Posts for : June 2014

Trade Winds: The Hapless San Diego Padres

Like many teams this offseason, the San Diego Padres saw their payroll increase dramatically with the help of a new media deal. However, the bang for the buck has been miserable so far for the Padres. No offense has been anemic, even the Braves offense, and despite a park that helps produce great pitching, the Padres can’t keep the score low enough for their offense to score enough runs. Even though the Padres were not…

Random Ex-Brave: Javy Lopez

Very few catchers had a more memorable career with the Braves than Javy Lopez. A quiet man from Puerto Rico, Lopez became one of the best hitting catchers and clearly, from the attention from female Braves fans, great eye candy night in and night out. Recently elected to the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame, Lopez’s career seemed over far too early, but he remains a figure to compare all Braves catchers to. Typically, this random…

Favorite Braves List – #4 Starter

(Previous information on this series can be found here. Of importance, this is not a best list, but a favorites list since I started to follow the Braves. That limits options from 1991-to-now.) Favorite Braves List (so far) Ace Starter – Greg Maddux #2 Starter – John Smoltz #3 Starter – Tim Hudson Catcher – Brian McCann First Base – Fred McGriff Second Base – Marcus Giles Shortstop – Andrelton Simmons Third Base – Chipper…

Once a Brave, Always a Brave – AL West

It’s Tuesday which means it’s another chance to look around the league at former Braves and how they are performing. Today’s division is the AL West. Is anybody still struggling with the idea that Houston is in the AL West? Houston Astros P Paul Clemens – Much like last season, Clemens has been on the shuttle between Houston and Oklahoma City. Acquired in the Michael Bourn trade, Clemens was a an okay starter in the…

Trade Winds: The Gritty Arizona Diamondbacks

Last year, I would usually just pick a player or two who fit the profile of a guy they Braves might trade for. Even profiled Scott Downs before he was acquired (link). I’m going to change it up a little and instead look at teams that are in rebuild mode that could look to sell off assets. Let’s start with the disappointing Diamondbacks. After a 4-1 loss to the Giants in a rubber game of…

A Random Prospect Sunday Run-Down

My oldest running regular column since starting this blog is Random Prospect Sunday (or Random Prospect of the Day as I once called it despite it only being one day a week). Despite twice leaving this blog behind twice, I have brought back the column each time if only because I love the idea of writing about guys who rarely get much ink outside of game recaps. With that in mind, here is review of…

Why We Should Bat B.J. Upton Second (?)

So, I’m going to try to do the impossible and rationalize the decision to bat B.J. Upton in the two-spot. Let’s see…I need my Book of Baseball Traditions, a nine-sided dice, and a small blunt object to hit myself with that might make me think I’m a bunny. Excuse Reason #1: Upton is willing to take a walk. His 9.1 BB% is fourth on the team. This leads to the fourth most pitches per at-bats…