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Will the Atlanta Braves make the playoffs this year?

Old 04-01-04, 02:05 PM
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Will the Atlanta Braves make the playoffs this year?

They've been there every year since '94

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http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/roster?team=atl

Notables:
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Andruw Jones
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John Smoltz
Mike Hampton
Russ Ortiz

NL East:
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Mets
Philadelphia
Atlanta
Florida
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I really hope so, but I don't think they will. They lost too much offense over the winter and their pitching isn't what it used to be.
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Old 04-01-04, 02:18 PM
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As a Brave's fan, I have to say no. They just haven't made good personelle moves the past couple years.
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Old 04-01-04, 02:54 PM
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Every year, I post something about how everyone predicting their demise and whining about offseason moves will be proven dead wrong at the end of the season, how they'll start off behind, make a big run in the middle of the season, someone will get close (Mets or Phillies) but choke miserably down the stretch, and we'll all be watching the Braves winning yet another division title with time to spare. Every year ... except this one. I'm finally willing to step up and say that the run will end this season.

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P.S. It's every year since 1991; there was no postseason in 1994.
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Using expected runs scored and allowed, and plugging that into Pythagenport, the Braves should finish 12 games behind Philadelphia.

But then you start looking at the intangibles. Larry Bowa is worth -4 wins. Bobby Cox and Leo Mazzoni are worth +3 games in the standings. If JD Drew stays healthy, that's another 2 games in the standings. The larceny of Juan Cruz, who will jump into the rotation instead of Jaret Wright, that's another few games. The Braves will figure out to give Branyon more games instead of LaRoche, that's another game in the standings. Uhm, okay, and how about Andruw Jones has a great year and hits 35 homers.

BRAVES WIN!




(okay, how about they finish 8 games back, because Bowa is still worth -4 games in the standings...)
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Originally posted by das Monkey
Every year, I post something about how everyone predicting their demise and whining about offseason moves will be proven dead wrong at the end of the season, how they'll start off behind, make a big run in the middle of the season, someone will get close (Mets or Phillies) but choke miserably down the stretch, and we'll all be watching the Braves winning yet another division title with time to spare. Every year ... except this one. I'm finally willing to step up and say that the run will end this season.

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P.S. It's every year since 1991; there was no postseason in 1994.
I hate the Braves, and I've been one of those people saying that every year. But I'm tired of being wrong, and I maybe want to jinx them, so I'm gonna say they'll make the playoffs.
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Old 04-01-04, 04:27 PM
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I'd be surprised if they even went .500
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I'd be surprised if they even went .500
That's ridiculous. They'll win at least 80 games, and ought to be in the wild card hunt. I just don't think they have good enough pitching and enough offense in the bottom of the line up to make the playoffs.
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That's ridiculous.
Maybe, but they'll need Hampton and Ramirez to at least duplicate last year's numbers. And without those extra bats in the lineup it'll be tougher to do.
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My predicted standings:

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Maybe, but they'll need Hampton and Ramirez to at least duplicate last year's numbers. And without those extra bats in the lineup it'll be tougher to do.
Isn't Paul Byrd going to be in the rotation this year? He should help as well.
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I'll be optimistic and go with the Braves at least getting there via the wildcard.
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It seems likely the wildcard will come from the Central, but maybe not.

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I hope not, but I think they will. While I feel that the Phillies are a stronger team, the Braves always somehow manage to make the playoffs.
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i still like the core.. but without sheff, and the pitching continue to decline.. the starting pitching rotation would have to play to the top of their ability all season.. and they would need some of the other contenders to struggle

i would say no.
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My hopeful final NL East Standings

1) Phillies.
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3) Marlins.
4) Mets.
5) Braves. (Go away and come back in 10 years. I am sick of this team)
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Braves will continue to do good. The coaching is still phenomenal. However, they will choke like they always do in the playoff's.
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Like some in this thread, I had Atlanta winning the division every year, even last year when the doubters really came in force, but I can no longer say I expect them to win.

Now that being said, they still have a decent shot at the playoffs. I would expect Philadelphia to win the East, but the NL doesn't have many real "locks". Philly is vulnerable, and the wild-card is there as well. I would expect Philly, Chiacgo, Houston, and the NL West winner to be playoff teams, but Atlanta's not bad. They still should be around 90 wins.

I'm no big believer in Florida or Montreal. I'd expect it to go:

1) Philly
2) Atlanta
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Old 04-03-04, 09:04 PM
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well, if dale murphy has at least 35 home runs and bob horner can lose some weight and otis nixon stays healthy, i think we'll play .500 ball.
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Old 05-21-04, 08:45 PM
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The question still remains.....
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Old 05-21-04, 08:52 PM
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No - and the wild card will come from the Central.
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Old 05-21-04, 11:33 PM
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does it really matter if they make the playoffs or not??

they're the buffalo bills of baseball...

they have great regular seasons (usually) and end up choking in the playoffs.

the question is moot, imho.
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Originally posted by slateef


they have great regular seasons (usually) and end up choking in the playoffs.

Thats my fantasy football M.O.
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Originally posted by slateef
does it really matter if they make the playoffs or not??

they're the buffalo bills of baseball...

they have great regular seasons (usually) and end up choking in the playoffs.

the question is moot, imho.
the big difference is that atlanta actually did win a world title in that run.. how many other teams have a championship over the past decade?
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