The Braves took full advantage of the beleaguered Red Sox, sweeping a three-game series at Fenway. Atlanta mashed eight home runs in the series, including a pair of three-homer games by Marcell Ozuna and Adam Duvall. On Tuesday, Ozuna became the first player from the National League to record a three-homer game at Fenway Park. The very next game, Adam Duvall repeated the feat to propel the Braves to another victory. This also made Ozuna and Duvall the first pair of teammates in MLB history to record three homers in back-to-back games. The pitching was suspect yet again as Robbie Erlin struggled, but the offense continues to flourish.
Robbie Erlin inspired little hope early on, but of course the offense bailed out the Atlanta pitching staff again. Adam Duvall homered thrice, Marcell Ozuna homered once, and the Braves took all three games in Boston.
Great news as the Braves expect Ronald Acuña to rejoin the lineup on Friday following a three-game rest for his strained hamstring. Adding another dangerous bat to a hot lineup should be a source of fear for opposing pitchers, as Acuña will obviously bring his considerable abilities to the leadoff spot once again.
Michael Cunningham of the AJC wants to see more fruit come to bear for the Braves’ stable of pitching prospects.
But the Braves need more of their young pitchers to develop in order to fulfill the vision of pitching depth. Soroka and Fried are well on their way. There are big question marks about the others. Wright, a former No. 5 overall draft pick has a 7.52 ERA in 40 2/3 MLB innings, Wilson has posted a 7.22 ERA over 28 2/3 innings in the majors and Toussaint has compiled a 5.65 ERA in 92 1/3 innings.
Tom Seaver, one of the greatest pitchers of all-time, passed away on Wednesday at 75 years of age. The Hall of Famer is widely considered the greatest player in New York Mets history, and leaves behind an incredible legacy in the game.
Anyone with eyeballs knows it was intentional, but okay.
Newly-minted farm system rankings from MLB Pipeline.