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The Daily Chop: Freeman extension, ASG moved, Nationals dealing with COVID-19 and more

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It was...an eventful day yesterday.

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Braves News

Max Fried’s Slider Is Faster Than Ever

One interesting development from Max Fried’s first start of 2021 is that his was throwing his slider nearly 3 MPH more than he did previously. Here is a breakdown of why that is mostly good and is a development worth monitoring to see if it was more than just a one game aberration.

Nationals intend to open the season versus Braves down 9 players

The Nationals find themselves in a tough situation as they have had an outbreak of COVID-19 on their roster. In addition to having to postpone their opening series, it looks like, at the very least, they are going to be without up to nine players on their roster for their upcoming series against the Braves. Brace yourselves for a peak Atlanta result, folks.

2021 MLB All-Star Game will be relocated from Atlanta

In more sobering news, the league decided to move the All-Star Game and the Draft out of Atlanta this year as a response to GA passing a restricting voting rights bill. Definitely stinks for the city and baseball fans nearby.

Everybody feels hurt with MLB All-Star Game moving out of Atlanta

There is no denying that the situation with the All-Star Game is just crappy with a lot of folks getting hurt over it. In a lot of ways, everyone lost out on something yesterday.

MLB News

Full Mets-Nationals series postponed due to COVID-19 concerns

Speaking of the Nationals, remember when I said that they are probably going to be nine players down for the Braves series? Well, it was a worse result this weekend as their entire opening series was postponed.