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The Braves started off the season by taking two out of three games from the Washington Nationals, including an impressive 11-2 win in the series finale.
The Braves continued their solid play by taking the first game against the Milwaukee, but it would be the only game of the series they would win as the offense struggled to put together any consistently good play. They ended up losing the last three games of the series, only scoring eight runs in the four games.
Then the series we were all looking forward to: a three game-hosting of the Philadelphia Phillies.The Braves fell behind 3-0 early on in the first game in Turner Field but quickly turned things around.
Jason Heyward started things off right in the bottom of the second by hitting a triple. He would get knocked in soon after by Alex Gonzalez. The Braves would end up trying the game up at three by the end of the innings.
The spark really came in the bottom of the fourth, when Chipper Jones crushed a double to deep center with the bases loaded, scoring all three. The Braves would take the 6-3 lead to the house and win their first game against the vaunted Phillies. Jones would also pick up 2,500th hit, on a day where Bobby Cox threw out the first pitch. Quite a day in Braves history.
That would be their only true success of the series though, as the Roy Oswalt and the Phillies defeated the Braves 10-2 in the second game of the series. Then despite Derek Lowe's third great performance of the season, they fell 3-0 to Cole Hamels in the final game.
So now the Braves are standing at 4-6 but fear not Braves fans. Remember that we started 9-14 last year, so just stay positive. It always seems to take us a few games to get started.
Best Hitter so Far: Brian McCann. While it was hard to choose him over the hot starting Jones, McCann's high batting average (.361) and five RBI make him the best hitter through the first 10 games. If McCann can keep up this production, then Jones will continue to get good pitches, and Uggla will start to see better ones.
Best Pitcher so Far: Derek Lowe. I think this one goes without saying, with all due respect to Tim Hudson and Craig Kimbrel. Lowe has only given up just three runs in 18.2 innings so far, giving him a 1.45 ERA. The problem has been run support, as he has gotten two runs in his two outings, which gives him his 1-2 record so far.