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Analytics has helped Braves improve their defense

    Soon after Alex Anthopoulos was hired away from the Dodgers to be the new Braves general manager in November, he brought Alex Tamin from the Dodgers to oversee an analytics department that would be significantly larger than the Braves ever used before. A department operating with a bigger budget and producing much more information that would be supplied on a daily basis to manager Brian...



Braves hope to retain Lane Adams after Thursday DFA

Braves hope to retain Lane Adams after Thursday DFA

The Braves designated outfielder and pinch-hit extraordinaire Lane Adams for assignment Thursday to make room on the active roster for starter Matt Wisler. Anibal Sanchez’s strained his hamstring Wednesday, requiring the Braves to call on a spot-starter to fill his spot. Adams, 28, was out of options and is subject to waivers. If he clears waivers, the Braves can outright him to Triple-A Gwinnett...
Freeman unbroken, unwavering: He’s back in lineup

Freeman unbroken, unwavering: He’s back in lineup

Before he left SunTrust Park late Wednesday, Braves slugger Freddie Freeman told team officials that as long as his left wrist wasn’t broken, he was going to play Thursday. He played Thursday -- and played well. The Braves, their fans and their best player all breathed a sigh of relief after X-rays and other tests showed no fracture in Freeman’s wrist from the pitch that hit him in the...
Undefined roles benefiting Braves bullpen

Undefined roles benefiting Braves bullpen

Modern baseball philosophy has trended away from once-unwavering thoughts of committing relievers to specific innings. The Braves aren’t an exception. The bullpen, walks notwithstanding, has been a team strength through 17 games. The current eight-man group owns a 1.35 ERA with 56 strikeouts across 54 appearances. It’s surrendered just one homer. Their ERA balloons to 3.09 overall in 67...
Sizing up Albies’ start to 2018: Wow

Sizing up Albies’ start to 2018: Wow

There is a slightly dated quote from a baseball executive regarding a diminutive second baseman that rings so clearly today that it almost hurts the ears. “He’s an anomaly,” the exec told the New York Times. “He’s tough to explain, other than the fact he works as hard or harder than anyone, he’s got freakish hand-eye skills, he loves baseball and he wants to be...
Braves see ‘higher ceiling’ for Mike Soroka as strikeouts pile up

Braves see ‘higher ceiling’ for Mike Soroka as strikeouts pile up

Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos knew he was inheriting one of the game’s promising young arms when he took the job in November. But Mike Soroka might be even better than he thought. Soroka has made three starts with Triple-A Gwinnett, posting a 2.87 ERA with 20 strikeouts against just two walks in 15-2/3 innings. Opponents are hitting .237 against the 20-year-old. “I think if anything...
Braves GM Anthopoulos explains why Acuna is still in minors

Braves GM Anthopoulos explains why Acuna is still in minors

In the eyes of many, Ronald Acuna is the best player in Triple-A. Now he has to prove it. At least, that’s what Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos would like to see before promoting him to the big-league club. Acuna has slashed .182/.294/.273 in 11 games with Gwinnett. He’s struck out in 17 of 44 at-bats (39 percent) entering Thursday. “What I’ve been told is that he&rsquo...
Leadoff: Two Braves and three ex-Braves ranked among MLB’s top 100 players

Leadoff: Two Braves and three ex-Braves ranked among MLB’s top 100 players

Freddie Freeman is the 25th best player in Major League Baseball. Ender Inciarte is the 98th best.  At least that’s where they stand in an ESPN ranking of MLB’s top 100 players, unveiled this week.  ESPN said the rankings are based on a poll of about 40 “MLB writers, analysts, contributors and insiders.” Ballots went out in late February/early March.  Freeman...
What Braves said after 7-3 series-clinching win over Phillies

What Braves said after 7-3 series-clinching win over Phillies

The Braves defeated the Phillies 7-3 Wednesday at SunTrust Park, earning their third-straight series win to start a season for the first time since 2000. The bigger story, however, was first baseman Freddie Freeman exiting in the eighth after being hit on the wrist by a Hoby Milner pitch. He appeared to be hit at or near the same spot he was hit last season, when a pitch broke his wrist and kept him...
Freddie Freeman hit on hand by pitch, exits game

Freddie Freeman hit on hand by pitch, exits game

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman exited Wednesday’s game against the Phillies after he was hit in the left hand by a pitch from Hoby Milner. Freeman was hit in the same spot where Aaron Loup’s pitch hit him a season ago, breaking his wrist and sidelining him for seven weeks. Freeman immediately went to the dugout and met with trainer George Poulos. Charlie Culberson ran for him at...
Braves place Jose Ramirez on DL following two poor outings

Braves place Jose Ramirez on DL following two poor outings

The Braves placed right-handed reliever Jose Ramirez on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday with right shoulder inflammation. Ramirez, once one of the more reliable arms in the bullpen, has had back-to-back disastrous appearances. The first came in Chicago on Saturday, when he was tagged for five runs in the Braves’ meltdown that turned a 10-2 lead into a 14-10 loss. The second occurred Tuesday...
A roller-coaster journey finally lands Jesse Biddle in the bigs

A roller-coaster journey finally lands Jesse Biddle in the bigs

Two freak obstacles and a surgery later, Jesse Biddle has made the major leagues. The Braves recalled Biddle from Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday, with struggling right-hander Jose Ramirez placed on the 10-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation. It gives the Braves three lefties in the bullpen. The team liked what it saw from Biddle, a first-round pick by his hometown Phillies in 2010, in spring...
Tyler Flowers could play rehab game this weekend

Tyler Flowers could play rehab game this weekend

The Braves are encouraged by Tyler Flowers’ progress while he recovers from a left-oblique strain. Flowers was placed on the disabled list March 30 after leaving the game the day before with an oblique strain. Manager Brian Snitker said his catcher was ahead of schedule Monday. But he said he’s even further along than they thought Wednesday. Snitker said two days ago that Flowers could...
Johan Camargo rejoins Braves following sudden 25-man roster opening

Johan Camargo rejoins Braves following sudden 25-man roster opening

The Braves reinstated Johan Camargo from the disabled list Wednesday. He was placed on the DL on March 26 after injuring his left oblique thirteen days earlier. A 25-man roster spot was opened for Camargo when starter Anibal Sanchez strained his right hamstring during pregame sprints.  Camargo, 24, was expected to be the team’s starting third baseman before he was stalled with injuries...
Braves GM excited by potential of Jose Bautista signing

Braves GM excited by potential of Jose Bautista signing

Alex Anthopoulos and Jose Bautista are reunited with the Braves, with the general manager taking a flier on one of his former All-Stars. The Braves signed Bautista to a one-year minor-league deal Tuesday. He reported to extended spring training in Florida, and the team will determine which affiliate he’ll report to when he’s up to game speed. Bautista was announced as a third baseman,...
The Braves sign Jose Bautista to a minor-league deal - to play 3B!

The Braves sign Jose Bautista to a minor-league deal - to play 3B!

This is fascinating. The Atlanta Braves have signed Jose Bautista, one of the best power hitters of the past decade, to a minor-league contract. But that’s not the fascinating part. This is.  Per the Braves’ release: “He has reported to Atlanta’s extended spring training complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. He will play third base.”  Bautista, known as Joey Bats...
Oh, what an unflappable Foltynewicz could mean to Braves

Oh, what an unflappable Foltynewicz could mean to Braves

It wasn’t Folty’s fault. He started Tuesday night’s extra-inning loss to Philadelphia, could have gone deeper into the game but threw too many pitches in vain and was long gone by the time Jose Ramirez was the drum major to a parade of Phillies runs in the 10th. If you have closely watched Mike Foltynewicz pitch for the Braves for much of these past three seasons, you know this was...
Walks bite Braves relievers again, Ramirez cites shoulder tightness

Walks bite Braves relievers again, Ramirez cites shoulder tightness

No other major league bullpen has issued as many walks as the Braves’ pen. And no Atlanta reliever has as many walks as Jose Ramirez after he walked three more at a most unfortunate time for his team Tuesday night, in the 10th inning against the Phillies. Ramirez walked the leadoff hitter on four pitches in the 10th inning of a 1-1 game, gave up a two-run, two-strike, two-out double, then allowed...
What Braves said after 5-1 extra-innings loss to Phillies

What Braves said after 5-1 extra-innings loss to Phillies

The Braves have lost twice to the Phillies in five games, with both losses coming in extra innings. Mike Foltynewicz’s solid start went to waste with the Braves dropping a 5-1 game to the Phillies in the 10th inning Tuesday at SunTrust Park.  The teams went to extras tied at 1. The Phillies scored four times off Braves reliever Jose Ramirez, who allowed five runs against the Cubs on Saturday...
Phillies rally past Braves in 10 innings

Phillies rally past Braves in 10 innings

Braves relievers played with fire once too often Tuesday night, getting away with leadoff walks in the eighth and ninth innings. But not the 10th, when Rhys Hoskins’ two-out, two-strike, two-run double off Jose Ramirez broke a tie and sent the Phillies to a 5-1 win at SunTrust Park. Ramirez gave up another walk and another two-run double to Maikel Franco before the inning was through. After...
Braves pitcher Blair has shoulder surgery

Braves pitcher Blair has shoulder surgery

Braves right-hander Aaron Blair had surgery on his pitching shoulder Tuesday, a procedure performed by Dr. James Andrews and termed successful by the team.  He had a capsule tear and Andrews did a clean-up of the subscapularis, which is part of the rotator cuff. Blair will miss the entire 2018 season. Blair, a former first-round draft pick, began the season on the Triple-A Gwinnett roster and...
Dansby Swanson hid frustration in 2017, now has come back strong

Dansby Swanson hid frustration in 2017, now has come back strong

At no point last season did Dansby Swanson fling his helmet across the dugout in disgust, or scream something at the first person who asked, “What’s wrong?” or make an obnoxious technicolor mess of the post-game buffet, even though he, like most mortals, probably had a “little Dansby” on his shoulder saying, “Do it!” Because that just wouldn’t be...
As Braves, Phillies improve, NL East might erase laughing-stock status

As Braves, Phillies improve, NL East might erase laughing-stock status

The National League East might not be so bad after all. Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman coined it the “toughest” five-team grouping in baseball just before opening day. That triggered laughter and witty responses, and deservingly so after the division had just one team that exceeded 77 wins a year ago. The Nationals coasted to a first-place finish with 97 wins, a whopping 20 games...
Snitker on Acuna: ‘He’ll let us know when he’s ready’

Snitker on Acuna: ‘He’ll let us know when he’s ready’

If they’re sick and tired of answering questions about the status of prospect Ronald Acuna, then Braves players and manager Brian Snitker aren’t coming right out and saying it. They’re just keeping the answers a little brief, for the most part. Polite, but brief. Asked again by a reporter Tuesday about Acuna and when baseball’s consensus No. 1 prospect might make his major...
Enough about offense: Braves pitching has hit its stride, too

Enough about offense: Braves pitching has hit its stride, too

The Braves’ starting rotation was excellent throughout the spring. After an uninspiring first-time through to start the regular season, its rediscovering that form.  Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz, Brandon McCarthy, Sean Newcomb and Anibal Sanchez are proving a fruitful starting five.  “I kind of feel like if those guys are pitching a majority of our innings, we’re going...
Trout, Harper, Altuve: None was better than Albies in his first half-season

Trout, Harper, Altuve: None was better than Albies in his first half-season

  While many Braves fans and media anxiously await the arrival of wunderkind Ronald Acuna, the youngest player in the major leagues currently plays for the Braves and is having one of the greatest first half-seasons in a career that you or me or anyone else will ever see. Yes, what Ozzie Albies is doing is not just really good, it’s shockingly good. In fact, the only negative, so to speak...
Julio Teheran overcomes SunTrust woes, stifles streaking Phillies

Julio Teheran overcomes SunTrust woes, stifles streaking Phillies

Julio Teheran doesn’t pitch well at SunTrust Park, at least until he does. One of those nights was Monday, when Teheran outdueled Phillies ace Aaron Nola in route to a 2-1 Braves win. Teheran went six innings, allowing five hits, striking out nine and walking three on 96 pitches (61) strikes. It wasn’t perfect, but it was enough. Certainly better than his last home start in which Teheran...
The Braves’ Teheran has been better lately, but this still isn’t Peak Julio

The Braves’ Teheran has been better lately, but this still isn’t Peak Julio

If you’re keeping score – and this being baseball, somebody’s always keeping score – that makes two strong starts in succession for Julio Teheran, whose first two turns of 2018 were rather less strong. He has cut his ERA nearly in half, from 10.13 to 5.40. He struck out five in his first eight innings this season; he has struck out 16 in the 12 innings since.  It would...
Leadoff: Braves open preview center for new spring training stadium

Leadoff: Braves open preview center for new spring training stadium

As construction continues on the Braves’ new spring training stadium in North Port, Fla., the team has opened a preview center nearby to start selling season tickets for exhibition games in 2020.  The Braves are scheduling appointments there -- beginning today -- for people who signed up to request more information. The preview center, located in a North Port shopping center, will offer...
What Braves said after grinding out 2-1 win over Phillies

What Braves said after grinding out 2-1 win over Phillies

The Braves defeated the Phillies 2-1 on Monday behind a rare Julio Teheran gem at SunTrust Park. Teheran pitched six one-run innings, adding nine strikeouts and six walks. The bullpen pitched three innings, with Shane Carle, A.J. Minter and Arodys Vizcaino allowing one hit combined. The difference was Ozzie Albies’ aggressive baserunning, scoring from third on Kurt Suzuki’s shallow...
Teheran strikes out nine for first win of season

Teheran strikes out nine for first win of season

The Braves bullpen couldn't protect a seven-run lead Saturday. It preserved just a one-run advantage Monday. Julio Teheran allowed one run over six innings, a rare gem at SunTrust Park, and helped the Braves to a 2-1 win over the Phillies.  Odubel Herrera homered off Teheran in the first inning, but the Braves righty settled in from there. He struck out nine and walked three while allowing four...
Lucas Sims back in Braves bullpen after spring bid fell short

Lucas Sims back in Braves bullpen after spring bid fell short

Lucas Sims was close to making the Braves’ roster. Then March 22 happened. Sims, pitching his final start of the spring, was annihilated by the Cardinals. He allowed eight runs (six earned) on four hits, two of which left the park, surviving three innings in an 8-2 loss. The dreadful performance capped off a disappointing spring. Sims posted a 10.13 ERA in six games (two starts). “You...
Braves still haven’t set return date for Johan Camargo

Braves still haven’t set return date for Johan Camargo

The Braves haven’t set a return date for third baseman Johan Camargo, though they’re satisfied with his rehab progress. Camargo strained his left oblique March 13 and was placed on the disabled list March 26. The utilityman was expected back as early as April 6 in Colorado. But Ryan Flaherty’s strong play in his absence bought the Braves more patience. Flaherty, 31, has slashed ...
Some Braves won’t keep hitting like this. Ozzie Albies just might

Some Braves won’t keep hitting like this. Ozzie Albies just might

Fourteen games in, the Braves have been pretty good overall and very good when wielding the warclub. (Old-time sports writing for “swinging the bat.”) They entered Monday’s game against the Phillies second among National League teams in runs, batting average and slugging percentage; they were first in on-base percentage and OPS. Given that they ranked in the top 10 in two of those...
Tyler Flowers making progress, could rejoin Braves on next road trip

Tyler Flowers making progress, could rejoin Braves on next road trip

Braves catcher Tyler Flowers is slightly ahead of schedule in his recovery from a left oblique strain. Flowers left the March 29 opening-day game after pulling an oblique muscle during his first at-bat of the year. He was placed on the disabled list the following day.  Flowers has appeared in two games since March 19, an exhibition and the season opener, after being slowed by a groin injury toward...
Waiting to promote Ronald Acuna wouldn’t be worst thing for Braves

Waiting to promote Ronald Acuna wouldn’t be worst thing for Braves

There’s an old adage that you don’t pay attention to the baseball standings, or almost anything else, until after Memorial Day. But the person who came up with that never had to blog in April. So, here’s what I’m thinkin’ ... It’s April 16. The Braves are in the clear to call up their (projected) rookie phenom from Gwinnett without paying an economic penalty...
Braves pleased with early results including three-city trip

Braves pleased with early results including three-city trip

The Braves’ three-city trip ended abruptly with a big blown lead in an ugly eighth inning Saturday and a wintry-mix postponement Sunday at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. But all in all, they could look at the 4-4 trip and the 8-6 start to their season and be pleased. “If you’d have told me in the middle of March that we’d be sitting where we are, I’d have been fine,&rdquo...
Gohara rehab start switched to Double-A, no disrupting Soroka

Gohara rehab start switched to Double-A, no disrupting Soroka

There was a change in plans for Braves pitcher Luiz Gohara’s first injury-rehab start Tuesday, which will now be with Double-A Mississippi instead of Triple-A Gwinnett. Braves manager Brian Snitker announced the change Sunday. The switch was made because top pitching prospect Mike Soroka’s next start for Gwinnett is Tuesday and the Braves didn’t want to disrupt Soroka’s routine...
Jackson DFA’d, Sims recalled from Triple-A

Jackson DFA’d, Sims recalled from Triple-A

Braves reliever Luke Jackson was designated for assignment Sunday and right-hander Lucas Sims was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett. The move came a day after Jackson hit a batter and gave up a single in a three-batter stretch to begin a remarkable nine-run eighth inning that gave the Cubs a 14-10 comeback win over the Braves on Saturday in bitterly cold conditions at Wrigley Field. Jackson has a 13...
Four key Braves prospects batting under .200 for Gwinnett

Four key Braves prospects batting under .200 for Gwinnett

Matt Wisler retired 15 batters in a row in one stretch but the Gwinnett Stripers lost 4-2 to the Rochester Red Wings Saturday night at Coolray Field.  Wisler (0-1) went seven innings, allowing three hits and two earned runs. He walked one and struck out eight. Gwinnett’s hitters are off to a slow start this season.  Seven hitters in Saturday’s lineup have averages under...
Braves say brutally cold conditions in Chicago were ‘ridiculous’ and dangerous

Braves say brutally cold conditions in Chicago were ‘ridiculous’ and dangerous

CHICAGO – Braves who were asked said they never played in conditions as brutally cold and miserable as what they played in Saturday in a wild 14-10 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Some said they hope to never do it again. The first-pitch temperature was 38 degrees with a wind-chill reading of 28, and a howling wind blew light rain across the field for almost the entire game. By the fourth...
Braves pen blows lead in unforgettable nine-run Cubs eighth inning

Braves pen blows lead in unforgettable nine-run Cubs eighth inning

  CHICAGO – The Braves led 10-5 after seven innings Saturday against the Cubs, and still led by that score with two on and two out in the eighth inning. They were four outs from clinching a series win on a brutally cold, windy, rainy afternoon at Wrigley Field.  Then they let that entire lead and much more slip through their frozen fingertips in a nine-run eighth inning that gave the...
Photos: A collossal collapse by Braves in Chicago

Photos: A collossal collapse by Braves in Chicago

The Braves blew an 8-run lead and lost to the Cubs 14-10 in frigid Chicago Saturday. Click through a photo gallery above to see images from the game. The Braves get another chance Sunday when the teams play at 2:20. Julio Teheran starts for the Braves.
Gohara to make first rehab start Tuesday for Gwinnett

Gohara to make first rehab start Tuesday for Gwinnett

The Braves could have another quality starter available before much longer, as Luiz Gohara is set to make his first injury-rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday. The highly regarded rookie left-hander, who’s been on the disabled list recovering from an ankle sprain sustained during through spring training, is on a schedule to be ready to pitch in the majors at some point in early May...
Slumping Inciarte gets a day off, Ozzie moves to leadoff

Slumping Inciarte gets a day off, Ozzie moves to leadoff

Braves manager Brian Snitker used a lineup that included three backups and Ozzie Albies batting leadoff Saturday against the Cubs on the most miserable weather day of a season that’s included plenty of them. Then Albies led off the game with a homer in 38-degree weather with a “feels like” temperature of 28 and the wind and light rain blowing in at Wrigley Field. -- Peter Bourjos...
Dansby discusses Braves’ fast start and his friendship with Ozzie

Dansby discusses Braves’ fast start and his friendship with Ozzie

After struggling in his first full major-league season in 2017, Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson has regained his confidence and is again playing like a guy the franchise planned to have as a cornerstone for many years.  He’s contributed plenty to the strong start by a Braves team that was 8-5 entering Saturday’s game against the Cubs, with Swanson batting .340 (seventh in the National...
Thrust into Gwinnett rotation, Max Fried sets sights on new challenges

Thrust into Gwinnett rotation, Max Fried sets sights on new challenges

Max Fried’s first Triple-A start of the season was a noteworthy step as he builds toward consistently handling a heavier workload. Fried, 24, pitched 5-2/3 innings, allowing five hits and one run in Gwinnett’s 6-4 11-inning loss to Rochester on Friday. He struck out six and walked two in his longest outing since June 17 with Double-A Mississippi. The California-born lefty suddenly was...
Sanchez snaps winless streak with impressive start for Braves

Sanchez snaps winless streak with impressive start for Braves

Before Friday veteran pitcher Anibal Sanchez hadn’t won a game since Aug. 1, but you might have a hard time convincing his Braves teammates. Sanchez, who signed a minor league deal with the Braves late in spring training and won a spot in their starting rotation, ended his winless drought when he pitched six innings and allowed three hits in a 4-0 win against the Cubs on a cold Friday afternoon...
Albies, Tucker are catalysts in Braves’ win over Cubs

Albies, Tucker are catalysts in Braves’ win over Cubs

The Braves were having trouble coming up with a timely hit Friday against the Cubs’ Yu Darvish until the fifth inning, when a couple of frequent recent catalysts came through again. Ozzie Albies doubled, advanced on a balk and scored on a wild pitch, stoking a four-run burst of an inning that was capped by Preston Tucker’s three-run homer that propelled the Braves to a 4-0 win in a series...
Hawks lose both tiebreakers for draft picks

Hawks lose both tiebreakers for draft picks

The Hawks lost both tiebreaker drawings involving their draft picks Friday.  The Mavericks won a tiebreaker against the Hawks and have the slightly better odds to win the No. 1 pick. The Mavs also will own an earlier pick than the Hawks if neither team wins one of the top three lottery picks.  The Mavericks have a 13.8 percent chance of winning the top pick and will get a pick no worse than...
Photos: New Braves stand out in win over Cubs

Photos: New Braves stand out in win over Cubs

Anibal Sanchez pitched three-hit ball over six innings and Preston Tucker backed him with a three-run homer as the Braves beat the Cubs 4-0 Friday. Click on a photo gallery above to see images from the win. The teams play again Saturday afternoon. Sean Newcomb (1-1, 4.35 ERA) pitches for the Braves and looks to build on a scoreless six-inning performance against Colorado on Sunday. He faces Cubs lefty ...
With Tucker producing, Braves can wait for Acuna to get going

With Tucker producing, Braves can wait for Acuna to get going

Braves manager Brian Snitker has seen enough of Ronald Acuna, in instructional league and two spring trainings, to know how special the kid is. Like other team officials, Snitker isn’t at all concerned by Acuna’s 4-for-29 start to the season at Triple-A Gwinnett  including 10 strikeouts and three walks. But the Braves also felt no urgency to bring him to the major leagues, particularly...
Braves’ McCarthy (shoulder) still set to make next start

Braves’ McCarthy (shoulder) still set to make next start

Braves pitcher Brandon McCarthy showed no lingering effects from a Wednesday shoulder injury when he did his regular running Friday morning at Wrigley Field, and manager Brian Snitker reiterated the veteran right-hander was expected to make his next scheduled start. McCarthy left Wednesday’s game at Washington sustained a subluxation, or partial dislocation, of his left (non-throwing) shoulder...
Blair has shoulder injury, will see Dr. Andrews

Blair has shoulder injury, will see Dr. Andrews

Braves pitcher Aaron Blair has a shoulder injury and will see Dr. James Andrews on Monday to determine the severity and whether surgery is needed. Blair, who began the season on the Triple-A Gwinnett roster, left his opening start of the season Wednesday in the third inning after giving up a hit, three runs and five walks. The 25-year-old right-hander came out of the game after throwing a wild pitch...
5 things to know about Braves-Cubs series opener

5 things to know about Braves-Cubs series opener

  CHICAGO – Five things to know about today’s 2:20 p.m. Braves series opener against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. 1. The Braves are 5-0 in day games and 2-5 in night games. Of their 14 total homers this season, 11 have been hit in day games. All three games in the Cubs series are 1:20 p.m. starts in Chicago (2:20 p.m. EDT). 2. The Braves are 7-0 in games in which they’ve hit at...
Ronald Acuna is ‘pressing a little,’ says Gwinnett manager

Ronald Acuna is ‘pressing a little,’ says Gwinnett manager

Ronald Acuna is in a slump. That’s not usually eye-grabbing news in the baseball world, but everything the Braves’ top prospect does falls under the microscope after a meteoric rise last season made him the sport’s consensus top prospect. Acuna went 1-for-6 with two strikeouts in Triple-A Gwinnett’s 14-inning 7-6 loss Thursday night. He’s 3-for-25 through six games, striking...
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