Great, hope. I’ve mentioned before that I have a low opinion of hope, which normally plays you false. If the Braves really hope to compete, standing in fourth place, six games out — and five games out of third — well, I don’t think they’re being very rational. I’m in sell mode, as I wrote yesterday. Hope rules out sell mode, and the Braves really aren’t in position to buy, so they just sit there. I just hope they bother to offer arbitration to Teixeira and Ohman.
Jorge Campillo continues to somehow get major league hitters out even though he has no fastball to speak of. He took a perfect game to the fifth and wound up allowing just two hits and one walk in seven innings, while striking out six. I have no idea how he does it, or if he can keep doing it, but as long as he does it we’re in good shape when he starts.
Kotsay drove in Teixeira in the second. The Braves had a chance to get more, but Li’lbridge grounded out (McCann was out at the plate on a fielder’s choice) and then Campillo did the same (Francoeur, who sucks, had somehow reached on a walk earlier but was out at the plate). Chipper singled home Blanco, and was in turn doubled in by Teixeira, in the fifth, giving Campillo some breathing room. Prado doubled in Kotsay in the ninth to move it out of a save situation, but Gonzalez of course pitched anyway. He and Ohman both had perfect innings in relief. Oh, and Francoeur sucks.