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.
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.
You can’t win ’em all. Even if you are playing the Nationals. The big news was John Smoltz and his 3,000 strike out. Unfortunately the Braves lost, but it’s still amazing to watch number 29 hurl the ball. I keep waiting for his arm to wear out, but it looks as good as it ever has. Maybe the three seasons in the ‘pen is going to give his arm a little extra life in this last part of his career. Let’s hope so. If Smoltz and Huddy don’t stay healthy then the Braves are done. Word is that Hampton is primed to come back any time now, and that Moylen might be able to get by with some extra stretching and TLC, but if the Braves are using that approach as their first option, then things might go south in a hurry.
Tonight it’s the Fish. Hopefully we can take two and keep climbing the ladder on the number one spot in the East.