Relief Pitching Needs Help From Young Talent

At the beginning of the season, I wrote an article focusing on some keys to pitching for the Braves. Those keys included a reliable closer and veteran pitching to help out the young guys. Now that we are about a month in, what does Braves pitching look like? Well they have a reliable closer that pitches in the 8th inning rather than the 9th and they have two veterans, one has been a killer starter…

Keys to Pitching for the Braves in 2018

The Braves’ success this season lies within the pitching. If they want to win, they will need to make some major adjustments with the type of pitchers that grace the mound. The minors may be riddled with pitchers, but not all are ready for the big leagues. The Braves need to execute two key changes to the rotation and bullpen to have a chance at a World Series ring. Leadership in Starting Pitching If you…

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 Select Pitcher & Two Others in Rule 5 Draft

The Rule 5 Draft was completed today and the Braves, who have been very quiet during these winter meetings, did make a few picks while losing a player in the process. The player Atlanta lost was Joseph Odom, a five-year minor league vet who the Braves selected in the 13th round of the 2013 draft. He went to the Mariners in the minor league portion of the draft so he won’t have to be kept…

TOT: The Time the Braves Re-Acquired Vizcaino

Transaction of Today…November 16, 2014 – The Atlanta Braves trade 2B Tommy La Stella to the Chicago Cubs for Arodys Vizcaino and international bonus slots. Trades that happen so early in the offseason often are forgotten by spring training. You must forgive Atlanta Braves fans if, in the spring of 2015, they had this reaction as Arodys Vizcaino took the mound in spring training: “Thought we traded him?” We – as if we are part…

Walk-Off Talk 1.9: The 2018 Bullpen

(Every now and then, we hold informal discussions on something related to the Braves. Today, Ryan Cothran and me, Tommy Poe, look at the bullpen in 2018.) Ryan, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it looks like the Atlanta Braves won’t make the playoffs this season. And while it’s fun to talk about prospects like Kevin Maitan and Joey Wentz, there will be a major league season in 2018 and the…

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…