I wanted to write this article after Atlanta Braves fans had a chance to take a deep breath and calm down. The fan in us is always quick to criticize and get upset, but most of the time when we take a step back, we can see things a little more clearly. That’s what I am trying to do with this Braves team, because believe it or not, this team had a really good year.
Atlanta Braves fans, who have followed the team since the early 90s, have been disappointed often over the years. Exciting, competitive Braves teams, have seemingly turned to jelly, more times than not, in the postseason.
The Braves postseason pitching always seems to range from good to outstanding, while the hitting ranges from below average to horror show. While the pitching did actually show some chinks in the armor against the Dodgers, the Braves postseason hitting was poor as usual.
How many times have we seen Braves hitters who rake all season, get into the playoffs … Read the rest
It felt like a repeat of game 1 when the Los Angeles Dodgers jumped on the Atlanta Braves early. Again, it was Hanley Ramirez who came through for LA. He doubled to deep right field in the 1st inning off Braves starter, Mike Minor. Mark Ellis scored to make it 1-0 in favor of the Dodgers.
The Braves tied things up off Grienke in the 2nd inning. Andrelton Simmons came through with a big 2 out double to score Evan Gattis. Simmons double tied the game up at 1.
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Atlanta Braves fans will never forget the 2011 season, when the Braves led St. Louis for the wild card spot by 10 1/2 games on August 26 and 8 1/2 games on September 6, only to watch as the Braves collapsed in the last few weeks and missed out on the playoffs.
Fortunately, the Braves huge lead in the National League East, will prevent any catastrophic collapse with playoff consequences this season. Unless they have close to an unprecedented losing streak, the Braves are in the playoffs.
But the best record in the National League is still … Read the rest
The Braves focus coming into this season was to outdistance the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies to win the NL East. The Braves recent 14-game winning streak has opened up a huge lead in the NL East and changed the focus. Talk lately has turned to battling the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals, for the best record in the National League.
The prize for the best NL regular season record, would be home field advantage through the National League Championship Series.
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The Atlanta Braves have opened up a substantial lead in the National League East, yet there is the feeling that the Braves are not a formidable team. A big reason for that is the NL East itself. The Braves are the only team in the division with a record above .500.
The Braves also have only the 3rd best record in the National League and the Dodgers are the hottest team in baseball, led by their rookie sensation, Yasiel Puig.
Yet, I feel like the aforementioned are good things, and not … Read the rest
The Atlanta Braves are not only having a very good season on the field, they are also showing out well at the gate. The Braves attendance is up 2,066 fans per game this season over 2012. That places the Braves fourth in the National League behind Washington, Los Angeles and Cincinnati, in attendance increase.
The Toronto Blue Jays are the surprising major league leader in attendance increase. They are up 4,790 over last season and are followed by Baltimore, Washington, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati, Oakland, Atlanta, San Diego, Colorado and St. Louis.… Read the rest
Atlanta Braves rookie Evan Gattis has had a storybook start to his major league career. Gattis has 14 home runs in only 156 at bats and is tied for the Braves team lead with Justin Upton, even though he has 68 fewer at bats. He is also second on the team in RBI with 37, only 6 behind team leader, Freddie Freeman. Freeman has had 43 more at bats than Gattis.
Gattis is sixth in the NL in home runs and leads the league in homers/at bat, with … Read the rest