Posts by: Stephen Tolbert

There’s Something Weird Happening with the Braves

The Braves are in a good spot. A 6.5 game lead with 13 games to play is just about as good as anyone could’ve reasonably hoped for or expected back in March. What looked to be a difficult division back in the spring has turned into one of the easier divisions in baseball. Washington and Philadelphia have both fallen off considerably while the Mets crashed and burned a while ago. When you combine those things…

The Braves Address a Weakness

The Braves today acquired 1B Lucas Duda from Kansas City for cash considerations. The Braves have struggled all year with RH pitching and needed a LH bench bat not named Ryan Flaherty. Lucas Duda hits RH pitching and is a LH bench bat. He’s also not Ryan Flaherty. So you can see the appeal. Duda’s 118 wRC+ against RHs is actually now one of the best on the team, which is why they needed to…

Braves Trade for Jonny Venters

Not long after Atlanta got torched by the Dodgers 8-2 on Thursday night, Alex Anthopoulos decided to make his first move of the trade deadline season. The Braves official Twitter account just sent this: The Atlanta #Braves today acquired LHP Jonny Venters from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for an international signing slot. Venters, 33, went 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA (6 ER/14.0 IP) in 22 games, one start, for Tampa Bay this season.…

The Braves Should Still Trade for Mike Moustakas

The Braves could still use a third baseman. I know what your thinking. Probably something like “have you seen what Johan Camargo is doing?” Yes, I have and it’s been awesome to watch. If you follow me on Twitter, you know I’ve been tweeting about Johan a lot lately. The improvements he’s made in critical areas has been nothing short of amazing and he probably deserves his own post soon. Camargo currently has a 120…

WalkOff Talk: The Starting Rotation

In the year of our Lord 2018, the Atlanta Braves are just out of first place in the NL East. Despite an offseason that pointed mostly to 2019 as the most likely year for the Braves to contend, the guys who actually play the games didn’t get the memo. Offensively, Freddie Freeman has been his typical MVP self. Ozzie Albies is on something like a 50 HR pace. Nick Markakis thinks it’s 2010 and Ronald Acuna Jr…

Let’s Talk About Nick Markakis

It’s May 4th, the Braves are in first place and Nick Markakis is leading the team in WAR. We’re just going to process that sentence for second before moving on. OK. Nick Markakis has been amazing this year. Like, legitimately amazing. He spent his age 31, 32, and 33 seasons being replacement level so this at age 34 is, well, kind of shocking. We are only 6 weeks in, so all the small sample qualifiers…

Let’s Make a Move

The 2018 Atlanta Braves are good. That’s just the reality right now. Whether it continues that way or not is a separate discussion. You can make the argument either way, but what’s undisputed is they’re 17-11 and half a game back. What’s also undisputed is this is clearly the most talented team the Braves have fielded in the last 4 years. It makes sense that they’re good. But as we all know, good isn’t perfect…