Wednesday, March 2, 2016

First Braves Spring Training Game in the Books

So we've played one game; the spring training opener that happened yesterday featured all the players you've grown to know and love. Guys like Freddie Freeman, AJ Pierzynski, Nick Markakis, and uhhhhhhh. Adonis Garcia? I think we traded everyone else. Let's not dwell on that. You'll have time to learn the new names, or they'll be gone before you care. TAKE HEART!

Now as you know I don't care what happened in the game in terms of scoring. We tied, which is stupid in any sport, but in the spring training games it's fine. Because results of spring training games are inherently stupid anyway. What I do care about is that Freddie Freeman in his first AB knocked in a ground rule double and his wrist looked fine. That's great news for worry-worts like myself who wonder if his long-term durability is a question. We'll know more the next time he swings the bat, which I doubt will be today. I think they'll work him back slowly in an every other day capacity.

It's too early to tell much from one spring training game, but I did like the fact that the Braves were hitting the ball as a group. They had 11 hits in the game, and most of them were spread out amongst a bunch of different young or new guys. Mallex Smith, Eric Aybar, Nick Markakis, Adonis Garcia, Rio Ruiz, Daniel Castro, Ryan Lavarnway, Hector Olivera, and Matt Tuiasosopo also had hits. For guys like Ruiz, Lavarnway and Tuiasosopo, that's a big deal because they are non-roster invitees, and they would have to knock the doors off spring training to make the club. However, if Tuiasosopo makes the team I'm going to have to blow up my spell checker between him, Pierzynski, and Foltynewicz.

As we go along, one of the things I'm going to do is evalutate the Braves at each position with the available people we have in flux, probably after about two weeks into the process. Then I'll make some predictions in my BOLD PREDICTIONS FOR THE SEASON post that we can laugh at later when I'm horribly wrong. All in all, it should be a good time for everyone involved. And the more free time I have the more I'll post information and snarky comments about how things are shaping up this season.


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