Apr 19, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Ervin Santana (30) reacts after the final out of the seventh inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves News 5/1/14


Baseball Reference

Tomahawk Take Editorial Note: If you’ve recently eaten, you might want to wait awhile before checking out last night’s boxscores of the 2nd game of the current Atlanta Braves versus Miami Marlins series, courtesy of Baseball Reference…

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS Pit Str PO A
Jason Heyward RF 4 0 2 0 0 0 .206 .609 17 11 0 0
   Luis Avilan P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
   Gus Schlosser P 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 2.000 0 0
B.J. Upton CF 4 1 1 0 0 2 .213 .586 19 13 0 0
Freddie Freeman 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 .320 .965 14 10 11 1
   Gerald Laird PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .519 2 1
Justin Upton LF 4 1 1 2 0 1 .326 1.041 13 9 4 0
Evan Gattis C 4 0 0 0 0 2 .270 .844 15 11 6 0
Dan Uggla 2B 3 0 0 0 1 0 .202 .561 17 8 3 4
Chris Johnson 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 .231 .590 7 5 0 2
Andrelton Simmons SS 3 1 1 0 0 0 .289 .787 11 6 0 5
Aaron Harang P 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 3 2 0 0
   David Hale P 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 3 3 0 0
   Ryan Doumit PH-RF 1 0 1 0 0 0 .200 .426 5 3 0 0
Team Totals 31 3 6 3 1 5 .194 .664 126 82 24 13
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Generated 5/1/2014.
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL GB FB LD
Aaron Harang, L (3-2) 4.2 10 9 9 1 4 2 2.97 25 93 62 39 5 18 9 11 8
David Hale 2.1 3 0 0 0 2 0 2.10 10 42 26 14 5 7 6 2 2
Luis Avilan 0.2 2 0 0 1 0 0 7.36 5 21 12 10 0 2 3 1 1
Gus Schlosser 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.91 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 1
Team Totals 8 15 9 9 2 6 2 10.12 41 158 101 64 10 27 18 15 12
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/1/2014.

 

 

Rant Sports

To hear some tell it, the Atlanta Braves’ starting pitcher must have been on a game show last night of, Will The Real Aaron Harang Please Stand Up?  Clearly Aaron Harang wasn’t pitching like he had been, but to think he has no more juice left in the tank at all is probably a mistake.  David Miller of Rant Sports tells us why..

Aaron Harang Has Plenty of Life Left for Atlanta Braves After Blowout

Recently it was explained that Atlanta Braves GM Frank Wren and his various scouts saw something in Aaron Harang that suggested to them that he was going to return to his better form from when he pitched for the Cincinnati Reds a few years ago. At the time there was no reason to argue with whatever they said because Harang was the surprise of the year on the mound with a microscopic ERA. Everyone is happy in paradise after all; why question anything?

 

 

MLB

Atlanta Braves’ pitcher Alex Wood has been very good, but was beat up by the Miami Marlins in game 1 of the current series.  Aaron Harang has been very, very good, but was beat up in game 2 of the series.  Ervin Santana has been great, so will he get beat up as well in the finale of the series?  Mark Bowman of MLB takes a look…

Ervin tries to subdue Stanton, leave Miami with win

Fredi Gonzalez had the pleasure of being the first manager to place Giancarlo Stanton‘s name in the starting lineup for a Major League game. When relieved of his duties as the Marlins’ manager two weeks later, Gonzalez had the comfort of knowing he was likely just a few months away from being named Bobby Cox‘s successor in Atlanta.

 

 

AJC

Mike Minor is set to return, and Gavin Floyd will be on  his hills, and that has led to a bit of a mystery about who will go where, and when they’ll go, and why they’ll go, ad nauseum.  One of those questions is whether Floyd’s return could push Alex Wood into the pen.  Personally, I doubt it, but it’s certainly possible knowing how hard the Atlanta Braves are to predict at times.  AJC’s Jeff Schultz takes a look…

Will Floyd push Wood into Braves’ bullpen?

When the Braves signed Gavin Floyd as a fifth starter in the winter, they thought they needed him. Now that Floyd is ready to come off the disabled list, they don’t need him.

Problem: “Never mind” doesn’t work in the world of sports, particularly in the world of sports contracts.

Mike Minor will make his first start back from the disabled list Friday, which is expected to lead the Braves to send rookie David Hale going to the bullpen or Gwinnett (AAA). Floyd, who is returning from Tommy John surgery, made what was expected to be his final minor-league start Tuesday night in Toledo (one run, four hits allowed in five innings).

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