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Atlanta BravesHitters: A. The Braves team OPS has risen from .695 last year under old hitting coach Larry Parrish to .737 this year under brand new hitting coach Greg Walker. The major improvements include Michael Bourn, in a career year, posting an .815 OPS with three homers and 13 stolen bases, and Martin Prado, fully healthy this year and OPSing .864 behind Bourn at the top of the order. Chipper Jones has been an offensive force while healthy, with an .857 OPS and five homers in just 28 games. The only below average regular on offense is rookie shortstop Tyler Pastornicky, who has a .643 OPS primarily out of the eight-hole.
Pitching: B-. Typically a huge strength for the Braves, their pitching staff this year has struggled outside of Brandon Beachy, who has a 1.77 ERA to stabilize the rotation. Beachy's strikeout rate is down 3.5 batters per nine innings this year though, as he's pitching more to contact. Tim Hudson has been his usual solid self in five starts (3.03 ERA),...
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Martin Prado is in the perfect place.
The guy in front of him is hitting .323 and knows what to do when he reaches first. Michael Bourns 13 steals are tied for second in the NL.
And the guy behind him is becoming one of the leagues top run producers. Freddie Freeman has taken over the No. 3 spot in the Braves order, and his 32 RBIs are tied for third in the league.
The Atlanta Braves have a 2013 option on catcher Brian McCann, which they will pick up. But things get tricky after that. McCann was scratched from the lineup with flu-like symptoms Wednesday against the Reds, the second consecutive day that's happened. He hasn't had his usual year at the plate, although he is batting .324 (11 for 34) in his last nine games since May 11...
Who knew the Braves bullpen was so ruthless? OK, the players down in the Atlanta pen were just having some fun on Monday night, but it came at the expense of the Tampa Bay Rays ball boy stationed along the third-base line. The ball boy couldn't field a groundball cleanly, and the Braves bullpen let him have it. The pitchers could be seen laughing, taunting him and even throwing...
You can win an game-used Braves jersey... if you have the top bid. The Braves are auctioning off the jerseys actually worn by the players during the upcoming June 15 game against the Orioles, with proceeds going to the Atlanta Braves Foundation.
Auctions fascinate me, and I'm always curious about how players are valued, so I made a spreadsheet that you might find interesting...
Drew Sutton has been traded to Tampa Bay for ptbnl or cash.
— Kristy Robinson (@Kristy_Robinson) May 21, 2012
It was over before it ever started.
Just yesterday, the Pirates acquired Drew Sutton from Atlanta for cash. He now has been traded to Tampa Bay for a player to be named later or cash. I would assume that it is going to be for a player, because if not, it means the Pirates...
For all you New York fans wondering what ever happened former-Mets starter Livan Hernandez— well, he's throwing balls for the Atlanta Braves bullpen and picking on opposing team's ballboys for fun.
During Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays, the 37-year old Hernandez tossed what looked like a couple of handfuls of sunflower seeds at a ballboy after the youngster...
Your browser does not support iframes. A couple days late on this video, but it’s far too amusing to pass up briefly mentioning it. One of the more important responsibilities of a ball boy at work in a major league ballpark is to ensure the safety of members of both teams’ bullpens if those bullpens [...]
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Right-hander Mike Leake hit his first career homer -- part of three solo shots in a row by the Cincinnati Reds -- and allowed only two hits over eight innings Monday night for a 4-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
Drew Stubbs hit two of the career-high four homers allowed by Atlanta starter Mike Minor (2-4). All the runs scored on solo homers at one of the majors...
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Brandon Phillips drove in three runs with a pair of homers off Brandon Beachy on Tuesday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves in another game of all-or-nothing.
Rookie shortstop Zack Cozart also homered off Beachy (5-2) as the Reds got the best of another high-powered game. The teams have combined for 10 homers in the two...
Retired Atlanta Braves ace John Smoltz attempted a weather forecast during a recent appearance on The Weather Channel, covering the weather for some baseball cities.
Smoltz took a serious take on his weather forecast, unlike Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland, who goofed around while doing a local weather forecast in Texas back in December.
Smoltz got some tips from...
Yeah, it's as goofy as you'd think that it would be.
But it is an athlete, albeit a now former one trying to do what people at the Weather Channel do for a living; forecast the weather.
Smoltz was a guest on the Your Weather Today morning show shot in the metro Atlanta area. In this video, the former ace pitcher for the Atlanta Braves and current game analyst for TBS...