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 Trevor Cahill Trevor Cahill made his first start for the Braves last week against the Miami Marlins. For Cahill, it was a start he would like to forget. Coming off a dreadful 2014 season with the Arizona Diamondbacks in which he was 3-12 with a 5.61 ERA, Cahill allowed 4 earned runs in just 2.1 innings pitched in his Braves debut. Quite frankly, the numbers actually might be kind considering the way he pitched. Cahill had zero control on his pitches. When he did throw strikes, they were up in the zone. The Marlins feasted and hit lasers all over the field. He also...Continue reading »

Add another accomplishment to Mike Budenholzer’s bucket list. After a 38-44 season in 2014, Budenholzer coached the Hawks to a 60-22 record, a 22 game swing. He took the team from the eighth-seeded team in the Eastern conference last year to the top-seed in the east in 2015. The culture of the Atlanta Hawks organization has completely changed with Budenholzer at the helm. The only other coach deserving of the award was Golden State head coach, Steve Kerr. Kerr inherited a very talented team though, while Budenholzer made his players believe in themselves. The Atlanta...Continue reading »

Eight players. That’s how many players that are currently on the Braves 25-Man Roster played for the team in 2014. The man behind the endless transactions is John Hart, who was hired as the Braves’ President of Baseball Operations this offseason. This title practically gives him the power of a GM without the title itself. Hart, 66 years of age, has paved the way for the franchise, while grooming assistant GM John Coppolella to eventually assume the GM position. Hart probably traded your favorite Brave away this offseason, and many may scrutinize his moves. But John...Continue reading »

It was announced Monday morning that Braves reliever Andrew McKirahan has been suspended 80 games for PED use. His test was conducted in March, but the results came back just yesterday. McKirahan reportedly used a cream that violated the MLB drug policy. The lefty was left unprotected in the Rule 5 draft this past winter by the Chicago Cubs, and was claimed by the Miami Marlins. Though he posted decent Spring Training numbers for Miami, the Marlins did not have room for McKirahan on their 25-Man Roster and waived him. McKirahan used this cream during his time with the...Continue reading »

Rebounding  If there has been one chink in the armor for the Atlanta Hawks this year it is rebounding. The Hawks were dead last in the NBA in offensive rebounding in 2014-15 and ranked 28th overall in rebounding. While some of this is because Coach Bud does stress getting back on defense and other outstanding factors, the numbers do not lie. The Hawks are not a good rebounding team. Obviously, they have still been able to succeed without being a great rebounding team, but after watching Game 1, every Hawks fan has to be nervous about what they saw on the boards. The...Continue reading »

The Braves slowed their roll a little bit this week, but still continued to play quality baseball. They had a 3-3 week, and currently stand at 8-4, good for 2nd in the NL East. Though they lost a heartbreaker on a Josh Donaldson extra inning walk-off bomb Saturday, the good news for Atlanta is they take on the Mets this week, who own 1st place in the division. While the Braves came down to Earth this week, their offense is rolling and they can take hold of the division if they sweep the Mets. They also play arguably the worst team in baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies....Continue reading »

The Hawks and Nets met up in Atlanta for the first game of their best of seven series on Sunday Night. The Nets were able to linger around for all four quarters and kept the Hawk’s fans on the edge of their seats for the whole night. However, the Hawks were able to squeak out a 99-92 victory in Game One to keep their home-court advantage at Phillips Arena, where they were 35-6 throughout the regular season. Kyle Korver led the way for the Hawks with 21 points, while shooting 5/10 from three-point land. It was clear from the opening tip that Korver had the green light...Continue reading »

The number one-seed Atlanta Hawks (60-22) will take on the eight-seed Brooklyn Nets (38-44) in the first round of the NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs. Atlanta swept the regular season series against the Nets this year, 4-0. The Nets beat out the Pacers, securing the final playoff spot, by beating the Orlando Magic 101-88 in their last regular season game. While it is exciting for Brooklyn to make the playoffs, I have a feeling it will be short-lived. The Hawks are a different breed this year. Below is a preview of the series.   Schedule (times in eastern time) Game...Continue reading »

Mike Budenholzer You can’t talk Hawks without talking about the system that Budenholzer brought over from the Spurs’ organization and tweaked around his own personnel.  In his second year as an NBA head coach, Budenholzer has already established himself as one of the league’s best. He led the Hawks to their first 60 win season in franchise history and is one of the leading candidates for the NBA’s Coach of the Year award. Coach Budenholzer has brought a sense of professionalism and selflessness to Atlanta and it shows on and off the court. On the court, the...Continue reading »

  After he cost them the game in Sunday’s 4-3 loss to the Mets, Juan Jaime was designated for assignment by Atlanta. Jaime was brought in during a tie game situation, but walked two consecutive batters, leading to the game-deciding run. While Jaime has a ton of velocity, his lack of control has cost him his roster spot. He struggled last season during his time in Atlanta as well, as he posted 5.84 ERA in 16 appearances. Jaime has to address his serious control issues if he ever wants to ensure a permanent spot in a major league bullpen. The Braves have called...Continue reading »