Articles by charlesad

Open Thread, 9/13/88, #Braves vs. the Jay Howells

September 13, 2015 // 3 Comments

There’s an upside to being 30 games under .500. I got three lower-level tickets, section 123, for today for $6 each on StubHub. Ah, supply and demand and the Internet and a rebuilding–are we officially rebuilding yet?–ball club. Casting an eye back to one of the few seasons worse [...]

Open Thread, 9/11/91, #Braves vs. Greg Harrises

September 11, 2015 // 5 Comments

It’s easy to forget that one of the more memorable regular season games in Atlanta Braves history happened 24 years ago today. No point pretending like I’m writing a preview. This would be the evening when Kent Mercker, Mark Wohlers and Al Pena combined to no-hit the Padres at FulCo. [...]

Open Thread, 9/9, #Braves vs. 23 more baseball games

September 9, 2015 // 2 Comments

Tonight the Bravos face a pitcher from Atlanta with a 9 ERA. Means nothing. In fact, two of David Buchanan’s few good outings this year came against our Braves. Julio goes for the Atlantas. Buchanan went to Georgia State. I’ll find out if he’s the only GSU grad to ever play MLB. [...]

Open Thread, Sept. 1, #Braves vs. ’88 Braves

September 1, 2015 // 4 Comments

At least the 2015 Bravos won’t sink quite to the level of the dreadful ’88ers. To match that team’s 54-106 mark, the Braves would have to lose every remaining game and have two games rained out and not made up. Seems unlikely. However, this second half has been downright 88ish. [...]

Open Thread, Aug. 28, #Braves vs. Rudy Giulianis

August 28, 2015 // 1 Comment

I’ll be at the game tonight with my dad. It’ll be the first time in a while we’ve been to a game together. He’s in his mid-80s and generally prefers watching on TV at home in South Alabama. But he wants to see the Braves and Yanks, so we’ll be in what I suspect might [...]

Open Thread, Aug. 24, #Braves vs. Ted Haggards

August 24, 2015 // 1 Comment

A player just up from Gwinnett starts tonight for Los Bravos. But it’s not Hector Olivera. They want to give him a few more swings to get right. No sense rushing him. It’s not like these games are critical. No, the “new” guy is Christian Bethancourt. He hit .327 in Buford, [...]

Open Thread, Aug. 23, #Braves vs. a winless road trip

August 23, 2015 // 1 Comment

It’s the only time I ever met a parent of a Brave in the stands. It was 1992, and the Bravos were in the middle of sweeping four games at Wrigley to head into the all star break. On that Saturday night, Avery was golden, Deion hit a two-run homer in the 8th, and the Atlantas won 3-1. Just as [...]

Open Thread, 8.19, #Braves vs. Blink-182s

August 19, 2015 // 1 Comment

I’m not sure the Bourn-as-leadoff-man experiment is going to work. Granted, he’s only been with the Braves for a week and a half, but he’s hitting .071 with a .133 on base percentage. For the season, he’s hitting .230 with a sub-.300 OBP. Sadly, after last night’s [...]

Open Thread, Aug. 16, #Braves vs. Jared Loughners

August 16, 2015 // 3 Comments

Laugh du jour: in August the Natspos are 4-11, the Braves are 6-7. Tough guy Matt Williams has really put some spine in the club that stat geek hero Brian Kenny predicted would win 108 games. Too late. They could go undefeated from here and they’d only win 104. Shelby Miller goes today so [...]

Open Thread, Aug. 11, #Braves vs. Hulk Hogans

August 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

I really don’t have much to say about tonight’s game or the series with the Rays. Tropicana Field will probably resemble the old Olympic Stadium in Montreal or the sparsely crowded Astrodome, places that were somnolent even on TV. Maybe we’ll hear someone blowing one of  those [...]

Open Thread, Aug. 7 #Braves vs. Ferdie Pachecos

August 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

Hart and Coppy are like two 5-year-old boys. Dude’s do not sit still. In the ongoing purge of all things Wren, the Bravos have shipped Chris Johnson to Cleveland for the injured Nick Swisher, the declining Michael Bourn and enough cash to make the deal a financial wash, according to Bowman. [...]

Open Thread, Aug. 6, #Braves vs. Miami Vice

August 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

Suddenly, the Mets are two games ahead of the Natspos in the East. And Matt Williams’ club is 3.5 games out of a wild card spot. How delicious would it be to see that loaded DC roster, picked nearly unanimously to win the East, miss the playoffs entirely? For me, very delicious. I’m no [...]

Open Thread, Aug. 5, #Braves vs. Zodiac Killers

August 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

We all understand the already-limited roster has been further depleted by trades and injuries. But tonight’s starting lineup, with Pierzynski and Maybin resting and Andrelton still out, must rival some from the 106-loss 1988 club. That team played .316 ball in the second half. Do that for an [...]
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