Posts for : July 2013

Homegrown

Tonight, Brandon Beachy makes his first start for the Atlanta Braves this season.  His arrival is significant for a few reasons.  Notably, the Braves could use a shot in the arm to add to the duo of Mike Minor and Julio Teheran, who have pitched like the class of the Braves.  The Braves could be in for a major lift if Beachy’s next two month resemble his first two months last season (13 starts, 2.00…

#killthewin

MLB Network’s Brian Kenny has been pushing a new movement through his access to both MLB Now and MLB Tonight to kill the win statistic for pitchers.  The idea is not new, though a mainstream media source has often ignored it, showing win-loss records because it’s easy.  How much the network really values what Kenny says is debatable.  What’s not is that more and more people are getting it.  Even Chipper Jones recently tweeted to…

Random Prospect of the Day: William Beckwith

Busy week for the major league squad, but it’s time once again to get to know a random prospect from the system.  Today, we have a first baseman with power, but considerable questions if he is mature enough to take advantage of his opportunities. He’s that guy on the left.  The guy on the right, he might be a good prospect, too.  Just still wondering if they should have taken Todd Van Poppel instead. Born…

Mike Minor: Ace?

Lost in all of the talk about trading for a front-of-the-rotation type…lost in all of the talk about last year’s infield fly rule call that was truly embarrassing…lost in all of the ridiculous talk about the new Waffle House at Turner Field… Mike Minor out-pitched Adam Wainwright and shut down the most talked about offense in the game.  Let’s be honest, how sick were you to keep hearing about the Cardinals’ average with runners in…

Twitter Feed: July 27

Happy Saturday all. -Jim Bowden mentions that Kyle Lohse has been hot of late and should he be a trade target for the Braves?  The Brewers right-hander notably struggled to find a deal in the offseason after the Cardinals gave him qualifying offer.  He received 3 years, $33M right before the season from Milwaukee and they would need his permission to deal him this soon after signing a contract.  Doubt the Braves are interested in…

2009 Braves : 2013 Nationals

The Nationals lost in the first game of a double-header against the Mets 11-0 on Friday.  The loss dropped them to 49-54.  Still, media types are curious when this Nationals ballclub will start making good on the promise that prompted many to slot them as the preseason favorite to win the NL East.  Recently, the Nationals tried to jump-start the team by firing their hitting coach, but it hasn’t helped. Very few current Braves can…

Trade Target: Jake Peavy

The gruesome injury to Tim Hudson changed the game for the Atlanta Braves.  Entering mid-July, the Braves had potentially seven starters that were ready for a role in a major league rotation.  Beyond the normal five that had accounted for all but one start coming into July, there was the young lefty Alex Wood, whose stock continued to skyrocket after iffy mechanics and size questions dropped him to the second round last year.  Within a…