Articles by atlmalcontent

1995 Revisited: A Maddux masterpiece

May 28, 2015 // 1 Comment

A periodic look back at the championship season.  One month into the season (delayed due to the lockout), the Braves were still finding their groove. They were 18-12 on May 28, four games behind the red-hot Phillies. The bats had yet to awaken. Marquis Grissom was struggling with his new team, [...]

#Braves Farm Report: Speed to burn

May 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

For years we’ve been clamoring for the Braves to add speed. Since Rafael Furcal stole 46 bases in 2005 only three Bravos have stolen more than 20 bases: Michael Bourn (22 in 2011; 42 in ’12), Jay Hey (21 in ’12, 20 in ’14) and Melvin Jr. (20 in ’14). This year’s [...]

Stop overestimating Jace Peterson

May 28, 2015 // 2 Comments

I have nothing against the Braves second baseman. He’s a nice player but should not in any way be viewed as a roadblock to Jose Peraza. Nor should he be seen as a potential everyday third sacker. Peterson is batting .252. He’s getting on base at a 33 percent clip, which is okay if [...]

Open thread, 5/27, #Braves vs. Alberto Callaspos

May 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

The much-anticipated debut of Juan Uribe comes tonight after the Braves paid Callaspo $10,000 to go away. Nice knowing you, Alberto and, with Uribe in the fold, might we soon be saying au revoir to Chris Johnson? CJ was activated today and Donnie Veal becomes the 334th hurler to pitch for the 2015 [...]

The Office Quarterly Report: Offense & Etcetera

May 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

OFFENSE  To those who say strikeouts don’t matter, that an out is an out, the 2015 Braves present a solid counter-argument. They’re 11th in the NL in hits, 14th in homers, 9th in OPS and 9th in steals. Yet they’ve struck out fewer times than any other team in the Senior Circuit [...]

Good wriddance

May 22, 2015 // 4 Comments

The brother of former Braves GM Frank Wren, fired along with his sibling after a flurry of bad investments and poor drafts, is a very bitter man. It's tough to applaud much the current #Braves regime has done other than Heyward trade … Not going to sugarcoat it. — Jeff Wren [...]

Open thread, 5/21, #Braves vs. Bernadine Dohrns

May 21, 2015 // 3 Comments

The Brewers are going to be a tougher foe than you might expect. Carlos Gomez is back, and Ryan Braun is hitting homers as if he were chemically enhanced or something. So Julio has his hands full. Let’s hope he at least sees the 7th inning, something he has yet to do in 2015. The line-up: [...]

Open thread, 5/20, #Braves vs. Gallaghers

May 20, 2015 // 2 Comments

Williams Perez makes his starting debut tonight, and Collapse-O is back in the line-up. They’ll face one of the better young pitchers in the game, Jake Odorizzi, who has a 2.36 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. Tampa’s tied for first, BTW. But instead of analyzing all that, I’d rather regale you [...]

Letterman and the ‘Fat Tub of Goo’

May 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Via SI: Letterman devoted the opening monologue on his June 17 late-night TV show to a weighty issue—Atlanta Braves relieverTerry Forster. “The fattest man in all of professional sports,” said Letterman, who had caught a Braves game on TV the previous weekend. “I mean the guy is a balloon. [...]

Loria vs. Ted

May 18, 2015 // 2 Comments

Terrific column by Joe Posnanski contrasting Ted’s stint in the dugout with Jeffrey Loria hiring a GM who never played, coached or managed a professional baseball game. There are so many fun parts to this, one being that the Braves were so far gone at that point that the players seemed [...]

Rosenthal: Hart not a Fredi fan

May 18, 2015 // 3 Comments

He isn’t necessarily a favorite of the new president of baseball operations, John Hart. The Braves had lost five of six games before sweeping the Marlins, prompting internal finger-pointing, according to major-league sources. …  But it also stands to reason that Hart eventually might want [...]

Open thread, 5/17, #Braves vs. Lou Pearlmans

May 17, 2015 // 2 Comments

It’s Shelby Miller Day, which is becoming must-see viewing for Braves fans. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a true ace — Shelby could be the guy. At the very least he’s been the highlight of the Braves season. Andrelton gets a day off, but don’t worry, [...]

A (premature) review of #Braves offseason moves

May 16, 2015 // 3 Comments

We’re near the quarter point, way too early to judge John Hart’s winter moves. But so far his misses have been mostly minor errors while his hits have been doubles in the gap. Traded Tommy La Stella to the Chicago Cubs. Received Arodys Vizcaino. LaStella got hurt, Arodys got suspended. [...]

Open thread, 5/15, #Braves vs. Marcos Rubios

May 15, 2015 // 1 Comment

The bad news: No KJ. The good news. No Callaspo. I actually like Fredi’s line-up, considering what little there is to work with: Peterson, Gosselin, Freddie, Markakis, Simmons, Cunningham, Maybin, Bethancourt, Teheran Hopefully the move into the clean-up spot will prompt Markakis to hit more [...]

The 5 worst #Braves ‘pens of the last 25 years: 2006

May 14, 2015 // 3 Comments

Chris Reitsma. Jorge Sosa. Ken Ray. Tyler Yates. They all took a spin as the Braves closer in 2006, ranging from awful to godawful. Reitsma had an 8.08 ERA, allowing 46 hits in 28 innings. Sosa inherited the job after losing his spot in rotation but was as bad as a reliever (5.25 ERA) as he was as [...]

Thursday night quarterback

May 14, 2015 // 2 Comments

We weren’t advocating for the Braves to re-sign Aaron Harang. But we don’t know anything. That won’t stop up from pointing out Harang won his 4th game today for the woeful  Phils. He’s pitched at least six innings in each of his eight starts for a 2.03 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. [...]

Open thread, 5/13, #Braves vs. Reds

May 13, 2015 // 2 Comments

Sorry about the late OT, but no surprises so far. Callaspo in the line-up again, Eric Stults getting knocked around again. But hey, we may see a no-hitter by Jose Iglesias’ other son. Time to flip over to the Hawks game where the question for Atlanta sports fans is not if we’re going to [...]

The 5 worst #Braves pens of the last 25 years: 1994

May 12, 2015 // 2 Comments

Even during the glory years, the Braves ‘pen was rarely a strength. Often they were liabilities. Here’s our rundown of the 5 worst, starting with #5: Had the Braves reached the playoffs in 1994 (they led Houston by 2.5 games for the lone wild card berth when the players went on strike), [...]
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