The above picture and others like it appeared in the New York Times, in a photo gallery of images taken with an infrared camera at Turner Field by the Braves team photographer Pouya Dianat (@bravesphoto). Click here to see all the photos… fantastic stuff!
Pitcher of the Month: Braves game 1 starter Kris Medlen was named the National League Pitcher of the Month for September — the second consecutive September that Medlen has won the award — Meds knows how to finish a season. In 5 September starts Medlen was 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA, a 0.917 WHIP, and a .197 opponents batting average. The Braves need to help him out this year by playing good defense behind him when he makes the first start of the postseason tomorrow. In the 2012 Wild Card game the Braves defense committed 3 errors and allowed 4 unearned runs to score — the difference in a 6-3 game.
Uggla unused: The big news out of the team yesterday is the rumor that Dan Uggla may be left off the playoff roster. Since returning from Lasik eye surgery Uggla has been pretty much completely worthless: In 24 games (19 games started) he is hitting .133/.325/.183 with 1 HR, 2 RBI, and 25 strikeouts. Meanwhile, since coming to Atlanta around the same time Uggla returned, Elliott Johnson is hitting .261/.317/.359 and has gotten more playing time than Uggla down the stretch. He also adds speed to the lineup, tying for 3rd on the team with 8 SB — and consider that he has only been with the team for a little over a month. Speed can be especially useful in a short series.
Freeman covers the plate: An interesting article here about how Freddie Freeman has been able to cover the plate against left-handed pitchers. Freeman has improved dramatically against left-handed pitching from last year to this year, especially in his ability to extend the zone against lefties and put the ball in play. This year vs lefties Freeman hit .287/.367/.397 with a .348 BABIP. In 2012 he hit just .237/.315/.399 vs. lefties with a .301 BABIP. The article attributes the uptick in production to increased plate coverage, which can be seen in the difference between these two heat maps, the one on the left from last year, and the one on the right from this year:
Ye Olde Weste Coaste Rivalre: Rowland’s Office takes a look at the rivalry that was between the Braves and the Dodgers when both teams were in the NL’s Western division (remember that crazy quirk of baseball geography).
The uniforms of next year: ESPN’s Uni Watch has a sneak preview of the 2014 batting practice jerseys, including a two color scheme for the Braves jersey which includes a blue front and a red back. Kinda cool.