Braves Analysis

Braves Head Scratching 2017 Exposed

The season hasn’t quite turned out like Braves management was hoping. That hasn’t stopped several players from having surprisingly good seasons. R.A. Dickey was supposed to eat innings and be a solid number four or five starter. Dickey leads the team in innings pitched with 161 2/3, no surprise, there. The veteran knuckleballer has been much more than an innings eater though, leading B... »

Braves Pitching Analysis and Breakdown 2017

Highly touted young starters Sean Newcomb and Lucas Sims have arrived in Atlanta, as the Braves future unfolds. Both have shown flashes as well as the growing pains that almost always happens with young starters. Overall, Braves fans should be optimistic with what these two 23-year olds have displayed. Julio Teheran and Mike Foltynewicz, supposedly the Braves top two starters, have had inconsisten... »

Julio Teheran Trade Value Still High

Julio Teheran is having his worst season as a major leaguer. The 26-year old right-hander is 7-10 with a bloated 4.98 ERA. Trade rumors about Teheran continually pop up, Braves GM John Coppolella is undoubtedly taking calls. Looking at his raw stats, it would appear Teheran’s trade value is low. When you break down the numbers, the right-hander’s value should still be reasonably high. ... »

Ronald Acuna Age Factor Holding Him Back?

The Ronald Acuna age factor is all holding the young slugger back. Conventional wisdom is let Acuna keep learning in the minors and you know baseball people and their conventional wisdom. You don’t want to rush the kid and perhaps ruin his confidence, right? You gotta play it by the book. If you are Ronald Acuna, you are probably wondering what you have to do before the Braves call you up  Y... »

Deal of the Century or Drinking Fantasy?

In December 2015, the Braves traded Shelby Miller to the Diamondbacks for Ender Inciarte, Dansby Swanson and Aaron Blair. Baseball trades sometimes appear one-sided initially, they often even out and occasionally flip-flop. In February 2017, AJC columnist Mark Bradley proclaimed this deal, “the trade of the century.” To make that proclamation about a multi-player baseball deal after li... »

Braves Big Trade Potential Before Deadline

Will a Braves big trade happen before the July 31 deadline? Will the Braves make a serious playoff run this season? These are the two main questions Atlanta fans are wondering. Brian Snitker‘s boys are currently nine games back in the wildcard race. Not an insurmountable mountain, but not a small hill, either. We saw the Braves overcome the Giants in 1993, when they were nine games down on J... »

Dansby AAA Gwinnett Bound Soon?

Listening to the Braves post game wrap-up last night, something surprising happened. Braves hosts Brian Jordan and Jerome Jurenovich opined very strongly that Dansby Swanson Atlanta Brave, should be Dansby Swanson AAA Gwinnett. They both said he needs to play every day and it is hurting his development sitting on the bench. If you watch the post game show frequently, it is apparent that the hosts ... »

Braves Changing Bench Philosophy?

Braves manager Brian Snitker has opted to go with an 8-man bullpen this season. That changed when Sean Rodriguez and Danny Santana came off the disabled list Monday as utility player Jace Peterson and reliever Jason Hursh were optioned to Gwinnett. The moves give the Braves a 7-man bullpen and 5 bench players. Along with Santana, Lane Adams is a permanent fixture on the bench. Snitker is rotating ... »