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Predictions Contest: OVER/UNDER Picks for 2014

 

So just how well will the Braves perform in 2014?  Maybe you can guess along with us via an Over/Under contest.  The prize?  Pretty much just bragging rights in a year-in-review post, but feel free to post your guesses in the comments section below.  The format is simple:  The question number followed by ‘over’ or ‘under’ (or group them as I did below).  The tie-breakers are all short answer.

 

The Questions

These are grouped as “Team-“, “Pitcher-“, and “Hitter-” related questions, with 3 tie-breakers (TB) thrown in at the end.  There are 27 total questions.  One point per successful answer.
[contact-form subject='OVER UNDER Results'][contact-field label='T1: Regular season total wins: 90.5 (96 in 2013)' type='select' options='No answer,OVER,UNDER'/][contact-field label='T2: Team Finishing Position//NL East: 1.5 (Under in 2013)' type='select' options='No answer,OVER (2nd place or worse),UNDER (1st place)'/][contact-field label='T3: Team RBI: 660.5 (was 656 in 2013)' type='select' options='No answer,OVER,UNDER'/][contact-field label='T4: Team Stolen Bases: 65.5 (64 in 2013)' type='select' options='No answer,OVER,UNDER'/][contact-field label='T5: Total fangraphs OFFENSE Rank: 9.5 (10th in 2013)' type='select' options='No answer,OVER (worse),UNDER (better)'/][contact-field label='T6: Team Total Strikeouts (on offense): 1390.5 (1384 in 2013; T3rd in MLB)' type='select' options='No answer,OVER (worse),UNDER (better)'/][contact-field label='T7: Number of All-Star selections: 2.5 (3 last year)' type='select' options='No answer,OVER,UNDER'/][contact-field label='T8: Highest Finish: any Brave for League MVP: 4.5' type='select' options='No answer,OVER (worse),UNDER (better)'/][contact-field label='P1: First day Gavin Floyd throws a pitch in a major league game: MON.%26#x002c; MAY 19 vs. Milwaukee.' type='select' options='No answer,OVER (later or never),UNDER (earlier)'/][contact-field label='P2: Number of Braves%26#039; pitchers at/over 200 regular-season innings: 0.5 (1 in 2013)' type='select' options='No answer,OVER,UNDER'/][contact-field label='P3: Number of different pitchers to start a game: 10.5 (10 in 2013)' type='select' options='No answer,OVER,UNDER'/][contact-field label='P4: Total Team saves from pitchers NOT named Kimbrel: 3.5 (3 in 2013)' type='select' options='No answer,OVER,UNDER'/][contact-field label='P5: Craig Kimbrel total saves: 47.5 (led majors w/50 in 2013)' type='select' options='No answer,OVER,UNDER'/][contact-field label='P6: Total innings for Wood/Hale/Schlosser%26#x002c; combined: 111.05 (88.2 in 2013)' type='select' options='No answer,OVER,UNDER'/][contact-field label='P7: Total wins from Santana/Teheran/Minor%26#x002c; combined: 40.5' type='select' options='No answer,OVER,UNDER'/][contact-field label='P8: Total innings pitched by relievers: 494.9 (2013: 460.2; 2nd lowest in MLB)' type='select' options='No answer,OVER,UNDER'/][contact-field label='H1: Evan Gattis homers PLUS batting average: 269.1 (2013: 21+.243=264)' type='select' options='No answer,OVER,UNDER'/][contact-field label='H2: Andrelton Simmons homers PLUS batting average: 270.1 (2013: 17+.248=265)' type='select' options='No answer,OVER,UNDER'/][contact-field label='H3: Combined home runs by Uptons: 42.5 (2013: 36)' type='select' options='No answer,OVER,UNDER'/][contact-field label='H4: Dan Uggla on-base percentage: .344 (.309 in 2013)' type='select' options='No answer,OVER,UNDER'/][contact-field label='H5: Jason Heyward on base percentage: .363 (.349 in 2013)' type='select' options='No answer,OVER,UNDER'/][contact-field label='H6: Freddie Freeman RBI: 110.5 (109 in 2013)' type='select' options='No answer,OVER,UNDER'/][contact-field label='H7: BJ Upton Infield Fly Ball%25: 15.3%25 (was 19.3%25 in 2013)' type='select' options='No answer,OVER,UNDER'/][contact-field label='H8: Dan Uggla+BJ Upton strikeouts: 399.5 (322 in 2013 - missing 30%25 ABs)' type='select' options='No answer,OVER,UNDER'/][contact-field label='TB1: More homers in 2014 Gattis or McCann?' type='select' options='No answer,GATTIS,McCANN'/][contact-field label='TB2: High batting avg: BJ Upton or Dan Uggla' type='select' options='No answer,UPTON,UGGLA'/][contact-field label='TB3: Number of in-season trades executed:' type='select' options='0,1,2,3,4,5+'/][contact-field label='How should we identify you? (please enter a name%26#x002c; twitter handle%26#x002c; email... whatever you like... keep it clean :)' type='text'/][/contact-form]

 

My Own Guesses

This is tough, since I obviously picked the numbers with intent of being ReallyCloseToTheMark… or at least to make the question interesting.  So in MOST cases, I’m thinking “barely” over or under.  Here goes:

  • Team questions:  under, over, over, under, under, over, over, under
  • Pitcher questions: over, under, over, under, under, over, over, over
  • Hitter questions:  under, over, over, over, over, under, over, under
  • Tie-breakers:  McCann, Uggla, 2

Excepting post-season awards, all questions apply to regular-season games only.  Fangraphs.com will be use as the statistical source to resolve answers.  The answers strive to avoid ‘ties’, but just in case, both answers will be deemed correct.

 

Tags: Atlanta Braves Over Under

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