Posts for : 2012

What To Do With the Six-Man Cluster****

Again, sorry for the lateness of getting back into the blog posting bit.  Today, we signed the contract on our house and Tuesday, we have an inspection.  So…that part is good. Against my advice, the Braves and their mental midget-in-charge Fredi Gonzalez chose to go with a six-man rotation now that Tommy Hanson is perfectly healthy (wink, wink) and no longer suffering from any back pain (nudge, nudge).  Tonight, Hanson went 6.2 ING against the…

How Valuable is Ben Sheets?

With another solid outing the other night against the Phillies, Ben Sheets improved to 4-1 in his first five starts since June 15th.  He went a season-high 7.1 ING before being lifted and allowed one run on a solo homer while walking a batter and giving up seven hits.  Curiously, he struck out no one after entering the game with a superb 8.4 K/9 rate which might make us think that Sheets lacked his best…

Should the Braves go to a 6-man staff?

So, as I am prone to doing, I brought up DOB‘s twitter account and looked for any interesting news.  Typically, there isn’t much, but a retweet caught my eye.  AJC’s Jeff Shultz contends that “Medlen should give Braves reason to consider 6-man staff.”  Oh, really? After explaining that Kris Medlen can do everything short of solving the debt crisis, Shultz says… There is one option the Braves should consider, at least in the short term:…

The Best (and Worst) of July

Atlanta finished July by tying their season best of seven consecutive wins.  That streak allowed them to close the book on July with a season-best 18-8 record.  Sadly, the Nats were only one game worse than that record so Atlanta didn’t gain much on the Nationals for the month, though they were able to open a lead in the second Wild Card spot.  Not to spoil anyone’s fun, but the Cardinals have been one of…

Howdy Paul and Reed!

So, shortly after my last post, which was about a random prospect last Sunday, our wireless internet router from Verizon met our daughter and our daughter won.  She ripped the cord out, tearing out the little metal thing that the charger plugs up to.  After the battery in the router was exhausted, our internet was out.  By the way, the MLB trading deadline is an awful time for your internet to go out. Last Monday,…

Random Prospect of the Day – Ian Marshall

Exactly four years before Rodney King was beaten up in 1991, Marshall was born in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  He became the second person from his high school to be drafted when the Mets took him in the 14th round of 2005 after a 5-2 senior season with 46 K’s in 37 innings.  However, he chose to go to the University of Richmond where his brother Benji was a utility infielder.  Marshall quickly joined the rotation, starting…

Mining for Gold

With Kris Medlen headed to the rotation, plus reports that the Braves are looking to tinker with the roster rather than dramatically add to it, maybe it is about time to stop thinking about Josh Johnson, James Shields, and Ryan Dempster and move onto the bullpen and the bench. This year’s change to a two Wild Card method for each league is keeping a lot of teams on the verge of buyer/seller rather than knowing…