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MLB Futures – Atlanta Braves 2020 World Series Odds

Written by:
Phil Simon
Published on:
Mar/18/2020

With a core of talented players and two straight NL East titles under their belt, the next step for the Atlanta Braves is getting to the World Series. Finishing 7.0 games better than Washington last year and watching the Nats emerge to win the Commissioner’s Trophy, the Braves have a feeling it’s their time. They made a jump in 2018 winning 90 games, improving their total by 18 from the previous season. They won 97 games in 2019 and along with the Dodgers they are the only club to win at least 90 games in each of the last two seasons. It’s not surprising to see the Braves as one of the favorites to win the World Series in 2020 with odds of +1520 at BookMaker.eu.


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2020 Atlanta Braves World Series Odds at BookMaker.eu

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2020 Atlanta Braves Overview

The Braves prevailed last season in a tough NL East that had four teams finish at or above .500, including 2019 World Series champion Washington. Once again the division figures to be one of if not the strongest in MLB. At least they get to play the Miami Marlins a bunch of times.

There were a few key departures from last year. Josh Donaldson made the most of his only season swatting 37 home runs with 94 RBIs. He led the team with a 6.1 WAR. Reliable Julio Teheran is no longer around to take the bump every five days. He started at least 30 games in each of the last seven seasons averaging 11 wins.

Those are big shoes to fill, but the Braves not only have a loaded big league roster they have a number of top prospects who are ready to fill the void. With the championship window wide open, management sought some veteran leaders during the offseason adding closer Will Smith, starter Cole Hamels and outfielder Marcell Ozuna to bolster the roster.

Pitching

One of the teams’ budding superstars and just 22 years old, Mike Soroka enters the season as the ace of the rotation after going 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA in 29 starts last season. He finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting.

In order to compete for a championship, though, the Braves need Max Fried to build off last year’s success and Mike Foltynewicz to regain his 2018 form. They are critical to replace the 18 wins Teheran and Dallas Keuchel combined for in 2019. Fried won a team-high 17 games but had a 4.02 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. Foltynewicz was 13-10 with a 2.85 ERA in 2018, but slipped to 8-6 with a 4.54 ERA in 10 fewer starts last season.

Sean Newcomb gives the staff some flexibility. All but four of his 55 appearances were out of the pen last season, but he could be a middle of the rotation guy if Hamels isn’t ready when the season begins. Two years ago the lefty went 12-9 with a 3.90 ERA in 30 starts.

Addressing a critical need in the bullpen is Smith, who went 6-0 with 34 saves and a 2.76 ERA with San Francisco in 2019. He gives the team three experienced closers to go along with Mark Melancon and Luke Jackson. Melancon was 11 for 11 in save chances last year after his in-season acquisition. Jackson led the club with 18 saves and is headed for a set-up role. Two years removed from saving 32 Detroit games, Shane Greene is another option.

Hitting

You can’t talk about the Braves without mentioning do-it-all Ronald Acuna. In just his second season, Acuna hit .280 with 41 homers and 101 RBIs. He sparked an offense that finished seventh in scoring with an average of .258. Acuna was three stolen bases short of joining the 40-40 club.

Acuna is the talent but Freddie Freeman is the face of the Braves. Still producing into his 30s, Freeman failed to hit .300 for the first time since 2015. But he made up for it with career-highs of 38 home run and 113 RBIs. The double-play combo of Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson provide strong defense with offensive punch. Albies smacked 24 homers and hit .295. The former No. 1 pick Swanson hasn’t developed into a superstar but he’s steady in the hole.

Ozuna is expected to pick up some slack with Donaldson out of the picture. With Miami in 2017, Ozuna hit .312 with 37 homers and 124 RBIs. He was unable to match those numbers in St. Louis dipping to .243 and 29 last season. Nick Markakis headlines a strong group of reserves that can fill in if needed.

2020 Atlanta Braves World Series Pick

Every team enters a new season with question marks and there’s no shortage in Braves camp. This is a team set up to finally get over the hump after losing in the NLDS the last two seasons with a deeper bench and stronger bullpen. Can Soroka at 22 be the ace of the staff? Are there enough arms at the top of the rotation? Will Ozuna bounce back and make this one of the most potent lineups in baseball? If the answers are yes, the Braves are a good pick.

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- Phil Simon, Gambling911.com

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