Braves Trek to Philly

Written by Rue on May 13, 2008 – 10:43 am

The Braves have traveled across the Keystone state hoping to carry some momentum from a win in Pittsburgh across to the city of Brotherly Love.  We’ll be watching Jo-Jo Reyes (1-0, 2.25) face off against Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 4.93) today, Glavine (0-1, 4.03) and Brett Myers (2-3, 5.33) tomorrow, and Chuck James (2-2, 7.58) on Thursday. Please note: Three Lefties.  Charlie Manuel noted that the Phillies offense against LHPs isn’t too strong and it will certainly be quite the obstacle to overcome in this series.  The Phillies are currently a game ahead of the Braves in the NL East and a few wins in this series would be clutch for the Bravos:

Reason 1:  Road-wins are rare occurrences these days. Sure, the Braves fought off the Pirates’ sweep attempt, but much of that can be attributed to Hudson’s consistency and a few great hits.  The Braves aren’t playing poorly on the road, but they are leaving too many runners on base, and are keeping up the one-run-losses.  Road morale can’t be phenomenal, and since the Phillies are such strong NL East opponents, it is clutch to win here to lift some spirits. Ever notice how fabulously Chipper Jones is playing this season? It’s because he started strong and has continued strong… no better way to build confidence and produce results. This is something we need across the entire lineup – both offensively and defensively.

Reason 2: We need to show that our “veteran” pitchers still have it going on, but with Reyes and James pitching games 1 and 3 of this series, it’d be nice to see a few innings pitched by the guys we need to count on for the rest of the season in terms of both health and successful showings.  I want to see James pitch a little better, I’m not stunned by a 7.58 ERA, and this is a great chance for him to prove himself.

Reason 3: We need to prove one of two things: we can recover from injuries, or we can succeed without injured players. Tex is having back spasms, Francoeur’s foot woes have been a concern, our pitchers seem to live on the DL.

Here are some things to look forward to, though. The Phils are on a losing streak themselves, losing three of their last four games. In all of these losing games, they scored three or less runs. Their big bats of Chase Utley and Pat Burrell (and a typical powerhouse Ryan Howard who hasn’t been as hot, but had his fourth triple on Sunday) weren’t as big in the last series, and are now looking at a 21-18 record.  The Braves need to ensure that the defense takes care of these heavy hitters, because sure enough they will come alive again.


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14 Responses to “Braves Trek to Philly”

  1. By Shaun on May 13, 2008 | Reply

    Yeah, this series is pretty key. I think we tend to step it up a notch against the better teams, and I hope we can do that the rest of the week.

  2. By Jonathan on May 13, 2008 | Reply

    We definitely need to step it up against the better teams, but we always seem to play better against them. We really need to take the games against the NL East opponents though. That’s key.

  3. By Akshay on May 13, 2008 | Reply

    Keys for Jojo tonight: Keep the ball down…anything waist high or above is going to get crushed unless they miss.

  4. By Jonathan on May 13, 2008 | Reply

    I think that’s a big thing with Jo-Jo every time he takes to the mound. He needs a couple of good innings to get started as well. He’s very easily shaken so a tough start equates to a tough night for him. Hopefully his finger is better from his last outing.

  5. By Susan on May 13, 2008 | Reply

    Interesting line up for the braves tonight. I’m liking it so far!!

  6. By Sal on May 13, 2008 | Reply

    i cant wait for another away series sweep. i was there last year opening week at all the games. it was the best

  7. By Jonathan on May 13, 2008 | Reply

    Definitely a changed up lineup, Susan . . . come hang out in the game thread :)

  8. By Sal on May 13, 2008 | Reply

    but it is a good lineup

  9. By Sal on May 13, 2008 | Reply

    i just think Francouer should be higher than norton

  10. By Sheryl on May 13, 2008 | Reply

    Why in the freakin world does Jeff go up swinging when Lidge couldn’t throw a strike…AAAUUUUUUUUUUGGGGHHHHHHHHHH

  11. By Jonathan on Feb 2, 2009 | Reply

    We definitely need to step it up against the better teams, but we always seem to play better against them. We really need to take the games against the NL East opponents though. That's key.

  12. By Jonathan on Feb 2, 2009 | Reply

    I think that's a big thing with Jo-Jo every time he takes to the mound. He needs a couple of good innings to get started as well. He's very easily shaken so a tough start equates to a tough night for him. Hopefully his finger is better from his last outing.

  13. By Susan on Feb 2, 2009 | Reply

    Interesting line up for the braves tonight. I'm liking it so far!!

  14. By Sheryl on Feb 2, 2009 | Reply

    Why in the freakin world does Jeff go up swinging when Lidge couldn't throw a strike…AAAUUUUUUUUUUGGGGHHHHHHHHHH

 


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