Player News - Braves

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Matt Kemp crushed his 35th home run of the season as the Braves dropped their series-opener against the Tigers in Atlanta on Friday night.

Kemp's solo shot in the eighth inning pulled the Braves to within four runs at 6-2, but that would be as close as they would get. He has had an outstanding season on the whole, slashing .271/.305/.504 with 35 homers and 108 RBI. He seems to really enjoy hitting in Atlanta and is someone whose fantasy stock is on the rise heading into 2017.
Sep 30 - 11:01 PM

Matt Wisler was victimized by the long ball in Friday's loss to the Tigers, allowing five runs on nine hits over his 4 2/3 innings of work.

Wisler walked two and struck out three on the night. Three of those nine hits that he allowed left the yard, with Ian Kinsler blasting a solo homer to lead off the game and Miguel Cabrera adding a pair of his own. He finishes his season at 7-13 with a 5.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 115/49 K/BB ratio in 156 2/3 innings. He'll head into 2017 with a spot likely secured in the Braves' Opening Day rotation.
Sep 30 - 10:59 PM

Dansby Swanson hit his third home run of the season and the Braves bested the Phillies 5-2 on Thursday.

Swanson hit the solo shot in the sixth inning to pull the Braves even at 1-1, and he also drew a leadoff walk that kicked off a four-run eighth inning to put the game out of reach. Just a little over a year removed from being the No. 1 overall draft pick, the 22-year-old has held his own through 35 games in the majors, batting .300/.353/.442 with three homers, 17 RBI, 19 runs scored and three steals. He may actually be doing himself a small disservice by performing so well -- with 120 at-bats under his belt, Swanson could actually lose his rookie status heading into next season, thus precluding him from possibly vying for the Rookie of the Year honor, if he accrues 10 more at-bats over the Braves' final three games -- but the bigger picture is that Swanson could be a star as early as 2017.
Sep 29 - 11:46 PM

Josh Collmenter was strong again Thursday, allowing one run over seven innings in a no-decision against the Phillies.

Collmenter scattered six hits without issuing a walk, recording four strikeouts in the process. The start was his third since joining the Braves and the third that was above average, giving him a 2.37 ERA in those three starts. The 30-year-old struggled as a reliever with the Diamondbacks prior to the trade, but his strong finish could lead some teams to view him as a viable starter or swingman this winter.
Sep 29 - 11:35 PM

Ender Inciarte is not in the Braves' lineup Thursday.

The hot-hitting outfield is getting a day of rest. Mallex Smith is in center field. Adonis Garcia and Tyler Flowers are also sitting out, as the Braves have Rio Ruiz and Anthony Recker at third base and catcher, respectively.

Michael Foltynewicz held the Phillies to one run over five frames to collect the win as the Braves romped 12-2 on Wednesday.

The one run he allowed came home on a wild pitch. He gave up just two base hits and both were singles. He punched out five and walked three. He finishes his campaign with a 9-5 record and 4.31 ERA. The 24 year old struck out 111 batters and walked just 35 in 123 1/3 innings spread over 21 starts. He should be a quality young pitcher to target in the late rounds of fantasy drafts next March.
Sep 28 - 10:32 PM

Dansby Swanson finished 2-for-3 with two RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base as the Braves crushed the Phillies on Wednesday.

He tripled to drive in the game's first run in the second inning, then doubled home a run in the third inning. He also walked in the game. The 22-year-old rookie has hit the ground running in the first 34 games of his career. He has a .299/.349/.419 batting line in 130 plate appearances. He has a very bright future.
Sep 28 - 10:19 PM

Matt Kemp went 2-for-5 with a two-run bomb and scored twice in a win over the Phillies on Wednesday.

Kemp takes a lot of grief in the press but he has had a very good season. He is batting .270/.304/.500 with 34 home runs and 106 RBI. The home run and RBI totals are the second best of his career. He no longer steals bases though. He used to swipe 30-40 bags back when he was a perennial first round fantasy draft pick. He has only one stolen base this year.
Sep 28 - 10:11 PM

Nick Markakis is out of the Braves' starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Phillies.

It appears to be a routine day of rest for Markakis, who's batting .270/.345/.396 with 12 home runs and 88 RBI in 154 games this season for Atlanta. Mallex Smith will start in right field and hit seventh Wednesday versus Phillies left-hander Adam Morgan.
Sep 28 - 2:54 PM

Julio Teheran yielded six runs over four frames but escaped with a no-decision in Tuesday's 7-6 win over the Phillies.

Teheran blinked and was down 4-0, as Ryan Howard launched a grand slam off of him in the first inning. The score was 6-0 when a rain delay arrived and the Braves then scored seven unanswered runs the rest of the way. Teheran has been a little hit-or-miss since returning from a lat injury last month. He'll finish off his season on Sunday versus the Tigers.
Sep 28 - 1:05 AM

Jim Johnson had a 1-2-3 inning to record his 18th save of the season Tuesday versus the Phillies.

The Braves erased a 6-0 deficit in this one, completing the comeback following a rain delay with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. Johnson then closed things out with ease. The veteran reliever could be helping out a contender right now, but at least he gets to improve his resume as he enters free agency. Johnson boasts a 2.92 ERA and is striking out over a batter per inning for the first time in his career.
Sep 28 - 12:57 AM

Freddie Freeman went 2-for-3 with a solo homer to extend his hitting streak to 29 games in Tuesday's win over the Phillies.

The first baseman's longball in the fourth inning off of Jerad Eickhoff extended the hit streak, and Freeman added a walk and a single, scoring three runs on the night. He's also reached base in 45 straight contests, a streak that extends back to August 5. Freeman's batting line this season is up to .307/.404/.576.
Sep 28 - 12:54 AM

Braves acquired INF Richard Rodriguez from the Giants for INF Gordon Beckham.

Rodriguez batted just .182/.216/.191 over 118 plate appearances this season as a 23-year-old in High-A ball, making 20 starts at shortstop and 11 starts at second base for the San Jose Giants. The native of Venezuela can't really be considered a prospect.
Sep 27 - 8:39 PM

Matt Kemp is not in Tuesday's lineup versus the Phillies.

He's presumably getting a day of rest. Mallex Smith will make the start in left field and hit eighth against right-hander Jerad Eickhoff.
Sep 27 - 3:00 PM

Freddie Freeman went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

Freeman had an RBI single in the first inning before launching his 32nd homer of the year in the sixth. The 32 home runs are a career best, as are his 95 runs scored and six steals. He probably won't touch the 109 RBI he collected in 2013 -- he's got 87 RBI now, with a handful of games left to go -- but there's no question it's been a tremendous year for the 27-year-old.
Sep 25 - 12:23 AM


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