2017-03-21T08:00:05-04:00The Braves fell to the Marlins 9-3 on Monday, as R.A. Dickey struggled early and the offense never got going. BRAVES NEWS R.A. Dickey struggles as Braves fall 9-3 The Braves offense was relatively quiet on Monday aside from RBI singles from Brandon Phillips and Jace Peterson. Unfortunately the Atlanta pitching staff was not any better as R.A. Dickey struggled once again, allowing 6 runs (4 earned) in 5.2 innings of work. Eric Cole summed up Dickey’s body of work to this point in the spring training slate: While all stat lines from spring training should be taken with several grains of salt (in particular for Dickey who is with a new team), it certainly would have been more ideal if he hadn’t posted a 7.20 ERA thus far this spring. Braves release pitcher John Danks Danks was a long shot to make the club when he was invited to spring training, and the odds only grew longer as he struggled mightily throughout the spring. He was granted his release and is now a free agent at 31 years old. Braves option Luke Jackson, bullpen competition down to Roe, Boyer, O’Flaherty When the Braves acquired Luke Jackson this offseason, it was reported that his biggest hurdle had been commanding his fastball, which could reach triple digits. Those issues were apparent this spring, as Jackson gave up four runs in five innings while walking four. His option leaves the Braves with a competition in the bullpen featuring three veterans in Chaz Roe, Blaine Boyer, and Eric O’Flaherty. Ender Inciarte, Adonis Garcia to return to Spring Training lineup on Tuesday The boys are back in town. Well one boy is, the other one was already here. Ender Inciarte will reportedly rejoin the club today as he returns from the World Baseball Classic, where he represented Venezuela. Adonis Garcia, who has been nursing a hamstring issue, will also reportedly make the trip West Palm. Atlanta Braves to unveil Hank Aaron statue at SunTrust Park on March 29 The Braves announced on Monday that they would be unveiling a statue in honor of the franchise’s greatest player, Hank Aaron. The celebration will take place on March 29 at 7 p.m. with a limited number of tickets being made available to the public. “We are eager to unveil Hank Aaron’s new statue, not only because it celebrates such a historic moment in baseball, but also because it honors one of the most significant men in the history of sports,” said Terry McGuirk, Braves chairman and CEO. “The statue is a vital piece of SunTrust Park, and we are delighted that the public can share in this moment while benefitting a wonderful cause.” MLB NEWS Unbeaten PR walks off vs. Netherlands to final With an infield full of young stars and a dugout full of frosted tips, the team from Puerto Rico advanced to the WBC final on Monday night, beating the Netherlands 4-3 in walk-off fashion. This team will pose quite a challenge to whichever team advances from the other semi-final game between the U.S. and Japan. [...]
2/25 - Braves claim 1B Christian Walker off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles.
2/25 - Braves placed Sean Rodriguez on the 60-Day disabled list
3/6 - The Cincinnati Reds have claimed OF/1B Christian Walker off of waivers.
3/8 - Braves option LHP Jesse Biddle to Double-A Mississippi and RHP Jason Hursch to Triple-A Gwinnett. The team also reassigned C Joe Odom, C Kade Scivicque, OF Dustin Peterson, LHP Sam Freeman, LHP Adam Kolarek and RHP Rhiner Cruz to minor league camp.
3/9 - Braves reassign LHP Sean Newcomb to minor league camp
3/10 - Braves reassign RHP Partick Weigel to minor league camp
3/13 - Braves claimed LHP Kevin Chapman off of waivers from the Houston Astros.
3/16 - Braves option pitchers Aaron Blair, Akeel Morris, Lucas Sims and Johan Camargo to Triple-A Gwinnett and Max Fried to Double-A Mississippi, while A.J. Minter and Travis Demeritte to minor league camp.
3/20 - Braves option RHP Luke Jackson and C Anthony Recker to Triple-A Gwinnett. Atlanta also released LHP John Danks
A rough day all around for the Bravos
R.A. Dickey has had a relatively tough spring and this outing was no exception. In his 5.2 innings for the Braves, Dickey gave up 6 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits (4 XBHs) while striking out and walking 3 batters. While all stat lines from spring training should be taken with several grains of salt (in particular for Dickey who is with a new team), it certainly would have been more ideal if he hadn’t posted a 7.20 ERA thus far this spring.
The bullpen was ok with the notable exception of Mauricio Cabrera whose previous control issues from the minors popped up as he issued 2 walks and a HBP in addition to a two-run triple.
With the Braves quickly in a 5-0 hole by the end of the 4th inning, the Braves offense struggled although there were some bright spots. Brandon Phillips and Jace Peterson had RBI singles in the 5th and 6th innings respectively. Unfortunately, the Braves also failed to record an extra-base hit in the game which made scoring runs and keeping pace all the more difficult.
After a rough spring, it looks like John Danks will be looking to make a comeback with another club
John Danks, once among the better pitchers in baseball, appears to be headed for free agency.
After signing with the Braves this past offseason, Danks was always a longshot to make the major league club either in the bullpen or the rotation. While Danks certainly had the ability to pitch well at points during his career, injuries derailed his career and he came in to the spring battling for any kind of a job.
Unfortunately, after a poor showing in Spring Training for the Braves, it appears as though the Braves are moving on.
Game Date/Time: Monday, March 20, 1:05 p.m. ET
Location: Champion Stadium
Radio: WIFN 1340 AM/103.7FM, Braves Radio Network
Ceremony will be held at SunTrust Park on March 29
The Atlanta Braves will host an Evening with Hank Aaron at SunTrust Park on March 29 to celebrate the unveiling of his new statue. The fundraising event will benefit Aaron’s Chasing the Dream Foundation. Aaron will be in attendance for the celebration which will take place starting at 7 p.m. A limited number of tickets will be available to the public.
The evening will also mark the official opening of the Hank Aaron Terrace which is located inside SunTrust Park. A cocktail reception will follow the statue unveiling with Braves radio broadcaster Jim Powell moderating a special conversation with Aaron.
“We are eager to unveil Hank Aaron’s new statue, not only because it celebrates such a historic moment in baseball, but also because it honors one of the most significant men in the history of sports,” said Terry McGuirk, Braves chairman and CEO. “The statue is a vital piece of SunTrust Park, and we are delighted that the public can share in this moment while benefitting a wonderful cause.”
Happy Monday! Let’s talk Braves.
Good morning! The 2017 season will arrive in full force in just two weeks and, as a result, things are picking up considerably with the Atlanta Braves. Episode 56 of the Talking Chop Podcast is here to catch up on what is happening with the team and topics for this week’s show include the following: