Shades of a May weekend in Denver, circa ’93

On May 6, 1993, the Braves staggered into old Mile HIgh Stadium 13-15, having been held to one run the night before by Bob Walk, who sucked. The Braves went on to sweep the four-game series, outscoring the Rockies 46-22. Jeff Blauser and David Justice homered three times; Sid Bream and Mark Lemke, twice. The…

Open thread, 8/1, Braves vs. Jerome Bettises

Actually, tonight’s opponent is Chad Bettis, just promoted from Double-A Tulsa, where he was 3-4 with a 3.71 ERA. That’s just the kind of pitcher the Braves typically struggle against, and the bats are due a slumber, but I ain’t doing pessimism this week. The line-up is the same, which is something I hated typing…

Open thread, 7/30, Braves vs. the Curse of Chief Noc-a-Homa

On this date in 1982, Braves management made the fateful decision to remove the chief’s teepeeĀ from left field to make room for more seats. The local nine would blow a 10.5 game lead, losing 15 of their next 16 and 19 of 21 before recovering in time to win their second NL West division title….

Open thread, 7/29, Braves vs. David Nieds

Did you know the inauguralĀ Rockies team had 10 once or future Braves, including Murph and the scrub reliever he was traded for, Jeff Parrett? The others: Nied, Vinny Castilla, the Big Cat, Armando Reynoso, Andy Ashby, Steve Reed, Mark Grant and Darren Holmes. Back to the present, where the Braves’ rollercoaster of a season hit…

Open thread, 4/23, Braves vs. John Thomsons

It’s 29 degrees at Coors, according to DOB. Here’s the Game 1 line-up: Simmons 6, BUpton 8, JUpton 7, Freeman 3, CJohnson 5, Gattis 2, Uggla 4, RJohnson 9 As you’ve no doubt heard Jay Hey underwent an emergency appendectomy last night and will miss the next two weeks. Tyler Pastornicky, batting .351 with 6…

Why are the Rockies so stubborn?

The Braves have what they need, and Colorado has Dexter Fowler, the lead-off hitting outfielder who would complete a formidable line-up. The Rockies are desperate for pitching and could use a corner infielder. How many homers do you think Juan Francisco would hit playing half his games in Coors? More than Colorado’s projected corner infielders…