Making Sense of Yesterday’s Roster & Lineup Decisions

G-Braves Media It was already going to be a big day as far as major league debuts go, but the surprising afternoon news of another new addition to the list of players to play in the bigs was a bit confusing at first. The decision to bring Ozzie Albies to the major leagues yesterday was given some context as the day went on. Albies WAS NOT brought to the majors for an injury. He WAS…

Walk-Off Talk 1.8: The Trading Deadline Extravaganza

(Stephen Tolbert and Ryan Cothran have joined me, Tommy Poe, for a conversation on Braves’ targets for the trading deadline.) Tommy: It’s the final weekend before the Non-Waiver Trading Deadline and the Atlanta Braves are in the middle of scores of rumors. Atlanta has already completed two trades as they pull off the shocker and find a new home for the well-liked, well-regarded, well-travelled, well-named Chaz Roe. Oh, and they traded Jaime Garcia, too. But…

The Great Run Differential Debate

As the Braves polished off the Diamondbacks on Sunday afternoon, ESPN’s Dan Szymborski took to twitter. Things quickly went nutty from there. Braves are at .500! With a similar run differential to the Mets, White Sox, Pirates, and Angels. So…yeah… — Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) July 16, 2017 Ignoring the “So…yeah…” at the end, the tweet is accurate. With a run differential of -34, the Braves are reasonably close in run differential with the Mets (-40),…

Saturday Stats Pack: Catching, Atlanta’s Non-Manager, Acuna’s Exploits

Johan Camargo‘s Shocking Season Camargo started at shortstop Friday night and singled once in three trips to the plate. His average actually dropped a tad to .327 in the process. That’s how’s Camargo’s surprising rookie campaign has gone to this point. Over 40 games, the switch-hitter has on-based .355 due to just a 4.5% walk rate but has shown new-found pop to keep his slugging a shade under .500. His numbers are remarkably similar to…

The Walk-Off Walk Midseason Top 50

Welcome to the Walk-Off Walk Midseason Top 50. For the first time in this blog’s history, the rankings won’t just be my thoughts on the matter, but the product of three different voices chiming in. In addition to me, Ryan Cothran has submitted his version and the new addition to the blog, Stephen Tolbert, has gotten in on the act as well. Below is the list. Shortly before I posted this, I also posted a…

Walk-Off Talk 1.7: Talking About the Midseason Top 50 Prospects

To add context to this year’s Midseason Top 50 Prospects, the Walk-Off Walk contributors sat down for an informal discussion about their picks, some of the surprises, and a few of the guys who could rocket up the charts by the end-of-the-year countdown. Tommy Poe, new contributor Stephen Tolbert, and Ryan Cothran are all part of today’s Walk-Off Talk. It might help to have this year’s Top 50 open in another window to provide context.…

First Half Timeline for the Braves

By EricEnfermero [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons The Braves enter the All-Star Break at 42-45, 9.5 games out of the Eastern Division and nine games behind the Rockies for the second Wild Card spot. Two other teams, the Cardinals and Cubs, are a half-game in front of them. Their expected win-loss record is actually worse at 39-48, a product of a bad pitching staff. How did we get here? Here’s a timeline of the…