"As hard as he throws and as nasty as his breaking stuff is, if he can establish a good changeup, he could be lights out," Tom Glavine said.
In his only start against the Dodgers last year, Smoltz lasted seven innings and allowed two earned runs. His last win against Los Angeles came on April 19, 1999. He recorded five saves against them during the 2002 and '03 seasons.
Penny, who didn't face the Braves last year, has seen Andruw Jones bat .366 and hit five homers off him in his career. Jones got the 2006 season started in fine fashion Monday, with a four-RBI performance that included a three-run homer.
ATL: RHP John Smoltz (14-7, 3.06 ERA in 2005)
Smoltz was the workhorse of last year's staff, totaling 229 2/3 innings. He ranks sixth among active pitchers on the all-time strikeout list.
LAD: RHP Brad Penny (7-9, 3.90 ERA in 2005)
Was the only Major League pitcher last year to pitch more than 175 innings, post a sub-4.00 ERA and record less than eight wins.
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Dodgers third baseman Bill Mueller has a .474 (9-for-19) career batting average against Smoltz.
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Official game notes
Wednesday: Braves (Horacio Ramirez, 11-9, 4.63 ERA in 2005) at Dodgers (Odalis Perez, 7-8, 4.56 ERA in 2005), 10:10 p.m. ET
Thursday: Braves (Jorge Sosa, 7-3, 4.57 ERA in 2005) at Giants (Matt Cain, 2-1, 2.33 ERA in 2005), 4:35 p.m. ET (Giants home opener)
Friday: Braves (Kyle Davies, 7-6, 4.93 ERA in 2005) at Giants (Jamey Wright, 8-16, 5.46 ERA in 2005), 10:15 p.m. ET