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The Opening Line: Fri 4/19
Posted April 19th, 2013 @ 3:28pm

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QUICK HIT: Braves Fever

By Joe Quinn - @joequinnshow

Regardless of whether you're a Braves fan or not, there's no denying the team is off to a scorching start.  In fact, coming into play Friday, the team hasn't lost when its scored a run (2 losses were by shutout).

Some fun facts about Atlanta that might surprise you.

- The team has four everyday players hitting under .200 right now (Jason Heyward, BJ Upton, Andrelton Simmons, and Dan Uggla)

- The team has three outstanding players on the DL right now: Freddie Freeman, former runner-up for Rookie of the Year; Brian McCann, six-time All Star and five-time Silver Slugger winner; and Brandon Beachy, who was leading the majors in ERA before an elbow injury last year.

- Rookie C Evan Gattis gave up baseball for several years due to anxiety and substance abuse issues.  He ended up abandoning a full-ride scholarship to Texas A&M.  After going through a rehab program, he worked as a ski-lift operator, in a pizza parlor, and as a janitor:

In 2010, he decided to give baseball another try.  The Braves drafted him in the 23rd round of the 2010 draft.  This past winter, he belted 16 HR in the winter league, and made his major league debut with a HR off Roy Halladay in his second at bat.  He's hit 5 HR so far this season for the Braves.

- Although BJ Upton, receiver of the largest contract in Braves history (tough to imagine), isn't off to a great start, his younger brother Justin is on fire.  His 9 HR entering play today lead the majors.  I credit quality player management by Frank Wren (see below)

 

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