The Atlanta Braves will have some interesting ways to reshape their roster without Freddie Freeman playing a major role in it.
While the Freddie Freeman era is over, Atlanta Braves still has one of the most dangerous and versatile lineups in baseball.
Over the years, Freeman has achieved second or third place while piloting the first base. He provides medium-high power and hit stats from the left side of the plate, as well as a Golden Glove sized defense. While his replacement in Matt Olson has more raw power and a thinner gauntlet, he’s not as high average as his first junior predecessor. Naturally, the Braves’ batting order will be different.
With DH now popular, it gives manager Brian Snitker even more flexibility.
Potential Atlanta Braves starting lineup without Freddie Freeman in it
- RF Ronald Acuña Jr.
- LF Eddie Rosario
- 2B Ozzie Albies
- 1B Matt Olson
- DH Marcell Ozuna
- 3B Austin Riley
- CF Adam Duvall
- C Travis d’Arnaud
- SS Dansby Swanson
Admittedly there are many variations that Snitker can use confusingly. While the off-court positions can be varied depending on potential defensive problems in the center over the long term (admittedly Adam Duvall will suffice), the on-court layout, as well as a number of positions that each player can beat. Expect Ronald Acuña Jr to take the lead and Dansby Swanson to score the last.
Because Snitker likes to alternate serve, a formation can look very different from the one above. Olson and Eddie Rosario are the only lefties, while Ozzie Albies is a diversion. Everyone else hits from the right side. Rosario and Albies can hit anywhere from Monday to Friday. Olson will hit fourth or fifth. Marcell Ozuna and Austin Riley act as intermediaries for the orderers.
Although Travis d’Arnaud can hit as high as third, he can hit as low as ninth. He probably provides the greatest flexibility so that Snitker can place his former Silver Slugger from the right side. With Swanson being a lad in the bottom half of the batting order, it proves this squad has unbelievable depth. Swanson can reach fifth in many excellent teams.
Look for different lineups throughout the season until Snitker can find the right order.
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