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Rhino5
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2019 Atlanta Braves season long in-game thread
Chop on.



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RedPants
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auzach91
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re: 2019 Atlanta Braves season long in-game thread
93-69 (1st wildcard)


Rhino5
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re: 2019 Atlanta Braves season long in-game thread
I don't know man, if our pitchers can stay healthy I still like our chances at a repeat. Can't wait to watch young guys pitch.


elposter
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re: 2019 Atlanta Braves season long in-game thread
Phillies projected opening day lineup?

1. Andrew McCutchen (LF)
2. Jean Segura (SS)
3. Bryce Harper (RF)
4. Rhys Hoskins (1B)
5. JT Realmuto (C)
6. Odubel Herrera (CF)
7. Cesar Hernandez (2B)
8. Maikel Franco (3B)
9. Nola (P)

Should be fun.


DirtyDawg
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3. Bryce Harper (RF)



Can't wait to see him lead another division rival to 0 playoff series wins


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elposter
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93-69 (1st wildcard)


You are feeling more optimistic than I. Having a tough time seeing a 3 win increase over last year when I remember that the Braves did this against the struggling East:

Marlins: 14-5
Met: 13-6
Phillies: 12-7
Nationals: 10-9

Total: 49-27

They were 41-45 against the rest of baseball.

If the East is as improved as people are thinking this year, the Braves need to (1) be improved themselves and (2) play better out of the division this year.


Rhino5
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You are feeling more optimistic than I. Having a tough time seeing a 3 win increase over last year when I remember that the Braves did this against the struggling East:

I think we will get a few more home wins this year. We had the worst home record of all teams that made the playoffs. Only 43 wins at home, 38 losses. I'd like to think we can get that total closer to 50 home wins. We won 47 road games which was by far the best in the division and tied for 3rd in the MLB.

Also, I noticed we had a better ERA, fewer given up hits, a fewer HR's given up than any other NL East team. I didn't pay attention to the other teams pitching moves, but it looks as though we may have the edge.


VADawg
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Also, I noticed we had a better ERA, fewer given up hits, a fewer HR's given up than any other NL East team. I didn't pay attention to the other teams pitching moves, but it looks as though we may have the edge.


Nats adding Corbin should tip the pitching scale in their favor


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auzach91
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re: 2019 Atlanta Braves season long in-game thread
I called 88-74 last year and everyone called me crazy!


JCdawg
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I called 88-74 last year and everyone called me crazy!




I think you're spot on. We beat up on a bad east, but most refuse to accept it, plus we didn't make any notable off season moves. The team did a great job beating struggling clubs. I like your 88-74 prediction for this year. We don't have the pitching to do anything significant.


Hogfancb70
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re: 2019 Atlanta Braves season long in-game thread
Go Braves! Chop!


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LarryCulpepper
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re: 2019 Atlanta Braves season long in-game thread
We had a ton of youth last year and we kept throwing a pitching machine out there in the form of Julio Teheran who was a hitter's delight.

This year Soroka, Folty, Newcomb will all be improved, not to mention Toussant who should make a move into the starting rotation to shore up the #4. Snit's love affair for Teheran will keep him in the rotation at 5. Starting pitching will be improved overall. Our bullpen will still be our biggest weakness and we will suffer agonizing momentum changes down the stretch because of this.


However, our batting will be lights out. Ender had a bad year, I do not expect him to stay in the rut. Acuna is a phenom, Ozzie should improve as well. Freddie is as consistent as they come and Markakis is a count eater as well as an on base master. If Donaldson can match 75% of his MVP year that will be a major improvement at 3rd base. Not to mention we have Comargo who is not a bad replacement. Dansby played through a wrist injury for 5 months last year and he looks to be fresh and ready to go this year.

We will win the pennant. Bryce is a cancer in a locker room, I honestly feel like the Nationals will be our biggest threat if they learn to play as a team. Between Kapler's management and Bryce's diva-ness the phillies will falter at the first sign of adversity. The Mets are one injury away from being awful and the Marlins are minnows in the sea.



BPTiger
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re: 2019 Atlanta Braves season long in-game thread
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plus we didn't make any notable off season moves


Josh Donaldson could be very, very, MVP-caliber noticeable if he is back to his old-self.
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devils1854
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This year Soroka, Folty, Newcomb will all be improved


injured, injured, and still has no clue what a strike zone is.


LarryCulpepper
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injured, injured, and still has no clue what a strike zone is.




Minor injuries in March are nothing to be worried about.

As for Newcomb, did you watch him last year? His stuff has nasty movement. He doesn't hit the strike zone, he uses movement to fool hitters to swing and miss. This is brilliant against aggressive hitters which is what the Phillies and Nationals will be comprised of. All he needs is a little momentum in the first inning and he is good. Not to mention he was a rookie last year, I'm sure he will be more confident in hitting the corners this year


Rhino5
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injured, injured, and still has no clue what a strike zone is.

Yeah at the very least it'll get some young prospects some innings and help AA evaluate.


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BPTiger
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Soroka has to prove he isn’t injury prone. Can’t count on him yet. Folty should be fine.

Newcomb was amazing in the first half of last year. Since then he has been an absolute mess. If things don’t change relatively quickly he may find himself back in Gwinnett.

The good news is we have three or four guys ready to step on due to injury or non-performance. No one else has that luxury in our division.


BPTiger
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re: 2019 Atlanta Braves season long in-game thread
And for all the shite we heave upon Teheran, some deserved, he is the one guy you can count on year agter year to be available and eat innings. Every year 200-220 innings. I don’t think anyone else had more than 180 last year.

That said. I wish we would have traded him at peak value a couple years ago.

ETA in his current state he is fine as a 5. He is a good piece for the regular season to chew innings.
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devils1854
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re: 2019 Atlanta Braves season long in-game thread
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Minor injuries in March are nothing to be worried about.

As for Newcomb, did you watch him last year? His stuff has nasty movement. He doesn't hit the strike zone, he uses movement to fool hitters to swing and miss. This is brilliant against aggressive hitters which is what the Phillies and Nationals will be comprised of. All he needs is a little momentum in the first inning and he is good. Not to mention he was a rookie last year, I'm sure he will be more confident in hitting the corners this year


A shoulder injury that has kept a player out since last year, and soreness in a pitching elbow is far from minor.

Newcomb was not a rookie last year, and it doesnt matter what kind of stuff you have, if you cant consistently get the ball in the zone, you arent going to be successful, and Newcomb has averaged over 4.5 BB/9 since his full season debut in professional baseball in 2015, and yes Spring Training is used for players to get ready for the season and to work on pitches, but he walked 15 in 21 innings. To blindly think he is going to get better as a 26 year old is not smart.



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