1. 2011 Atlanta Braves Offense: What Fredi Gonzalez Learned from Charlie Manuel

    The 2011 Opening Day lineup is out, and it's a little surprising. 1. Martin Prado (R/LF) 2. Nate McLouth (L/CF) 3. Chipper Jones (B/3B) 4. Brian McCann (L/C) 5. Dan Uggla (R/2B) 6...

    Benjamin upchurch Written by Benjamin upchurch about over 3 years ago 1,022 reads 27 comments

  2. The 2010 Atlanta Braves: Playing Through Injuries

    Over the season, I've had to hear the media lament over key injuries. Surprisingly, when the unlucky injury-bugged teams are mentioned, the Atlanta Braves are normally overlooked...

    Benjamin upchurch Written by Benjamin upchurch about 4 years ago 449 reads 1 comments

  3. Baseball vs. Soccer: Seven Reasons Why the MLB Is Better Than FIFA

    My two favorite sports when I was growing up were Baseball and Soccer. Today, I went the extra mile. I simultaneously watched the Braves game and the World Cup Final...

    Benjamin upchurch Written by Benjamin upchurch about 4 years ago 15,609 reads 38 comments

  4. Atlanta Braves Offense: Moving Through April's Gauntlet

    The Atlanta Braves offense has produced less than stellar numbers so far this season. At the moment the majority of their offensive stats are in the bottom third of the league...

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  5. Highly Rated to Underrated: The Atlanta Braves' Starting Rotation

    During the entire offseason, the Braves rotation has been touted as one of the most solid in baseball. In the past couple of weeks, though, they have been excluded from many top lists...

    Benjamin upchurch Written by Benjamin upchurch about over 4 years ago 1,223 reads 2 comments

  6. Atlanta Braves Lineup: How Underrated Can You Get?

    This entire offseason, the biggest argument against the Braves has been their offense. I'll admit it was abysmal during the first half of the season, but everyone seems to forget their fantasic second half in which they averaged 4...

    Benjamin upchurch Written by Benjamin upchurch about over 4 years ago 479 reads 0 comments

  7. Livan Hernandez: Your Perfect Fifth Starter

    Livan Hernandez is a good answer to any team that does not have a clue who will fill the role as 5th starter. Now I know everyone's initial response to Livan is that he's past his prime, and he sucks...

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  8. An Achilles Heel: Ryan Howard and Left-Handed Pitching

    Since 2005 Ryan Howard has been a top-five power hitter in the NL. Through the end of the 2009 regular season he seemed like an unstoppable power house. A funny thing happened though in the 2009 World Series...

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  9. 2010 Atlanta Braves: A Reasonable Prediction

    In 2010 I pick the Braves to win 95 games and win the NL East. Of course this is made based on the following list presumptions. Troy Glaus plays at least 125 games. Brian McCann is fully acclimated to his glasses...

    Benjamin upchurch Written by Benjamin upchurch about over 4 years ago 1,154 reads 7 comments

  10. Consistency: The Reason Fred McGriff Is Overlooked

    Fred McGriff Did not have a Flashy Career. He really never had that year that stood out from his average production. There wasn't a mid career slump nor a second half revival. Instead year after year, team after team he produced like clock work...

    Benjamin upchurch Written by Benjamin upchurch about over 4 years ago 129 reads 13 comments

  11. Should the BBWAA Still Choose HOF Members?

    People have always questioned the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) selections for the Hall of Fame. Do these writers truly deserve to choose who is inducted into Cooperstown? In the 1930s the BBWAA was very different...

    Benjamin upchurch Written by Benjamin upchurch about over 4 years ago 112 reads 4 comments

  12. Worthy or Not: 2010 Hall of Fame Ballot

    I'm not predicting who is getting into the HOF. I'm just giving my opinion on who deserves it or not. Let us remember though how hard it is just to get on the ballot it self...

    Benjamin upchurch Written by Benjamin upchurch about over 4 years ago 743 reads 6 comments

  13. The 2009 Braves: What Was Their True Weakness?

    Over the course of 2009, the Braves pitching staff had a quality pitching staff. On the other hand the total offense was less than stellar; so why does it seem like the Braves are moving slowly ...

    Benjamin upchurch Written by Benjamin upchurch about almost 5 years ago 445 reads 9 comments

  14. Chavez For Soriano: Maybe a Second Or Third Look Is Needed

    On my initial look at the Soriano/Chavez trade I nearly punched a hole in my wall. Comparing Chavez to Soriano major stats in 2009 is extremely one sided. Soriano had a outstanding year 2.97(ERA)/102(K)/1...

    Benjamin upchurch Written by Benjamin upchurch about almost 5 years ago 532 reads 4 comments

  15. Could Carlos Lee Be an Atlanta Braves Trade Target?

    The Braves have probably the deepest pitching staff in baseball. With six solid starters, two solid setup men, and two closers, Frank Wren has plenty of pieces to play with. The Braves could easily use any of this to trade for a bat that they need...

    Benjamin upchurch Written by Benjamin upchurch about almost 5 years ago 982 reads 2 comments

  16. Frank Wren Has All the Time and Money He Needs to Make Atlanta Braves a Winner

    It is surprising how one minute you're considered a genius and another minute a fool. Frank Wren has already at the very beginning pulled off two sensational signings...

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  17. The most entertaining 25 man roster to watch

    I propose this team as not only This is not the best player of each position. This is 25 man team of exceptional players that I feel would have strong team work. Also the players selected have had success in the postseason as well...

    Benjamin upchurch Written by Benjamin upchurch about almost 5 years ago 1,022 reads 3 comments

  18. Finding A Closer: Work With What You Have

    As has been said Frank Wren has the dream of every single GM in Baseball. His only problem is finding a place for it all. First you have 3 solid veterans in the form of Hudson, Vazquez, and Lowe...

    Benjamin upchurch Written by Benjamin upchurch about almost 5 years ago 55 reads 0 comments