Jason Heyward

2013 MLB Pennant Races: A to Z

An alphabetical look at the keys to the 2013 MLB pennant races.
From A to Z, here are the keys to the 2013 MLB pennant races.

Pedro Alvarez

Maybe the third baseman was rushed through the Pirates’ system, or maybe he’s been a little slow to develop, but the Pirates have been rewarded for their patience with the young slugger. The second overall pick in 2008 is tied for the NL lead in homers and is fourth in RBIs. If the Bucs can hang on and win the NL Central, Alvarez will be a key component.

Braves' Jason Heyward Has Jaw Broken By Pitch (GIF)

Expected to miss 4-6 weeks
Braves' Jason Heyward Has Jaw Broken By Pitch (GIF)
Braves outfielder Jason Heyward sustained two jaw fractures when he was struck by a 90-mph fastball from Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese on Wednesday. He will undergo surgery Thursday, and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. We wish him a speedy recovery.
 
Braves' Jason Heyward Has Jaw Broken By Pitch (GIF)

5 Things to Watch During MLB Winter Meetings

Expect plenty of activity and a few surprises as the baseball world converges on Music City for annual Winter Meetings
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5 Things to Watch During MLB Winter Meetings

The pitching market has been on the front burner so far during the MLB Hot Stove season. David Price signed a seven-year, $217 million ($31 million AAV) deal to be the ace of the last-place Boston Red Sox, only to see his deal be one-upped by Zack Greinke’s six-year, $206 million ($34 million AAV) contract with the — surprise!

Where 10 Top MLB Free Agents Could Sign

Jason Heyward has positioned himself as one of the top free agents available this offseason
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Where 10 Top MLB Free Agents Could Sign

Major League Baseball’s hot stove is already at full boil. New Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski is already making his mark in Boston, swapping four prospects with the Padres for closer Craig Kimbrel.

 

Atlanta Braves 2014 Preview

Free agent losses, injuries could prevent Braves from repeating in NL East
The Braves, who lost their 2013 NLDS to the Dodgers, still have not won a playoff series since 2001. And a couple of ill-timed injuries to pitchers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy have tempered their 2014 hopes somewhat. But the Braves’ talented core group should keep providing postseason chances in the foreseeable future.

The Braves, who reeled off 14 consecutive division titles starting in 1991, captured their first since 2005 by going 96–66 to outlast the favored Nationals. They did it despite awful seasons from B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla. Those players can’t be any worse — can they?

18 Amazing MLB Stats of the Week

Highlighting the most important, intriguing and bizarre stats in baseball.
Mike Trout continues to wow fans in Anaheim, the Braves are once again the hottest team in baseball, J-Hey sparks Atlanta, lefties can't beat the Indians, Pedro Alvarez kills the Cardinals and A-Rod's financial loss. These and other fantastic facts are part of our amazing baseball stats for the week of July 29-August 4.

Mike Trout continues to wow fans in Anaheim, the Braves are once again the hottest team in baseball, J-Hey sparks Atlanta, lefties can't beat the Indians, Pedro Alvarez kills the Cardinals and A-Rod's financial loss. These and other fantastic facts are part of our amazing baseball stats for the week of July 29-August 4.

2013 Baseball Preview: Atlanta Braves

With strong pitching and athletic outfield, Braves believe they can challenge Nats
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<p> Despite the splash of the Upton acquisitions, the Braves will have a tough time challenging Washington for supremacy in the NL East, but their rotation and bullpen are strong and return largely intact.</p>

Atlanta Braves 2012 Preview

Braves must negotiate a tougher division this season
<p> The Braves are left to pick up the pieces from one of the most colossal September meltdowns in history. If they are going bounce back from last season’s epic collapse and make a run in an ever-improving division, they’ll need to see significant improvement from players such as Jason Heyward and Martin Prado.</p>

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