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08:16 AM ET 06.15 | Thanks in part to injuries, the Braves have pitching problems, and not just in their rotation. It has become a midsummer ritual to ponder what bat the Braves might land at the trade deadline, but this July could be different. This time they need arms. The best arms -- they figure to include Zack Greinke of Milwaukee and Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza of the Cubs -- tend to cost even more than available bats, and the Braves haven't been inclined to pay retail price since Liberty Media bought the club. For a couple of weeks, this correspondent has been asking [Fredi Gonzalez] if he has enough pitching. The manager's latest answer: "Even when you think you have enough, you can always use more."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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June 15, 2012  10:28 AM ET

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I think I read where Ryan Dempster might be available .

June 15, 2012  11:04 AM ET

Plead all you want, your hitters need help too. Only the Red Sox folding and spitting the bit last September kept the Braves choking off the front page.

June 15, 2012  11:06 AM ET

The Braves don't less depth at the plate than on the mound. If they're looking to make a deal for a pitcher, then they must feel the young guns at AAA Gwinnet aren't quite ready for the show.

June 15, 2012  11:20 AM ET

If you think your in position to win sometimes you have to depart with some of your young talent in the minors. Since there is an extra wild card this year a lot more teams think they have a chance to win.

June 15, 2012  12:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Plead all you want, your hitters need help too. Only the Red Sox folding and spitting the bit last September kept the Braves choking off the front page.

Amen 50! in that sweep by the Yanks, the Braves were 3-24 with RISP and left 26 men on base. acquiring one pitcher won't make up for that lack of offense.

June 15, 2012  12:21 PM ET

the braves manager has his hands full, but he shouldn't expect too much in return from the owner after all the braves did had the greatest collapse last september,,,

June 15, 2012  02:30 PM ET

Bobby Cox is truly missed on this team

June 15, 2012  05:42 PM ET

Where did Maddox, Glavine, Smoltz go? Boy can they use them now!

June 15, 2012  06:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Bobby Cox is truly missed on this team

As a die hard Braves fan I have to say I cant wait to see Gonzo go. He seems lost when it comes to managing the pen and 0-9 on mondays....really. You cant get a somewhat young team ready to play after playing Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Its nauseating!

June 15, 2012  07:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Bobby Cox is truly missed on this team

Amen Brother!

June 16, 2012  12:16 AM ET

With Bobby Cox gone and this new management not willing to put out the dough it will be a while before the Braves win a pennant. Sure do miss the Braves when they were on TV all the time and they had those great pitchers.

June 17, 2012  07:31 AM ET

I am curious why they stick with Roger McDowell as pitching coach. Why not bring Maddox, Glavine, or Smoltz back in the role of pitching coach. Maddox would be great if he could teach the pitchers to pitch with his mentality.

I cannot put all the blame on Gonzalez for this team, as I believe the front office is mostly to blame. They are content putting a so-so team on the field, a team that will falter if it makes the playoffs. I seriously doubt Atlanta will see a team of the caliber it had for so many years again.

 
June 18, 2012  09:24 AM ET

New batting coach seems to have same old mentality as well. Seems like they never have the scouting report on the opposing pitcher correct. They are always in the hole 0-1 either from watching a down the middle fastball or swinging at offspeed crap in the dirt. They NEVER get it right.

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