We all know what happened in 2011: 89-73, one game short. One disaster of a final month. Their runs scored/allowed totals of 641 and 605 project to an 85-77 record, so they slightly overachieved.
But what about 2012? In one sense, the Braves are difficult to project with issues surrounding the health and status of Tim Hudson, Tommy Hanson and Jair Jurrjens. We do know they have rotation depth, but we also know Brandon Beachy, Mike Minor, Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran are all young.
Speaking of young ... Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman are entering their age-22 seasons. Heyward's disappointing sophomore season has been well-chronicled. He's working on changing his stance and swing this spring after hitting .227. Freeman will be expected to improve on his .282/.346/.448 rookie campaign. Rookies Tyler Pastornicky and Andrelton Simmons are battling it out for the starting shortstop job. The Braves will hope Chipper stays healthy for 120 games or so and that Michael Bourn will do better than the .321 OBP he posted after coming from Houston.
Atlanta's over/under is 85.5 wins.