That went pretty much as expected, except Teheran actually pitched pretty well. He has a good reason to complain about the offense. I know he was on the mound in the 6th inning thinking, "We got 10 runs last night guys! Where's the love?" There was no love. Zero love. Not to mention we had a Keystone cops moment in the middle of the game when a chopper that went maybe 80 feet somehow ended up as a double against the Braves defense. Not one, not two, but THREE guys had a shot at the ball, and everyone came up wanting. If that play doesn't hit 5 or better on Friday's Sportscenter Not Top Ten, I'll be shocked. Honestly, if you haven't seen it, find a replay and prepare to apply palm to face.
Corbin is ridiculously good for a rookie, allowing just 3 hits in 7 innings. I think the kid has a very Medlen-esque quality from last season. He doesn't look flappable, he makes quality pitches in tough counts, and he usually doesn't walk people. The anomoly last night was his career high 5 walks against the Braves, but it didn't matter. He always found a way to wriggle off the hook for 7 innings straight, many times courtesy of the twin killing. Speaking of which, if you liked double plays you got your fill last night. Both teams hit into two of them each to knock out the inning. Let's be honest, nobody hit well in this game. The Dbacks went 1-5 with RISP, and the Braves went 0-4 with RISP. The 2 run difference was that one extra hit by Arizona. I can hardly blame Julio for that, given how many times he put out the fires. Plus, the kid hasn't walked a single batter in two games straight. His control is there, but his awesome support from prior games went completely MIA.
BJ didn't play the game since he was plunked in the shoulder the day prior, and that meant Reed Johnson got a rare start in center. He made the most of it with a 2/2 day with a walk and a double. You can almost hear the lunatic fringe screaming for Reed full time. That would be a mistake, because Reed's not an everyday player. He's good in certain scenarios in certain matchups. BJ is a starter when he's right, and he's usually right by the All-Star break. I will fully admit if he's still under .200 by the end of June? We'll platoon him. Have no fear about that. Fredi won't keep an everyday guy out there if he's still a disaster as we get into a pennant race. He's not Bobby Cox, and loyalty to the new guy doesn't replace the team-first dynamic.
The good news is with a win today, the Braves can still win the series, and have a .500 road trip. Mentally, that would be a gigantic lift after the horrible trip to SF. What does the CPA think? It was right yesterday to move to 19-13. Now we look to see about the rubber game with Tim Hudson on the mound.
CPA Prediction Game 3: Braves 4 - Diamondbacks 3
Huddy has struggled a lot on the road. However, he's been able to control the Diamondbacks lineup in the past fairly well. The exception is Kubel, who Huddy should pitch around in key situations due to his .300 average and power. On the other side, Kennedy has been struggling everywhere. We can take him deep a few times and this game swings in our favor.