September 13, 2015

Show #315: The Braves Slip in to Last Place

Has Fredi lost the clubhouse? Next year’s starting rotation? The organizational awards. Rooting for 1st pick?



7 Responses to “Show #315: The Braves Slip in to Last Place”

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    Tyler Says:

    How good has Markakis been? I’d say his performance this year is worth the contract. You’d like more power, but I think for sure next year he hits at least 10 homers next season.

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    Tony Says:

    Couple of thoughts:

    1) In my opinion, there’s no way we try to win next year. I’ve always felt the organisation’s goal in the long run is to say that the move to Cobb County has a part in increasing attendance. So part of that is making next year horrible too. Just my theory, feel free to disagree (and obviously, I hope I’m wrong).

    2) Interesting discussion re losing. Can you imagine doing that again next year and basically becoming MLB’s version of the 76ers? Yikes.

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    Curt Says:

    It’s all well and good, I suppose, to go through this if it all pans out with playoff appearances, and runs – let alone a WS berth or championship. But if this all falls flat and this team is bad for a while, the FO will be hard pressed to earn any trust back from their patrons.

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    Tyler Says:

    I think the Braves will be better next year for sure. If they go out and get a top tier free agent and are able to trade for a bat then I think they could get to 80 wins give or take a few. We need to see some of these young players take some positive strides next year. I think Wisler is going to be pretty good, albeit not a number 1 or 2 starter. A solid 3 with a couple all star appearances is his ceiling. Hopefully Jenkins turns out to be pretty solid, maybe a 3 or a 2. Mallex Smith probably won’t be up until June or July but he could be a Furcal type of lead-off hitter with solid, not spectacular defense. I’d like to give Jace another shot at being the permanent second baseman for the future but he may be gone once Albeis? is ready. I think that’s his name. We get some guys back and healthy in the bullpen which will be much improved. The Braves for sure spend some money on a couple free agent relievers. Just some thoughts.

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    George Allen Says:

    Good show guys. I agree with Steve, I love Maybin, but we will need more power in left with Mallex in center. Atlanta has had the worst OPS in the majors long before they got to last place. We need some home run threats in the lineup other than Freddie. I’m not convinced it will be Olivera, yet. Regarding power hitters in the minors, there aren’t any close. The only one I REALLY see is Austin Riley and he just completed Danville, so he’s a long way off. Dustin Peterson appears to be pretty good, but limited. Braxton Davidson still hasn’t shown too much and neither has Rio Ruiz at this point. Believe it or not, Bethancourt seems like our greatest hope, in-house to be anything more than a singles hitter, other than MAYBE Terdoslavich. We’ve gone from too little contact to too little power. BTW, Lucas Sims had been REALLY struggling earlier in the year and I had begun wondering why he was still so highly rated in the farm, but toward the end of the season in AA, he really began to come on strong. He may have begun to figure some things out. He is still having problems with control, but striking out a lot of hitters. If he continues to progress we could see him up some time next year. I don’t think we will have to pull for Atlanta to lose (for the draft pick). Even if they don’t get number one, it looks like they should get a pretty good selection.

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    Tyler Says:

    If the Braves are able to trade for Lucroy or decide to sign Wieters, Bethancourt will be gone. He may be gone regardless. He’s been absolutely awful.

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    Shaun Says:

    I think the Braves just looked at the situation beyond 2015 and saw that they are going to be losing a lot of talent and a lot of talent is going to be older (probably worse) and more expensive. So, I think the goal of all the trades was simply to get more young (cheap) talent into the organization. The goal was/is to get value that will allow them to sustain success, and I don’t think there is an extremely strict timetable. I don’t think they are obsessively focused on 2017, as much as they are on just making sure they set things up for sustained success (and by success I mean contention).

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