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Glavine has a tendon tear and will undergo surgery. JC Bradbury thinks we should trade Chipper, Kelly Johnson, and Casey Kotchman. And, of course, we get the pleasure of facing the Mets again tonight. I'd like to put on a Brave face (oops, sorry, a pun) so that Mets fans couldn't take pleasure in my despondence, but I'm not sure I have one in me today. Tonight is Jair Jurrjens against Mike Pelfrey. Pelfrey, in his last 7 starts: 4-2, 44 1/3 IP, 24 K, 5 BB, 5 HR, 3.86 ERA. Jurrjens, last 7 starts: 3-4, 46 1/3 IP, 37 K, 13 BB, 0 HR, 3.30 ERA. They're sorta evenly matched, other than the homers. Of course, we don't have too much in the way of home run hitters. That would seem to suggest pitchers' duel, at least till the bullpens come into the game. For us to win tonight, we may need Jurrjens to pitch a gem, but he's already at 151 1/3 IP on the year, more than he ever pitched in the minors, and we don't want to ride him too hard -- his arm is too valuable to us to risk on a wasted season. If you think that means I'm overly cautious, you're absolutely right. When it comes to young pitchers, you'd better believe I'll err on the side of caution.

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