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Braves | A.J. Pierzynski out of lineup Monday

Mon, 25 May 2015 13:52:17 -0700

Atlanta Braves C A.J. Pierzynski is not in the starting lineup Monday, May 25. C Christian Bethancourt is hitting eighth.

Fantasy Tip: Bethancourt ($1,900, 3.8% of cap) has struggled at the plate this season, but it appears Pierzynski will get a night off regardless. Do not play Bethancourt in your lineup.

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Braves | A.J. Pierzynski not starting Thursday

Thu, 21 May 2015 12:37:07 -0700

Atlanta Braves C A.J. Pierzynski is not in the starting lineup Thursday, May 21, against the Milwaukee Brewers. C Christian Bethancourt is batting eighth in place of Pierzynski.

Fantasy Tip: Pierzynski ($4,300, 8.6% of cap) is getting a normal day off, so take him out of your lineup for the evening. Bethancourt ($1,900, 3.8% of cap) is hitless in his last seven at-bats, so avoid using him if at all possible.

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Braves | A.J. Pierzynski sitting vs. Philly

Wed, 06 May 2015 13:57:36 -0700

Atlanta Braves C A.J. Pierzynski is not in the starting lineup against the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, May 6. C Christian Bethancourt is batting sixth and starting behind the plate Wednesday.

Fantasy Tip: Make sure to avoid Pierzynski ($3,500, 7.0% of cap) in all fantasy formats Wednesday. The 38-year-old backstop is off to a solid start to the season with 14 RBI and a .344/.377/.541 slash line over 69 plate appearances. Bethancourt ($1,900, 3.8% of cap) projects as a nice low-priced flier Wednesday. He is hitting in a spot conducive to plating runs, and opposing hurler Jerome Williams instills little fear.

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Braves | Personal catchers for Braves?

Tue, 05 May 2015 16:15:09 -0700

Atlanta Braves Cs A.J. Pierzynski and Christian Bethancourt could be paired with SPs Shelby Miller and Julio Teheran, respectively, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez. Miller has worked with Pierzynski since the two were teammates with the St. Louis Cardinals last year. Miller's start Tuesday is his ninth career start with Pierzynski catching him, and Miller had a 4.29 ERA in six games with Pierzynski catching him last year. Teheran has made eight career starts with Bethancourt as his catcher and has a 2.23 ERA in those games.

Fantasy Tip: Pierzynski ($3,500, 7.0% of cap) has seen the most of the playing time behind the plate thanks to his ridiculous start to the year, however, he's gone hitless the last two games. Pierzynski can't maintain that pace, and as soon as he starts slowing down, Bethancourt could see more of an even time split.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Michael Cunningham

Braves | A.J. Pierzynski continues to rake

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 20:53:35 -0700

Atlanta Braves C A.J. Pierzynski made another start Tuesday, April 28, against the Washington Nationals and he had three singles and a double in four at-bats while scoring a run, walking once and driving in four runs out of the cleanup spot. Pierzynski has a .475 average with 14 RBIs in 40 career at-bats against the Nationals.

Fantasy Tip: Pierzynski was signed to be the backup to Christian Bethancourt, but he is hitting .439 to Bethancourt's .147. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the two will split time at the dish, but if there is this much of a disparity at the plate it might be Bethancourt who ends up the backup. At just $2,000 (or 4.0% of cap) Pierzynski is a slam-dunk play in FantasyScore until he cools off.

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Braves | A.J. Pierzynski has earned split

Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:26:01 -0700

Atlanta Braves C A.J. Pierzynski was expected to be the backup to C Christian Bethancourt, but the veteran has worked his way into a split for playing time.

Fantasy Tip: Pierzynski ($2,000; 4.0% of cap) has hit well when given the opportunity to start, including some nice power numbers, while Bethancourt ($1,900; 3.8% of cap) has struggled with a .147 average (and .194 OBP). FantasyScore owners will want to use Pierzynski for cheap power when he makes the start behind the dish in Atlanta.

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Braves | A.J. Pierzynski has hot hand

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:07:12 -0700

Atlanta Braves C A.J. Pierzynski had three hits and a walk in the loss Wednesday, April 22, and he was back in the starting lineup again in a day game Thursday, April 23, over C Christian Bethancourt. Pierzynski was 9-for-23 (.391) with a double, three home runs, five RBI, a .462 on-base percentage and .826 slugging percentage in six games before Thursday. Bethancourt was expected to be the primary catcher, but he's hitting just .133 (4-for-30) with two doubles, two RBI, two walks, a .188 OBP and .200 slugging percentage. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he'll continue to play Pierzynski if he's hot or the matchups dictate it.

Fantasy Tip: Pierzynski ($2,000, 4.0% of cap), 38, has been a surprise for the Braves to start the year, but his pace at the plate surely won't last. However, while he's hot, he can be a nice value play at FantasyScore in the right matchups. Bethancourt ($1,900, 3.8% of cap) owners in deep mixed and NL-only leagues need to stay patient.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - David O'Brien

Braves | A.J. Pierzynski starting Saturday

Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:48:14 -0700

Atlanta Braves C A.J. Pierzynski is in the starting lineup Saturday, April 18, and is batting sixth.

Fantasy Tip: Pierzynski ($2,000, 4.0% of cap) has start off the season with a .333 batting average with a hit in each of his starts. Pierzynski could be a starting option on FantasyScore, because he is 5-for-15 against Toronto Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey.

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Braves | A.J. Pierzynski homers in first start

Wed, 08 Apr 2015 21:57:53 -0700

Atlanta Braves C A.J. Pierzynski cracked a two-run homer Wednesday, April 8, against the Miami Marlins, accounting for all of his team's offense in his first start of the season.

Fantasy Tip: Pierzynski ($2,600; 5.2% of cap) is behind Christian Bethancourt ($2,800; 5.6% of cap) on the depth chart, but he is worth using when he gets his chance to start. He obviously proved Wednesday he has a little bit left in the tank.

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Braves | A.J. Pierzynski to start Wednesday

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 22:53:16 -0700

Atlanta Braves C A.J. Pierzynski will get the start behind the dish Wednesday, April 8, against the Miami Marlins.

Fantasy Tip: If youíre looking to save a little salary, Pierzynski ($2,600; 5.2% of cap) still has a decent stick and is worth a look, especially if you need more salary to afford a stud pitcher or high-end hitter. And for what itís worth, Pierzynski has two hits with an RBI in three career at-bats against probable starter SP Tom Koehler.

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