Martin Prado is about to become Kelly Johnson’s platoon-mate. I saw it happen to Johnson last year with Yunel grabbing at-bats and I watched Matt Diaz never get a shot against righties. This is how Bobby Cox do. Bitch and moan all you want that Johnson just has a knee injury. He’s going to sit against the majority of lefties. I can feel it coming. Even though I ranked Johnson high and liked him coming into this season, I’m glad I didn’t reach into the sixth round for him, like I saw some ‘perts do. Anyway, this is what I saw last night.
Jair Jurrjens cruised through five. Ran into some trouble and faced one too many batters. He’s looking like a decent deep league pickup. But let’s not give each other a reach around just yet, he was facing the Pirates.
Speaking of pitchers who dominated weak offenses, Oliver Perez looked like a number one. Perez looked splendiferous. (BTW, no one says or writes splendiferous — gay or straight/male or female. Is there a more useless word in the English language?)
Was nice to see Matt Diaz hit a home run, but I’d like to see him do it against a righty. Caveat: Cox.
Corey Patterson is not going anywhere. He’s going to be a 15/35/.260 at the end of the year with 500+ at-bats.
Sticking with the Corey theme, Corey Hart stole two bases. I hope he goes for forty.
Jayson Nix hasn’t been done much to impress me thus far. He’s batting eighth and looks lost when he’s at-bat.
Andrew Miller will be good one day. Though I don’t think it’s going to be this year.
Can you guess the pitcher? 6 INN, 6 HA, 3 BBI, 3 K, 3 ER, 4.500 ERA, 1.500 WHIP — I know, you’re thinking Ian Snell pitched two days ago. It’s Gorz, and, I swear, him and Snell have the same line every start.
Hamels looked great, but…. Wait for it… Here it comes… Redding outpitched him.
Krispie Young walked three times. That’s a good sign. But the pitches weren’t close.
Mark Reynolds struckout two more times. He’s at 5 for the year. He’ll get to 200.
Brandon Lyon will be replaced sooner rather than later. Make sure you have Tony Pena.