Where Does Brian McCann Fit in the Braves' Ideal Lineup?

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Where Does Brian McCann Fit in the Braves' Ideal Lineup?
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Brian McCann returned from the disabled list on May 6.

The Atlanta Braves welcomed catcher Brian McCann back from the disabled list this week but have still yet to put their projected starting nine on the field for a game this season.

Despite that fact, their 20-13 record is good for second-best in the National League and they lead the Washington Nationals by two games in the NL East standings.

Lineups are fluid. They can change daily for a number of reasons. One cannot be myopic enough to think that matchups and split statistics are the only factors in determining who bats where.

Injuries and inconsistency will occur. The overwhelming idea is to regularly put together a lineup that best utilizes the strengths of each hitter. How to do so is often the topic of much debate.

This slideshow presents the ideal Braves lineup when all the pieces are available.

Some assembly required.

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