Here is what I got from the report on Sportscenter this morning by Tim Kurkjen (sp?)
1. He summed up the failures of this offseason - Peavy, Burnette, Furcal, Smoltz
2. He talks about signing the pitchers and how the braves are "hoping 42-year old Tom Glavine signs and fills out the 5th spot of the rotation".
3. He calls the Phils and Mets "greatly improved" and says that the Braves can't say the same.
I have to disagree with #3. How have the Phillies improved??? Is Ibanez an upgrade over Burrell??? I think not! They resigned Jamie Moyer, signed Chan Ho Park, traded for John Mayberry, resigned Scott Eyre, and signed Tsou Taguchi to a minor league deal after releasing him earlier. How is this an improved team???
Meanwhile, Atlanta has only 2 of 5 starting pitchers returning after losing Smoltz, Glavine and Hudson to injury. Their rotation at the end of last season was Mike Hampton, Jair Jrrjens, Jorge Campillo, Jo-Jo Reyes and Charlie Morton. Now, 3 of those guys are fighting for the final spot in the rotation while Jurrjens is our #3 or #4. How is a rotation of Lowe, Vasquez, Jurrjens, Kawakami and Reyes/Parr/Morton/Glavin/Campillo not better than the one we ended last season with? I usually like Tim K, but this report was rediculous. The Braves will have arguably one of the best bull-pens in the MLB (and don't talk to me about the Mets as K-Rod may be one of the most over-rated closers of all time. and besides, their rotatation right now is almost as bad as the one we had last year, so they will need some middle relievers and situational guys, not just a lights out setup man and a closer who has a high whip), one of the best (personally, I think they have THE best) starting rotations in the NLE, and if you add a power bat to the OF, they all of a sudden have a potent offense.
What say ye all?