Atlanta Braves Analysis: Q&A with GiraffeNeckMarc
I recently was able to conduct an interview with Marc Luino, more popularly known as GiraffeNeckMarc, a popular MLB YouTuber, well-known for his analysis of the sport.
He shared his thoughts on the Atlanta Braves‘ season, the new three-division setup that the MLB has proposed, and some of his projected breakout candidates and possible underachievers for both individual players and teams around the league.
Additionally, with Marc being a passionate Mets fan, I asked him about how he sees their season playing out, and even some of his favorite Mets vs. Braves memories.
Marc can be found here on youtube.com.
New division thoughts
Question: What are your thoughts on this new ten-team, three-division setup that the MLB is eyeing right now?
Marc: I think it’s a really interesting idea… obviously, if there were ever a year to try it out, I feel like this would probably be the year. I’m not super big on having this go past the 2020 season. I still like the traditional three divisions in each league and the playoffs.
I think that is not a broken system, so I wouldn’t change it, but I think given all the circumstances and even if it’s going to happen this year with the Major League Baseball season… I am of the mindset that if this is the way that we are gonna get baseball this year, I’m in, but it’s not my favorite scenario.
Question: If this new setup is put into effect, which division do you see as the toughest? Which division do you see as the weakest?
Marc: The East is tough, just based off the fact that you really only have about four bad teams, and then everybody else is going to be competitive. I don’t see the Orioles, Marlins, Blue Jays, or Pirates being a contender. [note: this interview was conducted when there was an indication the Braves and Pirates could swap geographic regions/divisions].
And then every other team in the East is an above-.500 team in my eyes, and the Blue Jays could be a sneaky .500 team. So that’s a tough one right there. The West… the West I think is probably up there with one of the hardest because you’ve got the Dodgers and Angels, which that’s two good teams right there.
The Giants, not great. The A’s I think are sneaky good. Padres are kind of in that Blue Jays scenario. The Diamondbacks are my dark horse this year. I don’t think the Rockies are as bad as they showed last year, so I think they could improve. The Rangers improved, the Astros are still good and the Mariners are bad.
So really, two bad teams in that division. So that one’s really tough. And then the Central I think is going to be the worst one and that’s just because I think the AL Central, in general, is pretty horrible. They’re all staying in that division anyway, so I think I’d go West-East-Central.