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