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4/17 Game Thread: Keeping a Clear Head About All This

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To quote David O'Brien, it hasn't been a good week and a half for the Braves. Since last Monday, they: "— Placed their two best relievers on the DL with elbow injuries. — Lost their top prospect to a 50-game suspension for HGH. — Watched Tom Glavine limp off the field with a first-inning hamstring injury. — Learned that Braves legend Hank Aaron’s mother died last week. — And Braves Hall of Famer Tommy Holmes died Monday. — Brought up Chuck James, then sent him back to Triple-A 15 hours later after he lasted three erratic, hard-to-watch innings in one start. — Had one game snowed out and another delayed 90 minutes by rain. — Released troubled veteran Scott Spiezio for showing up at the ballpark in a state resembling me each morning during spring break, Daytona Beach 1984. — Did I mention lost six of eight games (with one to go)?" Instead of disingenuously mentioning our still-terrific Pythagorean record, I'll just go ahead and post Chipper Jones and Yunel Escobar's respective lines since Yunel became a pretty much everyday player last June.
    G PA R HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
Yunel Escobar 2008 14 64 12 3 11 9 7 .345 .438 .582 1.020
  June 2007-2008 108 417 66 8 39 36 51 .329 .393 .471 .864
Chipper Jones 2008 14 62 10 2 11 4 6 .404 .435 .544 .979
  June 2007-2008 106 476 85 19 86 61 53 .361 .439 .588 1.027
Thank God we have those two guys. Now let's see if we can finally fry the Fish. P.S. Oh, I should mention this, because it's good news, for a change. Also per David O'Brien, both Hampton and Glavine threw without pain yesterday afternoon. Glavine says he plans on making his start this weekend. Hampton said that he wasn't throwing at maximum effort, but said he'd throw another bullpen session tomorrow, and depending on how that goes he might be able to begin rehab starts in the minors. Again, please don't let yourself emotionally rely on Hampton being healthy for us this year, but it's good news that our two aging lefty starters aren't in pain.

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