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Kris Willis

2019 World Series Game 2: Nationals vs Astros

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The 2019 World Series will continue Wednesday night with Game 2 between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros. We were treated to an outstanding pitching matchup in Game 1 and will get another one in Game 2. The Astros will send Justin Verlander to the mound as they try to salvage split in the first two games of the series. The Nationals will counter with right-hander Stephen Strasburg.

Washington Nationals vs Houston Astros (Washington leads...

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Eric Cole

Sporting News names Josh Donaldson 2019 NL Comeback Player of the Year

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Josh Donaldson had a big bounceback year in 2019. The good folks at Sporting News noticed

The acquistion of Josh Donaldson early on last offseason certainly turned out well for both himself and the Braves. Coming off a 2018 season that saw him first come down with a case of dead arm early in the season followed by a calf injury that cost him most of his season before he was traded to the Indians, Donaldson bet on himself and the Braves took a bit of a risk...

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Brian Snitker, Josh Donaldson take home awards

The Braves had two pieces of their organization take home hardware on Wednesday; Brian Snitker was awarded Sporting News’ NL Manager of the Year for the second consecutive season, and Josh Donaldson captured the NL Comeback Player of the Year in his first season with the Braves. Snitker was the obvious choice for Manager of the Year last season, leading the Braves out of nowhere to capture the NL East. As always, it’s much more challenging to repeat, but Snitker proved the critics wrong...

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Eric Cole

2019 Atlanta Braves Season in Review: Jeremy Walker

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One of the better success stories from the minor leagues in 2019 went from fringe prospect to major leaguer in a hurry.

Jeremy Walker’s career in the minor leagues before the 2019 season had been largely pedestrian. The Braves’ 5th round pick in the 2016 draft out of Gardner-Webb had a career ERA in the minors around 4.00 before 2019 where he was used primarily as a starter, but his performance as a reliever took him from a Double-A also-ran to the...

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Ivan the Great

Sporting News names Brian Snitker 2019 NL Manager of the Year

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The Atlanta skipper wins the award for a second consecutive season.

The season isn’t quite over, but it’s awards season for some, nonetheless. Brian Snitker, as it turns out, has won Sporting News’ NL Manager of the Year award for a second consecutive season. Don’t just take my word for it:

Brian Snitker has been voted the 2019 Sporting News NL Manager of the Year.

The @Braves skipper is the fifth manager to win in consecutive...

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If Josh Donaldson walks, could Kris Bryant be an option?

With the Cubs coming off of a 2019 season in which they underachieved (much like the Red Sox), finishing 3rd (also like the Red Sox) in the NL Central, their window might be closed. Joe Maddon is gone. Yu Darvish’s contract is gaudy. Their farm system is barren. There are a lot of parallels to the Mookie Betts situation, but this one is different in a few ways. It seems Atlanta is keen on keeping Josh Donaldson. He was a catalyst in last year’s lineup and came up with some dazzling...

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Eric Cole

2019 Atlanta Braves Season in Review: Grant Dayton

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The important thing to remember here is that at least Dayton actually pitched for the Braves this past season.

Grant Dayton was seen by some as a potentially savvy under the radar move when the Braves claimed him off of waivers from the Dodgers back in November 2017. While he had some injury red flags from his time in LA involving his neck, the move didn’t cost the Braves anything and his 2016 season had a lot of encouraging peripherals. Two seasons and 12...

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Garrett Spain

Atlanta Braves Arizona Fall League: Trey Harris injury the biggest news from the AFL

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Trey Harris put up for hits for Scottsdale this week, but also left his final game with an unknown injury and has not returned to play.

Daysbel Hernandez

Weekly Stats: 2 G, 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Season Stats: 7 G, 1 SV, 9.1 IP, 5.79 ERA, 9 BB, 4 K, .219 BAA

Daysbel had his best week on the mound with only one run allowed over four innings, but he continued to struggle to miss bats with only one strikeout. Hernandez looked strong...

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Kris Willis

The Daily Chop: How will the Braves fill their needs this offseason?

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Will we see a more aggressive Alex Anthopoulos this offseason?

The World Series got underway Tuesday night which means we are one step closer to the MLB offseason getting in full swing. This figures to be an interesting offseason for the Atlanta Braves who have several needs following a disappointing first round exit from the postseason.

Re-signing Josh Donaldson may be the top priority but what I will be most watching is how Alex Anthopoulos approaches this...

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Kris Willis

2019 World Series Game 1: Nationals vs Astros open thread

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Now that the Cardinals have been dispatched, we can go back to hating the Nationals.

The 2019 World Series will get underway Tuesday night with Game 1 between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros. The game will feature a marquee pitching matchup with Max Scherzer squaring off against Gerrit Cole.

Washington Nationals vs Houston Astros

Time: 8:08 p.m. ET

Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas


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An early look at potential Braves’ free agents: Starting pitchers

The #1 need for the Braves heading into the offseason is starting pitching. They have the building blocks in Mike Soroka, Max Fried, and Mike Foltynewicz, but they desperately need an arm that puts them over the top. It might not have seemed glaringly evident against the Cardinals, but had the Braves advanced, their starting pitching would have eventually been exposed. Alex Anthopoulos and company need to whip out their checkbooks and add a headliner to their rotation. Headliners Gerrit...

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Wayne Cavadi

2019 Atlanta Braves season in review: Bryse Wilson

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Bryse Wilson split the 2019 season up and down between Gwinnett and Atlanta as he continues to hone his arsenal.

Bryse Wilson had another up and down campaign for the Atlanta Braves in 2019. Both statistically speaking, and organizationally speaking, Wilson showed off his promising stuff at times while yo-yoing from Gwinnett to Atlanta throughout the year.

Sometimes you have to take a step back and remember Wilson, a Top 10 prospect in the Braves system, is...

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2019 Atlanta Braves Season in Review: Patrick Weigel

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Patrick has made his way back all the way to Atlanta this year

Patrick Weigel was drafted in the seventh round of the 2015 MLB draft out of the University of Houston. He was named the Organizational Pitcher of the Year in 2016 after laying waste to South Atlantic League. He skipped Florida and went right to Mississippi that year. He started 2017 in Mississippi and moved on to Gwinnett. Watch Patrick here finishing off seven innings versus the Mud Hens in...

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Dillon Cloud

The Daily Chop: The World Series is here

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The Astros and Nationals begin their quest for a title tonight.

Though the Braves will not participate, baseball fans can get excited for the start of the World Series on Tuesday night. The pitching matchup for the first game will feature two of the best pitchers in baseball in Max Scherzer and Gerrit Cole, who each have legitimate cases for the Cy Young Award in the respective leagues. They will face off with an eye toward grabbing a quick lead in...

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Kris Willis

Monday open thread

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Happy Monday everyone! Enjoy your evening.

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Kris Willis

2019 Atlanta Braves Season in Review: Dan Winkler

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Dan Winkler was unable to recapture the magic from 2018.

Dan Winkler was in many ways a feel-good story for the Atlanta Brave,s as he battled multiple injuries before emerging as a key piece of the team’s bullpen in 2018. Winkler made 69 appearances for the Braves in 2018, posting a 3.43 ERA and an impressive 2.76 FIP. That was enough for a top-40 relief season in 2018 by fWAR. However, he was ultimately left off the team’s postseason roster after...

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Kris Willis

2019 Atlanta Braves Season in Review: Jesse Biddle

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Biddle began the season in the Braves’ bullpen but was gone by the middle of May.

After a solid 2018 season (60 games, 63 2?3 innings, 76 ERA-, 97 FIP-, 88 xFIP-, 0.3 fWAR, 1.10 WPA), Jesse Biddle came into the 2019 season looking like a key piece of Atlanta’s bullpen. An 11.7 percent walk rate was a warning sign, but at the very least, the Braves had reasons to believe that Biddle could again provide quality middle relief.

What went right in...

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Kris Willis

The Daily Chop: October Magic

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It was another slow news day for the Atlanta Braves on Sunday but not for Major League Baseball who received another iconic moment Saturday night when Jose Altuve delivered a walk-off home run in Game 6 of the ALCS to send the Houston Astros to the World Series.

MLB.com on Sunday compiled a list of some of October’s most legendary home runs. I was fortunate enough to see a few of these live on TV and unfortunate in regards to a couple...

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Brad Rowland

Talking Chop Podcast Episode 192: Welcome to the off-season

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Winter is coming.

The Atlanta Braves are no longer participating in the 2019 MLB season so, while the World Series hasn’t begun, the off-season is here. With that as the backdrop, the Talking Chop Podcast is back for the first episode of the “winter” and Scott Coleman joins the program for Episode 192.

Topics include the following:

Freddie Freeman had arthroscopic surgery to address his well-chronicled elbow issue Buzz surrounding Tyler...

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Kris Willis

The Daily Chop: Week in review, World Series matchup set and more

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It was a slow news day for fans of the Atlanta Braves but a pretty significant day for Major League Baseball as the World Series matchup is set after the Houston Astros punched their ticket with a Game 6 win over the New York Yankees. If you are looking for some offseason news for the Braves then we set the stage for the offseason earlier this week.

Braves’ 40-man roster outlook heading into offseason Braves have decisions to make on four players with...

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