Posts for : March 2015

Roster Prediction: Where the 25 Stand (March 22 Edition)

Another week in and some new changes to the roster for the third edition of “Where the 25 Stand.” For previous editions, you can click here or here. Starting Rotation 1. Julio Teheran 2. Alex Wood 3. Shelby Miller 4. Wandy Rodriguez (up from #5 starter) 5. Eric Stults (downgraded to #5) My Take? No one has outpitched Wandy so far in camp so it’s not difficult to understand why he’s already just about claimed the…

New for 2015: OOTP

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know how I appreciate having regular series. I benefit from a schedule and like to map out 3 or 4 articles a couple of weeks in advance that basically give me an outline to stick to. This allows me to keep churning out material when the team isn’t giving me a lot to write about. So, I fall back on series like Random Ex-Brave, Random…

Profiling the Braves: Bobby Cox

In today’s article for the About.com blog, I looked at the career of Bobby Cox. Did you know he played for the Richmond Braves? Well, cool, but it slipped my mind. As did the postseason collapse of the Blue Jays in Cox’s final season with them. We all have different thoughts on Cox. Some believe he was the best manager in baseball and part of Atlanta’s problem now is that he’s not managing. Others think…

Braves Roster Beat: March 18

Well, losing 12-5 is never a happy occasion. But it’s spring training and you are less concerned about the score of the game and more intrigued by what players battling for roster spots do. In this game, we had both the pluses and the negatives. Michael Foltynewicz pitched fairly well for the first time this spring while Kelly Johnson looked like the player who deserves my conditional love. On the flipside, James Russell can’t get…

Alex Wood Is a Force

Not getting any run support has to be tough on a pitcher. We statheads get a bad rap because some people believe we think players are thoughtless, lifeless voids playing as if they were computers. This is a ridiculous viewpoint, but it still seems to be the prevailing thought as if statistical analysis somehow negates the sense that baseball players are, ya know, human beings. For instance, it must be tough on a pitcher to…

Braves Roster Beat: March 17 (About.com)

Added a new article at the About.com page looking at today’s game. Christian Bethancourt continues to hit while Chris Johnson continues to struggle. We also saw Shelby Miller not at his best, but still good enough to keep a powerful offense scoreless. It was a great outing for the Braves and for more, please read the article.

What Does Options Even Mean? A Baseball Primer (About.com)

One of the most misunderstood aspects of the business of baseball is options. When players like Jose Peraza get optioned to Gwinnett, sometimes we just don’t understand what that really means. This article attempts to explain what options are, when they are used, and how they might affect the decisions the Braves must make over the next few weeks. Should we keep Zoilo Almonte and Eury Perez to avoid exposing them to waivers over Joey…