Braves Key Player 2015

The Atlanta Braves are predicted by the experts to really struggle in 2015.  Despite dire predictions, there is significant talent on this team that could elevate above and beyond expectations. In looking at the roster and evaluating the available talent, is there one player that could break out and have the huge year that ignites […]

Surprise Player Leading Braves Spring

A few weeks ago the Braves Pedro Ciriaco had a big game and I commented that you will never hear from him again.  Well, Ciriaco has stuffed it down my throat and twisted it sideways. Ciriaco is hitting .380 this spring, with one homer, a .520 slugging percentage and is leading the Braves with 14 RBIs.  He […]

Braves Batting Order Dilemna

The past two seasons the Braves had problems at the top of the batting order. Lacking a true lead-off man, or number two hitter, Fredi Gonzalez was forced to try and pound square pegs into round holes. Sure, Jason Heyward did a pretty good job batting lead-off, but he certainly wasn’t prototypical in that slot. […]

Chris Johnson Jekyll or Hyde?

Braves third baseman Chris Johnson has been Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde while playing in Atlanta.  He had that great 2013 season when he challenged for the batting title and finished with a .321 average.  Followed up by last year’s .263 average and dismal .292 on-base-percentage. Johnson was among the leaders in strikeouts last season with […]

Will Freddie Freeman Have Protection?

When you think of the term “having protection” it usually means carrying a handgun or in the case of a celebrity, having a bodyguard. Both are simple to obtain, all it takes is a phone call and a credit card. Freddie Freeman may have both, I have no idea, that is his business. But what […]

Braves Management Worse Case Scenario?

The Braves have been in full tear down mode all winter, trading off solid major league players for prospects. Casinos and experts have taken note, almost all predicting that the Braves will finish the 2015 season with  a low 70s win total , one of the worst in major league baseball. But what happens if […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Heyward Should Lead From Middle

Continuing with my series on the Atlanta Braves batting order, I am going to discuss the fifth spot.  If you read my articles on the first four spots, you know that I don’t always agree with Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. So far my Braves batting order looks like this:  1. Schafer (against righties), B.J. Upton […]