Ozuna….take the very rare L A.A.


    • 197 Vox O'Reasoñ April 21, 2023 at 7:34 am

      We have a couple of guys that are going to have to come back soon, being Michael Harris II and Travis d’Arnaud. Who’s going away to make room? Sam Hilliard? Are you kidding? Kevin Pillar? He actually plays a pretty solid role on the team in LF, either as a platoon partner for Eddie Rosario or as a defensive replacement. There’s a case to be made for Eli White to be sent to AAA, and that’s OK. But that only accounts for 1. Hilliard has no options left. Pillar is a veteran.

      I suppose that backup C Chadwick Tromp seems like the obvious choice to be optioned upon d’Arnaud’s return, but Travis’ current concussion is his 4th. Let me repeat that… it’s his fourth. Yes, he is a top tier receiver who calls and frames as good as anyone. But at this stage, and with Sean Murphy in the fold long term, Travis is more valued for his bat. I say make him the primary DH.

      If I was in charge, Travis would be my primary DH, Pillar and Eddie would platoon in LF, and Hilliard would be my first guy off the bench. And Tromp would be my BUC.

      Ozuna would go away. Maybe to Japan. Or just to the house. I really do not care as long as it’s away from Truist Park.

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  142. 198 atmsteve (@atmsteve) April 22, 2023 at 1:19 am

    Got a lot of love for all y’all. Come to the other spot. Both spots are dying. Let’s die together.

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    • 199 CarolinaLady April 25, 2023 at 1:25 pm

      Hey, Steve!! LONG time no hear from! Nah, we ain’t goin’ anywhere. We’ll be right here. Would love to have you back with us! Take care, my friend!


  143. 200 berigan2electricboogaloo April 22, 2023 at 5:55 am

    V, I didn’t know it was Trevor’s 4th…wow…a bit of a problem though. I looked up how many games Murphy caught last year…116. Which was one of the highest totals…so, are we good with Tromp catching 40+ games a year? hmmm.

    I sure “love” Apple+ games…oh well, at least it was a loss I missed…


  144. 201 berigan2electricboogaloo April 25, 2023 at 8:00 am


  145. 202 berigan2electricboogaloo April 26, 2023 at 12:55 pm

    Hey Gil, V , everything ok with you guys????


    • 203 Gil in Mechanicsville April 26, 2023 at 7:53 pm

      yes, just being lazy Ber. Being old means you don’t really have to lie about it any longer. 🙂 Was a little bummed after getting swept by the Strohs. Elder pitching well tonight. A couple of solo homers but at least he isn’t walking guys.


  146. 204 Vox O'Reasoñ April 26, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    Obligatory words so that WP doesn’t eat the link.

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  147. 205 berigan2electricboogaloo April 27, 2023 at 5:30 am

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  148. 210 Gil in Mechanicsville April 27, 2023 at 6:06 pm

    Well, AJ blew another one. Me thinks his arm is tired as the Braves snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. I look for Iglesias soon.

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  149. 211 berigan2electricboogaloo April 28, 2023 at 10:06 am

    I hope his arm is ok. I missed the game, but in the “highlights” I saw one 96 MPH pitch, but then I saw some mid upper 80s, hoping they were all breaking pitches


  150. 213 Vox O'Reasoñ April 28, 2023 at 11:48 am

    What he said.

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  151. 214 Vox O'Reasoñ April 28, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Wow. You gotta be kidding me. 🙄

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  152. 215 Gil in Mechanicsville April 28, 2023 at 11:54 pm

    Tonight’s game verses the Mets was short but sweet. With the rain looming, the Braves pushed across 4 runs in the top of the 5th with Acuna driving in the winning run and Matt Olson breaking out of his doldrums and crushing a 3 run homer 461 feet (revised from the original estimate of 431) to make a winner out of Max Fried who pitched 5 scoreless innings in miserable conditions in New York.

    Lefty David Peterson matched Fried for the first 4 innings but faltered in the 5th. After Fried shut down the Mets in the bottom of the fifth the umps called for a delay as the infield was becoming a lake and the game became official with the completion of five innings.

    With rain forecasted for the next two days in the New York area it is doubtful the games will be played this weekend but things look promising for Monday. The Mets will likely get to face a fresh Spencer Strider in Monday’s game.

    It would be possible the Braves could play a late game Sunday if the rain clears out in time but the area is expected to get up to 3 plus inches of rain this weekend.


  153. 216 Gil in Mechanicsville May 1, 2023 at 7:00 am

    Twin bill today beginning at 1:10 PM. Will be sunny and cool.
    Young Soroka got shelled Saturday by Buffalo but then again, Almost all the Gwinnett pitchers were rocked this past week.

    We will have to wait and see how the Braves handle the need for an extra started next weekend.

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  154. 217 berigan2electricboogaloo May 2, 2023 at 2:15 am

    Well, put game one on and we were up 6-1, almost ruined the game for us, but won 9-8…
    missed game 2, which we lost….not sure they could lose when I wasn’t watching! 😉

    Sure hope Acuna is ok, never seen a ball hit a shoulder and just deflect that hard before…

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  155. 219 berigan2electricboogaloo May 2, 2023 at 2:18 am

    Well, on a selfish note, I feel like one of the last vestiges of my childhood disappeared with the death of the great Mike Shannon. Just loved his rough, but with a smile in it voice.
    He and Jack Buck were magic together, I hope you all at some point heard them on the radio…..How I’d love to hear a complete game of theirs from, say 1978….

    Rest in Peace Mr Shannon…..

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  156. 220 Gil in Mechanicsville May 3, 2023 at 10:03 am

    Last night’s performance by Bryce Elder was magnificent. Every time I see him pitch I am amazed at how good he really is. Nothing fancy, just nothing straight. Different speeds, everything just drops out of sight as it reaches the plate. Very Maddux like if you ask me except Maddux also went side to side. Not a big strikeout guy but he does strike people out.

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  157. 221 berigan2electricboogaloo May 3, 2023 at 2:13 pm

    V, he’s reminding me more and more of Logan Webb of the Giants. At first glance, you think he’s just ok, a 5th starter, but really looks good out there (and pitching well, with an ump calling pitches 2 inches outside strikes, is a winning combo 😉 )
    And thank goodness the Marlins Manager didn’t have anyone warming up til his pitcher (first game back since 2020?) had 4 walks…thanks man!

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  158. 222 berigan2electricboogaloo May 3, 2023 at 2:15 pm

    Gil I meant 😳

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  159. 224 Gil in Mechanicsville May 3, 2023 at 11:06 pm

    The good news: Braves win in a blow out tonight with 6 homers and 14 runs, Ozuna 3-5 with a grand slam, a solo shot and a single.

    The bad news: Wright to go on the DL with shoulder soreness, he left after 2 innings.

    Dylan Dodd called up to replace him for Thursday’s game. Depending on how he does, I may well stay for a while. The rainouts in New York kind of screwed up the rotation alignment.

    Fried Friday and Strider Saturday.

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  160. 225 Gil in Mechanicsville May 4, 2023 at 7:12 am

    4 o’clock game today

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  161. 228 Vox O'Reasoñ May 4, 2023 at 1:17 pm

    Vaughn Grissom is looking more and more like next year’s LF.

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  162. 229 Gil in Mechanicsville May 5, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    Looking ahead at the schedule for the rest of May, we should all get a very good idea of how good this edition of the Atlanta Braves really is. It will be a hard row to hoe but then again the Braves have always seemed to play up to their level of competion.

    This weekend TV schedule: Tonight Bailey’s, Saturday Big Fox, likely a blackout for you Georgians and Sunday Paramount, streamed … also 11:30 AM game… WHAT?

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  163. 231 Vox O'Reasoñ May 5, 2023 at 12:45 pm

    Interesting that Shewmake is coming up. Vaughn’s bat hasn’t exactly made us overlook his defensive, er… clunkiness. I’m betting Shewmake gets a start or 3 while he’s here. And who knows..? If he shows he can hit enough and provide that plus glove he’s known to have, well somebody has to hit 9th. Just sayin’.

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  164. 232 Gil in Mechanicsville May 5, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    Well, that was fugly…

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  165. 233 berigan2electricboogaloo May 6, 2023 at 3:51 am

    The way Max threw to 1st, he might be the left fielder next year 😉
    And Ozuna hit 3 homers in Miami, so apparently, he’s bought himself another month or so….dude still can’t play left, and after tonight is hitting .147 (But his OBP is .256, totally worth keeping Trevor, or Eddie on the bench right?)
    ….but Vaughn is the guy that you can’t have out there every day? Lets see 18 games since being called up and he’s still….22, but we need to panic and bring someone else up to make Vaughn even more self conscious about his defense?

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  166. 234 Gil in Mechanicsville May 6, 2023 at 11:56 pm

    Braves win 5-4 and the earth has returned to it’s proper rotation and orbit.

    Sorry, but as much as I love Vaughn Grissom, he is just not ready to play shortstop in the majors. The Braves need to make a hard decision. Continue his internship at triple A at short or switch him to the outfield. Just saying


  167. 235 Gil in Mechanicsville May 7, 2023 at 9:01 am

    The #Braves today reinstated INF Orlando Arcia from the injured list. The club optioned INF Vaughn Grissom to Triple-A Gwinnett following last night’s game.


  168. 236 Gil in Mechanicsville May 7, 2023 at 3:56 pm

    Watching today’s game, you realize that Arcia is head and shoulders over Grissom at short. I like Vaughn but way too many plays not made and errant throws. Go back to Triple A and hone those skills young man…

    It was a really good game today made better by the Braves winning. Acuna made two terrific plays in the outfield, the latest being an assist to nail a base runner at third.

    Another strong outing by Bryce Elder also.

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  169. 239 Vox O'Reasoñ May 9, 2023 at 9:44 am

    Anytime there’s an issue that’s related to forearm, I have PTSD flashbacks to Mike Hampton. 😱

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  170. 240 Gil in Mechanicsville May 9, 2023 at 10:00 am

    I suspected it would be an arm related issue. I know when I had issues with my elcow, it was my forearm which flared up first. I am surprised the Braves did not recall Dylan Dodd.


    • 241 Vox O'Reasoñ May 10, 2023 at 10:24 am

      They probably will when the time comes for a starter. With Monday’s off day another breather on Thursday, they won’t necessarily need a 5th starter right away unless they want to give an extra day’s rest to Charlie after last night’s effort. And even then they can keep the extra reliever for a few more games.


  171. 242 Gil in Mechanicsville May 9, 2023 at 10:01 am

    elcow??? elbow…

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  172. 243 berigan2electricboogaloo May 9, 2023 at 3:16 pm

    YIKES! No good
    Elcows are not to be trifled with

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  173. 244 berigan2electricboogaloo May 9, 2023 at 3:20 pm

    V, did a little searching…of course this was back in 2018 and with Apple products (do you use apple?) Also, can you click like of FB ok? (I know they are not owned by fb just curious)


  174. 247 Gil in Mechanicsville May 10, 2023 at 5:45 pm

    Watching the gNats take down the Giants this afternoon, they are getting much better start by their pitching staff. Their bullpen is still a Chinese fire drill but then again most stressed bullpens are.

    Do not be shocked if they take the series against the Mets this weekend.

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  175. 248 Gil in Mechanicsville May 11, 2023 at 5:56 pm

    The Reds sink the Mets 5-0 today

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  176. 249 Steve Summers May 12, 2023 at 9:31 am

    Thanks for the shout, CL. And. I’m sorry. I know I’m crossing the line. Yet, please. Y’all are the best part of the thing.

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    • 250 CarolinaLady May 15, 2023 at 5:21 pm

      Whatever side of the line you’re on is “our” side, my friend! You’re welcome here ANY time, all the time. You’re missed.


  177. 251 Gil in Mechanicsville May 12, 2023 at 11:26 am

    Catching up on the late games I watched the 8th & 9th inning of the Rays dumping on the Yankees. The Rays are loaded this year. I also caught the A’s vs Rangers. game. Nathan Eovldi pitch a great game going 8 1/3 shutting out the A’s 4-0. Sometimes you just have to check out the other teams to see what they have to offer.

    Strider pitches tonight for the Bravos in Toronto.

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  178. 252 berigan2electricboogaloo May 12, 2023 at 3:06 pm

    Hey Steve (still bay area?) Can you still keep up with the braves games?


  179. 253 berigan2electricboogaloo May 12, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    Gil, agreed….amazing how good the Rays are….still don’t know most of their players
    I think that is the 3rd great start in a row by Nathan Eovldi. Guessing the Red Sox are wishing they hadn’t let him walk


  180. 254 berigan2electricboogaloo May 13, 2023 at 6:27 pm

    caught the game last night, wasted a great outing from Strider.
    Luckily, I missed the game today. scoring 4 runs in 3 games , explains 3 straight losses.
    I thought Olson was doing pretty good (11 HRs and 29 RBIs are great)but, check this out. .233 BA, last 30 days, .207 BA (.343 OBP)

    Riley .240 6 HR’s 18 RBI’s . Last 30 days? .192 BA UGH!

    Ozzie, I thought he was still hot. .269 for the season 9 HRs 27 RBIs. But, 2 for his last 20 AB’s with 1 RBI.

    Harris, 6 for his last 30 (.200)


  181. 256 Gil in Mechanicsville May 14, 2023 at 7:08 pm


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  182. 257 Gil in Mechanicsville May 14, 2023 at 7:08 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day Margie

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  183. 259 Vox O'Reasoñ May 15, 2023 at 12:16 pm

    Lost weekend north of the border. Not much left to say about that but that it sucked and they get to move on to TEX. No small task there either.

    Why is the bullpen suddenly a liability? I think they’re still just as talented, but it would almost appear the loss of Max Fried and Kyle Wright have had a ripple effect on the rest of the team. I mean seriously… dropping balls in the OF with stud defenders out in the grass? That’s not a physical problem, it’s a mental problem.

    As for the depleted rotation, there aren’t any outside fixes to come in and give the team a shot in the arm. This has to be addressed internally with someone who can step up and make the most of an opportunity. Will it be Dylan Dodd? Jared Shuster? Mike, er… Michael Soroka? It’s not looking like Soroka is ready. And it’s not looking like the organization is trying to line up Shuster’s or Dodd’s AAA starts to match the holes in the ML rotation. One has to assume that Alex & Co. know what they’re doing, but it’s not evident to the rest of us.

    This is the proverbial rough patch, and this team better find a way to navigate through it. Maxey is out for a while, and Kyle is out for even longer. Surely Alex will seek help at or near the trade deadline, but this is just May and there’s a lot of baseball to be played before teams will start dangling pieces. And even when that time comes, what does Alex have to offer? It’s at this point I’ll caution we Braves fans to not get too attached to Vaughn Grissom. Or Braden Shewmake. Or Jared Shuster. Or Dylan Dodd. Or AJ Shawver-Smith.

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  184. 260 Gil in Mechanicsville May 15, 2023 at 1:17 pm

    Generally, it takes quality to get quality. I must say I am befuddled at the Braves continued use of bullpen games because it weakens the bullpen in the long run.

    It is too bad Strider is needed as a starter because he profiles as a number one closer IMO.

    On the ineptitude of the Braves fielders Sunday, I kept waiting for the circus music to cue up. It was brutal to watch.

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  185. 261 berigan2electricboogaloo May 15, 2023 at 1:59 pm

    V, I can give you a few reasons the bullpen is so-so right now, like Gil said, overuse (2 out of 4 bullpen games? Dodd or Schuster could go 4 innings and give up 4-5 runs just like the bullpen, only those bullpen arms could come in later) and we have way too many soft tossers…McHugh and Jesse , in the same game? watching them tossing the ball 4-5 inches outside (partly since the ump was terrible and did call 2 inches outside/high strikes) cuz they were rightly scared of their big bruisers was almost as painful as the terrible defense was….
    I am worried about another guy that was a soft tosser yesterday…Iglesias. I think 93 MPH was his top fastball. Yikes. First time I have caught him this year. Was his fastball any better in earlier games? I know it was better than that last year.
    did you all see that Jansen now magically has a 98, 99 MPH fastball? Would love to know how after 400 saves, he’s got that now, but good for him….

    we are so very lucky the Mutts and Phils have been so very bad so far…like the braves they have all had terrible injuries to deal with…

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  186. 262 Gil in Mechanicsville May 15, 2023 at 11:31 pm

    Okay Braves, the eyes of Texas are upon you… Say what? Black eyes? Okie dokie, that is a little more like it. Braves hit 5 two run homers and Charlie Morton pitched a gem going 6 2/3 with 10 Ks… Danny Young, Snits current go to guy, finished it out preserving a 12-0 shutout.

    Normally I would say save some for tomorrow but I going with get ’em while you can.

    Tuesday’s starter for the Braves has not yet been announced but I can’t see the Braves burning out their bullpen so early in the season. Shades of Bobby Cox wearing out bullpen arms.

    Oh by the way, as I suggested, gNats take the series from the Mets who are circling the drain right now. Watch out, the gNats are gaining confidence. Not that I think they can sustain it but ya never know. The difference with most major league teams being competitive has always been the pitching.

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  187. 264 berigan2electricboogaloo May 16, 2023 at 5:36 am

    that was more like it! 4 2 run homers! (and….Ozuna’s 2 run homer…off a catcher pitching)
    Gil, glad to hear he is….crazy they didn’t do it sooner…


  188. 265 Vox O'Reasoñ May 16, 2023 at 9:35 am

    A couple of quick observations from my perch here in the Athens-Clarke County courthouse (where m working, not being processed):
    First, all teams will go through stretches like the Braves last few games over the course of a 162 game season, but few will break out of it with the type performance in which the Braves reasserted themselves as one of the elite teams in MLB.
    Second, Charlie Morton still has it, and the team really needed it yesterday.
    Third, I think we can see why Orlando Arcia won the SS competition.
    Fourth, this team is trampling opponents while Matt Olson and Austin Riley are struggling.
    Fifth, Marcell Ozuna appears to be seeing the ball better. He doesn’t look like he’s chasing as much, and while it’s not translating into a 5 hit game yet, the contact rate has definitely improved.
    Sixth, I need to get back to work.

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  189. 268 Vox O'Reasoñ May 17, 2023 at 10:50 am

    Too little, too late last night. I thought Jared Shuster gave them a chance. And I think he earned another start.

    But the most noteworthy event of yesterday happened off the field. Top prospect RHP AJ Smith-Shawver, who was recently promoted to AA, has been bumped again. After starting the season with 3 dominant scoreless starts at high-A Rome, AJSS continued his stingy success in 2 starts for Mississippi. Now he’ll make his next start for the AAA Stripers. Still, a 0.00 ERA through 5 starts is pretty impressive at any level.

    But the point is that the kid has pitched his way onto the fast track. But I nlike the previously fast tracked Spencer Strider, who was drafted after a successful college career, AJSS is just 20 years old and was drafted out of HS in the June ‘21 draft. He’s truly just a kid.

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    • 269 Gil in Mechanicsville May 17, 2023 at 6:52 pm

      Yes, I agree that Schuster looked pretty good. A hic up in the 4th inning and not exactly sure what happened. Loss of focus, tired? Oh well, get them next time.

      Awful young to be stress too much too early. Never forget Mark “The Bird” Fydrich or Kerry Wood…

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  190. 270 Gil in Mechanicsville May 17, 2023 at 8:50 pm

    Eddie, Eddie

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  191. 271 berigan2electricboogaloo May 18, 2023 at 11:52 am

    Well, now, that was more like it eh? (closed all tabs, and yet still typing is showing up a beat behind, I am not a fast typer)
    I hear crowds gasp when Ronald hits a homer, it must be really loud in person!
    Stay healthy young man!
    I saw 96 MPH from Iglesias , that’s more like it!
    Funny, just felt like we were going to ultimately lose the game….nice to be very wrong about that.

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  192. 272 berigan2electricboogaloo May 18, 2023 at 12:58 pm

    Did ya know Dereck Rodríguez was Pudge’s son? I didn’t . He also was great his rookie year of 2018? (6-4 2.81 ERA in 19 starts) then terrible ever since.

    Did ya know , that 2 of the possibly best SS’s the last decade or so, are NOT playing in the majors this year? José Iglesias hit .292 in COL last year, but I guess wanted a starting role? He’s playing for the Pads in AAA
    and Andrelton Simmons….isn’t playing anywhere this year….

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  193. 274 Vox O'Reasoñ May 19, 2023 at 12:09 pm

    OK then. I didn’t see that one coming. I suppose I didn’t realize Adrianza’s injury was that bad. Or… is it? He’s still getting paid, right? Just sayin’.


  194. 275 Vox O'Reasoñ May 19, 2023 at 4:52 pm

    Ugh. More shoulder inflammation. Seems to be catching. And I’m not that impressed with Luetge. I hope he proves me wrong.


  195. 276 berigan2electricboogaloo May 20, 2023 at 9:20 am

    Have you all heard the theory that the pitch clock, might, just might be the cause of so many shoulder and elbow issues with pitchers?
    That would be a real shame, for many reasons…but something to consider.


  196. 278 Gil in Mechanicsville May 21, 2023 at 8:51 pm

    Nice game by Shuster today, he had a really strong mound presence. He looked really sharp in his delivery. he added velocity to all his pitches. Just saying…

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  197. 279 berigan2electricboogaloo May 23, 2023 at 12:33 pm

    F.F. is pretty good….and is a lot faster than Olson…somehow 😉
    our bullpen looks pretty bad….shades of the homeboy upstairs, thinking any old guys can fill out the pen…methinks some trades for arms will be the top priority come trade time


  198. 280 berigan2electricboogaloo May 23, 2023 at 12:46 pm

    Michael Harris is “hitting” .148 for the month of May…hit .191 in April…hmmm, knee? being only 22????


  199. 281 berigan2electricboogaloo May 23, 2023 at 10:51 pm


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  200. 282 Gil in Mechanicsville May 25, 2023 at 9:48 am

    About last night… Whew! It is a whole lot more fun following a win than getting blown out. The Dodgers take 2 of 3 but that 3 is no longer a deal breaker. Elder with another Maddux like effort. Except for Mookie Betts, he pretty much kept the ball off the Dodger bats sweet spots.

    Dylan Dodd will be recalled to start tonight’s game vs the Phillies. Don’t know who will be optioned at this point. Quick, somebody develop a limp…

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  201. 283 berigan2electricboogaloo May 25, 2023 at 12:37 pm

    Yeah, those previous games were…not fun ones to watch. Glad they were able to win 1….MK ll at least got a hit last night, but I feel like it’s Frenchy all over again…leave him out for more than a day!
    and while I’m…..complaining…I feel like a traitor to the braves…I mean, it’s swell Ozuna is hitting, but he’s the least useful player on the team. He can’t fill in at 1st or in LF, he is only a DH. He’s keeping Pillar , Travis, Eddie, from getting regular A.B’s there and even Murphy from getting a day off but keep his bat in .
    I know, I know, he’s been a big part of the success in May, but what happens if/when he goes cold in June? will AA ever swallow his pride about Ozuna?


  202. 284 Vox O'Reasoñ May 25, 2023 at 6:06 pm

    Translation: Tonkin has had to cover a lot of innings lately and can use a rest.

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  203. 285 berigan2electricboogaloo May 25, 2023 at 8:37 pm

    Sure Ozuna, show me up like that 😉

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  204. 287 Gil in Mechanicsville May 27, 2023 at 2:54 am

    Tonight’s game was lost by the Braves in the second inning when they failed to score with men on 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Huge momentum swing. Base running blunders always seem to rear their ugly heads with Atlanta.

    Maybe Snit should have let Shuster try and get the third out in the 6th inning. Just saying…


  205. 288 Gil in Mechanicsville May 27, 2023 at 9:05 am

    I have a question: Who fixed Ozuna’s swing??? Who can the Braves get to coach his base running skills…

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