Notes on 755 Hank Aaron Dr

Friday, April 06, 2007

That's a nice way to open the season

Real life has been hectic, so I need to apologize to the readership of this blog. All four of you.

"I'm sorry, and I'll try to post more often."

It'll be easier now that the season's actually started. And the Braves got off to a good start, sweeping the Phillies, in Philadelphia no less. Good starting pitching (if this season is to go well, that's going to be incredibly important), just enough offense, and a bullpen that didn't blow anything. (Although they did try to blow the last game.) Brian McCann had quite the opening series, as did Renteria. Thorman and Johnson played pretty well too.

But the really good sign was, as mentioned, the pitching. The starters gave up 3, 1, and 1 runs, respectively. The only downside was that Chuck James needed 92 pitches in five innings, but that's a minor concern unless it becomes the standard. (As the #3 starter, he's got to go six or seven most of the time, in my opinion.)

And the bullpen was even better, until the ninth inning of the third game: no runs in 2 1/3 innings, one run in 4 innings, and then one un in three innings - followed by two in the ninth. Even worse, those two runs scored because Macay McBride and Chad Paronto (who had both pitched well in previous games, including Paronto's first career save) walked five batters between them in 2/3 of an inning. With a six run lead, that's really bad.

In any case, three wins are three wins. And it was against a team a lot of people are picking to win the division, so that's always nice. Next up, the first series at home, against the Mets. featuring Tom Glavine against John Smoltz tomorrow.

(I need to get with byrd and see about doing some sort of preview. Considering that the one I did for BBTF last season was posted about a third of the way through the season, we've got plenty of time.)



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