March 24, 2013

Show #216: Braves Spring Training Interview with David O’Brien

DOB discusses the clubhouse, the Upton brothers, Teheran, Gattis, Uggla and more from Orlando. ¬†We also compare the 2012 position players to this year’s squad.

 

 

59 Responses to “Show #216: Braves Spring Training Interview with David O’Brien”

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  1. 51
    Leah Says:

    @49 that’s super cool.

  2. 52
    Leah Says:

    And I’m a stay at home mom so I know cool.

  3. 53
    Curt Says:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/sports/baseball/swing-and-a-mystery-why-strikeout-rates-are-soaring.html?_r=1&

  4. 54
    will Says:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130328&content_id=43434754

    i cant decide if this is good or bad….

  5. 55
    Walker Says:

    I think Francona said it best. Would you rather have less strikeputs and less runs or more strikeouts and more runs. Also, these pitchers out here now are ridiculously hard to hit. It makes me wonder how players like Ruth would do nowadays.

  6. 56
    Curt Says:

    2 guys picking 3 teams from the NL East. I would call those scenarios highly unlikely.

  7. 57
    Walker Says:

    In all fairness, considering how much The Braves disappoint in the playoffs, we dont give anyone much confidence in us. But I feel thats gonna change this year when we bulldoze through the postseason.

  8. 58
    Bubdylan Says:

    It’s cliche, but I’d rather not be the team whose logo is lighting up all the prediction boards at the beginning of a season.

    For example, the expert picks from SI.com (some pretty big names in sports ink) go back four years now. Do you know how many of their picks of teams to make it to the World Series have come true?

    2012: 3 out of 16. (None for Detroit, 3 picks for SF).
    2011: 1 out of 24. None for the Cardinals. One pick for Texas.
    2010: ZERO out of 26. Not a single expert picked the Giants or Rangers to make it.
    2009: 4 out of 26. 2 picked the Yanks and 2 picked the Phillies to get there.

    That’s 7 correctly picked World Series participants out of 92 total expert tries. And in no year did the most-picked team make the World Series except for SF in 2012, whose whopping 3 votes shared the top spot with the Rangers and Angels, neither of which even made their league championship series.

  9. 59
    Bubdylan Says:

    * 8 correct icks out of 92, I meant.

    Do you realize that’s an 8.6% success rate? Drawing the names out of a hat that included all 30 teams would give you a 6.7% success rate (2 of 30 teams make it to the World Series).

    It is literally 2% easier for a baseball writer to pick a World Series team from among the obvious contenders than it is for a chimpanzee to pick one from every team in baseball.

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