Atlanta’s weekend was a real bust losing yet another 2 out of 3 games to division rival Philadelphia. I will be the first to admit that it is tough to watch bad baseball this time of year especially with the NBA, and NHL playoff excitement luring me in. This weekend has been as good as any for sports fans like myself in Boston. The Yankees are in town, along with the Celtics, and Bruins playoff series.
Watching Atlanta lose to Jamie Moyer for the second time this season was almost as bad as “Rocky V”. Not only did the Braves lose, but they were shut out by a 47 year old lefty who tops out in the low 80′s. Derek Lowe fell apart dropping his record to (4-3), and raising his ERA to a whopping (6.16). Lowe allowed all 7 earned runs on 11 hits. In order to have a chance to beat the Phillies left handed dominant lineup, Atlanta needs to sign at least one left handed starting pitcher! I don’t think there are many teams out there with less left handed support than the Wahoo’s.
The second game of the series was nothing too glamorous either even though Atlanta squeaked out a 4-1 win. The one bright spot of this game had to have been Atlanta’s bullpen by committee. The Braves threw 7 different pitchers in this game, and all 7 were very effective. Offensive production from Eric Hinske, and Melky Carbrera was all Atlanta needed in this game.
Kenshin Kawakami got the start in game 3, and it doesn’t take a genius to predict this outcome. I’m no “John Anthony”, but I know throwing an (0-6) pitcher against one of the top hitting lineups in baseball is a huge mismatch. I want to rent a bus, and on this bus I would like to invite Mr. Kawakami, Mr. McLouth, and maybe a couple others to take it out of Atlanta! They can stop by Fenway, pick up Ortiz ,and ship him out of Boston yeah, yeah, yeah. There is my Red Sox plug for the week. Sorry Big Papi, but your time is up brotha.
Jason Heyward has been in and out of the lineup all week due to a strained groin muscle, and should resume playing shortly. Yunel Escobar still remains on the DL, but Omar Infante has done a nice job replacing him hitting .288 with stellar performances in the field. Look for Atlanta to start shaking up the lineup pretty soon if production from the starters continues to decline. Atlanta needs to have a “what have you done for me lately” type of attitude in order to compete with the elite teams. The Braves kick off 3 game road trip at Milwaukee tomorrow night, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Game 1′s starter will be Tommy Hanson followed by Tim Hudson, and Derek Lowe in games 2 and 3.
About the Author
Written by Bill Furey
My name is Bill Furey, and I am from Chelmsford, Massachusetts. I am 25 years old, and a complete baseball guru. This will be my first year blogging for major league baseball, and I am really looking forward to both voicing my opinion as well as covering games. As a former 3rd basemen for the University of Massachusetts-Lowell I got the amazing opportunity to compete, admire, and most importantly learn from some of the most talented players, and coaches this great game has to offer. Growing up in New England I have always been a die hard fan of the Sox, Pats, Celts, and Bruins. My love, understanding, and respect for the game of baseball takes major precedent in my life. I currently coach one of Massachusetts best 13 year old baseball teams. Teaching the game of baseball to young talented players is something I truly look forward to every time I take the field. The relationships I built from this wonderful game are better than any home run, stolen base, or any winning season. Baseball has given me life lessons I couldn't have learned anywhere else in the world. A baseball quote that best describes my passion for the game is this: "You see, you spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." Jim Bouton, Ball Four, 1970. I look forward to covering the Atlanta Braves this season, and getting some great feedback from my followers. Play ball.