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The rebuild continues for the Atlanta Braves. The team ushered in a new stadium in 2016 and climbed to third in the NL East though with just 72-wins, the improvement in the win total was marginal. Still, it’s upward progress for a team that’s been mired on the downside for a few seasons.

The offseason was not particularly pleasant for the Braves. Mired in a scandal that cost the team several prospects and executives, the team is now on the mend and hopeful its young roster can start showing gains. With quite a few quality young players on the roster and many more on the way, Atlanta will be good again very soon, they’re just not quite there for 2018.

Atlanta Braves MLB Betting

2017 Record: 72-90

2017 Moneyline Record: -4.11 Units

2017 Over/Under Total Record: 81-76-5

Current World Series Odds: +12500

Current Odds To Win NL: +6500

Current Odds To Win NL East: +1700

Regular Season Win Total: 74.5

2018 Atlanta Braves Season Outlook

The Braves traded Matt Kemp to the Dodgers, adding on plenty of payroll for 2018 in the process, but clearing a spot for heralded prospect Ronald Acuna whenever he’s ready.

While Atlanta’s payroll is inflated some for 2018, the move also allows the Braves plenty of flexibility in next year’s free agent market as the team inches closer to relevancy.

For now, Atlanta will be looking for small improvements.

Offensively, the Braves have a nice core in place. They were 21st in baseball in runs scored in 2017, but were without Freddie Freeman for an extended period as well.

The Braves’ first baseman is one of the elite hitters in the game. In just 117 games, Freeman batted .307 with a .403 OBP and .586 slugging percentage. He hammered 28 homers to lead the Braves and drove in 71 runs. He’s a great all-around hitter.

Building around him in the center of the lineup, the Braves also have a quality lead-off hitter in Ender Inciarte who hit .304 with a .350 OBP and 22 steals in 2017. He’s a prototypical lead-off hitter, something that’s hard to find in today’s game.

Filling in the rest of the order, the Braves have a combination of young players trying to find their way and veterans holding down spots for the future.

As for the youngsters, Dansby Swanson is key. He struggled through 2017, but is an extraordinary talent. He needs to play up to his potential and develop into a quality hitter. He’ll have a new double-play partner up the middle from what he started with in 2017.

Ozzie Albies takes over full time at second base after a promising trial run last year. He hit .286 with a .810 OPS In 57 games.

Johan Camargo is slated for third and Preston Tucker is projected to start in left-field. Tucker has struggled in his chances in Houston.

As for the veterans, the backstops are both in their thirties with Tyler Flowers and Kurt Suzuki expected to split the catching duties. Nick Markakis remains on the team in right field.

On the mound, the Braves have a blend of youth and experience in the rotation. Part of the Kemp deal, the Braves add Brandon McCarthy and Scott Kazmir to eat innings in the back of the rotation and support fellow starters Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Sean Newcomb. Of the nine top prospects in the Atlanta syst

em found on some top-100 list, seven are starting pitchers. Amongst those prospects, Luiz Gohara, Max Fried, Mike Soroka, Kolby Allard and maybe even Kyle Wright could make impacts in Atlanta this year. Several other lesser regarded prospects could factor in as well.

There are a lot of options for the Braves, but for Atlanta to exceed expectations, Teheran is key. The right-hander is still only 27-years old, but has five full seasons under his belt, pitching like an ace in a few. In 2017, Teheran struggled in his new home ballpark and ended with a 4.49 ERA. In 2016, he pitched to a 3.21 ERA. A good Teheran could set the tone for the rotation to overproduce.

Success in the rotation can also help limit the exposure of the bullpen. Atlanta’s pen had the third worst ERA in the NL last year, but there are some solid arms led by Arodys Vizcaino in the ninth.

The Braves are in a transition period. We’re starting to see the youngsters stick in the Big Leagues. As the season progresses, we should see Acuna and several young pitchers emerge on the scene. This will be a year to get the youngsters experience before they’re counted on to win soon.

Major League Baseball Teams

Baltimore Orioles Baltimore, Maryland Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Boston Red Sox Boston, Massachusetts Fenway Park
New York Yankees New York City, New York Yankee Stadium
Tampa Bay Rays St. Petersburg, Florida Tropicana Field
Toronto Blue Jays Toronto, Ontario Rogers Centre
CENTRAL Chicago White Sox Chicago, Illinois Guaranteed Rate Field
Cleveland Indians Cleveland, Ohio Progressive Field
Detroit Tigers Detroit, Michigan Comerica Park
Kansas City Royals Kansas City, Missouri Kauffman Stadium
Minnesota Twins Minneapolis, Minnesota Target Field
WEST Houston Astros Houston, Texas Minute Maid Park
Los Angeles Angels Anaheim, California Angel Stadium
Oakland Athletics Oakland, California Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
Seattle Mariners Seattle, Washington Safeco Field
Texas Rangers Arlington, Texas Globe Life Park in Arlington
EAST Atlanta Braves Atlanta, Georgia SunTrust Park
Miami Marlins Miami, Florida Marlins Park
New York Mets New York City, New York Citi Field
Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Citizens Bank Park
Washington Nationals Washington, D.C. Nationals Park
CENTRAL Chicago Cubs Chicago, Illinois Wrigley Field
Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati, Ohio Great American Ball Park
Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee, Wisconsin Miller Park
Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania PNC Park
St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis, Missouri Busch Stadium
WEST Arizona Diamondbacks Phoenix, Arizona Chase Field
Colorado Rockies Denver, Colorado Coors Field
Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles, California Dodger Stadium
San Diego Padres San Diego, California Petco Park
San Francisco Giants San Francisco, California AT&T Park

Atlanta Braves Upcoming Schedule

March 29-31: vs Philadelphia Phillies

April 2-4: vs Washington Nationals

April 6-8: at Colorado Rockies

April 9-11: at Washington Nationals

April 13-15: at Chicago Cubs

April 16-18: vs Philadelphia Phillies

April 19-22: vs New York Mets

April 23-26: at Cincinnati Reds

April 27-29: at Philadelphia Phillies

In the second season in their new stadium, the Braves will look to take a nice step forward as they continue to graduate some of their top young prospects. Playing most of their games in the NL East should give them a nice advantage in improving on the 70-wins of 2017.

Atlanta kicks off their season at home against the Phillies and played Philadelphia three more times before May. The Phillies were last in the division last year, but they played the Braves tough as Atlanta was only 6-13 against Philadelphia last season.

The only other team the Braves play twice in April is the Washington Nationals, the heavy favorites in the NL East. Despite having a much better team than Philly, the Braves played the Nats tougher in 2017, going 9-10 against them, outscoring them by 15 runs, 103 to 88.

Along with the competition, weather could also factor into how well the Braves start the year. They’re spending a month and a half in Florida before getting back-to-back series at home. That’s all good, but they then quickly transition to the cold of Colorado, Washington D.C. and Chicago before returning home mid-April.

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