The home nine is still rolling. Neither Grilli nor Johnson were particularly sharp last night, but they finished it. Cody Martin continued his spectacular work and Miller turned in another Hansonian effort. He’s got nasty stuff but seems to have trouble putting hitters away. Or maybe it’s just that the Marlins know how to foul off his pitches with two strikes.
In any case, ye humble bloggers will visit the yard this evening for the first time this season. We’ll be in row 1, section 411 if anyone wants to stop by. (Snagged tix for $7 each on Stub Hub.) So don’t be surprised to see a steady stream of tweets from CB about the fake fiddler and other Turner Field distractions. More importantly, let’s hope new Bravo Trevor Cahill turns in a good effort. Other than Dee Gordon, no Marlin has even double-digit plate appearances against him, so not much to learn there. Koehler has owned Andrelton — .111 in just 18 at bats. That probably means little.
Callaspo starts at second again. Unlike yesterday, I’m not complaining. He’s hitting. Other than Freeman, Simmons, Bethancourt and Markakis, playing the hot hand is the way to go with this club. Your lineup: Young CF, Callaspo 2B, Markakis RF, Freeman 1B, Pierzynski C, CJ 3B, KJ LF, Simmons SS, Cahill P.
Finally, a big happy birthday to three Brave greats: Maddux, Justice and Avery. They all authored countless landmark moments in Braves history. I’ll raise a cold one to you tonight at the ball yard, fellas. Here’s a quick look at one of Avery’s masterpieces vs. LA in 1993.