Who Do You Want for 2014 Opening Day Starter?

Braves Spring Training is underway, and the Braves start playing games this Wednesday when they play Detroit, at 1:05 pm, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Stadium in Orlando Florida. Freddy Garcia will start this game, and the first 5 starters for spring training have all been chosen, via Mark Bowman.

While the decision for who will be handed the ball on opening day is a ways away, and we are unlikely to have an idea of where Fredi is leaning as of yet, I would like to conduct a pre-games poll to see where the minds of most readers are at, without having seen a player throw a meaningful pitch. Basically, this is a test of your faith based on their results of last season. I will also conduct a poll at the end of spring training, to see how minds were changed/convinced based on ST performance.

In reality, there are now only two players who can truly be considered for an opening day start, after the Mike Minor news. (He was my choice, now ruined!) Due to the fact that Beachy has been a valuable starter in the past, I will include him as well, though I feel that due to his recent pitching history (or rather, lack thereof), he will be the #5 starter.

2014 Stats

Kris Medlen- 32 Games, 197 IP, 15-12, 3.11 ERA, 3.48 FIP, 2.5 fWAR
Julio Teheran- 30 Games, 185 IP, 14-8, 3.20 ERA, 3.69 FIP, 2.4 fWAR
Brandon Beachy- 5 Games, 30 IP, 2-1, 4.50 ERA, 4.08 FIP, 0.2 fWAR

My choice for 2014 Opening Day Starter is Kris Medlen. What about you?

Who should be the Braves 2014 Opening Day Starter?

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  • Brandon_Woodworth

    Medlen no doubt for me. He deserves the honor.

  • Jeff Schafer

    I was a huge advocate of having Tim Hudson open the season last season instead of Medlen. But since Hudson has moved to SF, I believe Meds get this opportunity

  • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Teheran get the honor, especially after the Braves locked him up with the contract they gave him. Doesn’t really matter, but overall Julio was more solid last year imo. Agree with Julien that Mike Minor would’ve been my choice as well.

    • fireboss

      There’s that fallacy again, the one that says Julio had a breakout year. Actually he didn’t, he had a great 17 games bracketed by a 4.57 ERA in his first seven starts and a 4.17 mostly due to a lot of home runs in his last six. In the middle 17 he put up a 2.3 ERA and 1.087 WHIP.
      Medlen was steady all year (3.26, 3.67, 2.14, 6.41, 3.00, 1.00) save two games just before the ASG and one after which made his July ERA balloon.
      Minor was good all year long too as I pointed out a couple of weeks ago
      Teheran’s earned no more than the second start now that Minor may miss some time and getting the contract entitles him to draw the pay but not to be opening day starter.

      Opening day is Medlen’s barring injury or managerial silliness.

      • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

        First off, I didn’t say Julio had a breakout year, and I didn’t say he would get the opening day nod. I said the Braves extended him, and thus I wouldn’t be “surprised” to see him get the nod is all. In terms of numbers, comparable is the best you can say.. certainly not that Medlen was immensely better. In fact, for me, Medlen’s year for one with more experience than Julio, was a touch disappointing at times, especially in terms of lost control. Teheran had 170 SO’s to Medlen’s 157 (yes, again comparable), but had better SO/9, slightly better WHIP altogether.

        The truth is their numbers are overall so comparable, they are hard to separate. I’ll allow that at times, Kris got such terrible run support, his numbers would “maybe” be better had he gotten said support. I’ll tell you this though…. agree or not, I think Julio over the long run will be the better pitcher, and I guess we’ll have to see if that’s just managerial silliness or not. :-)

        • fireboss

          Meds isn’t a strikeout pitcher though he had that stretch where he seemed to do a lot of it season before last. He’s unlikely to ever be a number one but he has been consistent as a starter as the Braves have had over the past few seasons. Teheran has the stuff to be a top of the line guy but he’s had about half of a season at that level. The opening day start is earned. Minor earned it but isn’t available. Teheran hasn’t earned it yet. Maybe next year.

          • http://www.tomahawktake.com/ Chris Headrick

            I think you’re right… in that it will be Meds. Just saying with the Braves… can we ever be sure? LOL

          • fireboss

            Freddy Garcia anyone

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