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    Atlanta Braves discussion

    This team is highly entertaining. I've always wanted a team that scored runs consistently and it appears that's what we got. When they make the call to the bullpen, my blood pressure goes up. Need to get that fixed. 4 games up on Philly after tonight.

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    Re: Atlanta Braves discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by ReturnToGlory View Post
    This team is highly entertaining. I've always wanted a team that scored runs consistently and it appears that's what we got. When they make the call to the bullpen, my blood pressure goes up. Need to get that fixed. 4 games up on Philly after tonight.
    It is sad when they can have an 8-0 lead in the 7th and I still don't think they have they game won. The bullpen needs a closer that can actually close. The Braves as a team have blown 13 saves this year.
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    Re: Atlanta Braves discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by DzynKingRTR View Post
    It is sad when they can have an 8-0 lead in the 7th and I still don't think they have they game won. The bullpen needs a closer that can actually close. The Braves as a team have blown 13 saves this year.
    I think the Braves have one of the best Batting Orders in the league, and we have 2 great SPs (soroka and Dallas) and 1 serviceable (Teheran), but its the hit or miss relievers and the closer that are going to kill us unless we trade for one. There is something to be said when the closer gives two free bases in a one run game before he gets close to an out every single time.

    I think Atlanta will win the East and will get the #2 seed. But I have serious doubts at us beating a really good team in October. Our best shot is drawing the Cardinals, and have a team like the Nats catching the Dodgers flatfooted. I just think the Dodgers and the NL West are the best teams out there.
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    Re: Atlanta Braves discussion

    Seems like every time I see a Braves fan gripe about the bullpen the retort from Braves beat writers and national writers is to point how bad relievers are across the board this year.


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    Re: Atlanta Braves discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by RTR91 View Post
    Seems like every time I see a Braves fan gripe about the bullpen the retort from Braves beat writers and national writers is to point how bad relievers are across the board this year.


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    Re: Atlanta Braves discussion

    Midseason outlook

    Where things stand:

    1) Atlanta is #1 in the east by 6 games
    2) Atlanta is #2 in the NL behind the Dodgers by 5.5 games and leading the Cubs by 7 games

    Reasons to be optimistic for a Braves fan

    1) Hitting is rock solid
    2) The Phillies and Nationals look to beat themselves out of the NL East Crown with 8 games to go
    3) Most of the more difficult games have to come through Suntrust in which the Braves hold a 28-19 advantage
    4) The NL Central race and the lack of a race in the NL East is making a home field series in round 1 more likely

    5) The Dodgers limped into the All Star Break at 5-5 giving a slightly more realistic chance for the Braves to fight for 1st place.

    Reasons for concern:

    1) Pitching is all over the place. Aside from Dallas, Soroka, and Minter there are no totally reliable SP, LRP, MRP, and CPs on the roster
    2) The Nationals are on a tear 8-2 in the last 10.
    3) The Phillies and Nationals both hold a series advantage over the Braves, and have the lionshare of remaining home games in the season series.
    4) Dumb losses and the Braves usually go together at some point of a season
    5) The Braves cant afford to not winning the NL East.
    Going for a 1 game season and having the Dodgers waiting is not a good thing to look forward to.
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    Re: Atlanta Braves discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by 81usaf92 View Post
    Midseason outlook

    Where things stand:

    1) Atlanta is #1 in the east by 6 games
    2) Atlanta is #2 in the NL behind the Dodgers by 5.5 games and leading the Cubs by 7 games

    Reasons to be optimistic for a Braves fan

    1) Hitting is rock solid
    2) The Phillies and Nationals look to beat themselves out of the NL East Crown with 8 games to go
    3) Most of the more difficult games have to come through Suntrust in which the Braves hold a 28-19 advantage
    4) The NL Central race and the lack of a race in the NL East is making a home field series in round 1 more likely

    5) The Dodgers limped into the All Star Break at 5-5 giving a slightly more realistic chance for the Braves to fight for 1st place.

    Reasons for concern:

    1) Pitching is all over the place. Aside from Dallas, Soroka, and Minter there are no totally reliable SP, LRP, MRP, and CPs on the roster
    2) The Nationals are on a tear 8-2 in the last 10.
    3) The Phillies and Nationals both hold a series advantage over the Braves, and have the lionshare of remaining home games in the season series.
    4) Dumb losses and the Braves usually go together at some point of a season
    5) The Braves cant afford to not winning the NL East.
    Going for a 1 game season and having the Dodgers waiting is not a good thing to look forward to.
    Sounds about right. The Dodgers are right now the best overall team in the NL. I am hoping they just have enough bad games in the playoffs to knock themselves out before the Braves have to play them.
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    Re: Atlanta Braves discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by DzynKingRTR View Post
    Sounds about right. The Dodgers are right now the best overall team in the NL. I am hoping they just have enough bad games in the playoffs to knock themselves out before the Braves have to play them.
    What I’m hoping for is that the Braves win the Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith sweepstakes this month. We desperately need another experienced Ace and a killer closer. I would probably offer the Giants anyone but Acuna, Freeman, Donaldson, Riley, Albies, Dallas, and Soroka to win get them within reason.

    We really need to take advantage of the trade deadline to enhance the team to be able to beat the Dodgers and Nats in a 5-7 game series.

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    Re: Atlanta Braves discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by 81usaf92 View Post
    What I’m hoping for is that the Braves win the Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith sweepstakes this month. We desperately need another experienced Ace and a killer closer. I would probably offer the Giants anyone but Acuna, Freeman, Donaldson, Riley, Albies, Dallas, and Soroka to win get them within reason.

    We really need to take advantage of the trade deadline to enhance the team to be able to beat the Dodgers and Nats in a 5-7 game series.
    Right now, I do not think we can be the Dodgers. We could out hit the Nats, but it would take a lot. I fear we may have to give up too much in order to get an Ace and killer closer.
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    Re: Atlanta Braves discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by DzynKingRTR View Post
    Right now, I do not think we can be the Dodgers. We could out hit the Nats, but it would take a lot. I fear we may have to give up too much in order to get an Ace and killer closer.
    The reason bumgarner and smith are attractive names right now is because July 31st is the last day the Giants can trade them before free agency. Also everyone is going crazy over Wheeler so the Giants may be forced to settle for lesser offers.

    I think regardless, you will probably know who has a chance to win the NL by the 31st, and who is wasting everyone’s time by participating.

    The thing that is weird is that the Nats are better without Bryce. I think our biggest problem is that we are going to have to counter Scherzer somehow and hope Strasberg is limited. This Nats team is probably the scariest team in the majors and I’m hoping for them to have another epic collapse in the worst way.

    Dodgers are the standard, but they have a habit of choking.
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