Jun 7, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla commits a throwing error in the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves News: Morning Chop

Atlanta Braves News – Morning Chop


Baseball Reference

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.

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS Pit Str PO A
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
Team Totals 41 3 8 3 1 9 .195 .556 148 95 31 14
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/8/2014.
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL GB FB LD
Ervin Santana 7 6 1 0 2 1 0 3.69 29 100 58 38 5 15 16 10 5
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
Luis Avilan 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.58 1 2 2 1 0 1 1 0 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
Team Totals 10.1 12 4 3 4 4 1 2.61 47 174 106 67 9 30 22 17 10
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/8/2014.

ATL All Day

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.


Nick Piecoro of azcentral shares his thoughts about how well former Brave Randall Delgado performed against the Atlanta Braves in last night’s loss.  Check out Nick’s thoughts…

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.


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  • Mushy Peas

    As long as Dan is on the roster, I can understand how Fredi would feel obligated to give him the occasional start; though, I don’t agree with this rationale at all. I always assumed the goal was to win ball games. How very foolish of me! It seems this situation has leaped far beyond all forms of logic or rational thought. We all know Dan is no longer capable of playing at the big league level and he will never adapt to being a bench player (an expensive one at that). When he’s in the game, all it does is hurt the team. They seem to be doing enough, right now, just to hurt themselves without Dan’s help. That aside, I’m sure he has been, or is fast becoming, a huge distraction in the clubhouse. These guys can’t afford to have a distraction like that if they have any hopes of making the play-offs. I honestly felt really embarrassed for him last night as I watched him, once again, fumble at the plate and on the field. There is something disconcerting about watching a guy scramble around on all fours after a bobbled ball. To continue this nonsense is not only detrimental to the team, it is only going to add to an already undignified end to his career. He deserves better for his efforts. The team deserves better, and the fans deserve better.

    • Sealift67

      Agree. Also Tommy LaStella, despite rookie status, should be hitting in the
      2 slot.

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        Also couldn’t agree more! I’ve lobbied on social platforms for TLS to be moved to the 2 hole since he came up, even before his first bat. Tommy is a contact hitter, and you need contact in the 2 hole, not power (or the illusion of it that B.J. has).

        • fireboss

          We know why – if we’re honest with ourselves – BJ is hitting second. He’s there because he whined about hitting 7th and Fredi was told to put him back in the two spot. He has hit better there but most of that was against backend starters and middle relievers. The machinations Fredi’s invoked with the lineup tell me a baseball guy didn’t do it; Fredi’s mediocre but he’s not awful. He manages by the book and when he does stupid stuff like the Simmons one pitch outing then tries to spin it into a strategy he isn’t glib enough to pull it off

      • Mushy Peas

        If Fredi is willing to plug Uggs into the line-up or bat the pitcher eighth, then he should be equally willing to rearrange it for optimum productivity. I also think Tommy would do well in the two slot but, as I said, all forms of logic and rational thought seem to have eluded every level of management. I highly doubt they would bat TLS #2. I can’t see Fredi batting 3 lefties in a row and he’s not going to move Jason or Freddie. Another issue that I hear spoken of often is Jason Heyward not being a typical lead off hitter; thus, he should be moved further down the line up. I think way too much is made of what a lead off guy should or shouldn’t be. He’s only guranteed to be leading off once per game. So how can you really make an argument for moving him when he has demonstrated the ability to be productive in that spot? Oh, and good luck moving B.J.! He’ll start complaining again if he bats anywhere except #2. Though in his defense, that’s where he’s been the most productive. He is at least making an effort. I’ll give him that much.The Braves really need to sort out these issues sooner rather than later. My major concern is that we’ll all still be having these same discussions in August. Not good.

    • fireboss

      To be fair that ball that made his scramble was smoked and he did well to keep it in the infield. The sad look of him scrambling on hand and knees to get it was sad to watch and I told the wife that when it happened.

      Fredi’s becoming very odd in his explanations and rationale for doing things. He removes La Stella who had one bad game after 7 but leaves Dan who has bad defensive games all the time in all 11 innings? Am I missing something? How is that logical? It’s fairly obvious they are frantically behind the scenes trying to dump Dan so he had to get a game and the lefty was the obvious choice, BJ will play for the same reason Dan played all of the previous 2 years, he makes too much money to bench without admitting the signing was awful. The Fans do deserve better but I doubt we get the needed changes soon