Posts for : 2013

The Talkative ‘Nats

This is the Nationals. A team of high expectations and an even higher belief in who they are.  This is a team that despite over 120 games of sample size still can not accept their fate and their failure.  From the manager down to their ever-changing roster dynamic, this a team that has struggled with the target they relished having so brightly colored on their backs. Before the season, Jayson Werth – a man who…

Wait, Gosselin over La Stella?

In 2010, the Braves took University of Virginia 2B Philip Gosselin in the fifth round.  A year later, in the 8th round, the Braves selected Tommy La Stella from Coastal Carolina.  On August 15, 2013, the Braves selected Gosselin over La Stella to replaced Tyler Pastornicky, who has a torn ACL and was only in the majors because of Dan Uggla‘s LASIK surgery. And the fans went wild what?  Who?  Why? It’s not that I…

Remembering Fat Juan

As Juan Francisco hit two homers off Matt Garza Wednesday, a few Braves fans asked both what the hell the Braves got for the power hitter and why did they give up on a guy with such strength?  Surely, the Braves could find a way to utilize Fat Juan in some way, right? Well, the Braves did give up on him.  That much is without a doubt.  In need of a bullpen arm, the Braves…

Uggla’s Replacement – The Case for the Uninspiring

The news was surprising as it broke shortly before Tuesday’s game against the Phillies.  Dan Uggla was headed to the Disabled List and would undergo LASIK, a procedure that he had been hoping to avoid until at least the winter.  Whether the Braves were able to push Uggla into it or Uggla’s worsening state at the plate prompted Uggla to finally agree to do it now rather than later is not all that important. It’s…

Once a Brave, Always a Brave – AL Central

…excluding Steve Lyons. As I started last week, Wednesday is the time we look around the league, catching up with ex-Braves.  Sure, they can’t be cool anymore and wear the tomahawk, but they do deserve a couple of sentences.  To stream-line this a little, I won’t report every minor leaguer unless there is something I find interesting about him. Chicago White Sox P Deunte Heath – Heath is an Atlantan native who was once drafted…

Tommy Hanson’s No Longer a Man Crush

If you pay attention to the minors, you get man crushes.  Casual fans really don’t get it.  They know the guys who are on the major league roster, especially the everyday players, but they don’t know much about the guy in A-ball who looks like he might have impact potential.  Man crushes might be big prospects.  They were signed for big money out of Latin America or received a significant signing bonus after being drafted…

A Lead Heading Into the Sixth – Call It

Much has been written – even here – about the Atlanta Braves bullpen.  They tend to focus on the ERA, best in baseball.  Or the closer – also best in baseball (see below).  Maybe someone can whine about bullpen usage (hi). There’s a number I have been looking at over the past two days that astonishes me and fortunately, the Braves were able to be nice enough to give me an example of the number…