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ATLANTA -- With one late January move, Braves general manager Frank Wren altered the course of his franchise's season, bringing in Justin Upton and Chris Johnson to square away one of baseball's best lineups on one of baseball's best teams. At least that's how the Atlanta-Arizona blockbuster looks now.
When Wren pulled the trigger on what was appropriately dubbed the "Justin Upton Trade," giving up Martin Prado, Randall Delgado and a couple minor league players, it was viewed as a steal. Receiving a potential MVP candidate in the prime of his career for what amounted to solid but not superstar talent in return will have that effect -- and the Braves were immediately considered winners.
Through one month -- and with Justin Upton leading the league with 12 home runs and Johnson leads the National League in batting average (.369) -- it looks like an all-time great deal for the Braves.
Special guest Ricky Mast, a former MLB Fan Cave dweller, joins the Chopcast team to discuss the month and fast start that was, plus more Braves news and irrelevant notes. Here are the highlights:
-- Just how difficult was the Braves' path to the top record in the National League? Are the team's minor struggles on road any cause for concern?
-- What's life like in the MLB Fan Cave and what are the rules? (Plus, much more on this subject thanks to Jay Clemons' undying curiosity on all things TV-related.)
-- Julio Teheran remains the only undefeated starter in the Braves' rotation despite his early-season ups and downs. Is he showing signs of promise? Does he get any credit for the team being 5-0 in his outings this season?
-- Fun game: How would Ricky Mast's father describe the Braves' starting lineup?
-- Back to the Upton trade. Will Wren's move eventually rival those that brought in the likes of John Smoltz and Fred McGriff into the organization? What's the definition of highway robbery in MLB trades?
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ATLANTA Here are three things we learned from the Braves' 8-1 triumph over the Nationals on Tuesday, aka the night of Tim Hudson's 200th career victory:
1. The third time was the charm in Hudson's bid for 200
In the press box during the latter innings, we had a tough time confirming whether Hudson became the 111th or 113th pitcher to enter the 200 Club (Baseball Reference...
The Atlanta Braves have placed right handed pitcher Luis Ayala on the 15-day disabled list with an anxiety disorder. This isn’t a laughing matter as players with talent like Zack Greinke have literally been shut down because of it. This is a much more serious matter than it sounds and there is no time-table for his return. In the mean time David Carpenter will take his spot.
Tuesday in Atlanta, Tim Hudson won the 200th game of his marvelous Major League Baseball career.
I hope you were paying attention.
Hudson became only the 110th pitcher in MLB history to accomplish the feat, according to STATS LLC. For context, 236 pitchers have thrown no-hitters. So, Hudson's new distinction is more than twice as rare as having thrown a no-hitter.
PHOENIX -- Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero is hardly surprised that Justin Upton broke loose with a 12-home run April in his new Atlanta home. He has seen Upton flex before.
That does mean Upton would have done the same had he stayed in Sedona red, Montero said.
We all know he is capable of that,'' said Montero, who played with Upton from 2007 to 2012. "The big...
ATLANTA -- Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann made quick work of the Braves, pitching two-hit ball over eight innings. The game was played in a brisk 2 hours, 15 minutes on a night when both Zimmermann and Atlanta starter Paul Maholm threw a lot of great pitches.Here are three takeaways from the pitchers' duel:
1. The strikeouts are going to come.
Even with the best record...
panoramic view of 227
Lunchtime invite to the Braves game meant no time arrange to leave work early or to pick up my camera from the shop (where the focus issues are supposed to be repaired now, yay!). But I'll almost never turn down Braves tickets, so I took a few phone photos to share. Tweeted most of them, but in case you didn't see...
Gameday program was mostly Gattis...
Tim Hudson defeated the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night to earn his 200th career victory. It was a complete performance by Hudson who used his arm and his bat to defeat the division rival.
On the mound Hudson was his usual self going seven innings allowing one run. The veteran starter recorded six strikeouts and relied on the ground ball. In Hudson’s seventh and final inning...
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Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson has only three home runs in his career, and his most recent big fly may not have made its way into the stands without a little help from Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper.
During the bottom of the fifth inning on Tuesday night, the 37-year-old Hudson proved that he still has the strength to send a ball...
And so, another bad night for the Nats Tuesday night in Atlanta (still waiting for Danny Espinosa's latest assessment of the Braves), but at least there was Gio Gonzalez's fantastic diving catch of a bunt by Andrelton Simmons in the second inning.
Gio on his muddled start (4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 95 pitches!?, 56 strikes):
"Today's one of those...
Bryce Harper should be credited with an assist on Tim Hudson‘s home run Tuesday night.
In the fifth inning of the Nationals-Braves game, Harper nearly made a highlight-reel catch on a fly ball off the bat of Atlanta’s starting pitcher. But instead of hauling it in, the ball bounced off the young outfielder’s glove and over the right-field fence.
It’s embarrassing enough...
Gio Gonzalez will try to break the Nationals 8-game losing streak against the Braves
The Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals clash tonight in a 7:10 ET game at Turner Field in Atlanta. The Braves will try to give the Nationals yet another “Nattitude Adjustment” as they gun for five in a row on the season against Washington and nine in a row overall.
The Nationals PR folks...
Tuesday night, Tim Hudson became just the third active pitcher (Andy Pettitte and Roy Halladay) to reach 200 victories. And dude did it in style.
The righty scattered three hits over seven stellar innings and blasted his third career home run (you can credit Bryce Harper with the assist) while powering the Atlanta Braves to an 8-1 victory over the Washington Nationals.
KEEP YOUR ENEMIES CLOSER!
Team News and Notes
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Justin Upton launched his major league leading 12th home run of the season this week. He hit just 17 a year ago, and is currently on pace to shatter his career high of 31 back in 2011. The same can’t be said for his brother B.J. Upton, who has just three home runs, and is hitting a paltry .143 on the season. Freddie...
Tim Hudson won his 200th game on Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals, becoming just the 110th pitcher in MLB history to reach the milestone. On the same evening, Roy Halladay allowed 8 earned runs (3 HR) to the Cleveland Indians in 3.67 IP at Progressive Field.
Is Tim Hudson the most underrated pitcher in the 21st century? Has the Atlanta Braves ace pitched to the level...