The Atlanta pitching staff lived up to expectations in the first week of the season.
Atlanta's starters racked up three quality starts in San Francisco, but the Braves got out of the Bay area with only one win.
Atlanta's starters have a 3.06 ERA in the first week, while the bullpen's ERA is at 2.11. The overall team ERA is 2.70 through the first six games of the season, tied with Toronto for the best mark in baseball.
The most interesting stat for the bullpen is the BB/K ratio. Atlanta's relievers have only four walks in 21.1 innings of work, but the relievers have struck out 24 batters.
Takashi Saito looks like the dominant pitcher we saw when he was with the Dodgers from 2006-2008. He's got three strikeouts in his first five innings. Saito had 245 strikeouts in 189.2 innings with Los Angeles in those three seasons.
Jo Jo Reyes is the only Atlanta pitcher yet to appear in a game so far this season. As the long man in the bullpen, that's a pretty good indication the starters have pitched well.
Jair Jurrjens gets the start for the Braves tonight in San Diego. Jurrjens got a no-decision last week against Chicago, but he pitched well. Jurrjens did not allow an earned run over five innings. We'll see if the Braves can give Jurrjens some run support tonight when they face Padres' starter Kevin Correia. Jurrjens is 1-0 in two career starts against the Padres, with a 1.32 ERA.
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