Posts for : 2013

Random Prospect of the Day: Omar Poveda

What we have today is the post-hype sleeper.  Not every prospect avoids all trouble as he climbs the minors.  Some have injuries that push them back or simply running into a wall. Omar Poveda just completed his first year in the Braves system.  It might be his only one, unfortunately, but he was a solid, dependable pitcher for the Gwinnett Braves and if the Braves had the available room, he might have even earned a…

The Braves Are Top Five In a Lot of Categories

It’s been a decent season for the Atlanta Braves. They have the best ERA in baseball at 3.18, the lowest mark since 2002 when they had a 3.13 ERA.  Atlanta leads the National League in homers and it’s a ten-homer edge over the Cubs.  With 161 homers, they already have twelve more than last season.  Now, sure, for the third consecutive season, they will probably set the franchise mark in strikeouts in a single season.…

Why did the Braves Go So Loe?

It’s difficult enough to follow day games.  Work, family, school, General Hospital.  I mean…add baseball to that and it seems almost impossible to pay attention.  Of course, if you saw the pitcher matchup for today’s game against the Mets, you might have said “why bother?”  Maybe you would have added some expletives.  Feel free. Atlanta sent Kameron Loe to the bump to face the Mets because they hate their fans.  No, not really.  On the…

The Best (and Worst) of August

(Hi again.  This is me in italics.  Just wanted to say that I don’t want this blog to die, but it definitely will take a backseat for the most part.  I started three online classes last Monday and am looking to finally secure my bachelor’s degree.  As you can expect, that knocked down the priority this blog has.  That said, I am hoping to adopt a schedule for updating.  Basically, between Wednesday and Sunday, I want to…

Making Sense Out of Baseball’s Senselessness

Baseball is such a strange sport.  I have followed baseball for 31 years now.  Sure, when I was a little tot, I wasn’t that interested in the rules of the game or the statistical analysis side.  Regardless, I was at the ballpark because my father was an usher for the local Carolina League team and I got in for free.  As I have gotten older, my understanding of the sport has increased in many areas…from…

Alternate Universe: Braves Do Not Trade Yunel Escobar in 2010

(Hi.  I’m going to try this because I like the idea of how making one move ends up being quite significant.  I realize that it’s impossible to take the numbers a player put up in one place and translate them to the next.  The league and park factors are ignored when you do that.  This isn’t an exact study, but a simple exercise.  Hope you enjoy it and maybe I’ll try this again soon.) Figured…

The Braves Should Extend Both Gonzalez and Wren

In the film Moneyball, Oakland Athletics manager Art Howe, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, brings up his discontent with managing in the final season of his contract with general manager Billy Beane.  Portrayed by Brad Pitt, Beane is not willing to talk about an extension with Howe and provide the aging manager job security.  In real life, Howe was in the first year of an extension that led into the next season.  But in Hollywood,…