There were very high hopes for the Braves’ top pitching prospect Ian Anderson when he debuted against the Yankees and he delivered in a big way. The young right-hander flirted with no-hitting the Yankees and the sole blemish on his line was a solo homer as he dominated New York over six innings. If the Braves have any hopes of making a playoff run, they are going to need a substantial contribution from Anderson to make that happen.
Opposing Anderson for the Red Sox is former Braves top prospect Ryan Weber. If you want a laugh, as well as a lesson on both how not to write a prospect list as well as how not to react to a bad prospect list by yours truly, you should give this a read. The italics at the top may or may not have been partially due to a certain deputy site manager of Talking Chop being a tad too upset with that list.
There are a few things to watch for with the Braves lineup are whether or not we will actually see Ronald Acuna Jr. in the lineup or not. Mark Bowman has already hinted that it is very possible we won’t see Acuna at all this series, but it would sure be nice to see Ronnie get back in there earlier than expected. With a right-hander on the mound, the lineup should have a familiar look to it including the ascension of Austin Riley who, as you can see, has been on a rampage.
#Braves 3B Austin Riley trending up:— Grant McAuley (@grantmcauley) September 1, 2020
August (82 PA):
5 HR, 17 RBI, 11 R, 5BB/24K
Last 2 weeks (43 PA):
3 HR, 12 RBI, 6 R, 3BB/10 K
Current 5G hitting streak (23 PA)
2 HR, 7 RBI, 3 R, 1BB/5K pic.twitter.com/aaABQITZg7
Game Date/Time: Tuesday, September 1st, 7:30 p.m. EST
Location: Fenway Park, Boston
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Radio: 680 AM/93.7 FM The Fan, WNNX 100.5, Braves Radio Network