Transaction Tuesday: Ruiz, Gohara, Jackson, and poor poor Freddie

Last week’s update included a surprising amount of transactions involving the major league squad – zero. This week was not nearly as quiet. Prepare for an epic journey through the system. A note on this report – moves referenced today took place between May 16 and May 22. Taxi Squad refers to a Braves minor league team “sending” a player to Danville just to get him off the active roster. In most cases, the player will…

Braves Sign James Loney

By Keith Allison [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons I was in the middle of writing a (longer) article on what the Braves should do in the Freddie Freeman-less present, but Atlanta decided to keep me from polishing it up by announcing what their plans were. The Braves have signed former Dodger and Ray James Loney. The now 33-year-old also has played for the Red Sox (he did?) and most recently the Mets last season.…

What Happened? – The 2017 Braves Story (Part 1 of 2)

By Arturo Pardavila III [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Even if the Atlanta Braves were not ready to be legitimate contenders for a Wild Card slot, they were supposed to a better than 11-20 through the first 31 games with a -35 score differential. People expected a team resembling the one that won 31 of its final 56 games and why not? Bonifide major league veterans like…

Braves Front Office Could Use Crash-Course in BABIP

(Ryan Cothran has joined the Walk-Off Walk team and I want to thank him for his contributions – both with this article and in the future. Be sure to follow Ryan on Twitter.) It was a few days back when I dropped a tweet and, for a lack of a better term, received what seemed at the time, some scorn from someone I respect quite a bit. First off, let’s get this out of the…

Monday Roundup: Steals, Colon, Jaime Garcia’s Disappearing Sinker

After winning just once the previous week, the Braves rolled into the final seven days of April looking to rebound and cut into their 6-12 record. They did that with some big offensive explosions along the way. The week began with a long break. A scheduled off day after escaping Philadelphia allowed the Braves to lick their wounds. That was followed by a postponement as rain kept the Braves from opening a three-game set in…

Monday Roundup: Losing Streak, Bench Issues, O’Flaherty’s Sinker

It’s been quite awhile since I last updated this blog. Life and all have played a factor as it tends to do. But let’s move on with this week’s recap and three things to keep in mind for this upcoming week of baseball. Arturo Pardavila III on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) (CC 2.0) via Wikipedia Commons April 17, 5-4 WIN vs. Padres The week got off to a promising start as the Braves finished…

Monday Roundup: Bad Innings Lead to Losing Streak

Spring training results are more about individual player performances, especially those competing for a job, than they are win-loss records. This week, the Braves had some big individual performances, but a few players have truly put themselves on the outside looking in after some bad outings. Here’s your Monday Roundup for the second week of spring training games. Chaz Roe struggled against the Tigers / Keith Allison on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) [CC BY-SA…