Braves Bring Brach On Board

For the second time during a four-game series against the Dodgers, the Atlanta Braves announced shortly after the game that they had acquired a reliever from the AL East. In the second deal of international money for a potential rental – Jonny Venters does have another year of arbitration – the Braves acquire Brad Brach from the Baltimore Orioles for $250K of slot money. Of course, with the sanctions this year barring any signing over…

Braves TJ Victims

(Here is Ryan Cothran’s third piece for Walk-Off Walk. Soon enough, he’s going to have to get his own account working here at WOW 🙂 His first piece, which was an analysis into BABIP, can be found here. In addition, his second piece, which discussed recent bullpen improvements and what’s coming up the chain, can be found here. Remember to follow Ryan on twitter.) By Keith Allison on Flickr (Original version) UCinternational (Crop) [CC BY-SA…

Saturday Stats Pack – Freeman, Krol, Ender, Bonifacio

By EricEnfermero (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons 203 wRC+ I can probably make an entire article out of the absolutely insane numbers Freddie Freeman is posting, but for today, let’s focus on his Weighted Runs Created Plus, or wRC+. This is one of my favorite offensive stats because it combines total offensive performance, park factor, and league factors all in one easy to compare statistic. Freeman is currently one of six players…

The Atlanta Braves Look to 2018, Sign Jacob Lindgren

By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA (Jacob Lindgren) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons I occasionally buy a lottery ticket. I know it’s a racket, but if the jackpot is huge, I’ll spend a few bucks and take a chance. One of my friends won’t. She believes it’s wasted money. However, when the jackpot is $150 million, even she starts saying things like “I really need to win the lottery.” I tell her, “you…

Braves Can McDowell

By EricEnfermero (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons After eleven seasons spanning three managers, Roger McDowell will no longer be the pitching coach of the Atlanta Braves. For a franchise that rarely sees turnover in the coaching staff, the last several months have been a change-of-pace. The in-season firing of Fredi Gonzalez, the very real chance that the interim manager Brian Snitker won’t be in charge in 2017, and now McDowell’s dismissal…

Braves Shift Tyrell to the Pen

By EricEnfermero (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons The Braves knew they had a fun arm in Jonny Venters as he climbed up the ladder before the 2010 season, but the results were simply not there. He gave up too many hits, struck out too few batters, and generally looked like a non-prospect. However, the scouts were sure there was more to Venters than the results. In 2010, he was brought to the…

Eric O’Flaherty: Not the Same Guy We Remember

For a run-down on the previous week, including this pick-up, the Tyler Moore trade, Justin Upton news, Mike Foltynewicz, and more, read my column from today at atlantabraves.about.com. Scott Cunningham/Getty Images Many people applauded the Braves re-acquiring lefty Eric O’Flaherty on Sunday, but is there much to praise beyond just having a familiar face around? Can O’Flaherty resemble the pitcher who was so good for the Braves from 2009 until injury ended his 2013 season…