Jun 22, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton (8) argues with home plate umpire Mark Carlson after being ejected from the game during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. The Nationals won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves News: The Morning Chop

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Nationals split series with Braves, extend lead in NL East

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  The Evan Gattis hitting streak was a fun one to watch.  His new stance has really proven to make a difference as his batting average is hovering around the .280 mark.  Now only if everyone could go on a little hitting streak the Braves would be alright.  Braves are off on Monday and will resume playing Tuesday against the Houston Astros.

Freddie Freeman had two hits for Atlanta. Evan Gattis went 0 for 3 to snap his 20-game hitting streak.

“You know what, it’s funny, baseball is,” Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “If we would’ve lost the first two games and won the last two games you’d be feeling pretty good about yourselves. It didn’t happen that way, it happened the other way, so you’re not feeling real good about yourself.”



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Tempers flare as Atlanta Braves drop series finale to Washington Nationals

Tomahawk Take Editor Note:  Chris Johnson promised and swore he would control his temper-tantroms but one slipped out of the bag on Sunday afternoon.  CJ wasn’t pleased with the call that said he went around on a check swing.  The replay clearly showed he didn’t go around but he ran his mouth a little to much for the umpire’s liking.  Later, Justin Upton was tossed.  Frustrations continue in the ATL.

The aforementioned Chris Johnson and Justin Upton were both ejected on account of arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Mark Carlson. Johnson was sent to the locker room in a hurry after arguing a called third strike, and things escalated a bit with his infamous temper. Then, Upton followed with a ninth inning departure, and his exit was incredibly hasty. Frankly, it looked as if there was a bit of an “ump show” (copyright: ESPN’s Keith Law) happening in the nation’s capital, but alas, it was a bit odd to see two regulars ejected in one game.



Atlanta Braves Rumors: Aaron Harang Trade Could Bring Relief Pitching

Tomahawk Take Editor Note:  I don’t see a Aaron Harang trade happening anymore.  First, unless we package a really high prospect, no team will be willing to trade for this guy.  Second, it would be extremely tough to find a left-handed relief pitcher who the Braves are interested in and they are interested in Harang.  Third, Harang cooled off since the start of the season and is pitching like he has during his career.  I think the Braves keep him in the rotation and hope for the best. 

Unfortunately for the Atlanta Braves, not many teams are going to be interested in Harang. The Braves will most likely need to package a prospect as well in order to make the trade possible. Left-handed relief pitching is hard to come by, and teams are not going to part with one easily. The Braves organization is full of young starting pitchers and could turn one of them into a solid veteran reliever.

If the Atlanta Braves rumors about an Aaron Harang trade prove to be true, David Hale could move from the bullpen back into the starting rotation. As the season teeters on the brink, Hale could benefit from getting some more innings. In a tough, three way battle for first place, Atlanta needs to be concerned about winning now and getting experience for their young players. Harang is simply not a part of the Atlanta Braves’ long term plans.

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Aviator’s Martinez Moves Up


Tomahawk Take Editor Note:  Braves are looking anywhere they can for talent and hope to have found someone in Jose Martinez.  The guy has been raking the ball so why not move him up to see what he can do.   We’ll keep an eye on him to see if he progresses at Lynchburg.
Jose Martinez is getting his chance to play High-A baseball.
Rockford- One of the Rockford Aviator’s sluggers is moving up. Jose Martinez’s contract was purchased by the Atlanta Braves Organization Sunday. Martinez led the Aviators in batting average, stolen bases and slugging percentage this season. In 28 games this season, Martinez had 35 hits and scored 17 runs. He also had fourteen RBIs. Martinez will be assigned to the Braves’ High-A affiliate, the Lynchburg Hillcats.


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  • Benjamin Chase

    The wrong Jose Martinez got tagged by the linker. He was in the Braves system at Mississippi last year, and while he doesn’t bring a lot of speed or power to the table, he does make good contact with a low strikeout rate, so there could be something there. He also went 3/5 with 2 doubles in his debut for Lynchburg. Let’s hope he’s another indy ball standout for the Braves.

    • Jeff Schafer

      Ah, good catch Ben…with the automatic linker, I don’t go back thru and check

  • Mushy Peas

    I think there should be some clarification for folks who didn’t see the game that CJ wasn’t pissed about a called third strike. He was pissed about a call on a check swing in an important RBI situation. I was cursing along with him! Even Carpenter and Santangelo thought he checked his swing and that the Nats caught a huge break. That really says something because, 99.9% of the time, F.P. will find any reason to go along with a call that goes in the Nats’ favor. If it had been anyone but CJ getting mad, there would be virtually no criticism. Sorry, Chris, you can never get mad about anything ever again! If someone walks up to you at third base and punches you in the face, you can’t get mad about it. In fact, I want you to smile, give them a hug, and take it like a man!
    As for JUp….I know he thought that the high strike was a ball and so he had to cover that pitch and couldn’t hit it; thus, causing him to strike out. I’m sure it was also just out of general frustration because he’s been on the DL and has gone cold again. I don’t fully understand the point of the umpire throwing him out in the bottom of the ninth while he had his back turned and was walking away regardless of what he was saying. Just let him walk away. But as was said, it did seem like a bit of an “ump show” and they were already primed after the first incident.

    • Jeff Schafer

      Yeah I agree with Justin…he was walking away and the ump threw him out – no telling what he was saying, we’ll never know but he must of said a few choice words.

      CJ can get mad as he wants to but he has to learn how to control it

      • Mushy Peas

        I absolutely agree that there have been several times where CJ needed to handle himself better, but last night I felt his reaction was justified. I think that many other ball-players probably would’ve reacted in a similar manner in that particular situation. Essentially, I’m saying to all those who like to rush to judgement, to give the guy a break on this one considering the circumstances. I think there are greater things to be concerned about at this point in time.
        Though, out of all the personalities on the team, by far, my main irritation is with BJ. His behavior has been consistently, flat-out embarrassing. I’m sure part of it is out of frustration, but he’s always acted like a bit of a diva throughout his entire career. I never particularly liked him when he was with TB. It seemed like he had a bad attitude about everything and I cringed when I heard he was signing with the Braves. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out why Wren would want such a character who’s career had already shown signs of being on the decline. Anyway, what’s done is done, and like what was said the other day, so long he’s on the team, I’m going to root for him to do well, but it’s near impossible now to not roll your eyes everytime he steps up to the plate. This constant arguing of balls and strikes has got to stop! It’s not helping his cause at all, and everyone seems to know that but him. If you can’t hit, and have demonstrated time and time again that you have no idea where the strike zone is, then what basis do you have for blaming the umpire for your failures during each and every at bat? It’s driving me crazy!