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 […]Read More Reality check
If he makes the team, and I fear he will, Jeff Francoeur will likely be greeted with a bigger ovation than any of his Brave teammates. Are Braves fans really that stupid? Unfortunately, a lot of them are. Forget that Francoeur was responsible for some of the worst AB’s of any Brave not named Rick […]Read More #Braves, fans may have forgotten Francoeur’s entitlement act, but Rowland hasn’t
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, […]Read More Jonathan Papelbon, still a dick
One of baseball’s great minds, and a Braves legend, is now working for the Dodgers. It’s inexcusable that Greg Maddux isn’t working here. Hell, if I had my way he’d replace Fredi in the dugout.Read More Why is Mad Dog not with the #Braves?
Julio Teheran could return to pre-2015 form. Maybe Matt Wisler masters a change-up and wins 15. Bud Norris and Jhoulys Chacin were once adequate — perhaps they will be again. Otherwise, you’re looking at Manny Banuelos on an innings limit, Folty on the DL (to start the year, at least). so it’s hard to expect […]Read More Will this be worst #Braves rotation ever?
A recurring series celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ’91 Braves Hard to believe it’s been a quarter century since the best Braves season most of us will ever experience. No one saw it coming, and had JS succeeded in pulling off two rumored deals involving Tom Glavine, the Braves wouldn’t have won their division. […]Read More The silver anniversary of #Braves nirvana: Expectations
Had the Braves not made the Olivera trade with the Dodgers, they’d have: A.) More money; B.) Room for another OF; C.) A better second baseman than Jace Peterson; D.) A better #2 starter than Bud Norris. According to multiple sources, the Braves’ pursuit of Yoenis Cespedes is hamstrung by limited resources — even though […]Read More Cespedes, Wood and Peraza for Olivera
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 […]Read More #Braves flotsam and jetsam
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 […]Read More Flashback: The Bizarro #Braves
#Cubs are interested in Miller. But #Braves have Hector Olivera in LF and Nick Markakis in RF, so Jorge Soler may not fit. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 3, 2015 Crasnick doubts the Braves will trade Miller, which is dumb because his value will likely never be higher. Soler is the kind of young, controllable […]Read More What if the #Braves hadn’t traded for Olivera?
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. […]Read More A trade the #Braves need to make
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 […]Read More Name that Cobb Internet mogul
“If we were trying to tank, we would have traded Maybin at the deadline last year, and we had plenty of offers.” Maybin was traded today for Ian Krol (think Ross Detweiler) and a fringe pitching prospect. So I guess that means the Braves are tanking. And so far they’re not very good at it. […]Read More According to Coppy, trading Maybin confirms #Braves tanking
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 […]Read More Coppy needs a safe space
The Blue Jays, 37-15 in the second half, are not the team you want to play when you’re trying to avoid infamy. The Braves won two of three in Toronto back in April, but those were two far different teams. Those Braves were feisty overachievers Now, they are just two games shy of matching the […]Read More Open thread, 9/15, #Braves vs. the Boston Rustlers
First of all, can anyone explain this Honda commercial for the Little League World Series featuring Harold Reynolds coaching young players on how to conduct a boring, cliche-filled interview? Moving on, last night was encouraging. That the Braves won was secondary to Julio’s effort on the mound. It’s safe to say he’s turned the corner: […]Read More Open thread, 8/15, #Braves vs. Evan Mechams
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 […]Read More Open thread, 7/9, #Braves vs. .500
I guess we’re in a pennant race, but I’m a little worried about Freddie, who’s got an appointment with a wrist specialist. The timing is not good, as the Braves head to Washington tomorrow. More on the Touki trade later. The line-up: Peterson 4, Maybin 8, K Johnson 3, Markakis 9, Uribe 5, Simmons 6, […]Read More Open thread, 6/21, #Braves vs. Adam Sandlers
It’s Shelby Miller Day, which is becoming must-see viewing for Braves fans. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a true ace — Shelby could be the guy. At the very least he’s been the highlight of the Braves season. Andrelton gets a day off, but don’t worry, Alberto Callaspo doesn’t replace him in […]Read More Open thread, 5/17, #Braves vs. Lou Pearlmans
I’m not sure even Elias could come up with another city that’s had two pro sports teams lose to teams from the same city on walkoffs/buzzer beaters on the same day. I suppose we can chalk it up as yet another touchstone in Atlanta sports futility. Ah, well. Neither the Braves nor the Hawks loss […]Read More Open Thread, 5.10, #Braves vs. Regan MacNeils