There were just six games on the schedule on Monday. The day started in Milwaukee for the Brewers homer opener
Opening Day wasn’t short on excitement, and I’m not talking about the pre-game festivities.
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There wasn’t a need for Game 163 for the first time in three years to reveal the completed MLB playoff picture. Instead it game down to the final game of the season to crown the final two playoff teams in the National League.
This is the way it should be for Atlanta Manager Bobby Cox. A homestand against the dreaded rivals of the Braves, the division winning Philadelphia Phillies, that really means something.
The Atlanta Braves moved both starting pitchers Tim Hudson and Derek Lowe up to pitch on three days rest. Lowe pitched Thursday afternoon against the Florida Marlins and struck out nine in 5.2 innings.
Let’s get this straight. After Tuesday’s games, the Padres trail the division leading San Francisco Giants by one game. The Colorado Rockies have fallen off the pace and realistically out of the race. The Rockies are 5 games back in the division and 4.5 games back in the wildcard.
It’s not exactly fourth and ten, but to the Atlanta Braves it may feel like that. Just when it looked like the Braves were a shoe-in for a playoff berth, along came a sweep by Philadelphia and some untimely losses to lowly Washington.
The Philadelphia Phillies decreased their magic number to win the National League East to four games as they swept the visiting Atlanta Braves.
Two big series began on Monday with the Atlanta Braves starting a three-game set in Philadelphia and the Tampa Bay Rays starting a three-game set in New York.
Tonight’s game is one reason the Philadelphia Phillies (90-61) acquired Doc Halladay from Toronto in the off-season. In the midst of a tough pennant drive, Halladay will go for his 20th win against the Atlanta Braves (86-65) before another packed house at Citizens Bank Park.