John Smoltz, RHP Good movement on fastball. Superb slider with sharp downward action. Uses split-finger as changeup. Good control with all pitches and works in and out with them.
Tom Glavine, LHP Fastball sinks and runs with above average movement. Changeup runs away from righties and bottom falls out of it. Sharp downward action on slider. Good curve. Needs to have good control to be effective—and usually does.
Greg Maddux, RHP Two-and four-seam fastballs with a lot of movement. Bottom falls out of changeup—it's his best pitch. Good sharp, downward action to slider. Average curve. Umpires give him strikes about six inches off the outside corner, making it difficult for hitters to be patient. Best try to wait for a specific pitch and be aggressive when it comes.
Denny Neagle, LHP Varies velocity on two-and four-seam fastballs to keep hitters off balance. Also changes speeds well on curve and slider, which is more like a cut fastball. Circle changeup is his out pitch. Control outstanding.
RH closer Kerry Ligtenberg has good late life on four-seam fastball he throws at the knees. Also has good snap on slider. Had some trouble late in the year with control. Reaction to postseason pressure a question. RH Kevin Millwood resembles Smoltz in good power slider and fastball. Has to make transition from rotation to bullpen for playoffs. RH Dennis Martinez throws fastball in and out. Has a top-to-bottom break on curveball and likes to backdoor lefthanded batters with curve. Needs pinpoint control to be effective. LH John Rocker's fastball is consistently in high 90s and explodes at the plate, sinking in the zone. Good slider but below average curve is cross between slider and curve that he throws too hard. All arms and legs on delivery, makes it tough to see ball. RH Rudy Seanez has good velocity on fastball, but often it's pretty straight. LH Odalis Perez not likely to get much work despite good, lively arm.
Starting pitching is strongest in majors. Relievers are young and inexperienced, though they have done a good job. Good offensive club that gets men on base, has a lot of power and plays well together. The Padres can compete with them, but the Braves have the edge because of their postseason experience.