3 question marks for the Atlanta Braves entering 2024

We know the Braves will be a good team in 2024 but not perfect. Here are three areas of uncertainty heading into 2024. 
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The Atlanta Braves will enter 2024 as the favorites to win the NL East and one of the favorites to win the World Series. Even with these incredibly high expectations we know that perfection is out of the realm of possibility. With that being said, here are three aspects that remain question marks heading into 2024.

Bench Depth

The Braves historically carry reliable bench players that can play multiple positions and sometimes even a third catcher. After seeing Kevin Pillar and Nicky Lopez depart, Atlanta has a new look bench. 

David Fletcher and Luis Guillorme will likely be battling to win the position Nicky Lopez left vacant. Both of these individuals have great potential but will it be reached? 

J.P. Martinez and Forrest Wall are potential back ups for outfielders. With left field being a platoon position a season ago, either Eddie Rosario or Kevin Pillar was available off the bench. No disrespect to Martinez or Wall but Atlanta’s outfield depth took a hit this offseason. 

Rotation Age/Injuries

After signing Chris Sale, four of the five spots in the Braves starting rotation seems to be a lock. Max Fried, Spencer Strider, Charlie Morton and Chris Sale will get the ball every fifth day if healthy. Bryce Elder is likely to be Atlanta’s fifth starter on Opening Day but could be on a short leash because of his second half struggles in 2023. 

Chris Sale has had an impressive career. However, given his age and recent injuries, no one really knows what to expect from Sale. He claims this is the healthiest offseason he has had since 2013 which sounds encouraging but we need to see it proven on the mound.

The group is talented, but like any position group, injuries can derail a unit. The rotation already has a history of that, so we're rooting for some good health for these guys in 2024.

Bullpen flexibility 

The Atlanta Braves bullpen seems like it has improved with the additions of players like Reynaldo Lopez. Atlanta also has some relievers returning from injury. Tyler Matzek, Dylan Lee and Huascar Ynoa could be back to 100% health in 2024. 

We have seen flashes of what these three can do when they are performing at their highest level. Unfortunately, it is not a given that they will return to form. Recovering from injuries and surgery, such as Matzek is doing, can be difficult. Due to the health concerns of these arms and new faces, we have to deem the bullpen as a question mark as of right now. 

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