Posts for : July 2017

The Freeman-To-Third 120 Inning Checkup

Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter I hated the idea of moving an elite first baseman to third base. It’s difficult enough to play third base, but to chance your franchise cornerstone at a position he seemed unlikely to play at a decent rate? Why in the world would you do something like that? Just because he suggested it? Who’s running the team? And yes, I put a few of these arguments on this blog. I…

TOT – The OTHER Teixeira Deal

Chris J. Nelson (CC SA 3.0), via Wikipedia Commons Transaction of Today…July 29, 2008 – The Atlanta Braves traded Mark Teixeira to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Stephen Marek (minors) and Casey Kotchman. It was the moment that the Braves resigned themselves to admit that their swing-for-the-fence effort the previous July failed. On this day nine years ago, the Braves sent the dynamic first baseman, Mark Teixeira, to the Angels for a pitifully…

Saturday Stats Pack: Kemp, Vizcaino, Acuna, Soroka

Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter Matt Kemp Is Double Play City We quantify everything nowadays. It’s not enough to count each instance of a double play. We now have Weighted Grounded Into Double Plays. What this number tries to do is not only count the number of times a player grounds into double play, but also credit the times that he doesn’t. It’s used in fWAR, by the way. Unsurprisingly, the best at this…

Walk-Off Talk 1.8: The Trading Deadline Extravaganza

(Stephen Tolbert and Ryan Cothran have joined me, Tommy Poe, for a conversation on Braves’ targets for the trading deadline.) Tommy: It’s the final weekend before the Non-Waiver Trading Deadline and the Atlanta Braves are in the middle of scores of rumors. Atlanta has already completed two trades as they pull off the shocker and find a new home for the well-liked, well-regarded, well-travelled, well-named Chaz Roe. Oh, and they traded Jaime Garcia, too. But…

Some Thoughts on Jaime Garcia and Sonny Gray

Yesterday the Braves traded Jaime Garcia to the Minnesota Twins in the most expected deal in human history. Atlanta and Minnesota had been talking seriously for at least four days now and Atlanta was so sure something was going to happen, they significantly altered Aaron Blair’s schedule this week so he could take Garcia’s spot in the rotation if he was dealt. Well yesterday afternoon they finally completed the deal, and while the trade itself…

Transaction Tuesday: Braves Lose Player to the Air Force

After a big week of promotions to report the last time I did this, the last seven days were more about the weird (lots of player movement for procedural purposes) and the unusual (a player going on military leave) than well-earned promotions – though there were a couple. *The moves covered in this edition of Transaction Tuesday cover July 18 to July 24. A number in parenthesis represents the player’s ranking in the midseason WOW…

Scouting Report – Huascar Ynoa

Yesterday, the Braves traded Jaime Garcia to the Twins – along with Anthony Recker and a bag of money – and acquired Huascar Ynoa. Stephen Tolbert did a tremendous job going over the trade. Today’s focus is on Ynoa, though. Here is a scouting report on the young pitcher. Jon Tarr – YouTube Player: Huascar Ynoa Date of Scouting Report: 7/25/17 by Tommy Poe Position: Pitcher Bats: Right Throws: Right Age: 19 How Acquired: Trade,…