Can the Braves Be 2018 Contenders (Part 2 of 3)

Yesterday, I attempted to build a realistic model of what the 2018 season might look like based on Steamer projections with minimal tweaks. Today, though, we are going to have fun with best-case possibilities. Today, my friends, we’ll take a swing at what an optimistic projection of the 2018 Braves may look like. Full disclosure – I’m not putting together a model that projects Dansby Swanson to hit .412 or Nick Markakis to hit 45…

Can the Braves Be 2018 Contenders (Part 1 of 3)

How far are the Braves from competing? Can this year be the year? Can they surprise the world? There is no answer to these questions – just gut feelings. I don’t do so well with that. Hi, my name is Tommy and I want the whole world quantified. I’m half-joking, but I did want to take a look over the next few days at how far the Braves are from competing and what are some…

Braves Focus Shifts to Defense, Winning during Q&A

In a recent Q&A with Braves A-List Members at SunTrust Park, Alex Anthopoulos expanded on his vision for Atlanta moving forward. Most of this information comes courtesy of @SlmSolo (Stacy), who was at the session. I want to thank her for allowing me to use her tweets as inspiration for this post and I encourage you to follow her on Twitter. The pic above was taken by her as well. Defense When asked about #1…

Matt Kemp trade proposals

Matt Kemp…oh boy, where do we start? First and foremost, Matt Kemp came into the 2017 season down about 25 pounds. He was leaner, quicker, healthier, and ripped the frickin’ cover off of the ball… for a while. Through June 2nd, at 42 games played, he was one of the best hitters in the league with a crazy good slash line: .351/.387/.614. That’s a 1.001 OPS that included 10HR and 16 doubles.  All was right…

Where the Braves Sit Right Now

Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter We could sit here for some time and keep talking about the surprising dismissal of John Coppolella, in-fighting between the remaining John’s (Hart and Schuerholz), the possibility of pending sanctions, and so on. And you can be sure we will address more of that when the information is available. However, like it or not, the 2017-18 Hot Stove is warming up and it’s time to start looking at next…

Will Matt Adams be a Brave in 2018?

WSB-TV When Freddie Freeman went down, the Braves started Jace Peterson at first and signed James Loney. And for a minute, we thought that was the best the Braves could do. John Coppolella changed that by acquiring Matt Adams from the St. Louis Cardinals for minor leaguer Juan Yepez. While expectations weren’t great for Adams, he was clearly an upgrade over in-house options – including Loney who asked for a release. Adams, who had been…

Yet Another Ronald Acuna/Andruw Jones Piece – But This One is Different!

I am on the record with this. I love Ronald Acuna. He makes my heart flutter. When he hits a home run, to quote Bowling for Soup, “all the wind blows and the angels sing.” He’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. In fact, he’s like pretzel bread, which as we all know, improves bread to another level. Ronald Acuna is hope and hope is good. But the Braves have, as our own Stephen Tolbert…