I'm not going to go into too much detail on what this article entails, because Franklin did a great job writing it on his own, and you should find out what it's all about by reading it. But, there's no denying that Jason Heyward has hit a bit of a power-outage, but maybe that's not a bad thing?
If you follow Ervin Santana on Twitter (which 97.6 thousand of you, to be precise) you'll see him often add the hashtag "#SMELLBASEBALL" to many of his tweets. Awesome, random Twitter talk, that's all it is, right? Well, according to a video which Ervin filmed while at the MLB Fan Cave in New York, there's some actually reasoning behind the tagline which has now even found it's way onto t-shirts.
I've noticed a trend among Braves fans (and all sports fans, really). They LOVE discussing which players should be traded/released/shot into space. So in essence, this piece from Bleacher Report should stir up some thoughts from you computer GM's. Some of the names on this list you'll certainly be expecting (SPOILER ALERT: B.J. Upton is among them) and others may be more surprising.
Chris Johnson is batting just .267 on the season, with a 0.6 WAR. He's just barely above being a negative player in the win column. While he's hitting .411 against lefties, his .236 average against righties is pretty painful to watch. Could platooning him with Phil Goesselin (a .310 hitter in the majors this season, and a talented hitter against lefties) be a solid option for the regular season and beyond?
Watching your pitcher undergo season-ending arm surgery? Not fun. Watching your pitcher who you just signed to a six-year, $105 million dollar contract go down with season-ending arm surgery? Just terrible. That's just the spot that the Cincinnati Reds are in with Homer Bailey, who tore his flexor tendon. He was 9-5 with a 3.71 ERA on the season.
Listen, I'm a Red Sox fan by birth and choice. This isn't fun for me, but it was one of the more exciting MLB games to occur last night, so let's have a go at it. With a 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Red Sox brought in overused veteran closer Koji Uehara to shut it down. That's actually the opposite of what happened, as he allowed a game-tying shot to Mark Teixera, followed by a game-winning blast off of Chase Headley's bat.