Now that we’ve gone through spring ball, taken injuries and plugged holes within the rotation and lineup; this is my season predictions for the Braves.
My projected lineup:
Heyward - L
BJ - R
Freeman - L
CJoh - R
JUP - R
Gattis - R
Uggla - R
Simmons - R
Teheran - RHP
I think we’ll see a much improved year from Uggla first and foremost. I love what I’ve seen from him this spring training and hi s swing looks much better. I also like BJ’s chances to rebound to a certain extent. I think he’ll see a lot more fastballs in the 2-hole and his “new” swing will help to be able to take the ball inside and out with more authority. I do think the whole lineup has the opportunity to be pretty solid, starting with Jason and Freddie. I think they’ll be the two guys to truly show authority in the lineup with Justin being very solid and Chris somewhat regressing but being solid as well.
The rotation does scare me a bit. I like Teheran, Minor, Santana and Wood. I think it’s a solid 1-4 for any team, but I’m not sure what we will get out of any of them ecept Julio. Julio I have full faith in. I love his stuff and it seems he’s on the right train of thought. Santana should be good but I don’t know if we will get a guy with a 3.20 ERA or a guy with an ERA closer to 4.00. I think Minor will be very solid, but not quite what he was last year.
The biggest thing for this team is how Wood, Hale/Thomas (if they’re starters to begin the season), Floyd and Harang contribute. If the team can get through the first month or so with a good record (against an easy schedule), then I’m happy and confident. We can’t afford any big time struggles.
I have a decent amount of faith in Teheran, Minor, Santana, Wood and Floyd down the stretch. I like our chances with everyone being back.
In my opinion, the Bullpen will be fine. It may not be 2.46 ERA good, but it’ll be under 3.00 and I believe Carpenter-Avilan-Walden-Kimbrel will be one of the, if not the, best assortment of BP arms in the league. I pray Varvaro is good.
BUT, through this nonsense… but final prediction is…
The Braves go 93-69 and win the division by two games. The Nationals are good. If Fister can come back healthy (he had a setback yesterday), then they can win the division… but they have a lineup as streaky as ours, a bullpen that is good but not as solid and a bench that is still 1-2 bats away from being really good…
Me and my friend Zac at Turner field last weekend! I had a random smile, but it’s a great picture!
My seats at the game tonight!!! GO BRAVOS!
He’s a 26-year-old rookie who I believe will have a great career. I think most Braves fans, myself included, will be sad the day that Brian McCann signs for another team; but the truth is that he probably will next year. Money will go towards pitching and extending our existing young players. Back to Gattis. He’s done everything the Braves have asked out of him and then more. He hit this fourth pinch-hit home run tonight and he continues to produce for the Braves, no matter when or where he plays. He’s just a pure hitter. I think he will be the Braves starting catcher next year with either Laird or Bethancourt backing him up. Think about this: A rookie who doesn’t get every day at-bats has a slash line of .254 AVG, 9 HR, 23 RBI’s, 16 R and 30 hits… with FIVE pinch hits, all extra bases hits… 20 of those hits are for extra-bases. He’s the real deal guys.
It takes place on June 28th and I’ll be at the Ted to watch it! I’ve been to several Braves games, but I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited. It doesn’t hurt that I get to watch Up, Up and a Hey along with Prado who will be a Diamondback! Today keeps getting better.
I couldn’t be more proud of this team. I thank Chipper first and foremost. He’s the best and i’m truly grateful for everything he’s done for this team… going to miss him. 94 wins is pretty amazing! My favorite thing about this team was how great our pitching was the second half and I’m so glad our guys pulled it together. Never did I expect our most reliable pitchers to be Mike Minor and Kris Medlen. I really can’t wait until next year, we have so much young talent on this team!!
Thank you Chipper!
Oh and thanks for the terrible call, baseball.
Left field seats at Turner!!