Posts for : 2018

Can the Braves be 2018 Contenders? (Part 3 of 3)

Over the last couple of days, I published two different roster projections for the 2018 season. The first, referred to as the Realistic Model, tried to use conservative projections for successful campaigns. The result was a 77 or 78-win Braves squad. Essentially, there would be an improvement but only marginal. The second roster was the Optimistic Model. It was a fun look at the 2018 Braves if pretty much everything went right. We’ll leave the second…

Baby Braves Boxscore: June 15th, 2005

“The Atlanta Braves don’t rebuild…we Retool” It’s a saying that’s become synonymous with John Schuerholz, notorious even. A stream of nonsense that has now been buried, burned, and discarded by Alex Anthopoulos in what was once known as “The Braves Way”.  There’s most definitely a rebuild going on and no matter how anyone wants to phrase those words, the fans, media, and anyone that has a half a brain knows that’s what has happened these…

Atlanta’s Best Chance of Landing Christian Yelich

It appears the Marlins are going to trade Christian Yelich. Given how Yelich reacted to the trades of Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon, and the fact that Miami is about to enter a full rebuild, this probably shouldn’t come as a surprise. But anytime a player as young, and talented, and cost-controlled as Yelich comes on the market, we should take notice. It just doesn’t happen that often. And with the news coming…

Can the Braves Be 2018 Contenders (Part 2 of 3)

Yesterday, I attempted to build a realistic model of what the 2018 season might look like based on Steamer projections with minimal tweaks. Today, though, we are going to have fun with best-case possibilities. Today, my friends, we’ll take a swing at what an optimistic projection of the 2018 Braves may look like. Full disclosure – I’m not putting together a model that projects Dansby Swanson to hit .412 or Nick Markakis to hit 45…

Can the Braves Be 2018 Contenders (Part 1 of 3)

How far are the Braves from competing? Can this year be the year? Can they surprise the world? There is no answer to these questions – just gut feelings. I don’t do so well with that. Hi, my name is Tommy and I want the whole world quantified. I’m half-joking, but I did want to take a look over the next few days at how far the Braves are from competing and what are some…

2018 Preseason Top 50 Braves Prospects – #40-#31

We love this time of year. The NFL playoffs are reaching the end, college football is done, and nobody really cares about the regular season for basketball and hockey. You know it’s true. That leaves baseball, which is still a month away from spring training kicking off. Right now, everyone is a contender. Well, not the Marlins, but if you squint your eyes, everybody else could be a contender if everything went right. That does…

Quick Post: The Inconsistency of Julio Teheran

Julio Teheran has basically been an enigma from day one. Once the number one pitching prospect in all of baseball, Julio’s career can best be described as up and down. Since his first full season debut in 2013, here are his ERA/FIPs: 2013:  3.20/3.69 2014:   2.89/3.49 2015:  4.04/4.40 2016:   3.21/3.69 2017:  4.49/4.95   One year he’s an ace, the next he’s a back-of-the-rotation starter and everything in between. And we’ve all heard, read, and seen…