Found June 11, 2013 on Atlanta Bullpen:
Atlanta Braves rookie Evan Gattis has had a storybook start to his major league career.  Gattis has 14 home runs in only 156 at bats and is tied for the Braves team lead with Justin Upton, even though he has 68 fewer at bats.  He is also second on the team in RBI with 37, only 6 behind team leader, Freddie Freeman.  Freeman has had 43 more at bats than Gattis. Gattis is sixth in the NL in home runs and leads the league in homers/at bat, with home run in every 11.1 at bats.  He is also 8th in slugging percentage at .603. What is particularly impressive about Gattis, is not just the raw numbers, but that he has been arguably the best clutch hitter in the National League the first 2+ months.  Where there isn’t an argument, is that Gattis has been the best pinch-hitter in the major leagues, with an astounding 4 home runs in only 8 at bats. Despite the tremendous power Gattis has displayed, and all the clutch game-winning hits, apparently not everyone is impressed with Evan Gattis. Bovad...

Is Evan Gattis Baseball’s John Daly?

Could the Atlanta Braves Evan Gattis be a flash in the pan, or is he for real?  People wondered the same thing about golfer John Daly, another enormously talented athlete with a colorful past, when he charged onto the national stage in 1991. Over the years in major league baseball, we’ve all seen flashes in the pan.  Guys who come up and have instant success, sometimes for a...

MLB Young Guns: RHP Shelby Miller

SHELBY MILLER, RHP, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS Get to know tonight’s opposing pitcher, Shelby Miller of the St. Louis Cardinals. Background: Miller comes from Brownwood, Texas and attended the local high school. He had an impressive high-school career as he threw four no-hitters and a perfect game. As a senior, he really caught the attention of major league scouts, pitching to a 1.90...

Yasiel Puig drilled in face by Ian Kennedy’s pitch

Things could get ugly soon in this Dodgers- Arizona Diamondbacks game as the LA’s new superstar, Yasiel Puig, was drilled in the face by a 92 mph pitch by Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy. Puig managed to stay in the game but probably not something LA management and Dodgers retail stores will ever want to see. Next inning: Greinke retaliates and ends up hitting Miguel Montero.

Preview: Cards getting big-time production from big-time players

(AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals are backing up the best record in baseball with outstanding hitting. Shelby Miller continues to do his part on the mound. A trio of Cardinals look to continue pounding the ball and help Miller win a third straight start Wednesday night against the struggling New York Mets. St. Louis (42-22) is batting an NL-best .277 to accompany its major league...

Dodgers, Diamondbacks Brawl in Los Angeles as Mark McGwire, Yasiel Puig Among Those Ejected (Video)

Don’t mess with a $147 million pitcher. There will be retaliation. Before Diamondbacks starting pitcher Ian Kennedy hit counterpart Dodgers starter Zack Greinke, three other batters had been hit in Tuesday night’s contest between Arizona and Los Angeles. When Kennedy threw one up and in that plunked Greinke high on the shoulder, well, that was all it took. Arizona’s Cody Ross...

Dodgers still upset at D-backs for fight

The Dodgers are still upset with the Diamondbacks after their benches-clearing brawl. They still feel like some codes were violated.

Should The Mets Have Dealt Wheeler for Upton?

Sandy Alderson was tasked with making a difficult decision last winter: Depart with the organization’s number one pitching prospect in Zack Wheeler or look to retain him to be part of the team’s long-term future. As Wheeler readies to make his major league debut next week in Atlanta against Justin Upton’s Braves, the question should be reevaluated more closely. The 23-year...

Bench clearing brawl between Arizona Diamondbacks & LA Dodgers

The Dodgers and the Diamondbacks had a mini brawl on Tuesday night. The meleé was a result of two  Dodgers players being hit with pitches. Rookie,  Yasiel Puig was at bat when he was hit in the face with a pitch during the sixth inning by Ian Kennedy. Later, starter Zack Greinke was hit with a high pitch. Six players and coaches were ejected before the Dodgers rallied to beat...

Dodgers, Diamondbacks brawl

Ian Kennedy hit Yasiel Puig and Zack Greinke with pitches, sparking a heated brawl that involved players and coaches and resulted in five ejections in a game in which the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 Tuesday night. Kennedy, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson and coach Turner Ward, along with Puig and Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire were ejected...

Game Chatter: Dillon Gee vs. Shelby Miller (6/12/13)

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Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl after Zack Greinke hit by pitch

The Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Tuesday night after a heated brawl involving players and coaches ensued, resulting in six ejections. Diamondbacks’ Ian Kennedy hit Dodgers star rookie Yasiel Puig in the face with a pitch in the bottom of the sixth. In the top of the seventh, starter Zack Greinke hit Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero in...

A day later, Dodgers are still mad

The Dodgers remained upset Wednesday about their brawl with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and much of their ire was directed toward pitcher Ian Kennedy. Kennedy hit Los Angeles rookie Yasiel Puig and pitcher Zack Greinke with high pitches Tuesday night, and a day later the Dodgers were still taking exception to where they were thrown. ''Anything like that is going to leave...

Beanballs set off lengthy Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl

As far as baseball brawls go Tuesday night's up-close-and-personal between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks was a pro-wrestling cage fight. First,  Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig was plunked by a pitch in the face by Ian Kennedy then, after Zack Greinke plunked Miguel Montero, Kennedy plunked Greinke high on the shoulder with a 92 mph fastball setting off a seventh...

Dugout Digest - brawl!

There was a pretty crazy brawl during the Diamondbacks-Dodgers game last night. The issues erupted in the sixth inning, after Ian Kennedy hit Yasiel Puig in the face. Zack Greinke retaliated by hitting Miguel Montero, and that should have been that after the benches cleared. But in the bottom of the seventh, Kennedy threw at Greinke's head, and all hell broke loose. Puig, Kennedy...
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