Open thread, 6/30, #Braves vs. blind faith

Braves fans sure have a lot of faith in the GM who traded for Hector Olivera and refused to deal Nick Markakis. The huzzahs were flowing for Coppy today after dealing Bud Norris to the desperate Dodgers for two fringe prospects. Pitchers, of course, because Coppy’s gonna bundle them for a big bat, don’t you know. Of course the Padres will trade Wil Myers for Lucas Sims and Aaron Blair. Brilliant plan!

The pitchers the Braves acquired have ceilings as middle relievers.  Neither throws particularly hard. The Padres, meanwhile, acquired a potential No. 3 starter for Fernando Rodney.

Granted, you’re lucky to get anything for Bud Norris but Coppy would’ve been wise to wait. Maybe he gets lucky and Norris continues to pitch well. At best he loses out on a couple of potential Matt Marksberrys.

In other news, we now know who’s likely to be next year’s starting SS. Ozzie Albies has been demoted to Mississippi, where he’ll play 2B alongside Dansby. Both players have struggled with the bat of late — Swanson’s 39 Ks in 49 Double-A games is a tad troubling.

At least tonight we get an actual prospect on the mound as opposed to the latest incarnation of German Jimenez or Sugar Ray Marimon. Hopefully Folty can pick up where he left off.

The line-up:

Jace, Chase (CF), Freddie, Garcia, Markakis, Francoeur, Flowers, Aybar, Folty


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