Jul 2, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran (49) pitches against the New York Mets during the sixth inning at Turner Field. The Braves defeated the Mets 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves: The Morning Chop

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Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  The Braves have won seven straight games and 9-1 when B.J. Upton has been in the leadoff spot!!  Still just getting on-base once a game, B.J. continues to shine in that spot….this has to be the reason the Braves are winning.  Chris Johnson came up huge for the Braves on Wednesday with three RBIs.  Julio Teheran pitched to his eighth win of the season and lowered his ERA to 2.29 for 2014. 

B.J. Upton CF 3 1 1 0 0 2 4 .210 .276 .340 .616
Andrelton Simmons SS 3 1 2 0 1 0 4 .255 .296 .356 .651
Freddie Freeman 1B 3 1 1 0 1 1 4 .290 .385 .497 .882
Justin Upton LF 4 0 0 0 0 3 4 .271 .341 .493 .835
Jason Heyward RF 4 0 1 0 0 2 4 .245 .340 .372 .711
Chris Johnson 3B 4 0 2 3 0 0 4 .284 .304 .366 .670
Tommy La Stella 2B 3 0 0 0 1 2 4 .270 .356 .339 .695
Christian Bethancourt C 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .200 .250 .200 .450
Julio Teheran P 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 .122 .122 .146 .268
   Jordan Schafer PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .182 .239 .242 .482
   Anthony Varvaro P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Jordan Walden P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 31 3 8 3 3 12 35 .258 .324 .290 .614
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Generated 7/3/2014.
Julio Teheran, W (8-5) 7 4 1 1 3 5 0 2.29
Anthony Varvaro, H (9) 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.18
Jordan Walden, S (3) 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 2.70
Team Totals 9 5 1 1 3 8 0 1.00
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Generated 7/3/2014.

New Jersey News

Mets swept by Atlanta Braves after 3-1 loss as Jacob deGrom outpitched by Julio Teheran

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  Well, thank you Mr. Collins for saying that the Braves are one of the hottest teams right now….maybe it’s just B.J. Upton in the leadoff spot! Ha, I’m going to continue pushing this!  Braves have a day off Thursday but hopefully the continue this winning streak into the weekend versus the Arizona D-Backs.

And despite that production, the offense has struggled. For the last six games, they’ve also had to be without David Wright, giving them a new roadblock to get around. Against Teheran they could not.

So another narrow defeat came, and a familiar refrain followed.

“You play a team that’s red hot and you’re in every game,” Collins said. “We’re not getting the big hit made and the big pitch. It’s the same scenario when you’re going through what we’re going through. It’s pretty much nightly.”



NJ News

Mets think Atlanta Braves starter Julio Teheran’s pick-off move is borderline illegal

Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  I don’t think so here…this may be a manager sticking up for his player that just got picked off by a right handed pitcher.  Usually lefties do this, not righties.  The left handed pitchers usually have a questionable move to first.  I respect Manager Collins for questioning this to protect his players but I don’t think so bud.

“This guy’s got a great move to first and it borders on perhaps being improper,” Terry Collins said.

After the game, Young shared his manager’s thoughts.

Collins went out after the inning to conference with the umpires about Teheran’s pick-off move but was told that it was legal.




New renderings of Atlanta Braves stadium released


Tomahawk Take Editor Notes:  Supposedly this wasn’t the happy-go-lucky meeting the Braves fans wanted.  Several people were complaining about the county simply giving the ball club everything they wanted without “considering the neighbors”.  Genuine Parts, a sponsor of the Braves may lose their spot with a new parking lot for the new stadium.  This is still an ongoing process but shouldn’t fret us from being excited about the new stadium.

The Atlanta Braves scored a home run in Cobb County on Tuesday.

The planning commission approved its massive stadium and development.

Braves officials gave the planning commission a more detailed look at their planned stadium and mixed use complex, providing new renderings and insight on what the 80-acre project will look like. They said that since the Braves will be calling this place home, they will do it right.

“Their employees, their staff, their executives are going to live there for 30 years. They guarantee the stadium is something Cobb County is going to be proud of,” Braves attorney James Ballie said.


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  • fireboss

    All successful pickoff moves are borderline balks or no one would ever get picked off. Julio passed the balk test more than once, he’s done it Bob Davidson behind the plate and at first with no balk called. I rest my case your honior

    • Wayne Canon

      Agree totally. If Davidson didn’t call it a balk….it wasn’t a balk. He never misses a chance for a little air time by calling a balk on any microscopic twitch by a pitcher. Twitches that Super Slow Mo fails to detect.
      On the ball call….are the only people who can call a balk the home plate and first base umpires? I don’t recall seeing third or second base umps calling a balk.

      • fireboss

        Any umpire may call a balk. It happens a lot in terms of the number of balks called but that total number is small; just 32 in the NL and 42 in the AL this season. That’s not many compared to pitches thrown

        • Wayne Canon

          Thanks for the info.
          I love the balks caused by dropping the ball, knocking his hat off during windup and doing a prat fall in front of the mound while still holding the ball.

      • Jeff Schafer

        Davidson is itching to call a balk in every inning. That guy loves them

        I agree, if Davidson doesn’t see it as a balk, it’s not one

  • Matt Talbert

    Is there any crazy chance Uggla could be sent to the minors to learn to pitch. Maybe as a reliever? I don’t know maybe a way to prolong his career. Those big strong arms could really help him.

    • fireboss

      Well he can’t be sent to the minors for any reason – even a rehab start – without his permission. So you would have to get his permission. Then of course there’s the fact that he’s 34 and has trouble throwing to first base. So no it’s not likely. What could be done is a conversion to first base ala Jeff Kent. The fielding is simpler there and the throws are less frequently important. Besides in we can play Glaus there we can play him there. The problem isn’t positional it’s that he can’t catch up with a good fastball and never could hit breaking balls. I’d offer Dan a monetary deal to retire. If he retires he doesn’t count against payroll and as roving minor league instructor we could pay him anything we want. Probably something illegal about that but he’s literally taking up space a ball player could be using productively.