Great podcast guys! I personally think the Braves are at about -5 games or so without Medlen and Beachy. I origionally agreed with your -10 WAR, but i believe that too many variables are to be considered and we would have to be extremely unlucky to have an extra 10 losses because these pitchers are gone. I look forward to the podcast next sunday!
I think that might be a little high for Beachy. Remember, he only started 5 games last year, so not as if he was really there. Now if you throw replacing Hudson and Maholm into that mix as well, I’m with you. Plus McCann?
The McCann/Gattis topic is a good one. He’ll be serviceable behind the plate and the starting pitchers have been complimentary of his game calling ability. So, I’m not too worried there. It’s what kind of offensive player will he be? He looked awful for stretches last year. And he looked great at other times. And he was the most consistent bat in the playoff series last year, too. But does he get exposed playing everyday this year?
Speaking of a new look, I found this surprising:
“Heyward is now preparing to enter the upcoming season with a longer tenure in Atlanta than any other player projected to be on the Braves’ Opening Day roster.” from the most recent MLB post about Heyward.
I initially thought, like many of you that a 10 game drop off was about right, but I think a lot of our younger talent will begin to emerge this year. All of those losses are tragic, but most of those players seem to have played less than half of last season anyway.
A few years ago, when we were in the doldrums, one of you described our team’s hopes as the “festering ifs.” It still makes me laugh (and cry) at how accurate this is every year.
– If our young starters live up to their potential
– If everyone stays healthy
– If BJ/Uggs turn it around
– If Chris Johnson is for real
– If Andrelton Simmons is better than A-Rod in his prime
– If Heyward stays healthy
– If no one else gets hurt
We will win the WS in four games! (Maybe even 3)
The team has an outside chance of the playoffs but twofold adjustments need to be made immediately. Number one, move Heyward to center, Jup right or left is fine and start Schafer in right or left, utilize bj off the bench as a possible fifth outfielder. It’s pretty obvious and absolutely clear that bj cannot handle major league pitching, not to mention his horrible defensive blunders, misreading the ball, letting it fall when he could catch it, etc, etc, etc. Number two, go ahead and release Garcia now, so fans don’t have to watch him fall apart and lose every game he starts for the tram,. Garcia should be watching the games from his couch. He certainly has nothing left and his career ended before last year this appears to be another illiterate move by wren, not understanding baseball on either the business side or the player talent side. Pre example is bj, another overpaid, underperforming, player that should be retired sooner than later to minimize the damage and economic friction he jas caused this team