Atlanta Braves 2014 Season Preview

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Atlanta Braves 2014 Season Preview
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The Atlanta Braves have had a rollicking offseason and spring training, setting the stage for a season of unpredictability in 2014 and immense success in the future.

Six weeks ago, the Braves looked like a playoff team. With starting pitching depth, youth, the best closer in baseball and recent memories of a 96-win season, the talk heading into camp was about a bright future in Atlanta.

Make no mistake: The future is still bright for this franchise.

The present, however, has become murky.

Due to an injury-ravaged pitching staff, unanswered questions around highly-paid veterans and the presence of the star-studded Washington Nationals in the NL East, the route back to October won't be easy for a team that challenged the Los Angeles Dodgers in last October's NLDS.

Considering the circumstances in Atlanta, it will take special seasons from star players and a Manager of the Year effort from Fredi Gonzalez to once again surpass the 95-win plateau and cascade into October baseball.

Here's how the 2014 season will play out at Turner Field.


Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted. All contract figures courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts. Arbitration numbers and projections courtesy of MLB Trade Rumors. Roster projections courtesy of MLB Depth Charts. 

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