Player News - Braves

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Nick Markakis went 2-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Wednesday's 4-0 loss at Philadelphia.

Markakis extended his modest hitting streak to six games, and he is now 10-for-24 (.417) during the impressive stretch to raise his average from .333 to .344 just since May 16. His batting average has been rather impressive this season, and he already has seven homers, just one short of his total from 2017. Markakis screams sell-high candidate, as he is a career .289 hitter who hasn't had more than 15 homers in a season since 2009 when he was with the Baltimore Orioles.
May 23 - 11:03 PM

Luiz Gohara allowed two earned runs, four hits and four walks with six strikeouts across four innings in his first start of the season Wednesday in Philadelphia.

Gohara didn't exhibit great control in this one, throwing just 48 of his 79 pitches for strikes. He didn't last particularly long, but that's to be expected given that he had been pitching out of the bullpen. Gohara made five starts for the Braves last September, lasting at least six innings in his final four outings. He has allowed just three homers over 40 1/3 innings during his career, and if he continues to keep the ball in the park he is going to be a useful fantasy option for a long time. Gohara is expected to be placed on the bereavement list to be with his ailing mother in Brazil, so it's unclear what his role will be when he returns. Mike Soroka should be back by then.
May 23 - 10:58 PM

Brandon McCarthy held the Phillies to one run over 5 2/3 frames Tuesday in the Braves' 3-1 victory.

The tall right-hander struck out five on the night, walked a couple and gave up four hits. He was pulled with a runner on first base and two out in the sixth and Sam Freeman got out of the inning. McCarthy now holds a 2.08 ERA over four starts against the Phillies this season and a 6.53 ERA versus everyone else. He’ll take on the Mets – not the Phillies – next.
May 22 - 11:34 PM

Arodys Vizcaino notched his ninth save of the season with a perfect ninth inning Tuesday in Philadelphia.

It was one of the easier save opportunities Vizcaino has had, as he was dealing with a two-run lead and facing the 6-7-8 hitters in the Phillies' order. He set them down in order on 13 pitches. Vizcaino has had some shaky moments and the Braves have closer alternatives in A.J. Minter and Dan Winkler, but Vizcaino remains the preferred option for now.
May 22 - 11:32 PM

Dansby Swanson wore the golden sombrero with strikeouts in all four of his plate appearances Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Swanson had the game-winning two-RBI single in the Braves' big comeback win over the Marlins, but that's one of just two hits he's had in 14 at-bats since returning from the disabled list. He now has a 28.5 percent strikeout rate and a 5.1 percent walk rate this season, which is a big step back from his 21.8 percent strikeout rate and 10.7 percent walk rate from last season.
May 22 - 11:29 PM

Ozzie Albies clubbed a solo home run, reached base three times and scored three runs in the Braves' win over the Phillies on Tuesday.

Albies briefly tied Bryce Harper for the National League lead in home runs with his 14th in the third inning before Harper later went deep to retake solo possession of the lead. He also singled and walked and with his three runs in this one and now leads the NL by eight with his 45 runs scored.
May 22 - 11:22 PM

Anibal Sanchez (hamstring) was knocked around for eight runs over 3 2/3 innings Monday in a rehab start with Triple-A Gwinnett.

Ouch. Sanchez allowed eight hits -- including two homers -- while walking three and striking out five. He got stretched out to 69 pitches. Sanchez has been out for over a month after straining his right hamstring during pre-game warm-ups. The Braves have been aiming for a possible return to start one of the games in a doubleheader against the Mets on May 28, but it's unclear if Monday's poor showing will change that plan. Either way, he's likely to function primarily as a long reliever upon his return.
May 22 - 9:38 AM

Mike Foltynewicz took a tough loss after allowing one run in six innings Monday against the Phillies.

Folty has allowed three runs -- one earned -- in his last three starts, but he has just one win to show for it. It doesn't help that he hasn't been able to pitch deep into games -- he completed six innings for the third time in 10 starts tonight, but he's yet to go beyond that -- but he's been really effective for a team that seems to have little trouble scoring runs for its other starters.
May 21 - 10:06 PM

Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos isn't ready to provide a timetable for when prospect third baseman Austin Riley will make his way to the majors.

Johan Camargo will serve as the regular third baseman now that the Jose Bautista experiment has come to a close, but he could end up being a stopgap until Riley is ready to take over. The 21-year-old Riley mashed to the tune of a .333/.394/.667 batting line with six homers over 27 games prior to a recent promotion to Triple-A. He's batting .308/.362/.500 with three homers over 13 game with Gwinnett. "Obviously, we're high on [Riley] and excited about him," said Anthopoulos. "He'll tell us when he's ready. If he performs and gets hot, that's a good problem to have. You can never have too many good players. If Austin can show us he's ready, we'd love to be in that spot where we have a tough decision to make." It's conceivable that Riley could force the issue later this season.
May 21 - 9:27 AM

Ender Inciarte said after Sunday's game that he's a little sore but expects to play on Monday.

Inciarte collided with the outfield wall during the fourth inning of Sunday's game against the Marlins, but it sounds like he was lucky to have avoided any injuries. The 27-year-old speedster is hitting .268/.322/.377 with four homers, 19 RBI and 18 stolen bases on the year.
May 20 - 6:50 PM

Ronald Acuña went 2-for-4 with three RBI in a win over the Marlins on Sunday.

Acuña had a two-run single in the seventh, and he hit a sac fly to help the Braves complete their six-run comeback in the bottom of the ninth. The sensational talent has seen his production drop as of late, but still has a .264/.333/.462 line. Not bad for a player that won't turn 21 until December.
May 20 - 5:38 PM

Julio Teheran gave up six runs over five innings in a no decision vs. the Marlins on Sunday.

It all started off well enough for Teheran with three scoreless innings, but things fell apart for the right-hander when he allowed six runs in the fourth, with four of them scoring on a grand slam by Lewis Brinson. Things have been hot and cold with Teheran in 2018, and this would fall in the latter category as it raises his ERA to 4.17 and his WHIP to 1.24 on the season. We’ll see him back on the mound on Saturday against Boston.
May 20 - 5:27 PM

Dansby Swanson hit a walk-off two-run single to beat the Marlins 10-9 on Sunday.

The Braves entered the ninth trailing 9-4, and the comeback was completed with a two-run single from Swanson to give Atlanta the victory. It was the only hit of the game for the shortstop, but it's always nice to get run production from your shortstop. On the year, Swanson is hitting .281 with two homers, 16 RBI and a pair of steals over 30 games.
May 20 - 5:26 PM

Braves recalled RHP Lucas Sims from Triple-A Gwinnett.

Sims has allowed five runs over four innings in a couple relief appearances for the Braves this season. He'll give the bullpen some length.
May 20 - 10:44 AM

Braves manager Brian Snitker said Sunday that Johan Camargo will be the team's everyday third baseman following the release of Jose Bautista.

Camargo hasn't hit much this year after a nice rookie season, although he has picked it up lately in reaching base seven times over his last four games. There's not much upside here for fantasy purposes, but Camargo's multi-position eligibility could make him useful in deeper leagues. Top prospect Austin Riley is just a step away at Triple-A Gwinnett and could get a shot if Camargo scuffles.
May 20 - 10:21 AM


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