After a really nice performance by Tim Hudson last night, the Braves made it 2 wins in a row today behind another great outing by John Smoltz and a 7 RBI, 2 homer day from Jeff Francoeur. Meanwhile, Johan Santana gave up 3 home runs in a loss to Milwaukee, making April 12th, 2008 an exceptionally good day. All those prospects and all that money the Mets gave up over the off-season are simply no match for the Pedro Curse.
I knew Hudson and Smoltz would come up big against the Nationals, but I was actually getting a little impatient with Frenchy, who is holding down an outfield spot on my fantasy baseball team. Up until today, Francoeur was hitting .262 with just 1 home run, and I was contemplating digging through the free agent pile for a stand-in player until Jeff got on a roll, but luckily I stuck with him and he came up big today. During the 1st inning, Francoeur hit a 3 run homer to left, followed by a 2 RBI single in the 4th, and a 2 run homer to left in the 6th inning. In all, that gives Jeff 3 home runs, 11 RBI, and a .298 average for the season.
It’s possible that Frenchy could follow up today’s performance with an offensive drought, but I like to think that this is just a sign of things to come for the 2008 season.