Making Sense of Yesterday’s Roster & Lineup Decisions

G-Braves Media It was already going to be a big day as far as major league debuts go, but the surprising afternoon news of another new addition to the list of players to play in the bigs was a bit confusing at first. The decision to bring Ozzie Albies to the major leagues yesterday was given some context as the day went on. Albies WAS NOT brought to the majors for an injury. He WAS…

The Freeman-To-Third 120 Inning Checkup

Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter I hated the idea of moving an elite first baseman to third base. It’s difficult enough to play third base, but to chance your franchise cornerstone at a position he seemed unlikely to play at a decent rate? Why in the world would you do something like that? Just because he suggested it? Who’s running the team? And yes, I put a few of these arguments on this blog. I…

Saturday Stats Pack: Kemp, Vizcaino, Acuna, Soroka

Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter Matt Kemp Is Double Play City We quantify everything nowadays. It’s not enough to count each instance of a double play. We now have Weighted Grounded Into Double Plays. What this number tries to do is not only count the number of times a player grounds into double play, but also credit the times that he doesn’t. It’s used in fWAR, by the way. Unsurprisingly, the best at this…

Monday Recap: Sweep, Buying/Selling, Early Freeman at 3B Metrics

Welcome to this week’s quick Monday Recap. With just three games to review because of the All-Star Break, we won’t have to spend too much time on them. Want to point out a few things before we look back at the week that just concluded. We posted our Midseason Top 50 Prospects last week with contributors Ryan Cothran and Stephen Tolbert pitching in. Ryan’s been with WOW for awhile now, but Tolbert recently joined. He’s…

The Great Run Differential Debate

As the Braves polished off the Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon, ESPN’s Dan Szymborski took to twitter. Things quickly went nutty from there. Braves are at .500! With a similar run differential to the Mets, White Sox, Pirates, and Angels. So…yeah… — Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) July 16, 2017 Ignoring the “So…yeah…” at the end, the tweet is accurate. With a run differential of -34, the Braves are reasonably close in run differential with the Mets (-40),…

First Half Timeline for the Braves

By EricEnfermero [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons The Braves enter the All-Star Break at 42-45, 9.5 games out of the Eastern Division and nine games behind the Rockies for the second Wild Card spot. Two other teams, the Cardinals and Cubs, are a half-game in front of them. Their expected win-loss record is actually worse at 39-48, a product of a bad pitching staff. How did we get here? Here’s a timeline of the…

Transaction Tuesday: S-Rod, Minter, Winkler, Freeman

Not a huge week in quantity of transactions this week, but plenty of interesting ones as three players begin rehab assignments and three others continue theirs. In addition, a draft pick from 2016 gets released while a former football player decides baseball is tough. Prospect Rankings reflect the preseason WOW list. Atlanta This does not include the July 2nd international class. I hope to do some legwork on that class in the following days. In…