Before we get to the piece, let’s catch up on today’s Braves Roster News.
Albies and AcuÃ±a Update
Not good on either front. Braves shouldn’t be pushing Ozzie Albies if he can’t hit from the right side. AcuÃ±a will likely need longer than anticipated.
Matt Adams is Back!
While the need for Matt Adams has dissipated a bit with the arrival of Nick Markakis, he’s still a valuable LH bat that can change a game in one swing. He should still see some DH time against RHP. Let’s get real for a second…Chad Sobotka might’ve been optioned, but he’s not going anywhere. It’s painfully obvious that he’s a permanent member of the taxi squad.
I thought that Charlie Culberson would definitely get a look at 3B after the weekend turned out to be unkind to both Austin Riley and Johan Camargo, but I was mistaken.
Now…Where Does Adam Duvall Fit In?
Player A is sporting an absolutely awful OPS, hovering around .500. On the opposite side of the spectrum, Player Bâ€™s OPS has been around .800 all year. In addition, baseball savant is rating player B higher in just about everything (screenshots seen below). Now the question is, why does it seem like one of these players positions is locked in while the other spent just about the entire 2019 season in AAA?
Iâ€™m sure youâ€™ve guessed by now this comparison is between Ender Inciarte and Adam Duvall. While they are both currently playing every game due to unfortunate injury, what happens when Ronnie returns? Everyone touts Enderâ€™s defense as being worth putting up with him at the plate, but is it really? If thatâ€™s the argument, I doubt Pache would be worse at the plate while showing us even better defense. Duvall has Ender beat in sprint speed by a good bit. Duvall even used to play center field and heâ€™s a wizard with the glove, Iâ€™ll take him in either corner spot all day every day.
In 2016 and 2017 Duvall had back to back 30 homer seasons and was on pace for about 25 before going ice cold after being traded to Atlanta in 2018. This slump got him sent to AAA where he did nothing but mash for months. He finished 2019 with 42 homers in 142 games between AAA and MLB. Since returning to Atlanta for 2020 heâ€™s done much of the same. He has 3 homers in less than 50 at bats this season, but more importantly heâ€™s getting on base and driving in runs. He even crushed the go ahead home run Saturday night.
When it comes to contracts, Ender will make $8M in 2021, Duvall will likely make half that in his last year of arbitration. Why should the Braves pay double for less production? Ender has become expendable with Duvall on the team, especially with Cristian Pache and Drew Waters both coming up capable of manning center field. Let’s have some fun, in the comments brainstorm your favorite Ender trade! I’m sure Ryan has a few more trade ideas than he let on in his article a few days ago…
All in all Adam Duvall deserves to play every day. When Ronald Acuna Jr. eventually returns, I fear itâ€™s inevitable that Snit will continue to start Nick Markakis and Ender over Duvall. The numbers speak for themselves and this teams needs Adam Duvall in the lineup every day.
From last thread…Rio is definitely a launch angle believer. He and Lane Adams trained a few years back to increase their launch angle and dropped their hands quite a bit. I believe he’s continued to work every offseason on swing adjustments.
David Hale was DFA today, I guess I wouldn’t mind trading for him if it’s just cash. (As SP).
I’m shocked culberson isn’t getting any playing time. Don’t see why he’s on the roster if he isn’t going to play.
I like a deal with Seattle where Ender Inciarte, Cole Hamels and Austin Riley go to the Mariners for Marco Gonzalez, Kyle Seager, and Mitch Haniger. Taking Hamels is the penalty for adding similar dollars to Seager contract due to trade. Haniger is a risk due to injuries, but has another year to get right and could replace Ozuna next year. Marco is ready to go for four years.
I don’t think that’s enough. Ender isn’t adding value to that trade, Hamels doesn’t do much seeing as he may pitch 2-3 games this year and they’d only give him what $3M? Seager is being paid a lot and then haniger and gonzales still have plenty of service time. If I’m the Mariners I’d laugh at that offer.
Touki threw four strikes to Soto in that AB. Robot umps, please!
Give me robot umps, good lord.
Ump just cost us a run.
I was just about to write that Touki looks good tonight, and now it’s 3-0. But truth is, he does look pretty good. Two fastballs got too much of the plate, and both ended up in the bleachers. I hope he can settle down and give us a few innings.
Inciarte didn’t even drop the bat and run out a grounder back to the pitcher.
Ender is the most pathetic offensive player I’ve seen since Folty.
Ok Touki, they picked you up, go have a clean inning.
Nicely done there by Riley!
On a different note, I feel like the advent of superimposing the actual strike zone onto TV broadcasts is going to speed up the adoption of an electronic strike zone by multiple years. It’s just painfully obvious now when an umpire sucks, and unlike with plays in the field, there’s no current recourse to fix it.
Touki has thrown 24 balls and 23 strikes.
Either the Braves SP are taught organizationally to nibble or an entire crop of guys just have zero command. Both are bad.
The balls and strikes ump isn’t doing Touki any favors here.
Touki is now missing by a lot, but that was strike 3 to suzuki that resulted in a walk and run.
Chip just suggested that the Nats may send the runners on a 3-2 count. The bases were loaded, but there was only one out. Martinez knew better; the next pitch was a ball so the run scored without stealing home.
Obviously Chip at first thought there were two outs, but instead of admitting the mistake he said “let’s see how the Nationals play this.”
Got to pull him after escaping that.
How the hell did Touki get out of that only allowing 1 run?
20 — I noticed that too. Ain’t nobody trying to steal home with the bases loaded.
Only one run there… slightly miraculous.
Keep scoring, fellas…
The ump is indeed squeezing Touki, but that doesn’t excuse 5 walks in 3 innings.
But hey, could be worse; he’s only given up two hits.
Run into one, Marcel…
Ugh, the bottom of our lineup.
And just like wright, he starts the 4th just to BB and be pulled
well what a lackluster end to an inning after a phenomenal start.
He had zero idea where those 5 pitches were going. None.
Great, walk the guy to load the bases in front of Soto.
Because they didn’t have any baseball in June, the Braves had to delay their June Swoon till now.
Braves hit singles, nats hit dingers…
Oh great, here’s Camargo…
I’m so tired of Johan.
Neck, the doubles machine!
grumble grumble johan again
God, why Johan again????
Is there a “gutsy” pitch against a guy with a sub 600 ops?
That muderers row of dudes hitting below .200. What a joke of a bottom of a lineup
Apropos of nothing, but how bad could Drew Waters really be at third base?
@43 or you? or me? How much worse could Culberson be? Johan and Riley are useless at the plate
Camargo is 0-for-4 and has left eight men on base in this game. That’s good, right?
I wish we had guys that could hit too
Just one of those nights where you want to burn the whole organization into ashes.
Not loving Will Smith so far.
Like, at some point, the Braves have to figure out the answer to the titular question, given this performance, right?
Hilarious! Now we’re gonna lose by 1 run!
Yeah, they are going to lose by 1 after all just to stick the dagger in further.
And NOW Camargo gets a hit …..damnit!
That sub of adams for riley and hechavarria coming in was also a dud.
Adams shouldve hit for Camargo, and if they went to the bullpen, then riley gets a lefty.
Um…why would he not bunt?
And there it is with one strike and he lamely fouls it off. ARGGGH
Right idea getting Charlie Clutch in there, but wrong idea having him pinch-run. Needed to have him pinch-hit for Outciarte.
As I’ve been saying all night, I love this team!!! HA HA!!!
Hip thrust towards Soto, somebody.
That was kind of fun.
Maybe we should wait a day before we burn the whole organization down to ashes.
@61 I still think we can burn the bottom three of the lineup to the ground…but the top 6 are ok…lol
As Skip might have said, this one was never in doubt.
I, for one, did not see that coming… at all.
Such a frustrating game, I went to the gym right after the 8th inning.
Quite a WTF moment, eh?