The Atlanta Braves season opened on Thursday with excitement and questions. The Braves faced questions all spring about how they would respond following the epic collapse last September. Even with the questions swirling, the overall feeling surrounding the team was excitement.
The pitching staff has recovered from numerous injuries late last season, and the Braves expect bounce-back seasons from Jason Heyward and Dan Uggla. The season, however, did not start the way the Braves wanted, as Johan Santana returned to form in his first start in over a year and the Braves lost a close game 1-0, and currently stand at 0-2.
The pitching has started strong but the bats need to come alive. There is no question the Braves have a ton of talent on offense, but they need to be more consistent. They did face Santana and then the knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, so some of their shortcomings are understood.
The bottom line is the Braves will be in almost every game because of their pitching, but their bats will determine how far their pitching can take them.