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Braves 2014 Player Performance Projections

Which Atlanta Braves players will tear it up this season and who are the ones that will disappoint? Projecting what major league baseball players will do in the regular season is one of the more intriguing crap shoots in sports.  There are hundreds if not thousands of websites out there that put out projections for fantasy league players and many pundits and “experts” who take their sh... »

Atlanta Braves Best Second Option

The Atlanta Braves don’t have a prototypical number two hitter that has excellent speed, can bunt with the best of them and who can spray the ball around.  That doesn’t mean they don’t have a great option. Braves third baseman Chris Johnson could do a great job in the number two hole.  He has a quick bat, can hit to all fields, makes good contact, and perhaps most importantly, kn... »

The Atlanta Braves 2014 Leading Men

Trying to guess what the Atlanta Braves batting order will be in 2014 is like trying to guess who will win all the brackets in the NCAA basketball tournament.  For instance, who would have thought at this time last year that Jason Heyward would ignite the Braves from the lead-off spot? I’m not going to guess what Fredi Gonzalez will do about the lead-off spot this season, but I am going to g... »

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Will Braves Finish with Best National League Record?

At the end of May, I predicted that the Atlanta Braves would win the National League East.  Even though the Washington National were anointed by many to be the best team in the National League, I thought the Braves had more depth and better chemistry.  Here’s the link to that article:  NL East Already Over:  Braves Win! Now I’d like to just as confidently predict that the Braves will f... »

B.J. Upton Will Start Against Phillies Today

B.J. Upton Will Start Against Phillies Today

Atlanta Braves outfielder B.J. Upton was activated off the disabled list and will start today against the Phillies.  Upton will play center field and bat seventh. Upton went on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring injury suffered while trying to make a running catch. Catcher Gerald Laird has been placed on the disabled list with a kidney stone problem to make room for B.J. Upton. In h... »

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B.J. Upton Completes First Rehab Game

Atlanta Braves outfielder B.J. Upton made his first rehab appearance Wednesday night, as he recovers from a right thigh strain he suffered on July 12.  Upton, playing for the Braves Triple-A Gwinnett affiliate, went 0 for 3 with a strikeout and handled four chances in the outfield in five innings of work. Upton led off and played his usual center field position.  He was replaced in the sixth innin... »

Can Fredi Gonzalez Deny Jordan Schafer Much Longer?

Can Fredi Gonzalez Deny Jordan Schafer Much Longer?

Atlanta Braves outfielder Jordan Schafer is having an outstanding 2013 season.  Schafer has arguably been the most consistent Braves  position player, hitting .346 in April, .293 in May and .323 in June. In his quest to become a starter, Schafer nailed his resume to Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez‘s forehead Sunday afternoon against the Milwaukee Brewers, by going 4 for 5 with a double, a home... »

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Braves Outfield: From First to Worst?

When the Atlanta Braves won the 1991 National League West after finishing last in 1990, the slogan folks in Braves Country used when describing the ’91 team was “Worst to First.” After the Braves acquired Justin and B.J. Upton, to go along with incumbent right fielder, Jason Heyward, many baseball analysts speculated that the Braves could potentially have the best starting outfie... »