What Happened? – The 2017 Braves Story (Part 2 of 2)

By Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ, USA [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Yesterday, I went over the offense and if suggested a couple of quick fixes. Now, let’s look at the pitching staff. As I said in the previous article, things haven’t worked out like they were supposed to. Mike Foltynewicz currently leads the rotation in FIP and xFIP and his marks aren’t even good. All five starters are serving up homeruns at…

Monday Roundup – Roster Beginning to Take Shape

The Atlanta Braves had a much better week of games than the previous horrorfest which included just one win. Let’s recap the week and who helped and hurt himself the most. From the Fort Bragg luncheon. By Sgt. anthony hewitt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons PIRATES 6, Braves 3 Matt Wisler was a longshot heading into this spring after the offseason acquisition of three new starters. So far this spring, Wisler’s play has helped to reinforce that…

#AskCoppy for February 24: Demeritte, SunTrust Park, Kemp, and more

One of the coolest things in baseball social media is #AskCoppy. If you’ve never heard of the hashtag, it refers to an hour or two where John Coppolella fields questions from Atlanta Braves fans. It’s a fun way to get some insight into the mind of the Braves’ general manager. Obviously, twitter limitations keep the responses to a minimal, but considering that Coppolella doesn’t have to do this at all, we will take what we…

Braves Top 50 Prospects, 2017 Preseason: #5-#1

Here it is. The top five prospects of this year’s Top 50. The elite of the elite, the best of the best, the cliche of the clicheiest (sp?). These are five players who all belong in each Top 100 countdown of the best prospects in the game. Suffice it to say, it’s really hard to overhype this group. Before I get to that, some sad news. The Top 50 has already seen a player get…

Spring Roster Battles Preview – The Fifth Starter

By EricEnfermero (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Football’s done (sorry Falcons fans) and that means one glorious thing – baseball is just around the corner. In fact, in a few days, the Atlanta Braves will open spring training as pitchers and catchers report followed by the rest of the team. With all the negative in the world, spring training is a beautiful thing as it’s impossible to not be a little optimistic.…

Coppy’s Q&A Review

Yesterday, Atlanta Braves general manager John Coppolella conducted another of his #AskCoppy Q&A chats over twitter. These small sessions have become something of great anticipation as it provides fans a glimpse – with limited characters – into one of baseball’s brightest minds. Here are some of the fascinating exchanges. What part(s) of the new CBA will have the biggest impact on the @Braves, your job, etc.? #AskCoppy — Mostly B.S. (@BravesStats) December 15, 2016 Coppy’s…

Braves Continue to Deal & Pick Up Lefty Jaime Garcia

By: Keith Allison via Flickr (CC BY-SA 4.0) The last two years: Did you hear? The Braves acquired another pitching prospect! And another. They acquired Bronson Arroyo just to get yet another pitching prospect! They drafted a billion pitchers! The last two trades: And this is why they did. Create a strength and trade from it. Over the last week, the Braves have packaged four pitchers (and a position prospect) as they acquired an established…