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The AJC's Mark Bradley writes a nice piece on the remade Brave lineup.
Lake Buena Vista, Fla. t have been the same old Braves.
Key this year, IMO, will be putting the ball in play and avoiding record setting strikeout numbers. Lots of potential but the addition of the Upton brothers brings the potential to set the MLB record for Ks.
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True on the potential for lots of Ks. But there's also the potential for plenty of long balls. Power hitting, great pitching and good defense is a recipe for championships, IMO. As Bradley noted, it's a young team, most of them signed for awhile, that can get better together.
I like their chances.
I haven't kept up with the Braves as much as I used to, but I'm pretty fired up for the upcoming season. It's going to be odd not seeing Chipper out there this year.
Nice read RTATL. +1
I am ready for some baseball, ol Dad!
As for Chipper, I'm happy he got out before he lost what made him special. Too many great ones hang on so long their career stats suffer. Chipper will always be a career .300 hitter and one of the best switch-hitters ever to play the game.
I totally agree. It seems like his career just flew by.
+1 on their chances. I'd love to see them make a deep run. Been a Braves fan since the days you could drive down to the big city and get 2 free tix for filling up with gas.
We used to get comps behind home plate! It paid to have connections. But frankly, they were so bad they didn't sell a lot of tickets most nights.
As the article has said, the Braves have gotten younger and are incredibly athletic now. This lineup can grow together become very formidable. My only concern is 3rd, but I think as long as the defense is adequate there, we should have production elsewhere in the lineup to make up for it. I'm telling you guys now. The Braves will be good. Very good.
I don't think there's any reason for Braves fans to worry about the production they're going to get at third base this year. The average MLB third baseman isn't exactly an elite hitter — I'd say the league average for the position is probably 12-15 home runs and 60-70 RBIs — and the Braves easily should get that between Francisco and Johnson. Both are pretty good hitters, especially if Johnson hits like he did last year.
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On the topic of the Braves.. I got my tickets for opening day on April 1st yesterday! If anyone else is going let me know and we can meet up. Me and my buddy are planning to get there basically as soon as the gates open. Can hardly wait
I remember those days well. Our freebie tickets weren't that good - up high where you couldn't even tell which way a fly ball was going but, like you said, crowds were small so we'd usually work our way down to better seats. Pretty bad baseball in those days but, hey, it was the big leagues and it was the Braves!
Great point on 3B production, Ryan. Shouldn't be a big issue offensively - but defensively? And the Ks still worry me as far as overall offensive production - but the game has changed so maybe not as big as I fear.
I worried about the Ks for awhile. But a friend pointed out something that made sense. The Ks hurt more when you play small ball. When you are scrapping to manufacture runs, you need more productive outs to move runners along.
When your lineup has power from two to eight, you play more for homers and extra base hits and the Ks don't do as much damage (unless, of course, everybody fans and nobody gets on!)
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