Amidst all of the Braves’ rotation problems, it has been somewhat easy to overlook that in addition to losing 80% of their starters, they also have been without two of their best lineup regulars in Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies. Their absence combined with the starting pitching woes has been, well, a perfect storm of terrible.
Fortunately, the Braves shared some good news regarding Ronnie and Ozzie as both appear to be progressing and Ronnie could be back as soon as Monday. Nothing is certain because both Acuna’s and Ozzie’s wrist ailments are very much day by day type things and don’t come with specific timetables, but Acuna not going on the IL was always encouraging and it sounds like Ozzie has had some pain-free dry swings to build off of.
Will these two returning solve all of the Braves’ problems? Nope...but it would be a bit of good news that has been sorely lacking for the last week.
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The Braves played the Marlins which is normally good news. Unfortunately, the Braves are a bit in shambles right now and between Kyle Wright’s continued struggles and the whole team coming out flat, things did not go well Friday.
The TC minor league crew got together recently to talk about a myriad of topics with several roster moves seemingly on the horizon and the cut-off date for service time passing. In this installment, we tackle exactly how many more prospects we could realistically see debut for the Braves the rest of the way.
There is no question that Nick Markakis’ standing with Braves’ fans is complicated. No one thinks he has been terrible or anything, but there does seem to be a significant gulf between those who think he has been fine to those that would retire his number. This article goes into depth regarding Markakis’ remarkable consistency and what that means for his legacy.
Look, one of the many elephants in the room for the Atlanta professional baseball club is that Ender Inciarte has been actively not good for a while now. Not only has a lot of his at-bats been painful to watch, but his defense has noticeably slipped since being pressed into more playing time with Acuna’s injury. This article argues that the Braves just can’t afford to keep running Ender out there anymore.
While the Yankees have a scary roster on paper, one thing that is absolutely true is that they can’t seem to keep some of these guys healthy. First, Giancarlo Stanton hit the injured list and now it looks like Aaron Judge is joining him, although it sounds like Judges’ stint could be a pretty short one.