2014 Predictions revisited

Some were prescient:

  • The move to Cobb is a done deal, but the construction of Pascual Perez Memorial Stadium — and development of the surrounding Fanplex Memorial Funzone — will not go as smoothly as the hear-no-evil front office will claim.
  • Gavin Floyd will start more games than Brandon Beachy but not as many as Alex Wood.
  • FW and Fredi will sign contract extensions; Jay Hey and Freddie will not. (3 out of 4 ain’t bad)
  • In anticipation of the Cobb relocation, we’ll hear even more of that godawful country pop crap in between innings, to the point where I start to ponder the unthinkable:  Maybe “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” wasn’t so bad, after all.
  • Attendance will decline.
  • The Nationals will be better, prompting the Office to complain repeatedly that Doug Fister should have been a Brave.

Others, a tad optimistic:

  • Evan Gattis will outhomer Brian McCann. (Gattis fell one HR short but appeared in 32 fewer games)
  • Jordan Walden will become a force in the 8th; Carpenter and Avilan will regress, but not badly.
  • Chris Johnson won’t be as good as he was in 2013 but won’t be as bad as his critics suggest. CJ was too consistent (never hitting lower than .273 in a month) to expect a massive drop-off. Take away a lackluster 2011 campaign and Johnson has a lifetime BA above .300.
  • Freddie will be Freddie. Jay Hey will be Jay Hey, 2012 edition. J-Up will be a little better. B.J. has to be.
  • Like Andrelton two years ago, Tommy LaStella will replace Tyler Pastornicky (aka Rod Gilbreath 2K) in the starting line-up before the All-Star break and hit .289, minus the stellar defense. Though he’ll be better than Uggla.

The rest, delusional:

  • Ryan Butcher (103 K’s in 62 IP at Gwinnett) emerges as the top lefty out of the ‘pen..
  • Dan Uggla will be traded before Opening Day. To Baltimore. The Braves will pay more of his salary than the O’s and will be better off for it.
  • Andrelton will mimic Dave Concepcion’s 1974 campaign: .281-14-82, 44 BB, 79 K’s, Gold Glove Award. If you want to see a preview of Simmons’ future, look up Concepcion’s numbers.
  • We’re going to like Ryan Doumit more than we think.

2015 predictions forthcoming.

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2 comments

  1. The Nats have signed Uggla and it is now reported he was playing with an undiagnosed concussion last year.
    What explains how bad he played for over a year and a half before last year?

  2. He’ll get cut well before the team leaves Florida. That’s when we’ll hear the next excuse.

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