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Dillon Cloud

Braves even series with Reds behind strong start from Soroka

The Braves needed a productive outing from Mike Soroka on Wednesday, and the young right-hander did not disappoint.

The Braves defeated the Reds 3-1 on Wednesday behind Mike Soroka and a collection of Atlanta relievers, who bounced back from their uninspiring performance on on Tuesday. The offense was largely held quiet, but the Braves staff held the Reds down aside from a single first inning run against Soroka.

The Braves jumped out to a lead early. Really early, in fact, as leadoff man...

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Dillon Cloud

Braves vs. Reds, April 24, 2019: Game Thread

Maple Maddux is back for his second start.

The Braves are looking for a big bounce back tonight after a tough loss on Tuesday. Hop in the comments below for in-game discussion/overreaction, and try to stay civil when you do. Let’s get wild.

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Dillon Cloud

McCann draws the start as Braves set to face Roark

Atlanta will roll with a familiar lineup tonight, with Brian McCann getting the nod behind the plate against a right-hander.

The Braves have had little issue scoring runs since the debacle at home versus Arizona, and will go with a familiar lineup structure against the Reds on Wednesday.

6:40 ET first pitch tonight in Cincinnati!#ChopOn pic.twitter.com/UF1yXcmKSl

— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) April 24, 2019

Batting fifth and playing second base for the Reds will be a familiar foe in Derek...

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Dillon Cloud

Braves, Soroka look to even series with Cincinnati

After an ugly, frustrating loss on Tuesday, the Braves look to draw even with the Reds, who have a familiar face on the mound.

The Braves lost a hard-fought battle on Tuesday, narrowly missing on multiple opportunities at the plate while the bullpen struggled mightily to find the strike zone. Today they turn to Mike Soroka as they look to even the series, and hopefully improve upon the embarrassing performance by their pitching staff a night ago.

In his first outing of the season, which came...

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AnthonyTraurig

The Braves’ bullpen is walking batters at record pace

Free passes have been the bullpen’s Achilles heel, as shown in last night’s loss to Cincinnati.

There are few things more frustrating in baseball than seeing relief pitchers come in and walk everyone. One thing that is more frustrating, though, is a bases-loaded walk. Unfortunately, the Braves’ bullpen accomplished both last night in Cincinnati.

A turning point in the game came in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Braves had taken a 4-3 lead in the top half of the inning, but the...

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JDunnah

The Braves’ Bull Pen is Mightier?

A Braves bullpen makeover special here at Talking Chop.

So, unless you have had your head in the sand or have a mind that is weary by too much April 20th celebrating ;-) then I think you’d have to agree that the Braves bullpen has been less than good. Perhaps something that people forget is that the Braves have had a bad bullpen for a very long time. It’s one thing to have a bad bullpen when your team is trying to be bad, but it is another thing entirely to have a bad pen on a...

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Eric Cole

Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: Austin Riley is heating up, Hayden Deal with another gem

Austin Riley had one of his better games and Hayden Deal just keeps putting up performance after performance.

Gwinnett Stripers 5, Indianapolis Indians 2

Box Score

Austin Riley, 3B: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, .652 OPS Rafael Ortega, RF: 2-4, SB, 1.069 OPS Kyle Wright, SP: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, 6.00 ERA

Kyle Wright had a decent start down in Triple-A and he was backed from a well-rounded offensive effort led by Austin Riley to help secure a 5-2 win over Indianapolis. The good news here is...

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Ivan the Great

Quick hits: Bases-loaded waaalks!

Kh-waaaaalks-nnnn!!!

Is there anything worse in baseball than a bases-loaded walk? You’re just giving the team a free run. Even if you throw the meatiest meatball, there’s a chance the batter might either miss it entirely, or only strike a glancing blow. So far in 2019, the wOBA on a middle-middle fastball is .405. It’s only .449 when the pitcher is behind in the count on that same pitch. On a 3-0 count, it only goes up to .627. A walk is a “free” .700ish wOBA, and when it comes...

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Kris Willis

Braves News: Another walkfest in Cincinnati, Foltynewicz return and more

Walks do the Braves in again in Tuesday’s loss to Cincinnati

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Braves walk the world, lose 7-6 heartbreaker to the Reds

Atlanta’s bullpen issued seven free passes in just 2 2/3 innings Tuesday night in a 7-6 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Braves pitchers walked a total of nine Reds batters in the game. Dansby Swanson finished with two hits on the evening.

Mike Foltynewicz set for 2019 debut on Saturday against Rockies

Brian Snitker announced on Tuesday that the plan...

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Doc Herbert

Braves walk the world, lose 7-6 heartbreaker to the Reds

Yet again, the Braves’ bullpen was about as sharp as a marble

It was a sloppy affair in Cincinnati on Tuesday night, as Kevin Gausman struggled and the Braves bullpen gave out free passes like Halloween candy. In a see-saw matchup that saw the Braves leave the tying run on third in each of the last two innings, the Reds ultimately pulled out a 7-6 victory.

Gausman’s outing wasn’t catastrophic per se, but he battled as much on this night as he has at any point during this season. He...

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Doc Herbert

Braves vs. Reds, April 23, 2019: Game Thread & Discussion

If Josh Donaldson can keep up his recent hot streak, he might hit one to Kentucky

The prospect of this Braves lineup playing in Cincinnati is titillating. With a team that makes this much hard contact, playing in a tiny stadium like Great American Ballpark, the possibility for several innings worth of crooked numbers is alive and well. On the other side of this coin, a match-up between Kevin Gausman and Sonny Gray - at least, in their 2019 forms - could yield a stellar display of pitching...

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Scott Coleman

Mike Foltynewicz set for 2019 debut on Saturday against Rockies

Folty is set to debut after missing a month with an elbow ailment

Braves manager Brian Snitker announced on Tuesday that Mike Foltynewicz will be activated for Saturday’s home game against the Rockies. It will be Foltynewicz’s 2019 debut after missing the first four weeks of the season with an elbow injury.

Foltynewicz ended up making four rehab starts with Gwinnett, and while the results weren’t very encouraging (6.11 ERA, 7.13 K/9, 4.58 BB/9 over 18 innings), his stuff looked good...

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Doc Herbert

Braves deploy standard lineup for Game 1 showdown with Reds

Atlanta’s regulars will get a crack at Sonny Gray this evening

As you may know by now, Brian Snitker is a creature of habit - at least when it comes to formulating lineups. While the bench options for the 2019 Braves are more tantalizing than in previous years, and he will occasionally use this depth to pepper in a start for Johan Camargo or even Matt Joyce, he tends to roll with his standard eight more often than not.

Now that Ozzie Albies has claimed the lead-off spot and Dansby...

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Doc Herbert

Braves look to Gausman to turn Reds black and blue

Can the Braves’ offense continue its good work in Ohio?

Even before the result became final, the second game of Saturday night’s doubleheader against the Indians had the feel of a watershed moment for the Braves. As the down-in-the-dumps squad trudged their way back from a 7-3 deficit with two outs in the 9th inning on their way to a stunning victory, the team looked rejuvenated and flashed some of that same never-say-die energy that they exhibited so often in 2018. After completing...

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Ivan the Great

Quick Hits: Kevin Gausman’s fastball liftoff

A new favorite location might be paying dividends for the right-hander

Kevin Gausman’s first two months in an Atlanta uniform were definitely a mixed bag. Results-wise, there was little to complain about: a 70 ERA- and 94 FIP- were well below and marginally below his career rates, respectively. However, it wasn’t always clear how much of this success was actually Gausman, rather than just a change in circumstance. The right-hander’s strikeout and walk rates both went in the wrong...

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Gaurav Vedak

Checking in on how the Braves’ Top 30 prospects are performing

Maple Maddux is starting to show that he’s healthy and never wants to return to the minors.

Hello and welcome everyone to my first original content piece of 2019! The sun is shining, the Braves are playing solid baseball, and while we’ve seen a lot of the top prospects begin to graduate there are still a ton of really good prospects in the system that we have the joy of watching almost every day. Now that we are roughly 10% done with the season (my goodness!!) let us take a look at our...

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Wayne Cavadi

Atlanta Braves Minor League Recap: A walk-off bunt and Jefrey Ramos bomb gives the Braves a winning night

Though Gwinnett had the night off, there was still plenty of action in the lower minor leagues on Monday night.

The senior members of the Atlanta Braves farm system had an off day, but the other three teams were all in action. Three of the more intriguing pitching prospects were on the bump Monday in 2017 breakout star Tucker Davidson, the exciting, but raw Freddy Tarnok, and Jasseel De La Cruz looking to rebound from a promising, but injury-riddled 2018.

Davidson went toe-to-toe with...

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Dillon Cloud

Braves News: Gearing up for Cincinnati

The Braves will take on the Reds beginning Tuesday night, fresh off two exhilarating victories in (relatively) nearby Cleveland.

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Braves look to keep it going against the Reds in Cincinnati

The Braves will spend a few more days in Ohio, traveling from Cleveland to Cincinnati as they ready for a three-game series against the Reds. Check out our series preview from Kris Willis.

Predicting the Braves’ next contract extension

Our own Scott Coleman looks into Braves extension...

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Kris Willis

Braves look to keep it going against the Reds in Cincinnati

Kevin Gausman will look to continue his good start to the 2019 season in Tuesday’s series opener.

The Atlanta Braves will continue their road trip on Tuesday when they open up a three-game series in Cincinnati against the Reds. Atlanta comes in with a bit of momentum after winning two straight in Cleveland. The Braves began the road trip after dropping three straight at home to the Diamondbacks. A rain out in the opener forced a doubleheader on Saturday where they fell in Game 1, 8-4....

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Kris Willis

Talking Chop off day open thread

We are 21 games into the 2019 season. It is still early to draw any meaningful conclusions but we have already seen the Atlanta Braves go through some extreme ups and downs. For tonight’s open thread topic, what has surprised you the most through the first 21 games? What is your biggest disappointment?

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