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5 Ridiculous Overreactions to the Atlanta Braves’ Early Action

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5 Ridiculous Overreactions to the Atlanta Braves' Early Action

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It's a fact that it's quite early in the baseball season. Yet, it's not too early for the people around the league to be making their projections of players and teams off of their first two weeks of the season. Players who started hot are being worshiped, and those teams off to slow starts have pretty much sealed their fate to being a bottom feeder in the league. The Braves have their share of those players, but which overreactions are the worst?

5. Evan Gattis Is The Catcher Of The Future

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5. Evan Gattis Is The Catcher Of The Future

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Evan Gattis is off to a start in which he’s hitting over .300 and just hit two home runs against the Philadelphia Phillies. He absolutely strokes the fastball, but has trouble with breaking stuff when he gets deep into counts. He’s thrown out 3-of-9 runners who have attempted to steal a base this season, which is above the league average of 22 percent right now. Expect those numbers to all level off, and for him to be average in 2014.

4. Luis Avilan Isn't Reliable Anymore

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4. Luis Avilan Isn't Reliable Anymore

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Luis Avilan just gave up five runs in the bottom of the 8th inning against the Phillies. He also notched the win. So far this season, he has given up six earned runs while walking and striking out four batters -- all of that in four total innings. However, not all is lost. With only four innings pitched, it’s hard to say that he can’t return to his 2013 form. If he can find the movement on his fastball again, he can be devastating again.

3. Ervin Santana Will Win 20 Games

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3. Ervin Santana Will Win 20 Games

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When you start off on a new leaf with a new team and you throw 20 straight strikes to start a game, the hype can be real. When you have struck out 17 batters, walked two, given up one total run, and an ERA of 0.64, the hype is extraordinary. However, Ervin Santana won’t be THIS good for an entire season. He may get close to 15 wins, but any closer to 20 will be a stretch at the end of the season.

2. Justin Upton Will Hit 35 Home Runs

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2. Justin Upton Will Hit 35 Home Runs

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Didn’t we have this conversation last season? Justin Upton has hit four home runs in the past week, after hitting zero over the first week of the season. If he stays hot, he has to power to hit 35-40 home runs, but he’s probably even more streaky than Dan Uggla and his brother B.J. Upton. He may hit 25 in 2014, but don’t go crazy over him.

1. Jason Heyward Can't Hit Leadoff

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1. Jason Heyward Can't Hit Leadoff

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Wait, what? Jason Heyward hit leadoff in 2013 and was very successful. Yet, in 2014, he’s hitting .160 on the season, with two of his eight hits coming from home runs. When he’s been on base, he’s been active on the basepaths, stealing four bases, and he hasn’t been caught yet. If he ever gets in a decent groove, Heyward could easily be a 25 home runs and 25-30 stolen base type of guy. Let’s not give up on him yet.