I'm no expert, but it's good to get runners on base, correct? Correct. But what's NOT good is when a batter hits into a double play, causing both the runner and batter to be out. The Braves did that four times on Tuesday night against the Mets in a 3-2 loss. Alex Wood, who's been one of the best pitchers on the Braves' staff this season, took the loss, going seven-innings, while giving up three runs. Normally, that's not a bad start for a pitcher, but a win is hard to come by when your offense can only score two runs off of Dillon Gee. Upton hit his 87th RBI of the season off of a double, but other than that, the offense looked pretty stale.
Earlier this week, it was reported that there was once proposed deal that would send B.J. Upton to the Chicago Cubs for Edwin Jackson, but the talks fell through, and Upton remained a Brave. For now. According to David O'Brien, the Braves will look to attempt to trade the expensive veteran again come this offseason, which may end up including Mike Minor in the deal as well:
This is what I’m told about where it stands going forward: The Braves will try to trade Upton this offseason – personally, I think it’s just about a fait accompli that he’s gone before spring training – and that they might do it by including Minor in a package. In other words, they’d tell a team, you can have three years of contractual control of Minor before free agency, but you’re going to have to take B.J. Upton in the deal. It’s uncertain if the Braves ultimately would part with Minor, a quality lefty who has shown again in recent starts how effective he can be after struggling for much of the season to regain his form following medical issues in the winter and spring.
When Aaron Harang came to Braves, he was coming off of a season where he posted an above-five ERA with two different teams. If I had told you back in March that he would be a huge piece of the Braves' playoff push, you probably would have slapped me. But indeed, the 36-year-old and his 3.60 ERA will help lead lead the Braves pitching staff through the home stretch, and hopefully into the playoffs.
The Arizona Fall League, an offseason baseball league for younger players, had it's roster's announced on Tuesday, and seven members of the Braves will be in attendance: Kyle Wren, Aaron Northcraft, Brandon Cunnif, Ryne Harper, Nate Hyatt, Daniel Castro, and Edward Salcedo. Last year, guys like Tommy La Stella and Shae Simmons were on the AFL roster.
The Royals came into the bottom of the ninth against the Twins on Tuesday down 1-0, looking for a spark to save them. After a single from Alcedes Escobar, Alex Gordon (and AL MVP dark-horse candidate) stepped into the box and launched a Glen Perkins pitch over the right-field wall for the dramatic 2-1 victory.
It seems like all the Giants do are throw no-hitters, with Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and Jonathan Sanchez all pitching one in recent memory. On Tuesday night, 25-year-old and two-time All Star Madison Bumgarner retired 21 straight Rockies before allowing a hit to Justin Morneau in the eighth-inning. Bumgarner finished the game with a one-hit shutout, while striking out 13 and walking none.