Monday Roundup: Losing Streak, Bench Issues, O’Flaherty’s Sinker

It’s been quite awhile since I last updated this blog. Life and all have played a factor as it tends to do. But let’s move on with this week’s recap and three things to keep in mind for this upcoming week of baseball. Arturo Pardavila III on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) (CC 2.0) via Wikipedia Commons April 17, 5-4 WIN vs. Padres The week got off to a promising start as the Braves finished…

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…

Saturday Stats Pack – Early Spring Training Observations

During the season, I like to throw out some numbers that have piqued my interest. Spring training stats are not the most reliable numbers to utilize due to sample size and competition, but it’s all I got so here you go. By slgckgc on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Jace Not On Base While his spot is pretty much set in stone, Jace Peterson has struggled to open this…

Should the Braves Bring Back Kelly Johnson and/or Jeff Francoeur?

By Arturo Pardavila III [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons It seems inevitable. Maybe it shouldn’t, but it really does seem like only a matter of time. It is so expected that should the Atlanta Braves sign either Kelly Johnson or Jeff Francoeur over the next few days, it would surprise no one. The Braves have proven that when it comes to depth, they like to go to players they are comfortable with. Both Johnson…

Spring Roster Battles Preview – The Bullpen

Read previous Spring Roster Battles Previews Fifth Starter The bullpen was decent enough in the first half for the Atlanta Braves, but in the second half, it took off. As a team, they had a FIP of 3.48 in 264.2 innings in the second half. Luck may have played a role as their xFIP was nearly a run higher. That is a result, I believe, of less-than-stellar walk totals and an unsustainable 6% HR/FB rate. Regardless,…

Ian Krol – One Hit Wonder or Diamond in the Rough?

N. Markakis and I. Krol / By Staff Sgt. Jason Duhr [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons When the Braves acquired left-hander Ian Krol from the Detroit Tigers last winter, fans were not that impressed. The player he was traded for, Cameron Maybin, had been a fan favorite during the 2015 season and many felt that he was worth more than a lefty reliever with less-than-studly totals in the majors. Maybin’s value was at its highest around…

5-pack of Minor League Signings

With things simmering down as far as player acquisitions go, it is probably a good time to finish off the remaining reviews for minor league free agents that have been added to the Braves this offseason. This is the fourth edition of these reviews and each of those links can be found at the bottom of this article. As always, you can see an updated list of comings-and-goings for minor league free agents. Alay Lago,…