After finally breaking through to end a week's worth of losing, the Braves were unable to get a winning streak going, as they fell to the Cardinals 7-1. Despite Mike Minor being less-than-sharp in his 2nd outing of the season, the Braves offense once again sputtered and failed to produce at opportune times. The Braves will now continue their homestand on Friday against the Cubs, who will hopefully continue to be a tonic for losing.
After coming off the best season of his career, Jordan Schafer didn't expect to be on the bench as much as he's been on it this season. However, when your best season amounts to 0.9 fWAR over 94 appearances and you're behind an outfield that includes the Upton Brothers and Jason Heyward, you probably aren't going to get much run.
Our friends over at Slideshow World recently took a look at 6 stats that stuck out like a sore thumb to them as the Braves complete the first month or so of the season. One stat that sticks out in particular: The terrible, awful team OBP of .295. From the article:
Ervin Santana was scratched from a start on Tuesday for a sore thumb, and said that he planned to be back on Saturday when his turn came back around. He appears to be on track to hit that return date, as he threw a side session on Wednesday and did so with no pain from his thumb. Santana currently has an ERA of 2.14, and FIP of 2.46, and a Baseball Smell of ∞.
The Braves' move to Cobb County is getting closer to being a 100% done deal with every passing day, and the two parties recently came to an agreement about the price of the stadium ($622 MM - $672 MM with the county paying $368 MM), and a non-relocation agreement that would keep the Braves in the suburbs until 2046 at the least.
As the rumors continue to circulate that current AAA 2B Tommy La Stella could be called up to the big league squad at any moment now, David Lee of the Augusta Chronicle decided to do a profile on the player and his attributes as a hitter. Basically, he says what most of us know: He's the exact opposite of Dan Uggla when it comes to plate approach, and could definitely help spark the currently dormant Braves offense.
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After getting a 3-hit night in another big Colorado Rockies win over the Texas Rangers, Nolan Arenado is now 1 game away from breaking the Rockies' franchise record for consecutive games with a hit. Coincidentally, he's also 1 game away from the halfway point to the legendary Joe DiMaggio's MLB-record hit streak of 56 games. Will he hit that number? Probably not, but it's fun to keep track of things like this, and it'll be cool if the young third baseman breaks a franchise record in the process, right?
Cleveland improved their record to 15-19 after downing the Twins to 15-17 with their first walkoff victory of the season. Although Cleveland is normally pretty bad on defense, our friends at Let's Go Tribe noted that they made plenty of great defensive plays, including this gem of a catch by Nyjer Morgan. They were able to cap off the performance with a walk-off hit to center field from Mike Aviles.
In hilarious baseball news, Bartolo Colon's appearances at the plate continue to be must-see TV, as you never know what you're gonna get from the Round Mound of the Mound when he's got a bat in hand. Either he'll try to run out a ground ball with the bat in tow, or he'll take such a mighty swing that he loses his helmet. This time, it was the latter. Please watch the vine in the link, and watch it multiple times.
This seriously happened. I love everyone who was involved in making this happen. I love baseball so much.