A lot of things went right last night.
Kelly had a big 2-4 night w/ 4 RBI’s.
Tex had a pair and has only one hitless night in his last 10 games going 14/44 .318, 2 HRs, 9 RBI’s. Maybe the slumping start is coming to an end.
Chipper got a hit to increase his chances of finishing April above .400. I’d like to see 3 more HR’s before the month is over to bring his total to 10…. But I don’t mean to be greedy.
In fact everyone in the regular lineup with the exception of Diaz (and Yunel who left early with a really bad boo boo…but we’ll check on him later) got hits.
Was actually a lot better than the 3rd inning would indicate. After that Dutch Merry-Go-Round Jurrjens hosted Jair slammed the door, retiring 10 Mets in a row and recording 4 K’s for the night. If you watch Jurrjens pitch location and the calls he was getting it looks like the strike zone was shrunken to just about the size of Barry Bonds’ testicles.
After an exasperated non-verbal reaction from Jair, Tim McClelland came out barking and Bobby came a-runnin’. After Cox’s first ejection of the year, Jurrjens didn’t even seem phased.
This is actually the kind of start that makes you feel great about his potential and his place in a rotation that needs to stay strong and healthy. Rather than having a meltdown after an infuriating 3rd inning he pitched a fine game.
Ohman, Boyer, Ring, Acosta, worked to keep the door Jurrjens slammed from coming (ahem) “A-Jair”. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist). The bullpen that we’ve been biting our nails about since Moylan, Soriano, Gonzalez have been missing allowed no runs, no hits, no walks, and got 2 K’s…against the Mets…at Shea. I love it. Delgado even got booed after whiffing to strike out to Boyer in the ninth. Looks like trouble in paradise.
Maine 1-2, 3.57, 14/16 (BB/K), 3 HR, 22.2 IP’s, played “The Joker” in the Batman movie.
So I like the matchup for today’s game. Maine is a good pitcher but Hudson has better control, can last longer, and uh…. excuse me this is starting to sound like a Viagra commercial or something.
I’m going to quit now. Enjoy the game.
JB in ATL
Yesterday’s victory marks a return to form after May ended up being a little more woeful than anticipated. A series win over the Brewers helps make up for the sweep (slightly). The best thing is to just put that Philly nightmare behind us.
Friday’s win over the Cubs makes you smile but you gotta shake your head a little bit just wondering how much the Chicago team can take. After spending $300 million to get a competitive team out there, they’ve been big time underachievers so far. One of the many boiling points of course came after the fifth with Zambrano and Barrett exchanging blows. I mean how bad can a season be for a team when it comes to ugly dugout scuffles that conjour thoughts of Kent and Bonds in SF?
Still our fortunes have taken a bad turn this week. Notably, Gonzalez lost for the season. He’ll be sitting out with Hampton for ’07. What hurts the most in these situations is thinking about how much we gave up to get him, having no more performance from him, yet still paying for it.
Chipper’s on the 15 day DL but most of us Braves fans were just wondering when it was going to happen. At least this time it’s a hand and not a foot and we get to see Yunel Escobar play today, whom I’ve been excited about since seeing him play in Rome 2 years ago.
In other news, I’ll be at the day half of the double header on Tuesday for my birthday to see our makeup against the Fish so be expecting some more pics.
Reasons tonights win was so meaningful:
1) Smoltz 7IP, 5K’s, 0 R’s 0 BB’s= win #200!
2) Glavine gets beat by the Braves again and demotes to 3-11 vs the team he betrayed..I mean abandoned…er…bailed out on…that is, sold out on, there we go, and 5-2 on 2007. Tom has been pretty good this year…against everyone else.
3) Braves snap a mini skid of series losses and have won 6 of 9 and every series with the hated Mets so far in ’07.
4) Wickman is back! Getting save #7 tonight.
5) 1.5 games back is a good way to finish our last meeting with NY until after the Break.
Post your thoughts on Smoltz’s 200 and the Braves getting their 6th win over the Mets
Well we have to catch up little since last night.
Edgar’s two dingers helped big time and Hudson is pitching like he’s back on the west coast. Monday’s game could’ve been worse but not by much. Tonight’s game ticks me off because Kyle couldn’t keep any of the leads the Braves gave him throughout the night. Starting in the first inning, the offense kept runs on the board and Davies ended up allowing six before the bullpen came in to quiet things.
We can’t pull out miracle wins every night, especially with AJ striking out with RISP’s, so the pitching needs to step up and Davies needs to go down. I don’t know what happened but he doesn’t look anything like the promising prospect of ’05. More like an expendable Horacio Ramirez but still not as bad as Albie Lopez Part II (aka Mark Redman).
It was good to see Smoltz pitching today. A matchup with Daiske in Boston would be a treat on Saturday. If we don’t get tomorrow’s game from the Nationals, Boston is not gonna be a pretty place to play. It’ll be a tough series no matter what but I’m hoping the Braves will be up to the challenge by then.
The Good: Chipper returns; hits a double, scores. Yay, Chipper…now hit some more homers to get back in the lead!
Willie .404 and got another RBI tonight. He probably won’t be hitting .400 anything in September but it makes me happy to see Langerhans wearing a Nationals uniform these days.
Wickman’s back. Scoreless inning is a good show to work back in.
The Bad: Gonzalez on the DL because of “lack of velocity”. Just a breather for him really. It just stinks to sit a guy who had just come off 14 scoreless innings in a row. But I’d rather bench him if it means keeping him fueled later.
The Ugly: Davies IP 4.2 H 5 R 6 ER 2 BB 2 K’s 3 HR 1 5.17
Two ER’s isn’t that bad but what makes this ugly is that Kyle has had only one real memorable start this year. He’s failed to impress again.
Andruw. The two RBI’s were nice but the 2 K’s, 2 LOB’s, and .231 is not pretty. Not cleanup numbers at all.
Finally the Braves’ sale to Liberty Media became final today. I’m not sure how I feel about this. I know our front office won’t shake up but TBS will not broadcast any more games after ’07. I guess since I grew up with Ted “running” the Braves and TBS it’s just a little sad to see the last remnants of what Turner put together gone. I miss the days of having one eccentric, passionate, owner rather than a faceless corporation at the helm. I mean who didn’t love watching the guy tomahawk chop with Jane Fonda in the owner’s seats?
So here’s to a new era and hopes that our new ownership will invest in this team with some vigor and strive for excellence.
As I write this, Smoltz has just left the game in the bottom of the seventh after tagging Austin Kearns. If you were watching, you saw at least one of three things:1) John Smoltz’s pinky bent in a way that turns your stomach.
2) John Smoltz’s competitive anger erupt on the field when he realized he was done for the night…hopefully not longer…we’ll soon see.
3) The Braves’ rotation taking a potentially hard, I mean HARD hit.
Bergmann’s been unhittable so far into the top of the eighth. I love seeing no-hit baseball just not against us. So here’s hoping to break it up and rally in Braves fashion. We’ve got McCann leading it off. Still though, Bergmann has looked good with 10k’s… Until now!!!!
McCann just blasted one to deep right! Now down by one. Rally Time!
Every Pirate got a chance to do some damage to a disheveled Braves pitching staff. Even LaRoche raised his .167 BA today. A second series sweep will have to wait but a series win will suffice…anyways I like our chances against the Nationals.
I think we’ll still see some better things from Lerew…that is we’d better. The bottom half of the rotation has been so pathetic we need all the help we can get. Even all Anthony’s Pittsburgh family couldn’t get him a win today. We’ll see how he does in Boston.
Smoltzie goes on the hill for us tomorrow to start a long 4 game set in Washington before heading to Boston. Not much more to say about this one. Just blot it out and get ready for the Nats.
The self proclaimed pull hitter came through for the second night in a row landing the go ahead RBI single into right field. No, I’m not posting on Tuesday night’s game again and yes you heard right; Andruw Jones not only got a hit when it counted…he went the other way.
Smoltz vs. Maddux was not a letdown on any level.
Smoltz (W, 5-1)
IP 7.0 H 7 R 2 ER2 BB 0 SO7 HR 2
IP 5.1 H4 R1 ER1 BB2 SO4 HR0
Not bad, considering that not only were the two in the throes of a memorable pitcher’s duel but the 40k+ that showed up got to see two future HOFer’s go at it.
Today’s matchup is not one to overlook either. Hudson and Wells is a nice way to end the series and send the Pad’s packin’.
I’ll be there today. Which is nice because I’ll get a day off at the ballgame…and a free Chipper Jones shirt.