Why We Should Bat B.J. Upton Second (?)

So, I’m going to try to do the impossible and rationalize the decision to bat B.J. Upton in the two-spot. Let’s see…I need my Book of Baseball Traditions, a nine-sided dice, and a small blunt object to hit myself with that might make me think I’m a bunny. Excuse Reason #1: Upton is willing to take a walk. His 9.1 BB% is fourth on the team. This leads to the fourth most pitches per at-bats…

Seriously, bat La Stella higher

The ridiculous numbers are too much to ignore. In 16 games since his callup, Tommy La Stella has 23 hits, three more than Dan Uggla has had all season. La Stella’s seven walks are just two fewer than Uggla despite Uggla having a shade over double the amount of plate appearances Uggla has had this season. Uggla has four multi-hit games, all in April, where he managed two hits in each game. La Stella has…

Braves Have Weird Ideas

Last night included a rather exciting game and a perplexing idea. First, the game. Down 3-0, the Braves rallied in the sixth, eventually taking a 4-3 lead that they would extend to 7-3. The victory gave the Braves a series win over the visiting Angels while also propelling the Braves back into sole-possession of first place in the National League East. The game included a lot of the good things the Braves are well capable…

The Lineup: Does Placement Matter?

After a couple of disappointing games in Denver, the Braves find themselves reeling as they return home to meet the Angels for a three-game weekend series. For a change, Atlanta trails in the NL East and their fan-base is panicking. Can the Braves stop the bleeding or is this flawed team just not capable of beating the media’s favorite, the Washington Nationals? Oh, you’ve heard of them, I’m sure. For a year-and-a-half now, the media…

Brian McWho?

Before the 2013 season, the Braves has some concerns with their backstop position. Quality backup David Ross had become too expensive to retain and the Braves went for Gerald Laird. While a good player in his own right, Laird was not expected to replace Rossy’s considerable production while the latter played in Atlanta. More pressing was the contract situation of Brian McCann. Since the summer of 2005 when McCann was called up to replace Johnny…

A Fun Coors Night

Some notes from Tuesday’s slugfest in Coors Field… It was the most runs scored since September 2nd when the Braves smacked the hapless Mets 13-5. It was the most runs during a road game since last July 6th, a 13-4 win over the Phillies. Last year, the Braves scored ten runs in Coors Field with both of the Uptons going back-to-back in a 10-2 win. The last time the Braves scored 13 at Coors Field…

They’ve Had Enough Time

(Stats Accurate Entering Thursday Night…) The Braves need offensive production. Over the last 30 days, only the Twins (85 RS) and the injury-ravaged Reds (82 RS) have scored fewer runs than the Braves at 86. Most concerning is the sudden lack of power. Atlanta’s bread-and-butter of walks and homers was already lacking in the former this season, but over the last 30 days, they have only sent 22 balls to the bleachers and their .129…