Just looking over the Cubs’ pitchers… The Braves shelled Prior (the Collision Game) and Zambrano in single appearances. They also beat up on Estes (who will be a reliever at most) and Sergio Mitre (who won’t be on the roster, I’m sure) to get their other wins. Estes also started a game won by the Cubs’ bullpen. The only Cubs starter to pitch well against the Braves this year was Matt Clement, who went eight, giving up two runs on five hits in a win. Kerry Wood didn’t face the Braves this year.
The Braves beat on Kyle Farnsworth pretty good, while Remlinger handled his old mates with no difficulty. Dave Veres, who shouldn’t be a key member of the pen, had three scoreless outings and a win.
What does this mean? Probably not a whole lot. I don’t know how much to take away from Prior for the Collision Game, but the Braves were leading 2-1 on Vinny’s homer in the second inning of that game, and Prior got the Braves 1-2-3 after knocking Marcus out. My feeling was that Zambrano — a good pitcher but not as overpowering as the others — was someone the Braves could handle, and in his one start this year that was the case.