Braves Starting New Season

Feb 15, 2014 -- 10:45am

   Pretty soon, we'll be hearing the sound of "Play Ball!" Spring training is underway for the Braves and this sets up for another very interesting season. Can we get back to the Postseason? And can our team finally win in the Postseason? The journey begins now.

   Looks like the Nationals will be the competition, in the NL East. The Mets, Marlins and Phillies don't appear to be ready to win big this season. Guess that could change, but for now the Nationals look like the team to beat for Atlanta.

   The Braves are busy investing in this young, talented core. Sure like to see Freeman & Teheran getting locked down for long-term. And Heyward got a multi-year extension. Those are 3 key players! Great to see them get taken care of by the organization.

   Obviously, the Braves need both Uggla & BJ Upton to step back up, after the disaster last season. Pressure in on both of these dudes to bounce back with some kind of positive impact. Can't wait to see them and speak with them next week.

   Gattis is under the spotlight too. Replacing McCann. The guess here says Evan will be solid, but we'll see. He can hit it. Looked strong framing pitches behind the plate last season too.

   Looking for Alex Wood to have a breakout season, after getting some experience last season. Great stuff. Funky delivery. Smart. Competitive. Should be getting the ball more too, as the 2nd lefty out of the bullpen. O'Flaherty is gone to Oakland. Need Wood to step it up in 2014. Sure like his chances.

   Biggest concern for me is this: Can the bullpen deliver another awesome season? Kimbrel will be lights out, but can Avilan, Walden & Carpenter be dominate? Stay tuned.

   And join B&K all next week from Orlando and Braves Spring Training!

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