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17 Jan

Where Do We Go From Here? — In Summary (by Rusty S.)

As an overview of the position players, here’s a brief summary of my findings and opinions from the “Where Do We Go From Here” series. The hard truth is that the Braves had only 2 position players (Freddie Freeman and Ender Inciarte) register above 2.0 WAR in 2016. Worse, there are 4 incumbent position players […]

08 Dec

Where Do We Go From Here? — Outfield (by Rusty S.)

Ed. note: Every year we publish a series of articles entitled “Where Do We Go From Here?” in which we analyze what the Braves need to do in order to get better the following year. Here’s the intro to the series. The Incumbents The outfield seems like a strong spot for the Braves. It is […]

18 Nov

Where Do We Go From Here? — Catcher (by Rusty S.)

Ed. note: Every year we publish a series of articles entitled “Where Do We Go From Here?” in which we analyze what the Braves need to do in order to get better the following year. Here’s the intro to the series. The Incumbent Tyler Flowers has an unremarkable career slash line of .232/.302/.384, in 1720 plate […]

11 Nov

Where Do We Go From Here? — Second Base (by Rusty S.)

Ed. note: Every year we publish a series of articles entitled “Where Do We Go From Here?” in which we analyze what the Braves need to do in order to get better the following year. Here’s the intro to the series. The Incumbent The incumbent, such as it is, is Jace Peterson, who played 87 […]

04 Nov

Where Do We Go From Here? The Starting Rotation (by seat painter)

The Braves began this past season thinking that their rotation might be a — and maybe the — strength of the team, while they had serious confidence issues about the offense. Then they finished the season with the offense carrying the shell of a rotation across the finish line. Atlanta used 16 different starters over the […]

28 Oct

Where Do We Go From Here? — Third Base (by Rusty S.)

Ed. note: Every year we publish a series of articles entitled “Where Do We Go From Here?” in which we analyze what the Braves need to do in order to get better the following year. Here’s the intro to the series. The first is by Rusty S. The Incumbent Adonis Garcia: Garcia will be 32 […]

25 Nov

Where Do We Go From Here?: Maybe Defense is an Overvalued Asset

On March 29, 2013, as MLB prepared to break spring training and embark on another summer of swings, the New York Times ran an article about the upcoming season and league wide trends. The gist of it is summarized by the headline, “Strikeouts on the Rise,” but just in case you weren’t sure where they […]

18 Nov

Xanax, Part 1

One of the very few topics on which I generally default to optimism is the Atlanta Braves. It is known. I can get testy with the constant rending of garments that we seem to descend to any time things don’t go perfectly or according to how we would do it. It is known. I have […]

17 Nov

Where Do We Go From Here?: Let The Kids Play (by Edward)

Illusion check, in order of appearance: Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel, Freddie Freeman, and Andrelton Simmons. Or if you’re not into using names: Immediate Sensation 1, Immediate Sensation 2, Immediate Hugsation, Immediate Sensation 3. Okay, okay, it didn’t turn out perfectly. Heyward lost his power, Kimbrel got a little shaky in some key moments, Freeman hasn’t […]

05 Nov

Where Do We Go From Here?: Trade. Everyone. (by Edward)

Here we are in the ruins of our once-mighty house. It rains almost every day; the humidity hangs around 100% when it doesn’t. We grope our way through an unending mist toward—what else?—another winter. Time to take melancholy stock of it all. What have we got in the cupboard? A fine first baseman, a spectacular […]

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