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July 31, 2010

Game Recap – 7/31/2010

by @ 11:39 pm.   Filed under braves, braves games
Team123456789RHE
Braves (59-44)200000000272
Reds (58-47)00010040X581
W: Bronson Arroyo (11-6) L: Jair Jurrjens (3-4) S: Francisco Cordero (28)

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Today’s Trade

by @ 11:36 pm.   Filed under baseball, baseball news, baseball players, braves, braves news, braves players

If you haven’t heard about the trade made today, I assume it’s because you have horrible internet service and can only access my page. If that’s the case, I apologize, because I’m not going to provide any deep analysis of what happened. There are tons of tweets and retweets about the trades in the twitter feed that pertain to the trade, many of which contain links to articles containing such analysis.

I will, however, give you a brief overview of what happened and a few of my thoughts.

From Braves/To RoyalsFrom Royals/To Braves
Gregor Blanco
Jesse Chavez
Tim Collins
Kyle Farnsworth
Rick Ankiel
Cash

Gregor Blanco: I’ve always liked Blanco, but he was never going to be a starter in Atlanta. He didn’t have much power, and that pretty much was going to never allow him to rise above the level of a 4th or 5th outfielder, mainly being used as a pinch runner or late inning defensive replacement.

Jesse  Chavez: I’ve never been candid with my dislike of Chavez. I feel that the good outings he’s had this season were flukes. I’m was only partially joking earlier today when I asked whether we could have got more out of the deal if we hadn’t included Chavez.

Tim Collins: A drink made of 2 parts gin, 1 part lemon juice, sugar, and soda water. No, wait, that’s a Tom Collins. He’s one of the main characters in Rent, first played by Jesse L. Martin. No, wait, that’s also Tom Collins. Tim Collins is a left handed minor league pitcher that was aquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the Yunel Escobar trade. Reports were that he was a pretty solid pithcer, but as always, the Braves have a bevy of pitching prospects and giving up one like Collins isn’t a big loss at all.

Kyle Farnsworth: A hard throwing right handed reliever that pitched in Atlanta back in 2005. Farnsworth is a solid reliever that will help avoid the need to overwork Moylan and Venters down the stretch. He’ll fit in nice as a 6th or 7th inning guy, and has the experience necessary that he could taken on 8th or 9th inning responsibilities if needed. His numbers this season are pretty good, and they were excellent during his last tour in Atlanta. I saw where one scout had that this year he was “throwing the crap out of the ball,” which is good, because if there is one thing I can’t stand, its balls with crap in them.

Rick Ankiel: A solid outfielder with some power, Ankiel had been on the DL for close ~2.5 months before being recently activated. Since then he has been playing well and will definitely not be a downgrade for the Braves in center field. The Braves also play into his career history, and I’ll be blogging about that later (I was actually including it in this post, but it was getting long enough to where it deserved it’s own post.)

Cash: bread, cabbage, currency, dead presidents, dough, funds, green stuff, money, etc.

While this trade wont go down in history as a blockbuster, I think it was a solid move. We added depth to an already solid bullpen as well as power to out lineup. Ankiel might not be the bat some were hoping for, but he is an upgrade to to the mediocre performance we’ve been getting out of center field for most of the season. Personally I’d like to see Ankiel playing everyday in center field for the Braves while Diaz gets the majority of the playing time in left field. This allows us to give Hinske some starts at first so that Glaus can get badly needed rest. Such a scheme also allows for what I consider to be a very important key to winning the pennant: minimizing the amount of time Melky Cabrera is actually on the field.



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Game Recap – 7/30/2010

by @ 12:38 am.   Filed under braves, braves games, braves news, braves players
Team12345678910RHE
Braves (59-43)00102100026120
Reds (57-47)00300001004110
W: Jesse Chavez (3-2) L: Francisco Cordero (3-4) S: Billy Wagner (24)

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One of the most intense games I’ve seen this season. As of this posting, x-rays on Prado’s finger were inconclusive and he will be re-evaluated by a doctor tomorrow.

I’m sure most of you also know that tomorrow is the trade deadline. I won’t be near a computer to post any updates or breaking news here, but I’ll be keeping an eye on the twitter feeds and retweeting anything that I think y’all might find interesting. If you aren’t following @thebravesblog yet, now’s a good time to start!

Speaking of the twitter feed, you should check it out for links to a good number of articles about things such as the results of Venters’ appeal of his suspension, Gonzalez’s health woes, and much more!


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July 29, 2010

Game Recap – 7/29/2010

by @ 10:40 pm.   Filed under baseball, baseball news, baseball players, braves, braves games, braves players
Team123456789RHE
Braves (58-43)000201000360
Nationals (44-58)02020001X571
W: Scott Olsen (3-2) L: Derek Lowe (10-9) S: Matt Capps (26)

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Lots of news about Roy Oswalt getting traded to the Phillies. Check out the twitter feed for a good number of articles I’ve retweeted. Also check out the feed of @FriedBasballATL. He has some excellent analysis on Jurrjens’ vs. Oswalt, and how getting Jurrjens back mid season has the same affect as a mid season trade, and in this case we got the better pitcher.

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Game Recap – 7/28/2010

by @ 6:58 am.   Filed under braves, braves games
Team123456789RHE
Braves (58-42)200010000380
Nationals (43-58)000010000170
W: Tim Hudson (11-5) L: Livan Hernandez (7-7) S: Billy Wagner (23)

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July 27, 2010

Game Recap – 7/27/2010

by @ 11:04 pm.   Filed under braves, braves games, braves news, braves players
Team123456789RHE
Braves (57-42)000000000052
Nationals (43-57)12000000X360
W: Miguel Batista (1-2) L: Tommy Hanson (8-7) S: Matt Capps (25)

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In case you didn’t hear, Nate McLouth was optioned to AAA before the game today. I’m a fan of Nate beyond what he does or doesn’t do on the field. I think he seems like a good guy to have on the team and around the clubhouse. That being said, we are in too tight of a pennant race for him to work out his issues at the major league level right now. I hope he is able to “fix” whatever is wrong quickly and that we’ll see him back up here soon.

On the same note, I personally hope that we get to see Blanco get the majority of the playing time over Cabrera. Blanco wasn’t called up to replace McLouth, but thats most likely due to the fact that he has to wait 10 days after being sent back to the minors before he can return. We should see him up in about 4 days.

You can read more about McLouth and other happenings in the articles I’ve retweeted.


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July 26, 2010

Game Recap – 7/25/2010

by @ 6:25 pm.   Filed under braves, braves games
Team1234567891011RHE
Braves (57-41)101001010004110
Marlins (49-49)000400000015110
W: Jorge Sosa (2-2) L: Jesse Chavez (2-2)

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Game Recap – 7/24/2010

by @ 6:23 pm.   Filed under braves, braves games
Team123456789RHE
Braves (57-40)10100008010100
Marlins (48-49)1030010005112
W: Jesse Chavez (2-1) L: Jhan Marinez (1-1)

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July 24, 2010

Game Recap – 7/23/2010

by @ 7:47 am.   Filed under braves, braves games
Team123456789RHE
Braves (56-40)0000103026110
Marlins (48-48)200002102780
W: Jose Veras (2-0) L: Billy Wagner (5-1)

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July 22, 2010

Game Recap – 7/22/2010

by @ 10:06 pm.   Filed under braves, braves games
Team123456789RHE
Padres (55-39)000000000041
Braves (56-39)21100040X8130
W: Tim Hudson (10-5) L: Clayton Richard (7-5)

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