I like where the Braves sit going into next year. The braves hung right with the nats all year. Finished 4 games back. Over the course of the year, luck can easily account for 4 games, and we all saw how the nats were repeatedly gifted wins. They'll be hard pressed to improve on this season, I don't think there is very much room for them to improve. They pretty much played lights out all year. The phillies are in a state of flux with a rapidly aging pitching staff and an offense that will score in bunches, but go into draughts for even bigger bunches. The braves starting rotation will be solidified with medlen in there from the beginning of the year, the steady and occasionally dominant huddy, a mike minor more like what we saw in the second half for a whole season, Paul Maholms pretty good for a 4/5 starter, and getting Beachy back perhaps in tl;dr august will be a big shot in the arm and almost like acquiring a new player at that point in the season. The bullpen will obviously be one of the best if not the best in baseball. The offense put up some great numbers even with uggla and McCann in the dumps. With at least a slight upturn from them and another year of experience for heyward, Freeman, and Simmons(3 of the best young players in baseball) the offense will improve as well, bourn or no bourn. Hopefully some addition by subtraction by axing hanson. Replace hinske. That whole good luck charm thing has run it's course.
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