Freddie Freeman went 4-for-4 with a homer and five RBIs to help lead the Braves to a 9-7 win and a two-game sweep of the Twins.
The Braves pulled off another trade prior to Wednesday’s game sending Lucas Harrell and Dario Alvarez to the Rangers in exchange for minor league second baseman Travis Demeritte who was ranked as Texas’ No. 20 prospect.
Our own Matt Powers provides a scouting report for Demeritte who was a participant in the 2016 Futures Game.
ESPN.com’s Keith Law gives his seal of approval to the Braves for flipping Harrell and Alvarez to the Rangers for a former first-round pick with plus power potential in Demeritte.
The trade deadline is just a few days away and for fans it is a time of excitement and hope that their favorite club with grab the missing piece of find a player that can help for the future. However, it is a completely different perspective for players and FanGraph’s Eno Sarris interviewed several including Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija on what it is like to be traded.
Jason Heyward signed a huge contract this past offseason with the Chicago Cubs but he has struggled for most of the season at the plate. Heyward points to bad luck as the biggest culprit seeing that his line drive rate is up while his batting average on those line drives has sunk to a career-low.
However, FanGraphs’ Jeff Sullivan says that it has nothing to do with luck and has more to do with making bad contact at the plate.
The problem isn’t bad luck. The problem seems to be too much bad contact. Now, in fairness, in the last few weeks, Heyward has improved some, by those measures. There’s much improvement left to go. At least, if the Cubs get their way.