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Atlanta Braves’ Top 5 Performers Of First Week

Top 5 Players Of Atlanta Braves First Week

Craig Kimbrel
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Getting shut out in the first game of the season is usually not a good sign. However, the rest of the first week of the regular season proved to be quite exciting for the Atlanta Braves. From home runs to near no-hitters, the team ended their first week by handing the Washington Nationals their first loss of the season. While the country was doubting the team and their pitching for 2014, the Braves have pitched like aces in every start.

5. Craig Kimbrel

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5. Craig Kimbrel

Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves
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Why do we expect anything less than near perfection from Kimbrel at this point? He has a save in each of the teams three wins, tallying up six strikeouts in those three innings. He's consistently hitting 96 and above on the radar gun with his fastball and hitting his spots with it on a consistent basis. He has bounced his slider quite often and if he can find that pitch, it'll be same old Kimbrel in 2014.

4. David Hale

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4. David Hale

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The Nationals are supposed to run away the NL East in 2014 due to the Braves rotation being devastated with injuries. Enter, Mr. Hale. In his first start of 2014, Hale took on the division rivals and spread out five hits while striking out four batters. Most importantly, he held them to zero runs and left the game to the bullpen to go out and win. If he continues on that kind of stretch, he'll be in Atlanta longer than expected.

3. Freddie Freeman

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3. Freddie Freeman

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Freddie is just being Freddie at the beginning of 2014. He has 13 official at bats, getting five hits through the first four games. Two of those five were home runs against the Milwaukee Brewers. On top of that he has three walks, striking out only twice, and commanding respect from the third spot in the lineup. Continuing to hit well is a key to the lineup putting runs on the board for the rest of the season.

2. Alex Wood

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2. Alex Wood

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Pitching in the two spot in the starting rotation, Wood did exactly what the Braves wanted him to do to start the season. He went seven strong innings against the Brewers, giving up only one run and picking up his first win of the season. The team needs Wood to step up and be a 10 game winner for the rotation this season and if he can do that, the Braves have nothing to worry about as the season goes on.

1. Aaron Harang

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1. Aaron Harang

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Freddy Garcia who? With his first start, Harang made some critical Braves fans think twice about their criticisms of him when he threw a no hitter for six innings, giving up two hits in the seventh before being taken out. He won't be a strikeout pitcher at all, but if he can step in every fifth day and get batters out on a consistent basis, the team will be in good shape.

Steven Whitaker is an Atlanta Braves writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @CoachStevenWhit, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your circles on Google