Re: Justin Upton traded to Braves
Atlanta batting order:
1 SS Andrelton Simmons BA#4 BP#5
2 RF Jason Heyward*
3 LF Justin Upton
4 1B Freddie Freeman*
5 CF B.J. Upton
6 C Brian McCann*
7 2B Dan Uggla
8 3B Juan Francisco*/ Chris Johnson
That is a remarkably balanced lineup. If McCann can't go, I'd guess Laid and the other catcher would move down the order to 8th. Maybe the platoon of Francisco and Johnson move up to 6th.
The only problem I see is leadoff and the possibility that someone slumps for a year.
The pitching staff isn't quite as strong:
1 RHP Tim Hudson
2 RHP Kris Medlen
3 LHP Mike Minor
4 LHP Paul Maholm
5 RHP Julio Teheran
Lots of low inning, mediocre guys with no clear TOR guys. Questions about Hudson (age), Medlen (can he duplicate last season's success?), and Teheran (TNSTAAPP), not to mention the overall meh-ness of Maholm and Minor means a starting staff that's third (at best) in the NL East and middle of the pack in the NL behind virtually every other competing starting staff. (I'd pick Atlanta's starting staff last among Washington, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, St. Louis, LA, and San Francisco.)
The bullpen is superior.
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