Found February 12, 2012 on
Michael Bourn is about as sure a thing as you can get in fantasy sports. You know you’re getting 50+ steals along with at least a .270 batting average, .340 on-base percentage and 90 runs aka Brett Gardner last year. Now that he’s on the Braves, you can probably tack on about 10 more runs and that .270 batting average is an absolute floor — he’s hit over .280 twice in the last three years. I should note that his 26.6 LD% will come down in 2012 and his batting average will come down as a result (his xBA last year was .281, which seems about right). Bourn will single handedly carry steals for you in roto leagues, which alone is a nice quality, but he has far outgrown the “one category contributor” title.
Best case scenario: Jose Reyes (MIA) with no power
Similar players: Ichiro Suzuki (SEA), Brett Gardner (NYY), Elvis Andrus (TEX) with more steals
Worst case scenario: Cameron Maybin (SD) with no power
Steals, runs, lineup. The Braves lineup is strong and should give Bourn p...
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The Atlanta Braves were a playoff team in 2011 until the final day of the season when they lost to the Philadelphia Phillies then were eliminated by the St Louis Cardinals in a one game playoff. After having a 9 1/2 game lead for the Wild Card on August 25th, the Braves blew their lead. There was good news for Atlanta though. Craig Kimbrel emerged as a closer and won the Rookie of...
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He has a closers mentality.
He lives moment-by-moment, pitch-by-pitch, inch-by-inch, mph-by-mph. What happens one day wont affect tomorrow.
Thats the mindset you have to have as a closer, when you pitch on the edge, when one misplaced fastball can result in a win or a save or a loss.
By Kent Covington
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Reliever Scott Linebrink agreed to terms on a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, and will be among the non-roster invitees to spring training.
The 35-year-old Linebrink was 4-4 with a 3.64 ERA in 64 games with the Atlanta Braves last season. He struck out 42 in 54 1-3 innings and held batters to a .235 batting average.
In 607 career games, Linebrink has a 3.51...
A roster of outstanding starting pitching should allow the Atlanta Braves to be well positioned for a run at the National League East title.
Reliever Scott Linebrink agreed to terms on a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, and will be among the non-roster invitees to spring training. The 35-year-old Linebrink was 4-4 with a 3.64 ERA in 64 games with the Atlanta Braves last season. He struck out 42 in 54 1-3 innings and held batters to a .235 batting average.
The Cardinals' list of Spring Training non-roster invitees grew by one on Friday with the addition of Scott Linebrink, who signed a Minor League deal just eight days before pitchers and catchers are required to report to camp.