The Braves came out on fire offensively from the first batter as Ronald Acuña Jr. launched a leadoff home run and everything was downhill from there. Kolby Allard picked up his first career win as Atlanta romped the Marlins to the tune of 11 runs.
Alex Anthopoulos and his staff did not sit by idly today as the trade deadline came and went. Instead Atlanta went out and got Kevin Gausman from the Orioles who has every tool necessary to become a vital part of the Braves starting rotation and did not part with any major prospects in the process.
Atlanta continues to monitor the condition of closer Arodys Vizcaino and are hopeful that he will be able to return at some point this season although that though may be looking more doubtful by the day.
Peter Moylan was placed on the DL with a “forearm strain” after his close call encounter on Monday night with a ball that almost nailed him in the chest. Moylan’s trip to the DL also helps to open a roster spot for the Braves to use temporarily.
In order to make room on the Major League roster for Adam Duvall the Braves optioned outfielder Michael Reed to Gwinnett yesterday. This will allow Reed to get some more playing time at AAA as well.
Braves’ top pitching prospect Bryse Wilson has been promoted to AAA Gwinnett after the team traded away two AAA starters to the Reds Monday night in the trade for Adam Duvall. The big right-handed starter had a tremendous last nine games for Mississippi and has been one of Atlanta’s most consistent starters in the minors since being drafted.
The holy grail of the trade deadline was Chris Archer who ended up with the Pirates for a premium price in Austin Meadows and Tyler Glasnow. Archer bolsters a Pittsburg team that is sitting right around .500 which makes this a pretty interesting decision from the Pirates point of view.
In a rough turn of events for the high flying Red Sox, top starter Chris Sale was forced to the DL yesterday with shoulder inflammation. It goes without saying but this is obviously not good for Boston if this continues long-term.
The common opinion around the league was that the Braves had one of the best deadlines of any team in baseball thanks to Alex Anthopoulos’ ability to get impact talent without giving up anything of major value in return.