MLB– Is Atlanta for Real?

In the first week of the season, the Atlanta Braves went 7- 1. In those six wins they held opponents to a total of 14 runs (2.33 RPG). Their one loss was an 11- 1 debacle against the Mets.

For the Braves, former Seattle pitcher Rafael Soriano has been impressive as a reliever, appearing in 5 games, pitching 3.1 innings, walking 1, striking out 2 and allowing no runs. He has one save and one win. Reliever Chad Paronto has also been sound with an ERA of 0.00 in 5 games. He has struck out 3, walked 3 and given up 2 hits in 3.1 innings.

In two starts, veteran Tim Hudson, formerly of Oakland and now in his third season with Atlanta, has been on target. In 14 innings, he’s given up 1 run, 5 hits and 1 homerun. He is 1- 0 with 12 Ks.

In 2 starts and 12 innings, starter John Smoltz has gone 1- 0, picking up 11 strikeouts. On 15 hits, Smoltz, who is in his 19th year with the Braves, has given up 5 runs for an ERA of 3.75.

In six wins the Braves have scored 32 runs (5.33 per game). In the 11- 1 loss to the Mets, New York broke the game open with 6 runs in the eighth given up by relievers Yates and McBride.

Thus far, closer Bob Wickman has been perfect with 4 games, 4 IP, 4 SO, 1 win and 3 saves. He’s given up 3 hits and 2 walks.

Neither of the Jones-players have been hitting yet. Chipper is batting at a .269 clip (not bad) and Andruw at .154. Andruw should heat up. The stat guys thus far are Brian McCann at .360, Edgar Renteria at .321 and Jeff Francoeur at .310.

The fielding has been solid with the Braves committing three errors.

It’s the beginning of a long season. But in the first week, the Braves are looking mighty fine in the bullpen and fielding areas. Both will be extremely important to this club’s success.

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