Fantasy Baseball News

Atlanta Braves

 
Filters: Braves
  • William Smith Records His Second Save On Friday

    Atlanta Braves relief pitcher William Smith was called upon to close out the team's 5-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday. He was up to the task, as he pitched a perfect ninth inning, recording a pair of strikeouts along the way. The team's primary closer Kenley Jansen had pitched in three of the team's previous four games. Although the team was off on Thursday, manager Brian Snitker likely wanted to give Jansen the day off on Friday. Smith is now 2-for-4 in save opportunities on the year. He's the next man up for saves in the Braves bullpen if Jansen struggles or misses time. Smith was a fantasy gem in 2021, recording a career-high 37 saves.

    May 21 · Source via Braves Will Smith closers
  • Braves Win Arbitration Hearing Against Luke Jackson

    The Braves have won their arbitration hearing against right-hander Luke Jackson, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com (Twitter link). He’ll be paid at the $3.6MM rate submitted by the team, as opposed to the $4MM rate filed by Jackson and his representatives. Jackson won’t pitch this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last month, although that…

    May 19 · MLB Trade Rumors Braves Luke Jackson closers
  • Kenley Jansen Suffers First Blown Save

    Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Kenley Jansen suffered his first blown save of the season during Wednesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Jansen walked the leadoff hitter, but retired the next two batters. However, Kolten Wong smacked a game-tying triple off Jansen with two outs. Jansen has converted nine of 10 save chances this season. He is in no danger of losing his job as the closer in Atlanta. Fantasy managers can just consider this a fluke outing.

    May 18 · Source via Braves Kenley Jansen closers
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Back In Right Field Wednesday

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (groin) is back in right field and is batting leadoff on Wednesday against Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Corbin Burnes. Acuna returned to the starting lineup as the designated hitter on Tuesday after missing the previous five games due to a sore groin. The 24-year-old superstar reached base three times in his return and recorded his sixth steal of the year, so obviously his groin isn't much of an issue. The fact that he's back in the outfield on Wednesday is another sign that he's just find from a health standpoint. Keep Acuna in all starting fantasy lineups. Acuna is hitting .286/.412/.476 with an .888 OPS, two home runs, five RBI and six stolen bases in his first 11 games this season.

    May 18 · Source via Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Kenley Jansen Earns Ninth Save Of Season Tuesday

    Atlanta Braves closer Kenley Jansen stayed perfect Tuesday, earning his ninth save in a 3-0 win over the Brewers. Jansen entered the game to pitch the ninth inning up by three and delivered a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts. Jansen remains a higher-end fantasy closer with two wins, no blown saves, a 2.30 ERA, 22 strikeouts, and three walks through 15 2/3 innings pitched.

    May 18 · Source via Braves Kenley Jansen closers
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Returns Tuesday Against Brewers

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (groin) has returned to the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Milwaukee Brewers and right-hander Adrian Houser. Acuna is serving as the designated hitter and will bat leadoff after missing the last five games due to a sore left groin. Travis Demeritte will remain in right field and will hit sixth in the batting order against Milwaukee. Acuna has played in only 10 games this year after getting a late start while recovering from a torn ACL suffered last season, but he's hitting .282/.391/.487 in his first 46 plate appearances with two home runs, five RBI, four runs scored and five stolen bases. Hopefully his lower-body issue won't prevent him from running on the base paths, but even if it does, the 24-year-old superstar is a must-start.

    May 17 · Source via Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Tucker Davidson Called Up to Start Against Brewers

    Atlanta Braves left-hander Tucker Davidson is being called up from Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday in order to start against the Milwaukee Brewers. Left-hander Tyler Matzek (shoulder) is going on the injured list with a left shoulder issue. Davidson made one relief appearance for the Braves earlier this year, allowing five earned runs on five hits in just 2 2/3 innings, so he should be avoided as a fantasy streamer against Milwaukee in his first start of the season. In 26 1/3 innings at Gwinnett, the 26-year-old has a 4.44 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, nine walks and 34 strikeouts.

    May 17 · Source via Braves Tucker Davidson
  • Ozzie Albies In Midst Of Homer Drought

    Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the team's 1-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday. The 25-year-old is off to a sluggish start to the 2022 season. He provided some power out of the gate. He hit six home runs from Opening Day to April 23, but he hasn't homered since. Across 36 games on the season, he's slashing .227/.287/.397 with the aforementioned six home runs and an additional six doubles. Albies has some concerning underlying stats, most notably a 23.7% hard-hit rate that ranks in the bottom 3% of the majors, down from his career-best 37.2% hard-hit rate last year. He also ranks in the 22nd percentile in average exit velocity (87.2 mph) and in the 24th percentile in barrel rate (3.8%). Albies has been a high-end fantasy producer dating back to 2018, so we'd bet on him figuring things out soon, but his Statcast metrics are certainly worth keeping an eye on alongside his surface numbers going forward.

    May 17 · Source via Braves Ozzie Albies
  • Tyler Matzek To Land On Injured List Tuesday

    The Atlanta Braves will be placing left-handed relief pitcher Tyler Matzek (shoulder) on the injured list prior to Tuesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. The team will be calling up fellow left-hander Tucker Davidson to take Matzek's roster spot. Davidson will be the team's starting pitcher for Tuesday's game. Matzek felt left shoulder soreness while throwing on Monday. He is scheduled to undergo testing on Tuesday. The 31-year-old leads the Braves with six holds, but he has an ugly 5.06 ERA and 1.41 WHIP on the year with a K/BB ratio of just 1.1.

    May 17 · Source via Braves Tyler Matzek closers
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Likely To Return On Tuesday

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (groin) ran the bases ahead of Monday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Braves manager Brian Snitker stated that Acuna passed all the tests in his base running and in his other exercises on Monday. If Acuna recovers from Monday's workouts well, he is likely to return to action on Tuesday. Monday's game will be Acuna's fifth consecutive missed game due to a groin injury. Fantasy managers in weekly-lock leagues would be wise to slide Acuna into their lineups ahead of Monday night's action. Even if he misses a few games this week, he's still too valuable to keep on the bench.

    May 16 · Source via Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Missing Fifth Straight Game

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (groin) is out of the starting lineup yet again on Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers. The 24-year-old superstar remains day-to-day, but this will be his fifth straight game on the bench due to a groin injury. The Braves are understandably being cautious with Acuna, even though his MRI exam came back clean over the weekend. Travis Demeritte is in right field and batting leadoff, while Orlando Arcia is the designated hitter and is batting ninth against Brewers right-hander Freddy Peralta on Monday. Acuna has played in only 10 games this year while getting a late start to the season as he recovered from a torn ACL last year, but he's hit well when he's been on the field, going 11-for-39 with two home runs, five RBI and five stolen bases.

    May 16 · Source via Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Max Fried Once Again Effective For Atlanta In 2022

    Atlanta Braves left-handed starter Max Fried is enjoying another quality season in 2022. The 28-year-old is sporting a 3.14 ERA and a 3.50 FIP in 43 innings spanning seven starts for the defending World Series champions. He has also registered 41 strikeouts compared to just four walks in those 43 innings. Next up for the left-hander is a scheduled road start against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. It certainly isn't an easy matchup, as the Brewers entered play on Monday with the fourth-most runs scored in baseball. Still, it's hard to leave Fried on fantasy benches given his effectiveness so far.

    May 16 · Source via Braves Max Fried
  • MRI Comes Back Clean For Ronald Acuna Jr., Remains Day-To-Day

    Atlanta Braves Ronald Acuna Jr. (groin) underwent an MRI on Saturday, returning negative. He is "day-to-day" with groin soreness. "It's the best news possible," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "There was nothing big. He's just going to be day-to-day. I don't know how long it will be. But there's nothing from the MRI that showed he's going to be shut down." His surgically repaired knee hasn't been a problem. Acuna is not expected to play in the series finale against the San Diego Padres but could return Monday versus the Milwaukee Brewers. Fantasy managers will have Acuna back sometime next week. William Contreras has served as the team's designated hitter for the last two games while Acuna has been sidelined.

    May 15 · Source via Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Scheduled For An MRI Saturday

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (groin) is scheduled for an MRI on Saturday. Due to groin soreness, he was out of the lineup for Saturday's contest against the San Diego Padres. The 24-year-old superstar has missed the team's last three games and remains day-to-day. His MRI should provide the Braves with a better idea of the star outfielder's groin injury severity. William Contreras should see an uptick in at-bats and serve as the team's designated hitter while Marcell Ozuna handles left field duties with Acuna sidelined. Stay tuned for further updates.

    May 14 · Source via Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Remains Out, Not Starting Saturday

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (groin) isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the San Diego Padres. He is dealing with groin soreness and remains day-to-day. The 24-year-old superstar will miss his third consecutive game. Marcell Ozuna will start in left field while William Contreras serves as the team's designated hitter. Contreras went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an additional run scored in Friday's 11-6 loss to the Padres. The 24-year-old makes an intriguing DFS option at catcher and can be used as a streamer in Saturday's slate. Contreras is slashing .237/.311/.405 with four homers, 12 RBI, and six runs over six games in 2022.

    May 14 · Source via Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Remains Out On Friday

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (groin) will be held out of action once again on Friday as the team takes on Yu Darvish and the San Diego Padres. Travis Demeritte will be covering right field and leading off in the game. Acuna is currently dealing with groin soreness and this will be his second consecutive missed game. Speaking to the media prior to Friday's game, Acuna stated that he feels fine and that he expects to return to the lineup for Saturday's game.

    May 13 · Source via Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Matt Olson With Just One Homer Over Past 22 Games

    Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Olson has been swinging the bat well so far this season. Over 32 games, he's slashing .269/.376/.462 with a 47.8% hard-hit rate (82nd percentile) and a 92.2 mph average exit velocity (90th percentile). Unfortunately, he's only mustered three home runs on the year and only one homer over his past 22 games. He currently has a HR/FB rate of just 10.3%, down from his career rate of 21.1%. He also has a career-high GB/FB rate of 1.52, up from 0.85 over his career. The 28-year-old just needs to start getting under the ball more consistently and then we should see the home runs start to follow.

    May 13 · Source via Braves Matt Olson
  • Chadwick Tromp Finding Success In Triple-A

    Atlanta Braves minor league catcher Chadwick Tromp is making his presence felt at the Triple-A level so far this season. The 27-year-old is seeing the ball well and hitting with power in the Atlanta pipeline. He now owns a 10-game hitting streak. During the month of May alone, he is 10-for-21 with four homers, 13 RBI, two walks, and just two strikeouts. Although he has been on a tear and could reach the majors soon, any promotion would merely put him in a backup role. Thus, he's not on the fantasy radar at this point in his career.

    May 11 · Source via Braves Chadwick Tromp
  • Manny Pina To Have Season-Ending Surgery On His Wrist

    Atlanta Braves catcher Manny Pina (wrist) is set to undergo season-ending surgery on his left wrist. The 34-year-old first landed on the injured list on April 28 with what was deemed left wrist inflammation. Pina only appeared in five games this year and he went 2-for-14 at the plate with a pair of RBI and a run scored. Fellow catcher William Contreras was called up when Pina hit the injured list. Contreras will serve as the team's backup catcher behind Travis d'Arnaud going forward.

    May 11 · Source via Braves Manny Pina
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Dealing With Groin Injury

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (groin) is being held out of Wednesday's game against the Boston Red Sox. According to Braves manager Brian Snitker, Acuna tweaked his groin during Tuesday's game. Snitker stated that the team is hoping it won't be a lingering issue that would lead to Acuna landing on the injured list. At this point, we should consider Acuna day-to-day, but it sounds like a stint on the injured list could be a possibility. The 24-year-old superstar made his season debut in late April after a long recovery from a torn ACL. Over 10 games this year, he's slashing .282/.391/.487 with two home runs, five stolen bases, five RBI and four runs.

    May 11 · Source via Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. Not In Wednesday's Lineup

    Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. is not in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox. Acuna was favoring his surgically repaired leg on Tuesday, but we hope this is just a normal day of rest for the 24-year-old superstar. It's something to keep an eye on. With Acuna resting, Travis Demeritte will start in right field and hit ninth against Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, while Orlando Arcia serves as the designated hitter and bats eighth in the lineup. Acuna will be a must-start when he returns to action, as he's gone 11-for-39 with two home runs, five RBI and five stolen bases in his first 10 games after a late start to the season. Arcia and Demeritte will both be deep DFS dart throws for Wednesday's slate of action.

    May 11 · Source via Braves Ronald Acuna
  • Austin Riley Loses Arbitration Case

    Atlanta Braves third baseman Austin Riley lost his salary arbitration case against the team on Wednesday. Riley will make $3.95 million this year instead of the $4.2 million he requested. The 25-year-old right-handed slugger is hitting only .237 (27-for-114), but he has given his fantasy managers a very respectable seven home runs, 14 RBI, 16 runs scored and one stolen base in his first 30 games this season. You shouldn't be expecting Riley to repeat his .303 batting average from a season ago, but he certainly has the potential to provide another 30-homer season.

    May 11 · Source via Braves Austin Riley
  • Travis d'Arnaud Returns To Tuesday's Lineup

    Atlanta Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud is back in the lineup for Tuesday's matchup with the Boston Red Sox and right-handed starter Garrett Whitlock. The veteran is batting sixth against the Red Sox after getting the day off on Monday. So far this season, d'Arnaud is batting .299 with a .325 on-base percentage and a pair of home runs in 80 plate appearances. Entering play on Tuesday, he was hitting .306 with a .342 on-base percentage in his last 38 plate appearances. Despite the tough matchup with Whitlock, fantasy managers should definitely keep d'Arnaud in their lineups on Tuesday.

    May 10 · Source via Braves Travis d'Arnaud
  • Kirby Yates Throws Bullpen Session

    Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Kirby Yates (elbow) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Friday. The 34-year-old continues working his way back from Tommy John surgery. Yates has been throwing off a mound for three weeks. All of his pitches were fastballs, but the plan is for Yates to mix in breaking pitches soon. The hope is that Yates can return around August, so we'll see how much of an impact he brings to the Braves bullpen.

    May 8 · Source via Braves Kirby Yates closers
  • Travis d'Arnaud Gets The Day Off Sunday

    Atlanta Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. The 33-year-old will get the day off after starting three straight games. He is slashing .299/.325/.455 with two home runs, 13 RBI, and 11 runs over 20 games in 2022. William Contreras is batting ninth and will draw the start at catcher on Sunday. Contreras is mainly an option in NL-Only league formats and can be used as a streamer in daily lineups.

    May 8 · Source via Braves Travis d'Arnaud
  • To top