Dreamwalking Through the Braves Season

 

Here is a top 10 list of my 2013 bold predictions; these may be a little in favor of Braves nation but I would not say these if I didn’t feel it could possible happen…well maybe in a perfect world.

March 22, 2013; Clearwater, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (26) singles during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Networks Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

 

10) Dan Uggla bounces back from his worst career season in 2012 to hit 30 bombs and finishes the year with an average over .250.  He also comments 15 or less errors in the field for the 3rd straight season

 

9) Braves Country show the organization how much it really cares about the team and sells out every home game of the season

 

8) The outfield of Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and B.J. Upton all have great seasons eclipsing the 30 HR – 30 steals mark.  All three guys have exceptional seasons heading into the All-Star break and are awarded with being named starters for the NL All-Star team

 

7) Craig Kimbrel remains the dominant pitcher he is and outdoes last season’s career numbers.  He wins the NL Cy Young Award with 50 saves and ERA under 1.00

 

6) Coach Fredi Gonzalez has a master plan in his head about what exactly to do with the third base position.  The platoon of Chris Johnson and Juan Francisco works perfectly and at years end we’re calling Gonzalez a magician

 

March 3, 2013; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves catcher Evcan Gattis (68) at bat against the Detroit Tigers at ESPN Disney Wide World of Sports complex, Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

5) Evan Gattis continues his tremendous hitting streak from the winter league, spring training and now to the season.  After his bat kept him in the lineup for much of April, the Braves find different ways for him to continue getting at-bats.  He plays in at least 100 games at either catcher, in the outfield or pinch hitting

 

4) B.J. Upton doesn’t let younger brother Justin beat him in any statistical categories.  They battle till the final day with home runs, steals and batting average.  The two of them push each other to new career highs and both are in the running for MVP

 

3) The Braves are in a tight NL East battle with the Washington Nationals heading into the All-Star break.  Seeing this, Chipper Jones gets the itch to return to baseball and begins working out.  By August, Jones returns to the team and helps the Braves in the final months of the season

 

2) Tim Hudson takes on the Philadelphia Phillies on opening day and scores the victory.  The offense knocks Cole Hamels out of the game early and the Braves start off on the right foot winning on opening night

 

1) The Braves win 97 regular season games, winning the NL East over the Washington Nationals.  Then beat the Nationals in the NLCS to take on the Toronto  Blue Jays in the World Series.  Tied in the series 2-2, the Braves go on to win the next 2 games to win the series 4-2 and win the World Series!!

Atlanta, GA, USA; Mandatory Credit: David Goldman/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports

 

 

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  • fireboss

    Wow.. well I think Uggla if commits (not comments) 15 errors we can live with it. If Fredi has anything in his head it would surprise me and if the first part is master the last part can’t be added here. As a magician he’s Burt Wonderstone.

    The Braves raised ticket prices this year so sadly sellouts won’t be a frequent occurrence

    Fransico hits 25 homers

    Medlen, Teheran, Minor win 15 games a piece, Maholm gets no runs support has a 500 season – okay for a 5th starter. Hudson starts strong but injury dogs his season. Braves trade Uggla to Jays for Ricky Romero. Rev plays second hits 280 makes no errors and everyone says they knew it all along. Romero spend a weekend with Tom Glavine and Don Sutton, goes 10-4 in the second half.
    Jays Braves play WS. Braves win as Rev hits a double play ball that Uggla muffs in the 9th inning of game 7.
    Man those were good drugs.. thanks for sharing

    • Jeff Schafer

      No way Toronto will trade for Dan Uggla if he continues to struggle. Best place for him is the right side of the cooler and get the occasional at-bat.

      Don’t let the spring training stats get to your head with Rev, I’m a fan of his but I also remember everyone cringing every time he’d step to the plate late in the season.

      But besides that, I have to say one of the best comments from you i’ve read!!

      • fireboss

        I did say those were good drugs. . . .Rev could always hit. What hurt him last year was he let his defense stay in his head when he was hitting so he slumped there too multiplying the issue. We forget sometimes how young he is and how hard hitting is. The Romero thing is just a feeling that Toronto think he’s broken mechanically and isn’t listening to their new pitching coach. When Farrell was manager Romero had a guy who understood, Gibbons was a bad choice for them. He failed there before, had shouting matches in the tunnel with good players and was generally regarded as not a very good manager. Why AA brought him back is a mystery but it wasn’t good for Romero.
        Uggla would be a bad fit for them because the turf would highlight his lack of range but they are desperate for an everyday second baseman. I doubt it will happen but those were good drugs in that peace pipe

  • http://twitter.com/twistedfloyd Graham Waldrop

    Those would all be amazing. I think Uggla has a better season, but is under 30 homers.

    Attendance will be up, but not a sellout everyday. Remember that Atlanta traffic and how amazing it is? One reason I can only make it to 15 or so games a year (that and a busy schedule).

    The outfield prediction is possible for sure.

    Kimbrel prediction is possible, let’s hope the WBC preparation didn’t kill him.

    Fredi is smarter than we think. Managed a lot better last year than in 2011. He took more action, I don’t know about this platoon. I think it could work, and might be a good idea until someone finally wins the job outright.

    Gattis prediction is a maybe. Hope he does well.

    Justin will have a better season, BJ has more steals, but Justin will beat him in every other category.

    I think the Nats will win the East by three games or so unfortunately, but I think it’ll be a tight one, and the Braves could definitely win it.

    We are going to crush the Phils on Monday night! I think this is definitely possible.

    This would be a dream come true. We have the talent to do it!