In a twist, the Braves pitching staff was unable to capitalize on a fair bit of run support from the offense. In fact, the it was the primary reason why the Braves lost yesterday to the tune of 10-4. The Braves got off to a 2-0 lead in the 1st, but Julio Teheran surrendered the lead by giving up 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st. Atlanta got 2 more runs, but the offense kept flowing for the Giants, and it was enough to give San Francisco the series victory.
There was some excitement yesterday morning when the Braves finally released detailed renderings of their new stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2017. The renderings also shed light on what the club meant by the term "Mixed-Use Development," as well, since it showed more than just the Braves stadium.
Last week, Alex Wood's turn in the rotation was skipped, and the Braves announced that it was just for the upcoming week. After some strong appearances from the bullpen (and partly due to Luis Avilan's struggles), the Braves announced that they would not go with the 6-man rotation that everyone, including Mark Bowman figured that they would utilize, and instead elected to keep Alex Wood in the bullpen until further notice.
One point of consternation yesterday was the absence of Jason Heyward from the lineup. His defensive presence was sorely missed, and it definitely had people wondering why he was put on the bench for Wednesday's contest. Fredi explained afterwards that the day off was planned, and also confirmed that Heyward probably won't be pulled against lefties in the future. Also, Heyward's absence was also the reason why the pitcher returned to the tradtional 9th spot in the lineup.
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The Texas Rangers' starting rotation took a huge hit yesterday, as they lost 2 of their starters to injury, and both of them may not see the field for another year. Martin Perez (4-3 with a 4.38 ERA and 3.66 FIP over 8 starts) has a torn UCL in his elbow and will probably become the 8493045th pitcher this season to undergo the procedure this season, while Matt Harrison (1-1, 4.15 ERA, 4.95 FIP) may need spinal fusion surgery, which may put him out for a lot longer than a year. Either way, rotten luck has reared its ugly head for the Rangers.
The Miami Marlins are still reeling from the news that star pitcher Jose Fernandez is out for the rest of the season due to Tommy John surgery, and now they've found a replacement for the excellent young pitcher. That pitcher's name? Randy Wolf. Wolf has not pitched in the majors since 2012, and currently has a career ERA and FIP 4.20 and 4.37, respectively.
I'm pretty sure you remember, but during Yu Darvish's excellent appearance for the Rangers on Friday night, a bloop hit by David Ortiz was ruled as an error. If you watch the play, then it's pretty obvious that that was dubious decision. Now, after further review, MLB officials have decided to change the score of the play to a hit, which means that Big Papi only broke up one streak on Saturday (the perfect game) instead of two (the perfect game and no-hitter).