May 21, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez (33) shown in the dugout against the Milwaukee Brewers during the ninth inning at Turner Field. The Brewers defeated the Braves 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves News 5/22/14


 

Baseball Reference

Hot, cold, warm, sad… all adjectives that can describe most teams in the course of a season, but as Atlanta Braves’ fans, it always seems doubly worse doesn’t it?  After playing well and taking the first two games of the series, the Milwaukee Brewers snapped out of it on sketchy pitching by the usually adept Ervin Santana.  Take a look at the boxscores from last evening’s loss, courtesy of Baseball Reference.

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS Pit Str PO A
Jason Heyward RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 .235 .654 18 12 3 0
Ramiro Pena 2B 4 0 0 0 0 2 .189 .623 15 11 3 3
Freddie Freeman 1B 4 1 1 0 0 0 .310 .925 9 6 11 2
Justin Upton LF 4 0 3 1 0 1 .299 .972 12 8 1 0
Chris Johnson 3B 4 0 0 0 0 3 .255 .612 14 12 1 5
B.J. Upton CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 .197 .592 10 8 2 0
Andrelton Simmons SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 .279 .740 14 9 1 2
Gerald Laird C 3 0 0 0 0 1 .178 .475 9 8 3 1
Ervin Santana P 2 0 0 0 0 2 .150 .300 9 7 1 1
   Luis Avilan P 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
   Jordan Schafer PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .111 .385 6 4
   Anthony Varvaro P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 32 1 5 1 0 10 .156 .375 116 85 27 14
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/22/2014.

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL GB FB LD
Ervin Santana, L (4-2) 7 9 6 6 4 2 2 3.42 33 100 60 36 6 18 12 15 7
Luis Avilan 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.30 3 11 8 7 0 1 2 0 0
Anthony Varvaro 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.40 4 13 11 6 1 4 0 3 1
Team Totals 9 10 6 6 4 4 2 6.00 40 124 79 49 7 23 14 18 8
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/22/2014.

via Miami Herald

I don’t know that I’d call the last few wins by the Atlanta Braves a streak (Ray Stevens), but certainly as small as it was it has come to an end after the loss in the third game to the Milwaukee Brewers.  Atlanta Journal Constitution’s David O’Brien shares his thoughts about the end of the, uh hum, streak.

Braves’ winning streak ends

Giving up a grand slam to Mark Reynolds before recording the second out of the game was bad enough for Ervin Santana, but here was another indication that things just weren’t right for the Braves pitcher Wednesday night: He walked pitcher Kyle Lohse with two out in the fourth inning.

On four consecutive balls. After a called first strike.

Upon giving Lohse a free pass, Santana served up a home run to Carlos Gomez on the very next pitch, a two-run shot that gave Milwaukee a five-run lead en route to a 6-1 rout at Turner Field that ended the Braves’ three-game winning streak.


MLB

Despite the nay and doomsayers who feel as though Atlanta just doesn’t have what it takes this year to see another NL East Title (admittedly I’m one of them), certainly the Atlanta Braves are finding ways to win and get the job done, despite injury, lethargy, and poor RISP stats.  Mike Bauman of MLB takes a look at how Atlanta has thrived, despite the hurdles.

Braves find a way to thrive despite injuries

Back in Spring Training, when it became apparent that the Atlanta Braves would open the season without 60 percent of their projected starting rotation, there were some obituaries written about their chances.

Those pieces were, it now appears, somewhere between premature and completely inaccurate. No question, the Braves were in a difficult situation. And again, without debate, the primary opposition in the NL East, the Washington Nationals, had pitching all over the place.


Rant Sports

Despite the Milwaukee Brewers’ struggles of late, I figured they would be a tougher test for the Atlanta Braves, particularly in view of how the Braves themselves have really struggled.  They’ve played well in that series though, for the most part, and soon will face what could be an even tougher test in the next series against the Colorado Rockies.  David Miller of Rant Sports takes a look.

Resurgent Atlanta Braves to Face Tough Test in Colorado Rockies

Even though the Atlanta Braves lost the third game against the Milwaukee Brewers, it is easy to see that they are playing much better. That game of that series came down to two good swings and Kyle Lohse pitching well on the other side. No one should expect the Braves to have a let-up game to end that series or to begin the series against the Colorado Rockies. They are one of the toughest teams in MLB to beat right now.


Bleacher Report

Todd Salem, featured columnist for the Bleacher Report, gives us a run-down on some of the latest news regarding the Atlanta Braves.

Atlanta Braves: Latest News and Notes from Turner Field

Just a week or so before Memorial Day and roughly two months into the 2014 Major League Baseball season, it is a perfect time to take stock and see how things are developing for the Atlanta Braves. Let’s take a look at some news and notes.

 

 

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  • fireboss

    We won Sunday and when we won Monday that was 2 in a row, by winning Tuesday we had a winning streak (cuz it was in the movies ya know) On Wednesday we faced a pitcher who wasn’t struggling badly enough for us to crush while the other Ervin Santana – the one the Angels let go in spite of needing starting pitching two years ago – appeared on the mound for us. I expect Santana to regain his from but unless personnel changes are forthcoming I expect the lineup to continue to act like a bungee jumper leaving the top of the Eiffel Tower; sharp drops followed by high rebounds etc.