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Braves replace Freeman with James Loney and Matt Adams

Braves replace Freeman with James Loney and Matt Adams

Now that Freddie Freeman is sidelined for about 10 weeks, the Braves had to have a better answer as everyday first baseman than Jace Peterson. That meant signing and trading for two new faces, James Loney and Matt Adams.

James Loney was signed to a minor league deal (ala what Ryan Howard was doing and failed at) so that he can potentially step in as a first base option. Loney is a 33 year old, 11 year MLB veteran with almost 1400 games played at first base. He had a career resurgance in Tampa back in 2013, but his hitting numbers have been in steady decline ever since, leading up to his outright release from Tampa in 2016. At that point, the Padres picked up him at the beginning of 2016 season, and then the Mets purchased his rights from the Padres. He played 100 games with the Mets in 2016 and had a very mediocre .703 OPS with a .265 average.

Loney at his core is a replacement player, and that’s why he’s been signed away from the Rangers and Detroit after they tried him in their minor league systems. I would hold out hope for this one working beyond just filling in as a below average defensive replacement with a tepid bat, but we’ll see.

Matt Adams is another story. Adams was traded to Atlanta for cash and Juan Yepez, a guy I’ve never heard of mentioned in our minor league system even once. Adams is almost 29, been in the league about 6 years, and he’s a career .270/.315/.452 slash line player. That’s a strong slugging percentage but the reason Adams is likely getting traded from St. Louis is his defense, which is frankly abysmal for a first baseman. However, with more power comes more playing time, so while he’s nothing like Freeman with the glove, he’s less of a falloff with the bat.

Neither person can make up for Freeman, yet the team suddenly went on a winning tear against the first place Nationals, and they are pitching better than ever. Maybe the Freddie injury galvanized the team to actually try harder instead of staring at Freddie swinging the bat. Maybe the Nationals took their foot off the gas and just assumed they would steamroll the Braves. Either way, it’s an odd time to see a team surge when they’ve lost their best player. I hope they can keep it up against the Pirates this week.

GO BRAVES!

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Nationals 3, Braves 2

Nationals 3, Braves 2

The Braves stranglehold on 2nd place in the NL East remains at 1/2 game.

Stephen Strasburg went 7 2/3 strong innings to help the Nationals salvage a game from the 3 game series.  Strasburg gave up 5 hits and a walk, and struck out 11.  Dansby Swanson’s 2 run double in the 8th chased him; Koda Glover finished up from there.

Strasburg’s work overshadowed an excellent performance from Jaime Garcia, who unlike Strasburg, managed to finish his 8th inning. Garcia gave up 7 hits, walked none, and struck out 8. A Daniel Murphy home run in the 2nd, and 2 unearned runs in the 3rd doomed Garcia, those unearned runs centering around a dropped fly ball by Nick Markakis.

The Braves have still played 5 more games on the road than at home, and Pittsburgh comes to town Monday to start a 4 game set.

Natspos delenda est.

The funniest thing I ever heard about Washington (paraphrased from memory):  “The NBA Washington Bullets announced today that they are changing their name.  They no longer want a name associated with gun violence.  So from this day forward the team will be known as:  ‘The Bullets’.” – David Letterman



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Garcia regains command, fans 8 in deep start

Garcia regains command, fans 8 in deep start

Braves left-hander Jaime Garcia has proven he has the stuff necessary to be effective. But his inconsistent command had led to an elevated walk rate and the self-inflicted damage he has incurred during some of his most recent starts.

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Late rally not enough despite Garcia's 8 K's

Late rally not enough despite Garcia's 8 K's

Stephen Strasburg delivered his best start of the season and Daniel Murphy homered off an effective Jaime Garcia as the Nationals snapped their longest losing streak of the season (4 games) with Sunday afternoon’s 3-2 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park.

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Adams thrilled to fill everyday role for Braves

Adams thrilled to fill everyday role for Braves

When Matt Adams learned Freddie Freeman fractured his left wrist on Thursday, he admittedly wondered whether this was the opportunity for him to go elsewhere to secure the everyday role he did not have with St. Louis.

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Weight Watching BRAVES 5 Neurotic Shrieking NATS 2

Weight Watching BRAVES 5 Neurotic Shrieking NATS 2

Well, we had prayed for 5 innings from him…and we nearly got it…Bartolo had it back tonight, we feared it had gone for good, his control…he gave Scherzer all he could handle and some and he opened the fifth ahead 3-0 by virtue of a 2 run homer early from Rio Ruiz and a solo shot from Matt Kemp in the 4th (Matt Kemp – hands up all you naysayers who couldn’t have been more wrong about him if you tried.) Matt BTW contributes a full half of our 50 pound weight loss this year – see below for the other.

A defensive miscue blew 2 from our lead with only one out. Snit had to warm Kroll up in a hurry and brought him in to face Harper and Zimmerman. Pop Up/K (Chief!). Great Stuff, Harper squealed in loud frustration, all 35,000 must have heard him.

So, Bartolo, we salute you. Here’s a song custom made for your performance today, describing an activity you perfected as we watched in amazement.

Who are these guys? Bart will know, he was only about 28 when this cut was made. Ain’t Mick pretty.

To resume. It then became very important we strike out etc SAP with our one run lead in the bottom of the fifth with thundercloud, rain and reputed ice on the way. We did just that, the game is official, so now we pray for lightning which is clearly dangerous.. As of now -8.05 EST as i write – that is still the case and we are watching the Smoltz and Glavine AARP review for the fourteenth time. Somebody, please.

O Dear. Players have reemerged at 8.08, mea culpa. The Weather Gods have shunned us. Later.

 

top 6   Motte pitching..Murphy pop up, walked Rendon, Wieters, great catch by Jace bouncing off the net in foul territory like a fat tuna trying to escape the catch. Taylor popped up also for third out , good job Motte, will Snit risk him in the 7th? Our 3 musketeers were perfect last night.

bottom 6…Trienen pitching…we  get first and third, 1 out, Dansby lashes a perfect DP grounder to short, Murphy bobbles the relay, we score a 4th run.Ruiz makes the final out with a deep drive to the wall in left center, impressive. Leave him there. But i’ll miss Camargo’s throws.  4-2 Braves

Top 7…it’s Ramirez…3 up, 3 down…again…fabulous bare handed play by BP to get Turner.

Bottom 7…Boner shocked us all with a beautifully lashed line drive to Right Center, robbed by a terrific diving catch from Taylor. BP singled with 2 out. Nick s/o.

Top 8.. Vizcaino..we seem to be deja vuing last night…but we were lucky, he had velocity but nothing like the control of last night…1,2,3 of the big 3 but Zimmerman hit his first pitch to the base of the CF wall.

Bottom 8…Dansby walks after another Flowers homer. What about our catchers!! We are outplaying all 29 teams by a mile. Braves 5 -2. Almost there. JJ, our man.

Top 9   9.30…BRAVES WIN!! 6 back of the Nats, at this rate we should be leading the division this time next week.

 

And now for the Hart chat during the rain delay. John Hart said ‘you know’ sixty one times during his pitch – to Joe only- telling us about Matt Adams for Juan Yepez. And this is where our second 25 pound saving comes from. Part of the deal was the Cardinals had to produce the original WeightWatchers certificate confirming he had lost 25 lbs last winter. As far as i’m concerned it’s a great deal. Just remember, NEVER in the outfield. Matt will have fun in the Chop House, somewhere he already visited in April. But allow him no eating privileges . Or maybe 2 for one – one meal for every 2 homers deposited there… assign him to the other Matt.

Great win, guys. We’re hurting the Nats for pete’s sakes. Who woulda thunk it.

 

Bartolo. Paint it Black.



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Weather delaying Nats-Braves game

Weather delaying Nats-Braves game

Saturday’s game between the Nationals and Braves entered a delay before the top of the sixth inning due to inclement weather. As rain fell down at SunTrust Park, Nats left-hander Oliver Perez gave the grounds crew a helping hand to cover the field.

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