Jurrjens aiming to prolong recent success
While watching Chipper Jones play catch with Kelly Johnson a few minutes ago, I couldn’t tell if his right elbow is healthy enough for him to return to the lineup tonight. I’ll let you know when I return from the clubhouse.
But until then let’s talk about the fact that the Braves have already guaranteed a winning record for this road trip that Jair Jurrjens said would set the tone for the rest of the season. Through the first six games of this trip, they’ve already removed the Phillies from first-place status and there’s a chance that they could perform the same act on the Mets by the time tomorrow’s series finale is complete.
Jurrjens, who ranks fifth in the National League with a 2.01 ERA, has allowed six earned runs in his past five starts. Oddly the three earned runs he’s combined to allow in his past two outings have come courtesy of solo homers hit by Lance Berkman and Hanley Ramirez (two).
Among those Major Leaguers who have completed at least 150 innings since the beginning of the 2008 season, Jurrjens ranks fifth with a 0.55 homers-per-nine innings mark. Derek Lowe, who shut the Mets down for seven innings on Monday night, ranks sixth with a 0.56 mark.
David Wright accounted for the only homer (another solo shot) that Jurrjens has surrendered in 18 career innings against the Mets. Wright will be back in the lineup tonight, but Carlos Delgado, who is dealing with a hip ailment that could send him to the disabled list, likely will once again be absent.
This is good news for the Braves. Delgado has hit .387 with four homers and a 1.102 OPS in his last 16 games against them.