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The Atlanta Braves are the hottest team in MLB as the 2013 season gets fully into gear. Many analysts had consigned the Braves to caddie-status to the Washington Nationals. However one off-season move has paid immediate dividends that, coupled with superb pitching, has propelled the Braves to a smoking hot start with the powerful bat of Justin Upton leading the way. Upton’s power explosion has given the Braves’ lineup a massive jolt and put the Braves in the early lead when judging the off-season trade that saw Upton join his brother, the recently signed free agent B.J. Upton, in Atlanta.
The Arizona Diamondbacks were carrying off a curious off-season where they evidently were on a mission to change their clubhouse culture. It seems from the outside that despite saying things that were notionally supportive of Upton, DBacks GM Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson had decided that a player, even as young and talented, like Upton didn’t fit the mold of ballplayer they preferred to go ...
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The Atlanta Braves made a series of power moves in the off-season and they are paying off.
The headlines stated early that Justin Upton and his brother BJ would make a huge difference for the club both in the outfield and at the plate.
The team is riding a 10-game winning streak that is its longest since they won 15 straight in the spring of 2000.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks wanted to get rid of Justin Upton in the worst way. He simply did not fit into Kirk Gibson and the front office's philosophy of gritty guys digging deep for wins. The Diamondbacks wanted gamers. They wanted guys with dirty uniforms and so on and so forth. We can all make fun of those ideals if we want. Most of us know that it is talent and performance...
When the Braves traded for Justin Upton the Diamondbacks fans were not sorry to see him go. He didn't suck (D-backs fans may say differently, but his numbers are okay), but he just wasn't the player they thought he was going to be (I'm assuming).
Like he has been for Atlanta.
Playing with his brother seems to be agreeing with Justin, because since he has joined...
With the Tomahawk Chop alive and well in Turner Field, a few readers have ridiculed my ominous forecast for the Atlanta outfield in our annual fantasy baseball predictions piece. Certainly Justin Upton's impersonation of Roy Hobbs (.333 average, eight homers, 12 RBI) isn't helping the cause. As I wrote in the preview, why was Arizona so keen on giving up a 25-year-old who...
The Braves put themselves back on the right track with a 6-4 win over the Pirates Thursday night Here are three observations from the game:
1. Justin Upton is baseball's Energizer bunny this month
He just keeps going and going and going and going
Both Upton brothers Justin and B.J. sent baseball flying out of PNC Park Thursday night, but it was Justin who stole the show...
Justin Upton loves playing for a team with so many sluggers.
Now in his third week with the Atlanta Braves, Upton looks around the clubhouse and sees a solid starting rotation, a dependable bullpen and power -- lots and lots of power.
''It's fun when you can do that,'' Upton said. ''But our goal is to go out and play good baseball every night, pitch...
Wilson Ramos and Justin Upton tie for the best homer pimp of the week.
Evan Gattis’ first MLB hit, homer, and bat flip
So yeah … that happened.
Anthony Rizzo came close to hitting it into the water…
…Carlos Gonzalez did.
The following seven hitters absolutely cannot fail for Week 3 of the fantasy season (April 15-21), based on matchups, existing track records of success and basic guru's intuition.
1. OF B.J. Upton, Braves
Atlanta's new leadoff hitter only draws five games against the Royals (two) and Pirates (three) this week; but as part of that, he'll avoid James Shields and A.J...
They Hit The Ball Real Hard
Tonight in Atlanta, the Braves won their 10th straight game with a late power barrage -- Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and Dan Uggla -- to move to 12-1. Their only loss this year was to Cliff Lee; they've beaten everyone else they've faced. And the thing about hot starts like this is that they frequently speak to a team that really is at a different...
For almost the entire night, the Pirates had to play catch up in this game against the Braves. For most of the game, they did just that. BJ Upton lead the game off with a home run, the Pirates tied it on a sac fly. After the Pirates took a 2-1 lead on a long Russell Martin home run, the Braves took a 3-2 lead on a Chris Johnson homer. The Pirates tied the game back up on a moster...
The Atlanta Braves returned home for a quick two-game stand with the Kansas City Royals. Atlanta is the hottest team in baseball right now and the win streak has now hit 10 straight for the Braves with a 6-3 victory. While pitching has been a major reason that the Braves hold the best record in baseball, the offense opened up on Tuesday night as Atlanta belted five solo home runs...
Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers has been a MLB executive for 16 years.
As the San Diego Padres GM, Towers oversaw four division champions and a trip to the World Series. During his first two years in Arizona, the D-Backs won a surprising division title after losing 97 games the previous season.
Some might take issue with this, but it seems safe to say...
The Atlanta Braves are 11-1. They just swept the Nationals and won 9-0 last night. Justin Upton is hitting .340 with 7 home runs. Chris Johnson, Paul Maholm, and Jayson Heyward are hot all while Freddie Freeman is on the DL.
“It’s early,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “I don’t think we’re going to play .998 baseball the rest of the way, but it sure is better than 1-11...
ATLANTA (AP) -- Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Dan Uggla homered in the eighth inning, and Juan Francisco hit a pair of solo shots earlier in the game to help the Atlanta Braves win their 10th straight with a 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
Atlanta's 10-game winning streak is its longest since the club won 15 straight from April 15-May 2, 2000. The...