Mike Pelfrey went to 4-0 with the win and extended his scoreless inning streak to 24 innings. He definitely didn’t have his best stuff tonight giving up 5 hits and 5 walks. But he was able to navigate the base runners without giving up a run. It’s a real sign of maturity that he’s able to do that.
The only run of the game was scored when Jose Reyes singled in the first inning, stole second, and scored on a throwing error by Larry Jones. The Braves were kicking the ball around throughout the series. So it’s fitting that they get swept on a run scored on an error.
The Dodgers come to town tomorrow night with Oliver Perez on the mound.
The past two seasons have seen the Mets and Phillies engage in a war of words. But the Phillies have gotten it done on the field, winning the division in both seasons. Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Beltran, Cole Hamels, John Maine, and Francisco Rodriguez have all gotten involved.
Chipper Jones finally landed the Atlanta Braves on the trash-talking map this week in an interview with The Sporting News. From the interview:
We won for 14 consecutive years, and you never, ever saw any bulletin board material. And now that these two teams are on top of the division, they can’t keep their mouths shut. Just go play baseball. It’s Cole Hamels now. It was Jimmy Rollins and Carlos Beltran the past couple of springs. These two teams are constantly going at each other verbally. You know, win with class, lose with class. Just keep your mouth shut and go play your game.
Jones also chides the Mets for using their financial resources to secure the two best closers available on the market. He chalks this up to “the rich get richer”. You have to take a few minutes to read the column. Jones also discusses how the Braves made the best trade offer to the Padres for Jake Peavy, but Peavy didn’t want to play for Atlanta.
I guess it’s about time that someone from the Braves popped off. But Jones’ comments seem contrived, like he’s trying to make the Braves relevant in the NL East. The Braves have had an incredibly quiet off-season and don’t appear to be poised to make a run at the division title in 2009.
I have to say that I like that the Mets are the talk of the NL East. Clearly, the Mets have gotten into the heads of the Phillies and Braves. Hopefully, that will translate into wins on the field.
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Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal talks about how the Phillies continue to win without major contributions from Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard. He also touches on Chipper Jones’ hot start to the season.
Rosenthal's NL Hot Corner
Sports Illustrated is reporting that Chipper Jones injured his back in the locker room while getting dressed for the game today. He’ll be out of the Atlanta Braves lineup for today’s game.
Jones is a really hot hitter right now, so the Mets caught a break here. Not that I hope for anyone to get hurt. Hopefully, Jones isn’t seriously injured.