There’s a lot to catch up on from the past four days of Braves baseball. Some of the highlights include:
-Andruw’s return to the Ted wearing Dodger blue. I was there on Friday, and yes, I booed him. Most of the fans surrounding us (in the cheap seats) booed Andruw pretty hard. Andruw struggled to the point that after his second strike out and running into Furcal in shallow center chasing a fly ball, it almost seemed wrong to continue to boo. Andruw was hitting in the 7 spot, with an average hovering in the mid .100’s and he couldn’t even make a play that he would have made look routine just a couple years ago. As for when Andruw ran into former and current teammate Raphael Furcal, neither could claim that they are unfamiliar with each other or the field. To be fair, there were a number of fans who greeted Andruw with cheers. We just couldn’t hear them up in the cheap seats. From reading pre and post game comments from Andruw I don’t think he expected to get booed, but he seemed to be a good sport.
-The Braves bats are really starting to wake up at the Ted. Maybe it’s that the weather is finally more consistent, and a little warmer. but hitters 1-8 are starting to put better wood on the ball.
-Gregor Blanco is turning out to be a solid left fielder. I’m not usually a fan of platooning players, seeing how it usually affects both players’ confidence and rhythm (and it can’t foster the most clubhouse camaraderie, I would assume) but Blanco is showing that his is a capable big leaguer. If nothing else, maybe this will raise his stock enough for a shrewd move around the trade deadline for another arm or two. I think the Braves will more likely hold on to Diaz, with the way our pitchers are dropping in and out of the rotation and the ‘pen, I’m sure we’ll need some fresh arms for late summer and early fall,
-Hudson’s velocity is back. That’s always a good thing. Smoltz and Huddy are a combined 6-1. If Smoltz and Huddy can stay healthy and Jurjjens keeps progressing, we might just stay in the hunt.
-Philadelphia took one from the Mets and the Cubs picked it up against the NYM last night. Florida is sure to fall off sooner than later, so the Braves are sitting well for the time being.
Back to work against the Nationals tonight. You can take the team out of Montreal, but…
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