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  1. Defensive player of year: Andrelton Simmons

    Mark Simon

    Mike Zarrilli/AP PhotosThere's nobody better on defense than Andrelton Simmons. Our selection for Defensive Player of the Year for 2014 is the same as our pick for 2013. And if we were guessing right now, Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Sim...

    Blog | November 11, 2014
  2. Simmons best defender of September

    Mark Simon

    Amazingly, we almost got through a full season without naming Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons our Defensive Player of the Month. Alas, Simmons finally won our vote for September. He won on the strength of five Defensive Runs Saved, whi...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  3. Top stats to know: Pirates clinch playoff spot

    Mark Simon

    For the first time since the glory days of 1990 to 1992, the Pittsburgh Pirates are headed to the playoffs in consecutive seasons. The Pirates have been among baseball's best teams down the stretch and clinched no worse than a wild-card spot with the...

    Blog | September 23, 2014
  4. Worth the wait: Liriano flourishing

    Mark Simon & Justin Havens

    The Pittsburgh Pirates were very patient with Francisco Liriano the first three months of the season, holding onto the hope that something positive would emerge from what was looking to be a rather rough season both in terms of his numbers and the he...

    Blog | September 23, 2014
  5. Top stats to know: 2014 Nationals

    Mark Simon

    The Washington Nationals are NL East champions for the second time in three seasons. They clinched the division title with a win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night. The Nationals have been the best team in the National League for much of ...

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  6. Andrelton Simmons still amazing on D

    Mark Simon

    Cue up the Ozzie Smith and Omar Vizquel comparisons one more time for Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Simmons made one of the best defensive plays by an infielder this season, throwing out Travis d'Arnaud at first base from deep in the...

    Blog | August 28, 2014
  7. Cole brings the heat in return

    Mark Simon

    The most encouraging stat from the Pittsburgh Pirates' 3-2 comeback win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night? It might have been Gerrit Cole's average fastball velocity -- 95.9 mph -- in his first start back from the disabled list. That was his...

    Blog | August 21, 2014
  8. Lagares having phenomenal August on 'D'

    Mark Simon

    Mitchell Layton/Getty ImagesCatches like this home run robbery have become the norm for Juan Lagares.If the Mets aren't going to score any runs, at least they rate well at preventing them. And no one on the team rates better than Juan Lagares. It'...

    Blog | August 19, 2014
  9. Top stats to know: Lester, A's vs. Braves

    Justin Havens & Mark Simon

    Jon Lester will try to prevent the Oakland Athletics from getting swept by the Atlanta Braves on "Sunday Night Baseball." This is the kind of game for which Lester was brought in -- to be a stopper when a team hits a little bit of a skid. ...

    Blog | August 17, 2014
  10. Span providing Nationals a big boost

    Mark Simon

    The hottest hitter in the Washington Nationals' lineup entering the Sunday Night Baseball matchup with the Atlanta Braves is center fielder Denard Span. SpanSpan has reached base in 35 straight games, fulfilling the role at the top of the lineup t...

    Blog | August 10, 2014
  11. Braves offense, bullpen lets them down

    Mark Simon

    The Atlanta Braves went 0-8 on their just-completed trip, which the Elias Sports Bureau notes matched their worst record on a trip that long. They had previously gone 0-8 once before-- in 1949. So what went wrong this time? Almost everything. ...

    Blog | August 07, 2014
  12. deGrom having one heck of a month

    Mark Simon

    What's the scary thing about Mets starter Jacob deGrom in July? You could make a case that he should be even better than he's been. Jacob deGrom #48 SP New York Mets 2014 STATS GM13 W4 L5 BB29 K79 ERA3.01 That seems hard t...

    Blog | July 27, 2014
  13. Manny happy returns: Machado gets results

    Mark Simon

    Manny Machado owned the inner half of the plate Monday night.Though Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is perceived to be struggling this season, he is still hitting the ball as hard as he did in 2013. Manny Machado #13 3B Baltim...

    Blog | July 08, 2014
  14. Johnson back to 2013 form

    Mark Simon

    Remember last season when Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson came out of nowhere to contend for a batting title? Johnson After a slow start, Johnson is on another big tear. He's hitting .366 in his past 23 games after registering two...

    Blog | July 03, 2014
  15. Rosenthal hasn't been what he was in 2013

    Mark Simon

    The St. Louis Cardinals were on the verge of sweeping the Atlanta Braves on Sunday and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny decided to gamble, using his closer Trevor Rosenthal for a fourth straight day and for the fifth time in a six-day stretch. T...

    Blog | May 18, 2014
  16. Giants winning with pitching/power combo

    Mark Simon

    What's to like about the San Francisco Giants, who are now 20-11 this season after sweeping the Atlanta Braves over the weekend? The Giants are winning on the strength of one thing that's to be expected of them-- pitching- and another that's a bi...

    Blog | May 04, 2014