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ATLANTA -- Complete with fireworks of allvarieties,including ones provided by Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla and newcomer Justin Upton, Opening Day got off to a bang in Atlanta with a 7-5 win over the Phillies. And our Chopcast team was on hand to soak in all of the "pop and circumstance."
The offseason was filled with claims of offensive prowess and newfound power, but these things often take time. Even big-time players can have slow Aprils and Mays, after all. But the Braves' offense, which posted seven runs on 10 hits against Philadelphia ace Cole Hamels and subsequent relievers, wasted no time in setting the bar high for the 2013 season.
Freeman led the way with three hits and a first-inning home run, while the back end of the lineup (Uggla, Gerald Laird, Chris Johnson) delivered as well.
Is this the top lineup in the National League? It sure looks like it. Our Chopcast team talks Opening Day impressions and how good the offense could turn out to be. Here are the highlights:
-- What was most impressive about Atlanta's Opening Day win?
-- Jason Heyward and B.J. Upton did not even register a hit for an offense that posted seven runs. That's a good thing, right?
-- Tim Hudson had a rough initial outing. Problems?
-- The bullpen will be forced to take on opponents without Jonny Venters for an extended period of time this season. Were there any concerns for how the relievers performed against a potent Phillies lineup?
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Chipper Jones has always come across as the old school, ah shucks, country boy. On Wednesday the former third basemen of the Atlanta Braves made some tweets in regards to bullying that are sure to raise a few eye brows.
Jones is clearly making reference to the Rutgers situation and coach Mike Rice. Rice was fired on Wednesday after video tape of his practice sessions were played...
The Atlanta Braves are in serious limbo regarding the sprained left elbow of Jonny Venters. He was examined by Dr. James Andrews on Monday, ajc.com reports, but stories differ on the diagnosis.
Dave O’Brien reports that a source close to the situation said surgery hasn’t been ruled out for Venters, but that the diagnosis is “undetermined.”
MLB Network, meanwhile, reports...
We make no secret (okay, I don't make any secret) of our extreme, long standing fan-ship of the Atlanta Braves.
That's why we (me) are happy to let you take a look at a promotional video brothers Justin and B.J Upton, along with a supporting cast of Braves including Hank Aaron, made during Spring Training.
It's funny: (thanks for allowing...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer The Atlanta Braves didn't wait long to show off their new power game.
Home runs by Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla and newcomer Justin Upton led the Braves to a season-opening 7-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night. The teams, off on Tuesday, will resume the series Wednesday night.
The impressive debut generated...
Talk about good timing.
Braves rookie catcher Evan Gattis dug in for his second-career at-bat in the fourth inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Phillies and future Hall of Famer Roy Halladay. What happened next was miraculous.
During the at-bat, Gattis’ father was being interviewed on live TV. His old man began talking about his son’s rough past (which included drug...
The second straight Phils’ starter is crushed by the Braves’ offense, as the Phils dropped their second straight game, losing this time, 9-2.
The Braves jumped to a quick 2-o lead in the bottom of the first as, with a runner on first, and with one man out, Justin Upton hits a two-run home run, his second home run of the season, knocking in Jason Heyward, who had just singled...
ATLANTA Here are three things we learned from the Braves' 2-0 loss to the Phillies on Thursday, before 18,295 bundled-up fans at soggy Turner Field:
1. The Braves' bats were no match for Cliff Lee and the c-c-cold temperatures
To be fair, very few MLB teams would have experienced success against Lee on this night.
In a performance more reminiscent of mid-May than early...