The tying run is at the plate…really… Braves 6 Phillies 8

https://www.mlb.com/gameday/braves-vs-phillies/2019/03/30/567060#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=567060 It was, it really was. It had been like watching a prize fight all afternoon. Some knockdowns but as many recoveries until the final round was near and we seemed to be out of it, tired and looking it. But then, for a few moments, there was hope. Until there wasn’t. The Toni twins … Continue reading “The tying run is at the plate…really… Braves 6 Phillies 8”

Game Thread & Continuation of Predictions

Game time: 4:05. Bryse Wilson vs. Nick Pivetta. Snowshine got our predictions going, and 86 wins was the average of the (realistic) win predictions. High total: 93 wins (Snowshine Low total: 77 (Dusty) Pitcher wins were all over the place, rightfully so. Most votes: Folty, then Fried. Pitcher losses was overwhelming Julio, which makes sense … Continue reading “Game Thread & Continuation of Predictions”

Successes and Disappointments of Spring Training

Successes Kyle Wright – The 2017 first round pick has earned a spot in the rotation earlier than most had envisioned. He’s a good bet to at least be a serviceable 4th/5th starter this year, but he could surprise some people. Max Fried – His health and success means that a pitcher who has been … Continue reading “Successes and Disappointments of Spring Training”

No on Keuchel, Yes on Kimbrel

The days are short and my workload is long, so just for the sake of variety, here’s a new thread. But, yes on Kimbrel, no on Keuchel, in one man’s opinion. Kimbrel probably signs a shorter-term deal than already envisioned, so what’s not to like there? But more importantly, it’s easier to find a spot … Continue reading “No on Keuchel, Yes on Kimbrel”

Projecting Out the NL East (Position Players)

With the Braves doing, frankly, very little this offseason, and the other 3 NL East contenders making wholesale changes to their roster, I decided to take a different approach to projecting each team. Instead of doing overall unit comparisons (offense, defense, pitching, etc.) or going position-by-position, I decided to compare to the top 5 position … Continue reading “Projecting Out the NL East (Position Players)”

Player Previews – Ronald Acuna

The 2018 National League Rookie of the Year is a younger, better version of Ozzie Albies, at least offensively. We have a limited sample to evaluate the 21 year old on, but what a sample it is, and it’s not *in*significant. 111 games, 427 plate appearances, and a .293/.366/.552 BA/OBP/SP, including 26 home runs in … Continue reading “Player Previews – Ronald Acuna”

Player Previews – Ozzie Albies

Ozzie Albies had a bad second half. I don’t care. Ozzie Albies hasn’t been so great against right handed pitchers. I care a little bit more about that. There are a lot of right handed pitchers. Despite these flaws, Ozzie Albies is one of the best young players in the history of the game. Yeah. … Continue reading “Player Previews – Ozzie Albies”