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Braves Opening Day Roster: Pitchers
- Ian Anderson
- Tucker Davidson
- Max Fried
- Kenley Jansen
- Tyler Matzek
- A.J. Minter
- Colin McHugh
- Charlie Morton
- Sean Newcomb
- Darren O’Day
- Will Smith
- Spencer Strider
- Tyler Thornburg
- Kyle Wright
- Huascar Ynoa
Breakdown: 15 pitchers? Holy smokes! It sure does look like Brian Snitker plans to piggyback some of his starters to keep everyone fresh. My guess is Morton, Fried, and Anderson can each go 5 with Wright, Tucker, Ynoa, and Strider piggyback to fill the 4th and 5th rotation spots. With 14 straight out the gate and a shortened spring, it’s important to protect the investments early and ease them into the year.
Braves Opening Day Roster: Catchers
Breakdown: It was rumored that Contreras would make the roster if no more moves occurred and the rumor rings true. My guess is we’ll see a platoon (of sorts) out of the DH to begin the year where Dickerson starts against LHP and Contreras starts against LHP.
Braves Opening Day Roster: Infielders
Breakdown: No surprises here, but a lot of pressure lies on the regulars to stay healthy and in the lineup as there’s not much to speak of in AAA.
Braves Opening Day Roster: Outfielders
Breakdown: Well…they’re not going to be good defensively, but they’ll hit and should be versatile enough in the lineup to be above average until Ronald AcuÃ±a Jr. comes back. Heredia will likely continue his role as a late inning defensive replacement, which would move Duvall to one of the corners, removing one of Ozuna, Dickerson, or Rosario. For me, it doesn’t really matter who it is and I suspect it’ll be the one that is furthest away from seeing an AB the next inning.
I haven’t the foggiest what the prize will be yet, but I’ll make sure that whoever wins will get something that’s, at the least, fun.
- Overall Record
- Highest Brave in CY voting
- Highest Braves in MVP voting
- Distance in Playoffs
Let’s get it, people!
WS in 5
An oldie but still a baddie.
Oh no, Mr. Bill…
Opening day is here! So fun to go into it as defending world champs
Did y’all see this?
WS in 7
WS in 6
WS in 7
161-1 (They’ll drop tonight’s opener since I will be in attendance. )
WS in 3, as Ronald gets so hot he ruptures the spacetime continuum.
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WS in 0 — the AL winner doesn’t even try for fear of embarrassment
One more word about Freeman:
Chipper was not the most popular fella with some. I seem to remember him writing he had some disagreements with some Atlanta Braves, though I could be mistaken. I know he got in a fight with someone in high school. But my hunch is that if Chipper left Atlanta during the middle of his career, somebody would have said something. Chipper preserved his legacy by never having a gap in his Brave allegiance, minor leagues all the way to the front office. He had not done so, he might have gotten the Freeman treatment in some capacity. Just my hunch.
I like that.
You can color me not particularly gobsmacked that Ronald and Freddie weren’t exactly the best of friends. The working relationship seemed to be OK…and even if it wasn’t, Freddie won out last year when Ronald wasn’t there and we won a World Series. And he’s gone now, meaning there won’t be any further friction between the two. So whatever. I see this as a triumphant return of our good friend Shrug Emoji.
Color Me Gobsmacked would be a good name for a band.
WS in 5
@4, that article tracks with the 45-second video that Nathan posted in the last thread, but neither mentions anything about Freeman not caring when Acuna got hit or some of the other things in the baseball gifs tweet in that thread. I remember reports that Freeman told Snitker something like, “somebody’s got to do something” after Acuna didn’t run out a HR-oops-it-hit-the-wall once or twice in 2019, & it’s not surprising that they got on each others’ nerves. Shrug emoji does seem like the most appropriate reaction.
WS in 7
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I just realized I have opening day recap. Pressure! I’m not really stretched out, so I don’t know how many innings I can do. At least I’m pretty sure I’ll take the right exit off the Perimeter, though.
100% agree with @13. I’m kind of shocked they haven’t already signed to K Records.
WS in 6
Win WS in 6
Lose NLCS in 5
I never do these but what the heck.
WS in 6
I don’t want to be a pusher, but there are some great sales going on here, including 1/2 off of all World Series gear and free shipping on any purchase $24 or over. For me though, my love is in those custom fitted hats. I have WAY too many.
Just saw a fan wearing a Josh Collmenter jersey. Now THAT deserves a special mention.
@24: There are indeed some good deals on the site. But in the “how times change” division, very little can beat a Mookie Betts Red Sox Champion t-shirt marked down from $69.99 to $3.99. https://www.fanatics.com/mlb/boston-red-sox/mookie-betts-boston-red-sox-majestic-youth-2018-world-series-champions-name-and-number-t-shirt-navy/o-4509+t-58338575+p-47928101671+z-9-3954649149?_ref=p-CLP:m-GRID:i-r8c1:po-25
@25 Maybe he just really likes axe throwing.
Are you guys able to watch the ceremonies going on right now on MLB.tv?
Chipper Jones with the first pitch. Threw a strike. Nice Chill Moment.
What’s better than Chipper? How about Timothy Miller with the National Anthem and an F-16 flyover. Think I am about to get hypothermia.
My math at 21 was bad. I meant 97-65.
Uh. When did Varsity find 98?
He threw 99 in Game 6.
ws in 7, just to make it a bit more tense than last year
Game 1 and we already desperately need robot umps
ESPN telecasts are the worst
What did they expect from the Reds manager in that little interview ? “Last year we were a mediocre team in one of the least competitive divisions in baseball, but in the offseason we traded every position player that could play for our opposing team. So the new look is bad at baseball, I guess.”
Well, this isn’t starting well.
I am so glad the shift will be done next year. We are so bad at it
Fried’s command was off that inning.
Heredia needs to be in CF and Duval in LF .. Ozuna DH .. that Dickerson guy is awful ..
Early season hibernation mode
LOL…he had one at-bat!
@45 to me it’s the defense. Playing Heredia would allow Ozuna to DH
I will say Votto seems like a good dude
He’s having a good time with that microphone.
I like Votto.
He’ll be a good color analyst after he retires.
Listening to him, you have to like him. I’m a new fan of Votto’s. Doesn’t hurt to have Ozzie as a foil.
That’s 3 warning track balls.
The ball isn’t carrying at all
Wow, that 3-1 strike call to Dickerson was terrible. And then followed up with a blast to RF caught at the wall. Breaks are not going the Braves’ way in the early going. (Also the home plate ump is generally bad at ball/strike recognition).
Also also – Ozzie is such a charming little dude.
Snitker basically just said that Bobby can’t really talk anymore. That’s sad.
@55. Yeah, that was a fairly awkward moment in the interview that I interpreted the same way. Like you said…very sad.
The shift really helped us during the playoffs. Tonight, the Reds are getting a lot of dinky hits against the shift.
I took a class with Joey Votto a few years ago. Most people didn’t recognize him (he introduced himself as “Joe”). Very funny, deadpan guy. Much respect.
Well, that wasn’t dinky. McHugh hung that one.
So much for McHugh.
There goes 162-0.
Reds reliever is wild and Albies and D ‘Arnaud swing early in count .. way to use your brain boys
Somebody tell McHugh when you serve up a hanging breaking pitch it gets hit a long ways by major leagers … if you gonna throw soft you better hit the corners not serve on a platter .
I’m sure the hanging of the breaking pitch was completely intentional…
Spencer Strider looking pretty dominant tonight!
Well, bright spot found among several not so bright spots. Strider looked absolutely unhittable.
Austin Riley, sign that boy up. 7/$110.
Why in hell is Ozuna hitting cleanup?? He is a 6 hole hitter in my lineup .
Heredia till Acuna back
Acuna, Albies, Olsen, Riley, Rosario, Duvall, Ozuna, D’ around, Swanson
Wow, Spencer Strider. Such easy gas. And home ump sux
I realize it’s just the first game, but this new Sunday Night Baseball booth is, uh…not off to a great start.
Recapped. Welcome back, everybody.
I missed the predictions because, you know, sleep…
In Max we Trust
Olson (full disclosure, have parted with real hard cash at 25/1)
NLCS loss to Dodgers in 7 (full reverse jinx mode applied)