Braves Update – Week of August 8th
Baseball is one of those sports in which overcoming adversity is one of
the crucial parts of the game, and the Braves have a great opportunity to show exactly what they're made of as they look to
get back into the thick of things in the N.L. East. Braves' fans are used to being in the middle of a pennant race and they
are once again, though a recent losing streak has made things a little more interesting in Atlanta as the talented Braves
look to chase down the division-leading Washington Nationals. The talent is there both in the batter's box and on the mound,
which ensures that the Braves should be there right to the end this season as they hope to make their move.
all been a rough patch following the All-Star break, however, as the Braves have won series against the Phillies and took
three out of four against the San Diego Padres, though they know they need to show a little more consistency if they're going
to represent the N.L. East in the playoffs. One of the biggest positives, of course, has been the duo of Justin Upton and
Freddie Freeman, as both are already up past 60 RBIs on the season and provide one of the best one-two punches in all of baseball.
not to be messed with has been Ervin Santana, who has been on a hot streak and is now up to 10 wins on the season, winning
five of his last six decisions. With some major power in the lineup and a rotation that all types of potential, the Braves
definitely aren't going to let a little slide get them down; this is a team that has been here before. After a tough road
stand, the Braves will also get a great opportunity to make some noise at home, as they'll take on the Dodgers and the Athletics
at Turner Field before heading back on the road to take on the Pirates, the Reds and the Mets.
– Week of July 4
The Braves are once again battling for the lead of the N.L. East, which is exactly where fans
assumed they would be given their talent level and past performance. Though they haven't been able to quite shake themselves
of the pesky Washington Nationals, the Braves have shown some signs of having what it takes to top the division, providing
plenty of optimism as they head into the second half of the regular season. The Miami Marlins also don't seem to have a team
that's going to go away, but the Braves have a balanced team that can win in a variety of different ways, making them a team
that definitely should be there in the end to take a swing yet another divisional title.
Leading the way, of course,
has been Justin Upton, who tops the team in both homers and RBIs at the halfway point and has provided a solid focal point
in the heart of the lineup. Also having a very nice first half to the season was Freddie Freeman, who has shown that he can
hit for both power and average – a difficult thing to accomplish at any stage in a career, but particularly for a talented
young player still on the rise.
But keeping with the tradition of Braves' baseball, the reason why the Braves are once
again right in the thick of it is because of its pitching staff. Julio Teheran has been shutting down offenses consistently
throughout the first half of the season, leading all starters in ERA in the process, but both Aaron Harang and Ervin Santana
have also provided significant sparks. Then there's Craig Kimbrel, who continues to be one of the filthiest pitchers to come
out of the bullpen in the entire league. With some promising young stars and a complete team that can do a little bit of everything,
the Braves and their fans will be looking to make yet another run at the playoffs in the second half of the season.
Braves Update – Week of June 6
So far, the 2014 season is playing out exactly like most Braves' fans had
anticipated, as Atlanta is showing that they have one of the most complete roster in the game and they remain one of the most
consistent teams in all of Major League Baseball. While some of the other talented teams in the N.L. East have struggled to
bring home the wins, the Braves have been the gold standard in the division so far, opening up a nice little lead by the early
portion of June as they move towards the Midsummer Classic.
And the Braves recently showed exactly why they're so dangerous,
not to mention resilient. After getting swept in a tough four-game series against the Red Sox, the Braves headed to Miami
and took three straight against the Marlins, getting them back onto a new winning streak and showing that they aren't they
kind of team that's going to let a few losses get them down. One of the main reasons, of course, is their well-balanced pitching
staff that remains just about as good as it gets. With Julio Teheran holding a team-best 1.83 ERA through his first 12 starts
of the season and Ervin Santana showing that he still can be as good as anyone when he's on, the current Braves' pitching
staff is continuing the tradition of dominant starting pitching that has been a staple of the franchise.
Justin Upton has also been rock solid in the heart of the order and so has Freddie Freeman, who has been very patient at the
plate and is starting to make a real name for himself at the age of just 24. With Craig Kimbrel slamming the door at the back
end of the bullpen and the Braves getting offense from a variety of different sources, the Braves are once again looking like
the team to beat in the N.L. East.
Braves Update – Week of May 2nd
After one of the best months
of April in the entire league, the Braves take their 17-9 record on to May, where fans hope they'll continue their early-season
success with plenty of victories as they look to keep their stranglehold on the N.L. East. With series wins against the Marlins,
Brewers, Nats (twice, actually), Mets, Reds and Phillies, the Braves have beaten everyone in front of them so far, making
them one of just two teams in the National League to win at least 65% of their April games.
Of course, a major part
of this success has been because of the pitching staff, as the Braves are in the top five in all of the major team pitching
categories. With the best ERA in the league, the Braves have been simply unbelievable all the way through their staff, making
it very difficult for the opposition to get even a two-game winning streak against the Braves so far this season. Much of
the dominance on the mound has come from Julio Teheran, who leads the team with a 1.47 ERA and putting up quality starts in
all six of his outings. Teheran isn't alone in his domination, though, as Ervin Santana has been all but unhittable with a
3-0 record and an ERA below 2.00 through the first month of the season.
In the batter's box, Justin Upton is off to
a great start, leading the team in batting average (.326), homers (8), RBIs (16) and on-base percentage (.400). Freddie Freeman
has also been a major factor as well, batting.320 in April and topping the team with 32 total hits in just 20 games. With
a strong offense, a formidable starting rotation and Craig Kimbrel slamming the door shut coming out of the bullpen, the Braves
look like they're in great position to continue pulling down wins while holding on to their spot atop the N.L. East.
2014 Atlanta Braves Schedule
Loaded with another talented team that is licking the chops as they take aim at
all the other powerhouses in the National League this season, the Braves have one of the most potent rosters in the league
and have been giving fans plenty of reasons for optimism recently. The Braves are coming off a very good 2013 season in which
they were able to finish atop the National League East division standings. While the Braves were unable to capture the National
League Pennant, Atlanta has their sights set on a World Series appearance in 2014, and fans who know how talented this team
are also know that their chances are very good. This should be a great season to head out to the ballpark to see the Braves
take to the diamond on person.
Of course, they'll plenty of steep competition along the way. The Braves won the division
in 2013, but the Washington Nationals took home the N.L. East crown the year prior, and played pretty well last season after
a slow start. The Nationals have a killer pitching staff and a lineup that features some really talented sluggers, and they
could be a threat to the Braves' effort to repeat as division champs. That's why the games are sure to be hotly contested
when the Nats visit the Braves this season at Turner Field.
Other division rivals will be visiting Turner Field on a
regular basis in 2014, so whenever the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies or Miami Marlins come to town, it's sure to be
a series filled with exciting hardball action. There's nothing better than seeing a division rivalry come to fruition right
before your very eyes when you're seated right there in the stadium. This is just one of those sports that springs to a completely
different level when you get a chance to see it first-hand as the Braves look to pile up the wins and make a big move up the
standings once again this season. Once you're there, with the game on the line and the Braves digging in, you'll definitely
be glad that you're not sitting anywhere else – not that you'll be thinking about you seat.
The Atlanta Braves play in the National League East division of Major League Baseball, a division that also
features the Washington Nationals, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins. The Braves were able to win the
division title in 2013 thanks to a roster filled with solid players through and through. The Braves are looking to repeat
as N.L. East champs this season, but that's never an easy task when you've got divisional foes like these lurking. The Braves
have loads of talent on the roster, and a bevy of young players that seem to be coming into their own as pros. Thanks to players
like the Uptons and Jason Heyward in the outfield, Dan Uggla in the infield and hurlers like David Carpenter on the mound,
this is a squad that you definitely don't want to miss out on this season.
The MLB Experience
is a special sports for those that call the United States of America home, and that has been the case for a long, long time.
Baseball traces its roots all the way back to the 1800s, and it helped lay the foundation of this country. That's why people
love to head out to the ballpark to catch a game as often as possible. Major League Baseball has the best baseball players
in the world, and each fan can see their favorite team play in their home stadium at least 81 times each season. Fans love
to head out to the stadium to be a part of the action, and that's something you can be part of as well. When you're there
in the stands with the game on the line in a nail-biter, you'll see why this is America's Pastime and a game that is still
as good today as it ever was.
Atlanta Braves History
The Atlanta Braves franchise was founded in 1871
as the Boston Red Stockings. The organization went through many name incarnations before temporarily settling on the Boston
Braves in 1941. 11 years later, though, the team would move to Milwaukee and eventually to Atlanta in 1966. The Braves have
had a lot of great seasons over the year and have seen some of the best players in the history of Major League Baseball don
a Braves uniform. The franchise has earned an astounding 17 National League pennants and three World Series titles over the
years, providing plenty of thrills and bringing plenty of all-time greats to the franchise, including Hank Aaron, Hugh Duffy,
Andruw Jones, John Smoltz, Greg Maddux and many more.
Atlanta Braves Trivia
Who holds the Braves franchise
record for the most home runs in a single season?
The answer is Andrew Jones, who hit 51 homers in 2005. But Jones was
also not just a beast in the batter's box, as he ended up winning 10 Gold Gloves and cementing himself as one of the greatest
defensive players of all-time.
Fans of the Atlanta Braves love to do the chop with their Braves
in a big situation late in the game. When a team hears the home crowd behind them, there's just something about it that makes
a player try a little harder, and that could make all the different in a game like baseball, which can be determined by an
inch or two. The fans know that they can help the team by cheering with everything they've got, and you can be a part of it
this season when you head out to a Braves game at Turner Field.
But even though home games are musts for fans, it's
also something to head out to an exciting road matchup as well, as you'll see your Braves from a completely different angle
as they look to give the home team fits. As soon as you're there watching the big game the way it was meant to be seen, home
or on the road, you'll never look at Major League Baseball the same way ever again.