It's the final game of the first half, and if all goes well the Braves will end the day with a 6-game lead in the NL East. That seems amazing just to say, but it's true. A win here today means a 6-game lead over the Mets. If the Phillies lose as well, our lead would be 6.5 over them. At 52-35, we also have the best record in the NL by two games over the Padres.
All that is quite a contrast from where we were 2 months ago: 13-18 and 6 games out of first place. Since then, we've gone 39-17 (.696) and have picked up 11 games in the standings. I love this team, don't you?
Here's the lineup for the first-half finale, which pits Derek Lowe against Johan Santana. Guess what? No B lineup today! It's all the regulars plus Infante in right and Diaz in left:
07/11/10 1:10 PM EDT
|Atlanta Braves||New York Mets|
|Martin Prado - 2B||Angel Pagan - CF|
|Omar Infante - RF||Alex Cora - 2B|
|Chipper Jones - 3B||David Wright - 3B|
|Troy Glaus - 1B||Ike Davis - 1B|
|Brian McCann - C||Jeff Francoeur - RF|
|Matt Diaz - LF||Chris Carter - LF|
|Yunel Escobar - SS||Rod Barajas - C|
|Melky Cabrera - CF||Ruben Tejada - SS|
|Derek Lowe - P||Johan Santana - P|
As a side note, Omar Infante is now hitting .328, thanks to his 7 hits in the first 2 games. He's really, really struggled against Santana in his career; let's hope his hot streak outweighs Santana's mojo. Also, as you can see, there's no Jose Reyes for the Mets.
Now it's time to SWEEP the Mutts! Enjoy the game!