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Open thread, 8/2, #Braves vs. Will Smiths

August 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

So last night was a good one for Braves fans. Tyrell Jenkins tossed another quality start for Gwinnett, striking out 8 in 6 IP — a very encouraging sign. He has a 2.03 ERA in 5 appearances, though command (12 walks in 31 IP) remains an issue. Teammate Mallex Smith added two hits and is slowly [...]

August is a bad month for #Braves fans

August 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

The great Pete Van Wieren died one year ago today. Skip and Ernie also died in August. Enjoy what used to be, as Skip and Pete take you back to the last great pennant race. (On this day in 1993, the Braves were still 7.5 games behind the Giants. Five days later, they’d drop to 9.5 games out [...]

Open thread, 8/1, #Braves vs. Chaka Fattahs

August 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Things change fast in baseball. Four years ago, the Phils and Braves were battling it out for first place. Four months ago, they were viewed as the two worst teams in baseball. Two months later, the Braves were at .500 and the Phils were THE worst team in baseball. Now, have the roles reversed? [...]

Open thread, 7/31, #Braves vs. Richard Geres

July 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

Well, at least there’s some interesting subplots to monitor. In the next few months we’ll find out whether: Arodys Vizcaino can close; Hector Olivera can hit (and stay healthy); Folty can make it as a starter; Cameron Maybin’s resurgence is real. 2016 will be here before you know [...]

I sort of like the #Braves trade

July 30, 2015 // 10 Comments

It seems like a lot to give up. Alex Wood has a career 3.10 ERA and won’t be eligible for free agency until 2020. Jose Peraza is, according to many evaluators, the Braves’ top prospect. Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan are solid bullpen arms. The return isn’t what you’d expect. [...]

Open thread, 7/29, #Braves vs. David Hasselhoffs

July 29, 2015 // 2 Comments

Manny Banuelos was supposed to pitch tonight. The Braves say his left shoulder inflammation is no big deal, but that’s what they always say. Considering Banuelos’ injury history, there’s reason to be concerned. And there’s reason to be concerned about Julio, whose road [...]

#Braves after 40

July 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

A-Rod is getting plenty of love for homering on his 40th birthday last night, but when it comes to players excelling over 40, few, if any, franchises can top the Bravos. Phil Niekro won 71 for the Braves after he turned 40, including 43 complete games and nine shutouts. He finished in the Top 10 in [...]

Open thread, 7/27, #Braves vs. Spiro Agnews

July 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Nick Markakis is to Baltimore what Sid Bream was to Pittsburgh — a nice player who’s probably going to be greeted like a conquering hero when he makes his first return visit. Mark Bowman reported that while teams have inquired on Markakis the Braves have no interest in moving him. Hard [...]

Rumored #Braves deal called by the Office

July 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

UPDATE: Braves will be receiving young arms for Uribe and KJ, per Joel Sherman. It’d be nice to get some bats for a change, but I’ll reserve judgement until the deal is made official. Mets Nearing Deal For Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson By Jeff Todd [July 24, 2015 at 5:43pm CDT] The Mets may [...]

A HOF debut, 27 years ago tonight

July 23, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Braves entered play on July 23, 1988 30 games under .500, facing crafty southpaw Bob Ojeda and the first-place Mets. If that wasn’t daunting enough, John Smoltz made his MLB debut backed by a historically abysmal defense. Ron Gant and Andres Thomas were probably the worst double play [...]

Knucksie’s last game

July 21, 2015 // 5 Comments

Had the ’87 Braves been competitive this moment would’ve never happened. Knucksie, then 48, had a 6.10 ERA when the Blue Jays released him three weeks earlier. He was brought back for one last start with the franchise that signed him in 1958. It didn’t go so well — six hits, [...]

Open thread, 7/21, #Braves vs. Paris Hiltons

July 21, 2015 // 7 Comments

It’s a good thing most of Alex Wood’s starts have come on the road, where he has a 3.11 ERA and 1.341 WHIP. At Turner Field, Wood is a Stults-ian 1-3 with a 5.18 ERA and 1.697 WHIP. His struggles have escalated of late, giving up 10 hits in three of his last four starts. Fortunately few [...]

Trade talk: #Braves, Mets a good fit

July 21, 2015 // 5 Comments

The Mets, as you’ve probably heard, need offense. But getting the bat(s) they need won’t be easy because A.) The Mets are cheap an B.) they have no intention of dealing any of their prized young arms. The Braves have a number of players that could help contenders, but individually they [...]

Open thread, 7/19, #Braves vs. the Bartmans

July 19, 2015 // 1 Comment

Friday’s win aside, it’s depressing to see your home field overtaken by fans for the other team. It’s also depressing when your overmatched manager is re-signed for another season. And listening to PED Byrd call a game would depress Norman Vincent Peale. With Jake Arrieta pitching [...]

Open thread, 7/18, #Braves vs. Jim Belushis

July 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Manny Banuelos has already outpitched Max Scherzer so Jon Lester should be no trouble. He might as well be pitching on the road, what with all the Cubs fans who have invaded Turner Field. Ah, Atlanta sports. Unfortunately we have to endure another night of Paul (the P is for PED) Byrd prattling on [...]

ICYMI, Harold Reynolds is even dumber than you thought

July 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Actually, I did miss this. If I was a Stepford Hipster I’d say I was gobsmacked. Hell, even Paul Byrd knows better. The broadcasting crew was discussing some of the game’s legends during the pregame festivities and during the early innings of the game. At which time Reynolds commented on [...]

In Claudell we trust

July 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Asked about the firing of Fredi, er, Eddie Haas, then-Braves RF Claudell Washington pulled no punches: “This is a positive step,” Washington said. “For us to win this year, we had to have a three-or four-run lead in the eighth inning. A one- or two-run lead, and he was going to mess it up, I [...]

Friday free-for-all

July 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Julio Teheran for Yasiel Puig would never happen, but it makes sense for both teams. Would contradict the Braves’ emphasis on “good character” guys but I’d do it in a heartbeat. JT is the only Brave who could fetch what this team still needs — young hitters. I [...]
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