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Braves Stuck in the Middle

The Atlanta Braves are a surprising team so far this season, hanging around the .500 mark and avoiding long losing streaks.  Being at the .500 mark isn’t enough to pound your chest and let off primal screams, but compared to what the Braves were predicted to be this season, it’s not bad.  If management hadn’t flushed the season in the desire to build up for when the new stadium o... »

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... »

Braves Batting Order Dilemna

The past two seasons the Braves had problems at the top of the batting order. Lacking a true lead-off man, or number two hitter, Fredi Gonzalez was forced to try and pound square pegs into round holes. Sure, Jason Heyward did a pretty good job batting lead-off, but he certainly wasn’t prototypical in that slot.  It also seemed to have an adverse effect on his power numbers. When Nick Markaki... »

Teheran Unquestioned Most Important Braves Player

Last week I wrote an article about who will be the most important Braves player in 2014.  Julio Teheran was my choice due to the Braves needing a true number one starter with big-time stuff and Teheran having that type ability. There were other Braves players I considered as MIP, but Teheran seemed like the logical choice at the time. With Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy leaving their last spring s... »

Braves Feeling 2014 Pressure?

The Atlanta Braves have not won a playoff series since 2001, which is hard to believe when you think about all the good teams they have had since that win over the Houston Astros in the ’01 NLDS. When appearing on radio shows lately, I’ve been asked how much pressure is on the Braves and particularly manager Fredi Gonzalez and general manager Frank Wren, to not only make the playoffs t... »

Justin Upton Needs More Consistency

Justin Upton Needs More Consistency

Continuing with our series on the Atlanta Braves batting order, I am going to talk about the number six position.  I think Justin Upton should bat sixth for the Braves. and that is despite the fact that he had a .301/.384/.538 in the number two slot in the order last season. Fredi Gonzalez has already indicated that Upton will again bat second this season, based on his numbers last season in the t... »

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... »

Evan Gattis Comes Full Circle

Evan Gattis Comes Full Circle

The past few years the Atlanta Braves batting order has not had a guy you would automatically pencil in at the cleanup spot.  It has been cleanup by committee. Now that Evan Gattis is the every day catcher, he is the logical choice to bat fourth.  I’m not breaking any new ground, here.  Fredi Gonzalez has already stated that Gattis will be his cleanup hitter this season.  This is the second ... »