Greg Maddux, RHP (17-11, 3.05 ERA)
Still expert at changing speeds and throwing strikes. You can steal on him. Has been beaten in the postseason. I don't know why.
Tom Glavine, LHP (16-7, 3.57 ERA)
One of the guttiest guys in the game. He's like the cartoon characters who stop at the edge of a cliff—a few pebbles go over the side, but he doesn't. Doesn't give in to hitters.
John Burkett, RHP (12-12, 3.04 ERA)
Turned his career around this season. Now looks like another Maddux. Sinks the ball and changes speed on all pitches. Gives Braves a chance to win almost every time out.
Kevin Millwood, RHP (7-7, 4.31 ERA)
Scares me because of his propensity for giving up the big inning. Stuff is good enough, though he has lost velocity. Ability to make pitches consistently is a question.
RHP John Smoltz, the closer, has explosive stuff he can throw anywhere he wants. When he gets the ball in the ninth inning, the game's over. RHP Steve Reed gets righthanded hitters out with a sweeping slider, making for a very different look before Smoltz comes in. LHP Mike Remlinger has good velocity and comes right after you. He gets out righthanders as well as lefthanders. RHP Steve Karsay's stuff is good enough to get people out, but he gives up home runs. Is it his inability to make a pitch? It's not his stuff.
HOW TO BEAT THEM
You can't blow the Braves out, and you can't let them get to Smoltz or you're done. You must play little ball, including stealing bases. Your starting pitching has to be good. You can't let Chipper Jones or Jordan beat you with home runs. Two or three runs might be enough to beat Atlanta.