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Updated: 2017-10-17T16:30:02-04:00


2017 MLB Playoffs open thread



2017 American League Championship Series

New York Yankees vs Houston Astros

Houston leads series 2-1.

Game 4 - Probable Starters

Yankees - Sonny Gray (10-12, 3.55 ERA)

Astros - Lance McCullers (7-4, 4.25 ERA)

Game Date/Time: Saturday, October 17, 5 p.m. ET

Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY


Streaming: Fox Sports Go

2017 National League Championship Series

Chicago Cubs vs Los Angeles Dodgers

Game 3 - Probable Starters

Cubs - Kyle Hendricks (7-5, 3.03 ERA)

Dodgers - Yu Darvish (10-12, 3.86 ERA)

Game Date/Time: Tuesday, October 17, 9 p.m. ET

Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL



MLB to interview John Hart this week, per report



President of Baseball Ops and current interim GM John Hart is expected to meet with baseball officials soon.

According to Mark Bowman of the investigation by MLB into the Atlanta Braves may be soon over and one of the final pieces is the interview of John Hart this week.

Weiss previously managed the Colorado Rockies from 2013-16, compiling a record of 283-365. He stepped down at the conclusion of the 2016 season.

Weiss concluded his 14-year career in Atlanta, playing his final three seasons (1998-2000) with the Braves. He was elected as the starting shortstop for the National League All-Star team in 1998.

Atlanta Braves player review: Arodys Vizcaino



Vizcaino was one of Atlanta’s better bullpen options in 2017.

Arodys Vizcaino entered the season figuring to be a prominent member of the Atlanta Braves’ bullpen in 2017. Outside of a few rough outings, Vizcaino was one of the better options at manager Brian Snitker’s disposal.

What were the expectations?

Vizcaino struggled down the stretch in 2016 due to an elevated walk rate and an oblique injury that seemed to further throw off his timing. His stuff has never been in question, but rather whether or not he would be able to harness it. Vizcaino averaged an eye popping 6.05 walks per nine innings in 2016 but his overpowering stuff had him positioned as a late inning option for the Braves in 2017 if he could improve his control.

2017 Results

Vizcaino worked mainly in a setup role during the early part of the 2017 season but eventually replaced Jim Johnson as the team’s closer. There was a rough patch or two, but for the most part Vizcaino did his job and performed it well. He reduced his walk rate from 14.3 percent in 2016 to 8.9 percent in 2017. At the same time his strikeout rate fell very slightly.

Like most pitchers this season, Vizcaino saw his home run rate climb to 1.10 per nine innings which partially explains a slightly elevated FIP of 3.74 and an xFIP of 4.21. But, adjusting for changes in the run environment, his FIP was actually about 13 percent better than average, compared to nine percent better than average in 2016. (The xFIPs were the same, at three percent better than average.) He was worth 0.7 fWAR on the season which was one of the better numbers in terms of Braves’ relievers, tied for first on the team with Sam Freeman.

Vizcaino did one notable thing in 2017: he gained some consistency. Before 2017, he had never posted a calendar month with an FIP between 3.00 and 4.00, and had just one calendar month with an FIP between 3.00 and 5.00. In other words, he had six calendar months of his career with a really good FIP under 3.00, and another six with a really bad FIP above 4.00 (and most of those above 5.00). In 2017, though, he managed to post an FIP within the 3.00 - 4.00 range for three of the season’s six months.

2018 Outlook

Vizcaino is arbitration eligible again this offseason but figures to once again be featured prominently in the Braves’ bullpen. He performed pretty well in the closer’s role but could move back to a setup role if the team adds some free agent arms to the mix. He’s probably not going to be the best reliever on a contending team, but should still be an important part of the bullpen.

Atlanta Braves News and Links: What are the Braves’ goals this offseason?


The Braves have a number of needs as the offseason approaches, but which ones can they fill, and how? BRAVES NEWS As Braves look to contend, priorities mount Braves beat writer Mark Bowman examines the Atlanta offseason plan and what priorities the front office may have over the winter. The biggest priority at present is likely a resolution to the turmoil that currently plagues the organization, but after that Bowman believes the Braves will be active in making upgrades at certain positions as well as unloading unnecessary pieces. As the Braves enter the offseason and attempt to take another step toward re-establishing themselves as legitimate postseason contenders, they have an obvious need to make room for top prospect Ronald Acuna and a definite desire to upgrade their bullpen. Recognizing the possibility Acuna could be ready to make his Major League debut on Opening Day, the Braves will place much of their early focus on trying to trade one of their corner outfielders -- Matt Kemp or Nick Markakis. There is certainly a desire to part ways with Kemp, but the two years remaining on his contract became more of an albatross as his conditioning once again became a concern during this year's injury-plagued season. Atlanta Braves AFL Recap: AJax Goes Grande A recap of the first week of the Arizona Fall League, where the Braves are well-represented by some of the top prospects in the organization. In short, Touki Toussaint was excellent on the mound while Austin Riley and Alex Jackson showed off the immense power that both possess. Fried dazzles in one-hit Fall League start In the first game of a new week at the Arizona Fall League, Braves left-hander Max Fried pitched five scoreless innings for the Peoria Javelinas, striking out four and allowing just one hit. Fried was perfect through four innings to begin the game, but was lifted after allowing two runners to reach in the fifth. Fried continues to impress, building upon a solid debut at the major league level in 2017. MLB NEWS Yanks, Judge make Astros CC sick in G3 The Yankees got their first win of the ALCS on Monday, besting the Astros to make the series 2-1 as they returned home. CC Sabathia gave the Yanks six scoreless innings, while Aaron Judge and the New York offense piled up eight runs to take a commanding victory in game three. The series continues on Tuesday as the Yankees look to draw even with Houston. [...]

2017 ALCS Game 3 open thread



2017 American League Championship Series

New York Yankees vs Houston Astros

Astros lead series 2-0.

Game 3 Probable Starters

Yankees - CC Sabathia (14-5, 3.69 ERA)

Astros - Charlie Morton (14-7, 3.62 ERA)

Game Date/Time: Monday, October 16, 8 p.m. ET

Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY


Streaming: Fox Sports Go

Atlanta Braves AFL Recap: AJax Goes Grande


Braves prospects put up another strong week in Arizona, headlined by big home runs from Alex Jackson and Austin Riley Games (2-1) Peoria Javelinas 10, (1-2) Mesa Solar Sox 9 Box Score (2-2) Peoria Javelinas 2, (2-2) Mesa Solar Sox 4 Box Score (3-2) Peoria Javelinas 12, (2-3) Salt River Rafters 1 Box Score Ronald Acuna 1-4, 2 BB, HBP, RBI, .333/.467/.333 Acuna’s weekend got off to a scary start, as in his second plate appearance of Thursday’s game he was hit by a pitch on his hand. Acuna had to leave the game with a bruise, but only missed one game and was back in the leadoff spot for the Javelina’s blowout win on Saturday. Acuna grounded out in his first at bat of the game but then reached safely in each of his next 3 plate appearance with 2 walks and a single. Acuna struck out in his final at bat of the game, which was only his second strikeout in 15 plate appearances in the early going of the season. Acuna has yet to record and extra base hit but has been putting the ball in play sharply and showing much of the same form he showed during the regular season. Max Fried DNP Touki Toussaint 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 0.00 ERA It’s not déjà vu, Touki Toussaint put up an identical stat line to his first appearance of the fall as the first man out of the bullpen as part of Peoria’s no hit bid on Saturday. Touki started his day by getting the first man swinging at a curveball in the dirt for a 3 pitch strikeout. He followed that by forcing a fly ball and then another strikeout to end the inning on just 10 pitched. Toussaint got a 3 pitch strikeout, all looking, to open his second inning of work before an 8 pitch plate appearance led to his first and only walk of the game. Toussaint quickly worked around that by forcing Corey Ray to fly out and then getting a strikeout to end another strong outing. Alex Jackson 2-9, HR, BB, 5 RBI, .167/.231/.417 AJax had a solid weekend for Peoria, started by reaching base twice in his appearance on Thursday. Jackson hit the ball hard in his first at bat and couldn’t find a hole, but in his second plate appearance worked a 7 pitch walk and scored on Austin Riley’s home run. Jackson singled and scored in his next turn at the plate before ending his day with a couple of pop outs. The Solar Sox managed to run well against Jackson going 3-3 on the basepaths. Jackson only got one hit in his second game but made the most of it, crushing a grand slam that put Peoria up over Salt River by 11 runs. Jackson struck out twice in his other four at bats and had a pop out, but also was calling the shots in the near no hitter for Peoria. Austin RIley 3-8, HR, 4 RBI, HBP, SB, .250/.308/.500 Austin Riley went off for Peoria in Thursday’s game, and his 3 hits were key in propelling a 10-9 win for the Javelinas. Riley wasted no time getting going at the plate in the first inning, knocking a first pitch the other way for a single that score Peoria’s 3rd and final run of the inning. Following a 3rd inning walk to AJax, Riley came through with the big hit in the game launching a home run to center field that stretched the Peoria lead to 7-4 and gave Riley 3 RBIs through 3 innings. Riley came through again in the 5th with his 4th RBI of the game, knocking a single up the middle to score Peoria’s 8th run. Riley struck out in his final two at bats, but in the final one worked the count full and fouled off a pitch before striking out to end the inning. Riley was the only Brave active on Friday and got hit by a pitch in his first plate appearance but did not have a hit on the day. Josh Graham 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 4.50 ERA Graham came in to the game for Peoria in the ninth inning in an attempt to close out a no hitter, and started off on the right path by forcing a ground out to the leadoff man in the inning. Grame got the next batter down in the count 0-2, but left a ball over the zone that was driven in the game for a double to end the no-no. T[...]