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Jair Jurrjens Optioned to AAA Gwinnett

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 10:43:57 +0000

As reported by Atlanta Braves beat writer for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Braves RHP Jair Jurrjens has been optioned to triple-A after last night’s loss to the Dodgers.  He’s 0-2 and hasn’t looked good at all this year or even during Spring Training.  Updates and reactions to come as the day goes on.

Reaction of the D-Backs Series, 3-1

Tue, 24 Apr 2012 01:12:41 +0000

Hello again faithful Braves Blast readers. As we begin this week I think it’s important for us to take a look back at the past 4 games our Atlanta Braves have played.  The four game series, which I’ve never been a fan of a four game series – just seems one too long, against the […]

As Requested – MLB Round-up: Opening Day – 4/17/12

Thu, 19 Apr 2012 14:35:22 +0000

Hello again baseball fans. As we look out now, we see it’s been about two full weeks of the 2012 baseball season. There have been many surprises along the first dozen or so games, as well as some early season presumptions that seem to be accurate. The beauty of the early part of the season […]

Winding Down Spring Training

Sun, 01 Apr 2012 21:24:14 +0000

As the weather moves from pleasant to hot, it’s time for our local boys of summer to finish up their tune-ups and tweaks while they prepare to make the venture north back to the friendly confines of The Ted. The Atlanta Braves finished last season with an embarrassing 10-20 record and lost the last game […]

Winter Meetings Discussions

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 20:21:41 +0000

Last week the AJC’s Dave O’Brien sat down with Braves’ manager Fredi Gonzalez at baseball’s Winter Meetings. Although the Braves made very little noise there, Gonzalez’s comments hint that the team is seeking more offense. However, because he, like most managers, often speaks in cryptic language, I have translated his answers to O’Brien’s (DOB) questions […]

Trading Prado Should Require Overpay

Mon, 28 Nov 2011 16:17:40 +0000

Martin Prado was without a doubt one of the biggest disappointments for the Atlanta Braves in 2011. In 2010 Prado was a rare second baseman who hit like a leftfielder, but in 2011 he was a leftfielder who hit like, well, a second baseman. Missing time with a Staph infection certainly didn’t help and neither […]

Braves Trade Derek Lowe

Mon, 31 Oct 2011 18:15:55 +0000

So we’ve been hiding out for a little while trying to let the pains of the season slip away, but we’re here for a quick Halloween update. According to ESPN, the Braves have sent Derek Lowe to Cleveland for pitching prospect Chris Jones. The Braves will pay about $10 million of the $15 million that […]

Welcome Back, Matt Diaz

Wed, 31 Aug 2011 17:44:17 +0000

The Braves have worked out a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates to bring outfielder Matt Diaz back to Atlanta in exchange for a player to be named later.  MattyD hit .305 with the Braves from 2006-2010.  The Braves hope he can help out their dismal stats against left-handed pitching, where they currently rank last in […]

Recent Offensive Struggles A Cause For Concern?

Wed, 03 Aug 2011 13:59:14 +0000

The Atlanta Braves have had some woes in the offensive category over the past 11 games that have many Braves fans feeling a little antsy. Yes, a good formula for making the playoffs is not losing 6 of the last 11. What is worse is that the team we are trying to catch has been […]

What Did The Braves Really Do At The Deadline?

Mon, 01 Aug 2011 02:20:07 +0000

Just as quick as the trade deadline approached, it has now passed and the Braves made a splash with the acquisition of Michael Bourn. As you look at the deal, the Braves got a star centerfielder, gold glove defender, and a legitimate leadoff hitter without having to give up any of our “untouchable prospects.” Bourne […]

Braves Acquire Bourn From Astros

Sun, 31 Jul 2011 14:25:21 +0000

As first reported by Ken Rosenthal, the Braves have acquired CF Michael Bourn from the Houston Astros for Jordan Schafer and three minor leaguers. Bourn, who will wear #24, is batting .303 with 32 RBI and 39 steals. He’s arbitration eligible for one more season and is likely to earn around $7M next year. The […]

Trade Deadline Looms For Braves

Fri, 29 Jul 2011 19:06:01 +0000

With Sunday’s trade deadline rapidly approaching, the Braves have yet to make any moves to bring some new blood to Atlanta.  There are differing opinions as to what Frank Wren should do.  BravesBlast contributor, Thomas, examines possible trades for the Braves in today’s podcast below.  Should the Braves go after bullpen help?  Right-handed power at […]

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Looking Ahead to the Next Few Weeks

Mon, 25 Jul 2011 19:18:17 +0000

Let’s forget about the past two series. One was at Coors Field, which is hell on any team. The other, Great American Ball Park, is small enough that traveling high school baseball teams regularly hit home run after home run while playing there (might be an exaggeration, but not much of one). As of Monday […]

Price of a Braves’ World Series ticket? Maybe one Pence

Fri, 22 Jul 2011 14:09:54 +0000

By Bud L. Ellis The word “pence” is defined as multiple pennies, but just one “Pence” would enrich the Atlanta Braves’ pursuit of a World Series title. As the trade deadline approaches, cyberspace and talk shows buzz with the rumor du jour. Wednesday, chatter concerning the Braves and their dire need for a right-handed injection […]

Making The Braves Better – Trade Targets

Wed, 13 Jul 2011 14:24:41 +0000

Heading into the Phillies series before the All-Star break, the Braves boasted the third-best winning percentage in baseball and were on pace to win ninety-six games. Obviously, the team constituted as such has a very good chance to make the playoffs; calculates those odds at 77.5%. So while the front office could justify sitting […]

Various Pitching Thoughts and Other Ramblings

Mon, 11 Jul 2011 14:15:32 +0000

The Braves have assembled a consistent string of wins while scoring a decent amount of runs. The offense seems to be clicking, and if the past few games are harbingers of things to come, the offense could be an unstoppable force. Dan Uggla has shown renewed power and better plate discipline, while Brian McCann and […]

The Braves Roll Into Philly

Fri, 08 Jul 2011 16:29:42 +0000

In his latest “Fried Baseball” audio blog, Kent Covington breaks down the Braves’ recent surge and previews the big series in Philly this weekend. Feel free to toss in your 2 cents in the comments section below.

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Heyward’s Struggles and Did You Know

Fri, 01 Jul 2011 13:43:35 +0000

I had hoped to write this article about the resurgence of Jason Heyward and how his return to the lineup has improved a languid Braves offense. Unfortunately, Heyward has only shown glimpses of his offensive prowess, with no consistency whatsoever. Is a lingering injury still causing the lack of production? Does he just need time […]

Looking into the Crystal Ball: Predictions for the Rest of the Year

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 16:06:52 +0000

The season is 46% completed, so it is well past time to start making predictions on the finishing order of the National League. The previous statement is completely sarcastic (still need to find that sarcasm font), however I do think a significant amount of the season has been played, enough so that we should, by […]

What to Do in the Outfield?

Fri, 17 Jun 2011 15:26:51 +0000

The Braves outfield, in a word, is in disarray. With Jason Heyward returning on Wednesday, the outfield now has one opening-day starter roaming the Turner Field grass. For the most part, it seems the reserves have underperformed the starters, but how true is that statement? While answering that question, I’ll also provide an answer for […]