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Starting Nine

Starting Nine: Is this the year Billy Wagner gets the HOF call?

Breaking down the closer’s chances in his eighth year on the ballot

Starting Nine: Is this the year Gary Sheffield gets the HOF call?

Breaking down the outfielder’s chances in his ninth year on the ballot

Starting Nine: Is this the year Andruw Jones gets the HOF call?

Breaking down the outfielder’s chances in his sixth year on the ballot

Starting Nine: Mets laid down the checkbook ... and the gauntlet

With over $800 million spending in December alone, New York has upped the ante in bid to end Braves’ dominance in NL East

Starting Nine: MLB’s winter nobody saw coming made long-term deals the price of business

This free-agent market has dictated new contract terms, especially with the elite shortstop class. Plus, the Braves’ deal for Sean Murphy and more.

Starting Nine: What do Bogaerts, Turner deals mean for Swanson?

Future of Dansby Swanson remains in question as shortstop market narrows, and more thoughts coming out of a hectic Winter Meetings

Starting Nine: Where Braves should go bargain shopping

Running down candidates as Atlanta looks to build needs without breaking the bank

Starting Nine: If Braves’ free agents walk, these should be their targets

Options for Atlanta on the market, including how they can fill the Dansby Swanson-sized hole at shortstop

Starting Nine: Kyle Wright, NL Cy Young winner?

One predictor has the MLB wins leader taking the NL’s top pitching honor. Plus, thoughts on a Max Fried extension, Gold Glove predictions and more

Starting Nine: Storylines that will define Braves’ winter

Does Dansby Swanson return? Will Atlanta add another rotation option? Where does Vaughn Grissom fit in? What to watch for this offseason

Starting Nine: Most important player? Will Strider be ready? Burning questions for Braves in postseason

Setting the stage as the Braves vie to become the first repeat World Series champions since 2000.

Starting Nine: Mets-Braves showdown is here, and promises to be epic

Setting the stage for key NL East series, including the key pitching matchup, Michael Harris II’s ROY closing argument and X-factor

Starting Nine: Who gets squeezed out of postseason rotation? 

Piecing together a playoff rotation will come down to a tough decision. Plus, the Braves and Ronald Acuña Jr. are benefitting from universal DH and more

Starting Nine: Time to call NL ROY race? Fried’s pickoff move nearly cost Olson his teeth

On Spencer Strider’s epic night and how Max Fried’s pickoff has surprised his first baseman and influenced a teammate

Starting Nine: We’re watching the most impactful rookies in Braves history

With Michael Harris II, Spencer Strider and Vaughn Grissom as center pieces, Atlanta’s young stars are proving key to postseason push

Starting Nine: Another ‘pillar’ in place, Braves positioned to be force

Michael Harris II’s extension gives Atlanta core in place well into end of decade

Starting Nine: Cold, hard truths for Braves, NL after trade deadline

The wild-card round figures to be a dangerous place, the game’s best bullpen got better by addition and subtraction, and more

Starting Nine: Trade targets Braves should have their sights on

Players that can fill Atlanta’s needs in outfield, bullpen and rotation

Starting Nine: Will Ronald Acuña Jr. catch fire? Biggest questions for second half

On Dansby Swanson and Austin Riley following up their strong first halves, Rookie of the Year candidates and Atlanta’s focus at trade deadline

Starting Nine: Braves can’t dethrone Mets, but this showdown is just getting started

Uneasiness from Atlanta rotation, Dansby Swanson cools off, and Austin Riley shows there may be no bigger All-Star snub

Starting Nine: Braves vs. Dodgers is big, but this is all about Freddie Freeman

Former star at center of massive weekend series, Adam Duvall’s turnaround and Atlanta’s monster catching combo

Starting Nine: Say it out loud, Dansby Swanson has become elite

The Braves shortstop is having a career year, putting himself near the top of a potentially start-studded shortstop class

Starting Nine: Most unhittable pitches on Braves staff

The arsenals that are giving batters fits and the part of Michael Harris II’s game he knows will never slump

Starting Nine: What’s been right and what’s been wrong with Matt Olson

He’s delivered doubles in excess, but defense and situational hitting have been sticking points for the Braves’ new first baseman

Pen is Mightier: Braves bullpen has overcome injury to stand as MLB’s best

Offseason additions, evolution of A.J. Minter and rise of Spencer Strider have fueled success despite missing two members of Night Shift

Starting Nine: Is this the spark? Arcia walks it off, Morton’s hat tips and a historic draft class

Plus, Travis d’Arnaud’s controlling the base paths, Ronald Acuña Jr.’s streaking (again) and the anniversary of the Bees extermination

Starting Nine: The sweet life of Austin Riley

On a year unlike any other for the third baseman, Ronald Acuña Jr.’s speed on full display and Charlie Morton’s struggles

Starting Nine: Matt Olson and the Greatest Aprils Ever; Max Fried’s big-game resume

The new first baseman is trending toward an impressive first month in Atlanta, Dansby Swanson’s strikeouts, the wait for Ronald Acuña Jr. and more

Starting Nine: Luke Jackson has success story to lean after Tommy John surgery

Plus, the impacts of Spencer Strider and Matt Olson, Marcell Ozuna returns to 2020 form and streaking in San Diego

Starting Nine: How good could Braves bullpen be? Historically so

Fried fittingly gets the Opening Day assignment, Olson’s slow start and more as spring training continues

Starting Nine: Deal? Hearing? Case for Braves to lock up Fried, Riley, Swanson

Atlanta can avoid its file-and-trial ways with multi-year deals for pieces of young core

Starting Nine: The Age of Olson, where Braves have approximation of Freeman on approximation of old deal

How will the new guy set the tone for new era at first? Who’s making up the back end of the rotation?

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