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The Daily Chop: Win over Cubs, Fried Update, Mock Draft, and more

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The Braves earned a wild victory against the Cubs on Monday.

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The Braves won on Monday, beating the Cubs by an 8-7 final. The offense broke out of their Sunday slump, but as the score might suggest, the Atlanta staff was less impressive. Charlie Morton squandered an early 4-0 lead, then relinquished a 5-4 lead, perpetuating the struggles for Braves pitchers in 2021. Tyler Matzek also gave up two runs, though he was able to preserve the lead ahead of the back end of the Atlanta bullpen. The Braves now own a 4.89 ERA, second-worst in baseball. For all the struggles on offense, the issues in the Atlanta staff appear to be much more dire.

Braves News

Braves bounce back in sage manner to burn Cubs, 8-7

The Atlanta offense outpaced the Cubs, though the staff struggled again. Homers by Freddie Freeman and Dansby Swanson helped secure the victory and put the Braves back in the win column after a rough weekend.

Fried’s rehab points in ‘really good direction’

The Braves are drawing closer to getting their ace back.

“It’s just a matter of getting Max to check the boxes [to] build himself back, because everything is pointing in a really good direction,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

Bryse Wilson knows others are coming for his innings

The Braves had an awful doubleheader on Sunday, which included Bryse Wilson getting hit hard yet again. The young right-hander has struggled this season after such an impressive playoff debut just six months ago.

After a good spring, Wilson is two starts into his 2021 season. Both appearances have left one wanting more. He’s allowed six runs (five earned) on 11 hits across nine innings. He’s struck out five and walked three.

MLB News

Mock Draft: Leiter leads first round

The two Vanderbilt right-handers fall in the top-three, along with a prep bat from Texas. The Braves go with upside here:

24) Braves: Joshua Baez, OF, Dexter Southfield HS (Mass.)Yes, there are some swing-and-miss concerns, but the tools are very loud, from his raw power to his arm and teams absolutely love his makeup.

Ohtani: 9 K’s, 3 runs scored, 2 RBIs, W, history

Ohtani is an absolute freak.

Burnes’ chance at history intact despite loss

2913 innings, 49 strikeouts, 0 walks. Corbin Burnes is also a freak.