Apr 6, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Alex Wood (40) throws during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves News: Morning Chop

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Baseball Reference

The Atlanta Braves have now won 9 games in a row, having swept the Philadelphia Phillies, the New York Mets, and will be looking for another sweep today against the Arizona Diamondbacks. With Alex Wood on the mound, if pitching as he has been since returning as a starter, the Braves have a solid chance. Check out the box scores from yesterday afternoon’s 10-4 victory, courtesy of Baseball Reference.

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS Pit Str PO A
B.J. Upton CF 5 2 2 1 0 1 5 .214 .278 .346 .624 16 12 1 0 3B
Andrelton Simmons SS 5 1 2 4 0 1 5 .261 .301 .366 .667 21 14 2 8 2B
Freddie Freeman 1B 5 3 2 1 0 1 5 .294 .386 .505 .891 17 12 15 0 3B,2B
Justin Upton LF 3 1 2 3 1 0 5 .275 .347 .507 .854 21 12 2 0 HR,SF
Jason Heyward RF 4 0 1 1 1 1 5 .245 .339 .369 .708 21 14 2 0 CS
Chris Johnson 3B 4 0 0 0 1 3 5 .277 .299 .357 .656 20 13 0 1
Tommy La Stella 2B 3 2 2 0 2 0 5 .287 .376 .361 .737 25 11 4 11 2B
Christian Bethancourt C 5 1 3 0 0 0 5 .300 .333 .350 .683 18 12 1 0 2B
Aaron Harang P 3 0 0 0 0 3 4 .065 .094 .065 .158 15 11 0 0 SH
   Shae Simmons P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 37 10 14 10 5 10 44 .378 .442 .676 1.118 174 111 27 20
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/6/2014.

Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str Ctct StS StL GB FB LD
Aaron Harang, W (8-6) 8 9 4 3 1 1 1 3.67 32 111 75 52 2 21 17 13 6
Shae Simmons 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.15 3 12 7 4 0 3 1 1 0
Team Totals 9 9 4 3 2 1 1 3.00 35 123 82 56 2 24 18 14 6
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/6/2014.

ATL All Day

Brad Rowland of our sister site on the FanSided Network, ATL All Day, takes a look at today’s game, Alex Wood’s role, and discusses the Braves looking for the sweep. Check out Brad’s thoughts.

Arizona Diamondbacks at Atlanta Braves preview: Alex Wood aims for the sweep

The Atlanta Braves continue to mow down the opposition. After an unsightly first inning on Saturday afternoon, the team responded behind Aaron Harang and some balanced, potent offense to proceed to a lopsided victory, and in the series finale, Fredi Gonzalez and company will send Alex Wood to the hill aiming for a tenth consecutive victory.

 


Rant Sports

Steven Whitaker of Rant Sports takes another look at trade possibilities with Dan Uggla. Check out Steven’s thoughts.

Atlanta Braves Rumors: Dan Uggla Trade is Perfect Scenario

For the Braves, don’t look for a trade that will rock ESPN headlines; however, look for them to simply improve their team based on need and bring a more solid team into the second half of the season. In order to create more salary cap space for trades, Frank Wren has to bust his butt trying to do one thing: trade Dan Uggla.

 


Miami Herald

The Miami Herald picked up David O’Brien’s recap of the Atlanta Braves’ second win against the struggling Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday afternoon. Take a look at David’s recap.

Braves extend winning streak to 9 games by beating Diamondbacks, 10-4

ATLANTA – The streaking Atlanta Braves had made winning look so simple lately, maybe they wanted to challenge themselves Saturday by spotting the Arizona Diamondbacks three runs.

How else to explain two errors by Gold Glove shortstop Andrelton Simmons in a three-run Arizona first inning?

Well, actually that was the second two-error inning Simmons in a span of 2 1/2 weeks. But the Braves offense – including Simmons – responded by scoring seven runs in the first four innings of a 10-4 win that extended their winning streak to nine games and pushed the Braves to 11 games over .500 for the first time this season.


Cut 4

Michael Clair of Cut 4 on the MLB Network shares with us some funny, where a Braves’ fan picks up a foul ball with his face. Check it out.

Braves fan gives into physics, picks up foul ball with his face

Gravity: it’s our friend, but it is also our greatest enemy. For every keeping-all-the-things-on-Earth-in-their-rightful-place, there’s also a dropped ice cream or a spilled glass of red wine.

On Saturday, a fan trying to grab a foul ball off the bat of Didi Gregorius went head-to-head with the physical force. Literally.

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