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…

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…

Failure or Over-hyped: The Baby Braves

The other day, the Kansas City Royals, who make it a habit to employ former Atlanta Braves, designated Jeff Francoeur for assignment.  Since the beginning of 2008, Francoeur has been demoted, traded twice, non-tendered, and now DFA’d. What makes that news, at least to Braves faithful, is that it wasn’t that long ago that Francoeur graced the cover of many a magazine, including most notably Sports Illustrated while being labeled The Natural.  He was the…

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…

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…

Favorite Braves List – Catcher

 (For information on this list, please click here.) A couple of honorable mentions, though this one wasn’t a tough choice.  Javy Lopez holds a majority of records for catchers in the franchise, including one of eight Braves in the franchise’s history to hit 200 HR.  Greg Olsen was an All-Star for an awful 1990 squad, but more notable for this list, he was the guy in 1991 when watching baseball on TV suddenly became something…