Showdown- Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves on April 2nd at 1:05 pm at Citizen's Bank Park.
Match-up- Brett Myers (54-40 4.34 ERA) vs. John Smoltz (193-137 3.27 ERA).
Key Players- Phillies: Jimmy Rollins (630 R .274 AVG 207 SB), Chase Utley (.290 AVG .867 OPS), and Ryan Howard(.304 AVG 1.023 OPS 82 HR 217 RBI in just 2 seasons)/Braves: Chipper Jones (357 HR 1197 RBI .304 AVG .944 OPS), Andruw Jones (342 HR 1023 RBI), and Brian McCann (.317 AVG .899 OPS).
*I was in Philly yesterday to see my sister graduate from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and went to a cool pub called the Nodding Head afterward to celebrate (which had an awesome display of bobbleheads). I then wake up this morning to read that Brett Myers gets the official opening day "nod" from Manuel...coincidence?
*We all know Abraham Nunez cannot hit, hence "No-Hit", but he is supposed to be able to field. Then why 3 errors already this spring? The man literally has ZERO value.
*Don't get alarmed it's only spring training, but our Master Blaster Ryan Howard is in a huge funk at the plate (.239 AVG with 16 K) and has been quoted several times as saying he's "dissatisfied" with his swing. Rowand (.172 AVG) and Burrell (.200 AVG) are also having a rough go of it this spring.
*Speaking of Fence-Face, smarty-pants Fuqua Manuel decided with his infinite wisdom to send Aaron Rowand on a 2-day mental holiday because of his struggles at the plate. I'm sure that will cure all, that Manuel, he's so smart.
*Greg Dobbs is the man. The dude is mashing the ball, and I love it. I know this most likely will not continue once April 2nd rolls around, but for now I'm salivating over his .372 AVG, 4 HR, 14 RBI, and 1.161 OPS.
*Our bullpen is a crap-heap, or as Skeeter would say- "our bullpen is a port-o-potty". Well put my friend.