Friday, May 06, 2011

Series Preview - Braves

Pitching Matchups:
Friday, 7:00, Cliff Lee v. Derek Lowe
Saturday, 7:00, Roy Oswalt v. Jair Jurrjens
Sunday, 8:00, Cole Hamels v. Tommy Hanson

The Braves Offense:
Avg - .240 (20th)
OBP – .309 (22nd)
Slug - .387 (16th)

The Braves Pitching:
ERA – 2.94 (2nd)
WHIP – 1.11 (1st)
BAA - 2.27 (2nd)

I'm not going to "break down" the Atlanta pitching or hitting. If you don't know who the Braves are by now, then there is no help for you.

Hey How 'Bout That:
Props to the Atlanta Braves who this week donated $100,000 to the Salvation Army to support the victims of the recent tornadoes that killed 329 people across seven states in the south.

They also set up collection bins inside their major and minor league stadiums. Unfortunately they probably didn't collect very much because it is Atlanta and they didn't top sixteen thousand fans for any day of the Milwaukee series, including Wednesday's double header. C'mon Atlanta.

Phlashback Phriday:
May 6, 1984 - The Vet - Att: 34,842
Reds 5, Phillies 3

W - John Franco
L - Steve Carlton
S - Tom Hume

The offensive star for the Phillies, unsurprisingly, was Mike Schmidt (2-3, HR). The two other extra base hits both came from catchers. Starter John Wockenfuss had a double and pinch-hitter Ozzie Virgil tripled. On the strange note, the clean-up hitter for the Fightins that day was Joe Lefebvre, he of the .258 career average and 31 career homers.

For the Reds, they got multiple hit games from Eddie Milner, Gary Redus and Cesar Cedeno. They also got five steals. Tom Hume went two full innings for the save.


Mike D. said...

a serious possiblity that Tim Hudson starts on Sunday - per my cbssportsline fantasy update....

Corey said...

quite possibly. both hanson and hudson pitched on wednesday. i just went with the espn "predicted starters" but it just as easily could be hudson instead.

GM-Carson said...

Hanson and Hudson are each tough customers. I'd rather face John Lannan.

GM-Carson said...

From The Zo Zone:
*Roy Halladay is an insane 18-1 with a 1.56 ERA in 19 starts against the National League East since the beginning of last season.

*Oswalt threw a bullpen session this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. He said it went well, although the Phillies said they have not decided if he will pitch Saturday. Rich Dubee said they must see how he feels tomorrow. Oswalt did not throw while he was home, and Dubee said Oswalt was a little rusty as a result.

*If I’m a betting man I’m betting Chase Utley is in Clearwater, Fla., before the end of the weekend. He responded well to two simulated games earlier this week. The Phillies have said they have not made any decisions about his next step, but an appearance in extended spring training is the logical choice. “I would assume it would be a slow progression,” Ruben Amaro Jr. said. That means starting with extended spring training before beginning a rehab assignment.

GM-Carson said...

Chooch and Oswalt might be heading for the DL. Oswalt will miss tomorrow's game because of a sore back and crap-o-matic Kyle Kendrick will start in his place. Dammit.

Bob D said...

Ah crap! Chooch and Oswalt to DL. Who comes up now? atleast one reliever and likely Blanton early next week

ripjgarcia said...

Add "rusty" to the Phillies management terminology for "injured"