(To read past yearâ€™s letters, click here)
Dear Atlanta Braves,
Oh how the mighty have fallen! I barely even have any ill will towards you anymore. Itâ€™s been five years since you won the division and itâ€™s been a long five years. You donâ€™t appear to have the tools to make it this year either, although the rotation does have some promising young arms in it. Had you not traded Vazquez, Iâ€™d almost be worried.
I donâ€™t have a lot of faith in your bullpen holding up long term, as it feels like you downgraded there as well. Your offense has long been a weak point, and it probably still will be barring Heyward having a rookie season to rival Pujols and Reyes for the MVP and Larry Jones being healthy enough for the entire season.
Youâ€™re one of those middling teams that no one really wants to play because youâ€™re not a push over, but youâ€™re also not good enough for a rivalry either. Just boring. Itâ€™ll be interesting to see if you guys finish above .500 this year or not, and maybe you can help out the Mets a little by playing the Phillies hard.
One thing for sure, Bobby Cox is not getting another title before retiring this year. Maybe you shouldâ€™ve beaten the Yankees another time in the 90s. Oh well.
Your former rival,
Optimistic Mets Fan