So here we are smack dab in the middle of June, and the Atlanta Braves are making the American League their bleep. The Braves have played series against some of the AL’s best including the Rays, and Twins and took 2 of 3 from both. In fact Atlanta has posted an inter-league best 7-2 record with 3 games series with the White Sox, and Tigers still to come.
ESPN’s latest power rankings have Atlanta ranked 4th in Major League baseball only behind the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays. Although being ranked 4th is pretty legitimate I am not quite satisfied with that placement. I think out of those top 4 teams Atlanta has the easiest road ahead. The Yankees, Sox, and Ray’s will be forced to beat up on each other for the remainder of the season due to being jammed in baseballs best division the AL East. The Braves road may be a little easier, but it is no walk in the park by any means.
Atlanta leads the NL East over New York by only 2.5 games. There is no question about it the Met’s are just as hot as Atlanta right now. Competition is what makes America great, and judging by the amount of competition in the NL, and AL East it proves to be even more true. As much as these teams beat up on each other in there divisional games they become better teams because of it.
There has been some speculation of Chipper Jones retiring, but he laid that to rest until after the season. Jones is only hitting .250 with 4 home runs, but doesn’t want his 1st place Braves to have any kind of distraction. How perfect of an ending to an already stellar career would it be for Chipper Jones, and Bobby Cox to go out on top?
Atlanta’s offense has been in large part to Martin Prado who is hitting .339 which leads all National League 2nd basemen. Prado has come out of no where and has taken up a much needed leadership role. Troy Glaus is back to his old ways with 14 jacks, and 55 RBI’s. Both Derek Lowe, and Tim Hudson are on pace for 20 win seasons with Tommy Hanson not far behind. The trio is starting to remind me of the Maddux, Glavin, Smoltz days.
Atlanta looks to continue their dominance over the American League tonight at US Cellular field against the Chicago White Sox. The game begins tonight at8:35pm et with Tommy Hanson (7-3) taking the bump for the Braves.
About the Author
Written by Bill Furey
My name is Bill Furey, and I am from Chelmsford, Massachusetts. I am 25 years old, and a complete baseball guru. This will be my first year blogging for major league baseball, and I am really looking forward to both voicing my opinion as well as covering games. As a former 3rd basemen for the University of Massachusetts-Lowell I got the amazing opportunity to compete, admire, and most importantly learn from some of the most talented players, and coaches this great game has to offer. Growing up in New England I have always been a die hard fan of the Sox, Pats, Celts, and Bruins. My love, understanding, and respect for the game of baseball takes major precedent in my life. I currently coach one of Massachusetts best 13 year old baseball teams. Teaching the game of baseball to young talented players is something I truly look forward to every time I take the field. The relationships I built from this wonderful game are better than any home run, stolen base, or any winning season. Baseball has given me life lessons I couldn't have learned anywhere else in the world. A baseball quote that best describes my passion for the game is this: "You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." Jim Bouton, Ball Four, 1970. I look forward to covering the Atlanta Braves this season, and getting some great feedback from my followers. Play ball.