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October 20, 2010

What wonderful news!

by @ 7:17 pm.   Filed under braves, braves news, braves players

The Braves have released Melky Cabrera.

More details here

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September 15, 2010

Game Recap – 9/14/2010

by @ 6:42 am.   Filed under braves, braves games, braves players
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W: Livan Hernandez (10-11) L: Jair Jurrjens (7-6)


I hope Cox doesn’t respond to this by going back to Melky as the everyday left fielder. We really won’t know for sure until Friday. Since today is an afternoon game, and tomorrow is an off day, you can expect to see a lot of players given a day off.

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August 3, 2010

Game Recap – 8/2/2010

by @ 6:58 am.   Filed under braves, braves games, braves players
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W: Tim Hudson (12-5) L: Johan Santana (8-6) S: Billy Wagner (25)


I think this game was further proof that Matt Diaz is too hot when he starts to not be given a chance to play everyday, at least while Hinske is unavailable to platoon because he is playing first while Glaus gets some much needed rest. At this point I almost think it might be worth putting him on the DL in order to ensure he gets some time off. Doing so would allow us to call up someone else (such as Freddie Freeman) to play first, preventing the need to break up the Diaz/Hinske platoon.

Another option would be to give it until mid-month. During that time give Glaus as much rest as possible. If he’s still struggling by the time Prado is back, then DL him and let Prado play first so that you can keep the Diaz/Hinkse platoon intact.

However its worked out, I think the bottom line is that Melky Cabrera plays as little as possible. He MUST be confined to the role of a backup and nothing more.

Coming Soon

I’m working on a few blogs right now that I hope to have up soon. They are more than just “my thoughts” blogs, so they require a bit of extra time in terms of compiling data and what not. The ones that are currently in the works are:

  1. Kyle Farnsworth & Rick Ankiel – just some more background and history on the two newest Braves
  2. Proper Player Utilization – expanding upon my thoughts in the last few recaps.
  3. Handedness – this might end up being part of the above blog, or might get its own. I want to take a more in-depth look into the “rule” that it favors to the batter to face an opposite handed pitcher, and vice-versa, the pitcher to face a same handed batter. My hypothesis is that a lot of managers follow this “rule” even when the numbers don’t support it. Any examples of situations where the “rule” was followed despite the numbers are appreciated.

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August 1, 2010

Game Recap – 8/1/2010

by @ 9:03 pm.   Filed under braves, braves games, braves players
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W: Edinson Volquez (2-1) L: Tommy Hanson (8-8) S: Francisco Cordero (29)


The Braves are in serious trouble if they don’t properly utilize their players. Glaus needs more than a few innings off, and until he shows he can’t handle it, Diaz needs to be the everyday left fielder against lefties and righties.

With a bit of rest, I think Glaus can be effective down the stretch, but right now he is hurting the team by batting in the middle of the order while not able to produce. Cabrera, on the other hand, has shown that he can’t be a productive member of the team when he is playing everyday. Ankiel and Diaz should be given a chance to play everyday with Cabrera filling in when one of them needs a rest. If either of them show they can’t handle playing everyday either, then a platoon can be discussed.

Also keep in mind that by the time its determined whether or not Diaz or Ankiel can contribute as everyday players, Glaus might be rested up enough to resume playing every day. In that case, Hinske can be utilized in left field again. Even if Glaus shows that he needs to take a day or two off on a frequent basis, there is no reason that Hinkse can’t be played in left when Glaus starts, and at first when he doesn’t.

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July 31, 2010

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

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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July 27, 2010

Game Recap – 7/27/2010

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


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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June 1, 2010

Game Recap: 5/31/2010 or FIRST PLACE!

by @ 12:30 pm.   Filed under braves, braves games, braves players
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Braves (29-22)30300030X9110
W: Tommy Hanson (5-3) L: Joe Blanton (1-4)


Granted, we still have a long season ahead of us, but I think things look good. My prediction is that if we are still in 1st place by the end of the long road trip we have coming up, we’ll stay there the rest of the season.

The Braves went 20-8 in the month of May, taking them from last place in the division to first in the span of just a few weeks. All of this was done with Chipper, McCann, and Escobar playing way below what’s expected of them for most of the month. Add to that the fact that McCann and Chipper have both started to show marked improvements, and even Escobar has shown signs he is coming out of his slump. We also can’t overlook Cabrera’s recent performance which has been much better than how he started the season.

Then there are the guys that have been performing on a high level the entire time. Heyward, Glaus, and Prado are the everyday players that top the list. Then there are guys like Hinske that seem to perform as a starter, pinch hitter, or late inning replacement. Even Ross is providing solid offense from a position that you don’t usually expect such things from (backup catcher).

Things are looking good Braves fans!

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May 27, 2010

Game recap for 5/26/2010

by @ 4:46 pm.   Filed under braves, braves games, braves players
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W: Tommy Hanson (4-3) L: Burke Badenhop (0-5)


Sorry that the subject of this post is boring, but I’m running out of creative ways to say “Braves Win” or “Braves Lose.”

In case you were not aware, yesterday, as a birthday present to me, the Braves won 7-3. The game started off kind of rough. Hanson gave up a run in the 1st in addition to walking the bases loaded. The 2nd didn’t start out much better when he hit the first batter! After that he settled down though and looked much more like the Hanson we’re used too. After that the game wasn’t too exciting except for the 7th when the Braves scored 6 runs. I know that a pitchers duel can be fun to watch, but the excitement of that is spread out over an entire game. In terms of a rush of excitement, nothing beats a huge inning by your favorite team.

There were a other highlights from the game worth pointing out. First of all, Yunel Escobar finally had a good game. He was 2-3 with a walk,  RBI, and a run scored. Lets hope this is a sign he is finally breaking out of is slump.

%Bn% continued to do well going 2-4 and scoring twice. It’s no secret that I haven’t been a fan of him so far this year, but if he keeps playing like he has over the past few days, I might have to change that opinion.

Brian McCann also had a good night, going 2-4 with an RBI. He seems to be back on track now that he is wearing his glasses again.

With the win, and the Phillies’ loss, the Braves moved back into second place and are now only 2.5 games out!

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May 23, 2010

Another Win!

by @ 12:01 pm.   Filed under braves, braves games, braves players
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W: Derek Lowe (6-4) L: Charlie Morton (1-8) S: Billy Wagner (5)


There were a few suspensful moments, but the Braves came out ahead in the end. Melky Cabrera also had a good game for once.

I also heard an interesting fact related to my last post. After being 14th in runs scored in the NL (25th MLB) for the month of April, the Braves are 1st for the month of May (4th MLB).  You can compare numbers at Just change the split between April and May, or the league between NL and MLB.

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