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ATLANTA BRAVES 2008 SUMMARY
The 2008 season will probably bet the last one for manager Bobby Cox and it is not likely the Braves will be celebrating at the end of it. Baseball betting odds showed that last year the Atlanta Braves finished with 84 wins and that seems about the best they can do in 2008.
Atlanta is weaker this season and baseball betting odds will reflect that fact. The Braves will be missing Andruw Jones and shortstop Edgar Renteria. They get Tom Glavine back but, is that good news? Baseball betting odds experts will be betting against the Braves more often than not in 2008.
Atlanta usually has a good farm system and it will be put to the test in 2008 versus baseball betting odds. Josh Anderson is expected to take over in center field. Matt Diaz started some games last year but baseball betting odds experts wonder whether he is a full time player. Willie Harris is another player that is probably not a full time starter according to baseball betting odds experts. The Braves can still impact baseball betting odds because they can score. Chipper Jones can still hit and drive in runs but is not the player he once was. Brian McCann is an excellent catcher and Mark Teixeira is a stud who will definitely impact baseball betting odds. Losing Renteria is a huge blow though and Yuni Escobar will not replace him according to baseball odds experts.
The pitching staff is led by Tim Hudson who is a solid number one. John Smoltz was a great pitcher but he is heading for retirement very soon. The rest of the staff is just average according to baseball betting odds experts with Chuck James, Buddy Carlyle and Glavine. Perhaps Jo Jo Reyes can impact baseball odds this season. The likely closer for the Braves according to baseball odds experts is setup man Rafael Soriano.
Baseball betting odds in 2008 will show that the Braves are weaker than a year ago. They have two solid starters and a decent offense. The rest of the team is young and unproven. That will not be enough to compete with the Mets, especially if they have Johan Santana at the top of their staff. The swan song of Bobby Cox will probably not result in the Braves making the playoffs or being a big surprise versus baseball odds.