By Matt Berliner
The Braves really turned things around this weekend. After the rain out Friday night, they came back with a vengence against rival New York. The Bullpen looks to be ok now, probly had opening day jitters. I also suspect that the pressure of running out of the gate as a team with probly the best bullpen in years might have got to them. Manny Acosta especially seems to have calmed down a bit. It's Soriano that im worried about. He doesn't seem to be able to throw strikes with the confidence he had last season. Jair Jurrjens however has no problems going after the hitters.
The offense is doing great. Kelly Johnson's slam on Saturday really got me excited about his chances of staying healthy all season. I like Martin Prado too, and hope that Bobby can find the perfect blend of playing time for both of them. I like our chances with both coming off the bench when the other is starting.
Defense too looks a lot better. Again, opening day jitters im assuming. Mark Kotsay is doing a great job helping me to forget that we don't have Andruw in center. He gets to the ball and has a great arm. I also haven't seen him ground into a double play yet. (ok im done comparing him to Andruw).
I must admit, I didn't get to see the first six innings of yesterdays game, but from what I've read in the paper and heard from fans, he was masterful. I guess were all hoping that shoulder stiffness can be dealt with. Smoltz says he's a seventh inning pitcher...I hope he is right. Only he knows his body, but I can't help but think Smoltz is just trying to stay playing baseball as long as he can. We all love John and want him to pitch forever, but the reality is, its coming to an end. In all fairness, I want him to pitch as long as he can, but his body and health come first. If he can't do it anymore, we would understand. We as Braves fans can handle it. We've lost key players in trades and retirements before (Lopez, Murphy, Maddux, Glavine).
Off topic, this is probly a forgotten soundtrack, but has anyone heard the Back to the Future Part III soundtrack? It's a great score from Alan Silvestri...just thought I'd throw that out there.
Back to the Braves...So they look really good....we've scored 40 runs in 6 games...and held our opponents to 27 runs. Offense is stellar, defense is sound, bullpen is coming around...and the Braves are .500. Let's keep it up. I want to hear that Braves chatter from all of you while were watching the game...and for those of you in the Atlanta area...go to those games and support our team in person for those of us who can't be there...(I'm in San Francisco). There are Braves fans everywhere thanks to the late TBS.