The Braves echo chamber tells us Coppy is a genius.
He’s done some good things, don’t get me wrong. But instead of falling for the hype, let’s examine the state of the Braves, this year and next, to see if the designation is deserved.
Who’s at SS? The answer should be Andrelton Simmons, now 5th in all of baseball in WAR. The Wizard 2.0 is batting .300 with 11 HR and a .352 OBP for the Angels. Sean Newcomb would have to become an ace to justify one of the two worst deals engineered by the Braves GM.
Of course the Wood and Peraza for Olivera trade is almost as bad, and acquiring Matt Kemp, who has a .641 OPS since June 1, for Olivera just made things worse. Kemp is saddled with a bum hamstring, accounting for his atrocious defense, and the Braves still owe $34 mil over the next two years. Good luck moving that contract.
That means we’re likely seeing the final months of Nick Markakis’ Braves career. Since he’s basically morphed into Ken Oberkfell, I doubt few tears will be shed.
Third base remains a black hole. Yes, Johan Camargo has impressed but I wouldn’t count on him to be an everyday option. His peripherals are concerning: 5 BB/35 K in 151 AB. And Austin (.714 OPS) Riley and Travis (.686 OPS) Demeritte are prospects in name only.
(Is anyone else worried we haven’t seen the last of Adonis?)
The pitching staff is also a mess. Folty, Julio and Newcomb don’t inspire much confidence, and it wouldn’t surprise if me if Coppy exercised Dickey’s option, which would be a big mistake.
Hopefully he’ll trade Jim Johnson this weekend. If not, we can look forward to another year of blown saves, as JJ is signed through 2018.
Brian Snitker is not. He seems adept at dealing with personalities but isn’t the kind of manager you want going forward. Which means you can likely expect him back in the dugout next year.