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

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves News 5/9/14

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Bleacher Report

Joel Reuter, featured columnist for Bleacher Report, shares his Early Season Approval Ratings for all MLB teams, including and of course the Atlanta Braves.  Check out Joel’s thoughts…

Team Overview

The Atlanta Braves’ phenomenal starting pitching was the talk of the league to start the season, but as that has started to level off a bit, their wildly inconsistent offense has dominated the headlines.

 

 

Fangraphs

David Weirs, writing for Fangraphs, in his Roto Riteup, shared a little bit of his thoughts about Dan Uggla, 2nd baseman for the Atlanta Braves (for the time being everyone keeps saying).  Check it out.

Roto Riteup — Presented By DraftKings: May 9, 2014

Second base in Atlanta
With Dan Uggla starting just five of the past nine games at the keystone for the Atlanta Braves, it is safe to say there is a second base problem. Manager Fredi Gonzalez remained mum as to who will get the most playing time going forward, be it Uggla, Ramiro Pena or Tyler Pastornicky. Neither Pena or Pastornicky offer the same power as Uggla, however both should provide similar value with the bat thanks to a lower strikeout rate and both are superior in the field. Prospect Tommy La Stella is currently hitting .306/.368/.333 and could have the inside track over both Pena and Pastornicky.

 

 

Rowland’s Office

Brad Rowland makes a good point, when he opines that the Atlanta Braves found upwards of $500 mil, but cannot seem to find a way to deal with Dan Uggla.  Check out his thoughts…

#Braves find $500 mil but won’t bite the bullet on Uggla

Maffei said the Braves’ TV deals originally ran through 2027, but he didn’t say how long the renegotiated deals run.

The bad news: Frank Wren might use the money on other ill-considered contract extensions. In a related item, The Oafbatross ain’t going anywhere anytime soon,reporteth Bowman.

 

 

MLB

Joe Morgan of MLB takes an early look at the matchup between Julio Teheran and the Atlanta Braves, as they face the Chicago Cubs in Atlanta’s next series.  Take a look at Joe’s thoughts…

Teheran eyes help vs. well-supported Hammel

Hurlers keep throwing quality starts, but Braves righty has just two W’s

Julio Teheran is the ace of a Braves starting rotation that leads the Majors with a 2.47 ERA. His 1.80 ERA and MLB-best seven quality starts are a big reason why.

Teheran will go for another one Friday night in the series opener against the Cubs at Turner Field.

But even the best pitchers are prone to mistakes, and Teheran made three in his most recent start against the Giants on Saturday. He surrendered three solo homers and not much else in seven innings as he took his first loss since Opening Day.

 

 

 

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