There were so many times last year where our pitcher would be knocked out before the fourth inning and you absolutely decimate your bullpen and end up having to make three or four roster moves each day. We rushed some pitchers up here who weren’t ready and, candidly, some who were just not good. We didn’t have anywhere else to go. We used our money on young players, not on back-of-the-rotation starters. Acquiring these three pitchers allows time for our young pitchers to develop and creates competition — we have moved past the time where jobs are handed out like candy at Halloween. All three of these pitchers are as good off the field as they are on the field, and we feel our young pitchers will and have learned from them. Finally, all three signed one-year deals, so it’s not like six years and $200 million where it will block our prospects and cripple our payroll. We feel these moves make the Braves better in the short and long term. John Coppolella
- Some think the Braves are moving their prospects too quickly through the minors as many are ineffective and need to be sent back down.
- Have won three straight and eight of their last ten games
- Manny Machado hit a grand slam in the seventh
- Dylan Bundy struck out 10 over seven innings, and allowed two runs
- Javier Baez hit a two run inside the park home run
- Adam Duvall hit homer number 25
- Zack Cozart hit homer 13 of
- Patrick Kivlehan hit a grand slam
- Joey Votto has hit homers in three straight games,
- on pace for 43 home runs and 117 RBI
- The last time Joey Votto hit 30 homers was in 2010
- Jordan Zimmermann has pitched through seven innings in each of his last three starts,
- giving up a combined six earned runs over 21 innings
- An ERA 2.57 during that time
- Have lost six of last eight
- Mike Trout got his 1000th career hit
- Parker Bridwell enters today’s start 5-1 with a 3.20 ERA in 10 appearances (nine starts) with the Angels.
- He’s gone at least six innings in seven of his nine starts
- Six of nine have been quality starts, including all four in July
- Did not allow more than two runs and he went 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA.
- What happens when a team gets stupid about the shift with a runner on third, 2 strikes and two outs in the bottom of the seventh?
- The pitcher gets flustered and balks in the winning run.
- Trevor Williams pitched seven scoreless innings against the Tigers, walked two and struck out five. He has a 4.17 ERA on the season
- Clint Hurdle on WIlliams start
- Scored six runs in the fourth inning
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