Phillies - Braves Series Recap

Not even presidential chutzpah could help the Braves in the final game of the series.

It was a tough one for the Braves, falling in two out of three games against the division leaders. The silver lining, or perhaps the even scarier part, is that without the comeback win in game-1 we might have been swept by Philadelphia. Here is the good and the bad from the series... a lot more bad than good.

The Good

  • We were able to come back and win game-1, and we did it with the homerun ball.
  • We only committed one error, so defense remains strong.
  • Our bench was 3-for-6 with a walk.

The Bad

  • Out leadoff batters -- Matt Diaz for two games and Nate McLouth for one -- were a combined 0-for-13 and didn't make it on base once.
  • Yunel Escobar was 1-for-11
  • Our bullpen is being worked hard early in the season. They pitched 12.1 innings in this series alone.
  • Troy Glaus left 9 men on base during the series (of course, he did redeem himself in game-1).
  • Philly starters allowed only 13 hits and 2 runs (0 earned runs) in three games -- the Braves HAVE to start hitting starting pitching.

Series MVP:  This one goes to a non-Braves entity, the Philadelphia starting pitchers. They did their job and shut us down. No one on the Braves is deserving of the MVP title this series.

Series LVP:  Braves leadoff hitters Matt Diaz and Nate McLouth. For whatever reason whomever we put in the leadoff spot is failing to get on base. I don't really have an answer for who to put up there, and I know the Braves don't either.

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