Reality check

It’s not final, but this is likely to be the Braves’ rotation on Opening Day: Teheran, Wisler, Norris, Chacin, W. Perez Manny Banuelos couldn’t crack 90 MPH in his first outing. Aaron Blair has been inconsistent. And Folty has yet to pitch. That rotation will face a brutal April schedule: two series against the Nats […]

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Jonathan Papelbon, still a dick

Via Thomas Boswell: On Friday, Papelbon apologized to planet earth, including his teammates and Nats fans for his infamous fight with Harper. “I was in the wrong,” said Papelbon who offered to spend “all day” talking until the last question was answered, but then vowed he would retire the subject for the year. … Later, […]

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#Braves flotsam and jetsam

The Braves signed Kyle Kendrick over the holidays for reasons I can’t fathom, unless they aimed to pair 2015’s worst NL pitcher with the AL’s worst (Bud Norris). At least Norris isn’t far removed from pitching effectively, winning 15 games with a 3.65 ERA for the Orioles in 2014. Kendrick, a pitch-to-(a lot) of contact […]

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Flashback: The Bizarro #Braves

The 1973 Braves led the NL in runs and OPS, fitting since they played their home games in the Launching Pad. Unfortunately, opponents got to play there, too. And they got to hit against an average rotation and abysmal bullpen that recorded the league’s highest ERA. They entered 1974 with virtually the same cast, acquiring […]

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A trade the #Braves need to make

Acquiring the young, controllable bats so desperately needed won’t be easy. To quote Coppy, if the chance to get a potential impact player arises, the Braves must “take that plunge.” If that means trading Shelby Miller, so be it. There’s plenty of interest, and one of the reported suitors would be an excellent match: the Cubs. […]

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Name that Cobb Internet mogul

Plenty of buzz generated by this item in The Marietta Daily Journal: Recent back-fence talk describes the same scenario that circulated a couple years ago — current owner Liberty Media selling to an Internet mogul with strong ties to Cobb County. Around Town first reported talk of a possible sale in September 2013 — prior […]

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Coppy needs a safe space

The Braves have long had a tin ear when it comes to public relations. When they announced the move to Cobb County, they didn’t even acknowledge their 50 years in Atlanta, acting as if the team was relocating across the street. It’s been especially true in the GM’s office. John Schuerholz refused to understand the frustration […]

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Open thread, 7/9, #Braves vs. .500

The Braves just can’t seem to break .500. But few, especially yours truly, thought they’d be anywhere near break-even at the break. Even without Freddie, the offense, save for one really bad week, has rebounded, albeit vs. the Phils and Brewers. That’s likely to continue tonight in Coors Field, with one of the worst pitchers in […]

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