March 25, 2018

Show #394: The 2018 Season Preview with David O’Brien of the AJC

David O’Brien (@dobrienajc) gives us his thoughts on Spring Training and the 2018 Season. Plus our own ST wrap up, 2018 Braves best, and our postseason projections. All that and our season opening Shots in the Dark.



10 Responses to “Show #394: The 2018 Season Preview with David O’Brien of the AJC”

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    C’mon March 29th/18 Says:


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    Steve Says:

    Thanks so much. We really appreciate you listening and for the feedback.

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    Tyler Says:

    DOB’s Acuna predictions are a little ridiculous. I would absolutely love it if he’s correct. Yes he dominated ST, but ST is a small sample size. I’m going to assume that a month or so into his big league career opposing pitchers are going to make adjustments. I wouldn’t be surprised if he struggles for a few weeks. I’m thinking .275/.340/.480 18 homers and 30 steals. Unless there’s another Aaron Judge we don’t know about, he should run away with ROY.

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    Steve Says:

    Tyler – I agree that DOB seemed extremely optimistic about Acuna, particularly his HR #s. That said, he’s only gotten better with every promotion. Would be great if he was right.

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    William A Says:

    Watching other team’s TV feeds via satellite, I saw most of the Braves’ ST games and have to agree with DOB about Swanson showing little, if any, improvement over his 2017 effort. Unless there’s a turnaround in the first half of 2018, the Braves and AA will be looking for a legit SS from somewhere.

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    Podcast Listener Says:

    Last year, I predicted 70-92 for the Braves (and I was right). This year, I’ll say 78-84. Not enough pitching and the inability to score runs will be the issues.

    It’s too bad that MLB doesn’t have a salary cap. The quality of the product has gone back down and things have become too predictable (once again). I enjoy never hearing the words “small market” or “mid-market” in the NFL or NHL.

    If I were a Braves fan, I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t sign a “big name” free agent in this upcoming off-season (since they have more talent to work with now). The promise of the young talent (along with with the newer ballpark/Battery) doesn’t really lend itself to making a huge off-season signing for 2019 (considering the ownership).

    Anyway, those are my thoughts.

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    Brad Says:

    Thanks for the podcast.

    I’m sorry, but I can’t help but feel jaded and cynical about all the praise and adoration surrounding Acuna. They were saying the same things about Heyward, Swanson, and practically every other Braves prospect deemed “the next Hank Aaron” or whatever silly marketing ploy given to him. We know how Heyward ended up and Swanson’s “greatness” is still to be determined but going by what we’ve seen so far he isn’t living up to the incredible hype given to him. Bottom line for Acuna is I won’t believe it until I see it and I’m looking for long-term real world data as evidence. Then and only then will I jump on the hype bandwagon.

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    Tyler Says:

    Brad, completely understandable. However, look at Acuña’s Mi League #’s compared to Heyward and Swanson. Not even close. If he slashes .270/.330/.485 with 18 homers and 25 steals will that be disappointing to you?

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    Brad Says:

    Not in the slightest. If he slashes that line this year I will start to become a believer. I just want to see it first before deeming him the next *fill in the blank* player like others are prone to do to players who are unproven on the major league level. When DOB likened Acuna’s physique to Hank Aaron’s my eyes rolled back so fast they almost hit the floor. He very well may have a Hank Aaron-esque physique, but even mentioning Hank Aaron in the same sentence with Acuna is like crowning Acuna before he has actually done anything. Its like giving Obama a Nobel Peace Prize for simply existing (bad analogy but maybe you know what I mean)

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    Tyler Says:

    Yeah I thought DOB was being at but ridiculous myself.

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