Posts for : May 2014

A Better Win-Loss Record

The popularity of #killthewin was easy to understand and support. For too long, win-loss records have been cited as some kind of reflection of a pitcher’s abilities. In 2010, Phil Hughes, the shining example of mediocre, finished 18-8 while Felix Hernandez, while posting a 2.27 ERA, finished 13-12. Hughes’ New York Yankees finished with 95 wins while King Felix’s Mariners won 61. Interestingly, at least to me, Hughes got the win in 19% of the…

A Look Back: 2007 Draft

We’re coming up on the June draft so now was a good time to dust off my series on looking back on recent drafts and seeing what players have made good on the Braves’ investment and the many that have not.  So far, I have looked at five different drafts from 2008 to 2012. Today, my focus will be on the 2007 draft, a draft that yielded few major league talents, but the ones that…

Random Prospect Sunday: Phil Gosselin

Over the last two summers, I have tried to pay attention to the non-prospects with this column. With the help of random.org’s number generator, I would get a random number that would help me land on a player in the Braves system. I called the column “Random Prospect of the Day,” which didn’t make a bunch of sense considering I only did the column once a week on Sundays. With that in mind, I’m going…

1995 Reflections: Danville Braves

Maybe because the Braves have been so abysmal lately scoring runs, I started to think of the last time the Braves actually looked good. Certainly the Braves have looked “good” since 1995, but they certainly haven’t won it all since. Nineteen years ago, the Braves defeated the Cleveland Indians for their first World Series title in Atlanta.  It was supposed to be the first of many titles, but ultimately, it was their only one of…

Has anyone used the “Braves offense is offensive” tagline yet?

The Braves can’t hit. We all know it, we’ve all seen it, and we are all pissed off about it. Last season, the Braves finished fourth in the National League in runs scored. This season, they are just two runs scored ahead of the Padres for next to last. And they trail 13th in RS by nearly 20 runs. So, they aren’t scoring. But why?  Well, there is only a couple of changes from last…