Spring Training Preview: Starting Pitching

Though the season is 83 days away and the hyper-active Braves could possibly deal and/or sign a starter, which seems likely, I have to start the spring training previews some time so here we go. While they lacked the star power of past rotations, the Braves had a nice and productive starting staff in 2014. When compared to the rest of the league, the Braves had the fifth best ERA, the sixth lowest FIP, and…

Random Ex-Brave: Jair Jurrjens

There was a time where the Braves witnessed the rise-and-fall of several starting pitchers. Their names are almost synonymous with a time when the Braves were just trying to contend for division titles and not much else. In slightly more than 300 innings, Chuck James went from not-really-a-prospect to internet-sensation-with-Chuck-Norris-related-memes to finally becoming the five-innings-and-get-the-pen-in guy. Eventually, he actually got worse. Another lefty, Horacio Ramirez, had a similar rise-and-fall that I profiled in this series…

The Oddest Winter Meetings in Braves History

Yesterday, baseball kicked off its yearly winter meetings as general managers and officials from all 30 teams met in San Diego, along with agents and assorted players looking to get signed. It’s at the winter meetings where a month of conversation goes from the theoretical to reality or where the need to make a quick deal can be struck. It’s an exciting time or was the MLB Network hype machine about this week not enough…

Interesting Rule 5 Guys

The Rule 5 draft rarely hurts the team losing the player and rarely does much for the team gaining the player. The Atlanta Braves last drafted a player in the Rule 5 in 2011, picking up lefty Robert Fish from the Angels. While Fish was kept as the Angels weren’t that interested in getting him back for the second straight year (he was a Rule 5 choice the year before), the former sixth rounder never…

Notes: Medlen, Gattis

I don’t want to get too bogged down with current news while I still have two posts to write about where the Braves stand with the left side of the infield and the outfield, but I felt these little snip-its were important enough to discuss. First, DOB reports the Braves are at least kicking the tires on bringing back Kris Medlen for 2015. DOB says “it’s believed” that a return for Medlen is an option,…

WOW’s Offseason Look at: Starting Pitching

In Atlanta, starting pitching is kind of our thing. When we’re good, its good. When we’re bad, it’s usually damn awful. When we’re not good or bad, the starting pitching usually is what is keeping us from being bad. As was the case last season when the Braves starting pitching finished tied for sixth in K/9 and sixth in FIP while tossing the second most innings. Not that there weren’t issues to speak of, but…

Guess who’s back (back again)

Oddly, I keep coming back to the blogosphere as if it’s something I am committed to. I think I just like the idea that my words have meaning. After all, here they are. On the internet and everything. So…yeah. Been a busy month or so in Atlanta. First, after the Braves were rudely informed that the 2014 playoffs wasn’t something they needed to worry themselves with, general manager Frank Wren was fired along with his…