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  1. #1816
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
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    8,190
    We did it folks! The division is ours. Time to discuss the roster now.

    As flea pointed out there are a few questions on our bench, the locks are:

    Duvall
    Riley
    Hechavarria
    Flowers

    The bullpen locks are:

    Melancon
    Greene
    Martin
    Jackson
    Newcomb
    Fried/Teheran (whoever isn't in te rotation)

    The lineup consist of:

    McCann
    Freeman
    Albies
    Donaldson
    Swanson
    Markakis
    Acuña
    Joyce

    Soroka
    Keuchel
    Folty
    Fried/Teheran

    So there are 22 players who are a lock to be in the postseason roster. If Inciarte is ready (and it appear he will be) he's also a lock, if I have to guess he won't be in the everyday lineup, either way he is player number 23. Having inciarte makes Hamilton expendable, so in this scenario he's out.

    We need at least another reliever, and it'll come down to Blevins vs O'day (or both?), If the Braves want to go with a 7 man bullpen it will depend on who is the 4th starter, if they choose to go with Fried, then Blevins is my pick, if we go with Teheran, O'day is our guy.

    The Braves might take both of them and go with a 5 man bench, if they're not, the options are: Cervelli, Hamilton or Ortega.

    Against RHP inciarte is our only left handed hitter on the bench, so there's a need there, vs LHP one of Duvall or Riley will replace Joyce, so there's a much more balanced bench in this scenario.

    The Cards top 4 pitchers are RHP though, Flaherty - Wainwright - Mikolas - Hudson
    So there's no chance we see a LH starter in this series, is a shame what happened to Camargo because it would be a no brainer here. If I have to make a choice, based on everything I pointed out a left handed hitter is what we need, so I would go with Ortega as our 25th man.

    His 63 wRC+ against RHP is not insipiring though, but I still love his swing.

  2. #1817
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    iowa
    Posts
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    it's crazy seeing how well Hamilton and Hechavarría have been hitting since joining the braves

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