Today in Atlanta Sports

Posted on Jul 25 2017 - 11:32am by Chase Irle

Atlanta Falcons

SportsTalkATL has just kicked off our series of week by week predictions for your Atlanta Falcons.

The first week’s prediction is  here. We will be going through the entire Falcons 16-game regular season schedule on our way up to the opening week of the season.

In other news, the Falcons will begin training camp tomorrow. It’s been too long without football, and training camp is the first signs that the season is upon us. One of the most important battles to watch during this year’s camp is right guard. The Falcons are still evaluating who will take over for Chris Chester. Former sixth-round pick, Wes Schweitzer seems to be the frontrunner, but training camp will tell us a lot more about where the Falcons really stand at that position.

Atlanta Braves

The Braves began their three-game series with the Diamondbacks Monday night. They recently swept Arizona just a week ago at SunTrust Park, but they did not have to face Zach Greinke in that series.

He would be the Diamondbacks starter on Monday against R.A Dickey, who has really been the Braves most consistent starter of the last two months. Dickey would not have is best stuff in this one though, going under five innings for the first time all season. He allowed four early runs on five hits, and most disturbingly walked five batters.

Spotting Greinke four runs in his own house is a recipe for disaster. He is an outstanding 10-0 with a 2.39 ERA in twelve home starts this season. Sean Rodrigues temporarily gave the Braves hope with his first home-run of the season that cut the lead in half. But the Diamondbacks would blow the game wide open with a four-run fifth inning against Rex Brothers.

The Braves were quiet the rest of the night. Greinke would exit the game after eight strong, five hits and two earned runs. There would be no ninth inning rally either, as Arizona takes the first game of the series by a score of 10-2.

Also, the trade that was not a trade, is now officially a trade. 

Jaime Garcia was supposed to be traded to the Twins last week, but the deal fell through because of medical concerns over the prospect the Braves were going to receive.

Garcia pitched one more time for the Braves, getting the win over the Dodgers and also hitting a monster grand slam in the process. It would be a memorable night for Garcia, as it was also his last in the Braves uniform.

It broke yesterday that Garcia was officially traded to the Twins along with catcher Anthony Recker for a minor leaguer.

Click the link in the tweet for more details on the move and what could possibly be coming next.

 

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