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Colby Wilson’s Braves Report: Out of the Desert

 

Atlanta BravesClarksville, TN – It was hard not to feel as though Christmas had come early when news of the Shelby Miller deal broke.

A Dansby Swanson? All for me? And an Aaron Blair for my pitching collection? And wow… an Ender Inciarte! I’ve never had one of those! Oh here, I got you a Shelby Miller… slightly used. Hmm, I feel kinda bad about that now. Want a gift card?

If I knew any Diamonbacks fans, I probably would’ve felt bad for them. They’ve now mortgaged three first-round picks—including Swanson, the No. 1 overall in 2015—and a legitimately exciting defensive outfielder for Shelby Miller, a marginal pitching prospect and the right not to pay Bronson Arroyo any more money. The franchise is going for it, which is an exciting phrase to hear—it was also the same phrase Braves fans heard when Atlanta acquired the Upton’s, and that didn’t turn out all that well.

The Atlanta Braves trade pitcher Shelby Miller to the Arizona Diamondbacks for outfielder Ender Inciarte along with minor-league prospects Dansby Swanson and Aaron Blair. (Brett Davis-  USA TODAY Sports)

The Atlanta Braves trade pitcher Shelby Miller to the Arizona Diamondbacks for outfielder Ender Inciarte along with minor-league prospects Dansby Swanson and Aaron Blair. (Brett Davis- USA TODAY Sports)

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Colby Wilson’s Atlanta Braves Report: The Circle of Life

 

Atlanta BravesClarksville, TN – Yeah it sucks.

No matter what happens in the future, this much is irrefutable: the Atlanta Braves traded the best defensive player—not shortstop, not infielder, player—since Ozzie Smith, as he was reaching his prime, for wishes. Maybe those wishes can be granted and maybe they can’t; that’s for the genie and the Braves minor-league instructors to sort out.

Two years ago, Braves fans could say unequivocally, regardless of how good or bad the team as a whole was playing, that they could watch Andrelton Simmons play shortstop like a god and Craig Kimbrel be the best closer in the world. And we got to do that all the time. Now we don’t, and it sucks.

Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (19) hits a walk off single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning at Turner Field. The Braves defeated the Blue Jays 3-2. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)

Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (19) hits a walk off single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning at Turner Field. The Braves defeated the Blue Jays 3-2. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)

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Colby Wilson’s Atlanta Braves Report: Arms Racing

 

Atlanta BravesClarksville, TN – As I’m writing this, the Braves are imploding against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Actually, that’s not an accurate assessment of the situation. The Braves bullpen took a three-run lead into the bottom of the seventh on Wednesday night in Tampa and turned it into a three-run deficit in about four seconds. Matt Marksberry is looking, well, like a guy who was in A-ball to start the season—no shame on him either, that’s just what the situation calls for now.

It’s not fair to him that he has to play above his ski’s right now, but there’s just not much left in the cupboard. No Jason Grilli. No Jim Johnson. No Luis Avilan. If Arodys Vizcaino and Andrew McKirahan are the class of your bullpen, that doesn’t speak volumes so much as shout them, Lewis Black-style, from a mountaintop of crap, inexperience and ineptitude.

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Matt Marksberry (66) throws a pitch during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Matt Marksberry (66) throws a pitch during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

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Austin Peay Governors Baseball has another quality pitching outing in 5-2 win against the Southeast Missouri Redhawks

 

APSU Sports: Austin Peay Baseball

Austin Peay State University GovernorsCape Girardeau, MO – Austin Peay State University’s baseball team took advantage of a shaky Southeast Missouri defensive outing and a rock-solid effort from its pitching staff to post a 5-2 Ohio Valley Conference victory, Saturday afternoon, at Capaha Field.

Catcher P.J. Torres went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI for the second consecutive day in Austin Peay's 5-2 win at Southeast Missouri, Saturday. Austin Peay Baseball. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

Catcher P.J. Torres went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI for the second consecutive day in Austin Peay's 5-2 win at Southeast Missouri, Saturday. Austin Peay Baseball. (Courtesy: Austin Peay Sports Information)

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Austin Peay Governors Baseball beat the Southeast Missouri Redhawks 8-5 in Ohio Valley Conference Opener

 

APSU Sports: Austin Peay Baseball
Ryan Quick gets 2nd Win

Austin Peay State University GovernorsCape Girardeau, MO – Another quality start from starting pitcher Ryan Quick and a five-run third inning proved enough for Austin Peay State University’s baseball team to post an Ohio Valley Conference opening 8-5 victory against Southeast Missouri, Friday, at Capaha Field.

Quick (2-0) didn’t have his best stuff on display in the OVC opener but worked some magic in both the first and second innings to surrender only one run while stranding three runners in scoring position.

Starting pitcher Ryan Quick earned his season's second win in the Govs OVC-opening victory at Southeast Missouri, Friday. Austin Peay Baseball. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

Starting pitcher Ryan Quick earned his season's second win in the Govs OVC-opening victory at Southeast Missouri, Friday. Austin Peay Baseball. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

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Austin Peay Governors Baseball begin their Ohio Valley Conference run this Friday against the Southeast Missouri Redhawks

 

Southeast Missouri vs. Austin Peay Men’s Baseball
Friday-Sunday,  March 23rd-25th, 2012
Cape Girardeau, MO | Capaha Field (2,000)

Austin Peay State University GovernorsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay’s baseball team – the defending Ohio Valley Conference regular-season champions – begins the run for the 2012 OVC crown with a visit to rival Southeast Missouri this weekend.

The teams will play in the new OVC weekend format for the first time, with a three-game series set to begin with a 3:00pm, Friday contest at Capha Field. The teams will continue the series with a 1:00pm, Saturday contest before wrapping the series with a 1:00pm, Sunday outing.

Austin Peay Baseball. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Baseball. (Courtesy: Brittney Sparn/APSU Sports Information)

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