Last night Brandon Phillips did not get the start at 3rd base. He was not injured but he was contemplating if he wanted to reject a trade to the Los Angeles Angels or stay with the Atlanta Braves. He made his decision before the deadline last night and decided to be traded to the Angels and have the opportunity to play for a World Series championship. General Manager John Coppolella did not call the Angels, they called him. Now Brandon Phillips can go back to playing 2nd base again as the Angels are looking to make a push for the postseason.
Sean Newcomb did not have his good stuff at Wrigley field and the red hot World Series defending champions Chicago Cubs hit the ball all over Wrigley field in Chicago. The Braves lineup did not get many hits off the Chicago Cubs pitching last night and only Ozzie Albies had an RBI in the Braves lineup until late in the game when Matt Adams hit a pinch hit homerun in the 7th inning. The Braves did not have a late inning rally in their back pocket last night and the Cubs showed why they are probably going to the post season.
The Braves played Jace Peterson at 3rd base last night as Brandon Phillips was pulled from the line-up to decide if he wanted to accept the trade to the Angels. In the end Phillips decided to play post season play and help the Angels compete in the post season. Johan Camargo is coming off the disabled list on Monday and he will be playing at third base for the rest of the season. The Braves have other options for 3rd base until Monday but Jace Peterson should be playing that position all weekend at Wrigley field.
In the trade with the Angels, the Braves traded for a former 1st round catcher Tony Sanchez and cash considerations. This trade will give the Braves a 3rd option at the catching position. Tyler Flowers does not have a broken hand but only a bruised left hand. The moves and trades are only getting started in Atlanta and this off season will be interesting. Tonight the Braves will go with Mike Foltynewicz pitching as they look to even the series. Unfortunately baseball is a business and baseball fans should not get too emotional over and Braves player on the roster. We can only watch the game and hope for a Braves victory. GO BRAVES!!!!!