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Braves seek reversal of fortune in Pittsburgh

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Kevin Gausman faces Chris Archer in a match-up of what is vs. what could have been

Colorado Rockies v Atlanta Braves Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images

After this weekend’s sweep at the hands of the Colorado Rockies, many Braves fans were seen climbing clock towers and declaring that the Braves’ season has officially gone up in smoke. Those same fans will be happy to find out there are actually still 39 games left to be played, and they can kindly put their weapons away - at least for the time being.

While it is true that any Braves’ momentum had came to a screeching halt during their lackluster showing over the weekend, the team is still in first place with the second-best record in the National League, and roughly ¼ of the season still remains. They will head to Pittsburgh to battle a 63-62 Pirates team that sits in fourth place of a stout NL Central.

Tonight begins a seven-game road trip, at the end of which is a much-needed day off.

The Braves will get a first-hand look at Chris Archer, whom was long rumored to be a trade target before being sent to the Pirates at the trade deadline. In a fun twist of fate, he will face off against Kevin Gausman, whom the Braves acquired approximately one hour after the Pirates landed Archer, thus ending the Braves’ pursuit. So far, both pitchers have made three starts for their new clubs. There are obviously no true conclusions which can be generated from such a miniature sample size, but Gausman has fared a bit better than Archer in most categories so far - strikeouts being the main exception.

Whether the Rockies series is just a bump in the road or a symptom of something much larger remains to be seen, but the Braves are still a solid team in an enviable position, and they are still well-primed for the impending run towards the playoffs.

Nobody likes a losing streak, least of all the men on the field. Hopefully the Braves will be able to get off the schneid and get back in the win column against the Buccos tonight.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Monday, August 20, 7:05 p.m. ET

Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

TV: Fox Sports Southeast

Streaming: MLB.tv

Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM, WYAY 106.7, Braves Radio Network