The Braves rotation seems to be rounding into some semblance of normalcy now, but man does it feel like that on top of not executing, they don’t seem to get lucky or get big defensive plays when they really need them. Thus is the curse that has been place upon the staff this season.
Take Tucker Davidson’s MLB debut. Sure, he didn’t have his best command and didn’t execute particularly well, but some botched defensive plays behind him and a grand slam off of Grant Dayton that let some inherited runners in in the second proved to be the difference as the Braves got throttled by Boston on Saturday.
If you are looking for positives, one is that Dansby Swanson went yard which is always nice and the Braves games this weekend ultimately don’t matter too much as they are firmly locked into the number two overall seed in the National League.
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Tucker Davidson’s major league debut did not exactly go as planned on Saturday evening against the Red Sox, but there are still a lot of things to like about his future as Garrett talks about in our rundown of him. It helps with the defense behind him isn’t quite so....rough as well.
The reason we have been seeing so much Hechavarria at third of late isn’t just to give him reps before the playoffs. It sounds like Austin Riley has been dealing with a quad injury and will be rested until the playoffs start. That said, it does sound like it is a pretty minor injury and he should be good to go.
The Cubs’ offense has left something to be desired and if we were looking solely at run differential, they certainly don’t look like a division winner. However, the NL Central has been pretty weird this season and the Cubs locked up the title regardless of how rough they have looked at times.