Apr 25, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (26) attempts to make a catch against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves News 5/2/14


 

Baseball Reference

Swept?  Yes it happens!  Swept by the Miami Marlins?  Yes, that happens to Atlanta often, despite putting three of our best pitchers on the mound.  All three of them hiccuped unusually, but then the offense didn’t help much either.  Every team goes through some of these periods, and it’s certainly no reason to panic.  Check out the boxscores from the final game of the Braves, Marlins series, courtesy of Baseball Reference.

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS Pit Str PO A
Jason Heyward RF 5 1 1 0 0 1 .206 .600 21 11 2 0
B.J. Upton CF 4 1 1 3 1 1 .214 .620 19 10 3 0 HR,SB
Freddie Freeman 1B 5 0 0 0 0 2 .305 .921 19 15 8 2
Justin Upton LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 .323 1.030 8 6 0 0 2B
Evan Gattis C 3 1 2 1 1 0 .286 .910 14 6 6 0 HR
Dan Uggla 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 .194 .538 9 7 2 6
Chris Johnson 3B 3 0 3 0 1 0 .255 .641 17 13 0 1
   Jordan Schafer PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 .176 .516 SB
   Anthony Varvaro P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Luis Avilan P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Andrelton Simmons SS 3 0 0 0 1 0 .280 .769 14 9 3 0 GDP
Ervin Santana P 3 1 1 0 0 1 .214 .429 10 9 0 0
   Ian Thomas P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   David Carpenter P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Ramiro Pena PH-3B 1 0 0 0 0 1 .227 .701 4 4 0 0
Team Totals 35 4 9 4 4 7 .257 .790 135 90 24 9
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Generated 5/2/2014.
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL GB FB LD
Ervin Santana 6 5 3 3 3 5 1 2.41 26 92 57 23 14 20 7 11 6
Ian Thomas, H (2), L (1-1) 0.1 2 2 2 0 0 0 4.50 3 15 9 5 0 4 0 3 2
David Carpenter, BS (1) 0.2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2.45 4 15 12 8 0 4 2 2 0
Anthony Varvaro 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.38 3 9 5 4 0 1 2 0 0
Luis Avilan 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.04 1 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
Team Totals 8 10 5 5 3 6 1 5.62 37 133 84 41 14 29 12 16 8
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/2/2014.

 

 Rants Sports

You might not think there are any positives from a series where you get swept, but David Miller of Rant Sports believes there are some.  Check out what he has to say…

5 Positives From Atlanta Braves Getting Swept by Miami Marlins

Any time a team that has been one of the best teams in MLB like the Atlanta Braves gets swept by a team that has struggled like the Miami Marlins, it is a big story. The Braves certainly have quite a few things they can look to improve upon after this past sweep but even in this situation all is not negative. Here are 5 positive things that the Braves can take away from the series in Miami.

 

 

Yahoo Sports

Sign stealing going on during the Braves, Marlins series?  Mike Oz of Yahoo Sports’ Big League Stew takes a look at the intrigue..

The Grand Slam: Braves get swept by Marlins, think something is fishy

The Atlanta Braves dropped their third straight to the Miami Marlins on Thursday — a 5-4 game, sealed by a seventh-inning rally that included RBI singles from Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee.

In all, the Marlins outscored the Braves 23-7 in the series, a development that, frankly, was baffling to the Braves. The Marlins (14-14) have a reputation for losing and the Braves (17-10) are in first in the NL East, so you can see how this would confound the Tomahawk Choppers.

 

 

MLB

Mike Minor is scheduled to make his 2014 debut on Friday as the Braves take on the San Francisco Giants.  Joe Morgan of MLB takes a look at what we might expect from Minor’s return…

Minor set for ’14 debut as Braves welcome Giants

After a successful bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon, Braves left-hander Mike Minor will make his long-awaited season debut on Friday against the Giants. He joins what has been one of the best rotations in the Majors, as Atlanta returns home from a brief trip to Miami.

‘We just wanted to make sure [Minor] is healthy and that he feels good,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday. “You always want to err on that side. He looks good. So we’ll pencil him in there for Friday.’

 

 

Rowland’s Office

When it comes to Dan Uggla of the Atlanta Braves, for most of his stint with the club, he’s been loved, but now you find those still hanging on to that love, and you find haters.  Should the Braves go on and get rid of Dan?  Brad Rowland looks at reasons for and against…

Reasons for:

If he doesn’t, Fredi will keep trotting him out there every day.

No one is going to take him off your hands. Drop that fantasy.

It’s classic addition by subtraction. You won’t find a worse everyday player in baseball. Hell, in all of sports.

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