Braves 2021 Opening Day roster announced

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Last week, we got some insight into what the Braves were doing, rolling with a ten-man bullpen and a four-man bench, along with a four-man rotation. With Mike Soroka starting the season on the 10-day IL, this is what the 26-man roster will look like against the Phillies.


LHP Max Fried

RHP Ian Anderson

RHP Charlie Morton

LHP Drew Smyly


Obviously, with only four rotation arms, the Braves are expected to use an opener until Mike Soroka is ready to pitch. The most likely candidate is Huascar Ynoa, followed by Sean Newcomb.


RHP Luke Jackson

RHP Nate Jones

RHP Chris Martin

RHP Josh Tomlin

RHP Huascar Ynoa

LHP Sean Newcomb

LHP Grant Dayton

LHP Tyler Matzek

LHP AJ Minter

LHP Will Smith


In my last prediction, I had Sean Newcomb getting the tenth bullpen spot. That came to fruition, and I’m happy to see it. Newk performs much better out of the ‘pen. I’m curious to see who the team options whenever Mike Soroka is ready to go, but they will likely make that decision based on who is playing well when the time comes.

Starting Lineup

RF Ronald Acuña Jr

2B Ozzie Albies

1B Freddie Freeman

LF Marcell Ozuna

C Travis d’Arnaud

SS Dansby Swanson

3B Austin Riley

CF Cristian Pache

P Max Fried


Nothing new here, it’s Pache szn.


C Alex Jackson

INF Ehire Adrianza

3B Pablo Sandoval

OF Ender Inciarte


Alex Jackson’s defense got him this spot, but his bat will have to improve if he wants to keep it. Adrianza and Sandoval played so well during the spring; they earned this opportunity. Ender Inciarte rounds out the roster, mostly because of his bloated contract that will pay him nearly $9 million this season.

It starts today, let’s go get a ring boys.

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