On Thursday Andy Bunker and Randy McMichael were joined by 92.9 The Game Atlanta Braves reporter, Joe Patrick, who was asked about who he thinks will hit second in the Braves lineup this year.
Patrick was asked about the Braves lineup due to there being no Designated Hitter (DH) in the National League this season and because there is an assumption Freddie Freeman will primarily hit in the three hole for the 2021 season. In fact here is a look at how Freddie’s statistics broke down in 2020 when hitting second in the lineup compared to hitting in his traditional third spot from our very own, Knox Bardeen:
“I think it’s going to be between Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies. Both of those guys have a track record, have shown that they have been productive in that two-hole before…We are looking at two players that are really on the rise in their careers. Ozzie Albies, I know he had kind of a quiet year last year but that was largely due to injuries. When he came back from that wrist injury that he was suffering from, he really was hitting the ball well,” said Patrick when asked about who he thinks will hit second for the Braves this season.
“And Dansby Swanson just seems to continue improving. It seems like over the last few years it’s been really solid incremental improvements from Dansby Swanson at the plate and I think that you know that those two guys, either one that you have batting two, it’s such a great luxury to have the other one bat 6th or 7th down in the order,” Patrick added.