So they are the team to beat in the NL East huh. Normally this would drive me crazy, but I am actually loving the fact they are completely discounting the Braves this year.
They haven't been to the playoffs in two years, and you would think the entire franchise is in complete shambles. Fact of the matter is, with three weeks to go last season, Atlanta was right in the thick of the NL East race, not to mention the wild card race.
With a pitching staff of Smoltz, Hudson, Glavine and hopefully a healthy Hampton and the Braves are going to have a pretty salty rotation. Then you put out a lineup that includes Chipper Jones, Jeff Francouer, Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira.
If Rafael Soriano can do the job as the closer, there is no reason to think the Braves won't be right in the thick of the NL East race.
So the Phillies and Mets can spend all their time talking about who is the front runner, whole the one team that dominated the league for 14 years quietly waits in the background poised to take the title back.