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Open Thread, July 30, #Braves vs. the Bill Cosbys

July 30, 2015 // 1 Comment

We learned this afternoon that the trade also includes dumping about $14 million owed to Bronson Arroyo. I must admit, I’d forgotten he was an employee of the Braves organization. I can see how people would come down on either side on this deal, but I trust Hart and Coppy. Right-handed power [...]

Open Thread, July 28, #Braves vs. the Matt Drudges

July 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Braves have scored 34 runs in their past 15 games. They’ll face a pitcher tonight, one-time no-hit artist Ubaldo Jiminez, who has allowed 14 runs in his past two starts. Maybe the Bravos can scratch out two, three tonight. Good luck, Julio. Maybe the offense will improve once Freddie gets [...]

Open Thread, July 26, #Braves vs the Sanford Family

July 26, 2015 // 1 Comment

More of the same last night for Shelby Miller. A dominant, dominant start and the Braves lose even though the Cardinals got two hits. The bench coach and I saw a movie. I got in the car, turned on the radio. The game was scoreless in the 8th, but of course I assumed St. Louis would win. Minutes [...]

Open Thread, July 22, #Braves vs. Mindy Cohns

July 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Odds would seem to be against sweeping the first-place Dodgers, but we’ll know the outcome in about four hours. As we know Julio is good here and he’s pitching here today. I know next to nothing, or actually nothing about Bolsinger, the Dodger hurler today. He has decent stats but is [...]

Open Thread, July 20, #Braves vs. the Kardashians

July 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Let’s brighten the mood here. Freeman might be back by the weekend. Yea! The Braves won’t face Kershaw or Greinke in this series. Yea! Tonight we’ll see old pal Brandon Beachy. Probably yea! He was shaky in his first post-surgery start. But if anything could get him on track, [...]

Open Thread, 7/17, #Braves. vs. John Wayne Gacys

July 17, 2015 // 3 Comments

Using Gacy here might be a tad distasteful. Hey, I’m in a hurry. I actually like Chicago. Doesn’t mean I like the little bears, though, nor fans of the team. I suspect they will be plentiful on Hank Aaron Drive this weekend. I don’t particularly enjoy being around lots of people rooting the [...]

Mid-season Review: Offense, Defense

July 7, 2015 // 3 Comments

Hackneyed as it is, this team does show more fight and effort than many previous Braves clubs. The team is limited, especially offensively, and especially without Freeman, but it’s very likable and rare is the torpid play we became accustomed to from BJ and scattered others. Individual grades [...]

Open Thread, July 4, #Braves vs. John Kincades

July 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

On paper, or in pixels, Alex Wood should have his way tonight. The only guy in the Phils’ lineup who scares you even a little is Maikel Franco, the rookie third sacker. Frenchy is hitting cleanup. What else do you need to know. Of course, KJ is hitting fourth for Los Bravos. But the Phils [...]

Open Thread, July 2, #Braves vs. John Lannans

July 2, 2015 // 5 Comments

Unfortunately, Lannan won’t be pitching for the Beltway Bandits tonight. Instead we get the guy who’s had about as good a run lately as anyone in the past 30 or so years. But, hey, Scherzer has to have a crappy outing one of these nights. Why not tonight? Manny Banuelos would doubtless [...]

Open Thread, June 30, #Braves vs. Antonin Scalias

June 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Bleak tidings: Word is Freeman won’t come off the DL when he’s eligible, and Fredi says Freddie’s bum wrist is not improving. Oy. Bad wrists can be bad news in baseball. So we could be without the cornerstone of the offense for a while. The Braves were not a pitcher’s [...]

Open Thread, June 18, #Braves vs. the Sheldon Adelsons

June 18, 2015 // 1 Comment

With Miller hurling, one likes the Braves’ chances to take three of four from the loathsome lot from Taxachusetts. The opposing twirler, Clay Bungholes, has had an erratic season, with a 4.22 ERA and 1.3-something WHIP. But Bungholes has actually been pretty good since early May, sporting a [...]

Open Thread, June 14, #Braves vs. Donald Trumps

June 14, 2015 // 1 Comment

Whatever the specific realm–sports, politics, marriage, kids, friends–things in life rarely seem to work as advertised. This Braves team is an exception. Granted, I’m not sure anyone expected the bullpen to be quite as dismal as it’s been, but all the happy talk about a [...]

Open Thread, June 12, #Braves vs. Bobby Valentines

June 12, 2015 // 3 Comments

For all the (obviously justified) bellyaching about the Braves’ pen, Bethancourt’s defensive lapses were most unhelpful yesterday. In a season that, despite the bullpen woes, has brought more pleasant than unpleasant surprises Bethancourt’s defense, especially, has been a letdown. [...]

Open Thread, June 11, #Braves vs. Gary Colemans

June 11, 2015 // 7 Comments

Goodbye, Trevor Cahill. You’ll rank with the Tom Martins and Mark Redmans among the worst Braves pitchers ever. But we Braves fans can look at it this way: he hurt the team a lot less than B.J. did, and the club only paid Trev $5.5 mill vs. $25 mill-plus for B.J. (I ain’t calling him [...]

Open Thread, June 10, #Braves vs. Shirtless Ed Whitsons

June 10, 2015 // 3 Comments

Stirring stuff from the boys last night. It really is a shame the bullpen has been so bad because–all puffery from Powell et al aside–this team is immensely more fun to watch than last year’s somnolent crew of whiffers. They are playing pretty fine ball outside the relief corps. [...]
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