Let’s not forget something. The Braves won their division in 14 straight years before last season. A lot of those players are gone, but there are enough remaining that know how to win. Chipper and Andruw Jones. John Smoltz. The Braves are good and not going away and they are determined to prove last season was a fluke. They might not talk that way, but the feeling is there.
I remember talking with Bobby Cox in spring training and he said very matter-of-factly, “We’ll have a good team this year.’’
I believe him, and everybody with the Mets still talk in respectful tones about this team. This weekend, among other things, is a reminder from the Mets to the Braves as to who won last year.