Originally posted on BravesWire  |  Last updated 2/1/13
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:   AVG OBP HR RBI 2B/3B SB OPS Simmons .289 .351 10 62 31 18 .767 Heyward .272 .360 26 92 37 20 .843 J.Upton .289 .372 25 86 39 19 .864 Freeman .282 .358 24 85 37 3 .839 B.Upton .248 .329 23 75 37 35 .765 McCann .266 .347 23 58 29 3 .814 Uggla .238 .341 28 92 33 3 .780 **Fransisco/Johnson .276 .316 23 78 39 6 .787 AVERAGE .270 .347 23 79 35 13 .807 TOTAL .270 .347 182 628 282 106 .807 **Juan Fransisco and Chris Johnson’s
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