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    Atlanta Braves (66-61) @ Cincinnati Reds (61-66) 8/21-8/24



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    Thursday, 8/21 7:10 PM

    Julio Teheran, RHP (11-9, 3.06 ERA/3.55 FIP/3.70 xFIP) vs David Holmberg, LHP (0-0, 16.88 ERA/20.39 FIP/8.58 xFIP)



    Teheran bounced back from two disappointing outings to limit Oakland's powerful offense to a pair of runs last weekend. He limited the Reds to three hits over eight scoreless innings in May.


    Holmberg will be called up from Triple-A Louisville to take the start. He did not fare well in his July 8 Reds debut vs. the Cubs when he allowed three homers and allowed five runs in only 2 2/3 innings.
    Friday, 8/22 7:10 PM

    Mike Minor, LHP (5-8, 5.16 ERA/4.60 FIP/3.70 xFIP) vs Mat Latos, RHP (4-3, 3.10 ERA/3.47 FIP/4.14 xFIP)



    Since having a start skipped earlier this month, Minor has regained his confidence and started looking more like he did when he produced a 2.90 ERA over 47 starts from July 5, 2012 through the end of the 2013 season.


    Latos was not highly effective on Sunday as he lasted only five innings with 97 pitches vs. the Rockies. He gave up three runs and eight hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.


    Saturday, 8/23 7:10 PM

    Ervin Santana, RHP (13-6, 3.71 ERA/3.38 FIP/3.39 xFIP) vs Mike Leake, RHP (9-11, 3.65 ERA/3.72 FIP/3.45 xFIP)



    Though he did not have a feel for his slider or good fastball command on Monday, Santana limited the Pirates to three solo home runs. Since struggling during a portion of May and June, he's posted a 3.33 ERA over 10 starts.


    Leake, who got a no-decision on Monday at St. Louis, was down 3-0 early but hung in there and battled to keep the game close. He was undone for the tying run on a pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh by Daniel Descalso.

    Sunday, 8/24 1:10 PM

    Aaron Harang, RHP (10-7, 3.50 ERA/3.66 FIP/4.23 xFIP) vs Alfredo Simon, RHP (12-8, 3.35 ERA/4.54 FIP/4.13 xFIP)



    Harang went 8 innings for the first time since July 5th against Arizona giving up 3 runs on 9 hits. He's on track to have his best year FIP wise and he'll be attempting to keep that up against his former team in that launching pad. The Braves have found themselves quite an underrated yet unflashy 5th starter.


    Simon is winless since July 9 and 0-5 with a 5.40 ERA over his last seven starts. He has lasted through six innings just once in that span when he pitched seven innings on July 30 vs. Arizona.



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    Similar case to the Pirates series, Reds are reeling...so it's going to be a tough series particularly for our pitchers in that ballpark of theirs. Lets see if the offense can keep it going.

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    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC 57m

    #Braves lineup:
    Heyward rf,
    Gosselin 2b,
    Freeman 1b,
    JUpton lf,
    Johnson 3b,
    Gattis c,
    Simmons ss,
    BUpton cf,
    Teheran p
    ajc

    Somehow we have a platoon at 2B or some sorts while B.J is still playing..mehh..at least B.J is hitting 8th. Although, Boni would more than likely be the better #8 hitter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRAVE KID View Post
    ajc

    Somehow we have a platoon at 2B or some sorts while B.J is still playing..mehh..at least B.J is hitting 8th. Although, Boni would more than likely be the better #8 hitter.
    Even though we are talking on a SSS La Stella is hitting .340/.426/.472 against lefties in 53 AB, Fredi most hate his defense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beldugo View Post
    Even though we are talking on a SSS La Stella is hitting .340/.426/.472 against lefties in 53 AB, Fredi most hate his defense.
    Oh, he definitely does. Has ever since he made that goof in Boston.

    However, TLS has been proving him right lately. After starting off well...he's got a -5 DRS. Still SSS but that's more of less what we could be expecting from him.

    Love TLS, believe we're a better team with him than without him..this recent struggle though is not doing him any favors. Fredi has been known to platoon the wrong guy..

    At least Gosselin is making the most out of his starts..

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    Nice way to start off the series. A 8-0 spanking to the Reds...and guess what the Nats los.......no they didn't..they ****in won again. If they don't start losing now (got Giants, @ Philly facing Burnnett and Hamels, @ Seattle, @ Dodgers) they won't lose.

    Scored 8 runs while going 2-10 with RISP..I'll take it. JT did work out there.

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    Nats vs San Francisco series, that's music to my ears, we need to winthe next three games,it will put us in a good position if we do it, tonight gamewon't be as easy against Latos and Minor is homer prone an in this park that's a nightmare waiting to happen, he has showed signs of improvement lately so maybe he can keep it going.

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    What a gem by Mike! Tough that he won't get a win but we as a team need to take this one!

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    MVP!! MVP!! MVP!! Jupton is hotter than a dancing bobcat!

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    Damn, Minor was so close to throwing a no hitter, Jupton is unbelievable right now, keep on winning Bravos!

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    J-hey has been on fire lately but he left 6 men on base today...with 4 in scoring position. That could of been costly.

    We got the old Minor back. Great news...great fight to pull it out.

    Now is the time to gain some ground in the division.

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    So Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman are 10th and 12th in wOBA thus far this year. The only other duo that ranks higher are Encarnacion and Bautista but they both play in Toronto a very favorable hitting park.

    Kinda sad how we have 2 top 15 hitters in wOBA and our offense has still been this bad.

    Oh and Freeman is, once again, on pace to finish in the top 15 in wOBA. His wOBA is already at .385 while last year it was at .387.

    He's gotten some heat on here lately and drew some doubts from some about that contract extension. Safe to say, there was absolutely no reason for that. He looks to have an even better year than last year...and getting close to super stardom.

    FYI, Justin Upton is on track to having a career year wOBA wise....boy is he going to be expensive to keep.

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    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC 39m

    #Braves lineup:
    Bonifacio 9,
    Simmons 6,
    Freeman 3,
    JUpton 7,
    Johnson 5,
    Gattis 2,
    La Stella 4,
    BUpton 8,
    Santana 1
    ajc

    Just a day off for J-hey, I presume..didn't think he needed one..especially considering he's slashing .321/.368/.436 .804 OPS this month..

    Hope the offense keeps it going.

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    when the game gonna stared?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brave/cuban View Post
    when the game gonna stared?
    It's about to start right now.

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