May 14, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez (33) holds back center fielder B.J. Upton (2) as he argues the call by home plate umpire Lance Barrett (94) during the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves News 5/18/14


 

Baseball Reference

Atlanta lost again?  Yes, were you expecting anything different?  If I sound jaded and completely pessimistic, it’s because at this point I am.  The problems go well beyond just Dan Uggla, B.J. Upton, or Jason Heyward.  The offense of this team is flat, sad, and pathetic.  Yes, I still have hope, but like any fan who loves the Braves, I’m disgusted at this point.  Take a a look at the dismal boxscore from yesterday’s loss, courtesy of Baseball Reference.

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS Pit Str PO A
Jason Heyward RF 4 0 2 0 0 0 .216 .633 12 10 2 0
Justin Upton LF 4 0 0 0 0 2 .273 .873 15 10 1 0
   Craig Kimbrel P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Freddie Freeman 1B 2 0 0 0 2 1 .301 .885 20 11 5 0
Evan Gattis C 4 0 0 0 0 1 .242 .764 13 10 9 1
Chris Johnson 3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 .277 .661 19 16 1 0
B.J. Upton CF 4 0 0 0 0 4 .203 .601 17 14 3 0
Andrelton Simmons SS 3 1 3 0 0 0 .275 .731 9 7 1 2
Aaron Harang P 2 0 1 0 0 0 .056 .111 5 4 0 2
   Ryan Doumit PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .440 4 3
   Anthony Varvaro P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Luis Avilan P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
   Jordan Schafer LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 .125 .368 0 0
Tyler Pastornicky 2B 2 0 0 0 1 0 .207 .557 10 3 2 0
Team Totals 30 1 6 0 3 10 .200 .506 124 88 24 7
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/18/2014.
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL GB FB LD
Aaron Harang, L (4-4) 6 6 3 2 0 7 0 2.98 23 85 59 33 9 17 7 8 3
Anthony Varvaro 0.1 2 1 1 0 1 0 2.77 3 22 16 14 1 1 1 1 1
Luis Avilan 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.61 1 7 6 4 1 1 1 0 0
Craig Kimbrel 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.35 3 13 10 4 4 2 1 1 0
Team Totals 8 8 4 3 0 9 0 3.38 30 127 91 55 15 21 10 10 4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/18/2014.

 

MLB Video

Atlanta Braves’ manager Fredi Gonzalez was ejected in yesterday afternoon’s game against the Cardinals, as he argued what to my eyes was clearly a horrible call.  Take a look, and you be the judge.  Note: We would normally embed MLB video, but the embed link was missing on this one.  Just follow the link below and take a look…

Gonzalez ejected in the 5th

http://m.mlb.com/video/v32937797/?query=fredi%2Bgonzalez


 

Miami Herald

The Miami Herald picked up the recap of the Atlanta Braves’ Saturday loss to the the St. Louis Cardinals.  Take a look at what Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch had to say about the game.

Cards, Miller drop Braves, 4-1

Wong led the Cardinals’ fast-forward offense with two bunts for base hits, a stolen base, a forced error, two runs, and a key run on a sacrifice fly. The rookie second baseman’s footprint was all over the Cardinals’ first three runs as they cruised to a 4-1 victory against Atlanta at Busch Stadium. Starter Shelby Miller authored seven innings and his sharpest start of the season to compel the Cardinals to their fourth consecutive victory, tying the longest winning streak of the season.


 

MLB

The St. Louis Cardinal will be going for the sweep this afternoon against the ailing Atlanta Braves, and frankly the chances are quite good for such a sweep, based on the way the Braves are playing these days.  Alex Halsted of MLB takes a look at today’s matchup.

Cards hope Garcia can seal sweep in debut

Through the early part of the 2014 season, Atlanta has had numerous close calls and has often found itself one big hit away. So far this season, 32 of the Braves’ 41 games have been decided by three or fewer runs.

“We’ve got a talented club and teams go through this stuff. I don’t even know what our record is, but it’s above .500 obviously, and we haven’t even swung the bats like we’re capable of and we just keep hanging around,” Gonzalez said. “And sooner or later, we’ll start swinging like we’re capable of.”


Rant Sports

Andrew Shaw of Rants Sports opines, like many of us have, that the Braves should just about be the point of being completely done with B.J. Upton.  Support B.J., love B.J. or hate B.J., you have to admit that Andrew, like many others of us who have opined the same, have a valid point.

Atlanta Braves Need To Give Up On B.J. Upton

The time has come for the Atlanta Braves to give up on B.J. Upton. The outfielder has been terrible ever since joining the team a season ago, and enough is enough if you ask me. He showed some promising signs when he switched over to some prescription glasses about a month ago, but lately he’s been falling back into old habits and now it’s starting to hurt the team.

 

 

 

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  • fireboss

    The problem with sitting BJ like sitting Uggla is your replacement options. Neither Pena nor Pastornicky – no matter how much the TV team try to pump up his bat – are good enough to play every day. Jordan Schafer would be an improvement over BJ with little if any loss on defense but he too isn’t an everyday player. La Stella continues to get on base and his defense is said to be okay (not a ringing endorsement) and Joey T is is well though he hasn’t homered yet but he isn’t a CF. The roster is badly constructed to handle this – amongst other things – so IF they seriously want to challenge they need to make a change. I just don’t believe they’ll do that withe Wren in charge.