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A lot of new GM John Hart's moves this offseason were panned, but let's at least look at the Shelby Miller-Jason Heyward deal again (yes, there were other parts involved). Heyward will hit free agency after this season while Miller is until team control through 2018. He is also 24 years old and looks like an ace. This is going to be a great trade long-term for Atlanta.
They should petition the league to see if they can get more games against the Marlins.
Andrelton Simmons is already one of the best defenders in baseball. At age 25, though, it appears he's having an offensive breakout. If this continues, that's quite a franchise cornerstone (yes, along with Freddie Freeman, Julio Teheran and now Shelby Miller). Remember, he's on a club-friendly seven-year, $58 million deal.
Early-season fun: Kelly Johnson has a higher home-run rate (AB/HR) than every NL player other than Adrian Gonzalez, Todd Frazier and Alex Guerrero.
And with the Revenge of Dan Uggla, the Braves were never heard from again.
Since the 5-0 start they're 3-5. They are much more the latter than the former. These rankings aren't the standings, but this isn't a good team and I'll bet they're lower next week.
Chances to stick: Off the charts terrible. I'm happy to give the Braves credit for their hot start while also saying that, yes, I still fully expect them to be awful this season. They're ticketed for the late-20s very soon.
Overreaction: What rebuild? They were just fixing the chemistry and the results show it's working already.
I like Julio Teheran and Alex Wood atop the rotation, so there's that.
You shouldn't be on the MLB page in February 2015, Atlanta. You have the Hawks. They're prettier and have a better personality.
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2015 Team Leaders
AVGNick Markakis , RF.312
HRKelly Johnson , LF6
RBIFreddie Freeman , 1B23
OBPNick Markakis , RF.400
SLGFreddie Freeman , 1B.466
RAndrelton Simmons , SS30
SBCameron Maybin , CF6
WShelby Miller , SP5
ERAShelby Miller , SP1.50
WHIPShelby Miller , SP0.90
KShelby Miller , SP48
SVJason Grilli , RP14

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