May 2, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran (49) tosses a ball in the dugout during the game against the San Francisco Giants at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves News 5/4/14


 

Baseball Reference

Five losses in a row now, and the Atlanta Braves seem in a downhill skid, and the proverbial bleeding continues.  The Braves are now in danger of being swept two series in a row.  If you can stomach it, take a look at the boxscores from last night’s loss, courtesy of Baseball Reference.

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS Pit Str PO A
Jason Heyward RF 3 1 1 0 1 0 .226 .641 12 6 3 0 2B,SB
B.J. Upton CF 3 0 1 1 1 0 .217 .627 19 10 1 0 2B
Freddie Freeman 1B 3 0 1 0 1 0 .304 .910 15 9 9 0 CS
Justin Upton LF 4 0 1 0 0 2 .311 .992 18 11 3 0 GDP
Evan Gattis C 4 0 0 0 0 2 .268 .855 16 9 8 0
Chris Johnson 3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 .235 .592 20 15 0 0 GDP
Dan Uggla 2B 3 0 1 0 1 0 .198 .549 23 12 1 3
Andrelton Simmons SS 3 0 0 0 1 1 .270 .742 11 6 2 2
Julio Teheran P 2 0 0 0 0 0 .125 .250 8 7 0 3
   Tyler Pastornicky PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .125 .675 3 2
   David Carpenter P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   David Hale P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 0 0
Team Totals 30 1 5 1 5 7 .167 .519 145 87 27 8
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/4/2014.
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL GB FB LD
Julio Teheran, L (2-2) 7 4 3 3 0 7 3 1.80 25 87 64 38 11 15 7 11 3
David Carpenter 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 2.25 4 17 11 6 5 0 0 2 0
David Hale 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.03 3 5 4 3 0 1 2 1 0
Team Totals 9 4 3 3 1 8 3 3.00 32 109 79 47 16 16 9 14 3
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/4/2014.

 

Miami Herald

The Miami Herald picked up this recap of last night’s loss by the Atlanta Braves, as reported by Carl Steward of the Contra Costa Times.  Check out what Carl has to say.

Giants trim Braves, 3-1

ATLANTA_In a bit of a twist on the old Earl Weaver philosophy, the San Francisco Giants are developing their own simple formula for achieving victory_pitching, defense and one-run homers.

For the second straight night at Turner Field, the Giants didn’t drive home a runner from scoring position because they didn’t have to. They just knocked the ball out of the park again in claiming a 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.

Brandon Belt, Buster Posey and Michael Morse all connected for solo home runs. Ryan Vogelsong gutted through six innings and allowed just one run, then turned it over to the Giants’ lockdown bullpen to finish the club’s eighth win in nine games.

 

 

Ledger-Enquirer

It’s been great to see Tim Hudson visiting with Braves’ reporters, hamming it up with his teammates and former teammates, and just being Tim.  That said, he’s glad he doesn’t have to pitch against his former teammates.  Personally I’d love to see him pitch, just for the memories, but the Braves will avoid Huddy this time.  Stan Awtrey, writing for the Ledger-Enquirer, takes a look.

Tim Hudson glad he’s not pitching against former teammates

ATLANTA — Things could not be better for Tim Hudson, but the veteran pitcher admitted it was odd to show up at Turner Field on Friday night and get dressed in the visitor’s clubhouse.

Hudson spent nine seasons playing for the Atlanta Braves before they opted not to pursue a new deal with the right-hander. Hudson quickly signed a two-year deal with San Francisco and has made a seemless transition into the Giants’ starting rotation.

 

 

Rant Sports

The term ace is too often bandied about with pitchers I wouldn’t tag with that term, and while I love Mike Minor, am glad he’s back in the rotation, I wouldn’t call him anywhere close to being the Braves’ ace.  David Miller of Rant Sports may have a different take.  Read on…

Mike Minor Appears Ready to Assume Role of Atlanta Braves’ Ace

For all the bad news that the Atlanta Braves received at the beginning of Spring Training regarding their starting pitchers, the silver lining was that Mike Minor was not out for the year. Especially now that the offense appears to be on the blink for a while, good to great outings by starters are going to be necessary. The Braves got another great outing from a starter in Minor’s season debut against the San Francisco Giants.

 

 

MLB Video

I cannot let my daughter see this video, because she will immediately ask me why I haven’t yet caught her a baseball at an Atlanta Braves’ game!  I’m working on it, honey, I’m working on it! Check out this video brought to us by MLB Video, of a dad holding his young daughter in one hand, and snagging a foul ball with the other.  Sign him up Atlanta!

Fan makes great one-handed catch


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  • http://www.twillustration.com Tim Williams

    The way the Braves are playing now is disturbing. Freeman carried them for a long time and now that he’s struggling the entire offense seems to be impotent. I think the back-to-back beat downs that the Marlins gave them really got into their collective heads. Don’t know when it will end but for their sake it better be soon.

  • fireboss

    All this focus on not hitting with RISP – which I admit I’ve added to – shouldn’t be a surprise. The team isn’t hitting period so when players get on they feel more pressure to perform. This was true last year – yes I know we made the playoffs that doesn’t change the fact that the team strikes out too much – and has been getting worse since 2011. As team Ks have gone up hitting with RISP has gone down. The idea that a strikeout if no different than any other out is patently not true. They must address this imbalance or it will continue to drag down a pitching staff that deserves better from players making 10% or more of the team’s payroll.