Mac Thomason asks and answers five questions about the 2006 Braves for The Hardball Times. As always, Mac does a good job of covering everything. Good work, Mac; and congrtulatons for catching John Schuerholz’s attention.
I am more scared this year about the Braves than I have been since I was in high school. I’m not so worried about the offense—unless Brian Jordan makes the team—but the pitching situation is very uncertain. The top three starters—Smoltz, Hudson, and Thomson—are injury risks. Horacio Ramirez and Jorge Sosa are Horacio Ramirez and Jorge Sosa. Kyle Davies looks good, but he is still young. When you get to the pen, the starting rotation looks great. Chris Reitsma is really the only solid reliever, who will probably close. I think we’ll be seeing a lot of innings from Lance Cormier. Is Joey Devine ready? Will Chuck James make the roster? And then a half-a-dozen guys are injured. Oh yeah, and no Leo Mazzone this year.