Will Braves Win NL East?

Before the injuries to Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy, I thought the Braves had a good chance to repeat as National League Eastern division champions.  With those injuries, my win projection on the Braves has changed.

The Braves won 96 games last season and looking at the roster and the competitive level in the National League, I was originally projecting 92 wins for the Braves this season before the injuries.  I now see the Braves as an 88 win team. While this year’s edition won’t set any regular season win records, I think the excitement level will be high as the Braves will battle all season to secure a wild card slot.

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I hate to concede the NL Eastern crown to the Nationals, but when you look at their starting rotation and compare it to the Braves, it is hard to believe the Braves will be able to hang with the Nattitude gang.  I also think the Braves mindset will again be to stick with Uggla and B.J. long past their shelf life which will give away games.

My other concern is the Braves bullpen.  Not that they won’t be good, just that they won’t be as good as they have been, which has been the best bullpen in baseball.  Ian Thomas, deposed starter David Hale or Gus Schlosser, and Ryan Buchter or Atahualpo Severino don’t fill me full of confidence.  How many of you had even heard of Schlosser, Thomas, Buchter or Severino before this spring?

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(Do you think the Braves announcers will be pulling against Atahualpo Servino making the team so they don’t have to try and pronounce his name?)

I think the Braves will be a good team in 2014, just not a great team.  How many games do you think the Braves will win this season?

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Atl59braves
Atl59braves

While you make a compelling argument and your facts speak volumes about the probability for 88 wins, I find is demoralizing to concede the East to the Nationals before the first game is played. I still think Atlanta has enough to win the division, it’s probably the lifelong fan in me, but until I know different…..I’m betting on the Braves.

ronb21gt
ronb21gt

That’s the same rotation for the nats as last year and we ate them up!!! Only difference is pfister but haren pitched well against the braves over his career so that’s a toss up… I say bring it Washington!

Wayne Canon
Wayne Canon

The Bravos have two additional factors working against them that hasn’t been talked about much:
According to the ‘experts’ the Nats have the weakest schedule in all of baseball. (I don’t have a clue how they determined that..) and we play the Nats 6 times before our pitching staff will be up to speed.
The Nats do have to play LA and St. Louis in April but they are not in the division.
I pick the Braves to win 82-86 games this year, and it wouldn’t surprise me if there was a one game playoff for the NL wildcard.
Gonna be an exciting season!

JuanFranFan
JuanFranFan

This analysis disposes too quickly of what I believe will be a correct and more mature offense.

Al Simard
Al Simard

The agent who got FW to sign the Uptons belongs in the agents hall of fame. These guys r poor fielders and BJ is an auto out. Other than April and sept last year, the lineup had 5 hitters and they still won 96 games

NorthAlabamaGM
NorthAlabamaGM

Going to kick back and enjoy the.year! And hope BJ and Ugglabat .240+ with 20+ HR and 75+. RBI. we will have a good year

NorthAlabamaGM
NorthAlabamaGM

.350 OBP would be sufficient!

rogerheld
rogerheld
Jim, do NOT be so dismissive of Ian Thomas and Gus Schlosser. I’ll bet you were dismissive of Luis Avilan when he was called up too. I think the views of Hale have been optimistic and Buchter still doesn’t have his control and Severino is a bum. I think Schlosser needs to be given the 5th starter job and I think he can ultimately push Harang to the bullpen. I told you a while ago that the Braves always keep a rookie surprise – this year there are two (last year Gattis, prior year Avilan). If everyone else of the… Read more »
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