Kevin Millwood isn’t going to win 20 games. He lost last night, 5-1; it seemed as if he came out strong but tired quickly, a worrisome sign given his history. He could have had better success with better defensive support, but he really wasn’t sharp and couldn’t win without good offense.
Which the Braves didn’t provide. They got a run in the first then had two on, one out, and Matt Franco at the plate. With the count 3-2, Bobby sent the runners, Matt took a called third strike, and Sheffield was thrown out at third. And that was it for the offense.
Furcal and Andruw were back in the lineup; Chipper took the day off and Bragg played left field, hitting eighth. Why anyone would hit behind Vinny at this stage is beyond me. Despite statements by John Scheurholz that Marcus Giles would have a chance to win the starting second base job back, Mark Derosa played second base. Arizona was idle, so the Braves are 2 1/2 up for the best record in the league.