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Atlanta Braves

Discussion in 'Sports Zone' started by Muhast, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. Muhast

    Muhast Newo

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    So not only do the braves have the best record in baseball, but they are doing this without Brian McCann, Venters, Brandon Beachy,Freddie Freeman. All of the backups are playing at a very high level.

    The Braves have by far the best relief pitching in the league this year, Kimbrel is almost unhittable, and Martinez,OFlaherty, Avilan and crew have allowed 1 inherited run this season so far. During this 10 game winning streak the Braves are tearing up the other teams closers.

    Amazing start to the season.:eek::eek:
  2. dexternjack

    dexternjack World Traveler Zone Supporter

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    Yea, they are stacked. My Mets don't have much of a chance. As long as they stay above the over-rated Nats, all is good.
  3. RoyTheHammer

    RoyTheHammer Well-Known Member

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    Very good team this year. Only chance my Phils have is if their starting pitching regains their dominant form.
  4. CowboysBravesSpurs

    CowboysBravesSpurs Member

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    Crazy how were doing it with our backups. Justin Upton has been a complete monster.
  5. ologan

    ologan Well-Known Member

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    Are you in Georgia?
  6. Bonecrusher#31

    Bonecrusher#31 Active Member

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    Wait til his brother starts playing then my Braves will really start smoking..
  7. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    The thing I worry about with the Bravos this year is that, although hitting for power is nice, that doesn't necessarily translate to postseason victories. Upton and Heyward are both hitting way south of .200, and without a guy like Chipper in the lineup to get on base consistently, their offense is really dependent on power. What'd they hit 5 hr last night?

    I'm pumped that they are on fire now, and I agree that their pitching is fantastic, but I'm concerned that they won't be able to continue power hitting at nearly the same rate.
  8. Joe Rod

    Joe Rod When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong

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    They certainly look like they have the ability to take that next step this season, which would be really great as compared the last two years.

    We are planning on doing at least one weekend series over the summer. Nats and Cardinals are currently the front-runners.
  9. bigdnlaca

    bigdnlaca Active Member

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    I know they are 12-1 now but I think I heard that only one MLB team made it to the postseason when a team started the season 11-1.

    The Braves from 94 I think started 11-1 also but there was no postseason. We will see when the players come back if it will mess up their chemistry.

    Also, keep in mind that they haven't left the east coast yet.
  10. Jammer

    Jammer Retired Air Force Guy

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    They are going to hit a slump. All baseball teams do. I just hope they build enough cushion to ride it out. Last year's start was horrible and they had some bad losing streaks but they still managed to make a wild card. They need to win the division. The one game play in game is such a crap shot.
  11. Muhast

    Muhast Newo

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    Yea but Freeman is an excellent hitter, and BJ is starting to do better since they moved him to leadoff. They have a number of guys like Pena,Schaffer,Simmons who can make contact and get on base. And keep in mind, while Uggla will never hit over .260 he led the majors in walks last year.

    The schedule has been pretty easy, but mostly on the road.

    Phillies-Home,Cubs-away,Marlins-Away,Nationals-Away,KC-Home,Pirates-Away,Rockies-Away,Tigers-Away,Nationals-Home. That is the first month of the season schedule. Basically all away games. 7 home games out of 26 games this month. Pretty ridiculous to be doing so well almost exclusively on the road.
  12. CrownCowboy

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    It will be interesting to see what Fredi does when McCann comes back. I don't see a way he can keep Gattis out of the lineup with his bat and how well he is doing.

    Other than that, I really like the bench this year. Pena is a gamer and can get on base and Chris Johnson was an excellent acquisition in my opinion. Juan Francisco has the power at the plate that makes up for his defense most of the time.

    I can't remember the last time the Braves have had this much talent on their team. It's pretty good considering that their payroll is near the bottom of the league.
  13. bigdnlaca

    bigdnlaca Active Member

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    That series was in Atlanta. I think we will know how the team is once they travel to a different time zone.
  14. CowboysBravesSpurs

    CowboysBravesSpurs Member

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    Na, im over here in Corpus Christi, TX. Been a die hard braves fan my whole life because of my dad.
  15. dexternjack

    dexternjack World Traveler Zone Supporter

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    Harvey is gonna put a beatdown on your boys Fri night! :laugh1:
  16. Joe Rod

    Joe Rod When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong

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    Noooooo, the streak is over! Man, you hate to see Mike Minor take a loss after pitching such a great game, but the bats just didn't get going for the Bravos today.
  17. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    These are the exact kinds of games that I worry about with this team that is so dependent on power.
  18. ChldsPlay

    ChldsPlay Well-Known Member

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    Woohoo! Go Royals!
  19. Jammer

    Jammer Retired Air Force Guy

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    Earl Weaver would love the makeup of this team.
  20. Muhast

    Muhast Newo

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    Some very questionable calls today. Apparently the strike zone today was fluctuating as the game went on lol.

    12-2 is still a great start. Time to move onto the Pirates!

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