If Jo-Jo Reyes wasn't in the rotation, this could have very easily been a 7-1 road trip. If the third-base umpire in the Braves loss had made the correct call on Carlos Beltran's attempted stolen base in the bottom of the 9th, it could have been an 8-and-0 road trip.
(Don't get me started on the umpiring I've seen so far this season...but replays don't lie, B-Mac nailed Beltran at third...no question.)
Even so, the Braves have had a great road trip. We are now sitting in second place in the division, a mere two games back from the New York Mets themselves.
I honestly wonder what our record would look like if Brian McCann was not having vision problems early in the season.
Since coming off the DL, "B-Mac" has a .429 BA in 21 ABs. David Ross did a great Brian McCann impression while he filled in for the All-Star catcher, but it's great to have the real thing back in the lineup.
Here is a suggestion that wonder if you would like. Bobby Cox is really wanting to give playing time to Infante and Prado...and frankly I do too.
How do you feel about a platoon in CF with Jordan Schafer and Omar Infante. Schafer could get the bulk of the starts against righty pitchers and Infante could start against the southpaws.
Schaferis obviously struggling as any rookie would. Why not build up his confidence a little by letting him focus on right-handed pitching. His obvious whole in his swing wouldn't be as much of a problem withright-handed pitching. This also would give Infante some playing time.
Martin Prado could also switch shifts with a growing-older (non-steroid taking) Chipper Jones at 3B, a streaky Kelly Johnson at 2B, and a Casey Kotchman (who is growing on me quickly) at 1B.
Well...enough rambling out loud...or online I guess you would say.
Jair Jurrjenshas proved something to me. He is every bit as good as any starting pitcher in the MLB. Yes...MLB.
(Insert crazy comment about Johan Santana here Mets fans.)
Yes, J.J. is one of the best pitchers in baseball, right now. I don't see him getting much recognition because no one has any idea who he is. Do not be surprised if in August he is in the thick of a Cy Young race with Santana, Peavy, Zambrano, and the other pitching studs of the NL.
Jurrjens' worst start was April 12th against the Washington Nationals. He went 5.1 innings allowing 3 ER's. Again...that was his worst start.
He is consistent, he is reliable, and of all the Braves starters...right now I want him starting Game Seven of the World Series if available.
(Again, insert stupid comment from a Met's fan here.)
The reality is, I think if the Braves hit well enough this summer, the pitching is beyond good enough to get them to the playoffs.
You could make an argument for the Phillies having a great staff or even the Mets. However, I feel pretty comfortable with1-through-4 in our rotation, and No. 5 should be called up in a couple weeks. (i.e. Tommy Hanson) I can't say the same for the rest of the NL East.