With Spring Coaching underway and a greater understanding in which most teams stand, we search at irrespective of whether or not the Atlanta Braves are a playoff workforce.
A large amount of moves have been created this offseason, and there are nevertheless several big moves to be created, so it’s time to see how the Atlanta Braves stack up against the Nationwide League.
With Manny Machado likely to the San Diego Padres, that provides the Nationwide League a different stable contender for 2019 — but possible 2020 for the Padres.
As we all know, the Atlanta Braves were being a playoff workforce in 2019 successful 90 video games and the NL East by eight video games about the Washington Nationals.
But I believe if Braves fans were being being honest, they would all concur we were being the fifth greatest workforce in the NL very last time.
Not much has been done to enhance the workforce from very last yr, although each and every other workforce in the NL East — except the Miami Marlins — have gotten greater.
Bringing in Josh Donaldson could be a enormous additionally, but he is somewhat of an unknown coming off an injury at age 33.
I would say Brian McCann, although a fantastic clubhouse existence, is a step back again from Kurt Suzuki. And bringing back again Nick Markakis is a lateral go, and there is a very good prospect he’s not virtually as very good offensively as he was in 2018 when he created his to start with All-Star activity.
Furthermore, the Braves lost a person of their greatest pitchers from very last time in Anibal Sanchez — the Nats no fewer.
Knowing all of that, are the Atlanta Braves nevertheless a playoff workforce?
They are certainly a playoff contender. I completely count on them to contend for the NL East into September. But I’m not absolutely sure if they are a playoff workforce on paper appropriate now.
If the activity was being performed on paper, I would place the Nationals, Brewers, Cubs, Cardinals, and Dodgers ahead of the Braves appropriate now.
If the Phillies get Harper, they could go in entrance of the Braves as properly. And the Rockies and Mets are not far powering them.
That will make 9 NL teams who are sensible contenders to make the playoffs this yr. And then you throw in the actuality that the Reds and Padres are producing go to at minimum be greater in 2019, and that only leaves three or 4 NL teams who will not be competitive.
Suitable now I would not say the Atlanta Braves are a distinct playoff workforce, but they are definitely near the prime of the contenders’ record.
They’ll also require a pair of bounce-back again seasons from Ender Inciarte and Dansby Swanson. And then they’ll also require some of their young pitching prospective clients to step up in the rotation.
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That is just a large amount to check with for in a quite crowded NL race. I nevertheless believe the Atlanta Braves are on the appropriate observe for the long term, but soon after producing the postseason very last yr, they are not confirmed to be a playoff workforce in 2019.