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    Chicago Cubs (12-21) @ Atlanta Braves (18-15) 5/9-5/11




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    Friday, 5/9 7:35 PM

    Jason Hammel, RHP (4-1, 2.43 ERA/3.79 FIP/3.54 xFIP)vs Julio Teheran, RHP (2-2, 1.80 ERA/3.94 FIP/3.88 xFIP)



    In his last start, Hammel posted his sixth quality start, but did not get a win. He admitted to having a tough time with his command in the outing against the Cardinals, and gave up seven hits over six innings.


    Teheran notched his MLB-best seventh quality start in seven outings in his most recent turn, taking a hard-luck loss against the Giants. He fanned seven and surrendered a season-high three earned in seven innings.

    Saturday, 5/10 7:10 PM

    Jeff Samardzija, RHP (0-3, 1.62 ERA/3.06 FIP/3.51 xFIP)vs Ervin Santana, RHP (3-0, 2.41 ERA/2.45 FIP/2.62 xFIP)



    Samardzija is winless in his last 13 starts. In his last outing, he went nine innings vs. the White Sox, struck out seven, got a hit and scored a run. Said manager Rick Renteria: "What a great outing -- gritty, gutsy, everything you could ask for."


    Santana returns to the mound after the Braves skipped his most recent start to give his bruised right thumb more time to heal. He recorded a quality start in his most recent turn, but walked a season-high three batters.

    Sunday, 5/11 1:35 PM

    Edwin Jackson, RHP (2-2, 4.57 ERA/3.17 FIP/3.97 xFIP)vs Alex Wood, LHP (2-5, 3.00 ERA/3.26 FIP/2.97 xFIP)



    Jackson struck out nine over seven innings and did not walk a batter vs. the White Sox. He said he was inspired by Jeff Samardzija's nine-inning effort the night before. Jackson's nine K's were the most since he fanned nine Giants on April 14, 2013.


    Wood's pitch count ran high on May 4 as he allowed a batter to reach base in four of his five frames. He suffered his fifth loss despite giving up two earned runs or fewer for the sixth time in seven starts.


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    I see a lot of quick, uneventful games in this series. I hope you all appreciate a (or multiple) pitcher duels.

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    Time to start a winning streak guys. I'm feeling good today, the back is doing a lot better and I'm feeling a 5 game winning streak coming. That could also be the pills I'm taking talking. LOL. Go Braves.

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    Lets start a winning streak! With Freeman heating up again, The team will once again start to hit. Just get Uggla away from the lineup. He's done. Give the pastor a chance.
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    Tonight's lineup vs. CHI (7:35, FSS/680AM/BRN):
    Heyward 9
    JUpton 7
    Freeman 3
    Gattis 2
    Johnson
    5 BUpton
    8 Simmons
    6 Teheran
    1 Pena 4
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    Can we quit with the pitcher hitting 8th?? It was cute for the first couple of games..but lets get back to our traditional lineup.

    The concept behind this is having 2 lead-off hitters. Pena..really isn't a good lead-off hitter and he doesn't really specialize in getting on base.

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    Wood to the pen, Floyd taking his spot for now.
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    Feel bad for Wood. He's been the best performing lefty the Braves had.


    Best defenders are in the stands!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamaj View Post
    Feel bad for Wood. He's been the best performing lefty the Braves had.
    Agreed. It could actually be helpful though. Put him in the pen for a bit and limit his innings then unleash him for the rest of the season.
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    Seeing how Minor has gone back into giving up HRs, I hope Wood isn't down too long.

    And Kimbrel blows a save. That forces Wood into the game.


    Best defenders are in the stands!

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    Typical..the only way Wood gets a win is if he comes out of the pen. lol.

    Odd to see Kimbrel blow a save..but best to do it against one of the worst teams in the league and at home.

    Got a win..and it looks like the marlins/nats will lose so..tied for first again hopefully.

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    Not an easy task tomorrow against Shark, but the Cubs really sucks and the one who has been probably our best pitcher so far in terms of sabermetrics is pitching for us, go get the series.

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    Thank goodness for Freeman!

    I feel really bad for JT though.

    Even better news we are back in first place by percentage points over the Fish.

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    To take something positive from our losing streak is the performance of the bullpen, I was worried because it didn't look like that shutdown bullpen anymore, but that is the case right now, everyone has righting the ship, Carpenter has been untouchable, Walden has been fantastic and Varvaro has been great lately, even Avilan who is still our worst reliever in terms of ERA, FIP, xFIP, WPA (well he's been the worst in basically everything) has been good lately, he has just allowed 1 ER in his last 9 APP. Now with the addition of David Hale as our long reliever and having Wood for a couple of days the bullpen looks filthy, Wood would take the spot Avilan has for now and we are kind of untouchable.

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    David O'Brien ‏@ajcbraves 34m
    Jordan Walden was placed on 15-day DL with strained left hamstring. Ian Thomas has been recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett
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    Always some kind of injury with Walden..looks like Carpenter has 8th inning set up man duties.

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    David O'Brien ‏@ajcbraves 38m
    #Braves lineup
    1. Heyward RF
    2. JUpton LF
    3. Freeman 1B
    4. Gattis C
    5. Johnson 3B
    6. BUpton CF
    7. Simmons SS
    8. Santana P
    9. Pastornicky 2B
    ajc

    Seriously have to start feeling sorry for Rev.

    He finally gets a start but it's against the Shark. His last start? Against Jose Fernandez...doing him ZERO favors Fredi..

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