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2018 Exit Interview – Darren O’Day

2018 Exit Interview – Darren O’Day

(This continued series focuses on how players performed this season with a look to 2019.) Darren O’Day 20 ING, 3.60 ERA, 3.45 FIP, 32.5% K-rate, 4.8% BB-rate, 0.4 fWAR 2018: The sidearmer from Utah began this year much like the last six. By throwing a lot of strikes and getting outs. Over the first three months of the season, he was one of the Orioles’ few dependable options. That was until he slipped off the mound…

2018 Exit Interview: Jacob Lindgren

2018 Exit Interview: Jacob Lindgren

(This continued series focuses on how players performed this season with a look to 2019.) Jacob Lindgren No stats 2018: Well, this should be short. Signed in December of 2016 after having Tommy John surgery that August, the Braves never planned on Lindgren throwing a pitch last season. However, this season, he was considered a bit of an x-factor. If he bounced back, Lindgren was a potential high-leverage arm for the pen. But he never…

2018 Exit Interviews – Mike Soroka

2018 Exit Interviews – Mike Soroka

(This continued series focuses on how players performed this season with a look to 2019.) Mike Soroka 25.2 innings, 3.51 ERA, 2.84 FIP, 18.6% K-rate, 6.2% BB-rate, 0.6 fWAR 2018: Soroka’s rapid ascension to the majors culminated in a call-up to begin May. He held his own against major league competition, flashing similar strikeout and walk rates as their minor league counterparts. He didn’t induce a lot of weak contact, but I think that’s more…

2018 Exit Interviews – Michael Reed

2018 Exit Interviews – Michael Reed

  (Our exit interview series looks at how players performed in 2018 along with a preview of their future.) Michael Reed MLB: 7 PAs, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K, .286/.286/.286 (.517 OPS) MiLB: 404 PAs, 114 H, 26 Doubles, 11 HRs, 62 BBs, 10 SBs (3 CS), .342/.453/.520 (.972 OPS) 2018:  Reed spent his entire career in the Brewers organization before 2018 when he was signed by the Braves as a Minor League Free…

There’s Something Weird Happening with the Braves

There’s Something Weird Happening with the Braves

The Braves are in a good spot. A 6.5 game lead with 13 games to play is just about as good as anyone could’ve reasonably hoped for or expected back in March. What looked to be a difficult division back in the spring has turned into one of the easier divisions in baseball. Washington and Philadelphia have both fallen off considerably while the Mets crashed and burned a while ago. When you combine those things…

2018 Exit Interviews – Luiz Gohara

2018 Exit Interviews – Luiz Gohara

(Our exit interview series looks at how players performed in 2018 along with a preview of their future.) Luiz Gohara 19.2 innings, 5.95 ERA, 4.53 FIP, 22.0% K-rate, 9.8% BB-rate, 0.0 fWAR 2018: Gohara was often discussed as a possible Rookie of the year candidate entering the season, but an array of problems led to just 77.2 innings when you add in his work in the minors. His father passed away last December, leading to…

Acuña Jr. or Soto for Rookie of the Year?

Acuña Jr. or Soto for Rookie of the Year?

Despite this being a Braves blog, I – with no hesitation – must say I love Juan Soto. The fact that, in his first game of the year back in April, Soto was facing the Rome Braves is astounding. He hit a homer off Kyle Muller, who ranked #13 on the Walk-Off Walk Midseason Top 50 Prospects. In his final at-bat that day, lefty Thomas Burrows (#34th) struck him out. Just over a month after…