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The Daily Chop: Frustration continues, possible trade targets and more

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The 2021 season hasn’t been much fun for the Braves.

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The Atlanta Braves saw yet another win slip away Thursday afternoon with a 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Atlanta has now dropped two straight games since getting back to the .500 mark with a win in the series opener Tuesday. The Braves haven’t spent a day this season above .500 and it looked like they were about to break through Wednesday before Luke Williams walked things off against Will Smith in the ninth. Atlanta had another chance to get back to .500 Thursday but again watched a 3-1 lead turn into a 4-3 loss in excruciating fashion.

For a multitude of reasons, things just haven’t clicked for the Braves this season. A lot of those close games that we have seen them win over the past three seasons have gone the other way over the first two months of the season. There has been a ton of adversity, but that was also a trademark that the teams of the past three seasons have largely overcome.

As frustrating as it has been, it is important to maintain some perspective. This isn’t a 60-game regular season anymore. There is plenty to be concerned about Atlanta’s 29-31 record, there are still 102 games remaining in the regular season. There is still a long way to go.

With that said, there are some issues that will need to be addressed. The bullpen is a logical starting point but the offense has been inconsistent. Travis d’Arnaud is likely to return at some point, but the lineup is likely going to need another addition. Whether that is filled internally or via trade, is still to be determined.

MLB News

The Baseball Hall of Fame announced Wednesday that its annual induction ceremony will be held on Wednesday, September 8 at 1:30 p.m. ET and will take place outside in front of a limited spectators.

The Seattle Mariners acquired first baseman/outfielder Jake Bauers from Cleveland in exchange for a player to be named later. Bauers had been designated for assignment earlier this week.

The Chicago White Sox placed second baseman Nick Madrigal on the 60-day injured list due to a torn right hamstring and selected the contract of outfielder Brian Goodwin. It is not yet known whether Madrigal will be healthy enough to return this season.

The Arizona Diamondbacks fired hitting coach Darnell Coles and assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske Thursday.

Finally, The Athletic ranks the 30 greatest walk-up songs in baseball history and I am including it only so I can point out that Chipper Jones and Crazy Train are ranked to low.