The Braves are back where they belong, in first place (tied with the Mets) in the NL East. Predictably, Tom Glavine pitched them there, taking a shutout into the ninth before giving up a solo homer. The Braves still won, 5-1, and the Marlins held off the Mets, and are a game back. Every Brave position player reached base, with Furcal — who drove in two and scored one on two hits — the hitting star. He’s up to .256, though his OBP is still a measly .303.
The Braves and Mets are very close overall, by the way. Both teams have scored 204 runs; the Braves have given up 191, the Mets 185. The Mets’ ERA is 3.06, the Braves’ 3.15; the two figures are the best in the league. (The Dodgers have actually given up fewer runs than the Braves, but more of theirs are earned.) In other words, these teams look pretty close and if they continue to play at their present levels it should be a tight race; 90-92 wins would probably do it.