Open thread, 9/11, Braves vs. Marty Malloys

September 11, 2013 // 5 Comments

The good news: Justin is back in the line-up; his brother and Uggla are not. The bad news: Paul Maholm is set to undergo an MRI on his sore elbow. So we can expect Alex Wood to start a postseason game. The Braves are giving him a breather tomorrow, with Freddy Garcia getting the nod. On Friday, [...]

Open thread, 9/10, Braves vs. Charlie Crists

September 10, 2013 // 2 Comments

UPDATE: Good news on the injury front — Reed Johnson has been activated off the DL and Jordan Walden is expected to be available on Thursday. And Jay Hey is on schedule  to get some AB’s in the Instructional League.  No flip-flopping on the line-up tonight from Fredi, a la [...]

Open thread, 9/1, Braves vs. Nate Bumps

September 1, 2013 // 2 Comments

A sub-.200 hitter with two 4-hit games is probably unprecedented, but a big September from B.J. Upton wouldn’t be. Last year he hit 12 homers in the season’s final month. A repeat sure would bolster my confidence about this team’s chances in the playoffs. Don’t know the [...]

Open thread, 8/10, Braves vs. the Gallaghers

August 10, 2013 // 2 Comments

Would it surprise you to learn that melon-smashing “comic” Gallagher hails from northern Florida? Didn’t think so. (I conducted a memorable interview with Gallagher about 10 years ago. He is not a pleasant man.) All smiles on the Braves front as they attempt to tie their biggest [...]

Open thread, 7/9, Braves vs. Groundhog Day

July 9, 2013 // 2 Comments

No need to post the line-up — it’s the same one Fredi’s run out there for the last two months. Someone tell him it’s not working. Last night’s win was nice but hardly inspiring,  considering the Braves couldn’t buy a hit off the likes of Kevin Slowey, Chad [...]

Open thread, Rick Camp Day

July 4, 2013 // 2 Comments

Naha Gomez reminded us of another July 4th game, 20 years ago, when the Braves beat the Marlins 4-3 on a balk-off that scored Deion Sanders. The Braves ended the day 7 games out of first. Let’s hope that’s not a omen. On the injury front, Jordan Schafer was placed on the DL today. [...]

Open thread, 7/2, aka Walter Banks’ birthday

July 2, 2013 // 2 Comments

Happy 74th to the legendary Braves usher, whose trivia questions between innings are sorely missed. (excerpted from a 2010 AJC article on Banks) Chatting recently with a family of five from Cincinnati, Banks suddenly noticed that the stadium clock read 7:14. He pondered this for maybe a millisecond [...]

Open thread, 4/10, Braves vs. Victoria Jacksons

April 10, 2013 // 5 Comments

I’d remind those few Marlins fans remaining to save some venom for Bud Selig, without whom Jeffrey Loria’s ownership wouldn’t have been possible. The Fish have nothing to play for this season except maybe avoiding the distinction as the worst team in baseball. The Astros will [...]

Open thread, 4/9, Braves vs. Wilmer Valderramas

April 9, 2013 // 5 Comments

There are only so many old Marlins to choose from, and by now we’ve run through virtually all of them. Instead we’ll pick on Miami native Wilmer Valderrama, whose character Fez was the most annoying character on a very annoying show. The local nine appear poised to improve to 7-1, [...]

Best winter in NL East? Could be the Mets

December 16, 2012 // 3 Comments

Mets fans should be thrilled by the proposed R.A. Dickey to Toronto trade. New York will reportedly receive two former first round draft picks: catcher Travis d’Arnaud (.286 BA and .816 OPS in the minors) and pitcher Noah Snydergaard (13-8, 2.35 ERA, 1.085 WHIP)  — an impressive haul [...]

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