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Braves News: Normally sound defense lets Atlanta down in loss to Blue Jays

The Braves defense has been outstanding all season long but did not do them any favors last night.

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Braves News

The Braves defense goes flat in series opening loss to Toronto

Atlanta’s infield defensive work failed them last night after battling to a 1-1 tie which went south in the final three innings thanks to some gaffes by Dansby Swanson and Freddie Freeman. Not a great way to start off a series that you desperately need to win.

Atlanta’s catching situation in question this offseason

Both of the Braves lauded catching duo’s contracts are up at the end of this season and that could spell doom for the Braves. Suzuki and Flowers have played well beyond their current pay-grades and could be looking for one last big contract this offseason.

Who is Bruce Zimmerman?

Braves lefty prospect Bruce Zimmerman has come out of nowhere this season to put his name in the running as a legitimate top pitching prospect in an already packed Atlanta system. Zimmerman averages more than ten strikeouts per game this season and has been stingy with his runs allowed.

Inside info on the Jays from our friends at Bluebird Banter

Our site manager Kris Willis sat down with the site manager from Bluebird Banter Tom Dakers to ask about the Blue Jays season so far. Kris also asked about Vladimir Guerrero Jr. who is set to become the next rock star north of the border.

MLB News

The Orioles are having a buy-one, get-one, special and everyone is interested

Everyone on the Orioles roster is up for sale but the prize egg is Manny Machado who seemingly has every team in the league in hot pursuit of his services. Things are going very badly in Baltimore and it makes perfect sense for them to cash out now.

All time best and worst All-Star final vote gimmicks

Can you remember some of these horrible and awesome final vote gimmicks put together by teams to get their players in at any cost? Thankfully no Braves were in the final vote this season as I could only imagine the mass chaos on social media.

Why “just beating the shift” is never going to work

ESPN did a piece with interviews of Daniel Murphy, Kyle Seager and Matt Carpenter to ask why Major League hitters don’t just “beat the shift” and their answers will surprise you. What should not surprise you is the fact that beating the shift is not as easy as it sounds.

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