Julio is an astounding 8-0 with a sub-1 ERA in starts after he loses a game.
Chance are he’ll need to hurl well tonight. For the opposing moundsman, Cole Hamels, has been suffocating of late. He’s allowed an earned run in his past 23 innings. Not bad. The good news is the Phillies are just 3-7 in his starts. And they’re 5-9 in June. More good news is the Braves are coming off two of their best back-to-bad offensive games of the season.
Changing subjects, the late, great Tony Gwynn never struck out against Greg Maddux, in 107 plate appearances. And he hit .415 against the greatest pitcher of the generation. In 287 PAs against Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz combined, Gwynn fanned 3 times.
RIP, Tony. The guy had the greatest knack for putting the meat of the bat on the ball of any player I’ve ever seen.