Braves Add Billy Hamilton

You can do a lot worse if trying to replace (some of) Ender Inciarte than Billy Hamilton. On Monday evening, the Atlanta Braves announced that they claimed Hamilton off waivers from the Kansas City Royals. It’s a short end to Hamilton’s run in KC after signing with the Royals last offseason for $5.25M. Prior to that, he was non-tendered by the Reds. While Hamilton never became the guy the Reds dreamed of, he could be…

Smells Like 2010

In the first game of the 2010 National League Division Series, the Atlanta Braves mustered two hits and lost 1-0 to Tim Lincecum. Getting starts in that first game were leadoff hitter Omar Infante, first baseman Derrek Lee, left fielder Matt Diaz, second baseman Brooks Conrad, and center fielder Rick Ankiel. Of that group, only Infante started more than 55 games during the regular season for the Braves. Gone were Martin Prado (139 starts). Also…

Walk-Off Walk Awards

The end of the 2018 Atlanta Braves season is upon us. There’s still much to figure out as far as who the Braves will face in the NLDS, but a season that almost no one predicted will come to a close with the Atlanta Braves as NL East Champions. Recently, I went over the path to that surprising run. Today, I asked the other members of the Walk-Off Walk family to help me with this…

There’s Something Weird Happening with the Braves

The Braves are in a good spot. A 6.5 game lead with 13 games to play is just about as good as anyone could’ve reasonably hoped for or expected back in March. What looked to be a difficult division back in the spring has turned into one of the easier divisions in baseball. Washington and Philadelphia have both fallen off considerably while the Mets crashed and burned a while ago. When you combine those things…

Acuña Jr. or Soto for Rookie of the Year?

Despite this being a Braves blog, I – with no hesitation – must say I love Juan Soto. The fact that, in his first game of the year back in April, Soto was facing the Rome Braves is astounding. He hit a homer off Kyle Muller, who ranked #13 on the Walk-Off Walk Midseason Top 50 Prospects. In his final at-bat that day, lefty Thomas Burrows (#34th) struck him out. Just over a month after…

Atlanta Braves Playoff Roster

I don’t believe in curses. I’ll say it again. I don’t believe in superstitious, silly, stupid, bloody curses. So if you do and you think that I’m cursing our team merely for talking about my take for the Atlanta Braves playoff roster, don’t read this. In fact, if you, by happenstance, find that you’ve clumsily clicked and opened this article on your device, and you’re superstitious, burn your device, bury it, dig it up in…

Looking Back at Preseason WOW Projections

Last January, I provided projections for three versions of the 2018 Atlanta Braves. One was called the Realistic Model. It stayed very true to the conservative projections the Steamer system at Fangraphs provided. The second was an Optimistic Model which took the projections and looked at more of a best-case scenario. Finally, I took the Realistic Model Projection and added talent to the team in hopes of building a playoff contender despite the conservative projections…