Braves’ Opening Day

by on April 6, 2010   6 Comments

Braves – 16, Cubs – 5

Wow.  I mean, wow.  We all knew that Jason Heyward was going to come in with a bang… but to blast a 3-run home run his first Major League at bat against Carlos Zambrano?!… Wow.  That home run was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.  I got goose bumps and became slightly emotional.  The second coolest thing I’ve ever seen, was when they showed Zambrano’s current ERA on the big screen… 40.15.

D-Lowe was the opening day starter, and… eh… I wasn’t impressed.  The low sinker is Lowe’s bread and butter, and he was keeping the ball up in the zone a bit too much.  First inning, he gave up a 3 run blast, several long pop-ups, and 2 more runs later in the game.  He was looking like the same old Lowe I saw during the second half of last year.  But, thanks to the more than generous run support, he came out okay.

It wasn’t just Heyward who came out of the gate full throttle:

  • Bullpen – trio of Moylan, Saito, and Wagner – 3 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 5 K’s.  Wagner looked especially nasty.
  • Yunel Escobar – 2 for 5 w/5 RBI’s (and let’s not forget that he escaped Cuba on a small boat, so his numbers are doubled.  Make that 10 RBI’s.)
  • Brian McCann – 2 for 3 w/a home run
  • Nate McClouth – 1 for 3 w/2BBs (plus his 2 fantastic catches… well… the 2nd one was a bad call)
  • Eric Hinske – triple
  • Martin Prado – 2 for 4

The team was also 8 for 18 with RISP.

It was just a downright great game… if you’re a Braves fan.  From the bats to the bullpen, everyone had their game faces on.  The ingredients are there for a stellar run to the playoffs, but the key is: consistency.  It’s looking like the Braves will get the run support they need to make it to October this year.  Look out Philadelphia.

I also need to note that I was upset that Matt Diaz did not start on opening day.  Not cool.

Don’t stop the chop.

Author: Josh Brown
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6 Comments »

  1. Matt Diaz always gets the short end of the stick. He deserves to be a starter somewhere.

    Oh, and if Lowe gives up 5 earned in 5 innings to Chicago, I can’t wait for Philly to get at him. And hopefully Doc Halladay will introduce JayHey to that nasty cutter…haha just messing with ya man.

    Comment by Matt Pennington
    April 6, 2010 at 10:57 pm

  2. You ain’t kiddin’ about Lowe… I’m not a huge Lowe fan. I think our 2-3 starters are better than he is. They tried to deal him somewhere else this off season… but they owe him too much money, and who wants that baggage?

    As for the Jay-Hey and Doc match-up… it’s on like Donkey Kong.

    Comment by Josh Brown
    April 6, 2010 at 11:07 pm

  3. Braves biggest off-season move was adding sure-thing World Series man Eric Hinske. But seriously, what is exciting is the NL East seems to have multiple legit teams this year to compete with the Phils. Should be fun to watch play out. Hurray for baseball!

    Comment by Jason Wuerfel
    April 6, 2010 at 11:15 pm

  4. Haha, true, Eric Hinske does have a knack for joining teams heading to the World Series…but that streak will come to an end this year…And the NL East should be very competitive this year, but I think it will be a two horse race, with Philly and Atlanta, one winning the division and the other taking the wild card. I don’t think that NY or Florida can hang all season long.

    And yeah, when Lowe was a free agent, I was pulling for Philly to sign him, but not for the years he wanted. Thank god they didn’t, or the Phils would be a lot different with the money tied up in him. I’m really looking forward to the Phils/Braves series this year. In 2008, the Phils dominated the season series, but last year, the Braves won it. It should be competitive again this year, as both teams improved. I’m heading to Philly for the Phillies/Braves series on the weekend of May 8th, should be awesome.

    I have a lot of friends who are Braves fans, and I had to bring them back down to earth, reminding them that Jordan Schaffer homered in his first career at bat last year, and look where he’s at now…though Heyward is obviously in a completely different world than most young guys.

    Comment by Matt Pennington
    April 7, 2010 at 1:03 am

  5. Ah! Matt! Don’t jinx us with any mention of Schaffer. Ah!!! I’m not listening! Stop! No!

    I’m stoked that the Braves got Hinske. Compared to our “pinch hitter”, Greg Norton, last year… he’s like Bo Jackson. His bat speed makes my heart flutter.

    Yes, the NL race between the Phils and Braves will definitely be fun to watch this year. I just hope that the Braves can be consistently aggressive this year, for once. They are notorious for owning the Phillies, the Mets, and even the Yankees, but then they’ll get swept by the likes of the Reds or the Nationals. It burns my mitt.

    Comment by Josh Brown
    April 7, 2010 at 9:24 am

  6. Haha my bad…had to bring Schaffer up. He and Martin Prado tortured me last year, or at least in the first few series of the year against the Phillies. I don’t know what Prado’s line against Philly was last year, but it seemed like every time he came up, he was driving in a run or getting a hit. It was frustrating.

    Comment by Matt Pennington
    April 7, 2010 at 11:21 am

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