Stock Report: Midseason Edition (Part 3 of 3)

Time to finish the midseason evaluation of the Braves roster and see where players might stand for 2014 based on what we know now. Infielders (continued) Chris Johnson 2013 Salary: $2,287,500 2014 Status: Arbitration-eligible for the Second Time In a season where at least half of the starting lineup has fell on its face, the throw-in during last offseason’s big trade with the Diamondbacks has took off.  He enters the break slashing .330/.370/.470 over 78…

Is Justin Upton Injured?

A pair of articles on fangraphs have brought me to the conclusion.  Either Justin Upton has severe mechanical issues or he’s hurt and because of that injury, he is displaying severe mechanical issues.  First, in his MASH Report, fantasy sports contributor Jeff Zimmerman sought to introduce a new number called SLOW.  Here is how he explains his arrival at the number. The basic parameters for the pitches examined are: 1. Pitches thrown into the heart…

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…

The Best (and Worst) of June

Last year, after every month, I looked at some mostly useless monthly splits stats to give the best and worst awards for pitchers, position hitters, and a rookie of the month.  So, let’s get back at it.  Rookie of the Month Julio Teheran – Evan Gattis‘s injury opened this one up a little easier for Teheran, but it’s difficult to believe Teheran wouldn’t have won it outright.  Teheran finished June with 10.3 K/9 and 1.1…