Not just for the Braves, but also for me a blogger. A severe neglect last summer of this blog has caused me to be ashamed, but it’s back and it’s going to live on!
Opening day has just passed us by and a day gap in the Braves schedule is a good opportunity for me to reflect on the first innings of the newly refreshed and high spirited Bravos.
So the first comments have to go to Mr Edgar Renteria, how can we thank you? A tying 8th inning home run followed by a game winning 2 run shot, it couldn’t get any better for the talented short stop. Brian McCann also continued his rise to stardom with a 2-run homer in the 4th to get the Braves off and running for the season.
On the pitching side of things the bullpen complete reshuffle in the off season is already showing divident. After the always reliable John Smoltz pitched 6 solid innings, Bobby Cox turned to his new relievers Mike Gonzalez and Rafael Soriano to pitch 2 scoreless innings before excellent closers Bob Wickman and Chad Paronto protected the lead in the dying innings.
All in all a good start for the Braves, many have still tipped the Mets or even the Phillies to top the East but with a deep bullpen and an always powerful offense the Braves will be hard to beat this year.