Freddie Freeman and Matt Kemp both hit two solo home runs, and that was enough run support for Julio Teheran, as they were able to make a 2-0 scoreline stand up for Atlanta’s sixth consecutive victory. Teheran went six innings, struck out seven, and worked out of two major jams in his final two innings in order to keep the Phillies off of the scoreboard.
It’s no secret that the Braves’ catching situation isn’t the best in the world. After Christian Bethancourt’s future ended up being outside of Atlanta, the Braves’ long-term catching situation got very murky. However, Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball has linked the Braves to three free agent catcher options for next season — Jason Castro, Wilson Ramos, and Matt Wieters. In addition to the Braves being willing to try things again with the Yankees and Brian McCann in the offseason, and the Braves have options as far as catcher is concerned. Most of them aren’t long-term, but they’re still decent options to have.
The Braves’ offense has been clicking as of late, and Adonis Garcia has played a role in that — especially this past Saturday when he hit two home runs in an extra-innings victory for Atlanta. However, has Garcia’s performances since being demoted been enough for the Braves to seriously consider keeping him as the starting third baseman for next season? Dave O’Brien of the AJC wrote about Garcia making his case to stay on as the Braves’ third baseman for next year.
In his past 70 games – since June 10, two weeks after he returned from Triple-A — Garcia had a .299 average with 20 doubles, 12 homers, 40 RBIs, a .341 OBP and .500 slugging percentage.
“I’m just trying to do my job and show not just to the Braves, but to myself, that I can do it, that I belong here,” he said. “I put in the work and basically I’m going to stay here and keep playing the way I’ve been playing. I put in all the work and I’m trying to prove to myself and to whoever I need to, that I belong.”
Have you had enough of this particular Braves blog talking about Tim Tebow? If you haven’t, then check out this week’s edition of the podcast. Brad’s promised to “ramble” about Tebow (and answer your questions, as usual), so you may as well check it out.
Jason Heyward has been having an extremely rough season in his first year as a Chicago Cub, but he finally had himself a fantastic day at the plate for the Cubs. He had 3 RBIS, and that included the walk-off RBI that gave the Cubs a victory over the Giants.
While the Braves have been heating up, the Twins have gotten ice cold — or in the case of the race for the first overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, the Twins are about as hot as a toxic river that’s on fire right now. They hung tough with the White Sox on Sunday to the point where it was 11-11 in the eleventh inning (someone make a wish!), but they just couldn’t overcome their bullpen blowing three saves, and they eventually lost 13-11.