May 9, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves players celebrate with first baseman Freddie Freeman (center) after he delivered the game winning hit against the Chicago Cubs during the tenth inning at Turner Field. The Braves defeated the Cubs 3-2 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves News 5/10/14


 

Baseball Reference

My, the ebb and flow!  My how a baseball team’s fortunes can turn with the tide this time of year.  The Braves are back in the lead in the NL East, but it hasn’t been pretty, and the walk-off win against Chicago, while exciting and morale building, isn’t the kind of win we need to see Atlanta achieving.  We need to see runs scored, and preferably more than 2 or 3!  Check out the boxcores from last night’s victory, courtesy of Baseball Reference.

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS Pit Str PO A
Jason Heyward RF 4 1 1 0 1 1 .211 .606 19 11 3 0
Justin Upton LF 4 0 0 0 1 0 .293 .949 23 11 3 0
Freddie Freeman 1B 4 1 3 1 1 0 .321 .930 22 13 8 0
Evan Gattis C 4 1 2 0 0 1 .265 .797 13 9 11 1
Chris Johnson 3B 4 0 3 2 0 1 .262 .625 15 11 0 1
B.J. Upton CF 4 0 0 0 0 3 .205 .604 19 14 2 0
Andrelton Simmons SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 .263 .710 18 11 2 2
Julio Teheran P 3 0 0 0 0 0 .105 .211 10 9 0 1
   Craig Kimbrel P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Ryan Doumit PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 .171 .366 8 5
   Alex Wood P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .143 0 0
Ramiro Pena 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 .205 .672 14 10 1 3
Team Totals 36 3 9 3 3 9 .250 .558 161 104 30 8
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/10/2014.

 

 

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL GB FB LD
Julio Teheran 8 1 1 1 2 9 1 1.71 26 105 64 34 16 14 5 10 2
Craig Kimbrel, BS (2) 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 2.70 6 24 13 9 0 4 4 1 1
Alex Wood, W (3-5) 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 2.93 4 22 16 8 3 5 0 2 1
Team Totals 10 4 2 2 3 11 1 1.80 36 151 93 51 19 23 9 13 4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/10/2014.

 

 

Bleacher Report

I’ve been saying this for awhile now, and predicted a sort of break-out year for Julio Teheran, but while  a few days old, this report by Carl Buscheck of Bleacher Report is still very relevant!  He believes Teheran is the most under-rated player on the Braves’ team.  That’s changing though!  Check out Carl’s thoughts… 

The Most Underrated Player on Every MLB Team

It’s easy to forget that Julio Teheran is still just 23 years old. After all, the right-hander debuted for the Atlanta Braves back in 2011.

Last year, the Colombian posted an impressive 14-8 record with a 3.20 ERA in 30 starts. However, this year, Teheran has been one of the top pitchers in the entire National League.

 

Yahoo Sports

Check out Mark Townsend of Yahoo’s Big League Stew, as he recaps the walk off win achieved by Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman, in game 1 of the current series with the Chicago Cubs.

The Grand Slam: Freddie Freeman rescues Braves with walkoff single

The Chicago Cubs picked their poison on Friday night. With the winning run on second and first base open, manager Rick Renteria elected to pass on Justin Upton to bring up Freddie Freeman. With one swing, Atlanta’s $135 million man made them pay by lashing a single up the middle to score Jason Heyward and give Atlanta a 3-2, 10-inning victory

 

 

NBC Hardball Talk

Bill Baer of NBC’s Hardball Talk reports that Atlanta Braves’ manager Fredi Gonzalez plans to have a sit down with Dan Uggla soon to discuss his future, so to speak.  Read Bill Baer’s take on this…

Fredi Gonzalez plans to discuss Dan Uggla’s future soon

Braves second baseman Dan Uggla was not in the lineup for Friday night’s game against Cubs right-handed starter Jason Hammel. It was the fifth time in 10 games that manager Fredi Gonzalez had someone else’s name at second base instead of Uggla’s.

 

 

MLB

Joe Morgan of MLB takes a look at the pitching matchup for tonight’s game against the Chicago Cub’s Jeff Samardzjia and Atlanta Braves’ Ervin Santana.  Take a read…

Samardzjia faces Braves still searching for first win

Santana returns to hill after missing start with bruised right thumb

Jeff Samardzija has not earned a win since Aug. 24, 2013. When he pitches opposite Braves starter Ervin Santana on Saturday night at Turner Field, the Cubs will try to end their ace’s unfortunate and uncanny skid.

In 13 starts since his last victory, Samardzija has made nine quality starts, struck out 77 batters and owns a 3.40 ERA. However, the Cubs are only 2-11 in those games, including four straight losses.

Grading On The Curve

Nicholas Ian Allen of one of our sister sites, Grading On The Curve, takes a look at goings-on in the Southern League, where our Mississippi Braves call home.  Take a look at some of the highlights Nicholas shares…

Week in Review: Southern League

The Mississippi Braves got nice offensive performances from a pair of infield prospects. Third baseman Kyle Kubitza had a pair of three-hit games, as well as two two-hit contests, pushing his line upwards to .270/.345/.430. Shortstop Elmer Reyes hit safely in five of seven games and drove in five runs.

Tags: Atlanta Braves Dan Uggla Freddie Freeman

  • aRunning_Maniac

    Elmer Reyes. Dude is quickly becoming one my favorite Braves’ prospects. I had thought he may have had the chance to compete next year for the starting 3B role for the big club, but with the puzzling extension of Chris Johnson, I suppose that will have to wait.

    • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

      Agreed on Reyes, mostly, but while CJ’s glove is at times puzzling, rarely has his bat been. It’s hard to jettison CJ with the kind of production he’s put up for the Braves since his arrival. I like Reyes, but I like the CJ extension too. He is proof players can evolve and learn, even mid-stream, despite the paper they’re saddled with.

      • aRunning_Maniac

        Yeah, I’m not as thrilled with the extension. You’re committing money to a guy with no glove and one offensive season that was built on an unsustainable batting average on balls in play. He has little power, which wouldn’t be an issue if he walked a bit more, but he doesn’t. A singles hitter with abysmal range at 3B that doesn’t walk much isn’t all that valuable in my opinion (unless he begins to BABIP near .400 again).

        Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it’s a horrible signing, as CJ is a decent enough hitter. Plus, I don’t believe it would be a difficult contract to move if necessary. But they already had two more years of control of him, and by that time, I feel like one of the Braves’ prospects will likely be ready. I don’t know, it was just a strange extension in my eyes.

    • Mushy Peas

      I’ve already shared my (long) opinion in regards to CJ’s extension on the original TT article that addressed it, so I’m not going repeat all of that. I will say again that CJ is due far more credit than he’s been awarded by many people for many reasons.
      Both he and Julio Teheran were the unsung heros of last night’s game.