The big Atlanta Braves story from Wednesday was the arrest of Hector Olivera for an alleged domestic assault that occurred at a hotel in Arlington, Virginia. Olivera was arrested and charged with one misdemeanor account of assault & battery and was later released on $10,000 bond.
Matt Wisler gave up a pair of home runs in the fourth inning while Atlanta's bats again fell silent in a 3-0 loss to the Nationals. The loss ran Atlanta's winless streak to eight straight and just two shy of the team record set in 1988.
When a team loses eight straight games, there is usually a variety of problems. Coming into the season, we knew the Braves were going to have issues defensively and so far that is playing out worse than was expected.
The Braves called up infielder Daniel Castro to replace Hector Olivera on the team's roster Wednesday and could tinker with their middle infield according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman. Erick Aybar has struggled defensively at shortstop and the Braves could opt to insert Castro there while shifting Aybar to second in place of Jace Peterson who is off to a slow start at the plate.
SB Nation's Grant Brisbee says that Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is the most valuable player in baseball now and will be the best overall soon enough.
Beyond the Box Score's Matt Jackson delves deeper into shift data to see just how much effective shifting has been.
Since 2010, we've seen the use of the infield shift proliferate through the league to the point that there wasn't a team that didn't use it regularly last season. What isn't clear is whether the infield shift is actually suppressing offense. There are limitations to the data that's currently publicly available, but it could also be that teams have gone shift happy and are returning some of the hits they've saved against the most predictable players by using it against those whose batted ball tendencies aren't as prominent.