In less than an hour, the new-look Bravos take the field for real in the pastel park in south Florida.
It’s dangerous to draw conclusions from an opening day lineup, but this one is interesting. No Chris Johnson. This tells me Fredi might be serious about platooning guys. Also, KJ is starting in left field. Again, platoon time. Let’s hope these situations are more pleasant than the Oliver Stone flick. Great movie, but grim.
Of course, it’ll also be interesting to see who closes if it comes to it. I suppose it’ll be equally intriguing to see who sets up, who pitches the 7th, and so on. Best case, Julio goes 7 or 8 and the Braves have a nice lead. A man can dream.
The post-Jay Hey/Kimbrel/J-Up/Gattis/Carpenter/Greg Walker era begins with this batting order vs. the Fish:
EY Jr. CF; Jace Peterson 2B; Markakis RF; Freeman 1B; Bethancourt C; KJ LF; Callaspo 3B; Simmons SS; Julio P.
Hart sure was right. It’s not like he was dismantling the ’27 Yankees. And Fredi ain’t running them out there today, either.