7-28-14: The Braves did not look so good against the Miami Marlins, as they dropped three of four games against their divisional foe. However, Wednesday was a bright spot for Atlanta as the team looks to overtake the Washington Nationals in the National League East once again. Ervin Santana’s 10 strikeouts in 7.1 innings and Freddie Freeman’s home run brought them that victory against the visiting Marlins.
7-24-14: Mike Minor, who fell to 3-6 on the year, was rocked in his shortest start of the season, giving up six runs on 10 hits and two walks in only three-plus innings as the Braves fell to the Marline 6-5 Tuesday. Minor allowed only a single run in the first inning after the Marlins loaded the bases with no outs. He then gave up three runs in the third and was pulled after giving up three straight hits to open the fourth inning. The Braves are two games back of NL East leading Washington.
7-21-14: The Atlanta Braves have finally ended the Dan Uggla era in Atlanta after releasing the struggling second baseman. Atlanta was so desperate to rid themselves of Uggla’s services that they will pay him the remainder of his bulky salary for this season and will pay him $13 million for 2015 as well. Atlanta also is on the hook for a signing bonus that was deferred into $250K intervals between the 2016 and 2019 seasons. The Braves are also desperate to unload BJ Upton’s bulky salary as well as he is owed somewhere in the neighborhood of $50 million through 2017. Upton has only put up a triple slash of .215/.277/.343 in 388 plate appearances this season in Atlanta’s outfield.
7-19-14: Although the Braves’ run differential is not the best in the National League East, they own the best record in their division after beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-4, on Friday. Jayson Heyward hit a solo home run and drove in another run en route to a 2-for-4 night. Craig Kimbrel, who struck out the side in his only inning in the All-Star Game, saved his league-leading 30th game of the season with a perfect inning against the Phillies. Atlanta also released Dan Uggla on Friday.
7-17-14: The Braves had a six-game lead in the NL East at the All-Star break last year. This time around, they are tied with the Nationals at the end of the first half. The Braves rank sixth in the MLB in team ERA. Considering all the injuries they had to deal with before the season even started, it’s a miracle. Offensively, Atlanta remains inconsistent. They could certainly explore starting pitching options at the deadline.
7-15-14: The Atlanta Braves have been linked to the Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy all week but finally came out and expressed no interest in the veteran right hander. The Braves may look from within their farm system to upgrade the starting pitcher. The Braves also seem willing to go within their farm system to finally replace Dan Uggla. Uggla was suspended for one game for an unreported incident, although tardiness is rumored to be the reason, and may be designated for assignment before the All Star break is over. The Braves have called up Phil Gosselin from Triple-A to likely take over Uggla’s bench spot, although no roster move has been announced as of yet. Uggla’s fall from grace in Atlanta began when Atlanta called up top infield prospects Tommy La Stella to take over at second base on a full time basis. The Uggla era may finally be over in Atlanta and the Barves may have to eat the remainder of his 2014 salary and his $13 million for the 2015 season to rid themselves of his services.
7-14-14: The Braves had a difficult week once they went back on the road. With the Arizona Diamondbacks snapping Atlanta’s nine-game winning streak on Sunday, the Braves have lost five of their last six games. They were almost swept by the New York Mets, but were saved by Aaron Harang on Thursday. The Braves then lost on Friday as they watched the Chicago Cubs walk off in the bottom of the ninth inning.
7-10-14: The Braves didn’t have an answer for Mets rookie pitcher Jacob deGrom Tuesday night. The shaggy-haired right-hander struck out 11 Braves’ batters and Atlanta All-Star pitcher Julio Teheran couldn’t get anything going as the Braves fell to New York 8-3. The Braves have now lost three straight games. Andrelton Simmons went hitless for Atlanta. He had six straight multi-hit games coming in. The Braves are tied with the Nationals for first-place atop the NL East.
7-7-14: Although the Braves recently placed Evan Gattis on the disabled list, they have been dominating their competition recently. Atlanta has vaulted to the top of the National League East after winning each of its last eight games. On Wednesday, Julio Teheran won his eighth game of the season after allowing just one run over seven innings against the New York Mets. Ervin Santana’s 7.1-inning performance of two-run ball led the Braves to the 5-2 win on Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
7-3-14: Andrelton Simmons' two-run single in Atlanta's three-run fourth inning helped the surging Braves beat Daisuke Matsuzaka and the New York Mets 5-4 Tuesday night. The Braves overcame a shaky start from Mike Minor to protect their slim ½ game lead over Washington in the NL East. Atlanta has now won six straight, its longest such streak of the season. Evan Gattis was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bulging disk in his back.
7-2-14: The Atlanta Braves lost yet another starting pitcher to a season ending elbow injury, this time it was Gavin Floyd. While the Braves have been hit hard by Tommy John surgery this season Floyd, who is pitching in his first season after his own Tommy John surgery, broke his olecranon bone in his right elbow. The broken bone required surgery by the same surgeon that performed his Tommy John surgery, Dr. David Altchek. The Braves and the Nationals have been trading the top spot in the NL East like nobody wants to be in first and Atlanta finds themselves 44-38 with a 0 run differential at the halfway point in the season.
6-30-14: In his first start since early May, Alex Wood threw seven scoreless innings on Wednesday as the Braves defeated the Houston Astros, 4-0. Although Atlanta dropped Thursday’s contest in Houston, the Braves bounced back as they continued their 11-game road trip on Friday in Philadelphia. Evan Gattis left the game with back spasms, but Freddie Freeman and Julio Teheran led the way for the Braves in the 4-2 win.
6-26-14: The Upton brothers coupled with Greg Kimbrel’s scoreless ninth inning was the difference as the Braves edged out the Astros 3-2 Tuesday night. B.J. Upton’s solo homer off Houston starter Scott Feldman in the third inning put Atlanta up 2-1. His younger brother Justin connected off Feldman the next inning to push the Braves lead to 3-1. This was the fourth time the brothers have connected on homers in the same game. Other brothers who have connected in the same game four times are Jeremy and Jason Giambi and Vladimir and Wilton Guerrero. The Braves are only two games back of Washington for the NL East lead.
6-24-14: The Atlanta Braves are far from sellers at this year’s trading deadline but may be in the position of moving a little bit of pitching depth for a bat. The Braves have a hole in left field right now but may fill that hole by moving Evan Gattis to left and promoting top catcher Christian Bethancourt. This would allow Atlanta to move Justin Upton to right field, Jayson Heyward to center field, and BJ Upton would slide to the bench with fellow overpaid and struggling former All Star Dan Uggla. The Braves also agreed to a deal with their first round pick Braxton Davidson this week for a full slot deal to begin his professional career in Atlanta. The Braves have lost Gavin Floyd to a broken bone in his elbow and have called up Alex Wood to take his spot in the rotation. Even with the call up the Braves are still highly unlikely to enter the Jeff Samadzija and David Price sweepstakes due to being over budget and overall content with their pitching staff.
6-18-14: The Atlanta Braves have lost seven of their last 11 games and 13 of their last 21 played, including the first two games of their series against the Phillies. Ervin Santana continues to struggle as he gave up eight hits and four runs with three walks in six innings of work Tuesday night against Philadelphia. Santana is 1-4 with a 6.17 ERA in his past seven starts. LF Justin Upton left the game after six innings because of dizziness. Atlanta remains just a 1/2 game back of Washington for the NL East lead.
6-17-14: The Atlanta Braves have a new All Time Saves leader in franchise history and his name is Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel recently passed John Smoltz for the all-time record with his 155th save for Atlanta. Kimbrel is only 26 years old and has been dominant since he burst onto the scene in Atlanta as a rookie in 2010. The Braves have seen Tommy La Stella come in to replace the struggling Dan Uggla at second base and outhit the highly paid slugger in less than a week. The Braves need all the help they can get as their lead in the National League East division has shrank to just a game over the Washington Nationals and surprising Miami Marlins through Father’s Day.
6-10-14: The Atlanta Braves started their 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft by drafting outfielder Braxton Davidson out of TC Roberson High School. The Braves surrendered the 28th overall pick to the Kansas City Royals when they signed Ervin Santana late in Spring Training. The Braves drafted Garrett Fulenchek in the second round and already signed him to an above slot deal. The slot for 66th overall was $860K and Atlanta Braves signed Fulenchek for an even $1 million. Before the Braves signed Santana they initially made multiple attempts to bring Tim Hudson back before he signed a two year deal worth $23 million. The Braves initially only offered Hudson a one year deal worth $2 million that many saw as a slap in the face to the veteran right hander but Hudson hold no ill feelings towards his former team, as he stated in a recent interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
6-3-14: The Atlanta Braves added some minor league pitching depth this week when they signed Kameron Loe to a minor league deal. Loe was designated for assignment and released from the Kansas City Royals last week after pitching just 11 innings in Triple-A. The Dan Uggla Era may finally be over in Atlanta as the Braves called up second base prospect Tommy La Stella to the majors. While it looks like Uggla will stay on the roster, at least for now, it looks like there will be no at bats for Ramiro Pena, Tyler Pastornicky, La Stella, and a struggling Uggla. La Stella is 25 years old and hitting .293/.384/.359 in 198 Triple-A plate appearances and is ranked as the Braves 7th best prospect in the system according to MLB.com.
5-28-14: The Atlanta Braves head into Memorial Day weekend still at the top of the National League East with a comfortable three game lead in the division. The Braves are winning despite the struggles of Dan Uggla and have split the duties between Ramiro Pena and Tyler Pastornicky for now until or unless they can find some other upgrade at second base. The Braves lefty relief pitcher Johnny Venters had a setback in his rehab and will be out until at least June because of it. The Braves catcher Evan Gattis remains hot and hit two more home runs over the Memorial Day weekend to give the Braves and red hot Julio Teheran another victory at Turner Field.
5-21-14: The Atlanta Braves cannot use another injury to their pitching staff but it looks like they may have it when Johnny Venters bullpen session was cut short due to pain in his throwing elbow. Venters is a little over a year removed from his second Tommy John surgery so the Braves are thinking it’s just normal soreness and not something more serious, especially for his sake. The Braves have a full outfield with the Upton Brothers and Jayson Heyward but are said to be one of the five finalists for Cuban defecting outfielder Daniel Carbonell, although Carbonell is expected to begin his major league career in the minor leagues. The Braves are still searching for a suitor and replacement for the struggling Dan Uggla, who if he changed his last name to Mendoza still probably wouldn’t hit above .200 this season, with no luck.
5-15-14: The Atlanta Braves have lost as many as six games in a row this season and despite the struggles and the losses are still at the top of the National League East division. The Braves are once again trying to navigate through the struggles of Dan Uggla and his huge salary that they seemingly cannot unload. Uggla has been benched in favor of Tyler Pastornicky as Atlanta looks to find a trade partner for their struggling second basemen. The Braves are willing to eat most, if not almost all, of the remaining salary to unload Uggla for this season and next. If you are looking for good news out of Braves country is the announcement of the re-negotiation of their TV deal that may bring an additional $500 million for the life of the contract to the team.
5-7-14: The Atlanta Braves were off to a record setting April before the calendar turned to May and the starting pitching forgot how to pitch. The likes of Aaron Harang and the entire Braves bullpen not named Craig Kimbrel have totally fallen off the wagon and it has resulted in a lengthy losing streak for the Braves. During the losing streak Atlanta extended their third basemen Chris Johnson to a three year extension keeping with the recent trend of extending their young players before hitting free agency and are looking for a replacement for Dan Uggla. Uggla is struggling once again at second base for the Braves as Atlanta searches for alternatives at the position.. All in all the Braves still find themselves at the top of the National League Eastern division after the first 30 games and that's right where they want to be.
4-28-14: The Atlanta Braves have had a great start to the 2014 season with the best record in the National League East division. The Braves have gotten production from just about everyone in the rotation, the bullpen, and with the bats for a total team performance the first month of the season. Aaron Harang has a no hitter earlier this season for the Braves through seven innings against the New York Mets before handing it over to the bullpen after throwing over 120 pitches. The Braves bullpen would lose the no hitter bid but the Braves would win the game and a whole lot more in 2014 after just one month. Be sure to send your favorite Braves players to the 2014 MLB All Star Game in July since voting opened up for the game this week.
4-14-14: The Atlanta Braves have been one of the best teams in baseball to get the 2014 MLB season, going, posting an 8-4 record and claiming the top spot in the NL East. Atlanta got the week off to a good start with a 2-1 series win over the New York Mets and closed the week hot with a three game sweep over the Washington Nationals. The Braves were red hot down the stretch, as they got 23 runs to help them get the sweep.
4-7-14: The Atlanta Braves are off to a solid start in 2014, going 4-2 through their first six games and resting comfortably in second place of the NL East. Despite an opening day loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, the Braves bounced back to win the series over Milwaukee (2-1) and went on to take their next series over the Washington Nationals (2-1), as well. The bats have been active for the Braves, as Freddie Freeman has been connecting at a blistering .421 clip, while also has two homers. Julio Teheran dropped a close opening day game to the Brew Crew, but has been very solid overall with eight strikeouts in a 1-1 start.
4-1-14: Ryan Braun made his return to the field for the Milwaukee Brewers on opening day in a tough 2-0 loss for the Atlanta Braves. Yovani Gallardo was dominant in six shutout innings, while Braves pitcher Julio Terehan gave up the only two runs in the game, along with seven hits in six innings. Shortstop Andrelton Simmons was Atlanta’s best player on the day, finding a way to muster up two hits in three stops at the plate.
3-27-14: The Atlanta Braves are scurrying trying to lock up their starting pitching after the losses of Kris Medlen, the likely Opening Day starting pitcher, and Brandon Beachy to Tommy John surgery. The Braves released Freddy Garcia from his contract and quickly signed Aaron Harang, who was recently released by the Cleveland Indians after not making their Opening Day roster even after a strong spring. Harang will be 36 years old this season and had a strong, albeit short, 9 IP spring. Harang should add a solid piece to the Braves rotation, he has averaged over 150 IP in the last three seasons, but he is no Medlen or Beachy. The injuries this season could put the Atlanta Braves at a real disadvantage, especially after being so quiet on the free agent market this season, but will once again rely on the farm system and their young guys to lead them to another National League East title and a playoff spot in 2014.
3-20-14: The Atlanta Braves have had an up and down couple of weeks lately that started with the diagnosis of Opening Day starter Kris Medlen needing a second Tommy John surgery. The Braves, in response, signed the best free agent pitcher available in Ervin Santana, surrendering their first round pick, only to lose Brandon Beachy to a Tommy John surgery as well. The Braves seem willing to go ahead with what they have putting more weight on the recently extended Julio Teheran. Speaking of injuries first basemen Freddie Freeman left the game against the New York Yankees on March 16 after being hit on the thumb by a pitch, he is listed as day to day. Atlanta has a losing record in the Grapefruit League this season, although they have been much improved in the last 10 games or so. Last I checked the Braves still had both Upton brothers and Craig Kimbrel so they will be fine in 2014.
3-13-14: The Atlanta Braves spent their money in the offseason last year but decided this season to ensure that no more of their young core would reach free agency locking up the likes of Andrelton Simmons, Freddie Freeman, Jayson Heyward, and Craig Kimbrel to new deals. Atlanta has had a tough spring, losing more than double the games they have won, and lost their likely Opening Day starter in Kris Medlen in a meaningless Grapefruit League game. Atlanta countered that by signing Ervin Santana who was once considered to be the best, or one of the best free agent pitchers on the market to replace Medlen though and should be fine. The Braves are sure to sell a lot of tickets this year to Turner Field, poor spring performance or not.
3-5-14: The Alanna Braves coming to spring training after an off-season in which they spent a lot of money re-signing their own players. Both Craig Kimbrell and Freddie Freeman re-signed with their teams for lucrative multiyear contracts. Justin Upton another returning player was recently scratched from spring-training lineup with a sore muscle in his right side. However he said he will be okay and felt fine during batting practice the last few days.
2-27-14: The Braves will join the trend of post-game concerts by ushering in their own concert series. Thus far, the team has scheduled two acts this season, and they couldn't be more different.
Following Saturday, May 3rd's game vs the Giants, the Braves will welcome R&B legends Kool and The Gang to the stage. The group is responsible for 12 top-ten singles on the Billboard 200 throughout their career, with the biggest being 1980's “Celebration”. According to TiqIQ, tickets for this average $79 on the secondary market. Cheapest ticket available is $17.
Teen sensation Austin Mahone looks to get the crowd going following the June 3rd game vs Seattle. Despite the first pitch of 7:10, it may be one to let the kids stay up for. It's currently the cheapest opportunity to get Austin Mahone tickets, who will also be performing at Citi Field on September 27th. Tickets for the game are currently as low as $3, and at an average price of $56, the game is 25% below the average of Tickets at $75.
1-24-14: The Atlanta Braves lost their star catcher Brian McCann to the Yankees this offseason and will look to Jason Heyward to help pick up some of the slack left behind by McCann. Additionally longtime Atlanta Brave Pitchers and teammates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine were elected to the Hall of Fame and will be the first set of teammates to entire the Hall together. Along with them will be their former Manager Bobby Cox who was also elected this year.
1-7-14: This off-season the Atlanta Braves have added picture Gavin Floyd as well as Ryan dome it from the twins in a trade. Dome it is going to be an all-purpose utility player who can also eat up innings behind the plate. On the arbitration note the Braves avoided this with Brandon beachy agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1.45 million.
12-9-13: The Braves will say goodbye to their long time catcher and homegrown product Brian McCann as he left the team via free agency to join the New York Yankees. It was clear that McCann was going to be out of the Braves price range once the season ended. The braves are one of the cornerstone franchises in the National League but their unwillingness to spend may be there downfall for the next years to come. As the brave said goodbye last season to the last remains of their glory days in the 90s they will look to rebuild with you on the field and solid arms from the farm. Last season the Braves won the division by 10 games were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs during the division series.
10-8-13: The Atlanta Braves find themselves down two games to one against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Divisional Series. The Braves will look to veteran right hander Freddy Garcia to start Game 4 in Los Angeles after falling to the Dodgers 13-6 in Game 3. The Braves must win to not be eliminated and force a Game 5 Wednesday at Turner Field.
10-1-13: This year the Atlanta Braves won 96 games along with the National League East division title. they were able to win 56 games at home and led to division the entire season finishing with a 10 game lead over the second-place Washington nationals. In the first round of the playoffs the Braves will face the National League West division champions Los Angeles Dodgers. Brace will have Homefield for that series. Justin Upton led the team and homeruns 27 and first baseman Freddy Freeman let the team and RBIs with 109.
8-21-13: Brave outfielder Jason Heyward will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks, if not the entire remainder of the season after being hit in the face by a Jon Niese fastball in the 6th inning of Wednesday's game against the Mets. X-rays showed that his jaw was fractured in two places.
8-21-13: The Atlanta Braves fell to the New York Mets last night by a score of 5-3. Not to worry the Braves have a 15 game lead on the division and look to be cruising toward the postseason and another division title. The Braves have one in MLB best 44 home games. After visiting New York to face the Mets the Braves will travel to St. Louis to face the Cardinals. Third baseman Chris Johnson leads the team and hitting with a batting average of .334. The Atlanta Braves own the best record in the major leagues. They are +130 in terms or front differential.
8-6-13: The Atlanta Braves have the best record in baseball and are currently in first place in the National League East division. They have won a league best 11 straight games. This week they will take on the nationals in Washington.
7-18-13: Heading into the break the Atlanta Braves have remained in first place with a six-game lead in the NL East division. After Posting the acquisition of the Upton brothers this off-season the Braves have seen success despite their struggles. The braves have a six-game lead over the Washington nationals for first place. On Friday when the season resumes the braves will face the Chicago White Sox in Chicago. Starting pitcher Tim Hudson will square off against John Danks. Offensively the 23-year-old first baseman Freddy Freeman leads the Braves in batting average. He is hitting .308. The braves have the ninth best on-base percentage in baseball as a team.
7/7/13: Closer Craig Kimbrel was named a 2013 National League All Star. So far in 2013 the right-hander has 23 saves, a 1.72 ERA, and 46 strikeouts in 31.1 innings pitched.
6/12/13 - The Atlanta Braves have gotten off to a great start with a record of 39 – 26. Although they lost two games in a row they still sit atop the NL East division by seven games Ahead of the Washington nationals. This week they will play the San Diego Padres Followed by an eight-game homestand. Newly acquired Justin Upton leads the team with 14 home runs. Leading the way for the pitchers for the Braves is Mike Minor who has 8 wins and an ERA of just 2.44. The braves have a strong lineup and should ease their way into the post season.