MARCH 28, 2021 –
680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – As we reach the final couple games of Grapefruit League play, the Braves Opening Day roster is all but set after a flurry of moves over the weekend. Veterans Jason Kipnis and Jake Lamb’s bids for spots came to an end after slow springs, while Pablo Sandoval and Ehire Adrianza’s torrid camps got them a well earned spot on the bench. Meanwhile, Johan Camargo and Bryse Wilson will start the year at the Alternate Site in Gwinnett. Also, reliever Nate Jones will find himself in the Braves pen to open the year after allowing just one earned run over seven relief appearances.
So for now, the bench is set with Sandoval, Adrianza, Inciarte and Alex Jackson. The club will begin the 2021 campaign with just four on the bench and an extra arm in the bullpen. Depth, especially from a pitching standpoint, will be more critical than ever, given the fact starters threw about a third of their normal innings in the shortened 2020 season. Translation: don’t expect to see many starters pushed beyond six innings, especially in the early portion of the schedule and in colder weather climates. As of Sunday evening, the early forecasts for Opening Day in Philly call for temperatures in the mid 40’s with a sixty percent chance of showers.
Kevin McAlpin has covered the Braves since 2012 for @680TheFan and the @BravesRadioNet