Braves Get Rid of a Nasty Case of TLS

This little trade from Sunday was a weird one. The Braves send 2B Tommy La Stella to the Chicago Cubs for former Braves prospect, right-hander Arodys Vizcaino. Also involved is a needlessly complicated international bonus slot money exchange. Suffice it to say, out of this trade, the Braves get an additional $830,000 to spend on international free agents during the 2014-15 signing period, which we are roughly half-way through. This represented a monster change in…

WOW’s Offseason Look at: Right Side of the Infield

Time for another look at where the Braves stand before free agency really opens up and players start shifting squads. On the right side of the infield, first base is pretty clear while second base is wide open. First Base Who we got?… Freddie Freeman, Joey Terdoslavich, Chris Johnson Who’s getting Arby?… Nobody (yay!) Who might be going?… Nobody (yay!) Who might be coming?…Nobody (aww) So, here’s the plus of having a guy signed long-term.…

Guess who’s back (back again)

Oddly, I keep coming back to the blogosphere as if it’s something I am committed to. I think I just like the idea that my words have meaning. After all, here they are. On the internet and everything. So…yeah. Been a busy month or so in Atlanta. First, after the Braves were rudely informed that the 2014 playoffs wasn’t something they needed to worry themselves with, general manager Frank Wren was fired along with his…

The Best (and Worst) of June

A day late, but here are the winners of Walk-Off Walk’s June awards, the most prestigious and yet never talked about awards in the entire world. Rookie of the Month Tommy La Stella It was a big month for the rookies, but La Stella takes the prize. He walked more than he struck out, on-based .351, and toward the end of the month, he showed pretty good pop to push his wRC+ over 100. While…

Favorite Braves List – #4 Starter

(Previous information on this series can be found here. Of importance, this is not a best list, but a favorites list since I started to follow the Braves. That limits options from 1991-to-now.) Favorite Braves List (so far) Ace Starter – Greg Maddux #2 Starter – John Smoltz #3 Starter – Tim Hudson Catcher – Brian McCann First Base – Fred McGriff Second Base – Marcus Giles Shortstop – Andrelton Simmons Third Base – Chipper…

Why We Should Bat B.J. Upton Second (?)

So, I’m going to try to do the impossible and rationalize the decision to bat B.J. Upton in the two-spot. Let’s see…I need my Book of Baseball Traditions, a nine-sided dice, and a small blunt object to hit myself with that might make me think I’m a bunny. Excuse Reason #1: Upton is willing to take a walk. His 9.1 BB% is fourth on the team. This leads to the fourth most pitches per at-bats…

Seriously, bat La Stella higher

The ridiculous numbers are too much to ignore. In 16 games since his callup, Tommy La Stella has 23 hits, three more than Dan Uggla has had all season. La Stella’s seven walks are just two fewer than Uggla despite Uggla having a shade over double the amount of plate appearances Uggla has had this season. Uggla has four multi-hit games, all in April, where he managed two hits in each game. La Stella has…