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The Braves went into the 2012 season with what they believed to be a strong rotation, but the first half of the season was ugly. Jair Jurrjens was awful, Tommy Hanson wasn't the same pitcher, Julio Teheran was disappointing in spring training, Randall Delgado was up and down, Mike Minor was bad in the first half, and Tim Hudson missed the first month of the season.
In fact, only Brandon Beachy was strong throughout the first half, and his season ended early when he was forced to get Tommy John surgery. Things got so bad for the Braves that they signed Ben Sheets, who had been out of the game, traded for Paul Maholm and moved Kris Medlen from the bullpen.
This year the issues shouldn't be as big for the Braves.
Medlen was the best pitcher in the game down the stretch last year, Hudson has continued to defy his age and be among the better pitchers in the game, Minor has figured things out and was dominating at times in the second half, Maholm is an innings-eater who fits in well at the back of the rotation, and Teheran rebounded in winter ball.
That doesn't even include a possible comeback for Beachy in the second half.