In 2007, the Braves went to Philly and swept a three-game series from the Phillies. That winning steak came to a halt in the home opener vs. the Mets when a journeyman southpaw got lit up for 11 runs on a blustery night at The Ted. Let’s hope Eric Stults doesn’t pull a Mark Redman tonight.
Fredi stacks the line-up with right-handed hitters vs. Jon Niese, continuing his not-so-soft platoons. At the current rate Freddie, Markakis and Andrelton are the only Braves position players likely to amass 120 starts or more.
Maybin 8, Gosselin 4, Markakis 9, Freeman 3, Gomes 7, CJohnson 5, Bethancourt 2, Simmons 6, Stults 1
*Evan Gattis is off to an inauspicious start with the Astros, striking out 8 times in his last 8 ABs coming into today’s game. The players acquired for him fared much better in their debuts: Mike Foltynewicz allowed 1 run in 4 IP for Gwinnett last night, striking out 7, while 3B Rio Ruiz, batting third for Mississippi Braves, doubled twice.
*The Braves opened vs. the Mets last year, as well, losing 4-0 to Bartolo Colon. Among the relivers who appeared in that game for the Braves: Gus Schlosser, Ian Thomas and Pedro Beato.
*Hard to believe it’s been five years since the most entertaining home opener in Atlanta Braves history.