The Braves played with fire multiple times throughout the night, with Julio Teheran dancing in and out of trouble, the offense stranding runners, and the bullpen allowing moonshots into the forest beyond the center field wall. The eighth inning more than made up for the Braves’ inability to produce early on, as three consecutive walks were followed by a bases-clearing double from Johan Camargo to gives the Braves a one-run lead. Dansby Swanson, who homered earlier, gave the Braves an insurance run with a sacrifice fly to push the lead t 6-4. Arodys Vizcaino slammed the door in the ninth and the Braves picked up their second win in as many games.
News broke on Tuesday that legendary Braves manager Bobby Cox had suffered a stroke and had been hospitalized. On Wednesday the Braves, along with Cox’s family released a statement addressing the fan base with regards to their continued support of one of Atlanta’s most beloved sports icons.
Statement from the Cox family:
“We want to thank all of you who have sent their well wishes or said a prayer. We know the power of Braves Country and we hope those prayers and positive thoughts continue as Bobby heals. You don’t know how much your support means to Bobby and to our family”
Statement from the Atlanta Braves:
“We know no one stronger or more determined than Bobby Cox. Our thoughts and prayers are with him as he recovers. We look forward to seeing him soon and would like to thank the baseball community for joining together to support our dear friend.”
Ivan looks into the Acuña extension and just how much potential earning power the young phenom could be leaving on the table. The Braves did very well in this deal, and as Ivan notes, could stand to earn hundreds of millions in surplus value over the life of the Acuña contract.
With looming international restrictions combined with the inability to sign their 2018 first-round pick, the Braves will be as reliant as ever on the competence of their scouting department in 2019. Luckily, the club has one of the most valuable collections of draft assets entering the 2019 Draft. With the 9th and 21st pick, Atlanta will receive the sixth-highest bonus-pool allotment in baseball, which is a rarity for a team coming off a 90-win season. This should be a fun draft given the direction of the organization and the turnover that could produce a wildly unpredictable draft haul. Stay tuned.
Anything that puts a player next to Bob Gibson is a great feat, and that Jacob deGrom did it with such a turbulent franchise speaks to the incredible talent the Mets right-hander possesses.
Lots of bad scouting going on here...