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 June

Hey, cool, I made it a month.  The Braves finished off a 13-12 June with a 7-5 victory against the Nationals in the oven known as Turner Field today.  Despite the win over the revered Stephen Strasburg, Atlanta remains one of baseball’s disappointing clubs.  After opening the season with four consecutive loses, the Braves righted the ship and were 14-8 after 22 games, but since April 29th, Atlanta is a weak 27-28.  June started with…

The All-Stars

I will be completely forthright with this.  I hate the All-Star Game.  I hate the idea that it “matters,” I hate the fact that every team gets a player, I hate that fans stuff ballots for their guy, and I hate the choices that managers typically make for who gets to go and who doesn’t.  Too often, guys aren’t selected for what they have done in that season.  Case in point…”let’s send Chipper to the…

Random Notes

Don’t really have a specific subject in mind, so here are a few things of interest. ——– The Braves are third in WAR among non-pitchers in the majors.  A big part of that is due to the Braves currently leading the bigs in the fielding component of WAR, which for non-catchers is UZR.  Last year, the Braves finished in the bottom ten in the fielding component.  The outfield has been tremendously important to this change,…

Who is Jason Heyward?

Last night, the Braves defeated the Blue Jays 4-3 with a big assist from their right fielder, Jason Heyward.  After a walk by the suddenly super-patient Dan Uggla in the sixth, Heyward doubled him home to tie the game at two-all.  He would advance to third on a flyout, which became big as rookie Chad Beck was called for a balk that put the Braves up 3-2.  The Jays tied it 3-3 and in the…