Friday, September 23, 2016

Braves have won 6 in a row

Don't look now, but the Braves are the hottest team in the National League. A bit late I admit, but let's take a look at second half including the surge after the Braves signed Matt Kemp. The Braves right now are 31-33 since the All Star break, and they look like a completely different club.

Imagine if you will this team suddenly with a huge burst of offense. Now stop imagining and look at the numbers for the month of September. That's right, the Braves are 3rd in the MLB in runs, 2nd in OPS, and 2nd in doubles. They are doing this because Freddie Freeman is hitting .397 on the month with 4 homers, and Matt Kemp is hitting .361 with 7 homers. Oh and Ender Incirate and Dansby Swanson are both hitting .330+ in September, while even Adonis Garcia and Nick Markakis have 3 bombs a piece on the month. It's a power surge!

What does this mean? Well if the Braves were playing the whole year like they played in the second half, the record would be about 79-80 wins. And that would be an improvement on the year. What I'm really hoping for right now is that the Braves win at least 6 more games, they have 68+ wins and they finish with a better record than 2015. You know why?

So every one of those whiners who complain that Coppy and John Hart lied to us can suck it. That's right, suck it. I'm sick of those people who are treating a PR statement before all the pieces even came together as some sort of gospel. What did you expect them to say, "STAY HOME WE DON'T NEED YOUR MONEY WE'RE REBUILDING!" Don't be dumb.

Either way, this team is better than when it started, and it's showing signs of being a powerhouse offense for next season as well. That's exactly what we need to compliment the young pitching we're destined to see in the new ballpark in 2017. And I for one am excited about that prospect. That's a pun kids.

GO BRAVES!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Freddie Freeman hits 30th Home Run

Just a short update since this season is almost over, but I'd like to take a moment to recognize Freddie Freeman hitting the 30+ home run mark, a feat that hasn't been done by any Brave since Dan Uggla in 2011. So you can add that to the list of things Dan Uggla did well at least.

Freddie is on a tear in a season that doesn't matter. He could very well be the Dale Murphy of this generation of Braves. In case you don't know, Dale was a player for the Braves that won two NL MVPs in a decade when the Braves were mostly irrelevant as a team. It was a decade called the 1980s that most of you are only familiar with due to terrible music and bad costume theme parties.

This season, Freddie is hitting with a .296/.393/.558 slash line, a .951 OPS, 30 homers so far, 39 doubles, and only 78 RBIs. His bWAR is 5.5 the second highest in his career since 2013 when he finishes with 100+ RBIS and a .319 batting average. This year is the highest slugging total we've seen out of Freddie ever. It's the highest home run total we've seen out of him ever. It's the highest strikeout total we've seen out of him ever. And like I've said before it's not that strikeouts don't matter (they do), it's that strikeouts don't matter WHEN YOU HAVE MASSIVE SLUGGING NUMBERS.

Ahem, anyway. Freddie good. Season bad. Can't wait to get to the new ballpark.

Enjoy the remaining bobble-head nights and giveaways.

GO BRAVES!