About Brent Blackwell

Brent Blackwell also writes for College Football By The Numbers at www.cfbtn.com.

Braves Transaction: Manny Banuelos to DL; Carpenter up

July 28, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

Atlanta placed LHP Manny Banuelos on the 15-day DL (elbow inflammation); Purchased the contract of RHP David Carpenter from AAA Gwinnett. The season for Banuelos might be near an end, and that's not a suggestion that it was a disappointing 2015 for the former top prospect. Far from it, actually. After missing all of 2013…

My Favorite John Smoltz Fact

July 26, 2015 Brent Blackwell 5

On Hall of Fame weekend, there are dozens of anecdotes about John Smoltz from Braves bloggers, beat writers, and fans alike. It's what the weekend is for - remember the careers of these standout individuals, particularly our favorite moments in those careers. For John Smoltz, my favorite singular moment is probably watching Greg Olson leap…

Trade Recap: Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson to the Mets

July 26, 2015 Brent Blackwell 2

On Friday, the Braves traded 3B Juan Uribe, UT Kelly Johnson, and cash to the division rival New York Mets for minor league pitchers John Gant and Rob Whalen. Here's a closer look at the trade. It's little surprise that the Braves have become sellers. On the morning of the trade, Atlanta was 45-50, 6.5…

#101: 2012 World Series

July 20, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

*Home list with explanations Note: Leverage Index is an average of the leverage of situations, with 1 being average, below 1 being low-pressure, and above 1 being high-pressure. The 2012 World Series had one historic performance and three pretty good games. However, a sweep's a sweep, and sweeps just aren't all that competitive by nature.…

#102: 1937 World Series

July 17, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

Home list with explanations Note: Leverage Index is an average of the leverage of situations, with 1 being average, below 1 being low-pressure, and above 1 being high-pressure. In most cases, 4-game sweeps are less fun, less competitive, and less exciting than longer Series. It is no surprise, then, that the first 9 entries on…

#103: 1990 World Series

June 23, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

Home list with explanations Note: Leverage Index is an average of the leverage of situations, with 1 being average, below 1 being low-pressure, and above 1 being high-pressure. 1990 was an odd little World Series. It was a 4-game sweep. 2 of the games weren't contests at all and can safely be called bad games.…

#104: 1966 World Series

June 20, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

Home list with explanations Note: Leverage Index is an average of the leverage of situations, with 1 being average, below 1 being low-pressure, and above 1 being high-pressure. Since beginning life as the Milwaukee Brewers in 1901, moving to St. Louis as the Browns a year later, and heading east to become the Baltimore Orioles…

AJ & Christian

June 16, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

There's a lot of debate going on right now among Braves fans about the decision to option Christian Bethancourt to AAA and bring up Ryan Lavarnway. On the surface, one would immediately think... why is there debate about this? Bethancourt has a wRC+ of 40, swings at 48% of pitches outside the strike zone, and…

World Series #105: 1932

June 11, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

Home list with explanations Note: Leverage Index is an average of the leverage of situations, with 1 being average, below 1 being low-pressure, and above 1 being high-pressure. No World Series featured more future Hall of Famers than the 1932 World Series - 14 of the players, managers, and umpires would wind up enshrined. No…

World Series #106: 2004

June 10, 2015 Brent Blackwell 0

Home list with explanations Note: Leverage Index is an average of the leverage of situations, with 1 being average, below 1 being low-pressure, and above 1 being high-pressure. In 1968, Vanilla Fudge, a band known mostly for psychedelic cover songs of Motown hits and rock & roll classics, went on tour in the US. Their…

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