The Braves remain so close, yet so far away from the division lead. The Braves have sat comfortably a few games out of first for weeks now and have showed promise, but the bullpen has continued to falter and the Braves have been unable to capitalize on opportunities. Atlanta is still in it, but they have to hold on to late leads if they want any chance of sniffing a Wild Card or Division birth. However, the starters and bats have impressed, and the Braves certainly still have life. Let’s take a look at the standings, results and transactions from the past week:
(6/8): Padres 5, Braves 3: W: Maurer (3-0) L: Martin (2-3) SV: Kimbrel (14)
(6/9): Braves 6, Padres 5: W: J. Johnson (2-3) L: Benoit (4-3) SV: Grilli (16)
(6/10): Braves 4, Padres 1: W: Perez (2-0) L: Ross (3-6) SV: J. Johnson (3)
(6/11): Padres 6, Braves 4: W: Thayer (2-0) L: Cunniff (2-2) SV: Kimbrel (15)
(6/12): Mets 5, Braves 3: W: Colon (9-4) L: Wood (4-4) SV: Familia (18)
(6/13): Braves 5, Mets 3: W: Grilli (2-2) L: Torres (2-3) SV: Perez (1)
(6/14): Mets 10, Braves 8: W: Gilmartin (1-0) L: Avilan (2-2) SV: Familia (19)
(6/9): Braves selected contract of David Aardsma, optioned Cody Martin to AAA Gwinnett.
(6/10): Braves activated Kelly Johnson from the 15-day DL, optioned Joey Terdoslavich to AAA Gwinnett
(6/11): Braves designated Trevor Cahill for assignment, selected the contract of Dana Eveland.
Braves outrighted Eric Young Jr. to AAA Gwinnett.
Jace Peterson has really started to come into his own as we approach the midpoint of his rookie campaign. It’s funny to think that at the beginning of the season, people were calling for Alberto Callaspo to get starts over the rookie. Peterson has not only impressed with his bat, but his defense has gotten better and better. He has established a nice reputation at second base, and has been red-hot as of late. This past week, Peterson hit 13-for-31 (.419) with a home run and 5 RBI. Peterson is now hitting .285 on the year with 2 homers and 27 RBI. He’s carved out his role as the everyday second baseman, and though Jose Peraza is on the up and coming, the Braves have him taking outfield reps for a reason.
Whenever you see that Mike Foltynewicz is taking the mound, you never know whether you’re getting the “good Folty” or “bad Folty.” Foltynewicz has great stuff and incredible velocity, but sometimes he has trouble putting it all together. In his two starts this past week, Folty gave up 10 earned runs in 10 innings. There will be a lot of growing pains with a raw prospect like Foltynewicz, but if fans can be patient, it could pay off in a huge way.
Prospect of the Week:
Braxton Davidson was the Braves First Round selection in last year’s draft, and he is playing lights out right now. He is currently on a 10-game hitting streak, in which he is hitting .444 with a home run and 8 RBI. His average now sits at .279 with 5 homers and 22 RBI. Davidson is just 18 years old and has a ton of room for improvement in the power category. I think he projects as a solid corner outfielder for the Braves in the future. He and Ozhaino Albies are two must-watch prospects that are tearing it up for A-level Rome.