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Braves find needed innings-eaters

Derek Lowe

How much did the Braves need Derek Lowe and Javier Vazquez? Well, the numbers tell the story.

At the beginning of the offseason the Atlanta Braves set out to improve the starting rotation. It didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that was the biggest problem last season and a main reason the team won only 72 games. Twelve months ago we all believed the 2008 Braves rotation would have John Smoltz, Tim Hudson, Tom Glavine, Mike Hampton, and Jair Jurrjens as the top five. But at the...

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