The NLeast You Should Know Vol. 23

Photo: NY Mets Don’t look now but your New York Mets are making moves in the National League East. No, they are not vying for a spot in the playoffs, that ship sailed when they were officially eliminated late last week. But, after a 4-2 week, the Mets have climbed over the Marlins for third place and sit just one half game behind the sinking Braves for second place behind the Nationals...
Via NYMetsLife
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mets-Braves Preview

While the Atlanta Braves picked up a rare win last time out, it's likely too little, too late. The Braves try to win two in a row for the first time in September on Friday night in the first of three against the visiting New York Mets. Atlanta (76-76) scored only eight runs during a five-game losing streak before beating NL East champion Washington 3-1 on Wednesday despite being...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Is it time for the Atlanta Braves to clean house?

To say this was a disappointing season for the Atlanta Braves would be an understatement. After surprising the league, overtaking the Washington Nationals last year, and starting this year as the youngest team in baseball, things were looking up for the Braves despite the national media’s love affair with the Nationals. Most picked the Nationals to win the division, and obviously...
Via Bloguin Best
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Caught Looking as Fouls Injure 1,750 Fans a Year

From his perch in the Atlanta Braves infield on May 20, third baseman Chris Johnson heard what sounded to him like the crack of two bats in quick succession. The first was a line drive off the bat of Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez. The second was the ball smashing into the head of an 8-year-old in black shorts and a blue shirt, who was seated in the first row behind first...
Via Pro Sports Daily
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks fire general manager Kevin Towers

His team’s awful play finally caught up with Kevin Towers, who was relieved of his job as the general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. Tony La Russa, the franchise’s chief baseball officer, delivered the long-expected news in a statement Friday morning, as the D-backs currently boast a record of 59-81, the third-worst mark in baseball. Towers led the Diamondbacks...
Via Rumors and Rants
17 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Phillies use four pitchers to no-hit the Braves

In the days of pitch counts, combined no-hitters are becoming more and more common.  At Turner field today, the Philadelphia Phillies needed four pitchers (and 147 pitches) to completely shut down the Atlanta Braves (second worst run-scoring team in the NL) for no hits in a 7-0 victory. Hamels was wildly effective today in AtlantaCredit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports via CBSSports...
Via Reading Between The Seams
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Teheran, Johnson carry Braves over struggling A's

  The Braves are trying to use a visit from Oakland, who came to Atlanta with the majors' best record, to prove they shouldn't be dismissed in the NL playoff hunt. Chris Johnson drove in two runs with three hits, Julio Teheran threw six strong innings and the Braves edged the suddenly struggling Athletics 4-3 on Saturday night. "We're not giving up. We're not...
Via AP on Fox
August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Timely hitting helps Braves notch series win over A's

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves celebrated their 100th anniversary of the 1914 "Miracle Braves" World Series win over the Athletics on Saturday night by guaranteeing themselves a series win over that very same franchise, one of the preeminent World Series favorites. The A's owned the most wins in baseball entering the interleague series in Atlanta, but with the Braves...
Via Fox Sports South
August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Johnson, Teheran, Braves hand A's 4th loss in row

ATLANTA (AP) Chris Johnson drove in two runs with three hits, Julio Teheran threw six strong innings and the Atlanta Braves edged the suddenly struggling Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Saturday night. The A's, who began the day with the best record in the majors, matched their worst skid of the season by losing four in a row. They've dropped six of seven overall. Teheran (11-9...
Via AP on Fox
August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves being hurt by shortage of leaders

There’s a famous scene in the movie “Bull Durham” when the team is mired in some hellish losing streak and one of the players turns to Crash Davis and says, “We need a night off just to stop our losing streak. We need a rainout.” So Crash tells the guys, “I can get us a rainout,” and, late that night, a few of them snuck into the stadium, turned on the sprinklers and...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

I really hope this is a fluke.

Well this is very sad. I love watching Chris Johnson play and I can't think of anything I've said or done that would cause this. I got a little paranoid and started checking other Braves I follow on Twitter, and a quick spot-check of 4 or 5 of them shows no one else has blocked me. I also follow his fiancee, and she didn't block me either. If anyone knows what's...
Via Love My Bravos
August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves yield 20 hits in blowout loss to Padres

Here are three things we gleaned from the Braves' 10-1 loss to the Padres -- a desultory defeat that extended Atlanta's woeful West Coast skid to four games: 1. From any angle, the Braves didn't deserve to win this one Over the course of a marathon-like season, some games are preternaturally doomed before things even begin. For Atlanta ... this was one of those dark...
Via Fox Sports South
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves score 6 runs in 3rd, beat Padres 8-3

ATLANTA (AP) -- Chris Johnson and Ryan Doumit each drove in two runs during Atlanta's six-run third inning and the Braves beat Eric Stults the San Diego Padres 8-3 on Sunday. The Braves trailed 1-0 before roughing up Stults (3-13). Back-to-back doubles by Gerald Laird and Andrelton Simmons started the inning. Tommy La Stella hit an RBI single that skipped between Stults'...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Johnson-led Braves crush Cubs in first-half finale

Here are three things we learned from the Braves' 10-7 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, putting an exclamation point on Atlanta's strong first half of the season: 1. Chris Johnson and his red-hot bat might not enjoy the four-day break from baseball The kids in Johnson's neighborhood shouldn't be too surprised if/when the Braves third baseman crashes a sandlot...
Via Fox Sports South
July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor homers, snaps winless streak as Braves pound Cubs

With the wind blowing out Saturday at Wrigley Field, pitcher Mike Minor didn’t give up any home runs and hit one himself. It was a good day to be a Brave. Chris Johnson hit a pair of two-run homers in his first two at-bats, including one that drove in the first runs of a six-run fourth inning that sent the Braves to a 11-6 win against the Cubs. The Braves, who had one home run...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves belt three homers in Wrigley rout of Cubs

Here are three things we gleaned from the Braves' 11-6 win over the Cubs on Saturday -- a wind-aided victory that, at least early on, had the makings of the 1979 classic at Wrigley Field, when Chicago and Philadelphia combined for a staggering 45 runs and 50 hits. 1. The late, great Earl Weaver would have reveled in the Braves' homer-happy approach to victory How crazy was...
Via Fox Sports South
July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Cubs fan pulls off switcheroo on home run ball hit by Braves

Your browser does not support iframes.It's very clear that Saturday wasn't this guy's first trip to the ballpark.Seen here is a rather intuitive Chicago Cubs fan pulling the old switcheroo on a home run ball hit by Atlanta Braves batter Chris Johnson at Wrigley Field.As you can see from the video, the fan came prepared with another non-home run ball to retrieve from his...
Via Bush League Chronicle
July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Waiver Wire: 3 to Catch, 3 to Cut, 3 to Keep

In the Week 15 edition of fantasy baseball 3×3, we’re keeping up with Dee Gordon, cutting ties with Chris Johnson, and tapping into Steve Pearce’s potential. There are plenty of waiver wire columns out there that provide an exhaustive list of the most added players in fantasy leagues. This isn’t one of them. Here, we’ll run down a few lesser-known, lesser-considered, or...
Via The Fantasy Fix
July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves drop Mets for sweep, seventh straight win

ATLANTA -- In a stretch tailor-made for the Braves to go into the All-Star break with momentum -- and the National League East lead -- on their side, they continued to take advantage. Behind another strong start from Julio Teheran and timely hitting, Atlanta beat the Mets 3-1 to win their seventh straight and hold serve with the Nationals, who won their fifth in a row, beating the...
Via Fox Sports South
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Johnson and swing batter batter

Remember in Little League or PAL (like I played) where the players on the field would chant, "Swing Batter Batter," before each pitch? Apparently, Chris Johnson of the Atlanta Braves is still hearing those chants in his head. Of course, Johnson has had multiple occurrences of blowing up with his temper, so who knows what else is going on in his head. But the bottom line...
Via The Flagrant Fan
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Braves fall to Nats, settle for 4-game series split

Here are three things we gleaned from the Braves' 4-1 loss to the Nationals, an emotionally charged road defeat that brought little overall clarity to the race in the National League East (series split: 2-all). 1. It's never a good thing when a team tallies more ejections than runs in a game A pair of check swings contributed to the Braves' demise on Sunday, with Chris...
Via Fox Sports South
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

BRAVES BANTER: No way to win a championship

The 13-inning Saturday night game against the Angels was a perfect illustration of what ails the 2014 Braves. For example: B.J. Upton made his fifth error, most among major-league centerfielders, but escaped having more only by the kindness of the Turner Field official scorer Chris Johnson, who leads the majors in hitting into double-plays, expanded his lead last night Chris Johnson...
Via TopSportsReport
June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Floyd's drought ends as Braves sink Rockies

While Chris Johnson delivered his seventh three-hit game of the season and Evan Gattis pushed his streak to 10 straight, it was undeniably Gavin Floyd who was the man of the moment for the Braves. He picked up his first victory in an Atlanta uniform -- and first in 613 calendar days -- keeping the Rockies bats in check in a 3-1 win that kept the Braves atop the National League East...
Via Fox Sports South
June 09, 2014  |  1 Comment

Braves' Johnson atones for early mistake vs. Red Sox

ATLANTA -- The ball hit off the edge of the grass in front of third and a charging Chris Johnson barehanded it, took two steps and fired to Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman to get the Red Sox's David Ross. "I had to kind of do a do-or-die play right there to get rid of it," Johnson said. "I don't do those plays a lot. But it was pretty cool." It was...
Via Fox Sports South
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Johnson removed from Braves game after throwing temper tantrum

Atlanta Braves third basemen Chris Johnson let anger get the best of him Friday night when he was removed from the game by manager Fredi Gonzalez due to throwing a temper tantrum.The incident which sparked the outburst occurred in the second inning when Johnson went down on strikes to Rockies hurler Jordan Lyles. This fueled Johnson to go crazy in the tunnel leading to Atlanta'...
Via Bush League Chronicle
May 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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