Open thread, 9/29, #Braves vs. J. Papelbon throat punch

It’s a rainy Tuesday. The Braves are trudging to the merciful end of their worst season in a quarter century. Tonight’s opponent is playing out the string in a season that, all things considered, is even more disappointing than the Bravos’ year. When your big trade-deadline acquisition, the guy who’ll supposedly put you over the top, fails…

Open Thread, 9/23/98, #Braves vs. Maybe the Worst-Ever NL Park

Man, how times change. On this day 17 years ago the Bravos were cruising to the finish line, and Smoltz tuned up with 5 innings of one-hit scoreless ball. An 11-0 pasting of the Fish gave the Bravos a 15-game lead in the NL East. Of course, the Marlins had dismantled their ’97 World Series…

Open thread, 9.21.95, #Braves vs. the Dave Telgheders

Ho-hum, another day at the office for Mad Dog. In pushing the eventual World Series champs’ record to 86-50, Maddux scattered five hits through 8 at Shea, then turned it over to Wohlers for the save. The victory ran to 18-2 the record of the the greatest pitcher of his generation. Chipper–it was Shea, after all–doubled…

Open Thread, 9/17/77, #Braves vs. the Future Carpets of Dalton Pitchman

Coming off a seven-game homestand that drew a TOTAL of 22,791 souls, the 56-92 Bravos faced future Braves color man Don Sutton and the first-place Dodgers in Lala Land. Predictably, the Braves would lose that night, 7-3. Knucksie took the loss to drop to 15-18! Jeff Burroughs hit his 39th homer off Sutton. Tonight’s Braves…

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

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 than this one, a 21-year-old John…

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

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. Only 20,000-plus came out on a…

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

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. Nope. He’s the third,…

Open Thread, Sept. 8, Duane Weighs in on Current State of #Braves

By Duane From Forest Park Wassup, bitches?! Enough small talk. Biggest run difference since 1647. Most losses in a month since Sherman burned Atlanta in the War of Northern Aggression. Whatever. I don’t need no damn stats. This is the worst Braves team I’ve ever seen. I was going to put a period between every word…

Open Thread, 9/3, whose season sucks worse, #Braves or Nats?

I’d argue 2015 stings worse for Nats fans than for Braves fans. We knew our team would blow. Maybe not quite losing-15-of-16 blow, but no sentient Bravos rooter thought this team would contend. By contrast, from Bruce Hooper to David Gregory, everybody who pulls for tough guy Matt Williams’ crew (he really put some backbone…

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

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. To wit: Today’s Bravos are 12-30…

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

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

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, but I’m not sure how…

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

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…

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

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 abomination, BJ has better numbers. Bourn’s a good guy…

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

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 expect…

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

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 old long plastic trumpet things from the upper deck….

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

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. We finally get rid…

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

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 Mets fan,…

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

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 entire season and you lose 111 games. So…