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ATLANTA This was predictable.
Following two captivating starts to the 2013 season, Braves hitters Justin Upton and Evan Gattis took home National League monthly honors on Thursday. Upton was named N.L. Player of the Month and Gattis was named N.L. Rookie of the Month for their contributions to the Braves' 17-9 April start.
The two newcomers Upton via trade, Gattis via the organization's minor league system have combined to lift a lineup missing some of its key parts through the first month of the season.
Upton finished the month with the most home runs in the majors (12) as well as the top slugging percentage (.734) his 12 homers were also a franchise record for the month of April. He hit .298 in 94 at-bats, including 19 RBI, 22 runs and a .402 on-base percentage. He is tied for the MLB lead in wins above replacement (WAR) with Colorado's Dexter Fowler.
Gattis became one of the league's most intriguing storylines not only for his back story, but also for his power numbers. The 26-year-old led all rookies with six home runs and 16 RBI. In fact, he's tied for third among all major-league hitters with five game-winning RBI.
Overall, newcomers accounted for 67.5 percent of all the runs Atlanta scored in April.
Upton and Gattis played pivotal roles in that regard. Now, they each have a trophy to show for it.
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ATLANTA -- With one late January move, Braves general manager Frank Wren altered the course of his franchise's season, bringing in Justin Upton and Chris Johnson to square away one of baseball's best lineups on one of baseball's best teams. At least that's how the Atlanta-Arizona blockbuster looks now.
When Wren pulled the trigger on what was appropriately dubbed...
Late last week I was at my parents' house and my dad was watching a rerun of NCIS/Law & Order/one of his usual Dad Shows, I don't remember. "Deddy, you're watching the wrong channel," I joked. "The Braves are on."
"I thought we didn't get Braves games anymore because we have Dish?"
Well, no. It seems there are some misunderstandings...
ATLANTA Following Tuesday's Braves game against the Nationals, there were plenty of questions concerning future opinions, especially those of how baseball voters would view the career of Tim Hudson. The 37-year-old veteran had just won his 200th game in memorable fashion: pitching seven innings of one-run ball to go along with his third career home run.
But how should his career...
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That does mean Upton would have done the same had he stayed in Sedona red, Montero said.
We all know he is capable of that,'' said Montero, who played with Upton from 2007 to 2012. "The big...
Fredi Gonzalez has the Braves in first place in the NL East
Yesterday’s article entitled, “Braves Could Have Decisions to Make,” detailed the struggles of Dan Uggla and B.J. Upton, and talked about options Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez may at some point consider.
The real question I’m going to talk about today, is when if it all would it be appropriate for Gonzalez to bench...
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1. The strikeouts are going to come.
Even with the best record...
Tim Hudson defeated the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night to earn his 200th career victory. It was a complete performance by Hudson who used his arm and his bat to defeat the division rival.
On the mound Hudson was his usual self going seven innings allowing one run. The veteran starter recorded six strikeouts and relied on the ground ball. In Hudson’s seventh and final inning...
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Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson has only three home runs in his career, and his most recent big fly may not have made its way into the stands without a little help from Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper.
During the bottom of the fifth inning on Tuesday night, the 37-year-old Hudson proved that he still has the strength to send a ball...
And so, another bad night for the Nats Tuesday night in Atlanta (still waiting for Danny Espinosa's latest assessment of the Braves), but at least there was Gio Gonzalez's fantastic diving catch of a bunt by Andrelton Simmons in the second inning.
Gio on his muddled start (4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 BB, 9 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 95 pitches!?, 56 strikes):
"Today's one of those...
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Justin Upton launched his major league leading 12th home run of the season this week. He hit just 17 a year ago, and is currently on pace to shatter his career high of 31 back in 2011. The same can’t be said for his brother B.J. Upton, who has just three home runs, and is hitting a paltry .143 on the season. Freddie...
The Atlanta Braves' all-or-nothing offense has provided closer to nothing of late, though that hasn't been case when the New York Mets have visited Turner Field.
The NL East-leading Braves will try to get back on track and beat the Mets for the eighth time in nine home games in the opener of a three-game series on Friday night.
After getting shut out with only two hits...
Tim Hudson won his 200th game on Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals, becoming just the 110th pitcher in MLB history to reach the milestone. On the same evening, Roy Halladay allowed 8 earned runs (3 HR) to the Cleveland Indians in 3.67 IP at Progressive Field.
Is Tim Hudson the most underrated pitcher in the 21st century? Has the Atlanta Braves ace pitched to the level...