Articles by atlmalcontent

Rock bottom revisited

August 30, 2015 // 1 Comment

Seems like a good time to revisit our series on the ’88 Braves. Go here for the complete diary. When you finish 27 games behind the 5th place team in a 6-team division, you suck. Hard. And no Atlanta sports team — Falcons, Hawks, Flames, Thrashers, Dream, Chiefs, Knights, Crackers — [...]

Open thread, 8/30, #Braves vs. John Sterlings

August 30, 2015 // 4 Comments

Sad news last night, accompanied by the usual over-reaction. I don’t know what caused the fan’s fall from the upper deck but in all likelihood it was the result of either a horrible accident or foolish behavior. (And please, don’t blame criticism of A-Rod.) There were two previous [...]

Different paths, similar results for 2008, 2015 Braves

August 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

The biggest difference between the 2008 Braves, who finished with 72 wins, and the ’15 edition, who will be lucky to win that many: Expectations. The Braves of seven years ago were considered surefire contenders — Jayson Stark and Ken Rosenthal even predicted a world championship for [...]

Open thread, 8/29, #Braves vs. Lena Dunhams

August 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

Well it can’t get any uglier than it was last night, can it? Let’s hope not, but a Yankees line-up dominated by lefties is not what you want to see opposing Matt Wisler. Left-handed hitters are batting a robust .367 against the Braves rookie with a 1.100 WHIP. Lefties have slugged nine [...]

Open thread, 8/22, #Braves vs. Pat Sajaks

August 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

Losers of 20 of their last 22 on the road and 27 of their last 38 overall, the Braves are, for the moment, baseball’s worst team. Since the All-Star break, they’ve performed poorly in every aspect of the game. Batting: .241 BA, .295 OBP, .341 slugging Pitching: 4.53 ERA, 1.431 WHIP [...]

Open thread, 8/21, #Braves vs. Bobby Fischers

August 21, 2015 // 3 Comments

Will Shelby Miller ever win another game? His season is beginning to resemble Nolan Ryan’s 1987 campaign with the Astros. Despite finishing with the lowest ERA in the NL that year, Ryan lost 16 and won just 8. Shelby won’t lose that many, at least. I’ve got a feeling he finally [...]

Open thread, 8/20, #Braves vs. Jose Padillas

August 20, 2015 // 3 Comments

In two of his last three starts Folty has allowed nine hits and six runs. That’s 18 hits and 12 runs in 10.1 IP. In between he allowed two earned in 5-2/3 IP vs. the Fish but walked four and pitched in and out of trouble all night. In other words, he’s gotten progressively worse this [...]

Too good to be true

August 19, 2015 // 5 Comments

The GM who ran the team I love into the ground is reportedly the leading contender to assume the same job with the team I loathe. Frank Wren in Boston? Please, make it so. He should be at home in Beantown, what with all of the bloated contracts given to flops like Hanley Ramirez, Sandoval and [...]

Open thread, 8/18, #Braves vs. Cameron Crowes

August 18, 2015 // 1 Comment

So what is Matt Wisler’s ceiling? He doesn’t have ace stuff but seems to have a good idea of what he’s doing on the mound. But are hitters catching up to him? In his first five starts Wisler had a 3.10 ERA and 1.310 WHIP and struck out 6.5/9 IP. In five starts since he has a 6.43 [...]

Grading the General Managers: Frank Wren (2007-’14)

August 18, 2015 // 1 Comment

(The others) Next time you watch Noah Syndergaard dominate another line-up remember the name Matt Lipka. That’s who Frank Wren drafted over the Mets hurler. Mike Trout could’ve been a Brave, too. The Angels drafted the face of the game with the compensatory pick gained when Mark [...]

Mallex Smith is on fire

August 18, 2015 // 3 Comments

Last night, for the third time in his last 10 games, Mallex had 3 hits, including two triples. After a slow start he’s raised his average to .280 at Gwinnett, and for the year he’s hitting .310 with a .370  OBP and 48 steals. An OF of Smith, Maybin and Markakis is a decent bet to start [...]

The Office at 10

August 17, 2015 // 9 Comments

“Would it be better to miss the playoffs entirely than to endure yet another first-round exit?” And with that, Rowland’s Office was born, 10 years ago today. For every day since, fans have turned  to the Office for unmatched coverage, probing analysis, peerless insight, and at [...]

Open thread, 8/17, #Braves vs. Mayim Bialiks

August 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

No line-ups posted yet, but let’s hope Jonny Gomes isn’t in it. If he gets 113 more plate appearances a $3 million option for 2016 vests. The Braves are going to have to pay Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher to sit on the bench next year — they don’t need to waste a third [...]

Open thread, 8/15, #Braves vs. Evan Mechams

August 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

First of all, can anyone explain this Honda commercial for the Little League World Series featuring Harold Reynolds coaching young players on how to conduct a boring, cliche-filled interview? Moving on, last night was encouraging. That the Braves won was secondary to Julio’s effort on the [...]

Open thread, 8/12, #Braves vs. Bubba the Love Sponges

August 12, 2015 // 1 Comment

Could the parent club defeat the GCL Braves? It might be a challenge over the next week or so, as Hector Olivera and Freddie begin rehab assignments. So at least the last six weeks of the season will be interesting. Tonight, all eyes will be on Matt Wisler, who’s been horrible his last two [...]

Pascual, the Padres, the Sourpuss and Smoltzie

August 12, 2015 // 2 Comments

Big day in Braves history. Thirty one years ago, the brawl to end all brawls went down on a Sunday afternoon in Fulco. It’s striking how many players from this game have passed away: Pascual, Alan Wiggins, Tony Gwynn, Donnie Moore, Rick Camp …The stars remain the fan in the yellow [...]

Open thread, 8/9, #Braves vs. worst team in baseball

August 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sorry for the late OT — the Braves go for the sweep today against the team I thought would win the NL East. Maybe the good guys will finally give Shelby some run support. One can hope. Speaking of unlikely, Chris Johnson went 4-for-4 today for the Indians with two doubles. I trust you know [...]

Open thread, 8/8, #Braves vs. Wilmer Valderramas

August 8, 2015 // 1 Comment

Tonight’s line-up just oozes with leadership. It’s not constructed with much sense, however, as the guy with the second worst OBP, Michael Bourn, is batting lead-off. Back to the bench for Eury Perez, who might develop into something useful if given a chance (3 SB in 40 games reflects [...]
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