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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:09:50 EDTMLB.com Braves beat reporter Mark Bowman answers fans' questions about early surprises, bench struggles and more in this edition of the Inbox.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:52:36 EDTAs the Braves have evaluated multiple ways to improve their bullpen, they never gained the sense David Hernandez would serve as a viable solution, at least not before he would have a chance to opt out of his Minor League contract next week. So instead of simply losing the veteran reliever without gaining anything in return, the Braves traded Hernandez to the Angels on Monday for a player to be named or cash considerations.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:26:39 EDTIf Mike Foltynewicz continues to make strides, the Braves might recognize their current stretch as when they gained a frontline starter.
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:59:03 EDTIt all began 15 years ago, and you are going to want to be part of the MLB.TV celebration of baseball and technology, as the world's longest-running and most successful live-streaming sports product is a way of life for millions.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:14:53 EDTWhen the Mets welcome the Braves to Citi Field for the opener of a three-game series on Tuesday night, they will attempt to prevent Julio Teheran from extending a dominant stretch that has spanned nearly two full calendar years.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:42:04 EDTMLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:32:08 EDTSome rivalries have historic foundations. Others are more temporal, based on trends that pull franchises toward each other.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:40:23 EDTWho do the Braves have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Atlanta's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:37:21 EDTAs the Braves adjust to their transition to a seven-man bullpen that is stacked with relievers who are out of Minor League options, they may attempt to keep their relief corps fresh by routinely promoting Luke Jackson, Aaron Blair or Matt Wisler to experience short stints on the big league roster.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:18:29 EDTThe Phillies are not a home run-hitting team, but they showed some serious muscle late in Sunday afternoon's 5-2 victory over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:28:36 EDTIt seems like every time he takes the mound, Kolby Allard keeps showing why the Braves drafted him No. 14 overall two years ago. Allard is among Sunday's top prospect performers.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 01:07:14 EDTWhat had the makings of a night when Dansby Swanson could jubilantly walk out of the clubhouse feeling like the tide had just turned, instead turned into one that none of the Braves want to relive any time soon.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:38:08 EDTHow in the world did the Phillies win Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park? They blew a one-run lead in the ninth inning and allowed the go-ahead run in the 10th, but they scored twice in the bottom of the 10th in improbable fashion in a 4-3 victory over the Braves.
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:45:47 EDTAs Braves catcher Tyler Flowers sat behind the plate for Bartolo Colon's start against the Phillies on Friday night, he certainly wasn't reminded of any of those days when he was with the White Sox serving as Chris Sale's batterymate.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 01:01:33 EDTClint Frazier has had Yankees fans abuzz since New York traded for him last July, but he hadn't gotten off to the hottest start to the 2017 season at the plate. As of Saturday, that looks like it might be changing.
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:01:43 EDTAs Freddie Freeman continues to produced incredible statistics through this season's first three weeks, the potential value of his contributions has been diminished by the lack of consistent production created within the first two spots of the Braves' lineup.
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:11:33 EDTPhillies manager Pete Mackanin combed through the batter-pitcher matchups hours before Friday night's game against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park and found only limited success against Bartolo Colon.
Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:37:20 EDTNo pitcher has been more dominant than Class A Columbia's Merandy Gonzalez to begin the season. That trend continued on Friday night, as the Mets' No. 14 prospect extended his scoreless innings streak to 20 2/3 by tossing seven frames in a win against Lexington.
Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:55:48 EDTRyan Zimmerman foiled R.A. Dickey's bid for a gem and Stephen Strasburg kept Freddie Freeman's bat quiet as the Nationals completed a three-game sweep with Thursday night's 3-2 win over the Braves at SunTrust Park.
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:20:18 EDTIt has not been surprising to see the Braves' bench struggle to begin the season. But manager Brian Snitker still opted to take the conventional route when he pulled an efficient R.A. Dickey during the seventh inning of Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Nationals and gave Emilio Bonifacio another chance to deliver as a pinch-hitter.
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:31:10 EDTAfter Dansby Swanson batted .302 through the first 129 at-bats of his Major League career last year, the Braves anticipated their young shortstop would experience a learning curve once enough data was collected for opposing pitchers to make their necessary adjustments.
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:41:55 EDTThe Braves activated Matt Kemp from the 10-day disabled list and placed him back in the middle of their lineup Thursday with the hope he will pick up where he left off before he strained his left hamstring on April 7.
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:55:19 EDTFreddie Freeman can now lay claim to having done something never previously accomplished in Atlanta Braves history. As for what he has achieved over the past 10 days -- or even the past 10 months -- there are countless Major Leaguers who only dream of generating that kind of production.
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:52:52 EDTThe Nationals clubbed two grand slams in the same game for the first time since 2009 thanks to Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman as part of an offensive outburst in a 14-4 victory over the Braves on Wednesday night at SunTrust Park.
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 01:49:45 EDTMike Foltynewicz might not have won the battle, but the Braves' right-hander took another positive step in the war he is waging this year against those emotional reactions that have adversely affected him in the past.
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 01:54:41 EDTIt was a new setting but a familiar result for Max Scherzer and the Nationals, who used a two-run fifth inning to mar Mike Foltynewicz's strong start and claim a 3-1 win over the streaking Braves on Tuesday night at SunTrust Park.
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 01:19:55 EDTAny lingering concerns regarding Lewis Brinson's health were quashed by his performance on Tuesday night. Playing in just his fifth game since returning from a dislocated pinky finger, the Brewers' No. 1 prospect recorded four hits, including his second home run, and five RBIs.
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:50:20 EDTAfter Austin Hedges quieted SunTrust Park on Monday night, Freddie Freeman capped a memorable two-homer game and Dansby Swanson halted his early-season woes with a two-out, ninth-inning single that gave the Braves a 5-4 win over the Padres.
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:52:09 EDTFreddie Freeman finished the first series in SunTrust Park history with the distinction of having accomplished something that had been done just four times in Braves franchise history.
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:39:11 EDTNationals' No. 5 prospect Andrew Stevenson and Rockies' No. 8 prospect Ryan McMahon each collected five hits in Harrisburg's win over Hartford.
Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:57:06 EDTBartolo Colon surrendered one hit over seven dominant innings and the Braves erased Trevor Cahill's no-hit bid with a middle-inning offensive flurry that propelled them to Sunday afternoon's 9-2 win over the Padres at SunTrust Park.
Sun, 16 Apr 2017 18:19:13 EDTAs Jose Ramirez and Adonis Garcia were shooting pool in the middle of SunTrust Park's home clubhouse Sunday morning, Bartolo Colon loosened the mood and startled everybody within earshot by loudly smacking a flexible foam roller against a leather chair, creating what sounded like a gunshot or small explosion.