Chris Johnson

Are Braves Real?

The Braves are off to a surprising 4-0 behind solid pitching and an offense that is actually executing the fundamentals.  To put Atlanta’s start into perspective, the Braves were in first place a couple months into last season, so don’t buy the champagne quite yet. Are these Braves for real?  What is great about baseball is that we will find out nearly every day for 162 games. What you... »

Chris Johnson Jekyll or Hyde?

Braves third baseman Chris Johnson has been Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde while playing in Atlanta.  He had that great 2013 season when he challenged for the batting title and finished with a .321 average.  Followed up by last year’s .263 average and dismal .292 on-base-percentage. Johnson was among the leaders in strikeouts last season with 159, 43 more than 2013.  (He did have 64 more at bats in... »

Will Freddie Freeman Have Protection?

When you think of the term “having protection” it usually means carrying a handgun or in the case of a celebrity, having a bodyguard. Both are simple to obtain, all it takes is a phone call and a credit card. Freddie Freeman may have both, I have no idea, that is his business. But what he may not have this season is protection batting behind him that can make the opponent pay for pitch... »

Justin Upton: All-Star or Enigma?

Justin Upton joined the Atlanta Braves last off-season and high expectations accompanied his arrival.  Upton started out on fire in April, after that he had a mediocre season.  Overall, his season numbers ended up very close to his career averages, good but not great. The Upton and Chris Johnson for Martin Prado and Randall Delgado plus prospects trade has long been considered a win for Atlanta.  ... »

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... »

Same Old Sad Braves Song

Same Old Sad Braves Song

Atlanta Braves fans, who have followed the team since the early 90s, have been disappointed often over the years.  Exciting, competitive Braves teams, have seemingly turned to jelly, more times than not, in the postseason. The Braves postseason pitching always seems to range from good to outstanding, while the hitting ranges from below average to horror show.  While the pitching did actually show ... »

Braves Beat Cubs, Clinch NL East Tie

Braves Beat Cubs, Clinch NL East Tie

A big 9th inning led the Atlanta Braves to clinch at least a tie in the NL East.  The Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 9-5, as Jason Heyward made his return to the Braves lineup. The Braves got a commanding lead early on Friday, but were not able to hold on to it.  In the 2nd inning, Chris Johnson homered to left field, to get the game’s scoring started. They added 3 more runs off a long ball in the 3... »

Medlen Shuts Down Padres

Medlen Shuts Down Padres

Kris Medlen shut down the San Diego Padres, and Chris Johnson and Freddie Freeman got the key hits, as the Atlanta Braves scored their first win over the Padres this season.   Johnson and Freeman provided the only offense for the Braves on Saturday night. Chris Johnson got the scoring started in the 4th inning.  He continued his great work with 2 outs and RISP, with a single to left field.  Justin... »