Atlanta Braves Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Williams Perez, RP5/25/2015 10:30:00 PM
Description: Braves pitcher Williams Perez struck out seven Monday against the Dodgers.
Insight: He now has 16 strikeouts in two starts this season. Perez allowed one run on seven hits and one walk over six innings. Monitor his progress.
Freddie Freeman, 1B5/23/2015 9:22:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman had an RBI-double in the, 3-2, 11-inning victory over the Brewers on Saturday.
Insight: Freeman was 1-for-4 in the game. He is hitting .301/.367/.491 with five home runs and 22 RBI in 163 at-bats this season.
Jace Peterson, SS5/23/2015 9:19:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Jace Peterson had the game-winning single in the 11th as Atlanta defeate Milwaukee, 3-2.
Insight: Peterson was 2-for-6 with the RBI. He is hitting .264 with one home run and 18 RBI in 129 at-bats this season.
Freddie Freeman, 1B5/21/2015 10:03:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman had two RBI Thursday against the Brewers.
Insight: Freeman finished 2-for-5 with a run scored as well. He is now hitting .306 with five homers and 21 RBI overall.
A.J. Pierzynski, C5/19/2015 9:57:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski was 1-for-3 with a run scored in the loss to the Rays on Tuesday.
Insight: Pierzynski scored the Braves third run in the second inning, but Atlanta wouldn't score again in the game. The catcher is hitting .306 with three home runs and 16 RBI in 85 at-bats this season.
Shelby Miller, SPHot5/17/2015 3:40:00 PM
Description: Braves right-hander Shelby Miller flirted with a no-hitter, yielding a couple of ninth-inning hits, before finishing off a great day with a two-hit shutout.
Insight: He needed just 94 pitches over the nine innings. Miller walked just one and struck out four batters to raise his record to 5-1 and lower his ERA to 1.33. he should be owned in all leagues.
Andrelton Simmons, SS5/17/2015 11:04:00 AM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is not in the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Just a normal day of rest. Pedro Ciriaco will get the start at short.
Alex Wood, SP5/16/2015 4:13:00 PM
Description: Braves left-hander Alex Wood allowed just one earned run during Saturday's win over Miami.
Insight: Wood went seven innings and allowed two total runs on seven hits and two walks. He struck out one and is now 2-2 with a 3.83 ERA this season.
Jace Peterson, SS5/16/2015 4:10:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Jace Peterson had a huge game during Saturday's victory over the Marlins.
Insight: Peterson hit his first career home run, which happened to be a grand slam. He finished 2-for-5 and is now hitting .276 with 13 RBI overall.
Freddie Freeman, 1B5/16/2015 11:42:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is a career .556 hitter against Marlins starter Mat Latos.
Insight: Freeman is 10-for-18 with five doubles, one home run and four RBI versus Latos. Freeman is hitting .319 with five home runs and 18 RBI in 135 at-bats this season.
Julio Teheran, SP5/15/2015 10:33:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran pitched 5 2/3 innings on Saturday, allowing two runs, one earned in the victory over the Marlins on Friday.
Insight: Teheran yielded nine hits, struck out five and walked one, but he did not receive the win. Teheran left with the lead, but the Braves had to reclaim it in the eighth. Teheran is 3-1 with a 4.33 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, so his numbers are somewhat less than desirable.
Jason Grilli, RP5/12/2015 10:09:00 PM
Description: Braves closer Jason Grilli took the loss on Tuesday versus the Reds.
Insight: Much like the Braves, Grilli started the season so strong, but he has now allowed five runs in his last 3 1/3 innings. He is 0-2 with a 5.23 ERA in 10 1/3 inning this season.
Freddie Freeman, 1B5/11/2015 11:19:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is just 1-for-15 against Reds right-hander Mike Leake.
Insight: At least the one hit is a home run. Freeman is also hitting .328 with five home runs, a league-leading 14 doubles and 18 RBI in 119 at-bats this season. However, this matchup should probably be avoided. There is also a chance of rain in Cincinnati this evening.
Freddie Freeman, 1B5/10/2015 12:20:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 8-for-22 against Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmerman.
Insight: Freeman has two doubles and three RBI versus Zimmerman. Freeman is also hitting .322 with five home runs and 18 RBI in 115 at-bats this season.
Julio Teheran, SP5/9/2015 7:38:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran continues to struggle this season.
Insight: Teheran threw five innings and allowed six runs on 10 hits versus the Nationals on Saturday. Luckily, his offense bailed him out, so he didn't receive a decision. He is 3-1 with a 4.74 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, 34 strikeouts and 17 walks in 38 innings this season.
Eric Stults, SP5/8/2015 9:10:00 PM
Description: Braves lefthander Eric Stults struck out eight over six innings Friday versus Washington.
Insight: Stults allowed three runs on seven hits, and now has a 4.84 ERA and 1.27 WHIP overall.
Freddie Freeman, 1B5/6/2015 10:04:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman recorded three RBI Wednesday against the Phillies.
Insight: He went 3-for-4 with two doubles and the three RBI. Freeman is hitting .318 with 17 RBI overall this season.
Shelby Miller, SP5/5/2015 9:35:00 PM
Description: Braves right-hander Shelby Miller pitched a complete game shutout Tuesday against the Phillies.
Insight: He needed 99 pitches and gave up just three hits and one walk, while striking out eight. Miller is now 4-1 with a 1.66 ERA.
Freddie Freeman, 1B5/5/2015 9:34:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman smacked a homer Tuesday against Philadelphia.
Insight: He went 3-for-4 with the two-run shot and three runs scored. Freeman is now hitting .301 with five homers and 14 RBI this season.
Freddie Freeman, 1B5/4/2015 9:59:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is just 1-for-14 with five strikeouts against Phillies right-hander Aaron Harang.
Insight: Freeman was 2-for-4 on Sunday, getting an RBI-double in the first inning. Freeman is hitting .284 with four home runs and 11 RBI this season, but Harang has pitched well all season and should win this matchup ... again.
Freddie Freeman, 1B5/3/2015 6:20:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman had an RBI-double in the, 5-0, victory over the Reds on Sunday.
Insight: Freeman was 2-for-4 on the day, getting his RBI-double in the first inning. Freeman is hitting .284 with four home runs and 11 RBI this season.
Julio Teheran, SP5/3/2015 3:31:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran pitched very well Sunday against the Reds.
Insight: He went six innings and did not allow a run on three hits and two walks. Teheran struck out six and needed 102 pitches, which is why he did not go longer. He now has a 3.82 ERA this season.
Eric Stults, SP5/2/2015 9:18:00 PM
Description: Braves lefthander Eric Stults had a rough outing Saturday against the Reds.
Insight: Stults gave up six runs on 11 hits and one walk over seven innings of work, He struck out two and now has a 4.91 ERA.
Shelby Miller, SP4/30/2015 10:51:00 PM
Description: Braves right-hander Shelby Miller pitched well on Thursday, throwing seven innings and allowing two earned runs on six hits, but it wasn't enough as the Reds won, 5-1.
Insight: Miller and Reds Mike Leake were in a scoreless pitching duel until the sixth where Miller finally allowed a run. Then, Miller allowed two solo bombs in the seventh. He also struck out nine and walked three. Miller is 3-1 this season with a 2.17 ERA.
Freddie Freeman, 1B4/29/2015 10:23:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was 2-for-4 with a RBI and run in the, 13-4, loss to the Nationals on Wednesday.
Insight: Freeman had a RBI-single in the third to put Atlanta ahead, 3-1, but Washington scored 12 of the game's last 13 runs. Freeman is hitting .296 with four home runs and nine RBI this season.
Freddie Freeman, 1B4/28/2015 10:57:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went 4-for-6 with four RBI in the, 13-12, loss to the Nationals on Tuesday.
Insight: Freeman also had three runs scored as Atlanta jumped out to a, 9-1, lead in the second innning. Washington slowly chipped away, and finally took the lead in the ninth. Freeman is hitting .286 with four home runs and eight RBI this season.
Eric Stults, SP4/27/2015 9:22:00 PM
Description: Braves lefthander Eric Stults allowed two runs Monday against the Nationals.
Insight: He went 6 1/3 innings and gave up four hits and three walks while striking out three. Stults has a 4.03 ERA in his first year with Atlanta.
Trevor Cahill, SP4/26/2015 4:27:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Trevor Cahill allowed four runs during Sunday's loss versus Philadelphia.
Insight: Cahill has gotten off to a rough start with his new team, and is now 0-3 with an ugly 8.03 ERA.
Alex Wood, SP4/24/2015 8:51:00 PM
Description: Braves left-hander Alex Wood did not allow a run on Friday night.
Insight: He was not able to get out of the sixth inning due to throwing over 100 pitches, but Wood allowed just five hits and two walks, while striking out one. He now has a 3.00 ERA.
Freddie Freeman, 1B4/24/2015 12:07:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is a career 1-for-11 with three strikeouts versus Phillies starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Freeman struggled against the tough Mets pitching staff and doesn't figure to get healthy in this unfavorable matchup.
Julio Teheran, SP4/23/2015 4:31:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran was not very sharp during Thursday's loss to the Mets.
Insight: Teheran last only 4 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on three hits and five walks, while striking out five. He is now 2-1 with a 4.64 ERA.
Freddie Freeman, 1B4/23/2015 10:43:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is a career 6-for-13 versus Mets starter Bartolo Colon.
Insight: Freeman has yet to take the right-hander deep, but that could change today with the favorable winds blowing out to right field at around 15 mph.
Jonny Gomes, LF4/23/2015 10:20:00 AM
Description: Braves outfielder Jonny Gomes is a career .381 hitter (8for-21) with three home runs versus Mets starter Bartolo Colon.
Insight: Gomes isn't getting regular at-bats, so it might be tough for him to take advantage of theis favorable matchup.
Eric Stults, SP4/22/2015 9:53:00 PM
Description: Braves lefthander Eric Stults pitched well Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: He gave up just one run on four hits over six innings of work. Stults will not get a decision and also had five strikeouts on the night.
Trevor Cahill, SP4/21/2015 9:58:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Trevor Cahill has not gotten off to a good start with his new team.
Insight: Cahill allowed four runs (three earned) over just four innings Tuesday against the Mets. He is now 0-2 with an ugly 9.95 ERA.
Andrew McKirahan, RP4/21/2015 9:32:00 AM
Description: Braves reliever Andrew McKirahan has been suspended for 80 days by major league baseball for performance-enhancing drugs.
Insight: As a middle relief guy he didn't hold much fantasy value. He had been in three games with a 4.15 ERA and 0.923 WHIP.
Jonny Gomes, LF4/19/2015 3:50:00 PM
Description: Braves outfielder Jonny Gomes had four RBIs Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Gomes went 1-for-2 with a double and the four RBIs. He is still not much of a fantasy option these days.
Freddie Freeman, 1B4/18/2015 4:06:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman had a nice day Saturday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Freeman went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer. He is hitting .256 wuth four home runs and eight RBIs so far this year.
Freddie Freeman, 1BHot4/18/2015 10:02:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is a career .476 hitter (10-for-21) with a pair of home runs against Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
Insight: Freeman is starting to find his batting stroke with two homers in his last three games and this favorable matchup could continue his momentum.
Eric Stults, SP4/15/2015 2:41:00 PM
Description: Braves lefthander Eric Stults allowed four runs in Wednesday's loss to the Marlins.
Insight: He went five innings and allowed five hits and two walks, while striking out two. Stults is now 0-1 with a 6.30 ERA.
Freddie Freeman, 1B4/14/2015 10:16:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman hit a home run Tuesday against the Marlins.
Insight: It was Freeman's lone hit of the night, and his second homer of the season. He had a .250/.273/.500 line through the early going.
Freddie Freeman, 1B4/13/2015 11:16:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is a stunning 10-for-16 in his career against Miami right-hander Mat Latos.
Insight: We're not happy about Freeman striking out eight times in his first 25 at-bats, but this matchup is too good to pass up.
Freddie Freeman, 1B4/12/2015 10:05:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 6-for-10 in his career against Mets starter Bartolo Colon.
Insight: Freeman also had three doubles and two RBI versus Colon. Freeman should be in all lineups on Sunday.
Julio Teheran, SPHot4/12/2015 9:23:00 AM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran allowed three runs, one earned on two hits in the, 5-3, victory over the Mets on Saturday.
Insight: Teheran pitched six shutout innings to start the game, but he lost his control in the seventh. He walked two batters, hit another and allowed a single, which combined with an error, allowed two runs to score. Atlanta's bullpen, however, minimized the damage. Teheran is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA.
Alex Wood, SP4/7/2015 10:29:00 PM
Description: Braves left-hander Alex Wood picked up his first win of the season.
Insight: He defeated Miami by going five innings and allowing two runs, four hits, and three walks. He threw 85 pitches in a rather easy 12-2 win.
Freddie Freeman, 1B4/7/2015 10:27:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went 3-for-5 during Tuesday's 12-2 victory over the Marlins.
Insight: He had two doubles and his first two RBIs of the season. Look for Freeman to have a monster campaign.
Freddie Freeman, 1B4/7/2015 9:53:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is a stunning 9-for-15 (.600) with six RBI and a 1.400 OPS against Miami starter Mat Latos.
Insight: Freeman's 2014 was a bit of a disappointment after his improvements of the previous two seasons, but he's still a solid fantasy option. The offseason has not been kind to the Braves lineup (no Evan Gattis, Jason Heyward, or Justin Upton) therefore returning to the 100 RBI level might be too much to ask of Freeman.
Julio Teheran, SPHot4/6/2015 7:47:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran allowed eight hits and a walk in six innings on Monday, but only permitted one run in the, 2-1, victory over the Marlins.
Insight: Despite all the base runners, Miami had just four at-bats with runners in scoring position. Teheran finished with just one earned run charged to his name with four strikeouts.
Carlos Quentin, LF4/6/2015 2:02:00 PM
Description: Braves sent left fielder Carlos Quentin packing just a few hours after acquiring him in a deal that sent Craig Kimbrel to the Padres.
Insight: Quentin has dealt with knee issues the past few seasons and hasn't been a reliable producer. He's likely to find it hard to sign with another team, so fantasy owners can continue to ignore him.
Melvin Upton Jr, CF4/5/2015 10:55:00 PM
Description: Braves center fielder Melvin Upton has been reunited with his brother, Justin, in San Diego.
Insight: Atlanta wanted to dump Upton's contract, which is $14.45 million this year and more than $15 million each of the next two seasons. San Diego also acquired closer Craig Kimbrel in the deal. Upton is projected to play in the outfield somewhere, but that is unknown at the moment as Justin Upton, Wil Myers and Matt Kemp were already in the outfield for the Padres.
Melvin Upton Jr, CF4/4/2015 9:36:00 AM
Description: Braves center fielder Melvin Upton (sesamoiditis in left foot) was officially placed on the disabled list.
Insight: Upton is not expected to return until mid-May. Eric Young Jr. will get a shot at the starting job and if he gets off to a fast start, Upton may not be able to get back into the starting lineup. Upton batted just .208 last season with 12 HR and 35 RBI in 519 at-bats.
Ervin Santana, SP4/3/2015 5:58:00 PM
Description: Twins pitcher Ervin Santana will be suspended 80 games for testing positive for Stanozolol.
Insight: Santana signed a four-year, $55 million contract this offseason with the Twins, so even though the team will not have to pay him while he is suspended, this is a big blow for Minnesota and first-year manager Paul Molitor. Mike Pelfrey is expected to replace Santana in the rotation, but he isn't fantasy relevant.
Wandy Rodriguez, SP4/3/2015 1:36:00 PM
Description: Braves have released pitcher Wandy Rodriguez.
Insight: it was just two weeks ago that manager Fredi Gonzalez said he had won a spot in the rotation. Rodriguez pitched horribly in limited action last season for the Pirates and won't get a chance in Atlanta. The trade for pitcher Trevor Cahill Thursday night made sure of that.
Mike Minor, SP3/23/2015 1:11:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor (left rotator cuff inflammation) is expected to begin throwing again this week, according to Braves beat writer Mark Bowman.
Insight: Minor didn't pitch well last season (6-12 with an inflated 4.77 ERA and 1.438 WHIP), but if he can regain his 2013 form he'd be a solid fantasy option. In 2013 he posted a 13-9 record with a solid 3.21 ERA and 1.090 WHIP. He likely won't be ready until May.
Wandy Rodriguez, SP3/21/2015 10:38:00 AM
Description: Braves pitcher Wandy Rodriguez has won a spot in the Atlanta starting rotation, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.
Insight: The left-hander is 2-0 this spring with a 0.69 ERA and a 1.077 ERA. Rodriguez pitched horribly in limited action last season for the Pirates before a knee injury. Hopefully his spring numbers show he healthy, but he's still a high-risk pick for fantasy owners.
Evan Gattis, C3/15/2015 3:09:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to right wrist discomfort.
Insight: It is not yet known how serious the injury is. Gattis could have a big fantasy season, starting in his first season in Houston. He has 43 home runs in 783 career plate appearances, but owners will want to monitor this wrist discomfort before drafting Gattis.
Mike Minor, SP3/10/2015 11:11:00 AM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor is dealing with left rotator cuff inflammation, according to David O'Brian of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Insight: He is expected to sit for the next two weeks. Minor didn't pitch well last season going 6-12 with an inflated 4.77 ERA and 1.438 WHIP. That was a huge drop from 2013 when he posted a 13-9 record with a solid 3.21 ERA and 1.090 WHIP. This injury won't help his chances to rebound and fantasy owners should take a wait and see attitude.
Shelby Miller, SP3/8/2015 9:07:00 PM
Description: Braves right-hander Shelby Miller pitched well in his team debut.
Insight: He threw 97 pitches over five innings and did not allow a run on four hits and two walks. Miller struck out four and left the puting with a 2-0 lead.
Andrelton Simmons, SS3/8/2015 11:36:00 AM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is 2-for-15 in his career against Marlins starting pitcher Tom Koehler.
Insight: Simmons isn't really fantasy relevant, so he should be avoided on Wednesday.
Andrelton Simmons, SS3/2/2015 2:49:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is dealing with an oblique strain that will keep him out of the lineup for about a week.
Insight: He's a great glove man, but his fantasy value is limited by a mediocre bat. He hit .244 last season with seven homers, 46 RBI, 44 runs and four steals. He did hit 17 HR in 2013, so there may still be hope as he's only 25-years-old.
Melvin Upton Jr, CF2/27/2015 4:28:00 PM
Description: Braves center fielder Melvin Upton will likely begin the season on the disabled list after being diagnosed with sesamoiditis.
Insight: Sesamoiditis is a condition when the bone behind the foot becomes inflamed. Upton will not resume baseball activities until the beginning of April at the earliest, which is unforunate because he is need of a bounce-back year. Eric Young Jr., Eury Perez, and Zoilo Almonte are the candidates to fill in for Upton.
Emilio Bonifacio, IF/OF9/28/2014 4:10:00 PM
Description: Braves utilityman Emilio Bonifacio hits third homer in finale.
Insight: He took Cole Hamels deep in the first inning. Bonifacio ends his year with a .259/.305/.345 line. Freddie Freeman added the other RBI in a 2-1 victory over the Phillies.
Andrelton Simmons, SS9/28/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is out of the lineup Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: With a .063 career average (1-for-16) against Cole Hamels, Simmons will rest during the season finale. He finishes the year with a .244/.286/.331 line, along with seven homers and 46 RBI.
Justin Upton, LF9/28/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is sitting out on Sunday.
Insight: Barring a pinch-hitting appearance, Upton finishes an impressive year slashing .270/.342/.491 with 29 homers and 102 RBI. His brother B.J. is sitting as well today. Ryan Doumit and Emilio Bonifacio are starting in left field and center field, respectively.
B.J. Upton, CF9/28/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Braves center fielder B.J. Upton is 0-for-17 lifetime against Cole Hamels.
Insight: After smashing his 12th homer of the year last night, it will interesting to see if Upton is in the lineup today against Philadelphia, as it could be his last game as a Brave.
Aaron Harang, SP9/27/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang earns victory in final start of season.
Insight: Harang had a solid season for Atlanta, and he concluded his year with a solid start against Philadelphia. He went 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball, allowing eight hits and two walks, while striking out five. Harang is now 12-12 with a 3.57 ERA, but almost lost his victory, as Craig Kimbrel loaded the bases in the ninth. However, Kimbrel escaped with his 46th save of the year, getting Ben Revere to line out to end the contest .
Justin Upton, LF9/27/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton goes over the century mark for RBI in 2014.
Insight: He was 2-for-4 with his 29th dinger of the season, off A.J. Burnett in the seventh inning. Now with 102 RBI and a .270 average, Upton has proven to be a valuable acquisition in his two seasons with the Braves.
Jason Heyward, RF9/27/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is 6-for-14 with two homers against Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Heyward has put together a solid, though unspectacular season, batting .268 with 11 HR, 58 RBI, 74 runs and 19 steals. We like this matchup.
Freddie Freeman, 1B9/26/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the loss to the Phillies on Friday.
Insight: The bottom has completely fallen out on Atlanta, but Freeman is still having a good season. He is hitting .288 with 18 home runs and 77 RBI in 600 at-bats this year.
Evan Gattis, C9/25/2014 3:36:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is back in the Braves starting lineup on Thursday against the Pirates.
Insight: Thursday will be Gattis' first start since Sept. 7. The catcher has been battling strep throat and kidney stone for nearly the past three weeks. He will start at catcher and bat sixth, but he is expected to only play five innings.
Justin Upton, LF9/25/2014 10:39:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is a career .571 (8-for-14) hitter with four doubles against Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez.
Insight: Upton has really struggled in September, hitting just .134 in 67 at-bats, but he slugged his 28th home run of the season on Wednesday, going 2-for-4. He is sitting on 99 RBI, which gives him a great chance to reach 100 for the first time in his career.
Chris Johnson, 3B9/24/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson left Wednesday's game with a lower back strain, according to Mark Bowman.
Insight: Phil Gosselin replaced him the sixth. Consider Johnson day-to-day.
Julio Teheran, SPHot9/24/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran pitches well enough to beat Pittsburgh.
Insight: Atlanta staked him to a 6-0 lead, and Teheran was able to do enough to earn his 14th victory. He went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits, and struck out six. Teheran has an impressive 2.89 ERA on the year.
Justin Upton, LF9/24/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton hits 28th homerun of 2014.
Insight: He took Pittsburgh starter Jeff Locke deep, and now has 99 RBI on the year. Upton has been everything the Braves have wanted since they acquired him from Arizona.
Alex Wood, SP9/23/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Braves left-hander Alex Wood pitches well in loss to Pittsburgh.
Insight: Now with an 11-11 record, Wood went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits, while striking out six. Wood owns an impressive 2.78 ERA, and will be a valuable fantasy starter heading into 2015.
Jason Heyward, RF9/23/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is again not in the lineup against the Pirates.
Insight: Heyward has not played since a pitch hit him in the left thumb last Wednesday. On Sunday, Heyward could still not grip a bat. It is unclear if he will return at all this week.
Aaron Harang, SP9/22/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang allowed just one run on four hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked two but lost to the Pirates, 1-0, on Monday.
Insight: Harang has yielded just three runs in three starts over his last 21 innings, but he has lost two of those games. Harang is 11-12 with a 3.60 ERA and 156 strikeouts in 197 2/3 innings this season.
Jason Heyward, RF9/22/2014 6:44:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is not in Monday's lineup against the Pirates.
Insight: Heyward has not played since a pitch hit him in the left thumb last Wednesday. On Sunday, Heyward could still not grip a bat. It is unclear if he will return at all this week.
Ervin Santana, SP9/21/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: The Mets tagged Braves right-hander Ervin Santana for five runs over five innings on Sunday.
Insight: Santana allowed only six hits, but two doubles and a home run. He has lost three straight decisions and has dropped to 14-10 as the Braves continue to struggle in Septemeber.
Jason Heyward, RF9/21/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is not in Sunday's lineup against the Mets.
Insight: Heyward left Wednesday's game with a left thumb injury and has not returned since then. Heyward remains day-to-day, and Emilio Bonifacio is in right field until he returns.
Evan Gattis, C9/21/2014 9:14:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis grounded out as a pinch-hitter in his return on Saturday.
Insight: It was Gattis' first at-bat since Sept. 7 due to strep throat and a kidney stone. It is unclear when he will return to the starting lineup.
Mike Minor, SP9/20/2014 8:50:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor was removed after just one inning Saturday night, with shoulder discomfort.
Insight: He will probably be shelved for the season, as he missed the first month of the season with shoulder tendinitis. Minor likely finishes the year at 6-11 with a 4.77 ERA. He will look to rebound in 2015.
Jason Heyward, RF9/19/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is not in Friday's lineup against the Mets.
Insight: Heyward left Wednesday's game with a left thumb injury. Although the x-rays came back negative, his thumb is still swollen. He is listed as day-to-day and could be available late in the game on Friday.
Justin Upton, LF9/19/2014 12:26:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is a career 0-for-18 with seven strikeouts against Mets starter Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Upton is batting .273 average with 27 HR with 97 RBI and 73 runs, but he's not an option in this unfavorable matchup.
Freddie Freeman, 1B9/19/2014 12:24:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 7-for-13 (.538) against Mets starter Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Freeman's numbers are slightly down from last season as pitchers are avoiding him, but he's still a solid option batting .291 with 18 HR, 73 RBI and an .857 OPS.
Jason Heyward, RF9/18/2014 1:06:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward was forced from Wednesday's game due to a left thumb injury.
Insight: X-rays cames back negative, but his status for the next game is up in the air. He's settled into a reasonable production level, batting .273 with 11 HR, 58 RBI, 70 runs and 19 steals.
Andrelton Simmons, SS9/18/2014 1:03:00 AM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons left Wednesday's game with an ankle injury.
Insight: The defensive ace is a guy you would like on your real team, but not your fantasy team with his .244 batting average and .621 OPS.
Evan Gattis, C9/17/2014 3:42:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is still not back in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: The Braves were hoping to have him back for last weekend, but that didn't happen. He's now missed nine starts in a row due to strept throat and with the Braves hopes fading fast we're not sure when he'll return. The catcher is hitting .270/.325/.507 with 22 home runs and 52 RBI in 359 at-bats this year.
Alex Wood, SPHot9/17/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Braves left-hander Alex Wood needs to continue with his hot play, if Atlanta wants to stay in the playoff race.
Insight: Atlanta is hanging on by a thread, but that is no fault of Wood's. He is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA over his past three starts. Wood probably deserves some more wins (10-10 record overall), but he has still continued to be an impact pitcher for the Braves.
Evan Gattis, C9/16/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is still not back in the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: The Braves were hoping Gattis would DH this weekend in Texas, but that didn't happen. He's now missed eight starts in a row due to strept throat. The catcher is hitting .270/.325/.507 with 22 home runs and 52 RBI in 359 at-bats this year.
Emilio Bonifacio, IF/OF9/15/2014 3:34:00 PM
Description: Braves utilityman Emilio Bonifacio getting the night off.
Insight: Atlanta is smartly giving him a night to refresh himself, with the Nationals and Stephen Strasburg heading into town. Bonifacio has struggled big-time throughout his career against Washington's ace (1-for-10), and combined with the fact he is hitting only .143 with one extra base hit over the past 14 days, makes the move an appropriate one by Braves' manager, Fredi Gonzalez. Bonifacio should be back in the lineup tomorrow.
Ervin Santana, SP9/15/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: Braves right-hander Ervin Santana has been fantastic at home this season, but has struggled during his previous three starts, overall.
Insight: Santana owns a healthy 14-8 record with a 3.76 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 2014, and is even better at Turner Field (10-2, 3.51 ERA). However, heading into tonight's start against the Nationals, Santana is coming of a string of three starts where he has posted a 1-1 record and a rough ERA of 5.29. Owners will be hoping for some home cooking tonight, to get Santana back on track.
Jason Heyward, RFHot9/15/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is a career .419 hitter (13-for-31) against Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg with a home run and a 1.099 OPS.
Insight: Heyward is batting .316 for the week and could be ready to take advantage of this favorable matchup. On the season, he's hitting .274 with 11 homers, 58 RBI, 70 runs, 19 steals and a .745 OPS.
Freddie Freeman, 1BHot9/15/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 11-for-25 (.440) with three home runs against Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: Freeman's numbers are slightly down from last season as pitchers are avoiding him, but he's been hot over the past two weeks, batting .333 over the span.
Evan Gattis, C9/13/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis will not return on Sunday.
Insight: The Braves were hoping Gattis would DH this weekend in Texas, but that will not happen. The catcher is hitting .270/.325/.507 with 22 home runs and 52 RBI in 359 at-bats this year. Gattis has ben out since Monday with strep throat.
Julio Teheran, SPHot9/13/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran pitched a complete game and did not allow an earned run, but lost to the Rangers, 3-2, on Saturday.
Insight: Atlanta took an early 2-0 lead, but a Justin Upton error extended the Rangers half of the sixth. Elvis Andrus singled to drive in a run and Rougned Odor doubled to score two runs as Texas took the lead. This is the second time this season Teheran pitched a complete game and lost. He is 13-12 with a 2.89 ERA and 174 strikeouts.
Jordan Schafer, CF9/13/2014 1:42:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Jordan Schafer is out of the lineup on Saturday against the White Sox.
Insight: Schafer collided with the outfield wall last week, and Minnesota is being very cautious. He is considered day-to-day.
Evan Gattis, C9/13/2014 1:30:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is still out of the lineup on Saturday.
Insight: Gattis is still recovering from strep throat. He was feeling better on Saturday and will likely be in the lineup on Sunday.
B.J. Upton, CF9/13/2014 1:21:00 PM
Description: Braves center fielder B.J. Upton is not in the starting lineup on Saturday.
Insight: Upton has had a rough season, batting .207 with 11 home runs and 34 RBI, so Emilio Bonifacio is taking away some of his playing time. Bonifacio will be in center field on Saturday.
Evan Gattis, C9/12/2014 6:21:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is still out of the lineup on Friday.
Insight: Atlanta was hoping Gattis would DH in Texas, but the catcher still hasn't recovered from strep throat. Hopefully, he returns at some point this weekend.
B.J. Upton, CF9/12/2014 1:28:00 PM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton is a career .474 hitter (9-for-19) with four extra-base hits and a 1.384 OPS versus Texas starter Derek Holland.
Insight: He's also stolen three bases with Holland on the mound. That's the good news. The bad news is Upton is batting .207 this season with 11 homers and 34 RBI and just 1-for-9 in three games this week.
Jason Heyward, RF9/10/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is a career .429 hitter (12-for-28) against Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: Heyward batting average is up this season, but his power is not. On the season, he's hitting .273 with 11 homers, 57 RBI, 69 runs, 17 steals and a .746 OPS.
Freddie Freeman, 1B9/10/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 10-for-22 (.455) with three home runs against Nationals flamethrower Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: Freeman's numbers are slightly down from last season as pitchers are avoiding him. He's already walked a personal high 80 times which partially explains his lower RBI total.
Justin Upton, LF9/9/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton hit a two-run home run, going 1-for-4, against the Nationals on Tuesday night.
Insight: The home run was Upton's 27th on the season. Upton also has a .282 average with 93 RBI and 72 runs.
Evan Gattis, C9/9/2014 3:56:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis was out Monday due to strep throat and is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: The Braves are starting Gerald Laird behind the plate while Gattis is ill, but the backup has very little fantasy value. Gattis has 22 home runs and a .832 OPS this season. he's expected to miss a couple of days.
Evan Gattis, C9/9/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis was out Monday due to strep throat and will likely be sidelined for a few days.
Insight: The Braves are starting Gerald Laird behind the plate while Gattis is ill, but the backup has very little fantasy value. Gattis has 22 home runs and a .832 OPS this season.
Evan Gattis, C9/8/2014 4:09:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is out Monday due to strep throat.
Insight: The Braves are starting Gerald Laird behind the plate on Monday. Gattis might be out a couple of days with his illness. He has 22 home runs and a .832 OPS this season.
Julio Teheran, SPHot9/7/2014 6:10:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran pitched five and 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on eight hits, struck out five and walked none in a loss against the Marlins on Sunday.
Insight: It was the shortest outing for Teheran since July 8 and most runs he has allowed since Aug. 11. At one point, Teheran was 8-5 with a 2.29 ERA, but his ERA has increased every month this year. He stands at 13-11 with a 3.00 ERA and 168 strikeouts in 201 innings.
Craig Kimbrel, RP9/6/2014 11:11:00 PM
Description: Braves closer Craig Kimbrel saved his 43rd game on Saturday, closing out the Marlins in the 10th inning.
Insight: Kimbrel retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the inning, throwing 10 of his 14 pitches for strikes. In 57 appearances, he supports a 1.61 ERA and 43 saves.
Evan Gattis, C9/6/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis went 3-for-5, including an inside-the-park home run in the top of the tenth to give Atlanta a, 4-3, victory over Miami on Saturday.
Insight: It was the biggest offensive production day for the catcher since late July. Gattis should get extra fantasy points for chugging around the bases for the game-winning home run, but owners will take it. Gattis is hitting .271 with 22 home runs and 52 RBI this year.
Jordan Schafer, CF9/6/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Twins outfielder Jordan Schafer is out of the lineup on Saturday against the Angels due to soreness in his ribs.
Insight: Schafer collided with the wall on Friday night. He is considered day-to-day.
Chris Johnson, 3BCold9/6/2014 11:48:00 AM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson is hitless in 12 at-bats against Miami right-hander Nathan Eovaldi.
Insight: Johnson is also hitless in his last five games, so avoid him at all costs. For the season he's batting .266, significantly down from last season when he batted .321.
Aaron Harang, SPCold9/5/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang yielded six runs on 10 hits in three and 2/3 innings. He also struck out three and walked one in the loss against Miami on Friday.
Insight: Harang has not pitched well down the stretch. After pitching into the ninth inning on Aug. 19, he has lost his last three starts. Since the All-Star break, Harang is 1-3 with a 3.88 ERA.
Justin Upton, LF9/5/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton was not in Wednesday afternoon's starting lineup but is back in the lineup for Friday's game against Miami.
Insight: Upton has been dealing with a bruised left triceps which forced him out of Tuesday's contest. He is hitting .285 with 26 home runs, 30 doubles, 91 RBI, 70 runs and seven stolen bases.
Justin Upton, LF9/5/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton was not in Wednesday afternoon's starting lineup and is questionable for Friday's game against Miami.
Insight: Upton has been dealing with a bruised left triceps which forced him out of Tuesday's contest. He is hitting .285 with 26 home runs, 30 doubles, 91 RBI, 70 runs and seven stolen bases.
Craig Kimbrel, RP9/3/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel racked up save No. 42 on Wednesday afternoon against Philadelphia.
Insight: Strangely, it was just the ninth outing this season, in 55 appearances where he didn't post a strikeout. He's got a 1.64 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 55 innings.
Ervin Santana, SP9/3/2014 3:38:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Ervin Santana wasn't very good, but managed to notch his 14th win of the season by going six inning in a 7-4 Atlanta victory.
Insight: Santana raised his record to 14-7 with a 3.61 ERA. He's never been a huge strikeout guy, but his four strikeouts on Wednesday gives him 159 in 174 1/3 IP.
Justin Upton, LF9/3/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is not in Wednesday afternoon's starting lineup. He's been dealing with a bruised left triceps which forced him out of Tuesday's contest.
Insight: Upton is putting together his best season since 2011. The left fielder has 91 RBI with still a month left to go. He is also hitting .285 with 26 home runs, 30 doubles, 70 runs and seven stolen bases.
Evan Gattis, C9/3/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: Braves catcherr Evan Gattis is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against Philadelphia.
Insight: It appears to simply be a routine day game after a night game off. Gattis has slammed 21 homers this season, but injuries have held him to 98 games played.
Justin Upton, LFHot9/2/2014 10:04:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is a career .364 hitter with two home runs and a 1.146 OPS versus Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Upton is putting together his best season since 2011. The left fielder has 91 RBI with still a month left to go. He is also hitting .288 with 26 home runs, 30 doubles, 70 runs and seven stolen bases.
Evan Gattis, C9/1/2014 12:11:00 PM
Description: Braves catcherr Evan Gattis is not in the starting lineup for Monday's game against Philadelphia
Insight: He had faced Phillies ace Cole Hamels just six times, but has taken him deep twice. Gattis's home run on Sunday was his first extra-base hit in a week. This appears to be a routine day off.
B.J. Upton, CFCold9/1/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton should be getting Monday afternoon off as he's never figured out Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Insight: Upton is hitless in 18 tries against Hamels. The best he's managed is a walk and he's struck out five times. We suspect you weren't tempted on using Upton anyway, what with his .207 batting average and .607 OPS. Update: Upton is not in the starting lineup.
Andrelton Simmons, SS9/1/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is just 1-for-14 in his career against Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Insight: The defensive ace is batting .247 with very little power and speed and doesn't hold much fantasy value.
Evan Gattis, C9/1/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Evan Gattis has faced Phillies ace Cole Hamels just six times, but has taken him deep twice.
Insight: Gattis's home run on Sunday was his first extra-base hit in a week, but perhaps he can make it two in a row this afternoon..
Freddie Freeman, 1B8/31/2014 8:16:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman went 2-for-3 with a walk on Sunday against the Marlins.
Insight: Freeman has hits in five of his last six games. He is batting .291 with 17 home runs and 69 RBI this year.
Evan Gattis, C8/31/2014 8:06:00 PM
Description: Evan Gattis went 1-for-4 with a solo home on Sunday against the Marlins.
Insight: Gattis was not a smart start on Sunday due to his 0-for-8 with four strikeouts lifetime performance against Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi. The catcher rewarded his loyal owners with a solo shot in the second inning as the Braves defeated the Marlins, 1-0.
Alex Wood, SPHot8/31/2014 7:57:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Alex Wood threw eight shut out innings and was relieved only for a pinch hitter as Atlanta scratched out a 1-0 victory over Miami on Sunday.
Insight: Wood's work finally paid off on Sunday. Wood threw seven quality innings in each of his last two starts but failed to earn a victory. The pitcher also allowed five hits, struck out 12 and no walks. The 23-year-old lowers his ERA to 2.92 and improves his record to 10-10.
Evan Gattis, C8/31/2014 9:41:00 AM
Description: Leave Braves catcher Evan Gattis on your bench Sunday.
Insight: Gattis is 0-for-8 with four strikeouts against Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi. Gattis has produced 20 homers this season and no matter where he plays next season as long as he's eligible as a catcher he's be a fantasy-worthy starter. But not Sunday in this unfavorable matchup.
Justin Upton, LFHot8/29/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a home run on Friday against the Marlins.
Insight: The big night gives Upton a new career-high for RBI in a season. The left fielder has 91 with still a month left to go. He is also hitting .288 with 26 home runs, 30 doubles, 70 runs and seven stolen bases.
Chris Johnson, 3B8/28/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson was 2-for-4 on Thursday against the Mets.
Insight: It was a nice game for the third baseman but still no runs or RBI. Johnson has not driven in a run or scored in his last five games.
Emilio Bonifacio, IF/OF8/28/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Braves utilityman Emilio Bonifacio went 4-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored against the Mets on Thursday night.
Insight: Bonifacio also had a steal. He is hitting .283 with 21 extra-base hits, 41 runs and 19 steals in 336 at-bats.
Mike Minor, SP8/28/2014 9:43:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor pitched seven innings, giving up one run, striking out five and walking four to beat the Mets on Thursday.
Insight: It was the third straight quality start for Minor, who pitched very poorly towards the end of July and beginning of August. In his last three starts, Minor is 2-0 with a 1.66 ERA.
Jonny Venters, RP8/28/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Braves reliever Jonny Venters has been diagnosed with a re-tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow following an MRI.
Insight: It's now possible he will have to undergo a third surgery. That's horrible news for Venters, who has not pitched since 2012.
Evan Gattis, C8/28/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Gerald Laird will get the start. Laird is a solid backstop, but not much of a fantasy value with a .219 batting average. Gattis has struggled since he returned from a bulging disk in his back, but his second consecutive 20 home run season makes him a top fantasy backstop.
Craig Kimbrel, RPHot8/27/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel tied Francisco Rodriguez and Trevor Rosenthal for the NL lead with 39 saves Wednesday against the Mets.
Insight: Kimbrel had a 2.45 ERA after blowing a save on June 20, but he's allowed just two runs on nine hits in his last 21 2/3 innings. He has a 1.73 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP and 84 strikeouts in 52 innings this season.
Jason Heyward, RFHot8/27/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Wednesday.
Insight: Heyward has batted an impressive .336 over his last 38 games, but with just three homers during that span. On the season, he's hitting .270 with 11 homers, 53 RBI, 66 runs, 14 steals and a .742 OPS.
Julio Teheran, SPHot8/27/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran has allowed three runs on 11 hits over 18 1/3 innings his last three starts, winning all three.
Insight: Teheran allowed 11 runs on 18 hits in 13 1/3 innings his first two starts this month. The right-hander gave up one run on three hits over 6 1/3 innings Wednesday in a win over the Mets. He's 13-9 with a 2.90 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and 160 strikeouts in 189 innings this season.
Chris Johnson, 3B8/27/2014 1:20:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson is a 2-for-17 (.118) career hitter against Mets starter Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Overall, Johnson has had a disappointing season after hitting .321/.358/.457 last year. The third baseman is hitting .271 with nine home runs this year. He also has just one hit in his last 10 at-bats.
Jason Heyward, RFHot8/27/2014 12:48:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has gone 6-for-15 in his career against Mets starter Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Despite his 0-for-4 on Tuesday, Heyward is 11-for-31 (.355) in his last seven games. The right fielder is batting .270 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI this year.
Freddie Freeman, 1B8/27/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is a career .545 hitter (6-for-11) with a home run and five RBI against Mets starter Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Freeman has struggled the last week, batting .190 with just one extra-base hit. He did however, belt a double on Tuesday, so perhaps Freeman will come out of the mini slump versus Wheeler. Freeman is hitting .292 with 17 home runs and 68 RBI this year.
Justin Upton, LFHot8/26/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton went 3-for-3 with an RBI double and a walk Tuesday against the Mets.
Insight: Amazingly, the 27-year-old Upton has never had more than 88 RBI in a season. He's up to 87 RBI to go with 25 homers and a .292 average after Tuesday's game.
Evan Gattis, C8/26/2014 11:01:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is just 1-for-12 against Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Gattis has struggled since he returned from a bulging disk in his back, but his second consecutive 20 home run season makes him a top fantasy backstop. Avoid him Tuesday in this poor matchup.
Evan Gattis, C8/24/2014 5:01:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis went 2-for-3 with a double and a solo homer Sunday at Cincinnati.
Insight: Gattis has struggled since he returned from a bulging disk in his back, but his home run stroke appears to be back. He's hit three of them in his last eight starts.
Justin Upton, LFHot8/23/2014 11:05:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the 12th inning Friday against the Reds. He went 3-for-6 on the night and also had a triple.
Insight: Upton has batted .324 with six homers, 23 RBI, 14 runs, 15 walks and a 1.099 OPS in August and he's 6-for-11 (.545) with a double and a homer against Reds starter Mike Leake. Make sure he's in your lineup Saturday.
Mike Minor, SP 8/23/2014 9:09:00 AM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor had a no-hitter through 7 2/3 innings Friday night against the Reds before allowing a hit to Billy Hamilton.
Insight: Hamilton's hit drove in Zack Cozart, who drew a one-out walk, to tie the game at one and Minor was removed after that so he took a no decision. The left-hander has had a miserable season, buthe seems to be moving in the right direction lately. Over his last three starts, he's allowed 13 hits and six runs while striking out 19 in 21 1/3 innings. He had a 7.33 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP in the 54 innings prior to that.
Evan Gattis, C8/22/2014 4:34:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is not in the lineup for Friday's game against Cincinnati and Mat Latos.
Insight: Gerald Laird will get the start behind the plate andf he's 2-for-3 against Latos in their matchups. Gattis was hitless Thursday night.
Emilio Bonifacio, IF/OF8/22/2014 4:30:00 PM
Description: Braves utilityman Emilio Bonifacio will start in center field for B.J. Upton in Friday's game with Cincinnati.
Insight: Bonifacio can play any infield position and the outfield. He's batting .275 with 17 SB this season which makes him an offensive upgrade on Upton (.208, .611 OPS).
Chris Johnson, 3B8/22/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson is a 7-for-17 (.412) career hitter against Reds starter Mat Latos.
Insight: Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman also hit over .400 in their careers against Latos, so it could be a high scoring night for Atlanta. Jason Heyward also has a career average of .400 (4-for-10) against Latos. Any of them would be great starts. Johnson is hitting .274 with nine home runs and 53 RBI this season.
Justin Upton, LFHot8/22/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is a career .429 hitter against Reds starter Mat Latos.
Insight: Upton continues to swing a hot bat as he went 2-for-3 with two RBI in the series opener against the Reds on Thursday. Upton has now hit safely in 11 straight games and blasted five home runs with 19 RBI in his last 13 games.
Freddie Freeman, 1BHot8/22/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman should continue his hot streak on Friday as he is a career .583 (7-for-12) hitter against Reds starter Mat Latos.
Insight: Freeman has been on fire in August, hitting 26-for-69 (.377) with nine extra base hits and nine RBI. The first baseman has a .488 OBP in the month too.
Julio Teheran, SP8/21/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran turned it around Thursday night with six shut out innings.
Insight: Nice production after posting a 1-2 record with a 6.05 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in his previous three outings. Just three strikeouts is a bit concerning, but he's nearing his career high for inning pitched in a season and may be getting tired.
Julio Teheran, SPCold8/21/2014 4:16:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran might be a guy to avoid Thursday as he's posted a 1-2 record with a 6.05 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in his last three outings.
Insight: Teheran has already thrown 176 2/3 IP and after Thursday's start will have matched last season's workload with more than a month to go. He may just be tiring and for that reason we don't recommend him.
Alex Wood, SPHot8/20/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Alex Wood took a shutout into the eighth inning Wednesday at Pittsburgh, but he allowed the first two men to reach base and Jordan Walden allowed both of them to score.
Insight: Wood walked away with two earned runs on four hits and four strikeouts in seven innings, plus a no decision. The 23-year-old left-hander is 9-9 with a 3.05 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and 124 Ks in 130 innings this season. He's given up two earned runs or less in five straight starts.
Andrelton Simmons, SS8/20/2014 4:01:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons left Tuesday's game with a sore left hip, but he's in the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: He was out of the lineup for nine games with an ankle injury earlier this month. The defensive ace has batted .252 with very little power and speed.
Jason Heyward, RFHot8/19/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has gone 42-for-121 (.347) with six doubles, a triple, two homers, 18 RBI, 20 runs and five steals in his last 32 games.
Insight: He's raised his average from .241 to .269 and his OPS from .696 to .739 in the process. Heyward went 2-for-6 with three RBI Tuesday at Pittsburgh.
Justin Upton, LFHot8/19/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton stayed red hot Tuesday with a homer and five RBI.
Insight: Upton has hit safely in 10 straight games and blasted five homers with 16 RBI in his last 12 games.
Evan Gattis, C8/19/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis went 2-for-5 with a solo homer Tuesday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Gattis didn't homer from July 29 to Aug. 14, but he's hit two in his last four games and has 19 in 310 at-bats.
Jason Heyward, RF8/18/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Monday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Heyward came into the game six for his last 35 (.171). He's hit 268 with 32 extra-base hits (10 HR), 47 RBI, 60 runs and 14 steals this season. Heyward's .157 average in 115 at-bats against left-handers is really dragging him down.
Evan Gattis, C8/18/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is not in Monday night's starting lineup
Insight: Gattis has struggled over the past four weeks, managing to hit just .231 with two homers, eight RBI and a .658 OPS. That's well below his season long numbers.
Julio Teheran, SP 8/16/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran struck out just one batter and walked three Saturday against Oakland, but he limited the Athletics to two runs on four hits in six innings to earn his 11th win.
Insight: Teheran allowed 11 runs on 18 hits in 13 1/3 innings his first two starts this month. He's been wearing down later in games lately, perhaps because he's not used to throwing this many innings in a season.
Tommy La Stella, 2B8/16/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella is out of the lineup Saturday against Oakland.
Insight: La Stella has gone 8-for-44 (.182) in August. He has one homer and two steals to go with a .274 average, 27 RBI, 21 runs and a .700 OPS this season, so he's not a good fantasy option. Phil Gosselin is starting at second base.
Freddie Freeman, 1BHot8/15/2014 10:41:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has really swung the bat well recently.
Insight: Freeman went 1-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Friday against the Athletics and he's gone 20-for-51 (.392) with eight extra-base hits and eight RBI in August.
Alex Wood, SPHot8/15/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Alex Wood improved to 9-9 after tossing six innings of two-run ball against the Athletics Friday night.
Insight: Wood only struck out one batter after fanning 12 Nationals in 7 1/3 innings his last time out. The 23-year-old took his undeserved demotion to the bullpen in stride back in May and he's gone 4-3 with a 2.73 ERA and 57 Ks in 62 2/3 innings since he rejoined the rotation.
Evan Gattis, C8/15/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis hit his first homer since July 28 Friday against Oakland.
Insight: Gattis has gone 17-for-74 (.230) with five doubles, two homers and seven RBI since he returned from a bulging thoracic disk in his back.
Justin Upton, LF8/15/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Friday. He's driven in a run in six straight games.
Insight: Upton left Thursday's game with a hamstring injury, but it was minor and he appears to be fine. He hasn't had a multi-hit game since July 30, but he's making his hits count (4 2B, 3 HR in August).
Justin Upton, LF8/15/2014 6:17:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton (hamstring) is in the lineup Friday night.
Insight: Upton left Thursday's game with a hamstring injury, but it was minor. He's batting .281 with 21 HR and 72 RBI and is on a five-game hitting streak.
Andrelton Simmons, SS8/15/2014 4:12:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (ankle) is not in Friday's starting lineup.
Insight: He was out of the lineup for six straight games them played two Wednesday and Thursday. Simmons is a great glove man, but he's hitting .251 with five home runs and a .639 OPS.
Jason Heyward, RF8/15/2014 12:19:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is a career 7-for-12 (.583) against Oakland starter Jason Hammel.
Insight: Although Heyward is producing well below what fantasy owners (and Braves fans) think he should based on his talent level, he has batted .329 over the past four weeks to raise his average to a respectable .269.
Justin Upton, LF8/14/2014 3:13:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton left Thursday's game for a pinch runner.
Insight: Upton may have injured his hamstring on the slide into third base, but we will know more after the game. He's batting .281 with 21 HR and 72 RBI and is on a five-game hitting streak.
Evan Gattis, C8/14/2014 2:45:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis did not start Thursday's game.
Insight: It's simply a routine day off for the catcher who caught nine innings the previous night. Gattis has hit safely in five straight games.
Aaron Harang, SP8/14/2014 2:08:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang was knocked around by the Dodgers Thursday afternoon and left in the fifth inning.
Insight: Harang gave up seven hits, three walks and five earned runs, including a home run by catcher Drew Butera. Harang had pitched well in five of his previous six outings so hopefully this is just a small bump in the road.
Freddie Freeman, 1BHot8/14/2014 4:36:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has started to heat up, batting .365 over the past 19 games.
Insight: Freeman's numbers are down a little but from last season, but he's getting hot as we head down the stretch. He's now batting .294 with 15 HR and 64 RBI.
Ervin Santana, SPHot8/13/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Ervin Santana struck out nine and allowed two runs on eight hits in six innings Wednesday against the Dodgers to improve to 12-6.
Insight: With one of the lowest strikeout rates in baseball, Santana was bound to see his strikeout rate improve. He's struck out 40 batters in his last 34 innings and 137 in 150 innings on the year. The right-hander has won seven of his last eight decisions, including five straight.
Andrelton Simmons, SS8/13/2014 6:01:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (ankle) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Dodgers.
Insight: He was out of the lineup for six straight games. Simmons is a great glove man, but he's hitting .249 with five home runs and a .637 OPS.
Tommy La Stella, 2B8/13/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella is out of the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: La Stella was in the lineup Tuesday after leaving Monday's game with a hamstring cramp, so his absence Wednesday has more to do with left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu starting than any injury. La Stella is actually hitting .346 against lefties this season, but Fredi Gonzalez opted to get an extra righty in the lineup at second base.
Mike Minor, SPCold8/12/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Insight: It was Minor's first start since Aug. 1. The Braves skipped him after he gave up 85 hits (12 HR), 44 earned runs and 17 walks in 54 innings (7.33 ERA, 1.89 WHIP) his previous 10 starts. He's still not trustworthy at this point.
Andrelton Simmons, SS8/12/2014 5:19:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (ankle) is out of the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: He was hoping to return after getting in a workout Monday, but he'll get his sixth straight day off. Simmons is a great glove man, but he's hitting .249 with five home runs and a .637 OPS.
Julio Teheran, SPCold8/11/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran held the Dodgers scoreless through the first five innings Monday night, but he gave up three runs in the sixth and was charged with two more in the eighth.
Insight: Teheran gave up nine hits and walked two in 7 1/3 innings. The right-hander has recorded a 5.24 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP in his last seven starts. He had a 2.29 ERA on July 2 but is up to 3.06 after Monday's start.
Tommy La Stella, 2B8/11/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella left Monday's game with a cramp in his upper right hamstring, but he's expected to play Tuesday. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, mlb.com
Insight: La Stella (.284, 1 HR, 26 RBI) has no pop or speed and his range is mediocre, but he's provided the Braves with stability at second base after they dealt with bumbling Dan Uggla the past few years. His OBP is .366.
Andrelton Simmons, SS8/11/2014 3:02:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons left last Tuesday's game with a left ankle sprain and while manager Fredi Gonzalez says he's feeling better he's shooting for a Tuesday return.
Insight: Simmons is a great glove man, but he's hitting .249 with five home runs and a .637 OPS, so he isn't a good fantasy option. Update: Simmons is not in Monday's lineup. Emilio Bonifacio will get the start.
Justin Upton, LF8/11/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is a career .364 hitter (16-for-44) versus Dodgers starter Kevin Correia.
Insight: Upton smacked his 21st home run of the season Sunday night and finished the important three-game series with two long balls as the Braves took two of three from the league-leading Nationals.
Jonny Venters, RP8/11/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Braves reliever Jonny Venters threw a 15-pitch session last week.
Insight: A dominant setup man early in his career, the hard-throwing lefty hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012 after Tommy John surgery and a setback-filled recovery. He's hoping to return is September, but what fantasy owners could get from him is unknown, and probably not worth a roster spot.
Andrelton Simmons, SS8/11/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons left last Tuesday's game with a left ankle sprain and while manager Fredi Gonzalez says he's feeling better he's shooting for a Tuesday return.
Insight: Simmons is a great glove man, but he's hitting .249 with five home runs and a .637 OPS, so he isn't a good fantasy option.
Jason Heyward, RF8/10/2014 12:19:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has hit a paltry .155 with 25 Ks and a .454 OPS against lefties this season and he'll face Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez on Sunday. He's 5-for-23 (.217) against Gonzalez.
Insight: Heyward has hit .388 with one homer, 12 RBI, 15 runs, four steals and a .969 OPS in his last 22 games, but his horrible numbers against left-handers and Gonzalez in particular make him a poor option Sunday.
Andrelton Simmons, SS8/8/2014 3:43:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons left Tuesday's game with a left ankle sprain and is still walking with a limp, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Simmons' ankle swelled up after he stopped icing it Tuesday night. He's a great glove man, but he's hitting .249 with five home runs and a .637 OPS, so he isn't a good fantasy option anyway.
Freddie Freeman, 1B8/8/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 9-for-20 (.450) with two home runs and seven RBI versus Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg.
Insight: Freeman's numbers are down a little but from last season, but he's still batting .283 with 15 HR and 62 RBI and should be able to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Andrelton Simmons, SS8/6/2014 2:25:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons left Tuesday's game with a left ankle sprain and is currently on crutches. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Simmons' ankle swelled up after he stopped icing it Tuesday night. He's hitting .249 with five home runs and a .637 OPS, so he isn't a good fantasy option anyway.
Mike Minor, SPCold8/5/2014 8:10:00 PM
Description: The Braves will skip Mike Minor's next start after he allowed five runs on nine hits in five innings Friday at San Diego. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: The Braves off days on Monday and Thursday this week allow them to skip Minor and still keep the other four starters on regular rest. In his last 10 starts, Minor has given up 85 hits (12 HR), 44 earned runs and 17 walks in 54 innings (7.33 ERA, 1.89 WHIP). He's allowed line drives at a 25.8 percent rate and a home run on 15.9 percent of his fly balls. At this point, fantasy owners should just move on.
Andrelton Simmons, SS8/3/2014 1:58:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against San Diego.
Insight: Simmons has a great glove, but mediocre bat leaving him at the low end for prospective fantasy owners (.249, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 33 runs, 3 SB in 105 games).
Freddie Freeman, 1B8/2/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 5-for-8 (.625) with a home run and seven RBI versus Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy.
Insight: Freeman's numbers are down a little but from last season, but he's still batting .279 with 15 HR and 59 RBI and should be able to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Jason Heyward, RF8/1/2014 7:04:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (back) isn't in the lineup Friday.
Insight: Heyward left Monday's game with back spasms and hasn't been able to play since then.
Evan Gattis, C8/1/2014 7:03:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is getting the night off Friday.
Insight: Gattis has gone 8-for-31 (.258) with one homer since he returned from the disabled list.
Emilio Bonifacio, IF/OF7/31/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: The Cubs have traded utilityman Emilio Bonifacio to the Atlanta Braves along with lefty reliever James Russell.
Insight: Bonifacio has hit .400 with four doubles, a homer and a steal since he came off the disabled list on July 22. He'll likely fill in at second and in the outfield for the Braves but won't play every day.
Justin Upton, LF7/31/2014 12:48:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton has just three hits in 29 career at-bats (.103) against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: Struggling against Kershaw isn't something to be ashamed about, but fantasy owners should avoid Upton Wednesday.
Jason Heyward, RF7/30/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (back) isn't expected to play until Friday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Heyward left Monday's game with back spasms and sat out Tuesday and Wednesday. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he'll probably give Heyward one more day off.
Jason Heyward, RF7/30/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (back) is out of the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Heyward left Monday's game with back spasms and sat out Tuesday. He was expected back Wednesday's but isn't ready.
Justin Upton, LF 7/30/2014 12:44:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton hasn't had trouble against Dodgers starter Zack Greinke.
Insight: Upton is 5-for-11 (.455) with a double, a homer and four walks against Greinke. He's batted .302 in July but hit just two home runs.
Jason Heyward, RF7/29/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (back) is expected back in the lineup Wednesday or Thursday, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Heyward is out of the lineup Tuesday after leaving Monday's game with lower back spasms. Ryan Doumit is starting in right field on Tuesday.
Jonny Venters, RP7/29/2014 11:11:00 AM
Description: Braves reliever Jonny Venters could be throwing off a mound by the end of the week, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.
Insight: A dominant setup man early in his career, the hard-throwing lefty hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012 after Tommy John surgery and a setback-filled recovery.
Jason Heyward, RF7/29/2014 11:07:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward left Monday's game after three innings due to a sore back and is questionable for Tuesday's game against the LA Dodgers.
Insight: Heyward is batting .261 with nine homers, 42 RBI and 53 runs scored. He's been playing much better lately, batting .313 in July so fantasy owners hope he makes a quick recovery.
Evan Gattis, C7/28/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Monday afternoon against the Padres.
Insight: It was Gattis' first homer since he returned from the disabled list. He missed more than three weeks with a bulging disk in his back.
Craig Kimbrel, RPHot7/28/2014 2:58:00 PM
Description: Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel went the final inning on Monday and struck out all three men he faced.
Insight: It was the ninth time he's struck out the side in 44 appearances. He's also struck out two batters in an inning 17 times. It was Kimbrel's 32nd save of the season, lowering his ERA to 1.94 and WHIP to 0.888.
Ervin Santana, SPHot7/28/2014 2:53:00 PM
Description: A stellar performance from Braves starter Ervin Santana, going eight innings, yielding five hits, zero runs, zero walks and 11 strikeouts.
Insight: Temper the enthusiasm as it was against the awful San Diego Padres offense, but he has struck out 21 batters in his last two starts and won his third in a row.
Jason Heyward, RF7/28/2014 2:21:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward left Monday's game after three innings due to a sore back.
Insight: Heyward is batting .261 with nine homers, 42 RBI and 53 runs scored. He's been playing much better lately, batting .313 in July.
Philip Gosselin, 2B7/28/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Just called up Phil Gosselin will make his first start at 2B this season against San Diego Monday.
Insight: He was batting .344 with a .866 OPS at Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves have used Dan Uggla (now in San Francisco), Tommy La Stella, Ramiro Pena and Tyler Pastornicky at second base this season.
B.J. Upton, CF7/28/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton is getting Monday afternoon off.
Insight: Upton is batting .217 with a .623 OPS which is actually an improvement on last season, but since leaving Tampa Bay in 2012 he hasn't had any fantasy value whatsoever.
Mike Minor, SPCold7/27/2014 8:10:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor beat the Padres Sunday, but it wasn't exactly an encouraging start for the left-hander.
Insight: Minor allowed three runs on eight hits (2 HR) in 6 2/3 innings to the light-hitting Padres. The 26-year-old has given up 76 hits (10 HR) and 39 earned runs in his last 49 innings (7.16 ERA, 1.86 WHIP). Minor entered Sunday's start with a 26.5 percent line-drive rate and he now has a 15.2 percent HR/FB. It's safe to cut him in re-draft leagues.
Andrelton Simmons, SS7/24/2014 4:28:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is a career 1-for-15 (.067) against Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez. Update - Simmons is not in the lineup.
Insight: Simmons is baseball's best defensive shortstop, but he doesn't do enough with the bat or on the basepaths to be a fantasy option (.257, 5 HR, 33 RBI, 34 runs, 3 SB in 96 games).
Andrelton Simmons, SS7/24/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is a career 1-for-15 (.067) against Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez.
Insight: Simmons is baseball's best defensive shortstop, but he doesn't do enough with the bat or on the basepaths to be a fantasy option (.257, 5 HR, 33 RBI, 34 runs, 3 SB in 96 games).
Evan Gattis, C7/24/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is just 1-for-7 since his return from the disabled list, but has a favorable matchup Thursday.
Insight: Gattis was dealing with a bulging thoracic disc in his back. He's 5-for-7 (.714) versus Miami starter Henderson Alvarez. Gattis has a .286 average, 16 homers, 39 RBI and a .884 OPS this season.
Freddie Freeman, 1BCold7/23/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman came into Wednesday with one hit in his last 24 at-bats, zero homers since June 27 and three hits in 23 career at-bats against Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi, so of course he went deep off Eovaldi in the second inning.
Insight: It appears Freeman was "due." He'll try to keep it going Thursday against Henderson Alvarez (6-5, 2.64 ERA).
Ervin Santana, SP7/23/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Ervin Santana struck out 10 batters and allowed one run on six hits over 7 1/3 innings in a win over the Marlins Wednesday night.
Insight: Santana (9-6, 3.87 ERA) has a career-high chase rate and a career-low contact rate, which have resulted in his best K/9 since 2008 (7.81). He's allowed just 0.66 HR/9 after giving up at least 0.93 HR/9 in every season in his career.
Freddie Freeman, 1BCold7/23/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Fantasy owners should avoid Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman on Wednesday against the Marlins.
Insight: Freeman is 1-for-24 (.042) over his last six games, hasn't homered since June 27 and has a .130 average (3-for-23) against Wednesday's starter Nathan Eovaldi.
Jason Heyward, RFHot7/23/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has batted .395 with 10 RBI over his last 11 games and he has a .455 career average against Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi.
Insight: Heyward is 10-for-22 with two doubles and a triple against the Miami right-hander. He could be a good option Wednesday.
Jason Heyward, RFHot7/22/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has collected multiple hits in six of his last eight games.
Insight: Heyward went 2-for-4 with three RBI Tuesday against the Marlins. He's batting .258 with nine home runs, 42 RBI, 49 runs, 11 steals and a .726 OPS on the year.
Justin Upton, LFHot7/22/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton launched his 18th homer of the season Tuesday against Miami.
Insight: Upton has gone 20-for-57 (.351) with seven doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI in his last 15 games.
Mike Minor, SPCold7/22/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor was roughed up again Tuesday against the Marlins. He gave up 10 hits and six runs in three innings.
Insight: Over his last eight starts, Minor has allowed 68 hits (8 HR), 14 walks and 36 earned runs in 42 1/3 innings (7.65 ERA, 1.94 WHIP). The 26-year-old was excellent last season, going 13-9 with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP, but nothing's gone right in 2014. He began the season on the disabled list with a shoulder injury and has gone 3-6 with a 5.32 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.
Julio Teheran, SP7/21/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran struck out 11 batters and gave up one run on four hits in seven innings Monday against the Marlins.
Insight: Teheran has been outstanding all season, going 9-6 with a 2.64 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP, and he's struck out 9.06 batters per nine innings over his last 15 starts after fanning 5.44 in April.
Freddie Freeman, 1BCold7/21/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 1-for-21 in his last five games.
Insight: Freeman is still hitting .285 on the year, but he's been stuck on 13 homers since June 27.
Justin Upton, LF7/21/2014 3:28:00 PM
Description: Despite being listed as questionable for Monday's game against Miami with tightness in left triceps, Braves left fielder Justin Upton is in the starting lineup.
Insight: He left Sunday's game because of the injury. Upton is in the middle of a solid season, batting .282 with 17 HR and 49 RBI, including five consecutive games with an extra-base hit.
Justin Upton, LF7/21/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is questionable for Monday's game against Miami with tightness in left triceps.
Insight: he left Sunday's game because of the injury. Upton is in the middle of a solid season, batting .282 with 17 HR and 49 RBI, including five consecutive games with an extra-base hit.
Evan Gattis, C7/21/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis (back) is expected to return Monday against Miami.
Insight: Gattis was dealing with a bulging thoracic disc in his back. He has a .290 average, 16 homers, 39 RBI and a .900 OPS this season and should be re-installed into all lineups.
Alex Wood, SPHot7/20/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Alex Wood struck out eight batters and gave up one run on three hits over six innings Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: Wood (7-7, 3.24 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) has gone 2-1 with a 2.87 ERA, a 0.89 WHIP and 27 Ks in 31 1/3 innings since he returned from the minors.
Chris Johnson, 3BHot7/20/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson hit his fourth home run in the past five games Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: Johnson hit just three home runs in his first 90 games this season after putting 12 on the board in 142 games last year.
Jason Heyward, RF7/20/2014 12:52:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward hasn't been able to solve Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Heyward has gone 5-for-28 (.179) with seven strikeouts against Kendrick, Sunday's opposing starter.
Freddie Freeman, 1B 7/20/2014 12:50:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has gone 0-for-12 in his last three games, but he's smashed Kyle Kendrick in the past.
Insight: Freeman is 8-for-22 (.364) with two doubles, a homer and four walks against the Phillies starter.
Jason Heyward, RF7/18/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward had his fourth straight two-hit game Friday against the Phillies.
Insight: Heyward also hit his first home run since June 15, No. 9 on the season. The right fielder has batted .315 in July and .257 in 2014.
Evan Gattis, C7/16/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis (back) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Gattis is dealing with a bulging thoracic disc in his back. He's expected to play 3-4 games in the minors before returning to the Braves' lineup. Gattis has a .290 average, 16 homers, 39 RBI and a .900 OPS this season.
Tommy LaStella, 2B 7/13/2014 5:54:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella had three hits and three RBI Sunday against the Cubs.
Insight: La Stella has batted .292 in his first 154 major league at-bats, but he has zero home runs and just two steals. While he's a huge upgrade over Dan Uggla and Tyler Pastornicky, he's not a good fantasy option.
Chris Johnson, 3BHot7/13/2014 5:53:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Sunday against Chicago.
Insight: Johnson has hit three home runs in the past two games after hitting three all of last season before that.
Chris Johnson, 3B7/12/2014 7:30:00 PM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson has been a disappointment for most of the season, but not Saturday.
Insight: Johnson blasted two home runs and knocked in four. Unfortunately, he's still batting just .272, a far cry from last season when he posted a .321 batting average.
Freddie Freeman, 1BHot7/12/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 7-for-14 (.583) with two home runs and a 1.643 OPS against Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: The two-time All-Star has been hot of late, batting .356 over the past two weeks to raise his average to .300. He's hit 13 HR and knocked in 52 runs.
Aaron Harang, SP7/10/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang got back to pitching as he did in the early portion of the season, going seven strong innings yielding just four hits and one run.
Insight: Harang improved to 9-6 with an ERA of 3.53. Fantasy owners and Braves fans need to see more of this version of Harang.
Jason Heyward, RF 7/9/2014 1:09:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is 8-for-21 (.381) with a homer and six walks against Mets starter Dillon Gee.
Insight: Heyward went 3-for-4 Tuesday but has gone just 10-for-57 (.175) with two extra-base hits in his last 17 games and is hitting .247 with a .705 OPS on the year. He should only be used when the matchup is perfect, and Wednesday is one of those occasions.
Evan Gattis, C7/7/2014 9:42:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis (back) isn't ready to start baseball activities yet, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Gattis is dealing with a bulging thoracic disc in his back and is unlikely to be ready to return immediately after the All-Star break. He has a .290 average, 16 homers, 39 RBI and a .900 OPS this season.
Ervin Santana, SP7/4/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Ervin Santana dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since June 7 with 7 1/3 strong innings (6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) Friday against Arizona.
Insight: Santana had a 1.99 ERA in his first six starts before hitting a rough patch from May 16 to June 12 (6.44 ERA), but he's recorded a 3.46 ERA and 25 Ks in his last 26 innings.
Jason Heyward, RFCold7/4/2014 11:49:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward is just 1-for-11 (.091) against Diamondbacks starter Josh Collmenter.
Insight: Heyward has been scuffling of late, batting just .111 over his last 12 games. Avoid this matchup.
Freddie Freeman, 1B7/4/2014 11:48:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 7-for-12 (.583) with a 1.583 OPS against Arizona starter Josh Collmenter.
Insight: Freeman has been hot of late, batting .317 over the past two weeks to raise his average to .290. He's hit 13 HR and knocked in 44 runs.
Julio Teheran, SP7/2/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran limited the Mets to four hits and one run over seven innings to earn his eighth win of the year Wednesday night.
Insight: Teheran was very good as a rookie last year and he's been one of the top starters in the National League this season. In 126 innings, he's posted a 108/26 K/BB, a 2.29 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP.
Mike Minor, SPCold7/1/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor's struggles continued Tuesday as he didn't even get out of the fifth inning against the Mets (4 1/3 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR).
Insight: Minor has allowed 22 earned runs on 45 hits (7 HR) and nine walks in his last 26 1/3 innings (7.52 ERA, 2.05 WHIP).
Evan Gattis, C6/30/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is heading to the disabled list with a bulging thoracic disc in his back, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Gattis will be given an epidural Tuesday to speed up the healing process. For now, he's out indefinitely. He has a .290 average, 16 homers, 39 RBI and a .900 OPS this season.
Evan Gattis, C6/30/2014 3:49:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis has not played since leaving Friday's game with back spasms and is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: Initial x-rays were negative, but he's expected to have an MRI on Monday in Atlanta, according to David O'Brien of AJC. Gattis is tied with Justin Upton for team lead in home runs with 16.
Justin Upton, LF6/30/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton should be avoided on Monday night in an extremely unfavorable matchup.
Insight: Upton is in the middle of a solid season, batting .278 with 16 HR and 46 RBI, but he's hitless in 12 tries against Mets starter Zack Wheeler with five strikeouts.
Freddie Freeman, 1BHot6/30/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 6-for-11 (.545) with a 1.576 OPS against Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler.
Insight: Freeman has been hot of late, batting .346 over the past two weeks to raise his average to .291. He's hit 13 HR and knocked in 41 runs.
Evan Gattis, C6/29/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis left Friday's game with back spasms, did not play Saturday and isn't expected to be in Sunday's lineup.
Insight: E-rays were negative, but he's expected to have an MRI on Monday in Atlanta, according to David O'Brien of AJC. Gattis is tied with Justin Upton for team lead in home runs with 16.
Justin Upton, LF 6/28/2014 7:53:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton has gone 8-for-23 with two doubles, two homers and eight RBI during a six-game hitting streak.
Insight: Upton went 4-for-33 (.121) from June 11 to June 21 and dealt with some dizziness due to sinus pressure from June 18-20, but he's back on track.
Freddie Freeman, 1BHot6/28/2014 7:43:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman walked three times and scored four runs Saturday at Philadelphia.
Insight: Freeman went 9-for-57 (.158) from May 30 to June 14 and watched his average fall to .272, but he's batted .370 with six doubles, a triple, two homers, five RBI and 13 runs in 13 games since then.
Ervin Santana, SP6/28/2014 7:36:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Ervin Santana has allowed eight earned runs over his last 18 2/3 innings after giving up six runs in 6 1/3 on June 12 at Colorado.
Insight: Santana has a 3.27 FIP and a career-low 72.5 percent contact rate, but he's been hit hard at times (26.8 LD%) and owns a 4.05 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.
Freddie Freeman, 1B6/27/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman delivered three hits including his 13th home run of the season Friday in a win against Philadelphia.
Insight: He drove in all four Atlanta runs. Freeman's numbers are down from last season but not by much. He'll have value as long as he stays healthy.
Evan Gattis, C6/27/2014 8:36:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis left Friday's game with back spasms. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: He left in the first inning. Gerald Laird (.213, 0 HR, 5 RBI) has come on to catch starter Julio Teheran.
Tommy LaStella, 2BCold6/27/2014 4:37:00 PM
Description: Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella will sit after his fifth consecutive hitless game. Dan Uggla will get the start Friday night against Philadelphia.
Insight: La Stella exploded onto the scene, hitting .333 in his first 20 games, but is 1-for-21 over his last six games which isn't a fantasy-worthy level.
Freddie Freeman, 1B6/26/2014 2:25:00 PM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was questionable for Thursday's game against Houston with a right elbow issue, but is in the starting lineup.
Insight: Freeman was hit on the elbow with a pitch in Wednesday's game. The first baseman is batting .286 with 12 homers, 37 RBI, 50 runs and an .870 OPS. Hopefully, this won't effect his swing.
Freddie Freeman, 1B6/26/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is questionable for Thursday's game against Houston with a right elbow issue.
Insight: Freeman was hit on the elbow with a pitch in Wednesday's game. The first baseman is batting .286 with 12 homers, 37 RBI, 50 runs and an .870 OPS. Hopefully, this won't effect his swing.
Alex Wood, SP6/25/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Atlanta starter Alex Wood improved to 6-6 with Wednesday's win over Houston.
Insight: Wood kept the Astros off the scoreboard while only allowing three hits in seven innings. With Gavin Floyd (broken elbow) out for the year, Wood (6-6, 3.07 ERA) should be able to keep his spot in the starting rotation.
Justin Upton, LFCold6/25/2014 9:36:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton hit his first home run since June 8 Tuesday at Houston.
Insight: Upton missed time last week due to dizziness caused by sinus pressure and hit .135 in the 37 at-bats prior to last night.
Gavin Floyd, SP6/22/2014 10:07:00 AM
Description: It appears Atlanta starter Gavin Floyd is headed for season-ending surgery. SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Floyd suffered a broken elbow on Thursday and landed on the DL a day later. Assuming his year is done, he'll finish the season 2-2 with a 2.65 ERA in nine starts.
Evan Gattis, CHot6/22/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Atlanta catcher Evan Gattis extended his hitting streak to 20 games Saturday in a win over Washington.
Insight: Gattis leads all big league catchers in home runs (16), is second in RBI (39) and would be third in batting average (.298) if he had enough at bats to qualify. Gattis has been a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing year for the Braves.
Julio Teheran, SP6/21/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran (7 IP, 7 H, 3 R) racked up ten strikeouts Saturday in a loss to Washington.
Insight: That's his most since last August when he had 11 against Colorado. Despite a 2.41 ERA and a magnificent .207 batting average against, Teheran is only 6-5 on the year.
Justin Upton, LFCold6/21/2014 4:58:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is back in the starting lineup. He's missed the last few games because of dizziness. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, MLB.com
Insight: Doctors found that Upton's dizziness was being caused by sinus pressure. Upton has had a rough go of it in June, batting .189 in his last 53 at bats. We'd be hesitant to start him today against the Nationals.
Justin Upton, LF6/20/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton (dizziness) arrived to the ballpark Friday feeling worse than he had in the past couple of days. The Braves have sent him to undergo tests. SOURCE: Mark Bowman, mlb.com.
Insight: Upton (.276, 14 HR, 37 RBI) left Tuesday's game with lightheadedness due to an inner ear issue and has been dealing with symptoms over the past few days. He pinch hit Thursday but is now out indefinitely.
Alex Wood, SP6/20/2014 5:16:00 PM
Description: Braves left-hander Alex Wood will return from the minors to start Wednesday against the Astros, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Wood had a 3.00 ERA and a 44/9 K/BB over 45 innings in his first seven starts this season, but the Braves moved him to the bullpen to accommodate Gavin Floyd. Floyd fractured his elbow Thursday night, so Wood will rejoin the rotation and should be added in all leagues.
Justin Upton, LF6/20/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton didn't start Thursday, but did pinch hit and is probable for Friday's game against Washington
Insight: Upton (.276, 14 HR, 37 RBI) left Tuesday's game with lightheadedness due to an inner ear issue and has been dealing with symptoms over the past few days.
Gavin Floyd, SP6/19/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Gavin Floyd has been diagnosed with a fracture of the olecranon (the bony point) in his right elbow.
Insight: He left Thursday's start with the injury. A close-up of Floyd's elbow revealed a swollen bump near the tip of the elbow. Floyd has gone 2-2 with a 2.65 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in May 2013. Alex Wood is likely to replace him in the rotation and should be added immediately.
Gavin Floyd, SP6/19/2014 9:15:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Gavin Floyd left Thursday's game against the Nationals with an elbow injury.
Insight: A close-up of Floyd's elbow revealed a bump that resembled bursitis, which wouldn't be the worst thing for a pitcher who had Tommy John surgery in May 2013.
Justin Upton, LF6/19/2014 5:01:00 PM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is out again Thursday, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Upton (.278, 14 HR, 37 RBI) left Tuesday's game with lightheadedness due to an inner ear issue and is still dealing with symptoms.
Justin Upton, LF6/19/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton sat out Wednesday's series finale against the Phillies, but hopes to be ready for Thursday's game against Washington.
Insight: Upton (.278, 14 HR, 37 RBI) left last night's game after feeling light-headed and still had symptoms on Wednesday. He's been much better at home (.333, 10 HR, 1.043 OPS) than on the road this season (.212, 4 HR, 10 RBI, .649 OPS).
Aaron Harang, SP6/18/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Aaron Harang gave up 13 hits, three walks and nine runs (eight earned) in five innings Wednesday against the Phillies.
Insight: Harang (5-6, 3.83 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) has thrown 12 quality starts in 15 turns through the rotation this season but allowed 32 hits and 21 earned runs over 15 innings in his three worst outings. It's only a matter of time before the team brings talented young left-hander Alex Wood back up to replace Harang in the rotation.
Evan Gattis, CHot6/18/2014 5:46:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a two-run homer in the first inning Wednesday afternoon.
Insight: Gattis has gone 27-for-69 (.391) with eight home runs and 20 RBI during the streak. He's hitting .294 with 16 home runs and 38 RBI this season.
Jonny Venters, RP6/18/2014 12:47:00 PM
Description: Braves reliever Jonny Venters won't be back for another 4-to-6 weeks. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: He was recently given a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left elbow. A dominant setup man early in his career, the hard-throwing lefty hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012.
B.J. Upton, CF6/18/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton is getting the afternoon off Wednesday against the Phillies. SOURCE: Braves on Twitter
Insight: For only the second time this season, the Braves will feature a lineup without any of the two Upton brothers. B.J. has been the least productive of the two, batting just .209 in 66 games.
Justin Upton, LF6/18/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Braves left fielder Justin Upton is sitting out Wednesday's series finale against the Phillies. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Upton (.278, 14 HR, 37 RBI) left last night's game after feeling light-headed. Perhaps he'll be back for Thursday's game versus Washington.
Justin Upton, LFCold6/17/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton left Tuesday's game with lightheadedness, according to Mark Bowman of mlb.com.
Insight: Upton went 0-for-3 before exiting and is 10-for-52 (.192) with one home run, four RBI and 16 Ks in June.
Evan Gattis, C6/17/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against kyle Kendrick and the Phillies.
Insight: Routine day off. Gattis is having a great season, adding a solid batting average (.296) to the power he showed us last season. He's blasted 15 homers in 189 at-bats this season and should easily top last year's 21 home run total.
Justin Upton, LF6/17/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton is 5-for-14 (.357) with two homers against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Upton started the season strong, batting .326 in April with eight homers, but he has been heading in the wrong direction since, batting .277 in May and .204 in June.
David Carpenter, RP6/17/2014 9:24:00 AM
Description: Braves reliever David Carpenter is questionable for Tuesday's game against Philadelphia due to tightness in his right biceps.
Insight: Other than the occasional save when Craig Kimbrel gets the day off, Carpenter has little fantasy value as a setup guy unless your league utilizes holds (10).
B.J. Upton, CF6/16/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton could be given a day off Monday with an unfavorable matchup on the horizon.
Insight: Upton (.209, 6 HR, 21 RBI, 10 SB) had a solid series against Anaheim, but is hitless in 12 tries against Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels. Avoid him even if he's in the lineup.
Evan Gattis, CHot6/15/2014 9:37:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis homered for the fifth time this month Saturday night against the Angels.
Insight: We knew Gattis had power -- he hit 21 homers in 354 at-bats last season -- but he's exceeded expectations in that category with 15 jacks in 181 at-bats while also hitting .293. He caught 11 innings Saturday before coming out for a pinch-runner, so he likely won't start Sunday.
Jason Heyward, RF6/14/2014 4:56:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (hand) is in the lineup Saturday.
Insight: Heyward left Friday's game after being hit by a pitch on his right hand. He has hit .296 with four homers, 12 RBI, 14 runs and an .888 OPS in his last 17 games, but he's still hitting just .254 with a .715 OPS this season.
Jason Heyward, RF6/13/2014 9:18:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has been diagnosed with a bruised hand. SOURCE: Braves on Twitter
Insight: Heyward's X-rays came back negative. He shouldn't miss more than a game or two.
Jason Heyward, RF6/13/2014 8:35:00 PM
Description: Atlanta right fielder Jason Heyward had to leave Friday's game after getting hit by a pitch. SOURCE: Kevin McAlpin, 680 The Fan
Insight: Heyward (.254, 7 HR, 23 RBI) is headed for X-rays on his right hand. Jordan Schafer (.182, 0 HR, 2 RBI) has come on to take Heyward's place in right field.
Evan Gattis, C6/12/2014 1:06:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is not in Thursday's starting lineup. Gerald laird will be behind the plate.
Insight: No injury, just a routine day off after a night game. Gattis is batting .279 with 13 homers, 31 RBI and an .886 OPS.
Justin Upton, LF6/12/2014 1:05:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton is just 1-for-16 (.063) with 10 strikeouts against Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin.
Insight: Upton returned to the lineup Wednesday after a hamstring injury forced him to leave Tuesday's game early. Thursday would be a good opportunity to give his hamstring additional rest. Update: Upton is not in the starting lineup.
Justin Upton, LF6/12/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton is just 1-for-16 (.063) with 10 strikeouts against Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin.
Insight: Upton returned to the lineup Wednesday after a hamstring injury forced him to leave Tuesday's game early. Thursday would be a good opportunity to give his hamstring additional rest.
Mike Minor, SP6/11/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor gave up 11 hits and eight earned runs over four innings Tuesday at Colorado.
Insight: Atlanta gave Minor a 7-0 lead before he even stepped on the mound and a 10-6 lead going into the bottom of the fifth, but he couldn't stick around long enough to get a win. He went into Tuesday with a 3.07 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP, but he stands at 4.31 and 1.42 after Tuesday. There aren't many pitchers you want to use against the Rockies at Coors Field.
Andrelton Simmons, SS6/11/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons hit a grand slam off Juan Nicasio in the first inning Tuesday at Colorado.
Insight: Simmons is baseball's best defensive shortstop, but he doesn't do enough with the bat or on the basepaths to be a fantasy option.
Evan Gattis, C6/11/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis had three hits, including a homer, two RBI, a walk and four runs scored Tuesday against the Rockies.
Insight: Entering the game, Gattis only had 18 runs all season despite hitting 12 homers. He's up to .280 with 13 homers, 31 RBI and an .895 OPS following his big night on Tuesday.
Chris Johnson, 3B6/11/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Braves third baseman Chris Johnson has gone 6-for-9 in his last two games.
Insight: Johnson is still hitting just .267 with two homers, 16 RBI, 13 runs and a .622 OPS. He batted .321 last year but that was boosted by a .394 BABIP. He's hit .339 on balls in play this year and his strikeout rate is up from 21.2 percent to 24.6 percent. You can probably do better at third base in your fantasy league.
Freddie Freeman, 1B6/11/2014 9:37:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman homered for the second time in three games Tuesday at Colorado.
Insight: Freeman has a line-drive rate of 34 percent, so while his BABIP of .317 is still above the league average he's actually been a bit unlucky. He's hit just .143 on grounders and .619 on line drives. The first baseman should be a .300 hitter in the long run, and he's also on pace for a career-high 28 homers.
Justin Upton, LF6/10/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton exited Tuesday's game with a strained left hamstring, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Upton went 1-for-1 and scored a run before leaving the game. He's listed as day-to-day. Jordan Schafer replaced him in left field.
Alex Wood, SP6/10/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: The Braves have optioned left-hander Alex Wood to Triple-A Gwinnett to stretch him out.
Insight: Wood had a 3.00 ERA and a 44/9 K/BB over 45 innings in his first seven starts this season, but the Braves moved him to the bullpen to accommodate Gavin Floyd. He's posted a 4.70 ERA in 15 1/3 innings as a reliever, though he actually won more games out of the bullpen than he did as a starter. It's unclear when he'll be back or whom he'll replace in Atlanta's rotation.
Freddie Freeman, 1B6/10/2014 10:21:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is 5-for-9 with three homers among his five extra-base hits against Colorado starter Juan Nicasio.
Insight: Freeman has struggled over the past two weeks (.200, 1 HR), but this matchup should wake up hit bat.
Ervin Santana, SP 6/8/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Braves starter Ervin Santana had his best start in nearly a month Saturday at Arizona.
Insight: Santana (5-2, 3.69 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) gave up one run (zero earned) on six hits in seven innings. The right-hander had allowed 20 earned runs on 30 hits with 10 walks over 23 innings his previous four starts. Santana allowed more than 1.0 homers per nine innings in every season from 2009-13, but he's given up just 0.64 in 70 2/3 innings this season, his first in the NL.
B.J. Upton, CF6/6/2014 8:02:00 PM
Description: Atlanta center fielder B.J. Upton won't start Friday against the Diamondbacks. SOURCE: Jody Jackson, Fox Sports Arizona
Insight: Upton (.217, 5 HR, 15 RBI) left the team to see the birth of his child but he should be available off the bench. Jordan Schafer (.129, 0 HR, 2 RBI) will fill in at center field.
Mike Minor, SP6/4/2014 7:18:00 PM
Description: Braves starter Mike Minor struck out 10 batters and allowed only one run over seven innings Wednesday afternoon against the Mariners, but he walked away with a loss.
Insight: Atlanta couldn't muster a run against Hisashi Iwakuma or Seattle's bullpen. Minor has a 3.07 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP and a 40/12 K/BB in 44 innings this season but is 2-4.
Jordan Walden, RP6/3/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Atlanta relief pitcher Jordan Walden (hamstring) is throwing off a mound.
Insight: His fantasy value is limited as long as Craig Kimbrel is healthy, but he's always going to be a high strikeout-per-inning guy. He's got a 2.92 ERA. 1.14 WHIP and 19 Ks in 12 1/3 IP this season.
Justin Upton, LF6/1/2014 11:56:00 AM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton is getting a breather Sunday against the Marlins.
Insight: Despite 65 strikeouts in 193 at-bats, Upton has hit .301 with 13 homers, 33 RBI and a .955 OPS. He's been able to avoid the extended slumps that plagued him in 2013.
Freddie Freeman, 1B6/1/2014 10:16:00 AM
Description: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman finally picked up his first hit against the Marlins this season Saturday, but he hasn't had success against Sunday's starter Nathan Eovaldi.
Insight: Freeman is just 1-for-32 (.031) with 12 Ks against the Marlins this season compared to 60-for-173 (.347) with 28 Ks against everyone else. He's 3-for-20 (.150) against Eovaldi.
Jason Heyward, RFHot6/1/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has been heating up and will get to face Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi on Sunday.
Insight: Heyward is 8-for-18 (.444) lifetime against Eovaldi with two doubles and a triple. He's batted .320 with a triple, three home runs, 10 walks, 11 runs and three steals in his last 19 games.
Craig Kimbrel, RP5/31/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel tied John Smoltz's franchise record by earning his 154th save Saturday against the Marlins.
Insight: He's converted six save opportunities in a row, allowing just one unearned run over that span. Kimbrel, who is now in his fifth MLB season, is 12th among active players in saves.
Evan Gattis, C5/31/2014 1:20:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Gattis was hit twice last night and might be a bit sore. He's been a very good source of power for fantasy owners with 10 homers and 22 RBI in 41 games.
Jason Heyward, RFHot5/30/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward has gone 23-for-71 (.324) with a triple, three homers, six RBI, eight walks and 10 runs in his last 18 games.
Insight: Heyward has raised his average 40 points in that span. He's up to .246 after going 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI Friday night.
Andrelton Simmons, SS5/29/2014 3:40:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is back in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against Boston. SOURCE: Kevin McAlpin, 680 The Fan
Insight: Simmons (.266, 4 HR, 13 RBI) tweaked his ankle earlier this week but only had to miss one game. He's never gotten a hit against tonight's starting pitcher Jake Peavy.
Tommy LaStella, 2B5/29/2014 3:38:00 PM
Description: Just promoted Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella will make another start on Thursday after going 2-for-4 in his major league debut on Wednesday night.
Insight: La Stella is a career .322 hitter with an .881 OPS and more walks than strikeouts in his minor-league career. He doesn't have much power or speed, but the Braves have received the worst production in baseball from their second basemen (.165/.253/.250).
Justin Upton, LFHot5/29/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: Atlanta left fielder Justin Upton is a career 6-for-9 (.667) with a triple and home run against Boston right-hander Jake Peavy.
Insight: Upton has batted .400 over the past two weeks to raise his average to .309 with 13 HR and 33 RBI. Thursday's matchup should continue the upward climb.
Andrelton Simmons, SS5/29/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons exited Tuesday's game, missed Wednesday's contest, but could be ready to go on Thursday.
Insight: Simmons has dealt with it for the past few weeks, according to a Atlanta Journal-Constitution report. He's batting .266 with four homers, 13 RBI and 12 run scored.
Evan Gattis, C5/28/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: Braves catcher Evan Gattis is back in the starting nine for Wednesday's game against Boston. SOURCE: David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Insight: Gattis strained his wrist in batting practice yesterday but his X-rays came back negative and it looks like he's good to go. His ten home runs lead all major league catchers this season.
Tommy LaStella, 2B5/28/2014 1:54:00 PM
Description: The Braves have promoted second baseman Tommy La Stella from Triple-A Gwinnett.
Insight: La Stella is a career .322 hitter with an .881 OPS and more walks than strikeouts in his minor-league career. He doesn't have much power or speed but could be a Matt Carpenter type of player. The Braves have received the worst production in baseball out of their second basemen (.165/.253/.250).
Andrelton Simmons, SS5/27/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons exited Tuesday's game with right ankle inflammation, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: He's considered day-to-day. Simmons went 2-for-3 Tuesday and is hitting .266 with four home runs, 12 runs and a .693 OPS this year.
Jason Heyward, RF5/27/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Braves right fielder Jason Heyward hit a leadoff homer Tuesday against Boston but didn't have a hit in his last four at-bats.
Insight: Heyward had 27 homers and 21 stolen bases in 2012, but he has hit just 18 home runs and stolen 10 bases since then. He's batting .240 with a .670 OPS and four home runs and eight steals this year.
Evan Gattis, C5/27/2014 7:11:00 PM
Description: Atlanta catcher Evan Gattis was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to a strained right wrist, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Gattis suffered the injury during batting practice. He's batted .368 with three home runs in 19 at-bats against left-handers this season, so Boston starter Jon Lester catches a break.
Evan Gattis, C5/26/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: After smacking two homers Sunday against the Padres, Atlanta catcher Evan Gattis will sit on Monday in the opener versus Boston.
Insight: Gattis is only batting .248, but with 10 homers and an .822 OPS fantasy owners can't complain. Laird (.208, 0 HR, 3 RBI) can't produce those types of numbers and should be avoided.

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