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Despite being thought of as merely a replacement when acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals, Matt Adams is now a big part of a Braves offense that has them playing .500 ball despite mediocre starting pitching. The team is so high on him that franchise cornerstone Freddie Freeman now regularly plays third base to have Big City’s bat in the lineup. Adams took the opportunity in Atlanta and ran with it. The Braves now want to keep Adams. ATL indicating to others it will hold Matt Adams. He's cheap for them, he's been good, and it's a lousy market for position-player...Continue reading »

The Braves needed innings from a veteran lefty, and got just that when they dealt two top 30 prospects for Jaime Garcia’s services this offseason. With the Braves still below .500 and the trade deadline nearing, the team is now getting a return on its investment. #Twins have reached agreement to acquire Jaime Garcia from #Braves, source confirms @Ken_Rosenthal report. @MLB @MLBNetwork — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 20, 2017 Garcia is not what he once was with St. Louis, but he can still pitch. While health has been a past concern for Jaime, he made every...Continue reading »

Atlanta Braves R.A Dickey looked to continue his trend of splendid outings Wednesday afternoon to help the Braves avoid a sweep against Chicago. Dickey was coming off five straight outings were he never allowed more than one earned run and also did not allow a home-run. But sticking to trends was something that happened very little in this series for Atlanta, and that would prove true again on Wednesday. The Cubs would open up the scoring in the second on an Addison Russell two-out double down the line. It was the first of four hits for Russell on the afternoon. Three...Continue reading »

It’s been a while since we’ve seen the Five Stripes lace em up. 16 days to be exact, but who’s counting? Me. I’m counting. While that may not look like that long, it’s felt like an eternity for all the Five Stripe fans who were used to watching United play a game every three days during the back half of June. Needless to say, we all can’t wait to watch the first match back tomorrow against our “rivals”, Orlando City. The Basics: When: Friday, July 21st – 7:00 pm Where: Orlando City Stadium – Orlando, Florida Watch:...Continue reading »

It is never too early to start predicting regular season records, and with the NBA draft complete and free agency winding down, we are beginning to see how this Hawks roster is going to shape out heading into the season. Atlanta might still be in the running for a few players left on the market, but there are not many game changing names remaining. The Hawks are in rebuild mode, and this roster is not going to get much prettier. However, Atlanta has made it to ten straight postseason appearances for a reason, and even won 60 games without a true superstar. Is this the...Continue reading »

Matt Ryan and the rest of the Falcons have not stopped hearing questions about their epic Super Bowl collapse since it ended early last February. In particular, Ryan has expressed his disinterest in discussing the topic any further, but in an interview with CBS’s Pete Prisco, Ryan gave perhaps his best perspective yet on what actually happened in one of the most memorable games in NFL history. My sit-down with Falcons QB Matt Ryan. “We made the play to win the Super Bowl to Julio.” https://t.co/sPI8GJ11xn — Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) July 19, 2017 This...Continue reading »

Atlanta Braves The Braves looked to bounce back after their first loss since the All-Star break against John Lackey in his first start since coming off the disabled list. Even when Lackey was healthy, he has not been effective this season, toting an ERA well over five coming into Tuesday night’s matchup. Sean Newcomb was looking for a little bounce back of his own, coming off two poor outings and consecutive losses against Houston and Washington. Control was his issue in his last start and that proved to be the culprit once again against a Cubs lineup that is beginning...Continue reading »

Atlanta Braves Monday night’s series opener against the Cubs had the makings of a pitcher’s duel with both of the clubs’ top pitchers taking the mound for the first time since the All-Star break. Jon Lester, coming off an outing in which he failed to complete an inning and allowed ten runs, was back to his normal self, feasting on Braves hitters. Atlanta was able to strike first because of an errant throw by Javier Baez while trying to turn a double play that put Ender Inciarte on second for the red-hot Brandon Phillips. Phillips stayed hot with an...Continue reading »

The Atlanta Falcons’ front office is slowly working to sign running back Devonta Freeman to a long-term contract extension that will likely make him one of the  NFL’s highest paid players at his position. This offseason, Freeman has made it clear that he wants a big contract and feels that his performance on the field makes him deserving of a big payday. While many critics today feel that no NFL team should invest too much money into the running back position given the short shelf life of running backs combined with the emphasis on heavy passing offenses...Continue reading »

Readers of SportsTalkATL.com are well aware that we have been on the John Collins hype train for months. His Summer League performance has already sealed him and Dennis Smith Jr. as NBA Draft steals. Yes, it is only Summer League, but Collins translated his dominant play over from the ACC to the Summer League level, and there is no reason to think he will not do the same in the NBA. Collins averaged 15.4 points and 9.2 rebounds per game despite averaging just 23 minutes a contest. He displayed unbelievable athleticism for a guy his size and even took some three pointers....Continue reading »