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…

Falcons sign Gabe Carimi

February 18, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

The Falcons' attempted makeover of the league's worst offensive line started Monday with the signing of former Bear and Buccaneer Gabe Carimi.  Carimi hasn't made many fans happy since his days at Wisconsin, as so far he is widely considered to be one of the busts of the 2011 draft.  Speaking of Wisconsin, are Wisconsin…

Falcons make some cap space

February 7, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

Yesterday the Falcons released SLB Stephen Nicolas and CB Asante Samuel, clearing up something in the vicinity of $6M in space for the 2014 cap.  A quick look at each player's tenure in Atlanta. The Falcons picked up 4-time Pro Bowler Samuel for next to nothing, giving up only a 7th round pick in the…

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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