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Recently, we pointed out how strong this Atlanta lineup has a chance to be. But how does the Braves lineup compare to that of the defending NL East Champion Washington Nationals?
Good question! Let’s have a look.
As with our most recent post, we’ll borrow Bill James’ projections. Again no one’s projections ever prove entirely accurate–or even close to it. But James’ prognostications are objective, well reasoned, and they’re as good an educated guess as we’re likely to find.
Here again is what James predicts for the Braves lineup this season:
BEST OF MAXIM
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