755 Is Real: A show about the Atlanta...

David O'Brien and former Braves reliever Eric O'Flaherty both work from the stretch. One stretches words into stories about the Braves; the other pitched from the stretch as part of the famed O'Ventbrel Atlanta bullpen trio. Now they bring you inside the clubhouse with the latest Braves news

The Braves are a win away from the World Series...
David and Eric look ahead to NLCS game six, and recap the Braves' game five loss.
46 min
Braves up 2-0 in NLCS; Dodgers' questionable bu...
David and Eric react to the Braves' 2-0 NLCS lead.
53 min
Braves-Dodgers NLCS preview
David and Eric preview the Braves-Dodgers NLCS.
36 min
Braves advance to NLCS: Freeman stuns Hader wit...
David and Eric react to Atlanta vanquishing the Brewers to advance to the NLCS.
79 min
Is Max Fried baseball's best pitcher? NLDS game...
David and Eric marvel at Max Fried's stellar play and look ahead to NLDS game three.
63 min
Braves-Brewers Breakdown: Yelich's struggles; p...
David, Eric, and The Athletic's Will Sammon preview Braves-Brewers NLDS.
49 min
Biggest playoff storylines + is Ron Washington ...
David and Eric discuss key storylines entering the MLB Playoff. Plus, is Ron Washington a managerial candidate? Can Atlanta afford to lose him?
61 min
Braves clinch 4th straight NL East title & Brew...
David and Eric react to Atlanta earning its fourth straight division title.
60 min
Braves power past Padres -- Phillies, NL East t...
David and Eric recap Atlanta's series sweep of the Padres, and looks ahead to a crucial series versus Philadelphia.
62 min
Max Fried's pitching like an ace; Ozzie Albies ...
David and Eric recap Atlanta's four-game stint in Arizona, including Ozzie Albies' record-setting home run and RBI. Max Fried is almost an ace; Jacob Webb struggles, and a look at the Padres series.
47 min
Why is Freeman such a hard worker? Rosario hits...
David and Eric discuss the Braves' expectation that players play in every game. Is competing in 160+ games more injurious than beneficial? Plus, Rosario hits for the cycle and Fried is dealing.
68 min
Braves face their toughest stretch of '21 & ala...
David and Eric preview Atlanta's toughest part of their 2021 schedule. Plus, late and close ineffectiveness still haunts ATL, and what to do with Touki?
49 min
Can the Braves keep their NL East lead? Playoff...
David and Eric chat about Atlanta's upcoming road trip; what the club's playoff rotation could look like; pitch sequencing, and more!
48 min
Joctober's come early; Ozuna update & Vogt of c...
David and Eric react to the Braves' home-series win against the Nationals. Plus, Joc Pederson's impact; an Adam Duvall extension (?), and a Marcell Ozuna update.
41 min
Charlie Morton extended by Braves; Rockies reca...
David and Eric discuss Charlie Morton's extension with the Braves. Plus, Atlanta takes two-of-four games in Colorado, and the guys talk about future HOF bats in their prime.
43 min
Bullpen decisions and trying to salvage the Wes...
47 min
Riley's MVP case; Mets-ing it up; Smyly's strug...
David and Eric chat Austin Riley's MVP candidacy; Atlanta's west coast trip; the Mets Mets-ing things up; Drew Smyly's woes, and more!
51 min
Braves-Giants collide; Gabe Kapler's growth & N...
David and Andrew Baggarly discuss the San Francisco Giants' unexpected season ahead of their matchup against Atlanta.
42 min
Braves-Yankees clash; Trevor Bauer investigatio...
David and Britt Ghiroli discuss the ongoing investigation into Trevor Bauer; Braves-Yankees series, and MLB power rankings.
42 min
Braves extend Travis d'Arnaud; Freeman's cycle ...
David and Kelly Johnson react to Travis d'Arnaud and the Braves agreeing to a two-year contract extension. Plus, Freddie Freeman hits for the cycle.
33 min
Braves claim NL East lead; baseball's best infi...
David and Gabe Burns react to Atlanta achieving first place in the NL East.
71 min
Georgia native Maria Torres joins the show to t...
50 min
Can the Braves win the NL East; invaluable Char...
David and Eno Sarris discuss if Atlanta is a contender for the NL East crown. Plus, Joey Votto's erudite game; Charlie Morton's greatest strength, and will Atlanta re-sign Freddie Freeman?
49 min
Braves cross .500 for the first time in 2021; C...
David and Eric parse the Braves series sweep of the Cardinals.
51 min
Braves' new faces contribute in Brewers series;...
David and Eric review the Brewers series and focus on the outings from Atlanta's trade deadline acquisitions. Plus, RISP woes and Soler's bat.
62 min
Braves make last-second trade deadline moves, l...
DOB and EOF react to the Braves' trade deadline moves.
29 min
Kyle Muller & Touki Toussaint are dealing; Fred...
David and Eric discuss Kyle Muller and Touki Toussaint's growth. Plus, Dansby and Freeman find their swings, and the 'worst call ever', 10 years later.
39 min
Hunting for 'Joctober', Braves' critical stretc...
David and Eric look ahead to a critical stretch in Atlanta's schedule, and recap events from the Rays series.
45 min
Braves acquire Joc Pederson; team's biggest dea...
David and Eric react to Atlanta acquiring Joc Pederson from the Chicago Cubs.
39 min
Who will replace Acuna? Alonso dominates HR Der...
David and Eric react to the MLB Home Run Derby, Ronald Acuna Jr.'s season-ending injury, the Braves first-round draft pick, and more!
48 min
Eric's MLB Draft stories; ASG break thoughts & ...
David and Eric look ahead to the All-Star break and MLB Draft, plus Eric shares some memories from his draft class.
35 min
Full ASG rosters; Max Fried's dream-like walk-o...
David and Eric recap the weekend action against the Marlins, including Max Fried's walk-off hit. Can Atlanta improve its win percentage above .500 before the All-Star break, and reacting to All-Star rosters.
47 min
Braves throttle Mets 20-2; Acuna, Freeman ASG s...
David and former Braves utility man, Kelly Johnson, discuss All-Star Game participants, including Acuna and Freeman. Atlanta's drubbing of the Mets + is Ozzie Albies a dark horse NL MVP candidate?
58 min
Mike Soroka re-tears Achilles; will Acuna play ...
David and Eric react to Mike Soroka re-tearing his Achilles. Will Ronald Acuna Jr. participate in the Home Run Derby? Plus, potential Braves trades.
61 min
NL East temp check; bouncing between minors, ma...
David and Eric discuss the current state of the NL East. Some players strain from being moved from the minors to majors repeatedly, and Jesse Chavez talk Atlanta's culture.
57 min
Acuna Jr.'s homers clinches wins vs. Cardinals,...
David and Eric react to Acuna's home runs, which were the lone runs scored in wins versus St. Louis and New York. Plus, Ian Anderson's five scoreless innings and Kyle Muller's memorable day.
67 min
Snitker's frustration mounts in Red Sox loss; b...
David and Eric react to Atlanta's series loss against Boston. The duo parse Brian Snitker's comments; reflect on bullpen turnover, and discuss foreign substances.
61 min
Intersection of old/new school approaches to ba...
David and Eric welcome former Brave Kelly Johnson to chat about all things Atlanta Braves and baseball.
82 min
Braves avenge NLCS loss to Dodgers; how will Sh...
David and Eric react to Atlanta's series win over the Dodgers.
70 min
Previewing NLCS rematch vs. Dodgers; Tucker Dav...
David and Eric preview Atlanta's weekend series against Los Angeles, a rematch of 2020's NLCS.
68 min
What will happen next with Marcell Ozuna and th...
David and Eric react to Marcell Ozuna's arrest on domestic violence charges.
54 min
Who will replace Ozuna? Braves trade, call-up o...
David and Eric discuss names who could fill Marcell Ozuna's shoes while his broken fingers recover. Plus, scoring and offense in MLB is in short supply. Why is that and how can it be fixed?
38 min
Braves rewrite history in 20-run game, Austin R...
David and Eric react to Atlanta's record-setting night. The two also discuss Austin Riley's development, Ronald Acuna's slump, and Brian Snitker's willingness to let the kids play.
69 min
Contreras' development dazzles, Morton's spin r...
David and Eric welcome Braves pitcher, Luke Jackson, to the show.
53 min
Braves' bullpen usage called into question, nea...
David and Eric present their takeaways from Atlanta's series win over Milwaukee. Plus, Sunday's near-comeback win, Riley, Freeman hitting their strides & bullpen usage questioned.
62 min
Bonus Episode: The Athletic’s Small Business St...
21 min
Bonus Episode: The Athletic’s Small Business St...
16 min
Bonus Episode: The Athletic’s Small Business St...
16 min
Soroka's setback, Acuna's injury, Morton's inco...
David and Eric sort through a bevy of bad news for Atlanta.
41 min
Ynoa's All-Star bid, Shane Greene returns, Fred...
David and Eric ponder the no-hitter phenomena sweeping the league. Plus, Kung Fu Panda does it again, Freddie is shirking his slump, Shane Greene returns & Huascar Ynoa continues to excel.
60 min
Where will Pujols land? Sweeping the Nats; medi...
David and Eric react to Albert Pujols being DFA'd by the Angels. Plus, the duo dissect the biggest takeaways from the Braves-Nationals series.
79 min
Good news/bad news; Braves' catcher situation &...
Dave and Eric discuss Atlanta's good and bad news. Plus, what's outlook at catcher, the Braves boast the league's worst team ERA & are we concerned about Freddie's extension?
83 min
Braves' roster moves, Ozuna's rocket, Riley's r...
David and Eric unpack Atlanta's roster moves, the club's offensive uptick, Marcell Ozuna's homer and Austin Riley's hot bat.
83 min
Dansby's sage & the game's superstitions, disma...
David and Eric recap the Atlanta-Arizona weekend series, including Madison Bumgarner's no-hitter. Plus, the Braves rebound from its cold stretch to win at home.
59 min
Ian Anderson delivers a gem, Ehire Adrianza's v...
David and Eric discuss Ronald Acuna's and other Braves' injuries. Plus, Ian Anderson's solid outing lifts ATL over New York, and Ehire Adrianza flashes his versatility.
63 min
Heredia's home run shower, most surprising earl...
David and Eric react to Atlanta's series win over the Cubs, and discuss teams who are off to surprising starts as well as Sean Kazmar Jr.'s return to the league.
69 min
Panda powers to historic start, Acuna for MVP(?...
Daivd and Eric react to Atlanta's walk-off win over the Marlins, Pablo Sandoval's history start, Ronald Acuna Jr.'s next-level play and more.
59 min
"Embarrassing" replay controversy & should it b...
David and Eric react to Atlanta's controversial loss to Philadelphia on Sunday, and debate if it's time to abolish or overhaul MLB's replay capabilities.
43 min
Kung Fu Panda pops homers, Newcomb channels int...
David and Eric react to three surprising Braves performances.
65 min
Phillies sweep Bravos, concern for Chris Martin...
David and Eric react to the Atlanta Braves' season-opening series against Philadelphia. The guys also make note of other league-wide developments, and share their season predictions.
86 min
Braves 2021 Season Preview
David and Eric preview the Braves' season.
77 min
Wright, Webb optioned, Riley's "grown-man" home...
David and Eric look at Sports Illustrated's World Series prediction; Kyle Wright and Jacob Webb being optioned to Atlanta's alternate site, and more!
57 min
Experimental rules, Touki's talent teases & Mic...
David and Eric tap into Braves Spring Training storylines, including: Touki Toussaint and Kyle Wright's mixed bag, Drew Smyly, and Michael Harris.
81 min
First impressions from Braves Spring Training
David and Eric share their first impressions from Braves Spring Training.
74 min
Spring Training preview, bullpen breakdown & Ke...
David and Eric welcome new Australian Baseball League champion, Peter Moylan, to the show.
75 min
Braves re-sign Marcell Ozuna, hitting consultan...
David and Eric react to Marcell Ozuna re-signing with Atlanta. Plus, Chipper Jones joins Atlanta as a hitting consultant, and the guys deep dive into MLB's health protocols.
117 min
Remembering Hank Aaron, 'Big Three' stories & t...
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty reflect on the life and career of Henry "Hank" Aaron with former Braves pitching coach, and soon-to-be Braves Hall of Fame member, Leo Mazzone. Plus, stories about Atlanta's 'Big Three', and the state of pitching.
88 min
Jared Porter's misconduct, Don Sutton's legacy ...
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty welcome national MLB writer for The Athletic, Britt Ghiroli, to cover Don Sutton's passing, Jared Porter's repulsive behavior and NL East news.
58 min
Andruw Jones, Dale Murphy HOF case, Cleveland n...
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty run the (baseball) gamut with The Athletic's Joe Posnanski. From Andruw Jones and Dale Murphy's HOF bid to the Cleveland name change and Barry Bonds, the trio covers all.
105 min
Braves need to re-sign Ozuna regardless of DH d...
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty discuss Atlanta's need to re-sign Marcell Ozuna, regardless of the universal designated hitter rule. Plus, Eric highlights the challenges of playing in New York, and Dave Dombrowski leads the Phillies.
78 min
Charlie Morton signs with Braves & steroids-HOF...
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty welcome Fox Sports analyst and newly appointed Melbourne Aces pitching coach Peter Moylan to today's show to discuss Charlie Morton, steroids and the Baseball Hall of Fame and much more.
122 min
Drew Smyly signs with Braves, who's HOF bound &...
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty discuss pitcher Drew Smyly signing with the Braves. Plus, who from this year's Baseball Hall of Fame class will be inducted, and the three-batter minimum rule is reexamined.
69 min
Freddie Freeman: 2020 National League MVP
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty discuss Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman being honored as the 2020 Nation League MVP.
90 min
World Series shakedown, Braves' offseason needs...
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty discuss the Atlanta Braves' offseason needs, including re-signing Marcell Ozuna, making decisions about their bullpen and potentially brining in a veteran starter who's familiar with Atlanta.
70 min
Braves Drop to Dodgers, Off-Season's Biggest Qu...
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty discuss the Atlanta Braves' game 7 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS. Plus, the guys look ahead to the off-season.
59 min
Bryse Wilson Wows, Ozuna's Offense Dazzles, Pro...
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty react to Atlanta's NLCS game four victory, Bryse Wilson's effectiveness and the remainder of the championship series.
62 min
Braves Brace Themselves for NLCS Game 2
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty react to the Atlanta Braves' game one victory of the NLCS over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
46 min
Braves advance to NLCS to face Dodgers
65 min
Braves Bring Home Game 1 of NLDS
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty recap game one of Braves-Marlins NLDS series.
43 min
Braves Break Playoff Series Drought & Ian Ander...
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty recap Atlanta's MLB postseason wild-card series win over the Cincinnati Reds.
31 min
Reds Report with The Athletic's C. Trent Rosecrans
David O'Brien, Eric O'Flaherty and The Athletic's C. Trent Rosecrans prime you for the Reds-Braves wild-card series.
53 min
Answering Your Biggest Braves Playoff Questions!
David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty answer listeners' Braves-playoffs related questions.
62 min
Hamels Done for Season, Wright's Right Stuff & ...
DOB and EOF react to an unforeseen subtraction from Atlanta's roster; Cole Hamels, one of the team's marquee free agent signings during the off-season, is done for the year. Prior to the Braves scrivener and former big leaguer, respectively, analyzing unexpected loss, the duo chat how Kyle Wright is making strides in his game and how he'll now be leaned on more with Hamels' departure (6:15). So, why is Hamels done for the year (19:15)? How great of a loss is this for the head of the NL East? What's Brian Snitker and co.'s strategy moving forward, and which hurler can we expect to rise to the occasion (31:15)? Dave and Eric chitchat about Atlanta's success at Truist Park (41:00), and Max Fried and Freddie Freeman's National League honors bids (45:15).
58 min
WAR Working Against Freeman's MVP Chances? Mark...
DOB and EOF welcome Mark Simon, Sports Info Solutions analyst, back to the program to discuss a variety of advance baseball metrics musings, including: Braves' surprisingly lackluster defensive runs saved (DRS) total (1:00); how do errors factor into DRS (6:00); does Tatis Jr. benefit from having a first baseman that picks the ball effectively (12:45); why does WAR adversely affect first baseman's, and thus Freddie Freeman, odds at MVP (16:15); what's up with StatCast's unusual measurements (23:30); which rule changes can we expect to hang around and how will they change the way we think about Sabermetrics (31:30); why does Dansby Swanson boast seemingly contradicting defensive stats (44:00)? Lastly, David and Eric review Cole Hamels' Braves debut (46:30).
61 min
Toussaint Tumbles, Hamels' Hurling vs. Orioles ...
DOB and EOF adulate Atlanta's dominant run on offense that has sustained the club's success while contending with a series of starting pitching setbacks (3:30). Speaking pitching dilemmas, the Braves made a number of personnel moves releasing Robbie Erlin and demoting Touki Toussaint (12:30). The guys dive deeper into Toussaint's troubles before looking at Atlanta's eye-popping stats on offense (21:00). Cole Hamels is set to take the mound against Baltimore in his team debut. What can we expect from the lefty? Plus, Kyle Wright showed out against Max Scherzer and Washington (23:30). A glance at Freeman, Ozuna and Duvall's stats at the plate, plus taking in Ozzie Albies' molten bat wraps up the show (39:00).
53 min
29-9, What a Time: Braves Historic Night, Duval...
The Braves have achieved several 'firsts' in club and MLB history this season, and that didn't stop against Miami. DOB and EOF react to Atlanta's record-setting night, and the players that made it possible (1:15). How about RAJ's spectacular September (and we're not even halfway through the month! - 9:45)? Tommy Milone is one lucky hurler; two starts in the span of 11 days where he was aided by at least 10 runs of support in one inning (24:00)?! Adam Duvall is tearing the cover right off the ball this season (40:15). Will his jaw-dropping feat ever be matched by another Braves player? Is this the end of the line for Ender Inciarte (45:30)? Plus, a closer look at baseball's silent star, Freddie Freeman (55:00).
74 min
Fried Lands on IL, Freddie Finally Hits a Grand...
DOB and EOF bare news of another hit to Atlanta's starting rotation: Max Fried is on the 10-day IL because of back issues (:30). The duo discuss managing back pain, and Eric details his run ins with debilitating back aches during his playing days. Alex Anthopoulos updated the press on Mike Foltynewicz's progression as well as Cole Hamels' timeline to return in lieu of Fried's injury (11:15). Could Hamels make his Braves debut soon? Why has Snitker elected to make less-than-appealing pitching decisions? Ronald Acuna Jr., Dansby Swanson, Adam Duvall and, of course, Freddie Freeman were firing on all cylinders offensively last week, plus Freeman finally hit a grand slam (20:30)! Predictably, Ian Anderson experience his first rough go in the majors, but David and Eric are confident in his resiliency (28:15). As pitching setbacks continue to nag the Braves, who among the few healthy hurlers needs to step up (37:30)?
45 min
Ozuna & Duvall's Dominance Make History, Anders...
DOB, EOF and Peter Moylan deliver a 90-minute epic for your listening pleasure. Their conversations runs the gamut. From Adam Duvall and Marcell Ozuna's historic achievement (2:00) to balancing training and health (12:00) and will Craig Kimbrel rebound from his disappointing season (18:30). Plus, the league is in dire need of arbitration and contract reform; Clayton Kershaw is adapting; Ozuna's impact (43:15); a StatCast head-scratcher (48:00); Ian Anderson remains sharp (56:30); appraising 2020's new rules (1:10:30) and Minor League Baseball is expected to change in dramatic fashion (1:23:00).
92 min
Braves Forego Bolstering Rotation, Milone's Mul...
2020's trade deadline has come and gone, leaving Atlanta with disappointed fans. DOB and EOF discuss the atmosphere within a clubhouse that is welcoming in new players after the deadline, and those whose team didn't make a move (4:30). What's the prevailing sentiment from both ends of the spectrum? For those teams that avoided making trades, is it a foreboding sign players? The guys address the elephant in the room: Why didn't Atlanta secure an available, high-profile pitcher to reinforce their rotation at the deadline (8:15)? Was the asking price too steep (14:30)? The Braves most recent trade acquisition, Tommy Milone, was roughed up against Philadelphia in his first start for the Bravos. The challenging circumstances of his start in mind though, is it OK to give him a mulligan (19:30)? What was Snitker's opinion on a relatively uneventful deadline (24:00)? David and Eric react to The Athletic's Jeff Schultz's column illuminating Atlanta and GM Alex Anthopoulos' mistake in not signing championship-contending commodities last Winter (32:15). The guys detail their interaction with professional athletes and how they comport themselves, sign autographs, and consciously, make an effort to make a positive, lasting impression (47:00). Lastly, will we see Tucker Davidson called up soon, and is Max Fried a top-5 lock in the NL Cy Young race (1:05:30)?
70 min
Anderson Amazes in Debut, Fried Finding Ways to...
DOB and EOF praise Ian Anderson's first MLB start (2:15). The Braves' scrivener and the former reliever analyze the 22-year-old's start against, who else, but the imposing New York Yankees, en route to his first big league win. The guys also tackle Acuna's lead-off monster mash against the Yanks, and other positive developments from Atlanta's series in New York (11:00). Even when his pitching isn't as crisp as we're accustomed to, Max Fried still forges forward and finds ways to win (29:30). Anderson's aggressive pitching mindset, and his dangerous change up were on full display in his first outing (37:30). Mike Soroka spoke to the media for the first time since his Achilles surgery and it's safe to say, he's just as gleeful as he was before the injury (49:30).
82 min
Ian Anderson Call Up, Fried Outclassing Cole, H...
DOB and EOF welcome Ian Anderson to the big leagues! The 22-year-old righty will make his MLB debut in the series opener against New York (:15). What can we expect from Anderson's first career start? Another round of good news was announced by the Braves; Ronald Acuna Jr. was reinstated to the team's active roster after spending 10 days on the IL (4:45). Anderson takes the stage against, arguably, the best pitcher in the league, Gerrit Cole. Though his play speaks for itself, is the AL Cy Young runner-up being outperformed this season by Max Fried (12:45)? The guys examine Fried's climb to the top of Atlanta's rotation, his current numbers compared to Mike Soroka's 2019 metrics (26:00), and the advance analytics that support him being better than Cole so far this year (32:30). Which Braves hitters are excelling at hard contact (46:15)? Plus, canvassing the trade deadline is tricky (56:15).
76 min
End of the Road for Ender (?), Is There a Pitch...
DOB and EOF dust off the listener mailbag and respond to your fun, imaginative and well-informed questions, including: Is this the end of the line for Ender Inciarte with youngster Cristian Pache now in the big leagues (6:00); Is there a specific starting pitcher Atlanta will try to target as the league nears the trade deadline (14:15); Which all-star caliber pitcher would the guys, hypothetically, want on the Braves for the rest of the season (23:00); Do the Braves have a pitching development issue (30:00); Why are many top-tier sluggers experiencing cold spells this season (45:45); Could you, a layman to baseball, possible have a shot at escaping a half inning unscathed (52:30); How are Folty and Newcomb progressing at Atlanta's satellite camp, and would the Braves consider using a "opener" routinely (1:12:00)?
79 min
Tatis Jr., Unwritten Rules Controversy, Tomlin ...
Where do we stand on baseball's unwritten rules? Fernando Tatis Jr.'s meteoric rise is only that much more impressive considering he's 21-years young; however, his inexperience is also what attracted the ire of his manager and others after a late-game grand slam against Texas on Monday night, which violated one of baseball's hallowed unwritten rules. DOB and EOF discuss if unwritten rules are necessary or antiquated in today's day and age and whether Tatis Jr. is deserving of his coach and others' disapproval (1:45). How did Eric come to learn about the game's mutually understood, though not explicitly stated, laws (24:00)? Which guidelines are beneficial? Are there any that are outdated? Josh Tomlin is scheduled to start for the first time since late 2019 (35:30). Are he and Robbie Erlin enough get the Braves by? The Braves have won three-straight despite Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies being sidelined (45:30). Plus, Juan Soto is unreal.
53 min
Braves Battling Despite Injuries, Plesac's Plea...
The Bravos are treading above .500-waters while core members are sidelined with injuries, such as Ronald Acuna Jr., whom DOB and EOF provide an update on (2:00). Kyle Wright is scheduled to kick-off Atlanta's series against the Marlins, and besides his obvious struggles, why doesn't he just throw strikes like Josh Tomlin? The 24-year-old starter describes why it's not such an easy assignment (14:00). Cleveland Indian's righty, Zach Plesac, published a recent Instagram video expressing his disappointment in media members who have portrayed him and fellow teammate, Mike Clevinger, as "bad people". David and Eric share their insight into the matter (28:00). The duo discuss the swath of injuries affecting Atlanta (37:15), and the team's heavy reliance on the bullpen (45:15). Are the relief arms being taxed too much? Is their success sustainable? Plus, the Braves turn to a young pitcher to fill an "opener" role, and what are some relievers saying about potentially moving into a starting role (52:30)? Lastly, Braves revenues plummet (55:15).
65 min
Newcomb Optioned, Bullpen's Brilliance + Ronnie...
DOB and EOF acknowledge that the train's still on track despite breakouts on both the Marlins and Cardinals (:30). Has Eric been apart of club with as much uncertainty and turnover in the starting rotation as this year's Braves (10:45)? The duo then react to Atlanta optioning Sean Newcomb to the Braves' alternate training site in Gwinnett after an abysmal outing against Philadelphia (15:30). When/if Newcomb is recalled, would he best serve the team from the bullpen, and what's the diagnosis for his meager strikeout-to-walk ration as a starter (29:00)? What can the Braves do to replenish their depleted rotation (41:00)? Could unproven yet abundantly talented options Bryse Wilson, Tucker Davidson and/or Ian Anderson make the leap into a starting/opener role (46:00)? The Bravos Boys laud the bullpen's brilliance with their admiration supported by a stat from Jayson Start (51:00). Lastly, Ronnie and Freddie had themselves a game (55:00).
72 min
Markakis Mashes Walk-Off, Touki's Time, Braves'...
There's a ton to cover today, so to start the program DOB, EOF and the always reliable Peter Moylan marvel at Nick Markakis' walk-off homer against Toronto before conferring how the 36-year-old's guidance will affect the locker room (:30). Touki Toussaint may have conducted his best pitching symphony to date versus the Blue Jays (9:15). Eric and Moylo share their favorite walk-off memories in honor of Markakis' game-winning shot (20:00). The Braves' bullpen has been as dependable and instrumental to the club's success as any team in the league (28:30). Is Josh Tomlin Atlanta's MVP through the early goings of the year, and where does this pen rank among Braves all-time greats (39:30)? The two former pitchers discuss if Max Fried is truly ready to assume the legit number one starter position (44:15). Would it be wise for Atlanta to add an arm like Lance Lynn to the rotation? Like we said in previous shows, Acuna's mild sputtering to begin the season was nothing to worry over (56:00).
76 min
"There's No Sugarcoating This Night": Mike Soro...
What a heartbreaking incident for Braves and baseball fans alike. 2019 NL Rookie of the Year runner-up and Braves ace, Mike Soroka's, already short season was bookmarked by a season-ending Achilles injury against the Mets on Monday. DOB and EOF detail the gut-wrenching scene from the intraleague contest (:30) and discuss the potential future implications for the newly 23-year-old and the Braves. The duo then react to GM Alex Anthopoulos' comments on Soroka's injury (13:00), and the odds of a trade occurring (14:15). Could the 29-year-old former starter, Tyler Matzek, be the unassuming fill-in, and make his first foray back into a starting rotation since 2015 (22:15)? What did Anthopoulos say to Soroka in the locker room after the matter (31:45), and how did the former Blue Jays General Manager handle a similar situation in Toronto (34:00)? David and Eric chat about the paralleled drawn by Freddie Freeman between Soroka's and ex-hurler Jason Grilli's injury (39:00). To wrap, the guys examine Soroka's historic start to his career, and postulate how the rotation will shape up (44:30).
52 min
Isn't It Time to Sign Soroka & Fried to Extensi...
Our main man Moylo rejoins DOB and EOF to dig into Atlanta Braves news, such as: Isn't it about time Atlanta offers a contact extension to precocious hurlers, Mike Soroka and Max Fried (3:00)? The Braves inked another promising, young arm in the early 2010s, but how did that turn out (12:45)? Moylo tries deducing why Mike Foltynewicz stumbled in his first start of the season, and the trio postulate what's next for the former all-star (26:30). How concerned are the former Bravos pitchers about Ronald Acuna's sputtering start to the year (Spoiler alert: You should worry more about your milk's sell by date. -- 45:45)? The final two items on the menu: Nick Markakis return to the Braves (1:06:45) and Freddie's early season performance (1:09:45). Go to dugoutmugs.com/TheAthletic and use promo code “MLB30” for 30% off your first purchase!
77 min
Folty DFA'd, Miami Marlins Outbreak & Riley’s L...
DOB and EOF respond to Mike Foltynewicz being designated for assignment after his grueling first start of the season against Tampa Bay (:30). The guys point out Foltynewicz's slimmer physique and the challenging hiatus, where consistency and routines were difficult to maintain. Eric shares his story of significant weight loss and how it affected his pitching (7:30). Jhoulys Chacín's addition to the pitching corral, and the rise of some young Braves arms, could help fill the space left by Foltynewicz (13:30). The Marlins outbreak of positive Covid-19 tests is alarming to say the least (24:45). Could this be Kyle Wright's big moment to step up (31:30)? Plus, Austin Riley's "light-tower power" was on full display against the Mets (34:00); William Contreras is making big strides (46:15), and Dansby Swanson is off to a stellar start (53:00).
67 min
Flowers, d'Arnaud Out Opening Day, Ballpark Atm...
DOB and EOF react to Thursday's baseball openers (:45) before discussing Juan Soto's positive Covid-19 test, and the expanded playoff format (9:30). The duo share their thoughts about the ambiance of the empty ballparks (15:00) as well as the improvements made to the playoff format (22:30). We understand if you like fan cutouts in the stand, but there's no room in the game for "virtual fans" (27:30). The podcast is then interrupted by breaking news of Braves catchers Tyler Flowers and Travis d'Arnaud being unavailable due to illness, and rookie Alex Jackson starting behind the dish in their stead (36:15). The boys wrap up today's edition of the show discussing Cole Hamels' move to the 45-day IL (40:00).
48 min