LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Phillies have a stable of All-Star starters and new big-ticket closer Jonathan Papelbon, and the Nationals have a bolstered rotation and hard-throwing bullpen.
But Braves pitchers think their own staff, if healthy, takes a backseat to none in the National League East.
“If we run our guys out there all year healthy, I think they’re as good if not better than anybody in the division,” reliever Jonny Venters said. “Obviously the Phillies are the Phillies, but from top to bottom I think they’re no better [pitching staff] than ours. I wouldn’t trade ours.”
The Braves had their first official workout for pitchers and catchers Monday. They will have four more before the first full-squad workout Saturday.
Much of the talk Monday was about all the early arriving position players who’ve reported to camp. The only projected lineup regulars not in camp were Michael Bourn, who has been working out with the University of Houston