Posts for : August 2013

It’s Never As Dark As It Seems

The news just keeps going from bad to worse.  A day after watching Jason Heyward stagger off the field after fracturing his jaw on a pitch to the face, the Atlanta Braves sent Brandon Beachy to go see the Harbinger of Death, Dr. James Andrews.  Today…locusts? Braves fans, as they have been ingrained to do, panic at the first sign of bad news.  Two bad things and a loss?  The crisis hot lines in the…

The Most Expensive Platoon Guy EVAH No More

At this point, B.J. Upton must be wondering what happened between leaving Tampa Bay and beginning this chapter of his career with the Braves. It was supposed to be a wonderful fit.  The Braves viewed Michael Bourn as overpriced and more likely to regress as his entire value was built on his speed.  Upton was younger, an accomplished base stealer of his own, and could play great defense even if it wasn’t otherworldly like Bourn.…

Howdy Elliot!

Earlier this season, the Braves looked like they had a wealth of depth in the middle infield.  In addition to their unquestioned starters, Ramiro Pena provided excellent numbers off the bench to go with valuable defense.  In the minors, there was last year’s opening day starter at shortstop, Tyler Pastornicky, and defensive wiz Paul Janish. But baseball has a way of destroying depth with unmatched quickness.  First, it was Pena’s shoulder.  Recently, it was Dan…

Once a Brave, Always a Brave – AL West

…excluding Bobby Bonilla. Let’s head out west to catch up with some former Braves.  Is anybody used to the idea that the Houston Astros are in the AL yet?  It really wasn’t that long ago that the Braves seemed to play them every October.  Oh, that reminds me, screw you, Chris Burke. Houston Astros P Paul Clemens – Part of the Michael Bourn trade a few years ago, Clemens made it to the majors this…

Are Innings a Concern – Revisited

Way the hell back on July 19th, I posted a blog talking about whether or not innings are a concern entering the second half.  At the time, Atlanta had a six game lead in the NL East and their record of 54-41 was just four games off the pace for the best record in the National League.  It was a promising first half and the rotation played a significant role in that.  For the most…

2013 Atlanta Braves Myths: Part IX

For a few weeks, I thought I was finished with investigating myths that serve as potential pitfalls to the Atlanta Braves celebrating this season with a parade down Peach Street.  But one narrative continues to survive, spoken by commentators around the media landscape.  Some Braves fans follow blindly, believing the logic is so sound, it must be true.  Let’s find out. 1. Atlanta doesn’t make productive outs because of strikeouts. 2. Atlanta seems to fall…

See ya, Blake!

Before Saturday’s epic encounter, the Braves announced that they had inked Tyler Greene to a minor league contract.  In a non-corresponding move, the Braves jettison’d Blake DeWitt.  So, let’s give our regards to DeWitt DeWitt signed before the season to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.  DeWitt was once the 82nd prospect in 2006, according to Baseball America.  The former first rounder joined the Dodgers in 2008 and OPS’d .728, not…