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Jason Call
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triathlete, gamer, sports enthusiast (braves, tar heels), biochemist, and comp. prog. hobbyist
triathlete, gamer, sports enthusiast (braves, tar heels), biochemist, and comp. prog. hobbyist

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It's never a good thing when a team that has won only 3 of it's first 21 games press up a ten spot on you. Another recently poor showing from the bullpen. You'd think these rainouts would be keeping them rested and fresh
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Another close game between the mets and braves. The braves have done well against their stellar pitching to at least secure a series split (in facing harvey, Thor, degrom). The braves probably made this tougher on themselves than it needed to be with three errors, including two in the critical 8th innings that had the mets score 3 runs. So, unfortunately teheran's third consecutive quality start (a 7 inning shutout), 6 or more innings and 2 or less earned runs allowed, gets a no decision. At least he's pitching a lot better at home this year than last (5.86 ERA compared to 4.29). It's also good to see the braves starters going a bit deeper in games.
As for the defense, naturally after just praising albies for his, he commits his team leading 4th error in the big run scoring 8th for the mets. He's tied with Kris Bryant for the most errors among NL infielders, so far this season. Hopefully, he can get back to making stellar plays along with the routine ones.
This one also saw the Majors debut of Jesse Biddle, who pitched an effective inning, and got a win in his first outings. That's pretty special.
A couple other quick highlights:
Camargo got his first hit of the season with a game tying triple and then scored the winning run in the 9th.
Off the bat of inciarte, who is batting .370 on this 7 game homestand.
Culberson, who was pretty great for the dodgers in last year's postseason , has been anything but this year. I know he's had limited chances, but he's 3 for 24 on the season
Lastly, that's in part to the fact that Ryan Flaherty is now leading the NL in batting avg. What an incredible month he's had.
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Braves lose another one with their bullpen. Newcomb was solid. The defense was rough and has been misplaying quiet a bit recently. Their 3rd error in as many games.
On the plus side, albies has been sensational this year. Already his 6th homer (avg. 1HR/3G for such a small guy. All this talk about acuna, but maybe albies just wins rookie of the year? His defense has been stellar as well.
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Freeman is okay! He was in the lineup and played the entire game. In fact he made a start digging catch and looked like he landed in the that wrist, but stayed in the game.
I could talk more about the offense, but it's been fairly consistent this season.
Instead, I'll touch on wisler's start. He pitched 7 shutout innings of 2 hit ball. I believe the longest start by a brave this season. Now he had been pitching well in Gwinnett and during spring training. Even still this is a vast improvement from a career 5+ ERA pitcher. He seemed to throw and command his offspeed a lot more. If he can continue to do that he can be successful at the major league level. We'll see if it gets the opportunity to do that.
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McCarthy with another solid outing. Braves will need him to discipline the rotation with Sanchez going on the DL.
The young guys (Swanson, Albies, inciarte) and surprise players (Flaherty) continue to lead the offensive surge. Inciarte also made an outstanding catch on the 1st to rob a homer.
On the bad side of things, Freeman was hit in the hand again last night! Just like last year, which led to a fracture and a 7 week DL stint. Hopefully nothing is broken. I'm a little surprised their was no retaliation though.
At least the braves get back in the series win column. They have only lost 1 all season (to the nats last week)
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I like this. Gives the braves more flexibility. Although, I'm not sure what this means for Camargo. I guess they could always platoon, with Camargo being a switch hitter.
However, I like it more If there is an injury to an OF, or Acuna needs longer time in AAA, if the braves want to trade Markakis. It even just some DH at bats and pop off the bench. I see this as a very similar signing to Matt Adams last year and expect no greater return.
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Jose Ramirez is not having a good week. He allowed all the runs in the 10th but that lead to the loss. So far this week he's allowed 9 runs in his last two innings pitched.
On the other side, inciarte seems to be bouncing back after a couple days off. He's got 4 hits in his last 9abs since.
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Another solid start by Teheran, who had seen is ERA cut in half over his last 2 quality starts. Luckily, the bullpen and vizcaino held it together this time. Speaking of the pen, AJ minter is having a solid first month. Having porched in 8+ Innings he's allowed 0 runs and 3 hits with a whip under 1.
It's amazing the braves were able to win a game like this will only 4 hits and 1 walk. In fact, if anyone else had been on 3rd base other than albies for the braves in the 4th I don't know that they score there.
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I know this is late, but not much to really say about this one anyway. The big offensive day doesn't mean anything after that meltdown. Even with the cold and tough conditions I'm not sure that excuses goiving up 9 runs in one inning and blowing a 5 run lead with 4 outs to go. Good news is Sundays game was postponed so the braves should be able to put this behind them pretty easily.
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Braves back in action today after the Thursday off day. Sanchez on the mound for his second start and he was brilliant again. The vets (McCarthy and Sanchez) have easily been the best and most reliable starters on this young season. Coupled with a solid showing from the pen the braves were able to record their first shutout of 2018. The offense was lead again by unsung heroes Ryan Flathery (still hitting over .300) and preston tucker, who's filling in until acuna is called up.
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