Monday, April 6, 2009

1 down, 161 to go

It's obviously not time to even contemplate pressing the panic button. Just one loss, that's all it was. Besides, we should be used to an opening day loss. In fact, we should be used to losing the opening series.

The offense was anemic last night, which it may be at times in April. Happens every year. Brett Myers was certainly not great last night, but he wasn't terrible. Pitchers make mistakes, and a big part of the game is whether or not a team capitalizes on those mistakes. The Braves absolutely did. Myers did not implode though, which he would have at the start of last season. When he was getting shelled in 2008, he didn't know the meaning of the term settling in. He settled down last night and gave them six innings of four run ball, which isn't terrible. This team is going to win games when the pitching staff allows four runs.

The offense will wake up, and the pitching staff will settle in. It's only a matter of time. This team is accustomed to playing from behind before making a comeback, both in ball games and in the standings. Why should this year be any different?

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