BJ Upton will largely replace the speed lost with departure of Michael Bourn in CF
Charged with the mission of replacing future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones AND All-Star center-fielder Michael Bourn in this Atlanta lineup, Braves GM Frank Wren had a whale of a task ahead of him this winter. Well, okay… with plenty of trade chips and cash to spend, perhaps a “whale” is overstating it. But at the very least, he faced a Bob Wickman of a task.
He pulled it off.
A pair of Uptons did the trick. Some have pointed out that the Braves actually lost ground in the lineup, if you go by WAR (an advanced metric–WAR stands for “wins above replacement”). But sometimes no single number, even an aggregate stat like WAR, tells the whole story. The reality is that this lineup is now significantly more talented than it was on opening day a year ago.
Recently, noted baseball prognosticator Bill James released his projections for the 2013 Atlanta Braves lineup. If James proves at all prophetic, Braves fans...