Atlanta Braves Lineup in 2013 vs. 2017: Who Ya Got?
By Alex Burke
The Bottom Line
The 2013 lineup was neither good nor sustainable. The 2017 lineup is both.
While they probably won’t average over 5.3 runs over the entire 2017 season, the Braves’ offense and how it’s constructed sets them up nicely to continue their success that they achieved at the end of last season.
It’s basically the exact opposite of the inferior 2013 lineup. They’re not reliant on the long ball and there’s no liability with a bat in their hands.
The lineup is honestly the biggest reason why the rebuild began in the first place. The Braves even gave it one more shot in 2014 as they rolled out essentially the exact same lineup (minus B-Mac and + Tommy La Stella).
It wasn’t successful, the offense was second to last in runs scored and the team had a negative run-differential for only the second time since 1990 despite the pitching still being top-tier.
So, we as fans, suffered through a few tough years featuring the likes of Jonny Gomes, Erick Aybar, and Gordon Beckham…
Here’s this one more time:
*10x heart eyes emoji*
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BTW, if you’re thinking of saying I’m wrong, then you are disagreeing with our very own Alan Carpenter, too. I asked him if he thinks I’m correct on this and he said:
"I’m buying. Without Heyward or anyone named Upton, there’s a ton more consistency."
So @ him in the comments, not me!
[Ed. note: Now wait a second… ]