Atlanta Braves Look to Rebound from Slow Start in Mets Series

Dee WilcoxAnalyst IApril 5, 2008

Pick your poison seems to be the theme for the Atlanta Braves as they begin their weekend series against the New York Mets at a sluggish 1-2.

After dropping the series to the "scrappy Pirates" and a rain out Friday night, which sets up a Day Night Doubleheader on May 20th. The Braves play on a day's rest ready to take on the New York Mets (2-1), who won a series in Miami this week against the Marlins.

I say pick your poison this week for good reason.

It was either good pitching and defense and little hitting, or the exact opposite from Bravos.

Wednesday the bats came alive to take down Pittsburg, but yet again slowed on Thursday, only to see the Braves drop a 3-4 decision to Pittsburg.

As for today, a 3:55 PM start on your local Fox channel, it will be Atlanta's Tim Hudson taking the helm today against John Maine.

Hudson, after one start at Washington, has a 2.57 ERA and is looking to improve to 1-0 on the season. The Braves will look for bats to come alive and defense to follow up along with a good outing from Hudson to climb to a 2-2 record and take a quick series lead over the Mets.

A couple notes: after three games, Chipper Jones and Yuniel Escobar are leading the Braves in hitting. Both are doing well with RBI and the long ball. Look for them both to keep hot throughout the season as others catch along.