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The Atlanta Braves are not necessarily in trouble after the team’s series with the Colorado Rockies ended with a disappointing 6-5 loss in twelve innings, but the team’s 4-5 record over the past three series with the Royals, Pirates, and Rockies definitely let the players and fans alike know that they are not unstoppable by any means.
One of the biggest problems that plagued Atlanta over the last nine games came from their offense’s inability to avoid the dreaded “K”. The past three series saw the team’s hitters strike out a grand total of 81 times, which seems to go be unnoticed when the team puts up gaudy run totals, like Wednesday’s 10-2 victory over Colorado, but serves as an attention-grabber when the loss is unbelievably discouraging, like last Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Kansas City Royals. The Braves will have to find a way to at least make contact in their at-bats as the season progresses, or else some the top pitching staffs in the National League will go through them like a hot knife through butter.
As if the inconsistency of the hitters was not a large enough problem for the Braves, several of the big bats for the team have come up with notable ailments over the past few days. One of the major scares for the team came Monday night following the cancellation of the opening game of the three-game series against the Rockies, as right fielder Jason Heyward was sent to the hospital in need of an appendectomy. The injury has left Heyward, who is hitting .121 with 7 hits and 12 strikeouts so far this season, on the 15-day disabled list.
The Braves will have to find a way to win without Heyward for the next two weeks
Another Brave that has been battling injuries is second baseman Dan Uggla, whose calf injury over the last three games is concerning for manager Fredi Gonzalez and the rest of the club. Although the injury does not appear to be serious, this may be a perfect time for Gonzalez to sit Uggla, who holds a disappointing .167 batting average with 4 home runs and 23 strikeouts, for a spell, giving him the chance to recover and possibly figure out how to make his unusual batting stance produce a few more knocks.
Atlanta is about to have its first real test of the season starting on Friday, when the team starts its first of twenty consecutive days with a game. Included in these twenty games is matchups with some of the most talented teams in Major League Baseball, which sees the Braves take on four of the six division winners from 2012 in the Tigers, Nationals, Reds, and Giants. If the team is able to go toe-to-toe with these opponents and post a .500 record or better over this string of games, it would be a safe assumption that the Braves have made progress and will probably continue to do so as the year goes along; if the team struggles and sees the home run well run dry, it would be obvious that the team has a long way to go if they plan on making some noise in October.
The good news about the upcoming games for the Braves? They aren’t scheduled to face this guy
Stat of the Week: 0-6. Atlanta holds a 0-6 mark when the offense fails to hit a home run. Meanwhile, the team is 15-0 when at least one ball has left the yard.
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Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward underwent surgery last night to remove his appendix, the team announced in a brief press release.
Atlanta's regularly scheduled contest against the Colorado Rockies was postponed due to snow last night. Long after this cancellation was announced, the Braves released the news that Heyward had underwent the appendectomy. At this point...
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Braves outfielder Jason Heyward underwent an appendectomy on Monday. Heyward began feeling ill on Sunday and went to the hospital on Monday.
The Braves will place Heyward on the disabled list.
In the absence of Heyward the Braves will use Reed Johnson and Jordan Schafer in the outfield.
Heyward currently has a .121 average to go with two home runs and five RBI this season.
MLB News: On Tuesday the Atlanta Braves recalled infielder Tyler Pastornicky from Triple-A Gwinnett and optioned right hander David Carpenter to the same affiliate. Pastornicky is expected to act as a utility infielder for the time being.
Fantasy Ramifications: Pastornicky will not see enough at-bats to even warrant consideration in fantasy baseball leagues as a player to lean on...
Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has had an appendectomy.
The team announced the news late Monday night, long after Atlanta's game at Colorado was postponed because of snow and rescheduled as part of a split doubleheader Tuesday.
In a two-sentence press release, the Braves say Heyward had surgery Monday night at Rose Medical Center in Denver. There was no indication...
Pastornicky was hitting .351 at Gwinnett before being called up
The Braves called up utility infielder Tyler Pastornicky from AAA Gwinnett on Tuesday. Pastornicky was hitting .351 with a .372 on-base-percentage and .473 slugging percentage at Gwinnett.
Pastornicky had 1 home run and 7 runs-batted-in and stole 3 bases in 4 attempts while accumulating 74 at bats.
In 2012 Pastornicky...
"To answer your question, yes, we have decided to stop being human."Brothers B.J. and Justin Upton have always been good players. The trick, I guess, was for a club to figure out that they should play on the same team. That unlocks some sort of weird National Treasure scenario where the Uptons decipher a bunch of clues and become DEATH-BRINGING MONSTERS OF BASEBALL. ...
Your browser does not support iframes.Justin Upton and B.J. Upton did something on Tuesday that hadn't previously been accomplished since Sept. 15, 1938 when brothers Lloyd Waner and Paul Waner also did it.The Uptons smacked back-to-back home runs to become the first brother combo to do that in 75 years in a Major League Baseball game.It all went down in the top of the fifth...
Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Rick Camp has died in northwest Georgia.
Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton says 60-year-old Camp was found dead Thursday morning at his home in Rydal, about 55 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta. Camp's cause of death wasn't immediately known.
According to the Atlanta Braves' website, Camp played with the team between 1976 and 1985. The...
Brothers B.J. and Justin Upton of the Atlanta Braves hit back-to-back homers for the first time in their careers during the fifth inning of the second game in Tuesday's doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies.
It was the 27th time in major league history brothers hit homers in the same game but only the second time they did it in consecutive at-bats. Lloyd and Paul Waner of...
B.J. Upton and his brother Justin hit back-to-back homers for the first time, leading the Atlanta Braves past the Colorado Rockies 10-2 Tuesday night to complete a doubleheader sweep that began with the coldest game at Coors Field.
It was the 27th time in major league history that brothers homered in the same game, but only the second time they went deep in consecutive at-bats....
DENVER -- On the coldest day at Coors Field, the Atlanta Braves won a game between the hottest teams in the major leagues.
Starting a day-night doubleheader that opened with a 23-degree temperature, Justin Upton hit his major league-leading 10th home run, Dan Uggla and rookie Evan Gattis also connected and the Braves beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 Tuesday.
Reed Johnson, playing...
On a frigid Tuesday in Denver when the temperature only reached a chilly 30 degrees at Coors Field, B.J. Upton and Justin Upton hit back-to-back home runs for the Atlanta Braves in the top of 5th inning during the team’s romp over the host Colorado Rockies. In doing so, the Upton brothers became the 27th sibling tandem to hit home runs in the same game but only the second brother...
Atlanta Braves left-hander Paul Maholm knew his shutout streak would eventually end. Surprisingly, facing the Detroit Tigers could help him put more zeros up on the scoreboard.
Maholm goes for a team-high fourth victory Friday night when the NL East-leading Braves and struggling Tigers meet for the first time in three seasons.
Opening his first full season with Atlanta (15-6),...
Losing Jason Heyward makes them a little less interesting, but it helps that he was playing poorly. Even with that, Atlanta has some fantastic match-ups this week.