July 28, 2021

Feast or Famine? Where these Braves are headed in 2020 (Talking Chop)


Not all Thanksgiving meals are created equal. You could be hitting the Golden Corral buffet, with turkey and sides for days (and the chocolate fondue fountain!), or you could be Charlie Brown, forced to serve bread and popcorn after Peppermint Patty invites herself over (worst guest ever).

The point is, sometimes you’re left feeling empty with what’s on the table, and that dichotomy plays itself out as we we look at the Braves players who are poised to feast and those who are headed for proverbial famine in 2020.

FEAST

Dansby Swanson, SS

First-half Swanson looked like he was poised for a breakout season, boasting 131 wRC+ in June to fuel a 108 mark at the break to go with 17 home runs and he had a legitimate chance to get into the All-Star Game as a reserve instead of the Cardinals’ Paul deJong. The second half, though, derailed by the heel injury that kept Swanson out for 30 games, saw him hit 44 percent below league average. He didn’t hit a single homer after July 4 and had a 29.6 percent strikeout rate that was 10 percent higher than his first-half K-rate. Through parts of three seasons — from his Aug. 9 return after the demotion in 2017 through 2018 prior to…

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