The Braves did manage to play their series opener against the Phillies on Saturday evening, but the game did not go exactly as the team had hoped as the offense went completely quiet against Jake Arrieta in Atlanta’s 5-0 loss.
Aside from a pretty crummy offensive performance outside of a multi-hit game from Adeiny Hechavarria, one positive for the Braves from this game was the performance of Kyle Wright. He made a couple of mistakes that J.T. Realmuto and Jay Bruce made him pay for, but overall the start was encouraging on a number of levels including that he pitched six innings.
Again, not the game you want against a team that has seen its struggles and had its rhythm disrupted due to game postponements, but it is what it is.
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The Braves had taken care to not tip their hands as to who was going to be starting the other half of Sunday’s doubleheader with Max Fried starting one half for sure. They announced after Friday’s game that Huascar Ynoa will get the nod. This will be his first start in the majors.
Braves fans’ hearts were collectively broken when Mike Soroka was injured on a routine play. That injury, as we all know now, ended his season as he tore his Achilles’ tendon. The surgery to repair that injury happened on Friday and by all accounts seems to have gone well.
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Justin Verlander is one of the best pitchers of this generation, but Father Time seems to have caught up with him as his arm has been giving him some trouble. There were reports that he was going to need Tommy John surgery, but he quickly dispelled those rumors and said that he was going to be re-evaluated in a couple weeks. So far, it doesn’t sound like he has been getting much better over that period of time.