2017-04-11T08:00:04-04:00At this point it is fair to question just how significant those “talents” may be, but hopefully a return to warm weather will get the Braves back on track. BRAVES NEWS Braves vs Marlins schedule & probable pitchers With a quick two-game series in Miami, the Braves will turn to Bartolo Colon and Jaime Garcia to right the ship before the team heads home. Colon pitched well in his Braves debut against the Mets, going six innings while striking out six and allowing one run. Jaime Garcia was impressive early in his start in New York, but faded later on, allowing four runs in his six innings of work. They will be opposed by Dan Straily and Tom Koehler, respectively. Former Atlanta Braves outfielder Otis Nixon reported missing, found safe It was reported on Sunday former Braves outfielder Otis Nixon was missing and had it been seen in over 24 hours. This news was alarming, but luckily Nixon was found unharmed early Monday. No further information has been released regarding the circumstances surrounding Nixon’s disappearance, but it is certainly relief that he was found. Inbox: Can Braves improve early defense? Mark Bowman of MLB.com fielded some fan questions on Monday, one of which was with regards to the defensive miscues have plagued the Braves in the early going. Bowman didn't sound overly optimistic on that front, stating how many positions had considerable question marks entering the season. Bowman did answer a question about the Braves pitching prospects who could possibly join the bullpen later this season: Mauricio Cabrera might no longer fit prospect status, but if his right elbow continues to cooperate, he could be a key addition to the bullpen near the end of April. Not too far behind might be A.J. Minter, the left-hander who is the best relief prospect developed within Atlanta's system since Craig Kimbrel. Coming back from Tommy John surgery in 2016, Minter pitched once every three days as he posted 1.30 ERA over 34 2/3 innings at three Minor League levels. He was sidelined most of Spring Training because of an inflamed nerve near his elbow, but he is scheduled to make his season debut with Class A Advanced Florida on Tuesday. Minter has been assigned to Florida to allow him to pitch in warm weather, but he could soon be elevated to Triple-A Gwinnett. MLB NEWS Myers hits for second cycle in Padres history Wil Myers hit for the cycle on Monday, a rare feat that is especially rare in Padres history. Myers finished the game 4-for-4, helping the Padres to beat the Rockies in Coors Field. Interestingly, the other Padre to hit for the cycle: Matt Kemp in 2015, at Coors Field. Worth the wait: Cubs celebrate, raise banners The banners for 1908 and 2016 wave side-by-side, an almost incomprehesible title drought ended and now celebrated with the unveiling of a new addition above Wrigley Field. This is not all that newsworthy in Braves circles, but 108 years is such a long time that it feels wrong not to mention it somewhere. So there you go Cubs, I hope I’m around to write about the next banner raised in 2124. [...]
The Braves look to get back in the win column in Miami.
The Atlanta Braves will wrap up a nine-game road trip to start the season with a two-game set in Miami against the Marlins beginning on Tuesday. The Braves have lost four straight including a three-game sweep in Pittsburgh that was capped off by a walk-off loss on Sunday.
Bartolo Colon will look to build off his solid debut with the Braves when he opens Tuesday’s series on the mound against the Marlins. Colon allowed six hits and one run in his debut against the New York Mets last Wednesday. He is 7-5 in his career with a 3.35 ERA in 14 career starts against Miami.
The Marlins will counter with right hander Dan Straily who spent last season with the Reds before an offseason trade brought him south. Straily struggled in his opening start against the Nationals. He was tagged for six hits and five earned runs in just 3 1⁄3 innings against Washington. Straily went 14-8 with a 3.76 ERA in 31 starts for Cincinnati last season. He allowed seven hits and six runs in just 4 1⁄3 innings in his only previous appearance against the Braves.
Jaime Garcia will take his turn for the Braves on Wednesday and will be looking for better results after a disappointing opener. Garcia pitched well early on but faltered late allowing six hits and four earned runs over six innings against the Mets. Garcia has fared well in his career against the Marlins going 2-1 with a 3.34 ERA in six starts.
Miami will turn to Tom Koehler in the series finale. Koehler allowed one run and four hits over five innings in his first start of the season against the Nationals. Koehler is 3-5 with a 3.74 ERA in 16 career appearances against the Braves but allowed seven earned runs in 10 2⁄3 innings against them last season.
The Atlanta Braves are off to a 1-5 start and let one slip away on Sunday resulting in a sweep to the Pirates. It is still very early in the season but the bullpen is off to a slow start. Are you worried or do you think things will stabilize once they are finally able to play some home games?
On another note, the Braves have four minor league affiliates in action today.
Braves minor league schedule for Monday.
11:35 AM - Jacksonville vs Mississippi
6:35 PM - Gwinnett vs Norfolk
6:35 PM - Dunedin vs Florida
7:05 PM - Rome vs Kannapolis
Our own Jeff Jones was on hand for the first game ever for the Florida Fire Frogs. Here is his report from the game.
I should’ve written this earlier but I’ll admit that it was my first game with a press pass and I wandered around taking videos too much to actually have time to write. Then I almost fell asleep on the way home on I-4, Friday and Saturday night were consumed by family stuff.. so here we are 3 days later.
Baseball America’s Ben Badler was at the game and wrote up Gohara’s start much more eloquently than I could dream of. I’ll put my 2 cents in though of my first look at Gohara - he works fast, had great command of his fastball and his slider. He was changing speeds and inducing a lot of weak contact. After the game Gohara said he throws a harder slider, a slower slider and a cutter/changeup. So in addition to his plus fastball which sits 94-96 and can run up to 99-100 he has four pitches as a 20 year old lefthander. Add him to the list of potential future aces.
2017-04-10T08:00:02-04:00Julio Teheran had another great start go to waste on Sunday, and with the way this week is lining up, he could be in line to open up SunTrust Park this week. BRAVES NEWS Atlanta drops two late leads in extra-innings loss to Pittsburgh The Braves had every opportunity to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Pirates on Sunday. They had the lead going into the bottom of the ninth, but Jim Johnson was unable to lock it down and the game went to extras. The Braves once again had a lead going into the 10th thanks to the team playing A-B-C baseball to manufacture a run, but the Pirates jumped on Jose Ramirez in the bottom of the 10th, and a leadoff double led to a walk-off homer from Starling Marte. Thus, another good performance from Julio Teheran and a four-hit, two-homer day from Freddie Freeman were both wasted. New-look rotation is doing its part so far We’re only one week in and the Braves are off to a bit of a slow start, but you can’t blame the rotation. Aside from a rough season debut from Mike Foltynewicz, Cory McCartney of Fox Sports South has noted that the rotation has definitely been solid and the obvious hope is that they’ll continue to keep this form up as the season rolls along. Now, if only the bullpen can get going, then things will really get rolling, eh? Colon delivered a QS in his debut with six innings of one-run ball Wednesday vs. the Mets. Meanwhile, Garcia gave up four innings in his six innings Thursday in New York and Dickey was an out shy of a quality start of his own in Saturday's loss in Pittsburgh (he gave up three earned in 5 2/3). On the down side, the mental side of the game continues to plague Mike Foltnyewicz, who lasted just 3 2/3 Friday vs. the Pirates and might be skipped in his next start and come out of the bullpen. Off-days cause Braves to tinker with rotation Meanwhile, things are probably going to get interesting when it comes to the rotation. Last week, it seemed like Mike Foltynewicz was in line to make the start for Opening Day at SunTrust Park, but thanks to two off-days this week and the flip-flop between Folty and Dickey due to the weather in Pittsburgh, we could now see the Braves employ a four-man rotation this week and force Folty into long-relief duty. Mark Bowman has more details. "There are two or three different ways we can go just to try to keep the bulk [of the rotation] on a somewhat regular schedule, instead of going seven or eight days in between starts," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "I don't know if there is any right or wrong answer, but we want to keep as many of them as close to normal as you can." It sounds like the Braves are leaning to essentially use a four-man rotation next and possibly give Mike Foltynewicz a multi-inning relief appearance Tuesday or Wednesday in Miami. Foltynewicz started Friday's opener of the current three-game set in Pittsburgh, and might not make another start until the Nationals come to Atlanta for a three-game series April 18-20. Braves sign Jason Motte After being released from the Rockies earlier this week, Jason Motte is back with a baseball organization as he’s signed a minor league deal with the Braves. He was released one year after signing a two-year deal with Colorado, so it’s safe to say that he’s probably not the salve for the Braves (way too early) bullpen issues. Still, he could serve as nice organizational depth. ESPN Sweetspot: Howard signing “makes no sense” The big roster news last week for the Braves was the signing of Ryan Howard to a minor-league deal. At first glance, you figure that it’s a typical low-risk signing of a veteran that makes a bit of sense for the Braves when you consider the quality (or lack thereof) of their bench. However, David Schoenfield of ESPN’s Sweetspot blog made the argument that the signing didn’t make sense for the Braves. So maybe the Braves view him as a viable pinch-hitting option or a designated hitter in AL parks. Of course, we also h[...]