2016 at a glance
Record: 68-93 (5th in NL East)
Hitting: 28th (4.03 R/G)
Pitching: 25th (4.51 ERA)

Turner Field right center wall will be just 375 feet from home plate (it was 390 previously). Braves are in total rebuild mode but there might be some things to like.

The lineup isn’t too bad. For a team rebuilding they have a pretty damn good lineup
Projected Lineup

Player POS AB R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS BB K
1 Ender Inciarte OF 566 84 5 38 20 0.295 0.341 0.390 0.731 37 64
2 Adonis Garcia 3B 544 67 18 73 4 0.278 0.313 0.436 0.749 21 91
3 Freddie Freeman 1B 568 93 28 86 5 0.294 0.379 0.526 0.905 71 129
4 Matt Kemp OF 538 75 26 92 5 0.268 0.310 0.476 0.786 33 125
5 Brandon Phillips 2B 443 54 9 52 12 0.280 0.313 0.395 0.708 17 52
6 Nick Markakis OF 505 59 8 58 1 0.277 0.345 0.384 0.729 51 68
7 Dansby Swanson SS 520 76 11 64 9 0.256 0.319 0.383 0.702 44 114
8 Tyler Flowers C 311 27 9 40 0 0.254 0.320 0.389 0.709 23 93

This isn’t a top caliber lineup but it is not bad either. Bonifiacio, Susuki, Jace are some good depth guys off the bench. This is what you call a sneaky good lineup.
Freeman is a stud, Kemp is very inconsistent but when he’s on he is top notch.

Rotation has some rejects
Projected Rotation

Player POS IP W L ERA WHIP K BB SwStrike Fastball
1 Julio Teheran SP 202 11 11 3.74 1.14 175 54 10.3% 90.9 mph
2 Bartolo Colon SP 170 9 10 3.81 1.22 118 25 5.5% 87.9 mph
3 Jaime Garcia SP 140 8 7 3.86 1.26 117 41 9.2% 90.5 mph
4 Mike Foltynewicz SP 160 7 11 4.28 1.38 142 54 10.0% 95.2 mph
5 R.A. Dickey SP 145 5 11 4.53 1.28 101 49 10.6% 82.3 mph
6 Matt Wisler SP 145 5 11 4.72 1.37 104 46 9.0% 92.8 mph
7 Aaron Blair SP 70 2 6 4.63 1.64 54 33 10.0% 90.9 mph


Teheran is a stud, big fan of his. Colon is 44 years old and has to be taking some good pharmaceuticals. I have learned the hard way not to fade him. 3.44 ERA last season, 1.2 WHIP 170 innings. Every team in the league would pay HUGE money for that. I can’t bet against the guy no matter how tempting it is.

Garcia is injury prone. Threw for 170 last year and for 4 years straight after that didn’t pitch more than 129. Be careful drafting this guy. He walked more batters, struck out less. I will need to see some starts first.

Folty is young and could be a prime candidate for an ERA in the 3s. 25 years old could be finding himself.

Dickey, Wisler, Blair give the Braves depth in their rotation and they will probably need it. I strongly doubt the top 5 are pitching in August.

The BP this where the team falls apart.
Vizcaino has good stuff but he allows too many baserunners. Jim Johnson is a gas can who I wouldn’t trust to change a lightbulb let alone a game. Nobody really wows me in this BP and I say beware in trusting these guys to win you games. We have all seen how important a BP actually is.

Braves pretty average basic team, they have a great roster considering the young talent they have on deck. For a total rebuild team they have done well. They will win their fair share of games and build for next season. Smith, Albies etc should be fully involved and if they can pick up a big FA by then we could see a playoff team. Until then it’s under .500 for sure.

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