At this moment the Atlanta Braves are in a very good position to make the playoffs, likely as a Wild Card since they have a seven-and-a-half game deficit in the NL East through today. The Braves have a one-and-a-half game lead over the third-place team in the wild-card race.
With it looking like the Braves are in a good position to make the playoffs, now would be a good time to take a look at the potential 25-man postseason roster. With so many players that have contributed this year and the increased amount of strategy in the playoffs with smaller pitching staffs, there should be some interesting decisions.
Barring injury I will assume that the following hitters have a spot on the postseason roster already locked up: Brian McCann, David Ross, Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla, Andrelton Simmons, Chipper Jones, Juan Francisco, Reed Johnson, Martin Prado, Michael Bourn and Jason Heyward. That means there will be three-to-four spots left for position players.
The following pitchers are also locked into a spot on the roster: Kris Medlen, Tim Hudson, Paul Maholm, Craig Kimbrel, Jonny Venters, Chad Durbin and Eric O'Flaherty. That means there are three-to-four spots left for pitchers as well.
This article will predict the final seven spots on the Braves' postseason roster. There are two notes before reading. The first is I am projecting the Braves to carry four starting pitchers instead of three because they would need one in the Wild Card play-in game and then three in the divisional series.
The other note is that although a player must be on the active roster prior to September 1 to be playoff eligible, there are loopholes a team can use to get a player on if he wasn't on the roster at that time.