First of all, I have to say how excited I am because in 22 days, the Braves have their first game in Philly. It is only a two game series, but I don’t care. It will be a blast, no matter what!
The pitching for the Braves is really starting to come around. Let’s focus in on the bullpen for a moment. Oscar Villarreal is 3-0 in relief appearances, and closer Chris Reitsma is three for four in his save opportunities. Not bad, considering how our bullpen started off last year. Ken Ray has been a pleasant surprise, and even Mike Remlinger isn’t doing too bad.
The starting pitchers. Wow. That’s all I really CAN say so far. Tim Hudson is breaking this little Braves’ fan’s heart here with his first two starts. John Smoltz, well, his first outing was forgettable, but even though he gave up three runs in the second inning of his second start and settled in well, he wound up on the losing end. Jorge Sosa had the worst luck of all the starters with his poor start against the Giants, but to defend him, he DID hit a home run to attempt to help his own cause. Kyle Davies had the best luck of all the starters in the first go round.
Our bats have really been saving us so far. There were games we did not even deserve to win but we got offense when we least expected it from Ryan Langerhans and Brian McCann. They have really been on a roll lately and I cross my fingers they keep up the excellent work. I also cross the fingers that the slump Jeff Francoeur is in will end, and end very soon. He really is pressing up there, and it really *****. But he will get out of it. He needs to soon, with Chipper on the DL. Andruw is picking up right where he left off, Edgar Renteria is proving to be effective as he follows up Marcus Giles in his new leadoff role.
So basically, it’s looking good so far. I think taking two out of three in the season’s first series was a real boost.
Here’s to more blogging and Braves.