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September 1, 2005 12:00 am

Crooked Numbers: In Reverse

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James Click

Our view of the season would be very different if it had played out exactly in reverse to reality. James rewinds the year, and shows us how.

The length of the baseball season can easily obscure some important trends that are developing. Teams like the A's get noticed because their rise from the depths has been so dramatic that it breaks free of the mass of information built before its arrival. But there are may other trends that can easily escape our eyes because so much of the season has already passed.

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The Braves pulled out a squeaker in a matchup of a veteran starter and a young pitcher making his second major-league start.

Astros CF Willy Taveras 2B Eric Bruntlett 3B Morgan Ensberg LF Mike Lamb 1B Jose Vizcaino RF Jason Lane SS Adam Everett C Raul Chavez P Ezequiel Astacio If I gave you no other information, what would you deduce from that lineup?

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March 19, 2004 12:00 am

Team Health Reports: Atlanta Braves

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Will Carroll

Enough debate. Let's just go ahead and put Leo Mazzone in the Hall of Fame. Coaches of all sorts are criminally unrepresented in Cooperstown, so Mazzone's decade of instruction in Atlanta is as good a start as any. While Mazzone may only be teaching what he learned from his coach, Johnny Sain, I don't think Sain would mind. Each year, the question is asked how the Braves will overcome the loss of this pitcher or that pitcher. We look at a bunch of no-names and retreads in the bullpen and through his alchemical abilities, Mazzone and manager Bobby Cox end up in the playoffs again. This year, let's not debate--Leo Mazzone is the best pitching coach inside the game, bar none. What will Mazzone work with this year? Once again, he's asked to overcome the loss of talent as Greg Maddux has moved on. Only John Smoltz is left from the core of the Braves dynasty. Instead of Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Smoltz terrorizing hitters, the Braves will send out Hampton, Ortiz, and...Jaret Wright?

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July 16, 2002 1:58 am

Doctoring The Numbers: Defense in Colorado

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Rany Jazayerli

Continuing our discussion from last week on how to build a team at Coors Field, this time, from the run-prevention side.

Continuing our discussion from last week on how to build a team at Coors Field, this time, from the run-prevention side.

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October 16, 2001 12:00 am

Playoff Prospectus

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Christina Kahrl

That kvetching aside, the NLCS should be a great matchup. Not surprisingly for one of the nation's grayest of retiree nirvanas, the Arizona Diamondbacks feature all sorts of people with past histories, and among this group, that involves plenty of postseason fun. Luis Gonzalez, Jay Bell, Mark Grace, and Matt Williams have all enjoyed the privilege of losing to the Braves in a postseason series, while Curt Schilling and Steve Finley are among the happy non-Yankee few who can remember beating them. When you assemble a team out of the famous and the ex-famous, those kinds of campfire stories are a fringe benefit.

However, the Snakes come in after a full-length series against the Cardinals with only a day's rest, which means that the Braves will have the strategic advantage of opening the series with their rotation and bullpen fully set up and rested.

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October 9, 2001 12:00 am

Playoff Prospectus

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Christina Kahrl

So who's the underdog? With the Astros' pitching staff in tatters and the Braves' lineup deeply sunk in senescence, does the label even matter? Both teams have fought doggedly to get here, and the backstory of each is compelling in its own way. Limping down the stretch, the Astros fended off a desperate challenge from the Cardinals, while the Braves came from behind to overtake the Phillies' and their big early-season lead. Sadly, somebody's going to have to lose this series, which means that either the Braves or the Astros will continue to be labeled postseason losers despite the accomplishment of getting there.

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(Numbers in parentheses indicate number of ballots on which the player appeared, then number of first-place votes received.)

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