Hard to imagine a more interesting game for a 48-56 team than tonight’s tilt. We see the big league debuts of one of the organization’s gems in Albies and a pitcher, Sims, who was a first-round draft pick in 2012. We’ll see how Albies fares, but I’m excited to see him. He had a bit […]Read More Open Thread, #Braves Rebuild Showing up in the Bigs
Jaime sure left us with a roar. Coppy sent him to the Twins, finally, for a 19-year-old right-hander in rookie ball. Minnesota got Anthony Recker too. So, a pretty ho-hum move it appears. Jim Johnson has been anything but ho-hum, lately, in a wretched way. Since mid-June, he’s allowed a Colonian 8 earned runs in 12 innings […]Read More Open Thread, July 24-26, #Braves-D’backs
It’s been a strange first half. If on April 1 someone said the Braves will have the same record as the Cubs and Cardinals at the break — technically a half-game behind the little bears — we all would’ve said something like, Holy Shit! Teheran, Freeman, Kemp, Ender and Dansby are going to the all star game […]Read More Open Thread, 7/14-16, Braves vs. the Present or the Future?
Who’d a thunk it? A win tonight will put the Braves’ all-time franchise record dead even at 10,468-10,468. Newcomb aims to do that — though I suspect he’s unaware of it — and follow up on his sterling debut v the Fish this evening. I’m guessing, his being a rookie and all, he won’t twirl another gem. […]Read More Open Thread, June 16-18, The Quest for .500
I can honestly say I never root against a Brave. Now, if one of my fantasy players is up in a 10-1 game in the 9th inning, then I’m OK seeing him hit a solo homer vs. the Bravos. Other than that, I just can’t do it. Which leads to the big punctuation mark. I’m […]Read More Open Thread, June 5-8, Bartolo’s Last Stand?
The Allman Brothers playing Fulton County Stadium. Gregg is in the back at the keyboard.Read More To a Giant of the Culture
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