MLB Odds: Expectations High, But Braves Have Much to Prove in 2014
 
The Atlanta Braves have wasted no time showing that their success over the course of the past few seasons was no fluke. This weekend they’ll look to prove that they can do it against top competition, too. Starting Friday, the NL East-leading squad will try their luck against the perennially dominant San Francisco Giants.
 
Though the Giants missed out on the postseason in 2013, their World Series titles in 2010 and 2012 suggest that the concept of playing elite baseball isn’t unfamiliar. With a core still largely intact from their last title run, it’s no wonder they have 14/1 odds on the MLB futures.
 
The Braves, after looking like the best team in baseball for much of last year’s campaign, have 12/1 odds of winning the World Series in 2014. Is this the year that Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward and Justin Upton take the next step toward the holy grail?
 
With a historically productive pitching staff, it may be so. While there’s no guarantee Atlanta’s rag tag rotation can continue to post an ERA below 1.50 as they have so far this season, there’s also no reason to expect them to cool off any time soon either.

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