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Open Thread and NAHWAL: Andruw Jones at Braves

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The prodigal son returns in the form of Andruw Jones, and it is an all too recently-familiar Andruw Jones who is hitting a pitiful .157 and has twice as many strikeouts (16) as hits (8). Will he get booed or will he get cheered -- I really don't know about this one. I think there will be a smattering of both, but more cheers than boos. People in the stands tend to remember the good times with Andruw and most of us probably don't mind that he left. A comparison of our old and new center fielders:


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2008 - Andruw Jones 15 51 6 8 2 1 0 2 7 16 0 0 .157 .259 .235


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2008 - Mark Kotsay 15 55 7 13 3 2 1 3 5 7 0 0 .236 .300 .418

Kotsay hasn't blown anyone's socks off, but he's certainly doing better than the struggling Jones.

Last night John Smoltz was once again the tonic that cures what ails the Braves, and Chipper decided to take the offense and put it on his back. We needed that win, but what we need more than that is the kind of consistent hitting and hitting with runners in scoring position that we saw last night. To that end, Mark Teixeira is still mired in his early season struggle mode. When he emerges from that we should see a completely different and more confident offense.

Tonight we get the bullpen starting. Jeff Bennett is the scheduled starter, but he pitched an inning in a game on Wednesday, so there's no telling how long he'll be able to go. There's also no telling which Jeff Bennett we'll see on the mound. He's allowed at least one run in every appearance where he's gone an inning or longer. I'm guessing we'll see the new Jorge Sosa Campillo at some point in the game -- did you know that he hasn't given up a hit or a walk yet in five innings pitched!


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Jeff Bennett 0-0 7 1 0 0 0 0 14.2 15 9 9 1 10 10 5.52 1.70


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Jorge Campillo 0-0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5.0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.00 .00


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2008 - Derek Lowe 1-0 3 3 0 0 0 0 20.0 18 5 4 0 1 16 1.80 .95


Next Game

Los Angeles Dodgers
@ Atlanta Braves

Friday, Apr 18, 2008, 7:35 PM EDT
Turner Field

Derek Lowe vs Buddy Carlyle

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game Time temperature: Around 75.

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