The Braves offense was looking a bit tired going into their off day yesterday. Fortunately, the return of Max Fried from the injured list and the off day were exactly what the team needed as the Braves thumped the Mets by the final score of 15-2.
Fried looked a little rusty at times in his return, but even rusty Max Fried is significantly better than any option that the Braves have on their active roster. Going five innings in this rotation feels like a huge accomplishment and hopefully Max can get back to his previous form where he was looking like one of the better pitchers in the league.
As for the offense, well...there was a lot of good news as the team connected for six home runs and got contributions up and down the lineup including a pair of homers from Ozzie Albies who looks like his former self. In addition to Ozzie, Austin Riley, Ronald Acuna Jr., Travis d’Arnaud, and Marcell Ozuna all went yard. As for Freddie Freeman, he continued his MVP campaign with a three hit night with a pair of RBI.
More Braves News
Greg Maddux was really good at throwing baseballs. There are a lot of crazy feats and stories from his career given how unique and talented he was. Case in point...he extended his scoreless innings streak to 29 twenty years ago. In related news, I feel old.
We continue our way too early draft coverage with a preview from our own Matt Powers of the rosters for the upcoming Future Stars Series International Week. I want all of you to find someone who loves you as much as Matt likes covering prep baseball prospects.
He has played way past his prime and his contract is the worst in baseball, but do not let those things take away from the fact that Albert Pujols is one of the best hitters of his generation and is a lock for the Hall of Fame once he decides to hang up his cleats. He just passed Willie Mays for fifth all-time on home run list.