2016 Atlanta Braves Preview, Lineup, Win Total, Odds, Prediction
2016 Atlanta Braves
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The Atlanta Braves have had back-to-back disappointing seasons and still seem to be in rebuilding mode with another season under Fredi Gonzalez. Oddsmakers aren’t expecting much from the Braves this season either, but let’s take a look at their chances in 2016.
Here’s your Atlanta Braves preview.
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Key Additions: Kelly Johnson, Tyler Flowers, Erick Aybar, Ender Inciarte and Dansby Swanson
Key Losses: Andrelton Simmons, Shelby Miller and Cameron Maybin
The Braves still have their leading hitter in Nick Markakis, who racked up 181 hits and now has three straight seasons of 170-plus hits. Freddie Freeman in the middle of the lineup also doesn’t hurt the Braves offense, as he’s proven to be one of the better hitting first basemen in the big leagues.
However, Atlanta was dead last season in RBI, and the Braves lost two of their better hitters in Andrelton Simmons and Cameron Maybin. (Those two combined for 103 of the Braves 548 RBI)
The Braves will continue to have a hard time putting runs on the board, even with the addition of Aybar, who is a playmaker and can make things happen when he gets on base.
The Braves also lost their top pitcher in Miller, which doesn’t help a pitching rotation that finished towards the bottom with an ERA of 4.41. Also, only five teams struck out less batters than the Braves last season.
The good news for Atlanta is that Julio Teheran is a solid top of the rotation guy who is going to give you 200 innings and a lot of strikeouts. Bud Norris is better than what he was last season for the Orioles and the Padres, while Jason Grilli was as reliable as a closer can get with just two blown saves last season.
The Atlanta Braves will likely experience another difficult season.
Over/Under Win Total: 65
The Atlanta Braves aren’t absolutely awful, they just lack difference makers that would put them in the thick of the competitive NL East. Atlanta doesn’t have a true ace and has a lineup that’s going to have a hard time producing runs on a consistent basis. The Braves won just 67 games last season, and that was with all the talent they lost. Give me the under.