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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5 things about Braves’ start after Thursday’s win over Mets
 Five things about the Braves after their 12-4 rout of the division-leading New York Mets on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at SunTrust Park: 1. The Braves lead the majors with 70 runs in 10 home games. They have a National League-best 104 runs in 18 games overall, the second Braves team in the Atlanta era to reach 100...

Posted: 4 hours ago

Five things about the Braves after their 12-4 rout of the division-leading New York Mets on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at SunTrust Park: 1. The Braves lead the majors with 70 runs in 10 home games. They have a National League-best 104 runs in 18 games overall, the second Braves team in the Atlanta era to reach 100...
Braves’ quotes after Thursday’s 12-4 win against Mets  
 What some Braves said after their 12-4 win against the Mets in a series opener Thursday night at SunTrust Park. Matt Wisler gave up two hits, one run and no walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings and Preston Tucker had two doubles and five RBIs for the Braves to raise his total to 18, tied with Bryce Harper for the National League RBI...

Posted: 12 hours ago

What some Braves said after their 12-4 win against the Mets in a series opener Thursday night at SunTrust Park. Matt Wisler gave up two hits, one run and no walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings and Preston Tucker had two doubles and five RBIs for the Braves to raise his total to 18, tied with Bryce Harper for the National League RBI...
Braves’ Wisler makes most of sudden opportunity in win against Mets
 Matt Wisler was an elite prospect when he pitched eight superb innings to beat the Mets in his major league debut June 19, 2015. Since then his career ventured off-course, down some bumpy roads, his wheels spinning in Triple-A and Wisler pretty much slipping from the collective consciousness of the Braves’ fan base. But he got a chance...

Posted: 13 hours ago

Matt Wisler was an elite prospect when he pitched eight superb innings to beat the Mets in his major league debut June 19, 2015. Since then his career ventured off-course, down some bumpy roads, his wheels spinning in Triple-A and Wisler pretty much slipping from the collective consciousness of the Braves’ fan base. But he got a chance...
Sanchez injury not as severe as thought
 Anibal Sanchez’s hamstring injury doesn’t appear to be as serious as initially feared, and the veteran Braves pitcher might not miss more than a couple of weeks. So said Braves manager Brian Snitker on Thursday, a day after Sanchez crumpled to the ground while running sprints during pregame warm-ups.  When Sanchez had to...

Posted: 18 hours ago

Anibal Sanchez’s hamstring injury doesn’t appear to be as serious as initially feared, and the veteran Braves pitcher might not miss more than a couple of weeks. So said Braves manager Brian Snitker on Thursday, a day after Sanchez crumpled to the ground while running sprints during pregame warm-ups.  When Sanchez had to...
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...

Posted: 19 hours ago

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...
Freeman’s wrist not broken, he’s listed as day-to-day
 Braves slugger Freddie Freeman has no fracture in his left wrist, much to the relief of the team and its veteran first baseman. Test results on the wrist came back negative, and he’s listed as day-to-day, the team announced Thursday afternoon. Freeman was hit in the left wrist by a pitch from Phillies reliever Hoby Milner in the eighth...

Posted: a day ago

Braves slugger Freddie Freeman has no fracture in his left wrist, much to the relief of the team and its veteran first baseman. Test results on the wrist came back negative, and he’s listed as day-to-day, the team announced Thursday afternoon. Freeman was hit in the left wrist by a pitch from Phillies reliever Hoby Milner in the eighth...
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...

Posted: 2 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 2 days ago

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...
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...

Posted: 2 days ago

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...
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&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

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&rsquo...
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&rsquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

  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&rsquo...