The Braves have been on the wrong end of some bad luck this week. This four-game losing streak began with the finale of the Phillies series, when Atlanta had the game stolen due to umpiring incompetence, and extended through Wednesday when they fell to the Marlins in extra innings. The Braves were once again unable to find timely hitting for much of the game after starter Charlie Morton was battered by a less-than-imposing Miami lineup. Something has to give, and it needs to do so quickly.
The Braves lost their fourth straight game, but at least Ronald Acuna put on a show. He appears well on his way toward an MVP-caliber season. The Braves need some luck to bounce their way soon.
Losing Fried and Pache hurts Atlanta, but could be a necessary hiatus for both. They had each found their fair share of struggles, and taking off at least a week could benefit both players. Davidson is an interesting name and could be a weapon out of the bullpen for the Braves, at least temporarily.
Carlos Rodon fired a no-hitter on Monday, coming just two outs shy of a perfect game thanks to a pitch that grazed the foot of Roberto Perez. Still, the left-hander was outstanding.
Entering the season, most considered Ronald Acuna an inferior hitter to Juan Soto, due in large part to his lack of plate discipline. As David Adler writes, that could be changing.
The Atlantic League has become the baseball version of a guinea pig. Two new rules will be tested there this season:
The independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball will experiment with two revolutionary rule changes in the 2021 season, limiting teams’ use of the designated-hitter position to when their starting pitcher is in the game and lengthening the distance between home plate and the pitcher’s rubber by one foot.