This stat is exactly why Braves MUST add offense at trade deadline

MLB: MAR 30 Braves at Phillies

Over the last week or so, I’ve begun taking a deep dive into potential trade targets and discussing the Braves needs ahead of the trade deadline. Once one of the most complete teams on paper to begin the season, injuries and regression have Atlanta’s offense looking more like the Miami Marlins. This is not a good lineup as currently constructed; multiple additions are needed to turn this thing around to the degree that it needs to if the Braves want to be a threat come October.

However, there aren’t many obvious places to upgrade. The Braves could attempt to replace Orlando Arcia, who has essentially become an automatic out, but I’m not sure there will be a worthwhile shortstop available at the trade deadline. Which leaves the outfield as the most logical place for the Braves to upgrade.

I received some flack on social media for my proclamations regarding Adam Duvall and Jarred Kelenic when I said neither are everyday options and should only be used as a platoon. Many were quick to point out that Kelenic has been better since playing everyday, and he has overall, which is encouraging to see. It doesn’t change the fact that he has shown no signs of being able to consistently hit left-handed pitching, and the same can be said for Adam Duvall against righties.

If that doesn’t tell you all you need to know, I’m not sure what we are doing here. Even without any additions, Duvall shouldn’t be starting against righties and Kelenic has no business starting against lefties.

The Braves have some internal options that can fill the void for now, like J.P. Martinez, Forrest Wall, and Eli White. But eventually, the Braves absolutely must add to their outfield, and as I’ve been saying, it shouldn’t just be one guy either. Expect at least two outfielders to be acquired ahead of the trade deadline, and it may not be a bad idea to grab three if possible. Back in 2021, the Braves went out and traded for four, and I would say that turned out pretty well for the club.

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