Braves streak in jeopardy

Once again the Braves have been picked to finish somewhere other than first in the NL East.

Updated: March 1, 2004, 8:28 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
  • Guy Junker of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is in a feisty mood today. He takes shots at Jeff Kent, Barry Bonds and the guy that bought the Bartman ball for $113,000 grand just to blow it up. He also thinks the Pirates were foolish to go to arbitration with Jack Wilson who called the process the "worst three and a-half hours of my life." He came out $450,000 to the good, though, so his suffering breaks down to $128,571.42 per hour.

  • After foolishly picking the Braves to finish out of the money last year, I started writing that until they finished out of first place for the first time, nobody should pick them to do so. Dawns a new season and the over/under line on the Braves is in the mid-80s with the Philadelphia Phillies favored to win their division. Murray Chass of the New York Times reminds us that this won't be the first time the Braves have been picked to finish somewhere other than first -- something they have done in every fully-played season since 1991.

  • The Orioles are a little crowded at second base with Jerry Hairston and Brian Roberts battling once more for the spot. Would the Yankees consider Hairston for their open second base job? So wonders Laura Vecsey of the Baltimore Sun.
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