Open thread, 5/15, Braves vs. Oscar Villarreals

Win today and the Braves can salvage a .500 road trip, which is all you can ask of a team returning from their second 10-day road trip in little over a month. Regardless, my confidence is waning. The Braves have been shut out six times already -- nearly half as many times as they were... Continue Reading →

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Head, heart divided on Prado deal

Do the intangibles matter? Do strikeouts not? Depends on your school of thought. I think they can both be true. Having a player who serves as an example for others by the way he plays the game is a plus -- but it doesn't compare with talent. Justin Upton could win an MVP this year.... Continue Reading →

Justin Upton will be a Brave by Friday

There's good reason to be optimistic. Scribes Rosenthal, Heyman and Olney all report the Braves have offered a "strong package" of players for Upton. DOB says the offer likely involves Teheran plus two-to-three additional prospects. Among the names bandied about: Gattis, Ahmed, Gilmartin, Spruill ... Bet on it happening by Friday, an artificial deadline favored... Continue Reading →

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