March 30, 2014

Show #255: The Braves 2014 Season Begins

Garcia out and Harang in. Sizing up the bullpen. Our 2014 predictions.

 

 

35 Responses to “Show #255: The Braves 2014 Season Begins”

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  1. 1
    Mike Says:

    Is it possible that the Braves dropped Garcia because he was involved in gang-related activities with Desean Jackson?

  2. 2
    Shaun Says:

    Absolutely gorgeous day for baseball…in Atlanta. But I understand. The Braves have opened the season at home so often the last several seasons.

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    Curt Says:

    So, Forbes released their baseball franchise valuations. Pretty sure the Braves were worth $600 mm last year. They are now worth $730 mm. Can’t imagine that has anything to do with the new park. Nice one year boost.

  4. 4
    Walker Says:

    Am I the only one not comfortable with BJ hitting 2nd and C.Johnson hitting 4th? One doesnt get on base and the other doesnt hit for alot of power which are two key requirements for those spots in the lineup. And is the lineup being so right-handed heavy a concern for anyone too?

  5. 5
    Steve Says:

    The BJ at the two is total arm chair psychology on Fredi’s part. Showing confidence, etc. Which I totally get. But will also backfire when BJ goes 1 for the first two series and Fredi has to move him way down. I hope I’m wrong, but I was not very heartened by what I saw of him in today’s opener.

    And yeah, Chris Johnson in the 4 makes little sense to me. I’d prefer he and Justin swap places.

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    Ham Says:

    i think the BJ/CJ decisions really accentuate the thinness of this lineup. Fredi’s logic behind putting CJ at 4 is somewhat sound (good AB’s, high contact hitter, etc.) but he (Fredi) is relying on another career year from him (CJ), in order for this to work out. Personally, (and I love CJ/I don’t want to be a hater), I am dubious.

    The BJ decision . . . . not sure what to say. . . . maybe he’ll get better?

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    Shaun Says:

    I am a little worried about the lineup, since it’s probably what is going to have to carry the team for chunks of the season. I would feel better with one more hitter but there is no place to put one.

    I’m worried about the catching situation, specifically, and Gattis being a full-on, everyday guy.

  8. 8
    Anonymous Says:

    I like this lineup:

    Heyward
    J Upton
    Freeman
    Gattis
    CJ
    Simmons
    Uggla
    BJ

    That’s close to the batting order we were doing damage with last year, and until they prove otherwise Uggla and BJ need to be hidden at the bottom of our lineup. BJ was literally the worst professional baseball player in the world last year. Batting him second doesn’t make any sense.

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    Mark in Memphis Says:

    Well, the pressure is off now…

    the weight of the possibility of going 162-0 is no longer on the team…

    161-1 will be acceptable…

    Go Braves! 😀

  10. 10
    Leah Says:

    Alex Wood will never pitch a strike first pitch of the game ever again.

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    Nick Says:

    I am sorry but I am sooooooo against the BJ and CJ line up positions!! I absolutely think BJ needs to be at the bottom!! 5 abs this season and 3ks. And I like CJ but he needs to be maybe 5 and Justin 4?

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    Curt Says:

    Shaun, I’m with you. Particularly in regard to Gattis. I think he gets exposed. A lot.

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    Steve Says:

    Great, great game. Amazing from Wood. Heyward and Freeman. Uggla showing real signs of life. Winning = good.

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    Nick Says:

    I agree Steve and Curt!! Well put!! Go Braves!!

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    David Says:

    I like the lineup in #8, although I would switch Simmons and Uggla. So, I’d have:

    Heyward
    JUpton
    Freeman
    Gattis
    CJohnson
    Uggla
    Simmons
    BJ

    Liking what we’re seeing so far from Uggla. Making good contact and (knock on wood) no Ks yet.

    HUGE performance from Wood last night. Wow.

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    Walker Says:

    Simmons and Heyward’s defensive skills are off the charts. Great start by Harang and Chris Johnson comes through.

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    Shaun Says:

    Does anyone still have a problem with Harang’s face after today’s start?

  18. 18
    Nate Says:

    @17, yes.

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    Tcc Says:

    @17 yes, because he reminds me of the character Anton Chigurh from “No Country for Old Men”. But I could get used to it!

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    Jason connelly Says:

    Can anybody believe what they saw from Aaron Harang today!? Wow. I didnt expect that!

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    Steve Says:

    @17 – I have to admit, a little lipstick on that pig and it’s not so hard to look at.

    What an improbably great start from him today. And really, anything good we get out of him this first month is such a bonus. And he really delivered today.

    I was bummed about him starting at the home opener. Not so bummed anymore.

    Speaking of, who will be there on Tuesday night?

  22. 22
    Walker Says:

    LOL I hope poor Aaron doesn’t read these comments.

  23. 23
    David Says:

    How about Papelbon last night giving up three runs including walking the winning run in?? For Braves fans, Phillies are gonna be fun to watch this year. #WTPh

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    jo-bu Says:

    @23 – It’s amazing how quickly the Phillies fell from grace, or rather, the class of the NL East.

    I don’t know what the Braves will do against the Nats this year but I think we match up on most nights. We’ll see a sample Tomorrow though it might not be a true indicator with our make-do starting rotation we’re throwing out there.

  25. 25
    Steve Says:

    @23 – I watched it all unfold on MLB Network’s live cut-in. It was spectacular.

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