Atlanta Braves News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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4/17/14: The Braves have suffered a myriad of injuries to their pitching staff already this season, but no one feels sorry for the defending NL East champions. Certainly not their closest rival, the Washington Nationals. But the Braves do not seem to care either, and they continue to own the Nationals. Atlanta completed a three game sweep over the Nats last weekend, and have won 5 of 6 games this year alone. That has given the Braves a bit of a lead in the division, and surely will help them later on in the year when the race for the division crown heats up and every victory over a rival is important.
4/10/14: After the first week of the season, the Braves are defying the odds. They have a 3-1 record, which includes a win over the rival Washington Nationals. The Braves, despite a pitching staff that has been decimated by injury, will win their fair share of games this season. They may not make the playoffs, but they are still a strong team and a great organization. What is odd about their record is they are not producing much offense. One week in, and they are 28th in runs, last in batting average and on-base percentage, and 22nd in slugging percentage. If they are going anywhere this season, then those offensive numbers have to improve. But it is working so far.
4/3/14: Every team has dreams of the postseason in April, and the Braves are trying to replicate their 2013 success. The team got off to a fast start a year ago and simply owned the National League East. That was a surprise to the Washington Nationals. This season figures to be more competitive as the Braves are not going to sneak up on anyone. They did not sneak up on the Milwaukee Brewers on opening day, as the Atlanta bats fell silent in a 2-0 loss. It will be interesting to see how the Braves do pitching-wise this season, as they have already lost 40% of their expected starting rotation to injury.
3/27/14: The news out of Atlanta Braves spring training in Kissimmee, Florida is not getting much better. In fact, it is probably getting much worse. A week ago, it was announced that starter Kris Medlen would miss the season with an elbow injury that requires Tommy John surgery. It is more of the same this week. Right handed pitcher Brandon Beachy also has a major elbow injury, and he, too, will miss the season with the same surgery. The Braves signed Edwin Jackson to help shore up the position, but may need more help in defending their NL East crown.
3/20/14: What a tough week for Atlanta pitching. Kris Medlen looks lost for the season with an elbow injury that may require another Tommy John surgery. Also, Brandon Beachy has an arm issue and he may miss extended time as well. That forced the Braves to sign veteran Ervin Santana for too much money. The Braves are trying to repeat as NL East champions, but that got a lot tougher with the losses of two good pitchers, not mention losing Tim Hudson to free agency. Hopefully, the Braves have enough talent elsewhere to make up for the losses.
3/13/14: The Braves are holding their collective breaths right now as pitcher Kris Medlen left a spring training game early on Sunday against the New York Mets. He appeared to injure his elbow on consecutive pitches in the fourth inning. The second pitch had no juice and landed well in front of home plate. The early diagnosis is a forearm strain, and if so, then that would actually be good news. Medlen underwent Tommy John surgery in 2010, and so there is always the risk of greater damage. Here is hoping that it is minor and Medlen is back on the mound soon.
3/6/14: The Atlanta Braves came to terms with Cuban catcher Yenier Bello in a deal that includes a signing bonus and an invitation to spring training. Bello has had an interesting path to the U.S. He was caught trying to escape Cuba in 2012 and his passport was revoked. He 'retired' from baseball and earned his passport back. Then he went to Ecuador, and onto Mexico, where he established residency. If you are thinking that the Braves already have a catcher, you are right. And they have a lot of depth with Evan Gattis, Gerald, Laird, Christian Bethancourt and Ryan Doumit. Bello will go to the minors and work his way up.
2/27/14: There have not been many teams who have been so intent on re-signing their own players as the Braves have in the past month. That includes not just this offseason, or only in baseball, but in all time in any sport. The Braves have gone on a spending spree of sorts but with the intention of keeping their core players for several years. The list of new or extended contracts includes Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, and now shortstop Andrelton Simmons. After the Braves shocked everyone by completely dominating the NL East with a young roster last year, the moves seem logical. If it works out, then they have a strong young core for the next half decade. If it does not, then they will owe a lot of money to a bunch of guys who are not helping the team.
2/20/14: The Braves continued their offseason project of extending key core players to long term deals last week. Over the past month or so, the team locked up first baseman Freddie Freeman for 8 years for $135 million. They also got Jason Heyward for about $27 million for the next two seasons. Then they pulled in starting pitcher Julio Teheran for $32 million over 6 years. That was followed by signing closer Craig Kimbrel to a 4 year deal for $42 million. Now it looks like they are trying to pin down shortstop Andrelton Simmons to a long term contract.
2/13/14: The Atlanta Braves figure to be feeling pretty good about themselves right now. Last season, they jumped out of the gate and took control early of the NL East. They were not expected to do that and now that they have proven that they have a competitive roster, are trying to lock in key players to long-term deals. They recently signed slugger Freddie Freeman to an eight year deal, as well as Jason Heyward for two. Now they have their sights set on Andreton Simmons and Jullio Teheran. If all those guys can continue to produce, then these are good and smart moves by Atlanta.
2/6/14: Chipper Jones is a baseball hero in Atlanta, and now he is a real hero. Atlanta was shut down by the throws a massive three inch snow fall last week. The weather shut down the highways, and there are reports of people being trapped in their cars for up to 18 hours. Chipper came to the rescue of first baseman Freddy Freeman, picked him up as he was stranded in the gridlock. It may be easy to poke fun at a city getting devastated by only three inches of snow, but the reality is that Atlanta was not prepared for it, and Chipper did a great thing.
1/30/14: An interesting development in the Hall of Fame induction of legendary pitcher Greg Maddux. Maddux is set to enter the HOF this summer, but his plaque will not have a team logo - it will be blank. Maddux pitched 21 years in the majors, including 10 with the Braves and nine with the Cubs. But his greatest success, and where most people know him, was with Atlanta. To be fair, the HOF selects the team logo and only takes input from the inductee. Still, it feels like Maddux was a Braves guy, overall. And that has a lot of people scratching their heads.
1/23/14: In yet another deal to avoid arbitration, the Braves and Mike Minor agreed to a one year deal for $3.85 million. That is a big raise for Minor, who made only $505,000 last season. It was the first year that Minor was available for arbitration and was considered a 'super two' player. That is, a player with between two and three years of service, has at 86 days of service in the previous season, and ranks in the top 22% in total service. That is not confusing at all. Minor had a 3.21 ERA with 181 strikeouts in 2013, and was able to pitch himself into the number two spot in the Braves' rotation.
1/16/14: Congrats are in order for two Braves legends - Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. Both were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on their first ballot. Neither received 100% of the vote (and Maddux was certainly worthy of that distinction), but no player has ever received 100% of a vote. Glavine and Maddux dominated the 90's and early 2000's, serving as the catalyst for 13 straight division titles. Congratulations to both, as they were the dominant pitchers in their day - which was in the middle of steroids era. That is a record that is not likely to be broken.
1/9/14: The Braves have had a remarkable run over the past 20 years, and last season was the culmination of a lot of good scouting, development and coaching. All that hard work paid off with the NL East title and a playoff birth. But the tides may be changing soon. Philly just signed a 25 year TV rights deal for $2.5 billion. That dwarfs the Braves TV deal which is worth about a tenth of that. The Braves should not be strapped for cash, but the big money (and resources) may be other NL East markets, making it tougher for the Braves to compete year in and year out.
1/2/14: It has been well-documented how the Braves' hot start last season surprised most of the league. They rode that winning streak all season to the National League playoffs and won the NL East. That was a surprise to most experts who had the Nationals penciled in as the division champs in March. Now we have a bonafide rivalry between the two teams. Expect the Nats to play less complacent this season and for the Braves to do battle with them at every opportunity. While the Braves still have a few moves to make, one of the most important may be trading Dan Uggla, who has severely underperformed. He is still guaranteed a lot of money, so he may be tough to move.
12/26/13: An interesting story appeared about the great Greg Maddux in his prospect days. In 1985, Mets scout Duffy Dwyer reported that Maddux was not strong enough to be a starter, was small and ran out of gas late in the season. That was when Maddux was in single-A ball and finished with a 13-9 record. He debuted with the Cubs in 1986 and had two unremarkable years. He then rolled off 17 straight seasons with 14 or more wins. He finished his career with a 355-227 record, 3.16 ERA and a 1.143 WHIP. Now he is a certainty for the Hall of Fame. It looks like the scout missed on Maddux.
12/19/13: Longtime Braves manager Bobby Cox was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame last week along with fellow manager legends Joe Torre and Tony LaRussa. Cox gained fame in the 1990's and 2000's by consistently guiding the Atlanta Braves to first place in the NL East. The knock on Cox was that they only won one World Series Championship, but no one can take away the 13 consecutive division crowns. Cox had the great fortune of managing a team with Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, and Chipper Jones for a number of years, but it takes a great leader to get the best out of great players every year.
12/12/13: Two former Braves greats were announced as candidates for the Hall of Fame for the first time. Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine - two thirds of the dynamic trio (John Smoltz was the other) that anchored the Braves rotation and made winning the NL East a routine event - are now on the ballot. There is a very good chance that both will be first ballot hall of famers, which is somehow means that they were more deserving of others. Congratulations to both for being on the ballot and hopefully getting the honors they deserve.
12/5/13: The Braves moved a step forward in movnig out of Turner Field and into a new stadium in Cobb County. The Cobb County Commissioners voted (as expected) to direct $300 million in tax payer money toward the development of the new venue. With the public money now approved, it looks like the move from downtown to the suburbs is a go. At some point, the team will release renderings of the new stadium, which is always interesting. There is no word yet if the design will have a retro or modern look and feel to it.
11/28/13: The Braves announced that they have hired John Hart as a Special Adviser to the team. Special Adviser roles seem to be the rage lately, and they seem like good jobs if you can get them. Hart is the former GM of both the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers, as well as an analyst for the MLB Network. Hart is well respected as an executive. He locked up several young players to long term (and team-friendly) deals in his past. The Braves have several young talented players and may be looking for that same type of savviness to keep their core together for several years.
11/21/13: So the Braves have announced they are going to move from downtown Atlanta to Cobb County. The question then arose of who will pay for the new stadium (even though Turner Field is less than 20 years old and not paid off yet). The answer is that the Braves will fund 45% of the facility and the county will pay the rest. Most of the revenue is to come from increases in car rental and hotel taxes - taxes that do not affect the residents. But some will come from property taxes and that is always a sticky situation.
11/14/13: The Atlanta Braves made a surprise announcement this week in that they are proceeding to build a new stadium in the Atlanta suburbs in Cobb County. They are expected to move at the end of their lease with Turner Field, which expires at the end of 2016. The Braves have only played in Turner Field since 1997. The stadium was built for the 1996 Summer Olympics and is relatively new. The Braves claim that the stadium needs major renovations and even that is not enough, thus they need a new stadium. The question remains, though, who will foot the bill for the new stadium?
11/7/13: The Braves are keeping pitching coach Roger McDowell and are reportedly now giving him a two year deal. McDowell's stock rose last season as the Atlanta Braves coasted to 96 win season and a first place finish in the NL East. McDowell was being courted by the Philadelphia Phillies, and was able to leverage that interest into some nice job security. McDowell has been successful since taking for legend Leo Mazzone and is highly regarded for his preparation and attention to detail. The Phillies have been looking for a new pitching coach since letting go of Rich Dubee after nine years.
10/31/13: The Braves got off to a great start and used that cushion to cruise to an easy NL East title. Of course, Atlanta's trip to the playoffs was short-lived as the Dodgers eliminated them in four games in the Division Round. Now the Braves have to figure out where to upgrade to avoid that again. Two big issues are second base and the starting rotation. Dan Uggla is making $13 million a year and hit .180. He likely will not be back. The team could use another pitcher, and they may pursue David Price, who may price himself out of Tampa.
10/24/13: All who are fans of both the Atlanta Braves and Seinfeld should hope that the Braves give a roster spot to Jose Constanza next season. OK, so the name is not completely correct, but it is close enough. Constanza is a 30 year old journman minor league outfielder. He does not hit especially well - either for average or power - but the guy can sure run. He may land on the big league team as a defensive substitute or pinch runner in 2014. He is probably not a guy that will turn things around for a team, but does appear to have value as a basestealer and defensive sub.
10/17/13: What will happen to the Braves this offseason? Atlanta dominated the National League up until September. Granted, they did win the NL East by 10 games over the Washington Nationals, but they also let off the gas and allowed the St. Louis Cardinals to catch them for the best record in the NL. Following that, they were eliminated by the L.A. Dodgers in four games despite having home field advantage in the series. It is hard to go against a team that won 96 games, but the way the Braves finished may give management a pause to consider some changes in the offseason.
10/10/13: The Atlanta Braves put on a great effort this season, casting aside all doubt that they are still a contending force. They dominated the NL East throughout the year and finished with the second best record in the National League. But the great and unexpected season came to an end on Monday night when the Dodgers eliminated the Braves three games to one in the Divisional round. Former Braves great Chipper Jones had picked L.A. to win and his former teammates shunned him when he threw out the first pitch in Game 4. The mascot caught the pitch, though Chipper does get points for being correct.
10/3/13: Atlanta is back in the playoffs and is the winner of the NL East this season - though that was a given even a month ago. What was not expected is that the Braves lost home field advantage throughout the National League playoffs. Atlanta stumbled a bit in the home stretch and the Cardinals rallied, giving the Cards the best record in the NL this season. The Braves will have home field advantage in the first round when they face the L.A. Dodgers. The Dodgers will be without Matt Kemp, who is finished for the season with an ankle injury.
9/26/13: The Braves being in the playoffs is nothing new. They completely owned the NL East for over a decade and won a World Series. That was a few years ago. They were edged out in 2011 when the Cardinals made their historic run for the championship and were eliminated in the NL wild card game (again by St. Louis) last season. There is no chase or wild card this season as the team has a commanding lead over the Nationals. They missed a chance to wrap up the division against the Cubs but finally got their place. Now the question is who else will join them?
9/19/13: The Braves have trimmed their magic number down to single digits, so the countdown has already begun in Atlanta. The team right now has a slight edge over Los Angeles for first in the National League, which means home field advantage throughout the playoffs until the World Series. Should they finish better than the Dodgers, the Braves will play the winner of the Wild Card Game. The question then becomes who will pitch in a five game series. Mike Minor, Alex Wood, and Julio Teheran are possibilities, and it is fun to play manager with the roster for a little while.
9/12/13: The Atlanta Braves seemingly have the National League East division wrapped up and sealed with a bow. They are up on the second place nationals by a dozen games so it is simply time to start the stopwatch. Lost among this is considering Braves' first baseman Freddie Freeman for the MVP award. Freeman boasts an .866 OPS, which is ninth in the National League and is fourth in RBIs. The question is where would the team be without him. They would probably still win the NL East, but they are a much more dangerous team in the playoffs with him.
9/4/13: The Upton brothers were excited last offseason when they found a way to be paired together in Atlanta. Justin has had a fine season, unfortunately older brother B.J. has struggled all season. His batting average is .186 and he may not be on the field come playoff time. At least he had one moment of glory. B.J. had a home run and four hits - including an 11th inning game winning RBI, as the Braves beat the Miami Marlins. The Braves are on cruise control with a 15 game lead in the NL East. The question is if a September call up will take B.J.'s spot in the line up down the stretch.
8/29/13: With a 12 game lead in the division, the Braves look like they are simply on cruise control at this point. The hot start they got out of the All Star break is gone and the team dropped three in a row to St. Louis. That is not a concern since they have such a huge cushion on the rest of the NL East. What is a bigger concern is losing outfielder Jason Heyward for several weeks. Heyward was hit with a pitch that broke his jaw. That is incredibly poor timing for the Braves, who will need Heyward to be at his best for the playoffs.
8/22/13: Call off the race, bring the dogs in, this one is over. The Braves have not officially clinched the NL East, but there is little doubt that it is just a matter of time. They have a 15 game lead on the division, and can probably play under .500 ball and still get into the playoffs. Which is why it is so hard to understand why they hit Nats' outfield Bryce Harper twice with pitches in the same game. It is also hard to understand why Braves fans would give a standing ovation to one of the pitchers as he left the game. That was a classless move by the Braves and their fans, and Karma has a way of catching up.
8/15/13: Forget about the Dodgers being the hottest team in the league, that honor goes to the Atlanta Braves who have won a dozen straight games and counting. The Braves have regained the magic they had at the beginning of the season and have completely left the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies in their wake. The NL East division crown is all but assured at this point, so the Braves can concentrate on a bigger prize - the best record in the National League which would give them homefield advantage through the NL tournament, though the AL has homefield advantage in the World Series this year.
8/8/13: The Braves got off to a great start after the All-Star Break by sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals in a three game home-stand. But the team has not stopped there. They have won nine in a row and are simply making a joke out of the National League East. Neither the Phillies nor the Nationals are anywhere in sight. Realistically, if the Braves just play .500 ball the rest of the way in then they will probably still win the division. What they can shoot for is the best record in the National League, which would give them home field advantage through out the NL playoffs.
8/1/13: The Braves are playing with house money these days. To be fair, Atlanta has a good team - probably not the best team in the league or one to win the World Series, but they are a solid unit. But the best thing that has happened for them this season is that the Nationals and Phillies simply cannot get out of their own way. The Braves sit at 14 games over .500 - pretty good. However, the Nationals are still 8.5 games back and do not seem to pose any threat at this time. The Braves may make a move at the trade deadline to pick up another pitcher or bat, but at this time they are basically assured of a playoff spot.
7/25/13: In many senses, it is amazing that the Braves are seven games up in the NL East standings. The team got off to a great start, but has been just OK for the past month or so. The good news is that no other team in the East seems to want to challenge the Braves, which is remarkable considering the talent on the Nationals. More good news for the Braves - they have among the easiest schedules in the league down the stretch. Most of their games are against sub-500 teams and they rarely have to leave the Eastern or Central time zones. It is not necessarily a cake walk to October, but they have the easiest path of anybody in contention.
7/18/13: It was not that long ago that Atlanta was abuzz with the addition of both Upton brothers. It was even more recent (April) when Justin Upton was lighting up the National League as the Braves darted out to a five game lead in the division. The good news is that no one has tried to challenge the Braves yet and they still have a cushiony lead. The bad news is that Justin Upton has come down to earth. The Braves put B.J. on the disabled list, but were able to activate Evan Gattis prior to the All-Star break, which should be beneficial to the team if he can resume his early season hitting.
7/11/13: To absolutely no one's surprise, Chipper Jones was inducted into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame and had his number 10 jersey retired by the team. Jones played for the Braves for all 19 of his seasons, was a perennial all-star, and one of the best third basemen in the league. His line: lifetime .308 batting average and 468 homeruns and was part of the World Series Champion team in the mid 1990's. Chipper was a fan favorite, so it was pretty much expected to see an outpouring of love toward the retired third baseman during the induction ceremony.
6/20/13: The good news is that the Braves continue to dominate the NL East. The better news is that they expect pitcher Brandon Beachy to return from Tommy John surgery in the next week or so, and that their young pitching has been good enough that this will be a difficult decision. The bad news is obvious though. B.J. Upton has been terrible offensively this year. He is batting about .165 with six homers and a OPS is under 6. He has been benched and there are rumors he may go down to the minors. The Braves signed him to a $75 million contract for five years. The Braves better get him fixed or hope someone is desperate enough to take him off their hands.
6/13/13: Atlanta keeps on cruising and looks to be a lock for the postseason at this point in time. The Braves have the second best record in the National League, trailing only the NL Central leading St. Louis Cardinals by two wins. Most impressive is that Atlanta has just dominated the Nationals, humiliating them into a distant second place. Justin Upton is having a career year. However, brother B.J. Upton has struggled all season and may find his way to AAA soon. Finally, pitcher Brandon Beachy is getting ready to return to the rotation after recovering from Tommy John surgery. Don't expect miracles right away though, it usually takes a year of pitching to return to form.
6/6/13: The veteran Hudson finished May with a 7.33 ERA after ending April with a 3.86 ERA. On Friday night's series opener against the Nationals, Upton was out of the starting lineup once again. "He understands to a certain point," Gonzalez said. "...We've had conversations. He's making the adjustments." The Nationals, are just 4 ½ games right behind them nipping at their heels. There is room for improvement for sure. Hudson said after the game vs. Toronto. "...I was battling a little bit with my delivery. My pitches weren't very crisp. I know there's some adjustments that I need to make, obviously. The results stink for me right now, but I feel confident that things are going to get a lot better."
5/30/13: Brandon Beachy underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last June. He has already thrown in simulated games as well as extended spring training. He threw 35 out of 70 pitches for strikes and is a bit shaky but reports on his velocity have been strong. If all goes well he should be back in the majors by the end of June. On Tuesday after 10 innings Atlanta had a victory over the Toronta Blue Jays! McCann, (a catcher) was the designated hitter on Tuesday and said "We hit a lot of home runs and we're going to strike out, But you put up seven runs, there's nothing bad about that at all."
5/23/13: The Atlanta Braves have mainly depended on two left handed pitchers for the playoffs; Venters and O'Flaherty. However, both happen to be elbow facing injuries at the same time. An MRI showed a tear in O'Flaherty's ulnar collateral ligament. The renowned Dr. Andrews will be performing Tommy John surgery to correct the issue "I'm trying to be optimistic, but they're making surgery appointments already," said O'Flaherty. He was placed on a 15 day disabled list Saturday. Venters and O'Flaherty have both pitched over 60 games in just one season, likely aggravating their injury through constant activity over time.
5/16/13: The Braves are still on top in the NL East. They have the best player in the game today with Justin Upton (will B.J. Upton ever come around as well?) and will most likely make the playoffs unless there is a major catastrophe. They have survived so far without reliever Jonny Venters. Venters experienced elbow pain in spring training and was examined by Dr. James Andrews. He was prescribed four weeks of rest. Unfortunately, after the rest, he experienced more problems and may be on the shelf for the rest of the season. Right now, the team does not miss him, but they could certainly use his services later on in the year when every game becomes more important.
5/9/13: The NL East is starting to take the form everyone expected. There are the Nationals, the Braves, and everyone else. The only difference is that the Braves are still 2.5 games up on Washington. This is due in no small part to the amazing April that Justin Upton put together. Upton had 97 at bats in 27 games. He slugged 7 homeruns and drove in 19. He swiped five bases, had 15 walks to six strikeouts. His batting average was .340 and reached base almost half the time he got to bat. He currently leads the majors in home runs and is the early candidate for MVP.
5/2/13: Atlanta started off as hot as any team in the league for the first few weeks. They have since cooled down (though Justin Upton continues to terrorize opposing pitching). The Braves are still on top of the NL East, and they have the talent to not just win the division, but win the World Series. They will be challenged by the Nationals throughout the season. What they cannot afford is more weekends like the one they spent in Detroit and got repeatedly clobbered. Chalk this up to a temporary glitch, and the Braves will get back to winning soon.
4/25/13: Atlanta is still rolling. They have a 3.5 game lead over the Nationals, who are widely considered to be the favorites in the NL East. Center fielder Justin Upton has been playing as good as anyone this season and simply mashing the ball. Right now, it looks like there are very few holes in this Braves team. They also look more mature and relaxed out on the field. Perhaps two consecutive years of being knocked out by the St. Louis Cardinals has given them the experience they need to take the next step and to legitimately contend.
4/18/13: Atlanta continues to roll. It is more of the same on any number of the streets named Peachtree. The Braves won their 10th straight game, as Justin Upton continues his assault on National League pitching. The Braves swept the Cubs and Marlins (expected, and may get kicked out the league if do not sweep). But the swept the rival Nationals - a good team. Atlanta leads the league at this point, and shows no signs of letting up. Reality will catch up at some point, but right now, the Braves look like the class of the NL and may be much better than expected.
4/4/13: Atlanta got out of the gate quickly this season, and showed off some muscle while doing so. The Braves knocked off the Philadelphia Phillies on opening day 7-5 behind home runs by Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla, and Justin Upton. More importantly, they got the win over a division rival, and may have gotten into Phillies ace Cole Hamels' head - Hamels was pitching on all three bombs. The Braves should be able to display power all year (health permitting, of course). They led all National League teams in spring training this year with 49 home runs.
10/2/12 - For the second straight month, Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen was named the National League Pitcher of the Month for September. Since being moved to the starting rotation Medlen has been a force. The right-hander had a 4-0 record in September, was first in the Majors with 46 strikeouts and recorded a 1.26 ERA in 43.0 innings pitched. The Atlanta Braves have won 23 straight games when Medlen has started. He finishes the year with a 10-1 record with 1 save and 1.57 ERA. Medlen will be the starting pitcher during the Braves wild card game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
9/25/12 ? Last season Freddie Freeman grounded out in a season-ending double play to clinch the Atlanta Braves collapse. This year, Freeman and the Atlanta Braves would lock up a playoff spot. Freeman hit a two-run homer in the bottom ninth inning to put Atlanta back in the postseason with a 4-3 victory over the Miami Marlins. Freeman?s walkoff home run clinched a National League Wild Card berth for the Braves and with eight games left have a chance to catch the Washington Nationals for the NL East division. The Braves are four games behind the Nationals.
The Atlanta Braves received another strong start from Tim Hudson on Tuesday night as they shut out the San Diego Padres by the score of 6-0 at home. Hudson pitched 6.1 innings of shutout ball, allowing just two hits and a walk over his 97 pitches. He also pitched well enough to earn his 12th victory of the season to move him to 12-4 with a 3.59 earned run average. Offensively, Dan Uggla and Miguel Prado each went deep for the Braves, while Freddy Freeman and Chipper Jones also drove in runs. Of the 10 hits collected on the day by Atlanta, three of them came when they counted with runners in scoring position.
Tim Hudson didn't have his bees stuff, but despite that the Atlanta Braves hung in there and beat the Philadelphia Phillies by the score of 12-6 on Wednesday night. Hudson lasted just 4.1 innings, allowing six earned runs on six hits and three walks. He also added four strikeouts over the course of his short 87 pitch outing. Offensively, Michael Bourn went deep for the Braves, while Hudson, Martin Prado, Dan Uggla, Freddie Freeman and David Ross all had runs batted in for the squad. Overall, the team managed 10 hits against Phillies pitching and were a solid 3-10 with runners in scoring position on the day. Ross also added his first stolen base of the season in the second inning.
Ben Sheets put together a quality outing for the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night, but it was not enough as they were defeated by the Miami Marlins by the score of 4-2. Sheets lasted 6.2 innings, allowing three earned runs on 11 hits and a walk. He also added eight strikeouts, and despite giving up the three runs, keep his ERA at a solid 1.46 on the year. Offensively, Dan Uggla added his 50th run batted in of the year, despite the Braves offense hitting a paltry 2-10 with runners in scoring position. Uggla currently sports a .273 batting average to go along with the 50 RBI's for the Braves as they push for a playoff spot heading into August and September.
Tim Hudson continued his strong season on the mound as he helped lead his Atlanta Braves to a close 4-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night. Hudson pitched seven strong innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits and a walk. He also added two strikeouts over the course of his 80 pitches and earned his ninth victory of the season thus far. Offensively for Atlanta, Jason Heyward, Freddy Freeman and Martin Prado all drove in runs in the winning effort. While the team only managed seven hits on the day, they were a strong 3-8 with runners in scoring position.
The Atlanta Braves won two out of three games against the New York Yankees this week, getting revenge for the sweep they suffered at the hands of the Yankees a few weeks ago. In the rubber match on Wednesday, Jason Heyward hit two home runs en route to the Braves' 10-5 win over Phil Hughes and the Yankees. Tommy Hanson picked up the win on Wednesday, improving his record this season to 8-4. This weekend, the Braves will head to Fenway Park to face the surging Boston Red Sox in their final interleague series of the season.
Much like their division rivals, the Miami Marlins, the Atlanta Braves have spent a good amount of time so far this season bouncing around the NL East standings, jumping from top to bottom and back again. After a particularly dreadful eight-game skid last month, the Braves rebounded and regained a firm spot in second place in the division. However, they are in the midst of another rough patch, and after getting swept this week by the New York Yankees, the Braves have now lost four in a row and are in third in the East with a 34-29 record, 5 games behind the red-hot Washington Nationals.
After losing eight games in a row, the Atlanta Braves are now in the midst of a four-game winning streak and are coming off of a three-game sweep of the division-rival Miami Marlins in which they outscored the Marlins 21-3 in the series. Now the Braves will head back home for an interleague series against the Toronto Blue Jays and will look to keep their winning streak going as they keep pace with the rest of the NL East. The 32-25 Braves are a half-game ahead of the New York Mets in second place in the division and are only one game behind the first-place Washington Nationals heading into this weekend.
The Atlanta Braves have won five of their past six to bring them back into the National League East race after dropping their pervious eight in a row. The Braves are only a game and a half back of the division lead after falling to last place during the losing streak. Second baseman Dan Uggla is leading the team in home runs (10), RBIs (37), runs (41), and OPS (.867). The fans have recognized Uggla for his play so far as he is the leading vote getter for National League second basemen for the 2012 MLB All-Star game according to the first numbers released by MLB.
After a vicious 8-game losing skid dropped them from first place in the NL East all the down to fourth, the Atlanta Braves rebounded and took the last two games from their series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Now at 28-24 and a half game behind the New York Mets in third in the division, the Braves will get set for six games against divison foes, with a three-game series against the first place Washington Nationals this weekend, followed by another three games against the Miami Marlins next week. Taking both of those important series can bring the Braves right back up to the top of the division again.
After a vicious 8-game losing skid dropped them from first place in the NL East all the down to fourth, the Atlanta Braves rebounded and took the last two games from their series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Now at 28-24 and a half game behind the New York Mets in third in the division, the Braves will get set for six games against divison foes, with a three-game series against the first place Washington Nationals this weekend, followed by another three games against the Miami Marlins next week. Taking both of those important series can bring the Braves right back up to the top of the division again. The Atlanta Braves have won five of their past six to bring them back into the National League East race after dropping their pervious eight in a row. The Braves are only a game and a half back of the division lead after falling to last place during the losing streak. Second baseman Dan Uggla is leading the team in home runs (10), RBIs (37), runs (41), and OPS (.867). The fans have recognized Uggla for his play so far as he is the leading vote getter for National League second basemen for the 2012 MLB All-Star game according to the first numbers released by MLB. After losing eight games in a row, the Atlanta Braves are now in the midst of a four-game winning streak and are coming off of a three-game sweep of the division-rival Miami Marlins in which they outscored the Marlins 21-3 in the series. Now the Braves will head back home for an interleague series against the Toronto Blue Jays and will look to keep their winning streak going as they keep pace with the rest of the NL East. The 32-25 Braves are a half-game ahead of the New York Mets in second place in the division and are only one game behind the first-place Washington Nationals heading into this weekend. Much like their division rivals, the Miami Marlins, the Atlanta Braves have spent a good amount of time so far this season bouncing around the NL East standings, jumping from top to bottom and back again. After a particularly dreadful eight-game skid last month, the Braves rebounded and regained a firm spot in second place in the division. However, they are in the midst of another rough patch, and after getting swept this week by the New York Yankees, the Braves have now lost four in a row and are in third in the East with a 34-29 record, 5 games behind the red-hot Washington Nationals. The Atlanta Braves won two out of three games against the New York Yankees this week, getting revenge for the sweep they suffered at the hands of the Yankees a few weeks ago. In the rubber match on Wednesday, Jason Heyward hit two home runs en route to the Braves' 10-5 win over Phil Hughes and the Yankees. Tommy Hanson picked up the win on Wednesday, improving his record this season to 8-4. This weekend, the Braves will head to Fenway Park to face the surging Boston Red Sox in their final interleague series of the season.
5/31/12 - The Atlanta Braves have called up shortstop Andrelton Simmons from AA Mississippi to the major league roster. Simmons is believed to be the best prospect in the Braves organization and is viewed as the shortstop of the future in Atlanta. Simmons is viewed as an elite defender and an above average base stealer. Simmons will slide directly into Atlanta's starting lineup in hope he can bring a spark to a suddenly struggling Braves team. Rookie shortstop Tyler Pastornicky, who won the job out of spring training, was sent down to AAA Gwinnett to make room for Simmons on the roster.
5/25/12 The Atlanta Braves are coming off of a four-game sweep at the hands of the suddenly-hot Cincinnati Reds, but will look to regain their footing and retake the top spot in the NL East with a three-game series coming up this weekend against the first-place Washington Nationals. At 26-20, the Braves are one game behind the Nationals in second place in the East. Thus far, the Braves have gotten excellent pitching from Brandon Beachy, who leads the National League with a 1.77 ERA, to go along with a 5-2 record. Beachy has certainly been a surprise, and has played a major role in the Braves early- season success.
After receiving a strong outing from starter Brandon Beachy, the Atlanta Braves bullpen gave up the lead and contributed to a 4-2 Braves loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night. Beachy pitched seven innings, giving up just two runs through his 104 pitch outing. He added two strikeouts to push his season ERA to 1.38 so far. Reliever Jonny Venters gave up two earned runs in the eighth inning on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Hunter Pence. Catcher Brian McCann hit his fourth home run of the season in the fourth inning off of Phillies starter Cole Hamels.
The Atlanta Braves surprised everyone this week when they sent young starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens to AAA after the young star has gotten off to a poor start. While optioning young stars to the minors is not uncommon, it is rare that a player that has had as much success as Jurrjens is sent down to work on his pitches. So far this season, Jurrjens is 0-2 with a 9.37 earned run average and a 2.45 WHIP, but in the past has put up very impressive numbers. In 2009, he won 14 games for the Braves with a 2.60 ERA, while last season he won 13 and sported a low 2.96 earned run average. It is expected that after putting in some work in AAA, Jurrjens will once again find himself in a big league uniform to try and get things back on track.
Coming into the season with high expectations, the Atlanta Braves have not gotten off to the start that they envisioned - the team has posted a 1-4 mark through the first 5 games and have given up a division-worst 24 runs over that time span. Offensively, the team has not looked too good as well - young stars Jason Heyward and Dan Uggla have posted batting averages of .200 and .167, respectively, while slugging catcher Brian McCann has also struggled with a .158 average. The team hopes to rebound against the Milwaukee Brewers in a three game series this weekend.
Atlanta Braves - Team History
Atlanta Braves tickets allow fans the opportunity to experience one of baseball's most storied franchises. The Braves, established in 1871 and based in Atlanta since 1966, have won three World Series championships to go along with 17 NL pennants. The Braves play at Turner Field, which was originally constructed to be the centerpiece of the 1996 Summer Olympics. Grab some Braves tickets and enjoy a game in Atlanta this season!
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The Atlanta Braves come into the 2011 season with high expectations carrying over from their 2010 campaign. After finishing second in the division last season and losing out to the eventual World Series champions, the Braves decided to add some offense by signing All-Star Dan Uggla. Last season's roster has been left unchanged for the most part coming into 2011, so there's no reason the club can't expect similar results.
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Atlanta Braves tickets ensure that fans see the Braves playing top contenders throughout the entire MLB season. With matchups with great teams like the Philadelphia Phillies and non-divisional meetings with the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants throughout the season, the Braves will have plenty of opportunity to take the NL East in 2011. Be a part of this great tradition and don't miss the action!
Atlanta Braves Tickets - 2011 Season Update
The Braves are in second to the Phillies, who have the best record in the MLB. Atlanta has been playing great baseball and currently are in contention for the NL Wild Card. They still have a young team and even if they don't get to the World Series this year they will have plenty of opportunities in the future as long as they continue the trend of collecting young talent and letting them develop.
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