Jun 3, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves center fielder B.J. Upton (2) walks into the dugout in the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

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Baseball Reference

You sweep the Miami Marlins away, but get swept in a short series by the visiting Seattle Mariners?  From more see-saw antics to the weakness of the NL East as a whole, you go on and read into that what you will.  Check out the box scores from yesterday’s Atlanta Braves’ 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 .254 .705 14 9 1 0
B.J. Upton CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 .217 .641 13 9 2 0
Freddie Freeman 1B 4 0 0 0 0 3 .290 .880 20 13 8 0
Justin Upton LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 .294 .928 15 10 0 0
Evan Gattis C 4 0 1 0 0 2 .260 .853 13 12 14 0
Chris Johnson 3B 3 0 1 0 0 1 .257 .611 9 7 1 1
Tommy La Stella 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 .409 .867 14 8 1 1
Andrelton Simmons SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 .259 .678 8 7 0 3
Mike Minor P 2 0 0 0 0 1 .143 .286 9 8 0 0
   Luis Avilan P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Shae Simmons P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Ryan Doumit PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 .197 .493 7 4
   David Carpenter P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 32 0 6 0 0 9 .188 .375 122 87 27 5
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/5/2014.

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL GB FB LD
Mike Minor, L (2-4) 7 5 1 1 3 10 0 3.07 29 109 66 34 9 23 11 5 3
Luis Avilan 0.1 2 1 1 0 0 0 4.66 3 4 3 3 0 0 2 1 1
Shae Simmons 0.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 2 10 6 1 2 3 0 0 0
David Carpenter 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 3.75 5 16 11 7 4 0 1 3 2
Team Totals 9 9 2 2 3 13 0 2.00 39 139 86 45 15 26 14 9 6
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/5/2014.

 


Rant Sports

David Miller of Rants Sports opines that the Atlanta Braves getting swept in the short series to the Seattle Mariners is a bad sign.  I would say it could also simply be another in a series of recent ups-and-downs offensively we’ve all seen the Braves suffer.  I wouldn’t read that much into it, but take a look at David’s thoughts.

Atlanta Braves Getting Pasted in Inter-league Play is a Bad Sign

The Atlanta Braves are on a great roll as they continue to steamroll through the National League. If that sounds like an untrue statement, it is because you are thinking about their overall play instead of how they have played against N.L. teams. Times are good for the Braves as long as they are playing a team from the senior circuit. When they have flipped over and played games against the American League however, things have looked just plain bad.

 


CBS Sports

Hisashi Iwakuma pitched well, and while I wouldn’t take anything at all away from his performance, Mike Minor pitched a good game as well, and simply got no run support.  If you’re tempted to give too much credit to Iwakuma, go back and look at all the memorable moments of impatience and lazy discipline at the plate for the Braves, and perhaps you’ll see at least part of the reason for the shutout.  Read the Wire Reports from CBS Sports.

M’s complete sweep; Iwakuma leads shutout of Braves

ATLANTA — Lloyd McClendon‘s unusual lineup left the Seattle manager answering questions about his team’s scoring potential.

As it turned out, Hisashi Iwakuma and the Mariners’ stingy bullpen didn’t need much offense.

Iwakuma combined with two relievers on a six-hit shutout and the streakingMariners beat the Atlanta Braves 2-0 on Wednesday to complete a two-game sweep.

 


Fangraphs

For all of us Fantasy Freaks, Nicholas Minnix takes a look at B.J. Upton and a number of other Atlanta Braves’ players on the Waiver Wire.  Read Nicholas’ thoughts.

Mixed League Waver Wire: B.J. Upton, Brad Miller

It’s a “dudes who have been dropped in a lot of mixed leagues” edition. These two have disappointed in different ways – one with fairly low expectations, one with optimistic forecasts – but both of their outcomes have been roughly equal in terms of suckitude. The signs, lately, both performance-wise and in terms of team dynamics, have given fantasy owners reasons for cautious optimism going forward, though.

OF B.J. Upton, Atlanta Braves

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ATL All Day

Carlos Collazo of ATL All Day (one of our sister sites on the FanSided Network), shares his thoughts on the 2014 MLB Draft, and some potential Atlanta Braves’ picks.  Take a look at Carlos’ thoughts.

2014 MLB Draft: a breakdown of potential Atlanta Braves picks

Well, it doesn’t get nearly as much coverage as the NFL Draft, NBA Draft or even the NBA Draft Lottery, but the 2014 MLB Draft is finally upon the Atlanta Braves. While most fans might not eagerly await this 40-round behemoth, the baseball junkies out there (I’m raising my hand) have been itching for this day.

For those of you who might not be able to drop Braves farm system knowledge on a whim, we’re going to go through the main things to know and look out for in this year’s First-Year Player Draft.

 


 

 

 

 

 

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