Atlanta Braves 2019 Predictions

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Updated: March 9, 2019
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 By: Atlanta Braves Expert Writer

 Stephen Schenck (@WBBBStephenS)

 

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The winners of the NL East last year the Atlanta Braves are a young team that got better. A team that was carried by Freddie Freeman for the past few seasons finally had a fitting supporting cast. Nick Markakis had a great season and had his first all star appearance in his 13 year career. The pitching was top notch as always and finished 90-72 in a disappointing division.

The offseason was quiet in Atlanta, resigning Nick Markakis, long time Brave Brian McCain and signing Josh Donaldson. Donaldson, a former MVP was injury plagued last year only playing in 52 games between Toronto and Cleveland. McCain being brought back seems more like a move to add experience to the clubhouse. He hasn’t played a full season since the 2016 season and batted .212 last year in Houston.

The Braves finished fifth in the majors in team batting average at .257 and forth in hits. Homeruns was the weak spot for the Braves last year finishing in the lower third of teams, but with their young hitters gaining more experience and adding Donaldson helps. Freeman will continue to have an All Star career in Atlanta this year and might finally get his hands on a MVP trophy.

There’s something in the water in Atlanta seems like every year they have the answer for good pitching. Kevin Gausman came over at the deadline last year from Baltimore and worked a 2.87 era with the Braves in 10 games. Top prospects Mike Soroka and Kyle Wright look for starting spots on the rotation and will both get their chance this year. Darren O’Day will improve the bullpen and with one more top tier reliever they’ll dominate the National League batters all year.

The Braves are improved in the offensive department, and with O’Day coming back from injury in the pitching department. A wildcard spot seems more likely, but with the division being so tough it’s a toss up. Like many teams they’re one more move away from being World Series contenders. With last year’s results and the minimum turnover it’s hard to argue with success.

Stephen Schenck
Former batboy and assistant clubhouse manager for the York Revolution for four years

 

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