Jace Peterson gets the night off, a move that’s overdue. He’s hitting .130 since June 20. I’ve gone back and forth on whether Peterson is suited to play every day or not. The jury’s still out.
The offense rebounded a little bit over the weekend, and having Kyle Loshe on the mound can’t hurt. It would also be helpful if Fredi put the runners in motion every now and then. When Juan Uribe is your leading (active) HR hitter, you’ve got to force the issue.
And if you’re going to play Eury Perez, take off the shackles. The speedy outfielder has yet to attempt a stolen base in 16 games. Over his last two minor league seasons (127 games), Perez recorded 54 steals in 66 attempts.
Maybin 8, Markakis 9, KJohnson 3, Uribe 5, Pierzynski 2, Ciriaco 4, Simmons 6, Perez 7, Wisler 1
In other news:
- The Braves made another minor trade today, avoiding any spending restrictions in the 2016-17 signing period, when they’re expected to be among the more aggressive teams.
- They might also have an additional first round pick next year, as they’ve yet to sign this year’s top pick, Kolby Allard. DOB says there’s a “legit chance” Allard spurns the Braves for UCLA.
- Farewell to Dana Eveland and Nick Masset. Greetings to David Carpenter (the other one) and Arodys Vizcaino, back from suspension. Carpenter, a right-hander, was terrific at Gwinnett: 0.73 ERA, 1.027 WHIP and 36 Ks in 37 IP. Vizcaino was reportedly throwing 99 MPH on a rehab assignment. Who knows, if the Braves deal Grilli and/or Johnson at the trading deadline, Arodys might be closing before season’s end.
- There really is a Bud Selig Experience at Miller Park.
Selig marvels about the recreation of his office at County Stadium, complete with his old chair, a cluttered desk and the reliable rotary phone . . . [the exhibit] includes a multimedia show featuring a virtual Selig, a hologram-like technology that the team says is found in only a handful of exhibits around the world.
Make your travel plans now.