Charlie Morton takes the mound tonight against the Phillies – hoping the Braves offense can back him this time out. And, unexpectedly, Chipper Jones may be in the lineup doing his part. That’ll help Morton feel happier – or even Chipper – if you will, about this game.
Chipper ran some sprints today and noticed significant improvement in his right quad. He told Bobby Cox about an hour ago he was ready to be in the lineup for the game tonight. The final decision will be made after batting practice, but Chipper, who was expected to go on the DL today, normally knows his body pretty well. I’d expect to see him doing his part. Hopefully he’s kept up his hot swing while he’s been unable to run, because I can’t wait to see him in front of Mark Teixeira, who has been absolutely on fire recently. Oh, and we get Mark Kotsay back from the DL tonight. And if that’s not good enough, we’ll get Yunel Escobar back in the lineup tomorrow. We’ll see an improvement in offense with those three.
Morton needs a win. He’s had three starts and is 1-1 with a 4.24 ERA, but he’s pitched very well in all of those starts – not giving up more than 3 earned runs. He’s due tonight and if the guys can deliver offensively, we should see another W for the Bravos.
Time to make a run to the top of the division, gentlemen. Go get ‘em!
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