Braves Optimistic About Making a Run For Another Division Title in 2021
The Braves start the 2021 season Thursday at the three-time defending NL East champs. However, manager Brian Snitker says *this* is the best team he’s ever taken North.
News 12’s Angela Moryan has a complete preview.
Sayd Snitker: “This was an awesome spring by everybody and this is probably the perfect way to end it — by getting him on the mound.”
The return of pitcher Mike Soroka could mark the beginning of another championship season for the Braves.
Said Mike Soroka: “I was obviously pretty anxious to get in. We kind of had these last couple days circled on the calendar that me and Sean wanted to get into and we did everything we could to do that. And everything’s coming along really well.”
The Braves bring back most of the same star-studded roster from last year’s NLCS team.
Says Snitker: “That one we started out with last year was really, really strong. I think the DH helped to lengthen that lineup unbelievable. And that bullpen, it was a team, and rightfully so, that we thought we could go all the way with and we were a game away from finding out if that was true.”
Said short stop Dansby Swanson: “You don’t ever really move on because moving on means you’re just letting go. I think the biggest thing is moving through it, learning from it.”
After the pitching collapse last year, the Braves feel confident with this year’s added depth — like the additions of Charlie Morton and Drew Smyly.
Said Soroka: “It is exciting. You look at that and you think it could be one of those rotations with five guys that are just trading hands, competing with each other, and that’s where it’s most fun.”
Said Snitker: “I think we all feel really good with where we’re at, and the rotation is deep. What we’re starting out with is really, really good I feel, too.”