My Atlanta Braves Lineup Predictions

With Opening day just a couple of weeks away, it’s time to start thinking about lineups, rotations, and rosters. The Atlanta Braves are going to have a very fun lineup this year. It will start without Ronald Acuña Jr. given that he is still healing from a torn ACL, but once he is completely healthy and ready to play it is going to be a SOLID lineup. But hey…we won a World Series without Acuña, so I think we can manage without him until he is healthy enough to play. 😉

LINEUP WITHOUT ACUÑA:

  1. Eddie Rosario (Left Field)
  2. Ozzie Albies (Second Base)
  3. Matt Olson (First Base)
  4. Austin Riley (Third Base)
  5. Marcell Ozuna (Designated Hitter)
  6. Dansby Swanson (Shortstop)
  7. Adam Duvall (Right Field)
  8. Travis d’Arnaud (Catcher)
  9. Guillermo Heredia (Center Field)

Having the lineup like this makes sense to me. Eddie Rosario has proven to us that he can get on base. In the 2021 postseason, he was hitting singles, doubles, triples, home runs, and drawing walks… everything that you would want a lead-off hitter to do. To be a lead-off hitter, you don’t have to have crazy power and hit a homer with every swing. You just need to be able to get on base so the players behind you can drive you in and score runs for your team.

LINEUP WITH ACUÑA:

  1. Ronald Acuña Jr. (Right Field)
  2. Ozzie Albies (Second Base)
  3. Matt Olson (First Base)
  4. Austin Riley (Third Base)
  5. Marcell Ozuna (Designated Hitter)
  6. Eddie Rosario (Left Field)
  7. Travis d’Arnaud (Catcher)
  8. Dansby Swanson (Shortstop)
  9. Adam Duvall (Center Field)

We pretty much already know that once Acuña is back, he will probably be hitting lead-off. My opinion, however, is this: with Acuña’s homer-heavy power, wouldn’t it make sense for him to hit clean-up? I think Ronald Acuña Jr. would make such a good clean-up hitter. If he had Eddie Rosario, Ozzie Albies, and Matt Olson in front of him in the lineup, and then he was hitting fourth, he would have the opportunity to drive in so many runners. Not only would that give him a ton of RBI’s, it would also give the Braves more runs on the board and potentially lead to more wins. Although this seems like such a solid idea, I don’t think Acuña would give up hitting first. He likes hitting first and getting those first-pitch, attention-grabbing home runs. Sometimes I feel he needs a reminder that the game and the lineup isn’t about him…ahem. Maybe his time on the injured-list will remind him that baseball is about getting wins for your team, getting to the postseason, and having another shot at winning the World Series.

NOTE:

I have stacked up the bottom of each lineup differently. All of those players (Rosario, d’Arnaud, Swanson, and Duvall – plus Heredia) are very good. They can hit anywhere in the lineup, which is why I have placed them differently in each one. Looking at both lineups next to each other, they are both very deep and none of those players are considered an easy out.

This is going to be a very exciting season for the Atlanta Braves and I cannot wait to see how it all plays out!

GO BRAVES!

3 thoughts on “My Atlanta Braves Lineup Predictions”

  1. I agree with you that we have an intimidating lineup. And a good idea about Acuna hitting cleanup! I hadn’t thought about that. If everyone in the lineup does their jobs the Braves should be in good shape this year.

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