April 01, 2012

Show #177: Braves Spring Training Wrap-Up with David O’Brien

DOB talks Juan Francisco, areas of concern, the SS position, the NL East and the greatness of Chipper.  Also, our 2012 predictions.



127 Responses to “Show #177: Braves Spring Training Wrap-Up with David O’Brien”

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  1. 1
    carlos Says:

    great show as always but u forgot to do lines for next week! i know its only like 4 games but i have them going 2-2

  2. 2
    Bubdylan Says:

    Division Winners:


    Wild Cards:


    World Series: Yankees sweep the Marlins

    In short, a horrible, horrible year for baseball.

  3. 3
    Steve Says:

    Carlos, great point. I ‘ll say 2 – 1 for the first week. Although I’m a little concerned about facing 2 lefties and a knuckleballer to start the season.

  4. 4
    Bubdylan Says:

    Good show, I forgot to say.

    Chipper = wayyy under 100 games, IMO.

  5. 5
    Walker Says:

    Divizion winners

    East- Braves, Yankees
    Central- Cardinals, Tigers
    West- D-Backs, Rangers

    Wild Cards
    NL-Phillies, Nationals

    Playoffs- Nationals beat Phillies
    Braves beat Cardinals
    D backs beat Nationals
    Braves beat D- Backs

    Angels beat Rays
    Yankees beat Tigers
    Angels beat Rangers
    Yankees beat Angels

    Braves beat Yankees

  6. 6
    Steve Says:

    Oh Walker, let it be so. Because the only thing sweeter than a Braves championship would be beating the Yankees to get it.

  7. 7
    ham Says:

    I am going 3-0 this week. You heard me.

  8. 8
    Curt Says:


  9. 9
    Nate Says:

    Great show, guys.
    Offense: I’m pretty excited about our potential first five in the lineup:
    Bourn, Prado, Mac, Uggla, Freeman. To me, as long as those 5 guys contribute consistently and all 5 have the year they are capable of having, then whatever we get from Chipper, Heyward, and Pastornicky is gravy. The bench is what scares me. I fear the Sunday lineup and just giving away day games after night games. It’s going to be so close this year in the division and wild card race, so the Braves cannot just be dismissive about games/losing anymore. That’s what frustrated me most about the collapse. The arrogant attitude of, “Oh it’s no big deal. We’re still 10 1/2 up in the Wild Card.” There was no desire to catch the Phillies or fix the garbage play on the field.

    Pitching: I like our bullpen a lot. I like Hanson, Beachy, Minor, and Hudson. Delgado seems like he can contribute more this year than Teheran. Who knows with JJ? I’m not all that excited about him dominating the Houston Astros.

    NL Division Winners: Braves, Cardinals, Giants
    Wild Cards: Phillies and Rockies

    AL Division Winners: Yankees, Tigers, Rangers
    Wild Cards: Rays and Angels

    NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw
    NL MVP: Dan Uggla
    NL Manager of the Year: Mike Matheny

    AL Cy Young: Verlander
    AL MVP: Robinson Cano
    AL Manager of the Year: Joe Maddon

  10. 10
    Steve Says:

    Oh, Nate. It certainly is time the Bravos had an MVP. That would work just fine.

  11. 11
    Bubdylan Says:

    I can see Uggla snagging the MVP, too. Superstar year seems, if not probable, at least very possible.

  12. 12
    Nate Says:

    I think he and Mac have a great shot if we take the East.

  13. 13
    Anne Says:

    Yes yes yes #11. Bubnac the Magnificent has spoken.

  14. 14
    Steve Says:

    Constanza gets last bench spot. Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! I hope all you Constanza apologists enjoy his 2 for 12 in April.

  15. 15
    Walker Says:

    I thought for sure Parrazz was going to make the team. Wow. This team never ceases to amaze me.

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    Bubdylan Says:

    #14, and enjoy, too, the 2 outs on failed hit & runs when Constanza gets on base those two times. Speed is why Fredi picked him, I’m sure. A running count on outs given away by Fredi would be enough to put me in a white jacket.

    All this power in our line-up and we’ll be running into silly outs.

  17. 17
    Steve Says:

    Re Constanza: I’ve seen lots of good points about it that he’s already on the 40 man roster and will be sent down when Chipper returns from the DL. The other potential guys were NRI and would have had to be added to the 40 man for just this 10 day period. Doesn’t make much sense to do that.

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    Walker Says:

    Ok i guess its Constanza by default. But Parrazz really impressed me. I hope we see him this year.

  19. 19
    Curt Says:

    Somewhere, Ham is hugging himself

  20. 20
    Steve Says:

    Meant to post this earlier today. Here’s the Press Release from the Braves about the Cristhian’s DUI:

    Statement from the Atlanta Braves Regarding Cristhian Martinez

    We were very concerned to learn of the arrest of Cristhian Martinez in Gwinnett County this morning. We will require him to be evaluated by an independent professional, as provided for in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Until we learn further details and have all the facts, we will withhold further comment at this time.

  21. 21
    Adam Says:

    I am so ready for baseball.

  22. 22
    Shaun Says:

    How in the world would the Cubs win the NL Central?

    If you’re looking for a shocker, how about the Dodgers or Rockies winning the West? I just can’t see the Cubs finishing much better than .500, at best.

  23. 23
    Steve Says:

    #22: Ham also thinks that Constanza will hit .550 in April (all infield singles, of course) and unseat Heyward as the right fielder for the remainder of the season.

  24. 24
    Steve Says:

    I give you this year’s Scott Linebrink:

    ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves today announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Chad Durbin to a one-year Major League contract. Financial terms of the deal were not announced. Durbin will wear uniform number 32.Durbin, 34, went 2-2 with a 5.53 ERA over 56 appearances last season for the Cleveland Indians. Over 12 Major League seasons, Durbin owns a 38-46 record with a 5.10 ERA in 364 appearances. Durbin was originally selected by the Kansas City Royals in the third round of the 1996 June free agent draft and has made Major League appearances for the Royals, Indians, Diamondbacks, Tigers and Phillies. The Braves have also re-assigned left-handed pitcher Yohan Flande to Triple-A Gwinnett.

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    Walker Says:

    Good Lord Durbin’s lifetime stats are awful. How does he keep getting a job?

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