By: David Lee on September 30, 2013 - 4:38pm - Add new comment

It's curious, interesting, funny, joyful, maybe infuriating how baseball works sometimes.

 

The 2013 Los Angeles Dodgers are a pretty good example. They began the season 30-42 through June 21. From June 22 to the end of the season, they were 62-28.

 

Joyful for the Dodgers. Infuriating for the rest of the NL West. Interesting and funny to the rest of baseball. Curious to the Atlanta Braves.

 

By: David Lee on September 25, 2013 - 11:13am - Add new comment

Aaron Chewning, the man responsible for songs such as The Legend of El Oso Blanco and Beasts from the East, is back with his latest - and arguably best - Braves-themed song.

 

Chewning's Baselines is a parody of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines. He enlists Homer, members of the Tomahawk Team, the fiddle-playing Braves guy who emerges during the seventh-inning stretch, and, yes, Javy Lopez.

 

So enjoy. It's quickly catching on as the Braves near the playoffs, which, for the Braves, start Oct. 3 in Atlanta. #FearTheChop

 

By: David Lee on September 14, 2013 - 11:18pm - Add new comment

Kris Medlen brushed aside the notion that his recent hot stretch has been a way to replace the injured Tim Hudson, or an attempt to replicate last season's dominant run in the second half.

 

But Medlen's performances lately have drawn attention, and they're coming at the right time again.

 

Medlen threw 7.1 scoreless innings on four hits with five strikeouts in a 2-1 win for the Atlanta Braves over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.

 

By: David Lee on September 9, 2013 - 4:34pm - Add new comment

Top 10 Augusta GreenJackets prospects:

 

1. Chris Stratton

2. Kendry Flores

3. Joan Gregorio

4. Matt Duffy

5. Martin Agosta

6. Stephen Johnson

7. Jesus Galindo

8. Chuckie Jones

9. Tyler Mizenko

10. Mitch Delfino

Honorable Mention: Ian Gardeck

 

By: David Lee on September 4, 2013 - 11:05pm - Add new comment

Wednesday, September 4 - Savannah 10, Augusta 2

 

Game 1 of the Southern Division Series was a one-sided show, and Savannah starter Gabriel Ynoa was the star attraction.

 

Ynoa allowed two runs on seven hits in 7.2 innings, walking one and striking out four. He induced seven swinging strikes and 12 ground balls, allowing just one run and two hits through six innings.

 

By: David Lee on September 4, 2013 - 1:40pm - Add new comment

Wednesday, September 4 - 7:05 p.m. (SAL First Round - Game 1)

 

Savannah Sand Gnats (34-35, 77-61)

Gabriel Ynoa (135.2 IP, 2.72 ERA, 2.88 FIP, 19.6 K%, 3 BB%, .278 BABIP)

vs.

Augusta GreenJackets (44-24, 82-55)

Martin Agosta (91.2 IP, 2.06 ERA, 3.03 FIP, 29.3 K%, 11.6 BB%, .254 BABIP)

 

The top two positional prospects on the Savannah roster are center fielder Brandon Nimmo and second baseman Dilson Herrera.

By: David Lee on September 4, 2013 - 11:25am - Add new comment

Wednesday, September 4 - 7:05 p.m. (SAL First Round - Game 1)

 

Savannah Sand Gnats (34-35, 77-61)

Gabriel Ynoa (135.2 IP, 2.72 ERA, 2.88 FIP, 19.6 K%, 3 BB%, .278 BABIP)

vs.

Augusta GreenJackets (44-24, 82-55)

Martin Agosta (91.2 IP, 2.06 ERA, 3.03 FIP, 29.3 K%, 11.6 BB%, .254 BABIP)

 

Some bits from the print version of the series preview:

 

By: David Lee on August 29, 2013 - 10:52pm - Add new comment

Thursday, August 29 - Augusta 5, Lexington 4

 

Mitch Delfino's emergence in the second half continued with another big game, going 3 for 4 with a double and RBI in Thursday's win.

 

Delfino is obviously seeing the ball well right now. His bat speed is solid and the bat is staying in the zone at a good plane. The in-game power seems to be emerging more than any tool I've noticed, as he seems to be hitting the ball with more authority recently when he squares it up.

 

By: David Lee on August 29, 2013 - 3:19pm - Add new comment

Thursday, August 29 - 7:05 p.m.

 

Lexington Legends (35-30, 68-65)

Crawford Simmons (65 IP, 3.05 ERA, 3.85 FIP, 21.8 K%, 9.8 BB%, .260 BABIP)

vs.

Augusta GreenJackets (41-23, 79-54)

Chris Stratton (125.1 IP, 3.16 ERA, 2.94 FIP, 22.7 K%, 8.4 BB%, .329 BABIP)

 

If the GreenJackets hadn't clinched the division title on Wednesday, Chris Stratton would have been a solid backup plan as a starting pitcher.

 

By: David Lee on August 28, 2013 - 11:03pm - Add new comment

Wednesday, August 28 - Augusta 13, Lexington 4

 

A rollercoaster ride of a regular season culminated in a hug from Tyler Mizenko to Brad Moss and a celebration in the clubhouse for the Augusta GreenJackets.

 

The GreenJackets crushed the Lexington Legends for their seventh consecutive win and 25th in their past 30 games, clinching the South Atlantic League Southern Division second-half title.

 


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