From their status as a pre-season World Series pick to the sudden waiting game that is occurring with the Braves relievers that are on the road to coming back, the Braves are getting a pass for their faults. Their starting pitching is still short and their lineup, while solid, is still missing consistency from left and center field. For a team that has been unbeatable at home and inept on the road, there should be more questions about them from the mainstream media than there have been. And as for this non-stop talk about how tough their bullpen is going to be once Rafael Soriano, Mike Gonzalez and John Smoltz return, it strikes me as sounding eerily similar to all the reports about how great Mike Hampton looked in the spring; Hampton has yet to throw one pitch in the big leagues this year and no one seems to know when or if he’s even going to come back. Much like Hampton, I’ll believe the hype about the impending return of the Braves relievers when I see it.