Twitter Feed: July 25

I don’t like the way the first two editions of this column have looked so let’s try a different way.  As always, follow me @WalkOffWalk1. -Courtesy of Bill Shaikin, Harris Poll recently conducted their yearly poll on Most Popular MLB franchises.  Atlanta held their customary third spot for the fourth consecutive season, finishing behind the Yankees and Red Sox (who have also been consistently #1 and #2).  The Mets and Phillies are also in the…

Post-Hudson Deadline Plans: Guest

My friend Bryce is back with a column on what the Braves could do after the injury to Tim Hudson.  He contends that Atlanta should go all-in.  However, I worry because the last time he talked about trading a Brave, that guy got hurt. ——————————— The Braves will likely claim they are comfortable with their current starting pitching options. They will have Brandon Beachy returning to take Hudson’s slot in the rotation and will likely…

Has Kris Medlen Pitched Himself to the Bullpen?

It’s difficult to be down on Kris Medlen.  After all, at this time last year, he still hadn’t been moved to the rotation.  From July 31st to the end of the season, Medlen took the ball 12 times as a starter and for two months, he was an ace-quality performer.  He picked up a pair of complete games, including a five-hit shutout against the Padres and an even better outing against the Rockies.  On September…

Are Innings a Concern?

You can’t avoid it.  From people harping on how inning limits are an absurd waste of time from other people warning of increased innings on young pitchers leading to worrisome injuries, there is no way to skate past talking about how many innings the young starters are throwing. For some, the concern is minimal.  After all, Tim Hudson is no longer a young man and being on pace for 198 innings after 179 last year…

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…

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…