Braves win, 4-2, and move back to a game over .500. The Mets are currently in first, a game and a half ahead of the Braves, and the Marlins in second a game behind the Mets. The hero was Tom Glavine, who not only pitched 6 2/3 strong innings but also drove in a run. Wes Helms homered and walked intentionally; he’s drawn four walks in the last two weeks. Smoltz pitched a perfect ninth for the save; Bobby had said that he wasn’t going to pitch except in an emergency, after being used heavily in the Giants series, but that was apparently a misdirection.
Unfortunately, the Braves have apparently lost Mark DeRosa for an extended period. He hurt his ankle running out a double (his second hit of the game) and suffered ligament damage. He’ll almost certainly go on the DL, with Jesse Garcia getting a callup. You have to feel for DeRosa, who’s never been considered a prospect and was summarily benched by the Braves last year after the Sanchez trade. Here he finally gets a regular job, and less than a week later suffers a major injury. Presumably, Marcus Giles will be back in the lineup, with Rafael Furcal going to short, but never underestimate the Braves’ willingness to screw with Marcus.