I don't know how many of you watched the Braves-Marlins game last night, but I felt like those of you that were saw an important step in the development of Jo-Jo Reyes. Was it his best start? No. Was it still pretty solid? Emphatic YES. But what I finally saw was the type of pure stuff I've been looking for. I've always been sold on Reyes' fastball. But last night I really saw the slider for what it is: a lefty killer. Reyes didn't K many last night(4, I think) but they were impressive. A 2 strike count, a sweeping curve/slider(not entirely sure which he was throwing, if not both), a weak wave from the lefty batter, and a K. I've always thought Jo-Jo had the makings of someone with a long career ahead of him, but last night I saw the makings of a guy who has a long career as a high end starter ahead of him
Now on the the 2nd part of this post: Jair Jurrjens. As you have all seen, triple J has enjoyed one of the more successful rookie seasons of 2008. Edinson Volquez? No. But very, very solid. A guy with very good control and a slider he needs to use more. Another high end starter.
So, for those of you that have talked about how old the Braves rotation is, and how this is their last chance; think again. With Hudson, Jurrjens, and Reyes lined up to be at the top of the rotation for years to come, I'm not exactly worried.