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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... »

Braves Can Make Statement Against Nationals

Braves Can Make Statement Against Nationals

The Atlanta Braves have the opportunity the next three days to make a statement against the Washington Nationals.  The Braves can clinch the National League East, by winning 2 of the next 3 games against the Nationals in Washington.  They can also derail Washington’s late bid to claim a wildcard spot. Atlanta has coasted the past few weeks with their double-digit lead.  The Braves are 6-8 in... »

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Has Braves September Collapse Begun?

Atlanta Braves fans will never forget the 2011 season, when the Braves led St. Louis for the wild card spot by 10 1/2 games on August 26 and 8 1/2 games on September 6, only to watch as the Braves collapsed in the last few weeks and missed out on the playoffs. Fortunately, the Braves huge lead in the National League East, will prevent any catastrophic collapse with playoff consequences this season... »

Braves Can’t Give Away More Games

Braves Can’t Give Away More Games

The Atlanta Braves lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the National League now stands at a slim two games, with 23 games left in the season.  The Pittsburgh Pirates are 4 games behind the Braves, followed by the St. Louis Cardinals at 5. Wednesday afternoon the Braves started Kameron Loe on the mound, and had Elliott Johnson at third base, Paul Janish at shortstop and Gerald L... »

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Braves Baseball Feels Like the Good Old Days

As we head into September, Atlanta Braves baseball 2013 feels like the good old days.  It feels like back in the days when the Braves won 14 division championships in a row, and fans expected them to be in the playoffs, like it was their birthright. No one expected the Braves to run away with the NL East this season.  Washington was supposed to be a powerhouse and the Braves would have all they co... »

Braves Finally Reach NL Summit Again

Braves Finally Reach NL Summit Again

Earlier in the season, after they started 12-1, the Atlanta Braves had the best record in the National League.  But after following up that hot start with less than stellar baseball, they tumbled a few notches down in the NL standings and have remained there most of the season. With Monday night’s 3-2 victory over the Nationals, their eleventh straight win, the Braves once again stand atop t... »

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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... »

Braves Haven’t Peaked Yet

Braves Haven’t Peaked Yet

The Atlanta Braves have opened up a substantial lead in the National League East, yet there is the feeling that the Braves are not a formidable team.  A big reason for that is the NL East itself.  The Braves are the only team in the division with a record above .500. The Braves also have only the 3rd best record in the National League and the Dodgers are the hottest team in baseball, led by their ... »