Hello again everyone from lovely Michigan. It’s springtime. It’s 15 degrees outside. It’ll be 10 degrees by morning. Let’s play two!
Now that spring training is drawing to a close, I think it’s time to put on our thinking caps and decide how many games the Braves will win this season. You noticed that I called this a prediction. I want to make sure that this isn’t confused with a projection. We’ve all done projections at some time or another. You know, where you used past history, or formulae, or algorithms or whatever to arrive at a conclusion. That’s science. What I’m talking about here is pure art!
So, let your emotions run free. Be a fan. Imagine just how great things are going to be. Chipper is hitting like he’s 29, not almost 39. Heyward’s a beast. Uggla is the right handed power that the team has needed for years. Freeman is a lock for Rookie Of The Year, unless Kimbrell beats him out. McCann is in better shape than ever. Even McLouth is playing great. And the pitching — wow! The rotation is better and deeper than the Phillies, especially when you figure in age. The Braves have two great closers. Heck, we’ll even throw a party if Sherrill and Proctor don’t make the team!
So, add it up; how much better is this year’s team than last year’s 91 win bunch? Get your number and then vote in the poll. Send a link of the poll to all your friends. Let’s see how quick we can get the first 100 votes! I won’t be shy with my vote. I’ll go out on a limb and make my last pre-season guess be 94 wins. Vote early and often if you can, but please chime in with your thoughts as well!