2016 at a glance
Record: 68-93 (5th in NL East)
Hitting: 28th (4.03 R/G)
Pitching: 25th (4.51 ERA)
Turner Field right center wall will be just 375 feet from home plate (it was 390 previously). Braves are in total rebuild mode but there might be some things to like.
The lineup isn’t too bad. For a team rebuilding they have a pretty damn good lineup
This isn’t a top caliber lineup but it is not bad either. Bonifiacio, Susuki, Jace are some good depth guys off the bench. This is what you call a sneaky good lineup.
Freeman is a stud, Kemp is very inconsistent but when he’s on he is top notch.
Rotation has some rejects
|1||Julio Teheran||SP||202||11||11||3.74||1.14||175||54||10.3%||90.9 mph|
|2||Bartolo Colon||SP||170||9||10||3.81||1.22||118||25||5.5%||87.9 mph|
|3||Jaime Garcia||SP||140||8||7||3.86||1.26||117||41||9.2%||90.5 mph|
|4||Mike Foltynewicz||SP||160||7||11||4.28||1.38||142||54||10.0%||95.2 mph|
|5||R.A. Dickey||SP||145||5||11||4.53||1.28||101||49||10.6%||82.3 mph|
|6||Matt Wisler||SP||145||5||11||4.72||1.37||104||46||9.0%||92.8 mph|
|7||Aaron Blair||SP||70||2||6||4.63||1.64||54||33||10.0%||90.9 mph|
Teheran is a stud, big fan of his. Colon is 44 years old and has to be taking some good pharmaceuticals. I have learned the hard way not to fade him. 3.44 ERA last season, 1.2 WHIP 170 innings. Every team in the league would pay HUGE money for that. I can’t bet against the guy no matter how tempting it is.
Garcia is injury prone. Threw for 170 last year and for 4 years straight after that didn’t pitch more than 129. Be careful drafting this guy. He walked more batters, struck out less. I will need to see some starts first.
Folty is young and could be a prime candidate for an ERA in the 3s. 25 years old could be finding himself.
Dickey, Wisler, Blair give the Braves depth in their rotation and they will probably need it. I strongly doubt the top 5 are pitching in August.
The BP this where the team falls apart.
Vizcaino has good stuff but he allows too many baserunners. Jim Johnson is a gas can who I wouldn’t trust to change a lightbulb let alone a game. Nobody really wows me in this BP and I say beware in trusting these guys to win you games. We have all seen how important a BP actually is.
Braves pretty average basic team, they have a great roster considering the young talent they have on deck. For a total rebuild team they have done well. They will win their fair share of games and build for next season. Smith, Albies etc should be fully involved and if they can pick up a big FA by then we could see a playoff team. Until then it’s under .500 for sure.