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The Atlanta Braves’ 5 Most Irreplaceable Players Right Now

The Atlanta Braves' 5 Most Irreplaceable Players Right Now

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The Atlanta Braves sit atop the NL East standings. There are a handful of players on the Braves' roster that are key pieces of the team. Without one of these five players, the Braves would not be the same team.

5. Justin Upton

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5. Justin Upton

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Justin Upton has be a key part of the Braves' team, especially as of late. Upton is batting .299 and has a team-leading 12 home runs. Recently, he has been tearing apart the baseball. Upton has brought a lot of power to the Braves' lineup.

4. Andrelton Simmons

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4. Andrelton Simmons

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Andrelton Simmons might be the best shortstop in the major leagues. He has the range and the arm to make any play. Simmons is also pretty good at the plate, currently hitting a decent .279. The spark Simmons provides to the Braves' defense is rare in a player who is still young.

3. Ervin Santana

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3. Ervin Santana

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Ervin Santana might be the Braves' most consistent starting pitcher. He currently has a record of 4-2 with a 3.42 ERA. Santana has been a key part of the Braves' pitching staff after they lost several pitchers to season-ending injuries.

2. Craig Kimbrel

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2. Craig Kimbrel

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The Atlanta Braves have by far the best closer in the game. Craig Kimbrel, who is known for his upper-90s fastball, has a rare arm. In most of his appearances, Kimbrel has gone through his opponents with ease. It's important to have a closer that you have complete faith in, and the Braves have one.

1. Freddie Freeman

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1. Freddie Freeman

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Freddie Freeman is by far the heart and soul of the Braves' baseball team. He brings an infectious attitude to the dugout that teammates just love. Freeman his hitting a team-leading .310 on the season. He brings a lot of power to the plate, but he can also hit the ball to all parts of the field. Freeman will play a key role if the Braves are to make a run deep into the playoffs.

Matt Maddux is a SEC Football writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Dawgomatic229, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.