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Braves bullpen: Strange days have found us
 Twenty games into the season, Braves relievers have one of the strangest set of statistics that a bullpen could produce. They are a dichotomy of numbers that demonstrates why this unit can seem close to outstanding one moment and maddeningly frustrating the next. Begin with the fact that Braves relievers entered Sunday with a .197 opponents&rsquo...

Posted: 10 hours ago

Twenty games into the season, Braves relievers have one of the strangest set of statistics that a bullpen could produce. They are a dichotomy of numbers that demonstrates why this unit can seem close to outstanding one moment and maddeningly frustrating the next. Begin with the fact that Braves relievers entered Sunday with a .197 opponents&rsquo...
Jose Bautista could join Braves before much longer
 The Jose Bautista-to-Atlanta train is picking up steam less than a week after the Braves signed the former All-Star slugger to a minor league deal. Bautista went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk in his second game with high Single-A Florida on Sunday and will join Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday for its doubleheader at Rochester, N.Y. Braves...

Posted: 11 hours ago

The Jose Bautista-to-Atlanta train is picking up steam less than a week after the Braves signed the former All-Star slugger to a minor league deal. Bautista went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk in his second game with high Single-A Florida on Sunday and will join Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday for its doubleheader at Rochester, N.Y. Braves...
Biddle wins in long-awaited debut: A story of perseverance
 Jesse Biddle finally made it. Eight years after being a first-round draft pick and four years after his last Top-100 prospect ranking. After a litany of ailments and procedures ranging from plantar fasciitis and whooping cough to a torn lat muscle and Tommy John elbow surgery. After 10 different minor-league and winter-league teams ranging...

Posted: 13 hours ago

Jesse Biddle finally made it. Eight years after being a first-round draft pick and four years after his last Top-100 prospect ranking. After a litany of ailments and procedures ranging from plantar fasciitis and whooping cough to a torn lat muscle and Tommy John elbow surgery. After 10 different minor-league and winter-league teams ranging...
Five things about Braves’ comeback, walk-off win Saturday vs. Mets
 Ender Inciarte’s bunt single scored Johan Camargo from third base in the ninth inning to give the Braves an improbable, unconventional 4-3 win over the Mets Saturday, their second walk-off win of the season and first since opening day. It was their first walk-off win when the Braves trailed entering the ninth inning since they got two...

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Ender Inciarte’s bunt single scored Johan Camargo from third base in the ninth inning to give the Braves an improbable, unconventional 4-3 win over the Mets Saturday, their second walk-off win of the season and first since opening day. It was their first walk-off win when the Braves trailed entering the ninth inning since they got two...
Braves-Mets series finale postponed
 The Braves’ scheduled game against the Mets on Sunday at SunTrust Park was postponed by rain and will be made up as part of a day-night split doubleheader May 28, Memorial Day.  The May 28 game scheduled for 1:35 p.m. will start instead at 1:10 p.m., and the makeup game at 7:10 p.m. Jason Isbell’s post-game concert scheduled...

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The Braves’ scheduled game against the Mets on Sunday at SunTrust Park was postponed by rain and will be made up as part of a day-night split doubleheader May 28, Memorial Day.  The May 28 game scheduled for 1:35 p.m. will start instead at 1:10 p.m., and the makeup game at 7:10 p.m. Jason Isbell’s post-game concert scheduled...
Game-Ender bunt for bold Inciarte
     The Braves didn’t hang their heads, they refused to slink away after making mistakes in a three-run Mets eighth inning that gave the division leaders a 3-0 lead. And Ender Inciarte didn’t become conservative or conventional after getting caught stealing third base in the sixth inning – he was safe, but came...

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    The Braves didn’t hang their heads, they refused to slink away after making mistakes in a three-run Mets eighth inning that gave the division leaders a 3-0 lead. And Ender Inciarte didn’t become conservative or conventional after getting caught stealing third base in the sixth inning – he was safe, but came...
What Braves said about stirring comeback win over Mets
 The Braves fell behind 3-0 after making costly mistakes in a three-run Mets eighth inning, but then rallied behind Freddie Freeman’s two-run double in the eighth, Johan Camargo’s tying RBI triple in the ninth and Ender Inciarte’s surprising walk-off RBI bunt singe for a 4-3 win.  Here’s what some of the Braves...

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The Braves fell behind 3-0 after making costly mistakes in a three-run Mets eighth inning, but then rallied behind Freddie Freeman’s two-run double in the eighth, Johan Camargo’s tying RBI triple in the ninth and Ender Inciarte’s surprising walk-off RBI bunt singe for a 4-3 win.  Here’s what some of the Braves...
Believe it or not, one rating system has Braves at No. 1 ahead of Red Sox
 The scorching-hot Red Sox were 17-2 before Saturday and widely regarded as the best team in baseball. But one respected statistical website had the Braves, not Boston, at the top of its analytics-based ranking system. Let us explain. Baseball-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System (SRS) comes up with a theoretical average number of runs...

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The scorching-hot Red Sox were 17-2 before Saturday and widely regarded as the best team in baseball. But one respected statistical website had the Braves, not Boston, at the top of its analytics-based ranking system. Let us explain. Baseball-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System (SRS) comes up with a theoretical average number of runs...
Flowers set for rehab assignment, Suzuki handling heavy workload
 Braves catcher Tyler Flowers could rejoin the Braves at some point during their coming road trip, but first he’ll spend some time with the Triple-A Gwinnett Stripers. Flowers, who strained an oblique on opening day, will begin a rehab assignment with the Stripers on Monday at Rochester (N.Y.). He’ll stay with the Triple-A team...

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Braves catcher Tyler Flowers could rejoin the Braves at some point during their coming road trip, but first he’ll spend some time with the Triple-A Gwinnett Stripers. Flowers, who strained an oblique on opening day, will begin a rehab assignment with the Stripers on Monday at Rochester (N.Y.). He’ll stay with the Triple-A team...
Ravin designated, Socolovich brought back from Triple-A
 Braves reliever Josh Ravin was designated for assignment Saturday and replaced by right-hander Miguel Socolovich, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Gwinnett. The impetus for the move was not performance but circumstances – the Braves wanted a fresh reliever capable of going multiple innings if needed Saturday night, and Ravin...

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Braves reliever Josh Ravin was designated for assignment Saturday and replaced by right-hander Miguel Socolovich, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Gwinnett. The impetus for the move was not performance but circumstances – the Braves wanted a fresh reliever capable of going multiple innings if needed Saturday night, and Ravin...
Braves reliever Ravin makes no excuses for 12th-inning mistake
 Josh Ravin was activated from the 10-day disabled list earlier Friday and hadn’t pitched in a major league game since March 31, but the big reliever rejected that as an excuse for what happened in the final inning of a 5-3, 12-inning loss to the Mets on Friday at SunTrust Park. Ravin hit Mets reliever Robert Gsellman with a pitch to...

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Josh Ravin was activated from the 10-day disabled list earlier Friday and hadn’t pitched in a major league game since March 31, but the big reliever rejected that as an excuse for what happened in the final inning of a 5-3, 12-inning loss to the Mets on Friday at SunTrust Park. Ravin hit Mets reliever Robert Gsellman with a pitch to...
Braves quotes after 12-inning loss to Mets
 The Braves got a first-inning homer from Ozzie Albies off Noah Syndergaard but mustered just two runs in the next 11 innings and lost 5-3 to the National League East-leading Mets at SunTrust Park. “Average. I didn’t have everything at all times, but I did go out and make some pitches, give us a chance to win.” “With...

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The Braves got a first-inning homer from Ozzie Albies off Noah Syndergaard but mustered just two runs in the next 11 innings and lost 5-3 to the National League East-leading Mets at SunTrust Park. “Average. I didn’t have everything at all times, but I did go out and make some pitches, give us a chance to win.” “With...
Analytics have 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...

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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...
Sims optioned to Gwinnett, Ravin activated from DL
 The Braves activated reliever Josh Ravin from the 10-day disabled list and optioned Lucas Sims back to Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday as the bullpen shuffle continued. The move came one day after Sims faced six Mets batters in the seventh inning of his season debut and recorded one out, allowing two hits, three runs and three walks, including...

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The Braves activated reliever Josh Ravin from the 10-day disabled list and optioned Lucas Sims back to Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday as the bullpen shuffle continued. The move came one day after Sims faced six Mets batters in the seventh inning of his season debut and recorded one out, allowing two hits, three runs and three walks, including...
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...

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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: 3 days 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: 3 days 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...
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