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Open Thread, May 19, #Braves vs. Slim Whitmans

May 19, 2015 // 1 Comment

Yes, yodeler Ottis “Slim” Whitman was born in Tampa. I didn’t realize — thanks Wikipedia — that he was far more famous in Europe than in his home country. Sort of like David Hasselhoff. As the Bravos welcome the Tampa Bay Rays to Hank Aaron Drive for a pair of games, [...]

Open Thread, May 16, #Braves vs. the Versailles houses

May 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Quick question: whose annual pay is higher, Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffia or the Braves’ entire active roster? Answer: our buddy Greg, he of the “monetizing the asset….go Braves” comments. He made $74 million last year, and minus Uggla, Kimbrel and Heyward, the Bravos’ [...]

Open Thread, 5.12, #Braves vs. Pete Rose Juniors

May 12, 2015 // 2 Comments

It will be intriguing to see how young Folty fares at the silly-looking yard by the Ohio River. The Redlegs boast some decent hitters. But as a group they have been less than fearsome, scoring just 39 runs in 10 May games, and 10 of those in one tilt vs. the White Sox. Meanwhile, Los Bravos will [...]

Open Thread, 5.10, #Braves vs. Regan MacNeils

May 10, 2015 // 2 Comments

I’m not sure even Elias could come up with another city that’s had two pro sports teams lose to teams from the same city on walkoffs/buzzer beaters on the same day. I suppose we can chalk it up as yet another touchstone in Atlanta sports futility. Ah, well. Neither the Braves nor the [...]

Open Thread, 5.8, #Braves vs. Manbuns

May 8, 2015 // 3 Comments

It’s always at least mildly interesting when the Bravos meet Bruce Hooper and his band of arrogant d-bags. It could be good that our squad will start two southpaws in this series, as Hooper is hitting .182 against lefties this season and .234 in his career. Wood, especially needs a good [...]

How can this be?/Open Thread, 5.5 #Braves vs. Filthadelphia

May 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Talk about your meaningless small sample sizes. If someone only watched Franggla play against the Braves, they’d think these guys were Miggy Cabrera. Uggla and Francoeur vs. the Braves in 2015: .407 BA, 10 RBI, 8 extra base hits Uggla and Francoeur vs. the rest of baseball: .152 BA, 5 RBI (4 [...]

Open Thread, 5.4., #Braves vs. Danny Bonaduces

May 4, 2015 // 3 Comments

There are so many fun ways to describe the Phillies’ wretchedness: Francoeur is hitting .169 with a .229 OBP. He’s hitting 5th tonight. He’s played in all but four of the team’s 26 games. The Phillies are 9-17. That’s a .346 winning percentage. Over a season, that [...]

Open Thread, 5.3 #Braves vs. Sy Richardsons

May 3, 2015 // 7 Comments

Since the 5-1 start, the Bravos are 6-12 and have been outscored 101-77. In those 18 games, the home nine has averaged just over 4 runs a contest, which is OK. But they’ve allowed 5.61 a game, which is akin to having Albie Lopez start every game. (In fairness to Albie, his career ERA is 4.94) [...]

Open Thread 5.1 #Braves vs. Pete Roses

May 1, 2015 // 1 Comment

Tonight is interesting obviously to see how Folty fares. A good start, I suspect, might keep him in the bigs for a while. Or maybe not. Cahill has been disastrous, but the brass might prefer to give Folty more minor league seasoning. I’d just as soon see him stay up even if he gets battered. [...]

Open Thread, April 29, #Braves vs. Evil

April 29, 2015 // 3 Comments

We should brace ourselves for a five-hit, two-homer game from Melvin. Then Jeff Bennett will land with some team, save three games in a series and bean Freeman to put him on the DL for the season. Fuck me up the ass with a pineapple, as a wise or maybe unwise man once said. He didn’t [...]

Open Thread, 4/27, #Braves vs. the George Wills

April 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Braves enter this series reeling, or should we say realing, but the Natspos are at the moment worse. That’s subject to change. The Bravos are 9-9. Not so bad. But the way they’ve gotten there is dispiriting. Since starting 5-1, our home boys are 4-8. Bruce Hooper and his pals have [...]

Open Thread, 4.25, #Braves vs. Dick Clarks

April 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

I like what Fredi’s doing with the lineup today. He’s leading off with a guy who’s actually getting on base. Big picture, this is starting to fee like we all feared it might. When you lose to a woeful team 1-0 on a walk-off error, eh, things are not going your way. This team [...]

Open Thread, 4/23, #Braves vs. d-bags named Bobby

April 23, 2015 // 4 Comments

EY Jr. and his .184 batting average are stepping into the box as I type. The bullpen is disintegrating. Let’s hope that does not continue. The lineup that will try to avoid a sweep: Young CF, Callaspo 3B, Markakis RF, Freddie 1B, Pierzynski C, Gomes LF, Simmons, Peterson 2B, Julio [...]

Open Thread, 4.22 #Braves vs. Charles Rangels

April 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

If not for an ill-timed boot of a certain double-play ball, we might have gotten the six solid innings from Cahill that CB predicted. Alas, we did not. But it almost surely would have been a different game had Gosselin handled the routine grounder off the pitcher’s bat. Braves might still [...]

Open Thread, 4/17 #Braves vs. Rob Fords

April 17, 2015 // 4 Comments

O Score Some Runs. Our heroes leave the country for the weekend. We should stand a chance, with the top 3 starters toeing the Canadian slab. But some offense would be most welcome. I have a nagging sense we’ll be saying that a lot this season. Tonight’s lineup will be facing the [...]

Jose Reyes’ Dinner

April 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Just saw on the MLB Network crawl that Jose Reyes left the Blue Jays’ game in the first inning because of ribs. Since when did players start leaving games to eat? Ka-boom! Actually if Reyes is out, that can only help the Bravos as they head north of the border. This trip will probably be a [...]

Office’s 10th Anniversary Gala Goes Awry

April 16, 2015 // 6 Comments

Remember Dave? Condescending. Ill tempered. Moussed-up ‘do that looked like Afalfa’s from The Little Rascals. (Assuming Dave used a picture of himself with his disapproving comments.) He had the gall to show up at the Office’s recent 10th anniversary gala at the Fox Theater in Midtown [...]

Open Thread, 4/14, #Braves vs. Tim Spooneybargers

April 14, 2015 // 3 Comments

The home nine is still rolling. Neither Grilli nor Johnson were particularly sharp last night, but they finished it. Cody Martin continued his spectacular work and Miller turned in another Hansonian effort. He’s got nasty stuff but seems to have trouble putting hitters away. Or maybe [...]

Open Thread, April 8, #Braves vs. Rick Scotts

April 8, 2015 // 14 Comments

Just as we expected, the 2015 season is going swimmingly so far. Nevertheless, I sense abroad in Braves fandom an attitude bordering on disdain for this team. I’m not sure I get it. Yeah, the Braves aren’t likely to be good. No argument there. They are rebuilding. Got it. But why turn [...]
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