Andruw who? One of the most underrated moves of the off-season has worked for Atlanta, where center fielder Mark Kotsay has hit safely in 17 of his last 20 games, according to the Braves’ press notes.
Dating back to April 17, Kotsay, who was traded from Oakland to Atlanta in January for right-hander Joey Devine, is hitting .368 (28-for-76) with five doubles, two home runs and 15 RBIs. His .368 ranks fourth in the majors during that span.
One-run woes: According to Elias, the Braves were one of only five teams in major league history to start a season by losing their first nine games decided by a single run. They snapped that streak on Thursday, but on Friday, dropped to 1-10 in one-run games with a 3-2 loss to the Pirates, the 15th consecutive loss for Atlanta in one-run games on the road dating back to last season.
Lefties: The Braves will throw three lefties at the Phils this week: Jo-Jo Reyes, Tom Glavine and Chuck James. According to Elias, before last week, the Braves had not started three consecutive left-handed since June 4-6, 1997, when they started Glavine, Denny Neagle and Terrell Wade.
Phillies transaction: The Phillies have traded organizational catcher Tim Gradoville to the Texas Rangers for future considerations. Gradoville began the season in Reading as a player/coach and has been in the Phillies’ system forever and ever. Gradoville was a fixture. It’s like trading the organ player.