Mar 16, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella (84) hits an RBI double during the fourth inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves News 5/6


Baseball Reference

Tomahawk Take Editorial Notes:  The offense showed up last night as the Braves put three runs on the board BUT the Cardinals had four.  Braves loss for the seventh straight time.  Braves offense will take on Tyler Lyons and the Cardinals again on Tuesday at 7:10pm Eastern.

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Jason Heyward RF 3 0 1 0 2 1 .223 .642
Justin Upton LF 4 1 0 0 1 4 .288 .929
Freddie Freeman 1B 4 1 2 0 0 0 .300 .892
Evan Gattis C 4 0 2 1 0 1 .267 .824
B.J. Upton CF 3 0 0 1 0 1 .207 .609
Chris Johnson 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 .236 .585
Andrelton Simmons SS 4 0 2 0 0 1 .279 .752
Aaron Harang P 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000
   Anthony Varvaro P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Tyler Pastornicky PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .733
   David Carpenter P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Luis Avilan P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Jordan Schafer PH 0 0 0 0 0 0 .176 .516
Ramiro Pena 2B 4 1 2 1 0 0 .250 .814
Team Totals 32 3 9 3 3 9 .281 .802
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Generated 5/6/2014.
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Aaron Harang, L (3-3) 6 9 4 2 1 6 0 2.98
Anthony Varvaro 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.53
David Carpenter 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.08
Luis Avilan 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.79
Team Totals 9 9 4 2 1 9 0 2.00
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/6/2014.

 

AJC

How long will Braves stick with Uggla?

Tomahawk Take Editorial Notes:  Dan Uggla sat the bench last night and made room for Ramiro Pena.  Pena exploded out of the nine hole on Monday with a double and a homer.  Expect to see this guy back in the lineup on Tuesday but maybe not at second base.  I’m thinking Fredi gives Dan another chance in the lineup and will play Pena at third base.

May 1, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (26) warms up prior to a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

That said, it’s time to wonder aloud just how much longer the Braves are willing to stick with Uggla as the primary second baseman, when prospect Tommy La Stella is hitting .313 with a .373 OBP at Triple-A Gwinnett in his first 27 games at that level. I’d guess another two weeks, tops, if Uggla doesn’t turn things around.

La Stella is not young (25) by prospect standards, and he doesn’t  have anything remotely resembling Uggla’s raw power. Uggla hit two homers including a grand slam on April 14 at Philly, while La Stella has two extra-base hits (doubles) in 113 plate appearances this season and only 20 homers and a .479 slugging percentage in more than 1,111 career plate appearances in the minors.

 

Kennesaw State University

The Atlanta Braves new home impacts Kennesaw State students

Tomahawk Take Editorial Notes:  This is great news for Kennesaw State students because finding jobs when you finally graduate can be difficult.  The Braves will take advantage of their location and will employe a great deal of students when the new stadium opens up in a couple years.

Kennesaw State University is the home of nearly 26,000 students and in 2016, Kennesaw State will have a new neighbor to the community, the Atlanta Braves. Just miles from the KSU campus, the future home for the Major League Baseball team is set to open. With the growing enrollment numbers at KSU, students should take full advantage of the opportunities the new Braves stadium will offer.

For KSU students, the Atlanta Braves organization offers many employment opportunities for students both part and full time. The new home will not only allow the opportunity for students to find positions of employment with the organization, but give students the opportunity to reach out in the community as well.

The Atlanta Braves organization is more than just a baseball team; it is committed to making a difference on and off the field. The Atlanta Braves strive to make a difference in the community and to the fans that have always supported them.

 

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Why are the Atlanta Braves struggling at the plate? David O’Brien joins The Turn 05-05-2014

Tomahawk Take Editorial Notes:  David O’Brien always has great insight and this is worth the time to listen to what he says.  Sure the Braves are struggling but we can’t blame it on one guy…the entire lineup hasn’t been hitting well and have been chasing bad pitching.


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