Atlanta Braves news, rumors and injuries
Fri, 27 May 2016 21:04:51 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Aybar is hitting just .186, and Castro's .204 mark isn't much better. Neither player needs to be owned in any fantasy format.
Fri, 27 May 2016 13:56:28 -0700
Fantasy Tip: The speedster Smith could lose even more playing time against lefties moving forward now that Adonis Garcia is back on the major league roster. Smith remains useful in deep mixed and NL-only leagues for his speed, though. Francoeur is a lefty specialist these days. He's hitting .320 with both of his homers against southpaws and is a deep sleeper in case he runs into one.
Fri, 27 May 2016 11:29:53 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Garcia was initially sent down to work on his defense in left field, so it remains to be seen how Atlanta will use him this time around, but he's likely to see regular playing time. He was hitting .260 with a home run and eight RBI in 104 at-bats earlier this year and should be added for his power potential in deep mixed and NL-only leagues if he's available.
Fri, 27 May 2016 00:25:48 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Markakis is a Jekyll and Hyde kind of player. He has a dismal batting average this month, yet Markakis leads the team with 24 runs batted in. Atlanta is having an awful year, and the fantasy values of several players are dropping like a rock. Markakis should not be given fantasy consideration at this point, even with 24 RBI.
Thu, 26 May 2016 16:41:59 -0700
Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman came into Thursday, May 26, hitting just .135 with runners in scoring position after leading the majors last year in that category with a .376 average. He entered Thursday in a 1-for-18 slump with runners in scoring position, and he's hitting .185 (10-for-54) with a .242 on-base percentage in the last 13 games with two home runs. Freeman hit .422 with nine extra-base hits (five home runs) in his previous 12 games. "Right now I suck, there's no getting around it," said Freeman, whose average, OBP and slugging percentage before Friday were all well below his career marks of .285/.366/.466 entering this season. Freeman said health hasn't been an issue.
Fantasy Tip: Freeman's numbers aren't terrible (.256-8-15), but his owners would surely like to see him capitalize in the rare moments when his teammates are in scoring position in front of him. The lack of protection around Freeman in Atlanta's lineup is likely to hurt his RBI and runs-scoring chances all year. Still, Freeman profiles as a lower-end starting fantasy first baseman everywhere.
Thu, 26 May 2016 15:03:46 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Kelly has made one start and two relief appearances with Atlanta this season with just two strikeouts through 12 innings and a 3.75 ERA. He is a fringe own in cavernous mixed and NL-only leagues when in the majors, but he can be replaced now that he is headed back to Gwinnett.
Thu, 26 May 2016 14:47:56 -0700
Atlanta Braves OF Nick Markakis (rest) and SS Erick Aybar (rest) are not in the lineup Thursday, May 26. OF Jeff Francoeur is starting in right field and batting sixth, while SS Daniel Castro is in at shortstop and hitting seventh opposite Milwaukee Brewers SP Wily Peralta.
Fantasy Tip: If defense counted in fantasy, Castro would have a little more value, but with a dead bat, he really shouldn't be on any rosters. Francoeur, meanwhile, is the definition of a dart throw, as he's capable of providing some pop with the lumber once in a blue moon. Both guys can be left on the wire.
Thu, 26 May 2016 14:04:00 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Olivera is a potential stash candidate in the deepest of seasonal leagues, but at this point, it is likely best to move on.
Thu, 26 May 2016 11:18:35 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Wisler, who has quietly dropped his season ERA to 2.93, is likely one of the more underrated fantasy starters out there because of the team he pitches for. His 6.3 K/9 won't endear him to many, but in deeper mixed leagues he should be owned as he continues to develop into a quality hurler.
Thu, 26 May 2016 11:15:09 -0700
Atlanta Braves RP Arodys Vizcaino has a 0.92 ERA, a .182 opponent's average, 41 strikeouts, nine walks, one home run allowed and 10 saves in 11 chances in 29 1/3 innings since Sept. 15 of last season.
Fantasy Tip: The weak-hitting Braves won't provide Vizcaino with many save chances -- he has only five this year -- but his peripherals clearly show that he's extremely valuable to fantasy owners as a low-tier closer.
Thu, 26 May 2016 06:29:44 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Blair had a rough cup of java the first go-around, and he has only pitched three innings since his demotion. Blair has upside, but it might not be time to pop the cap on it.
Wed, 25 May 2016 21:53:14 -0700
Atlanta Braves SP Mike Foltynewicz bounced back from a poor outing in his start Wednesday, May 25, against the Milwaukee Brewers. He went 5 2/3 innings, surrendering only one run on four hits and four walks. He also had seven strikeouts in the no-decision.
Fantasy Tip: Despite an off performance his last time out, the former first-round draft pick has actually provided mostly quality work since coming up, as this was his third start in five tries in which he allowed three runs or fewer. Owners in NL-only leagues should check him out despite the fact he pitches for the worst team in baseball; he can be a nice cheap source for strikeouts, too.
Wed, 25 May 2016 16:33:56 -0700
Atlanta Braves SP Casey Kelly is in line for another start against the Miami Marlins Saturday, May 28, according to interim manager Brian Snitker. Kelly allowed seven hits and three runs in five innings in his first start against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Fantasy Tip: Kelly is a few years removed from Tommy John surgery and posted a 7.94 ERA and 1.94 WHIP in three outings (two starts) for the San Diego Padres last season. He'll likely be a work in progress if he sticks in Atlanta's rotation for the long term, so he's merely one to watch in mixed leagues for now.
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Wed, 25 May 2016 12:52:46 -0700
Atlanta Braves 2Bs Gordon Beckham and Kelly Johnson are not in the starting lineup Wednesday, May 25. SS Chase d'Arnaud is starting at the hot corner and is hitting second, while 2B Reid Brignac is starting at second and batting seventh against Milwaukee Brewers SP Junior Guerra.
Fantasy Tip: D'Arnaud and Brignac should be very low on your potential list of lineup selections in daily setups. D'Arnaud has a little more luster as a deep sleeper because of his position in the lineup, but you can surely find better options on a day with a full slate of games.
Tue, 24 May 2016 22:33:04 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Step 1 for Banuelos is to prove he can stay healthy. The one-time Yankees prospect has had no shortage of troubles with his pitching arm, but if he can sort some things out in the minors the Braves could certainly give him a look.
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