I know there are, or at least have been, several other Braves fans around, so as we get ready to move from Spring Training to the actual season, I figured I'd start this thread. Projected lineup: 2B Kelly Johnson SS Edgar Renteria 3B Chipper Jones CF Andruw Jones C Brian McCann RF Jeff Francouer 1B Scott Thorman LF Ryan Langerhans / Matt Diaz I expect Langerhans, by far the better defender, to platoon with Diaz, whose bat has been significantly better. The question marks here are, obviously, second base, where Johnson should do alright as the leadoff hitter (the reason he has the edge over Martin Prado) but is still learning the position defensively. He used to be a shortstop, though, so I think he'll be fine there. Also first base, with Scott Thorman trying to replace Adam LaRoche - a definite downgrade both offensively (though Thorman should be ok offensively) and defensively (where LaRoche was good enough to have been a gold glover, though he didn't actually win a gold glove), and of course left field, the platoon. Craig Wilson could see time both in left, if his arm is ok, and at first as well as pinch hitting. The starting rotation, projected: John Smoltz Tim Hudson Chuck James Mark Redman Lance Cormier (or Kyle Davies) Cormier looks to have the edge over Davies right now, as he's been dominating in spring training and had a good month as a starter last September. Mike Hampton could be back as early as the beginning of May, though more likely it will be mid to late May before he returns to Atlanta, given time for some rehab starts in AAA. When he returns, either Redman or Cormier looks to be the odd man out (or Davies, if he makes it), but theres no telling which one it will be. Bullpen: Closer: Bob Wickman Setup: Rafael Soriano and Mike Gonzalez Those three players could turn last year's worst bullpen in baseball to possibly this year's best. Last year, there was no proven closer, and the Braves went through several options - Chris Reitsma, Jorge Sosa, and Ken Ray, among others - before finally trading for Wickman at the trade deadline. With Soriano and Gonzalez to set up for him this year, the bullpen looks extremely strong.