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. …

No Ace In the Hole

St. Louis has Adam Wainwright.  For the Dodgers, there is Clayton Kershaw.  And while the Braves got to him on Thursday night, the Reds do have Mat Latos and also, No-Hitter Homer Bailey.  Chasing Atlanta, the Nationals have Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg.   But the Atlanta Braves don’t have an ace.  I don’t use that phrase as a cliche.  Atlanta lacks the number one pitcher who matches up with an opposing team’s number one. …

The Arrival of Terdo

With the news that Jordan Schafer was headed to the Disabled List, the Braves once-strong bench is now full of Gwinnett’s starting lineup.  Evan Gattis is still on the DL, giving us the formidable bat of Tyler Pastornicky late in games.  Ramiro Pena is out for the season so we are blessed with Paul Janish‘s ability to play tremendous defense with absolutely no offense.  Now, with Schafer gone, the Braves will rely on Joey Terdoslavich.…

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…