Articles by charlesad

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 [...]

Open Thread, Aug. 3, #Braves vs. the Jim Joneses

August 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

Quite a treat to see Julio pitch like Julio away from home. Folty goes tonight. The rest of the season is his chance to audition for the 2016 rotation. So far, he’s sort of a far less accomplished–maybe a homeless man’s– A.J. Burnett: lightning fastball and a snapping [...]

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 [...]
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