Odds to Win the NL East: Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves +240

The biggest surprise in MLB of last season, the Braves seem carried to make another run. The development of Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna was a important aspect for the Braves getting off to such a hot start last year since they matched the hitting of Nick Markakis and Freddie Freeman. 1 player who could make or break the order is AL MVP Josh Donaldson, depending on how he arranges in his first season. Donaldson was a walking Band-Aid for the past couple of seasons and if he regains some of his form from his years as a Blue Jay, the Braves crime could be powerful.
Another concern for the Braves is that their starting pitching as I’m not as high on Mike Foltynewicz and Sean Newcomb as the others are and I think they could be more likely to get a letdown after such a fantastic year. Atlanta’s pitchers held teams to a 3.75 ERA (rated seventh) and a .229 batting average (rated second) but I am doubtful they can replicate that feat. The worth in +240 isn’t great enough for me to back the Braves.

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