2014 Braves Team Preview: Live By The Sword
2014 Braves Team Preview: Live By The Sword

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2014 Atlanta Braves Team Preview

You could see it coming a mile away. The Braves, after running away with the NL East -- they won the division by 10 games over the preseason favorite Nationals -- won just one postseason game, losing quietly to the Dodgers in the NLDS. As a team, Atlanta struck out a whopping 1,384 times, tops in the National League, but clutch hitting and great pitching overcame a lack of discipline during the regular season. Many saw a team not built for the postseason, however, and sure enough, the free-swinging Braves struck out 42 times in four games against Los Angeles, with Justin Upton whiffing to put a fitting end to their 2013 season. To be fair, Tim Hudson's ankle injury left the rotation without its "ace," and the team really didn't have enough pitching to match the Dodgers anyway, but it was a predictable, live-by-the-sword, die-by-the-sword situation, offensively.

Five of their regulars (Dan Uggla, Justin Upton, B.J. Upton,

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Clay Link
Clay Link is the MLB Editor at RotoWire. A fan of the Cincinnati Reds, professional wrestling and hip hop music, he can be heard Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. He also co-hosts the Prospect Podcast every Thursday.
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