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Braves enjoying view, despite some issues

  • 3:37 pm Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by Jeff Schultz

The Braves are 21 games into the season. It’s a large enough sample size to form initial impressions but too small to assume anything over the next … well, 141 games.

They defeated Miami Wednesday 3-1. They received another strong start from Aaron Harang (who is this guy?), a pinch hit, two-run double by Evan Gattis (been there) and a three-batter/two-strikeout save by Craig Kimbrel (not dead).

At 14-7, and having won six out of seven series, the good has far outweighed the bad.

But here’s an early progress/regress report.

Three things that haven’t been a problem:

1. Starting pitching. To anybody who says something [More]

Kimbrel’s value as closer obvious to Braves

  • 11:18 am Sunday, February 16th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — There is a disturbed segment of the baseball populace that has come to believe closers are overrated. This group of fans and some team executives mostly are followers (lemmings?) of Sabermetrics, a pure, 100-percent statistical evaluation of baseball that allows no room for trivial things … like brains and heartbeats.

“All innings are created equal,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said with a smile Sunday, tongue firmly planted in cheek.

Statistical evaluation can be a valuable tool for judging athletes and teams. But there’s also something to be said for the mindset of a pitcher who can [More]