All of the expectations of spring training are really worth a lot of nothing when the regular season comes around. If the ace of a staff gives up ten runs then it doesn’t matter that he had a perfect spring. Likewise, if the Atlanta Braves offense came out flat on opening day it wouldn’t matter how much potential power they had. Luckily for Braves fans, the powerful offense was present and on display for all to see.
Tim Hudson pitched an okay game. It was one of those games where Hudson didn’t have his best stuff for seven innings but he did his job. Where the rubber meets the road for the Braves this season is that offense. Several good things happened for them in the opening day game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The first blast of the day might be one of the most important as the season goes along. Freddie Freeman, who is fully healthy in eyesight for the first time in years, blasted a ball over the right-center field wall. Freeman might be the MVP of this team quietly if he produces the way most think he can.
Dan Uggla connected on a homer showing that he might be ready for a bounce back season. Justin Upton delivered a blast on his first official day as a Braves outfielder. One of the best things I saw was the clutch, two-run, bloop single by Gerald Laird. I said months ago that Laird would be every bit as valuable to this team as David Ross was in recent years and he began to deliver on that prediction in game one. For the Braves the first game had some good and some not so great points but all in all they come away with a so far, so good feeling.