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The Daily Chop: Blowout loss leaves Atlanta searching for answers

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The rough start to the 2021 season continued Tuesday for the Atlanta Braves who suffered a blowout loss to the Miami Marlins and have now lost three straight games. The Braves shuffled their lineup in hopes of jumpstarting their offense Tuesday but Max Fried struggled for the second straight start. Fried allowed a career-high seven earned runs in just four innings. He has allowed 12 earned runs over his past six innings spanning two starts.

As bad as Atlanta’s 4-7 start looks, it is worth remembering that it is still April and there is a long way to go. If there is a concern, it is getting Fried headed back in the right direction. Still, it feels like everything that could go wrong has so far for the Braves and the tide has to turn at some point.

Braves News

Cristian Pache left Tuesday’s game against the Marlins due to tightness in his left groin. Brian Snitker confirmed after the game that Pache will be placed on the injured list Wednesday.

More injury news, Fried underwent an MRI for a hamstring injury that he suffered while running the bases during the fourth inning. The extent of the injury isn’t known yet but he could also be headed for a stint on the injured list.

Good Q&A session by The Athletic’s David O’Brien with Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer on the team’s early offensive struggles.

MLB News

Major League Baseball has set the 2021 trade deadline for July 30 this season instead of the customary July 31.

The Blue Jays will be down another outfielder for the foreseeable future after Teoscar Hernandez tested positive for COVID-19. Hernandez will now isolate for 10 days and will undergo further testing.

The Houston Astros are reportedly finalizing a one-year extension with catcher Martin Maldonado.

Mariners manager Scott Servais confirmed Tuesday that injured starter James Paxton had received a second opinion on the forearm strain that he suffered during his first start and that he is headed for season-ending surgery.

The Royals selected the contract of veteran right-hander Ervin Santana Tuesday. It will be Santana’s first appearance in the majors since 2019.

The Chicago Cubs placed infielder Matt Duffy on the COVID-19 list and selected the contract of infielder Ildemaro Vargas. Duffy is the latest Cubs player to be placed on the COVID list this week joining Jason Adam, Brandon Workman and Dan Winkler.