Open Thread and NAHWAL: Brewers at Braves (9/20)

Wow, where has this good pitching been from the bottom of our rotation all season? Two nights ago it was Jo-Jo, and last night it was Chucky, with probably his best start of the year. A start and a win which earned the Braves their first sweep since right after the All-Star break. As good as Chuck was, I have a feeling it was as much about how badly the Marlins suck right now as it was about how well he pitched last night. He hadn't had a start like this since mid-July.

As the season comes to a close I thought I'd keep an eye on the NL Batting Title race. There are pretty much five players who have a shot at it, with Matt Holliday in the lead and on fire right now, followed by Chipper and Edgar. I think it will be a fun side-story to watch for the remainder of the year.

NL Batting Title Watch

Player, Team Last Night Average
Matt Holliday, COL 2-for-3 .340
Chipper Jones, ATL 2-for-3 .339
Edgar Renteria, ATL 3-for-4 .338
Chase Utley, PHI 1-for-3 .333
Hanley Ramirez, FLA 0-for-3 .331

Pitching for the Braves tonight is minor league journey-man Jeff Bennett (scary photo alert!). Jeff will be starting against the club he made the majors with back in 2004 - the Brewers. He was 1-and-5 for them that year as a reliever. And if you look into his stats and see that in 60 appearances he finished 20 games but didn't record a save, it's pretty obvious he was a mop-up man. His stats that year were nothing to write home about. He had right elbow surgery in 2006 and has made a pretty decent comeback this year, primarily at Richmond and primarily as a long reliever. Bottom line on him is that we need to score about 12 runs to win tonight. Should be a fun game!

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