First off, I’d like to thank Adrian Fedkiw for inviting me to speak on his podcast last weekend about the state of NL East and the game at the All-Star Break. You can find a link to it on his site. Hope we get to do more of those in the future. I think the one answer I had that floored him was when he asked who, potentially, the Braves were looking at in the trade market, and I responded, nobody. It’s not that the Braves are set everywhere. Their big need is for a producing bat in the infield. It’s that they really don’t want to give up anybody. They have showed an unwillingness to raid their farm system (I threw out Mike Minor, but I really doubt that will happen). The only person who could be moving is Dan Uggla, but his offensive woes have made him radioactive. A team would have to be truly desperate to take him on, and besides, it seems like that when he does hit, it’s a home run or a double. To be fair, his average has steadily climbed, but he dug himself in such a hole he needs an elevator to get out. A better metric is his month-by-month average. After cratering with a .160 average in May, he hit .180 last month and is a decent .243 in July with a .568 slugging. Martin Prado will be reactivated for the Nationals series this weekend, and Chipper Jones, who is taking some time off to rest his knee, wants to be back for the Pirate set in a few weeks. Like I told Adrian, if the offense can come around, the pitching staff (2nd best ERA in the game), can keep them in any contest. The bullpen order is set. Things look good for a second straight playoff appearance.
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Written by John Morgo
John Morgo lives in Atlanta, GA where he has done broadcast work for CNN, The Weather Channel and Encompass Digital Media. As of right now, he does Internet play-by-play for Georgia Perimeter College and Norcross High School. With GPC, he is the voice of the men's soccer, basketball, and baseball teams.