This past week really could not get much better for Braves fans. The Braves had a 5-2 week, and currently sit just two games out of first place. The Braves had a huge sweep against the division rival Mets despite having no Freddie Freeman in the lineup. The team also acquired Touki Touissaint and Bronson Arroyo from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Top prospect Matt Wisler had an incredible Major League debut, giving up just a single earned run in 8 innings of work. Julio Teheran looked brilliant on Sunday as well, giving up just a single hit in 7 innings pitched. perhaps this is a sign of things to come for Julio. The bullpen even looks better. The Braves released Trevor Cahill. Life is good. Things look good for Atlanta for the present and the future at the moment, and if we can find a way to sweep the Nats in our upcoming series, first place is ours. Lets take a look at the standings, results and transactions from the past week.
(6/15): Braves 4, Red Sox 2: W: Perez (3-0) L: Porcello (4-7) SV: Grilli (17)
(6/16): Red Sox 9, Braves 4: W: Miley (6-6) L: Teheran (4-3)
(6/17): Braves 5, Red Sox 2: W: Masset (2-1) L: Tazawa (0-3) SV: Grilli (18)
(6/18): Red Sox 5, Braves 2: W: Buchholz (4-6) L: Miller (5-3) SV: Uehara (14)
(6/19): Braves 2, Mets 1: W: Wisler (1-0) L: deGrom (7-5) SV: Grilli (19)
(6/20): Braves 6, Mets 4: W: Perez (4-0) L: Leathersich (0-1) SV: Grilli (20)
(6/21): Braves 1, Mets 0: W: Teheran (5-3) L: Harvey (7-5) SV: J. Johnson (4)
(6/15): Braves optioned Todd Cunningham, Christian Bethancourt to AAA Gwinnett, selected the contract of Ryan Lavarnway and recalled Sugar Ray Marimon.
(6/17): Braves optioned Mike Foltynewicz to AAA Gwinnett, selected the contract of Daniel Castro.
(6/18): Braves optioned Daniel Castro to AAA Gwinnett, recalled Eury Perez.
(6/19): Braves optioned Sugar Ray Marimon to AAA Gwinnett, selected the contract of Matt Wisler.
Braves released Trevor Cahill.
Andrelton Simmons/Pedro Ciriaco
Simba always gets love for his Gold Glove ability, but it’s his work with the bat that has him smoking hot. Though Simmons missed a couple games this week due to injury, Pedro Ciriaco filled in and did not miss a step. The production at the shortstop position for the week? 12-for-26 (.462). Simmons was not a factor in the Boston series, but Pedro Ciriaco stepped up and had two great games in his absence. Simba was red-hot during the Mets series, and carried the team to a series sweep that has them sitting just two games out of first. It looks like Ciriaco has cemented a role on Atlanta’s bench. He started the year with AAA Gwinnett, but Phil Gosselin is now in Arizona and Ciriaco has hit .304 since getting the call.
Kelly Johnson has seemingly come back down to earth after being activated from the disabled list. In his last seven games, KJ hit just 3-for-23 (.130) with 10 strikeouts, and has even seen Eury Perez start to make starts in his place. Johnson got off to one of the best starts he’s had in years before hitting the DL, and hopefully this is just a little slump. He’s seen his batting average fall 30 points since coming of the DL. The Mets do have a great pitching staff, so we can attribute some of his recent struggles to that and hope that the former “Baby Brave” can bounce back.
Prospect of the Week:
Matt Wisler made his Major League debut lat Friday and he was nothing short of sensational. Mike Foltynewicz had his chance, but now it’s Matt Wisler who is now taking advantage of his opportunity with the big league club. Wisler pitched 8 innings and only gave up one earned run. I have him ranked as out top prospect, and hopefully he can solidify the number 5 spot in a strong Atlanta rotation.