The Braves crushed the Cubs on Wednesday, scoring ten runs and producing throughout the lineup. One major boost for the Atlanta offense of late has been the emergence of Austin Riley, who appeared to be completely lost for the first two weeks of the season. In his last nine games, however, Riley is batting .462 with two doubles, three homers, and 6:6 BB:K. This turnaround has lifted his season average to .286 and he now owns a .843 OPS. For all the stars in the Braves lineup, Riley may be the most crucial simply due to the length that he creates in the Atlanta attack when swinging the bat effectively. Continued production from Riley would help the Braves this season, but also signal that the third base job has been claimed for the future. The sample size is still small, but having Riley play well is a very welcome sight.
The Braves hit five homers in route to a convincing win over the Cubs. Huascar Ynoa was among those who homered, but also pitched 5.1 innings of shutout baseball with nine strikeouts. Not bad.
The Braves announced on Wednesday that they plan to open Truist Park to 100% capacity starting on May 7th.
Mike Soroka has reportedly been cleared to begin throwing again. His recovery from a torn Achilles has gone well, but right shoulder soreness sidelined him yet again earlier this month. The timetable for a return is not yet known, but at least one month is likely.
Gabe Burns of the AJC reports that another young Braves arm is nearing a return, with Sean Newcomb expected to rejoin the club on its upcoming road trip.
Great to see that Bryce Harper is okay after being hit in the face by a pitch on Wednesday. In real time, the incident was very scary, but it appears that the Phillies outfielder is all good.
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