Ok, so last night’s game wasn’t a blow out, but it was nice to get a win against the tough-as-nails Florida Marlins.
The Braves’ bats finally came around last night against the fierce Floridians with the help of the birthday boy, Chipper Jones. Chipper went 3-3 with a homerun, demonstrating once again why he’s the Braves MVP up to this point, if not the NL MVP. If Chipper can stay this hot through this weekend up at Shea, where he has had huge games in the past, the Braves might be able to make even more ground in the NL East standings.
Another highlight from last night’s game included Brian McCann’s first career triple. Seeing McCann haul around the bases just confirmed why this guy, and the rest of the young Braves are so great. They play the game hard and they play it well. The young guys also seem to have a really good sense of humor about the game. So, in honor of B-Mac’s first career triple, and in the spirit that these guys play the game, there will be a tribute post coming shortly.
As far as pitching goes, Chuck James got the job done with a little help from his friends, but was immediately sent down to Richmond so the Braves could bring up a fresh arm for the bullpen. Glavine is scheduled to go against the Nats on Tuesday, so hopefully Tom will have better luck on the dirt in DC than last time.
Bring on the Mets.
Finally, a ‘W’ in Florida. Smoltz is looking like the unstoppable pitcher of old. Smoltz is finally getting run support, which he didn’t get a lot of last season, and starting 3-0 has got to be a mental boost to Smoltz and the team alike. Not that Smoltz seems to ever have needed to much of a mental boost. Is the new approach to Spring Training that’s giving his arm new life? Has just been the lineups that he’s faced so far, as he told the AJC after Thursday night’s win? What ever it is, keep it coming.
Andruw comes back tonight. AJC.com had a poll about if people are planning to cheer for him. As of right now, 64% said they would cheer, 23% will boo, and 12% will be indifferent. 12% of Atlanta sports fans being indifferent? More like 112%. Ok, I kid, but sometimes it seems that way. Well, I still feel like booing is appropriate. Maybe cheer the first at bat, and then boo him until he retires.
More bad news for the Bravos on the injury front. The AJC is reporting that Peter Moylan is possibly facing season ending Tommy John surgery. Moylan has been a consistent and strong arm, and now new GM Frank Wren is facing one of his first in-season difficult decisions. Will Wren step up and deliver? Or will he just try to patch up the bullpen and hope that we can get by with some warming up bats and good starting pitching?
A few other notes:
-Chipper is up to .443. How are Smoltz and Chipper stepping their games up this much? Is it because they know this might be one of their last possible runs at a World Series?
-The Mets and the Phillies face off in Philadelphia tonight and start a three game series that will hopefully see them split, so the Bravos can make up a little ground on both teams.
I can’t say that there was too much to get excited about with last night’s loss in Florida. Jurrjens struggled with location, and the Braves bats were flat.
A few things to get excited about:
– Bobby Cox is still sporting the catcher’s mitt in the dugout.
– Chipper Jones’ bat isn’t showing any signs of cooling down.
– Andruw Jones and Rapheal Furcal are returning to the Ted starting on Friday. Andruw’s only hitting .149, which makes the Braves bats look blazing hot.