Smoltz likely to start season on DL | ajc.com I should point out that this means one start, and that he probably would pitch if it were really necessary. As DOB points out, this also would allow the Braves some extra days to decide on a cut or trade of one of their out-of-options pitchers.
Javy Lopez to retire, ending Braves comeback attempt | ajc.com Let the record show that Javy Lopez is eighth in career homers as a Brave, and sixth among Atlanta Braves; that he is in the top twenty in more areas than I can conveniently list right now; that he’s one of the twenty best offensive … Continue reading “Goodbye, Javy”
I would come up with some sort of jokes for a new thread, but frankly my brain isn’t working very well right now. Anyway, this is an open thread.
These are all off the top of my head, don’t hold me to them. Unless they’re right, in which case I’m a genius. Carlos Delgado: .210/.299/.340, 84 games First manager fired: Ned Yost Number of accusations that now I’m just baiting Brewer fans: 23 Dusty Baker throws Homer Bailey under the bus: April 17 Dusty … Continue reading “Random predictions”
All-Stars: Teixeira, Johnson, Soriano Biggest surprise: KJ (leads the league in runs) Biggest disappointment: Peter Moylan Chipper: 132 games played, .316/.409/.611, 1 DL stint Glavine: 31 starts, 13-10, 4.65 Hampton: Hurt warming up, makes three rehab starts in Rome, never actually pitches in Atlanta uniform Escobar: .300/.355/.427 Diaz: .322/.367/.486 Kotsay: 61 games, .260/.310/.380, DL in … Continue reading “Braves-specific predictions”
As has been well documented, Chuck throws mostly fastballs and some changeups, while his slider is no good. Most LOOGYs throw breaking balls, lots of them. Here are pitch breakdowns for some of the more successful LOOGYs of 2007. (Pitch breakdowns from Bill James Online. Other stats from Baseball Reference.) Jamie Walker, Baltimore: Tied for … Continue reading “Chuck James will never make it as a LOOGY”
Normally I would have an “all predictions guaranteed” joke here, but I don’t have one this year. Sorry. NL EAST Atlanta Philadelphia (WC) NY Mets Washington Florida NL CENTRAL Chi Cubs St. Louis Milwaukee Pittsburgh Cincinnati Houston NL WEST Arizona Colorado San Diego LA Dodgers San Francisco NLCS Braves over DBacks MVP Mark Teixeira Cy … Continue reading “Annual absurd predictions”
Five Questions: Atlanta Braves — The Hardball Times When I wrote this, it looked for sure that Jones and Diaz would platoon. Nothing to be done about that now.
I should add that in the farm section (last 5-6 picks) I was choosing purely for comedic effect. C Joe Mauer (Min – C) 1B Ryan Howard (Phi – 1B) 2B Aaron Hill (Tor – 2B) 3B Chipper Jones (Atl – 3B) SS Wilson Betemit (NYY – 1B,3B,SS) IF Daric Barton (Oak – 1B) LF … Continue reading “Point and laugh at my team”
The Official Site of The Atlanta Braves: News: Non-roster invitees lead Braves in tie “Duo not on the current roster, but not irrelevant”, says the official site. Oh, how wrong it is. The duo in question is Brent Lillibridge and the terrifying apparition that is Joe Borchard. And, yet again, Borchard’s efforts (a double and … Continue reading “The irrelevance has never been greater”