The 2021 MLB season couldn't have gone better for the Atlanta Braves, capped off with the team's first World Series victory in over two decades. Winning back-to-back championships is easier said than done, but that won't stop the Braves from beginning the journey on Opening Day 2022 later this week.
The Braves have undergone some changes this offseason, with the most noteworthy being the loss of Freddie Freeman at first base. Fortunately, they're still being viewed as one of the top teams in the big leagues in ESPN's Opening Day MLB power rankings.
Braves Power Ranking
ESPN has listed the Braves as the No. 3 team in this year's Opening Day power rankings. They've also been projected to win 94 games this season while being given an 84.2% chance of making the postseason.
The Braves have been one of the most consistent teams in baseball over recent years, capturing the NL East title in each of the last four seasons. So, seeing them pegged for another successful campaign isn't too surprising.
A lot of the Braves' success this season will rely on Matt Olson filling Freeman's void at first base. The 28-year-old slugger has had at least 36 home runs and 91 RBIs in two of the last three seasons, making it necessary for him to continue that trend if Atlanta wants to play for another championship this Fall.
ESPN also says that the Braves must rely on their starters this season after frequently looking to their bullpen during their championship run. The trio of Max Fried, Ian Anderson and Charlie Morton are more than capable of leading the rotation, meaning the relievers should experience some decent rest to begin the year.
While oddsmakers like the Braves too, they aren't as high on them as ESPN is just yet. Atlanta currently has +1200 odds (T-No. 5) to win the 2022 World Series.
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