Atlanta has given Dan Uggla all the time they could possibly stand to give someone a chance to prove their worth. Unfortunately for the Braves, who have the struggling second baseman under contract until the end of next season, they have had no success in trying to trade him away and don't want to cut him due to financial costs. Over his last dozen games he is hitting .114 with zero extra base hits since April 18th. The frustrations with the 34-year old former NL All Star were made apparent in the past series against the St. Louis Cardinals, as he was benched in two of the three games. While fans have been rooting almost it seems for the clubs 7th best prospect Tommy La Stella to be called up, Braves beat writer Mark Bowman reports that some of the veteran players would like to see Tyler Pastornicky get a chance to be an everyday starter in the infield before they call up the offensively sound TLS. It's a rather icky situation. Quite a few options are being explored right now.
Fredi Gonzalez made it known that he will have nothing to do with a six-man rotation and that Gavin Floyd has a place in the starting rotation. With Alex Wood expected to be on an innings limit this season, as they want to save his arm for the future, he is the most viable option to go to the bullpen. Fredi and his staff will sit down and talk about if he or Harang will go to the bullpen. Wood would join Luis Avilan as the only two lefties in the bullpen. Honestly that might be a good thing the way Avilan has pitched so far this season. The former UGA Bulldog has made a career 23 relief appearances in the BIGS and has struck out 28 in 28 innings in that role while only giving up 23 hits and only seven walks. Always nice to have two lefties in the pen.
The Braves and Liberty Media reportedly reworked their TV deal and could possibly receive up to $500 million in revenue with the new deal. This could be a reason the team has been giving out contract extensions left and right according to our very own Demetrius Bell.
It's hard to believe that the Braves consider themselves to have surplus in the starting pitching category after losing Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy in spring training, but that's exactly what they have. One arm that is ready to roll whenever he is called upon is David Hale who the team is very reluctant to have, considering he can make a spot start or stay in his current job right now to come out of the pen. Hale currently has the best ERA (1.76) on the team for pitchers with at least 25 or more innings pitched so far this season.
Justin Upton is putting up stats right now to begin the season that should get him plenty of All Star votes, as through 32 games he has put forth a .303 batting average with a team high nine home runs and 19 RBIs. Not to mention he is a perfect 4-for-4 on the bases and made some noteworthy plays with his glove this year, some excellent and some very unforgettable. TC's Ben Duronio breaks J-Up down and talks about his unusually high BABIP and his third lowest zone-contact rate in all of baseball.
The Cubs aren't going to win today (spinoff of Steve Goodman's Go Cubs Go song). Well the Braves hope they can at least take a series after losing eight of their past nine and three straight series. Luckily for Atlanta they won seven of their first eight series of the season and are sitting halfway pretty right now with an 18-15 while just one game shy of the NL East top spot. Julio Teheran may need to beg for some run support against the Cubs on Friday night, as the Braves have averaged under two runs per game in their last nine contests.
Fangraphs doesn't think too highly of Bossman Jr despite his recent halfway decent performance at the plate. Brad Johnson believes the only way he is worth anything to fantasy baseball owners is if he can improve his numbers by increasing his aggression or whiffing less frequently. He is on track this season for close to 40 steals this season.
One record that many believe will live to never see its end is Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hit streak. However, Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado appears calm, cool and collected in the midst of his 28-game streak in which he has driven in 20 runs and smashed four home runs. This is exactly the type of big league hitter that could challenge a streak such as this, as he is a pure contact hitter who has great power and knows how to get on base quite frequently.
The Miami Marlins are the first NL East team to 20 wins this season as they won courteous of an 11th inning home run at Petco Park in extra innings off the bat of none other than Giancarlo Stanton. The Marlins notched a rare road win, but have the best records at home in the Majors at 17-5. The Fish are not playing around right now.
Edwin Encarnacion, or EE, has now hit four home runs in his last three games after having a multi HR game against the Phillies on Wednesday night. Both were moonshots that he admired before running around the bases.
Here's a special finish to the Braves Daily News Digest for your enjoyment. Feel free to discuss your favorite picks and least favorite picks right below here. I'm sure everyone has an opinion since they watched with the Braves having an off day yesterday.