Atlanta Thrashers Tickets

Atlanta Braves won the National League East division in 2001 but lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLCS. Atlanta Braves won their division again in 2002, 2003, and 2004 but lost 3 games to 2, to the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, and Houston Astros respectively. They overcame many early-season injuries and off-season losses to win their 13th consecutive division title. led by Jaret Wright and Russ Ortiz they posted the Major Leagues' best staff ERA for the 10th time in 13 seasons. Johnny Estrada, Charles Thomas and Nick Green enabled the Braves to escape their early-season struggles.

Bobby Cox became the ninth manager to reach 2,000 career wins and John Smoltz set the franchise's all-time saves record. They made stunning trades with Oakland and Milwaukee and acquired Tim Hudson and John Smoltz atop their rotation and Danny Kolb as their closer. But they still depend on the volatile Raul Mondesi to replace J.D. Drew's offense. Atlanta Braves remarkable winning streak came to an abrupt end last season. Bobby Cox was at a loss for words. Atlanta Braves finished off the season on a positive note winning four of six games but they will have to prove that last season's slip-up was just a fluke. To do this, Atlanta Braves should really improve their pitching, especially in the bullpen. As for the offense, they posted the second most runs scored in the league, right behind Philadelphia.

GM John Schuerholz is going all out to save the Atlanta Braves' dignity. In order to improve the pitching staff, he acquired Rafael Soriano from the Mariners and Mike Gonzalez from the Pirates. If his health permits, John Smoltz will produce like there is no tomorrow. They need Tim Hudson and Mike Hampton who should be well-rested and revitalized after his surgery.

A strong bullpen is going to work wonders for Atlanta Braves as they have Bob Wickman returning to the closer role and he will try to continue his dominance that he displayed once he was acquired from the Indians. Soriano and Gonzalez will be his tremendous set-up men. Hopefully, one can count on the Atlanta Braves bullpen this time with these three pitchers. They can't afford to blow 29 saves as they did last year. Leo Mazzone's departure to the Orioles last year, affected the pitching staff tremendously and they were not able to hold leads together despite the run production displayed by the offense. This year the Braves have to hold leads to prove that they still belong at the top of their division.

Atlanta Braves offensive core is also returning including the heart of their order Chipper Jones, Andruw Jones, and young catcher Brian McCann. Brian, a 22-year-old hit .333 with 24 homers and 93 RBIs. . Edgar Renteria will also be there, playing shortstop and setting the table for The Jones' and McCann.

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