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May
09

Lack of run support doesn’t derail J.J.

Jair Jurrjens

Jair Jurrjens

Fluke… what fluke?

After leading the Atlanta Braves rotation with 13 wins in his rookie season last year, Jair Jurrjens is dispelling notions of a sophomore slump.

Jurrjens has shown better command of his pitches this season, answering critics’ concerns about his control.

In his past five outings, J.J. has posted a mighty impressive ERA of 1.84 and an equally solid 2.01 ERA on the season.

But, due to the Braves inconsistent offense, his strong outings have often been wasted.

The 23-year-old right-hander just nabbed his third win of the season in his last start against the Marlins. The Braves offense scored four runs in support of J.J., which was just one fewer then they had scored in his previous four outings.

Many Braves players and pitchers believe J.J. has been the team’s best pitcher all season long.

Tonight, Jurrjens hopes to live up to that billing when he takes the mound against the Mets.

If J.J. can build off of Derek Lowe’s opening night win against New York, Atlanta will have successfully notched three consecutive road series’ wins against divisional foes.




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