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5/26 Game Thread: Jurrjens for the Split!

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Update: Chris Resop has been designated for assignment to make room for Buddy Carlyle to come off the DL. Not exactly a shock here, though I'd expect that Carlyle will be gone when either John Smoltz or Rafael Soriano is ready to come off the DL in the next couple of days. Frank Wren will probably try and trade Resop now because I'd expect someone would take a shot on him if he has to go through waivers. Yesterday was quit the shellacking for Tom Glavine. The veteran southpaw lasted only 4.2 innings, while allowing six earned runs on five hits and six walks. The final blow came on a two-out grand slam off the bat of Arizona outfielder Eric Byrnes. The control issue that plagued him against the Diamondbacks has been a big problem of late. During Glavine's first four starts, he was walking 3.64 batters per nine and held an impressive 2.60 ERA, even though he recorded no outs and gave up two runs in one of those starts. During his last five starts, Glavine has a 6.11 ERA and has given up 5.79 walks per nine. All of his struggles tie into that huge difference in control but it's really not something he can do anything about. Glavine relies on living around the corners. When he's not getting the close calls, Glavine starts giving up more walks, and has to adjust by throwing over the plate more. Needless to say, his stuff isn't great and when he starts catching a significant amount of the plate, he gets hit. I think at this point, we've just got to cross our fingers and hope for a pitcher's umpire. Yesterday was bad but today we get to see a great pitching matchup as the Braves try and split this series. Rookie phenom Jair Jurrjens will head to the mound against major league wins leader, Brandon Webb. This game is setting up to be a low-scoring pitching duel with Jurrjens and Webb at fourth and fifth respectively on the NL ERA list. This contest could come down to a run or two, so it is very nice to see Chipper Jones' name in the lineup for today's game after experiencing some back problems of late (It's Mark Kotsay's turn for a sore back today). There is a quite disheartening note, however. Of teams that Webb has faced five or more times, his lowest ERA is against Atlanta. Webb is 2-1 with a 1.17 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP in 38.1 innings against the Braves. That includes two complete-game shutouts for the sinkerballer. On to today's lineups. Arizona Diamondbacks 1. CF Chris Young 2. SS Stephen Drew 3. 2B Orlando Hudson 4. 1B Chad Tracy 5. C Chris Snyder 6. LF Eric Byrnes 7. 3B Mark Reynolds 8. RF Jeff Salazar 9. RHP Brandon Webb Atlanta Braves 1. SS Yunel Escobar 2. 2B Kelly Johnson 3. 3B Chipper Jones 4. 1B Mark Teixeira 5. C Brian McCann 6. RF Jeff Francoeur 7. LF Greg Norton 8. CF Gregor Blanco 9. RHP Jair Jurrjens Hey, it doesn't hurt that Conor Jackson and Justin Upton are both sitting out today's game!

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