The 2013 Atlanta Braves season is only two games old but the early returns are in and this team looks even better than they did on paper. The Philadelphia Phillies team they have handily beaten so far is not too shabby either. The Braves are just playing that good so far. This is one of those situations where you want to say that they are clicking on all cylinders but the scary thing is they are not. This isn’t even as powerful as they could be.
Tim Hudson didn’t have a great start in game one. He will deliver better than that more times than not. Paul Maholm isn’t even one of the top two in the rotation and he shut down the powerful Philly bats last night. In game three the possible real ace of the staff will take a crack at the boys from the city of brotherly love. Kris Medlin takes the mound for his first start of the season. As good as the pitching has been; it could be even better.
Offensively the situation is much the same. They have gotten great starts from Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton who are killing the ball. Andrelton Simmons looks steady and solid at the top of the order but hasn’t done anything extra special. The third base platoon looks good so far but unspectacular as of yet. Perhaps most importantly, speaking of brotherly love, B.J. Upton has yet to get his first hit.
Jason Heyward got a homer last night to get on the board but you have two-thirds of the powerful outfield that haven’t played to their potential yet while Justin Upton certainly has. All of this with a promising rookie catcher with power to burn in Evan Gattis and the back-up catcher Gerald Laird. Take a moment and think about what is to come by summer.
Heyward and B.J. Upton should have settled into their season pace by that point. Who knows what kind of numbers Freeman can put up by then? Simmons will have more experience at the lead-off spot and oh yeah, the All-Star clutch hitting catcher, Brian McCann will be back and healthy for the first time in two or three years. This team looks powerful right now but hold on to your hats because they aren’t even running at full speed yet. This could be fun for Braves fans.