If only it was this easy. The Braves struggled again against the Marlins who are starting to looking startlingly good. How is it possible for the Marlins to continually trade off their best players for prospects and have the new guys immediately produce? Maybe the fact that their players are young and don’t have a whole lot of big league experience will mean that they will fade quick and hard. But I would assume that that’s what everyone thought about the ’91 Braves.
Jeff Bennett put forth another good effort, but he’s showing that he’s just not equipped to handle this kind of work load. Frank Wren should start looking at the possibility that Hampton might never (and I mean NEVER) pitch again for the Braves, and that Glavine’s not as sturdy as the Braves front office might have hoped. Let’s keep our fingers (and everything else for that matter) crossed that Smoltz, Hudson and Jurrjens can keep giving us quality starts.
Chuck James takes the mound tonight with a 1-1 record and a 7.88 ERA. I’m not saying that those numbers won’t get it done, but then again I’m not saying that they will?
It would be nice for the Braves to take advantage of their solid production at the Ted before heading off to face the dreaded New York Mets. The pitching match-ups in New York seem to give the advantage to the Braves, with Jurrjens having the toughest match-up against Righty Mike Pelfrey, whose 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA.
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.