Wild Card Teams

by on February 14, 2011   4 Comments

Last season’s Wild Card winning franchises are no strangers to success. The New York Yankees have failed to make the playoffs just once—in 2008—in the last 16 seasons. The Atlanta Braves returned to the playoffs, after missing five seasons in a row, but before that they had made the playoffs in 14 straight seasons. They differ in the amount of money they spend on their teams, with the Braves at a modest $86 million while the Yankees are paying their players a whopping $196 million.

Top National League Off Season Moves By Division

by on January 1, 2011   3 Comments

There are few big names left on the Free Agent Market. Some teams may have missed out on their top choices and have resorted to their back up plans. The Texas Rangers have done this after falling short in the Cliff Lee sweepstakes by signing Brandon Webb. Webb is a gamble, but has a high reward if he can return to his 2006 Cy Young pitching form.

No team can ever fully expect to fill the holes exactly how they mapped out before the off season started.  This off season is a great example of that. Once your ideal player has been taken as a general manager you must move on to the next best option. The following is the first of two  lists of the teams that made the moves to best improve themselves within their divisions. It doesn’t take into account the long term impact a big contract may have, just how it helps the team this season.

Fairwell Diaz.

by on December 8, 2010   5 Comments

It is no secret that I am a huge Matt Diaz fan.  I think he’s the most underrated baseball player in the bigs, and I’m fairly certain he holds the cure to cancer.  Since the news came out about Matt leaving Atlanta, it’s been a struggle for me to get out of bed and to be nice to people.  I’ve been raving about Matty for the past 3 seasons.  Most of Diaz’s time in Atlanta was spent platooning left field because of his “struggles” against righty pitching.  Less intelligent baseball fans seem to obsess over Matty’s numbers against right-handed pitching.  They would call him a “lefty killer”… which he certainly was.  You see, Diaz is a .335 lifetime hitter against lefties, which rightfully deems him as a “lefty killer”, however his .269 lifetime avg against righties is not something to be frowned upon.  Alex Gonzalez hits .250 against righties, Dan Uggla hits .267 against righties, and Brian McCann has a lifetime .267 avg against lefties.

Behold, Uggla the Brave

by on November 17, 2010   8 Comments

We Braves fans are all too familiar with Dan Uggla.  He is fondly referred to as “The Braves Killer” in Hotlanta, due to his modest .340 batting avg at The Ted.  Well, yesterday Braves GM Frank Wren traded diamond wizard Omar Infante and rookie Mike Dunn to Florida for Uggla.

Offseason Update: Atlanta Braves

by on November 9, 2010   2 Comments

When I learned recently that Frank Wren picked up Joe Mather from the Cardinals, I wanted to break something.  He hit .191 in the majors last year before being sent to the minors where he hacked about .275… sounds like another Chris Woodward or Pete Orr.  This move also eludes to the idea that non-tendered possibility Matt Diaz may not be brought back, which terrifies me beyond belief.  Word on the grass is that Diaz and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel are next door neighbors and good friends, and the Phils have shown interest in signing my favorite player.  If this happens I may sink into a depression that I may not be emotionally prepared to handle.

Ex-Braves Vs. Current Braves

by on April 27, 2010   11 Comments

Yesterday, my friend Anna wrote this on my facebook wall:

Stats of the day:

  • Jeff Francouer, Mets: .286, 3 homers, 10 RBIs
  • Kelly Johnson, D-Backs: .322, 7 homers, 12 RBIs
  • Casey Kotchman, Mariners: .279, 3 homers, 14 RBIs
  • Adam Laroche, D-Backs: .278, 1 homer, 7 RBIs

After reading this, it was all I could do to not hang up my head dress until next spring.

Braves’ Opening Day

by on April 6, 2010   6 Comments

Braves – 16, Cubs – 5

Wow.  I mean, wow.  We all knew that Jason Heyward was going to come in with a bang… but to blast a 3-run home run his first Major League at bat against Carlos Zambrano?!… Wow.  That home run was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.  I got goose bumps and became slightly emotional.  The second coolest thing I’ve ever seen, was when they showed Zambrano’s current ERA on the big screen… 40.15.

Bobby’s Last Stand

by on March 15, 2010   No Comments

As Bobby Cox enters his final year as the Atlanta Braves manager, I find myself feeling both nostalgic and eager for a new skipper.  Us Braves fans have always held Bobby in high regard.  I mean, he  is the fourth-winningest manager in Major League history, has the most wins of any Braves manager, four Manager of the Year awards, the all-time ejection record, the only person (player or manager) to get ejected from 2 World Series games, and took the Braves to 14 consecutive division titles.  However, in light of the past 3 seasons, I am ready for something new.

Brown’s March State of the Braves Address

by on March 10, 2010   2 Comments

Good news first: Unless you’ve been living in a cone of baseball silence during the past few months, you’ve heard of Jason Heyward.  In case you have not heard of him… just think of Labron James in a baseball uniform.  He’s 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, has the patience of a seasoned veteran, only 1 strikeout so far this spring, and he’s 20 years old.  He’s being compared to the likes of Fred McGriff, Dave Parker, and God.  All signs are pointing to him being the Braves starting right fielder come April, and we (Braves nation) couldn’t be happier.

Paging Dr. Hype – Jason Heyward Line 1

by on February 24, 2010   No Comments

My friends over at www.dictionary.com offer the following definition of hype – “Excessive publicity and the ensuing commotion.”  Such is the case with Braves 20-year old outfielder Jason Heyward, who has a chance to be the opening day starter in LF for the Braves.

In case you don’t follow minor league baseball or the MLB draft, Heyward was recently tabbed as the #1 prospect in MLB by MLB.com.  To give you an idea of how highly people think of him, the #2 prospect by MLB.com is a 6’4″, 220-pound, 22-year old named Stephen Strasburg, who throws 103 miles per hour and has Olympic experience under his belt, pitching for Team USA in the 2008 Bejing Games.

Fellow Braves had a chance to add their sound byte to the Jason Heyward prospect profile – keep in mind while reading these that he has 11 at-bats above triple-A.