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Walk-Off Walk

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Has anyone used the “Braves offense is offensive” tagline yet?

The Braves can’t hit. We all know it, we’ve all seen it, and we are all pissed off about it. Last season, the Braves finished fourth in the National League in runs scored. This season, they are just two runs scored ahead of the Padres for next to last. And they trail 13th in RS by nearly 20 runs. So, they aren’t scoring. But why?  Well, there is only a couple of changes from last…

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The Elbow Ligament Curse

Over the last several weeks, injuries have continue to mount for the Atlanta Braves. First, it was Kris Medlen. Shortly after being labeled an ace by a couple of writers, Meds went down and would need a second Tommy John. It was only a few days later when Brandon Beachy followed suit. By the end of spring training, Cory Gearrin was next in Dr. James Andrews’ waiting room. What the hell is going on? Only…

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Simmons Gets a Seven-Year Itch

So, on Tuesday, I wrote that I did not think the likelihood was strong that Andrelton Simmons and the Braves would come to an agreement on an extension that both felt benefited each side.  I ended the article by saying this. Though…I didn’t think Craig Kimbrel would get an extension so tomorrow, we might know about an extension for Simmons. In my defense, it came two days later. For those living under a rock, Simmons inked a…

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See ya, Mat!

I love low-risk, post-hype sleeper guys.  Mat Gamel was one of those guys.  A former top prospect for the Brewers organization, Gamel first reached the majors in 2008 at the age of 22.  He would get his first extended taste of the majors the following season, slashing .242/.338/.422 in 148 PA.  Unfortunately for Gamel, that has been the most plate appearances he has ever received in the majors. While he has never hit that well…

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My Buddy!

This is how bad the Braves pitching was in 2007. Chuck James, Kyle Davies, Jo-Jo Reyes, Lance Cormier, and Mark Redman made a combined 71 starts.  Those five suck.  I don’t mean to demean their efforts, but damn, they were awful.  Redman only made five starts and do you realize how bad those five starts were?  Worthless bugger gave up 29 runs.  Oh, I won’t cheat you, Mark.  Only 28 of them were earned. Something…

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Is Andrelton’s Extension Coming Soon?

Suddenly, Atlanta is the home of contract extensions.  After committing over $200M to four players, Atlanta has avoided the year-to-year arbitration process with some of the core of their team and if you are to believe the many articles released recently, the Braves are not done.  After all, only two pitchers are signed past 2014.  The left side of the infield is currently not signed after 2014, either.  For some reason, the Braves have a…

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A Look Back: 2008 Draft

Before my second daughter’s birth, I began a series that analyzed the impact, or lack thereof, of the recent amateur draft classes for the Atlanta Braves organization.  Beginning with the 2012 draft, I followed the outcomes of four different years.  If you would like to look back at those articles, you can do so by clicking one of the following links:  2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009. Today, let’s continue it with the fifth addition to…