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 key aspect for the Braves getting off to such a hot start last year as they matched the hitting of Nick Markakis and Freddie Freeman. 1 player who could make or break the order is AL MVP Josh Donaldson, based on how he arranges in Atlanta in his initial season. Donaldson was a walking Band-Aid for the last few seasons and when he regains any of his form from his years as a Blue Jay, the Braves offense could be formidable.
The other 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 believe they could be more likely for a letdown after such a good year. Atlanta’s pitchers held groups into a 3.75 ERA (rated seventh) plus a .229 batting average (rated second) but I’m skeptical they could replicate that feat. The value at +240 isn’t great enough for me to back the Braves.

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