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Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Youngest Braves home-schooled on cruelty of the postseason

For the youngest Braves, Monday night at SunTrust Park was the same painful rite of passage navigated by so many of their forebears.

While it certainly was nothing new for those in the Braves’ home dugout to end a season watching someone else celebrate a postseason series victory, it hadn’t happened before in this particular ballpark. Call it another kind of SunTrust Park christening, the kind no one wants to attend. 

And it certainly never had happened to Ozzie Albies.

 

QLE Posted: October 09, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, postseason

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Dodgers showing Braves what postseason dominance looks like

LOS ANGELES—This is baseball, right? It’s not an early September non-conference football game featuring Alabama and Nowhere Tech. It’s the big leagues and one thing we know about this sport is that from the perspective of a single game or two, there is no such thing as an upset. It takes dozens and dozens of games to really know the true difference between teams.

Nevertheless, it very much feels like the Los Angeles Dodgers are playing Alabama to the Atlanta Braves’ Nowhere Tech. It’s not just that after two games of their National League Division Series the Braves remain scoreless. It’s not that the Dodgers have outscored them 9-0 after Friday’s 3-0 victory in Game 2. It’s not that the Dodgers have hit 1,999 feet of home runs in two nights to Atlanta’s zero. No, what it feels like is that hitter for hitter and pitcher for pitcher, this series is an utter mismatch.

“You know, it’s just not one guy,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said after Game 2. “It’s a complete team thing right now, as far as the lack of offense. You can’t blame any one person. I mean it’s just our whole lineup is having a hard time, struggling offensively right now.”

Braves management considered pointing to their playoff record during the 1990s and early 2000s in rebuttal, but realized, on a closer look, that that would not be as helpful as originally thought.

QLE Posted: October 06, 2018 at 06:59 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dodgers, playoffs

Friday, September 28, 2018

Braves’ Dansby Swanson has partially torn ligament in left hand

Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson was diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his left hand, the team announced Wednesday.

Swanson, who had an MRI in Atlanta on Wednesday, will undergo daily treatment for the remainder of the regular season and will be re-evaluated next week prior to the National League Division Series, which begins Oct. 4.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:03 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, dansby swanson, playoff implications

Baby Braves Won’t Be Playoff Pushovers

Even though the Atlanta Braves rested regulars Freddie Freeman and Ender Inciarte Thursday night, their numbers suggest they won’t be pushovers in the playoffs.

The Braves began the night with an 89-69 record, good for an eight-and-a-half game margin over second-place Washington, because they balance offense, defense, and analytics – a mix that compensates for a pitching staff that is prone to handing opponents more than a fair share of walks.

With a win at CitiField Thursday, Atlanta would become the first National League team to win 90 games after losing the same number three years in a row.

Bobby Cox considers making a counter-argument, decides it best not to bring that up….

QLE Posted: September 28, 2018 at 05:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, playoffs

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Could Acuna win NL MVP Award as rookie?

For a while, I was riding the Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter NL MVP Award bandwagon (if only because it serves great homemade salsa). Lately, it feels like Christian Yelich’s late-season push for the Brew Crew might be enough to propel him to the honor. But we’ve still got 2 1/2 weeks left, and that’s plenty of time for a hot hitter to leave a lasting impression. The assumption all along is that the NL MVP Award is going to be won with the benefit of a home-stretch surge.

Which brings us back to Acuna, whose NL MVP Award argument is rooted in the fact that he’s carried the Braves on his back at this most crucial juncture of the year.

The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: September 12, 2018 at 03:26 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, mvp, phenoms, ronald acuna

Friday, September 07, 2018

Braves, Cobb in legal dispute over millions in stadium costs

We can be sure of only one thing…taxpayers will be screwed either way.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2018 at 08:54 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, stadium deals

Friday, August 24, 2018

The Braves traded into their strengths

But it wasn’t just happenstance. Gausman was a calculated upgrade for the Braves, who were also rumored to be in on Chris Archer at the deadline. Archer wound up with the Pirates for a significant cost while Alex Anthopoulos and his team grabbed Gausman for relatively cheap. But Gausman’s profile, and how that profile matched what Atlanta already had, surely helped Atlanta decide it wasn’t worth the price to pony up for Archer. Not when that profile could provide some hidden value.

If you don’t know what I mean, here’s Gausman’s 2018 batted ball profile:

2018: GB% 47.6% FB% 31.6%

And since he’s gotten to Atlanta, those numbers have actually improved:

with ATL - GB% 50.7% FB% 26%

The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: August 24, 2018 at 08:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: analytics, braves, trades

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Kevin Gausman throws 8 scoreless frames in win

Who can pitch well with rocks in multiple baskets?

“Any time you change anything as a Major Leaguer, there’s always a big question mark in your head about whether it’s going to work or not,” Gausman said. “I’ve had success in the big leagues before coming over here. There was a part of me that was a little hesitant. But I just tried to put all my rocks in one basket. I just jumped head-first right into it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2018 at 09:31 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, kevin gausman

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Ronald Acuna elbow OK | MLB.com

Some good news for the Braves.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2018 at 01:50 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ronald acuna

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

“It’s so gorgeous and elegant.” @markdero7 breaks down @ronaldacunajr24’s swing.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2018 at 09:12 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ronald acuna


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Ronald Acuna hits two leadoff homers | MLB.com

I watched both Braves games yesterday. Acuna put on a real showcase of his skills. I know Juan Soto is getting some well deserved attention. Having watched the two play, Soto will be the better hitter but Acuna will be the better overall player. In pretty much equal playing time this year, bWAR currently gives Acuna the edge.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2018 at 11:09 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ronald acuna

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos on the trade deadline and big-ticket rentals

Some insight into what the Braves are thinking.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 15, 2018 at 10:18 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: alex anthopoulos, braves

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Braves fans flooded MLB’s Twitter after controversial replay ruling erased a run

The Atlanta Braves were on the wrong side of two controversial calls in the fifth inning against the Cubs on Tuesday. Most of all, it included an apparent missed call after a replay review.

Justin Turner Overdrive Posted: May 16, 2018 at 03:16 PM | 104 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cubs, replay

Thursday, May 10, 2018

From Atlanta to Athens, organist Matthew Kaminski keeping baseball’s music tradition alive

When Kaminski decided on a whim to audition for the Braves organist position in 2009, he got the job. Two years later, he was contacted by the Georgia athletic association, which asked Kaminski to play a few games in Athens.

What started as a dozen or so games the first year turned into a seven-year long relationship between Kaminski and the Bulldogs. Whenever the Braves are out of town, or their season has not yet started, Kaminski can be found at Foley Field. The difference in crowd size between the two venues is jarring. SunTrust Park holds over 40,000 fans while Foley Field maxes out at 3,291.

But that’s OK with the baseball organist.

“I like the smaller stadiums better because I can hear the interaction of what I’m doing,” Kaminski said. “I don’t quite feel like I’m in the crowd [at SunTrust], whereas here, you’re so close to it.”


Friday, May 04, 2018

The history of MLB rocking the blues

Powder blues picked up steam throughout the rest of the 1970s and hit their high-water mark in 1980 and ‘81, when there were 11 blue-clad teams. Two of them—the Phillies and the Royals—faced each other in the 1980 World Series, marking the first time powder blues had appeared in the Fall Classic.


Monday, April 30, 2018

Nick Markakis, Durability & 3000 Hits

For now, Markakis’ durability remains his calling card — and his best chance at 3,000.

The Times on Base vs. Hits argument, which compared Tony Gwynn’s career offensive output against Tim Raines, carried the former Expos great into Cooperstown in his 10th year of eligibility. Perhaps more discussion needs to unfold surrounding the greatness of players who were not only able take the field 150 games a year for a decade and a half plus, but who remain wanted by front offices more and more inhabited by quantitative analysts rather than eye-test experts.

djordan Posted: April 30, 2018 at 08:40 AM | 61 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Ronald Acuna hits first homer | MLB.com

He showed off his power. Two ABs later he showed off his wheels beating out an infield hit.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2018 at 01:58 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ronald acuna

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Ronald Acuna being called up by Braves | MLB.com

The Acuna Era will begin in Atlanta.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2018 at 06:11 AM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: braves

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Braves sign Jose Bautista to a minor-league contract, will play third base

The Braves announced an agreement with infielder Jose Bautista on a one-year, minor-league contract Wednesday. Bautista has reported to the team’s extended spring training in Florida.

The Braves announced he would play third base. Bautista manned third in eight games last season (38 innings), but hasn’t consistently played there since 2007, when he appeared in 126 games at the hot corner for the Pirates.

Bored Posted: April 18, 2018 at 01:59 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, jose bautista

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Ozzie Albies: A Tale of Two Hitters - Fake Teams

Confirmation of everything our eyes are telling us.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2018 at 09:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ozzie albies

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Bonkers Game That Probably Shouldn’t Have Been

In the end, we saw the Braves jump out to a 10-2 lead and feature a 99.4% chance of winning the game as late as the seventh inning. Despite adding a few runs, the Cubs’ win probability was still just 2.0% in the eighth after Efren Navarro whiffed to record the inning’s second out. Nine two-out runs later, Chicago’s probability of losing was just 2.6%.

Bored Posted: April 16, 2018 at 12:49 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cubs

Sunday, April 15, 2018

With Preston Tucker producing, Braves can wait to call up Ronald Acuna

Just bought tickets to see Acuna play next Sunday. Now I have to wait and see whether he’ll actually still be on the team.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2018 at 10:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, ronald acuna

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Moore: Age is just a number for Niekro and Moyer

Phil Niekro: The sparks is still there!

“Oh, yeah. I threw my last [Major League] pitch when I was 48, but I could have gone another year or two,” Niekro said, recalling his final season in 1987. It began with the Cleveland Indians, but he was traded near the end of the season to the pennant-hopeful Toronto Blue Jays.

After two rough starts, then-Blue Jays general manager Pat Gillick released Niekro and told Toronto reporters that he thought Niekro’s career was over.

“Since I have total respect for [Gillick], and also out of fairness to myself, I just took his word and decided that maybe he knew more about myself than I did, and that maybe he sees something that I don’t see, so I went by his words,” said Niekro, who made one final start with Atlanta that season. “After I retired, the next Spring Training, I got the fever. Then the next Spring Training after that, I got the fever.”

In fact, Niekro still has the fever.

Said Niekro, chuckling, but only a little, “I still feel like I can get guys out in the big leagues right now. My arm feels as good now as it did when I retired.”

...“I’ll throw some BP down there, so my arm is no problem,” Niekro said. “To stick around a long time, it’s a discipline thing for a player, where you have to stay healthy. You also have to be fortunate, just to spend any time in the big leagues. I’ve got no squabbles about anything. I just kick myself in the butt for not hanging around for another year or two.”

Repoz Posted: January 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, history

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


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