Apr 1, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton (8) (right) reacts with his brother center fielder B.J. Upton (2) after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fifth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Braves Sunday Morning Chop 5/12

Braves news and articles from around the net…

Atlanta Braves: Is B.J. Upton the Most Overpaid Player in MLB History?

It may be argued that signing B.J. Upton was just the cost of doing business if the Braves had any hopes of landing his brother, Justin Upton. The younger Upton has flourished in his first year in Atlanta, while big brother B.J. has been a little like the Dan Uggla of center fielders — oh wait, the Braves have him too.

Forget about Chipper Jones, Greg Maddux or John Smoltz, it’s actually Upton’s 5-year, $72.5 million contract that now lives in infamy as the richest deal a Braves’ player has ever received. So, what exactly has Atlanta gotten in return for that kiddie pool full of ‘Benjamins’?


Heyward resumes rehab after precautionary scratch

Soreness subsided, Jason Heyward was back in the lineup for the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves on Saturday night.

In his second rehab start since his emergency appendectomy surgery on April 23, Heyward batted second and went 0-for-3 and was hit by a pitch in Gwinnett’s 4-3 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.


Giants roll past Atlanta Braves 10-1 as Madison Bumgarner, Gregor Blanco star

SAN FRANCISCO — Gregor Blanco didn’t even have time to take practice swings in the indoor cage before he stepped into the batter’s box as a pinch hitter in the fifth inning Saturday.

Turns out, he didn’t need any.

Blanco cleared the bases with a three-run double to deep right-center field, breaking open a tight game as the Giants cruised to a 10-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves at AT&T Park behind another pitching gem from Madison Bumgarner.

The left-hander bounced back from his first rough outing of the season to silence the aggressive-hitting Braves, allowing one run and striking out a season-high 11 in seven innings.


Slightly older article, but still very interesting

6 Reasons the Braves Are Destined to Reach World Series

As weird as it sounds, we are quickly approaching the end of the first quarter of the 2013 MLB season. The Braves came in with very high expectations, and it is safe to say that the team has not disappointed anyone as they currently sit in first place ahead of the Washington Nationals.

The Braves are just a game behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the best record in the game right now, so they certainly have the potential to have a special season. This article takes a look at six reasons why this year’s Braves team appears to be destined for a berth in the World Series.


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