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The Braves' pitching has been lights out and their depth will help down the stretch. With Derek Lowe, Tommy Hanson, Tim Hudson, Jair Jurrjens, Brandon Beachy and Mike Minor, the Braves are stacked with young stars and solid veterans.
Tommy Hanson currently holds an 11-6 record but his performance this year has been much better than his record would lead one to believe. Hanson has 137 strikeouts on the year which ranks him amongst the league leaders.
Jair Jurrjens has bounced back from a dreadful 2010 campaign sporting a ERA of 2.63 and WHIP of 1.14 this season. He's outperformed Tommy Hanson and has been one of the Braves' more surprising stories of 2011. He's no Halladay but he's dominant every time he takes the mound.
Though Lowe, Hudson and Beachy don't individually stand out, they collectively make up the rest of the Braves' Rotation which is currently one of the best in the big leagues.
Strikeouts- second in NL (914)
Opponents Batting Average- second in NL (.235)
Quality Starts- fourth in NL (67)
Total Wins- second in NL (64)
ERA- fourth in NL (3.32)
Furthermore, should injury concerns arise, the Braves have Mike Minor waiting in AAA. Minor has MLB experience and has been quite successful in Gwinnett this year with a 2.82 ERA. Whether it's Minor or the regular starting five, the Braves have a legitimate chance to win with any pitcher they send to the mound.
Only three other teams can say that this year.