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The Braves got off to a hot start in their first week of the season, finishing with a 5-1 record. While this unit lost a lot of its luster after the Craig Kimbrel trade, they were still highly effective. A lot of the credit for these victories has to go to the bullpen, as they only allowed a single run in 20 1/3 innings. Do the math and the Braves bullpen has an astonishing 0.44 ERA, which is imply incredible. Yes, this is an extremely small sample size, but it’s an impressive statistic for a bullpen that features four rookies this season. Note that Juan Jaime was designated...Continue reading »

After finishing 6-10 in 2014, the Falcons hold the 8th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. With that pick, Atlanta needs to find a dominant player who can make a difference right away. New head coach Dan Quinn, former defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks, has stated, “I can’t wait to build a similar championship environment right here in Atlanta.” The fans in Atlanta have waited years for a Super Bowl, and hopefully Quinn can be the first coach in Falcons history to deliver it. With that being said, Atlanta has been making cuts and acquisitions to change...Continue reading »

The Braves had a topsy-turvy week to say the least. The night prior to Opening Day, the Braves traded Craig Kimbrel to the Padres, leaving a sour taste in many fan’s mouths. But the Braves came out red hot and ready to prove the critics wrong. The Braves went 5-1 and stand atop the NL East after the first week of the season. The Braves have used their great pitching staff and their new hitting approach to wear out opponents. Let’s take a look at the results from this week:   (4/6): Braves 2, Marlins 1: W: Teheran (1-0) L: Alvarez (0-1) SV: Grilli (1) (4/7): Braves...Continue reading »

It’s been hard for many Braves fans to watch some of their favorite players be moved this past offseason, but the reality is that this is the right move for the organization.   Lack of Talent in the Farm System At the end of the 2014, the Braves owned one of the worst farm systems in the Major Leagues. Many trades later, the Braves stocked up on a plethora of talent at the minor league level. Put this in perspective: Thirteen of the prospects on my SportsTalkATL Braves’ Top 25 Prospect List were acquired this offseason. Only four of the top fifteen were in the...Continue reading »

Though he is currently under scrutiny by many, one cannot deny that Danny Ferry has done a great job finding second round talent in the NBA Draft. Mike Scott has developed into a great young role player for the Hawks, and in recent weeks Center Mike Muscala has shown a ton of promise. Muscala was taken with the 44th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, as part of the Hawks’ draft day deal with the Dallas Mavericks. Hailing from Minnesota, Muscala was a four-year starter at Bucknell, and was voted the 2013 Patriot League Player of the Year, as well as the Defensive...Continue reading »

The Hawks defense took a huge blow Thursday afternoon with reports coming forth saying Thabo Sefolosha is to miss the rest of the season with a broken ankle. The injury stems from the incident early Wednesday morning in which Sefolosha was arrested along with Hawks Center Pero Antic. They reportedly refused to let the police set up a crime scene when Pacers Forward Chris Copeland was stabbed outside of a bar. Amongst Sefolosha’s misdemeanor charges was resisting arrest, as apparently it took four officers to put him in cuffs. He was seen limping on video as he left...Continue reading »

MOCK DRAFT 2.0 With the 2015 NFL Draft approaching rapidly, I present the second mock draft of the offseason. I would love to see everyone comment and tell me who you think Atlanta should draft and what strategy they use. With that being said, here is the second mock. Round 1: TRADE with the Cleveland Browns (12th Pick) Selection: Randy Gregory  Outisde Linebacker, Nebraska How about a trade to start the draft? In this mock, I have Atlanta trading down with the Cleveland Browns to get Cleveland’s first round pick and third round pick of the 2015 draft. Randy...Continue reading »

With their 96-69 rout of the Phoenix Suns at home Tuesday, the Hawks broke the franchise record for single season victories, as they notched their 58th win of the season. While the Dominique Wilkins-led teams of the 90’s were electrifying, I think it’s fair to say that the 2014-15 Hawks are the best team in franchise history. A Cinderella story of sorts, the Hawks came into this season with NBA analysts predicting them to likely finish around 4th in the East. Even lifelong Hawks fans never could have imagined the club having the type of success they have achieved...Continue reading »

At around 4 AM last night, Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic were arrested outside of 1 OAK, a bar in New York City, after Indiana Pacers Forward Chris Copeland reportedly was stabbed outside the club. The two were both arrested for trying to prevent police from setting up a crime scene. According to reports, Antic grabbed a police officer, while Thabo charged at another. They were officially each charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration. The Hawks Vice President of Public Relations stated that the team is “aware” of the situation...Continue reading »

Unlike the AL MVP race, which has been of a two man race in recent years, the NL MVP race is wide open. There are at least 15 players that could realistically be holding up the NL MVP trophy at the end of the season. Freddie Freeman, the first baseman for the Atlanta Braves, could very well be that player in 2015. Freeman has had an MVP-type season before. In 2013, Freeman finished fifth in the NL MVP voting. He hit .319 with 23 homers and 109 RBIs.  While his numbers were down last year, they were still impressive and I expect Freeman to have a monster year this year....Continue reading »