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Postby Niffoc4 » Thu Apr 20, 2006 3:15 pm

I keep hearing this week, about how the Braves only shut down the Mets because Beltran and Floyd were out of the lineup, and things would have been different with them in, but what about Renteria and Chipper? While Renteria isn't quite the hitter Floyd normally is, he had been EXTREMELY hot at the start of the year, and Chipper is a cornerstone for the Braves lineup, so injuries seem a wash to me... which makes me think we are in for another year of the Mets getting thrashed by the Braves! (hopefully)
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Postby George_Foreman » Thu Apr 20, 2006 4:40 pm

Don't forget Marcus Giles being not-at-100% and missing a game and a half. ;-)

No, the Braves really spanked the Mets this series and they did it on the back of great starting pitching. Oh, and neither Beltran nor Floyd is near the same quality hitter as Chipper. ;-)
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Postby patty cheeks » Thu Apr 20, 2006 4:42 pm

George_Foreman wrote:Don't forget Marcus Giles being not-at-100% and missing a game and a half. ;-)

No, the Braves really spanked the Mets this series and they did it on the back of great starting pitching. Oh, and neither Beltran nor Floyd is near the same quality hitter as Chipper. ;-)


yeah and without Mazzone.
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Postby George_Foreman » Thu Apr 20, 2006 4:45 pm

Heh. True. A lot of people were ready to call for McDowell's head after that start. Perhaps Villareal won't be leading the team in wins after another week or two? :-p
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Postby decoy562 » Thu Apr 20, 2006 4:49 pm

Lets gooo Braves, 15 in a row! ;-D
-Go Braves!
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Postby Dawgpound 1613 » Thu Apr 20, 2006 7:39 pm

Taking 2 of 3 in NYC when both teams were playing split-squad line-ups helps prevent the Mets from opening up a 6+ game lead in April. That said, way too early on both sides to get much meaning from this series, IMO.
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Postby George_Foreman » Thu Apr 20, 2006 7:45 pm

Oh, I don't know. Getting three strait quality starts was HUGE for Atlanta. Their first two weeks was just devistating to their bullpen. Knowing that Hudson isn't going to stink the whole year and that Kyle Davies can get out big-name hitters like Wright and Delgado is also very important for Atlanta.

Also, Glavine's outing is important for the Mets. Their biggest weakness is probably their pitching staff less Pedro and Wagner. Glavine dominating against the Braves (whom he's traditionally had gobs of trouble with) is important. Additionally, seeing The Bad Zambrano get worked is a reminder that the back of their rotation really does need some help.

I agree that it doesn't tell us a lot about who's going to be ahead come August, but there are a few important things to take from this series.

Oh, I forgot to add: this series also underlined the debth the Braves have as well as the lack of depth the Mets have. These will both be important factors over the course of the season.
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