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Atlanta Braves news and links: Braves continue to suffer at home

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The Braves are off to a 2-20 start at home after getting swept by Milwaukee. We're reaching levels that haven't been seen since the Dead-ball Era.

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Braves lose 20th home game of the season after getting swept by Brewers

The Braves are now 2-20 at home this season after dropping an early 2-0 lead that eventually turned into a 6-2 loss to Milwaukee. Tyler Flowers was responsible for the Braves going up 2-0, as he hit a two-run homer in the first inning to put the Braves on the board and give us fans hope of possibly seeing the Braves win a game at home. Instead, the Brewers got to Atlanta's pitching staff and put six runs on the board, and that was enough to win. So, just how bad is the Braves' start at home? It's Dead-ball Era bad, folks.

Hector Olivera receives 82-game suspension from MLB

We finally got word from Major League Baseball on exactly how long Hector Olivera would be suspended, and it's a whopper. Baseball handed Olivera an 82-game unpaid suspension which is retroactive to April 30th. That means that we won't see Olivera in a Braves uniform until August 1st, and even then, there's a chance that that won't happen. However, the most important element to keep in mind is the victim in the case, and Eric passed on some important information during his coverage of the story.

Instead, we are just going to take a moment and remind folks to seek help if you or someone you know has been the victim of domestic violence. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-7233 or you can contact local police and counseling centers and get help. At the end of the day, this is more than about baseball anyways.

Braves offense continues to struggle mightily

I'm not going to say much when it comes to this because what more can you really say about the Braves' offensive woes that hasn't been said already? Instead, I'll let this quote from USA Today's story on the matter do most of the talking.

Peralta (3-5) gave up seven hits, two runs, two walks and struck out four in 5 1-3 innings. The right-hander began the game with a 6.99 ERA and a .363 opponents' batting average in nine starts this year, and he was 1-8 with a 5.77 ERA in his past 13 road starts.

But against the weak-hitting Braves, Peralta commanded his mid-90s mph fastball with relative ease in his last four-plus innings to improve to 2-1 with a 1.65 ERA in five starts against Atlanta.

Freddie Freeman bluntly admits that he is in a major slump

As we've said time and time again, this offense goes as Freddie Freeman goes. If the offense is clicking (or at least showing signs of life), then Freeman is being probably being productive. If it isn't, then Freeman is probably struggling, and that's been the case for most of this season so far. Freeman is currently slashing .254/.342/.439 with 109 wRC+, and those numbers are close to what he was hitting during his 2012 season that he finished with just 1.7 fWAR. That just won't cut it, and he knows it.

"Right now, I suck. There's no getting around it," said Freeman, who's hitting just .186 in his past 14 games and is 1-for-26 with runners in scoring position.

"I feel great. I've had a pretty horrible season so far. There's not sugarcoating it, I'm just not getting hits. The hits I do get are obviously not with guys in scoring position, but obviously that needs to change. If it doesn't happen soon. ... I'm already getting frustrated. Usually my track record's pretty good with guys on base."

Is Arodys Vizcaino on the trade market?

We've got more trade rumors to share, and this one involves closer Arodys Vizcaino. While Jim Bowden of ESPN didn't say that Vizcaino was on the market, he did say that Viz could potentially be a good fit for teams needing a closer at the deadline. With the way that closers are valued, the Braves could potentially net a pretty big haul if someone comes calling.


Bryce Harper absolutely destroys a baseball

The Nationals beat the Cardinals 2-1 last night, and the most notable thing that happened in that game was Bryce Harper showing off just how much power he has in his bat. I don't know if this is the longest home run of the season, but it's definitely one of the most picturesque dingers that you'll see all season. I know, it's the Nationals and it's Harper, but you've got to appreciate a moonshot like this, right?

19-year-old Dodgers prospect Julio Urias will make major league debut on Friday

There's been plenty of talk about whether or not Ozzie Albies will be able to make it to the bigs as a teenager this season. Albies now has a contemporary to look up to, since the Dodgers have announced that 19-year-old Julio Urias will not only make his major league debut on Friday, but he'll be starting as well.