After being swept in the season opener by the Mets, the Braves are riding a five-game win-streak. The return of Chipper Jones last Monday proved to be a spark for the club. Chipper is 5 for 12 with two home runs in the three games he has played. Jason Heyward is also off to a hot start, having had hits in seven of the first nine games (including five straight). Michael Bourn snapped out of his slow start going 6 for 13 in the opening home series. With confidence instilled, the mantra for the next three games will be: "It's clobberin' time!"
Now to the pitching matchups:
Monday: RHP Dillion Gee (0-1, 5.06 ERA) vs RHP Tommy Hanson (1-1, 2.70 ERA)
Do not let Dillion Gee's record fool you. In his last outing, the big Texan gave up a leadoff home run to Ian Desmond to start the game, received some love via two double plays and virtually cruised into the sixth inning versus the Nationals. In the sixth, with two runners on, Washington outfielder Roger Bernadina hit a potential inning-ending double play ball to second base, where Daniel Murphy booted it for an error. What appeared to be a solid start for Gee, ending up being an eight hit, three earned run performance. Dillion hopes his defense will step up in his second start of the season. Gee was tough against Atlanta last year, going 4-2, with an average of 5.2 innings pitched, 5 hits given up and 2 earned runs.
Tommy Hanson will look to be the third consecutive Braves starter to make it past the fifth inning mark this season. Though his velocity has been around 89 MPH, Tommy has been solid in his first two starts, giving up 3 earned runs on 10 hits, while notching 12 strikeouts.
Tuesday: LHP Johan Santana (0-1, 0.90 ERA) vs RHP Randall Delgado (1-0, 3.60 ERA)
Santana has showed some return to his all-star form in his first two starts. While being on a 105 pitch-count, Johan has allowed one run on 7 hits, striking out 13 batters, in 10 innings thus far.
In his first start of the seaon, rookie Randall Delgado did what any good veteran pitcher would do; pitch around mistakes and to give the team a chance to win. Atlanta's offense rewarded him with a 3 run fourth inning and the bullpen locked up his win.
Wednesday: RHP R.A. Dickey (2-0, 2.08 ERA) vs RHP Jair Jurrjens (0-1, 7.71 ERA)
Dickey was efficient in his first outing against Atlanta. The former Tennesse Volunteer hurler pitched around 4 walks, 5 hits in 6 innings to get the win.
JJ will take the mound for the Braves on getaway day.In his last outing versus the Brewers, Jurrjens looked like the JJ of old, needing only 66 pitches to complete the first five innings, and his only damage through this span came courtesy of back-to-back two-out home runs to Alex Gonzalez and George Kottaras in the second inning. But the right-hander exited after Corey Hart produced a two-run double with nobody out in the sixth.