Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Braves might be turning back into a contender

Braves ahead 8-1 over the Giants. Prado is 3-3 with 3 runs and 3 RBI as of the 5th inning. The way they're hitting now, I am beginning to think the Braves can legitimately be considered a contender in the Wild Card race. The Braves' pitching is even coming back, currently ranked at 5th in the Majors in ERA with 3.80.

The starting rotation is ranked 2nd: Tim Hudson, Derek Lowe, Javier Vasquez, Jair Jurrjens (think the Tigers regret trading him Edgar Renteria?) and Tommy Hanson. That might be as deep, experienced and talented as any rotation in baseball.
It might not be Glavine, Maddux and Smoltz, but it'll do. The bullpen is good too: Rafael Soriano (traded by the Mariners for Horacio Ramirez in 2006, ouch) might be having the best season of any reliever in baseball (44 IP, 1.41 ERA, 23 H, 15 BB, 60 SO, 13 SV).

Bobby Cox is pushing 70, but he might have another playoff run in him.

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