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Kris Medlen Pitches Major League Debut Tonight

Posted by m1fournier on May 21, 2009

Tonight Braves prospect Kris Medlen will make his major league debut against Aaron Cook and the Colorado Rockies at 7:00 PM. GO BRAVES! and Good Luck to Kris Medlen!

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Braves win Big Against Colorado

Posted by m1fournier on May 20, 2009

MattDiazBraves starter pitched 5 scoreless innings, striking out 6 and not walking a batter. The Braves once again had the bats going, they beat the Colorado Rockies 12-4 tonight. The Braves offense has found their way in the last 2 games tonight, knocking Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa around for 7 runs in only 3.2 innings of work. It was his worst start of the season. But enough about the Rockies poor pitching lets talk about the Braves offense.

For the Braves Yunel Escobar went 2-4 including a 3-run HR in the 4th inning where he plated 3. Outfielder Matt Diaz had 3 hits, including a triple, and scored 4 times for the Braves. Also for the Braves Jeff Francouer went 1-3 with 2 RBI’s and 2 runs, David Ross(who played catcher for Brian McCann tonight) had  RBI’s, and Jordan Scahfer also had 2 RBI’s to bring his season total up to 8.

This is good sign for the Braves who had been struggling to get runs, but while I agree this is good that we not look to far into it as the Rockies pitching is far below average. But hell we’ll take the win and the success of the offense. Just a note Jeff Franocuer saved a spot on my fantasy team tonight with a solid performance. Braves and Rockies play the final game of the series tomorrow at 7:00 Pm as Kris Medlen will make his major league debut for the Braves. GO BRAVES!

 

 

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Braves vs Rockies…Vazquez vs. De La Rosa

Posted by m1fournier on May 20, 2009

Tonight the Braves are set to face lefty Jorge De La Rosa in the final game of their series with the Rockies. In his last 2 starts DLR has struck out 22 batters in 15 innings. The problem when DLR pitches hasn’t been poor pitching, but lack of run support. So Braves starter Javier Vazquez, who has also been dominate in his last few starts looks to keep the Rockies bats quiet tonight.

Last night the Braves scored 8 runs, so let’s hope that type of offense can continue tonight as well. Tonight’s game is scheduled for 7:00 PM at Turner Field. GO BRAVES !!!

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Braves Beat the Rockies 8-1 Behind a Great Performance from Jair

Posted by m1fournier on May 19, 2009

j_jurrjensTonight the Atlanta Braves defeated the Colorado Rockies 8-1. The Braves finally got their bats going, jumping out to a 4-0 lead for Jair Jurrjens, who was excellent once again.

Jair went 7 innings giving up 3 hits, 1 run, while walking 3 and striking out 8. He was in complete command throughout his entire outing. This was his 3rd straight of going 7 or more innings, and he has continued his excellent play throughout the year. Jurrjens lowered his already low ERA to 1.96. But not only was Jair good, but the Braves offense was finally back tonight.

For the the offense, Casey Kotchman went 3-5 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI’s and 1 run scored. Also for the Braves Kelly Johnson had 3 hits and scored 2 runs. Braves pitcher Jair Jurrjens also went 1-3 scoring 1 run and driving in 1 run. It was good to see the lackluster offense of the Braves finally start to hit. It also helps they were facing Jason Hammel who has been struggling, but I know we’ll take this good all around performance. They look to keep it up tomorrow when they send Javier Vazquez to the mound. The game starts at 7:00 PM, and we’ll have a preview up by tomorrow afternoon. GO BRAVES!

 

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Braves vs Rockies Tonight…Jair on the Mound Tonight

Posted by m1fournier on May 19, 2009

The Braves are looking to get their bats going for Jair who has pitched excellent this year posting a nearly sub 2 ERA, but still only has 3 wins for the year. The Rockies send Jason Hammel to the mound who has pitched pretty bad, this coldn’t come  at a better time for the slumping Braves. LETS GET SOME HITS !!! Tonights games starts at 7:00 PM and is at Turner Field.

GO BRAVES !!!

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With D. Lowe on the Mound the Braves Lose a Close One

Posted by m1fournier on May 18, 2009

frenchyThe Braves bats once again failed to show up to support another great pitching performance. Failing to score only 1 run in the 5-1  lose tonight the offense once again looked terrible.

Braves starter Derek Lowe went 8 innings giving up 2 runs, 3 hits and striking out 3 while only walking 1. This is a reoccuring theme for the Braves as the lack of offense has ruined starts from Javier Vazquez, Jair Jurrjens, and now D. Lowe. The lone Braves run was driven in on an error plating Chipper Jones.

The Braves had its from catcher Brian McCann, Garret Anderson, Derek Lowe, Yunel Escobar, and Chipper Jones…As for Jeff Francouer and Casey Kotchman stranded a combined 5 men LOB. For the Rockies Jason Marquis pitched just a little bit better than Low. Marquis went 8 innings giving up only 1 run on 5 hits, while walking 3 and striking out 3. And for their offense they got RBI’s from Dexter Fowler, Chris Iannetta, Todd Helton, and Ryan Spillborghs.

This is the 2nd conseecutive game where the bats have failed the pitching staff, and for sure not the first time it has happened this year. The Braves and Rockies square up again tomorrow at 7:00 PM, where they’ll send Jair Jurrjens to the mound to face Jason Hammel. Hopefully they can get the bats going this time against a struggling Hammel.

 

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The Braves throughout the years…A Look at Greg Maddux

Posted by m1fournier on May 18, 2009

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Greg Maddux, a future hall of famer, and a class act in the game of baseball. As a member of the Atlanta Braves from 1993-2003.  Maddux was one of the main anchors of that incredible pitching staff that the Braves had in 1990’s. As a Braves player he won 3 of his 4 Cy Young awards, (1993-1995), and also won 194 games in an Atlanta uniform.

In addition to his 11 years in Atlanta Maddux played 10 years in a Chicago Cubs uniform(2 different stints), he also played 2 years with the Dodgers, and played 1 more year with the Padres. Thorughout his career he won 18 gold gloves(a record), was named to 8 all star teams, and was one of the main components for the Braves in the 1995 World Series win.

Greg Maddux signed with Braves in 1993 and made an immediate splash by going 20-10, posting a 2.36 ERA and winning the Cy Young Award. And in 2003 he won 16 games for the Braves, with a 3.96 ERA, Maddux started strong with the Braves and finished strong. He is the only pitcher in MLB history to ever win 15 games in 17 consecutive seasons. 

 

Maddux was the main component of the Braves pitching triad in the 90’s, (Maddux, John Smoltz, and Tom Glavine). The group combined for 6 Cy Young awards in the 1990’s and lead the Braves to 14 conssecutive division championships. But, not only was Maddux a brillant pitcher with Braves, but he was one of the classiest guys in the organizations history. Maddux will always be remembered in a Braves uniform in my eyes and I can’t wait for the day that he is inducted into the Hall of Fame as an Atlanta Brave. Long live one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the game Greg Maddux.

 

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Mike Gonzalez vs Rafael Soriano: Who do you want in the 9th?

Posted by m1fournier on May 13, 2009

Braves Gonzalez Baseballsoriano1As many of you know, last night “closer” Mike Gonzalez blew his second save of the season, ultimately leading to the loss last night for the Atlanta Braves. So far this season Mike Gonzalez has appeared in 17 games, 7 of those being save oppurtunities, and he has an ERA of 3.68. And his closing counterpart Rafael Soriano has appeared in 16 games, and is 3 of 3 in save oppurtunities, and Soriano has an ERA of 1.13. As of now Bobby Cox has said that both men will continue to split the closer duties, but so far it has seemed that Gonzalez is the favorite, but after last night don’t be surprised to see Soriano get more and more of the save chances. It will be interesting to see what happens in the next few weeks with the closer situation in Atlanta. Tell me what you think!

 

 

 

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5 of the Greatest Moments in Atlanta Braves History

Posted by m1fournier on May 13, 2009

gettyimages5. Ted Turner buys the Braves

The Braves where bought buy media mogul Ted Turner in 1976. Turner used the Braves to help and try and give his struggling TV station TBS more viewers and to promote their shows. The Braves showed great growth and promise once Turner bought the team. Some of their greatest years occured under the ownership of Turner and Time Warner. Who know’s what the Braves would be like today without Turner every purchasing the team.

 

 

08    4. Cy Young Award Winners Aplenty

 During the 90’s the Braves had arguably the greatest pitching staff of all time, and they proved it with the win’s and the awards the brought home. The first one in came in 1991, when Tom Glavine went 20-11 and posting a 2.55 ERA. The Braves then had 3 in a row come from the great Greg Maddux. He won his 2nd carrer Cy Young award(first with Braves) in 1993, 20-10 with a 2.36 ERA. He then won his 3rd and 4th consecutive Cy Young awards in 1994 and 1995. The Braves continued their dominance in pitching when John Smoltz, 24-8 with a 2.94 ERA in 1996. Then Tom Glavine won his 2nd Cy Young award in 1998, going 20-6 with a 2.46 ERA. The Braves pitching staff during the 1990’s is easily one of if not the greatest staff’s of all time.

 

o_92BravesMedia3. 1991- 2005 and Winning the National League East

The Atlanta Braves were one of the most dominant teams in the history of sports from 1991-2005, a time when they won 14 consecutive division championships. Pure dominance…! While they only won the world series one time(1995) during that time, this was one of the most dominant displayas every seen in sports. While the braves haven’t been as dominant since 2005, they soon hope to reclaim that prowess again soon.

 

 

Sports_Braves_0217082. Winning the 1995 World Series

The Braves win the World Series! In my opinion is one of the greatest moment(could be interchangable with Aaron hitting number 715) in Braves history. This was their 3rd World Series championship in franchise history, but it was the first since the team has been in Atlanta. In order to do so the Braves had to indure 6 games against the Clevland Indians, who had Orel Hershiser, Jim Thome, and later future Braves Kenny Lofton. It was a good series, but the Braves proved to be the better team prevailing in the 6th game at Fulton County Stadium by a score 1-0 on the heels of a Tom Glaivine gem. Come on Atlanta, let’s get back and win it again!

 

BE0219601. Hank Aaron Breaking Babe Ruth’s Home Run Record

Arguably one of the most exciting moments in sports and in Braves history is when Herny(Hank) Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s home run record by hitting number 715 on April 8, 1974 off LA Dodgers pitcher Al Downing in the bottom of the 4th at Atlanta Stadium. Though his record 755 homeruns was eventually broken by Barry Bonds, this moment when Aaron hit number 715 will go down in Braves history as one of the proudest and most special moments.

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Braves Lose Tough One in 10 To The Mets

Posted by m1fournier on May 12, 2009

Once again the Braves failed to provide run support for Jair Jurrjens. The only offense came from the 5, 6 , and 7 hitters. Catcher Brian McCann went 3-4 including a double that plated a run in the 7th. Kotchman kept it going with another RBI and Garret Anderson added a sac fly. The only other Brave who really hit the ball at all tonight was shortstop Yunel Escobar, who hit 2 doubles and he scored 2 runs. Chipper Jones was back in the lineup and had two hits and scored a run, but the story was the pitching for the Braves.

jurrjens4Braves starter Jair Jurrjens pitched 7.2 innings, allowing 7 hits, 2 earned runs, while walking just 1 and striking out 4.  He cruised through the game till the 8th inning when Jeremy Reed singled, and then after he got Omir Santos to fly out Ryan Church singled. Jose Reyes then came up and doubled palting both Reed and Church, but Reyes was thrown out stretching it out at 3rd. Other than Jurrjens was excellent.

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In the bottom of the 9th the Braves called on closer Mike Gonzalez, and he blew it again. The first batter he faced Carlos Beltran hit a double of him. He then got Mets 3b, David Wright to foul out to 1st.  Carlos Beltran stole 3rd and Gonzalez then plunked Fernado Tatis. With runners on 1st and 3rd Louis Castillo hit a sacrifice fly allowing Beltran to score tying up the score 3-3.

In the top of the 10th Chipper Jones lead of the inning with a single, and he then stole 2nd. Brian McCann was then intentionally walked by Mets closer Fransisco Rodriguez. But both Casey Kotchman and Jeff Francouer flied out to end the inning. In the bottom half of the 10th the Mets got a single and a stolen base from Jose Reyes. And then Alex Cora was intentionally walked. Ramon Castro was called on to pinch hit for the Mets and he drew a walk loading the bases. This brought Carlos Beltran up with bases loaded…and Braves pitcher Jeff Bennett walked him! Once again Jair Jurrjens is hurt by lack of run support and shaky bullpen work!

 

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