Every NL East Game Is Important: Braves vs. Marlins

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You might think we here at Walkoff Walk have an East Coast bias, and you'd actually be wrong. Think I'm crazy? Just look at all the horrendously sad Mariners and Padres posts we've done over the past few weeks!

Still, the National League East has proven to be a fascinating division so far this season so we're going to plant our lips firmly on their collective tush. Save for the horrendously bad Washington Nationals team, the surprising Marlins have added to a nice four-team race for first. Starting tonight, the third place Braves will host the second place Marlins in a four game series at the Ted.

Here are your pitching matchups:

     Monday: Scott Olsen (L) vs Jo-Jo Reyes (L)
     Tuesday: Burke Badenhop (R) vs Jorge Campillo (R)
     Wednesday: Mark Hendrickson (L) vs Tom Glavine (L)
     Thursday: Ricky Nolasco (R) vs Jair Jurrjens (R)

The Braves are 22-7 at home, one of the three best records in the majors alongside the Cubs and Red Sox. The Fish on the road? Ehhh, not bad at 13-12, and they're also 3-2 versus the Braves so far this season. If Glavine doesn't get strike calls when he works the corners, I fully expect him and catcher Brian McCann to conspire and boink the ump in the head.

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Every strike is sacred.
Every strike is great.
If a strike is wasted,
God gets quite irate.


I'm picturing that sung by a house full of singing Molinas.

Jovial Jason Johnson just jiggled in jittery jolts over the June jackassery of Jair Jurrjens.

Admit it - you made up at least half of those names.

Burke Badenhop went to BGSU!

Smoltz should be making his (hopefully) triumphant return to the bullpen sometime this series too.

Ask Ricky Nolasco for no rickety colas.

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