Unfortunately, Kevin Gross won’t be on the mound tonight. The Braves will face two lefties, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, over the weekend, so the onus will be on Dan Uggla, who was acquired to make the line-up less vulnerable to tough southpaws.
The Braves have fared well against Lee in three previous starts, with 4 homers among 21 hits in 16 innings.
As for the Opening Night festivities, Talking Chop reports the Braves are planning a surprise for the first pitch honors. Among TC’s guesses: minor-league manager Luis Salazar, tossing to McCann. I’d put my money on that but, no offense to Salazar, I’d rather see members of the ’91 team, as this is the 20th anniversary of the greatest season Braves fans will ever experience.
Just make sure it’s not Montgomery. Or Gentry. (And would it be asking too much to 86 “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” from the musical rotation? Oh, and no between-innings host, unless it’s Walter Banks.)