Why 2018 Means Everything to the Atlanta Braves

September 27, 2017 Dylan Short 0

  With the MLB season winding down, and with the Atlanta Braves over halfway through their rebuild, the Braves are fast approaching the crossroads of their rebuild. The youth movement is finally happening, as guys like Sean Newcomb, Lucas Sims, Ozzie Albies, AJ Minter, Dansby Swanson, Rio Ruiz, Max Fried, Johan Camargo, and Luiz Gohara…

Projecting The Braves’ MLB Top 30 Prospects: Starting Pitching

August 10, 2017 Dylan Short 3

  {Editor's Note: This is Dylan Short's first piece with Outfield Fly Rule. Dylan hosts the Shellshocked podcast and has expanded into writing. Give the podcast a listen - CJ}   There’s been a lot made about our farm system (with good reason) and the gold mine the Braves are sitting on. I think we…

Which Teams Match Up For Brandon Phillips Deadline Trade?

July 27, 2017 Micah Smith 9

As anyone reading this knows, Major League Baseball’s Non-Waiver Trade Deadline is July 31, 2017 at 4 p.m. EST. Before that deadline, teams are free to finalize trades with no extra hoops to jump through. For the Atlanta Braves, there have been deals (Jamie Garcia to the Twins) and rumors of deals (in with Sonny…

Despite Blown Saves, Jim Johnson Doesn’t Blow

July 8, 2017 Micah Smith 0

Jim Johnson blew another save. It was his MLB leading 7th blown save of 2017. Beyond that, the circumstances of this particular lost opportunity could not have been worse. The Braves were on the verge of taking the second game in a four-game series against the division leading Nationals. If the Braves have any chance…

An Alternate Method for Defining an Ace

July 5, 2017 Micah Smith 0

Recently, I defined and identified the “aces” of major league baseball using a statistical methodology with a very high bar a pitcher must reach in order to be considered an "ace." Doing so, I identified only five current aces along with four pitchers who have the potential to be an emerging ace. Read all about…

OFR Analytics: Who Qualifies as MLB’s “Ace” Pitchers?

July 3, 2017 Micah Smith 1

"Ace" is a term thrown around a lot in baseball discussions. But what defines an ace? And who are the current aces in MLB? Join me as I define the term and objectively determine which pitchers rightly deserve the title. Defining an Ace Every team wants an ace to lead its staff. Looking back from…

John Sickels: Atlanta Braves Discussion

November 7, 2016 Andy Harris 0

  On Thursday, John Sickles of SB Nation's Minor League Ball blog posted some questions to get some discussion going ahead of his always popular Atlanta Braves prospect list. I'm going to share with you my responses to those questions, which I think get to the heart of what will need to happen for the Atlanta Braves…

Does Freddie Freeman Owe Matt Kemp?

October 17, 2016 Brent Blackwell 2

Lineup protection is something that's still discussed pretty heavily in baseball these days. While many saber-concepts have caught on with the mainstream, like shifting defenses, eliminating sacrifice bunts, the silliness of pitcher wins, and better usage of elite relievers, lineup protection doesn't really get questioned as much. In 2016, Atlanta gave us an interesting scenario…

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