Julio Teheran turned in his best effort of the season so far allowing six hits and one run over seven innings of work in a 1-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox. Teheran struck out eight batters along the way and looked like the ace that the team needs him to be. Atlanta's anemic offense managed just four hits to help extend their losing streak to six straight games.
Talking Chop's Eric Cole caught up with Augusta Chronicle and Baseball Prospectus writer David Lee to talk about the team's farm system.
In a not so surprising move, the Atlanta Braves were not happy with Hector Olivera's arrest and have been trying to move him. While it is the right move there is very little chance that Atlanta will find any team willing to take him off their hands.
Adonis Garcia has been one of Atlanta's most productive hitters throughout the early part of the season but the challenge is finding a place to hide him defensively. Garcia has a slash line of .317/.394/.381 but has already committed six errors at third base. For that reason, the Braves plan to play him more in left field according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman:
Gonzalez's plan is to put Garcia in left field against a right-handed starting pitcher and at third base against a left-handed starter. Garcia's first start in left field likely will not occur until Friday at Wrigley Field. He'll play third base when Boston starts lefty David Price on Tuesday, and he will serve as Atlanta's designated hitter in Boston on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Twins demoted slumping Byron Buxton to Triple-A who was hitting just .156 in 49 plate appearances.
One of the biggest disappointments has been Byron Buxton. After a poor debut last year, the 22 year old has stumbled again after being handed the Opening Day start in center field. Hitting just .156/.208/.289 is bad enough, but it's the way he's done it that's troubling. Buxton's struck out 24 times in 49 plate appearances, and walked just twice. In fact, despite working himself into deep counts, the odds on favorite for the AL Rookie of the Year going into 2016 didn't draw a walk until April 17. While his defense has been stellar, his inability to reach base has severely compromised the value of his speed. In recent days, Buxton has sat as much as he's played in favor of Oswaldo Arcia.
Albert Pujols tied Reggie Jackson with a homer on Sunday and moved into sole possession of 13th place on the all-time list on Monday with a solo shot against the Kansas City Royals.