Opening day is upon us!
We have made it past the dark time with little to no baseball to watch and while the Braves are not in action until tomorrow, the regular season is officially here.
With roster decisions due today, there were few questions left to answer for the Braves including whether or not to go with an 8 man bullpen, the last couple bullpen slots depending on how large a bullpen they wanted to carry, and what bats they wanted on the bench.
Today, the opening day roster was announced.
The Braves opted to carry three catchers in Kurt Suzuki, Tyler Flowers, and Anthony Recker. This was likely due the Braves not liking the other bench bat options as well as hedging a bit considering that catching knuckleballer RA Dickey is a non-trivial concern and they wanted to keep their options open.
Chaz Roe got the nod in the bullpen over David Hernandez and other options earlier in camp and the Braves opted to start the season with a 7-man pen given the decision to carry three catchers in addition to Emilio Bonifacio and Chase d’Arnaud.