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Walk-Off Walk

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Negative Nelly Time: Bullpen Concerns

The bullpen has been dominant. That’s been clear and no team has felt that dominance more than the Washington Nationals.  As far as run prevention goes, Atlanta entered Wednesday’s action with a 2.39 ERA.  The Royals are second at 2.85.  Least I don’t bring up a better run prevention number.  Their FIP is 3.04.  The A’s are second at 3.21.  They aren’t a great K/8 pen, only 11th, and they’re in the middle of the…

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View From the Rock: Scouting Ayala, Kimbrel, Wood

Bryce is back with some scouting reports on a few Braves pitchers.  A car accident can’t keep him down!  I’ve seen pictures of the car and I’m happy Bryce and his mother weren’t more hurt than they were considering how bad the car looked.  Bryce is a former pitcher and has a real eye for scouting them.     Less than 24 hours removed from a significant car accident, I am back. I bet you’re…

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Once a Brave, Always a Brave – AL East

…excluding John Rocker. I think I am clear that I love having a regular series to write about.  Random Prospects, Random Ex-Braves, Favorite Braves List, the now defunct Twitter Feed (better in the offseason)…suffice it to say, I like having ongoing segments because, mainly, it takes out the difficulty of trying to be creative.  As a stay-at-home dad with a second kid on the way, I can’t always be a creative master. So, in the…

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August 7: My Day

I don’t talk too much about myself here because frankly, this blog is about the Braves.  However, because it’s August 7th, this blog, for a day, becomes about the Braves and me.  You see, today is my birthday and I’m forced to ask…how do the Braves play on my Name Day? In 1982, I was born.  Had I been born about an hour earlier, I would have been an August 6th baby.  However, the seventh…

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Wait, What?

Sometimes, you miss little subtle things in the numbers.  Time to find them and say “wait, what?  He’s doing what?” Freddie Freeman – Ranked Fifth in fWAR For all of the talk, and there was a lot, that the man who lives by Hug Life was the fifth or sixth best option at first base in the National League and not close to being a worthwhile All-Star, Freeman is currently fifth among all players at…

Random Ex-Brave: Tim Spehr

Random Ex-Brave: Tim Spehr

As I discussed in the first one, using random.org, I find a player from the past that we probably have forgotten.  While there is a chance that a player is randomly chosen by year and alphabetic placement on a roster could be an All-Star, there is a bigger chance that the player is a middle reliever or a failed prospect or, like in today’s edition, a journeyman whose Braves career lasted eight games. Tim Spehr…

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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…