Once again Ryan Doumit came through in the clutch for the Atlanta Braves. His two-run go ahead RBI single came in the bottom of the seventh inning that lasted 47-minutes long due to two different reviews, one of which was brought about because of a botched substation. Doumit is now 7-for-21 when pinch hitting and is batting .278 this month. The offseason move to trade Sean Gilmartin for the 33-year old has begun to start to pay its dividends. Alex Wood picked up the win in relief and Craig Kimbrel made easy work of his opponents. The superstar closer is now just three saves away from matching franchise record (154 saves) held by John Smoltz. Anytime you can locate 99 mph at the knees you are basically unhittable. The Braves are now 26-20 and are two games up over the new second-place Miami Marlins.
Most of the picks from the 2012 MLB Draft are still chugging their way through minor league ball, but that isn't the case for the Braves second round selection two years ago. In fact, Wood has a very important role with the big league club.While he is listed as a relief pitcher for the time being he will get some spot starts throughout the rest of the season. Ih his two seasons of MLB experience he has 131 strikeouts in 129.2 innings. Check out who else the club drafted and where they are now.
One of the needs of the ball club going into this years draft, which will be held on June 5, would presumably be a left handed starter. It is expected that three lefties will be drafted in the first 15 picks, but one the Braves should keep their eye on and hope to get is A.J. Reed. The 6-foot-4, 240 pound massive man not only led the SEC in wins (10) in the regular season but he also led the entire country with 23 bombs. It will be interesting to see what position he sticks to at the next level.
David Carpenter looked like he was entertained by Simmons defensive themed bobblehead that they gave away last night at Turner Field. Even the mini statue of himself has a gold glove. Hands down the best defensive player in the league. Defense has always been the main priority for Simba.
While fans won't forget Carlos Gomez's antics when rounding the bases and barking at every fielder before being stopped before home plate, it was awesome to see he and several other players went to visit the boy in the hospital who was hit by his line drive on Tuesday night. Gerald Laird and Chris Johnson took signed balls and bats too while Julio Teheran will give him his game ball from his second complete game shutout of the season. The world is full of good people.
The Braves skipper has no limit to how many different lineups he will use this season. So far they have deployed 27 different lineups and don't plan on stopping anytime soon. Dan Uggla even got a start last night and his first hit since May 3.
Viral symptoms have kept El Oso Blanco sidelined from tormenting other pitches for the past three games, but he believes he may be back to full strength and ready to play as early as tonight against the Colorado Rockies.
Both Freddie Freeman and B.J. Upton love to hack at the first pitch, as they rank Top-15 in the league at first-pitch swing percentage. Freeman has always notoriously been one to give it a crack on the first pitch.
Chris Sale improved to 4-0 on the season yesterday in his first start since April 17. The southpaw was held to six innings but only allowed one hit and struck out 10 Yankees batters, including Jacoby Ellsbury on three different occasions.
He is simply the most electric player in the game and he continues to amaze in some different way every night. This time it was laying out for a ball in the gap that he tracked down. He and Mike Trout are two ways in which the game of baseball is gaining more popularity with some fans that like to see the flashy and raw young talents.
By now Mike Moustakas was supposed to be the franchise face of the Kansas City Royals, instead he is being sent down to the Minors after putting forth mediocre performances the past two seasons. His .155 BABIP is one of the lowest in the league.
Ryan Braun only played four innings yesterday after he had to be pulled due to what appears to be the same oblique injury that kept him out for an extended time at the beginning of the year.
The Tampa Bay Rays won 5-3 against the Oakland Athletics off of a three-run walk off shot by Sean Rodriguez.
Michael Morse, who absolutely crushes Braves pitching, has had quite the start to the 2014 campaign. Not only is his swing cut down, but he also is fully healthy. Fangraphs has an awesome write up about his resurgence.
The Toronto Blue Jays (1st place NL East) are no joke. Veteran pitcher Mark Buehrle has been down right amazing this season and is the first pitcher in all of professional baseball to reach eight wins.
The Detroit Tigers backup shortstop made an appearance on the hill in the 9th inning of a 9-2 loss to to the Texas Rangers. He just may get a second opportunity to pitch at some point this season, as he features a devastating knuckle ball that struck out two batters.