Can the Braves Be 2018 Contenders (Part 1 of 3)

How far are the Braves from competing? Can this year be the year? Can they surprise the world? There is no answer to these questions – just gut feelings. I don’t do so well with that. Hi, my name is Tommy and I want the whole world quantified. I’m half-joking, but I did want to take a look over the next few days at how far the Braves are from competing and what are some…

Braves Focus Shifts to Defense, Winning during Q&A

In a recent Q&A with Braves A-List Members at SunTrust Park, Alex Anthopoulos expanded on his vision for Atlanta moving forward. Most of this information comes courtesy of @SlmSolo (Stacy), who was at the session. I want to thank her for allowing me to use her tweets as inspiration for this post and I encourage you to follow her on Twitter. The pic above was taken by her as well. Defense When asked about #1…

A 2018 Braves Winner Without Losing Prospects

Recently, our Stephen Tolbert wrote an article in which he tried to put together a version of the 2018 Atlanta Braves that could go to the playoffs. The trick was remaining realistic in both projections and what it might cost to acquire players. While some of the trades soured me to a degree, the logic was sound. To build the kind of winner people might want the Braves to become in 2018, it would require…

Where the Braves Sit Right Now

Jeff Morris – Follow on Twitter We could sit here for some time and keep talking about the surprising dismissal of John Coppolella, in-fighting between the remaining John’s (Hart and Schuerholz), the possibility of pending sanctions, and so on. And you can be sure we will address more of that when the information is available. However, like it or not, the 2017-18 Hot Stove is warming up and it’s time to start looking at next…

Should the Braves Consider Moving Teheran?

Julio Teheran looked like the unquestioned ace of the Big Four pitching prospects the Braves once had churning in the minor leagues. Along with Mike Minor, Randall Delgado, and Arodys Vizcaino, Teheran was part of a group that would hopefully anchor the Braves rotation for much of the 2010’s. Of course, here we are in 2017 and only Teheran remains as a starter, let alone in the Braves staff. And some might argue that we’ve…

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…

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…