Finally Comfortable

Andrelton Simmons is a young pup.  Just over three years ago, the Curacao native was playing (and pitching) for Western Oklahoma Junior College.  Almost 14 months ago, he arrived on the scene, straight from Mississippi.  On September 4th, he celebrates just his 24th birthday.  I’m trying to say he’s young and his career is just beginning. Miscast as a leadoff hitter, Simmons seemed to put too much pressure on himself to perform on par with…

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…

Twitter Feed: July 23

New start to a ongoing column.  Welcome to the Twitter Feed where we look at news coming from tweets abou the Braves.  You can follow me @WalkOffWalk1 If you haven’t seen Jason Heyward‘s ridiculously awesome catch from last night, the official Braves twitter has the video here.  I recently wrote about the move of Heyward to center, believing that he was the only option the Braves had with B.J. Upton out.  If you’re curious, there…

Discussion: Jason Heyward to Center

Before Sunday’s game with the White Sox, Dave O’Brien tweeted that the Braves were going to move Jason Heyward to center field for the time being with B.J. Upton out.  This move does have both positives and negatives so I’ll look at both. Positives Outside of Heyward, the Braves have two players with experience in center.  Reed Johnson does a few things rather well at this level.  He hits lefties at a good rate.  He’s…

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 3 of 3)

Time to finish the midseason evaluation of the Braves roster and see where players might stand for 2014 based on what we know now. Infielders (continued) Chris Johnson 2013 Salary: $2,287,500 2014 Status: Arbitration-eligible for the Second Time In a season where at least half of the starting lineup has fell on its face, the throw-in during last offseason’s big trade with the Diamondbacks has took off.  He enters the break slashing .330/.370/.470 over 78…

Don’t Panic!

I know Atlanta has lost three consecutive games and goes into tonight’s tilt with the Phillies in need of the ever elusive road victory.  I know that people are still very worried about the Nationals, who are threatening to climb to three games over .500 for the first time since May 18th.  And I know that fans, in general, are crazy about the littlest of the things and mute on the more subtle ones. It’s…