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Predicting the Stats for the Atlanta Braves’ Opening Day Lineup

Predicting the Stats for the Atlanta Braves’ Opening Day Lineup

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There are a few things known and some not definitely known about the Atlanta Braves 2014 season. We know they will probably hit a few home runs but we also know they will strikeout a great deal. It is still unclear how that will translate into wins and losses. All of that will depend on the success and run production of the everyday starting lineup. Here are end-season stat predictions for the Opening Day lineup.

1 – Jason Heyward – RF

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1 – Jason Heyward – RF

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AVG: .282 / HR: 22 / RBI: 79

Though he isn't going to be the biggest bat in the lineup, look for Heyward to be the number one key to getting run scoring going, especially in the first inning.

2 – Justin Upton – LF

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2 – Justin Upton – LF

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AVG: .275 / HR: 25 / RBI: 87

I think Upton will lead the team in home run this season. Look for a few of his great stretches where he can almost carry the team with fewer of the long slumps from last year.

3 – Freddie Freeman – 1B

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3 – Freddie Freeman – 1B

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AVG: .323 / HR: 20 / RBI: 120

Don't be surprised if Freeman's place among MVP candidates is improved this season. He could even be a leading candidate to win the award if he stays healthy. Remember last season he had great numbers even with one stint on the DL. This season should be better.

4 – Evan Gattis – C

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4 – Evan Gattis – C

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AVG: .255 / HR: 25 / RBI: 75

A great deal is resting on what Gattis is able to do this season. He is taking the place of a beloved figure for the Braves. More importantly his performance will directly relate to how highly he is thought of next season when Christian Bethancourt is ready.

5 – Chris Johnson – 3B

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5 – Chris Johnson – 3B

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AVG: .305 / HR: 15 / RBI: 70

While I do not think that Johnson will be quite at the level he was in 2013 and he probably won't come as close to the batting title, he still will perform at a high level. Don't look for much of a letdown at all at third base.

6 – B.J. Upton – CF

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6 – B.J. Upton – CF

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AVG: .250 / HR: 17 / RBI: 65

Compared to his best season, what Upton is likely to do this year might be a bit of a letdown. However, considering what he is coming from in 2013, the numbers he will put up will be a big plus. Look for this year to be a jumping off point for the rest of his career.

7 – Andrelton Simmons – SS

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7 – Andrelton Simmons – SS

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AVG: .260 / HR: 12 / RBI: 60

While he is hoping that his offense takes a big step forward, I would look for that to be another year away for Simmons. Not to worry though, he will still be the best shortstop in MLB.

8 – Dan Uggla – 2B

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8 – Dan Uggla – 2B

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AVG: .270 / HR: 23 / RBI: 69

With his free agent year still a year away, look for Uggla to really have big rebound season in 2014 as he ups his game in hopes of having a big contract headed his way, as well as more respect, by the end of 2015.

9 – Julio Teheran – P

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9 – Julio Teheran – P

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16 wins – 8 losses / 2.79 ERA / 1.15 WHIP

The opportunity that Teheran has to take the lead in the starting rotation is going to be a good thing for him. Look for a very good season that helps him rise to look like the ace of the future that the Braves already think he be.