ATLANTA — Time will tell how the remainder of this season will develop. But it’s hard to believe any month will be more challenging for the Braves than May, which actually concluded on a positive note with a 5-3 win over the Nationals on Monday night at Truist Park. Energized by a packed house for
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Giants third baseman Evan Longoria exited their win over the Angels on Monday with soreness in his right side. Longoria will undergo an MRI on Tuesday, though he’s hopeful that he isn’t dealing with a serious injury, Maria Guardado of MLB.com tweets. The Giants entered 2021 mired in a four-year playoff drought, while Longoria has
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ATLANTA — Three days later, the Braves have opted to fill their left-field void with an actual outfielder. Before Monday’s series opener against the Nationals, the Braves selected the contract of Abraham Almonte from Triple-A Gwinnett and optioned right-handed reliever Jay Flaa to Gwinnett. Right-handed pitcher Huascar Ynoa was transferred to the 60-day injured list
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The MLB regular season is six months long, which allows us to break the season into six convenient chunks. Each of these chunks is equal to one another, even if it doesn’t seem that way at the time; it always feels, in the moment, that the first and last months count more. But throughout the
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The Braves flew back to Atlanta on Sunday night to conclude a seven-day road trip that included just three games. This unique journey included two off-days and a pair of rainouts, including one that canceled their Sunday night matchup against Jacob deGrom. Rain forced the Mets to postpone Sunday’s series finale against the Braves at
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NEW YORK — Like many New Yorkers, the Mets had their best-laid Memorial Day Weekend plans washed away. Sunday’s Mets-Braves game was postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Monday, July 26, at 5:10 p.m. ET. The Mets and Braves managed to play just one of
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The Pirates announced they’ve selected the contract of right-hander Chase De Jong to start this afternoon’s game against the Rockies. In a corresponding move, infielder Ildemaro Vargas was designated for assignment. Righty JT Brubaker, meanwhile, will be away from the team temporarily on bereavement leave. When he takes the mound this afternoon, De Jong will be appearing in
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ATLANTA — Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna was arrested after an alleged domestic violence incident in the Atlanta area on Saturday. According to Fulton County arrest records, Ozuna’s specific charges were aggravated assault strangulation and battery – family violence. The Braves issued this statement regarding the 30-year-old outfielder: “We learned of Marcell Ozuna’s arrest earlier this
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8:52PM: The Braves released a statement: “We learned of Marcell Ozuna’s arrest earlier this evening and immediately informed the Commissioner’s Office.  The Braves fully support Major League Baseball’s policy on domestic violence which stresses to the fullest that our society cannot and will not tolerate domestic violence in any form.  Until the investigation is completed,
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Top 65 Prospects: Texas Rangers by Eric Longenhagen May 28, 2021 Below is an analysis of the prospects in the farm system of the Texas Rangers. Scouting reports were compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as my own observations. As there was no minor league season in 2020, there are some instances
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Checking in on the Hitter’s Count by Owen McGrattan May 28, 2021 There is a lot to dissect when it comes to understanding the increase in strikeouts in baseball. Pitchers at the plate are striking out at a higher clip than ever, but even when filtering out their plate appearances, we’re still seeing yearly increases
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The return of the 162-game schedule, compared to last year’s 60-game sprint, gives slow starters quite a bit more breathing room. The first month no longer amounts to half of the entire season. Still, even in a normal year, slumping out of the gates is tough. It magnifies failure. A rough two weeks in April
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Whose High Home Run Was the Most Impressive? by Justin Choi May 28, 2021 It’s true ’ compared to previous seasons, hitters are struggling against pitchers. The league batting average is the lowest it’s been in decades even if you exclude pitchers, the strikeout rate the highest. It’s easy to point fingers at the people
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1:10 pm: Despite Snitker’s assertion that Soroka is “down for the year,” the Braves haven’t yet officially ruled out Soroka this season, O’Brien hears. He’ll be reevaluated in two weeks to define a potential timetable for his recovery. 12:46 pm: Braves manager Brian Snitker confirmed this afternoon during an interview on the MLB Network that right-hander Mike
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Eric Longenhagen Prospects Chat: 5/28 by Eric Longenhagen May 28, 2021 12:17 Eric A Longenhagen: Howdy from Tempe, let’s do it 12:17 AJ: Odds we ever get a NYY rotation with the 3 Luis: Severino, Medina and Gil 12:17 Eric A Longenhagen: All in a rotation? Like 10%? 12:17 Todd: Royals brass hyped Nick Pratto’s
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Before beginning a Zoom session with reporters on Friday, Braves manager Brian Snitker apologized for prematurely ruling Mike Soroka out for the season. He made the mistake while appearing on MLB Network’s “High Heat” a few hours earlier. “I messed up today when I was on that little TV show with Mad Dog [Chris Russo],”
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New York Can’t Catch a Break by Ben Clemens May 28, 2021 You won’t find many joint Yankees/Mets fans, but if such a bizarre chimera exists, it’s been a rough few days for pitching health. On Tuesday, Noah Syndergaard made a scheduled rehab start for the St. Lucie Mets. He departed after only an inning,
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The Padres have selected the contract of catcher Webster Rivas, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune was among those to report. In other moves, the team recalled reliever Nick Ramirez and optioned infielder/outfielder Brian O’Grady. Rivas is joining the Padres in the wake of Thursday’s injury list placement of Austin Nola, who has joined
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Friday’s Braves game against the Mets has been postponed due to inclement weather. Details regarding the rescheduling of Friday’s game will be announced a later date. A paid ticket for tonight’s game marked “Friday, May 28, 2021 ’ Game 22” may be exchanged for a ticket comparable in price and location to another Mets 2021
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Jay Jaffe FanGraphs Chat ’ 5/28/21 by Jay Jaffe May 28, 2021 New York Can’t Catch a Break   Brooklyn-based Jay Jaffe is a senior writer for FanGraphs, the author of The Cooperstown Casebook (Thomas Dunne Books, 2019) and the creator of the JAWS (Jaffe WAR Score) metric for Hall of Fame analysis. He founded
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Chin Music, Episode 15: Super Weird Exotic Nonsense by Kevin Goldstein May 28, 2021 It’s a long weekend, folks, so get it started with another episode of Chin Music. The co-host chair stays away from New York, as the always wonderful Ben Clemens joins me from San Francisco to yammer about baseball and other things.
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