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For 14 seasons, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz were teammates. For a good portion of the time they spent in a Braves uniform they were part of the most dominant starting rotation ever to be assembled in baseball history. Now, they are set to toe the rubber against each other for only the second time in their careers on Saturday in Atlanta. The Braves, lead by Mark Redman got shelled in the first game of the series 11-1, but with the ace taking the mound, the Mets are going to have a much tougher time. Out of the big three, Smoltz has undoubtedly aged the best. Maddux and Glavine have sunk a couple places in the rotation and aren't really at the top of the game, while Smoltz continues to be the Braves ace as he gets closer and closer to 40. The only other time the two met was July 15, 2005 at Shea Stadium. While both were impressive, Smoltz and the Braves downed the Mets on the strength of a Wilson Betemit RBI. Both went 7 innings with 1 earned run and Reitsma and Kolb combined for two scoreless innings two finish off the game (Yes, they are actually capable of not allowing a run in an inning). In 2006, Smoltz was 2-2 with a 2.33 ERA against the Mets in his four starts. I'm not exactly sure what team Bobby will field tomorrow. He threw me a curveball today replacing Kelly Johnson with Chris Woodward in the leadoff spot and I am liking Craig Wilson less and less. Thorman hit lefties almost as well as righties last year so why not just leave him in there? Smoltz should provide the Braves a good chance to win tomorrow so Langerhans probably won't be in. The Braves need offense behind him, not defense. Yesterday is the only game I thought the Braves would lose in this series and I am sticking to that.

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