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Jason Heyward’s Spectacular Catch Leads Braves Past Mets

Jason Heyward’s Spectacular Catch Leads Braves Past Mets

A 9th inning comeback and a spectacular catch by Jason Heyward, who was playing center field, lifted the Atlanta Braves over the New York Mets, 2-1 on Monday night.  A steady rain in New York was not able to stop another late game comeback against the Mets. There was a huge difference between the 1st half of Monday’s game, and the 2nd half.  During most of the game, it looked like the Braves would... »

Has Evan Gattis Been Benched?

Has Evan Gattis Been Benched?

Sunday’s game against the San Francisco Giants marks the third game in a row and fifth in the last six that power hitting Braves catcher/left fielder/first baseman Evan Gattis did not start.  During the Braves four game losing streak that ended Saturday night, Gattis started only one game. Gattis didn’t start Saturday night’s game against the Giants, but came in and was instrumen... »

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Could Braves Trade Dan Uggla?

Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla has had some great moments since he came to Atlanta, but he’s also been a major enigma.  Uggla is the second highest paid Braves player behind B.J. Upton, but his production hasn’t been top ten. Uggla has not only struggled at the plate, he is currently 20th in the major leagues in second base fielding percentage at .965, and is tied for the majo... »

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B.J. Upton’s Troubles Affecting Justin Upton?

All the focus has been on B.J. Upton‘s struggles, but B.J. isn’t the only Upton struggling.  Brother Justin has cooled off considerably since his fast April start. Justin won the April National League Player of the Month, mainly on the strength of his 12 home runs.  He also had a lofty .402 on-base-percentage and scintillating .734 slugging percentage. Since then, Justin Upton has been... »

Lefty Alex Wood Joins Braves Bullpen

Lefty Alex Wood Joins Braves Bullpen

Lefty Alex Wood has been called up from Double-A Mississippi to shore up the Braves depleted bullpen.  Since Eric O’Flaherty blew out his elbow a couple of weeks ago, the Braves have been short a left-handed arm. Interestingly enough, when Braves GM Frank Wren was asked  if Wood could be called up, Wren said he wasn’t an option. Wood started 10 games at Mississippi and amassed a 4-2 re... »

Braves center fielder B.J. Upton

B.J. Upton Benched?

For the second game in a row and third in the past four, Braves center fielder B.J. Upton didn’t start.  According to a report by AJC beat writer, Dave O’Brien, Upton is sitting out to work on his swing. Saturday night against the Mets, Jason Heyward started in center.  Monday and Tuesday against the Blue Jays, Jordan Schafer started.  Tuesday marks the first time all season that B.J. ... »

Atlanta Braves News

Interesting Braves Line-Up Tonight

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez puts another interesting line-up out there tonight against the Diamondbacks.  Most notable is that the .153 hitting B.J. Upton will bat second and the .307  hitting Chris Johnson will bat eighth. This will be the fifth time this season that B.J. Upton has batted second. At first glance it looks a little ridiculous, but as I pointed out in today’s earlier article... »

Changes in Braves Line-up vs Pirates

Changes in Braves Line-up vs Pirates

Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has inserted two bench players into today’s starting line-up against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates will send left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez to the mound today.  Sanchez has a 12.96 ERA through two starts this season.  His last appearance was this past Tuesday night against the Cardinals when the game was called after 2 innings.  Sanchez gave ... »

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