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Braves go 3-4 on opening West Coast road trip

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The Braves are lucky to be 3-4. Today, John Smoltz weathered through a flu bug to give the Braves by far the best start of the season, giving up 4 runs in 7 innings. The starting rotation has been awful. Oscar Villarreal, Lance Cormier, Mike Remlinger, John Thomson, Chuck James, and Ken Ray have been the only pitchers being anywhere near decent on the team. The Braves have scored more runs than anyone in baseball, giving them 3 wins. It should have been 4 wins, but Reitsma blew his first save already. Andruw, Giles, Renteria, Langerhans, and McCann look terrific at the plate. (Meanwhile, Jeff Francoeur is predictably 2 for 30 and looks like he needs to go back to Double A.) Today, Chipper Jones left with a scary looking injury that turned out to be "only" a sprained ankle (that is actually good news, it looked like he ripped up his knee initially). He'll probably head to the 15 day DL and will return in a few weeks or so. Marcus Giles left with a sore quadriceps and is day-to-day. In case you didn't already know, Horacio Ramirez pulled a hamstring and is on the 15 day DL. Blaine Boyer wasn't ready and was sent back to Richmond, and his replacement Joey Devine looks nervous and hasn't been effective. John Thomson is back in the starting rotation and is pitching well despite a misleading 4.91 ERA. (Small sample sizes, you know) At least the Braves got the first West Coast trip out of the way already. Now, they head back to Atlanta for the home opener against Philadelphia. Thomson will pitch against Brett Myers. My game recaps should resume tomorrow night.

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