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The Nate McLouth trade gives the Atlanta Braves Fan Confidence Rating a boost

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Just a week ago the confidence of Atlanta Braves fans was at the lowest point of the season -- a pitiful 53% confidence in the team. But the Braves' management knows when to make a move and they did that last week by acquiring Nate McLouth from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for a collection of expendable minor leaguers. Despite the bad news about the release of Tom Glavine, the McLouth trade and the announcement that Tommy Hanson would finally make his first major league start has boosted the fan confidence to 70%.

The confidence rating has not been that high since the first week of the season, which shows the kind of renewed optimism Atlanta fans now have in their team. But moves alone will not keep that confidence level high. If the team cannot translate their good sqad on paper to wins on the field, then this confidence rating will once again work its way back down.

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The Atlanta Braves Fan Confidence Poll is posted every Friday right here on Talking Chop. Voting stays open for 48, and results are announced on Monday.