Despite injury bug, Braves fans expect big things in 2014

Despite injury bug, Braves fans expect big things in 2014

Braves fans are hoping for another division title even though the team's pitching staff was hit hard by injuries during spring training.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The Atlanta Braves regular season is under way.

After winning the division last season, fans are wondering if there will be a repeat in 2014.

"It's too early to tell," David Gomez says.  "But they have a chance.  By the middle of the season, depending how they are with the trades and everything...  It's the pitching.  I think they have good bats."

Going into the season, pitching is the main concern.

The Braves lost starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy for the season after injuries.  Julio Teheran got the start Monday, allowing seven hits and two runs through six innings in a 2-0 loss at Milwaukee.

Gomez is from Teheran's home country, Colombia.

"This is his second year," Gomez says. "He should be in a better position to be a starting pitcher.  I think tomorrow (Alex) Wood is going to start and he seems pretty good. He did very good last year, but it's a long season."

One regular season game down, 161 to go.  That's plenty of time for optimism.

"They've got young players," Jake Bradshaw says.  "And I feel like they're working their way up. I feel like maybe this year is their year."

The Braves play their second regular season game Tuesday at Milwaukee.  First pitch is scheduled for just after 8 p.m.
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