Freddie Freeman

Wood Gets Braves On Board

The Braves notched their first win of the season behind starter Alex Wood and two homers by Freddie Freeman, a homer by Jason Heyward and two doubles by Dan Uggla.  That isn’t a misprint or writer error, Uggla stroked two doubles. I don’t want to get too excited too early, but Uggla has been “on the ball” the first two games, driving it to all fields with authority.  I figu... »

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... »

Freeman Leads Braves Pre-Season Odds

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is ranked as having the sixth best chance of winning the 2014 National League MVP Award, by Bovada Sports Book. Bovada rates the Pirates Andrew McCutcheon as having the best chance to win the NL MVP at 6/1 odds, then the Reds Joey Votto at 7/1, the Diamondbacks Paul Goldschmidt at 9/1, the Cardinals Yadier Molina at 12/1 and the Giants Buster Posey at 1... »

Heyward Should Lead From Middle

Continuing with my series on the Atlanta Braves batting order, I am going to discuss the fifth spot.  If you read my articles on the first four spots, you know that I don’t always agree with Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. So far my Braves batting order looks like this:  1. Schafer (against righties), B.J. Upton (against lefties) 2. Chris Johnson 3. Freddie Freeman 4. Evan Gattis. Anyone miss... »

The Brian McCann Trickle Down Effect

The Brian McCann Trickle Down Effect

The Atlanta Braves have been a model organization since John Schuerholz joined the Braves in 1990 as the General Manager.  His promotion to Braves President in 2007 accentuated his influence on the organization. Prior to the Schuerholz arrival, Atlanta Fulton County Stadium was known for bad baseball, a lousy playing field and bathrooms that smelled like barnyard.  Schuerholz brought hard work, pr... »

Braves New Golden Boy

We continue analyzing the Atlanta Braves batting order with thoughts on the number three slot.  Chipper Jones was the Braves number three hitter for many years.  Jones was a prototypical number three, he could hit to all fields with power, had a high-on-base percentage, and above average speed.  He also was good at knocking in a runner from third with less than two outs. Braves first baseman Fredd... »

Does Freddie Freeman Deal Concern You?

Having become more fiscally conservative as I’ve gotten older, the Freddie Freeman long-term deal concerns me.  That isn’t a knock on Freeman, any big money contract over three years makes my toes curl. Freeman is an outstanding hitter, has power to all fields, and comes through in the clutch.  He also makes the other infielders look good with his quick glove and ability to snatch thro... »

Chipper Jones Dominates Strange Braves Off-Season

Chipper Jones Dominates Strange Braves Off-Season

The Atlanta Braves have had a strange off-season.  The news hasn’t been dominated by the usual baseball stuff, like a big free agent signing, or a blockbuster multi-player deal. Sure Brian McCann and Tim Hudson exiting the Braves was news, but McCann leaving via free agency was expected, and although Hudson getting the deal he did to leave for the Giants was a little surprising, neither lit ... »