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Walk-Off Walk

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Oh, Jair…

After getting lit up yet again, it is time for the Atlanta Braves to Kawakami Jair Jurrjens and give up on this dream that he will get it back.  Not to get into a hyperbolic sermon that the media typically goes to in efforts to make more out of a game/series than needs to be made, but today’s game and this weekend series with the Nationals was pretty big.  After the magical Friday victory and…

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An Odd Friday Night

I don’t usually care to sit here and talk about how awesome it is to be a fan.  There is a place for that, but that’s not my blog.  I’d prefer to analyze players, question Fredi Gonzalez’s choices, and talk about random prospects that probably get no play anywhere else.  I’ll leave the fandom to the amazing Lauren at Love My Bravos. Usually. However, tonight was different.  Just a lot.  Coming into what has to…

Random Prospect of the Day – Joe Leonard

Random Prospect of the Day – Joe Leonard

Time to get back to the offensive side of the Braves’ prospects with the random number #82 under the offensive stats minor league page at baseball-reference to get today’s choice…Joe Leonard. I love using photos from the Hillcats mainly because that’s the franchise I grew up around and plus…every other minor league affiliate uniform is the same. At least the green-and-gold is different. Leonard is a big boy.  His minor-league profile has him at 6’5″…

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The Starting Rotation: Most Disappointing in 20 Years

This blog post seems oddly timed after Mike Minor gave me the old “screw you” for my comments the other day by throwing six fairly solid innings against the San Francisco Giants before the bullpen was destroyed by Brandon Crawford and Gregor Blanco (12 homers in over 1600 plate appearances between the two).  Nevertheless, one game does not change the fact that the argument can be made that no starting rotation has been more frustrating…

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Favorite Braves List – Ace

(Previous information about this list can be found here.) Favorite Braves List (so far) CA – Brian McCann 1B – Fred McGriff To keep this list from dragging on from position-to-position, from now on, there will be a pitcher added to the team followed by a position player.  And unlike position players, there are no honorable mentions for most of the pitchers.  After all, while they may not be the ace of the starting staff,…

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Ben Sheets: First Impressions

I left the house at 1:30 this afternoon for some father/daughter time, though the off-and-on rain put a damper on that.  Still, after some fun, we got back around 5:00 in time to send the wife to work and get dinner ready for the munchkin before bed time.  Then…it was to the TV and lovely DVR recording of the Mets/Braves.  Ben Sheets was superb and that goes beyond just the numbers, which were excellent at…

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Mike Minor Over Randall Delgado? RLY?

Updated: 10:30 PM, 7/15 – Dr. Brave at Chopnation brought something to my attention that I forgot in my haste to complain about this move.  Demoting Mike Minor would likely exhaust his options and force the Braves (and any team they possibly trade him to) into a tough decision if Minor plays himself into a demotion at a later date.  When you look at it that way and with Randall Delgado not exactly setting the…