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Oct 19, 2018
2018 Atlanta Braves Player Review: Ender Inciarte

2018 Atlanta Braves Player Review: Ender Inciarte

Ender’s third season in Atlanta looked a lot like his first two. Ender Inciarte just completed his third year with the Braves, and he’s been the same player nearly three years in a row. That is far from a bad thing; given his consistency in the field and at the plate with his low cost, he’s been a bargain for Atlanta since coming over in the Shelby Miller deal. The past season was Ender’s worst at the plate, batting .265/.325/.380 with a 90 wRC+. While those numbers were a decline from his 2016-17 campaigns (98 wRC+), a quick glance at his Batting Average on Balls In Play tell the...
Oct 18, 2018
2018 Atlanta Braves Player Review: Mike Foltynewicz

2018 Atlanta Braves Player Review: Mike Foltynewicz

Foltynewicz finally figured things out in 2018. When the Braves acquired Mike Foltynewicz from the Astros in the Evan Gattis trade back in January 2015, they knew there would be some inevitable growing pains. Foltynewicz always had the stuff to be a frontline starter, but he lacked the consistency and mental fortitude to regularly work deep into games. He had tantalizing potential, but would he ever get there? The answer, after three years of ups and downs, was a resounding yes in 2018. Foltynewicz made 31 starts (plus two in the NLDS) and tossed a career-high 183 innings. He finished with...
Oct 11, 2018
State of the Braves: Atlanta’s roster before the offseason begins

State of the Braves: Atlanta’s roster before the offseason begins

There are a few holes to fill, but most of the roster for a 90-win team remains intact. The highly-anticipated 2018-19 offseason is just a few weeks away, and the Braves find themselves in an envious situation. What second-year GM Alex Anthopoulos does over the next five months will likely alter the franchise’s direction drastically, for better or worse. The Braves have roughly $50 million committed to five players next year, nearly half of which goes to Freddie Freeman. Throw in obvious arbitration candidates like Mike Foltynewicz and Kevin Gausman and the number raises to $72 million....
Oct 3, 2018
Anibal Sanchez to start Game 2 of NLDS against Clayton Kershaw

Anibal Sanchez to start Game 2 of NLDS against Clayton Kershaw

Just as we all predicted back in March. Anibal Sanchez will start Game 2 of the NLDS on Friday night in Los Angeles. He will be opposed by Clayton Kershaw. Sanchez was a godsend for the Braves this season after the Twins released him in March. The 34-year-old righty made 24 starts, posting a superb 2.83 ERA (3.62 FIP) across 137 innings. He struck out 135 batters and walked just 42. Sanchez made two starts against the Dodgers this year and went 1-1. He won his start in Southern California back on June 9th, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks across 5 1⁄3 innings. He did not...
Oct 1, 2018
Braves will draft 9th, 21st in 2019 MLB Draft

Braves will draft 9th, 21st in 2019 MLB Draft

A great seasonin Atlanta won’t prevent the club from adding talent to its farm system. The Braves will have the 9th and 21st picks in the 2019 Draft. The club got the 21st pick after finishing the season with a 90-72 mark. It was the team’s best finish since 2013, and the team was primarily built through previous drafts and international free agent spending. After failing to sign Carter Stewart last summer after selecting him with the 8th pick, the Braves will receive pick No. 9 as compensation. The Baltimore Orioles will select first after finishing with an unfathomable 47-115 record....
Sep 30, 2018
MLB Playoffs Schedule: Braves to face winner of Monday’s tiebreaker between Dodgers-Rockies

MLB Playoffs Schedule: Braves to face winner of Monday’s tiebreaker between Dodgers-Rockies

The Rockies and Dodgers will play Game 163 to determine who wins the West. 162 games was not enough to determine the NL Central and West divisions, and the Braves still do not know who their opponent will be in the NLDS. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies, both 91-71, will play a winner-take-division game at Dodger Stadium on Monday at 4:09 p.m. ET. The winner will face the Braves in the NLDS. The loser will play in the Wild Card Game on Tuesday against the loser of the Cubs and Brewers, who also tied in the Central and will play a winner-take-division game at 1:05 p.m. ET on...
Sep 28, 2018
Dansby Swanson’s hand injury improving, Braves hopeful he can play NLDS

Dansby Swanson’s hand injury improving, Braves hopeful he can play NLDS

The young shortstop is dealing with a partially torn ligament in his left hand. The Braves received good news on Friday as shortstop Dansby Swanson has reportedly made progress since receiving treatment for the partially torn ligament in his left hand. While he still needs to see how his hand reacts to swinging a bat this weekend, the Braves are cautiously optimistic he will be able to return for the NLDS. The NLDS begins on Thursday, October 4th. Dansby injured his hand during Tuesday night’s game in New York and returned home to Atlanta the next day. Thankfully, the injury was not...
Sep 23, 2018
Braves storylines the week before the NLDS begins

Braves storylines the week before the NLDS begins

We examine the state of the rotation, the bullpen and who could solidify their place in the awards races around the National League. The Braves are heading to the playoffs for the first time since 2013, and we still have the final week of the regular season to go before postseason play begins. While the Braves spent Saturday night celebrating, everyone else battling in the Central, West and Wild Card races had to play meaningful baseball. That isn’t to say there won’t be a handful of storylines for the Braves over their final seven games. They’ll play their final home game of the...

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