Friday, July 26, 2013

Twitter Feed: July 26

Ouchie...the guys from the Atlanta Braves forum at mlb.com ripped Bryce and me a new one yesterday.  Damn you, Bryce!

-Braves had a scout at the White Sox game yesterday, started by Jake Peavy.  This is according to Jayson Stark.  Whether or not the Braves' interest was in Peavy or one of the White Sox relievers or both is unknown.  Kameron Loe didn't help his chances of sticking around in the bullpen after his awful Thursday outing and the Braves' interest in the starting pitching market is higher since the injury to Tim Hudson.  For his part, Peavy was charged with four hits and four runs in seven innings.  Detroit's damage came in large part from three homers off Peavy in Whatever-They-Call-Comiskey-Park-II.  He walked a pair and struck out seven.  It was his second start since returning from the DL, his first coming against our Braves.  Of course, Peavy has suffered greatly from injuries during his career.  Since 2007's 5.9 WAR season that led him to an Cy Young award, Peavy has failed to reach 200 innings or 30 starts in all but one season.  I'm going to do to a Trade Targets on Peavy for later today because there is much that can be written.

-Ken Rosenthal tweeted about a new column that begins with the Braves, but the most interesting tidbit was not about a possible trade for Atlanta, but this: "They struck out once every 3.99 plate appearances in April, followed by once every 4.30 PAs in May, once every 4.62 in June and now once every 5.14 in July."  So, Atlanta has that going for them.  To read Rosenthal's complete column, click here.

-Deadspin reports on the admission by former Brave Robert Fick that he used steroids twice as he returned from shoulder injuries. Fick, an All-Star with the Tigers in 2002 (mainly cause someone had to be), joined the Braves for 2003 and started 111 games at first.  You might remember when he swiped at Eric Karros' glove during the '03 NLDS against the Cubs.  Overall, Fick played parts of ten seasons with the Tigers, Braves, Rays, Padres, and Nationals and is now an agent.  Hat tip to Keith Olbermann.

-Today is the two-year anniversary of the 19-inning game that is often credited to killing the Pirates season in 2011.  To Braves fans, it's known as the Jerry Meals Game.  To me, I always think of Scott Proctor falling out of the box after making contact.  I believe I worked that night so I only tuned in during the eighth inning or so.  Little did I know how much more baseball was to be played. Julio Lugo's only claim to fame for the Braves was being called "safe."  Thanks Jerry!  Hat-tip to Rob Biertempfel.

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