It's always refreshing to take two of three from division rivals in their own backyard. The Braves won the weekend series from the Phillies and saw the major-league debut of their most prized pitching prospect. Here are some notes from this past weekend.
Julio Teheran: he made his debut Saturday and while he didn't win, he showed the Phillies and fans watching glimpses of what he's capable of. It should be real fun watching him pitch in the near future.
Jair Jurrjens: his impressive outing on Sunday lowered his ERA to 1.50. That mark is now tops in the NL, better than Halladay, Lincecum and that guy named Johnson in Florida who's supposed to be good.
Eric O'Flaherty: this guy is clutch. He entered Friday's game ahead 3-0, but with two on and no outs in the seventh inning and facing the middle of the Phillies batting order. He saved the game by striking out the side, all of them swinging and left another runner stranded on base Sunday. I believe he's the MVP of the series.Derek Lowe: he pitched brilliantly on Friday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but only left because of a blister on his right foot.
Freddie Freeman: he had his first career three-hit game Sunday. I'm sure there will be plenty of those in the future.
Cliff Lee: he struck out 16 Braves on Friday, setting a new personal high for a single game. He allowed nine hits, four of them in a span of five pitches in the third inning of that game, leading to three runs. He is now 1-3, 6.15 ERA in five starts against the Braves. He has only walked two in his 26.1 innings against them, one of them Derek Lowe.
Kyle Kendrick: what makes the guy so hard for the Braves to beat up on? The guy reminds of Tony Saunders. Anyone remember him? In 1997, Saunders was 3-0, 1.65 ERA against the Braves, 1-6, 5.57 ERA against everyone else. Kendrick's splits aren't nearly that drastic, but it's still confusing to me as to how the Braves can pin losses on Lee and Hamels, but not Kendrick.
Bullpens: for the Braves, one run allowed in nine innings on five hits compared to four runs on nine hits in eight innings for the Phillies.
NL East standings: the Braves are now 3.5 games behind the Phillies in third place, 1.5 games behind Florida.
Mother's Day: did any of you make your mother feel extra special?
The Braves head home to start an eight-game home stand on Tuesday against Washington.