An extremely frustrating weekend for the Braves managed to end in victory after Atlanta outlasted Colorado in a 1-0 pitcher’s duel. Julio Teheran was up to his usual tricks again, as he went seven innings, struck out five, and only walked one. He didn’t factor into the decision because the Braves could barely muster any offense for the entire game. That changed in the bottom of the ninth, which is when Chase d’Arnaud hit a single to left field to bring in the game-winner. This also happened less than 24 hours after d’Arnaud and his band played a concert at Turner Field. What a guy.
John Coppolella has publicly stated that the Braves will not be trading Julio Teheran. Although that’s as definitive a statement that you can make, GMs across baseball aren’t buying it and they still think that if someone is willing to meet the steep asking price for Teheran, then the Braves will move him. Personally, I agree. If the Braves get the "right call" from another team when it comes to Teheran, then he’s still available. Either way, Atlanta is dealing from a position of power right now.
This has been a recurring theme for a solid year now — the Braves do not have a solid solution to their catching situation right now, and the Brewers have a catcher who’s up for sale in the form of Jonathan Lucroy. Therefore, it’s logical to think that the two teams have at least discussed the possibility of a trade, right? Our friends over at Brew Crew Ball think so, and Fox Sports South thinks that the Braves should dip into their vast pool of prospects and make a deal happen for the star catcher.
Tom Glavine made headlines during the offseason when it was made known that he was working with Matt Wisler by trying to help the young pitcher polish up his changeup. Now, Wisler has shown signs of clear improvement in his first full season in the bigs, and Glavine is liking what he’s seeing from not only Wisler but Mike Foltynewicz as well.
The two-time former Cy Young Award winner and 305-game winner was asked Sunday morning specifically about Wisler, who’ll face a challenge Monday in his first start at the Cincinnati ballpark that’s the most hitter-friendly venue in the majors.
"I like him," Glavine said of Wisler. "Between he and Foltynewicz, there’s a couple of good guys to certainly fill out and build around – obviously depending on Julio, what happens with him – but I like Matt’s desire to learn, get better, try to figure some things out. I think sometimes he’s got to pull the reins back a little bit, in terms of what he’s trying to digest, and just kind of let things happen a little bit.
"But as far as his foundation of pitches and his makeup, I think he’s got a chance to be pretty good."
Julio Teheran is not the only pitcher on a non-contender who is drawing serious trade interest. Oakland A’s starter Rich Hill (who Oakland GM Billy Beane described as "the best pitcher in the league right now") has been the focus of Oakland-centric trade rumors for a while now, but his trade value took a huge hit on Sunday. The 36-year-old has been dealing with a blister on his throwing hand lately, and that blister popped after just five pitches yesterday. Oakland’s asking price is extremely steep, but they may be wishing that they brought it down a bit after this happened.
You don’t get credit for two wins whenever you win an 18-inning game, but the Pirates have to be feeling great after they managed to leave Washington with a 2-1 victory after 18 long innings of baseball. Pittsburgh was close to winning it 1-0 in nine innings, but Daniel Murphy stirred up drama by hitting a game-tying solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. Nine innings later, Starling Marte hit a solo homer of his own to put the Pirates in front and eventually win the game for them. Our friends over at Bucs Dugout could’ve done without the extra baseball, though.
So let's go back three hours or so to the ninth inning. Was it worth it, Daniel Murphy? Couldn't you have just accepted that the Nationals would eventually lose, so that we all could move on with our lives? Think about that next time you want to be a hero.