Atlanta Braves Preview
Pitching: The starting rotation will be solid. Hudson will win 20 games and contend for the Cy Young, Smoltz will pitch 200+ innings, Jorge Sosa will have a break-out year, and Kyle Davies will cement himself as the future of the Braves staff.
Defense: A young defense will have some questions to answer. It starts behind the plate with one of last year's Baby Braves, Brian McCann. Schuerholz has so much confidence in him that he dealt Jonny Estrada (who was acquired for Kevin Millwood from the Phillies 2 years ago) to Arizona (I think) in order to make the position McCann's for as long as he wants it. Chipper is back at home at 3d while Edgar Renteria replaces Rafey Furcal at short. LaRoche will play every day at 1B (so sad that Julio Franco's right hand bat at first will be gone). The outfield will be solid--anchored by A Jones in center, Franceur in right and the platoon of Johnson/Langerhans in left.
Hitting: The two questions are Giles at lead-off and LaRoche hitting behind Jones. If those two are successful, run production will not be a problem. The Jones Boys will both have good years and look for Franceur to really heat up the stats and be an All-Star in July.
There you have it folks, that's what I see. I will constantly update you throughout the season.
And someone go get Skip Caray a bourbon--he goes on the air in like 5 hours!