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foltenewicz almost pitched a no hitter. spoiled in the top of the 9th.
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"In case you haven't noticed... the [Bravos] have managed to win a few here and there, and are threatening to climb out of the cellar."
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"In case you haven't noticed... the [Bravos] have managed to win a few here and there, and are threatening to climb out of the cellar."
One game under .500, 2nd in the division and 7-1/2 games behind the Nats. Oh. And some Freeman guy is back in the lineup tonight...
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Well that was a butt whipping
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Well that was a butt whipping
The Astro's ain't no joke.
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The Astro's ain't no joke.
That's for sure. Their entire lineup is dangerous. I fully expect to see them in the big show in the fall.
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Old 07-07-2017, 10:52 AM
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A quick search couldn't find embed-able video, but hey, they had a good win against the Natinals last night. Sounds like Folty has taken a step forward with his game, which is good to see.
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Johnson gets lit up for 3 and gives up the lead in the 9th.
Did not realize he is tied for MLB lead in blown saves, ouch.
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Johnson gets lit up for 3 and gives up the lead in the 9th.
Did not realize he is tied for MLB lead in blown saves, ouch.
Yes, last night was one of the most disappointing losses of the year. Now these guys will need to decide if they are going to let that loss define them as a team, or if they use it to motivate them.

If nothing else, this year is clearly showing what holes need to be plugged in order to become relevant again in the NL. IMO they need, in order, a #1 and #2 starter, mostly an entire bullpen, and a couple of fielding upgrades. If we are to believe their "master plan" of stock piling pitchers, then the starting pitcher and bullpen issues should be resolved in another year or two. And with Albies continuing to grow and produce at age 20, and with a prudent trade or two, the fielding position upgrades could be resolved in the same time frame.

But waiting for 2019 - 2020 sure is tough, isn't it?
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So far today it looks as if last night motivated them !
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Maybe the rotation just needs to be set up to where Teheran doesn't pitch at SunTrust. He's been near abouts untouchable on the road this season.
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Following Friday night's 9th inning fiasco, I found this article about Jim Johnson. I'm not sure it sways my opinion of his performance, but it does make some interesting points.

Despite Blown Saves, Jim Johnson Doesn’t Blow
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Braves looking good coming back after all star break !
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The Braves evened their record to 45-45 while in the middle of the toughest 19 game stretch imaginable. Of the 19 games, 16 are against the top 5 teams in all of MLB (and the other three are against a team with a winning record who happened to win the World Series just 8 months ago.)

So far the Braves are 5-4 against top 5 teams in this stretch. If they can win 9-10 games of the 19, then we can cautiously assume they have turned the corner. If they have another 5-6 game losing streak, maybe there is more work to be done.

After this murder’s row stretch of 19 games, the schedule turns much easier. Only 17 of their last 51 games are against teams which currently have a winning record.

So what does this mean for this season? Probably not much. Making the playoffs is still a long shot at best. And even if they somehow sneak into the playoffs they just don’t have the firepower to match up against teams like the Dodgers, the Astros, or even Washington in a 7 game playoff series. And if your team doesn’t have a chance to win it all, just making the playoffs is kind of pointless…maybe satisfying and fun on some level, but still pointless.

But next year might be intriguing. The Braves trajectory should have them contending for a wild card slot at worst, and a division championship if they plug a few holes, and upgrade a couple others. And the 2019 team could have a high ceiling.

However I know this for certain….you can take your hand away from covering your eyes. The Braves are finally becoming enjoyable to watch again.
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Old 07-17-2017, 10:06 AM
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Let's just hope the front office stays course with the rebuild, and doesn't go into "Win Now" mode. The "Win Now" mentality is what got us where we were; it's not sustainable, and hasn't really worked for any of the teams that have tried it.
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For one, the Dodgers and Astros are in a class all their own. The Braves have proven they can handle the Jekyll and Hyde Nats. Do I think they are a World Series contender? Not by any stretch of the imagination. But yes, a Wild Card berth is definitely in reach should they survive the next 3 weeks. Pointless? Hardly. More like proof that the rebuild is working as planned.

I know they have scouts looking at Verlander and Fulmer in Detroit (Kate Upton in Atlanta anyone?? ) and they have had their sights on Sonny Gray (this is the one I'm hoping to see in an Atl uni...) for a while now. So we'll have to wait and see what the deadline brings as well. I do believe Kemp, J. Garcia and Phillips will be moved though.
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. I do believe Kemp, J. Garcia and Phillips will be moved though.
As they should be
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At least something good happened in the Braves latest 2-hour & 30-min.rain delay game besides Markakis's 387-ft. line drive HR to the Chop House in the 2nd-inning . . .



CHC@ATL: Cubs fan uses his glove to snag a hot-shot

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A young Cubs fan makes a nice catch with his glove on a hot-shot off the bat of Nick Markakis in the bottom of the 6th-inning




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Time to start shopping a few veterans. See what you can get for Kemp, Markakis, etc. Forget this year with the rigth moves 2018 can be good.
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Time to start shopping a few veterans. See what you can get for Kemp, Markakis, etc. Forget this year with the rigth moves 2018 can be good.
They were never contenders to begin with. They still have a shot at a wild card with the way August and September play out with mostly sub .500 teams. But they were never going to hang with LA or Chicago. And they were never going to catch Washington.

Kemp or Markakis, one will get traded for sure. I doubt both do. Phillips and J. Garcia are as good as gone. It's just a matter of time. If they find a willing partner, and there are a few asking, Teheran will most likely be moved too. Adams won't get traded until December when Coppy can get pretenders to get in a bidding war with actual contenders. I just hope that a Sonny Gray deal happens...or maybe Fulmer from the Tigers..
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that was a good one tell another one
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yeah lets trade off our best players again for a bunch of no names or old worn out pitchers at 13 million a year thats the ticket.

maybe add freddy freeman to the mix. maybe for him we can get 5 SIngle A players straight out of high school, a 45 year old pinch hitter out of retirement and a new tarp for the infield when it rains.
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yeah lets trade off our best players again for a bunch of no names or old worn out pitchers at 13 million a year thats the ticket.

maybe add freddy freeman to the mix. maybe for him we can get 5 SIngle A players straight out of high school, a 45 year old pinch hitter out of retirement and a new tarp for the infield when it rains.
Ummm, so is Dickey (the aforementioned 40+ yo pitcher) and Garcia your long term answer? And Kemp and Phillips are both long in the tooth and having renaissance seasons. Hardly a duo to bet the future on. Besides, they are both in the way of a couple studs (Acuna and Albies...). Teheran has been Jekyl and Hyde his whole career. Not to mention the fact that he has an ERA pushing 8 in the stadium he is expected to pitch half of his starts in. So yeah, move all of them, get the front line starter you are looking for (Gray or Fulmer... or both) and get what you can for the aging veterans and the inconsistent "ace". And fwiw, Adams likely brings a top of the rotation starter in an offseason trade... Because like it or not, Freddie is most definitely NOT the long term answer at 3B and the only other position Adams can play is DH (last I checked, that wasn't an option for the Braves...). Let Camargo man the hot corner next season.
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that was a good one tell another one
2018 is the Dawgs year... (or any one of the last 36 years...)
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Ummm, so is Dickey (the aforementioned 40+ yo pitcher) and Garcia your long term answer? And Kemp and Phillips are both long in the tooth and having renaissance seasons. Hardly a duo to bet the future on. Besides, they are both in the way of a couple studs (Acuna and Albies...). Teheran has been Jekyl and Hyde his whole career. Not to mention the fact that he has an ERA pushing 8 in the stadium he is expected to pitch half of his starts in. So yeah, move all of them, get the front line starter you are looking for (Gray or Fulmer... or both) and get what you can for the aging veterans and the inconsistent "ace". And fwiw, Adams likely brings a top of the rotation starter in an offseason trade... Because like it or not, Freddie is most definitely NOT the long term answer at 3B and the only other position Adams can play is DH (last I checked, that wasn't an option for the Braves...). Let Camargo man the hot corner next season.

I was specifically referring to trading markakis
The pitcher I was referring to was the great deal they got with bartolo colon that was a great decision

I call on Teheran to be fired every time he pitches.
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