Good day to all!
I'm still excited, can not wait to see a full game. I'm a little dissapointed in the pitching so far, I had High hope for Moylan, and he blew it, just plain blew it, A belt high frisbee fastball to Zimmerman? comparable to giving a Panhandler a gift card for Mickey D's. 0-2 is not a real good harbinger for the season, but I will tell you what is, Hudson, gritting it out, getting rocked, and then laying down the law, it was almost as if, for a moment, he had forgotten the speed of the game, then it returned to him.
Chipper will hit, Tex will hit, McCann looks like he might hit again (if he does not try for second on those hard liners, (a catcher (except Martin) should not try to stretch many singles) Yunel, well you just never know with kids, but we can hope he will keep swinging. Mr. Francouer, well were not sure which one will show up this year, so far it's not the one with the killer arm, but maybe the bat will be there.
I was tense, I was excited, I was on the edge of my seat when the Braves tied the game against the Nationals, I was even more excited when they did so against the Pirates, but lets face it, these are two Bad teams, and so far our best was not good enough, back to that word, Harbinger. I will never say never, but.......... I'm truly worried about defense this year, Yunel Escobar is a fine kid, and a great utility guy, play anywhere on the infield, however we need a shortstop, not an average fielder at every position. I'm scared I hate seeing those numbers at the end of the line score, they are not braves baseball. Harken back to the days of Rafael Ramirez of the magnificent range and arm, Bob Horner on the corner (affectionately called the wall in my small circle of brave fan friends) and glenn hubbard at the 2 bag, just plain wow. Chipper when in full fettle, the crime dog, and on and on. The mainstay (so people say) of the great teams in the late 80's and 90's was the pitching (three probable hall of famers) in my mind it was the combo, the D and the pitching, one would have foundered without the other, but it did not. I just do not see that so far, but I'd like to. Right now, with the exception of Kotsay (who is a potential gold glover in anyones book) the Braves are not as sound as they once were with the leather, even Brian McCann who is beyond spectacular at the plate, and needs to play all the time for his bat, can not hold a candle to the likes of Bruce "eggs" Benedict behind the plate. If these things improve the Braves have a shot, but for now we are on the edge...........