The Braves have a solid lineup of “Star power” that puts them on par with the Dodgers.

This offseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been on a quest to assemble a baseball dream team, akin to the Avengers. With a jaw-dropping expenditure of $1.1 BILLION, they’ve constructed a squad that looks like it was plucked straight out of MLB The Show. The Dodgers have acquired top talents such as Shohei Ohtani, Yoshobu Yamamoto, Tyler Glasnow, and more, all in their pursuit of a World Series victory that can’t be dismissed as a mere “Mickey Mouse” title. (It’s worth noting that LA clinched the COVID championship in 2020, but their last full-season championship dates back to 1988.)

In the previous season, the Dodgers held the second seed in the National League and, like the Atlanta Braves, enjoyed a week-long break before entering the National League Divisional Series. Unfortunately, LA faced a devastating sweep at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and interestingly, three out of the top four seeds in the MLB also suffered the same fate, thanks to Rob Manfred. While it’s hard to attribute the losses solely to the extended break, it certainly didn’t do them any favors.

During a recent appearance on the MLB Network, Alanna Rizzo delved into the question of whether any teams could measure up to the Dodgers’ formidable “Big 4.” Surprisingly, the first team she mentioned was none other than the Atlanta Braves. To qualify the “Big 4,” a team must possess a trio of formidable hitters and a standout starting pitcher. For the Dodgers, that translates to Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, Shohei Ohtani, and Yoshi Yamamoto. In response, the Braves present Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies, Matt Olson, and a choice between Spencer Strider or Max Fried.

Well, well, well, we’ve got ourselves a “Big 4” here, but let me tell you, I’d pick our guys any day of the week. Acuna Jr., Betts, Freeman, and Olson were the of the crop in the NL MVP race. Ohtani took home the AL MVP, and while Albies may not have been part of that conversation, he’s still a baller in his own right. And let’s not forget about pitching, my friend. Yamamoto was a beast over in Japan.

This guy has won three consecutive “Sawamura Awards,” which are basically the Japanese version of the Cy Young Award. He’s been rocking an ERA of 1.70 or lower for three years straight. Japanese pitchers have made a smooth transition to the MLB, just look at the likes of Yu Darvish, Masahiro Tanaka, and Shohei Ohtani. But hey, let’s be real, Yamamoto still needs to prove himself in the big leagues.

Now, when it comes to Strider and Max Fried, these dudes are absolute studs. I have full faith in their ability to dominate every time they step on mound. So, my friend, let me tell you, the Braves have got the star power to go head-to-head with the Dodgers. I’m so confident that I’d put my money on the Braves in any series matchup.

Cheers to some serious baseball showdowns!

Gideon Canice

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