Ramiro Pena’s Season May Be Over

Atlanta Braves utility infielder Ramiro Pena will be getting a second opinion on his sore right shoulder Wednesday.  It appears the first opinion wasn’t very encouraging. Pena went on the disabled list  on June 21 retroactive to June 17. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez speculated to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about whether the Braves might lose Pena […]

Braves Batting Injury Bug

The Atlanta Braves have had a challenging home stand with Monday’s long rain delay and Tuesday’s grueling split doubleheader.  But the most difficult part of the home stand is dealing with the injuries. Dynamic rookie slugger Evan Gattis was placed on the 15-day disabled list after straining his right oblique in the seventh inning Monday […]

Could Braves Trade Dan Uggla?

Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla has had some great moments since he came to Atlanta, but he’s also been a major enigma.  Uggla is the second highest paid Braves player behind B.J. Upton, but his production hasn’t been top ten. Uggla has not only struggled at the plate, he is currently 20th in the […]

B.J. Upton’s Troubles Affecting Justin Upton?

All the focus has been on B.J. Upton‘s struggles, but B.J. isn’t the only Upton struggling.  Brother Justin has cooled off considerably since his fast April start. Justin won the April National League Player of the Month, mainly on the strength of his 12 home runs.  He also had a lofty .402 on-base-percentage and scintillating […]

Fredi Gonzalez Makes Minor Adjustment

Atlanta Braves starter Mike Minor had another solid outing Thursday night against the Toronto Blue Jays.  The big left-hander gave up only two earned runs in seven innings.  Minor struck out five and displayed great control by not allowing a walk. Minor could have gotten through his outing without giving up a run.  The normally […]

Braves Finally Play Best Line-Up

We all know about the struggles that B.J. Upton, Dan Uggla, and Jason Heyward have had thus far this season.  It has created a lot of issues for this team in a multitude of ways. The positive though is that the Braves are four and a half games up in the division going into tonight.  […]

Ramiro Pena: Yankees and AL No Match

The Big Apple and the New York Yankees are thankfully in Ramiro Pena‘s rear view mirror.  Good riddance to the Yankees and the American League.  Pena has found a perfect fit with the Atlanta Braves in the National League. Ramiro Pena has a smug grin on his face as he talks about playing in the […]

Braves Bomb Squad Dismantling Opponents

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez affectionately refers to his bench players as his “B-Squad” or “Bomb Squad” and after Tuesday night’s thrilling come from behind victory that finished close to midnight, he stated that they would be playing prominent roles in Wednesday’s early afternoon game, as starters received much deserved rest. Bench players are usually the […]

Changes in Braves Line-up vs Pirates

Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has inserted two bench players into today’s starting line-up against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates will send left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez to the mound today.  Sanchez has a 12.96 ERA through two starts this season.  His last appearance was this past Tuesday night against the Cardinals when the game was […]

Janish and Pastornicky – What is the Future?

The Braves signed shortstop Ramiro Pena on Thursday to help back up Andrelton Simmons. Last season Simmons suffered a broken finger that kept him out a couple of months, then a sprained ankle in September.   Until he proves his durability, it is important to have a plan B. Pena is a good field, light-hitter, […]