Found September 08, 2013 on Beer Mug Sports:
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TEAMS: Atlanta Braves
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Atlanta Braves’ glaring weakness

The Atlanta Braves have been cruising all season long. They have not taken their foot off the pedal, only to accelerate against their other National League East opponents. This club has a 14 game lead over the second place Washington Nationals and have the best record in baseball at 85-55. Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Minor throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the...

WATCH: Evan Gattis crushes longest home run of 2013

Your browser does not support iframes. Evan “Oso Blanco” Gattis, a rookie catcher and outfielder for the Atlanta Braves crushes the longest homer of the 2013 MLB season. The blast went 489 feet by ESPN’s calculations. Oso Blanco means “white bear” in Spanish, which is a nickname some minor league teammates gave him to describe […]

Chopcast: Braves still fighting for NL's top seed

ATLANTA As was customary during the '90s and early-aughts, the Braves have been one of the premier models of consistency in baseball this season. The team leaving Philadelphia Sunday night one that had just suffered a series sweep for only the third time this season (Tigers, Padres, Phillies) may not have resembled that model, not after being held to just 2-for-25 hitting...

Gattis' two homers only hits Braves could muster

Evan Gattis apparently picked up on something Sunday that his Braves teammates could not. Gattis hit two long home runs, but they were the only hits Atlanta could muster off Philadelphia Phillies starter Cole Hamels as they fell 3-2 in the final contest of a three-game series sweep. ''I saw some good pitches to hit today,'' Gattis said. ''But we lost the...

Braves suffer sweep, move on to Miami

Ask any Braves fan and they will tell you that the Braves are at their best when they are competing against teams above .500 who are likely headed for the playoffs. That same Braves fan will tell you just how frustrating it is to watch their club fall to teams like the Mets, Marlins and Phillies who, by the numbers, shouldn’t have a chance at bringing down a club with a record...

Braves' Jason Heyward to take batting practice Friday

As much as the moment will be downplayed, Jason Heyward taking batting practice will be a big first step in his return from the frightening jaw fracture he suffered.  Heyward is scheduled to take normal batting practice with the Atlanta Braves on Friday, then the team will evaluate where he goes from there. Mark Bowman of MLB.com says it's too early to tell when Heyward...

Braves reliever Scott Downs has fracture in non-pitching hand

Scott Downs now has a pretty good idea of how hard Chase Utley can hit the ball. According to Jay Greenberg of MLB.com, the Braves reliever suffered a non-displaced fracture to his ring finger on his right hand after being hit by a comebacker from Utley that smashed hard into the back of his glove. Downs was immediately removed from the game but manager Fredi Gonzalez did not...

Three Cuts: Braves rally, but incur walkoff loss to Phils

It shouldn't have been as close as it was. The Phillies out-hit and out-pitched the Braves from start to finish on Saturday night. So, when fans at Citizen Bank Park saw the score knotted at five runs apiece in the bottom of the 9th, the bewilderment in their faces said it all. How could this be? How could the Phillies have more than twice the hits and less than half the strikeouts...

Atlanta Braves Top 21 Prospects: 2013 Review

  With the 2013 season winding down and most leagues already into playoff mode, we’re going to take a look back at the preseason Top 21′s. We’ll look at what was said preseason and what the point of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Braves rally before falling to Phils in 9th

Andrelton Simmons wanted one more chance. Freddy Galvis didn't give it to him. Galvis hit a game-ending homer with one out in the ninth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 6-5 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night. Atlanta trailed 5-3 going into the ninth, but Simmons hit a two-out two-run homer off Jonathan Papelbon (5-1), who blew his seventh save in 32...

Braves promote catcher Christian Bethancourt

Bethancourt probably won't play much down the stretch this season but he could be the Braves' Opening Day catcher next spring if impending free agent Brian McCann is not re-signed. The 22-year-old hit .277/.305/.436 with 12 homers and 45 RBI in 90 games this summer at Double-A.

Henderson Alvarez, Marlins done in by Braves' big 4th inning

MIAMI (AP) -- Evan Gattis drove in two runs to highlight Atlanta's highest-scoring inning in more than a month, and the Braves snapped a four-game slide by beating the Miami Marlins 5-2 on Monday night. Justin Upton, Freddie Freeman and Gattis all doubled to lead off what became a five-run fourth, Atlanta's biggest inning since a five-run fifth against Philadelphia on Aug...

Braves-Marlins Preview

Kris Medlen has won a lot of games of late. The right-hander will look to help the Atlanta Braves snap a four-game losing streak Monday when they pay a visit to the Miami Marlins. The Braves (85-57) have scored 10 runs and are batting .156 over their skid. The top four hitters in Atlanta's order - B.J. Upton, Andrelton Simmons, Freddie Freeman and Chris Johnson - went a combined...

Around the Major Leagues: 2013 Week 22

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King Cole and Babe Ruf Lead Phils Sweep of Braves

Somehow, some way, the Phillies managed to come into Sunday's ballgame with the chance to sweep the Atlanta Braves. After Friday night's one-run victory and last night's walk off winner by Freddy Galvis, the Phillies had the momentum going into their final matchup of the season at Citizen's Bank Park...
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