Posts for : May 2014

A little bit on a Memorial Day loss

Today’s loss stung a little. Up 6-1 on the reeling Boston Red Sox, losers of ten straight, the Braves had the game well in hand as they entered the fifth. However, Ervin Santana nibbled and got into a bases loaded situation that began with a two-out walk to Daniel Nava. Santana got ahead of Dustin Pedroia, but served up a meatball that Pedroia ripped to left for a pair of runs. David Ortiz followed with…

Roger McDowell Deserves More Credit

Last offseason, the Phillies tried to raid the Braves coaching staff, talking to Roger McDowell. A former member of the Phillies during parts of three seasons, McDowell was offered an undisclosed amount of money from Philly that was more than the Braves were paying him. Atlanta was face with the possibility of needing a new pitching coach, but acted positively to keep McDowell, increasing his salary and inking him to a new two-year contract. After…

The Surprising Career of Andy Marte

My friend Bryce has written a couple of columns for me here and recently sought my thoughts on Cubs third-baseman Mike Olt. The 25 year-old is getting his first prolonged experience in the majors after the Cubs got him from the Rangers last trading deadline and is hitting .175/.254/.430 entering Saturday’s action. The power is real (it’s damn real) with nine homers out of 20 hits. But the strikeouts are plentiful and even “moneyball nerds”…

Random Prospect Sunday: Andry Ubiera

Last week, I brought back Random Prospect Sunday with Phil Gosselin. This week, we go to the mound with a young righthander from the Dominican Republic who could become the Braves’ next big international star. Or not. That’s the nature of prospects after all. Andry Ubiera was born on May 22, 1993 out of San Pedro de Macoris. In Flushing that day, Dwight Gooden out-pitched John Smoltz as the Mets took down the Braves 6-1…

1995 Reflections: Eugene Emeralds

Last Saturday, I started to look at the “Other” Braves teams of 1995, the season that brought a World Championship to Atlanta. I am moving up the ladder after opening with the Danville Braves and will head to the other coast to look at the Eugene Emeralds. Wait, we had a team in Oregon? It didn’t last long. The Braves experimented with the idea of a short-season A-ball team, largely built of college draftees. In…

One Weird Night Involving a Big Cat and Backup Catcher-Pitcher

The Braves open a series with the Rockies tonight and it made me recall one of my favorite Braves/Rockies matchups from the summer of 2000. Playing the middle of a three game series, the Braves were in a close divisional race with the Mets, a race they would win by one game. Colorado, under the stewardship of Buddy Bell, was trying to get back to .500 in a season they would finish with just two…

Do We Still Hate Ryan Doumit?

As Braves fans tend to do, the overreaction to Ryan Doumit‘s slow start were almost immediate. Doumit, who had OPS’d over .800 three times in his career (most recently in 2011, his last season in the NL), struggled to open the season with the Braves. After a strikeout in his only at-bat on May 9th against the Cubs, Doumit was slashing a miserable .171/.194/.366. I read from a few twitter folks about how Frank Wren…