Archive for August, 2009

Atlanta Braves: What if… the Braves HADN’T given up on pitchers like Wainwright, Marquis and Millwood?

From the Braves Vent

“Millwood, Wainwright, Marquis 16 games over .500 this year. Kawakami, Vazquez, Lowe 3 games over .500 this year. Love the way we trade the bad pitchers.” and “The Cardinals have 16 game winner Adam Wainwright and the Braves have memories of overpaid J.D. Drew.”

YOU TELL US: While hindsight is always 20/20, how do YOU think the Braves’ history of trades and offseason dealings — especially regarding pitchers at both the major and minor league levels — has come to impact the club? Are the Braves less interested in cultivating young arms than in going after offense? Which would YOU rather have?

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Atlanta Braves: Another loss to the Padres… should we wave bye-bye to our Wild Card chances?

Two nights at the Ted, two losses to the last-place NL West Padres.

YOU TELL US: Have the Braves just blown their Wild Card chances? How can these playoff hopes be saved?

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Atlanta Braves: Was weekend Philly series such a huge flop or do we still have a Wild Card shot?

The facts aren’t pretty: NL East-leader Philadelphia came to town and took two of three from the Braves. Philly slugger Ryan Howard dominated the series. Atlanta lost a chance to gain serious division ground.

YOU TELL US: What went so wrong this past weekend against the Phillies? Do the Braves still have a shot at the Wild Card? And what’s Atlanta got to do going forward to make the postseason?

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Atlanta Braves: Should John Smoltz be re-signed to help Braves bullpen?

The Boston Red Sox cut John Smoltz Friday after the veteran pitcher, signed as a free agent this past January, managed only a 2-5 record in eight starts with an 8.33 ERA.

YOU TELL US: Do you think Smoltz, who racked up 154 saves from 2001-04 as Atlanta’s closer, should be re-signed to help in the Braves bullpen? Or is he, at age 42 and coming off shoulder rehab, simply out of gas?

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