Braves Acquire Javy Vazquez

Good afternoon WaBs, hope your Wednesday is going well so far.  I can’t really say the same, I’ve come down with a cold in the last couple days and Finals week is looming.  Now, having said that, the sports world does not stop for Finals, so here we go.

First, good read over at ESPN.com about Coach Fulmer’s last day as Tennessee’s Head Coach.  He seems like a good guy, I wish him the best.

Second, the Braves and the White Sox struck a deal last night to pitchers Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan to the Braves for five prospects, most notably Tyler Flowers and Brent Lillibridge.  As a Braves fan, I’m happy with the deal.  We have a pretty clear need for pitching and Vazquez will provide about 200 above average (albeit not by much) innings for us. Vazquez has always been kind of a career underachiever.  He has great stuff and just can’t seem to put it all together and have that great season we’re all waiting for.  He does average about 200 strikeouts over the course of the season.  It will be interesting to see how the Braves plan on rounding out their rotation.  They apparently have a 5-year offer out to AJ Burnett and I still wouldn’t rule out Jake Peavy.  They didn’t surrender any of the the players who were to be included in that deal, so it may still happen.

I spoke with commenter and Sox fan NickSwagger last night about his thoughts on the trade.  He seemed pretty happy with the deal, mostly because of monster catching prospect Tyler Flowers.  Flowers, who will be 23 in January, has absolutely destroyed pitching the Arizona Fall League this year.  He’s hitting .387 with 12 homers and 23 RBIs in only 20 games.  Granted, that’s only 20 games and the AFL is generally a hitter-friendly league, but those lofty numbers can’t be ignored.  I’m okay with including him in the deal because he’s blocked by another pretty good, young catcher named Brian McCann.

Anyway, I’m going to take a nap.  I ran out of crackers and water so I have no reason to stay awake anymore.

2008 NFL Power Rankings (Week 13)

While looking at how the rankings have changed from the “LW” column, keep in mind that I haven’t put up power rankings since week 11, so those previous rankings are from two weeks ago and weren’t just affected by this past week of games.

Rank LW Team W L T SOS PD/G Avg Rnk Score
1 2 NY Giants 11 1 0 47.31 12.17 1.06 1221.0927
2 1 Tennessee 11 1 0 44.45 10.75 2.25 516.1139
3 4 Pittsburgh 9 3 0 48.43 8.25 2.88 328.4817
4 5 Tampa Bay 9 3 0 47.42 6.67 4.31 201.3632
5 8 Indianapolis 8 4 0 51.54 0.58 5.69 110.7575
6 3 Carolina 9 3 0 47.24 4.50 7.13 110.6411
7 7 NY Jets 8 4 0 46.41 6.00 7.75 94.8161
8 9 Baltimore 8 4 0 49.82 8.50 9.44 92.3815
9 13 Atlanta 8 4 0 47.47 4.67 8.13 87.3123
10 12 Dallas 8 4 0 47.52 3.25 8.63 77.1339
11 6 Arizona 7 5 0 49.87 2.08 12.44 46.3894
12 11 New England 7 5 0 49.24 1.83 12.19 46.1537
13 20 Minnesota 7 5 0 51.05 2.25 13.81 43.1192
14 16 Philadelphia 6 5 1 50.51 5.83 15.94 40.4850
15 10 Washington 7 5 0 50.96 -1.17 13.56 36.3478
16 14 Miami 7 5 0 46.98 -0.33 14.38 33.2037
17 17 Denver 7 5 0 46.94 -2.25 14.44 29.3968
18 19 New Orleans 6 6 0 50.77 3.00 18.31 28.7639
19 18 Chicago 6 6 0 50.18 1.08 18.50 25.5421
20 15 Green Bay 5 7 0 53.82 3.25 20.44 23.0422
21 21 Buffalo 6 6 0 42.10 1.42 21.00 19.2123
22 25 Houston 5 7 0 50.05 -2.33 21.88 14.6972
23 22 San Diego 4 8 0 52.90 1.33 23.00 14.6306
24 24 Cleveland 4 8 0 54.26 -2.83 24.69 10.9283
25 23 Jacksonville 4 8 0 50.67 -2.42 24.38 10.6248
26 26 San Francisco 4 8 0 46.28 -4.25 28.50 7.3074
27 28 Oakland 3 9 0 50.29 -7.75 28.06 4.4802
28 27 Seattle 2 10 0 51.10 -7.92 25.31 3.3085
29 30 Kansas City 2 10 0 53.17 -10.33 28.38 2.3163
30 29 Cincinnati 1 10 1 58.76 -13.25 30.19 1.0949
31 31 St. Louis 2 10 0 52.38 -16.75 29.38 0.2972
32 32 Detroit 0 12 0 53.65 -15.83 32.00 0.0321

Legend: W-Wins, L-Losses, T-Ties, SOS-Strength of Schedule, PD/G- Point Differential per Game, Score-The number my formula gave me for each team.

Let me know what you think of my formula.

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