Five Big Questions for the 2016 Atlanta Braves

Media Credit: Brett Davis - USA Today Sports

Media Credit: Brett Davis – USA Today Sports

Is Freddie Freeman’s wrist completely healthy?

Freddie Freeman is the last man standing in the complete rebuild of the Braves organization. No player is more important to the success of the team in 2016 and the years to follow. Freeman was extremely durable over the course of his previous four seasons, including playing in all 162 games in 2014. However, last year a wrist injury plagued Freeman from June through the rest of the season and he had multiple trips to the DL for the first time in his career.

He missed six weeks mid-season, and then tried to battle through the injury in August and early September before being shut down for the season. Due to the injury he posted career lows in nearly every offensive category. Wrist injuries can be very tricky, and the Braves are hoping a full offseason of rest and rehab has Freeman fully healthy for the upcoming year. With very few proven commodities in the lineup, Freeman’s health is paramount for the Braves.

5 Responses

  1. fleiter69

    The only real question for this Braves team is: Is it possible to lose every game in a an MLB season?

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    • Adam Piede

      If it weren’t for the 18 games vs the Phillies I would say yes. Thanks for reading!

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    • Wayne Canon

      I don’t know….but we’ve got a damn good shot at it.

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  2. John Sheets

    I sure hope Perez is not in the rotation, let alone on the team. His WHIP and K:B ratio are all you need to see. His starts were tough to watch last year. Same with Folty. Neither will succeed until they can learn to locate there fastball on the inside part of the plate, which I don’t think they will. I don’t mind moving Folty to the bullpen where he can do what he does, just throw hard. I’d like to see Blair in the rotation to start the year if he has a good spring. It’s annoying when teams wait to call up a kid for an extra year of control. These boys are going to need all the big league experience they can get if we want to compete in 17, 18.

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    • Adam Piede

      Of Banuelos, Folty, and Perez…Banuelos looked the best when healthy, but I don’t know if he can be counted on. I doubt either Blair or Newcombe start in the Bigs for the very reason you disdain, the extra year of control. I don’t necessarily like it but for a team like the Braves it makes sense. Why burn a year over 6 weeks of pitching for a team that goes no where. No IF the Cubs were burned last year by not bringing up Bryant, now that is a different story.

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