Posts by: Tommy Poe

Tommy Poe has been writing about the Atlanta Braves since he was a teenager. He has also contributed to OutfieldFlyRule.com and ran the Atlanta Braves page for About.com. He lives in Virginia with his two daughters, two dogs, two cats, and six rabbits.

Website: http://walkoffwalk.net

How I Learned to Love Carp

Relievers are a funny breed.  Sometimes, a failed minor league starter/swingman like Jonny Venters or Luis Avilan suddenly becomes one of the most dependable arms in a bullpen.  Other times, a formerly good major league pitcher like Chris Hammond becomes an uberly good performer.  Or a waiver claim turns into Eric O’Flaherty.  You never know where an arm may come from. When the Cardinals selected David Carpenter with their 12th round selection in 2006, they…

Random Prospect of the Day: Alex Wilson

Time for the latest installment in my award-winning series, Random Prospect of the Day.  What award has this series won?  That’s not important.  Why is it called “of the Day” when it only comes out Sunday?  Also not important.  Now, let’s get to know a middle reliever for the Rome Braves. Before my last Random Prospect, I went over two true prospects who could both be in the Top Ten in the organization, but the…

Lineup Optimization: Does It Even Matter?

On July 27th, Fredi Gonzalez “succumbed” to…public pressure? Frank Wren? His wife?  After 61 games with Andrelton Simmons as the leadoff hitter, including the six games before the decision was made, Gonzalez wrote a new name in the leadoff spot – Jason Heyward.  On the face of it, it was a confusing choice for some.  Heyward is 6’5″ and 240 pounds of a hybrid of a gazelle and Ken Griffey Jr., not a 5’10” spark-plug…

Trade Target: Placido Polanco

According to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, a few of the first players to be placed on waivers with a trade in mind were reported.  One of the most interesting players so far, at least for Atlanta, is Placido Polanco.  As a Braves fan, I hated him as a Cardinal, despised him as a Phillie, and forgot that he played in Detroit at some point.  He signed a one year, $2.75M contract before the season…

The Best (and Worst) of July

Whoops.  Forgot to hand out the Walk-Off Walk awards for July on Thursday so this is a bit overdue.  It was a fairly successful month for the Braves as they went 15-11, though it ended a lot better than the record indicated as they started a lengthy win streak toward the end of the month.  The offense exploded with his best month of the season and while the pitching struggled at times, especially the rotation,…

Evan Gattis: The Book Is Out

The story The tale The legend of Evan Gattis is easily available.  The conquering of the personal demons that derailed his career followed up with video game numbers that he put up in the minors last year and a dash of a Venezualan Winter League run that gave him a catchy name…when you tell your children that you can do anything you set your mind to, Evan Gattis is the example.  Add in all of…

On the Road Again

After a very successful home-stand, Atlanta hits the road today for a six game road trip with stops in Philadelphia and Washington D.C.  It’s a chance to bury the Phillies and Nationals a little more.  As if a 11.5 game lead wasn’t enough. However, are the Braves snake-bit on the road?  Is this a problem or an odd in-season anomaly? Atlanta got off to a good start away from Turner Field, winning seven straight with…