Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:19:00 -0700
Atlanta Braves 2B Phil Gosselin is batting second and playing second base Tuesday, Aug. 19, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. 2B Tommy La Stella is not in the starting lineup.
Fantasy Tip: Gosselin has made the most of his opportunities since being recalled in late July. He is a high-reward daily games target, given his low salary.
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:27:04 -0700
Atlanta Braves 2B Tommy La Stella (hamstring) returned to the starting lineup Tuesday, Aug. 12, after leaving the game early Monday, Aug. 11, with cramping in his right hamstring. La Stella said he has no pain, discomfort or tightness.
Fantasy Tip: La Stella lobbied to stay in the game, so it isn't surprising he is back in the lineup.
Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:55:27 -0700
Atlanta Braves 2B Tommy La Stella (hamstring) left the game Monday, Aug. 11, against the Los Angeles Dodgers due to a cramp in his upper right hamstring. La Stella is expected to play Tuesday, Aug. 12.
Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:19:55 -0700
Atlanta Braves 2B Tommy La Stella (undisclosed) was forced to leave the game in the top of the second inning with an undisclosed injury Monday, Aug. 11.
Fantasy Tip: The commentators speculated that it appeared to be La Stella's hamstring. We won't know more until he's checked out by the team's doctors. Check back for updates.
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:53:26 -0700
Atlanta Braves 2B Tommy La Stella is manager Fredi Gonzalez's preferred No. 2 hitter, as opposed to SS Andrelton Simmons.
Fantasy Tip: La Stella's run-scoring potential is higher hitting in the two spot, increasing his fantasy value. Simmons struggles to get on base, so he is better suited lower in the order, where he'll see more RBI opportunities.
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:59:06 -0700
Atlanta Braves 2B Tommy La Stella (foot) is back in the starting lineup Wednesday, July 2, after he was hit in the foot Tuesday, July 1. La Stella was diagnosed with a bruised foot.
Fantasy Tip: Keep La Stella in your starting lineups tonight.
Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:23:27 -0700
Atlanta Braves 2B Tommy La Stella hit .411 (23-for-56) with seven walks, five strikeouts and a .476 on-base percentage in his first 16 games this year and followed that up by going just 3-for-41 (.073) with a .133 on-base percentage in his next 11 games, including five from the leadoff spot. La Stella has gone 5-for-13 with three doubles, a triple, six RBIs, four walks and a .529 on-base percentage since being moved down in the order. La Stella said he went away from his approach during his mini slump, and he's trying to "control the strike zone" by not chasing pitches.
Fantasy Tip: Check to see if anyone in your league dropped La Stella. You could do much worse at the keystone in terms of fantasy production. La Stella isn't much of a power threat, but his knowledge of the strike zone and contact-oriented approach will help in other categories, mainly on-base percentage.
Sat, 28 Jun 2014 12:47:02 -0700
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez dropped 2B Tommy La Stella to the No. 7 spot in the batting order Saturday, June 28, for the first game of a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies. Entering play Saturday, La Stella had been hitless in his last 20 at-bats. SS Andrelton Simmons batted second.
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:41:47 -0700
Atlanta Braves 2B Tommy La Stella has the night off Friday, June 27, to rest. He's likely to be back Saturday, June 28.
Wed, 18 Jun 2014 08:50:03 -0700
Atlanta Braves 2B Tommy La Stella is hitting in the leadoff spot in the team's new-look lineup Wednesday, June 18, with OF Jason Heyward moved to the fifth spot against the Philadelphia Phillies. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he may give La Stella a long look in the top spot. La Stella is hitting .364 on the season. OF B.J. Upton and SS Andrelton Simmons are taking the day off.
Fantasy Tip: The move should boost La Stella's value slightly in the run-scoring category as the Braves look to take advantage of his contact and on-base skills. At this point, La Stella should be owned in the majority of leagues.