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”

  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.

  13. 13
    Steve Says:

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

  14. 14
    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.

  16. 16
    Walker Says:

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

  17. 17
    Shaun Says:

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

  18. 18
    Nate Says:

    @17, yes.

  19. 19
    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!

  20. 20
    Jason connelly Says:

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

  21. 21
    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.

  26. 26
    Mark in Memphis Says:

    Good stuff so far:

    161-1 still a possibility…

    Haven’t lost a series yet…

    Winning record on the road…

    Go Braves!

  27. 27
    Shaun Says:

    If anyone has doubts that Heyward will probably be a Yankee, Red Sox or Dodger after two more seasons:

    Of players 25 and under, since the start of the 2010 season, Heyward has the second-most career WAR, per Fangraphs. Only Trout has more WAR over that span, among players 25 and under. Justin Upton is 4th. Freeman is 17th.

    Since the beginning of 2012 (Harper’s first season and Trout’s first full season), Trout ranks first, Heyward second, Goldschmidt third, Harper fourth. Freeman is 7th. Justin Upton is 10th.

    And this is just crazy: Since the start of 2012 Trout has 20.8 WAR. Heyward is second among players 25 and under with 9.9 WAR.

    Oh, I should say, this is of course position players. I didn’t look at pitchers.

  28. 28
    Danny Says:

    The Angels would be 21 games worse without Trout!?!

  29. 29
    Shaun Says:

    Danny, if they replaced Trout with a replacement-level player (a readily available player, something like a Triple-A journeyman centerfielder or a 24th or 25th man on a roster) the idea is they would be approximately 21 games worse.

  30. 30
    Walker Says:

    I would have never thought that Heyward leaving the Braves was a possibilty in 2010.

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    David Says:

    Jason Isbell’s new nickname for Kimbrel – “The Redneck Rivera” – is pure gold. Love it.

  32. 32
    will Says:

    Gotta love this game from Uggla and BJ and Teheran… mentally has to help all of them…and against their best pitcher…at Washington.

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    Steve Says:

    @32 – And don’t forget Justin in that group, too. His start has been ugly and only overshadowed by his brother.

    And the flip side of the “mental game” coin is Strasburg. Who really melted down after the Zimmerman error. This is just one more piece of evidence that we have his number.

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    Mark in Memphis Says:

    Anybody thinking that Harper may have pulled a “Francoeur” (i.e. new bulk has messed up his bat speed and thus his timing)?

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    Steve Says:

    @34 – It’s a real possibility. I don’t know how as a ballplayer it wouldn’t be a concern in the back of your mind as you’re bulking up. And then to start getting poor results it would only creep in more.

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