Braves fly U.S. flag at half-staff in honor of fan killed in fall

  The U.S. flag flew at half-staff at Turner Field on Sunday, one day after a fan died following his fall from the upper deck into the lower-level stands during a game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees. Mary Beth Hauptle, an investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner, identified the victim as Gregory K. Murrey, 60, of Alpharetta, Georgia. Murrey was pronounced...
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23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Braves offense is still bad – but in a different way

In 2014, the Atlanta Braves offense was a horror show. For the year, they hit just .241/.305/.360. The club’s .296 wOBA was fourth-worst in baseball (ahead of just the Phillies, Reds, and Padres), and their 87 wRC+ was fifth-worst (ahead of those three aforementioned teams and the Arizona Diamondbacks). They scored just 573 runs, the second-lowest total in baseball. The main...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The San Diego Padres are in freefall

The San Diego Padres entered the 2015 with justifiably higher hopes than past years. After finishing under .500 for four straight seasons, the club opted for change, axed GM Josh Byrnes, and hired former Texas Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller to rejuvenate the franchise. Almost immediately, Preller went on trade bonanza, acquiring Matt Kemp, Craig Kimbrel, Justin Upton...
Via The Outside Corner
21 days ago  |  Discuss

The San Diego Padres are in freefall

The San Diego Padres entered the 2015 with justifiably higher hopes than past years. After finishing under .500 for four straight seasons, the club opted for change, axed GM Josh Byrnes, and hired former Texas Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller to rejuvenate the franchise. Almost immediately, Preller went on trade bonanza, acquiring Matt Kemp, Craig Kimbrel, Justin Upton...
Via Bloguin Best
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Peterson, Teheran lead Braves past Phillies 6-2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jace Peterson had three hits, including a three-run home run, and Julio Teheran pitched seven strong innings to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 6-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. Chris Johnson, Jonny Gomes and Ryan Lavarnway all had an RBI for the Braves, who snapped a season-worst six-game losing streak while winning for just the second time in...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Buy/Sell, Week 12: Lawrie’s Resurgence

Brett Lawrie, 2B/3B, OAK Verdict: Buy While he may not be making A’s fans forget about Josh Donaldson, Brett Lawrie has managed to scrap his way to fantasy relevance. In the past 30 days, according to the ESPN player rater, Lawrie has been the fifth best second baseman. At first glance, the combination of Lawrie’s BABIP and 26.4 K% points to a whole lot of regression coming...
Via Baseball Professor
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

One Man’s Trash: Steals are Gotten by Jace

Jace Peterson (+25.9%) was the most added player in fantasy baseball this past week. SAGBJ doesn't quite have the same ring to it as SAGNOF, I'll admit. Sounds like a disappointing sexual experience or something. Or perhaps just a disappointing Upton brother. Peterson has been anything but disappointing in his first season as Atlanta's starting second baseman however. Through...
Via Razzball
June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Braves 6, Mets 4

The Mets (36-34) were defeated by the Atlanta Braves (34-35) by a score of 6-4 tonight at Turner Field. The Mets loaded the bases in the first inning to put immediate pressure on Braves starter Williams Perez. Curtis Granderson and Ruben Tejada singled, and Michael Cuddyer was hit by a pitch. Travis d’Arnaud then drove in a pair with a single to give the Mets an early 2-0 lead...
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June 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Wisler makes stellar debut as Braves beat deGrom, Mets

  Matt Wisler allowed only one run in eight innings in his major league debut to outpitch Jacob deGrom, and Jace Peterson hit a two-run double in the eighth to lift the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 win over the New York Mets on Friday night. Wisler (1-0) allowed one run and six hits and no walks in eight innings. The NL East-leading Mets' only run off Wisler came on Michael Cuddyer's...
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June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Monday, Jun 15

Monday gives us a rare full slate of games (for a Monday) featuring 19 starters that rate average or better. The big stunner, in my mind, is Noah Syndergaard crashing the party at number two overall in his home start against the Blue Jays. Steamer is the biggest driver of his rise as they project a 3.31 ERA the rest of the way, which is somehow better than their projection for Dallas...
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June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Mets 10, Braves 8

The Mets (34-30) defeated the Atlanta Braves (30-33) this afternoon at Citi Field by a score of 10-8, obtaining the series victory. Dillon Gee and Mike Foltynewicz opposed each other in the rubber match of the series, and neither starter fared very well. Gee only managed to pitch 3 and 2/3rd’s innings, allowing eight earned runs on eleven hits, while walking one and striking out...
Via Mets Merized Online
June 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves Searching for Production Beyond Freddie Freeman

Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves is congratulated at home plate by Cameron Maybin #25 and Jace Peterson #8 after Freeman hit a three run home-run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on June 3, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) When the Atlanta Braves shipped Justin Upton, Evan Gattis...
Via The Sports Journal
June 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Nick Ahmed: Arizona Diamondbacks’ Defensive Star

PHOENIX, AZ – JUNE 02: Nick Ahmed #13 of the Arizona Diamondbacks forces out Jace Peterson #8 of the Atlanta Braves at second base during the seventh inning at Chase Field on June 2, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) When people think of the Arizona Diamondbacks some of the first players that come to mind are first baseman Paul Goldschmidt or center fielder...
Via The Sports Journal
June 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves score 4 in the 9th to stun Giants 7-5

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Jace Peterson continued his torrid pace and once again came through with the game on the line. Peterson tripled with the bases loaded in Atlanta's four-run ninth inning to lead the Braves to a 7-5 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday. Freddie Freeman sparked the rally with his second home run in as many at bats against Giants closer Santiago Casilla...
Via AP on Fox
May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Jace Peterson might just be a viable leadoff hitter for the Braves

Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has inserted a variety of batters into the leadoff spot this season, but he just may have found a long-term solution to spark the Braves' offense. For the past five games, Gonzalez has penciled in Braves newcomer Jace Peterson at the top of the batting order, a move that's proved beneficial to the club's offense. Since taking over as Atlanta...
Via Fox Sports
May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Peterson's slam helps Braves offset Stanton's shot, Marlins

MIAMI (AP) Rookie Jace Peterson hit a grand slam for his first major league home run, and the Atlanta Braves overcame another tape-measure shot by Giancarlo Stanton to remain undefeated this year at Marlins Park by beating Miami 5-3 Saturday. Major league RBIs leader Stanton hit his third long homer in as many games, a solo shot into the upper deck in center field, where a spectator...
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May 16, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: Deep League Middle Infield Waiver Additions

View image | gettyimages.com Both of the soon-to-be-mentioned players are interesting targets for deep leagues players who are searching for middle infield help, as almost all fantasy owners right now could use a boost at shortstop or second. The first is somewhat blocked by an aging veteran, but it seems as though he may be stealing playing time as the vet continues to struggle...
Via The Fantasy Fix
May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves Rough up Jerome Williams, Take Two of Three from Phillies

Atlanta Braves’ Jace Peterson (8) steals second base as Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Cesar Hernandez (16) handles the late throw in the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) The Atlanta Braves got to Phillies right hander Jerome Williams early and often Wednesday night as they beat the Phillies by a score of 7-5....
Via The Sports Journal
May 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Woman Hit In Head With Foul Ball, Ices Enormous Bump With Cold Beer (Video)

Some lady in the Atlanta area woke up Wednesday morning with an enormous bruise, a souvenir from Tuesday night’s Atlanta Braves-Philadelphia Phillies fan. The unfortunate fan was taking in the game at Turner Field when Jace Peterson shot a foul ball toward the third-base dugout. The ball skipped off the dugout and went flying into the stands where it eventually struck a woman in...
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May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: Atlanta Braves Team Preview

View image | gettyimages.com Entering last year, the Braves roster was full of impact fantasy players. With two corner outfielders that had 20-20 potential, one of the best power hitting catchers in the game, a solid and reliable first baseman, the best closer in the game, and a shortstop coming off of a 17 home run season, the Braves had many attractive fantasy assets. Fast forward...
Via The Fantasy Fix
March 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Braves' second-base battle may be most compelling of spring

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Last month, Craig Kimbrel joked that with so many changes to the Braves' roster, they should wear T-shirts this spring with name tags that say "Hello, My Name Is ..." Saturday, that came to fruition as payers entered the clubhouse to find those shirts sitting in their lockers, courtesy of the All-Star closer. Given the options at second base, which include...
Via Fox Sports South
March 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Rookie Peterson tailor-made for Braves' new emphasis on speed

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The term "supplemental" is an apt one right now, regarding Jace Peterson's standing with the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft class -- featuring budding stars like Jose Fernandez (Marlins), Anthony Rendon (Nationals), George Springer (Astros), Gerrit Cole (Pirates) and C.J. Cron (Angels). After all, two-sport product of McNeese State (baseball/football)...
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February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Will Braves find consistent production among second base candidates?

It should come as no surprise that over the past three seasons, no position has provided less consistency in the Braves' lineup than second base. That span, of course, included 474 games of Dan Uggla and saw him strike out 535 times, with a franchise-record 171 in 2013. Released last season, Uggla is your poster boy for everything that's gone wrong -- a point driven home by the fact...
Via Fox Sports South
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Making sense of the Braves’ Offseason

The Atlanta Braves have been quiet this off-season, relatively speaking. Quiet meaning they haven’t signed any big-name players to any long-term deals. However, the Braves have signed, and traded for some pretty big-name prospects, and some veteran players. Let’s take a look at the Braves’ offseason. 1. Shelby Miller, Tyrell Jenkins (traded away Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden...
Via Baseball Essential
January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Ranking the NL East Second Basemen

We saw some change within the division at the Winter Meetings with the Marlins making a significant upgrade at second and appearing to be serious this offseason about a wild card run in 2015, much to the Mets’ chagrin. It’s also looking more and more like Murphy will continue to be our starter and as far as I’m concerned, the Mets are in pretty good shape at the position...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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