Saturday, August 26, 2017

Ender's Game

(I tried thinking of a less cringey title, but nothing was coming.)

Back to the 2017 Braves. Not a ton's really come from them this year, has it?

The Braves teams of yore have been centered around Freddie Freeman and Julio Teheran. This season, Freeman was injured for a month, and Teheran's had his worst season to date. Without them, there's a mess of veterans that have no choice but to pick up the slack, and while they're not doing badly, they're still blocking a youth movement from forming completely. So while it's nice that Ozzie Albies is up there, he's not getting a ton done right now, and neither is Dansby Swanson. Of course, neither are Jace Peterson and Adonis Garcia, the Youth Movement circa 2015.

Ender Inciarte's having a great season, probably on his way to more end of the season accolades, but he's one of the few excelling players on this team that are under 30. They may build the team around him later, but he's crowded around guys who are 30 and over who aren't really working towards the team's future themselves.

The team's a mess, and the players who are doing well right now are kind of the wrong ones. I don't really know if the Braves have any hope of rebuilding any time soon, but with Ender Inciarte and Freddie Freeman playing well right now...they're alright for now, I guess.

Coming Tonight: He's one of the few saving graces of his team...and he just got injured. Welp.

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