Atlanta Braves News – Morning Chop
Regarding the Atlanta Braves, I’ll try not to wax angry here about Tommy La Stella sitting the bench last night. I believe he’s what, 0-for-1 against lefty pitching since his arrival with Atlanta? Sure, that’s reason enough to start Dan Uggla again. Okay, I’ll move on! Perhaps a more appropriate reason to get angry is another 0-5 for Atlanta with RISP. Check out the box scores from the close loss, courtesy of Baseball Reference.
|Jason Heyward RF||5||1||1||2||0||0||.262||.740||13||10||2||0||HR|
|B.J. Upton CF||5||0||0||0||0||1||.212||.626||12||8||5||0|
|Freddie Freeman 1B||4||0||1||0||1||0||.288||.866||15||10||14||1|
|Justin Upton LF||5||1||1||0||0||2||.289||.904||21||13||1||0|
|Evan Gattis C||5||0||3||1||0||1||.269||.868||19||10||4||0||2·2B|
|Chris Johnson 3B||5||0||0||0||0||2||.251||.596||15||12||0||3|
|Dan Uggla 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||.169||.490||24||14||3||4|
|Andrelton Simmons SS||4||1||2||0||0||0||.262||.687||16||9||1||3||2B,CS|
|Ervin Santana P||3||0||0||0||0||2||.111||.222||10||8||1||3|
|Shae Simmons P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Craig Kimbrel P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Ryan Doumit PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||.194||.486||3||1|
|Anthony Varvaro P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Luis Avilan P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|David Carpenter P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Shae Simmons, H (3)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.00||4||14||9||6||0||3||2||2||2|
|Craig Kimbrel, BS (3)||1||1||1||1||1||2||0||1.99||5||21||13||6||3||4||0||2||2|
|Anthony Varvaro, BS (1)||0.1||2||1||1||0||1||1||3.05||3||14||8||6||1||1||1||1||0|
|David Carpenter, L (4-1)||0.2||2||1||1||1||0||0||4.01||5||23||16||10||0||6||2||2||1|
Carlos Collazo of our FanSided Network’s sister site, ATL All Day, shares his thoughts about the Atlanta Braves’ extra innings loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks last night.
Braves fall in extra innings to Diamondbacks
More positive news is that Dan Uggla likely played himself out of the starting lineup for a while now after an 0-4, two error performance. At the moment, Uggla is hitting .175/.252/.254 while striking out 27.6 percent of the time and playing terrible defense. There’s no reason at all that he should see the field with La Stella playing a solid second and hitting .423/.464/.423. Sure, those numbers are going to go down, but the entire baseball world would be shocked if they dropped as low as Uggla’s.
David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution always gets to interview Atlanta Braves’ manager Fredi Gonzalez up close and personal after each game. I wonder if he was shaking his head like I’m shaking mine (I doubt it) after Fredi shared his thoughts about playing Dan Uggla last night? See what Fredi, and David had to share…
Uggla gets first start since hot-hitting La Stella arrived
Gonzalez was asked about starting Uggla in place of La Stella.
“(Uggla) is on our team, and we’ll get him in there every time we can to help him help us somewhere down the road,” Gonzalez said. “Somewhere down the road he’s going to have to come up with a pinch hit off the bench or something. It’s the same thing with (backup center fielder Jordan) Schafer.
Randall Delgado impresses against former team
Not much has gone right for Randall Delgado this season. He began the year in the rotation but pitched his way out of it. His stint in the bullpen hasn’t been much better.
But his performance in the 11th inning in Saturday night’s 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves served as a reminder of what the Diamondbacks saw him in when they acquired him as part of the Justin Upton trade last year.
Joe Morgan of MLB discusses the 20th round, 713th overall pick of a very Evan Gattis like catcher from Lubbock Christian, Wigberto Nevarez. This young player is big, and supposedly has a ton of homerun power. Take a look at Joe’s thoughts on this pick.
Braves pick Gattis-like slugging catcher in 20th round
Should lightning strike twice for Atlanta, the club’s next late-round backstop basher could be Lubbock Christian University’s Wigberto Nevarez, who was selected on Saturday afternoon in the 20th round with the 713th overall pick.
Like Gattis, the 6-foot-3, 230 pound Nevarez has plenty of size and possesses plenty of power, smacking 22 home runs in 339 career at-bats with Lubbock Christian and becoming their first player to ever homer four times in a game on March 28, 2013.