Buster Olney examines red-hot-hitting Braves catcher Evan Gattis, highlighting his propensity for lighting up pitches on the inner half of the plate. Also, Curt Schilling provides a pitching plan for neutralizing Gattis.
Buster Olney writes that while Jim Riggleman proved he was incredibly principled with his move to stick to his ultimatum, and certainly not in line with his reputation, he may have damaged his credibility and future prospects.
Buster Olney writes that, as Joba Chamberlain's injury demonstrates, top relief pitchers can be a volatile bunch -- with steady long-term performers like Mariano Rivera being the exception, not the rule.
In the eyes of most evaluators, there really isn't much of a discrepancy in the NL East -- not when it comes to talent. For Philly, the real edge is that they've been there and done that. Is it enough to hold off Florida and Atlanta?