Found February 09, 2013 on
Chicago White Sox
It’s tough to project a player who’s already gone through the best stretch of their career, and trust me, it doesn’t get any better than Kris Medlen‘s second half last year. In 12 starts after the All-Star Break last year, Medlen went 9-0 with a 0.94 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 8.97 K/9, and 1.32 WHIP over 95.1 innings. I can’t remember the stat used off the top of my head, but last September ESPN compared that stretch to some of the best in the history of the game. It was that great.
So Medlen isn’t that good. He isn’t nearly that good. He doesn’t need to be nearly that good. The good news is Medlen has always demonstrated great control, and his strikeout rate has been trending up for the last several seasons (including as 2012 progressed).
Low fly ball rates will only help Medlen, though it remains to be seen how his infield defense will play. Andrelton Simmons is an all-world defender at shortstop and Juan Francisco has impressed of late at third, but Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman are sub-pa...
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The Atlanta Braves won’t have C Brian McCann won’t be in the lineup when the season starts in 2013. McCann is recovering from a surgically repaired right should and will not be ready when the regular season begins. His surgery was undertaken in October and McCann told reporters that he has just recently started hitting off a tee again.
“Just started hitting off a tee. I started...
Evan Gattis has tremendous power
A few weeks ago, Braves farm hand Evan Gattis was all the rage in the media. His colorful personal journey was told, and re-told, and his daily exploits in the Venezuelan league were tracked like the Dow Jones.
We learned that the 6’3″ 235 pound Gattis was nicknamed El Oso Blanco “The White Bear” by the Venezuelans, and that he was a serious...
The Braves have ticket packages to fit most budgets
Was looking at the Braves’ ticket packages yesterday, and am astounded at how affordable it can be to attend a Braves game. For instance, you can get an Upper Pavilion season ticket for just $385. That is only $4.74 per game! Where can you get high-caliber entertainment for less than $5?
Going to a first run movie will cost...
Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann said his shoulder is
feeling good, but doctors won’t clear him for “full-on playing in games” until
April 15, reports David O’Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
McCann underwent shoulder surgery in October which carries
with it a six-month recovery period. He’s approaching the four-month point, and
the middle of April...
Craig Kimbrel has dominated like no closer in recent memory, and maybe like no closer in distant memory. Using advanced stats like WAR, his value to Atlanta is measurable (3.6 WAR last year). Using advanced stats like PSR, his value to your fantasy team is measurable as well (5.03 PSR last year, 85th in the league).
But unfortunately, his value in fantasy is limited because of the...
Before launching further into the thought process of the bombastic heading of this post, some declarative statements need to be made. First, Roy Halladay has been a much more valuable pitcher over his career than Tim Hudson. Roy Halladay has won two Cy Young Awards and probably should have won another. Tim Hudson has never won a Cy Young Award and probably never will. Roy ...
If you're unfamiliar, I answer Bowman's inbox Q&As as if anyone cares about my opinion. Here's a link to his most recent inbox, with the questions and my answers below...
How do you compare last year's starting lineup to this year's, which will be without Martin Prado, Michael Bourn and Chipper Jones?
-- Jerry A., Gainesville, Ga.
Not to be a party pooper, because I know how some people love drama ... and perhaps some of you who read this nonsense like drama ... but can we figure out if the 11th pick is going to be protected or not already? We're starting to get to that area of this story where I just don't care anymore. It's kinda like that area of time right after the Manti Te'o story was...