#69 — great question. Gotta be the best since 2003, right? That team had:
– 6 guys with 20+ HR (and 3 with 30+) (Javy, Giles, Sheffield, Castilla, Chipper, Andruw)
– 4 guys with 100+ RBI (Javy, Chipper, Andruw, Sheffield)
– 4 guys with .300+ batting average (Javy, Giles, Chipper, Sheffield)
– only 1 guy with 100+ Ks (Andruw)
– 3 guys with 14+ wins (Maddux, Ortiz, and a healthy Hampton)
– a closer with 55 saves (Smoltz)
That team also didn’t have the bullpen that this year’s team does, and the starting pitching, while good, wasn’t great — no starter had an ERA under 3.50, or even 3.80 for that matter.
So, this team is better — at least, more balanced — than 2003’s team, which seems to me to have been the last “great” Braves team. Better than last year’s team, even, which was too banged up to live up to its potential by the end of the season.
74 — I also really enjoy Tom Glavine’s announcing. He’s SOOOOO much better than Brian Jordan or Ron Gant during the game. Mark Lemke is also awful to listen to on the radio, and Jeff Treadway’s post-game comments are grating. Glavine’s the best ex-Brave-player who is now an announcer.
#74, I also enjoy Glavine and overall the whole Braves experience. Living in Colorado, I also watch a lot of Rockies games on TV. Braves fans are very fortunate as Rockies fans have to endure the most egotistical, self-centered non-stop talker in the history of baseball broadcasts with the former journeyman pitcher George Frazier; he now knows everything there is about the game and about every baseball player in the MLB and what they are doing right and wrong. He never comes up for air; it is like going to a ballgame or concert and having an expert sitting behind you who never shuts up.
Be thankful that the Braves announcers are a bit low key and don’t talk 100% of the time.
Steve….I was thinking the same thing. I still think we can win the East.
We are just as good as any other team ESPECIALLY the Red Sox and Yankees….. On all of the power ranking those two are always placed above the Braves. IMO they only do it because they are afraid of their fans…..
Here’s to Lowe making more progress and winning a couple of games. It will help his confidence and the team’s confidence in their number 4/5 starter before the playoffs. Can’t go to a five game playoff series with a likely loss. Right now he is at about $2 million a win! Would like to get that down to a more reasonable (cough, cough) million and a half per win by the end of Sept. Of course, 4 or 5 wins in October and all is forgiven.