It’s a fact. There will rarely be a doubleheader any more that isn’t a day/night one. In a day of “money talks” and expensive ticket prices, baseball organizations will stick to forcing fans to buy tickets to both games of a doubleheader. I’m glad as a little kid I got to go to a few true doubleheaders with my dad. You know, the kind where you get to the park at 11 and don’t go home until it’s well after dark. THAT is a real doubleheader.
Anyways, enough of that rant. The division-rival Mets are in town today to start a 4-game series, including the makeup game for the April 4th rainout. About a quarter of the way through the season, the Braves and Mets both find themselves within striking distance of the top of the NL East (the Mets are 1 game behind the Marlins while the Braves are 2).
Game 1 – 1pm
In the first game today, Tom Glavine (1-1, 4.41) will face his former team for the first time. It’s been an up-and-down season for Glavine so far so we need him to come up big this afternoon against John Maine.
Game 2 – 7pm
Tonight’s game has Jorge Campillo making his first start for the Braves. He has been solid in a bullpen role thus far this season and has gotten the call to take the hill to start. Campillo has said he’ll probably only make it 75-80 pitches in tonight’s game, so I expect to see Jeff Bennett picking up after him. Hopefully the bullpen still has some left after the day game.
It’s a long day of division-rivalry baseball. The Braves and Mets always seem to bring their best stuff when they face off with each other. Both teams should be looking to split the 4-game series and try to irk out a third win in there somewhere. The Braves lead the series on the season 3-2.
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So we have a real doubleheader against the Pirates today. Not a day/night one, but a true one game after another doubleheader. You don’t see that too often any more, but I’m glad. The real question is . . . will we get the games in today. I’m pretty busy today but the last time I looked in on the weather for Pittsburgh, it wasn’t looking too favorable. We’ll see if it holds out so we can get some of these games in. I’ll do my best to keep up with the games today but no guarantees.
Jurrjens will be pitching the first game for the Braves while Tim Hudson will make his regularly scheduled start in the second game. We have another doubleheader in a couple weeks against the Mets; let’s try and start a good streak on those today.
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