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TalkingChop 2 hours ago
The Daily Chop: Anthopoulos and Snitker, Ozuna, Rays, and more

The Daily Chop: Anthopoulos and Snitker, Ozuna, Rays, and more

Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Braves GM and manager discuss offseason topics. Meanwhile, the Rays have evened the World Series. The Braves have a challenging offseason ahead, with difficult decisions regarding Marcell Ozuna and other free agents along with the looming Freddie Freeman extension. The club should remain largely intact, though the bullpen could certainly look differently without Mark Melancon or Shane Greene should they sign elsewhere. Braves News Braves discuss Soroka, Ozuna, Freddie, more Alex Anthopoulos and Brian Snitker discuss subjects such as Mike Soroka,...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop 12 hours ago
2020 World Series Game 2 open thread

2020 World Series Game 2 open thread

Photo by Kelly Gavin/MLB Photos via The Los Angeles Dodgers grabbed a 1-0 lead in the World Series Tuesday night with an 8-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. The series will continue Wednesday night with Game 2. Blake Snell will be on the mound for the Rays while the Dodgers will go with right-hander Tony Gonsolin. Game Info Game Date/Time: Wednesday, October 21, 8:08 p.m. ET Location: Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas TV: FOX
TalkingChop 18 hours ago
Braves 2020 Season in Review: The Bullpen

Braves 2020 Season in Review: The Bullpen

Adam C. Hagy-USA TODAY Sports Through both expected and unexpected sources, the Braves bullpen emerged as an essential strength in 2020. At the 2019 trade deadline, the Atlanta Braves were clearly a playoff contender. However, that was mainly due to a consistent offense. As a whole, the pitching staff was a roller coaster for the first four months of 2019. With stretches of both dominance and despair, the consistency of both the starting rotation and the bullpen was hard to trust. As a result, general manager Alex Anthopoulos sought stability in multiple transactions. The end...
TalkingChop 20 hours ago
How do you solve a problem like Ozuna’s upcoming free agent contract?

How do you solve a problem like Ozuna’s upcoming free agent contract?

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ How do you secure his dingers and bring them to your town? The Braves’ 2020 season is kaput, and with it, their contractual hold on one of the most bizarre-but-exhilarating baseballing humans: Marcell Ozuna. In true Ozuna fashion, his pandemic-shortened season was straight nonsense, but the good kind. He set career highs in basically every rate-based offensive statistic except strikeouts (just a bit off) and put up 2.5 fWAR over 60 games and 267 PAs, matching his 2019 production over 130 games. Notably, that 2.5 fWAR came after incurring the wrath of the...
TalkingChop 22 hours ago
SB Nation Reacts: Braves Fans still confident, World Series picks

SB Nation Reacts: Braves Fans still confident, World Series picks

Photo by Adam Hagy/MLB Photos via Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Braves fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. The Braves season did not end the way Atlanta fans wanted it to, but things are still trending in the right direction. In the latest SB Nation Reacts results, 83 percent of Braves fans have confidence in the team. The Tampa Bay Rays may not have the biggest national following normally, but right now they are the most popular team in baseball. According to...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Oct 21, 2020
The Daily Chop: Mike Soroka, Ronald Acuña Jr. injury updates, offseason outlook and more

The Daily Chop: Mike Soroka, Ronald Acuña Jr. injury updates, offseason outlook and more

Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via The Atlanta Braves officially closed the book on the 2020 season as GM Alex Anthopoulos and manager Brian Snitker addressed the media for the final time. Anthoupoulos provided a pair of injury updates and also touched on the upcoming offseason. On Ronald Acuña Jr., Anthopoulos acknowledged that Acuña was still dealing with wrist soreness but does not think it is something that will require surgery. The wrist hampered Acuña throughout the season and caused him to be placed on the injured list. He told reporters that the wrist was still...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Oct 20, 2020
2020 World Series Game 1 open thread

2020 World Series Game 1 open thread

Photo by Harry How/ The 2020 World Series will get underway tonight with Game 1 between the Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers. Tyler Glanow will be on the mound for the Rays while the Dodgers will counter with Clayton Kershaw. Game Info Game Date/Time: Tuesday, October 20, 8:11 p.m. ET Location: Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas TV: FOX
TalkingChop Oct 20, 2020
Braves 2020 Season in Review: The Rotation

Braves 2020 Season in Review: The Rotation

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports Whew boy, there is a lot to unpack with what happened to the Braves’ rotation this year. Make no mistake about it, the Braves rotation was a bit of an adventure in 2020 with a slew of injuries, opt-outs, and on-field struggles that made it, at times, the weakest link of the organization. However, there were some definite silver linings in this group and it seemed as though the starters rounded into form at the perfect time as they carried the team through the opening playoff round against the Reds, dominated the Marlins in the next round, and held...
TalkingChop Oct 20, 2020
Braves prospect retrospect: Marcus Giles

Braves prospect retrospect: Marcus Giles

Photo by Daniel Shirey/ Marcus Giles was once a shining star in the Atlanta Braves farm system. Let’s take a look back at how his career panned out. Marcus Giles erupted onto the baseball scene after sneaking to the end of the MLB Draft. A career full of injury left a lot of questions on what could have been for the former Atlanta Braves second baseman. Let’s take a look back at the career that was. Marcus Giles, former 53rd-rounder in the MLB draft Yup. You read that correctly. Marcus Giles was selected in the 53rd round of the 1996 MLB draft, the same year his older brother Brian...
TalkingChop Oct 20, 2020
Braves Season In Review: Atlanta’s offense was something to behold in 2020

Braves Season In Review: Atlanta’s offense was something to behold in 2020

Photo by Rob Carr/ The Braves’ lineup was as good as anyone’s, headlined by a three-headed monster at the top. The Braves’ lineup in 2020 was as good as it gets, ranking near the top of the league in just about every statistic imaginable. Let’s take a look back on the shortened season and the highs, lows and what we can expect in 2021. Ronald Acuña Jr. Stat line: .250/.406/.581, 159 wRC+, 14 HR, 29 RBI, 2.4 WAR What Went Right: When healthy, Acuña enjoyed another terrific season out of the leadoff spot, serving as a dynamic weapon atop the order. He continued to hit for power,...
TalkingChop Oct 20, 2020
The Daily Chop: Season Reviews, Looking Ahead, TC Podcast, and more

The Daily Chop: Season Reviews, Looking Ahead, TC Podcast, and more

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports Talking Chop will be rolling out material to close out the Braves 2020 season while also looking ahead to what comes next. Braves News The ending to 2020 stings, but the Braves will be back Demetrius is killing it with these perspective pieces, and this one should bring some joy to an otherwise saddened fanbase. The Braves have an incredibly talented roster, a perfect mixture of youth and experience, and now have a taste of postseason success. This club is dangerous, and that should help you get over the rough ending to the 2020 season. ‘Something...
TalkingChop Oct 19, 2020
[Insert adjective here] open thread

[Insert adjective here] open thread

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports There's no baseball today Can't get enough TC in your life? Have this open thread, then!
TalkingChop Oct 19, 2020
Max Fried, Mike Soroka headline Braves’ arbitration-eligible players

Max Fried, Mike Soroka headline Braves’ arbitration-eligible players

Photo by Todd Kirkland/ As the 2020 season comes to a close, the Atlanta Braves will face several decisions with their current roster this offseason. While Atlanta will have some money coming off the books, they will also have to plan for some of that savings to go towards arbitration raises for several players. The Braves currently have eight players who are arbitration eligible this winter. MLB Trade Rumors recently released their annual projections of arbitration salaries for the upcoming season. Below is a list of Braves’ players that are arbitration eligible along with a few...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Oct 19, 2020
Ask Talking Chop: Braves Mailbag Call

Ask Talking Chop: Braves Mailbag Call

Photo by Quinn Harris/ The 2020 season is in the books for the Atlanta Braves after a gut-wrenching loss in Game 7 of the NLCS to the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was a good season overall for the Braves but it stings given that they were up 3-1 in the series and were unable to close it out. Still, there will be a lot of things to discuss this offseason and there is no better time to break out the mailbag. Hit us up with any of your Braves related or Major League Baseball at large questions. If I can’t answer them, I will find someone who can. If you have a question for this week’s...
TalkingChop Oct 19, 2020
The ending to 2020 stings, but the Braves will be back

The ending to 2020 stings, but the Braves will be back

Photo by Ron Jenkins/ The Braves went out in seven games in the NLCS. While it feels terrible right now, this group should be back in a deep postseason run sooner rather than later. Well, that sucked. The Braves were on the doorstep of the World Series for three games, and then proceeded to lose all three to a Dodgers team that stepped up when their backs were against the wall. The Braves will finish the 2020 season as the second-best team in the National League after coming agonizingly close to being the NL representative in the World Series. It’s a painful loss, and it’s one that...
TalkingChop Oct 19, 2020
The Daily Chop: Braves unable to withstand Dodgers, ending their incredible season

The Daily Chop: Braves unable to withstand Dodgers, ending their incredible season

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports The Braves were incredible this season, but it wasn’t enough. The season is over. If you want to take solace in the overachievements of the Braves, go right ahead. If it makes you feel better that Mike Soroka, Ronald Acuna, Adam Duvall, and two or three others should be healthy for the next go-round, that’s wonderful. All I can see at the moment is another letdown that was preventable if the offense showed up in the final three games. It didn’t and the Dodgers will play in the World Series instead. Regardless of injury, bad luck, or whatever else, the...
TalkingChop Oct 19, 2020
Talking Chop Podcast Episode 259: The 2020 season ends with a Game 7 loss

Talking Chop Podcast Episode 259: The 2020 season ends with a Game 7 loss

Photo by Ron Jenkins/ The 2020 season is over for the Atlanta Braves after a Game 7 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday evening. Much ink will be spilled in the aftermath but, seconds after the final pitch, the Talking Chop Podcast convened to react to the maddening defeat. Brad Rowland and Scott Coleman discussed the following in Episode 259: There was a laundry list of memorable moments in this game and not in the best way Ian Anderson didn’t have it and the bullpen wasn’t perfect, but this loss was on the offense The base-running blunder that will live in infamy alongside...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Oct 19, 2020
Three thoughts on a bittersweet ending to the 2020 season

Three thoughts on a bittersweet ending to the 2020 season

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ That’s a wrap. The 2020 season is over for the Atlanta Braves after an excruciating 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the NLCS. It certainly was not the result anyone was hoping for especially after going up 3-1 in the series after Game 4. Here are three quick thoughts from Game 7 and an improbable and strange 2020 season. Ian Anderson showed he belonged despite short outing in Game 7 Ian Anderson wasn’t sharp and was only able to give the Braves three innings while allowing five hits, two walks and two runs. Those runs snapped his scoreless...
Kris Willis / TalkingChop Oct 18, 2020
Braves come up short in 4-3 loss in Game 7 to Dodgers

Braves come up short in 4-3 loss in Game 7 to Dodgers

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ Atlanta’s season comes to an end in painful fashion. Intro The game got off to a rough start for Dodgers’ opener Dustin May whose first eight pitches missed the strike zone giving the Braves runners at first and second to open the game. Marcell Ozuna made him pay by lining the second pitch he saw to left to bring home Acuña and put Atlanta up 1-0. Off and running!#MixItUp pic.twitter.com/aXtBnU6TiY— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) October 19, 2020 May then caught a break as Travis d’Arnaud grounded a 1-1 cutter to Corey Seager at short who started a...
TalkingChop Oct 18, 2020
NLCS Game 7 Overflow Thread, Again

NLCS Game 7 Overflow Thread, Again

Photo by Kelly Gavin/MLB Photos via Down 4-3 now in the bottom of the eighth. Let’s change the energy in here. DANCE, DANCE, DANCE! Let’s do this!

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