May 14, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (19) visits starting pitcher Julio Teheran (49) on the mound against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves News 5/15/14


 

Baseball Reference

Well, after a 5 run shutout on Tuesday night against the San Francisco Giants (refreshing to see 5 runs by the Braves!), the Atlanta Braves lost again, and lost the series against the Giants.  More concerning is the strange problems with gripping the baseball that Julio Teheran is having.  I’m sure we’ll learn more about that soon.  Check out the boxscores from last night’s loss, courtesy of Baseball Reference.

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS Pit Str PO A
Tyler Pastornicky 2B 4 1 2 0 0 1 .208 .561 16 12 2 3
Justin Upton LF 3 0 0 0 1 0 .279 .898 19 9 2 0
Freddie Freeman 1B 4 1 1 1 0 0 .307 .899 13 7 7 0
Evan Gattis C 4 1 1 0 0 1 .259 .817 13 10 9 1
Chris Johnson 3B 3 1 2 2 1 0 .279 .663 18 9 0 2
B.J. Upton CF 3 0 0 0 0 3 .207 .621 16 9 1 0
   Jordan Schafer CF 1 0 0 0 0 1 .130 .384 4 3 0 0
Ryan Doumit RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 .205 .449 24 14 3 0
Andrelton Simmons SS 4 0 1 1 0 1 .260 .702 14 10 0 0
Julio Teheran P 2 0 0 0 0 0 .095 .190 11 6 0 0
   Alex Wood P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .143 0 0
   Dan Uggla PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .183 .515 1 1
   Luis Avilan P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   David Carpenter P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 33 4 7 4 2 8 .212 .651 149 90 24 6
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/15/2014.
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL GB FB LD
Julio Teheran, L (2-3) 3.1 7 5 4 5 4 1 2.20 22 84 51 28 7 16 6 7 3
Alex Wood 2.2 5 3 3 0 4 1 3.26 13 40 30 16 7 7 1 8 3
Luis Avilan 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5.25 4 8 6 4 1 1 3 1 0
David Carpenter 1 2 2 2 1 2 1 2.65 6 28 19 11 4 4 0 3 2
Team Totals 8 15 10 9 6 10 3 10.12 45 160 106 59 19 28 10 19 8
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/15/2014.

 

Bleacher Report

Todd Salem, featured columnist for the Bleacher Report, shares his ideas about the five targets that Frank Wren and the Atlanta Braves should target before the trade deadline.  Read Todd’s thoughts on Bleacher Report.

Braves Baseball: 5 Trade Targets GM Frank Wren Should Pursue by the Deadline

The Atlanta Braves currently sit in first place in the National League East with a record of 22-17. Their placement in the standings, though, is more thanks to a pedestrian beginning to the season for all members of the East division. Atlanta has just a plus-six run differential for the year, which puts it outside the top 10 in the majors.

 

 

CSNBayArea.com

Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea, recaps the Atlanta Braves’ loss to the San Francisco Giants last night.  Read Andrew’s take on the game…

Rewind: Blanco runs, Giants kick it old school to beat Braves

He never stopped moving as the Giants scrapped for a 10-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Blanco walked twice, hit an RBI single, stole three bases and scored three runs. He and No.2 hitter Hunter Pence couldn’t have been more menacing without circling the pitcher’s mound. Pence had four hits, including a tying, two-run homer in the first inning as the Giants won their fifth consecutive home series.

 

 

Ledger-Enquirer

Julio Teheran struggled, uncharacteristically, in the loss to the Giants on Wednesday night.  He exited the game early, complaining of issues gripping the baseball, and talked about having had these issues before.  Take a look as the Ledger-Enquirer picked up on the AP Story…

Julio Teheran struggles in Braves’ loss to Giants

Teheran failed to make it out of the fourth inning Wednesday as the Giants pounded him and the Atlanta Braves 10-4 on a warm, windless day along San Francisco Bay.

“I had a hard time with my grip here and in Los Angeles,” Teheran said. “I was trying to find a way to get through it. It’s not an excuse. It’s this type of weather. I had a hard time.”

 

 

Talking Chop

Talking Chop shares some important Minor League information with us, reviewing recent events, players, stats, etc.  Take a look at what Ian Morris has to share, because if you’re a Braves’ fan, the minor leagues are important to follow as well!

Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: 5/14

Mississippi shrugged off a couple of rain delays to defeat the Montgomery Biscuits on Wednesday afternoon. Jason Hursh took the mound for the M-Braves and was okay, lasting 5.2 innings and surrendering two runs on five hits, walking three and striking out four. Hursh’s command wasn’t top notch, as evidenced by the aforementioned walks and that only 53 of his 95 pitches on the afternoon were strikes. Nevertheless, Hursh induced ground balls and got the occasional strikeout to keep Montgomery hitters in check. It wasn’t a dominant outing by any stretch of the imagination, but he kept the ball down and limited damage. 

 

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  • fireboss

    RE the BR post on trades. Apparently everyone sees Bonifacio as a potential target so we obviously won’t go there. Wren also won’t admit he screwed up by not giving Prado 4 @ 11 and trade for him at that price. Aaron Hill is interesting but at more than $10 M too expensive. Asdrubal Cabrera and Chase Headley are simply rentals thought I like Cabrera’s bat he’s not what we need and after extending CJ neither is Headley.

  • BJ

    Fireboss
    Getting EB from the cubs will change the dynamic of the offense. We screwed up by signing bj but the Justin trade was a must do. Besides Prado is struggling anyway. With uggla out if we can get more consistent we can be ok. But in the end. I’m not sure if players are slumping or simply underachieving. Heyward is proving he isn’t worth Freeman money. Braves week not bring back Justin after his deal. To many long ball players in the lineup. I’m losing faith. The pitching is on top but I’m scared to say what the future holds with all these pitchers. Julio and woods are the only guarantees to return. Bad money management with FAs hurt us. I.e. uggs/bj

    • fireboss

      I agree on Bonifacio my comment was a follow on to one or two I made yesterday on other posts after Matt suggested him. IMNSHO a spark at the top changes everything. When Jason was on base almost every time we turned around last year even the dead weight of Uggla and BJ couldn’t hold the lineup down. I posted for the Justin trade and against the BJ signing before anyone knew it was happening. Prado isn’t the right guy now and neither is Hill. The only one the other writer mentioned that fits well is Bonifacio. Trading for Uggla wasn’t a mistake as much as bad luck. Extending him immediately was.
      The problem with mentioning Bonifacio is as soon as you mention him everyone says what he isn’t instead of looking at what he is. Teams need worker bees as well as studs. CJ is one , Simba will be Gattis too. Freddie and Justin are Mostly the studs and Gattis fits a bit there too. Add a Bonifacio and people slide back to their best locations then it becomes a much more balanced lineup