Braves Schedule Sets Them Up For Smooth Sailing

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Sunday, June.16/2013

The Braves have only gone 4 - 6 in the last 10 games, however this team has a great schedule ahead of them, a 5.5 Games lead on the Nationals, 51 Games remaining at home, while only playing 43 on the road.  That and they play in the worst Division in the National League

The Braves have only gone 4 – 6 in the last 10 games, however this team has a great schedule ahead of them, a 5.5 Games lead on the Nationals, 51 Games remaining at home, while only playing 43 on the road. That and they play in the worst Division in the National League.  Atlanta is 15 – 6 versus their NL East counterparts – and have 55 Games left against the Mets, Marlins, Phillies and Nats out of the last 94 contests.

By Bob McVinua (Special Guest Braves Writer – visit his website here):

Sometimes when a team is scuffling a little bit the fan base needs some reason for optimism. Now of course players are supposed to focus on the game and opponent at hand and not look too far away.

However I’m not a player so it’s perfectly fine for me to look ahead at the Braves schedule and what I see is nothing but smooth sailing ahead for Captain Fredi Gonzalez.

Now no game on a schedule can be counted as a win and on any given day anyone can beat anyone in Major League Baseball. I know the arguments against my point but I’d still much prefer to play a soft stretch in my schedule while I’m struggling a little bit then a difficult one.

The Brothers Upton both were acquired in the offseason by the Atlanta Braves.  This was a risk for the organization - but with several rewards and benefits should the two play up to their potential.  Well 68 Games into this, B.J. Upton is struggling to be consistent, however he hits 2 HRs in their comeback win versus the Giants last night.  The man has hit 5 HRs in his last 28 Games.  He is also hitting .250 for the month of June.  It is Justin Upton who is now having a tough time.  After clubbing 12 HRS in April, he is hit only 3 in the next 39 games and a low .200 BA.

The Brothers Upton both were acquired in the offseason by the Atlanta Braves. This was a risk for the organization – but with several rewards and benefits should the two play up to their potential. Well 68 Games into this, B.J. Upton is struggling to be consistent, however he hits 2 HRs in their comeback win versus the Giants last night. The man has hit 5 HRs in his last 28 Games. He is also hitting .250 for the month of June. It is Justin Upton who is now having a tough time. After clubbing 12 HRS in April, he is hit only 3 in the next 39 games and a low .200 BA.  If these two can ever get it together in the last 94 Games, it will be lights out for the rest of the NL East.

The Braves have 26 games left before the All Star break once the San Francisco series concludes which is the unofficial half way point to the season. You always want to go into the break with some momentum if possible and I think the Braves are in a perfect position to do so.

vs Mets ( 5 games)

@ Brewers ( 3 games)

@ Royals ( 2 games)

vs D-Backs ( 3 games)

vs Marlins ( 3 games)

@ Phillies ( 3 games)

@ Marlins ( 3 games)

vs Reds ( 4 games)

19 of these 26 games will be played against teams with below .500 records or roughly .500 records assuming the possibility that the Royals are flirting with the .500 mark as we speak.

And 11 of these games will be played against the Mets and Marlins who are two of the National Leagues worst teams. And in fact the Brewers aren’t that much better and Ryan Braun will be side lined for the next 2 weeks which will be a crippling blow to an already struggling Milwaukee ball club.

The 4 difficult games against the Reds will be played at Turner Field after the Braves almost swept the talented Cincinnati club on the road earlier in the year.

If there was ever an opportunity for the Braves to take advantage of their schedule this is it. This is the type of stretch where they could easily go 16-10 and possibly even 18-8 which would put them in a really strong position as we reach the mid summer classic.

Despite the Braves struggles as of late this schedule that waits for us gives me a lot of reason for optimism. These are not guaranteed wins and I realize the Braves will have to play well enough to beat these clubs but like I said I like my chances against struggling teams better than the stronger ones any day of the week.

To win your division you need to beat the bad teams on your schedule and take full advantage of these opportunities in your schedule. The next few weeks will tell us a lot about this Atlanta Braves team. For better or worse I think we will have a very clear vision of where this team stands at the end of these 26 games.

Evan Gattis is still murdering the ball, with 14 HRs and 37 RBI in just 160 AB.  Brian McCann is also doing some damage - with 7 HRs and 17 RBI.  If you combine the two totals - that is 21 HRs and 51 RBI in 262 AB.  This is top notch for the majority of the time with these 2 playing Catcher

Evan Gattis is still murdering the ball, with 14 HRs and 37 RBI in just 160 AB. Brian McCann is also doing some damage – with 7 HRs and 17 RBI. If you combine the two totals – that is 21 HRs and 51 RBI in 262 AB. This is top-notch production for the majority of the time with these 2 playing Catcher.  With Dan Uggla, Jason Heyward and B.J. Upton falling short of their usual number, it has spelled their early season slumps.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

A big thank-you goes out to our ‘ Guest Braves Writer’ Bob McVinua for preparing today’s featured article . Bob loves the Atlanta Braves. He writes a blog covering the team, so check it out. 

Bob is a believer that hard work and dedication will get you anywhere you want to go.  http://braveschoptalk.wordpress.com Follow Bob on Twitter and talk about the game of Baseball 

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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker

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