2011 N.L. East: 10 Reasons Why The Atlanta Braves Have Hope

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2011 N.L. East: 10 Reasons Why The Atlanta Braves Have Hope
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The 2010 Atlanta Braves did something that no other Atlanta Braves team has ever done—and that is win the Wild Card.

The Braves clinched a Wild Card berth, beating out the San Diego Padres by one game in 2010.

The Philadelphia Phillies come in as overwhelming favorites to win not only the N.L. East, but the World Series as well.

And for good reason. On paper they have one of the best pitching rotations in baseball—but they have yet to step on the field.

And that is why Atlanta Braves fans should have hope.

The Lineup—if the players stay healthy—is solid. There aren't that many holes.

The Pitching will be better and it will not include the name of one Kenshin Kawakami.

Derek Lowe, after going 5-0 in the month of September last year, will have 20 wins next year, while Jurrjens and Hanson will both improve greatly.

This team in 2010 learned what it took to be in the postseason. They have played in meaningful games in October.

Let's just hope they can reach that point in 2011, and actually win those games come October 2011.

With that being said, here are 10 things that should give the Atlanta Braves hope in 2011.

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