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No offense but if you have to say the offense is comparable between Contreras and Murphy IF Murphy gets a boost being in Atlanta AND Contreras doesn’t replicate a .344 average on balls in play then the offenses aren’t comparable at all.
By this logic their defenses are also comparable if Contreras blocks more balls and Murphy throws out fewer base runners.
Lmao at the mental gymnastics people use to justify this Contreras for Murphy swap as an upgrade. It’s a lateral move at best.
Still waiting on that Matt Olson boost moving to the Atlanta lineup. Maybe once you get that one locked in your favor we can talk about Murphy seeing a boost too.
Why such a sourpuss?
First of all Contreras and defense are oxymorons. Good stick, horrible defense by any metric. Murphys defense with the rule changes are going to help immensely.
As for Olson, what part of 162gp, 34hr and 103rbi has your panties in a wad?
All I posted about Matt Olson was Atlanta did not boost his numbers like the popular opinion suggested at the time of his trade.
Oakland: 39 HR, 110 RBI, .270 avg, .912 OPS
ATL: 34 HR, 103 RBI, .240 avg, .800 OPS
Everyone was talking like he was a lock for 45 HRs moving to Atlanta.
I got nothing against his actually line. It wasn’t bad. But if conventional thinking is Oakland to Atlanta sees a boost in offense we’re already 0-fer-1 with that assessment.
It’s mind boggling we see the same people saying the exact same thing for Murphy. It’s like you guys don’t learn your lesson whatsoever.
Who knows what the actual 2023 season holds. All I know is if you’re going to start making predictions, there’s nothing to indicate Murphy will get a boost going to Atlanta. If he does, great! But building that in to expectations is just wishful thinking. I can just as easily wishful think my way to Contreras being a gold glove defender, but there’s no substance to back that up. Same as there’s no substance to back up Murphy getting an offensive boost.
All I’m saying is to stop with the biased assessment for Murphy. It’s trendy to call him a great catcher and attach some mythical offense boost to his resume with him in the Atlanta lineup, but there’s 0 basis for it.
So stop. It’s nauseating. The offense between Contreras and Murphy is not comparable no matter how bad some of you want to believe it. It’s actually insulting to Contreras.
Bitch_and moan…bitch_and moan…that’s all you do. You must be fun at party’s.
B*tch and moan…b*tch and moan…that’s all you do. You must be fun at party’s.
Murphy was the most sought after player this past off season. Is that because most gm’s are morons? He is by most experts considered outside of Realmuto and maybe Rutschman, the top catcher in baseball. Now is that fantasy? Or do you know something they don’t? As for Olson, last year was an adjustment year. He will kill it this year. Mark it down.
@MJ: “So stop. It’s nauseating.” So is reading your non stop insults directed at the many who disagree w/your biased opinions. Murphy’s a huge defensive upgrade over Contreras. Acknowledging that fact doesn’t mean Braves fans hate Contreras. Let’s see which catcher provides more value by season’s end. Contreras WAR will be propped up by his offense, Murphy’s by his defense. The Braves don’t lack for impact bats. Top notch catcher defense is far more important to them than half a dozen more homers from a bad defender at the position. Btw, did you ever notice Braves pitchers shaking Contreras off last season? They did—-a lot. They were reluctant to throw low in the zone pitches, especially breaking balls, because they were tired of watching Contreras chase them to the backstop. Murphy will improve the pitching staff. I’ll miss Wild Bill at DH (where he was selected as an All Star sub), but not behind the plate. If the league stops throwing Contreras meatball fastballs, his numbers are going down anyway. He takes some of the ugliest swings at sliders in the ML.
Murphy is the most overrated catcher in the league.
Solid 84 win team