To a certain someone who said no way when I suggested Delgado might outpitch Dempster the rest of this season, someone whose name ryhmes with sleeve, the Dempster has started out with a bang in Texas. 7 runs in 4 innings, giving back a big early lead Texas staked him to.
Interesting to notice how the Braves have fared against pitchers they have never seen this year. Maybe I’m wrong, but it seems like we have done a much better job of that. We still have the terrible pitchers who own us, but not so much the rookies notching their first wins against us.
129 — we faced Eovaldi last year, if that’s whom you were referring to. But yes — the Braves are doing a better job against pitchers we haven’t faced before.
Interesting matchups this weekends. Hudson vs. Armando Galaragga (when did he wind up in Houston??) tonight. Maholm’s first start against Harrell, who is having a good second half so far, tomorrow. And Medlen vs. Norris, a high-ERA but high K pitcher. Really hope we sweep.
136 – Cool article, although I gotta say that that guy seems to be overestimating our pitching a bit. He cites Hudson and Hanson’s combined 22-9 record, but they (Hanson mostly) haven’t been as good as that record may indicate; our bullpen has been shaky at times; and Fredi’s bullpen management, while better than last year, is still questionable. To give Venters any credit for this season’s success – which this writer does – is a bit embarrassing.
I hate to be cynical, but I wonder how closely that guy covers the Braves.