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Adding Cameron Maybin From the Waiver Wire

View image | gettyimages.com While he looked like somewhat of a throw in from the Craig Kimbrel trade that took place the day before the season started, the Braves knew they had some potential in centerfield in Cameron Maybin and he has shown that potential over his first 100 plate appearances in Atlanta. Prior to this year, Maybin has been ravished with a number of injuries that...
Via The Fantasy Fix
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

While You Were Drinking 2015 Game 40 (CHC vs SD)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after an afternoon in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking. The Padres (20-20) scored more runs than the Chicago Cubs (21-17) last at Petco Park, 4-3, in the first of three games at Petco Park. Neither James Shields (5-0, 3.74) nor Jason Hammel (3-1, 3.11) figured into the decision....
Via Padres Public
2 days ago  |  Discuss

What Happened to the Padres Dominant Pitching Staff?

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross wipes his face as rain falls, after Ross faced one Washington Nationals batter before a rain delay was called during the first inning in a baseball game Thursday, May 14, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) Last season the San Diego Padres finished second in the National League in team ERA with an impressive 3.27 mark. The pitching...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves Bullpen is Contributing to the Teams Struggles

Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Jason Grilli throws in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Cincinnati. The Reds won 4-3. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) After an offseason where the Atlanta Braves made some big trades, their bullpen has been struggling. In the offseason they signed right hander Jason Grilli to a two year deal to be...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Will The Braves Rebound?

35 games into the season, the Atlanta Braves are 16-19. With the loss of Justin Upton, Jason Heyward, Evan Gattis, and Craig Kimbrel, this is a reasonable performance. The Braves have also had to deal with injuries. Mike Minor had surgery to this week and will be out for the season. Also, Chris Johnson and Kelly Johnson are both on the DL. Chris Johnson was hitting .279 before...
Via TopSportsReport
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves could soon look for help from Wisler, more prospects

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) The closer the Braves fall to the bottom of the NL East, the more their focus will shift to prospects acquired in a barrage of offseason trades. One of the top prospects is right-hander Matt Wisler, who came to Atlanta in the trade that sent closer Craig Kimbrel to San Diego on April 5. Wisler, 22, is gaining momentum at Triple-A Gwinnett, where he was just...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

These Are Not The Pitchers We Were Promised

The idea behind this off-seasons major offensive overhaul was that the Padres had one area of strength upon which to build. Pitching. In 2014 the Padres pitching staff is almost entirely to credit with the team winning as many games as they did (which, admittedly, weren’t many but far more than a team that hit as poorly as they did should win). 10th in MLB in WAR, 6th in xFIP,...
Via Padres Public
8 days ago  |  Discuss

An Inning With Craig Kimbrel’s Command

The other day, Craig Kimbrel blew a save for the first time in — I don’t know — awhile. He was given a two-run lead and he retired the first two batters he faced, but then he unraveled. In a pinch, the game was off to extras. Kimbrel is one of those relievers for whom […]
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Andrelton Simmons Steals Hit From Travis d’Arnaud

Since the end of the 2014 campaign, the Atlanta Braves have traded away key players in Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, Craig Kimbrel and Evan Gattis. What they didn’t part with, however, was Andrelton Simmons—the best defensive shortstop in the MLB. And Friday night showed a perfect example of why the Braves kept him around. New York Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud smacked a grounder...
Via Sportsnaut
April 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Myers, Kimbrel lead Padres to 1-0 win against Giants

SAN DIEGO (AP) Wil Myers hit an RBI double off the right-field wall with one out in the eighth inning and Craig Kimbrel got his first save with the San Diego Padres, who beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0 Friday night. The run snapped the Padres' 22-inning scoreless streak dating to Wednesday night at Los Angeles. The Padres lost 1-0 to the Giants in 12 innings in their home opener...
Via AP on Fox
April 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves start season with sweep and new closer

Still reeling from the news that the Braves had traded former Rookie of the Year, perennial all-star and all-time club saves leader Craig Kimbrel to the San Diego Padres, the Braves embarked on the first series of the season in Miami lacking some of the cohesiveness they had broke camp with. Despite the startling news to Kimbrel’s former teammates, they took to Miami with confidence...
Via BravesWire
April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

The Giants and Padres are already playing the feud

Four games into the 2015 season, bad blood is already brewing between the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres. Check out this confrontation on Thursday night between Angel Pagan and Derek Norris, which culminate in Craig Kimbrel throwing a fastball a bit up and in on Pagan. So, what spurred this confrontation? Gum. Of course, it was gum. From Dennis Lin of UT San Diego…...
Via The Outside Corner
April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

New-look Braves bring 3-0 mark into home opener vs Mets

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves are set to introduce their roster, including an all-new outfield, to their home fans. They also can show off a 3-0 record, thanks to their first season-opening sweep in eight years, when they begin a weekend home series against the New York Mets on Friday night. Atlanta traded fan favorites Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel, Justin Upton and Evan Gattis...
Via AP on Fox
April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

San Diego is Looking to Improve at Shortstop

The San Diego Padres made a handful of splashes this past off-season, but even after a bombshell Opening Night trade which brought All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel to the west coast, it would appear that A.J. Preller and Co. aren’t finished. The #Padres and aggressive A.J Preller still aren’t done dealing. They are now scouring the shortstop market, teams say. — Bob Nightengale...
Via Baseball Essential
April 07, 2015  |  Discuss

One Man’s Trash: ‘O Soler Mio

Greetings all and welcome to the first regular season edition of One Man's Trash. Fantasy drafts are in the books, real baseball is back, and the weather is warming up. Optimism abounds. Wait, Craig Kimbrel was just traded to the Padres? Good thing I drafted Joaquin Benoit in four leagues. %#@! And that brings us to this week's column. As we await the week one transaction data to...
Via Razzball
April 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Baseball Profcast: Kimbrel On The Move

Submit a question for the Profcast! In Episode 169, Professors Adam Nodiff (@ANodBaseball) and Bryan Curley (@BaseballProf) are joined by James Seltzer (@JamesSeltzer975) from Philadelphia sports radio and RotoWire to talk a bit about the Phillies and a lot about opening day action! Topics include: Impact of the Craig Kimbrel trade The Mets’ bullpen situation Fast...
Via Baseball Professor
April 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Why It Was The Time For The Braves To Trade Craig Kimbrel

Three years have passed since the Atlanta Braves have seen postseason action. They lost their wild card at the hand of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012. It’s been 16 years since the Braves completed their most recent World Series appearance (0-4) in the Bronx Bombers’ dustpan. The 2014 offseason set the scene for rebuilding and an opening night blockbuster was the final act. The...
Via Baseball Essential
April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Padres getting Craig Kimbrel sets ‘World Series or bust’ expectations for 2015

The internet typically rewards the quickest reaction. Had I written about the San Diego Padres trading for Craig Kimbrel in the hours immediately following that news breaking, I would have said that the Pads and general manager A.J. Preller made a great deal. Actually, I did say something like that on Twitter. #Padres finally give up a top prospect in Matt Wisler, but free up that...
Via The Outside Corner
April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Padres getting Craig Kimbrel sets ‘World Series or bust’ expectations for 2015

The internet typically rewards the quickest reaction. Had I written about the San Diego Padres trading for Craig Kimbrel in the hours immediately following that news breaking, I would have said that the Pads and general manager A.J. Preller made a great deal. Actually, I did say something like that on Twitter. #Padres finally give up a top prospect in Matt Wisler, but free up that...
Via Bloguin Best
April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Chipper Jones to Braves fans: 'Embrace the rebuild' and 'watch these kids learn'

It's challenging to accept an organizational rebuild, especially for a fan base so accustomed to winning. With the surprise Opening Night trade of All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel and outfield albatross Melvin Upton to the San Diego Padres for outfielders Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin, plus two minor leaguers and a draft pick, the Atlanta Braves further entrenched the team in a...
Via Fox Sports
April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Is Craig Kimbrel One of a Kind?

We know that Craig Kimbrel stands atop any reliever leaderboard you can gussy up. Does he stand so far away from second place that he’s a one of a kind guy right now? That’s easy enough to answer. Using stats from 2011-2014, we can sort each position by WAR and basically “index” the first place […]
Via Fangraphs
April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Timing, trade partner most shocking parts of Craig Kimbrel deal

When the Atlanta Braves traded dominant closer Craig Kimbrel (and roster dead weight Melvin Upton Jr) to the San Diego Padres on Sunday night, baseball fans were shocked. Many Braves fans had a meltdown, seemingly in disbelief that a team projected to finish fourth in the NL East this season would want to trade the best closer in baseball. Why would you sell off that high-end sound...
Via Bloguin Best
April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Timing, trade partner most shocking parts of Craig Kimbrel deal

When the Atlanta Braves traded dominant closer Craig Kimbrel (and roster dead weight Melvin Upton Jr) to the San Diego Padres on Sunday night, baseball fans were shocked. Many Braves fans had a meltdown, seemingly in disbelief that a team projected to finish fourth in the NL East this season would want to trade the best closer in baseball. Why would you sell off that high-end sound...
Via The Outside Corner
April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

A Look at the Prospects in the Craig Kimbrel Trade

Just when you thought A.J. Preller was done making moves, he goes and swings yet another blockbuster trade. Once more, the Padres traded away minor league talent in an effort to help the Padres win in 2015. In exchange for Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton, the Padres sent big league outfielders Cameron Maybin and Carlos […]
Via Fangraphs
April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: Preller misfires with trade

Craig Kimbrel Yesterday, San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller pulled off another monster trade for an all-star, only this time it looks like he may have gambled one too many times. The Padres traded outfielders Cameron Maybin and Carlos Quentin, prospects Matt Wisler (RHP) and Jordan Paroubeck (OF) and a compensatory draft pick (No. 41 overall) to the Atlanta Braves for...
Via isportsweb.com
April 06, 2015  |  Discuss
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