The Braves, of course, do need help. They always seem to lead the National League in home runs, and they always seem to be near the top in team batting. But their defense—pitching and fielding—has been ordinary. The pitching is being worked on, and Hitchcock and Richards think that their infield will be vastly improved now that four players—Alou, Woodward, Denis Menke and Clete Boyer—will play regularly.
"We could win the pennant, sure," said Richards, though he tempered his optimism with "ifs." Then he added, "But even with the ifs, you have to depend upon the inferiority of the other teams. What if those other teams don't show inferiority?" Leaving that argument behind him, he rode off in his golf cart in search of another player to help.