The Atlanta Braves may have just lost one of their best prospects, had their former general manager banned for life from Major League Baseball, and finished 2017 with 32 less wins than the Los Angeles Dodgers who went on to win the National League, but I can still give you ten undeniable reasons why the Braves outlook is brighter than LA’s that will make any true baseball fan reconsider his or her opinions on the game.
The Braves sit in first in the NL East while the Dodgers are in third in the NL West for the 2018 season. Due to a variety of factors, namely alphabetical order by city, the Braves are coasting, sitting atop any 2018 MLB NL East standings you can find, while the Dodgers will have to show hard work and resiliency to overcome the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Bobby Cox could beat Tommy Lasorda in a footrace any day of the week. Both teams have legendary coaches who still have advisory roles in their respective organizations, but even Dodgers’ fans realize how absurd it would be to think the 90 year old Lasorda could outrun the 76 year old Cox in a 100 meter dash. Yes, Los Angeles went to the World Series last season while Atlanta failed to even make the playoffs, but to overlook this aspect of the comparison for 2018 would obviously be foolish.
If you drive around downtown Atlanta, Georgia, you will surely see multiple billboards with Braves’ players on them and almost none with Dodgers players on them. This one’s pretty obvious and needs little explanation. If the Dodgers were better, wouldn’t the billboard guys be making billboards for them?
Since 1987, Tom Glavine has 161 more wins than Clayton Kershaw. Gotta give it to the 2018 Atlanta Braves there.
Because Braves GM John Coppolella is banned from baseball, he won’t be able to go to Dodgers’ games, which will, in turn, lead to the Dodgers having less money, which will lead to them not being able to take in a big contract at the trade dealdline which will lead to them not being able to overtake the Braves with a potential post-trade-deadline push. You always have to consider the chain reactions and the long run in baseball.
The Dodgers lost to the Astros in the World Series. Travis Scott is from Houston. Travis Scott is about to release a joint album with Quavo. Quavo is from Atlanta. Thus Braves>Dodgers. For you non-hip hop fans out there, you have to just trust me on this one. The logic checks out.
Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron both played for the Braves at some point in their careers. They combined for 1,469 career home runs. Alex Verdugo has one career home run and he will be playing for the 2018 Los Angeles Dodgers. This brings up the case that the 2018 Atlanta Braves could very well be 1,469 times better than the 2018 Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Braves franchise has been in three different cities and the Dodgers franchise has been in two. The Dodgers blew a three games to two lead in the World Series. Do what you will with that (and don’t bring up 28-3; that’s a different sport and has no barring here!).
The Braves batters had the third lowest strikeout rate in 2017, while the Dodgers had the 19th lowest. Low strikeout rates can often be synonymous with offensive success, so the Braves have a potential upper hand there. Didn’t think I had any real evidence, did you?
A new report just came out stating that a mysterious, bald man named Con Joppolella has convinced Clayton Kershaw to retire from the Dodgers, while at the same time a new highly touted lefty name Curtain Crenshaw has received a lump sum of cash from the same man to play for the Braves. Huge boost for Atlanta.
So there you have it, when you see the Braves post a better record than the Dodgers, you’ll know where to go back and look.
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