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Atlanta Braves vs. Tampa Bay Rays, May 8: Game Thread & Discussion

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Join us here for the first of six straight in The Sunshine State

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Despite it just being a two-game series, this midweek showdown between the Braves and Rays will be chock full of intrigue. The chance to see old friend Jonny Venters back on a mound - even if it is for an opponent - should be enough reason to watch deep into tonight’s game.

Other than the possibility of seeing Venters and fellow former Brave Mallex Smith, questions are abound in Braves Country. Can the Braves rebound from their subpar showing against San Francisco and get back in the win column? Will Ronald Acuña, Jr. be Blake Snell’s kryptonite? Was Sean Newcomb’s last start against New York a fluke, or is his hot stretch the new normal? Can we expect to see Luiz Gohara out of the bullpen tonight?

Whatever your reason for watching, we hope you join us in the comments to talk about these reasons ad nauseum. If you need any extra info on tonight’s lineups and pitching matchups, or if you require a bit of background on these two teams, please enthusiastically click the links below