Posts for : 2013

Youth is Served

Rebuilding teams often start with young players getting their shot to play regardless of production.  The Astros and Cubs, for example, are knee-deep into a rebuild stage.  The once-proud Astros no longer bring Killer B’s but “who’s that?’s” instead.  Theo Epstein is considered the right man for the job in Chicago to bring the Cubs back to prominence and he masterfully sold early-and-often with a tough market this year.  Dayton Moore’s Royals are finally showing…

Random Prospect of the Day: Casey Kalenkosky

When drafted, players don’t sign for a variety of reasons.  Money, usually.  Sometimes, however, it’s a commitment to a team and to its players.  A promise to finish an education.  For Casey Kalenkosky, when the Washington Nationals took him in the 13th round in 2011, he surprisingly returned to Texas State for a senior season in 2012.  Kalenkosky, who goes by “Ory” from his middle name Orion, probably cost himself a good penny since he…

Bigger Reason for Friday: Beachy or Marlins?

Brandon Beachy threw eight scoreless innings last night, but there was something that took away from an otherwise great evening.  The Florida Miami Jeffrey Lorias Marlins were the opposition.  Miami has won 43 games this year and at its current pace, will lose 101 games.  Now, they are a better team now than they were earlier this season, at least from an offensive stand point.  Giancarlo Stanton is healthy and Logan Morrison is being kept…

Favorite Braves List – #2 Starter

(Previous information on this series can be found here.) Favorite Braves List (so far) Ace Starter – Greg Maddux Catcher – Brian McCann First Base – Fred McGriff Second Base – Marcus Giles Favorite Braves List – #2 Starter John Smoltz Time to add to the Walk-Off Walk Favorite Braves roster with a starter capable of following Greg Maddux. While back in the day, a trusty left-hander seemed to be Maddux’s counterpart in the rotation,…

FUN-DA-MENTALS!

There is a misconception about SABR guys.  Seamheads don’t appreciate the fundamentals, they say.  “They” are idiots, but that’s nothing new.  SABR guys appreciate the basics of the game quite a good deal.  Hell, they even went so far to create things that attempt the quantify someone’s base-running ability beyond just stolen bases.  After all, the ability to steal bases is only a minor part of base-running. In the recent series against the Washington Nationals,…

What to do with Paul Maholm?

Before his own injury and even before Tim Hudson‘s horrific injury, there was a decent amount of trade talk on what to do with the starting rotation.  Specifically, what to do with Paul Maholm.  Since starting the year with a tremendous three starts that suddenly had Braves fans wondering if they had a late bloomer in their rotation, Maholm has went downhill.  In 17 starts since opening the year with 20.1 scoreless innings, Maholm has…

Negative Nelly Time: Bullpen Concerns

The bullpen has been dominant. That’s been clear and no team has felt that dominance more than the Washington Nationals.  As far as run prevention goes, Atlanta entered Wednesday’s action with a 2.39 ERA.  The Royals are second at 2.85.  Least I don’t bring up a better run prevention number.  Their FIP is 3.04.  The A’s are second at 3.21.  They aren’t a great K/8 pen, only 11th, and they’re in the middle of the…