Posts for : 2018

Anibal Sanchez and His New Best Friend

When the Braves added Anibal Sanchez, there wasn’t an expectation for a long-term stint with the team. He was supposed to be a fill-in piece to bridge the gap before Luiz Gohara and/or Mike Soroka were ready to contribute. That is certainly not the case anymore. After a dozen games – and eleven starts – over the season’s first half, Sanchez is giving the Braves a consistent starter in a rotation that sometimes seems to struggle…

Can the Braves Keep Up their Momentum After the All-Star Break?

Taking a look at the first half and reflecting on the second A game and derby. The best of the best gather together during this one time in the year to show the rest of us common folk how amazing the game of baseball really is. With the midsummer classic nearly upon us, the Atlanta Braves have been on fire in the first half and have had more momentum before the All-Star break than they…

Random Prospect Sunday – Zack Soria

Sixteen days after the Atlanta Braves season ended against Tommy Greene, Mitch Williams, and the Philadelphia Phillies, a future Brave was born in Chicago. Born to Robert and Deborah Soria, Zack Soria is the oldest of three children. It didn’t take long for Soria to find the game of baseball. Almost since he learned to walk, Soria has had a ball, a bat, or a glove nearby. With any luck in his new career, that…

It’s Time for the Braves to “Shake Things Up”

Does lineup construction really matter? It’s a question that has been explored, debated, and argued for years. The data says it does, but only in a limited manner. The reason for that is simple – most managers will bat their best bats near the top of the order. We can quibble about the order they use, but building a lineup is one of the most overrated skills we think a manager should have. It’s just…

Who’d The Braves Get? – 2010 International Signings

(The International Signing Period started last week. While the Braves won’t be busy due to penalties, they will continue to sign free agents. I thought it was a good time to take a look back at some of the older international classes and see what they looked like. I’ve tried to be as accurate as possible. If you spot errors, let me know. Also, like the pic above? It came courtesy of Grant McAuley. Remember…

Interview with Atlanta Braves Outfielder Michael Reed

It’s been a long time coming for Atlanta Braves Outfielder, Michael Reed… …and for those unaware, Reed was promoted this afternoon in the midst of a flurry of moves from the Braves that came with Evan Phillips receiving his 2nd MLB stint (and hopefully MLB debut), Peter Moylan to the DL with a forearm strain (that’s actually quite serious and could be career threatening), and Matt Wisler optioned. This will not be Reed’s MLB debut…

Defense On The Rise

Oh, I’m alive. Started a new job which has kept me sidetracked a bit, but I’m alive. And as are the Braves. Despite an underwhelming series against the Orioles, the Braves are still in first place. We always hear about the reasons for that – the team’s offense has been mostly pretty good. The starting staff, led by Sean Newcomb and Mike Foltynewicz, has improved. Even the bullpen, minus a terrible outing the other night,…