The Braves are just four games above .500 in early June despite having five of the most exciting young players in baseball. If you’re counting at home, those guys are named Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies, Austin Riley, Mike Soroka and Max Fried.Atlanta also carries Dansby Swanson, 25, and Touki Toussaint, 21, on its roster. So what’s keeping the team from grabbing control of the competitive NL East? What might keep it from the playoff run it desires after an NLDS loss last season?Perhaps it’s reliable starting pitching from the middle of the rotation, or maybe it’s veteran leadership to guide an inexperienced group of hurlers. If either option applies, then the team’s reported agreement Thursday with 31-year-old left-hander Dallas Keuchel on a one-year contract that will pay him $13 million could be the ideal remedy.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNKeuchel will enter Atlanta’s rotation as the elder statesman, bringing the experience of three playoff runs and a World Series title to the clubhouse. When Soroka, 21, and Fried, 25, have their sparkling resumes tested in late September by the Phillies and Mets, Keuchel will be in their ears letting them know how to command the moment. He’ll likely be able to provide tips on how to adapt to the adjustments opponents will no doubt make against the pair down the stretch.The southpaw also gives Braves manager Brian Snitker some comfort working with a pitching staff that has struggled at times beyond Soroka, Fried and Julio Teheran. Keuchel’s 3.28 ERA since 2014 is better than all but two starters at SunTrust Park. Like closer Craig Kimbrel, who also waited until this week to sign as a free agent, it might take a few weeks for Keuchel to reach optimum form. Also like Kimbrel, he’ll likely be better even in the interim than many in-house options on his new team.This isn’t a one-way street, though. Keuchel should benefit from being part of a group that might remind him a bit of the hungry 2017 Astros. He no longer has to sit on his couch wondering how the market for established starters evaporated. He can prove to general managers around the league he deserves a more substantial contract, and potentially get another playoff stage to make his mark. He can show them how wrong they were.Atlanta sure hopes an angry Keuchel lifts it to the place it feels it belongs.