ATLANTA -- With March comes a national infatuation with brackets. That much is clear.
But as the NCAA tournament kicks off, baseball still lurks right around the corner--and the Atlanta Braves' and their explosive offense are tearing up Grapefruit League pitching. So the Chopcast team (Zach Dillard, Jay Clemons and Cory McCartney) thought to combine the two infatuations into one by creating a Braves Bracket.
The premise is simple: Piece together a bracket to whittle down the team's MVP candidates for the 2013 season until just player is left standing. Instead of using directional monikers for the regions, the bracket is broken down into four groups: Starting Pitchers, Starting Lineup, Bullpen and Bench players. Here's how the top four contenders shake out:
Starters: Kris Medlen (1-seed), Tim Hudson (2), Mike Minor (3), Julio Teheran (4)
Lineup: Justin Upton (1), Jason Heyward (2), B.J. Upton (3), Freddie Freeman (4)
Bullpen: Craig Kimbrel (1), Jonny Venters (2), Eric O'Flaherty...