What a game! And what a joy this line up has become. Even without McLouth it’s strong as hell. To be able to have Esco, GA and LaRoche in the bottom half. What a difference a few months makes. We’ll be tied for 2nd after tonight, people. Bring on the Phils.
Somebody get Curt a Valium. I like how the Braves are off tonight and the Phillies have to play. I’m hoping for a very long, using a ton of pitchers type of defeat for the Phils. Are we scared of Pedro?
I am personally not at all scared of Pedro. After all, he threw only 5 innings gave up 7 hits and three runs. He also had only one 1-2-3 inning which was against the 6, 7, and 8 hitters. 65% of pitches were strikes which is not great, but solid. Yet, even I can not quiet the little voice in the back of my head saying, “C’mon it is Pedro Martinez”.
Something has been off with Hamels all season. It’s late in the season for that to change. Here’s what Sept 1 should look like:
Lee being excellent
Hamels continuing to give up hits in bunches but hanging in there at .500
Blanton pitching like Blanton, which is respectable at #3
Happ fading badly and needing to be rested
Pedro – who knows?
C in B – I hope you’re right about Happ fading. On the one hand he’s already pitched 4x the innings he’s ever pitched. On the other hand he pitched a complete game shut-out 9 days ago. I’d feel better if we saw signs of the fade already. And Pedro doesn’t really scare me either. He threw some great pitches those first four innings and then become really pedestrian in the 5th. I just don’t believe he will get stronger as the season goes on. But, to quote you, “who knows.”
And Bub – I am with you 1000%. There is a real swagger and confidence with this team that we’ve not seen in a long time. My excitement level for this series is ridiculous.
I’m tempted to talk about my excitement over this series but I always seem to jinx the Braves when I do so you will all just have to read my mind. No doubt I will tell you all how it played out just as I predicted…in my head.