Atlanta Braves rebuild outfield at Trade Deadline
The Atlanta Braves can feel better about the length of their lineup.
There’s a lot of quality pitching in the National League East, and the Atlanta Braves are more well-equipped to face those challenges.
The new outfielders could provide an instant spark.
Adam Duvall is currently carrying a reverse split in 2021, putting up a 116 wRC+ versus right-handed pitching. His .262 ISO against righties this season is awfully impressive.
However, Duvall’s career numbers suggest that he’s pretty close overall against either handedness of the pitcher, with a .775 OPS against lefties and a .755 OPS against righties.
With his penchant for power in mind, Duvall is best slotted in a run-producing spot of the order, somewhere beyond the cleanup spot as a guy that can extend the order and cash in multi-run homers.
Jorge Soler is on a power-surge of his own lately.
Despite that he is far superior versus lefties than righties in 2021 – he’s got a whopping 126 wRC+ against southpaws this season – you still can’t keep his hot bat out of the everyday lineup – at least for now.
Soler has hit seven homers in the month of July alone, six of those coming since the All-Star Break.
The Braves will give Soler every opportunity to – like Duvall – hit in a run-producing spot of the order, given his current hot streak.
While Eddie Rosario won’t be ready for a few weeks as he recovers from injury, he’s got a career 111 wRC+ against right-handed pitchers, making him a potential spot-starter or platoon-mate for the last six weeks of the season, as opposed to just a straight bench piece.
This will be an interesting development to watch in case either righty-hitter, Duvall or Soler, struggles against right-handed pitching over the next few weeks.