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Atlanta Braves shakeup: Glavine released, Schafer sent down, Hanson called up, McLouth moves to CF

Nate McLouth

Nate McLouth

Braves — and Pirates — fans may be calling it What The Heck Wednesday.
For Atlanta fans, it was a day that saw veteran pitcher Tom Glavine, 43, released after a comeback bid with his original, longtime MLB team and one day after outfield prospect Jordan Schafer was sent down to AAA Gwinnett after two months of floundering at the major league level. Then Wednesday took another stunning turn when Pittsburgh’s Nate McLouth was traded to the Braves for three prospects. Oh, and lest we forget, top pitching prospect Tommy Hanson was called up to the bigs. Got all that?

For Pirates fans, Wednesday arguably marked another strange chapter in the club’s recent losing history. If Braves fans were stunned by Glavine’s release, Bucs fans had to be speechless after their All-Star outfielder was sent packing at the quarter-point of a season when Pittsburgh is 24-28 and McLouth, a fan favorite, is leading the team with nine home runs and 34 RBIs. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette …

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Atlanta Braves: What impressed you most about extra innings comeback win over the Chicago Cubs?

Can’t top the way our own Carroll Rogers put it in her game story from Tuesday’s dramatic Braves comeback victory over the visiting Cubs:

“From the throes of being no-hit by Chicago Cubs, the Braves came up with the most remarkable thing — a five-run rally in the late innings, a two-out, two-run game-tying home run by Jeff Francoeur and a win. The Braves used the two runs he drove in to prolong what looked like a loss into a 12th-inning win when Chipper Jones singled in Yunel Escobar for a 6-5 Braves victory.”

YOU TELL US: In a night of thrills at The Ted, what strikes you as the most important move made by the Braves to get the rally going? Or did the Cubs blow it? Share your thoughts on what made Tuesday’s Cubs Comebacker extra special.

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You Be The GM: Braves send Francoeur to Boston Red Sox for… who?

With a Gordon Edes report circulating online that the Boston Red Sox have been scouting Braves right fielder Jeff Francoeur — and Atlanta GM Frank Wren having no comment on the matter — we turn to you, our AJC readers, for… comment on the matter of the Frenchy-to-BoSox rumors.

You Be The GM: For the pure sake of argument, let’s say you’re Braves GM and you’re shipping Francoeur to Boston. Who do you ask for in return? Another outfielder to plug the RF hole that’s created? A pitcher to shore up our rotation? Or the big bat needed to cure the offensive woes?

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Atlanta Braves: Recent road resurgence a great sign, but what’s up with homestand headaches?

The Braves hope for more celebrations like this -- at Turner Field. (AP)

The Braves hope for more celebrations like this — at Turner Field. (AP)

With a nailbiter of a 12-inning 8-7 win May 13 against the NL East-leading Mets, the Braves helped themselves immensely in the division standings. The victory moved Atlanta back to within 1.5 games of New York, evening the Braves’ record to 17-17.

But here’s what interests us, looking at the standings and stats: The Mets’ home record is 12-8 in Citi Field, their brand new ballpark; their away record, 6-7. Atlanta’s away record is 12-8; the team’s stats at The Ted currently clocking in at an unkind 5-9.

YOU TELL US: With a 10-game homestand up next for the Braves (vs. the NL West’s lackluster Arizona and Colorado with interleague play vs. AL East leader Toronto) and a 10-game road trip on tap for Mets (at NL West leaders San Francisco and L.A. Dodgers with interleague play vs. AL East contender Boston), is a major shakeup in the NL East standings in the offing? Or will the Braves’ lacking play at home …

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When will the Atlanta Braves post a series win again?

Now that the Braves have lost six of eight games and all three series on the homestand, we’re asking you, Atlanta, when will the Tomahawks actually post a series win again? The team last won a series in Cincinnati on April 24-26. They next face NL East rivals Florida, Philadelphia and New York on a week-long road swing.

You tell us: What will it take for the Braves to mount a turnaround?

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