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    Atlanta Braves (68-63) @ New York Mets (61-70) 8/26-8/28



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    Tuesday, 8/26 7:10 PM

    Alex Wood, LHP (6-8, 2.83 ERA/3.44 FIP/3.44 xFIP) vs Dillon Gee, RHP (4-6, 3.84 ERA/4.62 FIP/4.27 xFIP)



    Wood is 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA over his last five starts. He gave up three runs on six hits over six innings against the Mets in a no-decision on June 30. In four career starts against New York, he is 0-1 with a 4.19 ERA.


    Since returning from the disabled list just before the All-Star break, Gee has gone 1-5 with a 5.06 ERA. He last faced the Braves on July 9, holding them to one run in seven innings -- one of two quality starts in his last eight attempts.
    Wednesday, 8/27 7:10 PM

    Julio Teheran, RHP (12-9, 2.96 ERA/3.52 FIP/3.74 xFIP) vs Zack Wheeler, RHP (9-8, 3.48 ERA/3.55 FIP/3.57 xFIP)



    Teheran tossed six scoreless innings in a win over the Reds last Thursday. He is 2-1 with a 3.77 ERA in six games (five starts) against the Mets.


    Wheeler's last start in Oakland was hardly his best, though two of the four runs he allowed in 5 2/3 innings were unearned. He is on a personal six-game winning streak and the Mets have won seven of the last 10 games he has started.

    Thursday, 8/28 7:10 PM

    Mike Minor, LHP (5-8, 4.90 ERA/4.52 FIP/3.73 xFIP) vs Jon Niese, LHP (7-9, 3.47 ERA/3.92 FIP/3.80 xFIP)



    Minor flirted with a no-hitter last Friday against the Reds, losing it with two outs in the eighth on a Billy Hamilton single. He has a 2.53 ERA over his last three starts. In 11 career starts against the Mets, Minor is 4-2 with a 4.86 ERA.


    Three errors behind Niese hurt him in Friday's loss to the Dodgers, resulting in three unearned runs. Niese otherwise pitched fine, holding Los Angeles to two other runs in 6 2/3 innings. He is 6-5 with a 3.48 career ERA against the Braves.



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    8 of our last 10 remaining series are against the division. So it's quite simple, if we want to make the play-offs beat the **** up on the division. Early in the year this wasn't an issue. You could say the only reason we had a good record was because we were beating up on our division.

    Now, we're in a position where we need to beat up on the division so the pressure is on. It's got to start tonight with Alex Wood on the mound and Dillion Gee pitching.

    A guy we just don't score/win for against a **** pitcher who just pitches well against us.

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    Braves To Revisit B.J. Upton Trade Talks, Could Move Gattis In Offseason
    By Steve Adams [August 26, 2014 at 2:44pm CDT]
    Talks of a rumored deal that would have sent B.J. Upton to the Cubs (perhaps along with a pitcher or cash) in exchange for Edwin Jackson have been circulating over the past couple weeks, and David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that it could be because the Braves would like to rekindle those talks in the offseason.

    It won’t be easy to trade Upton and the remaining $47MM on his contract, of course, but the Braves could be willing to sweeten the deal by including three years of Mike Minor or by including a significant amount of cash to help offset Upton’s salary. The Braves are not, however, interested in including both Minor and cash in order to facilitate a trade. Regardless of how the ties are severed, O’Brien feels that it is a fait accompli that the elder Upton is dealt by next Spring Training. (Of course, many people felt the same about Dan Uggla, who lingered on Atlanta’s roster well into the summer.)

    Minor has struggled for much of the season after opening the year on the disabled list, pitching to a 4.90 ERA with 8.0 K/9, 2.7 BB/9 and a 39.3 percent ground-ball rate. Minor’s main problem has been an increased home run rate which, paired with an uptick in his walks, has led to a HR/9 rate of 1.51 — fifth-worst among pitchers with at least 110 innings thrown in 2014. Nonetheless, three years of a pitcher who posted a 3.72 ERA in 466 2/3 innings from 2011-13 (including a stellar 3.21 mark in 204 2/3 innings last year) would have value to pitching-hungry teams.

    Perhaps more interesting is the fact that O’Brien also feels there’s “at least a pretty good chance” that Gattis could be traded in the coming offseason. While Atlanta loves Gattis’ bat, it is less enamored with his defensive prowess and isn’t certain how long his 250-pound frame can hold up at the position. Meanwhile, waiting in the wings is top prospect Christian Bethancourt, who is known for his strong arm and receiving skills.

    As O’Brien points out, Gattis would make for a nice trade target for an American League club, given the fact that he could split time between DH and catcher (and perhaps the outfield on occasion). The 28-year-old is hitting a hefty .276/.331/.520 with 20 homers in 353 plate appearances this season, quieting some skeptics (myself included) who felt that his hot start in 2013 may not have been sustainable.

    Gattis will finish the season with exactly two years of Major League service, meaning that a club could potentially gain four years of team control over a 20-30 homer bat, and that would certainly have value on the trade market, especially given the dearth of starting-caliber catchers on the free agent market. Beyond Russell Martin, teams looking for catching help will be left looking at A.J. Pierzynski and Geovany Soto in the second tier of free agent backstops.

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    4 double plays and 2 of then by CJ, why not bunt the ****ing ball whit jonhson ? or with another what ever. no plays by FREDO and we lose the game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brave/cuban View Post
    4 double plays and 2 of then by CJ, why not bunt the ****ing ball whit jonhson ? or with another what ever. no plays by FREDO and we lose the game.
    The first double play he ripped right at third, I'll give him a pass. Second one, he should have bunted.

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    CJ should not be hitting 5th. He should be 6th behind Gattis, or when TLS is in the lineup, 7th behind him.

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    The worse thing to happen was Chris having that career year. He is best utilized as a platoon player.

    Another Alex Wood start flushed right down the crapper. Don't ever score for the guy, might as well just plug an automatic "L" there. Kid deserves better.

    Another magnificent Gee start against these Braves. ****in ridiculous.

    Could of gained some ground...but nah.

    At this point, Fredi ain't going to get the ****in lineup right. Chris should never hit above 6th. B.J should never be in the lineup. Emilio shouldn't be hitting 2nd (then again the options are slim there so that's a spot where we probably just have to live with it).

    Even if the lineup is "right" these guys are just ridiculously streaky/incompetent it probably wouldn't even matter. Obviously, Freeman and Justin Upton can't save this lineup...those two (while having pretty damn good years) can't even make this lineup good. Just a hopeless feeling.

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    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC · 1h

    #Braves lineup:
    Heyward 9,
    Gosselin 5,
    Freeman 3,
    JUpton 7,
    Gattis 2,
    La Stella 4,
    Simmons 6,
    BUpton 8,
    Teheran 1
    ajc

    Almost everything looks decent/good....except B.J is in the lineup. Believe it's the first time Gosselin and TLS are in the lineup together.

    How about they score like a gazillion runs so Fredi could maybe roll with this..

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRAVE KID View Post
    ajc

    Almost everything looks decent/good....except B.J is in the lineup. Believe it's the first time Gosselin and TLS are in the lineup together.

    How about they score like a gazillion runs so Fredi could maybe roll with this..
    I could be wrong but I believe Phil played short one day and Tommy played his usual second. I like having them both in there though.

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    woo simba save walden *** here, another wild pitch by walden with men on base.

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    another still by lagares, this guy is good

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    7-4 phillies in the bottom of the 7, we gonna pick 1 game

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    I know its a bit off subject but if we can close out this series with a win and handle business over the next two series, we may be in the thick of things for the division. Washington has a pretty tough west coast stretch coming up facing Seattle and LAD. It's a stretch (but possible) that if we go in and do work against the Marlins and Phils, we can cut 3 games off that 6 game deficit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pageme45 View Post
    I know its a bit off subject but if we can close out this series with a win and handle business over the next two series, we may be in the thick of things for the division. Washington has a pretty tough west coast stretch coming up facing Seattle and LAD. It's a stretch (but possible) that if we go in and do work against the Marlins and Phils, we can cut 3 games off that 6 game deficit.

    I was thinking the same thing. They face Seattle's best 3 pitchers, Kershaw and then Ryu might be back in time for their series against the Dodgers. This stretch is critical.

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    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC · 28m

    #Braves lineup:
    Heyward 9,
    Bonifacio 8,
    Freeman 3,
    JUpton 7,
    Johnson 5,
    La Stella 4,
    Simmons 6,
    Laird 2,
    Minor 1
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