Atlanta Braves 2014 Opening Day

It’s finally here… Atlanta Braves Opening Day. Real baseball. I’m excited.

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The Rotation: Julio Teheran, Alex Wood, Aaron Harang, and David Hale… is it worrisome that every time I type that list I have to pause after Teheran’s name and think for a minute who the next guy is? Answer, yes. The good news is that the rotation should only get stronger from here on out.

The Bullpen: Craig Kimbrel, Jordan Walden, David Carpenter, Luis Avilan, Anthony Varvaro, Ryan Buchter, Ian Thomas, and Gus Schlosser… I imagine there will be a lot of turnover with this group, as the team will not be patient with some of these relievers if there are too many self-inflicted wounds. Look for guys at triple-A or double-A putting up good numbers to get the call quickly.

The Lineup: Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton, Freddie Freeman, Chris Johnson, Justin Upton, Evan Gattis, Dan Uggla, and Andrelton Simmons… that seems to be what Fredi wants to go with to begin the season. Let’t hope it works.

The Bench: Ryan Doumit, Gerald Laird, Ramiro Pena, Jordan Schafer, and Tyler Pastornicky… a solid group of backups and pinch hitters. There’s not much obvious power in this group, but I’ll settle for good at-bats and good defense when it’s needed.

Every spot on the roster: MLB beat writer Mark Bowman has a very candid look at every member of the opening day roster. It’s a must read to set the stage for knowing your Braves.

Extended interview with Wren: Atlanta CBS affiliate sports director Larry Smith conducts a terrific 25 minute interview with Frank Wren. Definitely worth watching.

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TJ mechanics: A site called Baseball Rebellion has an extensive article looking at pitchers who have undergone Tommy John surgery, with an extended look at Brandon Beachy. They have another in-depth piece looking at Craig Kimbrel’s mechanics.2014-cb-book

Gwinnett updates: The Gwinnett Daily Post has good articles about Christian Bethancourt, Aaron Northcraft, and J.R. Graham.

Prepared for prospects: Are you prepared for all the Braves prospects you might encounter this season? You should be prepared, and that means reading C.B. Wilkins great prospect book, completely dedicated to Braves prospects. You can download it for free here, or show your support by buying it from Amazon here.

Speaking of prospects and new projects… I will be writing about the Braves for Bleacher Report this season. My first piece is about ten prospects who could help the Braves this season.

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