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James Falls to the Mets

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Chuck James was clearly not himself today. A young lefty who normally hits his spots and keeps that fastball and excellent change down in the zone was either missing up or completely out of the strike zone, and he got lit up against a potent Mets offense that doesn't let you get away with mistakes.† James went only 5 1/3, allowing 6 runs, 10 hits, 2 walks, and his big downfall, 3 home runs. All the hard hit balls were pitches that were up in the zone and that happened all day. Oliver Perez wasn't great, he was good though today. The southpaw always seems to just do better versus the Braves. In his last 25 starts, Perez has an ERA just north of two against the Braves and an ERA over seven against everyone else. It isn't like the Braves were just swinging and missing at balls out of the strike zone, he just kept throwing strikes. Against everyone else he is one of the worst starting pitchers in baseball and against the Braves he is Cy Young caliber. The† Braves struck out 9 times against Perez and twice more after he exited the game with four of those going to Kelly Johnson, a very surprising performance. The heart of the order was fine today with Renteria, the Jones', and McCann going a combined 8 for 16 today but again, the back of the order was absolutely anemic. Kelly Meter: 0/4, 4 Ks, 1 BB. He looked like he was having real problems seeing Perez as he was locked up on some pretty bad pitches. It's coming again, another match up of Smoltz and Glavine. This is a game we should win with the pitching match up favoring the Braves.

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