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
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 last night was a good start to the series and nice way to bounce back after being bounced around by the Nationals and Red Sox. An 8-1 win over the visiting Mets sets the stage nicely for the second set tonight. The story of last night would be Kyle Davies and his eight inning one run performance…oh and by the way the guy hit a three run homer to dead center! Maybe Kyle is coming around a little, put him in the four spot he’s only 5 homers behind Andruw now.
This in game blog comes to you as the Braves wrap up the bottom of the second inning. Andruw gets plunked on the toe and then runs a little unaggressively to second base for an easy double play.
Tonight’s shakeup’s. Prado in at second, Salty behind the plate, Woodward at first base.
James on the hill against Perez who’s looked good against us this year. Here’s hoping we can bust open on him tonight and James can get win number 5.
Reyes on first, let’s se if he tests Salty’s arm.
Here’s a quick post. It’s been a busy week and even though I did follow the weekend set with Boston and lamented our 3 losses to the Nationals (of all teams!), I haven’t been as out of touch as this blog may convey.
So here’s the Quickie:
Andruw: You’re killing me! 51 k’s in 44 games? 5 against Boston? 7 LOB?!?!?! That’s what really smarts!!
Lerew, Redman et al: Our 3/5 of our rotation is not impressive by any stretch. I liked the comment I got about the Braves trading for some starting pitching. Maybe Salty would be good trade bait? Or Andruw I hate to say.
Hudson: Not worried, I still think he’s going to have his best Atlanta season and maybe best in a long time.
Mets in town: I love it, maybe we can gain some ground!
Stay in touch, Braves fans!
I just gotta say. First pitch Kelly Johnson homer is a nice way to start the rubber game!
So today’s game should be everything you bargained for if both aces are up to the challenge. Glavine and Smoltz face each other for the second time this season and ironically for only the second time of their careers.
Last two games have see-sawed with the Mets/Braves matching each other’s results. It goes to show you how neck and neck they both really are.
Will we see dominance and strikeouts from Smoltz with the slider working? Will we see Glavine paint the corners with precision? How well each pitcher comes through will detirmine the outcome in my mind. I normally would say "Get to the Mets bullpen". But even Hielmann has looked good recently in addition to rather impressive relief appearances from them all. Our bullpen hasn’t been as dominant as we were out of the gate but you have to feel a lot better about it this year than last and with Gonzalez, Soriano, Yates, and Wickman, I think if John can get a lead we should hold on.
Well here we go, Game Three. It’s been a great series so far. I’m hoping for a 3-2 win over the Mets. I don’t expect either team to put up 7 runs today but as Yogi Berra said "There’s one word that says it all in America. And that word is ‘you never know’."
While Wednesday night’s victory was nothing less than inspirational (as well as the Bravo’s 6th come from behind win this year), Thursday night we were kept quiet by a talented young southpaw name Rich Hill. My hat’s off to him by the way. There’s a reason his ERA is leading the league. Now, how can WE pick him up? hmmmm.
Meanwhile, Mark Redman actually didn’t look too bad. He went 7 and 1/3, giving up three, but couldn’t get any run support. Redman’s limited walk total (2 BB’s) and a decent 5 k’s isn’t too shabby.
When the Vulture came in to the 8th I was thinking win. But Oscar would have to give up some runs first for that to happen.
We need to wake up the bats tonight against Pelfry especially with Hudson on the mound. I was encouraged by Redman’s outing it was good to see him last into the eighth.
Looking back at Wednesday.
Diaz’s hustle in the 7th was the turning point for this game. Timely hitting from Johnson and Renteria kept it going in the clutch. Nods to Edgar’s redemptive double play starting snag in the 8th. Thorman’s timely solo shot to keep us alive. Frenchy’s three run blast in the first. The Vulture; how does he do it? Wickman, nicely done to get Save number five.
Davies even looked decent. Not great numbers but not a terrible start. String some more great ones together to get his confidence and dominance back and we’ll feel a little better about the rotation.
Well, Mets. Here we come. You gotta love this. Two teams off to great starts meeting for a second time. This time at Shea. You gotta be excited when you have a 10-4 and 10-5 team going at it even if it’s "just" April. For Mets fans it’s a real treat after having to play sub par Nats, Phils, and Marlins teams (and eating them alive I might add) to get a team that’s full of talent, bringing some competition, and of course, arch/bitter/nasty/rivals. Dontcha love baseball?