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Braves at the quarter point: Your take

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The Braves are hovering around the .500 mark as they reach the quarter point of the season. So what do you think?

Will the Braves make the playoffs?

  • Yes
  • No

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It’s been an up-and-down first quarter of the season for the Braves. Highlights included Jason Heyward’s mammoth home run in his first at-bat in the big leagues and the continued emergence of Martin Prado as a star. Lowlights included a struggling offense that led to a nine-game slide in late April and Kenshin Kawakami’s 0-6 start to the season.
Even with all that, the Braves are still very much in the mix in the N.L. East.

The offense got off to an extremely slow start to the season.

The offense got off to an extremely slow start to the season.

What is team’s biggest weakness?

  • Offense
  • Defense
  • Starting pitching
  • Relief pitching

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As they reached the quarter point of the season, the Braves were batting .247 as a team and were ninth in the National League in runs scored. The offense started …

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Atlanta Braves Spring Preview: Which MLB opponents look toughest in 2010?

mets_bay Pitchers and catchers will be reporting before we know it and with March comes the start of Spring Training. Baseball’s back, basically, and with so many teams making big offseason moves it’s like it never really left us.

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Which MLB teams – NL or AL – among the Braves’ 2010 opponents retooled themselves best for the upcoming season and who’s already looking like a cellar dweller? Also, are you headed to Spring Training? Which teams are you most eager to see and why?

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Atlanta Braves: Tim Hudson’s 2010 ‘hometown discount’ offer — worth it or not in the long run for team’s good?

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Braves starter Tim Hudson says he’s willing to give the team a ‘hometown discount’ and that “I’ve said all along that Atlanta was the place I want to be” but the veteran righty also says “I just hope when we start talking, my idea of a hometown discount and their idea of a hometown discount isn’t 5 or 8 million [dollars] apart.”

YOU TELL US: If Hudson and the Braves can agree on a ‘hometown discount’ that’s suitable to both parties, would you be happy with the 34-year-old, who boasts a career 148-78 record, staying here? Or, while the hometown discount offer is nice, is it time for the Braves to move on and get younger?

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Atlanta Braves: Does this team still have a shot at NL Wild Card vs. Rockies?

In her “Braves could play two one-game playoffs” piece, the AJC’s Carroll Rogers sets out the scenario under which Atlanta might host two deciding post-regular season games:

“If the Braves finish in a three-way tie with the Phillies and Rockies, they would play Monday to decide the division winner and if they lose, another game Tuesday to decide the wild-card winner.

That would happen if the Braves go 5-0, the Phillies go 0-5 and the Rockies go 2-3.

Here are the teams’ schedules, including results for all three clubs from Tuesday, Sept. 29. The schedules end Oct. 4.

Braves – at home vs. Marlins (9/29-30) LOSS vs. Marlins on 9/29 … at home vs. Nationals (10/1-4)

Phillies – at home vs. Astros (9/29-10/1) WIN vs. Astros on 9/29 … at home vs. Marlins (10/2-4)

Rockies – at home vs. Brewers (9/29-10/1) WIN vs. Brewers on 9/29 … away at Dodgers (10/2-4)

YOU TELL US: Which scenario listed above is most likely to happen, given the three teams’ schedules? Will the Braves play one, two …

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Atlanta Braves: Remembering the 1999 NLCS, when the Braves-Mets rivalry really mattered

Mr. Met: Oh, how we loved to hate him.

Mr. Met: We loved to hate him.

Ten years ago, when the Mets came to town, Braves fans got ready to rumble. The rivalry was on: Bobby C. vs. Bobby V. Chipper vs. Piazza. Mr. Met vs. the Tomahawk Chop. Us vs. Them.

The 1999 NLCS, pitting Atlanta against New York, was our own unique taste of what MLB’s storied archrivals have known for over a century: Baseball, like love, is war. And we ALL think WE should win.

YOU TELL US: Does Atlanta still care about Braves-Mets? Or have both once-mighty teams fallen so far that this rivalry is beyond revival?

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Atlanta Braves: What if… the Braves HADN’T given up on pitchers like Wainwright, Marquis and Millwood?

From the Braves Vent

“Millwood, Wainwright, Marquis 16 games over .500 this year. Kawakami, Vazquez, Lowe 3 games over .500 this year. Love the way we trade the bad pitchers.” and “The Cardinals have 16 game winner Adam Wainwright and the Braves have memories of overpaid J.D. Drew.”

YOU TELL US: While hindsight is always 20/20, how do YOU think the Braves’ history of trades and offseason dealings — especially regarding pitchers at both the major and minor league levels — has come to impact the club? Are the Braves less interested in cultivating young arms than in going after offense? Which would YOU rather have?

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Atlanta Braves: Another loss to the Padres… should we wave bye-bye to our Wild Card chances?

Two nights at the Ted, two losses to the last-place NL West Padres.

YOU TELL US: Have the Braves just blown their Wild Card chances? How can these playoff hopes be saved?

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Atlanta Braves: Was weekend Philly series such a huge flop or do we still have a Wild Card shot?

The facts aren’t pretty: NL East-leader Philadelphia came to town and took two of three from the Braves. Philly slugger Ryan Howard dominated the series. Atlanta lost a chance to gain serious division ground.

YOU TELL US: What went so wrong this past weekend against the Phillies? Do the Braves still have a shot at the Wild Card? And what’s Atlanta got to do going forward to make the postseason?

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Atlanta Braves: Should John Smoltz be re-signed to help Braves bullpen?

The Boston Red Sox cut John Smoltz Friday after the veteran pitcher, signed as a free agent this past January, managed only a 2-5 record in eight starts with an 8.33 ERA.

YOU TELL US: Do you think Smoltz, who racked up 154 saves from 2001-04 as Atlanta’s closer, should be re-signed to help in the Braves bullpen? Or is he, at age 42 and coming off shoulder rehab, simply out of gas?

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Dodgers vs. Braves: Mannywood Mania comes to Hotlanta — or not. Is Manny Ramirez overhyped?

Hip or hype? (AP Photo)

Mannywood: Hip or hype? (AP Photo)

Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez has been back from that 50-game suspension for use of performance-enhancing substances for a while now and Los Angeles appears a lock for the NL West division title. Sounds like life is good in Mannywood.

YOU TELL US: If the Braves and Dodgers can sneak in a game or two between downpours this weekend, how will you greet Manny at the Ted? Do you even care about his having been suspended in the first place? Better question — is Dodgers-Braves still the rivalry it once was?

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