Articles by atlmalcontent

Peculiar oversights in #Braves HOF

April 17, 2015 // 2 Comments

No offense to Don Sutton, but is he really more deserving of a berth in the Braves Hall than Andruw, McGriff, Joe Torre, Rico Carty and Leo Mazzone? Andruw hit 368 homers for the  Braves and is the best defender in team history. McGriff belongs in Cooperstown, and the best years of his long career [...]

The #Braves think we’re stupid

April 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Braves execs seem to have little respect for our intelligence. We’re not rebuilding, they tell us despite all evidence to the contrary and the fact most of us believe they should rebuild. Now comes this absurd claim from the team’s VP of Operations Mike Plant: Plant spent much of his [...]

Open thread, 4/15, #Braves vs Flo Ridas

April 15, 2015 // 5 Comments

With last night’s loss and a long road trip coming up, reality may be about to set in. There’s only so much a line-up like this can produce: Maybin 8, Goss 5, Freeman 3, Bethancourt 2, K Johnson 9, Gomes 7, Peterson 4, Simmons 6, Stults [...]

Open thread, 4/12, #Braves vs. 50 Cents

April 12, 2015 // 1 Comment

To hear Braves announcers tell it, grit and chemistry are solely responsible for the team’s surprising 5-0 start. Stout pitching, nifty defense and timely hitting has something to do with it, no? Can’t underestimate the impact of coaches Roger McDowell and Kevin Seitzer, either. Jim [...]

Open thread, 4/11, #Braves vs. Adam Sandlers

April 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

So much for a soft platoon. Chris Johnson is knocking the cover off the ball but, with a right-hander on the mound, Alberto Callaspo gets the start at third. Not sure I’d lump all the lefty bats together, either, but what the hell, the Brave are 4-0. The line-up: E.Y. Jr 8, Peterson 4, [...]

Open thread, 4/10, #Braves vs. Kevin Jameses

April 10, 2015 // 4 Comments

In 2007, the Braves went to Philly and swept a three-game series from the Phillies. That winning steak came to a halt in the home opener vs. the Mets when a journeyman southpaw got lit up for 11 runs on a blustery night at The Ted. Let’s hope Eric Stults doesn’t pull a Mark Redman [...]

Open thread, 4/7, Braves vs. Anita Bryants

April 7, 2015 // 7 Comments

I’m going to try not to shit all over the Braves on those rare nights when they win, but a few minor grievances: You don’t bat your best hitter 4th; Fredi is going to set a new MLB record for bunt attempts. Speaking of Fredi, his  “soft platoon” is in effect tonight, with [...]

John Hart may never make a better trade

April 5, 2015 // 15 Comments

I love Kimbrel. Who doesn’t? But there wasn’t going to be much to save for the Braves this year, or next. And he’s guaranteed $33 million over the next three years. Melvin Junior was due roughly $46 million. The Braves take on a couple of bad, but not crippling contracts, in [...]

Correction: 64-98

April 4, 2015 // 9 Comments

I hope the Braves don’t sink to their worst record since 1990 1989, but this team needs a lot to go right to avoid a historically bad offense, mediocre shitty bullpen and potentially thin rotation. Add Fredi to the mix and you have a recipe for misery. CD is a tad more optimistic, [...]

From Thomson to Stults

April 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

No doubt the Braves ticket agents were extra busy following Friday’s announcement that Eric Stults will start the home opener. Stults didn’t spend a full season in the majors until he was 32 and produced mediocre numbers ever since. But is he worse than Mark Redman? Here’s the [...]

Mel Jr., Uggla, Markakis, Cahill = 1/2 of #Braves payroll

April 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

The foolish spending continues; Braves will apparently pay Trevor Cahill, 3-12 with a 5.61 ERA and a 1.608 WHIP last season, $5.5 mil this year. Add that to the $11 million Nick Markakis will receive in 2015, the first of a four-year deal, and the $27.5 million due Melvin and Uggla and you end up [...]

Are we kidding ourselves about #Braves pitching?

April 2, 2015 // 7 Comments

The Braves have three solid starters and two guys who compare unfavorably to John Thomson. The bullpen, outside of Kimbrel and, hopefully, Grilli and Johnson, is full of question marks. And the bad news keeps piling up. Arodys Vizcaino, who got lit up this spring, will miss the next 80 games after [...]

Geno vs. Rose

April 2, 2015 // 2 Comments

Pete Rose was very vocal about Geno striking him out with a change-up to end his hit streak at 44 games. But until I didn’t know that Rose tried to get on base via a bunt. In a 16-4 game. Not very manly of you, [...]

Remembering the April Fools Day Massacre

April 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Twenty nine years ago today new Braves GM Bobby Cox began what would be a painful five-year rebuilding project, releasing pitchers Rick Camp, Pascual Perez, Terry Forster and Len Barker. That same day fabled prospect Brad Komminsk, after two miserable seasons in the majors, was sent back to the [...]

A little perspective

March 30, 2015 // 5 Comments

I’m happy Eric Young Jr. and Jace Peterson are tearing it up this spring. Irrelevant though they are, good stats are never a bad thing. Of course they don’t always carry over to the regular season. You may recall New Zealander Travis Wilson, who finished March 2001 with a BA above [...]

Worst #Braves Opening Day line-up ever?

March 28, 2015 // 5 Comments

Based on recent configurations and Fredi’s propensity to do stupid shit, like bat Freddie fourth, here’s the line-up Marlins righty Henderson Alvarez is likely to face a week from Monday (with last year’s numbers in bold): EY Jr. (.229-1-17, .299 OBP) Peterson (AA/AAA: .307-3-46) [...]

#Braves 25: Knucksie

March 28, 2015 // 4 Comments

The countdown resumes with the Top 10. Phil Niekro was a 27-year-old middle reliever with two career wins when the Braves moved to Atlanta in 1966. He was released 17 years and 266 wins later, the only baseball transaction to bring tears to my eyes. For those of us who came of age as fans after [...]

Will #Braves crack century’s 5 worst offenses?

March 23, 2015 // 12 Comments

They certainly have a shot. Freddie Freeman is the only returning starter who finished 2014 with a slugging percentage above .400. And only two Braves regulars had an OBP above .300 last year: Freddie and Nick Markakis. That’s scary. But will the Braves offense be as futile as these five [...]

Counterpoint to Rowland’s gloom and doom

March 19, 2015 // 2 Comments

I’m not bullish on the present or immediate future, as outlined in a recent post. For a different, more optimistic take, go here, although the writer seems to forget about the money still owed MelJu. I’d put it this way: The Braves are probably in better shape than the division-rival [...]
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