The Braves offense went wild on Friday night as they chased Aaron Nola, who was very clearly off, early. Thanks to another strong start from Max Fried and that offensive explosion led by Marcell Ozuna and Travis d’Arnaud, the Braves secured a much needed win.
While the lineup going wild despite the fact that Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies were not active is the headline, the pitching was quite as well. Max Fried battled some less than stellar umpiring to go five innings and Ynoa, Luka Jackson, and Chris Martin locked down the remaining four innings.
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One of the more pleasant surprises this season has been the play of Travis d’Arnaud who has been one of the Braves’ best hitters during the season. In order to give the team the flexibility to use d’Arnaud as a DH given this newfound proficiency at the plate, the Braves called up Alex Jackson again to give the Braves three catchers on the roster.
Speaking of pleasant surprises, AJ Minter has looked like the late inning stud that many of us thought that he could be when he was blasting through the minors and when he debuted. Unfortunately, injuries and ineffectiveness marred his 2019 campaign, but our own Matt Powers dug into his performance this year to see if he is truly back to his original dominant form.
As the Braves were playing the Phillies on Friday night, the Phillies were making moves to bolster their much maligned bullpen. The Red Sox acquired Nick Pivetta and Connor Seabold from Philadelphia in exchange for relievers Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree as well as some cash. It is officially trade szn, folks.
We already knew that the first two game of the Mets/Yankees series were being postpones due to a pair of positive test results in the Mets organization. Well, MLB decided to play it safe and went ahead and postponed the rest of the series while the Mets await further testing and the arrival of previous test results.