4 Reasons the Atlanta Braves Will Win the World Series in 2023

There are plenty of reasons to believe the Atlanta Braves will win it all in 2023.
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Atlanta Braves Bullpen

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We covered the bullpen quite a bit in the acquisitions section. The bullpen got some much-needed depth but this unit has been solid all season long. The Braves' bullpen is currently fourth-best in fWAR in the MLB. They rank fourth in FIP in all of baseball and they lead the National League in ERA with a 3.47. They have the second-lowest walk rate in the National League, as well.

This relief core has been very solid. They have had outstanding performances from Jesse Chavez, who has a stellar 1.55 ERA over 29.0 IP.

Michael Tonkin has come out of nowhere to pitch a solid 3.56 ERA over 60.2 innings.
AJ Minter started slow but has surged back to his elite self with a 1.61 ERA since the beginning of June!

Nick Anderson had a stretch of two seasons where the only other pitcher you could compare him to was Josh Hader. He's dealt with injuries since then but was having a nice comeback season with Atlanta by posting a 3.06 ERA over 35.1 innings.

Newcomer Pierce Johnson has not allowed a run in 9.1 innings and has 12 strikeouts to go with it. Collin McHugh has a 3.55 ERA over 50.2 innings, and Kirby Yates has announced to the league that he is back! Joe Jimenez has a sparkling 2.72 ERA over 43.0 IP, and closer Raisel Iglesias has a 3.19 ERA with 22 saves.

This bullpen is full of experienced veterans who have been there before. So many guys have previous closing experience. There aren't a lot of situations this talented bunch hasn't already seen.