Open Thread and Noc-A-Homa-Win-A-Lotta: Braves at Nationals (5/16)

 Today's Starting Pitchers

 K. Davies
Braves
vs.
 L. Speigner
Nationals
1-1 W-L 1-0
5.35 ERA 3.77
24 SO 6
20 BB 12
5 HR 0
vs.
Nationals
-- vs.
Braves

Game Time: 7:05pm on

Hudson was ON last night, especially for the first four innings, through which he had a perfect game going. He really is a completely different pitcher this year. I think the announcers said it best when they were comparing the Hudson of this year to the Maddux of the mid-90's - Hudson was throwing effortlessly and getting just about everyone to ground out to the infield.

In other news, it seems as though Smoltz's pinky finger is feeling better and the swelling is going down. He's thinking he can pitch on his next scheduled day, but the Braves will probably want to give him ample time to recover - I fear a Plug sighting in his stead. Also, Mike Gonzalez was pulled from the eighth inning of Tuesday night's game as a precautionary measure. Gonzo says he feels fine, but his elbow may be playing tricks on him. If there is anything wrong with his arm, it's a mystery at this point.

Kyle Davies will try to follow up his best start as he takes the mound tonight. The Braves will likely still not have Chipper Jones back, as his bruised palms are taking longer than expected to heal.

Last Night's Box Score >>

Atlanta 6, Washington 2 at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
Atlanta Record: (25-14)
Washington Record: (13-26)

Winning pitcher - Tim Hudson (5-1)
Losing pitcher - Jerome Williams (0-5)

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