Now, for the first time since 1990, the year they drafted Chipper Jones instead of Todd Van Poppel, the Braves are not only seriously challenged, they go into spring training considered the likely runner-up to the Phillies.
Except that last year all the smart money was on the Phillies. (And the dumb money was on the Mets.)
Liz seems to think that Bubba Nelson and Andy Pratt will be on the roster. I keep hearing that Nelson’s got the inside track on the fifth starter spot (when they bow to the inevitable and shut Byrd down again) but that’s a big jump. Pratt’s a more finished product, but they may need him in the pen.