Greg Maddux, RHP
Make him throw as many pitches as possible. Don't swing early in the count, unless he's getting the calls on the corners. Likes to run the fastball back over the inside corner on lefthanders. Righthanded batters should look for anything that sinks. Don't try to pull him. Just take what he gives you. Has shown that he's human in the postseason.
Kevin Millwood, RHP
On top of his game. A strike machine who changes speeds from 90 to 94 mph with his fastball and throws it at the knees and up in the strike zone. Has a good overhand curve and slider. Throwing with a high level of confidence right now. Held Mike Piazza to just two hits in 16 at bats this year.
Tom Glavine, LHP
Tries to get the outside part of the plate with his fastball and changeup. Will show a curve once in a while that is good but not great. Fields his position very well.
John Smoltz, RHP
Made amazing transformation this year by changing angle of his arm during delivery. Slider is particularly nasty on righthanders, thrown at more of an angle, like a Laredo pitch, than before. Fools around with a knuckleball. A veteran who knows how to win.
LH closer John Rocker comes on very aggressive. Will attack with a fastball that rides up on hitters. Throws strikes. Has a good cut fastball as well as a good slider. LH Mike Remlinger is the perfect setup man in front of Rocker. Throws strikes, doesn't walk people, throws two-and four-seam fastballs in 90-93 mph range. Has some deception to his delivery. Also has a good breaking ball. Has matured as a pitcher and found his niche. RH Russ Springer throws his fastball 90 to 94 mph. Has pretty good sink on his heater, and his breaking ball is between a slider and a curve. Hides the ball by throwing slightly across his body. LH Terry Mulholland could be very valuable in a short series. Has a good fastball that he can make sink and can throw for strikes. Complements heater with excellent breaking ball. Can give you one inning or four or five. Gives Bobby Cox great flexibility. RH Kevin McGlinchy has an above-average fastball with power up in the zone and a hard splitter.
HOW TO BEAT THEM
The Braves' lineup has holes, and they don't run a lot of big bats at you. If the Mets' starters have their stuff, they can avoid major damage. Look for Henderson to disrupt the Braves by going deep into counts, stealing bases and getting hit by pitches when Atlanta gets mad at him.