Open thread, 5/15, Braves vs. Oscar Villarreals

Win today and the Braves can salvage a .500 road trip, which is all you can ask of a team returning from their second 10-day road trip in little over a month. Regardless, my confidence is waning. The Braves have been shut out six times already — nearly half as many times as they were…

Head, heart divided on Prado deal

Do the intangibles matter? Do strikeouts not? Depends on your school of thought. I think they can both be true. Having a player who serves as an example for others by the way he plays the game is a plus — but it doesn’t compare with talent. Justin Upton could win an MVP this year….

Justin Upton will be a Brave by Friday

There’s good reason to be optimistic. Scribes Rosenthal, Heyman and Olney all report the Braves have offered a “strong package” of players for Upton. DOB says the offer likely involves Teheran plus two-to-three additional prospects. Among the names bandied about: Gattis, Ahmed, Gilmartin, Spruill … Bet on it happening by Friday, an artificial deadline favored…

Is Justin Upton to the Braves inevitable?

Atlanta lying in the weeds some in J.Upton conversations. If they got him, they’d be assured of at least 3 years of Upton/Upton/Heyward OF. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 12, 2013 Baseball scribes seem increasingly convinced that the D’backs star will end up in Atlanta. I’ve been skeptical but am beginning to think that the…