Feb 16, 2014; Lake Buena Vistas, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves pitcher Jonny Venters (39) smiles during spring training at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Atlanta Braves News 5/25/14

Baseball Reference

Well, you can’t win them all, and that saying is doubly true when facing this year’s tough lineup in the Colorado Rockies.  The Atlanta Braves still enjoy a small two game lead in the NL East though, and hopefully the rubber match today will see the Braves wave bye bye to the Rockies with a series win.  Check out the box scores from last night’s game, courtesy of Baseball Reference.

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS Pit Str PO A
Jason Heyward RF 3 0 0 0 1 1 .243 .662 23 12 1 0
B.J. Upton CF 4 1 2 0 0 0 .216 .649 17 10 4 0
Freddie Freeman 1B 2 0 1 0 2 0 .306 .916 17 8 9 0
Justin Upton LF 3 0 1 1 0 1 .293 .947 15 10 1 0
Evan Gattis C 3 0 0 0 1 1 .240 .769 17 9 6 0
Chris Johnson 3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 .259 .615 14 9 0 3
Andrelton Simmons SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 .259 .687 13 10 2 4
Ramiro Pena 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 .183 .602 20 18 4 4
Mike Minor P 2 0 0 0 0 2 .167 .333 7 6 0 0
   Anthony Varvaro P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Jordan Schafer PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .103 .360 4 2
   David Hale P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 0 0
Team Totals 30 1 4 1 4 8 .133 .429 147 94 27 11
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/25/2014.

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL GB FB LD
Mike Minor, L (2-3) 6.1 4 3 3 3 6 2 3.90 27 103 62 40 6 16 8 10 2
Anthony Varvaro 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.30 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
David Hale 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.49 7 35 22 17 2 3 5 2 2
Team Totals 9 6 3 3 3 6 2 3.00 35 139 85 58 8 19 14 12 4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/25/2014.

Philly.com

As reported by Philly.com Michael Harrington of The Inquirer likens Chris Johnson‘s recent (and often) emotional outburst to that of a child’s tantrum.  Yes, that is precisely what it was, but so far at least Chris has shown Vulcan like signs of controlling those pesky emotions.  Check out Michael’s thoughts.

Touch ‘Em All: Braves’ Johnson needed to take a time-out

We’ve all seen it: A grown man reminding us that he plays a children’s game for a living by throwing a tantrum that would embarrass your average 2-year-old, let alone a Little Leaguer, destroying whatever equipment or beverage container is within reach – because, hey, it’s just not fair.


USA Today

USA Today picked up ont the AP report of how Juan Nicasio shined as the Colorado Rockies took it to the Atlanta Braves in game 2 of the series.  Check out the story.

Juan Nicasio shines as Rockies edge Braves

ATLANTA (AP) — Juan Nicasio took the pressure off a Rockies’ lineup missing some big names.

Michael Cuddyer and Troy Tulowitzki each homered, Nicasio solved the Braves and Colorado beat Atlanta 3-1 on Saturday.


MLB

Joe Morgan takes a look at the rubber match between the Atlanta Braves and the Colorado Rockies, and makes note of how Julio Teheran (who in my opinion has been the most reliable and consistent Atlanta pitcher this year) will hope to help Atlanta take the series.  Read Joe’s thoughts.

Braves look to ride Teheran’s hot arm in finale vs. Rox

After a solid rookie season in 2013, Braves starter Julio Teheran has made the transition from promising prospect to productive pro in 2014. The right-hander is tied for second in the Majors with nine quality starts and ranks fourth with a 1.92 ERA.

Teheran most recently shut down the Brewers, holding Milwaukee scoreless in his second career complete game, and he’ll look to do the same to the Rockies on Sunday as the Braves look to secure the series win.


AJC

Jonny Venters has been off the mound for a long time now, and it seems to Braves’ fans he may never return.  Of course, that’s actually a very real possibility – not that he won’t get a shot, but that he could fail in his attempt to make a full return to the same form of old.  After multiple TJ surgeries now, the odds are against him, and with recent soreness in the elbow, there’s reason to be nervous.  Carroll Rogers of AJC takes a look at plans to have Jonny throw a bullpen session today.

Venters set to throw bullpen session Sunday

After what was considered a minor setback with some elbow soreness, Jonny Venters is set to throw off the mound again Sunday and resume his throwing program in his recovery from a second Tommy John surgery.

 

 

 

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