Fan preview: Braves

More than 17,600 people have registered with ESPN.com indicate they are Braves fans (6,000 more than claim the Mets). Below are some of their predictions and thoughts about the upcoming season.

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While the Braves have plenty of young talent to go around and fill in the gaps where needed, I hope that along with that endless supply of Powerade or Gatorade there is plenty of Geritol to match: Smoltz, Glavine, Javy not getting any younger.
-- aka78_10

The lineup looks once again to be one of the elite lineups in the NL. Their pitching rotation looks to be coming into focus and barring major injuries should prove to be one of the top rotations in the NL. So, all in all it looks like the Braves are ready to once again try to beat the Mets and Phillies to the NL East division title and a spot in the playoffs.
-- njanlew

I was glad to see Chipper bounce back from his mild hamstring injury. I will be happy if he plays in 140 games this year. Another setback for Hampton but is that a surprise to anyone?
-- cymaddux31atl

I'd have to say the Red Sox will squeak by the Tigers in the ALCS to face the Braves or the Phillies in the World Series. The Cubs will lose in the pennant.
-- Baseball analyst

How deep will they go in the playoffs?
Win NL East: Hugh k.

From the message boards
Can Chipper hit 500 HRs?
Right now he is at 386 HRs. He should have 400+ by the end of this season. He is turning 36 in April. So, lets say he plays until he is 40 (5 more seasons) he would have to hit about 23 home runs a year. It is definitely possible if he can stay healthy for about 5 more years.
-- BravesBaseball123

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