Sorry it’s taken a while to get to this. Work, kid, bike riding, etc., etc. Offense The Braves offense has been middle-of-the pack this season. It’s been better in May, though: first in the NL in OBP, third in batting average, but a middling 8th in runs. Hitting has helped the club go 10-5 in […]Read More Quarterly Report, Hitting, Misc.
The post-Freddie 2017 slog has begun. Glance at these nuggets to get a sense of how much No. 5 means to this team: Freddie leads the club in runs, hits, homers, RBI, total bases, slugging percentage, and OPS. He is tied for the lead in triples (with one). He is third in steals! Even more […]Read More Open Thread, 5/19-21, Damn! Damn! Damn!
Moments ago, a woman colleague burst into my production node brandishing a ticket to an upcoming game at Klanway, er Fenway, Park. A half hour earlier, I read the bleatings from troglodyte Red Sox hero and Brietbart contributor Curt Schilling. Of course, he thinks Adam Jones is a liar. Imagine if Rocker had been a […]Read More Fresh Reminders of Why we Hate the Team that was Last in MLB to Integrate
Right now, is it more fun to be a Braves fan or a Mets fan? On Opening Day, the answer would’ve seemed obvious: one team was a legit World Series contender, the other in year 3 of a severe rebuild. One team won the NL pennant in 2015 and a wild card berth last season. […]Read More Open Thread, 5/1-5/4, Braves v Mets
The home nine steps back into our proper end of the pool against the Phils tonight. Flowers is back in the lineup, which should help. He was hitting, though his sometimes indifferent-looking defense annoys me. Does he ever shift over to block a pitch in the dirt? Not that I recall. Dansby is also back, […]Read More Open Thread, 4/21-4/23, Bravos Look for More Brotherly Love Than Nats Showed
I much enjoyed watching the celebration last night after Dansby’s game winner. This team certainly appears to enjoy playing the game, and each other. Phillips plays with flair. It looks like he and Swanson click. Inciarte is often smiling on the field. Freddie is a good-guy superstar. How can you not like the rotund righty […]Read More Open Thread, 4/18-4/20, Braves vs. Big League Talent
I won’t pretend to be completely over Liberty Media’s back room deal to take the Braves up I-75, over the Lester Maddox Bridge to Smyrna, or the Cumberland Mall area, or whatever that part of Cobb County should be called. But resentment hurts the resenter far more than the resented, I believe. To be sure, […]Read More Open Thread, 4/14-17, The Mallpark Era Begins
Not really. Only the most deluded optimist figured this team would contend. Yes, a 1-7 road trip would be a dyspeptic start. It would bury the Bravos in a hole that would likely take weeks to dig out of because with this rotation, this pen, this defense, and this bench — OK, this team — […]Read More Open Thread, 4/11-12, Must Wins in April?
As the Braves face the Mets in another largely publicly-financed ballpark named after a bank, it got me to thinking, specifically about this: maybe Cobb taxpayers are getting a bargain for their $400 million or so. I jest. As distasteful as the back room deal that created SunTrust Park was, Cobb is paying significantly less […]Read More Opening Day Opening Thread, 4/3/17
The beat scribe is reporting that Snitker is likely to be named manager. I’d have no problem with that. CB might. It’s hard to argue with the results Snitker got this season. The players appear to like and respect him, he’s been a loyal organization man for 40 years, he comes across as intelligent and […]Read More Local organ says #Braves to name Snitker full-time skipper
The Braves must go 7-9 to avoid losing 100 games. Starts by the likes of Gant, William S. Perez and Ryan Weber don’t inspire much confidence. The schedule is tough, too: 3 vs. the Nats, with Scherzer starting tonight 3 vs. the Mets, who are fighting for a wildcard spot and playing well 4 vs. […]Read More Open Thread, 9/16-18, #Braves’ Quest for 7
Tuesday UPDATE: Good news. Swanson is in the lineup after taking an errant throw in, as Braves official site scribe Mark Bowman put it, “the groin region.” Also good to see Wisler back on the bump. The lineup: Inciarte, Garcia, Freddie, Kemp, Markakis, Flowers, Peterson, Swanson, Wisler. I know. It’s hard to claim the […]Read More Open Thread, Sept. 12-14, #Braves Might Have Upper Hand
This is an actual promotional piece from 1977. We’ve gone from wet T-shirt contests to Christian rock bands. Both are off-putting, in different ways. Apparently, barely concealed breasts weren’t that much of a draw for a woeful Braves club. They lost that night, 13-4 in front of 11,451, to fall to 13-25. They were 16 games […]Read More #Braves Marketing, Then and Now
The Mets are battling for a wild card spot. So who would’ve figured the Braves would play them in September and not face any of the New Yorkers’ feared young hurlers? Probably nobody would’ve figured it, but damned if it’s not happening this weekend. Because of injuries, and because Sunday is the regular turn for […]Read More Open Thread, Sept. 9-11, #Braves vs. Mets Second String Rotation
If Folty pitches well today, there could be hope. Maybe even hope for a decent 2017. For the rest of the season, the most interesting plot line for Los Bravos, I think, is not Dansby, though he’ll be fun to watch. To me, the key to creating a little optimism is the performance of Folty […]Read More Open Thread, 9/1, #Braves’ September Story Line
I picked up this beaut at the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival on Saturday. I’m not sure how well it translates here, but the image of Henry Louis Aaron is pretty bad-ass. And, of course, it’s not an official team-issued product. This “King Henry” t-shirt is sold by an outfit called 404proud.com. Check out their […]Read More Open Thread, Aug. 30, Coolest #Braves Shirt Ever
Matt Wisler returns from Gwinnett to pitch tonight. It appears it’s less of a reward for good work at AAA, where he’s been just OK, and more a promotion because there’s no better option. The pitching has been woeful of late. It’s too bad because the Braves are hitting. They have already scored more runs […]Read More Open thread, Aug. 25, Wisler returns for #Braves
Top prospect Dansby Swanson starts his big league career this evening. So we take a look at the debuts of a few other notable Bravos of recent years. In no particular order: Jeff Francoeur, July 7, 2005: 1-for-4 with a three-run homer in a 9-4 win over the Cubs at Turner Field. Frenchy’s blast, of […]Read More Open Thread, Aug. 17, #Braves Debutante Ball
Remember those days of yore, seems like the 19th century now, when the Braves routinely had fat leads in the division this time of year? We’d be fretting about how the team might lose its edge before October because the division was all but locked up. The Braves are on the other side of that […]Read More Open Thread, Aug. 12-15, #Braves Role Reversal
A win today would be a nice exclamation point on a run of high-quality ball. Alas, it ain’t looking good as our heroes trail 4-0 after three. Apologies for the late OT, but the day job interferes. A win today would be a nice springboard heading into a weekend against the Nats, who look to […]Read More Open Thread, 8/11, #Braves Losing in the 4th