clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

The Daily Chop: Big win in Baltimore, De La Cruz promoted, playoff bubbles, and more

New, 105 comments

The Braves bounced back with a solid performance on Tuesday, evening the series with Baltimore.

Atlanta Braves v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Major League Baseball announced its playoff schedule on Tuesday, sharing the newly-hatched plans for bubbles and expanded playoffs. The first two rounds will not include off-days, with the Division Series being played at alternate sites. The National League will play its bubble games in Texas (Houston and Arlington), while the American League will play in California (San Diego and Los Angeles). The format will speed up the series, but will place teams with shallow pitching staffs at a distinct disadvantage due to the low probability of starting an ace twice in one series.

Braves News

Adam Duvall homered AGAIN as the Braves beat Baltimore 5-1

Adam Duvall and Freddie Freeman continue to mash, while Huascar Ynoa made the best start of his young career. The Braves took down the Orioles after a miserable showing on Monday, evening the series and dropping their magic number to just nine.

Braves recall Jasseel De La Cruz, option Touki Toussaint to alternate site

Touki Toussaint was not expected to remain with the big club for very long after his performance on Monday. He was optioned on Tuesday in favor of right-hander Jasseel De La Cruz.

This will be De La Cruz’s first stint on the major league roster. De La Cruz is an intriguing prospect with a big arm. He has battled injury through the early part of his minor league career but put together a solid 2019 season where he began the season at Low-A Rome before advancing all the way to Double-A Mississippi. He posted a 3.83 ERA in 87 innings to go along with 73 strikeouts at Mississippi. De La Cruz was ranked ninth on Talking Chop’s preseason Top 30 list.

MLB, MLBPA reach agreement on postseason bubble details

As noted above, the format for the bubbles has been agreed upon and will now be enacted in October.

MLB announced the schedule for the 2020 MLB playoffs

The schedule, also noted above, was also agreed upon. The abbreviated format is unlikely to favor the Braves, but time will tell.

Braves reportedly laying off several top scouts (UPDATED)

An unfortunate side-effect of COVID is the sweeping layoffs that have occurred throughout baseball, especially in scouting departments. Best of luck to those effected.

Hamels gearing for Oct.: ‘What I enjoy most’

Cole Hamels is ready to throw baseballs in October. Hopefully Wednesday night is the beginning of a comeback story.

MLB News

Mad dash: Buxton clubs inside-the-park HR

Byron Buxton is a blur rounding the bases.

The potential postseason matchups, ranked

Which matchups rank the highest?

Tempers flare, benches clear for Cards-Crew

Yadier Molina and Mike Shildt belong in a circus. The Cardinals continue to be unbearable.