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Walk-Off Walk

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

While one-half of the season would truly be 81 games, Atlanta enters the break at 95 games. 54 times, the Braves were victors while 41 times saw the final out recorded with the Braves behind.  There have been eleven shutouts by teams facing the Braves and seven times, Atlanta shut out the opponents.  Eleven different times, the score was tied after nine innings, forcing the Braves into overtime where they won seven games.  Fourteen different…

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Trade Paul Maholm: Guest Column

Welcome to Walk-Off Walk’s first guest column.  My friend Bryce has offered his thoughts on a certain pitcher and if you don’t know who, please kindly read the title.  Anyway, please read and I have some comments below.  Maybe if you’re nice to Bryce, he will continue to add to the blog. —————————— The Atlanta Braves have what can only be conceived as an enviable situation on their hands as the July 31st non-waiver trade…

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Stock Report: Midseason Edition (Part 3 of 3)

Time to finish the midseason evaluation of the Braves roster and see where players might stand for 2014 based on what we know now. Infielders (continued) Chris Johnson 2013 Salary: $2,287,500 2014 Status: Arbitration-eligible for the Second Time In a season where at least half of the starting lineup has fell on its face, the throw-in during last offseason’s big trade with the Diamondbacks has took off.  He enters the break slashing .330/.370/.470 over 78…

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Stock Report: Midseason Edition (Part 2 of 3)

Relief Pitchers (continued) Eric O’Flaherty 2013 Salary: $4,320,000 2014 Status: Free Agent For four years, O’Flaherty had proven himself to be a stellar left-hand option out of the bullpen, most noticeably during a tremendous 2011 run where he finished with an 0.98 ERA over 73.2 innings.  However, with his velocity down and pain increasing, O’Flaherty hit the DL and the news was delivered that he would undergo Tommy John surgery and his season was over. …

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One Frank Would Like to Forget

On June 3rd, 2009, Frank Wren was in a panic.  The Braves were finishing a rough opening 52 games that saw them end the day at 26-26.  Jordan Schafer, who opened the season with a tremendous series against the Phillies, was hurt and his level of performance was reaching new lows.  He had just been placed on the DL and Gregor Blanco had been called up.  An offensive boost was needed for a team that…

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Stock Report: Midseason Edition (Part 1 of 3)

With Atlanta reaching the All-Star Break, the Braves have a lot to be thankful for.  A four-day break to hopefully get some of their outfielders healthy is chief among them.  In addition, it allows them the opportunity to evaluate the stock of their roster in preparation for trade considerations.  Today, I start a similar effort and over the next three days, we will go over 37 players, 35 who have played this season and two more that…

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Trade Targets: Javier Lopez, Joe Thatcher, Francisco Rodriguez

Time to keep looking at the bullpen and the possibilities there.  The other day, I talked about the prospect of trading for Oliver Perez and today, let’s continue with a three pack of pitchers that the Braves could be looking at.  Though, considering the way the series with the Reds has gone thus far, maybe the Braves focus should be in the outfield. Javier Lopez, San Francisco Giants No, not that Javy Lopez.  Sorry ladies.  Lopez…