The Marlins are terrible. I mean really really bad. For a team that had all the pre-season hype and money-spending-new-stadium-look-at-us thing going on, that place is now a lime green funeral home. Send in the clowns to take the field in that park. We faced off against a pitcher in Leblanc who gave up 6 runs in 4 innings. The amazing thing was that Hudson melted down in the 4th and let the terrible Marlins back into the game. Luckily, we shut the door on them and put another run on the board to finish off the game. Seven runs and 11 hits for the Braves did and should win any game we play. That's the best thing I take away from yesterday's matchup.
MVP of the game was Martin Prado with a 4-4 night, 2 RBIs, and a run scored. Dan Uggla gets another honorable mention for his 2-4 night with 3 RBIs. Together, those two guys propelled the Braves to the win. Dan's homer in the first was especially awesome as it came with 2 outs, and it looked like the Marlins might wriggle off the hook. In the words of Lee Corso: NOT SO FAST! Another mention goes to the wily vet Jeff Baker, who was playing LF in a rare start, and the kid went 1-2 with an RBI. That's a good job by a journeyman guy that you may be seeing more of in the near future since he murders LH pitching. I'd expect he gets a few PH spots later in games if they have lefty relievers come in to face our lineup.
Braves went for a robust 4-8 with RISP. Now, granted that's against the Marlins, but I'll take it every day of the week if we can get it. Also, we need to discuss why I'm worried about Hudson. He's getting caught in bad innings too often in his last 5 outings. Tim's ERA has risen to 3.77, and most of that is due to his recent performances. In his last 5, he's had 2 good and 3 bad starts, totalling 14 runs across 31 innings. That's an ERA over 4 in those starts. And yet, we're still having to question whether or not Fredi would start him in a one game playoff. I hope that's not a serious debate behind closed doors.
Tonight Maholm faces off against some clown from the Marlins with a 4-12 record and a 4.71 ERA. Let's not waste any time and jump all over these guys early. We can turn 4 in a row to 5 in a row by knocking him out of the game in the 3rd.