Justin Upton

Chipper Jones Guzzling the Kool-Aid

Our beloved Chipper Jones is evidently guzzling John Hart‘s Kool-Aid and smacking his lips it tastes so good. Chipper is wholeheartedly behind the Braves dumping Kimbrel. Based on this mentality, why not go ahead and dump Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons, too.  Go ahead and throw in Teheran, Alex Wood and Shelby Miller while you are on a roll.  The Braves should get rid of all their goo... »

Braves Offense Fast Food?

The past four seasons the Braves made the playoffs in 2013 and 2012, while they missed in 2014 and 2011. Atlanta is predicted to struggle in 2015, but perhaps the Braves can surprise people this year by improving one important offensive statistic. When you break down the Braves past four seasons, the one offensive statistic that has keyed success or failure is on-base-percentage. Atlanta’s O... »

Braves Strange Moves

With the smoke still clearing from the Braves off-season roster nuking, you still can’t help but shake your and wonder what happened and why.  A year ago this time, the Braves organization was puffing out its’ chest in pride over what it had built. The past couple seasons the Atlanta Braves were one of the youngest teams in baseball.  Supposedly a talented young bunch that was going to... »

Same Old Braves So Far

It’s only one game and only one series, but the Braves showed us something against the Brewers in Milwaukee. Atlanta won in typical Braves fashion, with pitching and defense and after the losses in the starting rotation, that is huge for team and fan confidence. Aaron Harang just shut up all the naysayers who questioned the move in releasing Freddy Garcia to sign him.  His fastball was sitti... »

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.  ... »

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... »

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... »