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Open Thread and NAHWAL: Braves at Nationals (4/11)

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Chuck James was sent packing back to Richmond Thursday after his pitching stunk upCoors Field. I sort of questioned the very fact that he was given the startafter not throwing hardly anything in spring training and only pitching insimulated games the last few weeks. Surely we would have done better with JeffBennett getting the start or even Buddy Carlyle.

To replace James, we’ll get neither Bennett nor Buddy, butJorge Campillo. This was a pitcher who was cut in the middle of spring trainingand I could have sworn had no chance of making the club. He’s pitched in 8major league game in parts of the last three years, all for Seattle. He’s a 29 year old no-frills pitcherwith decent minor league numbers. He doesn’t seem to have any real good"stuff," and I worry that he’s been way too hittable -- 9.20 hits per nineinnings in the minors, and 11.72 H/9 in the majors -- seems like a classic 4-Apitcher (much like Buddy Carlyle, so I guess in a way, we are getting him).

There was a spot available on our 40-man roster, so wedidn’t have to put anyone on waivers when we added Campillo. Does it scareanyone that this mix-n-match starter game we’ve already been playing is thesame one we’ve played for the last two years?

Tonight’s starter is Tim Hudson, who gets another crack atthe Nationals -- the team that roughed him up in the first inning of hisopening day start. Of course, after that first inning he was pretty muchunhittable. Let’s see if he can settle into that comfort factor from the firstpitch of tonight’s game.


Next Game

Atlanta Braves
@ Washington Nationals

Friday, Apr 11, 2008, 7:35 PM EDT
Nationals Park

Tim Hudson vs Matt Chico

Partly cloudy with a 30-percent chance of rain. Winds blowing out to center field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Near 80.

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