Found April 09, 2012 on BravesWire:
Theoretically, the Atlanta Braves’ 2012 season could’ve gotten off to a worse start. After all, no one was injured, right? That being said, a swift kick below the belt would’ve been less painful than being swept by the Mets on Opening Weekend. After blowing a 10 1/2-game wild card lead to the St. Louis Cardinals in September, the Braves began the new year with the same inept offense that led to a disappointing finish last fall, hitting .151 with seven runs and 14 hits this weekend. The pitching wasn’t a whole lot better, as both Jair Jurrjens and Mike Minor struggled in their season debuts. Jurrjens gave up three runs and seven hits on Saturday, lasting just 4 2/3 innings; Minor was shelled for six runs. “It’s the third game of the season,” Minor told following his loss on Sunday. “There is plenty of season left and plenty of games left. It’s obviously disappointing. But now we go to Houston and we’ve got a chance to win some games there.” There weren’t many highlights for the

Fredi Gonzalez’s Decision-Making Is Not Helping The Braves

The Atlanta Braves have followed up their 2011 collapse with an 0-4 start to the 2012 season. The Braves have simply been terrible in 2012. Their .229 wOBA is 29th in the majors, they rank 29th in BABIP against, and they are tied for 29th in run differential. Not all of this can be blamed on the manager and it is only 4 games, but Gonzalez is in line for criticism for his bullpen...

The 2012 Braves, endless optimism, and Fredi Gonzalez

Two games into the season, and the Braves are 0-2. Most fans, casual and die hard alike, are going to point at the fact that we're still in the first week of April and that there are still 160 games to get the ship corrected and for the Braves to win 90 games and make the playoffs. I'm not so sure about that anymore, and it has nothing to do with the disappointing on-field...

95% Off: Juan Francisco

First off, let me just state this post could be jumping the gun.  Hell, I might be winning the 10K marathon because I started the week before everyone else did (which would explain why I had time for so much beer as I went).  I know that, I own that.  Now that we’ve clarified I’m trying to show the skill of clairvoyance, let’s review.  Chipper Jones has already announced...

No hard feels for Bourn in return to Houston

Several months after getting traded, Michael Bourn is just fine with being an ex-Astro. No hard feelings, no regrets. Beyond the fact that Bourn understands that trades are part of the game, he is now the lead-off hitter and starting centerfielder for a team expected to compete for a playoff spot. "I had no problem with (the trade)," said Bourn Monday during his first...

Chipper Jones activated

HOUSTON (AP) -- Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones has been activated from the disabled list and is in the lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Houston Astros. Jones, who turns 40 later this month, opened the season on the DL following surgery March 26 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. The switch-hitter, who plans to retire at the end of this season...

Pre-Game: New York Mets (2-0) vs. Atlanta Braves (0-2)

  The Mets look for the three game season opening sweep against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday afternoon at 1:1o p.m. Yesterday the Mets defeated the Braves by the score of 4-2 as Lucas Duda hit a pair of solo home runs and David Wright went 3-for-5 at the dish, meanwhile on the mound R.A. Dickey pitched six innings allowing just a two run home run to Martin Prado. Today the Mets...

Atlanta Braves: The week ahead

Schedule Monday: at Houston, 8:05 p.m. (Fox SportsSouth); Probable starters: Brandon Beachy (2011: 7-3, 3.68 ERA in 2011) vs. J.A. Happ (2011: 6-15, 5.35 in 2011) Tuesday: at Houston, 8:05 p.m. (Fox SportsSouth); Tommy Hanson (0-1, 1.80) vs. Kyle Weiland (0-3, 7.66 ERA in 2011) Wednesday: at Houston, 8:05 p.m. (Fox SportsSouth); Randall Delgado (1-1, 2.83 in 2011) vs. Wandy Rodriguez...

NL East Snapshot

Yep, that's right.  After a three game sweep of the Atlanta Braves the Mets find themselves atop the National League East with a one game lead over the Washington Nations, who come to Citi Field tonight to open a three game series.  Its early, but enjoy it fellow Mets fans!

Game Preview: Mets @ Braves

The Mets play game two of the season this afternoon as they take on the Atlanta Braves. The Mets pitching locked down the Braves in the Home Opener as Santana pitched 5 scoreless and a near perfect bullpen closed the door behind them. On the other side of the ball, the Mets were able to get runners on the bases, but bringing them in was a major problem as they beat the Braves by...
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