Braves Roster Beat: March 8

It’s unusual to not win a game where you don’t give up a hit, but the Braves managed to do exactly that on Sunday. On the fortunate side, they also didn’t lose as they tie the Astros 2-2. Simply put, the pitchers helped their case and the hitters hurt theirs today. In today’s About.com article, I look a little deeper into it. Obviously, you have to touch on what Cody Martin did in Mike Minor‘s…

Roster Prediction: Where the 25 Stand

Ah, yes, it’s that time of spring where we make often wrong predictions of what the 25-man roster will look like when the season opens. I’ll even go the extra mile with a lineup. I hope to do this every Sunday morning until the season begins. Starting Rotation 1. Julio Teheran 2. Alex Wood 3. Shelby Miller 4. Mike Minor 5. Eric Stults My Take? Simply put, Stults out-pitched Wandy Rodriguez in their first outings…

Does Jackie Bradley Jr. Make Sense for the Braves?

There has been a lot of buzz recently that the Braves have an interest, sometimes called strong, in Boston outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. David O’Brien tweets that the interest was early this offseason, implying that the Braves have backed off. If that latter part is true, this might be the case of someone high up in the Braves front office liking Bradley and wanting to see if Boston had soured enough for the Braves to…

Service Time: Explaining One of Baseball’s Nuances

Why would the Braves wait on bringing up Jose Peraza if he shows he belongs in the spring? Why can’t a team send a guy down for one day to hold off his arbitration for another year? Why is Mike Minor arbitration eligible for the second of four times this year when most players only get three? In my most recent column at About.com, I look at one of the more confusing things in baseball…

Spring Training Preview: Starting Pitching

Though the season is 83 days away and the hyper-active Braves could possibly deal and/or sign a starter, which seems likely, I have to start the spring training previews some time so here we go. While they lacked the star power of past rotations, the Braves had a nice and productive starting staff in 2014. When compared to the rest of the league, the Braves had the fifth best ERA, the sixth lowest FIP, and…

Random Ex-Brave: Jair Jurrjens

There was a time where the Braves witnessed the rise-and-fall of several starting pitchers. Their names are almost synonymous with a time when the Braves were just trying to contend for division titles and not much else. In slightly more than 300 innings, Chuck James went from not-really-a-prospect to internet-sensation-with-Chuck-Norris-related-memes to finally becoming the five-innings-and-get-the-pen-in guy. Eventually, he actually got worse. Another lefty, Horacio Ramirez, had a similar rise-and-fall that I profiled in this series…

Arbitration Preview: James Russell

Before the end of 2014, I took a look at Mike Minor, who represented, at the time, a third of a dwindling class or arbitration-eligible players the Braves had. At the beginning of the offseason, eight players could have been in line for a pay raise through arbitration, but the whirlwind offseason has led to many of them seeking employment elsewhere. Another player recently was moved in David Carpenter, leaving the Braves with only two…