Two weeks ago, we posted a survey/fun contest to see how you thought the Braves would do this year. Today, let’s review the results submitted and see whether y’all (for lurking Philly fans: that’s a word used often in Braves Country) thought the Braves would be over-achievers… or not… this season.
First off, here’s the chart (click it if you actually want to be able to read it!):
For each survey question, I identified whether an ‘Over’ or ‘Under’ answer would be the ‘optimistic’ point of view (see the next-to-last column). The far right column tells us whether we – collectively – were projecting optimism for the outcome.
For example, Question T7 – number of All-Star selections: clearly more is better, and most of you think that the Braves will get at least 3 All-Star nods this year.
- You are split over whether the team will finish in first place… which is actually still a lot more optimistic than the national media… or most of the writers here, for that matter!
- You expect a better offensive performance. Right now that would be great if there was any offensive performance.
- You tend to be pessimistic about the pitching, though also hope for more wins from the new ‘big three’ (Teheran/Minor/Santana). So far: 2 wins.
- For individual hitters, you expect better results than I had specc’d out, though some of those results were close.
- Overall: yes, you are optimistic – by a margin of roughly 17-7 (plus a virtual tie). Given that it’s mostly the offense you’re excited about, let’s hope that mood reaches the Atlanta lumber pile – the bats could clearly use a boost!
About Question P6: Total innings for Wood/Hale/Schlosser (111): this one is certainly arguable – I listed “over” as a pessimistic answer because of the thought that having these guys pitching a lot of innings meant somebody else was hurt. However, the 111 inning count was probably too low, given that Alex Wood is establishing himself as a rotation fixture.
Once Mike Minor and Gavin Floyd resume pitching, there could be a rotation dilemma: Teheran, Santana, Minor, Floyd, Harang, and Wood make for six capable starters. Right now, I can’t guess who the odd man out might be. But 111 innings? That’s really looking pretty likely right now – and if so, it probably means good things for Braves’ pitching.
At the end of the season, we’ll tally up the points and see who guessed the best. Until then, I am glad to see that Braves’ Country is expecting great things!