Braves Series Against Nationals Key?

The Braves play the Nationals today in a rare Friday afternoon game. Unless my memory is starting to soften, I can’t ever remember the Braves playing a regularly scheduled tilt on a Friday afternoon.  Can you? Half the Braves fan base probably won’t realize the game was played in the afternoon until they sit down with their favorite beverage after dinner and turn on the TV to...
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April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Same Old Braves So Far

It’s only one game and only one series, but the Braves showed us something against the Brewers in Milwaukee. Atlanta won in typical Braves fashion, with pitching and defense and after the losses in the starting rotation, that is huge for team and fan confidence. Aaron Harang just shut up all the naysayers who questioned the move in releasing Freddy Garcia to sign him.  His fastball...
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April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Wood Gets Braves On Board

The Braves notched their first win of the season behind starter Alex Wood and two homers by Freddie Freeman, a homer by Jason Heyward and two doubles by Dan Uggla.  That isn’t a misprint or writer error, Uggla stroked two doubles. I don’t want to get too excited too early, but Uggla has been “on the ball” the first two games, driving it to all fields with authority.  I...
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April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Loss Only One Game…Right?

The Braves are one game into a 162 game season so you can’t assume much of anything after the Opening Day loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. But the game did look eerily similar to what we were used to seeing last season when the Braves struggled.  At the very least you can say that not a lot has changed. The good news is that Julio Teheran pitched well despite not having his good...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves vs Brewers GameDay Experience 3/31/14

The Atlanta Braves open the season against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park in Milwaukee at 2:10 p.m. today. Atlanta will play Milwaukee seven times this season, three in Milwaukee during this opening series and four in Atlanta May 19-22. Miller Park has not been a safe haven for the Braves, they lost eight straight in the Brewers home park dating back to April, 2011, before...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Baseball Begins Anew

Braves baseball starts tomorrow and isn’t it great that a new season is here.  Mother Nature may still be stingy with springtime weather, but she can’t hold back the start of Braves baseball.  It is here and ain’t it great! What I love about baseball is that once it starts, it is with us every day… The next six and a half months baseball will always be here to wrap its...
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March 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Gattis Expectations Too High?

Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis became a folk hero last season with his rags to riches story, mammoth home runs, late game heroics and engaging personality.  With Brian McCann leaving for free agency, Gattis will be the Braves starting catcher and is expected to be a major force in the Braves line-up. Are the expectations for Gattis too high? It was revealed that Gattis had surgery...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Braves Win NL East?

Before the injuries to Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy, I thought the Braves had a good chance to repeat as National League Eastern division champions.  With those injuries, my win projection on the Braves has changed. The Braves won 96 games last season and looking at the roster and the competitive level in the National League, I was originally projecting 92 wins for the Braves...
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March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves 2014 Player Performance Projections

Which Atlanta Braves players will tear it up this season and who are the ones that will disappoint? Projecting what major league baseball players will do in the regular season is one of the more intriguing crap shoots in sports.  There are hundreds if not thousands of websites out there that put out projections for fantasy league players and many pundits and “experts” who take...
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March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Release Garcia Then Boom Harang

After the Braves released Freddy Garcia yesterday I was ready to write an article about what a mistake I thought they had made.  I like players who can produce in the clutch and Garcia was great last season in September and then in the playoff game against the Dodgers. Too often over the years the Braves have had players who are solid April to August and then down the stretch and...
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March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Opening Day Festivities Announced

The Atlanta Braves home opener on April 8 will give fans the opportunity to honor Braves great, Hank Aaron.  A pregame ceremony will commemorate Aaron’s April 8, 1974 home run that broke Babe Ruth’s 714 career home run record. For more Atlanta Braves coverage, download the ATLANTA BULLPEN ANDROID APP Fans have been asked by the Braves to arrive at the game by 6:30 p.m. so they...
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March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Opening Day: You Ready?

The Atlanta Braves will be kicking off the 2014 season in Milwaukee and the home opener is not far behind on April 8 against the New York Mets.  Tickets are going fast for the home opener, so if you haven’t bought yours yet, now is the time to make the purchase while the good deals are still there.  Our sponsor, Front Row Seats, has some great ticket options available, so check...
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March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Breakout Players 2014 – Who Are They?

Alex Wood The Atlanta Braves will need players to step up and have breakout seasons if they want to win the National League Eastern Division.  Who do you think will be those players? First of all, I’m going to eliminate those players who won’t have breakout seasons in 2014. Number one on the list is Chris Johnson, who had his breakout season last  year.  Looking at other starting...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves: Should Offensive Approach Change?

The Atlanta Braves have been a highly successful organization  the past 20+ years.  Despite that success, I think it is legitimate to question their organizational approach towards offense.  Again. Pitching and defense have always been the Braves number one priority. They have done a great job with that philosophy, developing top pitchers in their minor league organization and...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Dan Uggla: Do Braves Fans Dare Dream?

Dan Uggla hit his third  spring homer Monday afternoon and followed that up with a triple to drive in three runs as he led the Braves to a 4-0 win over the Astros on Monday.  Uggla leads the Braves in homers (tied with Jason Heyward) and runs batted in this spring. Could Dan Uggla bounce back and have a big season in 2014?  Do we dare dream?  Spring training performances usually...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Farm System Could Be Key

The Atlanta Braves farm system has done a great job over the years of producing high-quality major league players. In recent years the system has produced Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward, Andrelton Simmons, Evan Gattis, Mike Minor, Julio Teheran, Kris Medlen and Craig Kimbrel.  Many other Braves players that have provided significant contributions were developed on  Braves minor...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves New Stadium Debate Over

When the Atlanta Braves announced their new stadium in Cobb County, there was outrage from the city of Atlanta and many fans. Some reasonable and logical reasons were given why the move did not make sense. Just a few short months removed from the announcement, we all now know what a great decision the Braves made to build their own stadium in Cobb County.  The stadium debate is...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Freeman Leads Braves Pre-Season Odds

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is ranked as having the sixth best chance of winning the 2014 National League MVP Award, by Bovada Sports Book. Bovada rates the Pirates Andrew McCutcheon as having the best chance to win the NL MVP at 6/1 odds, then the Reds Joey Votto at 7/1, the Diamondbacks Paul Goldschmidt at 9/1, the Cardinals Yadier Molina at 12/1 and the Giants...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Ervin Santana Signed By Atlanta Braves

Ervin Santana The Atlanta Braves have acquired veteran free agent right-handed starter, Ervin Santana, to shore up their injury-depleted rotation. Santana was signed to a one year contract and will wear number 30. With starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy‘s futures in doubt due to arm problems, this is a huge acquisition for the Braves.  Along with Julio Teheran and Mike Minor...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Teheran Unquestioned Most Important Braves Player

Last week I wrote an article about who will be the most important Braves player in 2014.  Julio Teheran was my choice due to the Braves needing a true number one starter with big-time stuff and Teheran having that type ability. There were other Braves players I considered as MIP, but Teheran seemed like the logical choice at the time. With Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy leaving...
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March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves anxiously await news on Medlen injury

Awaiting the news on Atlanta Braves starter Kris Medlen‘s arm health feels like we’re waiting around on a death watch.  That sounds overly dramatic, but if Medlen is out for the season, it will be a huge blow to the Braves’ chances in 2014. Medlen was a rock in the Braves rotation last season and was probably going to be the Opening Day starter.  He was the Game One starter...
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March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Feeling 2014 Pressure?

The Atlanta Braves have not won a playoff series since 2001, which is hard to believe when you think about all the good teams they have had since that win over the Houston Astros in the ’01 NLDS. When appearing on radio shows lately, I’ve been asked how much pressure is on the Braves and particularly manager Fredi Gonzalez and general manager Frank Wren, to not only make the...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Alex Wood – Start or Bullpen?

Atlanta Braves lefty Alex Wood could be a key this season as either a starter or reliever or both.  The pitcher with the funky delivery proved effective in both roles last season. The Braves don’t have many questions this spring, but one they do have is whether  Wood should start all season, relieve all season, or relieve first then start.  I’m learning towards Wood starting...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Beachy Still Question Mark?

Brandon Beachy is being counted on heavily by the Atlanta Braves this season to start and win games.  You read articles in the media about what Beachy will do in 2014 and it is  like a given he will have a very successful season. Until Beachy is able to throw free and easy, I am concerned about whether he will approach his pre-injury production level. Beachy was expected back mid...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Braves Predicted Mediocre By Oddsmaker

The Atlanta Braves are headed towards a mediocrity this season, according to sports book, Bovada.  Atlanta is picked as the team with the eleventh best chance to win the World Series at 20/1 odds. What is Bovada seeing that Braves fans and media are not?  The Braves won the NL East last year and return what appears to be a stronger team.  The Nationals are the favorites to win...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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