Williams Perez' first game back after being removed from the disabled list didn't go as planned: he lasted 4.1 innings, allowing nine runs on nine hits. The Braves' bullpen was able to shut things down from there, but the nine runs were too much for the offense to overcome. A.J Pierzynski (3-4) and Freddie Freeman (2-4, 2 RBI) were some of the bigger Braves bats on the night.
The Braves strolled into the July 31 trade deadline with rumors swirling around just about every player on their team. Julio Teheran, Jonny Gomes, Cameron Maybin and Chris Johnson were just a few of the names seen in rumors leading up to Friday. But, as the 4 p.m deadline passed, the Braves stood still. Their big Alex Wood/Hector Olivera deal on Thursday may have been all of the dealing Atlanta needed to do in their eyes, but when one considers all of the rumors, it's surprising to see none of the veterans moved. But seeing some veterans moved further into August wouldn't be the biggest shock:
Expect to hear whispers about AJ Pierzynski, Jonny Gomes, and Chris Johnson will all be names that could be waiver wire trade candidates over the next month or so. Gomes and Pierzynski could both provide a strong veteran presence in a locker room for a contender.
With Jason Grilli injured and Jim Johnson traded, the Braves are in need of a new closing pitcher; enter Arodys Vizcaino. The 24-year-old, now on his second stint with the Braves, has a 1.00 ERA this season (in just nine innings pitched with the big league squad). He might have the best stuff of anyone on this team to takeover the closer role for the rest of this season, and it's a lot cheaper than going out on the market and trading for one.
Yoenis Cespedes is on to his fourth team in the past calendar year as the Detroit Tigers traded him to the offensive hungry New York Mets. The 29-year-old outfielder is batting .293 on the season, with 18 home runs and 61 RBI. The Mets sent minor league right-ganders Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa to Detroit in exchange for the slugging Cuban. This then prompted arguably the greatest tweet in the history of the Internet, as well:
After being acquired by the American League Central leading Kansas City Royals on Sunday, Johnny Cueto finally made his debut in blue: six innings pitched, three earned runs and seven strikeouts in a Royals win. After being dominated by a true ace (Madison Bumgarner) in the 2014 World Series, the Royals made sure they had one of their own for this October in Cueto.