Articles by charlesad

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. [...]

Open Thread, June 5, #Braves vs. Lauren Teweses

June 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

Hoo boy. Nothing like the bullpen blowing the last couple games on a road trip and returning home to face the hottest team in the league. But here we are. I will say one thing for lowered expectations. Painful losses are not nearly as painful. Yeah, it sucks to see the Bravos’ pen squander [...]

Open Thread, 6/3, #Braves vs. Sheriff Joes

June 3, 2015 // 7 Comments

Pivotal game today, as a win means a .500 record on a road trip that looked daunting to start and disastrous halfway through. Folty’s starts are always interesting. I hope after consecutive gems he’s not simply due to struggle. On the plus side, the bats have awakened in the desert, [...]

Open Thread, May 31, #Braves vs. Huey Lewises

May 31, 2015 // 2 Comments

I have no idea what to realistically expect from Williams Perez long-term. And I didn’t watch last night’s game. But in his earlier starts, I like the tailing fastball that, when it’s working, swoops over corners ala a 300-game winner who was recently inducted into Cooperstown. In [...]

Open Thread, May 29, #Braves vs. Tucker Carlsons

May 29, 2015 // 1 Comment

Fredi probably should’ve left Miller in the game last night to bunt. He didn’t, and things quickly unraveled. Then again, the team has been starved for offense lately. But Pedro Ciriaco is not a fearsome bat off the bench. In any case, no matter what the Braves do it seems the Giants [...]

Open Thread, May 28, #Braves vs. C. Hestons

May 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

CORRECTION: Now Chris Heston’s last start was a good one. It came last night against the Braves. I incorrectly wrote that the one before was a complete game against the Reds. Turns out that was three starts ago. I was looking at his last three starts and, suffering from temporary vertigo or [...]

Open Thread, May 25, #Braves vs. the Lasordas

May 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Leo Mazzone, for one, always said, in so many words, that Lasorda’s a big phony. I choose to believe him. Tough roadie opening tonight for the Bravos. Yes, a game over .500 is a nice feat for this club. But it’s about to face the first-place Dodgers, who are 19-6 and kill the ball at [...]

Office Quarterly Report — Pitching, Defense, etc.

May 25, 2015 // 4 Comments

Pitching, especially starting, figured to be the team strength. That may happen yet. After an uneven April, the club is 6th in the NL in team ERA in May. Over the past seven games, minus Eric Stults, the team ERA is 2.41. Things are looking up on the hill. The Braves have been generally solid [...]

Open Thread, May 23, #Braves vs. the Sixto Lezcanos

May 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

Quick one today as the kid and I prepare to head to the yard. CB will be along as well. If anyone is in 404, row 10, we’ll be the strikingly distinguished duo with a 5-year-old boy in tow. (CB and I are not his parents. I’m a parent and the wife is the other. The kid would normally wear [...]

Open Thread, May 22, #Braves vs. the Lenny and Squiggies

May 22, 2015 // 4 Comments

The home nine hit the quarter pole at .500. I’ll take it. Any rational observer would call that better than expected, especially given the uneven pitching. That has begun to change. In the past 7 games, Braves starters have a 2.09 ERA, and 5 of the 9 earned runs in that stretch were in one [...]
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