You are here
Home > Atlanta Braves > MLB Preview: Will Brandon Phillips and Dansby Swanson Be Able to Boost the Braves in 2017?

MLB Preview: Will Brandon Phillips and Dansby Swanson Be Able to Boost the Braves in 2017?

Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Braves may be looking to the future by opening a new ballpark this season, but they were looking at the past with their offseason additions by acquiring veteran pitchers. In November, the Braves signed 40-something SPs R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon. Then in December, the Braves traded three prospects to the Cardinals in exchange for SP Jaime Garcia, who is coming off of a rare healthy season. That trio will slot into the middle of the rotation, behind SP Julio Teheran at the top of the rotation and a No. 5 role that will likely be determined during spring training. Just days before the start of spring training, the Braves sent a couple of minor leaguers to the Reds in exchange for veteran 2B Brandon Phillips. More exciting for Braves fans is SS Dansby Swanson, a former No. 1 draft pick who the Braves acquired from the Diamondbacks prior to the 2016 season, who should get his first full season in the majors in 2017.

The team is in rebuilding mode, coming off a 68-win season and last-place finish a year after winning just 67 games. The Braves’ .255 batting average last season was a slight improvement from 2015 and right on the average among all 30 MLB teams last season — and higher than 2015 NL MVP Bryce Harper’s .243 average last season. They ranked last in the majors with just 122 home runs on the season and next-to-last with 615 RBI. They also ranked near the bottom of the league in OPS, which all helped lead to a second-worst 649 runs on the season. Their best hitter was 1B Freddie Freeman, who hit .302 with 34 home runs and a .968 OPS that was the third-highest in the National League. His 6.5 WAR also placed him third among all players in the NL. Swanson showed some promising signs in his limited time in the majors, hitting .302 with 3 home runs in 129 at-bats.

Teheran led a starting rotation that was among the worst in the majors. Despite posting a 3.21 ERA over 188 innings, he had his first sub-.500 season with a 7-10 record due in large part to the lack of run support from the Braves’ struggling offense. Teheran’s 1.053 WHIP was the fifth-lowest in the NL and his 4.8 WAR ranked 10th among National League pitchers. None of the team’s other regular starters finished the year with an ERA better than 4.31, with that mark held by SP Mike Foltynewicz, who appears to be the favorite to land the No. 5 spot in the rotation to begin the season. The team’s 39 saves was a few below the MLB average, with RP Jim Johnson leading the team with 20 saves over 65 appearances. His 3.06 ERA was higher than you’d like to see from a closer.

Looking ahead to 2017, the Braves will be relying on Swanson and Phillips — who they traded for to replace 2B Sean Rodriguez, who is expected to miss three to five months after being injured in a car accident — to help their offense have a better season than the production their hitters put up in 2016 because the rest of their lineup is the same as last year and not very inspiring.

Likewise with the rotation. Teheran should put up good numbers at the top of the rotation, but the recently acquired starters all have question marks associated with them. Dickey and Colon are both in their 40s and the former is coming off his worst season since 2013. And while Garcia started 30 games last season — just the second time in his seven-year career he made at least 30 starts — he had a career-worst 4.67 ERA and gave up 26 home runs. If he can’t get his ERA closer to the 3.00-3.50 range, that won’t be good for a Braves team that is expecting him to be able to perform well in the middle of the rotation. Johnson had his best season in a while in 2016 but he’s not an elite closer and probably doesn’t have a long leash if he doesn’t get off to a good start in the season because RP Arodys Vizcaino, who saved 10 games in 14 chances last season, is lurking behind him on the depth chart.

With the moves the Braves made this offseason, they are an improved team and should do better than they have the past couple seasons, but that doesn’t mean they’ll compete for the NL East title. The Mets and Nationals are still the cream of the crop of the division and the Braves will likely be fighting with the Phillies for the bottom two spots in the rotation. The Braves are probably about a 75-win team this season. Better than last season but still a year or two away from competing for a playoff spot.

Sources: http://www.atlantabraves.com, http://www.baseball-reference.com

Scott Jenkins
I am a writer who enjoys writing about sports, with a focus on baseball. You can read more of my writing on my blog at http://thoughtsfromscottj.wordpress.com
http://mlbmayhem.com

183 thoughts on “MLB Preview: Will Brandon Phillips and Dansby Swanson Be Able to Boost the Braves in 2017?

  1. Pingback: adidas ultra boost
  2. I’m amazed, I must say. Rarely do I come across a blog that’s both educative and engaging, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. The problem is something not enough folks are speaking intelligently about. Now i’m very happy I stumbled across this in my search for something relating to this.

  3. Can I simply just say what a comfort to discover somebody that truly understands what they are talking about on the web. You definitely know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. A lot more people really need to check this out and understand this side of the story. I was surprised you’re not more popular because you definitely have the gift.

  4. Pingback: asics shoes
  5. Pingback: adidas nmd womens
  6. Pingback: Air max pas cher
  7. Pingback: kyrie irving shoes
  8. Pingback: Air max pas cher
  9. Pingback: lebron 14
  10. Pingback: 仪器进口流程
  11. Just wish to say your article is as surprising. The clearness in your post is just nice and i can assume you are an expert on this subject. Fine with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please continue the rewarding work.

  12. Pingback: Cheap Jerseys NFL
  13. Pingback: Pen Light
  14. Pingback: yeezy boost
  15. 330291 312726Hey man, .This was an excellent page for such a hard subject to talk about. I look forward to reading many more great posts like these. Thanks 756908

  16. Pingback: air jordan retro
  17. Pingback: adidas boost
  18. Pingback: Washining Sink
  19. Aw, this was a actually good post. In notion I would like to put in writing like this in addition – taking time and actual effort to create a really beneficial article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and by no indicates appear to get one thing performed.

  20. Pingback: PP Mesh Bag
  21. Pingback: Local Vapor Shops
  22. Pingback: lebron soldier 10
  23. Pingback: NMD Human Race
  24. I just went on Blogspot and made a blog, I want to make it for invited members only. I’ve seen blogs like that, but I don’t know how to do it myself. I already made it so that my blog isn’t visible from my profile, but I don’t know what to do next..

  25. 由此我们可以计算出,或是危险、恶劣环境下的作业。如涉及作品内容、版权和其它问题,并不代表本网赞同其观点和对其真实性负责。全省空气质量达标率为71.修建了130多座大中型桥梁,认真负责地一件一件做好,打盹?对共创和谐社会有着长远的意义。如果鸡蛋坏了不但挣不到钱还会赔钱。
    van cleef collier prix replique

  26. What’s Happening i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I have found It positively helpful and it has aided me out loads. I hope to contribute & aid other users like its helped me. Good job.

  27. without licenceSeven weeks after Government handed control of its multi-billion-dollar Information andGeorge Melville, CEO of iNet CommunicationsCommunications Technologies (ICT) network to a local contractor for next to nothing, there is evidence that close friends of the administration are rapidly tightening their stranglehold of the industry.
    Brian Sutter Jersey

  28. Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your blog and in accession capital to assert that I acquire in fact enjoyed account your blog posts. Any way I will be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you access consistently fast.

  29. Thanks a lot for sharing this with all of us you really know what you are talking about! Bookmarked. Please also visit my site =). We could have a link exchange agreement between us!

  30. I have a great interest in computer and aircrafts, especially military aircrafts. I am planning to do computer engineering and be involved in the designing of military aircrafts (aircraft’s computer).. I need to know whether the US Air Force needs computer engineers and if yes, will a computer engineer be wearing uniform and do they have military ranks ?.

  31. Thanks for sharing excellent informations. Your site is so cool. I am impressed by the details that you have on this site. It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for more articles. You, my friend, ROCK! I found simply the info I already searched everywhere and just couldn’t come across. What a perfect site.

  32. Hi there! I simply would like to give a huge thumbs up for the great information you’ve got right here on this post. I will probably be coming again to your blog for more soon.

  33. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was wondering what all is required to get setup? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very web smart so I’m not 100 sure. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  34. How come I get this ? when using Firefox and when I am using Internet Explorer shows what I am supposed to get, (Wed) ,as the text. If you cannot see what I put down it is a small box with the numbers 26 and 20 inside of it.. Is there a fix for my problem?. Thanks in advance..

  35. Just wish to say your article is as astounding. The clearness to your submit is simply cool and i can think you’re knowledgeable on this subject. Fine together with your permission let me to take hold of your RSS feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks 1,000,000 and please continue the enjoyable work.

  36. Great site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to a few friends ans also sharing in delicious. And obviously, thanks for your sweat!

  37. Also, with the money that you saved, you could buy some more games while you’re at the store, or you could even save up for that pony you’ve always wanted! Yaaay!If you already own a PSP and want to buy the game, it’ll cost you $40 US, on both Amazon and at Gamestop.Rays Claim Daniel Nava Off Waivers RealGM WiretapThe Tampa Bay Rays have claimed Daniel Nava off waivers from the Boston Red Sox. Therefore putting on these gowns from early childhood prove to be a great way to teach the young ones about modesty and conservatism that is inculcated in the roots of their religion. Find out the expense and price of wedding decorator. Good personalities should also be possessed so that encouragement can be provided to the clients.
    cartier bracelet for men faux

  38. Though a quantity of men select the other unsex boots, but most persons, especially those men who toils outside, they worn Timberland rainproof boots everywhere the whole year round, are exceedingly like to wear the Timberland impermeable boots.The popularity of timberland boots can be called the mythology. A large amount of brands facing the strong competition from the international marketplace side. Why timberland boots sales still in the peak of market regardless of domestic market and worldwide marketplace. The timberland has became the best trademark ever since the year of 1970. Even now, the other brands occupy the boots marketplace but timberland still is the most important manager of it.

  39. I in addition to my buddies came looking at the nice guidelines on your website and so all of a sudden got a horrible feeling I never expressed respect to the web blog owner for those techniques. These ladies came warmed to learn them and now have in reality been loving them. Appreciation for genuinely quite considerate and then for choosing such really good information most people are really needing to be aware of. Our own honest apologies for not expressing gratitude to you earlier.

  40. There are actually surely a great deal of particulars like that to take into consideration. That’s a terrific point to bring up. I offer you the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly you can find questions like the 1 you bring up where probably the most significant thing might be operating in honest good faith. I don?t know if finest practices have emerged around issues like that, but I am certain that your job is clearly identified as a fair game. Both boys and girls really feel the impact of just a moment’s pleasure, for the rest of their lives.

  41. Hmm it looks like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any suggestions for novice blog writers? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  42. Though a quantity of men select the other unsex boots, but most persons, especially those men who toils outside, they worn Timberland rainproof boots everywhere the whole year round, are exceedingly like to wear the Timberland impermeable boots.The popularity of timberland boots can be called the mythology. A large amount of brands facing the strong competition from the international marketplace side. Why timberland boots sales still in the peak of market regardless of domestic market and worldwide marketplace. The timberland has became the best trademark ever since the year of 1970. Even now, the other brands occupy the boots marketplace but timberland still is the most important manager of it.

  43. You can certainly see your expertise in the work you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. All the time go after your heart.

  44. I really love the sciences, especially chemistry and physics. But I also love the creative aspect of the spectrum, such as writing and books. I really want to write. Would it be smart to minor in English or Creative Writing but major in the sciences? Does it look acceptable? I’m new to college stuff, and I’m curious. I don’t want to miss an opportunity to advance my scientific or creative knowledge! I’m a Junior in high school..
    Air max pas cher

  45. Thanks a bunch for sharing this with all people you actually realize what you are speaking about! Bookmarked. Please additionally discuss with my site =). We may have a link trade arrangement among us!

  46. hello!,I love your writing so so much! share we communicate more approximately your post on AOL? I need an expert on this space to resolve my problem. May be that’s you! Having a look forward to peer you.

  47. There is also a site map that offers detailed information on different sectors of the site and software. These days, even UV resistant inks are utilized in vinyl printing for its extended-long lasting effect. If using a taxi demand that the meter is turned on and tell them you’ll pay the tolls as they arrive. To have the greatest effect, eye level will be the preferred hanging height. They had beeneasy to carry mild weight and easy to conceal however, as using sheathed knives became extra standard, using pocket knives fell considerably into disfavor.
    santos cartier faux

  48. My coder is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the costs. But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using Movable-type on several websites for about a year and am nervous about switching to another platform. I have heard very good things about blogengine.net. Is there a way I can import all my wordpress content into it? Any kind of help would be greatly appreciated!

  49. Thanks for another fantastic post. The place else may anybody get that kind of info in such a perfect method of writing? I’ve a presentation next week, and I’m at the search for such information.

  50. Ive never ever read something like this before. So good to locate somebody with some original thoughts on this subject, really thank you for starting this up. this web page is some thing which is essential on the internet, an individual with a little originality. valuable job for bringing some thing new towards the world wide web!

  51. Soon after study a number of of the weblog posts in your site now, and I really like your way of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark web page list and might be checking back soon. Pls have a look at my web site as well and let me know what you feel.

  52. Unquestionably believe that which you said. Your favorite reason seemed to be on the internet the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while people think about worries that they just don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people could take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks
    faux rolex oyster perpetual datejust femme

  53. Woah! I’m really loving the template/theme of this blog. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s challenging to get that “perfect balance” between superb usability and appearance. I must say you’ve done a amazing job with this. Also, the blog loads very fast for me on Internet explorer. Superb Blog!

  54. Some fake tanning products are made to leave a tan-like stain that washes off when you step foot in the shower.We stimulate individuals to provide it down and what we do is acquire for collectors all more than the earth. RCV 074 822, currently on appeal at the California Fourth District Court of Appeal.It is sometimes complicated to aside these individuals.CITY HALL.
    Cheap NFL Jerseys

  55. The mortgage servicers don?t have enough financial incentives to modify the mortgages as they only earn on average of ? to ? percent of the value of the loans they service.Make sure that you research and search through the internet massively and consult any site that provides free hacks online. An individual can get help from these and then you will have the opportunity to recognize how, and also precisely what allow you to can acquire for the very best results. Mixture your synthetic leather clean and the necessary h2o with the carrier. If he uses different subcontractors, ask if he has worked with them before and, if so, how many times.
    Cheap NFL Jerseys

  56. A ten year old kid actor in this brawny attitude and three-year-old talk, but fortunately was on the third floor, no one saw,MBT Tupu or do not provoke a bunch of weird eyes? First of all, I tell you business model. The first step is to give a name county wineries,wine also.There are as many different heels as different kinds of shoes.You can find older styles for under two hundred dollars but the newer styles exceed that price by about fifty dollars.Brick mode of operation,mbt shoes management and pay model to be altered, as far as standardization of some.
    mens nike running shoes sale online

  57. Greater are the choices in which acquire anyone some time, and are utilized by means of a 3rd party’s support, i. As quickly when you begin to feel any kind of pain, you should stop exercising and ice your muscles down.Have you done similar work? Remember that one size doesn\t fit all.IMAX theaters are in many cities across the US now and have great educational films for kids, not to mention the theaters are enormous and have incredible sound systems. Those are the things that can changethe scoreboard real quick.
    Wholesale Jerseys

  58. Hobo Handbags for Noble women: These are also great option as handbags for noble women; yet again these are large in size and can be easily carried over the shoulders. These are perfect for those of you who want to appear a little more elegant and sophisticated than others. Although it is a good source to carry your bulky items most easily but still it manages to give you very famine and appealing look. Hobo bags have various styles and materials for you to pick one that you love.
    Dresses Plus

  59. Hobo Handbags for Noble women: These are also great option as handbags for noble women; yet again these are large in size and can be easily carried over the shoulders. These are perfect for those of you who want to appear a little more elegant and sophisticated than others. Although it is a good source to carry your bulky items most easily but still it manages to give you very famine and appealing look. Hobo bags have various styles and materials for you to pick one that you love.
    polarised sunglasses

  60. Hobo Handbags for Noble women: These are also great option as handbags for noble women; yet again these are large in size and can be easily carried over the shoulders. These are perfect for those of you who want to appear a little more elegant and sophisticated than others. Although it is a good source to carry your bulky items most easily but still it manages to give you very famine and appealing look. Hobo bags have various styles and materials for you to pick one that you love.
    women’s designer glasses

  61. Pingback: kd shoes 2014

Leave a Reply

Top