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Old 03-18-2017, 11:42 AM
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It's no secret the Braves laid down the blue print in the 90s for building a dominant team for over a decade. It's basis was having a dominant pitching staff (Maddox, Glavin, Smoltz, Avery, Etc...), and having a solid defense to back them up.

The Braves will be opening up the season in a brand new state of the art stadium on the Northside of Atlanta and finally got out of the bad side of town being in the inner city. Many fans are glad their 20 year lease expired on Turner field which was signed around the 1996 Olympics as they took over the stadium after the games were done.

So, what happened to the blue print laid down back in the 90s? Atlanta's projected starting pitching staff for the upcoming 2017. Opening Day pitcher Colon (age 43), Teheran (solid young pitcher), Dickey (age 42), Garcia (age 30), Foltynewicz (young with upside), and Wisler (young with upside).

The NL East for years has always been referred to the toughest pitching division in MLB for years thanks to the Braves blue print. The Phillies for years had solid pitching, the Nationals have one of the best if not the best staffs in MLB now, and the Mets also may be one of the best staffs in baseball and most of their pitchers are young.

So, needless to say the Braves will have about a year or two to continue to build up their farm system to keep up the excitement of their team for their fans. The new stadium will only be able to keep the excitement level up for so long as fair weather fans will demand success. Brave fans have been spoiled for too long in years past.
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