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: Steals, Colon, Jaime Garcia’s Disappearing Sinker

After winning just once the previous week, the Braves rolled into the final seven days of April looking to rebound and cut into their 6-12 record. They did that with some big offensive explosions along the way. The week began with a long break. A scheduled off day after escaping Philadelphia allowed the Braves to lick their wounds. That was followed by a postponement as rain kept the Braves from opening a three-game set in…

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…

Thursday Throwback – Reed Johnson

Sometimes, moves just don’t pan out like they ought to. That was the case of the 2012 midseason trade that sent Reed Johnson, along with Paul Maholm, to the Braves. The trade was born out of a move that didn’t happen and ultimately, failed to deliver despite looking like a good deal on paper for Frank Wren. Even when Wren made the right move, it just didn’t seem to work. But long before that trade,…

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.…

Braves Bring Back the Meds

By Keith Allison on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons In 2013, the Atlanta Braves had finally come together. Frank Wren’s team was young – Dan Uggla was its only starter over 30. Frank Wren’s team was also very powerful and bashed 181 homers led the league. Sure, they struck out a lot, but they also scored runs in bunches. But lost in all of the feast-or-famine articles about the…

The 2017 Braves Bullpen Could be Something Special

By Keith Allison on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons In the early months of the 2016 season, the Atlanta Braves had a big problem. Their bullpen was one of the worst in baseball. InApril, the pen combined for a 5.10 ERA and -0.1 fWAR. This was largely due to walks, something that no other team was worse at than the Braves before May. They weren’t being aided in any…