Where do I begin?
The multiple confounding transactions? The terrible pitching? The anemic offense?
The 2015 season for the Braves ended with more questions than answers.
Is this a true rebuild? Who are the cornerstones for the franchise? Who’s being traded next?
There were too many negatives to name, but the few bright spots were veterans (AJ Pierzynski & Nick Markakis), new acquisitions (Shelby Miller) and guys I had never heard of (Adonis Garcia). Hopefully, the young talent acquired in trades live up to their expectations and contribute next season and beyond. 2017 marks the opening of the new SunTrust Park and a brand spanking new stadium usually comes equipped with a playoff contending team.
Time to take a look back at my predictions:
BA: Nick Markakis, .297 (Actual: Markakis, .296)
HR: Freddie Freeman, 28 (Actual: Freeman, 18)
RBI: Freddie Freeman, 104 (Actual: Freeman, 66)
Runs: Andrelton Simmons, 105 (Actual: Markakis, 73)
ERA: Alex Wood, 2.95 (Actual: Shelby Miller, 3.02)
Wins: Julio Teheran, 16 (Actual: Teheran, 11)
Losses: Julio Teheran, 13 (Actual: Miller, 17)
Saves: Jason Grilli, 28 (Actual: Grilli, 24)
Record: 75-87 (Actual: 67-95)
So for the most part, I predicted the correct players for each category despite the numbers being off a tad. I’m not surprised or overly disappointed at the record. With the roster we compiled and moves the front office made, it was obvious the idea is to rebuild towards 2017. I am disappointed in the way the Braves played, we seemed to be outmatched most nights. There was poor run support for Shelby Miller, terrible pitching, and a Major League worst offense in HR, runs scored, and OBP. It was tough to watch and 2015 was probably the least interested I’ve ever been in following the Braves. It was hard to get behind a squad befallen with similar issues two years in a row.
In summation, I’ve said all I’ll say for now. I’ll reserve my thoughts for next season until December when free agency rolls around, it’s time to decompress from this season.