The Dodgers have made all the headlines this offseason, acquiring Shohei Ohtani, Tyler Glasnow, and Yoshinobu Yamamoto to bolster the rotation. Despite that, the Braves are still projected to have the best starting pitching staff in baseball — according to FanGraphs — ahead of the Phillies and Dodgers.
MLB starting rotation rankings right now
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— Codify (@CodifyBaseball) January 3, 2024
Of course, arguments can be made for several teams when it comes to the best rotation in baseball. However, I feel confident in what the Braves have to look forward to in 2024.
Their starting pitching depth is second to none. Max Fried, Spencer Strider, Charlie Morton, Chris Sale, and Bryce Elder is the projected rotation. However, behind them, the Braves have a ton of options in AJ Smith-Shawver — who could be on the verge of an MLB breakout — another top 100 prospect in Hurston Waldrep, Huascar Ynoa, Reynaldo Lopez, and eventually Ian Anderson once he recovers from Tommy John surgery. That’s depth that just doesn’t exist around the league, and the Braves have the top-end talent to match.
MLB Network recently released their list of the top 10 starting pitchers in the game, and the Braves were the only team to have two arms featured — Spencer Strider and Max Fried.
Justin Verlander still being ranked as a Top 5 pitcher in baseball is insanity pic.twitter.com/Z6e6dsMHBE
— Addison (@YankeeWRLD) January 10, 2024
I often say the Braves have the best one-two punch in the league. Those two paired with the depth make them a tough group to beat, especially when Atlanta also features two elite strikeout pitchers behind Fried and Strider in Chris Sale and Charlie Morton, both of whom have loads of experience in big moments. Oh, and the fifth starter in Atlanta — Bryce Elder — is coming off a season in which he was named to the NL All-Star team.
The Braves rotation is going to be fun to watch in 2024.
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