Atlanta Braves: Three Keys to Winning the 2020 World Series

After losing in the NLDS in each of the past two seasons, the Atlanta Braves need to snap out of it and make a deep run — a run that includes a World Series title.

Let’s take a look at how the Braves can win the Fall Classic in 2020.

Pitch lights out

We know pitching is a key to a World Series champion, but Atlanta is in a division that is full of arm talent.

The Philadelphia Phillies have Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler.

New York has a three-headed monster in Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, and Jacob deGrom.

Washington has Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, of course.

Atlanta, on the other hand, has Mike Foltynewicz, Mike Soroka and Max Fried…yippee!

The Braves also have Sean Newcomb, Felix Hernandez, and Cole Hamels, who could play a huge role as the season progresses.

If Hotlanta wants to make a big run, they’ll need their arms to step up and be a huge reason why they win.

Power up

Freddie Freeman can rake, but Ronald Acuna, Jr. needs to continue to develop as a big bat and lead the Braves in the playoffs.

Sure Atlanta added Marcell Ozuna, but Acuna has to go on a tear and be unstoppable before and during the postseason.

Acuna, 22, launched 41 home runs and tallied 101 ribbies in his second big league season.

He also reached his first All-Star game and stole 37 bags.

In the postseason series against St. Louis last year, Acuna hit .444 with eight hits in 18 at-bats. The slugger also had three doubles and a triple.

Sure up loose ends

Yes, Atlanta has some nice bullpen pieces and they have a few excellent offensive forces, but they could use another bat or two.

Obviously, the starting rotation isn’t great and will probably require a new arm or top of the line starter.

But, I think one of the biggest needs for the Braves and their Tomahawk club is for young players to be more of a factor during the season and beyond.

Dansby Swanson and Johan Camargo need to be more consistent at the plate and who knows if Ender Inciarte will stay healthy all year long.

Will Nick Markakis play a lot, platoon and get a decent amount of at-bats or hardly be used at all?

Surely, the Braves will rely on these guys from time to time. They need a solid bench and a good supporting cast.

Austin Riley needs to improve as well. The 22-year old hit 18 homers and knocked in 49 RBIs last year, but hit .226.

Since Atlanta has a decent number of holes, it’s important for them to find help from all over the roster and in the minor leagues.

The Braves have missed the playoffs in four of the last six seasons and have to find a way to get to the top of the tough NL East.

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