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Braves Sign James Loney

By Keith Allison [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons I was in the middle of writing a (longer) article on what the Braves should do in the Freddie Freeman-less present, but Atlanta decided to keep me from polishing it up by announcing what their plans were. The Braves have signed former Dodger and Ray James Loney. The now 33-year-old also has played for the Red Sox (he did?) and most recently the Mets last season.…

Monday Roundup: Bullpen Usage, Rotation Comparison, Missing Alex Wood

Welcome to this week’s Monday Roundup. WOW is improving in its content delivery as this weekend saw a number of articles. Going to continue the trend moving into this week. If you haven’t already, check out new contributor Ryan Cothran’s first article about BABIP. May 8: Off May 9: 8-3 LOSS at Astros Bartolo Colon was saddled with a five-run first and this game was essentially done. Colon did work into the sixth, but gave up…

What Happened? – The 2017 Braves Story (Part 1 of 2)

By Arturo Pardavila III [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Even if the Atlanta Braves were not ready to be legitimate contenders for a Wild Card slot, they were supposed to a better than 11-20 through the first 31 games with a -35 score differential. People expected a team resembling the one that won 31 of its final 56 games and why not? Bonifide major league veterans like…

Monday Roundup: Steals, Colon, Jaime Garcia’s Disappearing Sinker

After winning just once the previous week, the Braves rolled into the final seven days of April looking to rebound and cut into their 6-12 record. They did that with some big offensive explosions along the way. The week began with a long break. A scheduled off day after escaping Philadelphia allowed the Braves to lick their wounds. That was followed by a postponement as rain kept the Braves from opening a three-game set in…

Monday Roundup – Roster Beginning to Take Shape

The Atlanta Braves had a much better week of games than the previous horrorfest which included just one win. Let’s recap the week and who helped and hurt himself the most. From the Fort Bragg luncheon. By Sgt. anthony hewitt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons PIRATES 6, Braves 3 Matt Wisler was a longshot heading into this spring after the offseason acquisition of three new starters. So far this spring, Wisler’s play has helped to reinforce that…

Send Me An Angel

By Eltiempo10 (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons Was that title enough of an earworm or is it too obscure? If so, I’m perhaps older than I thought. The Atlanta Braves have more depth heading into 2017 than they did in either of the last two seasons, but the bench still needs work. The addition of Sean Rodriguez definitely helps as it likely means either Rodriguez or Jace Peterson will be on the bench on…

Braves Trade Mallex, Get Stud Left-Hander

Twice this offseason, the Atlanta Braves have grouped major-league ready assets for higher-ceiling prospects. On Wednesday, they did it a third time as they acquired lefthanders Luiz Gohara and Thomas Burrows for right-handed reliever Shae Simmons and speedy outfielder Mallex Smith. The latter spent all of two minutes with the Mariners before being re-packaged in a deal to Tampa Bay. The two minutes might be a bit hyperbolic. Much like the trades that saw the…