After struggling through most of last season's first half, Freddie Freeman produced a torrid stretch that earned him legit National League Most Valuable Player consideration for the second time through six full big league seasons.
Josh Collmenter prepared to serve as the Braves' long reliever and Rafael Montero provided another glimpse of why he could be an asset in the Mets' bullpen this year. But it was an ugly ninth inning that enabled New York to gain a 2-2 tie against Atlanta on Wednesday at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex.
As the Braves concluded the Florida portion of their exhibition season on Wednesday, they had a pretty good idea about how their Opening Day roster might look. But before determining exactly how they might fill the final bullpen and bench spots, they will wait a few more days to see if any attractive external options develop.