Williams Perez threw eight strong innings and the Atlanta Braves finally scored some runs as they snapped an 11-game home losing streak with a 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Perez needed just 85 pitches to get through eight innings allowing two hits and one run while striking out four.
Perez wasn't even scheduled to pitch at Turner Field on Wednesday when the day began but was pressed into action when the Braves traded starter Jhoulys Chacin to the Angels prior to the game. Atlanta received minor league reliever Adam McCreery in the deal. Chacin later took to Twitter to thank the Braves for giving him an opportunity to earn a spot in spring training.
Minor League Ball's John Sickels takes a closer look at the trade and exactly what the Braves have in Adam McCreery.
McCreery was a highly-regarded prospect in high school but injuries and mechanical problems hampered his draft stock coming out of college. He's reportedly been clocked as high as 95 MPH but his short slider and so-so change-up need a lot more polish, as does his overall sense of command and control. At age 23 he is very old for a rookie ball arm, but a 6-8 lefty with a live arm gets plenty of chances. His size and his fastball have been too much for rookie left-handed hitters to handle, but he has to solve his control problems to thrive at higher levels.
He's a lottery ticket but a nice one for the Braves.
Chris Schubert of MLB Daily Dish examines five pitchers who are next in line for big extensions. Topping the list is Oakland right hander Sonny Gray.
The Stephen Strasburg extension is a huge blow to teams that will be looking for a frontline starter next offseason.
Regardless of what happened behind closed doors, the move is a blow to those teams that would have been in the market for the young right-hander's services. The Angels, Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Cardinals, Marlins, Cubs, Tigers, Phillies, and Blue Jays all theoretically could have gone to war with each other for him. This is in part due to Strasburg's youth and immense talent, but also because the coming free agent market is now a desolate wasteland devoid of anything of major note.
There is now an excellent chance that the best starters on the market will be Clay Buchholz, Rich Hill, and Andrew Cashner. That's incredibly bad. A full list of impending free agents can be found here, and there are some somewhat notable names there. However, most of them (Gio Gonzalez, James Shields) are on the list by virtue of having options that are likely to be exercised.