Eddie Rose Has Its Thorn (and Game Thread)

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The Braves made quite the splash at the deadline by acquiring a back-end reliever, an entire outfield, and a plus one. The plus one, Eddie Rosario, just started his rehab at AAA where he’s 1 for 17 with the 1 being a single. There’s likely a lot of BABIP bad luck here, but I’ve watched, and it really ain’t much. From the handful of ABs that I’ve seen, it looks like it could be a bit before we see him. That’s the thorn.

However, Eddie Rosario has a solid track record of being a good hitter. For his career, his OPS, like Adam Duvall‘s, is carried by a high SLG% and hampered by low OBP. Also like Duvall, the OPS seems to always end somewhere around the upper .700s or lower .800s. And while he’s better against RHP for his career, especially with power, he’s not a complete slouch against LHP where he still carries a career .708 OPS.

Many of my social media buddies think the Braves should get Eddie Rosario up to the bigs ASAP. I’m not so sure. An abdominal strain is no joke, and it seems obvious that Rosario isn’t quite comfortable. Sure, it’d be nice to have Rosario up to split time with Jorge Soler, who is much better against LHP than RHP, but it would also be nice to keep him healthy and slow play him so he can be ready when the Braves really need him. Right now, the offense is rolling, the Braves have more OFers than they can play right now, and Abraham Almonte is 100% fine off the bench. Even if it were September, which is only 2 weeks away, there’d still be plenty of time to see if Rosario is worthy of a postseason spot (assuming the Braves get to the postseason).

Overall, Rosario’s numbers look poor in 2021 but that was likely a small sample of bad luck (.232 BABIP) that came at the beginning of the year. From the end of May until he went down with injury, he was the same Rosario that he’d been for his career and that’s the Rosario the Braves need to make sure they’re getting.

A Captain Obvious Move

We knew this was coming. Jacob Webb had a good outing and probably solidified a call-up at some point in September. With only 28 men allowed though, I feel as though the Braves will shuffle a few relievers around to see who could stick for the postseason.

Here we IndiGO?

Crazier things have happened, I’m sure, but Indigo Diaz‘s ascent though A+ and AA has not went unnoticed. His K/9, which is at an astonishing 17.5 across 2 levels, is the highest among qualified relievers. In 11 innings at Mississippi, his ERA is unblemished. He’s a lights out relief prospect that the Braves have not had in the system since Craig Kimbrel. While the Braves bullpen has had a resurgence of late, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Indigo get a AAA promotion soon to see if the stuff translates to the minor’s last tier. If so, things could get really INDIresting in September.

A Surprise Promotion

Most people that follow the minors thought that when Bryce Elder got promoted to AA after only 56 innings of pro ball, he’d be there for the rest of the year. Negative. He’s on his way to AAA and has done everything to earn it. With both Elder and Spencer Strider in the upper stages of the minors, there’s still a lot of future talent in this system. Does Elder’s promotion bode well for Indigo? Time will tell.

Braves Lineup

The Braves face off against Sandy Alcantara tonight. It’s going to be a tough one. Let’s get it.

Author: Ryan Cothran

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38 thoughts on “Eddie Rose Has Its Thorn (and Game Thread)”

  1. coop, happy anniversary, however bittersweet these days may be for you.

    You’re a very good man. I’m damn glad to know you. You are what’s good about the internet.

  2. Hey, I tend to get preachy, never met a soap box I wouldn’t climb onto. Years go by, but in my heart she remains forever young.

    I love you guys but wish I’d kept my big trap shut about the anniversary. It’s been a great day. I’m in the terribly punny Mr. Cothran’s backyard. It’s a gorgeous beach day, and I have thong patrol. Live is good. Enjoy.

    Whoever thought I’d number a Gator I’ve never met among my best friends?

    And AAR? I remember accusing Alex R of writing one of the most superb pieces I ever saw. He pointed me to Alex.

    The rest of you guys buoy my soul. Am I supposed to go all poor pitiful Coop?

    Ain’t happening. Life is not only good. It’s strange too. And a constant adventure.

  3. Smitty, what’s the win total you think for the Vols? I’m seeing some easy wins, some toss-ups, and some losses. Vegas has their win total at an even 6.

  4. @coop

    Are you really in my area? Because, by God, I’d love to meet my favorite commenter!

  5. I am just east of Rosemary Beach in Pinnacle Port, next door to Camp Helen on the cheap side of Phillip’s Inlet and Lake Powell.

    P.S. Pinnacle Port is colocated with Carillon. We’ve had a small condo here since 1993. Best investment ever, not financially, but the kids, grands and our first great love it.

    Let’s do it.

  6. Yes, sir. It helps to buy when the bottom falls out of the market. Better lucky than smart.

    Blessed. Not lucky.

  7. Hate that Webb got sent down……I’ve determined that we will never rid ourselves of Tomlin.

    I’m a worrier ……so I worry that the Ynoa we saw in the 1st half is not the “real” Ynoa.

  8. @5

    I say six is about right, with Pitt acting as the big swing game which decides whether we go to a bowl game or not. It’s pretty much a complete toss-up, but I’ll go out on a limb and say we win it at home. Home to Ole Miss and at Missouri and Kentucky are kind of tossup-ish, but all lean towards loss IMO. Home to South Carolina is a probable win that wouldn’t be utterly baffling to go the other way at this point. Alabama, Florida and Georgia are all locked-in losses and Vanderbilt, South Alabama, Bowling Green and Tennessee Tech are all locked-in wins. Should be, anyway.

    EDIT: And yes, I was using “go to a bowl game” in the figurative sense more than the literal sense. I’m aware we’re probably not going to a bowl game this year even if we qualify.

  9. @11 Pitt is tough. But I could also see them losing to someone like Tennessee Tech but beating, ya know, Ole Miss or something. Their range of outcomes is very high, IMO.

  10. Coop! That is 5 minutes from my work! I’m fully vaxed and would love to come pick you up for a beer or…ya know, a non-alcoholic beverage! Shoot me your phone number via email and I’ll reach out.

  11. Half a game in an hour. That’s unusual these days, but that’s what you get with these pitching performances.

  12. Including with the stick! We have more infield hits than outfield hits.

  13. Given the way he has pitched so far, it’s hard to believe we were worrying about Ynoa. I would say he picked up where he left off, but his last game was so bad he decided to punch out a locker. Hes pitching like someone who learned a hard lesson and is even better for it. Let’s hope it continues.

  14. Ynoa is looking great and I get to meet the nicest man on this blog tomorrow. Life is good!

  15. Ynoa is looking good.

    I just read that Martin Prado is a minor league instructor for the Braves. More good news.

  16. If it hadn’t been his first game back, I would have been unhappy we took Ynoa out when we did. yeah, there were people on base, but he still looked good and wasn’t getting hit hard. I do seriously agree with Cindy @27 that if we’re taking Ynoa out, Matzek is the right choice. That inning could have been the game.

  17. Maybe don’t show the bullpen stats on this road trip under the words “Greatness Made Here” right before Will Smith pitches, folks. Just tempting fate.

  18. Well I lost my house on that bet … nothing better than getting a win .. ahead of the West coast games starting and putting pressure on Phils and Mets

  19. @36 – I actually got to see Ender & Mallex Raines both in AAA the other night, they were 1 & 2 in the order for Louisville (though the Reds have actually since traded Mallex away!). Ender was vintage Good Ender— 4-5 with a bunch of hard-hit singles, a couple RBIs, & some gorgeous catches in CF. It was hard not to root for him. And in your honor, Rob, Rock even pulled a (literal) wall-scraper of a HR. It was a big night for the 2016 Braves.

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