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All the haters better take notice. We're not even at full strength. Freddi will be back soon. He's been killing the ball. McCann can platoon with Gattis when he gets back. C. Johnson is a player. BJ is settling in. Heyward WILL start hitting. With that starting staff ( don't forget about Beachy), and the best bullpen in baseball. Its World Series or bust
They are starting to strike out less too. They are going to be tough to beat.
I don't think McCann and Gattis will platoon. I like Gattis but think he will get lost when mcCann comes back. Heyward needs to move from the 2 spot if he is going to hit. It's not a good spot for him. Johnson needs to play as well as Pena. It's a long season, to many things can happen before you put Atlanta back in the World series. They have had better teams and didn't make it. I hope they do but been dissappointed to many times before with them.
I think you let Gattis play until he starts to cool off, then let McCann get in there. ALso, why not let Pena play 2B for Uggla (he is one of my fav players, but cannot hit consistently to save his life). Let C. Johnson be the everyday 3B when Freeman returns.
It is still early, but the Braves are looking good. MLB season is a marathon, so lets hope they can stay healthy and pitch well all the way to the World Series.
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Definitely agree about Heyward. He should be in the six spot. I think I like BJ leading off. Let Simmons or C Johnson hit second. McCann is awesome, but Gattis is tearing the cover off the ball.
My line ups-
1. B. Upton-CF
2. C.. Johnson-3B
3. J. Upton-LF
7. A. Simmons-SS
8. D. Uggla--2B
1. B. Upton
2. A. Simmons
3. J. Upton
4. F. Freeman
5. E. Gattis
6. J. Heyward
7. C.. Johnson
8. D. Uggla
I am VERY excited about this years team!! Go Braves!
They won't platoon Brian. He will start when he comes off the DL and if they feel Gattis is more than just the flavor of the month they will trade Brian to an AL team.
I like where your head's at. It is very encouraging to see us playing so well WITHOUT having Heyward driving in runs, Freddie and McCann on the DL. I have a huge dude-crush on Justin Upton right now. With such a solid bullpen and so much firepower in the line up, we will be a tough team to beat when it's playoff time.
I've always been a McCann and Uggla supporter, but once they have trade value again, I'd be happy with trading them both off to get a solid second baseman with an average bat. I'd be happy for Dan Uggla to have a one game hitting streak actually. And as much as I love Mac, Gattis has shown that McCann is not irreplaceable.
I was going to put a witty joke here, but I forgot bama fans still use picture books. So I thought I'd expedite the process for you...
Dunno what better team you can name on paper for the Braves that didn't go to the World Series. This is the most stacked Braves team since the early - mid 90s. I know it's early, but they are first or top three in basically every stat offensively and pitching wise in the majors. Easily most talented Braves squad I've seen.
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