Thursday, April 05, 2007

I Could Get Used to This

The stats for the new and improved bullpen after two games: eight innings pitched, one earned run, six hits, six walks, six strikeouts, two wins, and two for two in save opportunities. The sample size is tiny and the WHIP and K/BB numbers aren't great, but is there any doubt that the Braves would have lost one or both games last year? Between the bullpen starting strong and Tim Hudson looking great last night (remember his craptastic start on Opening Day in Los Angeles last year?), this season is off to a good start.

The million dollar question for today is whether Chuck James can keep the ball in the ballpark, given the Phillies' strong lineup and the short dimensions at...whatever the hell the Phils' new stadium is called. James was excellent against the Phillies in two starts last year, but a flyball pitcher in these circumstances could be dangerous.

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