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There was a lot in 2012 that just simply didn't go right for the Braves.
First, ace Brandon Beachy went down for a year with a partially torn UCL and a trip to Dr. James Andrews for Tommy John surgery.
Then, upstart hotshot shortstop Andrelton Simmons was sidelined for two months with a broken pinkie, forcing Atlanta to utilize (if you can call it that) Paul Janish's .269 OBP for 186 at bats.
Add to that a disappointing injury-plagued campaign for Brian McCann (one that would force him to undergo shoulder surgery for a torn labrum) and another perplexing year from Dan Uggla in which he would nearly record his weight in strikeouts and pop-ups yet increase his walk rate and WAR, and you get a pretty frustrating season from four very valuable Braves.
2013 could be an entirely different story.
McCann's surgery was successful, and while he could miss some time early in the season, Atlanta will be getting a healthy and productive McCann to insert into the heart of the order.
Simmons returned in September to put together a productive final month, and should prove to be a defensive dynamo all season long, providing much value from a historically offensively starved position.
Beachy is set to return after the All-Star break, and with his talent level he could give the Braves a Kris Medlen-esque lift in 2013.
And as for Uggla, the walk rate is actually very strong (14.9 percent in 2012), and he was still valuable (he was a 3.5 win player last season), so there is still hope that he can turn in a good 2013 campaign.