The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

While one-half of the season would truly be 81 games, Atlanta enters the break at 95 games. 54 times, the Braves were victors while 41 times saw the final out recorded with the Braves behind.  There have been eleven shutouts by teams facing the Braves and seven times, Atlanta shut out the opponents.  Eleven different times, the score was tied after nine innings, forcing the Braves into overtime where they won seven games.  Fourteen different…

Stock Report: Midseason Edition (Part 2 of 3)

Relief Pitchers (continued) Eric O’Flaherty 2013 Salary: $4,320,000 2014 Status: Free Agent For four years, O’Flaherty had proven himself to be a stellar left-hand option out of the bullpen, most noticeably during a tremendous 2011 run where he finished with an 0.98 ERA over 73.2 innings.  However, with his velocity down and pain increasing, O’Flaherty hit the DL and the news was delivered that he would undergo Tommy John surgery and his season was over. …

Freddie Freeman’s Breakout First Half

I haven’t been big on All-Star voting for probably five years or so.  It lost its complete appeal to me when it went online and people voted 200 times for every player on their team.  I’m probably wrong, but it seemed like people cared more when I was younger for who they voted for.  Now, it’s stuff-the-ballot for guys who have missed the entire season. With that in mind, I wasn’t too heartbroken to see…

Fun With Lineups

Fredi Gonzalez LOVES lineups. It’s one of his most favorite things in the world, next to poor bullpen management and sitting on the bench with a look of bewilderment every time the opposing team scores. He loves lineups so much he has used 63 different ones entering Thursday’s game and only used the same one five times and that’s not including the pitcher so it’s only the top eight. Guy freaking loves the strategery that…

The Best (and Worst) of June

Last year, after every month, I looked at some mostly useless monthly splits stats to give the best and worst awards for pitchers, position hitters, and a rookie of the month.  So, let’s get back at it.  Rookie of the Month Julio Teheran – Evan Gattis‘s injury opened this one up a little easier for Teheran, but it’s difficult to believe Teheran wouldn’t have won it outright.  Teheran finished June with 10.3 K/9 and 1.1…

The Best (and Worst) of July

Atlanta finished July by tying their season best of seven consecutive wins.  That streak allowed them to close the book on July with a season-best 18-8 record.  Sadly, the Nats were only one game worse than that record so Atlanta didn’t gain much on the Nationals for the month, though they were able to open a lead in the second Wild Card spot.  Not to spoil anyone’s fun, but the Cardinals have been one of…

Favorite Braves List – First Base

(Previous information about this list can be found here.) Favorite Braves List (so far) Catcher – Brian McCann A few weeks ago, I began what should be a recurring list over the summer – My Favorite Braves of All-Time.  Brian McCann was an easy choice and today, we head over to first base.  This position was ultimately an easy choice (much like catcher), though I imagine we will start getting tougher choices with the rest…