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Bullpen could be Braves' biggest strength

With the additions of Mike Gonzalez and Rafael Soriano, the Braves now have a bullpen that could be dominant in the late innings.

Originally Published: February 13, 2007
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

It wasn't any one factor that halted the Atlanta Braves' amazing streak of 14 consecutive division titles last year, but the failure of the team's bullpen has to be put at the top of the list.

"We didn't get to the playoffs last year because for the first three months we didn't have a functioning bullpen,'' general manager John Schuerholz said recently.

The Braves tried a handful of options in the closer's role but almost all met with failure. By the end of the season, the Braves' bullpen ...

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