Goodbye, Javy

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”

Braves-specific 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”

Chuck James will never make it as a LOOGY

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”

Annual absurd predictions

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”

The irrelevance has never been greater

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”