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Roster Prediction: Where the 25 Stand (March 22 Edition)

Another week in and some new changes to the roster for the third edition of “Where the 25 Stand.” For previous editions, you can click here or here. Starting Rotation 1. Julio Teheran 2. Alex Wood 3. Shelby Miller 4. Wandy Rodriguez (up from #5 starter) 5. Eric Stults (downgraded to #5) My Take? No one has outpitched Wandy so far in camp so it’s not difficult to understand why he’s already just about claimed the…

Does Jackie Bradley Jr. Make Sense for the Braves?

There has been a lot of buzz recently that the Braves have an interest, sometimes called strong, in Boston outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. David O’Brien tweets that the interest was early this offseason, implying that the Braves have backed off. If that latter part is true, this might be the case of someone high up in the Braves front office liking Bradley and wanting to see if Boston had soured enough for the Braves to…

Spring Training Preview: C/IF

(Been a little preoccupied so my blogs have suffered. Hopefully, I’ll get back on schedule starting today.) Previous previews: Starting Rotation / Bullpen For the rebuilding Atlanta Braves, this offseason has been one of great change and even greater discontent from the fan base. I don’t know about you, but I’m sick to death of hearing the old adage, “well, they weren’t winning with those guys.” But I get it…there were issues and rather than…

Favorite Braves List – Center Field

(Previous information on this series can be found here. Of importance, this is not a best list, but a favorites list since I started to follow the Braves. That limits options from 1991-to-now.) Favorite Braves List (so far) Ace Starter – Greg Maddux #2 Starter – John Smoltz #3 Starter – Tim Hudson#4 Starter – Tom Glavine Catcher – Brian McCann First Base – Fred McGriff Second Base – Marcus Giles Shortstop – Andrelton Simmons…

Braves will Strike Out Less, but Will It Help?

The last two seasons under Frank Wren were uneven as the Atlanta Braves offense was both productive and dreadful. The only things that seemed to be consistent about the team was a pitching staff doing its job regardless of the injuries that were piling up and the constant reminder about how the team was striking out. Oh, the strikeouts. Over the last four years, the Braves have struck out at least 1,200 times after not…

Meh…

Let’s start with this indisputable fact. The decision the Braves faced wasn’t to keep Jason Heyward and get a compensation draft choice vs. getting Shelby Miller, Tyrell Jenkins, and signing Nick Markakis. This makes John Hart‘s decision-making look better, but lumping Markakis into that isn’t fair. Both deals should be looked at separately for what they do for the club. Theoretically, you can make the argument that they should be tied together because without trading…

Could the Braves Compete in 2015? Depends on Simba.

While there has been a lot of discussion given to the idea that the Braves are gearing up for a 2017 contention, I am left wondering how outlandish of an idea is it that Atlanta will compete as soon as next year? I mean, this team is only a year removed from 96 wins. Why are we resigning ourselves to the prospect of going through a quick two-year rebuild? Partly, this comes down to a…