Braves keep firm mid-section

The Braves' success is a puzzle to some, but there aren't many teams that can match their strength up the middle.

Originally Published: August 27, 2004
By Phil Rogers | Special to ESPN.com

At a glance, it might appear that the key to the Atlanta Braves' surprising ability to score runs is the trade John Schuerholz made with St. Louis last December, landing J.D. Drew for pitchers Jason Marquis and Ray King.

"They got high-quality pitchers that didn't cost them a lot, and we got high-quality hitters that fit into our payroll," said Schuerholz, also referring to utility man Eli Marrero. "I think the results are pretty well proven."

While Drew has not been Gary Sheffield, ...

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