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Caray: Thoughts on Heyward in leadoff role again, Avilan's return; more

FOXSportsSouth.com checks in with play-by-play announcer Chip Caray to discuss the latest surrounding the Braves. FOXSPORTSSOUTH.COM: After 44 games, Jason Heyward was moved back to the leadoff position. Fredi Gonzalez's quote was "we are going to try it for a while." He's certainly more of a middle of the order bat, but all the numbers say Heyward is the best choice...
Via Fox Sports South
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves recall LHP Luis Avilan from minors

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have recalled left-hander Luis Avilan from Triple-A Gwinnett. Avilan, who began the season as one of Atlanta's top setup relievers, is with the team for Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Avilan was 3-1 with a 4.85 ERA in 47 games when he was optioned to Gwinnett on July 19. He says he focused on his curveball and change-up at...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Caray: Discussing the Braves' trade deadline deal, rough August schedule; more

FOXSportsSouth.com checks in with play-by-play announcer Chip Caray to discuss the latest surrounding the Braves. FOXSPORTSSOUTH.COM: The Braves didn't make a move to the level of the A's or Tigers at the trade deadline, but they were buyers, bringing in Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell from the Cubs. Did you feel this met the needs the team has, adding a versatile guy...
Via Fox Sports South
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves option Avilan to AAA, add lefty bullpen help

ATLANTA -- July can be a month of extreme change to an MLB roster. For the second day in a row, the Atlanta Braves tweaked their roster, optioning struggling left-handed relief pitcher Luis Avilan to Triple-A Gwinnett, while at the same time purchasing the contract of lefty Chasen Shreve from Double-A Mississippi. Saturday's move came approximately 24 hours after the Braves released...
Via Fox Sports South
July 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Rumors: Atlanta looking for bullpen help

The Atlanta Braves are only one game out from the division leading Washington Nationals in the NL East and they would like some bullpen help. The Braves are also in the middle of a four game losing streak, due in part to a blown save by Luis Avilan against the Mets on Monday. Like a handful of other teams, the Braves have been looking at the Red Sox relievers for help.#483623063...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Chopcast: Braves bullpen in need of bounce back

The Braves bullpen is in a funk. One of the franchise's mainstays during the Frank Wren era -- the 2008 season, Wren's first as acting GM, is the only campaign in which Braves relievers posted a sub-3.0 wins above replacement since he took over -- Atlanta's bullpen is having trouble closing out games lately. Or, at the very least, it is not keeping up with the lofty standards...
Via Fox Sports South
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Bullpen struggles again as Braves fall to D-backs

Less than 24 hours after suffering their first extra-inning loss of the season, the Braves saw another area in which they've dominated turn on them in Sunday's 6-5 loss to the Diamondbacks. Atlanta fell for the third time in 21 games in which they've scored at least five runs behind another blown lead and continued bullpen problems. The Braves fell into a three-way tie...
Via Fox Sports South
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Cuts: Late rally costs Braves in loss to Red Sox

ATLANTA -- In a rare instance of bullpen inefficiency, the Atlanta Braves could not hold off the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, dropping their second straight game in the interleague series, 6-3. Here are three observations from the game: 1. With an overload of singles and bloop singles, the Red Sox put the game away in the seventh inning These aren't necessarily uncharted waters...
Via Fox Sports South
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves drop series in San Fran after sweep of Cubs

As the Braves closed a series on the road against the San Francisco Giants, fans are reminded of how terrible the team was when the Giants faced them at home and how the Giants trot out a homer parade against Braves’ pitching. Yet at the same time, fans have the recent sweep of the Cubs telling them that the team isn’t as terrible as they were when the Giants visited or when...
Via BravesWire
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Outfielder Curtis Granderson Doesn’t Like Smelling Salts At All (GIF)

In the bottom of the fifth in Friday nights Mets game, a 6-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves where they were one hit by the electric combination of Aaron Harang, Luis Avilan and Jordan Walden, Curtis Granderson needed a bit of a wake up call or something to that effect. The Mets trainers decided that using smelling salts was the right way to go to help out Granderson. Based on his reaction...
Via The Daily Stache
April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Harang pulled while throwing no-hitter as Braves one-hit the Mets

NEW YORK (AP) -- Aaron Harang threw no-hit ball for seven innings but was pulled after 121 pitches, and reliever Luis Avilan gave up David Wright's two-out single in the eighth as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 6-0 Friday night. As Harang's pitch count increased on a chilly evening, it seemed doubtful manager Fredi Gonzalez would let him go the distance. Harang...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Fans Celebrate David Wright Breaking Up A Braves No-Hit Bid (GIF)

In the bottom of the eighth inning with the Mets four outs away from being no-hit by Aaron Harang and the Braves bullpen, David Wright came to the plate. Facing left handed reliever Luis Avilan, Wright singled to left abd broke it up. Here is how some Mets fans reacted to this momentous occasion. The post Mets Fans Celebrate David Wright Breaking Up A Braves No-Hit Bid (GIF) appeared...
Via The Daily Stache
April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – suspended slugfest

While it’s not your Game of the Night from yesterday, last night’s Pirates-Reds game was crazy. The game was suspended due to rain after just six innings, tied at seven. The teams combined for ten homers, and slugged an ungodly .943 – the record is .952. Perhaps the crazier thing is that five offensive starters somehow didn’t collect a hit on the evening. The Pirates also...
Via Bloguin Best
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – suspended slugfest

While it’s not your Game of the Night from yesterday, last night’s Pirates-Reds game was crazy. The game was suspended due to rain after just six innings, tied at seven. The teams combined for ten homers, and slugged an ungodly .943 – the record is .952. Perhaps the crazier thing is that five offensive starters somehow didn’t collect a hit on the evening. The Pirates also...
Via The Outside Corner
April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves' Luis Avilan pulls hamstring; Cory Gearrin opts for Tommy John surgery

The beleaguered Atlanta Braves pitching staff took another hit last night when top setup man Luis Avilan left the Mets game with a left hamstring cramp, reports David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Avilan was trying to avoid a broken bat in the seventh inning and came up grabbing his left hamstring. He attempted a warm-up pitch and stopped, walking off the field...
Via Sports Injury Alert
April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Setup Men for Holds Leagues: Luis Avilan & David Carpenter

Luis Avilan & David Carpenter With the best current closer in the game, Craig Kimbrel, manning the back of the Atlanta Braves bullpen, the complementary pieces that bridge the starting pitcher’s win to Kimbrel’s seemingly inevitable save are worth a look. Jonny Venters is returning from injury and he will join a pair of relievers that held the [...]
Via RotoBaller
March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves lost O’Flaherty, still have powerful ‘pen

On the January day when Eric O’Flaherty signed with Oakland and officially became an ex-Brave, the superb lefty reliever told me how difficult it would be to leave behind all the Atlanta teammates and coaches he’d become close to. The ever-modest “O” said they’d do just fine without him, making it sound like he’d miss the Braves more than they’d miss him. Which was...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Three burning questions for Braves bullpen

As far as bullpens go, the Braves could hang with any team in baseball last season. Of the 10 teams to make the playoffs, only the Red Sox and Athletics posted a higher bullpen wins above replacement (WAR), and given Atlanta's particular success at the tail end of games -- thanks in large part to the sport's best reliever/closer in Craig Kimbrel and one of 2013's top...
Via Fox Sports South
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Nasty boys - The best relief pitcher stuff of 2013

Last year I had this idea that if you added together the value given the pitches a pitcher throws you could rate the pitchers nearly as accurately as other measurements such as WAR, ERA+ and FIP. The results do not match up perfectly, but they are close in most cases. After all, if you throw consistently nasty stuff over the course of a season, the results you obtain with those pitches...
Via The Flagrant Fan
November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor leads Braves past Dodgers 4-3, series tied

Mike Minor slammed his fist into his glove after getting out of a jam with a strikeout. Luis Avilan pumped his arm wildly after escaping another mess with a huge double play. Andrelton Simmons hollered after a neat tag in the ninth. The Braves were fired up for this one, with good reason. Atlanta got the win it had to have before heading to Los Angeles. Minor pitched six strong...
Via AP on Fox
October 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves beat Dodgers to even series

Mike Minor slammed his fist into his glove after getting out of a jam with a strikeout. Luis Avilan pumped his arm wildly after escaping another mess with a huge double play. Andrelton Simmons hollered after a neat tag in the ninth. The Braves were fired up for this one, with good reason. Atlanta got the win it had to have before heading to Los Angeles. Minor pitched six strong...
Via AP on Fox
October 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers' rally falls short to Braves, series tied

ATLANTA (AP) -- Mike Minor slammed his fist into his glove after getting out of a jam with a strikeout. Luis Avilan pumped his arm wildly after escaping another mess with a huge double play. The Braves were fired up for this one, with good reason. Atlanta got the win it had to have before heading to Los Angeles. Minor pitched six strong innings, Jason Heyward had a two-run...
Via Fox Sports West
October 04, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 NLDS Rosters

Pitchers: Kris Medlen, Mike Minor, Julio Teheran. Luis Avilan, Luis Ayala, David Carpenter, Freddy Garcia, David Hale, Craig Kimbrel, Jordan Walden, Alex Wood Catchers: Brian McCann, Gerald Laird, Evan Gattis Infielders: Freddie Freeman, Elliot Johnson, Andrelton Simmons, Chris Johnson, Paul Janish Outfielders: Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton, Justin Upton, Reed Johnson, Jordan Schafer...
Via Love My Bravos
October 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Navarro stamps HR into van window

Chicago Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro figured out an easy way to make a delivery through the post office at Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon. In the bottom of the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves, Navarro hit a Luis Avilan pitch over the left-field bleachers and onto Waveland Ave. for a game-tying homer. Now we don't know where the home run landed, but Twitter posts...
Via Fox Sports
September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - our first elimination

Ladies and gentlemen, our first team has been eliminated from playoff contention: it's the Houston Astros, of course. You know what that means: the end of season post-mortem series and hope for the hopeless series will be back today! WOOOOHOOO! PIC OF THE DAY Marlon Byrd celebrates his first homer as a Pirate (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports) Game of the Night...
Via The Outside Corner
August 29, 2013  |  Discuss
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