Some bulletin board material that may motivate the Braves a little bit has appeared, as Washington Nationals star Jayson Werth talked to the Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore about the National League East race before Tuesday’s game. Werth was asked whether he thinks the Phillies or Braves are the Nationals’ biggest challenger.
“Phillies,” Werth said. “I think everybody is writing them off. They played good in September when they were healthy. They’re not going to roll over, that’s for sure.”
The Braves organization and fans are juiced about Justin and B.J. Upton joining the team. They not only add speed and power, they are considered to have sizable upside. But Werth isn’t sold that the Braves are stronger now than they were last season.
“Yeah, the Braves got the Upton brothers, but they lost Prado and Chipper,” the Nationals right fielder said.
Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is also not overly impressed with the 2013 Braves.
“Atlanta went out and got some people, but I think they also lost some people, too,” Zimmerman said. “Everyone talks about how much better their lineup got. It didn’t get worse, but anytime you lose a guy like Michael Bourn and Martin Prado and Chipper Jones, it’s pretty hard to compensate for those three guys. By no means am I saying their lineup is not good, or they won’t have a good team. But I think they almost replaced, which they had to do. They went out and made some noise.”