In case you haven't noticed, the Braves' rotation has been weaving together some gems as of late. They've been going deep into games, and Matt Wisler kept up his strong run of performances by throwing a 7.1 inning outing on Sunday, as he only gave up two runs and struck out seven. It seemed like the Royals were going to make those two runs count for a victory, but the Braves dinked and dunked their way into scoring two runs off of Wade Davis in the ninth inning. This forced extras, and eventually KC walked-off in the 13th inning thanks to a home run to dead center from Kendrys Morales.
With the Braves going to a two-man rotation of Tyler Flowers and A.J. Pierzynski at the catcher's spot, that left little room for Ryan Lavarnway too possibly break into the ranks at the major league level. He's been playing well for Gwinnett, and this is probably part of the reason why he ended up getting released -- there's a chance he could link up with another team and eventually make it onto their major league squad. But for now, Lavarnway is a free agent.
While the Braves are currently going through a world of struggle, the one thing that's keeping everybody (from the players, to the fans, and even to the front office-types) going is the fact that the Braves appear to have a pretty bright future if all goes well during this rebuild. It simply comes down to three major factors: The prospects, the financial flexibility, and new management on the field. If the Braves can get the best out of those three factors, then Yahoo Sports figures that things will get much better for Atlanta in the future.
Speaking of the future, one player who figures to play a major role in the Braves' future is Dansby Swanson. Swanson has already received one promotion this season, and with the way he's playing at Mississippi, another promotion could be in the cards and there's a slight chance that we could see him in Atlanta by season's end. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos got a look at Swanson this weekend, and Pensacola's media was impressed.
After helping Vanderbilt win the 2014 College World Series title, just weeks after Swanson was the overall No. 1 pick in the Major League Baseball Draft, the Mississippi Braves shortstop is on fast track to possible big league stardom.
The Pensacola Blue Wahoos have seen his future in the first two games of this series at Blue Wahoos Stadium. In nine plate appearances, he’s reached base five times with three hits and an RBI, plus played flawless defense.
He made one of the biggest plays in Sunday’s 4-3 win by the Braves. He led off sixth inning with a double off the wall in left-center. He then beat a throw with head first slide to third base by Blue Wahoos shortstop Calten Daal on a fielder’s choice situation with batter Dustin Peterson.
Hoo boy, the Rangers and Blue Jays got into a complete and utter slobberknocker of a brawl on Sunday afternoon. Ever since Jose Bautista delivered the bat flip to end all bat flips during Game 5 of last year's ALDS, the Rangers have apparently been stewing over it. Emotions finally boiled over when Bautista (who was on base after getting beaned) went for a bit of a takeout slide on Rougned Odor. Odor (who has been involved in some dirty slides in the past, if we're being honest here) didn't take kindly to the slide and then proceeded to hit Bautista with what may very well be the cleanest punch ever thrown in a Major League Baseball fight.
Odor (among others) is probably going to see plenty of time on the sidelines for that punch, but he definitely got his money's worth there. Violence in baseball is dumb and it's not like this makes up for losing in the Postseason last year, but if you're going to do something like this, you may as well go all the way, and Odor did just that.