The Atlanta Braves woke up today NL East champions for a 3rd consecutive year. Although, the end goal is certainly much more, we should recognize this as a great accomplishment. Like many teams, the Braves have faced a lot of adversity throughout this bizarre season. Atlanta silenced national writers for a third straight year after many picked them to finish as low as 4th in the division.
The Injury Bug
The Braves were riddled with injuries, but never let up. The rotation, in particular, was hit the hardest out of anyone in baseball after losing 80% of their projected rotation. The only one left standing is Max Fried who also just came off of the IL after missing time. You would think a team starting over fifteen different starting pitchers in a short season would be far from first place in their division. Key contributors such as Ozzie Albies, Ronald Acuña Jr., both catchers, and more have all missed significant time as well.
Leading up to the deadline you would think it would be a shoo-in that the Braves of all teams would bolster the injury derailed rotation. The only glaring weakness of the team did not receive any help from the front office. Alex Anthopolous stood pat with the exception of a few bad starts from lone acquisition Tommy Milone. The deadline was a huge disappointment to many. Luckily, the rotation has put it together recently despite the lack of help.
The End Goal
From watching Robbie Erlin make meaningful September starts to Freddie Freeman putting up an MVP season, this team has been fun to watch. The offense and bullpen have carried them through much of the season. Winning the division is just the beginning for this team. The Braves are looking to win their first playoff series since 2001. The rotation will play a huge part in just how far this team goes. For now, let’s focus on celebrating a team reigning superior in the National League Eastern division in 2020.
Braves Roster News
While this doesn’t mean much, it does mean that Ian Anderson will get a shot at winning ROY in 2021 and that’s pretty alright.
Freddie Freeman has MVP Competition In-House?
Last night, Marcell Ozuna got fed up with Freddie Freeman getting all the MVP love so he decided to throw a wrench at Freddie and his dreams by putting his own name in the hat.
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Tonight’s Braves Lineup
Finish strong. Give guys rest, and let’s watch some stress free baseball!