Has anyone used the “Braves offense is offensive” tagline yet?

The Braves can’t hit. We all know it, we’ve all seen it, and we are all pissed off about it. Last season, the Braves finished fourth in the National League in runs scored. This season, they are just two runs scored ahead of the Padres for next to last. And they trail 13th in RS by nearly 20 runs. So, they aren’t scoring. But why?  Well, there is only a couple of changes from last…

The Best (and Worst) of August

(Hi again.  This is me in italics.  Just wanted to say that I don’t want this blog to die, but it definitely will take a backseat for the most part.  I started three online classes last Monday and am looking to finally secure my bachelor’s degree.  As you can expect, that knocked down the priority this blog has.  That said, I am hoping to adopt a schedule for updating.  Basically, between Wednesday and Sunday, I want to…

The Braves Should Extend Both Gonzalez and Wren

In the film Moneyball, Oakland Athletics manager Art Howe, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, brings up his discontent with managing in the final season of his contract with general manager Billy Beane.  Portrayed by Brad Pitt, Beane is not willing to talk about an extension with Howe and provide the aging manager job security.  In real life, Howe was in the first year of an extension that led into the next season.  But in Hollywood,…

Freddie Freeman – Understanding Criticism

It’s actually not that often that a tweet really gets my attention.  Maybe it’s the character limit. However, I saw this one today from David O’Brien and it did garner some thought: Some SABRE folks say Freeman not good 1b. In past 2 weeks I’ve heard 3 out-of-town writers and 2 non #Braves coaches say he’s Gold Glover — David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) August 26, 2013 My first thought was what would Jo Bennett’s printer company…

It’s Never As Dark As It Seems

The news just keeps going from bad to worse.  A day after watching Jason Heyward stagger off the field after fracturing his jaw on a pitch to the face, the Atlanta Braves sent Brandon Beachy to go see the Harbinger of Death, Dr. James Andrews.  Today…locusts? Braves fans, as they have been ingrained to do, panic at the first sign of bad news.  Two bad things and a loss?  The crisis hot lines in the…

The Most Expensive Platoon Guy EVAH No More

At this point, B.J. Upton must be wondering what happened between leaving Tampa Bay and beginning this chapter of his career with the Braves. It was supposed to be a wonderful fit.  The Braves viewed Michael Bourn as overpriced and more likely to regress as his entire value was built on his speed.  Upton was younger, an accomplished base stealer of his own, and could play great defense even if it wasn’t otherworldly like Bourn.…

The Talkative ‘Nats

This is the Nationals. A team of high expectations and an even higher belief in who they are.  This is a team that despite over 120 games of sample size still can not accept their fate and their failure.  From the manager down to their ever-changing roster dynamic, this a team that has struggled with the target they relished having so brightly colored on their backs. Before the season, Jayson Werth – a man who…