Rufino Linares was the last Brave before Jordan Schafer to open the season as a starter in his big league debut. I think Schafer one uped him pretty good. 2 for 3 with a HR in his first at bat. Nice work.
I won’t see many Braves games, now that TBS is ‘very funny’ (aside from Family Guy, I beg to differ), but it was good to see somethings never change. Mike Gonzalez would make coffee nervous and there were at least two occasions that Mrs. The Dean yelled “What are you waiting for, Bobby!?!” in response to Gonzalez’ pitches. We might be in a Lowe and Jurrjens and pray for something rotation for awhile, but I like the way the season started, especially against a team the Braves were 4-14 against in 2008. Nice pop in the bats, solid hitting by Francour and Anderson and Kotchman made a couple of good catches at first.
All in all, a nice way to take a 1/2 game lead on the division.