David O'Brien

Atlanta Braves beat writer

David O'Brien has covered the Atlanta Braves for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 2002, and previously covered the Marlins for the (Fort Lauderdale) Sun-Sentinel for seven years. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism. Follow David O’Brien on Twitter DailyDOB AJC Atlanta Braves Blog

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Teheran comes through as Braves avoid sweep with 5-1 win over D-backs
 In his most perplexing season, Braves veteran Julio Teheran had alternated really good and really bad starts his past six times out. But Sunday, in the last game before the All-Star break, when his slumping team needed a solid performance from the veteran to help send them to the break in a better mood, he came through. Teheran had one of...

8:22 PM Sunday, Jul. 15, 2018

In his most perplexing season, Braves veteran Julio Teheran had alternated really good and really bad starts his past six times out. But Sunday, in the last game before the All-Star break, when his slumping team needed a solid performance from the veteran to help send them to the break in a better mood, he came through. Teheran had one of...
Acuna moves to center in place of slumping Inciarte
 An eventful first half-season in the majors for Ronald Acuna ended with the celebrated Braves rookie playing center field for the first time at the big-league level Sunday against the Diamondbacks in the last game before the All-Star break. Braves manager Brian Snitker switched Acuna from left field to center and benched slumping Ender Inciarte...

5:34 PM Sunday, Jul. 15, 2018

An eventful first half-season in the majors for Ronald Acuna ended with the celebrated Braves rookie playing center field for the first time at the big-league level Sunday against the Diamondbacks in the last game before the All-Star break. Braves manager Brian Snitker switched Acuna from left field to center and benched slumping Ender Inciarte...
Greinke, D-backs shut out the slumping Braves
 Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke is on his best roll of the season, while Sean Newcomb and the slumping Braves are stumbling into the All-Star break. Another sellout crowd Saturday at SunTrust Park, another loss for the home nine. The Braves presented no problems whatsoever for Greinke on a steamy afternoon, the right-hander allowing just...

11:05 PM Saturday, Jul. 14, 2018

Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke is on his best roll of the season, while Sean Newcomb and the slumping Braves are stumbling into the All-Star break. Another sellout crowd Saturday at SunTrust Park, another loss for the home nine. The Braves presented no problems whatsoever for Greinke on a steamy afternoon, the right-hander allowing just...
 Braves consider post-break pitching plans
 Assuming Mike Foltynewicz gets to pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star game, the Braves plan to rest him against the Nationals in the first series after the break. And assuming they don’t acquire a starter in a trade in the next week, they plan to start Luiz Gohara or Max Fried in a July 24 game at Miami. Manager Brian Snitker said he...

9:28 PM Saturday, Jul. 14, 2018

Assuming Mike Foltynewicz gets to pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star game, the Braves plan to rest him against the Nationals in the first series after the break. And assuming they don’t acquire a starter in a trade in the next week, they plan to start Luiz Gohara or Max Fried in a July 24 game at Miami. Manager Brian Snitker said he...
Vizcaino goes back on DL for recurring shoulder woes
 The Braves were especially careful not to overwork closer Arodys Vizcaino after he came off the disabled list July 3, but it didn’t much matter. He’s back on the DL, once again with inflammation in his balky right shoulder. In an unexpected move made a half-hour before Saturday’s game against Arizona, the Braves placed Vizcaino...

8:07 PM Saturday, Jul. 14, 2018

The Braves were especially careful not to overwork closer Arodys Vizcaino after he came off the disabled list July 3, but it didn’t much matter. He’s back on the DL, once again with inflammation in his balky right shoulder. In an unexpected move made a half-hour before Saturday’s game against Arizona, the Braves placed Vizcaino...
Braves quotes after Wednesday’s 9-5 win over Blue Jays
 Braves quotes after Wednesday’s 9-5 win over the Blue Jays. “It feels amazing with her here because she told me before I left Curacao, she wanted 20 (homers) from me this year. It happened right in front of her, she saw it live. So I’m happy it happened today.” “I’m happy, and hopefully they keep coming...

4:26 AM Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018

Braves quotes after Wednesday’s 9-5 win over the Blue Jays. “It feels amazing with her here because she told me before I left Curacao, she wanted 20 (homers) from me this year. It happened right in front of her, she saw it live. So I’m happy it happened today.” “I’m happy, and hopefully they keep coming...
Albies homers twice, Braves hang on to beat Jays
   The way things have gone lately for the Braves, they should’ve known that a six-run second inning and a 7-0 lead for Mike Foltynewicz would not assure an easy night. Nothing’s come easy lately for anyone – well, anyone not named Ozzie Albies. After the Blue Jays scored five runs in the seventh inning to get within...

2:34 AM Thursday, Jul. 12, 2018

  The way things have gone lately for the Braves, they should’ve known that a six-run second inning and a 7-0 lead for Mike Foltynewicz would not assure an easy night. Nothing’s come easy lately for anyone – well, anyone not named Ozzie Albies. After the Blue Jays scored five runs in the seventh inning to get within...
Braves’ malaise is widespread, so the people want lineup changes
 Virtually every part of the Braves’ performance has waned in recent weeks, and the team entered Wednesday with six losses in its past seven games and a 16-17 record since the beginning of June. “Our total game, really,” manager Brian Snitker said of reasons behind the malaise. “We’ve been fighting through it...

11:39 PM Wednesday, Jul. 11, 2018

Virtually every part of the Braves’ performance has waned in recent weeks, and the team entered Wednesday with six losses in its past seven games and a 16-17 record since the beginning of June. “Our total game, really,” manager Brian Snitker said of reasons behind the malaise. “We’ve been fighting through it...
Chipper says Boras complaints about shifts were ‘lazy’
 Hall of Famer Chipper Jones is tired of hearing complaints about shift defenses, specifically citing recent comments from powerful agent Scott Boras, who called shifts “discriminatory” because they make things tougher for left-handed hitters than for right-handers. Jones, who’ll be inducted July 29 at the National Baseball...

10:42 PM Wednesday, Jul. 11, 2018

Hall of Famer Chipper Jones is tired of hearing complaints about shift defenses, specifically citing recent comments from powerful agent Scott Boras, who called shifts “discriminatory” because they make things tougher for left-handed hitters than for right-handers. Jones, who’ll be inducted July 29 at the National Baseball...
5 things about the slumping Braves
 Five things about the slumping Braves entering Wednesday’s finale of a brief two-game series with the Blue Jays: 1. Braves have lost five of their past seven home games and have lost six of their past seven games overall. They’ve been outscored 43-23 in their past seven games while posting a .693 team OPS and striking out at least...

4:17 PM Wednesday, Jul. 11, 2018

Five things about the slumping Braves entering Wednesday’s finale of a brief two-game series with the Blue Jays: 1. Braves have lost five of their past seven home games and have lost six of their past seven games overall. They’ve been outscored 43-23 in their past seven games while posting a .693 team OPS and striking out at least...
Braves’ Inciarte pulled from game for not hustling
 MILWAUKEE – It wasn’t as dramatic as the last time a Braves manager replaced a stellar defensive center fielder for lack of hustle, because Brian Snitker didn’t pull Ender Inciarte off the field in the middle of an inning the way Bobby Cox did with Andruw Jones in 1998. Nevertheless, Snitker’s point was made and the...

12:44 AM Monday, Jul. 09, 2018

MILWAUKEE – It wasn’t as dramatic as the last time a Braves manager replaced a stellar defensive center fielder for lack of hustle, because Brian Snitker didn’t pull Ender Inciarte off the field in the middle of an inning the way Bobby Cox did with Andruw Jones in 1998. Nevertheless, Snitker’s point was made and the...