Is it a long shot, yes. But it could happen.
A run at the NL East crown is possible, but the Braves best shot at the post-season is likely the Wild Card.
In the 1990s the Braves built championship-caliber teams with dominant pitching, which is exactly what they have this year.
If Tim Hudson can regain his ace form and Derek Lowe pitches more like he did with the Dodgers, the Braves will have two great veteran pitchers.
Throw in the young guns, Jurrjens and Hanson, and the Braves might have the best foursome in baseball, and that’s what matters in the postseason.
Continuing with the pitching staff, the bullpen could be dominant if its key members can stay healthy. Billy Wagner is one of the most dominant closers in MLB history, and Moylan, O’Flaherty, and Saito should all be capable of handling the seventh and eighth innings.
As long as the lineup can provide clutch hitting, the Braves are poised to make a run deep into the playoffs with their dominant pitching staff that should be able to keep opposing offenses in check every night.
If everything falls into place, the Braves could be hoisting the World Series trophy, and sending longtime skipper Bobby Cox out on top of the baseball world, come November.