Saturday, April 19, 2008

Jones dominates in Atlanta

There he was, one of the best Braves players of all-time, jacking 2 home runs en route to a 6-1 route. Once again, Jones has proven to be a superstar in this league and someone who can carry his team to a division title.

Now, you didn't think I was talking about Andruw Jones, were you? Of course not!

Last night belonged to Chipper Jones, with his .455 AVG, 6 HR, 18 RBI. It's amazing how well he still produces despite suffering injuries all over his body the last few years. He really is a pleasure to watch.

The same cannot be said about the Dodgers' version of Jones. Andruw did reach base twice at 1-3 with a walk and a run, but his average is still a paltry .167 with 0 HR and 2 RBI. So that pretty much means that at this pace, he'll end up with 20 RBI's on the season. There's a funny poll up on the Dodgers' website asking how many RBI's you think he'll have this year, and the lowest one of "Fewer than 70" is by far winning out. I think they should change the poll to "Fewer than 20." I think I'd vote for that one.

Still, it's not like the rest of the team did any better. They could only muster 5 hits, and nobody had more than 1. James Loney saw his hitting streak end at 15. Nomar started again and went 0-4. I could go over more stats, but what's the point? They were awful.

Derek Lowe struggling with his control all night, only throwing for 58 strikes out of 101 pitches. He took the loss at 4.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K. That was the Bad Lowe. Hong-Chih Kuo actually finished up the 5th inning for some strange reason. He was also told that he's going to start in Cincinnati on Tuesday. I guess he can do it all.

Chad Billingsley will look to build off of his impressive performance against the Padres by taking on Chuck James today. James was recalled from Triple-A to make the start after Tom Glavine was placed on the DL for the FIRST TIME in his 22-year career. Wow. Talk about durability. It's a Fox game, and since I'm in New York, it'll be Mets and Phillies for me. Enjoy it for those than can see it.

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