Open thread, 5/29, Braves vs. Luis Leals

It’s strange to be disappointed when all your regulars are in the line-up, but here we are — no Schafer, no Gattis and no Chris Johnson. 1. Simmons SS 2. Heyward RF 3. J. Upton LF 4. Freeman 1B 5. McCann C 6. Uggla 2B 7. Francisco 3B 8. B. Upton CF 9. Medlen P…

Open thread, 5/27, Braves vs. Paul Spoljarics

Unfortunately, Fredi will have to do some managing with the ‘pen in shambles. If last night was any indication, this could get ugly fast. Pulling Julio in the 7th would’ve been okay if you still had O’Flaherty, but instead he burned Avilan, who threw one pitch, leaving Gearrin to pitch in the 8th to left-handed…

This is the Melky we remember

Toronto made some big moves this offseason, all of which have failed miserably. Besides the trades for R.A. Dickey, Jose Reyes and Josh Johnson, there was the signing of Melky Cabrera to a two-year, $16 million contract. Cabrera is hitting .236 with a .280 OBP and .276 slugging percentage after Saturday’s loss to the Mariners,…

Nine who got away: #6, Duane Ward

Duane Ward was exactly what the Braves needed in 1992 and ’93. Had he been in the ‘pen Atlanta would’ve likely won the World Series each year. Then again, those Braves teams would’ve probably not reached the postseason if not for John Smoltz, acquired from Detroit for the same pitcher, Doyle Alexander, received in the…

The 20 worst A-Braves players: #14 Ernie Whitt

Guarantees always backfired when made by a member of the pre-’91 Braves. Chuck Tanner once promised a parade down Peachtree. When he was fired, maybe. After he was acquired from the Blue Jays for assorted flotsam, Ernie Whitt told the local organ that Toronto GM Pat Gillick would regret the trade. “They got caught up…

The 10 worst games in A-Braves history: April 12, 2010

(Go here for the rest of our list) This 17-2 thumping by the Padres was a sign of things to come, in April, at least. The Braves were 9-14 that month and looked even worse than their record. This game marked┬áJo-Jo Reyes‘ final appearance as a Brave. It was a fitting send-off for Reyes, who…