It’s Chipper’s birthday, and even though he’s known for being a Mets killer, #10 owned the Phils even more. Chipper had a 1.036 OPS vs. Philly, with 49 homers. If only we could live in the past. I’m sure the Phils would agree.
This series reminds me of those late 1970s match-ups vs. the Padres. Instead of Juan Tyrone Eichelberger and Buddy Jay Solomon we get Aaron Harang and Alex Wood. The Braves’ southpaw hasn’t come close to his 2014 form, averaging just 5.4 K’s per 9 IP while allowing 21 hits in 18-1/3 innings. At least he’s pitched into the 7th inning his last two starts, though it would be nice if he could go deeper.
At least the beleaguered bullpen gets some reinforcements tonight. John Cornley was off to a great start at Gwinnett, striking out 12 and walking just 1 in 8-1/3 IP. Fellow right-hander Michael Kohn, signed in the offseason, hasn’t been as dominant but the hard-thrower has demonstrated much better control, walking but 2 in 8-1/3 IP for the G-Braves. He walked 20 last season in 23-2/3 IP for the Angels.
Thus ends the Sugar Ray Marimon era. Brandon Cunniff, who appeared in 10 of the Braves’ 15 games, was also returned to Gwinnett, buying him some time before inevitable Tommy John surgery.
The line-up: Young LF, Callaspo 2B, Markakis RF, Freddie 1B, AJ C, CJ 3B, Andrelton SS, Maybin CF, Wood P
*Speaking of Bob Saget, can someone explain the excitement over the “Full House” reboot? Millennials must be desperate for nostalgia for the sitcom equivalent of tonight’s Braves-Phils contest.