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  • 2016 Spring Training Thread

    It's baseball time at last! I'll do some spring stars and I PROMISE this year when the time comes, I'll try to keep up Three Stars and not quit!
    46 wins to match last year's total

  • #2
    The Braves named Andruw Jones an assistant to baseball operations.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Cowtipper View Post
      The Braves named Andruw Jones an assistant to baseball operations.
      Yes, they did.
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      • #4
        Braves 4, Orioles 4, 10 Inn.

        HR - Ryan Flaherty (1)
        Christian Walker (1)

        Hooray for spring training ties! The only one who didn't really do well at all was Danny Burawa, who coughed up two homers. Ten different guys had at least a hit. Braves pen didn't allow a single hit after the fourth inning, which is very nice at any point in the year. I'll say the best overall player, despite his error, was third baseman Rio Ruiz since he got two hits and scored a run.

        Reason Ruiz was in there so quickly is because of Adonis Garcia having some kind of leg injury. Don't know how severe it is, but if it's big, that could cause the Braves to chuck the Olivera left field experiment really quick.
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        • #5
          Braves 11, Orioles 4

          W - Aaron Blair (1-0, 18.00)
          L - Ubaldo Jimenez (0-1, 162.00)
          HR - ATL - Mallex Smith (1)
          Ozzie Albies (1)
          BAL - Chris Davis (1)
          Jonathan Schoop (1)

          It was not a good day for Aaron Blair or Dansby Swanson offensively. However, it was pretty much good for everyone else on the Braves. Ubaldo Jimenez wasn't so good in his first outing of the spring and the Braves tagged him for seven runs, including two triples by Mallex Smith. Smith added a double and a homer and drove in three runs. Ozzie Albies also had three hits with a homer and drove in three runs. Swanson had a much better defensive day.

          After Blair, who coughed up two homers in the second inning, the Braves pitchers had seven scoreless innings. Chris Ellis and John Gant threw two innings each. Andrew McKirahan appeared to leave the game with an injury, so that opens the door for Evan Rutckyj to gain an early hold on a left-handed bullpen spot.
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          • #6
            Who is this Mallex Smith?!?! Four extra base hits in six at bats? Thought I was witnessing another out of nowhere Tuffy Rhodes moment.
            "Chuckie doesn't take on 2-0. Chuckie's hackin'." - Chuck Carr two days prior to being released by the Milwaukee Brewers

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Ben Grimm View Post
              Who is this Mallex Smith?!?! Four extra base hits in six at bats? Thought I was witnessing another out of nowhere Tuffy Rhodes moment.
              Outfield prospect they got in the Justin Upton trade with the Padres. If he pans out, he's the new Michael Bourn, most likely.
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              • #8
                Just getting this comment out of the way: today is Exhibit A on why people think the Angels fleeced the Braves for Simmons.
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                • #9
                  Tigers 8, Braves 2

                  W - Daniel Norris (1-0, 4.50)
                  L - Sean Newcomb (0-1, 27.00)
                  HR - DET - Victor Martinez (2)
                  ATL - Freddie Freeman (1)

                  Well, four walks in one-plus innings is just going to throw a little more fuel on that certain fire that I mentioned above. Anyway, the front end of the pitchers were the culprits today as Newcomb was tagged for three runs. Retread Chris Volstad allowed five runs in two innings in an inauspicious spring debut. But the good news is the rest of the five pitchers didn't allow a run.

                  On the hitting side, there wasn't much to crow about despite Freeman's solo homer. However, Olivera had two hits and Swanson got his first hit of the spring himself.
                  Last edited by SamtheBravesFan; 03-03-2016, 02:31 PM.
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                  • #10
                    Phillies 12, Braves 11

                    W - Edubray Ramos (1-0, 6.75)
                    L - Jason Hursh (0-1, 40.50)
                    HR - Makiel Franco (2)
                    Cedric Hunter (WO, 1)

                    Just your typical spring game: Phillies were up 9-3, end up blowing the entire lead and falling behind in the ninth, then win it with two out in the bottom of the inning on a walk-off homer.

                    What can we take from this? Well, Arodys Vizcaino struck out the side and prospective big-league relievers Matt Marksberry and Jose Ramirez also had scoreless innings. Minor-league catcher Matt Kinnelly, who also spent time in the Australian Baseball League last season, drove in three runs. Erick Aybar had three hits and Ender Inciarte had two.
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                    • #11
                      Pirates 9, Braves 6

                      W - Steven Brault (1-0, 9.00)
                      L - Ryan Weber (0-1, 0.00)
                      HR - Tyler Flowers (1)
                      Nick Markakis (1)
                      Ryan Lavarnway (1)

                      Well, for once, the Braves starter didn't get scored on, as Bud Norris had two scoreless innings. Ryan Weber allowing five unearned runs after Kelly Johnson's error was their undoing this time. Again, there was a bright spot or two: Jim Johnson got a scoreless inning in his spring debut. Daniel Winkler, a dark horse pen candidate, struck out the side. On the offensive side, the Braves hit three solo homers and Tyler Flowers added another hit and RBI for himself. A. J. Pierzynski also drove in two runs.
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                      • #12
                        Mets 7, Braves 5

                        W - Sean Gilmartin (1-0, 0.00)
                        L - Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 9.00)
                        S - Addison Reed (1S, 0.00)

                        Things were better on the hitting side. Ender Inciarte had two hits and a stolen base and Emilio Bonifacio had three hits and two runs scored despite an error on the field that led to a run. Hector Olivera and Jeff Francoeur also had two hits.

                        As per usual, the pitcher that started the game was poor for the Braves, but Jhoulys Chacin had a scoreless two innings, Williams Perez had a scoeless frame and Tyrell Jenkins closed out the game with 1 1/3 innings of shutout ball.

                        Blue Jays 3, Braves 1

                        W - R. A. Dickey (1-0, 1.80)
                        L - Alexei Ogando (0-1, 4.50)
                        S - Roberto Osuna (1S, 4.50)
                        HR - Michael Saunders (3)

                        The good news: Aaron Blair had a solid outing with three strikeouts in two innings, rebounding from his last shaky audition. Hunter Cervenka, Carlos Torres and Chris Ellis all had scoreless frames. The bad news: Danny Burawa continued to struggle And Alexei Ogando giving up the solo homer was all the Jays really needed.

                        Gordon Beckham and Reid Brignac led the Braves with two hits. Jace Peterson has had a very weak first week on the hitting side, his average falling to .083 after today.
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                        • #13
                          Braves 5, Mets 4

                          W - David Peterson (1-0, 0.00)
                          L - Zach Thornton (0-1, 6.75)

                          While the Johns that run the Braves have incurred just a little more hatred thanks to Sean Newcomb's second poor spring stint, the Braves still managed to pull the spring game out thanks in part to their hopeful future star. Dansby Swanson drove in Mallex Smith to tie the game with a triple in the ninth and Emilio Bonifacio drove him in with a single to win the game.

                          Five players had two hits for the Braves, including Smith totaling two doubles. Matt Wisler had a good debut with two shutout innings and five other relievers had scoreless innings. Jim Johnson's was the weakest with two walks, but he was bailed out with a double play.
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                          • #14
                            According to MLB.com there's a possible trade with the Cubs: Jorge Solor for Teheran. The article is entitled Three Spring Scenarios.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by SABR Steve View Post
                              According to MLB.com there's a possible trade with the Cubs: Jorge Solor for Teheran. The article is entitled Three Spring Scenarios.
                              Sounds like a speculation article. As nonsensical as it is, the Cubs have been making noise that they want to use all five outfielders.

                              EDIT: I don't think the Braves are ready to replace Teheran in the rotation anyway. If anything that article supports the "tanking" template. Also, the Braves aren't going to spend all this time adjusting Olivera to left field just to boot him back to third base and demoting Adonis Garcia (as much as I want that to happen).

                              2ND EDIT: Would anyone trade Teheran, at this particular juncture, when the future of the starting rotation, even internally, is suspect at best?
                              Last edited by SamtheBravesFan; 03-09-2016, 09:36 AM.
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