Improving the Win, 2014 Braves Edition

June 10, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

What would happen if the practice of giving a W or L to individual players extended beyond just pitchers, and also involved a better process than just lucky timing?  Using WPA, I've assigned a W or L for every game in the 2014 season so far.  Let's see what it looks like: A breakdown by…

Do umpires call strikes fairly on BJ Upton?

May 16, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

BJ had some unpleasant strike calls in the Giants series, and it even sparked some theories that because B.J. Upton has been less than stellar offensively over the last 12 months, he has an expanded strike zone and umps will call it a little less fairly. Luckily, this isn't something we have to guess at.…

The ‘Anyone But Uggla’ Myth…

May 12, 2014 Chris Jervis 2

After Dan Uggla's recent continued struggles at the plate, many fans have taken to the FaceTweeterBlog-osphere calling for him to replaced in the lineup--by anyone. In and of itself, this probably does not seem like a bad idea. Since his arrival in Atlanta in 2011, Uggla has a batting average of .211. Combine that with…

Optimizing the Braves batting order

May 5, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

Any time teams struggle to score runs, the masses start clamoring for changes.  So far I've heard: Fire the hitting coaches!  They may or may not be contributing to Atlanta's scoring woes, but they're not going anywhere. Fire Dan Uggla!  There's a worthy debate as to whether or not it's time to bench Uggla in…

Braves Season Opening Over/Under Predictions…

March 29, 2014 Chris Jervis 1

With the 2014 Atlanta Braves season set to kick off tomorrow, I thought I would have some fun with some pre-season predictions on certain performance thresholds. Julio Teheran Wins: 14.5 As the de facto #1 starter and ace of the staff now, Teheran will have every opportunity to showcase the talent that brought him to…

Braves Spring Training Preview: Pitchers

March 1, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

A group by group look at the 2014 spring training Braves, starting with a rather large group: the pitchers. Luis Avilan: Avilan had a breakout year last year, sporting a 1.52 ERA buoyed by a .204 BABIP.    While that BABIP almost certainly isn't sustainable, he has had low BABIPs throughout his entire career, which…

The $148,300,000 Day

February 5, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

"Everyone else is extending their young players, why can't the Braves?  Thanks, Liberty Media!" It's a common refrain heard by Braves fans.  Many have resigned themselves to the notion that the young core of players are all bolting for greener pastures as soon as they get the chance, because Atlanta will never spend the money…

BJ Upton’s swing

February 3, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

According to a recent Mark Bowman column, BJ Upton has been spending the offseason fixing his swing.  The swing does seem like it's the thing, considering Upton's strike zone contact rate dropped to a career-low 71.8% last year.  If he can get back near his career average of 80.7%, that would go a long way…

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